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Attorney: Girl hit during Astros game had skull fracture

Jun. 26, 2019 5:04 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — An attorney for the family of a 2-year-old girl struck by a foul ball during a game last month between the Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros says the girl suffered a skull fracture. Attorney Richard Mithoff on Wednesday provided the first update by the girl's family on her condition since she...

The Latest: Wisconsin Senate passes state budget on to Evers

Jun. 26, 2019 4:53 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on the Wisconsin Senate's state budget vote (all times local): 3:55 p.m. Republicans who control the Wisconsin Senate have narrowly approved the state budget. The $81 billion two-year spending plan now goes to Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, who can sign the budget into law,...

Coal train derails into Great Dismal Swamp wildlife refuge

Jun. 26, 2019 4:43 PM EDT

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) — A coal train has derailed in the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia, raising concerns about its wildlife and the fragile peat soil that has accumulated there over the course of centuries. Chris Lowie, manager of the federal refuge, said 36 of about 100 cars went...

Maine governor signs sweeping renewable energy bills

Jun. 26, 2019 4:24 PM EDT

PITTSFIELD, Maine (AP) — Maine's Democratic governor has signed three bills aimed at fighting climate change by ushering in renewable energy. Gov. Janet Mills signed the bills Wednesday in front of Maine's largest solar array in Pittsfield. The newly Democratic-led Legislature has passed a pile of bills...

Federal officials: Firefighters ready despite shutdown

Jun. 26, 2019 3:42 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Firefighters and other federal employees in the central Rocky Mountain region and Black Hills went back to work during last winter's government shutdown to make sure they would be ready for wildfire season, federal officials said Wednesday. So far this year, conditions haven't been...

Port of Vancouver commissioners: No fossil fuel terminals

Jun. 26, 2019 3:37 PM EDT

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — The Port of Vancouver has closed the door on courting bulk fossil fuel terminals, some 17 months after Gov. Jay Inslee rejected plans to build a giant crude oil terminal on port property. The Columbian reports on Tuesday port commissioners approved a policy that says the port...

Tesla provision helps get Wisconsin legislator behind budget

Jun. 26, 2019 3:37 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans won a key legislator's support for the state budget Wednesday after inserting provisions that allow Tesla to open dealerships in the state — a goal long pursued by the lawmaker, who is an enthusiast of the high-end electric cars. Sen. Chris Kapenga, a...

Senior EPA official steps down amid House ethics probe

Jun. 26, 2019 3:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top Environment Protection Agency official who helped lead the Trump administration's rollback of Obama-era restrictions of carbon emissions is resigning amid a congressional probe into whether he improperly aided former industry clients. EPA Assistant Administrator Bill Wehrum is...

Crews use controlled burns to fight Kenai Peninsula wildfire

Jun. 26, 2019 3:15 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Fire crews on a Kenai Peninsula wildfire used controlled burns to create firebreaks and protect the Sterling Highway and other infrastructure. Additional controlled burns are planned Wednesday to protect the highway and a power transmission line. The peninsula south of Anchorage is...

Oregon Republican walkout over climate bill drags on

Jun. 26, 2019 3:09 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Republicans in the Oregon state Senate have now been off the job for one week. All 11 senators were again missing Wednesday as they aim to block a vote on an emissions-lowering climate proposal. That's despite assurances from the Senate President on Tuesday that the measure doesn't have...