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Cleared trees lie stacked on the entrance to the site for the planned Tesla factory near Gruenheide, Germany, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. The Higher Administrative Court for Berlin-Brandenburg ordered Tesla to stop clearing trees on the wooded site near Berlin until it considers an environmental group's appeal. In a statement Sunday, the court said it had to issue the injunction because otherwise Tesla might have completed the work over the next three days. (Britta Pedersen/dpa via AP)

German court says Tesla can fell trees at site of new plant

Feb. 21, 2020 7:15 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A German court has ruled that the clearing of trees from the site of Tesla Inc.'s first electric car factory in Europe can go ahead, days after it issued an injunction temporarily halting the preparatory work. The top administrative court in the Berlin-Brandenburg region ruled late Thursday...

Officials: Florida panthers struck and killed by vehicles

Feb. 21, 2020 4:49 AM EST

IMMOKALEE, Fla. (AP) — Two endangered Florida panthers have died after being struck by vehicles in separate incidents. They're the sixth and seventh panther deaths attributed to fatal collisions, out of eight total deaths this year, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The...

Grant will help Virginia test schools for lead in water

Feb. 21, 2020 3:56 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday announced it was awarding Virginia over $700,000 in grant funding to assist with identifying sources of lead in drinking water in schools and child care facilities. The $737,000 will go to the Department of Health, which will use it to...

New grants aimed to preserve farmland

Feb. 21, 2020 3:54 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is annoucing new grant money to help preserve farmland around the state. Northam announced this week that the Virginia Farmland Preservation Fund was awarding $350,000 in grants to Albemarle, Clarke, Fauquier, and Stafford counties, and the cities of...

Wisconsin Assembly passes bill to combat PFAS pollution

Feb. 21, 2020 2:53 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Assembly Republicans hastily put together a bill addressing PFAS contamination and pushed it through to the Senate early Friday morning, just moments before adjourning for the year. The bill gives Rep. John Nygren of Marinette cover on the campaign trail this summer. His northeastern...

FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2016 file photo, people try to catch fish along the Sacramento River in the San Joaquin-Sacramento River Delta, near Courtland, Calif. California officials sued the Trump administration on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, to block new rules governing the Sacramento/San Joaquin River Delta. Attorney General Xavier Becerra called the new rules

California sues Trump administration to block water rules

Feb. 20, 2020 11:31 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California sued the Trump administration on Thursday to block new rules that would let farmers take more water from the state's largest river systems, arguing it would push endangered populations of delta smelt, chinook salmon and steelhead trout to extinction. The federal rules...

Groups demand cattle be corralled to protect mouse habitat

Feb. 20, 2020 11:16 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists are accusing U.S. land managers of failing to keep livestock and wild horses out of streams and other wetlands in Arizona's White Mountains, resulting in damage to habitat required by a rare species of mouse found only in the Southwest. The lawsuit filed Thursday...

Assembly passes Lyme disease brochure bill

Feb. 20, 2020 10:28 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin wildlife officials would have to include information on Lyme disease in state park brochures and run an annual awareness campaign about the tick-borne disease under a bill The state Assembly passed Thursday. The bipartisan measure would require the Department of Natural...

In this Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020 photo, Rabbi Moti Rieber, executive director of the Kansas Interfaith Alliance, testifies against a bill to bar cities and counties from banning single-use plastic bags and straws, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Rieber says he's frustrated that lawmakers are considering such a measure and not having a meaningful conversation about climate change. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

As climate changes, activists struggle for Kansas' attention

Feb. 20, 2020 9:45 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Environmentalists are struggling to get lawmakers to even discuss climate change as a serious issue in Kansas, where some leaders of the Republican-controlled Legislature question the widespread scientific consensus that human activity is dangerously warming the planet. States such as...

Judge OKs settlement over western Michigan contamination

Feb. 20, 2020 9:43 PM EST

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday approved a settlement with a western Michigan footwear company that faced a lawsuit over groundwater tainted with potentially harmful “forever" chemicals that are turning up in drinking water across the industrial state. Wolverine...