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Monday High/Low Temps

Posted: 08/12/2008 - Here are high and low temperatures for some selected locations around the Newscenter 11 viewing area for Monday.

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Plaquemines Parish Battles Citrus Pest

Posted: 08/12/2008 - Louisiana officials are expected to announce their plans for combating the bug that could devastate the parish's lucrative citrus industry.

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Officers Shoot, Kill Protected Bear In Alabama

Posted: 08/12/2008 - State wildlife officials are defending a decision to shoot and kill a 250-pound black bear that was roaming a neighborhood near Athens in north Alabama.

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Plants Move Up Mountain As Temps Rise

Posted: 08/12/2008 - Striking new research in the Southern California mountains suggests recent warming is behind a massive die-off and rapid migration to higher ground by nine different plants - from desert shrubs to white firs.

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Some Like It Hot, but Not Fungi

Posted: 08/12/2008 - Chiliheads who savor the kick of hot peppers are sampling one of the earliest examples of chemical warfare. In this case, it's a battle between the peppers and a type of microbial fungus that destroys their seeds, researchers report in Tuesday's edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. They studied wild peppers growing in Bolivia.

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Need Antarctic Data: Send In The Seals

Posted: 08/12/2008 - Bitter cold and floating sea ice long frustrated scientists seeking to study the ocean around Antarctica in winter.

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Bush Wants Some Endangered Species Rules Extinct

Posted: 08/12/2008 - Just months before President Bush leaves office, his administration is antagonizing environmentalists by proposing changes that would allow federal agencies to decide for themselves whether subdivisions, dams, highways and other projects have the potential to harm endangered animals and plants.

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NASA Safety Panel Worries About Moon Ship Design

Posted: 08/12/2008 - NASA is not properly emphasizing safety in its design of a new spaceship and its return-to-the-moon program faces money, morale and leadership problems, an agency safety panel found Monday.

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Nature Group Says Humpback Whales Recovering

Posted: 08/12/2008 - Good news about the humpback whale. An environmental group says it's on the "road to recovery" and is no longer at high risk of becoming extinct.

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The Nation's Weather

Posted: 08/12/2008 - Here is Tuesday morning's national weather summary.

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Brazil Licenses Amazon Hydroelectric Dam

Posted: 08/12/2008 - Brazil's environment minister said Monday he granted a license for an Amazon hydroelectric dam but attached stringent conditions to protect Indian reservations and nature preserves.

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Texan Seeks Custody of Kidnapped Katrina Survivors

Posted: 08/12/2008 - A former Red Cross volunteer charged with kidnapping for taking five young Hurricane Katrina survivors from their mother filed paperwork Monday seeking custody of the children.

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8-Year-Old Boy Mauled By Bear In Smoky Mountains

Posted: 08/12/2008 - Officials at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park say a black bear mauled an 8-year-old Florida boy and the boy's father was injured while defending him.

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Weather Advisory

Updated: 08/12/2008 - All watches for the WTOK viewing area have been discontinued.

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Coast Radio Communication Moves Ahead

Posted: 08/11/2008 - Mississippi emergency officials say work is ahead of schedule on a $221 million statewide emergency radio system.

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Researchers Study Mercury in the Great Salt Lake

Posted: 08/11/2008 - The Great Salt Lake is so briny that swimmers bob in the water like corks. It is teeming with tiny shrimp that were sold for years in the back of comic books as magical "sea monkeys." And, for reasons scientists cannot explain, it is heavily laden with toxic mercury.

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Face to Face with a Polar Bear

Posted: 08/11/2008 - The Wildlife Conservation Society reports it had to pull five scientists from their camp on the northern coast of Alaska "because of a new and unusual threat: a polar bear stuck on land due to climate change."

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