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Judge rules GMO measure can appear on Maui ballots
The proposed moratorium would make it illegal to cultivate, grow or test genetically modified crops in Maui County until companies complete environmental and public health studies to show their practices are safe.

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Bee studies give Nicholls student new insights
Through the summer Nicholls State University freshman Brook Hoover learned about the physiology of bees by helping extract DNA and inseminate the insects. She also learned about the potential effects of widespread colony collapse.
Cedar City residents fighting prairie-dog rules
Cedar City residents fighting prairie-dog rules
The Utah prairie dog is classified as threatened by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Illegal immigrant deportations down 20 percent
Over 10 months in 2012, Immigration and Customs Enforcement deported 344,624 people, some 25 percent more than this year.
Doctors: Finding source unlikely in E. coli deaths
Results have yet to come back on a kind of DNA fingerprinting test of the E. coli, which can then be compared to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s national database.
USDA boosts corn, soybean harvest to new records
USDA boosts corn, soybean harvest to new records
Record corn yields will be set in 18 states, the USDA said, and 10 states including Illinois, Iowa, and Nebraska, the top three producers, have the highest number of ears per corn stalk ever.
In 5-week salmonella trial, defense takes 1 hour
Experts say it’s the first time corporate executives and workers have gone to trial in a food poisoning case; prior prosecutions have ended in plea deals without prison time.
Rocks slow wildfire in Yosemite backcountry
The Yosemite blaze has burned more than 7½ square miles and was 23 percent contained Wednesday night.
Goat raffle has b-a-a-d outcome for farm store
The city animal control agency on Wednesday fined the business $100 for raffling a live animal in violation of a local ordinance.
A ‘very good’ Va. apple crop hitting peak season
Apples were Virginia’s 15th largest agricultural commodity in 2012. Farm cash receipts totaled $54 million that year.
Pot producers add demand on Northwest power grid
New energy demand among growers of marijuana is estimated to expand to as much as 163 megawatts a year by 2035. That represents about 10 percent of what Seattle uses annually, or roughly what a small city such as McMinnville, Oregon, uses.