Heavy rain is beginning to fall across much of the area, leading to some localized flooding in several counties. Flood Warnings are already out for most of the area through later this afternoon. A Flood Watch continues for everyone through tomorrow night. A Winter Storm Warning goes into effect later today for most of the area. The rain will start to transition to freezing rain/sleet and snow by later this evening, generally between 8 p.m. and midnight. Keep it locked to WYMT for updates.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says the U.S. must shift cars and trucks off oil for good so the public can avoid spikes in gasoline prices.
In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama promotes a plan to direct $200 million a year into an energy security trust to fund research for alternatives like electric car batteries and biofuels. He says the trust would use revenues from federal leases on offshore drilling without adding to the deficit.
Obama says investing in clean energy will help create jobs. He's envisioning cars that can one day go coast to coast without using any oil.
In the Republican address, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin says Republicans have a plan to balance the federal budget in 10 years by cutting spending.
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