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Fire investigators close in on cause of Thursday evening fire south of Mitchell

Fire investigators have narrowed their probe of where and how a Thursday evening fire that gutted a metal building housing Upper Midwest Garage Doors started. Mitchell Fire Marshal Shannon Sandoval says statements from the owner and the first firefighters on the scene indicate the fire started in an office in the southwest corner of the …

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Inside State Government returns Saturday morning at a new time

KORN News Radio’s award-winning “Inside State Government” returns this Saturday morning at a new time, 7:30 am. The long-running program features District 20 State Senator Josh Klumb along with newly elected State Representatives Lance Koth and Paul Miskimins for a lively weekly discussion of the happenings during the 2019 South Dakota legislative session. “Our community …

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Wholesale values support nearby hog futures

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, live cattle futures ended the day mixed with strength in the front-month contracts.  The market is waiting for some direction ahead of widespread cash trade, but firm wholesale values helped prop up some prices.  Feeder cattle futures closed firm on support in the day’s lower move in corn.  February live …

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A mixed day for milk futures and cash dairy Tuesday

Class III milk futures at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange closed mixed Tuesday. January milk down two cents at $14.05.  February four higher at $14.34.  March unchanged at $14.93.  April milk steady at $15.40.  May through August contracts a penny lower to two cents higher Tuesday. Barrels down $0.02 at $1.21.  Six trades were made, ranging …

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Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: January 15, 2019

Mar. corn closed at $3.71 and 1/4, down 7 and 1/4 centsMar. soybeans closed at $8.93 and 1/4, down 10 and 1/4 centsMar. soybean meal closed at $309.30, down $2.50Mar. soybean oil closed at 28.24, down 16 pointsMar. wheat closed at $5.11, down 3 and 1/4 centsFeb. live cattle closed at $126.95, up $1.52Feb. lean hogs closed …

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Lighthizer saw no progress on key issues in China talks, Grassley says

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer saw no progress on key issues in last week’s trade talks with China. That’s according to Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley, who met with Lighthizer late last week. “He (Lighthizer) said that there hasn’t been any progress made in structural changes that need to be made, including intellectual property, stealing trade …

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Student attendance plummets as Los Angeles teachers head into Day 2 of strike

KABC-TV(LOS ANGELES) — As scores of Los Angeles teachers formed picket lines for the second day of a massive strike, school district officials said student attendance plummeted and that the district lost $15 million on Day 1 of the classroom walkout. The United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA) union reported that 30,000 public school teachers …

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Grandfather of man suspected of kidnapping Jayme Closs: ‘Nobody had any clues’

Barron County Sheriff(BARRON, Wisc.) — The young man accused of abducting a 13-year-old Wisconsin girl, gunning down her parents and holding the child captive had been “a perfectly nice kid,” according to his grandfather. “Nobody had any clues up until this thing happened,” Jim Moyer told ABC News Tuesday, days after his 21-year-old grandson, Jake …

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New products launched at Precision Planting’s Winter Conference

The two new products launched during Precision Planting’s Winter Conference are designed to help farmers improve their planting system. Precision Planting general manager Justin Kauffman talks about the new products, FurrowForce and SmartDepth, how they contribute to uniform germination, improve yields, and help farmers maximize their return on investment. AUDIO: Justin Kauffman, general manager Precision …

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Lack of market information troublesome

The ongoing government shutdown is delaying the release of information farmers, ranchers, and the market rely on daily. University of Missouri’s Scott Brown says the lack of reliable private sources for the information that goes missing information during the shutdown puts producers and the entire ag industry at a disadvantage.  “Trying to figure out what …

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Tariffs Hurt the Heartland responds to Trump’s speech

A joint statement issued by Farmers for Free Trade and Americans for Free Trade, in reaction to President Trump’s speech at the American Farm Bureau Convention, says there is uncertainty and fear “among many farmers and ranchers about how the President’s trade policies are impacting ag.” Trump told Farm Bureau members he’s working to fix …

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Minnesota farmer encouraged by Trump/Perdue relationship

An American Farm Bureau member says she’s encouraged by the relationship Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue has with President Trump. Minnesota farmer Carolyn Olson serves on AFBF’s Issue Advisory Committee for Organic and Direct Marketing. “Thankfully we have Secretary Perdue, who has a good relationship with the President and can bend his ear on agriculture issues. …

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Putting pencil to paper on cover crops

An extension educator recommends putting pencil to paper when making cover crop decisions for 2019. Liz Stahl with the University of Minnesota says with another year of tight margins on the horizon, farmers should do their best to figure out the value of soil health. “And there are a lot of people who are working …

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High-end complex in Nairobi now secure after ‘suspected terror attack’: Officials

MarkRubens/iStock(NEW YORK) — Kenyan authorities said that all buildings have been secured and that the “situation is under control” after gunfire and explosions erupted at a high-end hotel complex in Nairobi Tuesday afternoon. Authorities are calling it a “suspected terror attack.” “The security teams have evacuated scores of Kenyans and other nationalities from the buildings. …

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Brexit: crushing defeat for Theresa May as deal voted down by Parliament to leave Britain’s future hanging in the balance

LanceB/iStock(LONDON) — The political future of the United Kingdom has once again been thrown into uncertainty after Parliament voted against accepting Theresa May’s Brexit deal. The lead-up to the vote saw the Prime Minister Theresa May’s deal criticized by politicians and pundits on all sides of the political spectrum. Some critics argued that May’s deal …

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Section of New York’s old Tappan Zee Bridge demolished in controlled explosion

ABC News(NEW YORK) — It spanned the Hudson River for 64 years, but on Tuesday, one of the last remnants of the Tappan Zee Bridge came down in just five seconds. At 10:52 a.m., dynamite charges went off, destroying steel support pillars at each end of the 672-foot section of the bridge. It plummeted down …

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Consumer demand for high-quality beef is strong

A report from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) says retail beef demand is up 15 percent since 2012. NCBA director of market intelligence Alison Krebs says the strong economy is a major factor, but it’s not the only one. “Consumers have more interest in protein these days—getting more protein in the diet as opposed …

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CoBank says politics are hurting farmers

A CoBank analyst says right now some of the largest economic difficulties for farmers have been government created. Tanner Emhke tells Brownfield farmers and ranchers have been at the front lines bearing the cost of the trade war and government shutdown, “This shutdown is only exacerbating an existing issue with financing, you can’t get loans, …

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Researcher urges caution on varieties and seeding rates

A soybean researcher is urging producers to be cautious about their 2019 crop inputs.  University of Wisconsin’s Shawn Conley has been meeting farmers at winter agronomy meetings, telling them to be cautious about cutting soybean seeding rates. “I know that’s a common practice that growers are doing, but the germ and the seed quality across …

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NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo bans stretch limos and issues new safety laws in wake of deadly crash

Drew Angerer/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a slew of new safety reforms for limos and large passenger vehicles, outright banning stretch limos and adding a number of regulatory reforms. These reforms come three months after a limo crash in upstate New York led to the death of the driver and …

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UC Irvine fraternity member dies off-campus, cause of death unknown

Courtesy: Noah Domingo Family(IRVINE, Calif.) — A fraternity at the University of California – Irvine is on interim suspension after one of its youngest members died, officials said. Noah Domingo, an initiated member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, died at an off-campus home on Saturday, the fraternity’s national headquarters said. The 18-year-old died at about 3:30 …

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