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Kansas heat kills 4,300 turkeys

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- The heat wave engulfing Kansas has taken a toll at a poultry farm where roughly 4,300 turkeys died over the weekend.

Holly Capron said she and her husband have been running big fans and fog nozzles for several days in the poultry buildings at their Cherokee County farm. They've also had a tractor pulling a spray wagon to water down the birds. None of that was enough Sunday, when the heat soared to 110 degrees with a heat index of 118.

Idaho gets funds for sage grouse

USDA announced the Idaho will receive $5.5 million to conserve critical sage grouse habitats through the Grassland Reserve Program.

The funding will provide Idaho with another tool to conserve this at-risk species and also protect important ranch lands, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a press release.

Eligible ranchers will receive funding to maintain large and intact sagebrush grazing lands.

Capron says it took more than 26 hours to dig the 10-foot hole and bury the dead birds Monday. Each turkey weighed nearly 50 pounds.


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