• CRP general sign-up period to be from May 20 to June 14

    MINNEAPOLIS — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced last week at the National Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will conduct a four-week general sign-up for the Conservation Reserve Program beginning May 20 and ending on June 14. “CRP has a …

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  • Small jet crashes in Ga., killing 5, wounding 2

    THOMSON, Ga. — Investigators combed Georgia woods Thursday for clues about what led a small jet to overshoot an airport runway and crash, killing five people on board and injuring two others. Among the seven passengers on board when the plane crashed Wednesday night were …

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  • Fans feel the force at lightsaber class

    SAN FRANCISCO — A group of San Francisco Star Wars fans who want to travel to a galaxy not that far away have created a combat choreography class for Jedis-in-training with their weapon of choice: the lightsaber. At a recent class, Alain Bloch, the self-proclaimed …

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  • Plains storm gathers strength, cited in road death

    ST. LOUIS — Parts of the nation’s heartland awoke today to more than half a foot of snow, as a large storm made its way eastward out of the Rockies, snarling traffic for morning commuters and allowing an army of children to trade pen and …

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  • Qualls elected to roundtable

    KINGSPORT, Tenn. — Bill Qualls with Eastman Chemical Company in Kingsport, Tenn., has been elected vice president of the Auditing Roundtable Inc. Qualls has served on the Auditing Roundtable board of directors for the past two and a half years and has been involved in …

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  • FSA announces program updates

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency is reminding producers that the recent update of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 extended the authorization of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (the 2008 Farm Bill) for many Commodity Credit …

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  • Lawsuits must be postmarked by March 25

    WASHINGTON — Agri-culture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently reminded Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers who allege discrimination by the USDA in past decades that the filing period closes March 25. “Hispanic and women farmers who believe they have faced discriminatory practices in the past from …

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  • USDA microloan program finalized

    WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced a new microloan program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture designed to help small and family operations, beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers secure loans under $35,000. “The new microloan program is aimed at bolstering the progress of …

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  • Varied winners at Grammy Awards

    LOS ANGELES — Unlike last year, when the Grammys became the Adele show, each of the leading nominees in a diverse and eclectic field got a chance to bask in the spotlight of music’s biggest night. Fun., whose anthemic and semidark jam “We Are Young” …

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  • Northeast commuters hit roads after digging out

    NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — As electricity returns and highways reopen, some Northeast residents tried to get back to their weekday routines today following the massive snowstorm that had millions digging out from New York to Maine. But the routine for other New Englanders was disrupted …

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  • Film documents Japanese concentration camp in Arkansas

    ROHWER (AP) — Vivienne Schiffer spent her early childhood playing in the fields and forests near her home in Rohwer. One of her favorite spots was a small cemetery. There were 24 small graves, and in the middle of the burial ground stood a tall …

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  • Pope to resign Feb. 28, says he’s too infirm

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI said today he lacks the strength to fulfill his duties and on Feb. 28 will become the first pontiff in 600 years to resign. The announcement sets the stage for a conclave in March to elect a new …

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