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New York state pools open more hours during heat wave

Jul. 19, 2019 4:10 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state parks are keeping their pools open longer to help people deal with the heat wave. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the extended hours will begin Friday and continue through Sunday at more than 30 parks statewide. Temperatures are expected to climb into the 90s around much of the...

New Missouri program offers loans for disaster recovery

Jul. 18, 2019 5:28 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A new program will give Missouri small business owners and farmers hit by tornadoes, storms and flooding this year access to low-interest loans. Missouri Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick announced the program Thursday. It allows linked-deposit loans of up to $2 million for borrowers...

FEMA to help 4 Ohio counties hit by storms, tornadoes in May

Jul. 18, 2019 1:52 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's governor says the Federal Emergency Management Agency will help four counties and the state cover some of the costs of responding to tornadoes and severe storms that struck in late May. Republican Gov. Mike DeWine says FEMA has opened its Public Assistance program to the state...

Data show many companies contributed to US opioid crisis

Jul. 17, 2019 7:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The maker of OxyContin has been cast as the chief villain in the nation's opioid crisis. But newly released government figures suggest Purdue Pharma had plenty of help in flooding the U.S. with billions of pills even as overdose deaths were accelerating. Records kept by the federal Drug...

Disaster flooding aid approved for 41 Oklahoma counties

Jul. 17, 2019 12:39 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Kevin Stitt says the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved disaster assistance for 41 Oklahoma counties as a result of spring flooding and severe weather in the state. The storms produced historic flooding throughout the northern half of the state and spawned a tornado...

Texas: Fort Travis ex-military bunkers to reopen for tours

Jul. 16, 2019 1:55 PM EDT

PORT BOLIVAR, Texas (AP) — Some hurricane-damaged World War I bunkers in Southeast Texas that have been undergoing renovations since 2015 will reopen for tours this weekend. The Galveston County Daily News reports bunker sections of historic Fort Travis at the Bolivar Peninsula park will be open Saturday....

Jasper Fire north of Reno 80% contained

Jul. 16, 2019 1:26 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nearly half of the firefighters who were battling a wildland blaze north of Reno have been pulled off the fire lines now that it's 80% contained. The Sierra Front dispatch center said Tuesday they're moving into the mop-up stage at the fire that has burned nearly 2 square miles (about 5...

Emergency officials urge flood victims to document damage

Jul. 16, 2019 12:22 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — State emergency officials are urging south-central Nebraska residents and local governments to document any damage they experienced from flooding earlier this month. Officials with the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency say they're still collecting damage reports from local emergency...

Governor wants Illinois residents to report flood damage

Jul. 16, 2019 6:01 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.D. Pritzker is urging residents to report flood damage to their county's emergency management agencies. He says such action will increase the likelihood the state will qualify for federal disaster aid. According to the governor's office, the state can qualify for...

Engineers find structural risks in Skagit County Courthouse

Jul. 15, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — An engineering firm has found severe structural problems that would put a nearly 100-year-old courthouse in Washington state at risk if an earthquake hit. The Skagit Valley Herald reported Sunday that a report by the Davido Consulting Group identified several "significant seismic...