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Apr 16, 2014

Vermont Senate passes mandatory GMO food-labeling law

By Carey Gillam and Lisa Baertlein

(Reuters) – The Vermont Senate passed a bill on Wednesday that would make the state the first in the United States to enact mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically modified crops.

“We are really excited that Vermont is going to be leading on this,” said Falko Schilling, a spokesman for the Vermont Public Interest Research Group, which backed the bill.

Apr 15, 2014

White supremacist charged with murder in Kansas shootings

By Carey Gillam

OVERLAND PARK Kan. (Reuters) – The suspect in the killings of three people at two Jewish facilities near Kansas City over the weekend has been charged with capital murder and first-degree premeditated murder on a state level, and federal charges are likely, prosecutors said on Tuesday.

The state charges, filed in Johnson County, Kansas, come as U.S. prosecutors consider possible federal hate crimes charges against the suspect, Frazier Glenn Cross. Cross, who also goes by the name Frazier Glenn Miller and has been living in Aurora, Missouri, is known by law enforcement and human rights groups as a former senior member of the Ku Klux Klan movement and someone who has repeatedly expressed hatred for Jewish people.

Apr 15, 2014

White supremacist charged with hate crimes in Kansas Jewish center killings

OVERLAND PARK, Kansas (Reuters) – The suspect in the Passover Eve killings of three people at two Jewish facilities near Kansas City is a former Ku Klux Klan leader with a history of hatred for Jews, law enforcement officials said on Monday.

Frazier Glenn Cross, 73, faces local and federal prosecution on hate crime charges after his arrest on Sunday for a shooting spree that killed a teenager and his grandfather outside a Jewish community center, and a woman visiting her mother at a nearby Jewish retirement home.

Apr 14, 2014

Three dead in shootings at Kansas Jewish centres; man to face charges

OVERLAND PARK Kansas (Reuters) – The suspect in the Passover Eve killings of three people at two Jewish community centres in the Kansas City area was scheduled to appear in court on Monday to face murder charges.

Police said it was too early to determine if Sunday’s killings were motivated by anti-Semitism, but a leading anti-hate group said the suspect was a former senior member of the white supremacist Ku Klux Klan movement.

Apr 13, 2014

Three people killed in shootings at Jewish centers in Kansas

OVERLAND PARK, Kansas (Reuters) – Three people were killed in shootings Sunday afternoon at a Jewish community center and at a Jewish elderly care home in a Kansas City suburb, and a suspect has been taken into custody, authorities said.

Police said they did not have a motive for the shootings, but were not ruling out the possibility that the shootings were a hate crime. They have called in the Federal Bureau of Investigation to assist with the investigation, Overland Park Police Chief John Douglass told a news conference.

Apr 11, 2014

U.S. farm industry seeks rules on data privacy, no consensus yet

April 10 (Reuters) – The American Farm Bureau Federation
(AFBF) said on Thursday it had more work to do to find consensus
on a set of standards aimed at protecting farm data privacy,
after meeting in Kansas City with a dozen leading U.S.
agricultural industry players.

At stake is who will spearhead the drive toward a common
standard for data produced on farms as the industry aims to turn
information into profit and productivity, projected to be a
multi-billion dollar industry in the coming years.

Apr 9, 2014

U.S. bill seeks to block mandatory GMO food labeling by states

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – A Republican congressman from Kansas introduced legislation on Wednesday that would nullify efforts in multiple states to require labeling of genetically modified foods

The bill, dubbed the “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act” was drafted by U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo from Kansas, and is aimed at overriding bills in roughly two dozen states that would require foods made with genetically engineered crops to be labeled as such.

Apr 7, 2014

Kansas City police probe highway shootings targeting motorists

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) – Investigators in Kansas City are searching for one or more gunmen who have been firing at area motorists over the last month, hitting at least 13 vehicles and injuring three people, police said on Monday.

“We are having a rash of these. It’s crazy,” said Marisa Barnes, a spokeswoman for the Kansas City Police Department. “Luckily there have only been three where there have been injuries.”

Apr 5, 2014

Series of small earthquakes rock Oklahoma in record seismic activity

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Earthquakes rattled residents in Oklahoma on Saturday, the latest in a series that have put the state on track for record quake activity this year, which some seismologists say may be tied to oil and gas exploration.

One earthquake recorded at 3.8 magnitude by the U.S. Geological Survey rocked houses in several communities around central Oklahoma at 7:42 a.m. local time. Another about two hours earlier in the same part of the state, north of Oklahoma City, was recorded at 2.9 magnitude, USGS said.

Apr 2, 2014

Monsanto beats expectations on strong corn, soybean demand

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Monsanto Co, the world’s largest seed company, reported higher-than-expected quarterly earnings on Wednesday as its corn and soybean businesses expanded globally.

The company, which specializes in developing genetically engineered crops that withstand herbicides and ward off insects, also affirmed its fiscal-year forecast.

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