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Magnitude 3.7, 2.9 quakes rattle Oklahoma town early Sunday

EDMOND, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded two earthquakes that struck near a central Oklahoma town. Both temblors hit just east of the Oklahoma City suburb of Edmond early Sunday. The first quake had a preliminary magnitude of...

 

Missouri alters use of dicamba weedkiller in some areas

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Department of Agriculture is altering its rules for use of BASF's dicamba herbicide on cotton and soybeans. The department announced Friday that the weed killer cannot be used on the two crops after June 1...

 

New Mexico posing quarantine to stop pecan weevil bug

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico agriculture officials are issuing a quarantine in hopes of stopping the spread of an invasive bug threatening the state's pecan industry. The New Mexico Department of Agriculture says an emergency pecan weevil...

 

Ex-Oklahoma seismologist felt pressured in earthquake work

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma's former lead seismologist says he felt pressured by a University of Oklahoma official to not link the state's surge in earthquakes to oil and gas production. Austin Holland's sworn testimony came last month as part of...

 

Parties pledge new thinking to solve interstate water fight

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Farmers in southern New Mexico, water policy experts, lawyers and others are all working behind the scenes to craft possible solutions that could help to end a lengthy battle with Texas over management of the Rio Grande. Th...

 

Kansas lawmakers disagree on funding for water resources

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — An interim legislative committee in Kansas is struggling to agree on where funding should come from to extend the life of the state's water resources. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the joint Special Committee on...

 

'Super invader' tree hits South, but flea beetle may be hero

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The tallow tree, a "super invader" with toxic leaves and no natural enemies in North America, is conquering the South. Overtaking forests from Texas to Florida, tallows grow three times faster than most native hardwoods, and each...

 

Gov. Brownback confident Kansas' water will be preserved

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Sam Brownback said he is optimistic that Kansans will change past practices and adopt new technologies to help preserve the state's water resources. During the annual Governor's Conference on the Future of Water this...

 

Environmentalists target methane emissions in New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Methane emissions from oil and natural gas production in New Mexico are higher than what state and federal regulators have measured and the failure to capture the pollution is costing the state revenues and royalties,...

 

Lawrence can release contaminated water into Kansas River

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The city of Lawrence will be allowed to release millions of gallons of nitrogen-contaminated water into the Kansas River. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment authorized the city to release the water from the...

 

Rice industry to create field burning guidelines in Arkansas

BRINKLEY, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Rice Farmers board has approved the establishment of a task force that will look to address concerns, consider farmer burning plans and develop smoke management guidelines. The Jonesboro Sun reports that the task...

 

Preliminary magnitude 3.7 earthquake in central Oklahoma

COVINGTON, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey reports an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 3.7 has been recorded in central Oklahoma. The quake struck at 5:47 a.m. Wednesday near Covington, about 55 miles (89 kilometers) north of...

 

President Trump approves Kansas disaster declaration

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — President Donald Trump has approved a disaster declaration for Johnson and Wyandotte counties for heavy damage from storms in late July. The declaration from the president orders federal assistance to supplement state and local...

 

FEMA rethinking ban on disaster aid to church buildings

When disaster strikes, houses of worship are often on the front lines, feeding and sheltering victims. Yet churches, synagogues and mosques are routinely denied aid by the Federal Emergency Management Agency when it comes time to repair or rebuild th...

 

Wells to reduce water injection levels after Oklahoma quakes

HENNESSEY, Okla. (AP) — After a series of small to moderate earthquakes in central Oklahoma, two companies are being told to reduce the amount of wastewater they inject into the ground. About a dozen quakes have struck just south of Hennessey,...

 

Federal judge sides with New Mexico ranchers in water case

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A U.S. court has sided with a New Mexico ranching family in a decades-long battle over access to water on national forest land, providing more certainty that state law allows for the protection of water rights dating back...

 

Deal bans trap in Colorado, agency says it's not used anyway

An agreement approved Monday between U.S. officials and environmentalists would ban the use of predator-killing cyanide traps on Colorado public lands, but a government agency said federal workers already had stopped using the devices except on the s...

 

A series of small earthquakes continue in central Oklahoma

HENNESSEY, Okla. (AP) — A series of small to moderate earthquakes continue to strike in central Oklahoma. The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded about a dozen quakes since Tuesday near Hennessey, about 45 miles (72 kilometers) northwest of...

 

As wildfires expand, fire science needs to keep up

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) In the month of October nearly 250,000 acres, more than 8,000 homes and over 40 people fell victim to fast-moving...

 

USGS reports small earthquakes continue in central Oklahoma

HENNESSEY, Okla. (AP) — A series of small to moderate earthquakes continue to rattle an area of central Oklahoma. The U.S. Geological Survey reports seven quakes since Tuesday south of Hennessey in Kingfisher County, about 45 miles (72 kilometers)...

 

5 earthquakes recorded Tuesday in central Oklahoma by USGS

HENNESSEY, Okla. (AP) — Five earthquakes have been recorded in central Oklahoma, including one with a preliminary magnitude rated at 4.1. The U.S. Geological Survey reports the 4.1 magnitude quake struck at 4:50 a.m. Tuesday near the town of...

 

Efforts aim to limit the spread of fire ants in the US

They sting, damage crops and wildlife, and are extending their range in the United States. Imported fire ants are unwelcome guests here, and careless plant shipping helps them spread. A colony was discovered this spring in palm trees sent from Florid...

 

National Weather Service staff in Houston area faced Harvey

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — They had to find new words. In advance of Hurricane Harvey's landfall, the meteorologists at the National Weather Service in League City felt they needed to break from the usual language they use to communicate the dangers...

 

USGS reports 3 small earthquakes recorded in Oklahoma

WOODWARD, Okla. (AP) — The U.S Geological Survey reports three small earthquakes in Oklahoma. The two largest quakes each have a preliminary magnitude of 3.1. The first was recorded at 8:50 p.m. Tuesday near Woodward, about 150 miles (241...

 

Study: More evidence links earthquakes to energy waste wells

DENVER (AP) — Scientists say they have more evidence that an increase in earthquakes on the Colorado-New Mexico border since 2001 has been caused by wells that inject wastewater from oil and gas production back underground, similar to human-caused...

 

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