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Today is Thursday, July 24th 2014.

5:55 Northern Ag Montana News/ABC World News
6:10 Boneheads in the news: An Alberta woman was brave enough to dine and dash but not smart enough to bring all her belongings with her. Kyla Anne MacMillan pleaded guilty to fraudulently obtaining food are she was one of three women who ran up a $160 bill then bailed...before leaving her purse behind. A judge fined her $325 including and forced her to pay the $160 on top of it all.
6:20 ABC Sports The nation’s roads and bridges aren’t in good shape. Twenty-five percent of bridges are rated deficient or obsolete. Fourteen percent of roads are in poor condition. And if Congress can’t reach a deal on the Highway Trust Fund soon, repair work will grind to a halt by early August, the White House says.

But amid the potholes and crumbling pylons, one state stands out: Florida ranks near the top in nearly every measure of road transportation.

Just 4 percent of the Sunshine State’s roads are in disrepair, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers. Seventeen percent of the bridges in Florida are obsolete or deficient. In both cases, only a handful of states — Utah and Nevada chief among them — rank higher. The quality of Florida’s roads means drivers there pay less to maintain their vehicles, about $181 per year, than those in any other state.

Part of what sets Florida apart, according to transportation policy experts, is that it has a system of tolls, user fees and taxes that ensures infrastructure funding keeps flowing.

Gas taxes in Florida, the 11th-highest in the country, add about 36 cents to the cost of a gallon of fuel, the American Petroleum Institute reports. The state’s gas tax adjusts each year based on inflation, said Jeffrey Brown, chairman of the department of urban and regional planning at Florida State University. So do tolls and user fees, which are higher in Florida than in all but five other states.

6:30 One-Hit Wonder: BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN THIN LIZZY 1976
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6:40 Weather Wake-Up/Northern Ag Weather
6:55 How to plan a meal, from Mayo Clinic:

My meal planning starts with a sheet of paper. Pretty high-tech, right? In the left-hand column, I write the days of the week. Under each day I write:

Entree
Vegetable (hot)
Vegetable (cold)
Whole grain
Fruit
Beverage
Then I just have to fill in the grid. For those of you playing along at home, here are some of my tried-and-true meal planning tips:

Entree. Here's where you can put the dietary guidelines to work for you. Plan on fish twice a week and at least one meatless meal. Meatless entrees can be beans or even tofu. You're almost half-way done. For the remaining meals, plan one that's fast and easy to cook, one big family-type meal and one meal based on leftovers. Remember that a serving of meat is only about the size of a deck of cards. The rest of the plate will be filled with other good things.

Vegetables. Begin to fill in vegetables according to the entree. Look for colorful ones and plan some variety throughout the week. Get out of the rut of the too familiar rotation of cooked peas, corn and green beans. How about sugar snap peas, broccoli or beets? Instead of the same old iceberg lettuce, how about spinach, tomato slices or shredded carrots?

Whole grains. Think of all the options: brown rice, barley, whole-wheat pasta, whole-grain bread or rolls, couscous, barley, and kasha You can cook whole grains ahead and use leftovers the next day — especially in soups and salads.

Fruit. It's not just for dessert anymore. Fruit can be a topping, a salad, a sauce, stuffed into chicken, and grilled or broiled on skewers. Think frozen bananas, grapes or berries for those hot nights.

Beverage. Water is perfect. Other good choices include low-fat milk, unsweetened tea, 100 percent fruit or vegetable juice — or even the occasional glass of wine or beer.

Once you have your grid filled in it's time to look for healthy recipes and check your pantry to identify any ingredients you might need.

6:57 Hospital Happenings/
7:00 ABC World News/Local News
7:15 A third of Americans say they're more stressed out during the Summer months than any other season of the year. That's according to a survey conducted by SleepRate, a service that helps you sleep better and improve your health.

NBC News reports that several factors are involved. We have busier social lives at this time of year, with as many as three events per week. Planning trips isn't fun, either. Plus, kids are out of school, which puts all kinds of new scheduling pressure on parents.

Uli Gal Oz, CEO of SleepRate, says, "People associate summer with recuperating and having more time on their hands, but because the days are longer, people try to do more and sleep less,” What to do? The experts agree: Set a specific time to wake up every morning, even on weekends. This gives your body - and mind - a consistent schedule, which in turn helps you manage things throughout the day.

7:18 Lunch Menus
7:20 Valley Happenings
7:30 Tim's News You Can't Use According to the findings of Britain's Highways Agency, people illegally pull over on the shoulders of U.K. thoroughfares for all matter of stupid reasons, but possibly none dumber than the driver who saw Adele's "Set Fire to the Rain" on his dashboard and thought his car was burning.

The Essex Chronicle reports aside from the panicky Pete who mistook his car radio display for a warning indicator, other not-so-bright reasons drivers cited for pulling over illegally included shopping for car insurance on a smartphone, and, naturally, taking selfies.

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Like a real-life version of a Nigerian email scam, a New Jersey woman "sold" her business to an African man for a sock full of cash that turned out to be fake.

According to the South Jersey Times, earlier this month a man identifying himself as "Derrick" entered the Martinez Meat Market in Vineland and asked proprietor Socorro Torres if she'd sell her business. When she agreed, the suspect took a sock from inside his pants and displayed 10 grand, and told her someone would be in touch.

Days later, a man of African descent with tattoos on his face entered the business, saying he was "Derrick's" brother. He handed over the sock as a "down payment" and then said Torres should give him the contents of the register, as the business was now his.

