Here Come the Crops

Farmers finally, for the first time this spring, got into the fields and planted some crops. The USDA crop report says they planted 9-million acres of corn and soybeans this past week. It also stated that 71% of corn was planted, which is behind the five year average of 92%. Delayed planting can be blamed on cold and rainy conditions. It’s estimated that farmers this year will pant close to 23 million acres of corn and soybeans. Continue Reading

Medical examiner: 24 dead in Oklahoma twister

The state medical examiner’s office has revised the death toll from a tornado in an Oklahoma City suburb to 24 people, including seven children. Spokeswoman Amy Elliot said Tuesday morning that she believes some victims were counted twice in the early chaos of the storm. Authorities said initially that as many as 51 people were dead, including 20 children. Teams are continuing to search the rubble in Moore, 10 miles south of Oklahoma City, after the Monday afternoon tornado. Via: Fox News Continue Reading

Conn. foster mom pleads guilty for spoon-spanking

A Connecticut foster mother faces 100 days in jail after acknowledging she spanked a 4-year-old girl with a wooden spoon. Jami Littlefield pleaded guilty Monday in Superior Court in Norwich to third-degree assault. The Day of New London reports ( ) Littlefield told authorities she paddled the girl on the buttocks because she was acting out. Littlefield was arrested in January after the girl’s biological mother noticed bruises on her daughter’s bottom when the child bent over to pick up a toy during a supervised visit. Police say Littlefield initially denied hitting the child but later said she spanked the girl only after the child struck her granddaughter, spat at her and used a racial slur. She is scheduled to be sentenced on July 17. Continue Reading

Recovered remains of Pennsylvania WWII veteran to be buried

A military burial is scheduled in eastern Pennsylvania for a World War II soldier whose remains were recovered after more than 65 years. The Express-Times reports William Yawney was a 23-year-old Army private when he was killed on Saipan in July 1944, as Allied forces were trying to secure the island. The family initially received a letter saying he had been buried at a military cemetery in Saipan, but the Department of Defense later said no grave for Yawney was found. The department said an archaeological company working in Saipan uncovered remains in 2011 that were confirmed to be Yawney’s. Now, the family has scheduled a full military burial for 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Continue Reading

Police to release more than 300 photos from Tucson rampage aftermath

Authorities are set to release more than 300 photos on Tuesday that investigators took in the aftermath of the Tucson shooting rampage that killed six people and wounded former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 12 others. The Pima County Sheriff’s Department says many photos show the parking lot of the shopping center where the shooting took place in January 2011. The photos also include images of the handgun and high-capacity pistol magazine used by Jared Lee Loughner to carry out the attack. The release also will contain other routine photos that were part of the investigation as authorities gathered up evidence at the scene. It will not, however, include any gruesome crime scene images of victims that are being shielded from the public out of respect to those who were injured and killed in the attack. Continue Reading

Teen who penned moving farewell song 'Clouds' loses battle with cancer

A Minnesota teen who penned the heartbreaking song “Clouds” after learning he had terminal bone cancer, reaching millions around the globe after his performance went viral on YouTube, has died. “Maybe someday I’ll see you again,” Zach Sobiech sang in a performance initially recorded on his cellphone, then recorded in a studio with professional musicians. “We’ll fly up in the clouds and we’ll never see the end.” A CD and digital downloads of the song, released in December, has raised more than $100,000, with proceeds going to fund research into osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer which typically occurs in teens and adolescents. More than 3 million people have viewed his performance on YouTube. Continue Reading


Moore, Oklahoma Residents Dig for More Victims

MOORE, Okla. (AP) — It’s been a long night in the tornado-blasted suburbs of Oklahoma City and residents are bracing for a long day as well, digging through the rubble and hoping not to add to a death toll that’s at least 51. Overnight, spotlights illuminated massive piles of shredded cinder block, insulation and metal as crews did their grim work. Scores of blocks that used to be neighborhoods have been flattened. Continue Reading

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Breadbasket, South Brace for More Deadly Weather

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — More severe weather is in the forecast for parts of the central United States already reeling from powerful tornadoes this week.  

The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., says golf ball-sized hail, powerful winds and isolated, strong tornadoes could strike areas of Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma today. The area at risk does not include Moore, Okla., where dozens of people were killed in a monstrous tornado Monday. Forecasters say the greatest risk for severe weather today includes the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Continue Reading

5 Killed, 6 Injured in Southern IL Van Crash

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A coroner says the five people killed and six hospitalized after a van careened off of a southern Illinois freeway were men returning from a California religious event.  

Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen tells The Associated Press he’s trying to contact relatives of the five men who died at the scene of the wreck Monday morning on Interstate 70 about 70 miles east of St. Louis. Their names weren’t released. Continue Reading