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It’s time to throw away the Thanksgiving leftovers, USDA says

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - You worked hard on a Thanksgiving dinner and put away the leftovers to enjoy over the weekend. But if you were holding out for that last turkey, mashed potato and stuffing sandwich, the government says your time is up.

"For any of that ready-to-eat food that is cooked that they're refrigerating, there is a concern for listeria growth," Cheryl Clay, Public Health Environmental Supervisor for the Madison County Health Department, tells WHNT.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, Monday, November 26, four days after the holiday, marked the last day thanksgiving leftovers were safe to eat out of the fridge.

"They're going to be overly cautious and looking at the fact that most people's refrigeration is not cold enough," said Clay.

According to the CDC, the listeria bacteria is most harmful to pregnant women and their newborns, adults over the age of 65 and people with weak immune systems.

When inspecting restaurants, Clay says they cannot keep food for more than 7 days at regulation refrigerator temperature.

"A lot of home refrigerators may not be that cold, so they would want to keep that food for even fewer amount of days," Clay explained.

She says your refrigerator should be at 41 degrees or less and recommends getting a probe thermometer to check your food temperature regularly.

For those that want to dive back into their sweet potatoes and green bean casserole in 2019, not to worry.

"If you want to refrigerate for a couple of days, freeze it for six months and then bring it back out to thaw in refrigeration, just make sure that total time in refrigeration is not more than 7 days."

You can still enjoy that delicious meal - until it's time to cook it again.

 

Dashcam video shows windshield shatter from falling ice and snow pushed by snowplow

KALAMAZOO COUNTY, Michigan - A freak accident was caught on video Monday in Kalamazoo after the recent snow storm. Dashcam video shows the exact moment when falling snow and ice shattered a man's windshield, according to WXMI.

Kevin Hoffer was driving northbound on US-131 when he approached the Michigan Avenue overpass. Hoffer said he was just out running a few errands and planned on getting off the highway at the next exit. A county snowplow on the overpass was clearing snow, dropping it onto the highway. Hoffer's vehicle approached the overpass at the same time as the plow was clearing snow overhead, and falling ice and snow shattered his windshield.

Hoffer says he saw it coming. He was able to pull off the highway safely and was not injured and traffic was not affected.

"I didn't nearly expect it to come crashing down and cause any damage. My entire intent was actually to not have it come down on my windshield and not be able to see the road because of traffic and stuff. I wasn't trying to get out from underneath so it didn't do that, and in turn, it just smashed my windshield," said Hoffer.

Hoffer tells WXMI that his insurance is covering most of the $600 cost to replace his windshield, but he's hoping the county will pay for the rest. He says he is happy that he had a camera on his dashboard to record the incident.

Tahini products that could be contaminated with Salmonella pulled from shelves

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Several tahini products have been recalled due to a possible Salmonella contamination.

Salmonella was found in a US import sample from the tahini, made by Achdut LTD. of Ariel, Israel, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.  From this a recall was issued for all packages and sizes produced between April 7 through May 21.

The recalled Tahini was distributed throughout the world in various stores and online.

Those tahini products are:

  • Tahini
  • Whole Tahini
  • Organic Tahini
  • Seasoned Tahini

The brand names of the products are:

  • Achdut
  • Baron’s
  • S&F
  • Pepperwood
  • Soom
  • Achva

The container sizes are: 15oz, 16oz, 17.6oz, 635 oz (428g, 454g, 500g, 18Kg), with lot numbers 18-097 to 18-141 or with expiration dates April 7th to May 21st 2020.

According to the FDA, the probable cause for the issue was cross contamination, which is described as “the spread of pathogens from foods, hands, utensils, or food preparation surfaces to another food.”

“The company has eliminated the source of contamination and preventive steps were taken,” read the FDA’s statement.

If you bought the Tahini, you are urged to return it to the place where you bought it for a full refund.  Consumers with questions may contact the company at 972-3-9068020, Sun-Thu 08:00-17:00 GMT+2.

Symptoms of salmonella usually begin 12 to 72 hours after consuming contaminated food. These can include diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever that last between four and seven days. Most people recover on their own but those who experience persistent diarrhea may need to be hospitalized.

Those at most risk for severe illness include people with weakened immune systems, babies and elderly individuals.

Share Joys Kick-off: Donut eating contest at Moline HS raises thousands for kids in need

MOLINE, Illinois - Students at Moline High School kicked off their annual Share Joys fundraising campaign with a donut eating contest on November 28.

