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NC judges deny requests to block elections under new maps

Dec. 03, 2021 18:18 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's 2022 elections under new legislative and congressional maps can begin as scheduled next week after state judges on Friday rejected demands from lawsuit filers who claim the lines have to be blocked because they so egregiously favor Republicans. ...

Settlement: Old toxic cables to be removed from Lake Tahoe

Nov. 25, 2021 15:50 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — AT&T’s Pac Bell subsidiary has settled a lawsuit conservationists filed under a U.S. law more typically cited in Superfund cases, agreeing to spend up to $1.5 million to remove 8 miles (12.9 kilometers) of toxic telephone cables that were abandoned on the bottom of...

Colorado debates bonding for closing, cleaning orphan wells

Nov. 25, 2021 10:16 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — Proposed reforms meant to ensure taxpayers don’t get stuck paying to clean up oil and gas sites could actually leave the public open to eventually covering billions of dollars in costs, environmentalists and local governments contend. The Colorado Oil...

Review coming of effects of Maine dams on rare salmon

Nov. 24, 2021 15:06 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Federal regulators will perform an environmental review of the effects of four Maine dams on endangered salmon in a win for conservationists in the state. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission announced the review on Tuesday, the Portland Press...

Hundreds of Minnesota officers, agents getting body cameras

Nov. 16, 2021 13:17 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Hundreds of state law enforcement officers in Minnesota will soon be outfitted with new body cameras to record everything from traffic stops to civil disturbances. More than 600 Minnesota State Patrol troopers, nearly 200 Department of Natural...

Feds pledge $2.7M in funds for Klamath Basin salmon recovery

Nov. 15, 2021 15:58 PM EST

KLAMATH, Calif. (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has announced $2.7 million in funding for projects aimed at helping coho salmon in the Klamath River basin. The species is listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act and has seen its numbers dwindle amid...

Lawyer for man shot by officers raises mental illness issue

Nov. 12, 2021 19:30 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A defense attorney raised questions in court Friday about the mental health of his 29-year-old client, who was shot and wounded by law enforcement officers in a confrontation at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Erik Keith Legried remained...

Environmentalists can continue with suit to protect whales

Nov. 12, 2021 17:20 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A federal court is allowing a team of environmental groups to continue with a lawsuit against the U.S. government that seeks to create stronger rules to protect rare whales from collisions with ships. The environmental groups want to protect North...

Fight over US wolf protections goes before federal judge

Nov. 12, 2021 13:47 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A U.S. government attorney urged a federal judge Friday to uphold a decision from the waning days of the Trump administration that lifted protections for gray wolves across most of the country, as Republican-led states have sought to drive down wolf numbers through...

Wildlife officials set wolf trapping season amid concerns

Nov. 11, 2021 13:37 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Wildlife officials have announced a one-month trapping season for wolves on and near southeast Alaska's Prince of Wales Island despite concerns conservationists have raised about the population. A statement from the Alaska Department of Fish and...