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Gas Prices Edge Up

Robin Humphrey —  Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The average price of a regular gallon of gas jumped $0.13 cents in the past two weeks to $2.33, A .26 cent increase in the past month.

Industry analysts say that the rise follows months of crashing prices and is still $1.08 per gallon less than a year ago. The rise is attributed to an increase in crude oil prices in mid-January and labor strikes at several refineries.

NY Ranks Top 3 In Apple An Grape Production

Robin Humphrey —  Thursday, February 19, 2015

According to the governor’s office New York State is once again the second largest producer of apples, yielding1.26 billion pounds. Only Washington state produced more.

We were the third largest grape producer for grapes, growing 188,000 tons last year. making it the third largest producer in the country after California and Washington.

Governor Cuomo said the numbers show the importance of the state’s agricultural economy. Together, the state’s apple and grape harvests were worth nearly $360 million last year.

Livingston County Sheriff Tom Dougherty along with the FBI held a joint press conference this afternoon to provide updates and information concerning the Tammy Jo Alexander case.

The body of Tammy Jo Alexander was found in a cornfield in Caledonia in 1979. She was identified last month, 35 years after being last seen in her hometown of Brooksville, Florida.

Police say she had been shot to death. There has been no arrest in the case.
We will post the results of the press conference on our website and provide details on our news broadcasts at 4:00 and 5:00 o’clock this afternoon.

 

Wambach To Wave The Checkered Flag

Robin Humphrey —  Monday, February 16, 2015

Soccer star Abby Wambach will serve as an honorary starter for the upcoming Daytona 500. Fellow U.S. national team players Christie Rampone and Kelley O’Hara also will help wave the green flag to start The Great American Race next Sunday. Wambach, Rampone and O’Hara are the latest celebrities lined up to help kick off NASCAR’s opener at Daytona International Speedway.
Actor Vince Vaughn will serve as grand marshal, giving the command to start engines. Kid Rock will perform a pre-race concert in the Daytona infield. And former “American Idol” winner Phillip Phillips will sing the national anthem.

CBS News Bob Simon Killed In Car Crash

Robin Humphrey —  Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Bob Simon, a longtime news correspondent for CBS News and 60 Minutes was killed in a car crash in New York City, when the town car he was a passenger in hit another car around 6:45 last night. NYPD said Mr. Simon was taken to a nearby hospital where died on arrival.  The driver of the town car was listed in stable condition, and the driver of the other car was uninjured.

“It’s a terrible loss for all of us at CBS News,” 60 Minutes Executive Producer Jeff Fager said in a statement. “It is such a tragedy made worse because we lost him in a car accident, a man who has escaped more difficult situations than almost any journalist in modern times.

“Bob was a reporter’s reporter. He was driven by a natural curiosity that took him all over the world covering every kind of story imaginable,” Fager said. “There is no one else like Bob Simon. All of us at CBS News and particularly at 60 Minutes will miss him very much.”

During his five-decade career, Simon covered stories ranging from the Vietnam War to the Oscar-nominated movie “Selma.” He joined CBS News in 1967.

CBS News named Simon its chief Middle East correspondent in 1987. He worked in Tel Aviv for more than 20 years, winning several awards, including two Peabody Awards and two Emmy Awards. Simon also won a Lifetime Achievement Emmy in 2003.

Simon is survived by his wife, Françoise, and daughter Tanya, a producer for “60 Minutes.”

Bob Simon was 73 years old.

 

 

Sunbeam Recalls Oil Filled Heaters

Robin Humphrey —  Friday, January 30, 2015

Sunbeam is recalling 34,000 “Holmes” brand oil-filled heaters due to a scalding hazard.

The company has received 40 reports of the units unexpectedly spraying heated oil, resulting in property damage. No injuries have been reported.

The heaters are black or white in color and were sold at Target and small department stores nationwide from last August through November.

Consumers should stop using the unit, unplug it, and contact Sunbeam for instructions on how to get a refund.

 

Livingston County Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reports a major breakthrough in the 1979 unidentified homicide case commonly referred to as the Caledonia Jane Doe case. Livingston County Sheriff’s Investigators have been working closely with the Hernando County Florida Sheriff’s Office on a recent lead, which has led to the identification of the victim. Her name is Tammy Jo Alexander. Tammy Jo was born on November 2, 1963 to Barbara Barnes and Marvin Alexander in Atlanta Georgia. Tammy Jo last lived in Brooksville Florida and attended school at Hernando High School and South Sumter High School, both in Florida. Investigators are asking anyone who knew or has information about Tammy Jo Alexander, please call 1-800-CALL-FBI.
       
The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office responded on November 10, 1979 to a report of a young girl found murdered on the side of Route 20 in the Town of Caledonia. Since that day, the Sheriff’s Office has followed up on thousands upon thousands of leads across the world and persistently worked to identify her as new technology developed. The Sheriff’s Office has never given up trying to identify her and her killer. The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office continues to lead this investigation while working closely with the Hernando County Florida Sheriff’s Office, the FBI, and the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office to bring justice to Tammy Jo Alexander.

If you have any information about Tammy Jo Alexander, or the “Caledonia Jane Doe” case, please call our centralized hotline at 1-800-CALL-FBI.  

Kia Motors Issues Recall

Robin Humphrey —  Monday, January 26, 2015

If you own a Kia Forte, Kia Motors America is recalling the Forte Sedan made from Dec. 2012, through April 17, 2014. The cooling fan resistor might overheat and melt in those vehicles, increasing the risk of a fire.

The recall is expected to begin Feb. 24.

Owners seeking additional information may contact Kia at 1-800-333-4542, or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236.

 

Now That’s A Lot Of Wings

Robin Humphrey —  Monday, January 26, 2015

Has the Super Bowl gone to the birds? .

According to the National Chicken Council, Americans will consume 1.25-billion chicken wings on Super Bowl Sunday.

That’s the same record tie amount consumed on Super Bowl Sunday last year making Super Bowl Sunday the country’s number one wing-eating day. To put it into perspective, if you had 1.25, you could place 572 chicken wings on every seat in all 32 NFL stadiums.

That’s nothing to cluck at!

 

Gas Prices Keep Falling

Robin Humphrey —  Wednesday, January 14, 2015
According to a new Lundberg Survey, the price of gas fell an average of 27-cents-a gallon over the past three weeks, and it could be going even lower.  The national average price for regular is now $2.20 a gallon.  That’s a $1.14 per gallon less than it was last year at this time.  It’s also the lowest average price in more than five years.  Lundberg said prices would drop even more if not for a spike in the cost of ethanol, which the government requires as an additive