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Hyles Files: Handling Criticism

Jul 20, 2017

Case of Mad Cow Disease Detected in Alabama

Jul 20, 2017

   Alabama was the site of a rarely seen form of mad cow disease this month. The disease was confirmed in an 11 year old beef cow that had been for sale at a stockyard. When it became sick and died, tissue samples were sent to a diagnostic lab which came back positive for atypical bovine spongiform encephalopathy or BSE. The cow was not slaughtered and the meat did not enter the food chain. Alabama Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan says everyone involved followed protocol. McMillan called the case a rare and spontaneous incident, which can occur in older animals.

   Operation Southern Shield is being held all this week in five Southeastern states in an effort to cut the number of traffic accidents and deaths.The campaign by law enforcement agencies in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee targets drivers who are speeding, impaired, distracted and not wearing seat belts. Extra patrols are being funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.   Operation Southern Shield is being held in July since it is one of the busiest driving months of the year.

Three People Killed in Pike County Crash

Jul 11, 2017

   State Troopers have now identified the three people killed in a Pike County pileup yesterday afternoon.  The crash occurred on U-S Highway 231 around 2:10pm about four miles north of Ariton. Troopers say a tractor-trailer rig and two cars collided, blocking traffic for hours. A woman driving one of the cars was killed. She has been identified as 61 year old Debra Myers Askew of Brundidge. Two people in the other car also died – the driver, 49 year old Robert Pecnick and his wife, 46 year old Suzette Pecnick, both from St. Augustine, Florida. The driver of the truck was not injured.

Tuskegee Murder Under Investigation

Jul 10, 2017

   Macon County authorities have made an arrest in connection with a weekend murder. Investigators are looking into the shooting death of 18 year old Jaivontavious Sellers of Union Springs. He was gunned down around 2:20am Saturday in the 200 block of East Martin Luther King Highway. One person has been arrested. Police say 18 year old Kayonna Robinson has been charged with hindering prosecution. More arrests are expected. A motive for the shooting has not been released.

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Out here, in West Pokot County, Kenya, the landscape looks like Mars — red clay, rocks, and in the distance, a mountain so bare, it looks like a giant boulder.

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