New Zealanders wear headscarves in display of solidarity after mosque attacks

Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images(CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand) — New Zealanders of all religions donned headscarves on Friday in a symbol of unity as a mass funeral was held for dozens of victims of last week’s mosque attacks. Worshipers were gunned down inside the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch and then at a nearby mosque in the suburb …

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Flooding continues in Midwest as more towns evacuated

ABC News(NEW YORK) — At least 12 levees have been breached on the Missouri River in the last week as record flooding continues in the Plains and the Midwest. Thousands of people have had to evacuate, including the entire towns of Craig, Nebraska, and Elwood, Kansas. The Missouri River continues to rise north of Kansas …

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DNA testing exonerates dead man in Florida woman’s murder 36 years later

Jack Harold Jones (L) and Ronald Henry Stewart (R) in undated photos. (Arkansas Department of Corrections/Florida Department of Corrections) (FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.) — Prosecutors in Florida are asking for a dead man’s murder conviction to be vacated after DNA testing showed he was wrongly convicted. The Broward State Attorney’s Office filed a motion to exonerate …

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Police dashcam video shows WV officers allegedly beating 16-year-old

Evgen_Prozhyrko/iStock(BERKELEY, W.Va.) — Authorities in West Virginia have released dash-cam video showing police officers allegedly beating a 16-year-old who crashed a car after a high-speed chase. The video, which was taken on Nov. 19, 2018 and released by the Berkeley County Prosecutor’s Office, shows the teen’s car driving ahead of the police before appearing to …

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Illegal trafficker busted with seven sharks in pool inside home: Attorney general

wrangel/iStock(NEW YORK) — An illegal shark trafficker was caught in the jaws of law enforcement this week. The New York State Attorney General’s Office, inconjunction with the Department of Environmental Conservation, announced it arrested Joshua Seguine on possession of seven sharks wih the intent to sell. The sharks, all sandbar sharks, are a protected species …

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Tyson recalls 69,000 pounds of chicken strips

U.S. Department of Agriculture(NEW YORK) — Tyson Foods announced on Thursday it’s recalling more than 69,000 pounds of frozen chicken strips that may have been contaminated with pieces of metal. The ready-to-eat strips were produced on Nov. 30 and shipped nationwide, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The following products are being recalled, according …

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Two US service members killed in Afghanistan

KeithBinns/iStock(KABUL, Afghanistan) — Two U.S. service members were killed in Afghanistan on Friday, according to military officials. The two were killed “while conducting an operation,” according to a statement from NATO’s Resolute Support. There were no further details given about how they were killed or where the incident took place. The victims’ names will not …

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Flood Warning issued March 21 at 8:43PM MDT until further notice by NWS

…The Flood Warning is cancelled for the following rivers in South Dakota… Willow Creek Near Crooks …The Flood Warning continues for the following rivers in South Dakota…Iowa… Firesteel Creek Near Mount Vernon

Flood Warning issued March 21 at 8:43PM MDT until March 29 at 12:00PM MDT by NWS

…The Flood Warning is cancelled for the following rivers in South Dakota… Willow Creek Near Crooks …The Flood Warning continues for the following rivers in South Dakota…Iowa… Firesteel Creek Near Mount Vernon

Cesar Sayoc pleads guilty to mailing bombs targeting prominent Democrats

Broward County Sheriff’s Office via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Cesar Sayoc, the man behind a campaign of letter bombs targeting prominent Democrats, including former President Barack Obama, pleaded guilty to 65 counts in Manhattan federal court on Thursday. Federal prosecutors more than doubled the number of charges immediately prior to the plea hearing. Sayoc, of …

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As threat passes, activists say Deer Park chemical fire brings attention to persistent issues

poco_bw/iStock(HOUSTON) — A massive chemical fire south of Houston, Texas, triggered an emergency order for locals to shelter in place even after a dangerous chemical was detected in the air. Local officials and public health experts say most of the risk from the Deer Park fire has passed and that further testing didn’t find elevated …

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Trump declares disaster in Nebraska

President Trump has declared a disaster in Nebraska.  That clears the way for federal aid to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts.  Governor Pete Ricketts sent Trump an expedited request for federal assistance Tuesday and says he’s grateful for the quick approval.  Ricketts says Nebraskans have already been stepping up to begin the journey …

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Floods impacting transportation of farm products

The Executive Director of the U.S. Soy Transportation Coalition says flooding is causing problems for farmers beyond delays in field work. Mike Steenhoek tells Brownfield high water is impacting barge traffic. “We’re seeing the size of the barge flotillas being constricted so you’re not having as many of them that you can lash together, so …

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Hog futures continue their surge on demand hopes

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, cattle futures ended the day higher on optimism ahead of the cash trade and spillover support from the surging lean hog futures.  Cattle on Feed and Cold Storage numbers come out Friday afternoon.  April live cattle closed $.32 higher at $129.90 and June contracts closed $.52 higher at $123.90.  April …

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Thousands await rescue in Mozambique after tropical cyclone kills hundreds

Tafadzwa Ufumeli/Getty Images(BEIRA, Mozambique) — Thousands of people, some seen clinging to rooftops and tree branches, still await rescue from rising floodwaters in Mozambique, one week after an intense tropical cyclone walloped the southeast African nation. Nearly 350,000 others are at risk of becoming trapped in the coming days as remnants of tropical cyclone Idai …

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Parson declares state of emergency

Missouri Governor Mike Parson has declared a state of emergency because of flooding in northern Missouri and worsening conditions along the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. Traveling with the governor to observe the damage so far is Congressman Sam Graves. Graves says there’s a good chance they won’t be able to produce anything this year, “Because …

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Minimum wage increase could hurt rural Illinois communities

The Illinois General Assembly recently passed a bill to gradually increase the state’s minimum wage from $8.25 to $15 dollars per hour. Representative Charlie Meier speaks for portions of Washington, Clinton, St. Clair and Madison counties at the capitol, which are mainly rural farming communities downstate. Brownfield spoke to Meier just before Governor Pritzker signed …

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Michigan’s voluntary stewardship program sets national example

The Chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Services says Michigan’s voluntary stewardship program can be a role model for other states.  Chief Matt Lohr tells Brownfield NRCS and the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program share the same vision: to implement voluntary conservation practices. “I think some of these programs are really great on paper but …

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Soybeans, corn up, watching weather, waiting for China

Soybeans were modestly higher on short covering and technical buying. The trade is getting ready for next week’s cabinet-level discussions with China and still taking somewhat of a wait and see attitude. China has pledged to buy a lot of U.S. beans and while sales haven’t materialized, it’s a factor in the background, but so …

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Northern snow melt could delay grain shipping on the Mississippi River

High water on the Mississippi River is typical during spring, but the manager of a co-op on the river says they are on alert for worse conditions that will impact grain shipping. Roger Hugenberg is with Ursa Farmers Cooperative in west central Illinois. “We’ve had a limited number of days that we could ship and …

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