As you sit back this July 4th weekend and celebrate America’s independence, take some time to register for the ASA Soybean Marketing and Production College, July 30, in St. Paul, Minn., and declare your independence with new marketing and production practices.The ASA Marketing and Production College will feature three intensive education sessions, including a comprehensive program on “Developing an Integrated Weed Management Plan for Your Farm,” sponsored by Bayer CropScience. Other education sessions include “Utilizing Precision Agriculture to Maximize Yields, sponsored by AGCO, and “The U.S. Soy Sustainability Pledge to the World.” The Soybean Marketing and Production College will also feature a keynote address from Ohio State University Economist Matthew Roberts.Click here for more information and to register.
The Surface Transportation Board (STB) ordered all major U.S. railways this week to begin filing weekly reports in efforts to ease issues including shortage of cars, delays and the possible impact on farmers as a new crop harvest begins this season.“This order follows the Board’s recent public hearings regarding rail service issues, at which many rail shippers expressed concerns about the lack of publicly available rail service metrics and requested access to certain performance data from the railroads to help them better understand the scope, magnitude, and impact of the current service problems,” the STB said in a release. “The data collected pursuant to this order will give the Board and interested parties a better real-time understanding of the current rail service issues.”As the backlog of rail cars in the upper Midwest continues, and elevators are still full of 2013-crop grain ahead a record 2014 harvest, both farmers and lawmakers worry the backlog will create a grain storage crisis as a new crop harvest begins.In September, ASA Director Lance Peterson, a soybean farmer from Underwood, Minn., represented ASA and the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association at the STB hearing on the rail car issues in Fargo, N.D. Peterson re-emphasized points he made at a previous STB hearing in the spring, calling for “adequate and timely rail service.” Also testifying for soybean growers at the hearing was Eric Broten, representing the North Dakota Soybean Growers Association.
October continues to chug along at a good pace. It sure seems like we went from very pleasant late-summer weather to autumn overnight, doesn’t it? Quite an abrupt change for sure. But I think most everyone is ready for the fall season.And keeping with that fashion, we have more storms heading our way. Nothing on the massive destruction scale, just some typical early-fall weather systems. Much of the energy will stay to our north, but plenty of clouds — and rain or showers — are in the forecast most of the week.Earlier, I was thinking Monday’s weather system would bring lots of wind and rain, especially along the coast, but now it appears it will be much weaker and more a squeaker than a soaker.I was disappointed in the forecast results for last Thursday and Friday. I thought we would see much more clearing and sunshine than we experienced. The clouds, drizzle and showers hung in there. Oh, well, that’s the joys of weather forecasting in the great Northwest. The first week of October was fairly average in Vancouver, at least on the thermometer. We had cooler highs than normal, but warmer lows, due to the impressive cloud cover. And despite the drizzle and light rain we got, the city is officially running about a quarter-inch below average for the first seven days of the month. I would expect we will catch up on that before the month’s end.
In the ongoing Columbia River Crossing saga, you’d be hard-pressed to find tighter allies than the Washington Department of Transportation and David Evans & Associates.One is the powerful road-building agency whose staffers lead the CRC. The other is a Portland engineering firm hired by WashDOT to be the CRC prime contractor.Yet, these two organizations seemingly joined at the hip find themselves on the opposite sides of a lawsuit filed in Thurston County Superior Court in Olympia Wash.David Evans quietly sued WashDOT last month to block the agency from releasing its audited financial statements. Notolls.com, an anti-CRC group, had filed a public records request with the CRC seeking the financial information.Evans also named as a defendant Debbie Peterson, who filed the public records request with the CRC. Peterson works for Tiffany Couch, a Vancouver forensic accountant who is working for David Madore, a Vancouver businessman and vocal CRC opponent.
Vancouver — Clark College is opening the doors to its east Vancouver location to host the third-annual Open House & Green Resource Fair.The free event, “Thinking Green about Food: Sustainable & Locavore Living,” will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 24 at the Columbia Tech Center campus, 18700 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd.The event includes cooking demonstrations by chef instructors and samples of gourmet foods. Those who attend will also learn about locally supported agriculture, composting and recycling. Younger visitors can participate in activities in the Kids Corner.The event will include booths operated by community supported agriculture farmers, master composters, local wineries, Urban Abundance, the Camas Farmer’s Market and Whole Foods.
