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Advocates warn new rule puts endangered species at risk

Feb. 18, 2020 9:07 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A change in construction development rules in New Hampshire puts endangered species at a greater risk of facing harm, according to environmental groups. The state's Department of Environmental Services changed its construction permit rule in December after it deemed a state Supreme...

FILE - In this May 14, 2012 file photo, Brennan dredging units work on the Fox River near Ashwaubenon, Wis., as part of the PCB removal project. A bipartisan, $10 million package of more than a dozen bills designed to combat groundwater contamination in Wisconsin is slated for approval in the state Assembly. The proposals up for a vote Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, contain the recommendations from a water quality task force called to address growing concerns about groundwater contamination in the state. (H. Marc Larson/The Green Bay Press-Gazette via AP, File)

Wisconsin Assembly passes bipartisan water quality bills

Feb. 18, 2020 7:50 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Assembly passed $10 million package of 13 bills designed to combat groundwater contamination on Tuesday, with lawmakers calling it a good start but not enough to address the persistent and growing problem. Ten of the 13 bills passed unanimously. Despite the broad support,...

AP Source: Greg Olsen agrees to 1-year deal with Seahawks

Feb. 18, 2020 7:01 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says three-time Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen has agreed to a one-year, $7 million contract with the Seattle Seahawks. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the deal has not been announced by the team....

President Donald Trump walks over to talk to the media before he boards Air Force One for a trip to Los Angeles to attend a campaign fundraiser, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump delivers on pledge for wealthy California farmers

Feb. 18, 2020 4:39 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hoisting the spoils of victories in California’s hard-fought water wars, President Donald Trump is directing more of the state’s precious water to wealthy farmers and other agriculture interests when he visits their Republican Central Valley stronghold Wednesday. Changes by...

Alaska official disputes EPA toxic chemical release analysis

Feb. 17, 2020 2:27 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency reported Alaska led the nation in 2018 toxic chemical releases. But a state commissioner contends a large portion should not be categorized as toxic. Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Jason Brune argued that releases...

Group works to protect Michigan's Point Betsie Lighthouse

Feb. 17, 2020 11:52 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Mich. (AP) — An organization responsible for maintaining a historic Michigan lighthouse hopes that improving the site's shoreline protection system will minimize damage from Lake Michigan's high water levels. High water is causing problems for properties all along Michigan's shoreline,...

Wildlife managers seek to diversify amid hunting decline

Feb. 17, 2020 10:21 AM EST

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Crystal Egli grew up in rural Vermont, the daughter of a vegetarian, and, for most of her life, terrified of firearms. She didn’t grow up in a family that hunted and wouldn’t know how to become a hunter even if she had an interest in learning. But when she was hired by...

$800K to be spent from oil settlement fund in Maine

Feb. 17, 2020 7:52 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine and federal environmental officials have signed off on a decision to use an $800,000 environmental settlement to fund restoration projects in Hampden, Charleston, Sedgwick and Brooksville. The projects are located in Kenduskeag Stream, Sucker Brook and the Bagaduce River. The...

Early grant proposals accepted for wetland, stream projects

Feb. 16, 2020 8:48 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services is accepting early proposals for $3.3 million in grants for wetland and stream preservation and restoration projects. The program, known as the ARM Fund, has awarded grant money to 106 projects since 2006 that include preservation...

Michigan zoo plays cupid with snow leopards to produce cubs

Feb. 16, 2020 10:59 AM EST

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — Officials at a Michigan zoo are hoping its male snow leopard hooks up with a female snow leopard he was paired with through a breeding program that aims to give the threatened species a boost. Battle Creek's Binder Park Zoo recently introduced Victoria, a 2-year-old snow leopard...