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3 hrs ago | The Brattleboro Reformer

US tobacco growers brace for tougher competition

The very last buyout checks, totaling about $916.5 million, go out in October to about 425,000 tobacco farmers and landowners. They're the last holdovers from a price-support and quota system that had guaranteed minimum prices for most of the 20th century, sustaining a way of life that began 400 years ago in Virginia, when the leaf became the chief cash crop of the Jamestown colony.


Related Topix: Agriculture, Smoking, Medicine, Health, Chatham, VA, Tobacco, RJ Reynolds Tobacco Holdings, Altria Group

Mon Sep 15, 2014


Hop growers face worker shortage

Normally, Joel Cervantes would be plowing hop yards, repairing equipment or watering down the dusty roadways of Double R Hop Ranches in the Yakima Valley. But with seasonal workers scarce, Cervantes last week had to unload hop vines by hand into the picking machine, an exhausting, dusty, entry-level task.


Related Topix: Agriculture

WDAM-TV Hattiesburg


A federal agency on Monday urged museums and schools to stop using methanol and other flammable chemicals in their fire-based science demonstrations in light of a flash fire that injured 13 people, most of them children, at a Reno museum earlier this month. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board's recommendation Monday cited the Sept.


Related Topix: Fire, Wells, NV, Chemistry

News9 Oklahoma City

Agency urges science demo changes after Reno fire

A federal agency is calling on museums and schools to change the way they do science demonstrations in light of a fire that injured 13 people, most of them children, earlier this month at a Reno museum. A federal agency on Monday urged museums and schools to stop using methanol and other flammable chemicals in their fire-based science demonstrations in light of a flash fire that injured 13 people, most of them children,... Police say they followed proper protocol when they demanded identification from an actress and her boyfriend while investigating a 911 call alleging lewd conduct.


Related Topix: Tampa, FL, Chemistry

Monterey County Herald

4 students hurt, at least 1 seriously, in lab fire

Four students suffered burns and at least one had serious injuries after a fire erupted Monday in a Denver high school chemistry laboratory, officials said. The students were taken to Denver-area hospitals, some with burns on their faces and upper chests, Denver Fire Department spokesman Mark Watson said.


Related Topix: Fire, Chemistry

WHNT-TV Huntsville

Lawyer: Secret children, living and dead, hidden by squalor for years

It was a shocking and gruesome discovery: three dead infants found in a Massachusetts home so squalid that police officers had to search it in hazmat suits. Now, days later, as investigators continue to search through what the Worcester County District Attorney's Office describes as the home's "deplorable conditions massive insect infestation, mounds of used diapers and feces," a picture is beginning to emerge of the family that lived inside.


Related Topix: Criminal Defense Law, Law, Worcester County, MA, Entomology

Bicester Advertiser

Cherry farms miss out on record crops

FARMERS around the country are boasting record cherry sales this year, but the fortunes of those in Oxfordshire have blossomed less well. Advertising agency Red Brick Road said that growers in the UK had shifted some 3,000 tonnes of the fruit to supermarkets - compared with 1,520 tonnes this time last year.


Related Topix: Agriculture, Advertising, Life, Fruits, Food


UCO introduces new software engineering degree

The University of Central Oklahoma is offering students a new degree option in software engineering, making it the first program of its kind to be offered by a public university in the state. The Edmond-based school says the bachelor of science in software engineering degree will help prepare students to work in the rapidly growing field.


Related Topix: Computer Science, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK

Sun Sep 14, 2014

Mid-Day Mumbai

Rs.5,700 crore loss in Kashmir floods: Assocham

New Delhi: Floods in Jammu and Kashmir have caused a loss of around Rs.5,700 crore with heavy damages to trade, hotels, restaurants, horticulture and handicraft, Assocham said Sunday. "The total losses are estimated to be Rs.2,630 crore for hotels, trade, agriculture and horticulture, roads and bridges, while infrastructure like railways, power and communication would have suffered a loss of around Rs.


