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Apr 22, 2015

DuPont buys microbiome firm, seeks edge in emerging crop products

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – DuPont (DD.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is buying a California-based microbiome discovery company for development of biological crop products, a move that the chemical and crop company hopes will give it an edge in an emerging agricultural market.

DuPont’s announcement on Wednesday did not disclose how much it is paying for Taxon Biosciences Inc, but said the 15-year-old company brings a “broad intellectual property estate” that will contribute to new DuPont seed treatments, and foliar and soil applications for row crops, fruits and vegetables.

Apr 21, 2015

Oklahoma scientists say earthquakes linked to oil and gas work

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Oklahoma geologists have documented strong links between increased seismic activity in the state and the injection into the ground of wastewater from oil and gas production, a state agency said on Tuesday.

Currently, Oklahoma is recording 2-1/2 earthquakes daily of a magnitude 3 or greater, a seismicity rate 600 times greater than observed before 2008, the report by the Oklahoma Geological Survey (OGS) said.

Apr 20, 2015

Kraft removing synthetic colors from iconic macaroni & cheese

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Kraft Foods Group Inc on Monday said it is revamping its family-friendly macaroni and cheese meal, removing synthetic colors and preservatives from the popular boxed dinner.

The move comes at a time when Kraft is battling sluggish demand as consumers shift to brands that are perceived as healthier, including foods that are organic or less processed. The company has also been targeted by consumer advocacy groups, pressuring it to remove the artificial food dyes from its products.Kraft spokeswoman Lynne Galia said the changes were being made to address concerns expressed by consumers, including demands for improved nutrition and “simpler ingredients.”

Apr 20, 2015

Regulators may recommend testing food for glyphosate residues

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – U.S. regulators may start testing food products for residues of the world’s most widely used herbicide, the Environmental Protection Agency told Reuters on Friday, as public concern rises over possible links to disease.

Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup herbicide, has come under intense scrutiny since a research unit of the World Health Organization reported last month it was classifying glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans.”

Apr 17, 2015

U.S. regulators may recommend testing food for glyphosate residues

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Amid rising public concern over possible links to disease, U.S. regulators may start testing food products for residues of the world’s most widely used herbicide, the Environmental Protection Agency told Reuters on Friday.

Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup herbicide, has come under intense scrutiny since a research unit of the World Health Organization reported last month it was classifying glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans.”

Apr 14, 2015

Missouri appoints new state auditor after suicide of predecessor

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Missouri’s governor named a 32-year-old county treasurer and former insurance auditor as the new state auditor on Tuesday, following the suicide in February of the prior auditor.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon appointed Boone County Treasurer Nicole Galloway to serve out the term of Tom Schweich, who officials said shot himself to death, until it ends in January 2019. She replaces interim state auditor John Watson.

Apr 14, 2015

Missouri to execute man convicted of murder over child support

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Missouri was preparing on Tuesday to execute a man convicted of attacking his former wife over child support payments and killing her friend as his lawyers exhausted several avenues of appeal.

Andre Cole, 52, is scheduled to be put to death at 6 p.m. (CDT) Tuesday. His attorneys have argued that Cole’s death sentence was unfair because he is an African-American and he was condemned to death by an all-white jury. They also have argued that he suffers from psychosis, including having hallucinations that compromised his ability to understand why he is facing execution.

Apr 9, 2015

Fears over Roundup herbicide residues prompt private testing

April 9 (Reuters) – U.S. consumer groups, scientists and
food companies are testing substances ranging from breakfast
cereal to breast milk for residues of the world’s most widely
used herbicide on rising concerns over its possible links to
disease.

The focus is on glyphosate, the active ingredient in
Roundup. Testing has increased in the last two years, but
scientists say requests spiked after a World Health Organization
research unit said last month it was classifying glyphosate as
“probably carcinogenic to humans.”

Apr 8, 2015

Surge in voter turnout gives blacks new voice in Ferguson, Missouri

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – A surge in voter turnout helped elect two new black city council members in Ferguson, a Missouri city found by the U.S. Justice Department to be rife with racial abuses in its police and court systems.

After months of street protests, turnout in Tuesday’s vote was 30 percent, or more than double recent municipal elections in the St. Louis suburb, which is two-thirds black but has had only two African-American council members in its 120 year history.

Apr 8, 2015

Ferguson, Missouri voters select two black candidates for City Council

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Residents elected two African-American candidates to Ferguson’s city council on Tuesday in the Missouri city’s first municipal election since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black teen, triggering months of sometimes violent protests.

Tuesday’s election was seen by activists and residents as a critical step toward addressing racially discriminatory practices that thrust the St. Louis suburb into the national spotlight after Michael Brown, 18, was killed last August.

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