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Don't Panic About Soybean Rust, Mississippi Officials Say
November 20, 2004 12:00 AM - Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Tupelo, Miss.

Despite news earlier this week that Asian soybean rust has been found in Mississippi, agriculture officials say area farmers should stay calm.

Bush Vows to Maintain Tariff Against Brazilian Orange Juice Products
November 20, 2004 12:00 AM - The Ledger, Lakeland, Fla.

During his Sept. 29 visit to a Lake Wales grove, President Bush gave Florida citrus officials a stronger pledge to preserve the federal tariff on Brazilian orange juice imports than the officials publicly acknowledged.

Pawtucket, R.I., Mercury Spill Could Lead to Steep Fines
November 20, 2004 12:00 AM - John Castellucci, The Providence Journal, R.I.

Two months ago, vandals broke into a storage shed belonging to New England Gas Co., smashed one jar containing mercury and took another to their apartment complex, causing a spill that contaminated the complex and setting off a cleanup that's still under way.

Ethanol Plant Would Run on Methane Produced from Cattle Manure
November 19, 2004 12:00 AM - Chris Clayton, Omaha World-Herald

A proposed ethanol plant near Mead, Neb., would use manure from a cattle feedlot to generate the energy needed to make the corn-based fuel.

Less than 30 Chinese Tigers Left in Wild, According to Xinhua News Agency
November 19, 2004 12:00 AM - Reuters

South China tigers, among the rarest of the five remaining tiger subspecies, are on the verge of extinction in the wild with less than 30 remaining, Xinhua news agency said on Friday, citing a recent survey.

NASA to Donate Satellite Data to Aid Endangered Species
November 19, 2004 12:00 AM - Daniel Lovering, Associated Press

While NASA is best known for putting a man on the moon, the U.S. space agency will now help keep plant and animal species on Earth.

Vietnam, Laos Agree to Cross-Border Wildlife Protection
November 19, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Vietnam and Laos signed an agreement Friday to promote wildlife protection along their border, especially in vital areas where endangered species are in peril.

Sierra National Forest Plan Approved with Minor Changes
November 19, 2004 12:00 AM - Don Thompson, Associated Press

The U.S. Forest Service approved a sweeping plan Thursday to manage 11.5 million acres of national forest land across the Sierra Nevada, renewing debate on how best to prevent wildfires like those that devastated Southern California a year ago.

Feds Propose $2 Billion Plan to Protect Seasonal Pools
November 19, 2004 12:00 AM - Don Thompson, Associated Press

They are puny, peculiar and strictly part-time -- the plants and animals that populate shallow ponds across California and southern Oregon, coming to life each winter and disappearing in summer. But with development drying up these vernal pools, they're also endangered.

Scientists in 17 Nations to Study Fish
November 19, 2004 12:00 AM - Miranda Leitsinger, Associated Press

Scientists in 17 countries will scout waterways to locate and study the world's largest freshwater fish species, many of which are declining in numbers, hoping to learn how to better protect them, researchers announced Thursday.

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