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Sec. of Energy Headlines Energy Summit in Idaho Falls

Sec. of Energy Headlines Energy Summit in Idaho Falls

(IDAHO FALLS, ID)  – Idaho Falls hosted the inaugural Intermountain Energy Summit Tuesday and Wednesday. The Event was designed to bring industry and political leaders throughout the west together to collaborate on better ways to create and use energy. Idaho Falls Mayor Rebecca Casper was a key figure in putting the event together.  She says […]

Does Cool Summer Signal Another Cold and Snowy Winter?

Does Cool Summer Signal Another Cold and Snowy Winter?

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — It’s been an unusually cool summer for much of the eastern United States. But does this mean the upcoming winter season will be colder and snowier than normal?
For clues, let’s take a look at previous cool summers and how the following winter played out.For example, Indianapolis averages 15 days per summer of 90 degrees, but through Aug. 20 it had none. Last time this happened was in 2004 when Indianapolis had zero 90 degree days. The following winter was warmer than normal for the city.Let’s look at the Washington, D.C., area for August 2014; at Dulles Airport and Baltimore-Washington International, the first 15 days of August were the third coolest on record. The coolest ever for both reporting locations was 1964; the following winter (1964-65) was near normal.What about Chicago, which averages 14 or 15 days of 90 degrees and above? So far this summer, only three days recorded temperatures at or above 90 at O’Hare International Airport (at the city’s official weather observation station). Also, Chicago had below-normal July and August temperatures. Last time Chicago had a cool summer like that was in 2009 when June, July and August averaged below normal. The 2009-10 winter in the Windy City was colder than normal.We also have to look at phenomena known as El Niño — warmer than normal ocean water along the equatorial eastern Pacific Ocean. Usually, El Niño means warmer than normal and slightly wetter than normal winter in the Midwest and the Northeast.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is forecasting El Niño to develop this winter.NOAA says: “In summary, we continue to favor the emergence of El Niño in the coming months, with the peak chance of emergence around 65% (i.e. there is a 35% chance of El Niño not occurring). ENSO forecasters do not expect a strong El Niño (we can’t eliminate the chance of one either), but we are not expecting El Niño to ‘fizzle.’ In fact, just in the last week, we have started to see westerly wind anomalies pick up near the Date Line. Literally and figuratively, we may be witnessing the start of ENSO’s second wind.”With that said, looking back at warmer than normal winter 2004-05 in Indianapolis, El Niño was present. In the Washington, D.C. area, winter 1964-65 was near normal and there was no El Niño. But in Chicago, 2009-2010 was a cooler than normal winter and had a moderate El Niño.Each year is unique and many variables could alter the winter forecast in either direction. In the recent years, weather patterns have been slower to move, due to weaker jet streams and lesser temperature contrast between the Arctic and the mid-latitudes. Once you are stuck in one pattern, warm or cold, it seems to continue for months, in some cases even a full year.So far this year, we have been stuck in a colder than normal weather pattern in the eastern United States and warmer than normal weather in the West. We would need a significant pattern shift to change the current set up.
El Niño could be that trigger mechanism but it would need to be a strong El Niño in order to affect the world weather pattern. With NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center not forecasting a strong El Niño, we could wind up with an early fall and colder than normal winter for the Northeast and Midwest.
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US Hospitals Have Had 68 Ebola Scares, CDC Says

