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Immigrants, led by Jamaicans, slow Baltimore population loss

Nov. 14, 2019 5:31 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — Steve McMurray was not long out of high school when he moved to the United States. He left St. Mary Parish, a rural area in northeastern Jamaica, for trade school in Miami. He spent about a year and a half there, met a Jamaican girl with family in Maryland, and they moved here. Their...

Meet one of the state's more than 10,000 'super commuters'

Nov. 12, 2019 12:45 PM EST

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Six days a week, Ricarte Burgos wakes up at 3:30 a.m. to drive halfway across Massachusetts to get to work. Fortunately, the 40-year-old Springfield resident narrowly avoids the morning traffic jam along the Massachusetts Turnpike at that hour. But the journey carries with it...

South Carolina cashes in with $2 billion extra in budget

Nov. 11, 2019 1:13 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina lawmakers will again have a significant amount of extra money to spend in next year's budget. Economists are estimating a nearly $2 billion increase in the general fund, which lawmakers control, for the budget year that starts in July 2020. South Carolina's growing...

South Dakota hunting licenses sales drop by 26,000

Nov. 8, 2019 3:40 PM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Officials say South Dakota has sold nearly 26,000 fewer hunting licenses this year, which has cost the state more than $1 million in lost revenue. State Department of Game, Fish and Parks official Heather Villa told the Rapid City Journal that the long winter, flooding and a decline...

Maryland black bear hunt numbers up with growing population

Nov. 7, 2019 6:00 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Starting with a chance in a lottery, black bear hunting in Maryland can be a long process. After winning a license, carefully choosing a location and days outside hunting the bear, the payout can sometimes be as simple as sinking one's teeth into a bear-meat bologna sandwich. During...

Data: Minnesota's 2019 freshman class sees record diversity

Oct. 30, 2019 5:54 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota's 2019 freshman class is the biggest in 50 years and includes a female majority and the most students of color in the school's history. The Office of Institutional Research's numbers show that most of the freshmen — about 54% — are women and less...

Editorials from around Pennsylvania

Oct. 30, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania's newspapers: New corporate tax will benefit state coffers The Altoona Mirror Oct. 27 For years, many states have been collecting corporate income taxes from companies that do not have offices, employees or property in them. Pennsylvania...

Study triples population at risk of climate-triggered floods

Oct. 29, 2019 12:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people threatened by climate change-triggered flooding is about three times higher than previously thought, a new study says. But it's not because of more water. It's because the land, especially in Asia and the developing world, is several feet lower than what space-based...

National Zoo announces birth of 1 kudu, death of another

Oct. 28, 2019 2:47 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, D.C., has announced the birth of one lesser kudu and the death of another. The Washington Post reports the male calf was born Oct. 14, just weeks after its grandmother died. Citing a news release, news outlets report the zoo says the healthy...

Flounder fishing prohibited in November

Oct. 26, 2019 10:41 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Flounder fishing in state waters will be halted in November to protect migrating fish. The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is reminding anglers that commercial and recreational fishing for flounder is prohibited from Nov. 1 through Nov. 30. Flounder migrate...