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Shelters for undocumented children nearing capacity as families separated at border

U.S. Government(BROWNSVILLE, Texas) — For the first time since the Trump administration announced its “zero-tolerance” policy on illegal immigration, a small group of journalists was allowed into the country’s largest licensed shelter for undocumented children. Imagine being 10 years old, separated from your mother or father, not understanding why, and being taken to a hulking, …

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‘This man is everything to me’: Wife of Orlando cop wounded in deadly hostage situation

Orlando Police Department(ORLANDO, Fla.) — The wife of an Orlando, Florida, police officer shot and critically wounded allegedly by a paroled felon who killed himself and four child hostages, broke down in tears Wednesday as she asked people to pray for his survival, saying, “My boys need their daddy and I need my husband.” Meghan …

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Proposal to split California into three states makes November ballot

iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — California residents will get a chance to vote on a measure to divide the Golden State into three separate states, election officials said Tuesday. Proponents of the CAL 3 initiative submitted more than 402,468 valid signatures as of Tuesday, making it eligible for the Nov. 6 general election ballot, according to the …

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Raccoon scales 20-story skyscraper, rises to social media stardom

iStock/Thinkstock(ST. PAUL, Minn.) — A furry, masked critter that scaled a skyscraper in St. Paul, Minnesota, has become a social media sensation overnight. The raccoon was spotted climbing the ledges along the UBS Financial Services building downtown before it stopped to rest on a ledge, according to ABC News affiliate KSTP-TV in Minneapolis and St. …

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Judge orders back-flipping FBI agent to stay away from man he’s accused of accidentally shooting

ABC News(DENVER) — The back-flipping FBI agent who accidentally shot a Colorado nightclub patron has been ordered to stay away from the man after being charged with second-degree assault. Chase Bishop, 29, Wednesday made his first appearance in a Denver courtroom, where a judge issued a standard protection order stating that he must have zero …

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Hot, dry conditions help fuel fast-moving wildfires in the West

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Hot and dry conditions are helping fuel fast-moving wildfires blazing throughout the West. As of Wednesday afternoon there were 43 large fires burning in 12 states throughout the country: Alaska, Washington, California, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Florida. In Utah and Colorado, winds could reach 40 …

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Senators move to prevent Trump from removing US troops in South Korea

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A pair of Senate Democrats introduced a bill Wednesday that would prevent President Donald Trump from unilaterally drawing down the American troop presence on the Korean peninsula – not necessarily because he’s said he will, but because they don’t want to rely on his word that he won’t. Other measures that also tie …

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Nebraska is Pruitt’s next stop

Embattled EPA administrator Scott Pruitt will be in Nebraska Thursday as part of his Midwestern tour, which has included stops this week in Kansas and South Dakota. Pruitt is scheduled to meet late Thursday afternoon with Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts and a group of Nebraska ag leaders. Continue reading Nebraska is Pruitt’s next stop at …

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Ethanol rally brings attention to Pruitt’s handling of RFS

The head of the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) says renewable fuels advocates are looking to capitalize on EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s trip through Rural America this week. Brian Jennings tells Brownfield Pruitt was taken to task while on a tour of a Kansas ethanol plant Tuesday. “We had members in the room who were …

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Peterson aligns more with Senate farm bill

House Ag Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson is praising his Senate counterparts for putting together a bipartisan farm bill. The Minnesota Democrat tells Brownfield success in the Senate could put pressure on House Republicans who continue pushing for SNAP reform. “It kind of smokes out their strategy and ideology, they’re going to be isolated.  And …

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Iowa farmer finding success with earlier planted soybeans

A central Iowa farmer is having success planting soybeans before corn. Corey Hillebo farms about 20 miles north of Des Moines. “We did a little early soybeans last year too.  It’s proven to us it’s something we can do that doesn’t necessarily cost us any more money and gives us more yield.  So I think …

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NAWG says “another win” on Prop 65 glyphosate case

A federal judge in California has upheld a temporary injunction on California’s Proposition 65 which would require a cancer warning label on glyphosate. The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG), which is leading the coalition against the law, says the judge’s decision is “another win for U.S. agriculture.” Chandler Ghoule, CEO of NAWG, says the facts …

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A year later, survivors of London’s Grenfell Tower fire try to cope

Lena Masri/ABC News(LONDON) — Omar Alhaj Ali recently had a dream about his brother Mohammad, who died in last year’s fire in London’s Grenfell Tower apartment complex where they both lived. In the dream, Mohammad told him, ‘don’t worry, everything will be fine. The family will be good. Your life will be good.’ “That was …

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Milk futures lower, cash dairy steady to lower Wednesday

Class III milk futures at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange closed down three to eight cents while cash dairy finished steady to lower Wednesday. June milk closed down three cents at $15.37.  July fell $0.08 to $15.75.  August milk weakened six cents to $16.35.  And September futures were down a nickel at $16.71.  The October through …

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Wheat marketing opportunities ahead

A grain marketer expects solid wheat marketing opportunities through the 4th of July. Cody Harris with Star of the West Milling tells Brownfield last year wheat prices hit their peak around the 4th July and all indications point to a rally again this year. “There’s a little bit of firmness, definitely a little bit of upside …

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Ethanol production, stocks up on week

  U.S. ethanol production hit a four-week high last week. The U.S. Energy Information Administration says production averaged 1.053 million barrels a day, up 12,000 on the week, as the industry and fuel blenders respond to demand during the early part of the summer driving season, despite some uncertainties about White House policy on renewable …

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Grassley expresses frustration with Pruitt and waivers

During today’s Senate Ag Committee farm bill markup session, Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley launched into a diatribe on EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and RFS small-refinery exemptions. AUDIO: Chuck Grassley Continue reading Grassley expresses frustration with Pruitt and waivers at Brownfield Ag News.      

Assault on Yemen’s largest port threatens to increase mass starvation

iStock/Thinkstock(SANAA, Yemen) — A military coalition led by Saudi Arabian and United Arab Emirates forces, with vital guidance and supplies provided by the United States, has launched the largest assault of Yemen’s war, with an attack on the massive port city of Hodeidah. As many as 22 million people — three-quarters of Yemen’s population — …

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Farmlife stimulates your senses

Commentary. When I close my eyes at night and visions of yellow nutsedge sprouting in otherwise weed-free soil appear in my mind’s eye, I know I’ve spent a lot of hours hoeing in the garden. I do some of best thinking, planning and praying when I’m weeding and mulching.  It’s also hay season here so …

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Senate Ag Committee begins Farm Bill markup  

The Senate Ag Committee is marking up its version of the farm bill this morning. Many members touted the bipartisan work that went into the Senate Farm Bill. Ranking member Debbie Stabenow says a tight budget didn’t stop the committee from moving forward. “While it’s true we face a tight budget, we were still able …

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