*Sunny to partly cloudy high 93
Schnucks is growing, they are buying 19 Shop'N Save stores in Missouri and Illinois. They'll start closing and rebranding the stores on October 7th and they should be done by the end of the month. It only takes about 2 and a half days to convert each store!
*After a career that has spanned more than 50 years, Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band will hit the road for one last time on their final tour & they just added more dates! You can see them in St. Louis at the Enterprise Center on Nov. 30th, tickets are on sale now
Florence Death Toll Rises -
The death toll from Hurricane Florence continues to rise.
At least 32 people have died since the storm made landfall last week. Most of those, 24 to be exact, have been in the Carolinas, where heavy rain has caused major flooding across both states.
One of the most heartbreaking stories is of one-year-old Kaiden Lee-Welch who was swept away from his mother, whose car had been overcome by floodwaters. He was recovered yesterday. One person was killed in Virginia as a flurry of tornadoes popped up as the remnants from Florence moved across the state yesterday. Florence is now a post-tropical cyclone which is bringing heavy rain to the Mid-Atlantic states.
Another threat after the storm is contamination. Environmental groups say flooding from Hurricane Florence is threatening to spread hog waste and coal ash into the two main rivers in eastern North Carolina. In addition to hog farms and coal ash ponds, a number of chemical factories, landfills, and hazardous waste dumps are on or near the Cape Fear and Neuse [[ noose ]] rivers. There are three-thousand lagoons holding hog waste in the state.
FEMA Chief Feels The Heat Over Travel From Congress And Possibly A Prosecutor -
Congress is turning up the heat under FEMA Administrator Brock Long.
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy wants Long to turn over documents about his alleged personal use of a government vehicle and requiring aides to ride with him on trips to his home in North Carolina. This comes while the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General's Office is investigating Long.
And there are reports the case is being referred to federal prosecutors for possible criminal charges. Politico reported last week that Long has had a government driver take him to his home in North Carolina, about 400 miles from Washington, since he took over as FEMA chief last year. Aides who traveled with Long were put up in hotels at taxpayers' expense.
Long responded to reporters yesterday by saying he was focused on Florence recovery.
Weather Conditions Are Fueling Salt Lake City Wildfires -
Two wildfires in Utah have burned over 85-thousand acres south of Salt Lake City.
The Pole Fire is the larger of the two. It's burned over 71-thousand acres and is only 23-percent contained. The nearby Bald Mountain Fire has burned an additional 14-thousand acres. The blazes were sparked by lightning.
Utah’s governor says the next few days are critical as firefighters try and keep the flames from hundreds of homes. He noted the battle is a marathon, not a sprint. The Bald Creek Fire is not contained and the Pole Fire is two-percent contained.
Fire conditions in the area could get worse over the next day as a Red Flag Warning is in effect. That means that high winds and low humidity could couple to create extreme fire behavior.
Source: CBS News
Syrian Forces Shoot Down Russian Plane -
American military officials say Syrian forces accidentally shot down a Russian plane during an Israeli missile attack.
Syrian anti-aircraft artillery batteries were trying to intercept Israeli missiles launched toward the coastal city of Lataki [[ lat-uh-KEE-uh ]] yesterday when the Russian maritime patrol plane was hit. Russia's defense ministry said in a statement it lost contact with a plane carrying 14 people.
Russia blames Israel for pushing their craft into a target area. The details of the incident are murky since no neutral party was there. Russia is backing the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the country's long-running civil war.
Eight More Alexa Powered Devices Are Coming Soon -
The battle of the digital assistants is heating up and we are the winners.
CNBC got their hands on Amazon internal info that shows Alexa will be paired with an in-car gadget, a receiver, subwoofer, and even a microwave by the end of the year. There are four more items on the list and all of the devices will be Alexa-enabled. Some will also have the digital assistant built in.
Amazon isn’t the only company competing for your home space to be filled with assistant devices, JBL has put out a few smart displays with Google Assistant. And of course, there’s Siri which is now part of a Home Pod smart speaker now.
We can’t wait what is released for the holiday shopping season!
*The Cards didn't just beat the Braves they beat them 11-6, they play them again today!