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  • Management, safety cited for radiation release 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 3:13 am
  • ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - Poor management, an eroding safety culture, ineffective maintenance and a lack of proper oversight are being blamed for a radiation release that contaminated 21 workers and shuttered the federal government's nuclear waste dump two months ago in southeastern New Mexico.

  • Ark. students attending environmental workshop 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 3:08 am
  • BLYTHEVILLE, Arkansas - Hundreds of area fourth graders will attend a workshop next month aimed at environmental awareness.

  • $1.4M in grants to land trusts in NY 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 3:07 am
  • ALTAMONT, New York - Officials are announcing $1.4 million in grants to land trusts around New York state.

  • Biologists watching fish runs after deadly slide 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 1:34 am
  • DARRINGTON, Washington - Fisheries biologist Pete Verhey waded through the cold, clear creek that feeds into the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River, scanning riffles and side channels looking for evidence of fish eggs.

  • Nepal officials go to Everest to try to end crisis 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 1:19 am
  • KATMANDU, Nepal - With the Mount Everest climbing season increasingly in doubt, Nepalese tourism officials traveled to base camp Thursday to negotiate with Sherpas who want to walk off the job after an avalanche killed 16 of the mountain guides.

  • Candidates similar on issues in NC Senate debate 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 10:40 pm
  • RALEIGH, North Carolina - The four leading candidates in North Carolina's Republican U.S. Senate primary differed little from each other on issues important to the conservative base Wednesday night during their second televised debate in as many days.

  • Attorney general turns over fracking letter info 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 9:40 pm
  • GREAT FALLS, Montana - Montana Attorney General Tim Fox on Wednesday gave a conservation group the records it wanted about Fox's decision to join other states in protesting plans to regulate hydraulic fracturing on federal land.

  • Crash site at Grand Canyon a national landmark 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 8:44 pm
  • GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Arizona - The site of a 1956 plane crash at the Grand Canyon that killed 128 people has been designated a national landmark.

  • Feds release Rio Grande forecast 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 8:37 pm
  • ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - Despite the ongoing drought and limited water supplies, federal officials said Wednesday they intend to keep stretches of the Rio Grande from going dry in central New Mexico at least through mid-June.

  • Survey reduces estimated Michigan wolf population 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 8:34 pm
  • TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan - 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.

  • Material on Australian shore not from Malaysia jet 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 8:25 pm
  • CANBERRA, Australia - Australian officials said Thursday that after examining detailed photographs of unidentified material that washed ashore in the southwestern part of the country they are satisfied it is not a clue in the search for the missing Malaysian plane.

  • NM offers help with uranium mine cleanup 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 8:01 pm
  • ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - New Mexico is offering to help the Navajo Nation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency figure out how to best use $1 billion for cleaning up abandoned uranium mines throughout the region.

  • Some Harris County feral hogs head to food banks 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 7:44 pm
  • HOUSTON - Property-destroying feral hogs being trapped near two reservoirs will be butchered and the meat donated to food banks.

  • Scaled-back Montana bison plan considered 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 7:16 pm
  • BILLINGS, Montana - 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.

  • Gacy probe helps solve unrelated Chicago-area case 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 6:43 pm
  • MAYWOOD, Illinois - Ruth Rodriguez didn't want to believe her brother was one of more than 30 young men and boys John Wayne Gacy lured into his Chicago-area house and strangled, but she was willing to provide her DNA to find out.

  • Bill to derail parish 'big oil' lawsuits stalls 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 6:28 pm
  • NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans law firm launched a new Web page Wednesday aimed at refuting arguments by supporters of legislation that could scuttle a New Orleans-based flood board's lawsuit seeking damages from the oil and gas industry over the loss of coastal wetlands.

  • Fracking foes challenge Ohio earthquake assurances 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 6:13 pm
  • COLUMBUS, Ohio - A citizens group said Wednesday it isn't taking the word of state regulators that new permitting guidelines will protect public health after earthquakes in northeast Ohio were linked to the gas drilling method of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

  • Corps wants more time on Everglades project report 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 6:05 pm
  • JACKSONVILLE, Florida - An internal review board at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wants more time to finalize a report on an Everglades restoration project with a pressing deadline.

  • Reservoir opponents take message to Earth Day 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 5:55 pm
  • INDIANAPOLIS - Opponents of a proposed reservoir in central Indiana hope to use this weekend's Earth Day festivals to spread the word about their concerns about the $350 million dam project, which would inundate part of a state park known for its ancient earthworks.

  • ND tribes warn of the environmental impact of oil 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 5:49 pm
  • NEW TOWN, North Dakota - Leaders of North Dakota's Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara nations say that while they are thankful for the money that oil has brought the once-impoverished Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, they are concerned about the environmental impact of drilling on their land.

  • Oceanographer Ballard elected to American Academy 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 5:49 pm
  • SOUTH KINGSTOWN, Rhode Island - The University of Rhode Island oceanography professor best known for discovering the wreck of the Titanic has been elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

  • 3 gubernatorial hopefuls roll out policy plans 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 4:58 pm
  • PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - The leading Democratic candidates for Rhode Island governor rolled out new policy initiatives Wednesday that focused on growing the state's struggling economy, fixing its aging infrastructure and boosting its "green energy" sector.

  • Iowa House backs tax credits for wind energy 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 4:29 pm
  • DES MOINES, Iowa - The project completion deadline and tax credits for wind energy and other renewable energy projects would be extended under a bill overwhelmingly approved by the Iowa House.

  • Frederick County bans outdoor burning 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 4:22 pm
  • FREDERICK, Maryland - The Frederick County Fire Marshal's Office has ordered a ban on outdoor burning.

  • 'Ice-out' declared on New Hampshire's largest lake 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 4:19 pm
  • GILFORD, New Hampshire - In a New Hampshire springtime tradition, "ice-out" has been declared on Lake Winnipesaukee.