The event raised more than $12,500 dollars. It is the first of many events that will take place from November 28 through December 7.

The money raised goes towards buying clothes for students and children in the Moline community who need them.

Students have been sharing the joy through this fundraiser since 1949.

Last year alone, the week's events raised more than $46,000, which allowed for clothing to be bought for about 275 children.

Arches arrive in the Quad Cities for the new I-74 bridge

MISSISSIPPI RIVER, Illinois/Iowa -- The arches that will span the river and will serve as the centerpiece the Quad Cities arrived on Nov. 27.

After an 19-day journey over two rivers, a Facebook post from the official I-74 River Bridge page confirmed that the arches made it to the construction site. The structures were loaded onto barges in Gary, Indiana on Nov. 8. The barges then traveled down the Illinois River to St. Louis. From there, they floated up the Mississippi River.

The arches are broken up into segments right now, which lay covered on the barge. That means that, while we can see the barge, we won't be able to see the arches until they are constructed sometime in 2019.

Meanwhile, construction teams will finish pouring the concrete piers that will anchor each arch to the bedrock below. The arch pieces will be stored nearby.

If you're excited for the the bridge look, here's something else that might pique your interest. The arch will have color-changing, fiber optic LED lights, according to the I-74 Facebook page. The lights will be run by the cities of Moline and Bettendorf.

Mercer County funds 11 community projects through $250k grant initiative

MERCER COUNTY, Illinois — Residents several Mercer County towns are about to benefit from more than $250,000 in community development projects.

The Looser-Flake Charitable Foundation awarded $150,000 to improve parks and recreation facilities in the county, according to a joint statement from Mercer County Better Together and the Quad Cities Community Foundation. This money attracted more than $108,000 in matching funds raised by the eleven groups who applied for the grant.

Kyle McEwen, with Mercer County Better Together, said the sum of money was a collaborative effort between the foundation and the eleven groups.

“The foundation, they were looking to help us finish projects,” McEwen said. “They want to leverage existing funds to get things done.”

McEwen said the supplemental $108,000 came from two places. Nearly $102,000 was presented as a matching fund, and $6,337 was added in labor and equipment.

He also told News 8 that some of the groups were willing to give up part of their project funds to aid other projects that needed more. He said this level of collaboration was surprising.

“You just don’t see that.. those [groups] are the stars of this process.”

Here’s a list of projects that will result from the money.

● The City of Aledo will construct a new varsity baseball diamond at Northside Park.
● The City of Keithsburg will pour seven new concrete pads at Riverside Campground.
● The Eliza Township will build a permanent restroom facility at their ball diamond.
● The Mercer County Agricultural Society will repair the roof of the Merchant Building at the
Mercer County Fairgrounds.
● The Mercer County YMCA will complete renderings for a building expansion study.
● The Village of Joy will improve the playground in Joy Park.
● The Village of Matherville will pave a boat ramp and install a dock for kayak use at Lake
Matherville.
● The Village of New Windsor will upgrade the basketball courts in town.
● The Village of North Henderson will install wheelchair-accessible park equipment.
● The Village of Seaton will improve lighting in Seaton Park.
● The Village of Viola will install new playground equipment at Miles Memorial Park.

McEwen said that, of the 11 participants, there were two non-profits, one township, and the others were all towns.

The Looser-Flake Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to encourage and the community in Mercer County.

Officials release video from baby gender reveal party that ignited a 47,000-acre wildfire

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(CNN) — Oh boy. A video released by the US Forest Service shows the moment when a baby gender reveal party in Arizona went horribly wrong, sparking a wildfire that burned nearly 47,000 acres and caused more than $8 million in damage.

Shot on April 23, 2017, the clip shows a makeshift target with the words “Boy” and “Girl” written on it, placed in the middle of the desert near Green Valley, Arizona, south of Tucson.

Seconds later we hear a gunshot, and the target explodes, revealing a blue cloud and immediately igniting the surrounding brush. Someone shouts, “Start packing up!”

The flames spread to the nearby Coronado National Forest, where they became the Sawmill Fire and burned 46,991 acres owned by the state of Arizona, federal agencies and private landowners. Firefighters from at least 20 agencies fought the fire for about a week, according to CNN affiliate KGUN-TV.

The man who shot the target, off-duty US Border Patrol agent Dennis Dickey, pleaded guilty in September of this year to a misdemeanor violation of US Forest Service regulations and was sentenced to five years’ probation. He also was ordered to pay $8,188,069 in restitution, starting with an initial payment of $100,000 and monthly payments thereafter.

