Headlines for Friday August 10 2012 - Daily Hudson Valley News

Headlines for Friday August 10 2012

Aug 11th, 2012 | By | Category: Headlines Off The WALL

THERE ARE GLOBAL JITTERS BECAUSE OF SIGNS THAT FOOD PRICES COULD GET AS OUT OF CONTROL AS THEY DID SOME FOUR YEARS AGO, PROMPTING A FULL-BLOWN CRISIS OF FOOD PRODUCTION. ECONOMISTS WITH THE FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE U-N SAY THE POTENTIAL NOW EXISTS FOR ANOTHER CRISIS ON THE ORDER OF WHAT HAPPENED IN 2007 AND 2008. STRAIN ON THE FOOD SUPPLY IS COMING FROM THE CURRENT DROUGHT ACROSS PARTS OF THE MIDWEST, GREAT PLAINS AND SOUTHERN U-S. THE F-A-O’S MONTHLY REPORT FOUND PRICES FOR FOOD ESCALATING SIX PERCENT LAST MONTH. TODAY, FEDERAL AGRICULTURE OFFICIALS IN WASHINGTON WILL RELEASE STATISTICS ON THIS YEAR’S CORN AND SOYBEAN CROPS WHICH ARE LIKELY TO BE DISAPPOINTING.

AN OFFICER WITH THE UNITED STATES ARMY SERVING IN AFGHANISTAN WITH TIES TO BOTH ORANGE AND ROCKLAND COUNTIES HAS BEEN KILLED, ONE OF THREE MILITARY PERSONNEL WHO DIED AS THE RESULT OF A SUICIDE BOMB ATTACK. MAJOR THOMAS E. KENNEDY, 35 HAD LIVED IN NEW CITY AND MORE RECENTLY AT WEST POINT. KENNEDY AND SERGEANT MAJOR KEVIN GRIFFIN, WHO WAS 45 AND FROM COLORADO BOTH PERISHED IN THE ATTACK. SO DID AN AIR FORCE OFFICER IN THE WEDNESDAY INCIDENT ACCORDING TO A DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE SPOKESPERSON. THOSE AREN’T THE ONLY DEATHS OF AMERICANS IN AFGHANISTAN TO REPORT THIS MORNING: THREE MORE AMERICAN SOLDIERS, ALL SPECIAL FORCES WERE KILLED THURSDAY BY A POLICE COMMANDER AND SEVERAL OTHER MEN IN ANOTHER SOUTHERN AFGHAN PROVINCE, THAT ATTACK APPARENTLY PLANNED IN ADVANCE BY ROGUE FORCES IN AFGHANISTAN WHERE U-S AND N-A-T-O TROOPS REMAIN ENGAGED.

THE SIX WORSHIPERS AT A SIKH TEMPLE IN OAK CREEK WISCONSIN WHO DIED AT THE HANDS OF A GUNMAN LAST WEEKEND ARE TO BE MEMORIALIZED THIS MORNING AT AN EVENT WHERE THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE ARE EXPECTED TO BE ON HAND. INCLUDED IN THOSE NUMBERS WILL BE SOME HIGH-PROFILE ELECTED OFFICIALS FROM THE BADGER STATE LIKE GOVERNOR SCOTT WALKER AND CONGRESSMAN PAUL RYAN ALONG WITH U-S ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER. TODAY’S REMEMBRANCE IS TAKING PLACE AT THE TEMPLE ITSELF, WHICH HAS BEEN UNAVAILABLE TO CONGREGANTS BECAUSE OF THE F-B-I’S NEED TO GATHER EVIDENCE FOR ITS INVESTIGATION OF THE INCIDENT SATURDAY WHERE WADE MICHAEL PAGE, A 40-YEAR-OLD EX-SERVICEMAN WITH A WHITE SUPREMACIST PAST OPENED FIRE AT WORSHIPERS PREPARING TO ATTEND SERVICES. PAGE WAS SHOT DEAD BY POLICE RESPONDING TO THE SCENE.

