April 24 (Reuters) – U.S.-grown apples are widely coated
with a pesticide that has been newly banned in the European
Union amid health concerns, and the United States is at least a
year behind in a required scientific assessment of the
pesticide, an environmental group said on Thursday.
The Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit health and
environmental advocacy group, sent a letter to the Environmental
Protection Agency asking for the agency to halt the use of
diphenylamine, also called DPA, until a new analysis shows DPA
levels on food are safe, the group said.
April 23 (Reuters) – A law that would make Vermont the first
U.S. state to enact mandatory labeling of foods made with
genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, received final approval
from state lawmakers on Wednesday and now heads to the
The Vermont House of Representative passed the bill 114-30.
Last week, the Vermont Senate, by a vote of 28-2, approved the
measure, which requires foods containing GMOs sold at retail
outlets to be labeled as having been produced or partially
produced with “genetic engineering.”
By Carey Gillam
(Reuters) – Former U.S. soldier Bradley Manning, who is serving 35 years in prison for turning over classified files to WikiLeaks, can exchange the name Bradley for Chelsea to reflect her desire to be treated as a woman, a judge in Kansas ruled on Wednesday.
Manning’s name is legally changed to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning, according to the decision handed down by Leavenworth County District Judge David King. Manning will be issued a new birth certificate to reflect the name change. Manning’s gender remains male but Manning identifies as a woman.
KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to stay the execution of a death row inmate in Missouri whose attorneys had argued that Missouri’s secrecy around its lethal injection drugs could result in undue suffering for the inmate as he is put to death.
Following the court denial, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon denied a request for clemency, clearing the path for the state to go forward with the execution of William Rousan, 57, at 12:01 a.m. Central Time (1.01 a.m. EDT) on Wednesday.
KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) – Lawyers for a Missouri death row inmate on Tuesday were seeking to halt his execution over concerns about the state’s secret lethal injection drugs a day after an Oklahoma court stopped two executions there over similar issues.
William Rousan, 57, is scheduled for execution at 12:01 a.m. Central Time on Wednesday. Rousan was convicted of murdering 62-year-old Grace Lewis and her 67-year-old husband, Charles Lewis, in 1993 in a plot to steal the farm couple’s cattle.
OVERLAND PARK, Kansas (Reuters) – Thousands gathered at a Methodist church in Kansas on Friday to mourn a teenager and his grandfather who were shot dead outside a Jewish community center last weekend in what authorities say was an anti-Semitic hate crime.
While Reat Underwood, 14, and his grandfather, William Corporon, 69, were not Jewish, they were both gunned down on their way into the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, a suburb of Kansas City, where Underwood was planning to audition for a singing competition.
OVERLAND PARK, Kansas (Reuters) – The scene of what authorities say was a hate crime just days ago became the setting for tears, prayers and calls for peace as religious leaders gathered at a Kansas Jewish community center for a memorial service in honor of three people shot dead on Sunday.
Heavy security surrounded the Jewish Community Center on Thursday in suburban Overland Park, Kansas, where two of the victims were gunned down, and several hundred people crowded into the center’s auditorium for the interfaith service.
April 16 (Reuters) – The Vermont Senate passed a bill on
Wednesday that would make it the first U.S. state to enact
mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically modified
organisms, or GMOs.
Unlike bills passed last year in Maine and Connecticut,
which require other states to pass GMO labeling laws before they
can be enacted, Vermont’s contains no such trigger clause.
(Reuters) – The Vermont Senate passed a bill on Wednesday that would make the state the first in the United States to enact mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically modified crops.
“We are really excited that Vermont is going to be leading on this,” said Falko Schilling, a spokesman for the Vermont Public Interest Research Group, which backed the bill.
By Carey Gillam
OVERLAND PARK Kan. (Reuters) – The suspect in the killings of three people at two Jewish facilities near Kansas City over the weekend has been charged with capital murder and first-degree premeditated murder on a state level, and federal charges are likely, prosecutors said on Tuesday.
The state charges, filed in Johnson County, Kansas, come as U.S. prosecutors consider possible federal hate crimes charges against the suspect, Frazier Glenn Cross. Cross, who also goes by the name Frazier Glenn Miller and has been living in Aurora, Missouri, is known by law enforcement and human rights groups as a former senior member of the Ku Klux Klan movement and someone who has repeatedly expressed hatred for Jewish people.