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NY bill would create restaurant tax break for oyster shells

May. 21, 2019 6:52 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Legislation before New York state lawmakers would create a new tax break for restaurants that donate oyster shells for environmental conservation. Under the bill, the state would award a 10-cent tax credit for every pound of shells, up to $1,000. Old shells provide vital habitat for new...

Deer hunt to continue in Ann Arbor after city council vote

May. 21, 2019 6:21 AM EDT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Hunting deer in the city of Ann Arbor will continue as part of efforts to control the deer population. WXYZ-TV reports City Council during a meeting that began Monday night rejected an amendment that would have put a stop to the culling of deer. The vote came after supporters and...

Washington state company to settle EPA water pollution case

May. 21, 2019 1:00 AM EDT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state lumber company has agreed to a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency over allegations of water pollution. The News Tribune reported Monday that Manke Lumber will pay a $320,000 penalty and build a treatment system to fix water quality violations. Court...

Proposed ban on aerial spraying in Maine returning for vote

May. 21, 2019 12:31 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A committee of the Maine Legislature is slated to resume a debate over a proposal to prohibit aerial spraying of herbicides in the state's forests. The proposal has faced opposition from the Maine timber industry. Members of the industry say it would take a useful tool away from them...

Texas advances bill to stiffen penalties for pipeline damage

May. 20, 2019 8:06 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A bill that would stiffen penalties for those who damage or trespass around oil and gas operations is advancing through the Texas Legislature. Republicans say the measure that passed the Texas Senate on Monday would not limit legal protests but would deter people from damaging any...

Asian carp DNA found in Chicago area near Lake Michigan

May. 20, 2019 7:46 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Officials say genetic material from Asian carp has been detected near Lake Michigan, but a follow-up search turned up none of the invasive fish. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service posted results last week from sampling conducted in the Chicago Area Waterway System in early April. Most of the...

2 Idaho brothers accused of illegally killing deer in Nevada

May. 20, 2019 5:58 PM EDT

ELKO, Nev. (AP) — Authorities have filed a total of 27 charges against two Idaho brothers accused of illegally killing a pair of mule deer bucks in northeast Nevada. The Nevada Department of Wildlife announced Monday that Elko County prosecutors recently filed the charges against Wade and Blake Asher....

Gov. declares drought for nearly half of Washington state

May. 20, 2019 5:01 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has expanded a drought emergency to nearly half the state because of worsened, poor water supply conditions and warmer and drier weather predicted throughout the summer. The governor declared drought for the Methow, Okanogan and Upper Yakima basins in April....

States turn to drones to predict avalanches, spot wildlife

May. 20, 2019 4:23 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — In Utah, drones are hovering near avalanches to watch roaring snow. In North Carolina, they're searching for the nests of endangered birds. In Kansas, they could soon be identifying sick cows through heat signatures. Public transportation agencies are using drones in nearly every...

High court sides with Crow tribe member in hunting dispute

May. 20, 2019 4:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday sided with a member of the Crow tribe who was fined for hunting elk in Wyoming's Bighorn National Forest, giving him a good chance to get a more than $8,000 fine against him overturned. The case the justices decided 5-4 is a win for Clayvin Herrera and his...