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Portion of grant to aid state's bats

Arkansas bats will benefit from a portion of $1.1 million from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to combat white-nose syndrome, according to a news release from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. White-nose syndrome has killed millions of bats in the U.S. in the past decade.

The grant money will go to Bat Conservation International of Birmingham, Ala., and three other grantees. Also, experimental treatments will be started in Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Minnesota, Texas, Wisconsin and Ontario, Canada, according to the release.

White-nose syndrome is caused by a fungus and presents itself as a white growth on infected bats' muzzles and wings, according to the National Park Service. It disrupts hibernation and can lead bats to starve to death.

At least one bat species in Arkansas -- the northern long-eared bat -- is considered "threatened" by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

2 freight carriers in state honored

Two Arkansas freight carrier companies are leaders in supply chain environmental and energy efficiency, according to an announcement from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

J.B. Hunt of Lowell and ABF Freight of Fort Smith received EPA SmartWay freight carrier awards last week at an American Trucking Association conference in Austin, Texas.

The companies were among 40 recipients of the award, which recognizes companies that reduced fuel costs, shrank emissions and contributed to "healthier air in the communities they serve," the release said.

The awards are part of the EPA's SmartWay Transport Partnership that works with transportation companies on sustainability efforts.

Metro on 11/04/2018

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