Recovery Work Begins After Hurricane Michael Carves Through Florida Panhandle

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13UoLG4assM Updated at 8:10 p.m. ET Tropical Storm Michael has been lashing North Carolina on its way to Virginia and, according to the National Hurricane Center, is losing its tropical characteristics. But forecasters say it is not done bringing damaging winds and life-threatening flash flooding to portions of North Carolina and Virginia. A storm surge watch remains in effect for Ocracoke Inlet to Duck, N.C. Michael has winds of 50 mph and is moving at a speed...

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Genoa, IL – Illinois Air National Guard pilot Brian Slavenas was killed when his helicopter was shot down in Iraq. He was buried in Genoa, Illinois: Slavenas' family held two memorial services for him, each one representing their opposing views of the war. WNIJ's Susan Stephens reports:

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DeKalb, IL – State Representative David Wirsing will be laid to rest this Friday. The Sycamore Republican died Sunday at his home after suffering an apparent heart attack. WNIJ's Chris Lehman reports.

Channahon, IL – Suburban farm families face more pressures than bad weather and poor commodity prices. The Bleuer family of Channahon talks about farmland being sold out from under them, a lack of understanding from new neighbors, and intergenerational issues.

DeKalb, IL – People are drawn to the fresh air and open spaces of country living. But they're often surprised by the smells and slow-moving traffic that come with the territory. Also, urban lawmakers often find themselves making decisions about agriculture without understanding farming issues.

Orangeville, IL – Farming in DuPage and Kendall counties had become so difficult for Kent Smith that he decided to sell the family farm. Now he's happy with his new farm in rural northwest Illinois, near the Wisconsin border.

Wheeling, IL – The Horcher family has farmed in northern Cook County for more than a century. Faced with the challenges of explosive population growth, they are finding success by offering something different to their neighbors.

Orangeville, IL – Farming in DuPage and Kendall counties had become so difficult for Kent Smith that he decided to sell the family farm. Now he s happy with his new farm in rural northwest Illinois, near the Wisconsin border.

Wheeling, IL – The Chicago suburbs continue to sprawl westward, forcing many farmers to either adapt, move, or find a new line of business. WNIJ examines the issues behind these difficult decisions by talking with farm families who found themselves surrounded by subdivisions instead of cornfields.

The Horcher family has farmed in northern Cook County for more than a century. Faced with the challenges of explosive population growth, they are finding success by offering something different to their neighbors.

DeKalb, IL – Construction is underway in DeKalb on a slaughterhouse that will produce horsemeat for human consumption.

DeKalb, IL. – There's a growing trend of people giving more importance to animal spirituality.

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