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Oklahoma's Choctaw horses connect to Mississippi

POPLARVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Six foals sired by a cream-colored stallion called DeSoto scamper across a pasture in southwest Mississippi — the first new blood in a century for a line of horses brought to America by Spanish conquistadors and bred by...

 

New Mexico concerned about contamination at US air base

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Chemicals associated with firefighting foam once used at a U.S. Air Force base in eastern New Mexico have been detected in groundwater on and near the military installation, prompting requests by state officials for more...

 

Kansas has adequate soil moisture as farmers plant wheat

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The latest government crop report shows mostly adequate soil moisture levels across Kansas as farmers plant winter wheat and harvest fall crops. The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday that winter wheat...

 

Rio Grande ruling challenged as drought persists

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists are challenging a court ruling over whether water from the Rio Grande is properly accounted for and being used in beneficial ways as it flows through New Mexico's most populated region. They say the...

 

2 states up boll weevil traps after 2 found in Mississippi

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana and Arkansas have stepped up boll weevil trapping because two of the destructive, long-snouted beetles were found in northern Mississippi. "We run scared about getting them reintroduced into the state," said Gus Lorenz,...

 

Kansas agencies caution vehicle-deer collisions this fall

PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) — It's October and deer will soon be on the move, if they are not already. Deer often prance across the street without looking both ways and sometimes stop in the middle of the road with the dreaded "deer in the headlights" exp...

 

Possible tornadoes reported Tuesday in Oklahoma, Arkansas

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The National Weather Service is investigating reports of multiple tornadoes in northeastern Oklahoma and northwestern Arkansas. Tulsa meteorologist Joe Sellers said Wednesday there were several reports Tuesday of weak twisters...

 

3.1 magnitude earthquake shakes part of central Oklahoma

LUTHER, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey says a small earthquake has shaken parts of central Oklahoma. Geologists say the 3.1 magnitude earthquake was recorded at 5:24 a.m. Wednesday 4 miles (7 kilometers) northeast of Luther, about 22...

 

Kansas rivers and creeks overflow banks after heavy rain

SEDGWICK, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer has issued a state of disaster declaration because of rains that soaked much Kansas this week. As of Wednesday, the Kansas Division of Emergency Management says it has not yet received requests for...

 

Wichita zoo unveils ambitious 25-year plan

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Zoo officials are proposing a 25-year master plan for the Sedgwick County Zoo to attract more visitors to Wichita from across the US. The zoo is Kansas' top attraction with an estimated $43 million annual impact on the Wichita...

 

6 small tornadoes confirmed, 4 in Oklahoma and 2 in Texas

FAIRFAX, Okla. (AP) — The National Weather Service reports that six small tornadoes from a single storm system hit Texas and Oklahoma overnight, including one that forced the closure of a state highway in northeastern Oklahoma for more than six...

 

Anticipation is high for Lou Berney's novel 'November Road'

NEW YORK (AP) — For crime writer and Oklahoma native Lou Berney, there's something special about the drive out West. "I love that stretch of I-40, what used to be Highway 66, from Oklahoma City to Arizona," he told The Associated Press during a...

 

The Latest: Another rare fish pulled back from extinction

DENVER (AP) — The Latest on the recovery of an endangered Colorado River fish (all times local): 12:35 p.m. Wildlife officials say another rare Colorado River fish has been pulled from the brink of extinction, the second comeback this year for a...

 

Magnitude 3.6 earthquake shakes part of central Oklahoma

PERRY, Okla. (AP) — A 3.6 magnitude earthquake has shaken parts of central Oklahoma. The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake was recorded at 7:45 a.m. Saturday about 14 miles (22 kilometers) southwest of Perry, located 58 miles (93 kilometers)...

 

Rural Riley County had $1.35 million in damage during flood

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — A flood on Labor Day caused $1.35 million in damage in rural Riley County. County emergency management director Pat Collins told county commissioners during their Monday meeting that 28 homes outside of Manhattan were...

 

Parts of Texas facing army worms amid cool, wet September

WACO, Texas (AP) — Some Central Texas farmers are starting this fall with a war against an intense pest outbreak. The Waco Tribune-Herald reports over the weekend, the nonprofit World Hunger Relief Inc. farm in Elm Mott lost more than 2,500...

 

Storms dump record rain in Oklahoma and cause death in Texas

DALLAS (AP) — A storm system dumped record amounts of rain in parts of Oklahoma and caused flooding in Texas, including in the Dallas area, where floodwaters swept a man from a bridge to his death near the University of Texas' campus in nearby...

 

Colorado farmers hurt by drought worry it could get worse

OLATHE, Colo. (AP) — John Harold charges his Chevy through chest-high stalks of sweet corn. He's talking on his phone, scribbling notes. He's got corn-harvesting crews spread across the Uncompahgre Valley, picking more than 100,000 ears a day of...

 

Former Colorado nuke site opens to public as wildlife refuge

DENVER (AP) — Cyclists and hikers explored a newly opened wildlife refuge at the site of a former nuclear weapons plant in Colorado on Saturday, while a protester in a gas mask brought signs warning about the dangers of plutonium. With no fanfare,...

 

Did climate change play a role in the 2013 flood?

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — Using dynamic forecasting models, climate scientists like Andreas Prein are looking at how intense rainstorms are changing over the coming decades. Prein, a climate modeling scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric...

 

Officials shed little light on closure of solar observatory

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An observatory in the mountains of southern New Mexico that is dedicated to unlocking the mysteries of the sun has found itself at the center of a mystery that is creating a buzz here on earth. The Sunspot Solar...

 

Manhattan flooding damaged hundreds of dwellings

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Manhattan officials say flood waters that inundated the college town over the Labor Day holiday weekend damaged 106 buildings and 381 homes and apartment units. The Manhattan Mercury reports that local entities haven't yet...

 

Colorado objects to Trump administration's public land rules

DENVER (AP) — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said Tuesday the Trump administration is not giving the public nearly enough time to comment on plans to drill for oil and gas on vast tracts of public land In a letter to the U.S. Bureau of Land...

 

2 small earthquakes rattle parts of north-central Oklahoma

PERRY, Okla. (AP) — Two earthquakes recorded within less than one minute of each other have rattled an area of northern Oklahoma. The U.S. Geological Survey says each of the earthquakes was recorded Tuesday about 16 miles (27 kilometers)...

 

Incurable illness hits Colorado horse; others may be at risk

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — State officials say a horse in northern Colorado contracted a rare incurable disease called equine infectious anemia, and about 240 other horses may have been exposed to it. The Greeley Tribune reported Saturday the horse...

 

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