Changeable Weather Hits Peaches and Blueberries in the South


The recent weather roller coaster has taken a toll on fruit crops in the southern United States. Stephanie Ho has more:


Most Illegal Immigrants Came Here Legally

Experts say people who overstay their visas are surpassing uninspected entries as the main source of illegal immigration.

The national discussion on immigration focuses on securing the U.S.-Mexico border with a multibillion dollar wall. But demographers estimate that two-thirds of foreigners who arrived in 2013 and are now in the U.S. illegally actually flew or sailed to the country and were admitted with valid travel documents.

Much of what President Donald Trump says about immigration enforcement centers on those who cross on land. And his executive orders say little about visa overstays, in part because the U.S. government can’t confirm the total number of travelers who remain in the country past the authorized stay limit.

Court Requires CAFO’s to Report Air Emissions

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has thrown out a 2008 final rule issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that had exempted concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) from reporting when large quantities of hazardous materials such as ammonia and hydrogen sulfide are released into the air from animal waste.

EPA had reasoned that such reports were unnecessary because a federal response was “impractical and unlikely,” the appeals court noted in its ruling.

A number of environmental groups, including Waterkeeper Alliance, objected to the EPA’s interpretation, arguing the agency is not authorized to grant reporting exemptions, and they petitioned the courts to overturn the rule.

In vacating the EPA rule, the D.C. court said, “We find that those reports aren’t nearly as useless as the EPA makes them out to be.”


A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.