US Hospitals Have Had 68 Ebola Scares, CDC Says

iStock/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) — American hospitals and state labs have handled at least 68 Ebola scares over the last three weeks, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Hospitals in 27 states alerted the CDC of the possible Ebola cases out of an abundance of caution amid the growing outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Fifty-eight cases were deemed false alarms after CDC officials spoke with medical professions about patient exposures and symptoms, but blood samples for the remaining 10 were sent to the CDC for testing, the agency told ABC News Wednesday.Seven of the samples tested negative for the virus and results for the remaining three are pending, the agency said.Once a hospital or state lab notifies the CDC of a possible Ebola case based on travel history and symptoms, CDC officials talk to someone familiar with the suspected patient’s history to determine whether blood testing for the virus is necessary, said CDC spokeswoman Kristen Nordlund. They discuss symptoms and determine whether the patient may have been exposed to the virus. Exposure can happen if the patient is a health care worker, has buried someone with Ebola, has lived in a house with someone who had Ebola or has lived in a place where Ebola is spreading.“If somebody had traveled to Guinea and came back and had a fever and has never been to a place where Ebola is transmitted, there’s no reason to suspect there’s Ebola just because Ebola is circulating in Guinea,” Nordlund said, explaining that the CDC takes suspected cases seriously but has to narrow them down.The latest scare to make headlines involves a patient at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Sacramento who “may have been exposed to the Ebola virus,” the hospital said in a statement. The patient has been isolated in a negative pressure room while awaiting blood test results from the CDC.Earlier this week, a 30-year-old woman arrived at the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque with a fever, sore throat, headache and muscle aches after returning from Sierra Leone, according to the New Mexico Department of Public Health. She is currently in isolation and awaiting test results from the CDC, according to the department.Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, Johns Hopkins Medicine in Maryland and an undisclosed hospital in Ohio have also tested patients for Ebola over the past several weeks.The CDC has urged health care providers to ask patients about their travel history to help identify potential Ebola cases.The death toll of the outbreak stands at 1,350, the World Health Organization said Wednesday. At least 2,473 people have been infected since March 2014.
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Ferguson Library Becomes Refuge for Adults, Children Amid Strife

Ferguson Library Becomes Refuge for Adults, Children Amid Strife

iStock/Thinkstock(FERGUSON, Mo.) — Amid all of the strife engulfing Ferguson, Missouri, this month, there is one spot in town that has become a refuge for children, parents and residents: the library.The Ferguson Library has been an oasis of calm since the town’s residents erupted in anger at the police after a Ferguson cop shot and killed an unarmed black teen, Michael Brown, on Aug. 9.It has used Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to offer residents a place of respite for them to get bottled water, check their emails and avoid the unrest developing on Ferguson’s streets.As the Ferguson-Florissant School District postponed the start of the school year for more than a week, teachers set up shop at the Ferguson library, providing activities and instruction for children awaiting the start of class. The Library has also emphasized its role as a community institution, placing signs outside the building noting that it stands with community members, at a time when the town’s police department has battled protesters with tear gas and rubber bullets.
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Start of School Delayed for Longfellow Elementary

Start of School Delayed for Longfellow Elementary

(IDAHO FALLS, ID) — Longfellow Elementary students will have to wait a little longer to break in their newly constructed school.  The start of school for Longfellow has been pushed back a week to Sept. 9.  All other schools in Idaho Falls District 91 will start as scheduled. The delay will allow construction crews to […]

Jennifer Hudson to Perform on Stand Up to Cancer Charity Telecast

Jennifer Hudson to Perform on Stand Up to Cancer Charity Telecast

Heather Wines/CBS(NEW YORK) — Jennifer Hudson has signed on to perform on the upcoming fourth edition of the fundraising telecast Stand Up to Cancer. The show will air Friday, Sept. 5, across several TV networks, including ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, Bravo, E!, HBO, Showtime, VH1 and more.Other scheduled performers on the one-hour show, which raises money for cancer research, include rappers Lupe Fiasco and Common, and pop singer Ariana Grande.The one-hour special also will feature a slew of celebrities, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, Halle Berry, Jon Hamm, Rob Lowe, Keifer Sutherland, Ben Stiller, Will Ferrell, Eric Stonestreet, Jennifer Aniston and Mark Harmon, in a “digital lounge” hosted by Katie Couric.
The stars will be reaching out to viewers via phone, Facebook, Instagram and other social media platforms. If you want to donate money to the cause and would like to receive a call, sign up at WereCallingYou.org.While the telecast airs from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. ET/PT on Sept. 5, you also may receive a call on the 6th or 7th.
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Hundreds Fly El Al to Immigrate from US to Israel During Gaza Crisis

