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NKorea seen as weak link in swine fever's spread across Asia

Oct. 16, 2019 1:24 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea is deploying snipers, installing traps and flying drones along its border as it ramps up efforts to stop wild boars from spreading swine fever from rival North Korea. African swine fever, fatal to hogs but no threat to humans, has wiped out pig herds in many Asian...

California will pay $12M for roads damaged in dam crisis

Oct. 15, 2019 4:58 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's water resources agency has agreed to pay a Northern California county $12 million to repair roads after a crisis at the country's tallest dam forced nearly 200,000 people to evacuate in 2017. The state Department of Water Resources and Butte County announced the...

S Carolina fines Virginia energy company for water pollution

Oct. 15, 2019 6:29 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina regulators have fined a Virginia-based energy company for allowing sediment runoff from a pipeline project to pollute drinking water sources. The State reported Monday that investigators recently culminated a monthslong investigation by fining Dominion Energy $4,200....

West Virginia donates 15,000 blue catfish for Kentucky River

Oct. 15, 2019 4:50 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has given 15,000 blue catfish to boost fish populations in the Kentucky River. Acting Fisheries Director Paul Wilkes of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife says the donation from the neighboring state will restock catfish in...

Invasive zebra mussels found in Vermont's Lake Dunmore

Oct. 15, 2019 12:25 AM EDT

LEICESTER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation says adult zebra mussels have been found in Lake Dunmore in Leicester. The state tested the specimens after an inquiry from the Lake Dunmore Public Access Greeter Program. The Lake Dunmore lake association then contracted divers who...

Pacific Northwest tribes: Remove Columbia River dams

Oct. 14, 2019 9:23 PM EDT

THE DALLES, Ore. (AP) — Two Pacific Northwest tribes on Monday demanded the removal of three major hydroelectric dams on the Columbia River to save migrating salmon and starving orcas and restore fishing sites that were guaranteed to the tribes in a treaty more than 150 years ago. The Yakama and Lummi...

River otters attack, injure family dog in Anchorage park

Oct. 14, 2019 10:25 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska man rescued his family's dog from an attack by river otters in a small lake at an Anchorage park, he said. Kenny Brewer waded waist-deep into Taku Lake and suffered a bite on his hand while pulling the dog away from the river otters that converged on the pet, Alaska...

Boil water advisory in western Pennsylvania after pump fails

Oct. 14, 2019 6:24 AM EDT

MCKEESPORT, Pa. (AP) — More than 16,000 customers in four western Pennsylvania communities are waiting to learn if a boil water advisory has been lifted. The Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County told residents in McKeesport, Port Vue, Versailles and White Oak to boil their water after a pump failed...

West Virginia taking applications for school rain barrels

Oct. 14, 2019 4:49 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia is offering free rain barrels to schools in the state. The Department of Environmental Protection said schools with current or planned flower or vegetable gardens will be given priority. Applications on the agency's Rain Barrel Program website must be submitted by...

Wet weather slows Omaha-area levee repairs as winter nears

Oct. 12, 2019 11:59 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — This fall's flooding and cooler weather highlight the race that contractors, cities and natural resource districts are in to get the Omaha area's flood-fighting levees in better shape before winter comes. The need is pressing: September saw the sixth-highest water level recorded on the...