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Aug 5, 2014

Missouri killer set for execution, scrutiny high after Arizona

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Missouri officials are pressing forward with the Wednesday execution of convicted killer Michael Worthington despite calls for caution after last month’s problematic execution in Arizona in which the inmate took more than an hour to die.

The Missouri execution will be the first since the July 23 execution in Arizona of Joseph Wood, who some witnesses said gasped and struggled for breath for more than 90 minutes as he was put to death at a state prison complex.

Aug 5, 2014

Food fight in Kansas primary part of election day in four states

, Aug 5 (Reuters) – Kansas voters will get
to weigh in Tuesday on a right-wing food fight as part of a
Congressional House race, while in neighboring Missouri the son
of former Attorney General John Ashcroft seeks to follow in his
father’s footsteps.

In all, four states are holding primary elections Tuesday,
with Kansas, Missouri, Michigan and Washington voters taking to
the polls.

Jul 29, 2014

In Kansas, a Democrat makes hay on Brownback’s budget woes

By Carey Gillam

OVERLAND PARK Kan. (Reuters) – Paul Davis has emerged as the potential wrecker of red state politics.

The 42-year-old Democratic nominee for governor in Kansas, one of the nation’s reddest states, was a long shot when he announced his candidacy. Nearly a year later his moderate platform is drawing enough support from voters disenchanted with the Republican candidate, incumbent Governor Sam Brownback, and the state’s flagging economy that Davis is threatening to upend the race.

Jul 29, 2014

U.S. GMO crop companies double down on anti-labeling efforts

July 29 (Reuters) – One year after the launch of a social
media effort to allay consumers’ concerns about the safety of
foods made from genetically modified crops, U.S. companies that
develop GMOs have further committed to a multimillion-dollar
campaign to defeat attempts to add GMO labels to such foods.

“We are not going to sit down for that (labeling),”
Cathleen Enright, spokeswoman for the effort, said in an
interview. “We want people to know how their food is grown …
we support a right to know. It is the mechanism that we can’t
abide.”

Jul 24, 2014

Neonic insecticides widespread in Iowa waters -study

July 24 (Reuters) – A class of insecticides popular with
corn and soybean farmers in the U.S. Midwest but feared as a
factor in the decline of U.S. honey bee colonies and other crop
pollinators, has been found to be widespread through rivers and
streams in Iowa, according to a government study released on
Thursday.

The study, released by the U.S. Department of the Interior,
U.S. Geological Survey, marks the first broad-scale
investigation of multiple neonicotinoid insecticides in
waterways in the Midwestern U.S., and is one of the first
conducted within the entire United States, according to the
government scientists.

Jul 23, 2014

U.S. Midwestern farmers fighting explosion of ‘superweeds’

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Farmers in important crop-growing states should consider the environmentally unfriendly practice of deeply tilling fields to fight a growing problem with invasive “superweeds” that resist herbicides and choke crop yields, agricultural experts said this week.

Resistance to glyphosate, the main ingredient in widely used Roundup herbicide, has reached the point that row crop farmers in the Midwest are struggling to contain an array of weeds, agronomists say.

Jul 23, 2014

Kansas man charged with murder after girl dies in police chase

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – A man accused of kidnapping a 5-year-old Kansas girl, who was found dead after a police chase, was charged on Wednesday with first-degree felony murder in the child’s death, authorities said.

Marcus McGowan, 30, also was charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer in the incident Friday that killed 5-year-old Cadence Harris of Leavenworth, Kansas, according to Leavenworth County Attorney Todd Thompson.

Jul 19, 2014

Kidnapped girl dead after Kansas shootout between police, suspect

KANSAS CITY (Reuters) – A 5-year-old Kansas girl who was kidnapped on Friday night died in a gun battle between police and her abductor following a high-speed chase, police said on Saturday.

“The matter unfolded quite rapidly,” said Leavenworth Police Chief Patrick Kitchens,” calling the girl’s death tragic. “We are still trying to sort out specifically what happened.”

Jul 17, 2014

Gay, married church worker sues Missouri Catholic diocese for firing

By Carey Gillam

KANSAS CITY Mo. (Reuters) – A Missouri church worker sued the Catholic diocese in Kansas City on Thursday claiming she was wrongfully fired from her salaried position as a pastoral associate after her marriage to another woman was mentioned in a local newspaper.

The lawsuit, filed in Jackson County Circuit Court in Independence, Missouri, against the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-Saint Joseph and embattled church leader Bishop Robert Finn, claims fraud and violation of Missouri law.

Jul 17, 2014

Missouri executes triple murderer after stay is lifted

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – After a nearly day-long delay amid a flurry of final appeals, Missouri put to death a triple murderer who had claimed both that he was innocent and that he suffered from mental incompetence.

John Middleton, 54, was given a lethal injection and pronounced dead at 7:06 p.m. CST, according to Missouri Department of Corrections spokesman Mike O’Connell.

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