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Invasive fish found in Bull Shoals Lake

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A recent catch in a lake straddling the Missouri and Arkansas border has some fisheries biologists concerned that the invasive fish would disrupt the food chain. Two fishermen recently caught a 45-pound (20-kilogram)...

 

New Mexico national forest says no to geothermal drilling

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Underground pockets of boiling water and steam that could have been tapped to produce electricity are now off limits as one national forest in northern New Mexico has said no to the prospect of geothermal development. The...

 

What goes into a go-bag? How to prepare an emergency kit

Heather Kretzer, a health consultant for the Florida Department of Health in Panama City, lives near the water. But the most recent call for an evacuation in her area wasn't because of a hurricane but because of an active shooter. The incident, which... Full story

 

Rare type of tick inexplicably turns up in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A hardy, invasive species of tick that survived a New Jersey winter and subsequently traversed the mid-Atlantic has mysteriously arrived in Arkansas. No one is sure how the Longhorned tick, native to East Asia, arrived in...

 

Extreme fire danger forces another national forest to close

DENVER (AP) — Extreme fire danger prompted officials to shut down a sprawling forest that includes some of Colorado's most stunning mountains in a region that attracts tourists from around the world, a rare tactic also being used in neighboring...

 
 By Gary Demuth    Regional    June 10, 2018

Kansas residents remember tornado a decade later

CHAPMAN, Kan. (AP) — It took less than a minute for Kent Mills to lose nine buildings, two grain bins, a cattle corral, a pasture fence and multiple farm vehicles and machinery. Just after 10:30 p.m. on June 11, 2008, the Chapman farmer and...

 

Report: Winter wheat harvest begins in Kansas

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A new government report shows the winter wheat harvest has begun in Kansas amid poor prospects for much of this season's crop. The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday that 2 percent of the wheat in the...

 

Oklahoma thunderstorms swamp roadways, strand motorists

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Heavy thunderstorms dropped more than 3 inches of rain in parts of central Oklahoma that left motorists stranded on freeways and surface streets. The National Weather Service issued flash flood warnings Thursday after the...

 
 By Gary Demuth    Regional    June 8, 2018

Kansas residents remember tornado a decade later

CHAPMAN, Kan. (AP) — It took less than a minute for Kent Mills to lose nine buildings, two grain bins, a cattle corral, a pasture fence and multiple farm vehicles and machinery. Just after 10:30 p.m. on June 11, 2008, the Chapman farmer and...

 

Paddlefish mysteriously die off at Oklahoma lake

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation has investigated another fish kill below a dam after an angler reported he saw dozens of dead paddlefish at a lake outside Tulsa. The Monday sighting at Fort Gibson Lake came...

 
 By Ken Miller    Regional    June 6, 2018

Study finds possible deep faults, possible earthquake source

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Scientists may have found previously unmapped faults in Oklahoma that could be contributing to a sharp increase in induced earthquakes in the state, according to a report on a study that used magnetic imaging to explore the roc...

 
 By Keith Ridler    Regional    June 6, 2018

Sage grouse DNA study maps crucial mating grounds in US West

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Sage grouse have a vast network of mating grounds in the U.S. West akin to interconnected regional airport hubs that the imperiled species is using to maintain genetic diversity across its entire range, a DNA study has...

 
 By ALEX STUCKEY    Regional    June 6, 2018

Texas State Aquarium houses more rescued animals post-Harvey

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — The white and brownish-black bird in the photo was covered in so many cactus spines, Alyssa Barrett could barely make out its coloring, let alone its species. But something about the crook in its beak made her pulse...

 
 By Ken Miller    Regional    June 3, 2018

Oklahoma registers warmest May in records dating to 1895

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Following Oklahoma's second-coldest April, the state had its hottest May. Oklahoma's statewide average temperature for May was 74.6 degrees, breaking the previous record of 74 degrees set in 1962, according to state...

 

New Mexico closing 3 state parks due to extreme fire danger

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Three state parks in northern New Mexico are closing effective Monday because of extreme fire danger. The State Parks Division of the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department says the parks being closed until further...

 

Report: Almost half of Kansas winter wheat crop struggling

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A new report suggests that almost half of the winter wheat crop in Kansas continues to struggle. The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday that 16 percent of the wheat is rated as "very poor," while another...

 
 By MADDY HAYDEN    Regional    June 1, 2018

Federal biologists look to boost Mexican wolf genetics

GILA NATIONAL FOREST, N.M. (AP) — On an early Monday morning, four helpless, tiny creatures that will eventually become some of nature's top predators found themselves nestled under a commercial airline seat. The Mexican wolf pups, removed from...

 

Fallin lifts burn ban in 5 counties in western Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin is lifting burning restrictions in five of the seven counties that were under a burn ban because of extreme fire conditions. Fallin said Wednesday that she's removing bans in Beaver, Ellis, Harper,...

 

4 white peregrine falcons hatched in Topeka get bands

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Four fluffy, white peregrine falcon chicks that hatched less than a month ago in Topeka are growing and healthy. Officials on Monday but bands on the four chicks, which hatched on a nest near the top of the 12-story Westar...

 

Auctioned bison herd to stay in Oklahoma

FOSS, Okla. (AP) — More than 60 bison auctioned off by Oklahoma will stay in the state after two Indian tribes made the winning bid of about $88,000. The herd had roamed the grasslands of Foss State Park, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) west of...

 
 By KEITH RIDLER    Regional    May 25, 2018

Officials: Efforts failing to save US West sagebrush land

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Public lands managers are losing a battle against a devastating combination of invasive plant species and wildfires in the vast sagebrush habitats in the U.S. West that support cattle ranching and recreation and are home to an...

 

City in Oklahoma commits to 100 percent clean energy

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — A city in central Oklahoma has made an environmental resolution to transition to 100 percent renewable energy in its buildings by 2035. The Tuesday resolution makes Norman the first city in Oklahoma to make such a commitment...

 

Quakes lead to more wells being shut down or reduce volume

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Corporation Commission's Oil and Gas Division is directing some injection wells in north-central Oklahoma reduce injection volumes and others to stop operations. The directive issued Wednesday comes after the U.S....

 
 By David Vail    Regional    May 24, 2018

Farmers and cropdusting pilots on the Great Plains worried about pesticide risks before 'Silent Spring'

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) It is easy to frame conservation as a clash between environmentalists and polluters. But this view can greatly...

 

Experts: 'Alarming' drought conditions hit US Southwest

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Rivers and watering holes are drying up, popular mountain recreation spots are closing and water restrictions are in full swing as a persistent drought intensifies its grip on pockets of the American Southwest....

 

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