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NEW YORK (CNN) - It's seen as the official start of summer, but it appears most people will be spending Memorial Day close to home. Triple A expects the volume of travel this holiday weekend to drop byMore >>
It's seen as the official start of summer, but it appears most people will be spending Memorial Day close to home.More >>
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Lindale Independent School District was contacted this week by the Freedom from Religion Foundation about a music program scheduled at E.J. Moss Intermediate school on Thursday evening. According to ElizabethMore >>
Lindale Independent School District was contacted this week by the Freedom from Religion Foundation about a music program scheduled at E.J. Moss Intermediate school on Thursday evening.More >>
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MINDEN, LA (KSLA) - A fist pump and his arms in the air. It's a look many on the dirt track racing circuit and family members remember Rusty Cummings after most races.
"He taught me how to race, fish, hunt," says Rusty's very proud son Kyle. "There were a number of late nights spent in the shop between me and my Dad." Kyle and Rusty spent countless hours together in the garage working on their race cars.
"He once said, he head somewhere, everyone has a great novel in them", says Rusty's daughter Dana, bragging about how her rough and tough Dad surprised everyone in the family by writing a novel - a fictional love story.
Rusty's wife Brenda was the first person he slipped this secret to. "I think I got through four chapters, I read it. I was amazed. We encouraged him to finish it."
It took close to five years, but Rusty wrote a 26 chapter long boy-meets-girl love story. But just as he was finishing up on one of his final drafts, a doctor delivered an incredible surprise.
"That's the worse day because I remember him saying, 'Oh God no'", remembers Dana. Surgery or injections wasn't going to heal Rusty's persistent back pain. The doctor diagnosed Rusty with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis - A.L.S.
"Years ago when Lou Gehrig gave his name to the disease, we are no further along today than we were then," says Dana.
Four short months later, Rusty lose his battle against the disease with no known cure.
Rusty signed off on the final draft of his book, 'For A Million Summers' just hours before he passed away.
Dana reading from the foreword she penned for Rusty's book: "My daddy's final prayer, God I know you can still perform miracles and heal all things, but I think this disease has taken me too far and when you're ready for me, I am ready".
Against all odds and a debilitating disease, Rusty finished his final race, 'For A Million Summers'.
"It's his legacy, what he left for us to do something with", adds Dana who says a part of the proceeds of the sale of Rusty's book with benefit the Louisiana/Mississippi chapter of the A.L.S. Association.
Dan Sligh and his wife were in their pickup truck on Interstate 5 heading to a camping trip when a bridge before them disappeared in a "big puff of dust."More >>
Federal officials were searching the country for a possible temporary replacement for a bridge that collapsed along the crucial Interstate 5 corridor, but Washington Gov. Jay Inslee cautioned Friday that major disruptions...More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:40 AM EDT2013-05-24 14:40:11 GMT
(CNN) – Nearly 115,000 federal workers will get a four-day weekend, but it's not reason to celebrate. The employees have to take furlough days thanks to the forced spending cuts that kicked in March 1. TheMore >>
Nearly 115,000 federal workers will get a four-day weekend, but it's not reason to celebrate.More >>
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(POOL/CNN) – George Zimmerman's attorneys have released new evidence taken from Trayvon Martin's cell phone. His attorneys said the data paints a different picture of the 17-year-old Martin than what hisMore >>
George Zimmerman's attorneys have released new evidence taken from Trayvon Martin's cell phone.More >>
The findings of a KSLA News 12 special report on the effectiveness of protective orders caught the attention of our viewers last November, and now it's catching the attention of state legislators.More >>