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Rural Wrap-Up: Five things you missed last week

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Several ag leaders won midterm re-elections

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Congressman David Scott, the Chairman of the House Ag Committee won re-election in Georgia, Senator John Boozman, a Ranking Member of the Senate Ag Committee, was re-elected in Arkansas, and Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley was re-elected for another six years by voters in his home state.

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Consumer Price Index came in below expectations


The latest Consumer Price Index showed inflation cooled a bit during October, coming in at 7.7 percent.

Gas rose 4 percent during October, which is up nearly 18 percent on the year. Food prices continued to rise.

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Rail owners and unions extended their agreement

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In the freight rail labor dispute, owners and unions extended their cooling-off period until December 4th, meaning no strike can happen before that date.

The American Association of Railroads said this will give other rail unions a chance to ratify the proposed agreement, and allow the two largest unions to complete voting before a potential shutdown.

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Hurricane Nicole hit Florida

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Producers in Florida braced for fallout from another hurricane.

Meteorologist Brad Rippey said the sugar cane harvest should be safe.

“We still see some critically low river levels in the Mississippi Basin. Especially from the mid-Mississippi Valley, southward river levels have risen a few feet, generally one to three feet from the record lows that we saw back in October. But we’ve got a ways to go before we can turn this around in terms of rising river levels.”

Scott Shellady, aka The Cow Guy, spoke with RFD-TV’s Janet Adkison on current conditions and the potential impact.

Alabama’s co-founding member, Jeff Cook, died at 73

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Country Music Hall of Fame band, Alabama lost one of its co-founding members. Jeff Cook died at the age of 73 at his home in Destin, Florida.

He had been battling Parkinson’s for almost a decade, a disorder that affects movement and causes tremors.

He helped form one of the most legendary country music bands, with hits like “Song of the South,” “Mountain Music,” and “My Home’s In Alabama,” just to name a few.

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