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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.

Mar 30, 2015

Another apparent suicide of Missouri state official: police

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Less than a month after the suicide of Missouri’s state auditor, one of the official’s top aides has also been found dead in what appears to be a suicide, police said Monday.

Robert “Spence” Jackson, 45, was found dead Sunday evening in the bedroom of his apartment in Jefferson City, apparently having killed himself with a gun, Jefferson City police said in a statement.

Mar 27, 2015

Environmental group seeks greater protection for USDA scientists

March 27 (Reuters) – An environmental activist group has
filed a legal petition with the U.S. Department of Agriculture
seeking new rules that would enhance job protection for
government scientists whose research questions the safety of
farm chemicals.

The action filed on Thursday by the Public Employees for
Environmental Responsibility, an advocacy group for local, state
and federal researchers, came less than a week after a World
Health Organization group found the active ingredient in
Roundup, the world’s best selling weed killer, is “probably
carcinogenic to humans.” Roundup is made by Monsanto Co.

Mar 26, 2015

Scientist defends WHO group report linking herbicide to cancer

March 26 (Reuters) – A World Health Organization group’s
controversial finding that the world’s most popular herbicide
“probably is carcinogenic to humans” was based on a thorough
scientific review and is a key marker in ongoing evaluations of
the product, the scientist who led the study said Thursday.

“There were several studies. There was sufficient evidence
in animals, limited evidence in humans and strong supporting
evidence showing DNA mutations … and damaged chromosomes,”
Aaron Blair, a scientist emeritus at the National Cancer
Institute, said in an interview.

Mar 24, 2015

Monsanto seeks retraction for report linking herbicide to cancer

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Monsanto Co, maker of the world’s most widely used herbicide, Roundup, wants an international health organization to retract a report linking the chief ingredient in Roundup to cancer.

The company said on Tuesday that the report, issued on Friday by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), was biased and contradicts regulatory findings that the ingredient, glyphosate, is safe when used as labeled.

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