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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown speaks to journalists on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, during an Associated Press forum before the start of the 2020 legislative session. Brown and the speaker of the House of Representatives, both Democrats, say passing legislation aimed at stemming global warming is their priority when lawmakers return to the Capitol next month. But the leader of the minority Republicans in the House said she opposes such moves, saying it only guarantees that prices for individual Oregonians will go up. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)

Democrats: Oregon climate bill is priority. GOP resists

Jan. 17, 2020 7:39 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and the speaker of the House of Representatives, both Democrats, said Friday that passing legislation aimed at stemming global warming is their priority when lawmakers return to the Capitol next month. But Rep. Christine Drazan, the leader of the minority...

New Mexico Game Commissioner Jimmy Bates, center, listens to a presentation during a meeting at the Las Cruces Farm and Ranch Museum in Las Cruces, N.M., Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. The commission voted to adopt changes to state trapping rules that include restrictions on where traps and snares can be placed. (Nathan J. Fish/The Las Cruces Sun News via AP)

New Mexico commission approves wildlife trapping changes

Jan. 17, 2020 6:49 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Trappers now have to complete an education course and new restrictions will be imposed on setting wildlife traps and snares around designated trailheads and on select tracts of public lands in New Mexico under a measure adopted Friday by the state Game Commission. State wildlife...

New Jersey sets new goal for electric cars, offers incentive

Jan. 17, 2020 6:05 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey set lofty new goals Friday as Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill boosting the number of electric vehicles in the state over the next five to 15 years and establishing an incentive of as much as $5,000 for people who buy them. The legislation is being hailed by...

Sharon Salazar Hickey listens to a presentation during a New Mexico Game Commission meeting at the Las Cruces Farm and Ranch Museum in Las Cruces, N.M., on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. Hickey was appointed chair of the commission during the meeting, having been recently named to the board by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. (Nathan J. Fish/The Las Cruces Sun News via AP)

Fight over river access simmers before New Mexico commission

Jan. 17, 2020 3:43 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A panel charged with overseeing hunting and fishing regulations and managing wildlife across New Mexico met Friday for the first time following a shakeup over an ongoing dispute that involves public access to rivers and streams that flow through private property. Former Game...

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee talks to the media after a state Supreme Court ruling that reinstated a severely limited version of his plan to cap carbon pollution in the state, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, in Olympia, Wash. He said the ruling just strengthens his commitment to get climate change-related bills through the Legislature this year. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)

Washington Supreme Court OKs lesser version of carbon cap

Jan. 16, 2020 8:44 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court on Thursday reinstated a severely limited version of Gov. Jay Inslee's plan to cap carbon pollution in the state, a decision the Democrat described as a “clarion call” that lawmakers must act on climate change. In a 5-4 ruling, the court said the...

Crow Creek Sioux Chairman Lester Thompson delivers the State of the Tribes address Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 at the state Capitol in Pierre, S.D. (AP Photo/Stephen Groves)

Tribe official calls for better communication from lawmakers

Jan. 16, 2020 6:18 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The chairman of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe on Thursday called on South Dakota lawmakers to improve communication with Native American communities, singling out bills passed last year that were aimed at expected protests of the Keystone XL pipeline. “When relationships collapse,...

Maryland senator calls greenhouse gas plan 'truly vague'

Jan. 16, 2020 5:54 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A draft plan from Gov. Larry Hogan's administration to cut Maryland greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030 is “truly vague,” a leading state senator said Thursday over the administration's assertions that the plan was on track to meeting its goal. Sen. Paul...

New Mexico adopts rule as oil industry touts fiscal impact

Jan. 16, 2020 2:39 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators on Thursday adopted a new rule aimed at oil and natural gas companies as the industry touted the more than $3 billion that was pumped into the state's general fund coffers through taxes and revenues during the last fiscal year. With the change, the state Oil...

EPA petition asks for action on tainted drinking water

Jan. 16, 2020 12:36 PM EST

Eight state and national health and environment groups are asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to take emergency action because they say Oregon regulators have failed to curb nitrate contamination in drinking water sources near large dairies and feedlots. The groups filed a Safe Drinking Water Act...

Water users appeal ruling on central Idaho water diversions

Jan. 16, 2020 12:20 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A group of water users on Wednesday appealed a federal court decision ordering the U.S. Forest Service to consult with other federal agencies about nearly two dozen water diversion projects in central Idaho’s Sawtooth Valley that could be harming salmon, steelhead and bull trout....