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Heat index near 100 today; Rain chances return tomorrow

The First Day of Summer will see a lot of sunshine with 14 hours and 42 minutes of daylight, since today is the longest day of the year. High temperatures will warm into the middle 90s as the heat index will near 100° this afternoon. Clouds will increase into the overnight hours, and we’ll cool into the middle 70s.

Showers and storms will pop up across the Four States Wednesday afternoon, but not everyone will see this, and the rain won’t last very long. This will lead us into Thursday, as well, before drying out by Friday.

Dangerous heat and humidity is likely as we warm to near 100° Friday and Saturday with heat indices near 110° at times. A cold front will pass over us on Sunday, bringing us another rain chance and cooler temperatures into early next week.


Kellogg to split into 3 companies: snacks, cereals, and plant-based food

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — Kellogg Co., the maker of Frosted Flakes, Rice Krispies and Eggo, will split into three companies focused on cereals, snacks and plant-based foods.

Kellogg’s which also owns MorningStar Farms, the plant-based food maker, said Tuesday that the spinoff of the yet-to-be-named cereal and plant-based foods companies should be completed by the end of next year.

Kellogg’s had net sales of $14.2 billion in 2021, with $11.4 billion generated by its its snack division. Cereal accounted for another $2.4 billion in sales last year while plant-based sales totaled around $340 million.

“These businesses all have significant standalone potential, and an enhanced focus will enable them to better direct their resources toward their distinct strategic priorities,” said CEO Steve Cahillane.

Cahillane will become chairman and CEO of the global snacking company. The management team of the cereal company will be named later. The board of directors has approved the spin-offs.

Shareholders will receive shares in the two spin-offs on a pro-rata basis relative to their Kellogg holdings.

Kellogg said it would explore other options for its plant-based business, including a possible sale.

The company’s corporate headquarters will move from Battle Creek, Michigan, to Chicago, but it will maintain dual headquarters in both cities for its snack company, which makes up about 80% of current sales. Kellogg’s three international headquarters in Europe, Latin America, and AMEA will remain in their current locations.

Big-name companies have begun to split up at an accelerated pace, including General Electric, IBM and Johnson & Johnson, but such splits are more rare for food producers. The last major split in the sector was in in 2012, when Kraft split to create Mondelez.

It is a particularly perilous time in the industry due to rising costs, both for labor and for material. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has pushed grain prices higher and this month, the U.S. reported that inflation is hitting four-decade highs.

Last fall, about 1,400 workers at Kellogg’s cereal plants went on strike for nearly three months before winning a new contract with immediate, across the board wage increases and enhanced benefits for all workers. In March, few hundred other workers at a plant the makes Cheez-Its won a new contract with 15% wage increases over three years.

Shares of Kellogg Co. jumped 8% to $73.29 before the opening bell Tuesday.


Watch Live: Jan. 6 hearings resume Tuesday

WASHINGTON (NewsNation) — The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol is set to hear from elections workers and local officials who warded off former President Donald Trump’s pressure to overturn the 2020 presidential election.

This is the fourth televised public hearing investigating the insurrection at the Capitol. The hearing is expected to focus on Trump’s efforts to undo now-President Joe Biden’s victory by leaning on officials in key battleground states to reject ballots outright or to submit alternative electors for the final tally in Congress. 

Embattled Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is scheduled to testify about Trump’s phone call asking him to “find 11,780” votes that could flip the state to prevent Biden’s election victory.

Raffensperger, with his deputy Gabe Sterling and Arizona’s Republican state House Speaker Rusty Bowers, are scheduled to be key witnesses, along with Wandrea “Shay” Moss, a former Georgia election worker who, with her mother, have said they faced such severe public harassment from Trump allies they felt unable to live normal lives.

NewsNation will live stream the hearings at 1 pm ET. You can watch the hearing live in the player above.

For prior coverage of previous hearings, click here

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


'Sight to behold': Cross remains standing after fire at Texas church

BRIDGEPORT, Texas (WXIN) – It stood tall among the smoking debris surrounding it.

A cross was all that remained of Balsora Baptist Church in Bridgeport, Texas, after a fire swept through the building Friday, leading to a response from a dozen area agencies.

The Boonesville-Balsora Volunteer Fire Department described the church fire as a “devastating loss” to the community but noted that the cross was a “sight to behold.”

“A symbol that the building was just that, a building. The Church is the congregation, and where 2 or more gather, there he shall be also,” the department wrote in a Facebook post, alluding to Matthew 18:20.

The roof began to collapse while firefighters were still inside, and several firefighters were treated at the scene. Extreme temperatures taxed resources and available manpower, the department said.

There were no other injuries reported, according to the fire department, and no one was inside when crews entered the church.

Photo via Lake Bridgeport Volunteer Fire Department/Facebook

The Facebook post featured an image taken by the Lake Bridgeport Volunteer Fire Department of the cross standing among the destroyed remnants of the church building.

“The cross reminds us all to stand tall!” the Lake Bridgeport Volunteer Fire Department wrote on its page. “It remains standing in all of its glory, while its background is nothing but ash and debris. Simple reminder how precious life is and how quickly it can turn.”

The fire didn’t stop the congregation from worshipping over the weekend. The church gathered for prayer Sunday morning.

Investigators said the cause of the fire remains under investigation.


Dog food sold at Target, Walmart recalled due to potential salmonella contamination

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Freshpet is recalling dog food sold at retailers in 12 states and Puerto Rico due to potential salmonella contamination.

