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California relishes role as liberal trendsetter, Trump foe

Oct. 20, 2019 12:54 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Democrats who rule California took on homegrown tech giants Uber and Lyft over their workforces, convinced some of the world's biggest automakers to buck the president on fuel emissions and passed a law that could change college sports nationwide. On issues big and small...

New York lawmakers hold hearing on changing recycling market

Oct. 20, 2019 8:25 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York state lawmakers will hold a hearing on recycling amid China's decision to restrict scrap imports. The halt on China's imports of wastepaper and plastic has disrupted U.S. recycling programs, but it also has spurred investment in American plants that process recyclables. The heads...

Minnesota slated to expand electric vehicle charging network

Oct. 19, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota will spend nearly $1.7 million from its share of the Volkswagen emissions-cheating settlement to expand electric vehicle charging options over the next two years along the state's major highways. The 22 added charging locations will collectively form a "minimum viable...

Editorials from around New England

Oct. 18, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

Editorials from around New England: CONNECTICUT Some tragedies easily averted Republican-American Oct. 16 Monday, a year-old girl in Tampa, Fla., became the 48th child to die this year in the United States as a result of being left in a hot car. While the public clamors for protection from lesser dangers,...

Groups: Saving Mexican gray wolves requires new approach

Oct. 17, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Dozens of environmental groups and scientists have asked U.S. wildlife managers to rethink how they plan to ensure the survival of Mexican gray wolves in the Southwest. Following a loss in federal court last year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is crafting a new rule to guide...

Oregon waterway pesticide levels fall due to farming changes

Oct. 17, 2019 12:18 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Environmental regulators say pesticide levels in some Oregon waterways have dropped to fractions of former concentrations due to voluntary changes by farmers. The Capital Press reported Wednesday that the state Department of Environmental Quality found that growers who altered spray...

New Mexico shares excess emissions data online

Oct. 17, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Environment Department is sharing emissions data with the public on its website as it works on new regulations aimed at reducing pollution. The department says the data involves excess emissions of carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide and other pollutants that are...

Alaska to look at oil spill plan requirements

Oct. 16, 2019 5:19 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Thirty years after the Exxon Valdez oil spill, the state of Alaska is looking at whether to change its requirements for oil spill prevention and response plans. Some say Gov. Mike Dunleavy's administration has failed to adequately explain the need for any changes and fear the process...

Farmers blame Trump for biofuels rule they view as betrayal

Oct. 16, 2019 4:50 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Agriculture commodity groups and some farmers expressed frustration and anger Wednesday with a rule released by the Environmental Protection Agency that they said fails to uphold a promise President Donald Trump made 12 days ago to fulfill the intent of an ethanol law passed by...

Toxic PCBs linger in schools; EPA, lawmakers fail to act

Oct. 16, 2019 4:43 PM EDT

MONROE, Wash. (AP) — At first, teachers at Sky Valley Education Center simply evacuated students and used fans to clear the air when the fluorescent lights caught fire or smoked with noxious fumes. When black oil dripped onto desks and floors, they caught leaks with a bucket and duct-taped oil-stained...