Nighttime Getting Brighter

Scientists are raising an alarm over just how bright the night is getting. German researchers say Earth’s artificially lit outdoor area grew by 2 percent a year from 2012 to 2016. John Barentine  with the International Dark-Sky Association warns us via SKYPE that too much nighttime brightness can trigger health problems in humans and wildlife:

Tobacco Settlement Information

Current and former tobacco growers have received mailings about class action lawsuits against the U.S. Tobacco Cooperative (Flue-Cured Tobacco Cooperative Stabilization).  The Speaks vs. US Tobacco Cooperative, Inc. lawsuit has reached a $24 million settlement (awaits court approval on January 19, 2018).  A claim form must be submitted by May 26, 2018.  More information on this is available at:

The other class action lawsuit is Lewis, et al vs. Flue-Cured Tobacco Cooperative Stabilization Corp.  More information about this lawsuit can be found at the following:

This settlement is different and apart from the Redemption of Certificates of Interest in Capital Reserve issued to members who delivered tobacco to Stabilization for the years 1967 through and including 1973 crops.  This redemption will likely be continued with an annual deadline of the last of February.  See the website at the following address for information on this program:

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.