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   DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian state TV and residents of Damascus say a powerful explosion has hit the country's capital.

   The nature of Tuesday's explosion in the heart of Damascus was not immediately clear. Resident say they heard a powerful blast and saw thick, black smoke billowing from behind a group of buildings.

   Gunfire was heard in the area immediately after the Tuesday morning blast.

   Syrian TV says the explosion occurred in the central district of Marjeh, although the target was not immediately clear.

   The blast comes a day after Syria's prime minister narrowly escaped an assassination attempt in the heavily protected area of Damascus.

Chesterfield singer advances on NBC's "The Voice"

Tuesday, 30 April 2013 03:39 Published in Local News

   A local singer is holding her own on the NBC show, "The Voice."  

   Chesterfield native Caroline Glaser beat her friend and teammate Amy Whitcomb in a knockout round Monday night.  Glaser performed the song “Little Talks” on the broadcast.  

   Coach Adam Levine picked Glaser to advance to the live show May 6th.  That's when the television audience will vote on performers.  

   In St. Louis, the program airs on KSDK, Channel 5.

Wet fields keep Illinois corn planting at standstill

Tuesday, 30 April 2013 03:34 Published in Local News

   SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois farmers still can't begin planting their corn crops due to muddy fields caused by the heavy rains that inundated the state in recent weeks.

   The U.S. Department of Agriculture says that as of Monday there's been no significant planting done in Illinois because many fields are simply too wet for farmers to get out in them in tractors.

   The USDA says just 1 percent of the state's corn crop has been sown. This time last year, three-quarter of the state's cornfields were planted, more than double the five-year average of 36 percent.

   Nationwide among key farming states, 4 percent of the corn crop is in the ground, down from 49 percent a year ago at this time.

 

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