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Apr 29, 2013

South Dakota tries to change “Negro” and “squaw” place-names

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – South Dakota is finding it difficult to change time-worn names of locations that are seen as offensive by African-Americans and Native Americans, such as “Negro” and “squaw” creeks, canyons and mountain ridges.

The state issued a plea this month for public assistance in renaming five geographic features. The five are part of a total of 18 sites that include the word “squaw” or “Negro” in their names and have been designated by the legislature as needing renaming.

Apr 25, 2013

U.S. GMO food labeling drive has biotech industry biting back

CHICAGO (Reuters) – New efforts to force labeling of foods made with genetically modified crops, including a bill introduced by U.S. lawmakers Wednesday, have struck a nerve with biotech crop developers who say they are rushing to roll out a broad strategy to combat consumer concerns about their products.

Executives from Monsanto Co., DuPont, and Dow Chemical, among the world’s largest developers of biotech crops and the chemicals used to help produce them, told Reuters this week they are putting together a campaign aimed at turning the tide on what they acknowledge is a growing public sentiment against genetically modified organisms (GMOs) used as ingredients in the nation’s food supply.

Apr 25, 2013

U.S. drought continues to ease

April 25 (Reuters) – Drought conditions across portions of
the central United States continued to moderate as rain and snow
boosted soil moisture in the past week, according to a report
released on Thursday by state and federal climatologists.

The “Drought Monitor” report, which tracks the land area
affected by drought, said the High Plains, the region suffering
the most from drought, was seeing significant relief.

Apr 25, 2013

Heavy use of herbicide Roundup linked to health dangers-U.S. study

April 25 (Reuters) – Heavy use of the world’s most popular
herbicide, Roundup, could be linked to a range of health
problems and diseases, including Parkinson’s, infertility and
cancers, according to a new study.

The peer-reviewed report, published last week in the
scientific journal Entropy, said evidence indicates that
residues of “glyphosate,” the chief ingredient in Roundup weed
killer, which is sprayed over millions of acres of crops, has
been found in food.

Apr 23, 2013

Genetically engineered salmon company expects U.S. regulatory OK in 2013

CHICAGO (Reuters) – AquaBounty Technologies Inc expects regulatory approval by the fourth quarter of this year to produce its controversial genetically engineered salmon, its chief executive said on Tuesday.

“There have been no new legal issues, no new regulatory issues, no new environmental issues raised,” AquaBounty Technologies Chief Executive Ronald Stotish said on the sidelines of the BIO International Convention. “We should have approval before the end of the year.”

Apr 21, 2013

Texas blast highlights risks for volunteer firefighters

WEST, Texas/CHICAGO (Reuters) – When Cody Dragoo set out with his fellow volunteer firefighters to stop the fire raging at the West Fertilizer Co, he more than anyone knew the dangers that loomed, family and friends said.

A team leader for the all-volunteer firefighting force in West, the 50-year-old worked at the plant mixing combustible chemicals to make fertilizer for use on the fields of corn and other crops that surround the rural Texas town.

Apr 19, 2013

Investigators seek cause of Texas blast that killed at least 12

WEST, Texas, April 19 (Reuters) – Investigators searched for
clues on Friday to the cause of a Texas fertilizer plant
explosion that obliterated sections of a small town and killed
at least 12 people, including volunteer firefighters who raced
to the scene to douse a blaze.

There was no indication of foul play in the blast at West
Fertilizer Co, a privately owned facility that authorities said
had not been inspected in two years.

Apr 19, 2013

Investigators search for clues to cause of Texas explosion

WEST, Texas, April 19 (Reuters) – Investigators searched for
clues on Friday to the cause of an explosion and inferno after
an apparent industrial accident at a Texas fertilizer plant
flattened sections of a small town and killed at least 12
people.

Authorities said there was no indication of foul play in the
blast at West Fertilizer Co, which they said had not been
inspected since 2006, was storing potentially combustible
ammonium nitrate and was located in a residential area.

Apr 18, 2013

Rescuers search for survivors of Texas fertilizer plant blast

WEST, Texas (Reuters) – Rescuers searched on Thursday for survivors in the rubble of homes destroyed by a fiery fertilizer plant explosion in a small rural Texas town, as authorities struggled to determine how many people had been killed.

Concern and uncertainty gripped the town of West nearly a day after the chemical blast at West Fertilizer Co. injured more than 160 people. The cause of the explosion was not known and officials said no evidence of foul play had been found.

Apr 11, 2013

Storm in Mississippi leaves one dead, others injured

, April 11 (Reuters) – One person was
reported killed and several others injured after severe weather
on Thursday caused power outages and damaged buildings in Kemper
County, Mississippi, emergency management officials said.

“I don’t know if those are homes or businesses at this
point,” said Mississippi Emergency Management Agency spokesman
Greg Flynn, who noted the reported death and injuries.

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