Torres reportedly handed over the money and the man left -- and that's when she opened up the sock to find the "cash" was a wet lump of construction paper cut to bill-size.

No suspects have been arrested.

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A suspect who allegedly stole a Mustang and took it on a whiskey bottle-throwing, car-smashing joyride saw the fun come to an end when the car conked out right across from the headquarters of the Seattle Police Department.

According to the department's police blotter, the unidentified suspect smashed into a bus and head-on into a valet-driven Audi, at which he threw a whiskey bottle before speeding off.

While no one was injured, the collisions took their toll on the stolen sports car, however. Unfortunately for the suspect, it stopped right in front of SPD Public Affairs Sergeant Sean Whitcomb, who, while out of uniform, ordered the driver to stay put while other cops at the scene took him into custody.

The driver -- who reportedly admitted to having 8 shots of whiskey -- was slapped with auto theft, DUI, and hit-and-run charges.

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It's going to be hard to pass this catsup. According to UPI, the "World's Largest Bottle of Catsup" is up for grabs. Currently located in Collinsville, Illinois, the 170-foot-bottle will run you $200-thousand. For $500-thousand, you get the warehouse that's next to the landmark thrown in.

Built in 1949, the bottle was once a water tower but has since become a tourist attraction, complete with its own fan club.

"Hopefully new owners will come in who are preservation-minded," Mike "Big Tomato" Gassmann of the World's Largest Catsup Bottle Fan Club told the "Belleville News-Democrat." "We really hope someone with its best interest at heart comes along. ... We've been brainstorming ideas for redevelopment of that block for years: a welcome center, a museum, a cafe, a park. There are all kinds of great ideas on what that property could turn into."

Source: UPI, "Belleville News-Democrat"

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Hide your hopefully obsolete collection of CDs – there’s a criminal on the loose. 23-year-old Kimmanie Waisome was arrested in February 2013 for stealing a CD with an armed accomplice and sentenced to two years in prison.

Correction officers at Rikers made quite the mistake when they released him this past July 15th, when he wasn’t supposed to be released until July 15th of 2015. Whoops!

According to the "Daily News," Rikers realized the slip-up three days later and apparently “just missed him” at his parents’ house in Queens. The probably pretty embarrassed NYPD is asking for any information that might lead to the CD thief’s capture.

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Ah, you remember dorm life. You show up to a new school, a new life, and a new “creep” that you have to bunk with for the next year. Well, if you’re one of the folks sending your teen off to college in the fall, there’s a new app that might put some of your fears at ease.

The new Room Sync app is making the nightmare of being paired up with a stranger a thing of the past. Well, at least that’s the case for students at Northwestern University in Illinois, where the app is being tested. How’s it work? This Facebook pairing app allows freshmen to select their own dorm mates and helps them weed out those who might become their own personal hell over the next few weeks.

Room Sync users answer personality and preference questions like “neatness, music volume, noise tolerance and dorm-room guests” so it can match them with a group of possible room sharing contenders.

Even though the housing department at Northwestern University isn’t completely opting out of finding roommates for kids that aren’t interested in using the app, they’re not knocking its usefulness.

“A lot of times, the parents filled it out,” says Joe Lindwall, vice president for marketing at StarRez, a company that provides housing management software to about 250 campuses in North America. “Suddenly everyone is a nonsmoker, goes to bed by 10 p.m. and is very studious.”

Students can pick a roommate and then approve it through the school, which takes a lot of pressure off of the housing office when you come to them and complain about your new bunkmate. They might just say, “oh well, you picked them.” Kind of like my mom said when I would get in a fight with my ex-boyfriend that she hated.

Source: The New York Times

Rhyming Judge-Puppy Stolen

OREGON CITY, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man accused of stealing an English bulldog puppy at gunpoint was convicted of the crime by a judge who left him with a rhyme.

The Oregonian newspaper reports that Clackamas County Judge Susie Norby did not buy JaJuane Etheridge's claim that he was the victim of a setup.

She summarized the case by telling him Monday: "You lied and lied; I can't put that aside. It was your car; you went too far. You hid the pup; the jig was up. You got rid of the gun; your game is done."

Police said Etheridge stole the $2,000 puppy from breeders James and Patricia Steele after they agreed to meet him in October 2012. Etheridge gave the dog to his girlfriend as a birthday gift for her daughter.

Etheridge will be sentenced on Aug. 1.


7:45 Birthdays
7:47 Science Faction/Montana Trivia
7:55 Local Sports
8:10 It's obviously good to value diversity in the workplace, but there are times when it can backfire.

Specifically, a University of Colorado study says that women and minorities in executive positions who believe that things will be better with more women and minorities at their job often wind up making things worse for themselves.

For example, women who promote other women are viewed as less warm, while non-white executives seeking to hire more minority candidates are seen as less competent.

These opinions usually turn up in their performance reviews. On the other hand, male white executives who try to foster more diversity are often lauded for their efforts in their reviews.

David Hekman, one of the study's authors, maintains that self-interest plays a role in this disparity, concluding, "People are perceived as selfish when they advocate for someone who looks like them, unless they’re a white man."

Hekman suggests that there are a number of ways to level the playing field, such as using the term "demographic-unselfishness" rather than "diversity."

8:12 ABC World News/Northern Ag Montana News
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8:32 Pressing On/Obituaries
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11:45 Tomorrow Show Promo
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