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Nov 5, 2014

Kansas Republican senator, governor win re-election

By Kevin Murphy and Carey Gillam

OVERLAND PARK Kan. (Reuters) – Kansas Republican Senator Pat Roberts retained his seat in a crucial race for his party as it clinched control of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, with election returns showing the veteran lawmaker pulling ahead of challenger Greg Orman.

Republican Governor Sam Brownback, a former U.S. senator and presidential candidate, also won re-election despite a bruising campaign that focussed on the fiscal problems that followed his tax cuts.

Nov 5, 2014

Kansas Republican senator wins re-election

By Kevin Murphy and Carey Gillam

OVERLAND PARK Kan. (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Pat Roberts retained his seat in a crucial race for Republicans as they clinched control of the U.S. Senate, with election returns showing the veteran lawmaker pulling ahead of challenger Greg Orman.

Orman conceded defeat as Roberts led Orman 51-44 percent with more than half the votes counted on Tuesday, securing Roberts’s hold on a seat he first won in 1996.

Oct 31, 2014

Insight: U.S. jockeys with China over GMO crop issues

By Carey Gillam and Tom Polansek

(Reuters) – With U.S. approval for Dow AgroSciences’ package of chemicals and new genetically engineered crops now in hand, the Dow Chemical Co (DOW.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) unit faces a major obstacle to a $1 billion market opportunity: Chinese import barriers.

The Asian nation has become a major buyer of U.S. corn and soybeans in recent years, but has also shown mounting reluctance to accept some genetically modified crops grown by U.S. farmers. China for the last year has been rejecting U.S. corn shipments containing traces of a type of GMO corn developed by Syngenta AG (SYNN.VX: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz).

Oct 31, 2014

U.S. jockeys with China over GMO crop issues

Oct 31 (Reuters) – With U.S. approval for Dow AgroSciences’
package of chemicals and new genetically engineered crops now in
hand, the Dow Chemical Co unit faces a major obstacle to
a $1 billion market opportunity: Chinese import barriers.

The Asian nation has become a major buyer of U.S. corn and
soybeans in recent years, but has also shown mounting reluctance
to accept some genetically modified crops grown by U.S. farmers.
China for the last year has been rejecting U.S. corn shipments
containing traces of a type of GMO corn developed by Syngenta AG
.

Oct 29, 2014

As debate rages, GMO labeling votes loom in Oregon, Colorado

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – With less than a week before voters in two U.S. states weigh measures to require labeling of foods made with genetically modified ingredients, labeling supporters were hoping for victory but planning for defeat.

Fresh polling showed support for the Oregon GMO labeling law waning in the face of a well-funded onslaught of advertising from labeling opponents, and pro-labeling Colorado campaigners still could not muster enough money for television ads to counter thousands of ads by labeling opponents.

Oct 24, 2014

Police in Ferguson committed human rights abuses: Amnesty report

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Police in Ferguson, Missouri, committed human rights abuses as they sought to quell mostly peaceful protests that erupted after an officer killed an unarmed black teenager, an international human rights organization said in a report released on Friday.

The Amnesty International report said law enforcement officers should be investigated by U.S. authorities for the abuses, which occurred during weeks of racially charged protests that erupted after white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown, 18, on Aug. 9.

Oct 23, 2014

Autopsy of slain Missouri teen shows close-range gunshot

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – The official autopsy on an unarmed black teenager whose killing by a white police officer in August set off protests in Ferguson, Missouri, suggests he sustained a gunshot wound to the hand from close range, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

The autopsy report, obtained by the newspaper and published on its website late on Tuesday, comes as a St. Louis County grand jury considers charges against Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Oct 23, 2014

Critics of Dow herbicide sue U.S. EPA over approval

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – A coalition of U.S. farmer and environmental groups filed a lawsuit on Wednesday seeking to overturn regulatory approval granted last week for an herbicide developed by Dow AgroSciences.

The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in California, argues that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) did not adequately analyze the impact of one of the new herbicide’s active ingredients, 2,4-D, before granting approval on Oct. 15 to Dow’s Enlist Duo herbicide.

Oct 22, 2014

Critics of Dow herbicide ingredient sue U.S. EPA over approval

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – A coalition of U.S. farmer and environmental groups filed a lawsuit on Wednesday seeking to overturn regulatory approval granted last week for a herbicide developed by Dow AgroSciences.

The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in California, argues that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) did not adequately analyze the impact of one of the new herbicide’s active ingredients, 2,4-D, before granting approval on Oct. 15 to Dow’s Enlist Duo herbicide.

Oct 22, 2014

Autopsy of slain Missouri teen shows close-range gunshot: report

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – A government autopsy of the unarmed black teenager whose killing by a white police officer set off months of protests in Ferguson, Missouri, suggests he suffered a gunshot to the hand from close range, according to a copy of the autopsy published by the St. Louis Post Dispatch.

The autopsy results could buttress claims by supporters of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson that the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown, 18, was justified.

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