Day: January 7, 2018

Texas Tech professor estimates hurricane damages in Texas, Florida at $500 million –

The U.S. House of Representatives recently announced an $81 billion disaster aid package for natural disaster assistance. The two hurricanes caused more than $250 billion in combined damages.

“Obviously, farmers have equity in their farms, and they are probably going to have to use some of that equity to recover,” Hudson said, “Hopefully, a lot of this will be covered by either the disaster assistance or by insurance coming off the crop.”

In Texas, Hurricane Harvey had an enormous effect on the cotton industry, destroying gins, cotton in the field and even cotton that had already been harvested. Hudson said Irma had a pretty significant impact on the citrus industry in Florida, destroying one-third to one-half of the orange crop.

Hudson said a lesson can be learned from these hurricanes and, hopefully, there will be innovations in the way some of these issues are handled in the future. He said he would like to see transition insurance or insurance products that agricultural producers can purchase for damage in the gin yard.

While Hurricane Harvey had no effect in West Texas, it wreaked havoc in Texas’ second-largest growing area, the coastal bend from south of Corpus Christi to south of Houston.

“Certainly at harvest time, you don’t need a lot of rain,” Verett said.

Darren Hudson, the Larry Combest Endowed Chair for Agricultural Competitiveness and a professor in the department of agricultural and applied economics at Tech, estimated that the two hurricanes caused roughly $500 million in agricultural losses in Texas and Florida, mostly due to property destruction and livestock and crop loss.

“You can’t haul cotton that far,” he said.

Meanwhile in West Texas, Verett said the cotton crop is going to be a very good overall crop, coming in at either the second- or third-largest crop ever. But he said late-September rains didn’t allow the crop to mature out as fully as farmers would have liked, so the quality of the crop isn’t as good as producers would have hoped for.

Water Fight Between Florida, Georgia Lands at Supreme Court – U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report

Water Fight Between Florida, Georgia Lands at Supreme Court
U.S. News & World Report
The Supreme Court hears argument Monday in the long-running dispute between Florida and neighboring Georgia over the flow of water in the Apalachicola river that feeds Apalachicola Bay and the nearby Gulf of Mexico. Jan. 7, 2018, at 8:04 a.m.. Water
Florida vs. Georgia water war heads to US Supreme

all 8 news articles »

LG’s new ThinQ smart fridge has a transparent 29-inch touchscreen and runs webOS – The Verge

The Verge

LG's new ThinQ smart fridge has a transparent 29-inch touchscreen and runs webOS
The Verge
Samsung has made fridges with touchscreens before. LG has made fridges with doors that turn transparent to show you the inside. This year at CES 2018, those two ideas are finally merging into one with LG's new InstaView ThinQ smart refrigerator, which
LG's Alexa-powered fridge sends recipes to your ovenEngadget
LG Connected Appliances Lead Home Kitchens Into The FuturePR Newswire (press release)
LG InstaView ThinQ fridge has 29-inch display, Alexa and tops smart kitchen appliance

all 6 news articles »

The Ashes was served as main course but South Africa tour could be more satisfying – ABC Online

We were not snacking on the fast food of the BBL but the very substantial fare offered during the opening days of the South Africa-India Test series. One that already has the robust flavour missing from the blandest stages of the Melbourne and Sydney Tests and, you might argue, much of this Ashes series.

Yet like a late-night raid on the refrigerator after an expensive meal at a ”big plate, small dish” restaurant, some of us found ourselves more satisfied by what happened after the Sydney Test than during it.

Similarly, from the early stages of this series, it felt like the suspension of disbelief required when an Ashes series involves at least one team at or near the pinnacle of the game was more difficult to sustain than in previous editions.

For starters (no pun intended), the one-sided nature of the series has not been as satisfying as even the most parochial, bucket-headed, Pommy-baiting loyalist might have anticipated.

It is inarguable, of course, that Cook deserved undiluted praise for his full-strength Test heroics. Yet it was equally obvious sitting in the grandstand that the emotional investment of fans had waned with the series decided.

