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Fisherman reels in record-breaking fish at Kansas reservoir

PRETTY PRAIRIE, Kan. (AP) — A fisherman has reeled in a record-breaking, 66-pound (30 kilogram) bigmouth buffalo at a Kansas reservoir. The Wichita Eagle reports that Trey Patterson, from Cheney, caught the 45.75 inch (116 centimeter) fish on June...

 
 By Dan Elliott    Regional    June 14, 2019

Snowmelt fills rivers in US Southwest, easing drought fears

DENVER (AP) — A welcome surge of melting snow is pouring out of the Rocky Mountains and into the drought-stricken rivers of the southwestern U.S., fending off a water shortage but threatening to push rivers over their banks. Last winter brought...

 

Endangered wolf pups from Kansas zoo released into the wild

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Two endangered Mexican wolf pups from a Kansas zoo have been released into the wild in Arizona. The Wichita Eagle reports that a male puppy, named Traveler, and a female puppy, named Jaunt, were born at the Sedgwick County Zoo...

 

Hydroelectric plant operator seeks improved river management

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A hydroelectric power plant operator is calling on the Army Corps of Engineers to better manage reservoirs along the Kansas River as the region sees flooding and high water levels. Bowersock Mills & Power Company President...

 

Drone development aims to fill severe weather prediction gap

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Researchers at the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University are jointly developing drone technology to more accurately forecast the weather. Phil Chilson, professor at the OU School of Meteorology, said the...

 

May precipitation sets all-time records in Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — May was the wettest month in Kansas history. The Kansas State University Weather Data Library says average rainfall in May was 10.26 inches, the wettest month on records going back 125 years. The Kansas News Service reports the...

 

Storms in Oklahoma cause power outages, street flooding

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Severe storms are moving through central and southeastern Oklahoma, causing power outages and resulting in Oklahoma City firefighters responding to at least 15 high water assist calls. Heavy rainfall, high winds and hail...

 

Tulsa officials warn residents about stench after flooding

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa health officials are cautioning residents to be aware of the natural stench that comes as the water continues to recede after last week's historic flooding. State experts said the smells can be mold decay, odors with...

 

Houston Zoo's Wetlands Exhibit to feature whooping cranes

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Zoo's new Texas Wetlands Exhibit showcases some whooping cranes that were relocated from Maryland after their federally funded habitat closed last year. The $20 million Texas complex, which opened in late May, is the...

 

Crane collapses during storm in Dallas, killing 1 woman

DALLAS (AP) — A construction crane buffeted by high winds during a storm collapsed on a Dallas apartment building Sunday, killing one woman in the building and injuring at least six more people, two of them critically, a fire official said. Crews...

 

Heavy rain prompts high water rescues in Oklahoma City

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Storm-weary Oklahoma and Arkansas are seeing another round of severe weather that has flooded roadways. The National Weather Service reports more than 3 inches (7.6 centimeters) of rain fell in Tulsa on Thursday, days after...

 

Officials: Roughly 600 Tulsa structures swamped after flood

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — About 600 Tulsa County homes and business were inundated during last week's historic flooding along the swollen Arkansas River, city officials said. Joe Kralicek, executive director of the Tulsa Area Emergency Management...

 

State: Rhododendrons bought at Walmarts should be destroyed

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The state is asking anyone who bought a rhododendron plant at Walmart stores in Kansas since April to destroy them. The Kansas Department of Agriculture reported Friday that confirmed cases of the Sudden Oak Death disease have...

 

Pine Bluff officials: Flood won't sink Arkansas city's hopes

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An economically struggling Arkansas city in the midst of a revitalization plan continued flooding Tuesday as the Arkansas River crested its banks, but local officials said even after the waters recede, the community's...

 

Oklahomans clean up after flood; Arkansans brace for crest

SAND SPRINGS, Okla. (AP) — Storm-weary residents in Oklahoma were gutting waterlogged homes Sunday as the Arkansas River continued its slow crest rolling hundreds of miles downstream, even as many kept a cautious eye on this week's weather...

 

Hundreds in shelters as record flooding hits Arkansas River

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — Temporary shelters were housing hundreds of people on Thursday following evacuations along the swollen Arkansas River, where officials kept a close eye on an aging levee system facing enormous pressure from enduring...

 

Central Kansas flooding closes roads, threatens golf course

STERLING, Kan. (AP) — Roads are closed in central Kansas and a community is in danger of losing much of its golf course because of continued flooding. Officials said flooding remains a concern across Kansas because of severe storms that moved...

 

2 peregrine falcon chicks hatched, banded in Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Two peregrine falcon chicks that hatched earlier this month atop a 12-story building in Topeka have been given metal identification bands to help track their movements. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the chicks, a male...

 
 By SAM BRASCH    Regional    May 31, 2019

Denver museum's saber-tooth cat updated with new roars

DENVER (AP) — If you've been to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, you've probably heard the mighty roar of its saber-toothed cat. It's worked the same way for more than four decades: Grab some spare change, reach past its steak-knife-sized...

 

Record flooding causes levee breach in western Arkansas

DARDANELLE, Ark. (AP) — A levee breached Friday along the Arkansas River, prompting a flash flood warning and evacuation of a rural area in western Arkansas. Officials said the levee breached at Dardanelle, about 60 miles (95 kilometers) northwest...

 
 By Andrew Selsky    Regional    May 31, 2019

Oregon, awash in marijuana, takes steps to curb production

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon is awash in pot, glutted with so much legal weed that if growing were to stop today, it could take more than six years by one estimate to smoke or eat it all. Now, the state is looking to curb production. Five years after...

 

Record floods breach Arkansas levee, overtop 2 in Missouri

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Relentless flooding in the central U.S. Friday inundated communities and damaged or spilled over levees on three major rivers in two states. The fast-flowing Arkansas River smashed a 40-foot (12-meter) hole in a levee in...

 

Rain intensifies flooding in saturated Arkansas, Oklahoma

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — Brad Hindley planned to be vacationing on a lake this week. Instead, he's been on a boat in his swamped Fort Smith neighborhood trying to keep gas in generators that are pumping water from his flooded home in Arkansas'...

 

The Latest: Flash-flood warnings in Oklahoma, Arkansas

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on severe flooding in Arkansas and Oklahoma (all times local): 2:45 p.m. Forecasters say heavy rainfall is intensifying flooding in already saturated areas along the Oklahoma-Arkansas border. The National Weather...

 
 By Mitch Stacy    Regional    May 30, 2019

Severe weather forecasts continue as Ohio, Kansas, clean up

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — People from Kansas to Pennsylvania picked up the pieces from a swarm of tornadoes and braced for more twisters Wednesday amid a record-breaking stretch of violent weather. North Texas remained under a tornado watch until the...

 

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