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Florida sheriff suspended over handling of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(PARKLAND, Fla.) —  Florida’s new governor Ron DeSantis has suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel over his department’s much-maligned response to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting last February — which took the lives of 17 students and staff — and installed the county’s first African-American sheriff, former Coral Springs police sergeant …

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Equipment manufacturers report uptick in 2018 machinery sales

A combine on display at the John Deere Pavilion in Moline, Illinois An equipment manufacturers group says despite the down economy, farmers are investing in more new equipment. Curt Blades with the Association of Equipment Manufacturers tells Brownfield he’s pleasantly surprised to see the equipment market remain stable and even grow in some categories.  He …

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Supply concerns pressure hog futures

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, cattle futures closed steady ahead of widespread direct cash business.  The market is optimistic cash business will end the week strong.  Feeder cattle were pressured by the day’s firm move in corn.  February live cattle closed $.10 higher at $124.97 and April live cattle closed $.45 higher at $126.37.  January …

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Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: January 11, 2019

Mar. corn closed at $3.78 and 1/4, up 2 centsJan. soybeans closed at $8.99 and 1/4, up 3 and 3/4 centsJan. soybean meal closed at $310.40, down $2.20Jan. soybean oil closed at 28.17, up 23 pointsMar. wheat closed at $5.19 and 1/2, up 5 and 3/4 centsFeb. live cattle closed at $124.97, up 10 centsFeb. lean hogs closed at …

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Soybeans, corn recover some losses

Soybeans were modestly higher on short covering and technical buying, recovering a small part of Thursday’s drop. The trade is watching weather in South America, with concerns in parts of Argentina and Brazil. Weather forecasts have changed for those critical export competitors, throwing some uncertainty into the mix after CONAB lowered its outlook for Brazil’s …

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Tornillo, the Texas tent camp that housed thousands of migrant children, will close: HH

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — A massive tent camp in Texas that at one point housed some 2,800 migrant teenagers who had crossed the U.S.-Mexico border alone will close, the Trump administration announced Friday. By this weekend, the last of the children there either will have been sent to live with sponsors or transferred to another …

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Family of federal worker struggling because of the government shutdown begs Trump to meet with them

Allie McKinney(NEW YORK) — A stay-at-home mom whose family is struggling to make ends meet as the government shutdown stretches into one of the longest in U.S. history has a message for President Donald Trump: Come to Walton, Kentucky, and let’s talk. Allie McKinney, 28, is mom to 1-year-old Harper, born at just 26 weeks …

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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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Teacher in South Africa suspended after controversial photo of students goes viral

hudiemm/iStock(NEW YORK) — A teacher in South Africa has been suspended and allegations of racism are being investigated in a small town in the country’s North West province after a photograph showing black and white children sitting at separate desks went viral. Twenty-five years after the dawn of democracy in South Africa, the country is …

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Woman who allegedly struck, killed manicurist after skipping out on $35 bill arrested, police say

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police(NEW YORK) —  The woman who allegedly hit and killed a manicurist after skipping out on her $35 bill has been arrested, according to police. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department announced that Krystal Whipple, 21, was arrested in Glendale, Arizona, Friday morning after investigators learned about her whereabouts. *CAPTURED* Krystal Whipple, …

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Second suspect in killing of 7-year-old Texas girl denies involvement in shooting: Attorney

Fedorovekb/iStock(HOUSTON) — A man suspected of firing the shots that killed 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes as she rode in a car in Houston with her mother and sisters has denied any involvement in the tragic episode, his attorney said Thursday. Larry Woodruffe, 24, was arraigned Thursday in a Houston courtroom on a capital murder charge and …

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Families of Sandy Hook shooting victims win legal victory in lawsuit against InfoWars, Alex Jones

Drew Angerer/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Six families of victims killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School won a legal victory Friday in their fight against controversial radio and internet personality Alex Jones. A judge in Connecticut has granted the families’ discovery requests, allowing them access to, among other things, InfoWars’ internal marketing and financial documents. The …

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Air traffic controllers suing Trump administration over missed pay during shutdown

ugurhan/iStock(WASHINGTON) — The National Air Traffic Controllers Association is suing the Trump administration on behalf of the thousands of members of their union that have not been paid during the protracted shutdown showdown over border wall funding between the president and congressional Democrats. The suit, filed in federal court in Washington, D.C., claims the administration …

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US military begins withdrawing equipment from Syria

omersukrugoksu/iStock(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. military began moving military equipment out of Syria this week, but no U.S. troops have left, two U.S. officials said Friday. Other officials said there is still no timeline for the pullout of the 2,000 U.S. troops from Syria following President Donald Trump’s surprise decision to withdraw them last month. Earlier …

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SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launches 10 communications satellites

Jorge Villalba/iStock(NEW YORK) — Using its Falcon 9 rocket, SpaceX on Friday launched the final group of next generation communication satellites, known as Iridium NEXT, completing a decade-long project. The 10 satellites, which are part of a 75-piece constellation, were launched at 10:31 a.m. ET from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. They began …

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Fremont, Nebraska Corn Expo reports

One of the first ag meetings of the new year is the Fremont Corn Expo in Fremont, Nebraska. It always features a great lineup of speakers and this year was no exception. Brownfield was there and talked with several of them. These interviews were recorded on January 3, 2019. AUDIO: Nebraska Extension Educator and Expo coordinator Nathan Mueller …

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Missouri Leopold winner credits cover crops

The winner of a prestigious conservation award combines sustainable farming practices to stop erosion. John Scherder uses rotational grazing, grass waterways and terraces to keep soil from eroding, but he tells Brownfield the most important practice he uses is the planting of cover crops. “Not only do you stop erosion, but you’ve got the soil …

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The Shutdown is Getting Stupider

Last week I told you the stalwart opposition by congressional Democrats to President Trump’s dream of a “wall” along the U.S.-Mexican border was all about embarrassing the president going into the 2020 elections. The president’s dedication to the wall is all about campaign promises made in 2016 and his zeal to keep that promise. Those …

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Reports: Top U.S. and Chinese officials to meet

Various media sources report that top trade officials from the U.S. and China are making plans to meet in Washington at the end of January, in a continued effort to resolve their ongoing trade conflict. The talks will reportedly include the top Chinese negotiator, Vice Premier Liu He, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury …

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Ag Appropriations Chair asks Perdue to make USDA loan programs “essential”

A North Dakota Senator has asked Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue to deem USDA loan programs “essential” so producers have access to credit during the government shutdown. Ag Appropriations Committee Chairman John Hoeven says he spoke to Perdue this week about the importance of continuing essential USDA loan programs. Hoeven says with the closure of FSA …

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