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 By Robert Pore    Regional    April 5, 2020 

Crane Trust seeks help after another interrupted season

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — By mid-March, the sandhill crane migration was at the peak of its season, with more than a half million birds along the Platte River in south Central Nebraska. The March weather for crane viewing has been spectacular...

 

What the coronavirus does to your body that makes it so deadly

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Benjamin Neuman, Texas A&M University-Texarkana (THE CONVERSATION) COVID-19 is caused by a coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2. Coronaviruses...

 
 By Jim Salter    Regional    April 1, 2020

Corps: Some levees damaged in 2019 still vulnerable

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — With flood concerns already high in the Midwest, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is warning that many levees on the Missouri and Kansas rivers that were damaged during devastating floods last spring remain vulnerable to high w...

 

3 more national parks close to prevent coronavirus spread

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Three more of America's most popular national parks have closed their gates as pressure mounts on superintendents to prevent crowded trails that could lead to more spread of the coronavirus even as the Trump administration...

 

Dallas official warns residents to social distance on trails

DALLAS (AP) — Sunny skies and spring temperatures brought Dallas residents to parks and trails this weekend, but the chief elected officer in Dallas County said many were not practicing social distancing that will help in the fight against the...

 

Coronavirus: social distancing may be a rare chance to get our sleep patterns closer to what nature intended

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Zlatan Krizan, Iowa State University (THE CONVERSATION) The COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting daily routines around the world....

 

Kansas firefighters battling wildfires in Barber County

MEDICINE LODGE, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas National Guard has sent two helicopters to help local firefighters battle wildfires burning about 20-25 miles southwest of Medicine Lodge in Barber County. The UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters from the Kansas...

 

In uncertain times, quest for birds offers an escape

PARK FOREST, Ill. (AP) — As people everywhere prepared to hunker down for what could be an extended period, Sue Zelek couldn't wait to get outside. She wasn't eager to get to the store to stock up on toilet paper or cleaning supplies. For her,...

 

It's wrong to blame bats for the coronavirus epidemic

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Peter Alagona, University of California, Santa Barbara (THE CONVERSATION) Genomic research showing that the COVID-19 coronavirus likely...

 

Officials: Earthquake causes minor damage near Carson City

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A 4.5 magnitude earthquake near Carson City on Friday night caused minor damages across the city, authorities said. Some damage to items on shelves inside stores was reported and one building shut off its gas as a precautio...

 

Rules to reduce New Mexico methane emissions being drafted

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Two New Mexico departments reportedly plan to release draft complimentary regulations for reducing methane emissions from the oil and gas sectors later this year. The Farmington Daily Times reports the New Mexico...

 

What's for dinner? Depends what's in the fridge and pantry

Just about now, you might be tired of cooking and eating what's in your refrigerator. We are all used to asking what's for dinner? What are we in the mood for — pizza, sushi, Mexican? And then going to a restaurant to get it. Now, with the coronavi...

 

Blizzard strikes, shutting Colorado, Nebraska, Wyoming roads

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Roads closed Thursday as a blizzard struck the high plains and dumped snow on the Rocky Mountains. Highways closing included portions of Interstate 70 and I-76 in eastern Colorado. A mix of snow, freezing fog and wind up to...

 

Johnson County restoring natural prairies in a 10-year plan

SHAWNEE, Kan. (AP) — Johnson County is restoring its natural prairies as part of a 10-year natural resources plan aimed at preserving and restoring the nation's last tallgrass prairie ecosystem. Johnson County Parks and Recreation District is in...

 

GRS and Canopy Weather LLC Announce Partnership to Streamline Weather Related Claims

Global Risk Solutions, Inc., a leading provider of a diverse range of claims adjusting and environmental risk management services, and Canopy Weather LLC, an innovative weather technology company, have created a partnership to streamline weather rela...

 

Officials discuss 2019 Arkansas River flooding, preparedness

VAN BUREN, Ark. (AP) — State, local, federal officials gathered in western Arkansas last week to discuss the response to historic flooding along the Arkansas River in Arkansas and Oklahoma and ways to reduce damage in the future. Following the...

 

Malnourished bugs: Higher CO2 levels make plants less nutritious, hurting insect populations

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) The Research Brief is a short take on interesting academic work. The big idea Grasshopper populations, like those of...

 

Gov. Kelly issues disaster declaration over fire risk

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The state of Kansas is under a disaster emergency declaration through Saturday because of the risk of wildfires. Gov. Laura Kelly signed the declaration Thursday. Conditions across the state are ripe for fire because of dry cond...

 

App helps Kansas fossil hunters search for prehistoric life

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A couple hundred million years ago, an ocean covering Kansas teemed with prehistoric life. Yet for millennia, Kansas has been a dry, sometimes even dusty, place. The ocean is long gone, but traces of that long-ago aquatic...

 

Federal grant to fund NMSU research of Jupiter's atmosphere

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Researchers at New Mexico State University have been awarded a three-year grant worth nearly $284,000 to study Jupiter's atmosphere. The grant comes from NASA's New Frontiers Data Analysis Program. The NMSU team will be usin...

 

Houston boil order lifted after water deemed to be safe

HOUSTON (AP) — A boil order for most of Houston that was issued after a water main ruptured was lifted Saturday morning. City officials said test results reviewed by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality showed that the water met...

 
 By Don Wilkins    Regional    March 1, 2020

Sheep Aids: Family caring for rare quintuplet lambs

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) — Chuck and Anne Hagan never imagined they would be caring for quintuplets. But in a cozy room of their Whitesville home, the Hagans have been giving round-the-clock attention to five lambs — three males and two females with...

 
 By Dale Denwalt    Regional    March 1, 2020

New molecule kills skunk odor, can be grown on Cheerios

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The evolutionary defenses of a fungus could help humans deal with another defense mechanism, the noxious odor of skunk spray. Robert H. Cichewicz and his Natural Products Discovery Group were hunting for a chemical to help...

 

US identifies habitat critical for survival of rare songbird

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. wildlife managers proposed Thursday to set aside a vast area across seven Western states as habitat critical to the survival of a rare songbird that migrates each year from Central and South America to its breeding...

 

Heavy snow causes partial closure of interstate in Kansas

SALINA, Kan. (AP) — One person died and a section of Interstate 70 was closed for several hours after heavy snowfall caused multiple accidents early Tuesday, officials said. The Kansas Highway Patrol said a McPherson man died in an accident south...

 

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