LOS ANGELES — Chris Paul made a driving layup with 5 seconds to go, lifting the Los Angeles Clippers over the Portland Trail Blazers 98-97 on Friday night as they tied their season high with their fourth straight victory.Paul, Blake Griffin and Randy Foye led six Clippers in double figures with 20 points each. Caron Butler and DeAndre Jordan had 12 each, and Nick Young added 10. Griffin had 13 rebounds and Paul had 14 assists.The Clippers trailed by two when Paul got the ball to Foye, who hit a 3-pointer with 47 seconds left to put the Clippers ahead 96-95.Jamal Crawford made a 22-footer with Foye’s hand in his face and Portland led 97-96 with 13 seconds left.Paul dribbled around before driving to the basket for the winner. Wesley Matthews missed a jumper in the waning seconds for Portland.J.J. Hickson led the Blazers with a season-high 29 points and 13 rebounds, filling in for injured All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge.Nicolas Batum added 18 points, Crawford 14, and Matthews 12. Aldridge missed the game because of a sprained left elbow he sustained in a win against New Orleans a night earlier.Hickson scored six straight points and Raymond Felton added a 3-pointer to give Portland an 89-83 lead, its largest of the fourth.Griffin made two free throws — the only time in the quarter that a Clipper hit both attempts — and Paul scored to draw them within two.
OLYMPIA — The debate over money for education was heard at the Washington Supreme Court again on Tuesday. But this time it had to do with the state’s new commitment to public charter schools.A coalition of teachers, parents and community groups is suing the state to stop the new charter system from getting off the ground.The discussion Tuesday focused on what the state constitution says about the money to be used to pay for public schools. The central questions were: How many of those dollars are restricted to traditional public schools? How much leeway does the Legislature have in paying for the education of children whose parents decide to send them to charter schools?In September, the Supreme Court heard arguments concerning another state lawsuit on education funding. The court decided later that month that it would hold the Legislature in contempt for its lack of progress toward fixing the way the state pays for public education. The court has determined that lawmakers are not meeting their constitutional responsibility to fully pay for basic education and that they are relying too much on local tax-levy dollars to balance the education budget. Both that case, known as the McCleary decision, and this lawsuit focus on the same section of the Washington Constitution, Article IX. Based on the questions the justices asked, their decision on this case may focus on money as well.The justices kept coming back to the way some state dollars are restricted for use in common schools, which are known today as regular public schools. At the core of this case is the question: Do charter schools meet the constitutional definition of common schools?
After searching more than a year for a new police chief, Woodland Mayor Grover Laseke believes he’s finally found the right guy for the job.On Wednesday, Laseke told The Columbian he plans to hire Phillip Crochet, a longtime recruiting and training commander in Austin, Texas, to take the helm at what has been a tumultuous time for the Woodland Police Department. The announcement has been delayed nearly two months to wait out background checks after four finalists were interviewed for the position.Crochet, from Cedar Park, Texas, launched his career in law enforcement in the mid-1980s as a narcotics agent, going undercover as a high school student. Since 1991, he has worked for the Austin Police Department.Whether he’ll actually get the new job depends on confirmation from the Woodland City Council, which rejected the mayor’s previous pick in May. But Laseke feels confident in Crochet’s chances, saying he was the top choice of most everyone involved with the selection process. “I think the people involved with the testing liked the way Phillip handled himself and his many years of experience,” Laseke said in an email to The Columbian. “He has the experience to get the job done and has researched the city both before and after the interviews to become familiar with the community and the problems we faced.”
