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4 small earthquakes recorded in northwestern Oklahoma

WAYNOKA, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey reports four small earthquakes in northwestern Oklahoma, the strongest with a preliminary magnitude of 3.8. No injuries or damage have been reported as a result of the Friday morning temblors near...

 

Study: Texas quakes remain years after injection wells close

DALLAS (AP) — A university study analyzing a sequence of North Texas earthquakes has found that seismic activity can continue for years even after wastewater injection wells are closed in order to prevent them. Researchers at Southern Methodist...

 

Joyland property burning in south Wichita

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A fire has started on the grounds of the former Joyland Amusement Park in Wichita. The Wichita Eagle reports that the fire started Tuesday afternoon and consumed both grass and a building on the back of the property that...

 

Despite complaints, Interior boss pushing big reorganization

DENVER (AP) — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is pressing ahead with a massive overhaul of his department, despite growing opposition to his proposal to move hundreds of public employees out of Washington and create a new organizational map that larg...

 

Oklahoma auditor alleges overspending on Tar Creek site

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma auditor says a cleanup contract for the heavily polluted Tar Creek Superfund site cost five times more than it should have. Auditor Gary Jones renewed his call for a 2011 audit on Monday. He accused the attorney...

 

House bill would change funding for Kansas Water Plan

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A bill in the Kansas House would earmark $8 million in lottery proceeds to finance state water programs. The bill would require that $8 million in appropriations to the State Water Plan be drawn entirely from the Economic...

 

Governors say Interior Department shift didn't include them

DENVER (AP) — A bipartisan group of 19 Western governors said Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke did not consult with them about major plans for reorganizing the agency, and have asked him to delay implementing the proposal until he speaks with them....

 

Interior secretary touts effort to improve big-game habitat

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Friday that he's taking steps to improve habitat and migration corridors in Western states for big-game animals such as elk, mule and deer, a move that critics called an effort to cover...

 

Magnitude 3.1 earthquake shakes north-central Oklahoma

HENNESSEY, Okla. (AP) — An earthquake has shaken parts of north-central Oklahoma. The U.S. Geological Survey says the 3.1 magnitude earthquake was recorded at 10:12 a.m. about five miles south of Hennessey in Kingfisher County, about 45 miles (72...

 

Ice storm warning, weather advisories in Southern Plains

Forecasters cautioned motorists across parts of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas to beware of icy roads as sleet and freezing rain bear down on the region. The worst weather was expected Wednesday morning in north-central Arkansas, where the National...

 

Efforts to move top US land managers west gain a strong ally

DENVER (AP) — From its headquarters in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Bureau of Land Management oversees some of the nation's most prized natural resources: vast expanses of public lands rich in oil, gas, coal, grazing for livestock, habitat for...

 

Bat, eagle deaths at wind farm prompt federal probe

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice is reviewing a criminal investigation of a wind-energy farm in southeastern Arizona to determine whether prosecution is warranted in the deaths of a federally protected golden eagle and an...

 

Texas city says exploration leases may harm drinking water

BRENHAM, Texas (AP) — Brenham, Texas, officials are hoping to convince the U.S. Bureau of Land Management not to issue leases to companies for oil and gas exploration around Lake Somerville. The city council in Brenham, about 80 miles northwest of...

 

Oklahoma quakes tied to how deep wastewater is injected

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new study finds that a major trigger of man-made earthquakes rattling Oklahoma is how deep — not just how much — fracking wastewater is injected into the ground. Scientists analyzed more than 10,000 wastewater injection...

 

Emails: Pruitt monitored changes to EPA webpages on climate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly released emails show Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt personally monitored efforts last year to excise much of the information about climate change from the agency's website, especially President...

 

Colorado updates climate plan targeting greenhouse gases

DENVER (AP) — Colorado has released an update of its state climate plan that includes additional steps to limit greenhouse gases and to prepare for potential impacts from global warming. Gov. John Hickenlooper announced the update Wednesday at a...

 

Experts warn of risk of sinkhole in popular New Mexico area

Experts are painting a dire picture about the impending collapse of a giant cavern under a highway interchange that serves as a gateway to two national parks and the heart of New Mexico's oil and gas country. They told lawmakers Tuesday during a...

 

More than half of Oklahoma under burn ban due to fire threat

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — More than half of Oklahoma is now under a burn ban because of the threat of wildfires. Gov. Mary Fallin on Tuesday issued burn bans until Feb. 16 for 40 of the state's 77 counties, including those in the Oklahoma Panhandle and...

 

Colorado scientist dresses like animals to study animals

DENVER (AP) — Planning the next mission is always a little tedious for Joel Berger. Before the adventure, comes the packing. "I'll bring a couple of GPS units," Berger said, going through the pile of gear inside his Fort Collins home. "Lots of...

 

Man becomes accidental apostle among climate researchers

DENVER (AP) — He didn't mean for it to happen this way. He simply wanted to be alone. "If I had any social skills at all I wouldn't be here," says the reclusive 67-year-old Billy Barr, who has spent the last 46 years in a remote cabin in the snowy...

 

Kansas region warned of high danger of wildfires

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Weather officials are issuing a red flag warning central and south-central Kansas, cautioning of extreme grassland fire danger. The Hutchinson News reports that the National Weather Service says the warning period is from...

 

Federal report shows punch of last year's Hurricane Harvey

WASHINGTON (AP) — The official numbers for last year's Hurricane Harvey are in, and they go beyond the 68 dead and $125 billion in damage. Two locations in southeast Texas got more than 5 feet of rain and 18 different parts of Texas logged more tha...

 

Oklahoma studies impact of trout in northeastern stream

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission have contracted with the Oklahoma State University Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit to conduct a five-year study on a northeas...

 

Nebraska senator promises new push for prairie dog bill

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska lawmaker known as an animal welfare advocate failed in his quest Tuesday to protect a prairie rodent that some ranchers view as pests, but vowed to raise the issue again. Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha tried to...

 

River issues approach a tipping point in Oklahoma

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — It's a cloudy, misty Sunday morning in January and Scott Hood called his catch as the fly fisherman stood in the clear, gently flowing water of the Lower Illinois River near Gore. "Always cast to a rising fish," he said, as his...

 

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