Environment

Environment

Scientists fear non-pest insects are declining

OXFORD, Pa. (AP) — A staple of summer — swarms of bugs — seems to be a thing of the past. And that's got scientists worried.

Pesky mosquitoes, disease-carrying ticks, crop-munching aphids and cockroaches are doing just fine. But the more beneficial flying insects of summer — native bees, moths, butterflies, ladybugs, lovebugs, mayflies and fireflies — appear to be less abundant.

New landslide kills 21, buries houses in Philippines

NAGA, Philippines (AP) — A massive landslide buried dozens of homes near a central Philippine mountain Thursday, killing at least 21 people and sending rescuers scrambling to find survivors after some sent text messages pleading for help.

Floodwaters inundate lake at N.C. power plant

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy activated a high-level emergency alert at a retired coal-fired power plant in North Carolina as floodwaters from the nearby Cape Fear River overtopped an earthen dike at the facility and inundated a large lake.

The longest week: Carolinas worn out by Florence

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Hurricane Florence is still wearing out the Carolinas, where residents have endured an agonizing week of violent winds, torrential rain, widespread flooding, power outages and death.

Entertainment listings, Sept. 20-27, 2018

EVENTS

This weekend

PUDGY PUMPKIN FALL FESTIVAL

What: A day full of family fun. Pony rides, petting zoo, facepainting, balloon animals, pumpkin decorating, food trucks, free kids games and straw maze, local food trucks and more.

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 22.

Where: Prairie Gardens, 3000 W. Springfield Ave., C.

Cost: One Pudgy ticket = $1.

Collection of household hazardous waste set for Sept. 29 in Danville

DANVILLE — Do you have any old oil-based paint cans, cleaning products or expired medicine cluttering your shelves?

Then you may want to consider taking them to a free household-hazardous-waste collection set for 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 29 at Danville Area Community College, 2000 E. Main St.

Trump rolls back pollution rules for drilling on U.S. lands

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration on Tuesday rolled back an Obama-era rule that forced energy companies to capture methane — a key contributor to climate change that's released in huge amounts during drilling on U.S. and tribal lands.

Trump visits North Carolina as governor pleads for patience

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — The death toll from Hurricane Florence climbed to at least 37, including two mental health patients who drowned when a sheriff's van was swept away by floodwaters, and North Carolina's governor pleaded with thousands of evacuees not to return home just yet.

President Donald Trump, meanwhile, arrived in storm-ravaged North Carolina on Wednesday.

Florence's flooding claims 3.4 million poultry, 5,500 hogs

About 3.4 million chickens and turkeys and 5,500 hogs have been killed in flooding from Florence as rising North Carolina rivers swamped dozens of farm buildings where the animals were being raised for market, according to state officials.

Registration now open for Oct. 13 electronics recycling event

CHAMPAIGN — Registration has opened for this fall's electronics recycling event.

Residents from participating communities can register for 15-minute slots between 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at ecycle.simplybook.me.