The arraignment of a Vancouver man accused of causing a sequence of vehicle crashes that mortally injured a Camas man in December on Interstate 205 has been postponed until Friday.Joshua C. Frahm, 28, appeared in Clark County Superior Court on Wednesday with Vancouver attorney Chuck Buckley Jr., who said he was making a courtesy appearance. Buckley requested that Wednesday’s arraignment hearing be postponed to give Frahm time to finalize hiring an attorney.Frahm is charged with vehicular homicide, vehicular assault, hit-and-run injury and false reporting.Rich Irvine, 63, died Dec. 19 from injuries he sustained when he stopped on the interstate on Dec. 7 to help the victim of a hit-and-run crash. Irvine was then struck by another vehicle.Clark County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Kasey Vu added a charge of vehicular homicide against Frahm on Dec. 22.On the morning of Dec. 7, Irvine pulled his vehicle over to the right shoulder of northbound I-205 near Burton Road, got out of the vehicle and crossed the highway to help a Battle Ground man whose Honda CRV had been rear-ended by a Ford F-150 pickup. The motorist, who was driving the pickup erratically before the crash, fled the scene and later reported his truck as being stolen, according to police. Investigators later identified the motorist as Frahm. While Irvine was on the phone with 911, a Honda Odyssey minivan driven by Fredy Delacruz-Moreno, 41, of Seattle collided with the passenger side of the CRV, which was blocking part of the highway. The impact thrust the CRV into Irvine.
Approximately 10% of the 6,800 US-based staff employed by private, non-profit healthcare network Community Medical Centers (CMC) have utilised the organisation’s payroll loan benefit since its introduction in July 2018.CMC implemented the payroll loan benefit, provided by Kashable, in July 2018 as part of its voluntary benefits provision, which is supplied by Corestream. The benefit enables staff to access low-cost loans that can be automatically repaid through CMC’s payroll process. Applying and receiving a loan takes approximately three days or less.The California-based healthcare network introduced Kashable in an effort to help employees better manage their short-term finances and reduce requests for pay advances or loans from employees’ pension plan.CMC staff showed interest in the benefit when it launched, with 40% opening the initial information email that described the service. Between July 2018 and July 2019, 10% of employees have taken up the loan benefit and 54% are using their payroll loan to pay other debts.Kashable has been communicated to staff using newsletters, the staff intranet and word of mouth.Nicole Mebane, benefits manager at CMC, said: “We started seeing a lot of questions come through like ‘How can I get a loan from my pension plan? Can I get a loan from my 403(b) plan? Can I get an advance on my pay check?’ [Employees] were trying to find ways to access short-term cash.“Kashable has been a lifesaver for our employees and the lower interest rates have helped them get out of bad debt. It’s a smarter financial move for them so it gives them more financial security. They know what’s going to be coming out of their pay checks, so they know it’s not something they’re going to default on. As long as they’re working, it’s going to come out of their check just like other direct deposits.”
KEY BISCAYNE, FLA. (WSVN) – A teen who was arrested after a deadly car crash in Key Biscayne is once again behind bars.According to The Miami Herald, 17-year-old Isaias Medina is back in jail after tampering with his GPS ankle monitor while on house arrest.Medina has been charged as an adult for vehicular homicide.He was originally arrested on New Year’s Day, after crashing his Porsche into a tree on Harbor Drive in Key Biscayne, killing his backseat passenger, 18-year-old college student, Daniela San Miguel.She died at the scene.Investigators said Medina was speeding at the time of the crash.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
BAYAMON, Puerto Rico (WSVN) — Four months after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, lineworkers from Florida Power & Light are still working to restore electricity to the island.FPL crews said they have been overwhelmed with the warmth and hospitality of the Puerto Rican people, as they work around the clock to bring power back to neighborhoods.So when they learned that an elderly resident was celebrating her 75th birthday, lineworkers from Miami-Dade decided to surprise her.Moments after getting the lights back on in the woman’s neighborhood in the city of Bayamon, the workers presented her with a birthday cake and sang to her. The heartwarming surprise was caught on camera, showing the woman briefly overcome with emotion.Workers said they feel a responsibility to do more than restore power, given how welcoming residents have been to them in the months following the storm.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
