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New plate choices coming for Alabama motorists

Jan. 24, 2022 13:15 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama motorists are about to have new license plate designs added to their options on Feb. 1, while three plate designs are being retired. The new plates are for the Alabama Poultry Foundation, Sickle Cell Awareness and Troy University, according to...

US protection sought for threatened Florida ghost orchid

Jan. 24, 2022 11:03 AM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The rare ghost orchid faces mounting threats in Florida from poaching, loss of habitat and climate change and needs federal protection, environmental groups said Monday. A petition filed with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service asks that the orchid be...

United Way in NC adopts anti-racism approach to end poverty

Jan. 24, 2022 00:04 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Until 2021, the Triangle Land Conservancy would not have qualified for funding from the United Way of the Greater Triangle. Funding traditionally went to nonprofits that focus on hunger, affordable housing, mental health, education and career readiness — not...

Texas DPS officer dies after traffic accident near border

Jan. 23, 2022 17:54 PM EST

EAGLE PASS, Texas (AP) — A Texas Department of Public Safety officer has died after being involved in a single vehicle traffic accident near the U.S.-Mexico border while working with the U.S. Border Patrol. Special Agent Anthony Salas was helping transport six individuals who had...

$600M for water projects gains support, but senators pause

Jan. 21, 2022 17:13 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A proposal from South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem to use the bulk of federal coronavirus relief funding on water and sewage projects has so far met little opposition in the state Senate, but a powerful committee on Friday withheld its approval to vet the proposal further. ...

Officials: Florida manatees eating lettuce in pilot program

Jan. 21, 2022 14:01 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Manatees at risk of starvation because native seagrass is dying due to water pollution have for the first time started eating lettuce under an experimental feeding program, Florida wildlife officials said Friday. The test facility on the east coast's...

Peru: 21 beaches polluted by spill linked to Tonga eruption

Jan. 20, 2022 20:28 PM EST

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru declared an environmental emergency on Thursday after announcing that 21 beaches on the Pacific coast were contaminated by an oil spill at a refinery run by Spain-based Repsol, following surging waves caused by the eruption of an underwater volcano near Tonga. ...

Carney focuses on jobs, education in speech to lawmakers

Jan. 20, 2022 18:43 PM EST

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Democratic Gov. John Carney stressed the need to expand Delaware’s economy and improve its public schools during his State of the State speech to lawmakers Thursday. Carney also thanked state officials for their response to the coronavirus pandemic and...

Bullock an initial board member for public lands foundation

Jan. 20, 2022 14:40 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Former Montana Gov. Steve Bullock and former Bureau of Land Management Director Neil Kornze are two of the first four board members of a new nonprofit foundation created to help leverage public and private funds to conserve, protect and restore land managed by the Bureau of...

New Hampshire getting $1.6M to help Seacoast operations

Jan. 20, 2022 08:21 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire is getting more than $1.6 million from the new federal infrastructure package through the Army Corps of Engineers to improve supply and dredging operations at the Seacoast, the state's congressional delegation said. The money is going to the...