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Tornado causes damage, injuries in Dallas-area city

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — A tornado swept through parts of the Dallas-area city of Arlington, damaging several apartment complexes and other buildings, displacing 75 families and causing minor injuries to three people, officials said Wednesday. The A...

 

One man's mission: Save the turkey with a school for fowl

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Frank Reese agrees with Benjamin Franklin that turkeys are not only interesting, they are special. For several decades, he made it his life's mission to save the non-commercialized bird. At his farm in Lindsborg, he wants...

 

How ecotourism can help west Alabama take flight

NEWBERN, Ala. (AP) — You can hear the excitement in Christopher Joe's voice as he begins to tell you about the birds. There are egrets, wood storks and great blue herons around the pond on the eastern side of his family farm. In the property's...

 

Omaha neighbors take advantage of restored park

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — On one of this month's unseasonably mild afternoons, laughter and giggles filled the playground at North Omaha's Miller Park. Children ran from slides to swings and on to something else as parents and grandparents watched from...

 

Tucson zoo prepares to start next phase of expansion

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Tucson's Reid Park Zoo is taking the next steps in an ambitious decade-long, $80 million expansion plan. The zoo is adding more acres this spring to accommodate a bigger tiger habitat, an aviary and other improvements, the...

 

Why do tigers have stripes?

Andrew Cushing, University of Tennessee (THE CONVERSATION) Curious Kids is a series for children of all ages. If you have a question you'd like an expert to answer, send it to [email protected] Why do tigers have stripes? – Vidit...

 

Fort Dodge park displays sculptures of Lorax characters

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — Wooden sculptures of characters like "The Lorax" from the children's book by Dr. Seuss, will soon be on display at John F. Kennedy Memorial Park in Fort Dodge. The sculptures will be used on a story trail in the Children's...

 

Oklahoma governor requests federal disaster declaration

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt on Friday requested a federal major disaster declaration from last month's ice storm that caused an estimated $27 million in damages in 13 central Oklahoma counties. Stitt said in a press release that...

 

Connecting to nature is good for kids – but they may need help coping with a planet in peril

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Louise Chawla, University of Colorado Boulder (THE CONVERSATION) As an environmental psychologist who works to improve young people's...

 

Oil field operations likely triggered earthquakes in California a few miles from the San Andreas Fault

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Thomas H. Goebel, University of Memphis (THE CONVERSATION) The way companies drill for oil and gas and dispose of wastewater can trigger...

 

Colorado volcano reminder of Mother Nature's explosive might

DOTSERO, Colo. (AP) — At the base of Colorado's lone active volcano is a small mobile home park, where on this day a resident offers a fair warning to a pair of curious visitors. "Is it four-wheel drive?" he asks. He bends down to scoop dark soil...

 

Bridge over Kansas River in Topeka closed because of fire

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Officials shut down a bridge Monday that spans the Kansas River in Topeka after a fire erupted underneath it. The Sardou Bridge that connects north Topeka to the Oakland neighborhood is closed until further notice, televisions...

 

New Mexico report shows progress in climate change efforts

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico has made progress in reducing greenhouse gases and adapting to the effects of climate change, but work remains, state officials said. A state climate change task force released its second annual climate report Frida...

 

Burned, beetle-ravaged Wyoming forest expected to flourish

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The morning of Sept. 17, as Scott Butler clambered over fallen log after fallen log and around dead trees as far as he could see, he thought about how only a fire could create the renewal long needed. The Savage Run Wilderness,...

 

Oklahoma ice storm among worst to affect state utility

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An ice storm that struck Oklahoma this week is among the worst ever to affect the state's largest utility system, the company's president said Thursday. "This is probably the most severe storm we've ever had on our system,"...

 

Fall ice storm 'worst nightmare' for many in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — More than 350,000 homes and businesses in Oklahoma were without electricity Wednesday as cleanup continued from an ice storm that ravaged much of the state. By midmorning Wednesday, more than 356,000 homes and businesses were...

 

Icy weather causes massive power outages in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — More than 300,000 homes and businesses in Oklahoma were without electricity Tuesday evening as an early season ice storm blanketed the state, icing over tree limbs that crashed through power lines and blocked roadways. An ice...

 

Rising temps will disproportionately affect Kansas farmers

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Growing corn and soybeans will become increasingly challenging for Kansas farmers as the climate warms, according to a recent Kansas State University study. The study found that drought and heat are currently the biggest reason...

 

Former editor doesn't regret his move to photography

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Before COVID-19 rolled into Lincoln in March and changed people's activities, travel and habits, Tom White had an idea that 2020 would take him to interesting places to photograph the behavior of birds. Then, city and state...

 

200-pound tortoise is back home after escaping Alabama pen

SARDIS CITY, Ala. (AP) — A 200-pound tortoise named Sparkplug that escaped from a pen in Alabama is back home after a journey across two counties and at least one soybean field. Sparkplug, a 60-year-old African spurred tortoise that lived in an...

 

3.2-magnitude quake rattles area on Kansas-Oklahoma line

PONCA CITY, Okla. (AP) — A magnitude 3.2 earthquake shook an area on the Kansas-Oklahoma line Thursday night, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The tremor struck at 8:17 p.m. and was centered in a remote area 22 miles (35 kilometers) northwest...

 

Strong winds fan Colorado's largest recorded wildfire

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The largest wildfire in Colorado history grew overnight as high winds pushed the blaze through rural communities and the forecast predicts more "extreme fire behavior" on Saturday. Gusts of up to 70 mph (112 kph) overnight...

 

Evacuations remain in place for north-central Colorado fire

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Nearly 3,000 people were forced to flee from a fast-moving fire in north-central Colorado and authorities believe some buildings were lost. The CalWood Fire started around noon Saturday near the Cal-Wood Education Center,...

 

Border Patrol: Hand-dug tunnel found near border in Nogales

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A new hand-dug tunnel has been found near the U.S. border in Nogales. Tucson Sector agents said the tunnel was discovered Saturday night by video surveillance. Agents located the tunnel's 2-feet-by-2-feet exit about a...

 

Lincoln drone company awarded more than $1M in grants

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Lincoln company focused on fighting wildfires using drones has been awarded more than $1 million in federal and state grants, it announced. Drone Amplified has been awarded a National Science Foundation Small Business...

 

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