UPDATE: Tavares Anthony Canty, the man wanted for the Sexual Battery in #littlehaiti has been taken into custody. More information to follow. pic.twitter.com/rpnG9g9S2N— Miami PD (@MiamiPD) May 2, 2018Canty is accused of trying to kidnap a woman as she was outside her home on April 26. The woman was able to get away.Officials said that, about an hour later, Canty broke into a nearby home and sexually assaulted another woman. MIAMI (WSVN) – Police have arrested a man accused of sexually assaulting a woman and attempting to kidnap another in Miami’s Little Haiti neighborhood.Miami Police confirmed they arrested 34-year-old Tavares Anthony Canty, Wednesday morning, near Northwest 67th Street and 24th Court.They caught him in a matter of days, and police said that while they were searching for Canty, he tried to strike again. “They already had police in the area, and somebody spotted him already,” said a man named Dee.The 29-year-old victim described in one word what the past week has been for her. “Hell,” she said.Residents of the area are now breathing a sigh of relief after hearing of Canty’s arrest.“People [are] scared. Being raped? That’s nasty. It’s too many females out here to be going around and try to rape somebody and take it away from them,” said resident Charles Braddock. “That’s a big relief. It’s for the kids’ relief too, because he can go take one of these little kids and take them behind the bushes.”“I feel safer, honey. Feel safer, and I am glad and I’m just grateful,” said resident Gwendolyn Foster. “Thank you Jesus, we have good police officers out here.”The attempted kidnapping victim who said she was once so afraid to leave her home is now grateful to everyone who called in with tips. She also thanked Miami Police for making an arrest.“I’m so happy what can I say? I just hope that he stays in jail forever,” the victim said. Police believe Canty is involved in four separate cases. He faces charges of armed sexual battery, kidnapping, attempted kidnapping and voyeurism.“If not for the help of the public, we would have not been able to make this arrest,” said Miami Police Chief Jorge Colina.7News spoke with the 29-year-old woman who could be seen on surveillance camera fighting off Canty, Wednesday.“I couldn’t believe it, but when I saw him, it was him,” she said. “I cried. I did cry. But now I’m relieved, so hopefully I will sleep tonight.”Canty was seen riding his bike in the area before he was arrested. A woman in the area said she and others recognized Canty, so they stalled him until police arrived.“We just know him from being around,” the woman said.One witness said police responded to the scene in record time. Police also said Canty has an extensive criminal history with 23 felony arrests and nine felony convictions.Investigators said there may be additional charges, and other possible victims.“Everyone was aware that he was out there and looking for him, and he was aware of that,” Colina said, “and yet, he was still trying to victimize more people.”If you believe you may be a victim, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
The driver eventually lost control of the vehicle and rolled over spike strips before slamming into a detective’s unmarked cruiser on a side road.After the collision, Carmenate was taken into custody.“I think it really speaks to the level of violence that we’re seeing more and more on the part of the suspects,” Snyder said.Surveillance video images showed Carmenate as he bought a few items prior to the chase at Ed’s Food & Deli along Lake Worth Road in Greenacres.No one was injured in the initial shooting.The deputy who was involved in the wreck was airlifted to an area hospital with injuries that are not life-threatening. He was treated and released Friday night.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. GREENACRES, Fla. (WSVN) — A carjacker took officials on a cross-county chase which ended in a head-on crash and sent a deputy to the hospital.According to Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office, a man identified as 35-year-old Juan Carlos Carmenate fired several shots and stole a car at a Lake Worth deli, Friday afternoon.“It goes from a quiet Friday afternoon, people thinking about their weekend, to a high-speed chase with a suspect,” said Martin County Sheriff Deputy William D. Snyder.Aerial video showed the accused carjacker as he tried to evade a Martin County Sheriff deputy by swerving off the roadway.However, deputies waited along the shoulder and after a brief pause, the chase continued.“They don’t want to stop in these high-speed chases,” said Snyder.At one point, officials said, Carmenate opened fire on the deputies during the chase.
