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Jul 9, 2014

Gun control group sues Kansas governor over gun rights law

By Carey Gillam

OVERLAND PARK Kan. (Reuters) – A gun violence prevention group sued Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and the state’s attorney general on Wednesday, challenging a one-year-old state law on the grounds that it violates the U.S. Constitution by nullifying federal laws aimed at reducing firearms violence.

“Neither the Kansas legislature, nor any state legislature, is empowered to declare federal law ‘invalid,’ or to criminalize the enforcement of federal law,” the lawsuit said.

Jul 8, 2014

Lawsuit demands Calif. stop approving pesticides that harm honeybees

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – California regulators violated the law by approving expanded use of pesticides that have been shown to hurt honeybees needed for pollinating key American crops, according to a lawsuit filed against the state by environmental groups on Tuesday.

The lawsuit seeks an injunction prohibiting the state Department of Pesticide Regulation from approving any new neonicotinoid products or new uses of those products unless it completes a required re-evaulations of the pesticides.

Jul 8, 2014

Body count up to 14 after Chicago’s bloody holiday weekend

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – The death toll from an outbreak of gun violence in Chicago’s during the holiday weekend rose to 14, the medical examiner’s office said on Tuesday.

The Fourth of July holiday weekend brought an explosion of gunfire to the nation’s third-largest city, with 53 people shot, including five by police, according to the Chicago Police Department. Two of those shot by police died.

Jul 7, 2014

Dozens injured, several dead in bloody holiday weekend in Chicago

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – The July Fourth holiday weekend brought an explosion of gunfire to Chicago, where about 60 people were shot and nearly a dozen killed, authorities said on Monday.

The violence was so widespread during the three-day weekend that police were still tallying the dead and wounded, Chicago Police Department spokesman Hector Alfaro said.

Jul 3, 2014

Oklahoma earthquake surge tied to energy industry activity: study

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – A dramatic jump in the number of earthquakes in Oklahoma to a rate never seen there by scientists before, appears to be caused by a small number of wells where wastewater associated with oil and gas production is injected into the ground, a study released on Thursday said.

Just a few of these so-called disposal wells, operating at very high volumes, “create substantial anthropogenic seismic hazard,” according to findings from Cornell University researchers published in the journal Science.

Jul 2, 2014

Chinese woman charged in plot to steal U.S. corn technology

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – A Chinese woman has been arrested and charged with trying to steal patented U.S. seed technology as part of a plot to smuggle types of specialized corn from farm fields in the U.S. Midwest for use in China, authorities said on Wednesday.

The woman, Mo Yun, is married to the founder and chairman of a Chinese conglomerate that runs a corn seed subsidiary. She and her brother, Mo Hailong, worked together and with others to steal the valuable corn seed from Iowa and Illinois, according to law enforcement officials. Mo Hailong was indicted and arrested in December.

Jul 1, 2014

Storms leave power outages, flooding, flight delays in central U.S

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Hundreds of thousands of people were without power on Tuesday and trying to clean up damaged homes and clear roads after a deadly storm that brought tornadoes, high winds, hail and heavy rain to the central United States.

Illinois was hit particularly hard, as flooding, downed trees and fires caused by lightning strikes snarled traffic, cut power and delayed or canceled hundreds of flights in and out of Chicago.

Jul 1, 2014

After wet weekend, new tornadoes, floods seen in U.S. Midwest

By Carey Gillam and Brendan O’Brien

(Reuters) – A strong storm front that proved deadly in Iowa moved through northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin on Monday, bringing with it hurricane-force winds and thunderstorms that damaged homes and took down trees and power lines.

The National Weather Service issued thunderstorm and flash flood warnings west of Milwaukee and Chicago as storm spotters reported 70 mph (112 kph) winds and baseball and golf ball-size hail that pelted parts of Iowa earlier on Monday.

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.

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