Today’s Local News

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U.S. stocks plunged Thursday wip­ing out July’s gains with the worst one-​​day drop since February. It was only the sec­ond monthly loss for stocks this year, after January.The Dow Jones indus­trial aver­age plunged 317 points. The S&500 dropped 39 points and The NASDAQ dropped 93 points. Just a week ago the s and […]
U.S. health offi­cials are now warn­ing Americans not to travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone all three coun­tries have been hit by an out­break of Ebola. The travel advi­sory issued Thursday applies to non-​​essential travel to the three African coun­tries. The out­break has killed more than 700 peo­ple since March.Officials at the CDC say […]
The World Health Organization’s start­ing a $100-​​million response to the “unprece­dented” out­break of Ebola in West Africa. 729-​​of the 1300 plus infected since February have died. WHO Director General Margaret Chan will meet in Guinea tomor­row, with the pres­i­dents of affected West African nations. The plan calls for “sev­eral hun­dred more per­son­nel” to be deployed […]
Google’s dis­cov­er­ing that a lot of peo­ple have things they’ve done on line that they’d like to see go away…forever. In the first month and a half since the com­pany said it would accept requests that links be removed under Europe’s “right to be for­got­ten law,” over 91,000 peo­ple have requested that more than 328,000 […]
The Israeli military’s called up 16,000 reservists as Prime Minister Benjamin Netenyahu said he won’t accept any cease fire that doesn’t allow the mil­i­tary to fin­ish destroy­ing the tun­nels Hamas has used to attack civil­ians in Israel. AN IDF spokesper­son says they’ve already destroyed most of the 32 tun­nels they’ve found so far. That spokesperson […]
Arkansas holds its annual sales tax hol­i­day start­ing at mid­night Saturday. State and local taxes won’t be col­lected over a 48 hour period on items par­ents buy to send their kids back to school, includ­ing clothes, shoes and school supplies.
Arkansas Congressman Rick Crawford was one of just five House mem­bers who voted against a mea­sure to over­haul the Veterans Affairs Department and improve vet­er­ans’ health care. The mea­sure, which now heads to the Senate for a vote, is intended to help vet­er­ans avoid long waits for health care, hire more doc­tors and nurses to […]
State edu­ca­tion offi­cials are being asked to take another look at the grades they gave to Socorro Public Schools. Superintendent Randall Earwood says those grades from the Public Education Department did not reflect the school district’s over­all suc­cess. So, he’s asked that the PED have the scores recal­cu­lated. He says Socorro High School, Midway Elementary […]
The num­ber of peo­ple sign­ing up for unem­ploy­ment ben­e­fits rose last week to 302,000, but this econ­o­mist with IHS Global Insight, a com­pany offer­ing global indus­try & eco­nomic insight and analy­sis, thinks that, despite the increase, that’s actu­ally a good num­ber, which shows signs of a grow­ing economy…
More than 45-​​thousand jobs nation­wide were slashed in July. That’s accord­ing to a report just issued by Challenger, Gray and Christmas. The firms’ C-​​E-​​O, John Challenger, explains why the tech indus­try took such a heavy hit in July this month…
July 31, 196450 years ago. Country music star Jim Reeves died, along with one of his band mem­bers, when the plane he was pilot­ing crashed near Nashville.
July 31, 197044 years ago. “The Huntley-​​Brinkley Report” came to an end after nearly 14 years as co-​​anchor Chet Huntley appeared for the last time.… [TAG] The broad­cast was renamed “NBC Nightly News.”
A small plane clipped the top of a Target Store in San Diego, just before it crashed in the park­ing lot, killing an 80-​​year-​​old pas­sen­ger and seri­ously injur­ing the 52-​​year-​​old pilot. This is the pilot talk­ing to air traf­fic con­trol just before the crash… TAG: According to the FAA, the pilot had been prac­tic­ing touch-​​and-​​go […]
A Singer Lobo was born July 31, 194371 years ago. He had a string of huge hits back in the 70’s.
According to Computer Science Professor Matthew Green, if you work from home, you could be a com­puter hacker’s unwit­ting accom­plice… Green says the same tools that allow mil­lions to work from home, are being exploited by cyber­crim­i­nals to break into the net­works of retail­ers and other busi­nesses. The Homeland Security Department, in a new report, […]
Lawmakers in Harrisburg, say one in five female under­grads in Pennsylvania will be the vic­tim of a sex­ual assault. That’s why on Wednesday, law­mak­ers intro­duced a new bill called the “Campus Safety and Accountability Act” which asks for new resources on cam­puses, such as spe­cially trained coun­selors for stu­dents who have been assaulted. The new […]
Governor Tom Governor is com­ing to Blair County to cam­paign for re-​​election against Democrat Tom Wolf. The gov­er­nor will be at PNG field in Altoona this evening, and every­one is invited to come out and take part in the event, which will include a pic­nic and a ball­game too. For $23.25 per adult, and $18.25 […]
Some deer in Pennsylvania that tested pos­i­tive for Chronic Wasting Disease are pro­vid­ing researchers with valu­able sam­ples and insights on com­bat­ing the deadly dis­ease. State Ag Secretary George Greig says that Chronic Wasting Disease is mak­ing its way across the state and state offi­cials are try­ing every­thing they can to stop its spread. Chronic Wasting […]
Last Friday, offi­cers from the London Police Department were called to the London Walmart about a 2008 H3 Hummer that had been stolen from Clark County, Ohio, after Onstar indi­cated that the vehi­cle was parked in the lot there. They found the Hummer. They also found two juve­niles, a boy and a girl in it. […]
It started out as a call about a woman who was caught shoplift­ing around 4 this morn­ing at the Corbin Walmart, but ended up being much, much more. Laurel Deputies arrived at the store, where Walmart’s loss pre­ven­tion team was hold­ing a woman who they say had stolen a num­ber of items. 25 year old […]
Two broth­ers were arrested Wednesday after­noon on Keavy road near London after deputies got a call about a two year old baby girl found wan­der­ing in the road, who had almost been hit by vehi­cles. The child had been left in the care of a woman’s boyfriend while she was at work. But the boyfriend […]
Two peo­ple were arrested this morn­ing at Walmart near Corbin and charged with theft. It hap­pened around 4am when loss pre­ven­tion team mem­bers watched as a woman took sev­eral items and tried to leave with­out pay­ing. 25 year old Becky Grubb of Corbin has been charged with theft by unlaw­ful tak­ing, and pub­lic intox­i­ca­tion with […]
This Saturday from 5 to 7pm. The Fort Bragg Police Department is encour­ag­ing Fort Bragg res­i­dents in neigh­bor­hoods and busi­nesses to lock their doors, turn on out­side lights and spend the evening out­side with neigh­bors and police. The Ukiah Daily Journal says, The Department is join­ing thou­sands of com­mu­ni­ties for a nation­wide crime pre­ven­tion event. […]
France has extended asy­lum to Iraqi Christian refugees who have fled their ISIS per­se­cu­tion in Iraq. The Islamic State of Iraq and al-​​Sham pre­vi­ously demanded that all Christians in Mosul con­vert to Islam, pay a high tax or die. Thousands of Christians fled the region, seek­ing free­dom to prac­tice their faith. The French Foreign Minister […]
The only remain­ing mem­ber of the crew of the Enola Gay which dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima Japan dur­ing World War II passed away this week. Theodore “Dutch” Van Kirk was born and raised in Northumberland. He was 93 years old. Funeral ser­vices are set for next Tuesday at St. John’s Lutheran Church. […]