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House fire

Unpaid fee means firefighters let house burn in Tennessee

In Tennessee, rural firefighters let a house burn because the homeowner had not paid a $75 fee. While the fact that firefighters let Gene Cranick’s home burn has sparked outrage, it has also sparked discussion on the cost of public services. The debate about firefighters letting a house burn comes down to individual responsibility versus
New Haven Explosives Homemade bombs

Homemade bombs false alarm | New Haven explosives were fireworks

In New Haven, Conn., a 26-year old man is being questioned about explosives. The New Haven Explosives, which have been erroneously called homemade bombs, were found Wednesday night. No charges have been filed, as the “homemade bombs” found may have actually been fireworks. Reports of smoke led to New Haven explosives called ‘homemade bombs’ On
Sinkhole

Sinkholes wreak havoc | I-24 Sinkhole and Canada sinkhole

If your evening commute includes I-24 in Tennessee, the I-24 sinkhole is sure to throw a wrench into your plans. A deep sinkhole opened up on I-24 between Chattanooga and Nashville, and shut down a 13-mile stretch of the heavily traveled road. In Canada, a wide sinkhole that opened last week killed a family who
Loan

Reno’s mishandling of short term loans going uninvestigated

The city of Reno, Nevada, has found itself in a tough position. The city mishandled short-term loans that were supposed to be paid back in one year. The city’s failure to understand the terms, however, means these loans will be stretched out over 10 years. Reno’s short-term loans The state of Nevada provided more than
Loan

Texas rolling unemployment loan to the private market

Unemployment is high, and with up to 99 weeks of benefits available, states have paid out a lot. The federal government has provided loans to most states to fund unemployment benefits. The interest payments on those loans are coming due, and some states are seeking creative solutions. Federal unemployment loans In order to keep unemployment
Flood waters

Canadian government gives cash advances to flood victims

In Maple Creek, Saskatchewan, Canada, flood victims are already seeing cash advanced from the government to help with cleanup. The loan cash is being funded by the Provincial Disaster Assistance Program. Estimates of the amount of damage from the Maple Creek floods are just now being put together, but the residents are already cleaning up.
Wildland fire in Boulder

Boulder fire prompts evacuation of 1,700 residents

A large fire in Boulder, Colo., is forcing residents and businesses to evacuate. There are two fires that total about 20 acres. There will be power outages as firefighters set back burns to control the fires. Wildland fires cause evacuation The two Boulder fires that are burning outside the Colorado city are causing severe problems.
Oklahoma

Oklahoma Earthquake | 4.3 quake does no significant damage

This morning, at 9:06 local time, an Oklahoma earthquake hit about six miles east of Norman, Okla. The 4.3 magnitude quake was centered about 3.1 miles below the surface of the earth. No major damage or injuries have been reported as a result of the Oklahoma earthquake. Oklahoma earthquake felt across the state The Oklahoma
Casino

Texas lawmakers considering a payday loan from casino interests

There is a new Texas legislature convening soon. This legislature will be facing a huge budget deficit. Casino interests are trying to get the legislature to allow casinos in the state to give a short-term loan to the state budget. Texas gambling interests Lawmakers in Texas are going to be convening their new session in
David Johnston

Change Your Personality By Controlling Self-Talk

Be who you “want” to be and not who you “think” you are! I have one daughter, two step sons and a beautiful wife. I do my best to live life with an open mind and a positive attitude. Reality is perception, some say, and I tend to agree. In the past I have had
Greyhound bus station

New Hampshire bus | Greyhound bomb scare in Portsmouth

This afternoon, a Greyhound driver on a New Hampshire bus parked, put on the flashers, and ran for the hills. Why? There was a Greyhound bus bomb scare. A passenger on the New Hampshire bus called 911 to report that there was an “explosive device” on board. That’s enough to make almost anyone consider no
Maryland

Buyouts and cuts featured heavily in new Maryland budget

State budget time is here again, and shortfalls are plaguing almost every state. Maryland is attempting to fill a $1.6 billion shortfall using emergency money and creative tactics. With several unfunded long-term liabilities, however, the state may have to take on more than a single year’s budget. The Maryland budget shortfall The Maryland state budget
Redstone Arsenal

Redstone Arsenal Explosion|2 injured in ammo nitrate explosion

This morning in northern Alabama,  a Redstone Arsenal explosion rocked the area. Just outside of Huntsville, Alabama, the Redstone Arsenal explosion seriously injured two people. The Redstone Arsenal explosion will be investigated, as no immediate cause has been found. The Army will be sending emergency money to the Redstone Arsenal for help in the cleanup
Sugarloaf

Sugarloaf ski lift collapses in wind gust; ski patrol evacuating

A large gust of wind in Carrabasset Valley, Maine, brought down a ski lift at the Sugarloaf ski area. The Sugarloaf ski lift brought five chairs down 40 feet and stranded 100 others. Ski patrol and emergency response at Sugarloaf ski resort in Maine are evacuating the stranded skiers individually using climbing harnesses. Sugarloaf ski
Danger

Man dies in a tortilla mixing machine in Brooklyn

It was an accident that seems more like it belongs on “Bones.” A man in Brooklyn died in a tortilla mixing machine. The 22-year old was pronounced dead on the scene. Man dies in tortilla mixing machine In Brooklyn, N.Y., a young man died while at work at the Tortilleria Chinantla in Williamsburg. Police were
Milwaukee

Peggy West, Milwaukee County Supervisor, questions Arizona border

The debate over Arizona’s immigration bill has often been heated on both sides, and Peggy West has reignited the debate. The Milwaukee, Wis., County Supervisor, an elected Democrat, made a few major mistakes in her speech against the measure, raising questions of basic geography, education and the election of officials. The reality of Peggy West’s
Wildfire

West Fire, Tehachapi Fire and others spur state of emergency

In Sacramento this morning, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency in Kern County. The Tehachapi fire, which is officially known as the West Fire, is 25 percent contained. The Bull Fire is only 5 percent contained. The State of Emergency allows cash-strapped California to spend money on firefighters and containment. About the Tehachapi