The recall concerns 4.5-pound bags of Freshpet Select Fresh From the Kitchen dog food — specifically the “Home Cooked Chicken Recipe” variety — that have a “sell by” date of Oct. 29, 2022, according to a recall notice issued by Freshpet Inc., and shared by the Food and Drug Administration.

The impacted dog food may have been sold at some Walmart locations in Alabama and Georgia, along with Target locations and other stores in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia and Puerto Rico, according to the announcement.

The recall notice warns of a risk to both people and their pets. Children, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems are especially vulnerable when handling products contaminated with salmonella, the notice states.

Freshpet Inc. said it had not received any reports of “illness, injury, or adverse reaction” as a result of the potential contamination.

Those who may be infected with salmonella should contact a doctor or care provider if experiencing any of the following symptoms:

(Freshpet, Inc./FDA)
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • abdominal cramping
  • fever

Infected persons may also experience bloody stools or signs of dehydration, among more serious symptoms, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dogs with salmonella infections may experience diarrhea, fever, vomiting or signs of being lethargic, the recall notice added. Dogs with salmonella can also infect other animals or people.

Anyone who has fed the recalled product to a pet that later showed symptoms of salmonella poisoning is urged to contact a veterinarian.

Those in possession of the recalled dog food are being instructed to discard the product.

“No other Freshpet products or lot codes are impacted by this recall,” the company stated.

Concerned customers can contact Freshpet at the company’s website or call 1.800.285.0563.


Report: Arkansas is least patriotic state in America

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — With the Fourth of July approaching, the personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on 2022’s Most Patriotic States in America, and Arkansas ranked dead last.

According to a press release, WalletHub compared the 50 states across “13 key indicators of patriotism to determine where Americans have the most red, white and blue pride.” The data set ranges from the state’s military enlistees and veterans to the share of adults who voted in the 2020 presidential election to AmeriCorps volunteers per capita. 

Source: WalletHub

According to the report, the three most patriotic states were Alaska, Montana and Virginia. New York and Rhode Island rounded out the bottom three, ranking just above The Natural State.

Some key statistics from the report include the following:

  • Blue states are more patriotic, with an average ranking of 24.92, compared with 26.08 for red states (1 = Best).
  • Alaska has the most veterans per 1,000 civilian adults, 137, which is 2.7 times more than in New York, the state with the fewest at 51.
  • New Jersey has the highest share of adults who voted in the 2020 presidential election, 78.3 percent, which is 1.5 times higher than in Arkansas, the state with the lowest at 54 percent. 
  • Utah has the highest volunteer rate, 51.2 percent, which is two times higher than in New York, the state with the lowest at 25 percent.

The full report is available here.


Kansas Child Care providers getting up to $2500 bonus

KANSAS (KSNT) – Kansas Governor Laura Kelly announced at Countryside United Methodist Church Tuesday morning that $53 million will be made available to eligible licensed daycare providers.

Kansas child care professionals could be eligible for $750 to $2,500 as a bonus. The bonuses will depend on the hours the professional works.

“This is just one more way my administration is helping child care providers,” Gov. Kelly said.

The Kansas Department for Children and Families will be sending out applications to eligible child care professionals within a couple of weeks according to the governor. 


TRAFFIC ALERT: Northbound I-49 CLOSED at MM 102.2 for Vehicle Crash

NEVADA, Mo. — A crash in Nevada is impacting I-49 traffic and MoDOT is cautioning drivers.

In their release, MoDOT states northbound lanes on I-49 at Mile Marker 102.2 in Vernon County will be CLOSED due to a vehicle accident.

Drivers can expect delays as northbound drivers here are diverted onto Exit 101. Alternate routes are encouraged.


Firefighter in critical condition after Pleasanton, Kansas fire

PLEASONTON, Kan. — A firefighter is in critical condition following a fire at a chiropractic office in Pleasanton, Kansas, late Monday night.

According to ATF, Pleasanton and Linn County volunteer fire crews responded to a fire in the 700 block of Main Street just before 11 p.m.

One of the first firefighters to make entry was injured and transported via life flight to The University of Kansas Hospital in critical condition. No information on how the injury occurred or which department the firefighter works with is available at this time.

ATF’s assistance was requested to determine the cause of the fire and no foul play is suspected at this time.

The investigation into the fire is ongoing. Check back for more updates.


'The Godfather' was nearly set in 1970s St. Louis

ST. LOUIS – It’s the 50th anniversary of the release of “The Godfather.” The mob drama is widely considered one of the greatest films of all time and not only established star Al Pacino as a leading man, but also reinvigorated Marlon Brando’s career and solidified director Francis Ford Coppola as one of the premier auteurs of his day.

Looking back, it seems impossible to imagine the movie set anywhere else but post-World War II New York City. But did you know if studio executives had their way, the movie would have been set in then-modern 1971 and filmed and set in St. Louis?

Imagine Luca Brasi “sleeping with the fishes” in the Mississippi River? Or Paulie Gatto getting shot with the Gateway Arch in the background?

Over the years, Coppola has given interviews explaining that Paramount Pictures wanted the adaptation of Mario Puzo’s crime novel filmed in modern times in order to save money. Execs had a similar motive for wanting the film shot in St. Louis. Far cheaper to film in the Midwest—and, eventually, a studio lot—than in the Big Apple.

Coppola had to fight studio executives to not only get the film made his way, but he convinced them to increase the budget (which, depending on who you ask, ranges from $1 million to $2.5 million) to somewhere in the neighborhood of $5 million.

The movie went over budget anyway.