Hundreds Fly El Al to Immigrate from US to Israel During Gaza Crisis

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(JERUSALEM) — In the wake of the fighting in Gaza, U.S. airlines temporarily grounded flights to Israel last month, but that hasn’t stopped supporters in the West from traveling to and relocating there this summer.More than 600 immigrants from the U.S. and Canada have flown on El Al Airlines, Israel’s national carrier, in the last two months to relocate their families, serve in the military and show solidarity with the Israeli citizens, according to the airline.”Of those, over 100 young men and women will serve in the Israel Defense Forces and a total of 37 families with 107 children from 27 states and three Canadian provinces were on board the latest flight that recently landed,” a spokeswoman for El Al Airlines told ABC News.Organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, The Jewish Agency for Israel, Keren Kayemeth Le’Israel and JNF-USA, charter flights that departed from JFK Airport in New York on July 21 and Aug. 11 were free to passengers moving to Israel. Future Aliyah group flights via El Al will continue to depart on a monthly basis out of Newark Airport in New Jersey.Others who fly on alternate carriers to immigrate are given a flight credit from Nefesh B’Nefesh between $700 and $900 toward baggage and ticket fees.The age of recent immigrants has ranged “from a 6-week-old baby to 93-year-old great-grandparent,” the El Al spokeswoman said.Representatives from Nefesh B’Nefesh did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.
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Hertz Pulls 2014 Financial Forecast

Hertz Pulls 2014 Financial Forecast

Chris Hondros/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The picture isn’t so pretty at Hertz. The world’s biggest car rental company says it’s withdrawing its financial forecast for the year and expects profits to be “well below the low end of its 2014 guidance.”Hertz is blaming GM’s recent recalls for part of the problem, leaving the firm with fewer cars to rent, because the vehicles had to be pulled off the lot. In a regulatory filing Tuesday, Hertz also cited higher-than-expected costs and weak demand for equipment rentals. Shares of Hertz Global Holdings plunged 18 percent on the news.
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Rick Perry Pleads Not Guilty to Felony Charges

Rick Perry Pleads Not Guilty to Felony Charges

Stewart F. House/Getty Images(AUSTIN, Texas) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday pleaded not guilty to two felony charges on which he was indicted relating to a 2013 veto threat.Perry’s attorneys entered the not guilty plea Wednesday morning and waived his formal arraignment scheduled for Friday morning.“The waiver of arraignment contains the plea of not guilty,” David Botsford, an attorney for Perry, said.Perry turned himself in to authorities Tuesday at the Travis County Courthouse, getting his fingerprints taken and smiling for a mug shot.The two felony counts — abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public official — originate from Perry’s threat to veto $7.5 million in funding for Texas’ public integrity unit after District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg refused to resign following a 2013 DWI conviction.Perry will travel to Washington, D.C., Thursday for a speech on the border crisis before heading to New Hampshire, where he has events scheduled for Friday and Saturday.
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Iceland Braced for Volcano Eruption that Could Disrupt Air Traffic

Iceland Braced for Volcano Eruption that Could Disrupt Air Traffic

iStock/Thinkstock(REYKJAVIK, Iceland) — Iceland has canceled many commercial flights for fear that its volcanoes might erupt soon since at least 2,600 small intense earthquakes have rocked the country since Saturday, the Icelandic Meteorological Office said on its website.Iceland has raised its aviation alert level to orange — the second most serious level on the five-color scale, indicating an active or imminent eruption.
In April 2010, volcano eruptions rocked Eyjafjallajökull, a small ice cap in Iceland, leading to more than 100,000 flights canceled. More than 10 million passengers were affected due to the eruption and the airline industry lost $2 billion. Volcano eruptions are a threat to jetliners because the volcanic ash can travel high into the atmosphere and the ash can severely damage jet engines.The Icelandic Meteorological Office’s live update said there are no signs of magma moving to the surface at the moment.
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Grand Jury Could Decide on Ferguson Shooting in October

