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Governor Abbott Appoints Six To Texas Animal Health Commission

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By lauren.mccanse@gov.texas.gov Governor Greg Abbott appointed Barret J. Klein and reappointed Michael L. Vickers, D.V.M. to the Texas Animal Health Commission for terms set to expire on September 6, 2019 and September 6, 2021, respectively. He also appointed Wendee C. Langdon, Ph.D., Joseph G. “Joe” Osterkamp, and Keith M. Staggs and reappointed Leo D. Vermedahl, Ph.D. for terms set to expire on September 6, 2023.Governor Greg Abbott appointed Barret J. Klein and reappointed Michael L. Vickers, D.V.M. to the Texas Animal Health Commission for terms set to expire on September 6, 2019 and September 6, 2021, respectively. He also appointed Wendee C. Langdon, Ph.D., Joseph G. “Joe” Osterkamp, and Keith M. Staggs and reappointed Leo D. Vermedahl, Ph.D. for terms set to expire on September 6, 2023. The commission works to protect and enhance the health of animal populations across the state.

Barret J. Klein of Boerne is owner of Klein Farms and Klein Smoked Meats, LLC. He is a member and former president of the Texas Pork Producers Association, National Spotted Swine Association, Texas Association of Meat Processors, and the Kendall County Economic Development Corporation. He is also a volunteer with Kendall County 4-H, Kendall County FFA, and the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo. Klein received a Bachelor of Science in animal science from Texas A&M University.

Michael L. Vickers, D.V.M. of Falfurrias is owner and president of Las Palmas Veterinary Hospital, Inc. He is chairman of the Texas Border Volunteers, Inc., member of the Texas Veterinary Medical Association and its bovine committee, and a member of the Director Nominating Committee for Capital Farm Credit. He is also member of the Texas Farm Bureau and the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. Vickers received a Bachelor of Science and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Texas A&M University.

Wendee C. Langdon, Ph.D. of Lubbock is a learning consultant for Pearson. She is a member of the American Society of Animal Scientists and Equine Science Society and volunteers for the Therapeutic Riding Center at Texas Tech University and St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church in Lubbock. She is a former volunteer ffor Lubbock Habitat for Humanity and Dumas Cinderella Project. Langdon received a Bachelor of Science in agriculture/animal science from West Texas A&M University in Canyon and a Master of Science and a Doctor of Philosophy in animal science from Texas Tech University.

Joseph G. “Joe” Osterkamp of Muleshoe is owner and partner of Stonegate Farms. He is a member of the Select Milk Producers COOP and the Muleshoe Economic Development Corporation. He is member and former chairman of the Texas Association of Dairymen and a member and former president of the Rotary Club of Muleshoe. Osterkamp received a Bachelor of Arts in kinesiology from Southwestern University in Georgetown.

Keith M. Staggs of Gonzales is director of live operations of Holmes Foods, Inc. He is a member of the Texas Poultry Federation and former president of the Texas Broiler Council and the Texas Allied Poultry Association. He is former superintendent of the Harris County Livestock Show and Youth Expo Harris County and chairman of deacons and financial advisor for First Baptist Church in Gonzales. Staggs received a Bachelor of Science in poultry science from Texas A&M University.

Leo D. Vermedahl, Ph.D. of Dalhart is owner of Vermedahl Cattle Co. He is a member and former president of the Texas Cattle Feeders Association and member and former executive committee member of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Additionally, he is former chairman of the Texas Beef Council and the Cattlemen’s Beef Board Budget and Audit Committee. Vermedahl received a Bachelor of Science in animal husbandry, a Master of Agriculture in feedlot management from Texas A&M University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in nutrition from the University of Minnesota.

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Cam follows the "Road to Happiness" in new song

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By Music News Group

ABC/Image Group LA Cam gets philosophical on “Road to Happiness,” the new track that’s the latest preview of her forthcoming sophomore album.

“It’s the wild unknown, it’s a ball and chain,” she sings on the song that’s similar stylistically to her chart-topping breakthrough from 2015, “Burning House.”

She continues: “It’s a knowing destination, we keep driving anyway/Is the future that we’re chasing worth the right nows that we miss/On this road to happiness.”

