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Oct 29, 2013

Food giants pour millions into defeating Washington GMO label measure

, Oct 29 (Reuters) – Major U.S. food
and chemical companies are pouring millions of dollars into
efforts to block approval of a ballot initiative in Washington
state that would make it the first in the United States to
require labeling of foods containing genetically modified crops.

Despite early strong support for the measure, a recent poll
suggests sentiment against the measure, known as I-522, is
growing amid an onslaught of corporate-financed advertising
ahead of the Nov. 5 referendum. Voters will decide whether many
common grocery items containing ingredients from genetically
altered crops should be labeled as such.

Oct 24, 2013

Civil rights group sues Missouri for concealing suppliers of execution drugs

, Oct 23 (Reuters) – The American Civil
Liberties Union sued Missouri prison officials on Wednesday
seeking to force the state to divulge the compounding pharmacies
that supply its lethal execution drugs and identities of other
members of its death row execution team.

The lawsuit came a day after the state said it would start
classifying those pharmacies among the various personnel and
entities involved in administering the death penalty in Missouri
and thus shielded from public disclosure of their identities.

Oct 22, 2013

Missouri joins U.S. states getting execution drugs from new suppliers

, Oct 22 (Reuters) – Missouri announced on
Tuesday that a “compounding pharmacy” would supply lethal
injection drugs for future executions, the latest U.S. state to
turn to the lightly regulated sector after major pharmaceutical
companies refused to sell drugs for executions.

The Missouri Department of Corrections said in a brief
statement that it would switch to using a single drug for
executions, pentobarbital. Missouri had used a three drug
protocol until recently.

Oct 16, 2013

Washington state sues lobbyists over campaign against GMO labeling

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – A lobbying group for major U.S. food manufacturers has violated campaign finance laws in its attempt to block a measure that would require labeling of genetically modified foods in Washington state, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday by the state’s attorney general.

State Attorney General Bob Ferguson alleges that the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) illegally collected and spent more than $7 million while shielding the identity of its contributors.

Oct 14, 2013

Tens of thousands of cattle feared dead after South Dakota storm

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – The storm was just so sudden, South Dakota cattle rancher Kathy Jobgen remembers.

A freezing rain, followed by an avalanche of four feet of snow and winds of 70 miles an hour, hit thousands of cattle still grazing on “summer pastures” at a time when the animals had not yet grown their protective winter coats and were ill prepared for the harsh conditions.

Oct 14, 2013

Kansas City football fans dubbed world’s loudest as Chiefs top Raiders

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) – Kansas City football fans were ‘loud and proud’ of their undefeated Chiefs on Sunday, cheering the home team to victory in a display of eardrum-splitting support that scored the loudest crowd roar on record at an open-air stadium, according to league officials.

A Guinness World Record official on site pegged the noise at Arrowhead Stadium in the fourth quarter at 137.5 decibels, as the Chiefs defeated the Oakland Raiders, the National Football League and Chiefs officials said.

Oct 13, 2013

Execution drugs mixed by U.S. pharmacies draw challenges from death row

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) – Several U.S. states are turning to lightly regulated pharmacies for lethal injection drugs, prompting a host of court battles and at least one stay of execution because of concern tainted or impure drugs could inflict cruel and unusual punishment on inmates.

The scramble for alternative supplies comes as major pharmaceutical companies, especially based in Europe, have clamped down on sales of drugs for executions in recent years in order to avoid association with the punishment.

Oct 8, 2013

U.S. parents find kid care more exhausting than paid jobs: report

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Ah, the joys of parenting: sleepless nights, endless laundry, cooking meals and coordinating carpools.

In findings that likely ring true to many mothers and fathers, a Pew Research Center report issued on Tuesday said U.S. parents find caring for their children far more exhausting – though also more rewarding – than the work they do for pay.

Oct 7, 2013

Texas says won’t return execution drugs to pharmacy facing scrutiny

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Texas officials on Monday refused to return lethal drugs they plan to use for an execution this week, despite a demand from the provider which wanted to remain anonymous but has been thrust into a controversy over capital punishment.

“The drugs were purchased legally by the agency,” the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) said on Monday. “TDCJ has no intention of returning the pentobarbital.”

Oct 2, 2013

Monsanto loss deeper than expected, forecast weak

Oct 2 (Reuters) – Monsanto Co, the world’s largest
seed company, reported a deeper quarterly loss on Wednesday as
seed sales slipped, and its 2014 profit forecast fell short of
Wall Street estimates.

The company’s shares fell 2.2 percent to $102.75 in early
trading.

Monsanto, the leading developer of genetically engineered
corn, soybeans and other crops, said it expects earnings in the
new fiscal year, begun Sept. 1, of $5.00 to $5.20 per share,
below analysts’ average estimate of $5.30, according to Thomson
Reuters I/B/E/S.

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