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A destroyed home is seen in the aftermath of both Hurricane Laura and Hurricane Delta, in Grand Lake, La., Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Louisiana governor asks White House for $3B in hurricane aid

Jan. 26, 2021 3:55 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards is asking President Joe Biden for $3 billion to help Louisiana with its ongoing recovery from the 2020 hurricanes, saying Tuesday that he's filed a request with the new White House similar to the unfulfilled ask he made of the prior administration. The...

A boat pushes tons of garbage stuck at the foot of the hydro power plant at the Potpecko accumulation lake near Priboj, in southwest Serbia, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. Serbia and other Balkan nations are virtually drowning in communal waste after decades of neglect and lack of efficient waste-management policies in the countries aspiring to join the European Union. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Rubbish-covered lake brings to light Balkans waste problem

Jan. 26, 2021 2:41 AM EST

PRIBOJ, Serbia (AP) — Trucks and building machines are parked on a river dam in southwest Serbia but not for construction work. Instead, huge cranes are being used to clear tons of garbage crammed at the foot of the power plant. Serbia and other Balkan nations are overwhelmed by communal waste after...

FILE - This July 16, 2004, file photo, shows a gray wolf at the Wildlife Science Center in Forest Lake, Minn. Wisconsin State Department of Natural Resources officials pushed back Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, against Republican legislators seeking to implement a wolf season immediately, saying a hunt is already scheduled for November and they need time to gather input and set quotas. (AP Photo/Dawn Villella, File)

Wisconsin DNR board refuses to set early wolf hunt

Jan. 25, 2021 11:36 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Department of Natural Resources policy board narrowly refused Republican legislators' request Friday to implement a wolf hunt immediately, citing concerns that the department can't move that fast and Wisconsin's Native American tribes haven't been consulted as per treaty...

Georgia signs contract to pull disputed water from lake

Jan. 25, 2021 11:31 AM EST

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Georgia has signed an agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that for the first time formally ratifies the rights of two suburban Atlanta counties to use Lake Lanier for drinking water. The lake northeast of Atlanta, formed by damming the Chattahoochee River, has been used...

Mississippi plans to intentionally breach problem dam

Jan. 25, 2021 8:00 AM EST

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi officials are planning to intentionally breach a high-hazard dam in Meridian and drain the lake behind it. Inspectors have discovered a problem at Lakewood Lake Dam in the Druid Hills neighborhood that could lead to an uncontrolled breach, The Meridian Star reports. That...

Man dies after crashing through frozen lake on snowmobile

Jan. 24, 2021 5:30 PM EST

WOLVERINE LAKE, Mich. (AP) — A man riding a snowmobile on a frozen Michigan lake died Sunday afternoon when his vehicle crashed through the ice, authorities said. The 26-year-old from Wixom was under the water for an hour before being removed by the Oakland County Dive Team at around 1 p.m., Wolverine Lake...

NY finishes first round of fight against tree-killing insect

Jan. 23, 2021 8:03 PM EST

LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (AP) — New York environmental officials have finished the first round of a fight against an insect that has been killing upstate hemlock trees around Lake George, with plans for more treatments in the works. Since October, the state has treated more than 2,000 hemlocks with insecticide on...

Iowa's Surf Ballroom designated National Historic Landmark

Jan. 22, 2021 4:15 PM EST

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (AP) — A north-central Iowa venue best known for hosting the last concert of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson before the trio died in a 1959 plane crash is now a National Historic Landmark. The U.S. Department of the Interior issued the...

Louisiana closing some shrimping areas on Sunday

Jan. 21, 2021 4:12 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana is closing some areas to shrimping so large numbers of white shrimp found there can grow to marketable size, the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said in a news release Thursday. Areas being closed include Lake Pontchartrain and several nearby waters, as well as...

Tests reveal elevated PFAS levels in Madison lakes

Jan. 21, 2021 3:30 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Tests have revealed elevated levels of man-made chemicals known as PFAS in Madison-area lakes, state environmental officials said Thursday. The Department of Natural Resources collected samples last year from lakes Mendota, Monona, Upper Mud, Waubesa and Kegonsa, as well as along...