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Citrus greening is hurting orange growers in Florida

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-10-17 10:19

Citrus greening was first reported in Asia during the late 1800s, and it has no cure. It isn't a threat to humans or animals, but it has ruined many acres of citrus crops throughout the world, including the United States.

"It’s been problematic and it’s pretty much spread throughout the entire industry now," says Mark Wheeler, a third-generation orange grower and CFO of Wheeler Farms in Lake Placid, Florida.

Wheeler says that although they're seeing elevated fruit prices, the production has been diminished per acre because of the disease.

"It’s all a grower by grower situation and how impacted they are by the disease," says Wheeler. "A grower who is producing 300 to 400 boxes per acre is doing well, but a grower who is producing 200 boxes per acre is struggling to stay in business."

Islamic State 'is training pilots'

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-17 10:16
Iraqi pilots who joined Islamic State are training its members in Syria to fly three captured fighter jets, a UK-based activist group says.

Spike In ER, Hospital Use Short-Lived After Calif. Medicaid Expansion

NPR News - Fri, 2014-10-17 10:02

Previous research found that going on Medicaid increased a poor person's use of costly emergency room visits. Now an analysis suggests that initial spike in ER visits quickly tapers off.

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In Context: The big business of high school sports

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-10-17 10:01

Illinois based-Paragon Marketing Group is working on a deal to bring high school football to a national audience. The group – which brought LeBron James’s high school basketball games to TV – is currently in negotiations with several states and ESPN to bring some type of high school football playoff to television. ESPN wouldn’t comment on the negotiations, with Paragon saying the talks are ongoing and private.

Yet, at least one contract between Paragon and one of the states it’s working with has been made public: Florida officials have agreed to let two state high schools participate in such a playoff each year.

Paragon Marketing Group will pay the Florida High School Athletic Association $10,000 each year for allowing the state’s schools to participate in a national playoff or bowl series. If two or more teams from Florida are picked to participate by Paragon, the Florida High School Athletic Association would receive $40,000.

Meanwhile, Florida high schools participating in a playoff will receive $12,500 for appearing in the game, and another $25,000 in merchandising fees. Paragon Marketing, the group organizing the event has until October 31st to cancel a playoff or high school bowl series this year, according to the contract the team signed with Florida.

“For the next frontier to be high school football is not a surprise,” says Sports Business Analyst Keith Reed. “You’ve already seen some media properties develop to cover high school football…people pay attention to this.”

Meanwhile, officials in Georgia and Texas have declined to participate – for now. Officials in California have suggested the playoff is a non-starter, citing rules that prohibit high school teams to participate in games after their final state playoff games.

The concern among many officials is that high school players may be exploited at a crucial time in their development.

“They’re at a very integral part of their lives, they’re starting to develop who they really are…who their personalities are, what their identity will be for the rest of their lives,” says St. Francis High School Head Football Coach Rich Carroll of Queens, New York.

Still, Carroll says more money for high school football teams through televised games would be beneficial to programs like his.

“Even though there’s a lot of negative press, the fact that it’s so enjoyable to watch…I think it’s promoting activity,” Carroll says.  “The bottom line is football’s fun.”

 

 

VIDEO: 'Dodgy dental equipment' seized

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-17 09:53
More than 12,000 pieces of illegal dental equipment have been seized in the UK in the past six months.

Boarding schools issue Ebola advice

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-17 09:37
The Boarding Schools Association has issued guidance on Ebola after some heads asked how to deal with students returning from affected countries.

Weekendish: The best of the week's reads

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-17 09:23
Some of the best reads from the BBC News website this week, with your comments.

Huge fake dental equipment haul

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-17 09:15
Thousands of pieces of counterfeit or sub-standard dental equipment imported from China have been seized by regulators.

VIDEO: Will thumbprint tech mean end of PIN?

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-17 09:12
Credit and debit cards with thumb print sensors built in could one day do away with the need to use codes, PINs and passwords.

Minecraft city built in two years

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-17 09:00
A student from Delaware has spent two years constructing Titan City from 4.5 million Minecraft building blocks.

10 things we didn't know last week

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-17 08:39
Why Bono always wears shades, and other topical nuggets

Pistorius sentencing: Two interpretations of justice

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-17 08:29
Two interpretations of justice on show

Soldier denies testicle squeeze lie

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-17 08:24
A soldier denies helping a comrade accused of murder by lying to a jury about an unusual Army medical technique.

Trafficking harms 30,000 in EU

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-17 08:21
The EU says 30,146 human trafficking victims were detected in Europe over three years - most of them exploited for sex.

Life sentence in 'loud music' murder

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-17 08:16
The Florida man who shot and killed a teenager in an argument over his loud music is sentenced to life in prison without eligibility for parole.

Asghar daughter in Number 10 plea

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-17 08:13
The daughter of an Edinburgh man who is on death row in Pakistan meets with the Foreign Office and presents a petition signed by 70,000 people.

VIDEO: The secret lives of mannequins

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-17 08:01
The secret lives of artists' mannequins

Many dead at South Korea concert

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-17 07:59
At least 16 people die and 11 are injured in an accident at a concert by the pop band 4Minute in Seongnam, South Korea, local media say.

AUDIO: Will Downey Jr play Iron Man again?

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-17 07:37
Robert Downey Jr spoke to Front Row to discuss his latest film The Judge and why he is keeping tight lipped about whether or not he will resume the role of Iron Man

Go Figure: The week in numbers

BBC - Fri, 2014-10-17 07:30
The week in numbers

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