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Disaster declaration for Mississippi areas in Oct. 26 storms

Dec. 6, 2019 3:43 PM EST

President Donald Trump on Friday approved a disaster declaration for parts of Mississippi affected by severe weather that hit in late October, U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker's office said. Trump approved Gov. Phil Bryant's request for the declaration a day after the entire Mississippi congressional delegation requested...

Flooding leaves small Missouri city with dozens of sinkholes

Dec. 6, 2019 3:12 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Dozens of sinkholes, some up to 12 feet deep, are dotting the landscape in the small southeastern Missouri city of Caruthersville, forcing road detours, swallowing sections of people's yards and leaving city leaders scrambling to make repairs. Months of flooding along the Mississippi River...

Alaska to receive $36M federal grant for earthquake recovery

Dec. 6, 2019 11:57 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A federal agency awarded Alaska a $35.8 million federal grant to support earthquake disaster recovery efforts, officials said. The Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded the grant in response to the damaging quake that struck parts of south-central Alaska Nov. 30,...

Renewable energy groups push NY to put a price on carbon

Dec. 5, 2019 4:49 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Renewable energy groups are pushing New York to help meet its ambitious climate change goals by charging electric generators for the carbon pollution they create. Putting a price on carbon will help New York meets its aggressive goal of 70% of its electricity coming from wind, solar and...

Historic US towns endured wars, storms. What about sea rise?

Dec. 5, 2019 12:46 PM EST

SWANSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Historic cities and towns along the Southeastern U.S. coast have survived wars, hurricanes, disease outbreaks and other calamities, but now that sea levels are creeping up with no sign of stopping, they face a more existential crisis. With a total annual budget of $225 million,...

PG&E urges judge to approve key settlement, faces resistance

Dec. 4, 2019 7:43 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric on Wednesday urged a federal bankruptcy judge to approve a key insurance settlement as it struggles to regain its financial footing and cover at least $20 billion in losses stemming from catastrophic wildfires in California tied to its equipment. The nation's...

Half-North Korean, half-Chinese kids struggle in South Korea

Dec. 4, 2019 11:36 AM EST

UIJEONGBU, South Korea (AP) — Song Hong Ryon looks like any other young woman in South Korea. But three years after her arrival from China, the half-North Korean, half-Chinese 19-year-old has made only two South Korean-born friends and says she’s often been hurt by little things, like when people...

Maduro’s foes balk at UN-backed deal to address power crisis

Dec. 4, 2019 10:54 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — A proposal to address Venezuela’s electricity crisis with the help of the United Nations is proving a political hot potato for Nicolás Maduro’s opponents. On Tuesday, the opposition-controlled National Assembly at the last minute scratched a schedule debate on a $350 million...

West Virginia gets $1M for flood control project

Dec. 4, 2019 6:23 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has received a $1 million federal grant for a flood control project in Wellsburg. The West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency grant on Tuesday. Officials say the project will expand the...

Noem: South Dakota needs to brace for slow economic growth

Dec. 3, 2019 5:55 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Kristi Noem on Tuesday offered her budget proposals for the next year while acknowledging that money is tight and instructing state agencies to reduce spending. While delivering her budget address in Pierre, the Republican governor told legislators to brace for slower economic...