Amtrak says to suspend national rail service without safety extension: letter
Tue, 06 Oct 2015 19:47:39 GMT
Amtrak has told U.S. lawmakers that it will suspend service on its national network in mid-December unless Congress extends a Dec. 31 deadline for implementing advanced safety technology, according to an Oct. 5 letter from Amtrak reviewed by Reuters. The letter, addressed to Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune, a South Dakota Republican, says service would be suspended where Amtrak must rely on freight and passenger railroads that will not meet the deadline for operating the technology known as positive train control, or PTC.

Hard wheat leads rally in wheat prices, as US adds to weather woes
Tue, 06 Oct 2015 19:36:20 GMT
Hard wheat futures led a rally in prices of the grain as data showing a relatively slow pace of US plantings of the grade added an extra concern to the worries which sent the broader complex higher. Wheat futures in all major markets on Tuesday, with Chicago soft red winter wheat, the world benchmark, standing up 1.9% at $5.25 1 2 a bushel in late deals for December delivery, on course for its first close above its 100-day moving average in more than two months.

Tribe Blasts Feds for Education 'Reforms'
Tue, 06 Oct 2015 19:33:44 GMT
The Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Indian Education are trampling tribal rights with their new "Blueprint for Reform," according to a lawsuit filed by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe in a South Dakota federal court on Oct. 2. According to the tribe's 31-page complaint, the reforms would reduce staff at reservation educational line offices that serve to provide federal oversight and resources-such as grant money and special education-to tribal schools.

Utility challenged over charges after coal plant outage
Tue, 06 Oct 2015 19:33:01 GMT
This July 1, 2013 file photo shows smokestacks at the Colstrip Steam Electric Station, in Colstrip, Mont. NorthWestern Energy makes its case to state regulators Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, in a dispute over at least $8.5 million that the utility collected from Montana customers after a 2013 power plant outage forced it to buy electricity on the open market.

Doris Ilene Winsell
Tue, 06 Oct 2015 19:02:49 GMT
Doris Ilene Winsell, 72, of rural Douds, died at 9:50 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, at Parkview Care Center in Fairfield after complications due to a stroke. The funeral will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Pedrick Funeral Home in Douds, with the Rev.

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