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Fans in Italy root for clever brown bear to elude captivity

Jul. 17, 2019 3:17 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — A brown bear in Italy has eluded capture for a third day, following its escape from an electrified enclosure in a forested Alpine region. Appeals mounted urging authorities not to shoot it. It's not clear how the bear got past an electrified fence, then scaled a nearly 4-meter (13-foot) high...

New Mexico leases ranch land to Epstein company

Jul. 16, 2019 9:09 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico state land regulators are reviewing property leases to a company controlled by financier Jeffrey Epstein in light of federal charges that he sexually abused underage girls. State Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard on Tuesday delivered lease documents to state...

Lawmakers push for federal aid to wild blueberry industry

Jul. 16, 2019 11:10 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's Congressional delegation is getting involved in a push to extend federal aid to members of the state's wild blueberry industry. Wild blueberries are an important crop in Maine, but the industry has struggled with low prices in recent years. Maine's delegation says the U.S....

Editorials from around Ohio

Jul. 15, 2019 3:15 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: The Cleveland Plain Dealer, July 14 The bad news about this year's Lake Erie algal toxins is that the harmful blooms are likely to be "significant" and could range up to 9 on a severity index that has only gone over 10 once. That would...

Hurricane Barry's rain and floods hammer Gulf environment

Jul. 14, 2019 9:58 AM EDT

Hurricane Barry could affect the environment of the Gulf coast and Lower Mississippi Valley in numerous ways, from accelerating runoff of farmland nutrients to toppling trees and damaging wildlife habitat and fisheries, scientists say. But the extent of the damage — and whether it will be at least...

On Virginia farm, microbes turn organic waste into compost

Jul. 14, 2019 9:01 AM EDT

EVINGTON, Va. (AP) — More than 60% of organic waste goes into local landfills, according to Ken Newman, owner and operator of Royal Oak Farm. That organic waste — everything from paper products to scraps and leftovers — could be recycled into compost that is healthy for the environment, he...

State officials kill bear that roamed residential Bozeman

Jul. 13, 2019 3:36 PM EDT

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — A black bear that frequented residential neighborhoods in the Bozeman area has been killed by Montana wildlife officials. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks representatives said the two-year-old male bear had gotten into multiple conflicts with people and livestock since late June in...

EPA restores broad use of pesticide opposed by beekeepers

Jul. 12, 2019 4:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency will allow farmers to resume broad use of a pesticide over objections from beekeepers, citing private chemical industry studies that the agency says show the product does only lower-level harm to bees and wildlife. Friday's EPA announcement —...

Trump escapes blame for ethanol policy hurting corn farmers

Jul. 12, 2019 12:44 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Midwest farmers and their Republican elected officials rarely miss a chance to shower President Donald Trump with praise when he takes actions they believe help agriculture, but they're now parsing their words over the administration's policies dealing with ethanol. While they have...

Wyoming warns livestock owners to watch for spreading virus

Jul. 10, 2019 10:01 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming is warning livestock owners in the state to be on the lookout for an animal virus spreading in other states. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that the Vesicular Stomatitis Indiana serotype has recently been found in horses in Texas, New Mexico and Colorado. Wyoming State...