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APNewsBreak: US government unveils final Utah monument plan

Aug. 23, 2019 12:35 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The U.S. government's final management plan for land in and around a Utah national monument that President Donald Trump downsized doesn't include many new protections for the cliffs, canyons, waterfalls and arches found there, but it does include a few more safeguards than were in a...

Court: Wyoming DEQ must release coal mine bond documents

Aug. 23, 2019 11:28 AM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A state judge has ruled that the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality must release land appraisal documents related to the bond renewal for the Belle Ayr coal mine in Campbell County. KTWO-AM reports that District Judge Steven Sharpe issued his ruling this week in a public...

New Mexico proposes ban on wildlife trapping near cities

Aug. 22, 2019 8:14 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New restrictions on wildlife traps and wire snares were proposed Thursday by regulators seeking to address conflicts over trapping traditions and evolving attitudes about animal suffering. The New Mexico Game and Fish agency outlined a proposal to ban traps and snares on select tracts...

Live-fish as bait now prohibited in northern Maine

Aug. 22, 2019 4:37 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife has adopted a rule that will limit the use of live fish as bait. Maine Director of Fisheries and Hatcheries Francis Brautigam says this new rule will better protect wild trout waters. If bait fish escape and breed, they can...

Ozone pollution advisory issued Thursday for metro Phoenix

Aug. 22, 2019 12:09 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Environmental regulators have issued another ozone pollution advisory for metro Phoenix. The latest advisory was issued because the Phoenix area is expected to exceed the federal health standard for air quality on Thursday. Arizona Department of Environmental Quality officials recommend...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's false claims on fuel economy rules

Aug. 21, 2019 8:47 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — President Donald Trump is misrepresenting the facts about his proposal to freeze Obama-era fuel economy requirements at 2021 levels. In multiple tweets Wednesday, Trump blasted auto executives as "foolish" and weak and accused the companies of being "politically correct" for resisting the...

Environmentalists sue over Endangered Species Act rollbacks

Aug. 21, 2019 6:43 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Seven environmental and animal protection groups teamed up to file the first lawsuit challenging the Trump administration's rollback of the Endangered Species Act. The environmental law nonprofit Earthjustice filed the lawsuit Wednesday on behalf of the Center for Biological Diversity,...

Court rules San Diego marijuana law required more analysis

Aug. 20, 2019 7:09 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego failed to adequately analyze the potential environmental impacts of its marijuana dispensary law, the California Supreme Court ruled in a decision expected to limit the discretion of local governments across the state involving a range of actions. The ruling came Monday in a...

Former elections regulator joins field for House seat

Aug. 19, 2019 9:49 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Former leading state elections regulator and Obama-administration official John Blair on Monday announced he'll run against a crowded Democratic field for the nomination to seek an open congressional seat in northern New Mexico in 2020. The seat is currently held by Democratic U.S....

Higher NC fishing, hunting fees inside bill getting final OK

Aug. 19, 2019 8:34 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — An omnibus wildlife regulation bill now heading to Gov. Roy Cooper's desk would create new fees and raise others — some for the first time in over 30 years — for activities related to hunting and fishing. The House gave final legislative approval to the wildlife resources...