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Grains mixed,livestock mixed

Jun. 2, 2020 4:13 PM EDT

Wheat for Jul. fell 7.25 cents at 5.08 a bushel; Jul. corn was up 1 cent at 3.2425 a bushel, Jul. oats was off 1.50 cents at $3.2825 a bushel; while Jul. soybeans advanced 10 cents at $8.5050 a bushel. Beef and pork was lower the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Jun. live cattle lost 3 cents at $.9530 a pound; Aug....

Protesters rally Saturday, May 30, 2020, in Las Vegas, over the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Nevada leaders urge demonstrators to peacefully protest

Jun. 1, 2020 12:55 AM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — After two days of violent protests in Las Vegas over the death in Minnesota of George Floyd, city and state officials along with community leaders on Sunday said they supported people protesting — as long as they do it peacefully. Meanwhile in Reno, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak...

Virus changes plans for West Virginia farm food truck owner

May. 31, 2020 11:23 AM EDT

VICTOR, W.Va. (AP) — Nicole Linkfield had a busy summer planned for her Riverchick Farm Food Truck. “I was scheduled for a lot of big fairs and festivals,” she says, listing events including Fayette County’s Mountain Music Festival, Snowshoe Mountain’s 4840, the Lewisburg...

At 100, WWII vet has seen both loss and the lights of life

May. 30, 2020 3:05 AM EDT

YORK, Pa. (AP) — One of the great survivors stood proudly at his door, which was decorated with American flags. He looked out onto another day, the sun breaking through the clouds. His face lit up through all its years. "I've got the handiest apartment around," Dale Chapman said. Just a few feet away are...

Mark Jorgensen, Antler Cemetery Association, has been very active in the restoration of the historic Pioneer Cemetery situated on the north bank of Antler Creek, a short distance from the Canadian border. (Kim Fundingsland/Minot Daily News via AP)

North Dakota man restores historic Pioneer Cemetery

May. 25, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

ANTLER, N.D. (AP) — The location is a few yards from the Canadian border, on the north bank of Antler Creek. It was overgrown by bushes, trees and tall grasses. A crumpled wire fence and rusty gate loosely marked the perimeter. Years of neglect left the tombstones above the final resting place of early-day...

David Philo, co-owner of Verdegreens, plants basil on Thursday, May 7, 2020. (Elizabeth Conley/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Farmers, ranchers adapt to new eating routines amid pandemic

May. 25, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — “We woke up one day, and all the restaurants were closed. All of them,” said Felix Florez, the owner of Black Hill Ranch, a hog farm in Cypress. Just like that, the coronavirus pandemic changed his business overnight. Florez — who also has his own restaurant, Cherry...

Shelby County’s gardens offer lots of room to grow

May. 24, 2020 11:10 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Social distancing isn’t a problem for residents tending their plots at the Shelby County Community Gardens, where plots are 25 feet wide and 100 feet long. The distances don’t impact the sense of community, either. Gardeners raise food and flowers, know when their...

Polk charity works to stave off hunger for migrant families

May. 24, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

MULBERRY, Fla. (AP) — Their hands have spent countless hours plucking strawberries, squash and other fruits and vegetables that would eventually end up on the plates and in the stomachs of people they will never meet. As they waited outside their meager homes Wednesday afternoon (May 13), the farmworkers...

Michigan man builds Wiffle ball dream field in his backyard

May. 24, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — There is nothing quite like the experience of live baseball. The grass, the dirt, the sunshine and the chalk lines underneath abundant sunshine, sunsets or bright lights. Overpriced beers and the right mix of action and leisure — it is hard to imagine all of that without...

Greenhouse owner calls last frost date with uncanny accuracy

May. 24, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — When the wind comes barreling down Mount Mitchell, it bears down hard on the South Toe Valley, bringing with it whatever weather lingers near the summit. On May 10, that wind brought sustained freezing temperatures to Open Ridge Farm, but owner Gretchen Farrell was prepared....