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Lawmakers in Texas and North Carolina are the latest to push for increases in fees for hybrid and electric vehicles. However, that push is getting resistance from environmental groups who say the fees would discourage people from buying these vehicles. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

States losing gas tax revenue on electric, hybrid cars

- The Washington Times

States are losing gas tax revenue on hybrid and electric cars, but their efforts to raise registration fees on those vehicles for road maintenance projects is meeting opposition from environmentalists and auto manufacturers.

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Social media did in Yellowstone lion poachers

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Celebratory social media posts tipped off authorities to a trio of Montana mountain lion hunters who illegally killed a lion in Yellowstone National Park.

Legislators look at Wyoming ag college oversight

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Members of a legislative committee are considering ways to increase oversight of programming and funding for the University of Wyoming's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Audubon intervenes to protect ocean monument for puffins

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The National Audubon Society is getting involved in a lawsuit over the future of a national monument in the ocean off New England because of the area's importance to seabirds, especially colorfully beaked puffins.

Capitol Watch: Crunch time for legal pot, immigrant licenses

- Associated Press

In New York state government news, lawmakers are wrapping up the 2019 legislative session with big decisions on proposals to legalize recreational marijuana and authorize driver's licenses for immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally.

Rural county in uproar over new large-scale feedlot law

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Many residents of a rural southwestern Missouri county are critical of a state law that restricts how much local authorities can regulate industrial feedlots and say they feel betrayed by their local representatives who backed the legislation.

In this photo supplied by Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) elephants drink water at a watering hole near Mbamba Village, in the Niassa game reserve, in an area larger than Switzerland it is one of Africa's largest wildlife preserves in Mozambique, Sept. 26, 2016. The Niassa reserve on Saturday June 15, 2019, is marking a year without a single elephant found killed by poachers, which experts believe is because of a new rapid air intervention police force to patrol an area where thousands of the animals have been slaughtered in recent years, according to the New York based Wildlife Conservation Society which runs the reserve with Mozambique's government. (Michael D. Kock / Wildlife Conservation Society via AP)

Zero elephants poached in a year in top Africa wildlife park

- Associated Press

One of Africa's largest wildlife preserves is marking a year without a single elephant found killed by poachers, which experts call an extraordinary development in an area larger than Switzerland where thousands of the animals have been slaughtered in recent years.

In this Thursday, June 6, 2019 photo, Charlie 5, a Burmese python, is held by a researcher at Big Cypress National Preserve, Fla.  A group of state, federal and private partners have teamed up for several years to conduct research on the invasive species and have ultimately removed hundreds of pythons between them. (Leah Voss/TCPalm.com via AP)

Program shows promise of removing pythons from Everglades

- Associated Press

Charlie 5 had no plans to move that hot June morning. The 9-foot-long Burmese python was comfortably nestled in a muddy hollow, well-hidden in a thicket of saw grass and alligator flag in Big Cypress National Preserve.

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, left, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Ontario's Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, Rod Phillips, leave a press conference after sharing highlights of their 2019 Leadership Summit at the Discovery World, Friday, June 14, 2019 in Milwaukee, Wis. (Angela Peterson/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP)

Great Lakes leaders to discuss funding Asian carp project

- Associated Press

Great Lakes regional leaders will meet next month to consider a federal strategy for preventing Asian carp from reaching Lake Michigan and discuss helping foot the bill for the pricey project, officials said Friday.

FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2006 file photo, "The Man," a stick figured symbol of the Burning Man art festival, is silhouetted against a morning sunrise in Nevada's Black Rock Desert. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is recommending attendance be capped at existing levels for the next 10 years at the annual Burning Man counter-culture festival in the desert 100 miles north of Reno. Burning Man organizers had proposed raising the current 80,000 limit as high as 100,000 in coming years. (AP Photo/Ron Lewis, File)

Agency recommends current 80K attendance cap at Burning Man

Associated Press

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is recommending attendance be capped at existing levels for the next 10 years at the annual Burning Man counter-culture festival in the desert 100 miles (160 kilometers) north of Reno.

Agreement reached on $93 billion New York City budget

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New York City's mayor and City Council have reached a deal on a $93 billion city budget that will put 200 more social workers in schools, retrofit city-owned buildings for energy efficiency and bolster U.S. Census outreach efforts to ensure an accurate count.