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Jan 31, 2013

U.S. spring crop season jeopardized as drought persists

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – The unrelenting drought gripping key farming states in the U.S. Plains shows no signs of abating, and it will take a deluge of snow or rain to restore critical moisture to farmland before spring planting of new crops, a climate expert said on Thursday.

“It’s not a pretty picture,” said climatologist Mark Svoboda of the University of Nebraska’s Drought Mitigation Center.

Jan 28, 2013

GM to invest $600 million in Kansas City car plant

KANSAS CITY, KANSAS (Reuters) – General Motors Co (GM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) on Monday said it will invest $600 million at its assembly plant in Kansas City, Kansas, to build a new paint shop and make other upgrades.

The investment is part of the U.S. automaker’s previously announced plan to spend $1.5 billion on its North American plants this year, up from the $436 million last year. GM invests $8 billion annually on its operations globally.

Jan 24, 2013

Kansas man sells guns out of beauty salon without license

OVERLAND PARK, Kansas (Reuters) – A convicted felon pleaded guilty to dealing in hundreds of firearms without a license from his wife’s beauty salon using the promotional slogan “where beauty and bullets collide,” authorities said on Thursday.

The couple operated a combination hair salon and sporting goods shop that featured massages and manicures as well as rifles and revolvers, authorities said. The couple set up a website with the url www.beautyandbullets.com.

Jan 24, 2013

U.S. drought expands in top wheat-growing state of Kansas

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Crop-killing drought deepened in Kansas over the last week, further jeopardizing this season’s production of winter wheat, a key U.S. crop.

Kansas is generally the top U.S. wheat-growing state, but the new crop planted last fall has been struggling with a lack of soil moisture. Without rain and/or heavy snow before spring, millions of acres of wheat could be ruined.

Jan 18, 2013

Dow’s controversial new GMO corn delayed amid protests

Jan 18 (Reuters) – A controversial new biotech corn
developed by Dow AgroSciences, a unit of Dow Chemical,,
will be delayed at least another year as the company awaits
regulatory approval amid opposition from farmers, consumers and
public health officials.

Dow AgroSciences officials said Friday that they now expect
the first sales of Enlist for planting in 2014. Previously
officials had set the 2013 planting season as a target, but U.S.
farmers are already buying seed for planting this spring, and
Dow has yet to secure U.S. approval for Enlist.

Jan 18, 2013

Dow’s controversial new GMO corn delayed, protests continue

Jan 18 (Reuters) – A controversial new biotech corn
developed by Dow AgroSciences, a unit of Dow Chemical,,
will be delayed at least another year as the company awaits
regulatory approval amid opposition from farmers, consumers and
public health officials.

Dow AgroSciences officials said Friday that they now expect
the first sales of Enlist for planting in 2014. Previously
officials had set the 2013 planting season as a target, but U.S.
farmers are already buying seed for planting this spring, and
Dow has yet to secure U.S. approval for Enlist.

Jan 17, 2013

U.S. drought eases in some areas, but Plains still suffer

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – A series of rain showers helped ease drought conditions in parts of the United States over the last week, but drought expanded slightly in parts of the U.S. Plains, according to a report issued Thursday.

Officials in north-central Oklahoma declared a state of emergency due to record low reservoir conditions and public and private interests throughout the central United States hardest hit by drought were examining measures to try to cope with ongoing drought.

Jan 17, 2013

Drought eases in some areas, but Plains still suffer

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – A series of rain showers helped ease drought conditions in parts of the United States over the last week, but drought expanded slightly in parts of the U.S. Plains, according to a report issued Thursday.

Officials in north-central Oklahoma declared a state of emergency due to record low reservoir conditions and public and private interests throughout the central United States hardest hit by drought were examining measures to try to cope with ongoing drought.

Jan 17, 2013

As US drought persists, many scramble to save every drop of water

Jan 17 (Reuters) – The U.S. drought that crippled many
communities across the nation last year shows little sign of
retreating, and the threat of persistent water scarcity is
spurring efforts to preserve every drop.

As the drought of 2012 creeps into 2013, experts say the
slow-spreading catastrophe presents near-term problems for a key
U.S. agricultural region and potential long-term challenges for
millions of Americans.

Jan 12, 2013

Court says Kansas must increase school funding, slams tax cuts

OVERLAND PARK, Kansas (Reuters) – Kansas is unconstitutionally short-changing its students by underfunding education needs and must increase spending by about $400 million, a three-judge panel ruled unanimously on Friday.

The court said it was “illogical” for the state to argue that it could not adequately fund schools at the same time it slashed income taxes.

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