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Sep 17, 2015

Missouri man charged with fatally shooting three, including toddler

By Carey Gillam

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Reuters) – A 22-year-old Kansas City man was charged Thursday with shooting to death his former girlfriend, the woman’s 1-year-old son and a male friend after the woman threw a box of diapers at him during an argument, prosecutors said.

The Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office charged Joseph Nelson with three counts of first-degree murder, armed criminal action and burglary in connection with the crimes. The victims were identified as 17-year-old Bianca Fletcher, her son, Joseph, and an 18-year-old male named Shannon Rollins.

Sep 15, 2015

Market turbulence or not, North American investors plow into farm tech

WINNIPEG/KANSAS CITY (Reuters) – North American investors are pouring money into agriculture technology despite turbulent financial and commodity markets, as cutting-edge advances that enhance farm production bring opportunities for profits.

Investment in this technology, which spans plant and soil technology to drones, amounted to $2.06 billion in the first half of 2015, on pace to smash last year’s record $2.36 billion, according to AgFunder, which matches startups with investors.

Sep 14, 2015

Broad change needed to heal racially divided Missouri: report

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Widespread racial inequities in the St. Louis area require sweeping changes in policing as well as in courts, the education system and other areas, according to a report issued Monday by a commission set up by Missouri’s governor.

The Ferguson Commission report said that the police shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson in August 2014 and the mass demonstrations that followed represent a “collective awakening” to a number of issues that have previously been invisible to many.

Sep 11, 2015

Family of black St. Louis teen fatally shot wants answers: lawyer

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Relatives of a black male teenager whom St. Louis police fatally shot in the back more than three weeks ago still cannot get officials to release key details about the incident, their lawyer said on Friday.

The family of Mansur Ball-Bey has repeatedly asked for the identity of the two police officers who fired on the 18-year-old shortly before noon on Aug. 19, attorney Jerryl Christmas said.

Sep 10, 2015

U.S. court finds EPA was wrong to approve Dow pesticide harmful to bees

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court ruled on Thursday that
federal regulators erred in allowing an insecticide developed by
Dow AgroSciences onto the market, canceling its approval and
giving environmentalists a major victory.

The ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth
Circuit, in San Francisco, is significant for commercial
beekeepers and others who say a dramatic decline in bee colonies
needed to pollinate key food crops is tied to widespread use of
a class of insecticides known as neonicotinoids. Critics say the
Environmental Protection Agency is failing to evaluate the risks

Sep 8, 2015

Battle lines drawn as legislative fight over labeling looms

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Combatants in a national food fight over labeling genetically modified products are gearing up for a showdown in the U.S. Senate, campaign leaders said on Tuesday.

The tactics range from old-fashioned lobbying to modern social media campaigns, and both sides say it is too early to tell who will prevail.

Sep 3, 2015

U.S. report cites poor police response during Ferguson unrest

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Police forces need more training and other improvements to avoid a repeat of mistakes made in response to last year’s race-related protests and riots in Ferguson, Missouri, according to a U.S. Justice Department report issued on Thursday.

The “after action” report represents the final version of a draft summary seen by Reuters in June and is little changed from the earlier document.

Sep 2, 2015

Missouri executes man who raped, killed teenage girl

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Missouri on Tuesday executed a man who, along with a friend, pleaded guilty to the 1989 abduction, rape and murder of a 15-year-old girl, a state corrections department spokesman said.

Roderick Nunley, 50, was pronounced dead at 9:09 p.m. CDT after receiving a lethal injection of drugs at the state’s death chamber in Bonne Terre, Missouri, corrections spokesman Mike O’Connell said.

Sep 1, 2015

Missouri to execute killer of Kansas City high school girl

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Missouri is set to execute on Tuesday a man who along with a friend abducted, raped and stabbed to death a 15-year-old girl in 1989.

Roderick Nunley, 50, is scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection at 6 p.m. CDT in the state’s death chamber in Bonne Terre, Missouri.

Aug 29, 2015

Funeral for slain Missouri teen as family questions police shooting

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Mourners were gathering on Saturday for the funeral of an 18-year-old black man whose shooting by a white police officer earlier this month re-ignited racial tensions in the St. Louis area.

The funeral for Mansur Ball-Bey comes 10 days after he was fatally shot in the back by a plainclothes police officer outside a home where police were serving a search warrant.

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