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Deal That Prevented Rail Strike Still Needs Worker Support
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Deal That Prevented Rail Strike Still Needs Worker Support

By JOSH FUNK, AP Business WriterOMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A last-minute deal prevented a railroad strike for now, but many rail workers remain unhappy with working conditions, including some who protested outside their workplaces Wednesday ahead of votes to approve the new contracts.Handfuls of workers gathered outside railyards across the country in pickets organized by a newly formed workers group separate from the 12 unions that negotiated the deals last week with the major U.S. freight railroads. The protesters expressed dissatisfaction with the deals, just as the unions are trying to explain the potential benefits they negotiated to their roughly 115,000 members ahead of contract votes.Fears about the dire economic consequences of a rail strike that could cripple all kinds of businesses t...
Man Pleads Guilty in Shooting Deaths of Mother, Brother
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Man Pleads Guilty in Shooting Deaths of Mother, Brother

WARRENTON, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man pleaded guilty Monday to shooting and killing his mother and 6-year-old brother at their home in 2020.Levi Norwood, now 19, pleaded guilty in Fauquier County Circuit Court to first-degree murder in the death of his mother, Jennifer, and second-degree murder in the death of his brother, Wyatt, news outlets reported.Other charges, including charges related to the wounding of Norwood’s father, were dropped. Attorney Ryan Ruzic said that the second-degree murder charge had initially been first-degree, but was amended down.“I think that Levi is someone who, at the time this incident happened, had severe mental issues which were not being treated,” Ruzic said. “I’m hoping that when that evidence is reviewed, the court’s able to make a just decision for wha...
Heavy Rains Cause Flooding, Power Outages in Appalachia
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Heavy Rains Cause Flooding, Power Outages in Appalachia

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (AP) — Heavy rains unleashed high water and people lost electricity as storms kept pounding parts of central Appalachia on Thursday.There were reports of flash flooding, mudslides and power outages across a mountainous area where thunderstorms have dumped several inches of rain over the past few days. Flood watches and warnings were in effect.Poweroutage.us reported more than 20,000 power outages in eastern Kentucky, and nearly 10,000 more in southern West Virginia among the mountains of western Virginia.Floyd County in eastern Kentucky declared a local state of emergency due to significant rainfall and flooding, Gov. Andy Beshear said. He said the Kentucky Emergency Management crews have been deployed there.In West Virginia's Greenbrier County, firefighters pulled peo...