KDDD News 10-6-21

Officials with the office of Congressman Ronny Jackson announced Tuesday that Jackson, along with other members of Congress, introduced the Foreign Adversary Risk Management Act, a bill aimed at combating foreign interference in the nation’s agriculture supply chain.

According to a news release from Jackson’s office, the bill provides reforms to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. The bill was also introduced by congressman Filemon Vela of Texas and Alabama Senator Tommy Tuberville introduced companion legislation in the U.S. Senate.

According to the release, the bill would reform the committee by designating the agriculture industry and overarching supply chains as critical infrastructure, requiring the committee to monitor foreign investment into the agriculture industry and adding the Secretary of Agriculture as a member of the committee.

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Amarillo saw a drop of nearly 400 active COVID-19 cases since Friday bringing the city under 3,000 active cases, according to data from the Amarillo Public Health Department on Monday.

APHD’s COVID-19 Report Card for Monday showed a decrease of 394 active cases in the Amarillo area. There are currently 2,988 active coronavirus cases in Potter and Randall counties. Despite the drop in active cases, the 25-county region’s hospitalization rate went back up to 15.33% on Monday, from 14.93 at the end of last week. Moore County is included in the report data.

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The Salvation Army of Amarillo is planning to provide Christmas gifts to 1,500 children in need this year. The organization’s Red Kettle Campaign is also kicking off in about a month, but the search for volunteers starts now.

The bell ringers seen every year outside of United Supermarkets and the mall are a large part of the Red Kettle Campaign. The theme this year is “Hope Marches On.” You can sign up at registertoring.com for any date between November 12 and Christmas Eve. Money raised during this time helps The Salvation Army shelter the homeless, offer emergency financial assistance and more, throughout the entire year.

Beginning Tuesday, through Oct. 7 and then again from Oct. 12 to Oct. 14 they are accepting applications for the Angel Tree Program.