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Posted: Jul 20, 2018

‘There were flames about 40 feet in the air’ at Whatcom Meadows Thursday night

Two large travel trailers and a smaller pop-up trailer were a complete loss at the Whatcom Meadows Camping Association south of Lake Whatcom after Whatcom County Fire District No. 18 battled a fire Thursday evening. “It was fully involved by the time we got there,” District 18 Chief Omar Mejia said of the 6:45 p.
- PUB DATE: 7/20/2018 9:42:07 AM - SOURCE: Bellingham Herald
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Posted: Jul 20, 2018

Missouri duck boat accident leaves 17 dead, including children

A tourist duck boat capsized in a lake near Branson, Missouri, killing at least 17 people, including children, as severe thunderstorms struck the area Thursday night, the Missouri Highway Patrol said. Seven others were injured when the boat plunged into Table Rock Lake, officials said. "Our thoughts and prayers right now are with these family members," Missouri Gov.
- PUB DATE: 7/20/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: ABC News
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Posted: Jul 20, 2018

Texas firefighters union files lawsuit challenging enforcement of 'free speech zones'

Just when you thought the legal battle between the city and the San Antonio Professional Firefighters Association was over, another is beginning. The union has filed a lawsuit, challenging the city's enforcement of "free speech zones." The particular location is the free speech zone at the Semmes Branch Library on Judson Road.
- PUB DATE: 7/20/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSAT-TV ABC 12 San Antonio
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Posted: Jul 20, 2018

Amid legal fight, former Iowa fire chief named as finalist to lead another department

Former Davenport Fire Chief Lynn Washburn is a finalist to lead the Ames (Iowa) Fire Department. The announcement came less than two hours after the latest court hearing over her employment dispute with Davenport ended. Washburn, who was fired in 2017, is one of two finalists for the fire chief position.
- PUB DATE: 7/20/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Quad-City Times
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Posted: Jul 20, 2018

Georgia assistant fire chief resigns after arrest for altercation with firefighters

Murray County assistant fire chief Chris Butler, a 21-year veteran of the department, has resigned after being arrested for two counts each of simple battery and willful obstruction or hindrance of a firefighter, both misdemeanors, after a dispute at the scene of a fire earlier this month. According to a Murray County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on July 4 around 10:40 p.
- PUB DATE: 7/20/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Union Recorder
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