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  • Survey reduces estimated Michigan wolf population

    By JOHN FLESHER - Associated Press

    The estimated number of gray wolves in Michigan's Upper Peninsula has declined for the second consecutive year, but the change isn't statistically significant and the resurgent predator is maintaining a healthy presence in the state's far north, a biologist said Wednesday. Published April 23, 2014

  • Scaled-back Montana bison plan considered

    By MATTHEW BROWN - Associated Press

    Expectations for a statewide bison-conservation plan were scaled back by Montana's top wildlife official on Wednesday following backlash from ranchers opposed to restoring the animals to parts of their historical habitat. Published April 23, 2014

  • Southern Oregon farmers divided on GMO bans

    By Associated Press

    Southern Oregon farmers are choosing sides in a pair of local campaigns to ban genetically modified crops. Published April 22, 2014

  • Dayton says he can't impose frack sand moratorium

    By Associated Press

    Gov. Mark Dayton says he lacks authority to impose a two-year moratorium on silica sand mining in southeastern Minnesota. Published April 22, 2014

  • Arizona officials support wolf alternative

    By Associated Press

    The Arizona Game and Fish Commission is supporting an alternative for managing Mexican gray wolves along the Arizona-New Mexico border. Published April 22, 2014

  • Reward in fawn death now $5,500

    By Associated Press

    The Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division says the reward for information that helps solve the shooting of a fawn last month near Roseburg has grown to $5,500. Published April 22, 2014

  • Minnesota news in brief at 7:58 p.m. CDT

    By Associated Press

    Gov. Mark Dayton says he lacks authority to impose a two-year moratorium on silica sand mining in southeastern Minnesota. Published April 22, 2014

  • Arizona governor vetoes bill allowing wolf killing

    By Associated Press

    Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on Tuesday vetoed a bill allowing ranchers to kill endangered wolves in self-defense. Published April 22, 2014

  • Duke: Moving coal ash would cost up to $10 billion

    By MICHAEL BIESECKER - Associated Press

    Duke Energy told North Carolina lawmakers Tuesday that removing all of the company's coal ash away from the state's rivers and lakes would take decades and cost up to $10 billion, with its electricity customers likely footing nearly all the bill. Published April 22, 2014

  • EPA scales back biofuel mandate to reflect reality

    By DINA CAPPIELLO - Associated Press

    The Obama administration is significantly reducing the amount of cellulosic biofuels refiners will have to prove they blended into gasoline last year, acknowledging that the market lagged far behind government projections. Published April 22, 2014

  • Study: Fuels from corn waste not better than gas

    By DINA CAPPIELLO - Associated Press

    Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a study shows, challenging the Obama administration's conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help combat climate change. Published April 20, 2014

  • National energy boom blurs political battle lines

    By NICHOLAS RICCARDI - Associated Press

    The U.S. energy boom is blurring the traditional political battle lines across the country. Published April 19, 2014

  • Lowe's agrees to minimize lead dust, pay fine

    By JIM SUHR - Associated Press

    Lowe's Home Centers has agreed to pay a $500,000 federal penalty in settling claims that its contractors in at least nine states broke environmental rules for addressing lead paint dust during home renovation projects, two federal agencies announced Thursday. Published April 17, 2014

  • Heineman signs Neb. water sustainability bill

    By GRANT SCHULTE - Associated Press

    Gov. Dave Heineman signed a bill Wednesday designed to help Nebraska prepare for floods, water shortages and water quality problems. Published April 16, 2014

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