Escaped Georgia inmate wanted for murder kills himself as authorities close in

Gulf County Sheriffs Office(NEW YORK) — An escaped Georgia inmate who was named as the suspect in a fatal shooting over a botched drug deal in Florida earlier this week took his own life on Tuesday night as authorities closed in. The suspect, identified as 34-year-old Stephen Michael Smith, was spotted driving on a highway …

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NJ man arrested for guns, drugs also had document on ‘owning a slave’: DOJ

U.S. Attorneys Office for the District of New Jersey(NEW YORK) — A 57-year-old man charged with owning a cache of weapons, including a grenade launcher, and with the intent to sell methamphetamine also owned a document “purporting to be an instruction manual for owning a slave,” according to the Department of Justice. Joseph Rubino, of …

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San Francisco International Airport bans sale of small plastic water bottles

JHVEPhoto/iStock(SAN FRANCISCO) — If you’re looking to buy a small plastic water bottle when you go to San Francisco International Airport (SFO), you’re out of luck. A ban on the sale of plastic water bottles under 1 liter went into effect Tuesday, according to ABC San Francisco affiliate KGO-TV, but travelers still have the option …

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Jeffrey Epstein trafficked women for sex while on work release, women say in lawsuits

Pattanaphong Khuankaew/iStock(NEW YORK) — Jeffrey Epstein had sex with women who were trafficked to his Florida office and home while he was on work release from jail in 2009, two of those women alleged in new federal court complaints. It’s among the allegations against the deceased financier laid out in three separate lawsuits filed against …

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Veterinarian emphasizes the importance of Coggins testing

A Wisconsin state veterinarian is urging the owners of horses, donkeys, mules, zebras, and ponies to step up fly control, equipment sterilization, and Coggins testing after two related cases of Equine Infectious Anemia were found last week. Dr. Julie McGuinn says, “Those people that say, ‘Why do we have to do this test every year …

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Disaster loans offered by SBA

The U.S. Small Business Administration is now offering Economic Injury Disaster Loans because of rain and flash flooding last fall.  Debbie Freeland with the SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance says small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and private nonprofit organizations are eligible for the loans in the entire state of Illinois …

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Man sentenced in grain fraud case dies by suicide

The northwest Missouri farmer sentenced to federal prison for running the largest organic food fraud scheme has been found dead. The coroner has ruled Randy Constant’s death a suicide A federal judge sentenced Constant last Friday but granted him the right to self-report to prison soon. Constant, a former Chillicothe school board member, admitted he …

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Glyphosate and cereal – should you be concerned?

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has released a report saying it found traces of the herbicide glyphosate in nearly 20 oat-based cereals and snacks in a new round of testing the group commissioned. Should you be concerned? The EWG is the same group whose annual “Dirty Dozen” pesticide list has been debunked by credible scientists. …

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Cattle futures take back some of last week’s losses

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, live cattle closed higher on strong wholesale values during the session and this week’s potentially higher cash trade.  Feeder cattle futures closed higher on the same factors with additional support from the day’s lower move in corn.  October live cattle closed $1.60 higher at $101.80 and December live cattle closed …

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Volatility continues in the lean hog market

A market analyst says he doesn’t expect the volatility in the lean hog market to ease up anytime soon. John Heinberg with Stewart-Peterson says any news coming out of China is causing the market to react and producers need to take steps to protect their margins.  “There are two things we watch”, he says.  “Let’s …

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Judge blocks Missouri SB 391

Cole County Judge Patricia Joyce has temporarily blocked implementation of Missouri’s Senate Bill 391. The law – that was to take effect in a week – prohibits counties from passing ordinances stricter than state laws governing concentrated animal feeding operations – CAFOs. Two county boards, two property owners and the nonprofit Friends of Responsible Agriculture …

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Deering: Valley Oaks circumstances ‘slap in the face’

The owners of a western Missouri cattle and beef company have announced they’re leaving the beef processing business after a long and costly fight to expand it. Valley Oaks Steak Company applied last year to expand from feeding 999 head of cattle to feeding 6,999 head of cattle. That permit was denied w hen neighbors …

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University of Wisconsin Agronomy & Soils Field Day

Brownfield’s Larry Lee will cover the University of Wisconsin Agronomy & Soils Field Day on August 28, 2019 in Arlington, Wisconsin. Continue reading University of Wisconsin Agronomy & Soils Field Day at Brownfield Ag News.      

High management wheat yields

Yields in this year’s Michigan Wheat Performance Trials are nearly double of what USDA is forecasting for a national winter wheat average.  Experts say part of the reason is the cooler weather, but high management practices are making a difference.  Continue reading High management wheat yields at Brownfield Ag News.      

Russia refuses to share data after nuclear explosion, alarming monitors, US officials

MaxOzerov/iStock(MOSCOW) — A senior Russian official said the country did not have to share with international monitors any data about a recent nuclear blast that spiked radiation levels in a northern region of the country. The international monitor at the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization reported Monday that several radiation detection sites in Russia went silent …

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A traveler left a pet snake behind at a TSA checkpoint

TSA(NEW YORK) — It wasn’t quite “Snakes on a Plane.” A 15-inch thin, black snake with a yellow band around its neck was discovered Monday night on the floor of a Transportation Security Administration checkpoint in Terminal C at Newark Liberty International Airport by a “youngster,” according to the TSA. A TSA officer then contained …

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Energy Star’s thermostat recommendations surprise the internet

Emilija Randjelovic/iStock(WASHINGTON) — A federal program is taking some serious heat for recommending that homes be kept at 78 degrees during the day. Energy Star, a program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, said people should set their thermostat to 78 degrees when they are home and “need cooling” …

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First new soy plant in Michigan in two decades readies for harvest

Michigan’s second soybean processing plant is prepping for its very first harvest season. Zeeland Farm Services’ Brian Meeuwsen has been overseeing the construction of the facility and tells Brownfield the grain elevator has been taking small deliveries to test equipment and after Labor Day will do the same for the grain drier. “We plan on …

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Ebola outbreak spreads to remote, militia-controlled territory in Democratic Republic of Congo

Cesare Ferrari/iStock(LONDON) — A new case of Ebola has popped up in a remote, militia-controlled area in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, hundreds of miles away from the epicenter of the yearlong outbreak. The patient is a 70-year-old woman living in Pinga, a rural village located in Walikale territory in North Kivu province, …

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Trump White House insists economy is strong but weighing tax cuts amid recession fears

Bill Chizek/iStock(WASHINGTON) — Even as President Donald Trump insists the U.S. economy is “the best in the world,” he is also weighing pursuing another round of tax cuts amid concerns about a possible looming recession. “He’s looking at at tax cuts again, we think that spurs on the economic expansion,” White House deputy press secretary …

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