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Growth Energy ad pushes for pro-biofuel policies

Growth Energy is calling on President Trump and the EPA for more pro-biofuel policies.  The renewable fuels trade association launched a television ad Friday calling on the administration to uphold promises to support biofuels.  The ad – to air on Fox News – asks the EPA to reverse refinery waivers that Growth Energy says have …

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Rare video shows last surviving member of Amazonian tribe

Ildo Frazao/iStock/Thinkstock(TANARU, Brazil) — Rare video released from a government agency in Brazil shows footage of a lone survivor of an Amazonian tribe who has been living alone for 22 years. The Guaporé Ethno-Environmental Protection Front has been monitoring the man and, without ever speaking to him, has been helping to ensure that he is …

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Vietnam releases, deports American after more than a month in detention

hansslegers/iStock/Thinkstock(HANOI, Vietnam) —  Vietnam has convicted an American who was beaten and detained by police during a protest last month and expelled him from the country. But after he was held for 40 days in custody, it was welcome news for Will Nguyen, his family, and the U.S., which had pushed Vietnamese officials for his …

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Family accuses Indiana officers who restrained teen of going too far: ‘I was trying to break free because I couldn’t breathe’

Evgen_Prozhyrko/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A teen and his family accused Indiana police of excessive force for how they restrained the boy during an altercation at a festival where police accused him of slapping away an officer’s arm. “He didn’t try to swipe away their arm,” the boy’s mother, Elizabeth Montejano, told ABC Chicago station WLS-TV. “When …

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4-year-old boy dies, 2-year-old brother hospitalized in Connecticut hot car incident

mrdoomits/iStock/Thinkstock(WEST HAVEN, Conn.) — A 4-year-old died and his 2-year-old brother was hospitalized after they were found in a hot car at a Connecticut apartment complex Thursday afternoon, officials said. Many details in the deadly tragedy remain unknown, including how long they were inside the car, the West Haven Police Department said Friday. Police obtained …

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JBS suspends shipments from KY Farm after undercover abuse video

JBS USA, the U.S. branch of the world’s largest meat producer, reportedly has stopped shipments from a pig farm where workers were shown abusing pigs in an undercover video released by Mercy for Animals. The video, released Tuesday, shows some workers hitting, kicking and throwing pigs at a Tosh Farms site in Kentucky. Tosh Farms, …

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New beef dish at Iowa State Fair

The Cattlemen’s Beef Quarters at the Iowa State Fair, one of the fair’s most popular dining spots, has announced a new menu item for the 2018 fair—Brisket Mango Tango. Beef Quarters’ manager John Mortimer describes it as a waffle bowl partially filled with a light coleslaw, seasoned with Gramma Amber’s salad dressing. Then a generous …

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Missouri NRCS funding drought relief efforts

Missouri NRCS is providing two million dollars towards drought relief for livestock. “Of all the Midwest states, Missouri is suffering the most.” State Conservationist JR Flores tells Brownfield the emergency initiative offered through the EQIP program will be used to drill cover crops into existing pastures or hay land. The cover crops established from that …

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Some farmers are seeing long silks in corn

A corn specialist at Purdue University says many farmers are seeing unusually long silks in corn this year. Bob Nielsen says some farmers have reported silks that are 6-9 inches when they are typically about 3-4 inches. “What that tells us is that there’s some kind of dysfunction in that pollination and some kind of …

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U.S. sheep industry in a good spot

A U.S. sheep industry leader says the reopening of markets in Japan and Taiwan, plus the highest wool prices in history have stabilized the US sheep market. Executive Director of the American Sheep Industry Association Peter Orwick says the industry is doing well financially. “All you have to do is look about any other direction …

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Angela Merkel criticizes US tariffs, says she doesn’t see US as a foe

Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images(BERLIN) — Speaking to reporters at her annual summer press conference, German Chancellor Angela Merkel opined on U.S. President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and other newsworthy topics. Merkel addressed President Trump’s comments earlier in the week that the European Union was a foe of the United States. “We have …

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Starbucks is opening a store where all the employees know American Sign Language

Photo by Stephen Chernin/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Starbucks is opening an All Signing Store that caters to deaf customers in Washington, D.C. The coffee shop will open in October and will be staffed only by people fluent in American Sign Language (ASL). The Signing Store will feature a custom mug and artwork that was designed by …

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Mom warns of Fortnite fraud after teen son’s account was taken over

Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for Microsoft Stores & Kor Media Entertainment(NEW YORK) — A mother wants to help protect other families from scammers after her teenage son was allegedly duped while playing the competitive fighting game Fortnite. Fortnite is a wildly popular multiplayer survival game where players join teams and battle up to 100 others to …

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Bus passengers injured in knife attack in Germany

iStock/Thinkstock(LUEBECK, Germany) — A man armed with a knife attacked passengers on a bus in northern Germany on Friday before being taken into custody, authorities said. An unknown number of passengers suffered injuries, including one seriously, during the knife attack on the crowded bus in Luebeck, Germany, at about 1:47 p.m., authorities said. No one …

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Missouri duck boat accident leaves 17 dead, including children

iStock/Thinkstock(BRANSON, Mo.) — A tourist duck boat capsized in a lake near Branson, Missouri, killing at least 17 people, including children, as severe thunderstorms struck the area Thursday night, the Missouri Highway Patrol said. Seven others were injured when the boat plunged into Table Rock Lake, officials said. “Our thoughts and prayers right now are …

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Twenty-seven reported tornadoes rip through Iowa, devastating towns

ABC News(DES MOINES, Iowa) — Iowa, which usually averages about seven tornadoes in the month of July, saw 27 reported twisters rip through the state Thursday night, damaging buildings, overturning cars and rupturing gas lines. Marshalltown, Iowa, suffered major damage, while the Vermeer Plant in Pella took a direct hit from an apparent tornado. “Devastated …

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Using a new tool to identify an old pest

Grape Colaspis is a problem growers in Illinois haven’t had to face in over two decades. Until two years ago. In this Managing for Profit, Pioneer agronomist Matt Montgomery explains how growers used new technologies to identify the problem and put together a management plan – with hopes of protecting the bottom line. Continue reading …

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Prince Harry, Meghan Markle plan trip to the US, sources say

Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage(LONDON) — Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan have been working at a whirlwind pace since marrying on May 19. They just completed their first foreign tour to Ireland on behalf of Queen Elizabeth. Kensington Palace recently announced that Meghan and Harry will tour Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga in October, a trip …

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French president’s aide questioned by police for allegedly beating protester

Chesnot/Getty Images(PARIS) — Police questioned an aide to French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday after he was apparently caught on video impersonating a police officer while hitting and stomping a Paris demonstrator earlier this year. The video, published Wednesday night by French newspaper Le Monde, was taken May 1 during a demonstration and seems to …

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At least 13 dead, including children, in Missouri duck boat accident

iStock/Thinkstock(BRANSON, Mo.) — A tourist duck boat capsized in a lake near Branson, Missouri, amid powerful storms, killing at least 13 people, including children, the Missouri Highway Patrol said. The Thursday-night accident also injured seven people, and four others are still missing, officials said. A total of 29 passengers and two crew members were on …

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