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Ohio Democrats are scrambling for a victory in high stakes Senate seat

Ohio are pleading for help in the state's Senate contest, afraid they may lose a winnable election unless national party leaders make major investments in the coming days.So far, the most powerful groups in Democratic politics have prioritized Senate pickup opportunities in North Carolina, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania over Ohio, once a perennial swing state that veered right in the Trump era. But on the eve of the 2022 midterms, some public polls suggest Ohio is as competitive as the other swing states, leaving many Democrats here wondering why their party isn't backing Senate contender Tim Ryan more forcefully."Ohio’s just not a priority anymore.

It’s a daunting task that we have to navigate," said state Rep. Dontavius Jarrells, a Ryan ally.

"The reality is that without federal investments, he may not win."Ryan, a 10-term congressman, said in an interview that party leaders who believe he can't win "have no idea what’s going on out here.""I’ve come to terms with the fact that we’re probably not going to get any help. I’m playing with the team we got on the field," Ryan said.

"I can’t think of anything more Ohio than us taking on the entire political establishment at this point."The tension is a reflection of the difficult decisions Democratic leaders are facing about how to invest limited financial resources in the final weeks before the Nov. 8 election.

With a razor-thin Senate majority, any move could carry longterm consequences. If Republicans gain even one seat, they would take control of the Senate — and with it, gain power to control judicial nominations and President Joe Biden's legislative agenda.And if Ryan comes up short by just a few points, there will likely be an intense round of post-election questions about

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Canadian Food Inspection Agency warns of spotted lanternfly pest nears border
Canadian Food Inspection Agency is asking Canadians to keep an eye out for an invasive bug that could spell disaster for the country’s wineries and fruit growers.The spotted lanternfly is a pest native to China that has been making inroads in the United States since 2014.Thus far, the small grey-and-red insect with spotted wings has not been found alive in Canada. Avian flu outbreaks confirmed on B.C., Alberta farms after brief pause in cases But in early September, hundreds of adults were found in a residential area in Buffalo, N.Y., just 45 km away from the Canadian border.The reports set off alarms at the CFIA, which in a tweet last week asked Canadians to report any sightings of the pest on this side of the border “immediately.”The insect feeds on sap, mainly from fruit trees, and can cause serious harm to orchards and vineyards.“We’re becoming more and more concerned about the proximity to Canada, and particularly our grape-growing industries, because this is a pest that has had significant impacts on the grape and fruit industry in the United States,” said Diana Mooij, a specialist in the invasive alien species program within the CFIA.The first North American sighting of the pest was in Pennsylvania in 2014, and since then, a tracking program monitored by Cornell University has documented the pest in 14 U.S.
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Virginia woman discovers snake inside bag of popcorn at grocery store
The head of a snake popping out of a bag of popcorn inside a Virginia grocery store.  (Kimberly Slaughter)A Virginia woman's trip to the grocery store took an unexpected turn on Thursday when she was startled by a snake in her shopping cart. Kimberly Slaughter was inside a Shoppers Value store in Lunenburg County, Virginia when she saw what she believed to be mouse feces inside of her shopping cart, WTVR reported. "I was like, I'm not getting that bag," Slaughter told the news outlet. "So I put it on the bottom shelf because there was already mouse poop covering the bottom shelves."Slaughter, who said she noticed rodent traps on the bottom shelf, went to grab another grab of popcorn and saw that it had a small hole in the top right corner. PENNSYLVANIA MAN DIES AFTER BEING SUFFOCATED BY PET BOA CONSTRICTOR THAT WAS SHOT BY POLICEWhen Slaughter went to put the bag in her cart to take up to the front because it couldn’t be sold, she discovered a snake inside."The thing had popped out, and you know, I was like, oh, well, hi!" Slaughter said.A North Carolina woman who found a snake with two heads in her house decided to find it a home.She explained that when she brought the cart to the front of the store the snake emerged from the bag and slithered around before returning inside the bag. "It was the full length of the cart," Slaughter, who says friends told her she encountered a rat snake, said.