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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 9 and 10 o’clock hours 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 are a special wildcard edition where I ask you to determine if the stories are homegrown crazy or imported from other countries. Here are tonight’s stories:

Hurricane Laura unleashes swarms of livestock-killing mosquitoes

Apocalypse cow. Just in case 2020 wasn't catastrophic enough, livestock - cows, horses and deer - in Louisiana are falling victim to a biblical plague of mosquitoes unleashed by Hurricane Laura. "They're vicious little suckers," veterinarian Craig Fontenot told the AP about the insect scourge, which descended upon the Ville Platte community in a "thick cloud."

Only coronavirus can slow 'world's oldest porn star'

TOKYO (TR) - The spread of the novel coronavirus has changed industries and impacted the lives of millions in unforeseen ways. Yuko Ogasawara is no exception. Since becoming an adult video (AV) actress four years ago, she had enjoyed steady work until the onset of pandemic.

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