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Police arrest 2 suspects in fatal shooting near Sioux Falls

Aug. 6, 2020 7:46 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Authorities have arrested two suspect in the fatal shooting of a man whose body was found in a ditch west of Sioux Falls. The suspects — ages 27 and 38 — are both from Sioux Falls and faces charges of first-degree premeditated murder, second-degree murder and...

Judge dismisses Rep. Nunes' lawsuit over Iowa farm story

Aug. 6, 2020 7:35 PM EDT

A federal judge in Iowa has dismissed a lawsuit California Rep. Devin Nunes filed against a major media organization that alleged he was defamed in a magazine story about his family’s Iowa dairy farm. Nunes, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, filed the $77.5 million lawsuit in...

FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2018 file photo, Cliven Bundy talks to reporters outside Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Headquarters in Las Vegas. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal in San Francisco on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, denied prosecutors' efforts to overturn U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro's decision to stop a months-long trial in January 2018 due to prosecutorial misconduct and her order dismissing the case so it could not be re-filed. (L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas Sun via AP, File)

US appeals court denies bid to resurrect Bundy standoff case

Aug. 6, 2020 6:39 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A U.S. appeals court refused Thursday to resurrect the criminal case against states’ rights figure Cliven Bundy, family members and others stemming from a 2014 armed standoff with federal agents trying to round up Bundy cattle near the family ranch in Nevada. The 9th U.S. Circuit...

Filly Ramona Hill favored in $1 million Hambletonian

Aug. 6, 2020 4:58 PM EDT

The $1 million Hambletonian and favored Ramona Hill have come a long way since the coronavirus pandemic shut down sports. Trotting's most prestigious race, scheduled for Saturday at the Meadowlands, was a question mark until May when New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy allowed the sport to start in early June. Ramona...

Mason confirmed as next Fish and Game executive director

Aug. 5, 2020 12:46 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's Executive Council on Wednesday confirmed Scott Mason as the next executive director of the state Fish and Game Department. Mason, of Stratford, is an outdoorsman and runs a dairy farm. Gov. Chris Sununu appointed him to serve on the University System Board of Trustees...

Crews rescue ostrich injured in fall into Illinois ravine

Aug. 4, 2020 10:02 AM EDT

O'FALLON, Ill. (AP) — An ostrich that escaped from a southwestern Illinois farm was rescued after the 300-pound (136-kilogram) bird fell into a ravine and was injured, fire officials said. A veterinarian tranquilized the ostrich before four members of a fire rescue crew entered the ravine near O'Fallon and...

Program offers support, education on organic farming

Aug. 2, 2020 12:17 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — An association that promotes organic farming in New Hampshire is hosting six virtual farm tours. The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Hampshire, through a program that promotes workforce development in the sector, is hoping the tours educate farmers and provides support...

FILE - In this Dec. 20, 2017, file photo, is the Seaboard Triumph Foods pork processing plant in Sioux City, Iowa. Christensen Farms, one influential pork company has received the vast majority of payments from an Iowa program designed to support farmers who euthanized their hogs after the coronavirus devastated their industry. Newly released data shows that Christensen Farms has received $1.86 million from the Iowa Disposal Assistance Program. That's 72% of the $2.6 million the program has paid to date. (Tim Hynds/Sioux City Journal via AP, File)

Minnesota company gets most aid in Iowa hog disposal program

Jul. 31, 2020 12:25 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — One influential pork company has received most of the money from an Iowa program designed to support farmers who euthanized their hogs after the coronavirus devastated their industry, newly released data shows. Christensen Farms, one of the nation's largest family-owned pork...

Cows on pasture at the University of Vermont dairy farm eat hay Thursday, July 23, 2020, in Burlington, Vt. When the coronavirus pandemic forced the University of Vermont to close and send its students home, the school worried about who would take care of the cows, normally tended to by students. In no time, dozens of alumni and students of a particular agriculture program clamored to spend their spring and summer caring for the Holsteins. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke)

Students, alumni clamor to take care of university's cows

Jul. 30, 2020 4:47 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — When the coronavirus pandemic forced the University of Vermont to close and send its students home, the alarm spread: What would happen to the cows? The university’s beloved herd of about 100 dairy cows is normally tended by students taking part in the Cooperative for Real...

Unions sue USDA over faster chicken plant production speeds

Jul. 28, 2020 2:33 PM EDT

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The union representing workers at chicken processing plants in six states sued the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday, saying its policy of allowing companies to slaughter birds more quickly endangers workers and makes it more difficult to protect against spread of the...