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Farmers protest California water plan aimed to save salmon

Aug. 20, 2018 8:28 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Hundreds of California farmers rallied at the Capitol on Monday to protest state water officials' proposal to increase water flows in a major California river, a move state and federal politicians called an overreach of power that would mean less water for farms in the Central...

The Latest: Alaska Native leader responds to whale kill

Aug. 20, 2018 7:26 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on Alaska Native hunters who illegally killed a whale (all times local): 3:30 p.m. The head of an Alaska Native organization who received a federal warning about the illegal killing of a protected gray whale last year says her group respects laws and treaties protecting...

APNewsBreak: Alaska Natives believed whale hunt was legal

Aug. 20, 2018 7:19 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Indigenous hunters in Alaska initially believed they were legally hunting a beluga whale when they unlawfully killed a protected gray whale with harpoons and guns after the massive animal strayed into a river last year, a federal investigative report said. After the shooting began,...

Governor closes state lands to bear hunting

Aug. 20, 2018 6:16 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday ordered the closure of state lands to black bear hunting this year. The first-year Democratic governor announced the decision with an executive order, but stopped short of unilaterally ending the hunt altogether saying he doesn't have the...

Fires prompt sage grouse hunting ban in large part of Nevada

Aug. 20, 2018 6:09 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Destruction of sage grouse habitat by a series of large wildfires has prompted a ban on hunting for the game bird this fall across a stretch of Nevada that is nearly twice as big as the state of Delaware. The Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners approved the emergency closure Friday of...

Missouri opens hay, water programs for farmers amid drought

Aug. 20, 2018 6:08 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri farmers suffering from intense droughts across the state will be able to hay and pump water from some state land through new relief programs announced Monday by Gov. Mike Parson. Farmers will have access to water at 28 conservation areas and five state parks in northern...

Rescued bobcat on road to recovery at St. Louis-are facility

Aug. 18, 2018 11:12 AM EDT

BLACK JACK, Mo. (AP) — A baby bobcat found in eastern Missouri and being nursed back to health might be mistaken for an ornery feral cat — until you hear her roar. The animal was found in July outside the YMCA in Potosi, scrawny and with her mother nowhere around. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports...

Nevada water chief rejects big Vegas pipeline pumping plan

Aug. 17, 2018 8:18 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Long-fought plans for Las Vegas to pump and pipe drinking water from arid valleys just west of the Utah state line were dealt a severe blow Friday with a ruling from Nevada's top state water official. State Engineer Jason King denied groundwater rights to the Las Vegas-based Southern...

Judge told to consider protections for Montana grayling fish

Aug. 17, 2018 7:54 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — An appeals court on Friday told a judge to take another look at whether a Montana fish should be protected, saying that U.S. wildlife officials did not consider all environmental factors when they decided against designating the Arctic grayling as a threatened or endangered species....

Record-breaking fire tornado killed California firefighter

Aug. 17, 2018 12:16 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In the history of California wildfires there has never been anything like it: A churning tornado filled with fire, the size of three football fields. An official report describes in chilling detail the intensity of the rare fire phenomenon and how quickly it took the life of Redding...