Carolinas Farms Could take Billions in Losses from Florence

By GARY D. ROBERTSON and EMERY P. DALESIO ,  Associated Press   RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Hurricane Florence is testing the resolve of farmers in the Carolinas, who could face billions of dollars in agricultural damage while still feeling the sting from Hurricane Matthew almost two years ago. After last weekend’s high winds and rain that was measured…

Madigan: ‘I Didn’t Do Enough’ To Combat Sexual Harassment

SPRINGFIELD, IL (AP) — Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says combatting sexual harassment in the Capitol has become a “personal mission” but he wishes he’d acted sooner to “correct past mistakes.” The Chicago Democrat spoke out Thursday in a Chicago Tribune op-ed . A string of Democratic lawmakers and workers in Madigan’s political and government organizations have…

Gov. Parson Considers Ways to Address Trucker Shortage

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (AP) — Gov. Mike Parson is considering changes to Missouri regulations to help address a shortage of long-haul truck drivers. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports one possibility is changing a law that takes away driver’s licenses or occupational licenses from people who haven’t paid child support for three months. Parson said with an increasing…