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Sep 18, 2014

Despite USDA approval, Dow’s new GMO corn and soybeans face hurdles

Sept 18 (Reuters) – U.S. approval of Dow AgroSciences’ new
genetically-modified corn and soybeans takes the agricultural
giant a step closer to its “most important” product launch ever,
but a series of hurdles remain, the company said on Thursday.

“We sure are aware of the concerns that have been
expressed,” said Dow AgroSciences President Tim Hassinger in an
interview.

Sep 17, 2014

USDA grants approval to Dow’s Enlist GMO corn and soybeans

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday gave final approval to new genetically modified corn and soybeans developed by Dow AgroSciences that, while heavily criticized by environmentalists and some farmers, are portrayed by Dow as an answer to weed resistance problems that limit crop production.

Approval of the specialty corn and soybeans to be sold as part of a branded “Enlist Weed Control System” means the traits could be on the market for the 2015 U.S. planting season, according to Dow AgroSciences, a unit of Dow Chemical.

Sep 17, 2014

Cop who killed Missouri teen testifies before grand jury: newspaper

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – The Ferguson, Missouri police officer whose fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager has ignited weeks of protests testified Tuesday before a St. Louis grand jury hearing evidence in the case, according to a report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Darren Wilson, who has been in hiding since the Aug. 9 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, spent nearly four hours telling his version of events to the 12 members of the grand jury who are weighing possible charges against him, the newspaper said on Wednesday, citing a source.

Sep 16, 2014

St. Louis grand jury term extended as it hears Ferguson evidence

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – The St. Louis grand jury hearing evidence in the case of the white police officer who fatally shot unarmed black teenager Michael Brown last month has been given an extra four months to weigh possible criminal charges against the officer, officials said on Tuesday.

The prosecutor’s office still hopes to conclude its presentation of evidence to the grand jury in October but now has until Jan. 7 to do, said Edward Magee, a spokesman for St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch.

Sep 15, 2014

GMO safety, weed control top concerns as US study kicks off

Sept 15 (Reuters) – Agriculture experts raised a number of
concerns with genetically modified crops, including safety and
spreading weed resistance, at the first public meeting of a a
U.S. government sponsored study of genetically engineered crops
held Monday.

The study, led by the National Research Council (NRC) and
sponsored in part by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, comes
at a time of growing consumer suspicion of genetically modified
crops, which are used in a variety of packaged food products.
Many U.S. states are seeking mandatory labeling of foods with
GMO ingredients, and a growing number of food companies are
offering non-GMO products.

Sep 15, 2014

DuPont to pay $1.85 million fine after herbicide injures trees

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – DuPont will pay a $1.85 million penalty to resolve allegations that the global chemical company did not properly disclose the risks of using one of its herbicides, leading to widespread damage to tree species through several U.S. states.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ordered DuPont to stop selling the herbicide, Imprelis, in August 2011 after the agency received more than 7,000 reports of tree damage or death tied to its use. Damage to trees, primarily Norway spruce and white pine, was reported throughout Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin and several other Midwest states.

Sep 15, 2014

New Yorker Kira Kazantsev ‘Happy’ to be crowned Miss America

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – New Yorker Kira Kazantsev won the coveted 2015 Miss America Pageant crown on Sunday, a “three-peat” for contenders from the Big Apple.

As part of the competition, Kazantsev, 23, sang Pharrell William’s song “Happy”, keeping time by tapping a red plastic cup. She said in a question-and-answer segment that sexual assault in the U.S. military was a problem that needed to be addressed by U.S. lawmakers.

Sep 12, 2014

St. Louis groups donating funds to Ferguson schools, shops

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – A group of St. Louis corporate executives and a consortium of businesses and civic groups said on Friday they were donating $85,000 to schools and small businesses in Ferguson, Missouri, to help the town recover after weeks of protests over the shooting of a black teen by a white police officer.

The money is part of $150,000 raised so far by the St. Louis Regional Business Council, a consortium of top officers of mid- to large companies, and North County Inc, a group of business, civic and community organizations in St. Louis.

Sep 11, 2014

St. Louis grand jury weighs charges in Ferguson shooting

LOUIS (Reuters) – The white officer who shot dead unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in August, spurring a wave of violent protests, would be the first policeman charged for killing a suspect in St. Louis County in more than two decades.

For weeks, protesters in the mostly black St. Louis suburb of Ferguson have piled pressure on authorities, demanding that the officer, Darren Wilson, be charged and Prosecutor Bob McCulloch be replaced with a special prosecutor.

Sep 10, 2014

Missouri executes Earl Ringo Jr amid drug controversy

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Missouri on Wednesday executed a man convicted of the murders of two people at a restaurant in 1998 after the denial of an attorney’s last-minute appeal for a court-ordered stay based on a controversy over Missouri’s execution protocols.

Earl Ringo Jr., 40, was pronounced dead at 12:31 a.m. Central Time at a Missouri prison in Bonne Terre, state corrections department spokesman Mike O’Connell said.

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