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EPA removes waste at Texas toxic sites, won't say from where

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency says it has recovered 517 containers of "unidentified, potentially hazardous material" from highly contaminated toxic waste sites in Texas that flooded last month during Hurricane Harvey. The...

 

FCC head: Storms teach lessons on emergency communications

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Ajit Pai has been to Texas and Florida in recent weeks to learn what lessons hurricanes Harvey and Irma have to offer about how to improve the nation's emergency communication systems during natural disasters. Pai, the chairman...

 

Colorado: Some low-level radioactive waste handled illegally

DENVER (AP) — Colorado health officials say low-level radioactive waste from the oil and gas industry has been buried illegally in landfills that aren't approved to handle it. State Department of Public Health and Environment officials said they...

 

Immigrant hurricane victims turn to churches amid fear

HOUSTON (AP) — Immigrants came from across Houston to a Baptist church gymnasium and stacked dollies with boxes of cereal, orange juice and household necessities like cleaning bleach. For many of them, the church was the safest place to seek...

 

AP Exclusive: Evidence of spills at toxic site during floods

PASADENA, Texas (AP) — The U.S. government received reports of three spills at one of Houston's dirtiest Superfund toxic waste sites in the days after the drenching rains from Hurricane Harvey finally stopped. Aerial photos reviewed by The...

 

Magnitude 3.2 earthquake shakes parts of northwest Oklahoma

FAIRVIEW, Okla. (AP) — An earthquake has rattled parts of northwestern Oklahoma. The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude 3.2 earthquake was recorded at 5:21 p.m. Tuesday about 18 miles northwest of Fairview, about 100 miles northwest of...

 

Lawrence must truck 10 million gallons of contaminated water

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The city of Lawrence faces the need to truck 10 million gallons of nitrogen-contaminated water away from the former Farmland Industries fertilizer plant, while also dealing with increased water storage at the site and...

 

New video shows wild jaguar roaming in southern Arizona

WILLCOX, Ariz. (AP) — Wildlife conservationists have released new video footage showing what is believed to be one of three jaguars to be seen in the United States in the past few years. The Center for Biological Diversity released the video taken...

 

Hot, dry, windy conditions increase Oklahoma wildfire danger

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The risk of wildfires is increasing in Oklahoma, thanks to hot, dry and breezy conditions across the state. The National Weather Service says there is an elevated chance of wildfires on Thursday and Friday, especially in...

 

Endangered Mexican wolf killed following livestock attacks

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An endangered Mexican gray wolf has been killed by federal employees after a Native American tribe requested the animal be removed from the wild in the wake of a string of cattle deaths near the Arizona-New Mexico border....

 

Injured hawk 'Harvey' that gained online popularity released

PLANO, Texas (AP) — An injured hawk that sought refuge in a Houston taxicab before Harvey made landfall last month has been returned to the wild. Cabdriver William Bruso dubbed the female Cooper's hawk "Harvey the Hurricane Hawk" in online videos...

 

'Water is rushing in': Discovery of body ends Harvey mystery

With Harvey's floodwaters rapidly flowing into the Houston hotel where she worked, Jill Renick reportedly made a frantic cellphone call to a fellow employee: "I'm in an elevator. The water is rushing in. Please help me!" Those words were among the...

 

4 small earthquakes recorded across northern Oklahoma

COVINGTON, Okla. (AP) — Four small earthquakes have been recorded across northern Oklahoma by the U.S. Geological Survey. No injuries or damage are reported. The strongest quakes were magnitude 3.1 and magnitude 3.0, both recorded about 5:30 p.m....

 

Osage Nation firefighters head to Montana to fight wildfire

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Firefighters from the Oklahoma-based Osage Nation are headed to Montana to help fight wildfires. Television station KOTV reports thousands of acres of land have been scorched by wildfires in Montana, which has experienced...

 

Emergency crews from Oklahoma to aid Hurricane Irma recovery

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says the state is sending an emergency response team to Florida to help local communities recover from the impact of Hurricane Irma. Fallin says a 12-person operations support team is deploying to the...

 

Report: Winter wheat planting under way in Kansas

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A government report shows that planting for the 2018 winter wheat crop is now under way in Kansas. The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday that 3 percent of the wheat has been planted. That is equal for...

 

Grant to fund planting of bee-friendly flora in Missouri

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — It is a bleak time to be a bee, and that's bad news for humans. The insects' population is declining in North America, the result of shrinking habitats and pesticide use, raising alarm about the future of species that play a key...

 

Why your disaster kit needs a home inventory

Imagine losing everything in a disaster like Hurricane Harvey, then having to list all of your possessions to file an insurance claim — every plate, holiday decoration and piece of clothing for starters. Without a home inventory, this would be the...

 

Geophysicist: Weight of Harvey rains caused Houston to sink

HOUSTON (AP) — A California geophysicist says the sheer weight of the torrential rains brought by Harvey has caused Houston to sink by 2 centimeters. Chris Milliner, a postdoctoral fellow at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California...

 

Magnitude-3.9 earthquake rattles northern Oklahoma

MEDFORD, Okla. (AP) — An earthquake has rattled parts of northern Oklahoma and southern Kansas. The U.S. Geological Survey reports the magnitude-3.9 quake struck about 9 miles southeast of Medford, Oklahoma, on Thursday night. No injuries or...

 

Northern Oklahoma earthquake upgraded to magnitude 4.3

MEDFORD, Okla. (AP) — An earthquake that rattled parts of northern Oklahoma and southern Kansas has been upgraded to magnitude 4.3. The U.S. Geological Survey initially reported the quake as magnitude 3.9 after it struck at 9:26 p.m. Thursday near...

 

Kansas man hopes to raise bat awareness after bat encounter

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Since Topeka resident Andrew Ginn woke up to a bat resting on the back of his head, he has learned more about bats in Kansas than he ever wanted to know. And now, he's hoping to share that knowledge with as many Kansas citizens...

 

DNR: No sign of leakage at Missouri waste storage site

BERGER, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Department of Natural Resources says there are no indications that any of the hazardous material in an eastern Missouri floodplain is being released to the environment. A federal indictment alleges that nine million...

 

FEMA still focused on responding to Harvey as Irma looms

WASHINGTON (AP) — Faced with the looming threat of dual disasters, the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Wednesday ramped up preparations for Hurricane Irma as it barreled toward the Florida coast even as the agency continued the massive...

 

Debris shows Houston's recovery from Harvey, in photos

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston-area neighborhoods that were full of Harvey's floodwater last week are now full of debris: waterlogged furniture, ruined appliances and soggy carpet and Sheetrock piled up in front yards. It's not pretty, but it shows that...

 

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