The expectant dad, 37, had packed the target with a highly explosive substance called Tannerite and shot it with a high-powered rifle, according to the US Attorney’s Office. The target was supposed to burst pink or blue to reveal to attendees whether Dickey and his wife were expecting a boy or a girl.

According to KGUN, Dickey immediately reported the fire to law enforcement, cooperated with the investigation and admitted that he started the blaze. He also repeatedly told the judge that the fire was “a complete accident.”

CNN has reached out to Sean Chapman, Dickey’s attorney, but has not heard back.

As part of his plea agreement Dickey will make a public service announcement with the Forest Service about the cause of the wildfire.

According to KGUN, the Dickeys haven’t said if the child was a boy or a girl. But the blue puffs as the target exploded might be a clue.

Village of Fredonia under boil order

FREDONIA, Iowa — The village of Fredonia is under a boil order as of 6:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 28.

Officials with the village told News 8 the boil order would last until further notice. It is unclear why the boil order decision was made.

Fredonia is a village near Columbus Junction at the confluence of the Iowa and Cedar Rivers.

This is an ongoing story and will be updated when more information is available.

Illinois House debate devolves into death wishes

SPRINGFIELD (Illinois News Network) -- A Democratic lawmaker wished legionella on the family of a Republican lawmaker during debate on a veto override attempt of legislation that would increase the cap on claims the state can pay out to those wronged by Illinois government.

The Illinois Court of Claims cap was at $100,000. A measure lifting that cap to $2 million passed the General Assembly but was vetoed by Gov. Bruce Rauner. A veto override passed the Senate earlier this month.

During an override debate Tuesday in the House, state Rep. Al Riley, D-Olympia Fields, said Senate Bill 2481 modernizes Illinois’ tort payouts.

“Increasing it to $2 million, we will still be in the lower part of the third quartile of all the states,” Riley said.

The more-than a dozen deaths from legionnaires disease at the Quincy Veterans Home was a reason for the bill, Riley said.

In vetoing the bill, Rauner said increasing the cap to $2 million will make Illinois’s payouts higher that most neighboring states.

State Rep. Peter Breen, R-Lombard, said such an increase will lead to huge profits for trial lawyers to the detriment of taxpayers.

“We will now spend more money that could have been spent on education, that could have been spend on actually building the roads, instead of paying off trial lawyers,” Breen, an attorney himself, said. “Instead we’re going to send the money to them instead of using it for good purposes.”

The debate then quickly got heated.

In reference to the 14 legionella deaths at the Quincy Veterans Home, Democratic state Rep. Stephanie Kifowit, D-Aurora, said she wants to give a mix of legionella to Breen’s family.

“To the representative from Lombard, I would like to make him a broth of legionella and pump it into the water system of [his] loved one so that they can be infected, they can be mistreated, they can sit and suffer by getting aspirin instead of being properly treated and ultimately die,” Kifowit said.

Republican state Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, demanded an apology.

“How dare you take the discussion and the debate about a very serious bill that has huge cost consequences on both sides, oh by the way, both for the victim and the state taxpayer,” Ives said. “How dare you take an honest debate about an issue and wish death on my colleague Peter Breen, his wife and his two adopted kids.”

The veto was ultimately overridden in both chambers and is retroactive to 2015.

Kifowit later said her comments were misinterpreted, and apologized if she was misheard.

“I am going to say that what was said earlier is a mischaracterization of what my words were and for that, for it being misinterpreted, I will apologize,” Kifowit said.

Read: Demolition begins at Quincy veterans' home to battle spread of legionella bacteria

Lion Air black box shows ‘tug-of-war’ before plane crashed, killing all 189 on board

Black box data from the doomed Lion Air flight that crashed in Indonesia last month, killing all 189 on board, shows the pilots struggled mightily to regain control of the Boeing 737, the New York Times reports.

From almost the moment it took off, “the pilots fought continuously until the end of the flight,” says an official with the crash investigation. Jagged lines in graphs contained in a preliminary report crash investigators are preparing to release Wednesday show the airplane’s nose being pushed down at least two dozen times, the pilots pulling it back up each time, before its final, fatal nose-dive into the Java Sea.

The black box data is consistent with the theory so far on what happened to Flight 610: Sensors on the fuselage sent incorrect information to the plane’s anti-stall system and, due to that erroneous information, the system forced the nose down again and again.

