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Tropical Storm Beta spurs hurricane worries for Texas

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An exceptionally busy Atlantic hurricane season was churning along Saturday as the Texas coast prepared for a tropical storm that could strengthen into a hurricane before breaching its shores in the week ahead. Both the city...

 

Efforts afoot to save South's disappearing grasslands

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — In the early 2000s, a harvest of pine trees on Tennessee's Cumberland Plateau led to a remarkable discovery. Once sunlight hit the ground, the seeds and rootstock of native grasses and wildflowers that had lain dormant for...

 

Construction begins to fix deadly section of Kansas River

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Crews are beginning work to fix a dangerous stretch of the Kansas River where three people have drowned since 2007. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the two-year, $5.7 million project starts Monday and aims to make a...

 

Feds: Inadequately treated sewage released into Kansas River

WAMEGO, Kan. (AP) — A federal indictment alleges that a wastewater operator discharged inadequately treated sewage into the Kansas River and falsified discharge reports in violation of the federal Clean Water Act. Forty-seven-year-old David...

 

Body found in Kansas lake after kayaker went missing

FORT SCOTT, Kan. (AP) — Authorities have found a body in a Kansas lake while searching for a missing kayaker. Emergency crews began looking Sunday in Lake Fort Scott for 19-year-old Raymond Harper, of Fort Scott, after his friends recovered his...

 

Tortoises released early into the wild in Mississippi

Scientists raising threatened tortoises at a Mississippi National Guard camp to give them a head start in the wild are trying something new – raising a few to sexual maturity and then releasing them. The Nature Conservancy and the National Guard re...

 

Deer shot by teen may set new Kansas record for size

KIOWA COUNTY, Kan. (AP) — A 14-year-old Kansas girl may have set a new deer hunting record in the state with a buck she killed this month. Paslie Werth shot a 40-point whitetail buck while hunting on family property in Kiowa County with her...

 

Hurricane Sally threatens Gulf Coast with a slow drenching

WAVELAND, Miss. (AP) — Hurricane Sally, one of a record-tying five storms churning simultaneously in the Atlantic, closed in on the Gulf Coast on Monday with rapidly strengthening winds of at least 100 mph (161 kph) and the potential for up to 2 fe...

 

Protecting half of the planet is the best way to fight climate change and biodiversity loss – we've mapped the key places to do it

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Greg Asner, Arizona State University (THE CONVERSATION) Humans are dismantling and disrupting natural ecosystems around the globe and...

 

18-year-old Rhino named Klyde dies at zoo in Wichita

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — An 18-year-old black rhinoceros named Klyde has died unexpectedly at Wichita's Sedgwick County Zoo. The zoo said in a Facebook post that the zookeepers reported that Klyde appeared healthy when he went on exhibit Saturday but...

 

Northern Colorado wildfire's growth prompts new evacuations

DENVER (AP) — Hot and windy weather was keeping the fire danger high across northern Colorado on Sunday. The Cameron Peak Fire near Red Feather Lakes is expected to grow again after exploding to 53.6 square miles (138.8 square kilometers) ...

 

Arizona endorses plan to sell Colorado River water to suburb

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Department of Water Resources endorsed a company's proposal to sell water from farmland near the Colorado River to a a fast-growing Phoenix suburb despite complaints of possible negative effects for communities along the...

 

Edwards cautions state's recovery from Laura will be long

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards on Thursday urged people sheltering in hotels in Texas to stay there if possible, saying Louisiana is having difficulty finding available hotel rooms for more evacuees after Hurricane Laura....

 

1 man believed drowned as storms flood Oklahoma, Arkansas

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A man is believed to have drowned when his vehicle was swept off an Oklahoma City street during heavy rainfall, authorities said Tuesday. The man's body had not been found Tuesday afternoon, but he is not believed to have...

 

Trump surveys Hurricane Laura damage in post-convention trip

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — President Donald Trump got a firsthand look Saturday at the damage from Hurricane Laura on a post-Republican National Convention trip that allowed him to use the trappings of his office to try to project empathy and...

 

Biologists study poop to see what's killing Mt. Evans' goats

MOUNT EVANS, Colo. (AP) — Lance Carpenter is standing on a lichen-covered boulder somewhere around 13,000 feet (3,962 meters), his binoculars zeroed in on the target: the backside of a mountain goat kid. The goat is about 20 yards (18 meters)...

 

In aftermath of Hurricane Laura, residents worry about help

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — In a matter of hours last week, Hurricane Laura tore through the tire shop Layla Winbush's family started just under a year ago, reducing most of it to rubble and scattering hundreds of tires across the lot. The storm also... Full story

 

Williams Announces Goal of 56% Absolute Reduction in Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2030

TULSA, Okla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug 26, 2020-- Williams (NYSE: WMB) announced today its climate commitment, setting a near-term goal of 56% absolute reduction from 2005 levels in company-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030, putting the...

 

Nevada residents blast Utah's Lake Powell pipeline plan

LAUGHLIN, Nev. (AP) — A group of residents in a southern Nevada town that sits along the Colorado River are organizing a campaign to oppose a proposed pipeline that would divert billions of gallons of river water to southwest Utah, reflecting...

 

The Latest: Louisiana governor closes part of Interstate 10

The Latest on Hurricane Laura (all times local): BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said the state is closing Interstate 10 from around the Atchafalaya Bridge outside of Lafayette all the way into part of Texas, because several...

 

Invenergy to expand available wind power in Missouri, Kansas

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A company planning a high-voltage power line carrying wind energy across the Midwest says it will distribute more of the electricity in Missouri and Kansas after running into regulatory delays in Illinois. Invenergy...

 

Arkansas man trying to save child drowns in Oklahoma lake

POTEAU, Okla. (AP) — An Arkansas man drowned Friday while trying to save a 3-year-old boy who fell from a boat into an Oklahoma lake, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Marlon Alexander Garcia, 45, of Van Buren drowned in Long Lake near...

 

Residents flee as Gulf Coast sees possible tandem hurricanes

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Gulf Coast braced Sunday for a potentially devastating hit from twin hurricanes as two strong storms swirled toward the U.S from the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. Officials feared a history-making onslaught of...

 

Crews search Kansas River for missing 11-year-old girl

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Emergency crews from Kansas City, Kansas, continued over the weekend to search the Kansas River for an 11-year-old girl who went missing in its waters and is presumed to have drowned. Several boats and at least 10...

 

'Tiger King' zoo closes after animal treatment investigation

WYNNEWOOD, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma zoo featured in Netflix's "Tiger King" documentary has closed after federal authorities investigated it for alleged maltreatment of animals and suspended its license. The Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park...

 

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