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Wed August 26, 2015
The Two-Way

Street Where Sandra Bland Was Arrested Named After Her

More than a month after Sandra Bland died in a Texas jail, a city is naming the street on which Bland was arrested after her. Bland, 28, was found dead in her cell on July 13; her mother and other supporters were present for Tuesday night's Prairie View City Council vote.

From Houston Public Media, Syeda Hasan reports for our Newscast unit:

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Wed August 26, 2015
Around the Nation

Homeowners In Washington Wildfire Country Try To Reduce Risk

John Belles' concrete dome house outside Omak, Wash., has survived the wildfires unscathed amid acres of blackened hillside. The fires have caused air quality in the area to be deemed hazardous by the Washington State Department of Ecology.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Firewise is the name of a long-running campaign to get homeowners in wildfire country to take steps to reduce risk. Outside Omak, Wash., John Belles didn't just do the simple things. He built a futuristic, thin-shelled concrete dome house. It's now an unscathed beacon amid acres of hillside blackened by the Okanogan fire, the largest in state history.

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Wed August 26, 2015
The Salt

Why French Winemakers Are Seeing The World Through Rosé-Colored Glasses

Originally published on Wed August 26, 2015 11:57 am

Robert Blanc (left) and his brother, Didier, stand in the middle of their vineyard, Domaine Saint Firmin, near the town of Uzes, in southern France. The area is known for its rosé wine in the summertime, and Robert Blanc says American importers have come looking for theirs.
Eleanor Beardsley NPR

Consumption of rosé wine is skyrocketing. U.S. imports of rosé from the Mediterranean region have grown in the double digits for the past 10 years running. This is good news for winemakers in the southern, Provence region of France, where many vintners used to make a few bottles of rosé only for themselves. Not anymore.

The Blanc brothers, Didier and Robert, are third-generation vintners near the town of Uzes, in southern France. The area is known for chirping cicadas, olive trees and chilled rosé wine in the summertime.

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Wed August 26, 2015
The Two-Way

2 Journalists Killed During Live Broadcast In Virginia; Suspect In Custody

Originally published on Wed August 26, 2015 11:54 am

Reporter Alison Parker and photojournalist Adam Ward were killed by a gunman Wednesday morning while broadcasting live in Moneta, Virginia. WDBJ7 paid tribute to the two journalists by sharing this image on Twitter.
WDBJ7 via Twitter
(This post was last updated at 12:39 p.m. ET.)

Two journalists for a local Virginia news station were killed by a gunman Wednesday morning while they were broadcasting live at a waterfront shopping center about an hour southeast of Roanoke, Va.

Reporter Alison Parker and photojournalist Adam Ward were doing a live report from Bridgewater Plaza in Moneta, Va., when a gunman opened fire, killing Parker and Ward and injuring a woman who was being interviewed.

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Wed August 26, 2015
The Two-Way

Puerto Rico Under Tropical Storm Warning As Erika Gains Steam

A forecast by the National Hurricane Center shows Tropical Storm Erika gaining strength as it heads west toward Florida.

The National Hurricane Center has put Puerto Rico, and some surrounding islands in the Caribbean, under a tropical storm warning as Tropical Storm Erika gains strength in the Atlantic.

The warning means that residents of the island should expect tropical storm winds and heavy rain in the next 36 hours.

Here's the five-day forecast put out by the Hurricane Center:

The Miami Herald explains:

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