“Road to Happiness” is the follow-up to Cam’s most recent single, “Diane.” It’s also one of the tunes she’s been performing in the opening spot on British sensation Sam Smith‘s The Thrill of It All Tour.

You can stream or download the new song now, or check out an audio-only version on YouTube.

This weekend, Cam and the “Too Good at Goodbyes” hitmaker pass through Tampa and Miami, Florida. So far, we don’t know when Cam’s successor to her debut, Untamed, will be released.

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Source:: Country Music News

      

US service member killed in Afghanistan marks second American combat death in one week

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By TJH

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A U.S. service member was killed in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday due to wounds sustained during a combat operation, according to a release from U.S. Forces Afghanistan.

The service member, who has not yet been identified, marks the fourth American combat death in Afghanistan this year and the second in the last week.

The name of the individual is withheld by the U.S. military for 24 hours until the service member’s next of kin are notified of their passing.

On Saturday, Cpl. Joseph Maciel of South Gate, California was killed during an insider attack in Tarin Kowt District in southern Afghanistan. Several service members were also wounded in that attack, but are in stable condition, the military said.

The term “insider attack” refers to attacks carried out against U.S. military personnel by the Afghan troops they are training or advising.

The number of insider attacks peaked at 61 in 2012, but the attacks have become rare after the U.S. military instituted security safeguards to protect American troops.

There are about 14,000 U.S. military personnel in Afghanistan, most of them serving as trainers and advisers with the Afghan military in their fight against the Taliban and ISIS.
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Army Specialist Gabriel Conde, 22, was killed by Taliban gunfire in a province east of the Afghan capital of Kabul on April 30.

Army Sgt. 1st Class Mihail Golin, 34, was killed in a firefight with ISIS fighters in eastern Afghanistan on January 1.

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Source:: National News

      

314 days after becoming a mother, Serena Williams is headed to Wimbledon finals

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ABC News(LONDON) — Three hundred and fourteen days after becoming a mother, tennis champion Serena Williams earned her spot in the finals at Wimbledon.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion beat out German player, No. 13 seed Julia Goerges, Thursday in a 6-2, 6-4 victory to advance to the women’s final.

This will be Williams’ 10th final at the All England Club, according to Wimbledon, putting her in position to tie Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 Grand Slam titles.

In Saturday’s final, Williams, 36, will compete against another German player, No. 11 seed Angelique Kerber, herself a two-time Grand Slam champion. The two faced-off in the 2016 finals, where Williams was victorious.

Williams was ranked 25th in this year’s tournament after giving birth to a baby daughter in September. The All England Club amended the rules and seeded her, instead of following the ranking list that doesn’t take into account players’ taking a break for maternity leave. She was ranked No. 1 when she took her maternity leave and was ranked 183rd in the world after returning to the tour in March.

The tennis champion and her husband, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, welcomed a daughter named Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. Three months later, Williams and Ohanian, 35, wed in an intimate New Orleans ceremony.

Ahead of the tournament in London, Williams told Good Morning America that her body had changed after the baby.

“It wasn’t as tight as I was used to,” she said last month. “I’ve played tennis for over 30 years, so I’m so used to [being] incredibly fit. But I realized everyone is different.”

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Eric Church returns as a "Desperate Man" on new album, coming October 5

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By Music News Group

EMI Records NashvilleEric Church‘s new album, Desperate Man, is set to arrive October 5, nearly three years since the surprise release of Mr. Misunderstood.

The North Carolina native announced the project to his fan club, the Church Choir, in a video clip posted to his socials on Thursday morning.

“It’s been a while,” Eric says. “I just want to say I have missed you. I have good news…the album is done, and we are back. It’s called Desperate Man and the first single is called ‘Desperate Man,’ which everybody in the Church Choir can hear right now.”

“And just like last time,” he continues, “just like Mr. Misunderstood — if you’re in the Church Choir, on October 5th you’re going to get the album.”

You can join the Church Choir at EricChurch.com. “Desperate Man” will be available for everyone to stream or download on Friday.

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Source:: Country Music News

      

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