October 31, 2013 |
As a fierce storm with heavy rains that already flooded parts of central Texas barreled to the northeast Thursday, prompting some cities to put Halloween trick-or-treating on hold until the severe weather blows away. Thursday, heavy rain across central Texas regions, including Austin, caused flooding and led to fire department rescues. The storm is expected to reach much of the South, Midwest and Northeast, the National Weather Service said. In Madison, Ind., trick-or-treating was postponed until Friday night, when the weather should be better.
October 24, 2013 |
Having made a number of films set in the Midwest before venturing further afield - California, Hawaii, Paris - director Alexander Payne returns to his roots with "Nebraska," a new drama set in (and named after) his home state. At the Envelope Screening Series , Payne talked about what drew him back to the Midwest for his latest film, which stars Bruce Dern as a cantankerous old man who recruits his adult son, played by Will Forte, to take him on a road trip to collect a supposed sweepstakes prize.
July 16, 2013 |
The fiercely debated Keystone XL pipeline could raise gasoline prices in the Midwest by as much as 40 cents a gallon, according to a new report by Consumer Watchdog. That's because the pipeline would allow oil companies in Canada to export crude oil to a range of markets in the U.S. and abroad, leading to possible increases in the prices paid in areas that are already heavily dependent on that oil, according to the Santa Monica consumer group's report released Tuesday. If approved, the Keystone XL would carry crude oil along a 1,700-mile route from the massive tar sands of Alberta, Canada, to refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast.
June 1, 2013 |
Officials in three Midwestern states worked to assess damage and launch clean-up efforts a day after a series of tornadoes and violent storms struck Friday evening, killing at least nine people and triggering mass flooding. Extensive flooding hampered the emergency response in Oklahoma on Saturday, particularly in the Oklahoma City area, where at least five tornadoes touched down Friday evening. “With flooding, it takes a little bit more time. We have to wait for the floodwaters to recede before we can get in and start clean-up,” said Keli Cain, spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management.
May 29, 2013 |
HOUSTON -- The National Weather Service issued a series of tornado watches for areas of Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas as the regions brace for another round of severe weather that will probably include flooding along the Mississippi River. More watches were expected late Wednesday as thunderstorms worsened, according to Mark Wiley, a weather service meteorologist based in Fort Worth. “It's just getting fired up now over the Texas Panhandle - it's exploding as we speak,” Wiley told the Los Angeles Times, with reports of golf-ball-size hail already falling in the area known for extreme weather but not home to any major cities.
May 24, 2013 |
Summer is the main inspiration for NBC's "Camp," a dramatic comedy created by Liz Heldens ("Friday Night Lights") and Peter Elkoff ("Gossip Girl"). The hour-long show, which premieres July 10, is set in the American Midwest but was filmed inland from Australia's famed Gold Coast. The 10 episodes unfold from July to September at fictional Little Otter Family Camp. "The thing we got to, and that took my breath away, is summer and what that means - particularly when you're a teenager - and how your life can change over the course of one summer," Heldens says.