Chuck Bean

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The remains of a buried vintage car sit in a drought-affected property located in the Goolhi area on the outskirts of the north-western New South Wales town of Gunnedah, Australia, on October 3, 2019. The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has declared the ongoing drought through the Murray Darling Basin to be the worst on record, with current conditions now exceeding the Federation Drought (1895-1903), the WWII drought (1937-1947) and the Millennium drought (1997-2009). The Federal and NSW Governments announced a new drought emergency funding plan on Sunday 13 October, with $1billion to go to water infrastructure for rural and regional communities impacted by the devastating drought in NSW. The plan will include a $650m upgrade of Wyangala Dam in the NSW central west and a $480m new Dungowan Dam near Tamworth. However, critics of the plan are calling for more immediate solutions.

If Tiger King has taught us anything it’s that there is a ferocious appetite for news stories about absolute disaster people. In that spirit each night during the 10 o’clock hour I enjoy playing a game with you, the listener, called Florida or Australia. The rules are simple: I’ll tell you about a news story on the air and you text or call in and tell me if you think the story happened in Florida or Australia.(because those two places seem to have a high concentration of craziness.)Fridays we open the game up to the entire globe to see if the most zany stories are home grown or imported. Here are tonight’s stories:

Owner of Fatte's Pizza in Atascadero robs Fatte's Pizza in Paso Robles at gunpoint, police say

Paso Robles Police say the owner of Fatte's Pizza in Atascadero robbed Fatte's Pizza in Paso Robles Sunday night. According to police, they responded to reports of an armed robbery at Fatte's Pizza in Paso Robles on the 150 block of Niblick Road at around 10:15 p.m.

Monk defrocked and arrested after allegedly shooting man in the testicles | The Thaiger

A monk at Wat Mongkhol Nimit in Samut Prakan, just south of Bangkok, has been defrocked and arrested for shooting another man who was living at the same temple. Police arrested 46 year old Phra Apiram Ruengthip at his living quarters on Friday evening. The former monk claims he only shot in self-defense.

Be sure to tune in each night at 10pm if you want to play along.