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Sep 10, 2014

Ferguson council faces calls for reform at first meeting since teen’s shooting

By Carey Gillam

FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) – City leaders in Ferguson, Missouri, confronted demands for reform by several hundred people on Tuesday night at their first public meeting since last month’s fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen by a white police officer ignited weeks of protests.

The atmosphere was charged from the start, with members of a largely black audience at a church in the St. Louis suburb shouting down City Council members, rising out of their seats and chanting in solidarity.

Sep 9, 2014

In Missouri, Michael Brown memorial preserved, protected

By Carey Gillam

FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) – It’s still there.

The stuffed animals, flowers, and candles mounded into a memorial in the middle of the street where 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer changes almost daily. Sometimes it swells with roses or includes a hand-lettered sign of anger over the teen’s death.

It has been a month since the unarmed Brown was shot at least six times in an altercation with Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. Crowds no longer gather daily at the site where Brown died, a quiet street that runs between the Canfield Green apartment buildings. But the mourning and the protests have both faded into a quiet resolve that Brown’s death not be forgotten.

Sep 9, 2014

Missouri prepares for execution amid drug controversy

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Missouri officials on Tuesday were preparing to execute a man convicted of the murder of two restaurant employees as the inmate’s attorney seeks a last-minute court-ordered stay, citing a controversy over Missouri’s execution protocols.

Earl Ringo Jr., 40, is scheduled to die one minute after midnight on Wednesday morning. He was sentenced to death in 1999 for his role in a double murder in a Columbia, Missouri, restaurant where he had formerly worked.

Sep 9, 2014

Ferguson council to meet for first time since Michael Brown shooting

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – City leaders in Ferguson, Missouri, on Tuesday will hold their first public meeting since last month’s fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer that ignited nights of unrest in the St. Louis suburb.

The Ferguson City Council, made up the mayor and six members, was expected to hold the meeting at an area church at 7 p.m. to accommodate what is expected to be a large crowd. Protesters have been demanding the ouster of both Mayor James Knowles III and Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson.

Sep 8, 2014

Ferguson to reform police, courts after shooting and protests

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – The city of Ferguson, Missouri, said on Monday it would reform its police and courts after the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teenager last month roiled the St. Louis suburb and set off race-related protests.

The Ferguson City Council, which will hold its first public meeting on Tuesday since 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed by a white policeman, said new laws would reduce the city budget’s dependence on court fines and give citizens more oversight of the police department.

Sep 8, 2014

Hundreds of children in U.S. states stricken with respiratory illness

KANSAS CITY Mo (Reuters) – Hundreds of children across the U.S. Midwest have been stricken by a potentially serious respiratory illness, and many states are asking for federal help testing and tracking cases, according to federal and state health officials.

Hospitals are reporting unusually high numbers of children with symptoms similar to that of a common cold that turns into respiratory distress. Symptoms can include coughing, difficulty breathing, and possibly a rash and fever.

Sep 3, 2014

Missouri misled on execution drugs used: media report

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Missouri officials have not been truthful about the drugs and methods used in recent executions, misleading lawyers for death row inmates and the public, according to a St. Louis Public Radio investigation published on Wednesday.

The report, based on court records and other documents, showed that while Missouri officials have said publicly and in court records that they only use one drug, pentobarbital, to put prisoners to death, the state has also been using a controversial sedative called midazolam in every execution since November 2013.

Sep 3, 2014

U.S. GMO labeling foes triple spending in first half of this year over 2013

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Opponents of mandatory labeling for foods made with genetically modified organisms spent more than $27 million in the first six months of this year on GMO-related lobbying, roughly three times their spending in all of 2013, according to an analysis released Wednesday.

The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and major food makers such as Coca-Cola Co and PepsiCo Inc and top biotech seed makers Monsanto Co and DuPont were among heavy spenders on GMO labeling-related lobbying, according to a report issued by the Environmental Working Group.

Aug 28, 2014

Missouri police sued for $40 million over actions in Ferguson protests

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – A group of people caught up in unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, after a white officer killed a black teenager, sued local officials on Thursday, alleging civil rights violations through arrests and police assaults with rubber bullets and tear gas.

The suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, says law enforcement met a broad public outcry over the Aug. 9 killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown with “militaristic displays of force and weaponry,” (and) engaged U.S. citizens “as if they were war combatants.”

Aug 27, 2014

Dupont fined $1.275 million in West Virginia toxic pollution case

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – DuPont will pay a fine of $1.275 million and spend an estimated $2.3 million more to settle claims by U.S. officials that the global chemical conglomerate failed to prevent toxic releases of hazardous substances in West Virginia that killed at least one man, environmental regulators said on Wednesday.

E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co reached the settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice in a case about eight alleged releases of harmful levels of hazardous substances between May 2006 and January 2010 from a DuPont facility in Belle, West Virginia, the EPA said.

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