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Baltimore police make arrest in connection with death of 7-year-old by stray bullet

ABC News(BALTIMORE, Md.) — Authorities in Baltimore have arrested a suspect in connection with the death of a 7-year-old girl who was killed by a stray bullet while sitting in the backseat of a car. On the afternoon of July 5, second-grader Taylor Hayes was taken to the a local hospital after she was shot …

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ACE CEO confident in long-term viability of ethanol

The CEO of the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) is confident corn-based ethanol will remain a viable fuel source for years to come. ACE CEO Brian Jennings says as the industry watches emerging technologies like electric vehicles, ethanol should continue to be a low-cost, low-carbon, and high-octane choice for consumers. “We are confident that a …

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Indiana farmer goes back to school to improve business

A southeastern Indiana farmer says he has decided to go back to school at 59 years old because of how much the agriculture and banking industry has changed over the years. Bill Whitman and his wife have more than 200 acres of forage and own a sanctuary for horses recovering from abuse, disease, and injuries. …

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CME dairy markets mixed Friday

The dairy markets were mixed at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Friday. August Class Three milk was up $.02 at $15.01.    September was down $.08 to $15.81. October was down $.07 to $16.02.  November was unchanged at $16.02. The milk futures from December through next July ranged from one to nine cents higher. Dry whey was …

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Meteorologist says he hopes to never see 2018 weather conditions again

Michael Clark, co-owner and meteorologist of Indiana-based BAM weather, says it has been a challenging year for farmers across the Corn Belt. “Some folks are the driest they’ve ever been and some folks are the wettest they’ve ever been,” he says. “The crop is at a record pace from the heat and if you’re southern …

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Trump and media — no winner

Someone once said, “I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig.  You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it.” In the escalating battle between President Trump and the media – “fake news,” “the enemy of the American people,” etc. – both sides demonstrate a stunning level of arrogance.  But it would be …

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18-year-old who pushed friend off bridge charged with reckless endangerment

ABC News(VANCOUVER, Wash.) — The 18-year-old who pushed her teenage friend off a 60-foot bridge in Washington state, leaving her with multiple injuries, has been charged with one count of reckless endangerment. Prosecutors filed the charge Friday, with a declaration of probable cause from the arresting officer stated, “it is clear that Taylor Smith engaged …

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Video captures moment when officer is struck by police van driven by his own partner

Manchester Police(MANCHESTER, England) — A United Kingdom officer who was chasing down a suspect was struck by a police van driven by his own partner — and the dramatic episode was all captured on video. A witness took video of the moment when the officer was chasing down the suspect on Leicester Road in Higher …

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Woman survives brutal hit-and-run at same spot where husband was murdered 17 years ago

WFAA(MESQUITE, Texas) — A woman who barely survived a terrifying hit-and-run at a Texas gas station she owns has spoken out for the first time, saying that she suffers from intolerable pain but is glad to be alive. “I don’t know what miracle saved me,” gas station owner Alka Patel told ABC News affiliate WFAA. …

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Rains shift across the eastern, southern Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, mild, dry weather has returned to the upper Midwest. However, locally heavy showers and thunderstorms are occurring across the southern and eastern Corn Belt, generally benefiting summer crops and providing drought relief in Michigan and the southwestern Corn Belt. On the Plains, another late-summer heat wave is underway across Montana and …

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WOTUS rule resurrected by judge

Enforcement of the 2015 WOTUS rule is back for some states, but not for all. The Trump administration suspended the Obama-era rule to allow the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers to rewrite it, but South Carolina U.S. District Judge David Norton says federal agencies didn’t follow the public-comment requirements of the Administrative Procedures Act …

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“Hardship–hogwash!”

RFS hardship waivers provided to oil refiners continue to be a sore point for the ethanol industry. Speaking at the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) conference in Minneapolis, ACE CEO Brian Jennings said EPA must reallocate the volumes of ethanol lost to those waivers. “Rural America needs to speak out,” Jennings said. “Farmers are losing …

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Local Sports for Friday August 17th, 2018

Two up and two down in the ESD Conference for the Mitchell Kernel girl’s tennis team yesterday.  Mitchell beat Harrisburg 8-1 at Hitchcock Park to improve to 2-0 overall this season.  The Kernels return to action in a triangular against Rapid City Central and Vermillion on Tuesday at Hitchcock Park starting at 10:00am.   The …

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A Colorado man’s alleged killing of pregnant wife, 2 young daughters raises question of why

ABC News(FREDERICK, Col.) — Two days after Chris Watts’ pregnant wife and two young daughters were reported missing, Watts was taken into custody, accused of killing Shanann Watts and the couple’s children, Celeste, 3, and Bella, 4. Authorities have not commented on a possible motive in the case that has shocked the small town of …

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US says number of Muslim minorities in Chinese internment camps may be ‘in the millions’

iStock/Thinkstock(BEIJING) — The U.S. is expressing alarm that China may be detaining “millions” of Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in a “worsening crackdown” in the country’s inaccessible western region Xinjiang. The new number comes one week after a United Nations panel reported that an estimated 1 million Uighurs are being held in “counterextremism centers” with …

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Italy opens investigation into Genova bridge collapse that killed at least 38

Laura Lezza/Getty Images(LONDON) — The Italian government announced it has opened a probe into the collapse of a bridge in Genoa that killed at least 38 people, and is putting pressure on the country’s largest toll-road operator to prove that it met its contractual obligations in maintaining the viaduct. The Italian transport ministry has also …

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14-year-old girl stabbed at high school assembly on 1st day of school

iStock/Thinkstock(OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.) — A 14-year-old girl was allegedly stabbed by a fellow student at a high school assembly in Oklahoma, according to local officials. The victim was stabbed repeatedly in the upper back, head, arm and wrist on Thursday while she was in the auditorium on the first day of school at Luther High …

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Beneficial Corn Belt rains to yield to cooler days

   Late-summer heat will continue in much of the West and briefly spread eastward across the nation’s northern tier. Late in the weekend, however, cool weather will return to the Plains and eventually expand to cover much of the eastern half of the country. Meanwhile, several disturbances will maintain showery conditions across large parts of …

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Fertility management and your bottom line

Making investments in soil fertility now can help producers maximize their crops yield potential and now is the time to start making those decisions. In this Managing for Profit, Corey Haas an Encirca Certified Services Agent explains how using Encirca Services puts fertility management to work for the farmer. Continue reading Fertility management and your …

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Teen who survived lightning strike waiting for ‘powers’ to kick in

ABC News(PHOENIX) — A 13-year-old Arizona boy who miraculously survived being struck by lightning says he’s now waiting for his “powers” to kick in. Josiah Wiedman was walking home through a park in Phoenix with a friend when he said a jolt of lightning launched him in the air. “As we were walking, I got …

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