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Ex-LA utility head admits taking bribes in billing scandal

Dec. 06, 2021 21:46 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The former head of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power — the nation’s largest public utility — has agreed to plead guilty to taking bribes in a corruption scandal that grew out of an automated billing disaster that stuck ratepayers with exorbitant bills, federal...

Montana seeks to end protections for Glacier-area grizzlies

Dec. 06, 2021 18:33 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana is asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to lift threatened species protections for grizzly bears in the northern portion of the state, including areas in and around Glacier National Park, officials said Monday. The request, if granted, would...

Kentucky governor points to benefits of federal pandemic aid

Dec. 06, 2021 18:14 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Massive amounts of federal aid have given Kentucky a once-in-a-generation opportunity to guarantee basic necessities and build on economic momentum, showing the grassroots benefits that trump the partisan rancor over coronavirus pandemic relief, Gov. Andy Beshear said...

Lawsuit seeks to stop wolf trapping and snaring in Idaho

Dec. 06, 2021 17:53 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — More than a dozen environmental groups on Monday filed a lawsuit seeking to block Idaho’s recently expanded wolf trapping and snaring regulations. The Center for Biological Diversity and others in the lawsuit filed against Republican Gov. Brad Little and state...

Endangered whale gives birth while entangled in fishing rope

Dec. 06, 2021 16:52 PM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Scientists spotted an endangered right whale dragging a length of fishing rope caught in its mouth as it swam with a newborn calf off the Georgia coast, a rare confirmation of a birth by an entangled whale that experts determined they can't safely attempt to help. ...

Sunoco ordered to dredge lake, pay $4M over pipeline spill

Dec. 06, 2021 15:18 PM EST

A pipeline developer will dredge part of a contaminated lake and pay more than $4 million for spilling thousands of gallons of drilling fluids at a popular state park outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania state officials announced Monday in a settlement that will allow construction to resume. ...

Tennessee IDs chronic wasting disease in deer in 12th county

Dec. 06, 2021 04:01 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee officials say a 12th county has a confirmed case of chronic wasting disease in deer. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency says a deer harvested in Weakley County has tested positive. The state says the disease...

Iowa man shot and killed while deer hunting Saturday

Dec. 05, 2021 16:53 PM EST

MARION COUNTY, Iowa (AP) — A 37-year-old Iowa man was killed while deer hunting this weekend. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources said Nathan Allen Sharpnack of Winterset was shot Saturday afternoon while hunting with a large group of people in the Red Rock...

New Hampshire getting $72.6M to update water systems

Dec. 05, 2021 13:21 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire will be getting $72.6 million from the federal infrastructure package to update wastewater and drinking water systems. The money also will be used to address PFAS and lead in New Hampshire water supplies. New...

Jonesport fish farm buys land, receives DEP approval

Dec. 05, 2021 12:05 PM EST

JONESPORT, Maine (AP) — A Dutch-owned firm looking to build a $110 million land-based fish farm in Jonesport has acquired property and received final permits from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. The approval of the final DEP permits and the purchase of...