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Editorial Roundup: Iowa

Jun. 21, 2021 10:39 AM EDT

Des Moines Register. June 17, 2021. Editorial: Please stop watering established grass in central Iowa. Your lawn will be fine About 90% of Iowa is experiencing extremely dry or drought conditions. River levels are low. We are facing a water shortage....

Ransomware gangs get paid off as officials struggle for fix

Jun. 21, 2021 08:20 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — If your business falls victim to ransomware and you want simple advice on whether to pay the criminals, don't expect much help from the U.S. government. The answer is apt to be: It depends. “It is the position of the U.S. government that we strongly...

Famed escapee Buddy the beefalo adjusting to life in Florida

Jun. 20, 2021 13:19 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A bison hybrid who roamed the woods in Connecticut for months after escaping on the way to the slaughterhouse has adjusted to life in a Florida animal sanctuary. Buddy the beefalo “has fully integrated into the herd” and has not tried to...

UVM Food Systems Research Center gets $11K in federal funds

Jun. 19, 2021 16:02 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The University of Vermont Food Systems Research Center is getting $11 million in federal funding to support its work researching the regional food system, from production agriculture to food security, UVM and U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy announced Friday. ...

Falling tree branch in park kills woman, injures husband

Jun. 19, 2021 11:44 AM EDT

UPPER ST. CLAIR, Pa. (AP) — Officials say a falling tree branch struck and killed a woman and seriously injured her husband in a western Pennsylvania park. Upper St. Clair Township officials said the two were hiking along the Morton Ravine Trail in the township's Boyce...

Semitrailer overturns, spills milk along Michigan freeway

Jun. 18, 2021 15:43 PM EDT

HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Milk spilled from an overturned semitrailer shut down traffic for several hours along part of a freeway in western Michigan. The truck’s driver drifted about 9:30 a.m. Friday from the roadway of Interstate 196 in Holland Township before...

Smithfield Foods meatpackers approve new union contract

Jun. 18, 2021 15:09 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The union representing workers at the Smithfield Foods plant in Sioux Falls said Friday its members have voted in favor of a new contract. Union leaders say the new contract sends a message to the meatpacking industry that companies need to...

High court backs Nestle, Cargill in child slave labor suit

Jun. 17, 2021 18:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court sided with food giants Nestle and Cargill on Thursday and threw out a lawsuit that claimed they knowingly bought cocoa beans from farms in Africa that used child slave labor. The justices ruled 8-1 that an appeals court improperly...

Making hot sauce and working to save wetlands

Jun. 16, 2021 01:17 AM EDT

AVERY ISLAND, La. (AP) — As storms grow more violent and Louisiana loses more of its coast, the family that makes Tabasco Sauce is fighting erosion in the marshland that buffers its factory from hurricanes and floods. Overall, the effort is probably a standoff, says...

NE Indiana ice cream plant closing, eliminating 176 jobs

Jun. 15, 2021 12:15 PM EDT

DECATUR, Ind. (AP) — An ice cream producer has notified the state it will close a northeastern Indiana plant by the end of the year, eliminating 156 full-time and 20 temporary jobs. DFA Dairy Brands Ice Cream plans the first of several job cuts to occur on Sept. 10, the...