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Farm Bill Expiration Stalls Conservation Efforts on Farms

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Farm Bill Expiration Stalls Conservation Efforts on Farms SULPHUR SPRINGS, Texas — While Senators were moving forward with the confirmation of the next Supreme Court justice, what wasn’t moving on Capitol Hill was the Farm Bill that expired a week ago.

While the legislation largely stalled over the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the people who grow the food and livestock that feed us all also were impacted. One of them is Texas Rancher Karl Ebel, owner of Ebel Grasslands Ranch. …(Read More) …read more

Source:: Texas News Service

      

20 people killed in limousine accident in upstate New York, authorities say

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WTEN(SCHOHARIE, N.Y.) — Twenty people were killed in a limousine accident in upstate New York, police said Sunday.

The deadly crash happened Saturday afternoon in Schoharie, which is about 40 miles from Albany, and led to several people killed, according to the New York State Police. The department did not say how many died.

The National Transportation Safety Board is sending a team to investigate. It said a limousine was one of the vehicles involved in the crash.

“NTSB launching go-team today to limo crash near Albany, NY. More details to come,” the agency announced on Twitter Sunday morning.

The “go-team,” which is full team of investigators, is expected to arrive about noon, according to the NTSB. Chairman Robert Sumwalt and Bruce Landsberg, the agency’s vice chairman, are expected to hold a briefing Sunday afternoon.

New York State Police announced the number of fatalities Sunday morning. None of the names were released pending notification of the victims’ families.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said his “heart breaks” for the victims, adding that he’s directed state agencies to help with the investigation.

“I join all New Yorkers in mourning these deaths and share in the unspeakable sorrow experienced by their families and loved ones during this extremely difficult time,” he said in a statement.

New York Sen. Chuch Schumer tweeted: “May God bless the families who lost loved ones.”

The crash occurred just before 2 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of State Route 30 and State Route 30A, police said. In addition to police, the town’s sheriff’s office and fire and EMS teams responded to the accident, state police said.

“What we can tell you at this point is that it is a two-vehicle, multi fatalities as a result of this crash,” Captain Richard O’Brien of the New York State Police told ABC station WTEN Saturday. “The investigation is very preliminary. It’s in its infancy stages.”

O’Brien told the station that police are reconstructing the scene to figure out what led to the crash.

“We have several units here investigating the details from the New York State police, including our reconstruction unit. We have used our drone this evening and our facial identification unit as well,” he said Saturday evening.

The accident led to road closures in the area that lasted several hours, police said.

There have been other deadly limousine accidents in recent years. In 2013, a limo in San Francisco caught fire and passengers were trapped without an accessible exit.

The next year in New Jersey, a limo bus carrying actor Tracy Morgan collided with a tractor-trailer; one passenger died and Morgan and another passenger were injured.

And back in 2005, a 7-year-old girl in a wedding limousine died in Long Island, New York, after a drunken driver plowed into them head-on. The limo driver was also killed in the crash.

In 2015, the NTSB, at the urging of New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, made a commitment to investigate more stretch limousine accidents on a case-by-case basis.

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Source:: National News

      

Authorities increase reward to $16,000 in Chicago manhunt

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Chicago Police Department(CHICAGO) — The reward for the capture of a masked gunman who allegedly killed two people in Chicago is up to $16,000, authorities said.

The city’s office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives added $5,000 to the reward for information about the suspect, the agency announced Saturday. The ATF portion of the reward is in addition to $10,000 and $1,000 offered by Jewish Federation of Metro Chicago and Cook County Crime Stoppers, respectively.

Police have been hunting the gunman for a week now, ever since a 73-year-old man walking his dog was shot to death Sunday in the city’s Rogers Park. Douglass Watts was shot in the head, ABC Chicago station WLS-TV reported.

The next day, a 24-year-old man was also shot in the head, the station reported. Eliyahu Moscowitz was also shot in Rogers Park.

The shootings appear to be random, police said.

Anyone with information can call the police at (312) 744-8200.

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Source:: National News

      

Death of Maine teacher who went missing ruled a suicide, authorities say

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Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office(NORTH YARMOUTH, Maine) — The death of a Maine teacher who was reported missing on Monday has been ruled a suicide, according to local authorities.

A body found Friday morning in a wooded area roughly 500 feet off Gray Road in North Yarmouth, Maine, has been identified as 47-year-old Kristin Westra, who was last seen by her husband, Jay Westra, last Sunday night.

The Cumberland County Medical Examiner ruled Kristin Westra’s death a suicide, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office announced Sunday. Her cause of death was not released.

Jay Westra reported his wife missing Monday morning after he woke up and discovered she was not home, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Capt. Scott Stewart told ABC News Tuesday. He last saw her before he went to bed that night, after she returned home from a jog, Stewart said.

Kristin Westra’s brother, Eric Rohrbach, told ABC News that she had trouble falling asleep Sunday night and that her husband assumed she was going to try and sleep in an empty room when she got out of bed around 3 a.m.

When Jay Westra woke up, he “realized she wasn’t there,” Rohrbach said.

Rohrbach said his sister had been under “some stress” due to work and home renovations but described her disappearance as “very abnormal,” and said she didn’t do drugs or drink alcohol.

“The thought of her doing this to her family is completely out of the norm,” Rohrbach said.

When Jay Westra attempted to call her cell phone Monday morning, it rang inside the house, Rohrbach said. She did not have her keys or wallet, he said.

Kristin Westra was an elementary school teacher and mother to a 9-year-old daughter and 16-year-old stepson, Rohrbach said, calling her a “pillar in her community.”

Dozens of volunteers searched for Kristin Westra earlier this week. Cumberland County Sheriff’s Capt. Craig Smith did not disclose who located the remains or in what condition they were found.

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Source:: National News

      

Special Weather Statement issued October 07 at 3:23PM CDT by NWS

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By w-nws.webmaster@noaa.gov …SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SOUTHEASTERN GUADALUPE… SOUTHWESTERN GONZALES AND NORTHEASTERN WILSON COUNTIES UNTIL 415 PM CDT… At 323 PM CDT, Doppler radar was tracking a strong thunderstorm over Pandora, or 7 miles east of Stockdale, moving north at 25 mph. Winds up to 40 mph will be possible with this storm. …read more

Source:: GONZALES COUNTY WX ALERT

      

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