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Patt Morrison for July 17, 2012




The remains of a decomposing cow lies in a pasture July 25, 2011 on a ranch near San Angelo, Texas. A severe drought in the region has caused shortages of grass, hay and water forcing ranchers to thin their herds or risk losing their cattle to the drought. The San Angelo area has seen only 2.5 inches of rain this year. The past nine months have been the driest in Texas since record keeping began in 1895, with 75% of the state classified as exceptional drought, the worst level.
The remains of a decomposing cow lies in a pasture July 25, 2011 on a ranch near San Angelo, Texas. A severe drought in the region has caused shortages of grass, hay and water forcing ranchers to thin their herds or risk losing their cattle to the drought. The San Angelo area has seen only 2.5 inches of rain this year. The past nine months have been the driest in Texas since record keeping began in 1895, with 75% of the state classified as exceptional drought, the worst level.
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Weeks of record heat and a lack of rain have plunged as much as 80 percent of the country into a severe drought. How will the drought affect America’s struggling economy? They say the Winchester rifle won the west – I beg to differ. Air conditioning won the west, allowing millions of people to live in almost uninhabitable deserts. The AC turns 110 years, not degrees. Other things being equal, some shoppers look for ethical products, made by environmentally and socially responsible companies. Are they all they’re cracked up to be? Today at one o’clock.