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“Like a movie scene” – Reporter on the ground describes Kentucky tornadoes



A Kentucky-based reporter who’s been covering the devastation caused by recent tornado events has told ticker NEWS the havoc caused is “like a movie scene”

Speaking to ticker NEWS on Monday, Chad Hedrick, a reporter for CBS affiliate WKYT in Kentucky says the recent weather events have left hundreds without a home, multiple dead and described the feeling on the ground as a ‘movie scene.’

Up to 100 people have been killed in a devastating series of tornadoes that ripped through Kentucky and several other US states.

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear says more than 56,000 Kentuckians have been left without power adding he had declared a state of emergency and was deploying dozens of national guardsmen to communities.

56,000 people have been left without power in Kentucky / Image: CBS

“Most destructive in the state’s history”

The state Governor said the string of tornadoes was the most destructive in the state’s history. 

US National Weather Service said 36 separate tornadoes struck the Midwest of the country.

In Kentucky, they caused damage in more than a dozen counties.

The primary tornado travelled more than 320 kilometres across the state, Mr Beshear told an early morning news conference.

“The reports are really heartbreaking,” Mr Beshear said.

State of disaster declared / Image: NBC

Search underway for survivors

A desperate search for survivors is now under way in parts of six US states devastated by the powerful tornadoes. So far, 94 people have been confirmed dead and dozens more people are missing and entire towns were destroyed by about 30 tornadoes on Friday.

United States President Joe Biden has declared a disaster in Kentucky which is the worst-affected state.

80 people have died in Kentucky alone. / Image: Bay News 9

At least 80 people have died in the state, including dozens in a candle factory, and the death toll is expected to rise above 100.

Kentucky Lieutenant Governor Jacqueline Coleman told the media that the death toll was continuing to rise “with every hour”.

“All of these numbers continue to unfold…,” she said.

“Our emergency response teams are still surveying the damage and knocking on doors and reaching out to folks trying to make contact to see who’s alive.”

Chad Hedrick meanwhile told ticker NEWS that the videos surfacing of the destruction zone ‘don’t do it justice’ when capturing the devastation caused.

Hedrick says homes are not just damaged, instead they “are effectively gone.”

Anthony Lucas is reporter, presenter and social media producer with ticker News. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Professional Communication, with a major in Journalism from RMIT University as well as a Diploma of Arts and Entertainment journalism from Collarts. He’s previously worked for 9 News, ONE FM Radio and Southern Cross Austerio’s Hit Radio Network. 

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Streaming wars: can Apple compete with Spotify?



Spotify’s 2023 Wrapped has dropped prompting listeners to review their top artists, genres, and songs of the year.

Many are taking to social media platforms to share their listening trends with family, friends, coworkers, and even other fans on the internet.

While Apple Music, a rival platform, has its own year-end campaign—it hasn’t quite ignited the same online response.

Seth Schachner, the Managing Director at StratAmericas and a former Sony Music Executive joins Veronica Dudo to discuss. #Spotify #music #Apple #AppleMusic #SpotifyWrapped #streaming #featured #IN AMERICA TODAY

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What Australia can learn from NZ’s supermarket inquiry



Coles and Woolworths, two of Australia’s largest supermarket chains, are about to face a Senate inquiry that aims to scrutinise their market dominance and business practices.

The inquiry’s parallels with a past New Zealand investigation highlight the growing concern over the duopoly’s impact on consumers and smaller businesses.

The Senate inquiry, set to begin next month, comes as a response to mounting public pressure and allegations of anti-competitive behavior in the grocery sector.

New Zealand example

Similar concerns led New Zealand to conduct its own inquiry into the supermarket industry back in 2019, resulting in recommendations for increased regulation and transparency.

The central question here is whether Coles and Woolworths wield too much power in the Australian market, potentially stifling competition and limiting choices for consumers.

With the New Zealand example as a cautionary tale, many are wondering if this inquiry will result in meaningful changes to the Australian grocery landscape.

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Elon Musk: Nikki Haley’s ‘campaign is dead’



Elon Musk has thrown a verbal jab at former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, declaring her political campaign as “dead” on X.

The unexpected comment from the Tesla and SpaceX CEO has ignited a new wave of discussion within the political sphere, leaving many wondering about the implications for Haley’s political future.

In a tweet that garnered significant attention, Musk criticized Haley’s recent policy stance, writing, “Nikki Haley’s campaign is dead on arrival if she continues to ignore the urgency of climate change.

We need leaders who prioritize the planet’s future.” The tech mogul’s remarks come as Haley, a prominent Republican figure, has been exploring the possibility of running for president in the upcoming election cycle.

Musk’s statement has reignited the debate over climate change within the Republican Party, with many conservatives emphasizing economic interests over environmental concerns.

This raises questions about whether Musk’s endorsement or critique could influence the GOP’s stance on climate issues and potentially impact the 2024 presidential race.

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