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Editorial Roundup: Iowa

Nov. 29, 2021 10:04 AM EST

Des Moines Register. Nov. 24, 2021. Editorial: Attacks on books at Iowa schools are dispiriting and wrong; the attack on educators is worse A rash of complaints mostly about sexual content in Des Moines-area public school library books was cause, for...

Mississippi deluges: low salinity kills baby oysters

Nov. 25, 2021 08:06 AM EST

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (AP) — Deluges along Mississippi’s coast have damaged the state’s current generation of oysters two years after fresh water from a Louisiana flood control structure all but wiped out live adults on reefs. Fresh water also has hurt baby oysters in southeast Louisiana...

I-74 bridge to open next month, year late and $74M over bid

Nov. 18, 2021 11:06 AM EST

BETTENDORF, Iowa (AP) — The new Interstate 74 bridge at Bettendorf is set to open next month, a year late and nearly $75 million over the original bid. A public ceremony is set for Dec. 1 to give residents walk-on access to the new bridge that spans the Mississippi...

Power line debate: Clean energy or environmental harm?

Nov. 15, 2021 01:04 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Stress dissolves when Dena Kurt is out on the water. She paddles on the Mississippi River around 15 hours a week, but she might be on the river twice as long while training for marathon canoe races. “My favorite times to paddle are early in the...

Train derails and spills coal into Mississippi River

Nov. 14, 2021 18:50 PM EST

MONTROSE, Iowa (AP) — A train struck a barge in southeast Iowa late Saturday night, knocking several cars off the tracks and spilling coal into the Mississippi River. BNSF railroad officials told the Burlington Hawk Eye that two coal cars landed in the river and three...

2021 Lighting of the Bonfires returns Christmas Eve

Nov. 12, 2021 12:13 PM EST

CONVENT, La. (AP) — A unique holiday tradition is returning to St. James Parish in Louisiana. The Lighting of the Bonfires will be held this Christmas Eve after skipping the last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, news outlets reported. “I am...

Report: Interstate bridge's crack likely dates back to 1970s

Nov. 11, 2021 16:24 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK Ark. (AP) — A crack in a steel beam that forced the closure of the Interstate 40 bridge connecting Arkansas and Tennessee for three months likely began when the span was fabricated in the 1970s and went undetected for years, a report by Arkansas' Transportation Department...

Damaged oil refinery closing; parish weighs economic impacts

Nov. 10, 2021 13:31 PM EST

BELLE CHASSE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana oil refinery that was flooded during Hurricane Ida is being shut down and turned into a storage terminal, prompting local leaders to assess the potential economic impacts that could come with losing one of the area’s biggest employers. ...

Feds propose threatened status for alligator snapping turtle

Nov. 08, 2021 17:38 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Monday that it is proposing threatened status for alligator snapping turtles -- huge, spike-shelled reptiles that lurk at the bottom of lakes and slow waterways, luring prey to their mouths by sticking out a wormlike lure. ...

Proposal would give Pennsylvania, NJ first national park

Nov. 06, 2021 09:20 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Up a winding mountain road two hours from any major city, a small parking lot appears through the fall foliage and it’s as busy as any Wawa. Cars from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York wedge into spots and forge a few new ones. “Are you...