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July 21, 2017
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S.C. officials say dead bird had West Nile virus
A dead bird found in downtown Columbia, S.C., had West Nile virus, according to the state Department of Health and Environmental Control. "Mosquitoes that carry this virus are typically active at night but can also be active at dusk and dawn and in shady areas during the day," said Health Department entomologist Chris Evans.
The Item (Sumter, S.C.) (7/19) 
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Pigs at Wis. fair had influenza
Some pigs that were exhibited at Wisconsin's Stoughton Fair from July 4-9 were diagnosed with influenza after returning to their home farms, according to the state Department of Agriculture. State Veterinarian Paul McGraw said veterinarians should examine the entire herd of origin, not exclusively the pigs going to a fair, before issuing a certificate of veterinary inspection, and he said other exhibitors should closely monitor their pigs for swine influenza signs.
Wisconsin Ag Connection (7/20) 
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It's becoming too hot for African wild dogs to hunt
The 7,000 or so remaining African wild dogs are adapted to hot climates, but rising temperatures are interfering with the dogs' ability to hunt and with pup survival, according to a study published in the Journal of Animal Ecology. The mean number of pups per litter that survived at least a year fell from 5.1 between 1989-2000 to 3.3 between 2001-2012 in Botswana, while a 1-degree-Celsius increase in peak temperature was associated with 31% fewer yearlings in Kenya and 14% fewer in Zimbabwe.
The Guardian (London) (7/20) 
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Dog dies after being forgotten in hot car
Police say a retired Wesleyan University professor allowed his 3-year-old labradoodle dog to die in a hot car after having allowed a 4-year-old poodle mix to die the same way in 2014. The professor said he had intended to drop the dog off at a day care but instead went to work and left the animal in the car until hours later, when he realized what he had done.
The Hartford Courant (Conn.) (7/20) 
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Australian officials try to stamp out illegal animal trade
Wildlife trafficking is becoming more sophisticated, with transactions being handled online instead of at street markets, says Lily D'Ambrosio, environment minister of Victoria, Australia, which initiated an awareness campaign this week. Few smuggled animals survive transport, and many of those that do are euthanized if found, experts say.
The Age (Melbourne, Australia) (7/21) 
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Program teaches inmates to train law enforcement therapy dogs
Brevard County, Fla., Sheriff Wayne Ivey and Cpl. Jessie Lampp launched Paws and Stripes College to rescue dogs and train them to be law enforcement therapy animals. Prison inmates are taught to handle, groom and provide basic training to the dogs; routine medical care is provided with help from Eastern Florida State College's veterinary technician program; and Florida Tech psychology students incorporate the dogs into counseling programs.
Florida Today (Melbourne) (tiered subscription model) (7/20) 
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Steps to take for a successful midyear review
A midyear business review provides guidance to leaders and teams and allows companies to shift resources and strategies as needed, writes John McAdam. Not all reviews are alike, and you may want to review goals and new ideas, look at sales or financial progress or conduct a thorough company assessment, he notes.
Wharton Magazine online (7/18) 
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Policy Watch
Congress considers relaxing Endangered Species Act
House and Senate committees held hearings on bills to relax Endangered Species Act protections amid claims that the law impedes economic activity. A House committee is considering five bills related to the act, and a Senate committee is considering another, and bills in both chambers would remove the gray wolf from the list of protected species in Wyoming and the western Great Lakes area, and cede management to state officials.
Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff)/The Associated Press (7/20) 
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AVMA Convention 2017 Daily News
AVMA Convention 2017 is revved up and ready to go as it kicks off today. Convention-goers have lots to learn and do, from attending continuing education sessions on a variety of topics to hitting up the Meet-the-Experts Round Table or alumni receptions. The Friday edition of the AVMA Convention 2017 Daily News has coverage on all these events plus guides on where to eat, drink and play in Indianapolis. Read today's AVMA Convention Daily News.
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