Yet for all the wonderful individual and team performances plated by Australia, why does it feel like dining out on England — cooked medium to well-done in the baking Sydney sun — did not sate the appetite of the cricket connoisseur?

Among the waiter’s recommendations: the swashbuckling return of AB de Villiers, the speed and depth of the South African pace attack and the counter-attack of Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya.

Every two years we are told — and, particularly, sold the idea — that the Ashes exists in a sporting vacuum; that the ”quest for the urn” invests the series with an importance that transcends the quality of play.

The Ashes was served as the summer’s main course.

Paul: Recovery after attack was ‘a living hell’ – The Hill

Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulLexington mayor launches bid for Congress Trump-free Kennedy Center Honors avoids politics Meet the Iran hawk who could be Trump’s next secretary of State MORE (R-Ky.) on Sunday called the recovery from a November attack outside of his Kentucky home “a living hell.” 

“It was sort of a living hell for the first four or five weeks,” Paul told CBS News’s “Face the Nation.” 

–This report was updated at 12:41 a.m.

“So yeah, I’ve been involved in violent attacks twice in the last year. And so, we’re very aware of it,” he continued.

The senator was away from the Capitol for weeks.

Paul was present at last summer’s attack at a practice field outside of Washington, D.C., but was not among those injured.

Paul’s neighbor of 17 years, Rene Boucher, pleaded not guilty to assaulting the senator.

Jacksonville police investigating four weekend slayings – Florida Times-Union

Sgt. Marc Musser of the Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit, said the slaying might have resulted from an attempted robbery, but that hadn’t been verified.

About 8:30 p.m. Saturday, police found a man, who appeared to be about 30 years old – shot to death near the intersection of 16th Street and Myrtle Avenue, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

About 5:45 a.m. Saturday, a 26-year-old man was shot at least once outside a home in the 1300 block of Orton Street, and was pronounced dead after being taken to UF Health Jacksonville, police said.

The Sheriff’s Office said its initial investigation revealed the victim had left the Ethio Discount Food Store and was walking toward his car when someone approached on foot and began shooting at him. Police said the shooter – reportedly dressed in black clothing – then fled in an unknown direction.

Anyone with information about any of the cases can contact the Sheriff’s Office at (904) 640-0500 or send an email to

As many residents focused on the Jaguars-Bills playoff game, Jacksonville police were investigating four new homicides during the weekend – all committed in different parts of the city and apparently unrelated.

Ticket holder in West Virginia wins $150k in Powerball drawing – The News Center

The News Center

Ticket holder in West Virginia wins $150k in Powerball drawing
The News Center
Ticket holder in West Virginia wins $150k in Powerball drawing. By WSAZ |. Posted: Sun 5:09 PM, Jan 07, 2018. PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) – Our sister station, WSAZ, reports someone in West Virginia is $150,000 richer according to lottery officials in

and more »

Titans owner dispels rumors: Mularkey not going anywhere – WTHR

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee owner Amy Adams Strunk says that coach Mike Mularkey is going nowhere after helping change the Titans’ culture and getting their first playoff victory in 14 years.

Strunk says to eliminate any distractions as the Titans (10-7) prepare for their first AFC divisional playoff game since January 2009 that Mularkey will be their coach moving forward.


Mularkey addressed national reports that his job was on the line after the Titans beat Kansas City 22-21 on Saturday, saying he assumed the worst.


The owner says no one has been a bigger supporter of Mularkey than she has since making him interim head coach in November 2015.

Weekend poll: Do you use a voice assistant like Bixby, Alexa, or Google Assistant? – Android Police

Android Police

Weekend poll: Do you use a voice assistant like Bixby, Alexa, or Google Assistant?
Android Police
With CES about to swing into gear, and Google apparently gearing up for a personal assistant blitz at the event, we've been thinking pretty hard about how Google Assistant has integrated itself into our lives. Ignoring a few small hardware snafus
CES 2018: Amazon Alexa coming to $1000 smart glasses
Amazon Alexa vs. Google Assistant emerges as key battle of CES 2018GeekWire
In rare showing, Google arrives at CES to battle Alexa and SiriWashington Post
 -Wall Street Journal -Business Insider -Android Community
all 55 news articles »