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Did Minneapolis cops pressure medics to sedate suspects with ketamine?

iStock/Thinkstock(MINNEAPOLIS) — In a joint statement on Monday, Minneapolis’ mayor and police chief sought an independent investigation into claims that city police asked emergency medical responders to sedate dozens of criminal suspects and others over the past three years with the powerful tranquilizer ketamine, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. In some cases, suspects were …

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Facebook campaign tops $5 million to reunite immigrant families separated at border

iStock/Thinkstock(SILICON VALLEY) — In a little over three days, a fundraising campaign on Facebook has topped $6 million to help reunite undocumented families split up by the U.S. government at the Mexico border. The fundraiser page, “Reunite an immigrant parent with their child,” was launched on Saturday by three Facebook employees. As of Tuesday night …

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Boater and 2 dogs rescued from tree after their boat sank in Louisiana

ABC News(BOSSIER PARISH, LA.) — An elderly neighbor with a boat became a hero in Louisiana on Monday when he and two sheriff’s deputies saved a man and two dogs stuck in a tree after his boat sank. The watery rescue scene unfolded on Lake Bistineau after the stranded boater made a series of desperate …

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Computer glitch grounding 2,500 flights could take days to sort out, airline says

IStock/Thinkstock(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — A computer glitch that grounded 2,500 American Airlines flights and left passengers stranded for days at a major U.S. airport has now been “stabilized” but it could still take days to sort out the mess, according to the airline. Between 200 and 1,000 passengers have been sleeping at the Charlotte Douglas International …

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces plan to sue Trump administration over child separation policy

Drew Angerer/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo intends to file a lawsuit against the Trump administration over its controversial immigration policies, including the “callous and inhumane” practice of separating children from their parents at the U.S. border, he announced Tuesday. The state of New York will file a multi-agency lawsuit accusing the …

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North Korea expected to return remains of up to 200 US service members lost in Korean War

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Trump administration is expecting North Korea to return up to 200 sets of remains believed to be American service members who died during the Korean War, three U.S. officials confirmed. Planning is underway to receive the remains from North Korea in the coming days, but an actual transfer date and location has …

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Bustos calls on Trump to turn corner on trade disputes

A Congresswoman from Illinois says President Trump will have a fight on his hands from her if he doesn’t turn the corner on trade disputes. Democrat Cheri Bustos tells Brownfield the President’s unpredictable policies and shoot-from-the-hip approach puts America’s farmers at risk. “We went from a little bit of a trade scuffle to what appears …

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Short window for dicamba closing on Minnesota farmers

A short window for applying dicamba herbicide is closing on Minnesota farmers. After receiving more than 250 drift complaints a year ago, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture decided to restrict the use of dicamba technology after June 20th for the 2018 growing season. Southeast Minnesota farmer Ed McNamara says planting delays coupled with the looming …

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USDA says milk production and herd size is up

The latest USDA report says May milk production was 19.1 billion pounds, up 0.8% from a year ago. Production in the 23 major dairy producing states totaled 17.9 billion pounds with production per cow averaging 15 pounds more than a year ago at 2,052 pounds in May. USDA researchers also say the herd is growing, …

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SE Minnesota farmer enjoying excellent corn crop

A southeast Minnesota farmer says his corn looks as good as it ever has. Ed McNamara tells Brownfield he finished side-dressing nitrogen earlier this month, and ensuing rains moved the N down into the root system. “We haven’t had a lot of gully-washers, but the ground is saturated, so there are some puddles in areas …

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Japan, South Korea suspend Canadian wheat shipments upon GM discovery

South Korea has joined Japan in suspending Canadian wheat imports following the discovery of genetically modified, herbicide-tolerant wheat. Steve Mercer with U.S. Wheat Associates says this is nothing new. “Of course we’ve been in that situation ourselves twice now, once in 2013 and again in 2015.  So the situation is fairly familiar.” He tells Brownfield …

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Vexed for years by elusive serial rapist, D.C. authorities indict a DNA sample

FBI(WASHINGTON) — Federal prosecutors in Washington D.C. announced the first ever “John Doe” indictment of a still unknown suspect’s DNA on Tuesday, as part of an ongoing investigation into a string of violent sexual assaults of women in hotel rooms in the D.C. area between 1998 and 2006. The long-unsolved serial rapist case has vexed …

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Major retailers say they’ll phase out sales of paint stripper with chemical linked to deaths

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Three major retailers have announced that they will no longer sell paint strippers or other products containing a chemical that has been linked to dozens of accidental deaths. Home Depot, Sherman Williams and Lowe’s all have announced that they will no longer sell products containing methylene chloride. The Centers for Disease Control …

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U.S. loses top spot in World’s 50 Best Restaurants rankings

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Bilbao, one of the culinary capitals of the world, hosted the prestigious World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2018 unveiling on Tuesday, and American gastronomy was well represented although the U.S. lost the top spot as Eleven Madison Park dropped to fourth place. For the second time, the Italian restaurant Osteria Francescana won the …

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Surveillance video shows burglar punched priest who confronted him after he allegedly broke into church

ABC News(CHICAGO) — Chicago police released surveillance video this week showing a young thug punching a priest in the face after the clergyman confronted the young man about alleged breaking into his church. when he was trying to find out what the burglar did in his church. Father Matthew Compton was working on the second …

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Charleston lawmakers to vote on resolution apologizing for city’s slavery past

iStock/Thinkstock(CHARLESTON, S.C.) — One southern city wants to apologize for its past. City officials in Charleston, South Carolina, will vote on a resolution Tuesday that expresses regret for the centuries of human slavery that was administered and regulated by its former lawmakers. “This is the modern city council which feels the need to make an …

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National Park Service researchers find litter of mountain lion kittens near Los Angeles

National Park Service(SANTA MONICA, Calif.) — National Park Service researchers in California discovered that a mountain lion they’ve been tracking since January has given birth to a little of four kittens. The kittens — who are all female — were found recently in Simi Hills, a small habitat wedged between the Santa Monica and Santa …

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Early blooming soybeans bring up management concerns

Many soybean plants are blooming ahead of schedule in Missouri and that brings up management questions. University of Missouri soybean specialist Bill Wiebold tells Brownfield the heat and drought have led to the early bloom and management depends on what farmers plans to spray, “If there’s some kind of application that has a stage of …

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Hoosier farmer says recent heat has helped crops

A southwest Indiana farmer says his crops are looking good even though the heat index has been above 100 the past several days. Mark Seib grows corn, soybeans, and wheat. “We’re not really dry because we have deep moisture, but in the heat of the day you can see just a little bit of that …

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CME cash dairy markets down, milk futures stop downward slide

Cash dairy prices fell and most milk futures stopped their downward slide at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Tuesday.  Class Three June milk was down $.01 to $15.32. July was down $.07 at $15.12.  August was up $.06 to $15.62. September was up $.09 to $16.12. The milk futures from October through next May ranged from …

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