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Update on Mississippi River Lower Water Levels

first_imgASA, the waterways industry, agriculture industry partners, and other stakeholders continue to closely watch water levels on the Mississippi River and work to prevent a severe disruption in barge traffic. In response to concerns raised by industry stakeholders, the Corps of Engineers expedited issuance of contracts to begin removing rock pinnacles in the Mississippi River between St. Louis and Cairo, Ill. Due to the drought and historical low water levels on the river, the rock pinnacles have emerged, reducing the depth and width of the shipping channel used by barges. Normally, the Corps would not have started the rock removal work until January and would not have finished until late February. The expedited process is expected to result in the first phase of work being completed in 30 days and provide 1.5 feet of additional depth in the shipping channel.The Corps also announced that it released water from reservoirs located on the Kaskaskia River south of St. Louis to support navigation over the rock pinnacles, providing up to an additional six inches of depth in this critical reach of the river.ASA and other industry representatives attended a briefing from the White House Domestic Policy office on Dec. 20 to get an update and discuss additional options.The Corps and the waterways operators have different views on the ability to maintain the 9-foot channel depth without the release of water from Missouri River reservoirs. The depths will depend on a combination of factors over the next few weeks, including whether it rains, if portions of the river north of St. Louis freeze and reduce water flow, if a predicted warming trend melts existing snowpack, and how fast the rock removal work proceeds.Release of additional water from the Missouri River is strongly opposed by interests in that region, including governors, farmers, residents, and Indian tribes. The Corps has indicated that new releases from the Missouri River are not under reconsideration at this time.last_img read more

The World Soy Foundation Celebrates a Successful Giving Tuesday

first_imgThanks to the generosity of our supporters, the World Soy Foundation (WSF) was able to raise $1,455 on Giving Tuesday. The day is meant to follow two days of vigorous holiday shopping to give individuals the opportunity to give back, celebrate generosity and make a positive impact.With the success of WSF’s first year participating, we are grateful for our supporters and excited we kicked off the holiday season with a joyous Giving Tuesday! As the busy holiday season approaches, help WSF spread some joy by giving the gift of protein today. Visit our website at to learn more about how your gift will impact the lives of others.To stay up-to-date, check us out on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube too!last_img read more

Oregon man who led police on highspeed chase gets 60 days

first_imgAn Oregon man who led police on a 12-mile, high-speed chase Feb. 27 between Fairview, Ore., and Vancouver was sentenced in Clark County Superior Court on Monday to 60 days in jail for taking a motor vehicle without permission.Daniel Edstrom, 23, of Gresham, Ore., pleaded guilty to the felony charge in exchange for fewer charges. He was originally arrested on suspicion of possession of a stolen vehicle, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, attempting to elude police and driving with a suspended license.Judge Barbara Johnson sentenced him to the prosecuting attorney’s recommendation of 60 days in jail with credit for 12 days served, per the plea agreement.This is likely just the first chapter in Edstrom’s legal troubles. He also faces charges in Oregon related to the chase and must pay the owner of the stolen 1989 Acura Integra restitution for damage to her car’s tires from spikes police set up to stop Edstrom.Officers from six agencies were involved in the pursuit. It began at 2:44 a.m. when a Fairview, Ore., police officer spotted the stolen vehicle, according to previous reports by The Columbian. Edstrom ran a red light and then merged onto westbound Interstate 84 as the officer pursued him. Edstrom drove at speeds of more than 100 mph north on Interstate 205, where he drove over spike strips set up by police. The spikes caused the car’s tires to disintegrate and 100 feet of sparks to fly behind the vehicle.last_img read more

