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New deal expands conserved property in Cumberland Plateau

Sep. 28, 2021 04:03 AM EDT

JAMESTOWN, Tenn. (AP) — A nonprofit organization and two Tennessee state agencies have expanded protection of conserved property in the Cumberland Plateau by more than 11,700 acres (4,734 hectares). The Conservation Fund, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division...

US aims to relax testing of contaminants at nuke weapon lab

Sep. 27, 2021 15:58 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Energy Department wants to switch to less stringent testing for detecting cancer-causing chemicals at and around one of its premier nuclear weapons laboratories despite concerns from environmentalists and New Mexico regulators. The...

Missouri plans to test deer for COVID-19 this hunting season

Sep. 27, 2021 13:59 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Department of Conservation plans to test hundreds of deer for COVID-19 this hunting season following a recent federal report. The U.S Department of Agriculture reported the results of a federal study testing white-tailed deer in...

Maine finds no violations at salmon farm fish die off site

Sep. 27, 2021 12:00 PM EDT

FRENCHBORO, Maine (AP) — Regulators in Maine said they found no permit violations stemming from thousands of fish deaths at an aquaculture operation off the state's coast. Cooke Aquaculture, a Canada-based fish farming giant, operates salmon farms that include...

Lobster fishing group files lawsuit against feds whale plan

Sep. 27, 2021 10:20 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A lobster fishing group based in Maine filed a lawsuit against the federal government on Monday charging new rules designed to protect whales are not based on the best available science. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration...

Florida's state workers feeling COVID impacts on the job

Sep. 27, 2021 10:14 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Eighteen months into the pandemic, Florida’s state workers are struggling. COVID-19 outbreaks have closed departments and offices. Three state prisons are closing because of the lack of corrections officers. When their colleagues fall ill,...

Officers say excessive speed contributed to ATV crash

Sep. 27, 2021 09:48 AM EDT

CAMBRIDGE, N.H. (AP) — Excessive speed contributed to an All-Terrain Vehicle crash into a tree that trapped the injured driver, New Hampshire Fish and Game conservation officers said. The 45-year-old driver from Massachusetts was part of a group of six riders on a...

Nature campaigners urge Albania to stop hydropower plants

Sep. 27, 2021 06:53 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Wildlife campaigners on Monday called on the Albanian government to stop the construction of two hydropower plants in a protected nature area in the north of the country. A statement from the World Wide Fund for Nature Adrian said that a Supreme...

A shell of a trip: Sea turtle flown from Florida to Texas

Sep. 27, 2021 03:11 AM EDT

MARATHON, Fla. (AP) — A large loggerhead sea turtle rehabilitated at the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital was flown by private plane Sunday to live at a conservation facility in Texas. The 230-pound female turtle took the nearly five-hour flight from the Middle Keys...

Rescuers find body of missing kayaker in No. Stonington lake

Sep. 26, 2021 15:46 PM EDT

NORTH STONINGTON, Conn. (AP) — Rescuers found the body Sunday of a kayaker who had been missing since Saturday night. The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said authorities had been searching for the kayaker since about 10:30 p.m. Saturday in...