The maneuvering characteristics augmentation system, or MCAS, was a new computerized system installed on Boeing 737 Max planes, the latest generation of the 737; the automated system was meant to force a plane’s nose down if it went too high in order to prevent the plane from stalling.

But pilots have complained that Boeing did not warn them that, in case of a nose being forced down improperly, the MCAS requires a different response from pilots than the system used on older plane models. Boeing has said the problem could have been addressed using existing emergency procedures and insists 737 Max planes are safe, Bloomberg reports.

As for the potentially malfunctioning sensor, the doomed plane had experienced incorrect data readings on its three previous flights—even after the sensor was replaced, CBS News reports.

Related: Plane carrying 189 people crashes into the sea near Indonesia

Rain on top of snow increases weekend flood risk

There's a decent chance we will see more rain than snow over the next five days.

While some will see rain as a blessing versus snow, it's not a really great thing to have in the forecast with the snow on the ground right now.

More than an inch of rain is possible across much of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois on Saturday. This will fall on top of a layer of ice (from rain Sunday morning) and more than a foot of snow (from Sunday afternoon and evening). When it starts raining, the water will literally pool and flow over the snow, creating problems in ditches, streams, backyards, and possibly basements.

An inch of rain on top of the 14" of fresh snow with piles of leaves not yet picked up? That's almost a perfect storm for urban flooding on Saturday. https://t.co/2XXr8CGyDm pic.twitter.com/s6O1dkh60g

— EricSorensen (@ERICSORENSEN) November 28, 2018

One thing is for certain: the foot of snow is not going to melt completely. Even with a few afternoons above freezing and an inch of rain on the way, we'll still have more than half of it lying around early next week.

The problem will be in streets with storm drains that are clogged and creeks that are iced up.

We'll have to monitor rivers eventually, but the amount of water is not expected to cause any of them to go above flood stage. Will monitor it, though.

-Meteorologist Eric Sorensen

Video shows deer run through glass pane into Arkansas courthouse

WYNNE, Arkansas — Surveillance cameras recorded a deer as it broke into an Arkansas courthouse Monday afternoon, startling employees and patrons before being safely removed.

Video shows the deer running outside Cross County Courthouse in Wynne before it slams headlong into a glass pane, shattering it, before sliding into a counter inside the courthouse, according to KFSM.

County Collector Debbie Davis said she had a front row view when the doe came bursting in.

“I heard a loud boom and looked up and saw glass shattering everywhere," Davis said. "I asked myself, ‘was someone playing a trick on me?’”

Photos showed blood spots on the floor – presumably from cuts the deer suffered when breaking the glass. Law enforcement and officers from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission managed to corral the panicked animal and safely release it.

"They actually let [her] loose through the the jail's sallyport unharmed," Davis told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. "They just opened the door because that is where they had it trapped and guided it out. The doe did cut itself breaking through the glass, but I assume it wasn't too bad or they wouldn't have let it go."

Davis said the courthouse, located at 705 E. Union Ave., is right in the middle of Wynne, a town of about 8,000 located roughly 50 miles west of Memphis.

The Eric Factor: The science behind salt

Salt is our savior during big winter weather events but have you ever wondered how it works?

You probably learned in second grade that water freezes at 32 degrees Fahrenheit. If road surface temperatures are below 32 degrees, that means anything that falls onto it will freeze on contact. So when it rains, we get ice and when it snows, we get accumulation.

Road crews spread salt on the snow to lower the freezing temperature of the pavement. Typically, the salt that is put down onto roads works down to about 20 degrees. When it's colder than that, plows and sand are the only things that work.

During times of rainfall with temperatures below freezing, much of the salt that is applied washes off the roads which makes freezing rain situations even more dangerous for travel.

Salt, added to ice, lowers the freezing temperature surrounding the cream in order to freeze it.

Another thing to think about is ice cream! Did you know that salt is essential to making ice cream? According to HowStuffWorks, salt mixed with ice creates a salt-brine that has a temperature lower than 32 degrees. That brine on the outside of the ice cream maker causes the cream to drop below freezing. Normal ice water is not cold enough to freeze the ice cream.

Salt works best on roads above 30 degrees.

One thing to remember: while salt is highly effective between 30 and 32 degrees, its effectiveness goes down drastically with temperatures below 30. One Illinois Department of Transportation plow driver I talked to said that during Sunday's blizzard, he was putting down more than 500 pounds of salt per mile on Interstate 88. All in an effort to keep travelers safe.

-Meteorologist Eric Sorensen

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