• California Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency late Wednesday, freeing up money to fight a massive wildfire that continues to burn out of control north of Pollock Pines as well as a fire near the Oregon-California border.

    Gov. Brown had also secured federal grants to fight the fires.

    More than 2,100 people have been forced to evacuate their homes even though the fire has not yet destroyed a single structure. The fire, now more than half the size of Lake Tahoe about 40 miles to the northeast, is burning in canyon country, where thousands of people live.

  • A leader for a Russian meat association is warning Russian President Vladimir Putin the industry is in crises and in a public letter warned of an industry default without government assistance.

    A new report says the recent bans by Russia on imports of beef, pork and poultry have increased prices to processors by 12 to 14 percent. The one-year bans were part of sanctions on Australia, Canada, the United Stated and the European Union in retaliation for those countries sanctions in regards to Russia’s conflict with the Ukraine.

    On top of earlier price increases, processors in Russia are dealing with an increase in raw materials prices of between 62 percent and 67 percent this calendar year.