Grand Jury Could Decide on Ferguson Shooting in October

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(FERGUSON, Mo.) –  The grand jury looking into the Ferguson, Missouri police shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown could take up to two months to hear all the evidence and decide whether or not to indict the polic…

Indiana Police Investigate Possible Link in Moms’ Disappearances

Indiana Police Investigate Possible Link in Moms’ Disappearances

iStock/Thinkstock(BOONVILLE, Ind.) — The mysterious disappearances of two Indiana moms who vanished within weeks of each other could be linked, according to police.Police say they are actively investigating any possible connection between the disappearances of Joelle Lockwood, 30, and Kristy Kelley, 27, who vanished about 20 miles apart.“It doesn’t happen frequently that we have two women of the same age group that go missing around the same time,” Warrick County Sheriff Brett Kruse said.Police say they have nothing linking the disappearances at this point, but investigators on both cases are comparing notes daily.Kelley was last seen at 1:30 a.m. Friday leaving a Boonville VFW club. Surveillance footage shows what police believe is Kelley’s car heading in the direction of her home. Authorities haven’t noticed any activity on Kelley’s bank accounts, and “no evidence pointing towards any type of struggle,” Kruse said.Meanwhile, Lockwood was last seen July 9 leaving a party in Evansville, about 20 miles away. She, too, has disappeared without a trace, and her mother, Candace Lockwood, is grief-stricken.“She’s faced a lot of different challenges in her life, and we’re very worried for her right now,” Candace Lockwood said.Kelley’s mother, Kathy Scales, is stunned that her daughter is missing.“I just can’t explain the pit that I have in my stomach. And just knowing that our daughter is out there and we can’t get to her. It’s very, very, very rough,” Scales said.Both families are pleading for the public’s help, reassuring their grandchildren that they won’t stop searching.“It’s been difficult to keep one foot in front of the other,” Candace Lockwood said. “But we are doing that, and we will find our daughter.”
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Owners Take Vevo Off the Market

Owners Take Vevo Off the Market

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The owners of Vevo have ended the sales process of the popular video-streaming site because of expected continued growth, the New York Post reports.
Universal Music, Sony Music Entertainment, Google and the Abu Dhabi Media Group have ended all sales talks with big-name companies such as Liberty Media and Guggenheim Digital Media, among many others.Vevo, launched in 2009 by Universal Music, is expected to reach 227 million viewers worldwide as of Dec. 31, which the Post reports is just one reason the current owners have decided to keep the site.
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Bush’s Birthday Gift to Clinton a Bucket of Cold Water?

Bush’s Birthday Gift to Clinton a Bucket of Cold Water?

Tom Pennington/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — When former first daughter Jenna Bush Hager, pro golfer Rory McIlroy, San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, and philanthropist Woody Johnson nominated President George W. Bush for the ice bucket challenge to strike out ALS, the former president wasn’t sure that pouring a pail of freezing water on his head – even in the name of raising awareness for a fatal disease – was properly dignified.“To you all who have challenged me: I do not think it’s presidential for me to be splashed with ice water, so I’m simply going to write you a check,” President Bush says in a video posted to his Facebook page Wednesday.Just when you’re starting to fear Bush’s video will be even more boring than a ceremonial ribbon cutting, former first lady Laura Bush appears with a bucket.Grinning, she unceremoniously dumps its contents on the former commander-in-chief’s head.“That check is from me,” she says, patting her hair. “I didn’t want to ruin my hairstyle.”A sopping-wet George W. then nominates his presidential predecessor, Bill Clinton.“Yesterday was Bill’s birthday and my gift to Bill is a bucket of cold water,” Bush deadpans.

Post by George W. Bush.
President Bush is the first U.S. president to take the ice bucket challenge, but he’s not necessarily the first who has been nominated. President John F. Kennedy’s sister-in-law, Ethel Kennedy, who’s summering near President Obama’s vacation home, nominated President Obama last week (and so did Justin Bieber).

