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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.

Jan 10, 2013

Drought eases slightly, Plains states still suffering

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – The Plains remain tightly gripped by severe drought, according to a report issued Thursday, and fears mounted that another hot and dry year could lie ahead for the key crop-growing and cattle-grazing region.

Good rains have fallen in Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas over the last few days, which should provide some improvement to dry soils and shrunken rivers and streams. But generally the worst-hit areas remain in sad shape, said Brian Fuchs, climatologist with the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Jan 8, 2013

Monsanto beats expectations with bigger first-quarter profit

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Monsanto Co (MON.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), the world’s largest seed company, raised its earnings outlook for fiscal 2013 on Tuesday and delivered surprisingly strong first-quarter results, citing growth in Latin America and early U.S. spring seed sales.

Its shares surged nearly 4 percent in premarket trading after the developer of genetically engineered corn, soybeans, and other crops gave analysts what they had been looking for – a much improved fiscal-year profit outlook.

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