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Apr 17, 2015

U.S. regulators may recommend testing food for glyphosate residues

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Amid rising public concern over possible links to disease, U.S. regulators may start testing food products for residues of the world’s most widely used herbicide, the Environmental Protection Agency told Reuters on Friday.

Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup herbicide, has come under intense scrutiny since a research unit of the World Health Organization reported last month it was classifying glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans.”

Apr 14, 2015

Missouri appoints new state auditor after suicide of predecessor

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Missouri’s governor named a 32-year-old county treasurer and former insurance auditor as the new state auditor on Tuesday, following the suicide in February of the prior auditor.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon appointed Boone County Treasurer Nicole Galloway to serve out the term of Tom Schweich, who officials said shot himself to death, until it ends in January 2019. She replaces interim state auditor John Watson.

Apr 14, 2015

Missouri to execute man convicted of murder over child support

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Missouri was preparing on Tuesday to execute a man convicted of attacking his former wife over child support payments and killing her friend as his lawyers exhausted several avenues of appeal.

Andre Cole, 52, is scheduled to be put to death at 6 p.m. (CDT) Tuesday. His attorneys have argued that Cole’s death sentence was unfair because he is an African-American and he was condemned to death by an all-white jury. They also have argued that he suffers from psychosis, including having hallucinations that compromised his ability to understand why he is facing execution.

Apr 9, 2015

Fears over Roundup herbicide residues prompt private testing

April 9 (Reuters) – U.S. consumer groups, scientists and
food companies are testing substances ranging from breakfast
cereal to breast milk for residues of the world’s most widely
used herbicide on rising concerns over its possible links to
disease.

The focus is on glyphosate, the active ingredient in
Roundup. Testing has increased in the last two years, but
scientists say requests spiked after a World Health Organization
research unit said last month it was classifying glyphosate as
“probably carcinogenic to humans.”

Apr 8, 2015

Surge in voter turnout gives blacks new voice in Ferguson, Missouri

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – A surge in voter turnout helped elect two new black city council members in Ferguson, a Missouri city found by the U.S. Justice Department to be rife with racial abuses in its police and court systems.

After months of street protests, turnout in Tuesday’s vote was 30 percent, or more than double recent municipal elections in the St. Louis suburb, which is two-thirds black but has had only two African-American council members in its 120 year history.

Apr 8, 2015

Ferguson, Missouri voters select two black candidates for City Council

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Residents elected two African-American candidates to Ferguson’s city council on Tuesday in the Missouri city’s first municipal election since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black teen, triggering months of sometimes violent protests.

Tuesday’s election was seen by activists and residents as a critical step toward addressing racially discriminatory practices that thrust the St. Louis suburb into the national spotlight after Michael Brown, 18, was killed last August.

Apr 7, 2015

Race, reforms eyed as Ferguson, Missouri, voters head to polls

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Residents in Ferguson, Missouri, are casting their votes on Tuesday in a closely watched election some see as a critical step toward ending discriminatory practices detailed in a federal probe of the St. Louis suburb, which was wracked by months of racially charged protests.

Three seats are up for election on the six-member City Council in Ferguson, where two-thirds of the residents are African-American and the municipal leadership has been long dominated by whites. None of the incumbents are running.

Apr 1, 2015

EPA expands areas of approved use for Dow’s Enlist Duo herbicide

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday more than doubled the number of U.S. states where Dow AgroSciences’ controversial new herbicide can be used.

The EPA approved Enlist Duo on Oct. 15 with a series of restrictions aimed at addressing potential environmental and health hazards. At that time it said the herbicide could be used in six states – Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Mar 31, 2015

EPA will require weed-resistance restrictions on glyphosate herbicide

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – U.S. regulators will put new restrictions on the world’s most widely used herbicide to help address the rapid expansion of weeds resistant to the chemical, Reuters has learned.

The Environmental Protection Agency confirmed it will require a weed resistance management plan for glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto’s immensely popular Roundup weed-killer.

Mar 30, 2015

Journalists sue St. Louis County police for abuse in Ferguson protests

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Four journalists arrested while covering racial unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, last year filed a lawsuit Monday claiming they were battered and falsely arrested by police trying to hinder their ability to cover the protests.

The journalists claim in their lawsuit that police officers used excessive force and intimidation tactics, including shooting at them with rubber bullets, to try to stop the journalists from recording police activity.

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