And Conan O’Brien nominated President Jimmy Carter last Thursday.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-TX, also took the ice bucket challenge in a video posted Wednesday morning. He nominated Texas state Sen. Konni Burton, conservative talk show host Sean Hannity, Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, and pastor Ed Young.Post by Ted Cruz.ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive neuromuscular disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. To learn more, visit the ALS Association.
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Idaho Schools Superintendent Accepts New Job

Idaho Schools Superintendent Accepts New Job

BOISE, Idaho (AP) – Idaho’s Superintendent of Public Instruction has taken a job with a national organization that promotes science, technology, engineering and math education programs. Tom Luna announced Tuesday that he will begin working as a vice president for Project Lead the Way early next year. Luna announced in January that he would not […]

Athlete Who Raced While Pregnant Gives Birth to Baby Girl

Athlete Who Raced While Pregnant Gives Birth to Baby Girl

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The athlete who made headlines for running an 800-meter race later in her pregnancy has given birth to a healthy baby girl.Alycia Montaño, 28, gave birth Friday to Linnéa Dori Montaño, her first child with husband Louis Montaño.In an interview with ABC News on Tuesday, the California resident said she felt great.“I mean, I had the birth that I wanted…my natural birth, no meds at all,” she said, adding that believed she achieved her goal of remaining “mentally intact, physically intact.”Her goal is to now ease back into her regular fitness routine. In two weeks she’ll start doing daily 20- to 30- minute runs and progress gradually from there, she said.Since being released from the hospital 12 hours after the delivery, she has been going on leisurely daily walks of about a mile, she said, adding that she isn’t overdoing things.Many questioned her decision to run the 800-meter race at the US Track and Field Championships in June. The five-time national champion came last in that race.She told ABC News that she was surprised by the reaction to her participation in that event.“That’s what I do for a living — and it was so mild compared to what I normally do,” she said. “It was just kind of a stroll for me…”She said she checked with her doctors and was told it wouldn’t be a problem, adding that it was important for her mentally and physically.In fact, she remained physically active right up until the day she gave birth. “Well the day I delivered, the day I went into labor I ran five miles,” she said.She labored for about eight hours before delivering the baby.Montaño noted that she went into her pregnancy and labor without fear because of her husband’s support. She called him the unsung hero.“He was such an amazing birthing partner. We labored together in the house and he was just a rock the entire time. You know like, nobody’s perfect but he was perfect on that day. He was perfect,” she said.
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Farmers Salvaging Grain Crops

Farmers Salvaging Grain Crops

  (IDAHO FALLS, ID) – Local farmers are making the best of an otherwise dismal grain crop. Experts tell KIDK that many farmers won’t be able to sell their barley to beer manufacturers because the grain kernels have too much moisture, causing them to sprout. That leaves growers with few options, and some are selling […]

Heavy Rains Soak Idaho Falls

Heavy Rains Soak Idaho Falls

(IDAHO FALLS, ID) – Heavy rains soaked much of eastern Idaho on Tuesday, especially in Idaho Falls. The storm hit at around 7:30 p.m. filling streets and parking lots with more than a foot of water in some places. The storm produced small hailstones as well, but no major damage was reported. Isolated thunderstorms are […]

Mead Wins the GOP Primary for Wyoming Governor

Mead Wins the GOP Primary for Wyoming Governor

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) – Gov. Matt Mead has won the Republican primary election for Wyoming governor, beating two other GOP candidates as he seeks re-election in November. Mead, a former federal prosecutor, was elected governor in 2010. During his term, statewide unemployment has dropped to about 4 percent. Mead also has presided over an increase […]

Man Run Over by Dump Truck, Killed

Man Run Over by Dump Truck, Killed

CHUBBUCK, Idaho (AP) – A 75-year-old Pocatello man has died after being run over by a dump truck. The Idaho State Police say the accident happened at about 7 p.m. in Chubbuck. The ISP says Devere Lowry was standing behind a dump truck when he released the brakes on a trailer being pulled by a […]

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