US economy adds 195000 jobs unemployment 76

first_imgWASHINGTON — U.S. employers added a robust 195,000 jobs in June and many more in April and May than previously thought. The job growth suggests a stronger economy and makes it more likely the Federal Reserve will slow its bond purchases as early as September.The unemployment rate remained 7.6 percent because more people started looking for jobs — a healthy sign — and some didn’t find them. The government doesn’t count people as unemployed unless they’re looking for work.The U.S. job market is showing surprising strength and resilience in the face of tax increases, federal spending cuts and economic weakness overseas. Employers have added an average 202,000 jobs for the past six months, up from 180,000 in the previous six.June’s job gain was fueled by consumer spending and the housing recovery. Hiring was especially strong among retailers, hotels, restaurants, construction companies and financial services firms.“The numbers that we’re seeing are more sustainable than we thought,” said Paul Edelstein, U.S. economist at IHS Global Insight, a forecasting firm. “We’re seeing better job numbers, the stock market is increasing and home prices are rising.”Pay also rose sharply last month and is outpacing inflation, the Labor Department’s monthly jobs report Friday showed. Average hourly pay rose 10 cents in June to $24.01. Over the past 12 months, it’s risen 2.2 percent. Over the same period, consumer prices have increased 1.4 percent.last_img read more

Dead cats found hanging in NYC suburb were beaten

first_imgWHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — About 25 dead cats found in plastic bags hanging from trees in a New York suburb were apparently killed with blows to the head at various times over the past year, an investigator said Friday.Ernest Lungaro, director of enforcement at the Westchester County SPCA, said necropsies on three of the cats revealed blunt trauma to their skulls.“Pretty disturbing, smashing their heads in and displaying them like that,” he said. “We have found, in the past, cases where cats were poisoned, but we’ve never seen anything where they’re killing them this violently.”Lungaro said a baseball bat, two shovels and a metal pipe were found near the scene in a wooded area just off Overlook Terrace in Yonkers, about a mile and a half north of the Bronx. He said investigators were not yet sure that those items had been used in the killings.It also wasn’t known if the killings were the work of one or more people, he said. Either way, they are disturbing because of studies that indicate a link between the killings of animals and violence against people, Lungaro said.“The sheer number of cats that were killed with blunt trauma to the head, it’s pretty violent,” he said. Some of the cats were just skeletons and some had been dead only three days, Lungaro said. The necropsies were done on the most recently killed animals.last_img read more

Off Beat Freedom violated with tap on the shoulder

first_imgA confluence of November events prompted a local legislator’s speech at last week’s Veterans Day observance.State Rep. Paul Harris talked about liberty, as well as some people who don’t take full advantage of it.The Vancouver Republican, who was re-elected to his 17th District seat a week earlier, was on the podium at Tuesday’s local Veterans Day ceremony.He is not a veteran, Harris said. There was a time, however, when he expected to be drafted into the Army. That was more than 40 years ago, as the Vietnam War was winding down. Harris was a college student and the Selective Service lottery assigned him a draft number near the top of the list.But the U.S. quit drafting soldiers. So when Harris finally did go overseas in 1974 and saw Soviet weaponry, he was on a church mission. “We were in Helsinki, Finland,” Harris said. When a train loaded with Russian military equipment went by, Harris and his mission companion took photographs.“We were 19,” Harris recalled. “We thought it was a cool picture. We were used to freedom in the United States, where you could take a picture of anything. We didn’t know we were being watched.”last_img read more

Regular pay growth rate of 29 between May and July 2018 outstrips

first_imgAverage regular pay excluding bonuses in Great Britain increased by 2.9% between May to July 2018, up from 2.7% in the three months to June 2018, according to the latest UK labour market bulletin from the Office of National Statistics (ONS).This pay growth rate has outstripped inflation, which stood at 2.4%. The growth rate for total pay including bonuses in the same period was 2.6%, up from 2.4% in the three months to June.The weekly rate of average regular pay excluding bonuses for employees in Great Britain stood at £489 per week in July 2018.The figure, not adjusted for inflation and calculated before tax and other deductions from pay, represents a rise from £475 for the same period of 2017.Average total pay, including bonuses, was £520 per week, up from £504 for a year earlier. This is an increase of 38.2% since January 2005, when average total pay for UK employees was £376 per week.Between May to July 2017 and May to July 2018, regular pay for employees in real terms, namely, adjusted for consumer price inflation, increased by 0.5% and total pay increased by 0.2%.Ben Willmott, head of public policy at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, said: “The increasing challenge that employers face in accessing the labour and skills they need is only translating into very modest pay growth for most workers, with real pay near flatlining over the last 12 months. Until we see sustainable improvements in productivity growth this picture is unlikely to change.”Phil Coulter, EMEA head of technology at Korn Ferry, added: “The truth is, not all businesses are in the financial position to offer substantial monetary awards to their staff, regardless of their desires. The good news is that, for the most part, employees’ expectations have begun to shift. For today’s workforce, money is not necessarily the most effective way of engaging staff with their role, and it needn’t be the most effective way to reward them, either.“In order to keep abreast of changing expectations, organisations must ensure that they have the pulling power to attract the best. From flexible working schemes for a better work-life balance and increased holiday allowance, to robust career development programmes and creative working environments, employers need to communicate the benefits associated with their brand.”last_img read more

