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Sep 16, 2014

St. Louis grand jury term extended as it hears Ferguson evidence

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – The St. Louis grand jury hearing evidence in the case of the white police officer who fatally shot unarmed black teenager Michael Brown last month has been given an extra four months to weigh possible criminal charges against the officer, officials said on Tuesday.

The prosecutor’s office still hopes to conclude its presentation of evidence to the grand jury in October but now has until Jan. 7 to do, said Edward Magee, a spokesman for St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch.

Sep 15, 2014

GMO safety, weed control top concerns as US study kicks off

Sept 15 (Reuters) – Agriculture experts raised a number of
concerns with genetically modified crops, including safety and
spreading weed resistance, at the first public meeting of a a
U.S. government sponsored study of genetically engineered crops
held Monday.

The study, led by the National Research Council (NRC) and
sponsored in part by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, comes
at a time of growing consumer suspicion of genetically modified
crops, which are used in a variety of packaged food products.
Many U.S. states are seeking mandatory labeling of foods with
GMO ingredients, and a growing number of food companies are
offering non-GMO products.

Sep 15, 2014

DuPont to pay $1.85 million fine after herbicide injures trees

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – DuPont will pay a $1.85 million penalty to resolve allegations that the global chemical company did not properly disclose the risks of using one of its herbicides, leading to widespread damage to tree species through several U.S. states.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ordered DuPont to stop selling the herbicide, Imprelis, in August 2011 after the agency received more than 7,000 reports of tree damage or death tied to its use. Damage to trees, primarily Norway spruce and white pine, was reported throughout Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin and several other Midwest states.

Sep 15, 2014

New Yorker Kira Kazantsev ‘Happy’ to be crowned Miss America

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – New Yorker Kira Kazantsev won the coveted 2015 Miss America Pageant crown on Sunday, a “three-peat” for contenders from the Big Apple.

As part of the competition, Kazantsev, 23, sang Pharrell William’s song “Happy”, keeping time by tapping a red plastic cup. She said in a question-and-answer segment that sexual assault in the U.S. military was a problem that needed to be addressed by U.S. lawmakers.

Sep 12, 2014

St. Louis groups donating funds to Ferguson schools, shops

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – A group of St. Louis corporate executives and a consortium of businesses and civic groups said on Friday they were donating $85,000 to schools and small businesses in Ferguson, Missouri, to help the town recover after weeks of protests over the shooting of a black teen by a white police officer.

The money is part of $150,000 raised so far by the St. Louis Regional Business Council, a consortium of top officers of mid- to large companies, and North County Inc, a group of business, civic and community organizations in St. Louis.

Sep 11, 2014

St. Louis grand jury weighs charges in Ferguson shooting

LOUIS (Reuters) – The white officer who shot dead unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in August, spurring a wave of violent protests, would be the first policeman charged for killing a suspect in St. Louis County in more than two decades.

For weeks, protesters in the mostly black St. Louis suburb of Ferguson have piled pressure on authorities, demanding that the officer, Darren Wilson, be charged and Prosecutor Bob McCulloch be replaced with a special prosecutor.

Sep 10, 2014

Missouri executes Earl Ringo Jr amid drug controversy

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Missouri on Wednesday executed a man convicted of the murders of two people at a restaurant in 1998 after the denial of an attorney’s last-minute appeal for a court-ordered stay based on a controversy over Missouri’s execution protocols.

Earl Ringo Jr., 40, was pronounced dead at 12:31 a.m. Central Time at a Missouri prison in Bonne Terre, state corrections department spokesman Mike O’Connell said.

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.

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