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Jun 27, 2014

Kansas coal plant fight back in court; emission concerns cited

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – A long-running battle over coal-fired energy in Kansas continued Friday as the Sierra Club environmental group filed a legal challenge to the state’s issuance of a permit intended to give a green light to a controversial new power plant.

The complaint, filed in the Kansas Court of Appeals, names the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and its secretary, Robert Moser, as defendants, and claims the permit for the new power plant does not meet federal and state requirements.

Jun 27, 2014

Detroit police probe case of boy found in basement, stepmom arrested

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Detroit police said Friday they were still trying to determine if there was any wrongdoing in the case of a 12-year-old boy who was missing for 11 days before being found alive and well in his family’s basement.

Charlie Bothuell V was reported missing June 14, triggering frantic repeated search efforts. He was discovered Wednesday as police searched for evidence in his disappearance, stumbling across the boy in the basement of the townhome east of Detroit that he shared with his father, stepmother and two younger siblings.

Jun 26, 2014

Swimmers beware: water at some U.S. beaches may make you sick

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Every summer millions of American families head for beaches, but few stop to think of the possibility that the water they swim in may harbor enough bacteria to cause stomach flu and a host of other illnesses.

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) found that 10 percent of water quality samples collected from nearly 3,500 coastal and Great Lakes beaches in 2013 contained levels of harmful bacteria that exceeded “safe to swim” thresholds recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency. (here)

Jun 26, 2014

Missouri officials battle over gay marriage following Utah ruling

June 26 (Reuters) – Missouri’s top law enforcement official
filed a lawsuit on Thursday against a county official who had
started granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples in
violation of the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster said while he
supports marriage equality, St. Louis County Recorder of Deeds
Sharon Carpenter was violating the law by issuing marriage
licenses to same-sex couples.

Jun 25, 2014

U.S. retailers look to limit pesticides to help honeybees

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Home Depot (HD.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and other U.S. companies are working to eliminate or limit use of a type of pesticide suspected of helping cause dramatic declines in honeybee populations needed to pollinate key American crops, officials said on Wednesday.

The moves include requiring suppliers to label any plants treated with neonicotinoid, or neonic, pesticides sold through home and garden stores.

Jun 25, 2014

Monsanto profit falls, but shares rise on bullish outlook

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Monsanto Co (MON.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) reported a 6 percent drop in quarterly profit on Wednesday, but shares of the world’s largest seed company climbed more than 5 percent as it raised the low end of its fiscal-year outlook and said it planned to double earnings over the next five years.

The company also announced a $10 billion share repurchase authorization.

Monsanto, known for its development of genetically engineered corn, soybeans and other crops as well as for the popular Roundup herbicide, said that although earnings for the third quarter ended May 31 were down in the face of challenging market conditions, the overall outlook was bright. Chairman Hugh Grant said the company aimed by the end of fiscal 2019 to at least double full-year ongoing earnings, which exclude certain special after-tax items.

Jun 23, 2014

Christian broadcaster arrested on child sex charges in Michigan

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – A Michigan radio personality, known for his work on “family friendly” Christian broadcasts, was due in court Monday on charges of paying a middleman to arrange sexual encounters with young boys, authorities said.

John Balyo, 35, of Caledonia, Michigan, was arrested Friday on state charges of criminal sexual conduct with a child under the age of 13, following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Michigan State Police, according to a statement issued by ICE.

Jun 18, 2014

Missouri gun owner wins apology from police in dispute over video

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – A Missouri man who ran into trouble with police when shooting his gun on his family’s property and then was ordered to take a video of the incident off the Internet has won an apology from the local police chief and settled his lawsuit against the chief, attorneys for the gun owner said on Wednesday.

In the May 2013 incident in the southeast Missouri village of Kelso, the police chief, Jerry Bledsoe, arrived at the home of gun owner Jordan Klaffer’s mother in response to a noise complaint lodged when Klaffer was target shooting.

Jun 18, 2014

Missouri inmate loses 11th-hour bid for stay of execution

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – A man sentenced to death for the 1996 murder of two friends of his ex-girlfriend lost his bid for an 11th-hour reprieve from the U.S. Supreme Court, clearing the way for the state to carry out his execution by lethal injection early on Wednesday.

The high court in Washington rejected four separate applications for a stay of execution filed late on Tuesday by attorneys for John Winfield, 43, hours after a federal appeals court vacated a lower-court order blocking the death sentence.

Jun 17, 2014

U.S. appeals court lifts stay of Missouri execution set for Wednesday

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday overturned a stay of execution for a Missouri murderer, clearing the way for the state to proceed with plans to lethally inject the inmate on Wednesday.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit vacated a stay of execution for John Winfield, 43, who was sentenced to die for the 1996 murders of two friends of his ex-girlfriend.

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