- Judge orders northeast Iowa zoo to remove tigers, lemurs Updated: Feb-11-16 1:14 pm
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - The owners of a private northeast Iowa zoo must remove their tigers and lemurs after a federal judge ruled that they failed to provide appropriate living conditions for the endangered animals.
- Court's stay on EPA rules gives governor temporary reprieve Updated: Feb-10-16 8:25 pm
HELENA, Montana - The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to temporarily freeze the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan gives Montana Gov. Steve Bullock breathing room in his campaign for a second term.
- Michigan governor plans $360M for Flint, infrastructure Updated: Feb-10-16 8:07 pm
LANSING, Michigan - Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday proposed spending hundreds of millions more dollars to address Flint's water crisis from lead contamination and to update pipes there and across the state - a plan that lawmakers from both parties generally welcomed as moving in the right direction with the proper priorities.
- Panel OKs relaxing emission regs, tweaks renewable program Updated: Feb-10-16 6:54 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Republicans on the Legislature's powerful budget committee approved a bill Wednesday that would relax portions of Wisconsin's sulfur dioxide regulations and rework utilities' obligations to pay into the state's renewable energy program.
- House backs bill to require EPA notification in lead cases Updated: Feb-10-16 6:24 pm
WASHINGTON - The House on Wednesday approved legislation to clarify the Environmental Protection Agency's authority to notify the public about danger from lead in their drinking water - the first action by Congress to respond to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.
- Kansas senate bill would restrict habitat protections Updated: Feb-10-16 5:51 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Threatened and endangered species in Kansas would see their protected habitats greatly shrink under a proposal that would change how those habitats are designated, a conservationist warned a Senate committee Wednesday.
- Bill to bar Wyoming wardens from wolf, grizzly cases fails Updated: Feb-10-16 4:42 pm
CHEYENNE, Wyoming - A Wyoming legislative committee has defeated a bill to bar state game managers from investigating or prosecuting people for killing wolves and grizzly bears as long as the animals remain federally protected.
- Delay of clean power plan stokes worries about Paris treaty Updated: Feb-10-16 4:06 pm
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration asserted Wednesday that a Supreme Court order delaying enforcement of its new clean-power rules will ultimately have little impact on meeting the nation's obligations under the recent Paris climate agreement.
- New Mexico official blasts EPA over Colorado mine spill Updated: Feb-10-16 2:47 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - The head of the New Mexico Environment Department is blasting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, saying federal officials are downplaying the long-term effects of the Gold King Mine spill.
- Few oil-gas companies say they can't meet new flood rules Updated: Feb-10-16 2:25 pm
DENVER - Only four of the estimated 500 oil and gas companies operating in Colorado say they can't meet the April 1 deadline to implement new safety rules to limit spills during major floods, according to regulators.
- North Dakotans laud Supreme Court move to halt CO2 rules Updated: Feb-10-16 12:28 pm
BISMARCK, North Dakota - A U.S. Supreme Court move to suspend federal rules aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fueled power plants is good news for North Dakota, state officials said.
- WVa gov: likely no state carbon plan until after court cases Updated: Feb-10-16 12:17 pm
CHARLESTON, West Virginia - Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin doesn't expect West Virginia to submit compliance plans for carbon emissions standards from coal-fired power plants while the federal regulation remains in court proceedings.
- South Dakotans laud Supreme Court move to halt CO2 rules Updated: Feb-10-16 10:42 am
PIERRE, South Dakota - South Dakota officials are praising action by the U.S. Supreme Court to temporarily halt new federal rules aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fueled power plants.
- Growers fear lawsuits could cut supply of irrigation water Updated: Feb-10-16 9:54 am
MADRAS, Oregon - The farm fields in Jefferson County are quiet this time of year, the irrigation ditches dry, the crops dormant and the tractors, combines and balers parked in barns until spring.
- Obama vows to press ahead on Clean Power Plan after setback Updated: Feb-10-16 3:32 am
WASHINGTON - The administration of President Barack Obama is vowing to press ahead with efforts to curtail greenhouse gas emissions after a divided Supreme Court put his signature plan to address climate change on hold until after legal challenges are resolved.
- Parents push Hawaii lawmakers for pesticide buffer zones Updated: Feb-09-16 9:18 pm
HONOLULU - Concerned parents are calling on Hawaii lawmakers to establish buffer zones around schools to protect their children from chemicals found in pesticides.
- Supreme Court puts Obama's Clean Power Plan on hold Updated: Feb-09-16 9:09 pm
WASHINGTON - A divided Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to halt enforcement of President Barack Obama's sweeping plan to address climate change until after legal challenges are resolved.
- Bullock suspends work of Clean Power Plan panel after ruling Updated: Feb-09-16 8:46 pm
HELENA, Montana - Montana Gov. Steve Bullock on Tuesday suspended the work of a panel appointed to address new federal carbon dioxide emissions rules after the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily blocked the key component of President Barack Obama's climate change plan.
- House lawmakers support removing wolf from endangered list Updated: Feb-09-16 1:37 pm
SALEM, Oregon - Oregon lawmakers have come a step closer to upholding the state's controversial decision late last year to remove the gray wolf from its endangered species list.
- Regulator fines Duke Energy nearly $7M for coal ash spill Updated: Feb-09-16 1:35 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - The country's largest electric company is being fined $6.6 million for environmental pollution related to a big spill of liquefied coal ash in 2014, North Carolina environmental regulators said Tuesday.
- Idaho Legislature rejects new science standards Updated: Feb-08-16 8:35 pm
BOISE, Idaho - Idaho lawmakers have rejected new K-12 science standards after receiving criticism over how the rules - which for the first time include global warming and evolution components- were finalized.
- UN agency proposes greenhouse gas emissions rules for planes Updated: Feb-08-16 8:23 pm
WASHINGTON - A U.N. panel on Monday proposed long-sought greenhouse gas emissions standards for airliners and cargo planes, drawing praise from the White House and criticism from environmentalists who said they would be too weak to actually slow global warming.
- Windy, dry weather raises wildfire risk in Arkansas Updated: Feb-08-16 2:04 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Forecasters say Arkansas is at risk for wildfires Monday because of dry, windy weather.
- Nebraska mountain lion license plate bill sent to final vote Updated: Feb-08-16 11:55 am
LINCOLN, Nebraska - Nebraska is one step closer to commemorating mountain lions on a special license plate that would raise money for youth wildlife education.
- Quality control chief leaves scandal-hit Volkswagen Updated: Feb-08-16 11:17 am
FRANKFURT, Germany - Volkswagen says its quality control chief is leaving the company.