Search underway for Miami pawn shop robber

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Police are seeking the public’s help in locating a man who, they said, was caught on camera robbing a pawn shop in Miami at gunpoint, earlier this month.The subject is seen entering Quik Cash Pawn Shop, located along Northwest Seventh Avenue and U.S. 441, Dec. 6.The robber is seen following an employee into the back room, then forcing the cashier to the ground before taking off with a bag full of cash and merchandise.If you have any information on this robbery, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Woman arrested after fatal hit and run at Coconut Creek casino

first_imgCOCONUT CREEK, FLA. (WSVN) – A woman is waking up behind bars after a hit and run in Coconut Creek.Nadia Pierre-Louis, 25, was taken into custody Tuesday, after police said, she hit and killed a man in the driveway of the Seminole Casino.Pierre-Louis was booked on one count of failing to stop and remain at an accident involving a death.The victim was identified as 57-year-old Jay Edelstein. He was hit from behind and suffered serious head and leg trauma.Pierre-Louis remains behind bars on a $250,000 bond.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Police chase that began in Collier County ends in Broward

first_imgWEST BROWARD, FLA. (WSVN) – The driver and three passengers inside a car that led police on a cross county chase are in custody.The chase began as a traffic stop, Tuesday afternoon, but the driver in the white Nissan sedan took off and police followed suit.Authorities began chasing the car on Alligator Alley in Collier County . The chase later entered into West Broward County.7’s Skyforce HD was over the scene as the sedan drove down Alligator Alley, where it pulled over briefly and continued at a reduced speed. The driver then pulled over final time before the occupants inside surrendered to state troopers, putting their hands outside the windows of the car.It appears that the subjects did not resist FHP troopers, who had guns drawn on them, as they took the suspects into custody.Police are still on the scene along Interstate 75, as of 6 p.m., as the suspects are being questioned.A total of four suspects, consisting of three males and one female, are now in police custody. No one was injured during the chase.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Widow of Parkland shooting victim receives 50K check

first_imgPARKLAND, FLA. (WSVN) – The widow of one of the Parkland shooting victims was presented with a $50,000 check Thursday.Debra Hixon, widow of slain athletic director and coach Chris Hixon, accepted a check through the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation.The foundation honors military members and first responders who make the ultimate sacrifice to protect others.It is named after Stephen Siller, a firefighter who lost his life on September 11.“My husband, Chris Hixon, he was a hero – not just on February 14,” said Hixon. “He lived his life as a hero. He was a Navy veteran, he was a security monior at school and when the call came out that something was wrong, he ran to that building.”Chris Hixon lost his life after he rushed to help students when shots rang out at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Plantation electrical worker suffers severe burns after cutting into power line

first_imgPLANTATION, FLA. (WSVN) – An electrical worker in Plantation has been rushed to the hospital after he suffered severe burns, Tuesday morning.According to Plantation Fire Rescue, the man was working on the electrical system at Westside Regional Medical Center just before 11 a.m., when he cut into a live power line with a saw.Fire rescue crews said the man suffered severe burns.The worker was airlifted to the Burn Unit at Kendall Regional Medical Center.Westside Regional Medical Center is open and operational. However the building is working on a back-up generator.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Thief caught on camera shoplifting cookies from Miramar dollar store

first_imgMIRAMAR, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a man who was caught on surveillance video footage stealing cookies from a Family Dollar in Miramar.According to police, the subject entered the store, located along Miramar Parkway, at around 10:30 a.m., June 12.The subject could be seen on video loading a shopping cart with cookies before, police said, he left the store without paying.The total loss is unknown.If you have any information on this theft, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

