GUTHRIE Oklahoma (Reuters) – Inside the small U-Haul rental office in Guthrie, Oklahoma, Tami Boxley routinely deals with something that once was rare: the rattling, booming roll of the earth.
In the last week alone, residents of Guthrie, pop. 10,191, have felt five quakes rock the town a half hour’s drive from Oklahoma City.
Aug 6 (Reuters) – U.S. regulators on Tuesday said they are
leaning toward approval of a new line of herbicide-tolerant
crops developed by Monsanto Co even though they could
increase problematic weed resistance for farmers.
Under the draft “environmental impact statement” (EIS) by
the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health
Inspection Service (APHIS), the agency said its analysis shows
the new genetically modified cotton and soybean plants should be
By Carey Gillam and Kevin Murphy
KANSAS CITY Mo. (Reuters) – Veteran Republican Senator Pat Roberts fought off a Kansas primary challenge by a Tea Party-backed doctor who had promised a “family feud” with his distant relative President Barack Obama if elected, results on Wednesday showed.
Roberts secured 48 percent of the vote and Milton Wolf 41 percent in the four-candidate field, according to final but unofficial results, the Kansas secretary of state said.
By Carey Gillam
KANSAS CITY Mo. (Reuters) – U.S. Republican Senator Pat Roberts appeared headed for victory in a primary election challenge on Tuesday by a Tea Party-backed physician with family ties to President Barack Obama.
With 86 percent of precincts reporting, Roberts had 48 percent of the vote and Milton Wolf 41 percent in the four-candidate field, according to the Kansas secretary of state.
By Carey Gillam
(Reuters) – Missouri officials are pressing forward with the Wednesday execution of convicted killer Michael Worthington despite calls for caution after last month’s problematic execution in Arizona in which the inmate took more than an hour to die.
The Missouri execution will be the first since the July 23 execution in Arizona of Joseph Wood, who some witnesses said gasped and struggled for breath for more than 90 minutes as he was put to death at a state prison complex.
, Aug 5 (Reuters) – Kansas voters will get
to weigh in Tuesday on a right-wing food fight as part of a
Congressional House race, while in neighboring Missouri the son
of former Attorney General John Ashcroft seeks to follow in his
In all, four states are holding primary elections Tuesday,
with Kansas, Missouri, Michigan and Washington voters taking to
By Carey Gillam
OVERLAND PARK Kan. (Reuters) – Paul Davis has emerged as the potential wrecker of red state politics.
The 42-year-old Democratic nominee for governor in Kansas, one of the nation’s reddest states, was a long shot when he announced his candidacy. Nearly a year later his moderate platform is drawing enough support from voters disenchanted with the Republican candidate, incumbent Governor Sam Brownback, and the state’s flagging economy that Davis is threatening to upend the race.
July 29 (Reuters) – One year after the launch of a social
media effort to allay consumers’ concerns about the safety of
foods made from genetically modified crops, U.S. companies that
develop GMOs have further committed to a multimillion-dollar
campaign to defeat attempts to add GMO labels to such foods.
“We are not going to sit down for that (labeling),”
Cathleen Enright, spokeswoman for the effort, said in an
interview. “We want people to know how their food is grown …
we support a right to know. It is the mechanism that we can’t
July 24 (Reuters) – A class of insecticides popular with
corn and soybean farmers in the U.S. Midwest but feared as a
factor in the decline of U.S. honey bee colonies and other crop
pollinators, has been found to be widespread through rivers and
streams in Iowa, according to a government study released on
The study, released by the U.S. Department of the Interior,
U.S. Geological Survey, marks the first broad-scale
investigation of multiple neonicotinoid insecticides in
waterways in the Midwestern U.S., and is one of the first
conducted within the entire United States, according to the
By Carey Gillam
(Reuters) – Farmers in important crop-growing states should consider the environmentally unfriendly practice of deeply tilling fields to fight a growing problem with invasive “superweeds” that resist herbicides and choke crop yields, agricultural experts said this week.
Resistance to glyphosate, the main ingredient in widely used Roundup herbicide, has reached the point that row crop farmers in the Midwest are struggling to contain an array of weeds, agronomists say.