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Editorial Roundup: New England

Jul. 30, 2021 13:52 PM EDT

Boston Herald. July 30, 2021. Editorial: Time for Senate to pass, not spike, betting bill House lawmakers are again putting the legalization of sports betting in the Senate’s court after overwhelmingly approving a bill that would allow that gaming...

Florida river gets curves back in 22-year, $980m restoration

Jul. 30, 2021 11:01 AM EDT

SEBRING, Fla. (AP) — The 22-year project to restore Florida's Kissimmee River from a straight manmade channel to its natural meandering state has marked a major milestone. Officials involved in the nearly $1 billion Kissimmee River Restoration Project said at an event...

Dozens of neglected animals surrendered at Maine farm

Jul. 28, 2021 16:44 PM EDT

SANFORD, Maine (AP) — Authorities in Maine said the caretaker of a farm that was home to dozens of neglected animals has surrendered custody of most of them to the state. The animals were seized from the Sanford farm on July 14. Officials said a woman rescued the...

Lab gets help on project to cut cattle emissions via seaweed

Jul. 28, 2021 12:26 PM EDT

EAST BOOTHBAY, Maine (AP) — A Maine marine science lab has received $5 million to further research into whether seaweed-based food can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from cows. Bigelow Laboratory has been working in recent years on whether the feed supplements can...

Italy: Lake Como towns hit by extreme weather

Jul. 27, 2021 14:02 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Towns around Italy's Lake Como were hit by mudslides and floods on Tuesday in another example of extreme weather phenomena that an agricultural lobby said had intensified in recent years. Italian firefighters carried out more than 60 rescues after storms...

Analysis: Wicker says Yazoo pumps would alleviate injustice

Jul. 25, 2021 17:07 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Installing massive pumps to drain water from the south Mississippi Delta would be a way to fight environmental injustice because the pumps would help low-income and minority residents whose lives are disrupted by flooding, Republican U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker of...

Virginia vineyard invests in agriculture, community

Jul. 25, 2021 09:06 AM EDT

MADISON, Va. (AP) — “Exquisite” best describes a recent Friday afternoon in Madison County spent sitting with good company, waning sunshine and handy beverages—and a stunning view of blue mountains layered on the horizon. At Revalation Vineyards, the magnificent...

Feds deny North Dakota request for early haying of CRP land

Jul. 24, 2021 11:27 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The federal government has denied a request by North Dakota leaders to allow ranchers struggling with drought to hay idled grassland while it’s still of good quality. The Bismarck Tribune reports the state Agriculture Department is looking into...

Western wildfires: Crews make progress on huge Oregon blaze

Jul. 23, 2021 22:41 PM EDT

BLY, Ore. (AP) — The nation's largest wildfire raged through southern Oregon on Friday, but crews were scaling back some night operations as hard work and weaker winds helped reduce the spread of flames even as wildfires continued to threaten homes in neighboring California. ...

California could cut off water from thousands of farmers

Jul. 23, 2021 20:34 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California regulators are planning to stop thousands of farmers from taking water out of the state's major rivers and streams because of a worsening drought. The Sacramento Bee reported that the State Water Resources Control Board will vote on...