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Mar 30, 2015

Another apparent suicide of Missouri state official: police

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Less than a month after the suicide of Missouri’s state auditor, one of the official’s top aides has also been found dead in what appears to be a suicide, police said Monday.

Robert “Spence” Jackson, 45, was found dead Sunday evening in the bedroom of his apartment in Jefferson City, apparently having killed himself with a gun, Jefferson City police said in a statement.

Mar 27, 2015

Environmental group seeks greater protection for USDA scientists

March 27 (Reuters) – An environmental activist group has
filed a legal petition with the U.S. Department of Agriculture
seeking new rules that would enhance job protection for
government scientists whose research questions the safety of
farm chemicals.

The action filed on Thursday by the Public Employees for
Environmental Responsibility, an advocacy group for local, state
and federal researchers, came less than a week after a World
Health Organization group found the active ingredient in
Roundup, the world’s best selling weed killer, is “probably
carcinogenic to humans.” Roundup is made by Monsanto Co.

Mar 26, 2015

Scientist defends WHO group report linking herbicide to cancer

March 26 (Reuters) – A World Health Organization group’s
controversial finding that the world’s most popular herbicide
“probably is carcinogenic to humans” was based on a thorough
scientific review and is a key marker in ongoing evaluations of
the product, the scientist who led the study said Thursday.

“There were several studies. There was sufficient evidence
in animals, limited evidence in humans and strong supporting
evidence showing DNA mutations … and damaged chromosomes,”
Aaron Blair, a scientist emeritus at the National Cancer
Institute, said in an interview.

Mar 24, 2015

Monsanto seeks retraction for report linking herbicide to cancer

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Monsanto Co, maker of the world’s most widely used herbicide, Roundup, wants an international health organization to retract a report linking the chief ingredient in Roundup to cancer.

The company said on Tuesday that the report, issued on Friday by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), was biased and contradicts regulatory findings that the ingredient, glyphosate, is safe when used as labeled.

Mar 12, 2015

Ferguson police chief resigns after scathing U.S. Justice Department report

By Kate Munsch and Carey Gillam

FERGUSON/KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Reuters) – The police chief of Ferguson, Missouri, resigned on Wednesday, following a scathing U.S. Justice Department report that found widespread racially biased abuses in the city’s police department and municipal court.

The resignation of Chief Thomas Jackson was the latest in a string of departures since the Justice Department said on March 4 that a months-long probe had uncovered a range of unlawful and unconstitutional practices in the St. Louis suburb.

Mar 12, 2015

Ferguson police chief resigns after scathing Justice Dept. report

By Kate Munsch and Carey Gillam

FERGUSON/KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Reuters) – The police chief of Ferguson, Missouri, resigned on Wednesday, following a scathing U.S. Justice Department report that found widespread racially biased abuses in the city’s police department and municipal court.

The resignation of Chief Thomas Jackson was the latest in a string of departures since the Justice Department said on March 4 that a months-long probe had uncovered a range of unlawful and unconstitutional practices in the St. Louis suburb.

Mar 11, 2015

Ferguson police chief will resign Wednesday, sources say

KANSAS CITY (Reuters) – The police chief of Ferguson, Missouri, will resign on Wednesday, following a scathing U.S. Justice Department report that found widespread abuses in the city’s policing and courts, two sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

Chief Thomas Jackson would be the latest in a string of departures since the findings of the Justice Department probe were announced on March 4.

Mar 11, 2015

City manager of Ferguson, Missouri, resigns after U.S. probe

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – The city manager of Ferguson, Missouri, has resigned in the wake of a U.S. Justice Department probe that found a range of systemic racially biased practices by the police and municipal court, the city said on Tuesday.

Ferguson City Council voted unanimously at a meeting on Tuesday to accept the resignation of City Manager John Shaw effective immediately. The city manager is the highest-ranking, non-elected municipal official and oversees the police department.

Mar 10, 2015

Cyber attack hits Madison, Wisconsin, after police shooting of teen

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) – Cyber attackers have compromised computer systems at the Madison, Wisconsin, Police Department in retaliation for the police shooting death of a 19-year-old unarmed black man in the Wisconsin capital city, a police spokesman said Tuesday.

The cyber attack appears to be continuing and could be hitting other city and county websites beyond the police department, said police spokesman Joel DeSpain.

Mar 7, 2015

Obama criticizes Ferguson as city seeks settlement over racial bias

By Carey Gillam and Julia Edwards

(Reuters) – President Barack Obama condemned the Missouri city of Ferguson on Friday for “oppressive and abusive” actions against African-Americans that were laid bare in a U.S. Justice Department report accusing police and court officials of racial bias.

The president’s comments came as U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Friday dismantling the city’s police department was a possibility.

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