THREE-POINT-SIX (M) MILLION. THAT IS THE AMOUNT OF MONEY F-E-M-A HAS FINALLY DETERMINED WILL BE COMING THE WAY OF ORANGE COUNTY FOR DAMAGES TO THE GOVERNMENT CENTER BUILDING CAUSED BY HURRICANE IRENE AND TROPICAL STORM LEE. THERE’S BEEN SOME DISAGREEMENT AND CONFUSION TO SAY THE LEAST OVER JUST HOW MUCH THE FEDS BELIEVE THE COUNTY SHOULD RECEIVE AND THE ALLEGED SUPPRESSION OF A REPORT BY F-E-M-A ALSO CAME INTO PLAY DURING THE PROCESS, A “COMPLEX AND HIGHLY REGULATED” AFFAIR, ACCORDING TO COUNTY EXECUTIVE ED DIANA. HE ALSO CREDITED HIS ADMINISTRATION WITH CHALLENGING THE DISASTER AGENCY’S PRELIMINARY FINDINGS ABOUT STORM-RELATED DAMAGE TO THE BUILDING WHICH EARLIER THIS YEAR AMOUNTED TO NOT MUCH MORE THAN 500-THOUSAND DOLLARS. DIANA’S OFFICE CAUSED A STIR THURSDAY UPON THE RELEASE OF A STATEMENT ANNOUNCING THE RE-NAMING OF AN EXISTING COUNTY AGENCY, THE OFFICE OF BUSINESS ASSISTANCE HEADED BY DIANA’S DEPUTY JAMES O’DONNELL. IT’S NOW TO BE KNOWN AS THE ORANGE COUNTY OFFICE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. THE NAME CHANGE, ACCORDING TO THURSDAY’S PRESS RELEASE BY THE EXECUTIVE WAS MADE SO AS TO BETTER REFLECT THE PROGRAMS AND SERVICES OFFERED. THAT SIMPLE NAME CHANGE, HOWEVER HAS RUFFLED THE FEATHERS OF SOME, ESPECIALLY MEMBERS OF THE ORANGE COUNTY PARTNERSHIP AND FORMER COUNTY EXECUTIVE LOU HEIMBACH.

THE TIMING OF THAT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE COUNTY EXECUTIVE COINCIDED WITH ANOTHER MEETING BY THE INVESTIGATIVE PANEL OF COUNTY LAWMAKERS WHO ARE TRYING TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF SEVERAL ISSUES RELATING TO PLANS FOR THE GOVERNMENT CENTER COMPLEX WHICH HAS BEEN VACANT FOR NEARLY A YEAR. MORE TESTIMONY CAME YESTERDAY CAME FROM A REPRESENTATIVE OF A COMPANY HIRED SEVERAL YEARS AGO BY THE COUNTY TO EXAMINE THE CONDITION OF THE BUILDING’S EIGHTY-PLUS ROOF SURFACES. WHILE THE AESTHETICS OF THE BUILDING’S DESIGN ARE DEBATABLE, SOMETHING THAT’S STILL NOT CONCLUSIVE IS THE ISSUE OF HOW MUCH THE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF THE BUILDING COMPLETED IN 1970 ACTUALLY HAS CONTRIBUTED TO WATER AND MOLD DAMAGE WHICH, OVER THE YEARS AND ESPECIALLY SINCE LAST YEAR’S TROPICAL STORMS HAS RESULTED IN THE GOVERNMENT CENTER BEING UNOCCUPIED.

GOVERNOR CUOMO IS TOUTING THE CREATION OF 400 JOBS IN THE HUDSON VALLEY BECAUSE OF THE AWARDING OF A CONTRACT WORTH 29-POINT-THREE (M) MILLION DOLLARS FOR THE REPAIR OF THIRTEEN HIGHWAY BRIDGES CROSS THE AREA. INCLUDED IN THOSE PLANS WHICH ARE PART OF ALBANY’S “NY WORKS” INITIATIVE ARE REHABILITATION OF THE SPAN CARRYING SILVER LAKE-SCOTCHTOWN ROAD OVER ROUTE 17 IN THE TOWN OF WALLKILL; ANOTHER BRIDGE THAT CARRIES ROUTE 208 OVER THE OTTER KILL IN HAMPTONBURGH IS ALSO ON THE LIST AND SO IS THE ROUTE 32 BRIDGE IN THE TOWN OF CORNWALL WHICH FORDS MOODNA CREEK. AT THE COUNTY LEVEL, THE ORANGE LEGISLATURE’S PHYSICAL SERVICES COMMITTEE WILL LATER THIS MONTH CONSIDER A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE COUNTY TO ENTER INTO AN AGREEMENT WITH THE STATE D-O-T FOR REPAIRS AND CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW BRIDGE ON FORGE HILL ROAD IN NEARBY NEW WINDSOR, ALSO OVER MOODNA CREEK. THAT SPAN ON WHAT IS ALSO KNOWN AS COUNTY ROUTE 74 WAS TAKEN OUT BY THE SWOLLEN CREEK WATERS DURING HURRICANE IRENE.

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Headlines provided by Bob Schaeffer for WALL Radio 1340 AM
Mark West in the Morning with Bob Schaeffer and Chris Mitchell

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