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45 Mississippi Counties Declared Primary Agriculture Disaster Areas Due to Weather
August 23, 2019
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has named 45 Mississippi counties primary natural disaster areas because of freezing, flooding, flash flooding and excessive rain. Producers who had losses from those causes since Jan. 15 may be eligible for Fa …

Austin Association of Insurance Professionals Supports Schools
August 23, 2019
The Austin Association of Insurance Professionals made their annual donation of school supplies to Wooten Elementary in August. School supply delivery was handled by AAIP 2019 President Lindsey Burton on Aug. 2. In addition to the supplies donated by …

Twister in Iowa Had Winds of 150 MPH, Weather Service Reports
August 23, 2019
The National Weather Service says the tornado that damaged or destroyed several buildings in rural Warren County was rated at EF3, with peak winds of 150 mph. It touched down near Lacona a little before 6 a.m. Tuesday and ran …

678 Citations in 1st Week of Minnesota’s Hands-Free Law
August 23, 2019
Minnesota Department of Public Safety officials say officers cited 678 drivers across the state during the first week of the new hands-free cellphone law. The Star Tribune reports that officers handed out 286 citations in Hennepin County, or about 40 …

Fire Station in Texas Latest Recovery From Hurricane Ike
August 23, 2019
Galveston, Texas has a new main fire station as recovery continues since Hurricane Ike swamped parts of the city in 2008. The Galveston County Daily News reports the $9.6 million Fire Station No. 1 was one of the last large …

Union Pacific Worker In Texas Dies, Pinned Between Tankers
August 23, 2019
Investigators say a Union Pacific worker has died after being pinned between two railway tanker cars in Southeast Texas. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office says 39-year-old Travis Andrepont of Louisiana was killed before dawn Tuesday in Beaumont. …

Japan’s Tepco to Propose Decommissioning 5 Nuclear Reactors: Media
August 23, 2019
Tokyo Electric Power will submit to a municipal official on Monday a plan regarding the decommissioning of five reactors at its Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear station, the world’s biggest atomic plant, Jiji Press said. Japan suffered its worst energy cri …

California Utility Wants Help Paying Wildfire Victims
August 23, 2019
A troubled California utility company is asking the state Legislature to let it borrow money without paying taxes so it can compensate victims of a devastating wildfire caused by its equipment. Pacific Gas & Electric is facing up to $30 …

Fake Claims, Price Gouging, Bogus Contractors: How Fraudsters Steal Disaster Aid
August 23, 2019
As the scale and frequency of major disasters escalate, millions of dollars in federal, state and insurance payments intended for recovery efforts are being stolen by fraudsters taking advantage of chaos and the pipeline of aid flowing into the stric …

Motor Vehicle Accident Fatalities Decline
August 23, 2019
The four-year upward trend in motor vehicle deaths that began in 2015 is ebbing, with the number of fatalities in the first six months of 2019 dropping 3% compared to the same six-month period in 2018. Preliminary estimates from the …

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