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Sep 9, 2014

Ferguson council to meet for first time since Michael Brown shooting

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – City leaders in Ferguson, Missouri, on Tuesday will hold their first public meeting since last month’s fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer that ignited nights of unrest in the St. Louis suburb.

The Ferguson City Council, made up the mayor and six members, was expected to hold the meeting at an area church at 7 p.m. to accommodate what is expected to be a large crowd. Protesters have been demanding the ouster of both Mayor James Knowles III and Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson.

Sep 8, 2014

Ferguson to reform police, courts after shooting and protests

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – The city of Ferguson, Missouri, said on Monday it would reform its police and courts after the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teenager last month roiled the St. Louis suburb and set off race-related protests.

The Ferguson City Council, which will hold its first public meeting on Tuesday since 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed by a white policeman, said new laws would reduce the city budget’s dependence on court fines and give citizens more oversight of the police department.

Sep 8, 2014

Hundreds of children in U.S. states stricken with respiratory illness

KANSAS CITY Mo (Reuters) – Hundreds of children across the U.S. Midwest have been stricken by a potentially serious respiratory illness, and many states are asking for federal help testing and tracking cases, according to federal and state health officials.

Hospitals are reporting unusually high numbers of children with symptoms similar to that of a common cold that turns into respiratory distress. Symptoms can include coughing, difficulty breathing, and possibly a rash and fever.

Sep 3, 2014

Missouri misled on execution drugs used: media report

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Missouri officials have not been truthful about the drugs and methods used in recent executions, misleading lawyers for death row inmates and the public, according to a St. Louis Public Radio investigation published on Wednesday.

The report, based on court records and other documents, showed that while Missouri officials have said publicly and in court records that they only use one drug, pentobarbital, to put prisoners to death, the state has also been using a controversial sedative called midazolam in every execution since November 2013.

Sep 3, 2014

U.S. GMO labeling foes triple spending in first half of this year over 2013

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Opponents of mandatory labeling for foods made with genetically modified organisms spent more than $27 million in the first six months of this year on GMO-related lobbying, roughly three times their spending in all of 2013, according to an analysis released Wednesday.

The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and major food makers such as Coca-Cola Co and PepsiCo Inc and top biotech seed makers Monsanto Co and DuPont were among heavy spenders on GMO labeling-related lobbying, according to a report issued by the Environmental Working Group.

Aug 28, 2014

Missouri police sued for $40 million over actions in Ferguson protests

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – A group of people caught up in unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, after a white officer killed a black teenager, sued local officials on Thursday, alleging civil rights violations through arrests and police assaults with rubber bullets and tear gas.

The suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, says law enforcement met a broad public outcry over the Aug. 9 killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown with “militaristic displays of force and weaponry,” (and) engaged U.S. citizens “as if they were war combatants.”

Aug 27, 2014

Dupont fined $1.275 million in West Virginia toxic pollution case

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – DuPont will pay a fine of $1.275 million and spend an estimated $2.3 million more to settle claims by U.S. officials that the global chemical conglomerate failed to prevent toxic releases of hazardous substances in West Virginia that killed at least one man, environmental regulators said on Wednesday.

E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co reached the settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice in a case about eight alleged releases of harmful levels of hazardous substances between May 2006 and January 2010 from a DuPont facility in Belle, West Virginia, the EPA said.

Aug 25, 2014

U.S. court overturns law limiting biotech crops on Hawaiian island

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – A group of global biotech crop companies won a court victory on Monday that blocks enactment of a law passed last year limiting the planting of biotech crops and use of pesticides on the Hawaiian island of Kauai.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Kurren of the U.S. District Court in Hawaii ruled that the law passed in November by local leaders on the island was invalid because it was pre-empted by Hawaii state law.

Aug 23, 2014

Protests muted in Ferguson as National Guard withdraws

By Carey Gillam and Nick Carey

FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) – Protests in Ferguson, Missouri, were muted for a third straight evening on Friday as National Guard troops begins withdrawing from a St. Louis suburb racked by nearly two weeks of racial turmoil after a white police officer shot an unarmed black teenager to death.

Dozens of protesters marched along a street near the site of the Aug. 9 slaying of 18-year-old Michael Brown, chanting “Hands up, don’t shoot,” while the acting police commander, a black highway patrol captain placed in charge last week, ventured out to greet demonstrators.

Aug 22, 2014

Rights struggle to continue after Missouri violence fades, organizers vow

By Carey Gillam

FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) – After two nights of relative calm in Ferguson, Missouri, many have expressed hope the violent clashes and looting that followed a white police officer’s shooting of an unarmed black teenager will soon be a thing of the past.

The protests are another matter.

A contingent of U.S. civil rights workers and community activists from Georgia, Florida, Detroit and elsewhere have set up shop in Ferguson and say they plan to remain in the mostly black St. Louis suburb of 21,000 for the long haul.

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