Related Topix: India, World News, Agriculture

Monterey County Herald

Small earthquake rattles Northern California

The U.S. Geological Survey reported a magnitude 3.5 quake struck Sunday at 1:17 p.m. PDT about six miles south of Covelo in Mendocino County. The epicenter was about 120 miles from west of Sacramento.

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Related Topix: Earthquake, Natural Disasters, Geology, Covelo, CA, Mendocino County, CA, Monterey County, CA

Brandon Sun

Oil associates asked B.C. government for gas plant exemption: documents

In January of this year, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers made a presentation to high-ranking officials in British Columbia's Environment Ministry, outlining changes they wanted to environmental review rules for natural gas projects. An outcry from First Nations organizations forced an about-face from Environment Minister Mary Polak, who rescinded the revisions two days after they were passed by order-in-council.


Related Topix: Environment


Skin shocks used at Mass. school draw FDA look

Some cut themselves. Others slam their heads against walls or desks - so hard that one girl detached both retinas and a young man triggered a stroke.


Related Topix: Healthcare Law, Law, Food and Drug Administration, Apiculture, University of New Hampshire, University of Minnesota

The New Zealand Herald

Chinese march against incinerator for 2nd day

Residents in a southern Chinese town protested against a proposed garbage incinerator for a second straight day Sunday, according to witnesses, as police said ringleaders of earlier demonstrations that saw clashes with police should surrender. Hundreds of people gathered on a long street in front of the offices of the government in Guangdong province's Boluo county, with anti-riot police standing by, three residents said.


Related Topix: World News, China, Asia, Environment

Croydon Guardian

Mad science with Albert Einstein

Can physics ever be funny? Well, this one-man show by actor and comedian John Hinton is aiming to answer that question with an emphatic yes, writes Harvey Day . Performed as a spoof performance lecture by none other than Albert Einstein, Hinton looks to explain his most famous theory, filled with science-themed jokes and puns, to delight science and comedy fans alike.


Related Topix: Physics

Sat Sep 13, 2014


Farmers worry good corn crop could mean low prices

Agricultural officials are projecting an 11 percent increase in the size of Wisconsin's corn harvest this year. That has farmers worried that prices will drop too low for them to make a profit.


Related Topix: Agriculture, Chippewa Falls, WI


Scientists studying weather at apple orchards

University of New Hampshire scientists are studying weather data to predict when an apple orchard is at risk for infection. By studying the weather models, the researchers at the New Hampshire Agricultural Experimental Station have more accurately determined when fungicides should be sprayed.


Related Topix: University of New Hampshire, Agriculture

Albany Times Union

In this Friday, Sept. 12, 2014 photo, Angie Trombley carries a crate of Islanders, purple-colored heirloom peppers, grown in a caterpillar-style greenhouse at the Squire Tarbox Farm on Westport Island, Maine.


Related Topix: Life, Food, Slow Food, Local Food, Agriculture, us Travel, Travel

Daily Journal

Chemical reform bill faces uphill battle in Senate

Over the summer, Sens. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and David Vitter of Louisiana, the top Republican on the Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee, provided a revised draft of their chemical regulation bill to committee chairwoman Barbara Boxer, who told The Associated Press this week that the draft still falls short. The original bill had been panned by some environmental groups, such as Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, who assailed it as "phony reform," although the Environmental Defense Fund supported its introduction as a chance for an eventual breakthrough.


Related Topix: US Politics, US News, Senator Tom Udall, Tom Udall, US Senate, US House of Representatives, Democrat, David Vitter, Republican, Barbara Boxer, Environmental Law, Law, Chemistry

Cybercast News Service

Lava approaches vacant lots in Hawaii subdivision

In this Sept. 6, 2014 aerial photo provided by the U.S. Geological Survey, lava advances from the Kilauea volcano in Pahoa, Hawaii.


Related Topix: US Geological Survey, Technical Services, Geology, Volcanic Eruption, Natural Disasters, Pahoa, HI, Hawaii County, HI

Cybercast News Service

When sinkholes open, they can swallow fortunes

Solid ground isn't always a certainty. Sinkholes can lurk anywhere, beneath suburban homes, city streets or even football stadiums and museums.


Related Topix: Geology