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Senate panel OKs farm bill, but House wants work provisions

Jun. 13, 2018 2:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel approved a modest, bipartisan rewrite of federal farm and nutrition programs on Wednesday, sidestepping a fight for now but setting up a clash with House Republicans intent on beefing up work requirements for food stamps. The legislation, approved by a bipartisan 20-1 vote,...

Sen. Mitch McConnell pushes hemp legalization in farm bill

Jun. 12, 2018 9:16 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Declaring he has "won the argument" on hemp, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that the Senate is on track for a vote to legalize the crop that comes from the same plant that produces marijuana. The Senate Agriculture Committee is scheduled to consider the farm bill...

No. 2 hog state moves to greatly help agribusiness in suits

Jun. 12, 2018 6:26 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Blankets of black flies spawned by a nearby industrial hog farm's uncovered cesspools can be so thick, Elvis Williams told jurors Tuesday, he built a screened front porch for his mobile home so that he could continue grilling dinners as he's loved doing for decades. The 60-year-old...

Letter: Tennessee farmers urge House reps to oppose tariffs

Jun. 12, 2018 3:56 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Dozens of Tennessee farmers have urged the state's U.S. House delegation to oppose President Donald Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs, saying they worry the fallout will cripple the rural state's agriculture. In their open letter Monday, 42 farmers wrote that the tariffs would...

Portrait of despair: Opioids land more women behind bars

May. 21, 2018 4:29 PM EDT

JACKSBORO, Tenn. (AP) — On opposite sides of the county jail, a mother and her son chat about school, girls, birthday gifts — and their future together. They aren't allowed to see each other face-to-face, so the inmate and the fifth-grader connect by video. "Hi, Mommy," 10-year-old Robby says to...

Northern states taking down vestiges of racism, intolerance

May. 20, 2018 10:58 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A nearly 80-year-old statue depicting a European settler with a weapon in his hand towering over a Native American that some say celebrates white supremacy has been dismantled by crews in southwestern Michigan's Kalamazoo. And at the University of Michigan, regents have voted to strip a...