HIALEAH, FLA. (WSVN) – A man died at the hospital after he was stabbed multiple times outside of the Okeechobee Metrorail Station in Hialeah.According to Hialeah Police, the incident took place outside of the station, located at 2005 West Okeechobee Road, at around 12:30 a.m., Saturday.First responders found the victim with multiple stab wounds. They also found blood on the floor of the station.Hialeah Fire Rescue crews transported the unresponsive victim to an area hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.7News sources said this may have been a robbery attempt.Police continue to investigate.If you have any information on this stabbing, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-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.
NORTHEAST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Crews came to the rescue of two people after their boat capsized off Haulover Inlet.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and Miami Beach Fire Rescue units rushed to the scene, Sunday morning, and brought the boaters on board to safety.A crew from TowBoatU.S. was called out to the scene. They were able to overturn the vessel and tow it back to the marina.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
WESTON, FLA. (WSVN) – – Federal authorities are seeking the public’s help in locating a man who robbed a bank in Weston while wearing a surgical face mask.The FBI released photos of Tuesday afternoon’s robbery at the Chase branch near Weston Road and New River Circle.Officials said the crook, who concealed his identity by covering his face with sunglasses and the mask, walked into the bank just after 12:50 p.m., flashed a weapon and demanded money before taking off with an undisclosed sum of cash.There were customers inside the bank at the time, but no one was hurt.Investigators do not believe this is the same man who robbed a Wells Fargo branch in Sunrise about a half hour earlier.If you have any information on his whereabouts, 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.
Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) — Four elderly siblings who did not know each other existed met for the first time after they were brought together through an Ancestry DNA test.The four siblings, ages 84, 88, 93 and 102, met in Boynton Beach.“To learn, at this time in my life, to learn that I have a sister, and my sister is 102? And I have another brother, and he’s 93? Woah!” said Ralph Frier.According to WPTV, the four of them have the same father. That man divorced his first wife, changed his name and started a new family, never revealing the fact that the other family existed.However, years later, they all found each other through an Ancestry DNA test.A couple of the siblings live about 10 minutes away from each other and even go to the same synagogue.The siblings’ reunion was also witnessed by other family members who were glad to see the meet-up.
OPA-LOCKA, FLA. (WSVN) – Rescue crews have airlifted three children and one adult to the hospital after, officials said, they were involved in a fiery car crash in Opa-locka.According to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, crews responded to a call of a vehicle striking a tree in the area of Northwest 27th Avenue and Jann Avenue, at around 8:30 pm., Saturday.7News cameras captured the mangled white Kia Optima wrapped around a tree as first responders, including Opa-locka Police officers, surrounded the scene. Drive safe out there. I’m at the scene of a bad crash along NW 27th Ave and Jann Ave. 3 children and 1 adult airlifted https://t.co/LKwBnWrbPJ pic.twitter.com/NLHYO8Hqup— Joel Franco (@OfficialJoelF) June 9, 2019Martell Williams, a Good Samaritan who saw the crash, said the car exploded and burst into flames on impact.Shortly after, Williams said, he tried to help the victims, but insects in the tree prevented him from reaching them. “I tried to open the car door, but there were too much bees. I could not do anything.” he said.Cellphone video captured first responders sawing open the vehicle to extricate the victims.Paramedics have airlifted all four victims to Ryder Trauma Center in unknown condition.Williams said he hopes all of the victims will survive their injuries.“It was very hard. It’s emotional, because I’ve got kids, and those are lives, and that’s basically it. It’s just sad,” he said.Authorities have not disclosed the victims’ ages or the extent of their injuries, as they continue to investigate the crash.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. LAUDERHILL, FLA. (WSVN) – A child shot in Lauderhill is said to be doing well and is expected to be released from the hospital soon.Lauderhill Police and Fire Rescue units responded to a shooting at an apartment complex in the area of Northwest 19th Street and 31st Avenue, just before 7 p.m., Wednesday.Officials said the child and a man were shot in a stairwell.The 5-year-old and adult male were transported to Broward Health Medical Center in serious condition.While the child is doing well, the man remains in serious condition.Police said the shooter remains at large.If you have any information on this shooting, 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.