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Wandering bear tranquilized, moved outside of St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Wildlife officials have relocated a black bear that had wandered into a St. Louis suburb and drew a crowd of hundreds curious to see the out-of-place animal. The has been popular on social media pages for weeks as it plodded hundre...

 

Body on Phoenix woman recovered in Grand Canyon

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — Officials have recovered the body of a 59-year-old female in the Grand Canyon. The Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center said Saturday the body of Maria A. Salgado Lopez, of Scottsdale, Arizona, was...

 
 By Monica Brich    Regional    July 5, 2020

Students help determine if mussels would thrive at Homestead

BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) — A member of the mollusk family once abundant is now federally threatened in the Midwest, and members of the Homestead National Monument of America are doing their part to help by surveying the species for possible...

 

Fossils reveal dinosaur forerunner smaller than a cellphone

Meet Kongonaphon kely, a pocket-sized dinosaur forerunner that was smaller than your cellphone. The creature, which predated dinosaurs and flying pterosaurs, was just shy of 4 inches (10 centimeters) tall, according to a study published Monday in...

 

Do dogs really see in just black and white?

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Nancy Dreschel, Pennsylvania State University (THE CONVERSATION) Curious Kids is a series for children of all ages. If you have a...

 

Water diversions paused to ensure Rio Grande keeps flowing

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One of New Mexico's largest drinking water providers will stop diverting water from the Rio Grande to help prevent the stretch of the river that runs through Albuquerque from going dry this summer, officials said Tuesday....

 
 By Kirby Adams    Regional    June 28, 2020

80-year-old woman walks 500 miles around Louisville for ALS

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Reading from a dog-eared travel guide book, Patsy Harkess explains Camino de Santiago, a 40 day, 500-mile trek she had planned for early May. "The Camino is a rare chance in a busy world for solitude and self-reflection, even...

 

Testing to determine whether Kansas carp are dying of herpes

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — State wildlife and parks staff are collecting and testing samples from fish carcasses to determine whether a koi herpes virus is behind fish kills in at least two Kansas lakes. According to the Kansas Department of Wildlife,...

 

Merck plans $100M expansion at Kansas manufacturing facility

DESOTO, Kan. (AP) — Merck Animal Health said Monday it plans to invest $100 million to expand and enhance its manufacturing facility in DeSoto, Kansas. The company, a division of Merck & Co. based in Kenilworth, New Jersey, said in a news release...

 
 By Amy Y Vittor    Regional    June 26, 2020

How deforestation helps deadly viruses jump from animals to humans

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Amy Y. Vittor, University of Florida; Gabriel Zorello Laporta, Faculdade de Medicina do ABC, and Maria Anice Mureb Sallum, Universidade...

 

Storm damage to delay Colorado railroad's service for months

CORTEZ, Colo. (AP) — A rainstorm washed out a significant portion of tracks used by a popular railroad in southwest Colorado, effectively cutting off part of its route for months. A storm in the past week or two brought down debris and caused a...

 
 By Sarah Teague    Regional    June 21, 2020

Virus dampens popular Missouri summer tradition

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Bob Franklin's canoe rental shop on Missouri's Black River has withstood 43 years of history, bolstered each year by crowds interested in getting on the river during float season. But his shop has never encountered anything like a...

 

Earthquake strikes northern Oklahoma after Tulsa Trump rally

PERRY, Okla. (AP) — A magnitude 4.2 earthquake shook northern Oklahoma on Saturday and was felt in parts of Tulsa as protesters filled the city's downtown streets after President Donald Trump's campaign rally. The U.S. Geological Survey recorded... Full story

 

Kansas fishing, hunting license sales spike amid pandemic

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas fishing and hunting industry has seen a sharp increase in license sales since the coronavirus pandemic began. Between March 1 and June 1, the state sold 11,049 residential combo hunting and fishing licenses, up...

 

Vatican: Climate change efforts go forward even without US

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican stressed Thursday that the movement to combat climate change is unstoppable and worldwide, although it said it would welcome a U.S. return to the Paris agreement. The Holy See's foreign minister, Monsignor Paul...

 

Major railroad expansion tearing up Flint Hills in Kansas

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — More than a century after the arrival of the railroads to the Flint Hills of Kansas, a large-scale track expansion is tearing up a scenic stretch in some of the last remaining tallgrass prairie left in the nation. The...

 

Critics slam plans for black bear hunt in Missouri next year

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A proposal to allow the first black bear hunt in modern Missouri history is drawing strong interest, particularly from opponents. The Missouri Department of Conservation asked for public response to a plan for a limited b... Full story

 

Alligator dies after being caught in trap near Kansas creek

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — An alligator that was recently spotted near a Kansas creek has died after being caught in trap. The 5-foot (1.5-meter) alligator is believed to be one of two stolen from a pet store in the northeastern Kansas City of...

 
 By Mead Gruver    Regional    June 14, 2020

Rescuers relieved after legendary $2M treasure found

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — They've been pulled from steep canyons and rushing rivers, sometimes no longer breathing, after chasing a cryptic poem's clues and promise of treasure deep into the Rocky Mountains. Now, many of those who've encountered...

 

City compost programs turn garbage into 'black gold' that boosts food security and social justice

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Kristen DeAngelis, University of Massachusetts Amherst; Gwynne Mhuireach, University of Oregon, and Sue Ishaq, University of Maine (THE...

 

After record year, tornadoes numbers decline in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Following a record-setting year for the number of tornadoes in Oklahoma, the state has seen fewer thus far in 2020, according to state climatologist Gary McManus. There were 33 twisters during the first five months of this...

 

Cristobal remnants bring thunderstorms, flooding to Midwest

HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — The remnants of Tropical Storm Cristobal were moving out of the Midwest and into Canada on Wednesday, with gusty winds and heavy rain leaving behind flooding in Indiana, Wisconsin, Missouri and Iowa. High winds brought down...

 

Coronavirus disrupts global fight to save endangered species

WASHINGTON (AP) — Biologist Carlos Ruiz has spent a quarter-century working to save golden lion tamarins, the charismatic long-maned monkeys native to Brazil's Atlantic Forest. Thanks to painstaking reforestation efforts, the population of these...

 

Rare cutthroat trout saved from Colorado fire to be released

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — While firefighting crews were in the throes of battling the 416 Fire as it rapidly spread through the San Juan National Forest north of Durango in June 2018, an unlikely rescue mission was being hatched. Jim White, an aquatic...

 

Treasure chest hidden in Rocky Mountains finally found

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A bronze chest filled with gold, jewels, and other valuables worth more than $1 million and hidden a decade ago somewhere in the Rocky Mountain wilderness has been found, according to a famed art and antiquities collector who...

 

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