Tri States Public Radio http://tspr.org en Most Of California Reported To Be In 'Extreme Drought' http://tspr.org/post/most-california-reported-be-extreme-drought The latest <a href="http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/Home/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?CA">Drought Monitor report</a> from U.S. agriculture and weather experts finds 58 percent of California in the worst of its four drought levels, in conditions normally seen only once every 50-100 years.<p>For our Newscast unit, Nathan Rott reports:<p><blockquote><p>"The U.S. Drought Monitor measures drought in five levels. The most benign is called Abnormally Dry. The worst is labeled Exceptional Drought. As of this week, roughly 58 percent of California is considered to be afflicted by that last category. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 23:07:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 57561 at http://tspr.org Most Of California Reported To Be In 'Extreme Drought' As Ebola Surges, CDC Sends Aid And Warns Against Travel http://tspr.org/post/ebola-surges-cdc-sends-aid-and-warns-against-travel For the second time this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has raised the travel alert for three West African countries, as the death toll in the Ebola outbreak increased at an alarming rate.<p>"The bottom line is that the multiple outbreaks in West Africa are worsening right now," CDC Director <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/about/cdcdirector/">Dr. Tom Frieden</a> told NPR on Thursday. "This is the biggest, most complex and the most difficult outbreak of Ebola that we've had to deal with."<p>In only four days, the total number of cases has risen by 122, or about 10 percent. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:19:00 +0000 Linda Poon 57560 at http://tspr.org As Ebola Surges, CDC Sends Aid And Warns Against Travel Three Years On, Utah's Immigrant Guest Worker Law Still Stalled http://tspr.org/post/three-years-utahs-immigrant-guest-worker-law-still-stalled At the Utah State Capitol, a mural of Brigham Young and the first Mormon pioneers brings some color to the building's spartan rotunda. Beneath it is a more modern sculpture — a woman walking forward with her son, who's holding a globe.<p>Underneath the statue are the words "Immigration and Settlement." The symbolism isn't lost on state House Speaker Becky Lockhart.<p>"Utah is a place that understands the value of immigration, the value of peoples coming to find a better life," she says, pointing up at the sculpture.<p>"We've always believed ... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 21:59:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 57559 at http://tspr.org Three Years On, Utah's Immigrant Guest Worker Law Still Stalled Israel And Hamas Agree To 3-Day Cease-Fire, U.N. Says http://tspr.org/post/israel-and-hamas-agree-3-day-cease-fire-un-says A temporary peace will begin Friday morning in Gaza, as Israel and Hamas agree to an "unconditional humanitarian ceasefire," according to a statement by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Secretary of State John Kerry.<p>The truce is set to begin at 8 a.m. local time Friday and last for 72 hours. U.N. Special Coordinator Robert Serry says he's been assured by officials from both Israel and Hamas that they will abide by the truce. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 21:58:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 57557 at http://tspr.org Israel And Hamas Agree To 3-Day Cease-Fire, U.N. Says When China Spurns GMO Corn Imports, American Farmers Lose Billions http://tspr.org/post/when-china-spurns-gmo-corn-imports-american-farmers-lose-billions For a while there, China was the American farmer's best friend. The world's most populous nation had so many pigs and chickens to feed, it became one of the <a href="http://www.ers.usda.gov/amber-waves/2014-april/china-in-the-next-decade-rising-meat-demand-and-growing-imports-of-feed.aspx#.U9qutONdV8E">top importers</a> of U.S. corn and soybeans almost overnight.<p>China also developed a big appetite for another corn-derived animal feed called "dried distillers grains with solubles," or <a href="http://www.grains.org/buyingselling/ddgs">DDGS</a>, a byproduct of ethanol production. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 21:45:00 +0000 Daniel Charles 57558 at http://tspr.org When China Spurns GMO Corn Imports, American Farmers Lose Billions