TMZ Rappers team targeted in North Miami party bus shooting 3 injured

first_imgYoung Thug is scheduled to perform Saturday at the Rolling Loud festival at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.The female victim originally admitted herself to the Jackson North Medical Center but was later transported to Aventura Hospital and Medical Center with injuries that were not life-threatening.The two male victims admitted themselves to North Shore Medical Center. One of the men was later transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center.All three victims are expected to be OK, police said.Police blocked off the emergency entrance to North Shore Medical Center for hours as they investigated a Cadillac Escalade SUV that was somehow involved in the shooting. However, investigators have not said how the Escalade was involved.Florida Highway Patrol troopers said the shooting may have stemmed from an incident at an establishment in Northeast Miami-Dade.M-DPD and FHP are currently investigating. If you have any information on this shooting, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – One woman and two men were transported to the hospital after shots were fired at a party bus in North Miami.The bus was traveling southbound on Interstate 95, near Northwest 125th Street, at around 6:30 a.m. Friday, when an SUV pulled up alongside it.TMZ has reported that rapper Young Thug’s team was targeted in the drive-by shooting, and someone shot at DJ Keyz’s car.TMZ said they spoke to Young Thug’s spokesperson and said that the rapper was not one of the three victims injured in the shooting but was riding in a Ferrari among other vehicles traveling on the interstate.The group told TMZ they were on the way to a Miami Beach hotel after the rapper had performed Thursday evening at a nightclub.However, Miami-Dade Police investigators said they are not exactly sure where the shooting occurred.Authorities said one person in the SUV fired shots at the occupied party bus, striking the female victim. last_img read more

Layoffs Hiring Freezes Salary Freezes Bankruptcy

first_imgThis creates a cycle of distraction: Companies go through round after round of cost-cutting, doubtless cutting the quality of their print products, but forced to cut nonetheless. And as corporate leaders focus on this troubled part of their businesses, they can’t possibly be giving the kind of attention they need to e-media, which is where most of the growth is.Check the headlines. These things are telling us something, but for some reason, not everyone is listening. Most of the technology-publishing companies are approaching a “post-print” phase, where the majority of their revenue comes from e-media and print is kept as a side business. Print may represent a foundation for other media, but it’s not the future. Two years ago, in January 2006, I wrote a story saying how legacy print media companies were at a disadvantage in the marketplace as media usage and media buying moved online.“Across the magazine industry but especially in b-to-b publishing and particularly in technology, print media is facing decline,” I wrote. “All of this adds up to a dilemma for print-media CEOs: Managing ‘legacy’ print media and emerging online media simultaneously. Print media is declining, but makes up the vast majority of magazine-company revenue. E-media is on the rise, and many publishers are aggressively involved, but they’re at a disadvantage because of their imperative to protect what is still their largest revenue-producer.”Many at the time claimed, as they’ll claim today, that there is no conflict—that they’ll provide information in a variety of media and be stronger for it. They’re wrong. The big print media companies—from Time Inc. to Penton Media to Ziff Davis and Nielsen—are struggling under the weight of their gargantuan (and rising) print cost structures even as print revenue stagnates or declines. last_img read more

NOOK for iPad To Offer More Than 175 Digital Magazines

first_imgSimulating the experience of the NOOK Color e-reading device, B & N will offer over 175 magazine and newspaper titles through its updated apps, which are available for free for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.Titles such as Esquire, Maxim, Forbes, Food Network, Popular Science and ESPN The Magazine, among many others, will be available for download through the free Nook apps.This is yet another step in Barnes & Noble’s digital push, which included updating the capability of the NOOK newsstand for tablets with Android technology in May. In the month before entering the Droid market, the NOOK Color was updated to include Web capabilities, app access and email options; this placed the Barnes & Noble device in direct competition with the iPad, Motorola Xoom and various other tablets on the market. Earlier this year, B & N reported that sub orders and single copy sales totaled 650,000. When the company announced the NOOK’s arrival to Droid in May, numbers were up to 1 million sales. In an attempt to be everywhere readers are, Barnes & Noble is updating its NOOK for iPad app to offer digital periodicals to consumers.last_img read more