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Feb 10, 2014

NFL hopeful Michael Sam draws support after announcing he is gay

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) – National Football League hopeful Michael Sam on Monday drew public support from athletes, fans and politicians after publicly revealing he is gay and potentially becoming the league’s first openly gay player.

The NFL and the University of Missouri, where Sam starred as a defensive lineman, rallied around him and even first lady Michelle Obama weighed in, calling him an “inspiration” for his courage on and off the field.

Feb 5, 2014

Snow storm slams Plains, at least two dead

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) – An unusually heavy winter storm slammed into the nation’s mid-section Tuesday, heading east and threatening roughly two-thirds of the country with what forecasters said could be up to a foot of snow.

The storm system forced the closing of many state offices and schools in hardest-hit Kansas, where Governor Sam Brownback declared a state of “disaster emergency.”

Feb 4, 2014

Winter storm sweeps into U.S. Plains, 10 inches of snow expected

, Feb 4 (Reuters) – An unusually heavy
winter storm was blanketing Kansas with what forecasters said
could be up to 10 inches of snow on Tuesday, and the deluge was
expected to make a quick march eastward across the U.S. Midwest
and into New England.

The band of heavy, wet snow forced the closing of many state
offices and schools throughout the region, as authorities
advised people to stay in their homes and the National Weather
Service (NWS) warned of “extremely difficult travel conditions.”

Feb 4, 2014

Storm sweeps into U.S. Plains, 10 inches of snow expected

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) – An unusually heavy storm was blanketing Kansas with what forecasters said could be up to 10 inches of snow on Tuesday before an expected quick march across the Midwest and into New England.

The band of heavy, wet snow forced the closing of many state offices and schools throughout the region, as authorities advised people to stay in their homes and the National Weather Service warned of “extremely difficult travel conditions.”

Feb 4, 2014

DuPont adds weather, new trading to precision farming program

Feb 4 (Reuters) – DuPont Pioneer, the agricultural seed unit
of DuPont, said Tuesday that it signed a deal with
DTN/The Progressive Farmer to provide weather and market
information to farmers, along with new grain trading
capabilities, all accessed through mobile devices.

“Our customers are running small businesses. Production in
the field is really important as well as the business side. So
this is just another step to being able to address key needs,”
said DuPont Pioneer Director of Services Joe Foresman.

Jan 29, 2014

Supreme Court stays execution of Missouri murderer

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court late Tuesday ordered Missouri to stay the execution of a murderer who had raised a series of objections to his death sentence, including that the drugs used could subject him to cruel and unusual punishment.

Herbert Smulls, 56, was scheduled to be executed with a lethal dose of pentobarbital, a fast-acting barbiturate, shortly after midnight local time (0600 GMT) on Wednesday at a state prison in Missouri.

Jan 29, 2014

GMO critics protest at Monsanto meeting; resolutions fail

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Critics of genetically modified crops protested at Monsanto Co’s annual shareholders meeting on Tuesday, calling for the world’s largest seed company to provide a report on contamination in non-GMO crops and to stop fighting mandatory labels on foods containing GMO ingredients.

The requests came in the form of two shareholder resolutions that were backed by environmental, food safety and consumer activist groups. They said that more than 2.6 million members support their efforts.

Jan 28, 2014

GMO critics protest Monsanto meeting; shareholder resolutions fail

Jan 28 (Reuters) – Critics of genetically modified crops
protested at Monsanto Co’s annual shareholders meeting on
Tuesday, calling for the world’s largest seed company to provide
a report on contamination in non-GMO crops and to stop fighting
mandatory labels on foods containing GMO ingredients.

The requests came in the form of two shareholder resolutions
that were backed by environmental, food safety and consumer
activists groups. They claimed that more than 2.6 million
members support their efforts.

Jan 24, 2014

Accused North Dakota ‘white supremacist’ makes plea bargain

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – A man charged with threatening residents of a small North Dakota town pleaded guilty on Friday to lesser offenses and agreed to testify against a white supremacist who had been working to establish an all-white enclave there, his attorney said.

Kynan Dutton, 29, pleaded guilty to seven misdemeanors and agreed to testify against co-defendant Craig Cobb in a deal with prosecutors that reduced his charges from seven terrorizing felonies, Dutton’s attorney, Robert Quick, said.

Jan 23, 2014

Purdue University student was stabbed and shot, prosecutor says

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – The Purdue University student killed Tuesday was shot and stabbed in a rampage that ended as quickly as it began with the suspect holding his bloody hands behind his head to await arrest, prosecutors said in a court filing on Thursday.

Cody Cousins, 23, is accused of killing Andrew Boldt, 21, of West Bend, Wisconsin in a basement classroom at the university in West Lafayette, Indiana. Both men were seniors in the College of Engineering at Purdue.

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