Peggy Lowe http://krwg.org en Nearly Two Years Later, A Controversial Rape Case Is Reviewed http://krwg.org/post/nearly-two-years-later-controversial-rape-case-reviewed Nearly two years after allegations of a sexual assault rocked a small Missouri town, the case may be reopened.<p>A county prosecutor in Maryville, Mo., has requested that an independent attorney look at accusations of rape and other charges against two former high school athletes — despite his earlier decision to drop the case.<p>The Internet activist group Anonymous, which crusaded for another high-profile rape case, is taking credit for this turnaround.<p><strong>The Events</strong><p>The first thing Daisy Coleman remembers is her surprise that she was still alive.<p>Back on Jan. Thu, 17 Oct 2013 21:54:00 +0000 Peggy Lowe 52070 at http://krwg.org Nearly Two Years Later, A Controversial Rape Case Is Reviewed Did Tyson Ban Doping Cows With Zilmax To Boost Foreign Sales? http://krwg.org/post/did-tyson-drop-zilmax-fed-beef-appease-foreign-buyers Tyson Foods Inc. Fri, 09 Aug 2013 21:45:00 +0000 Peggy Lowe 47277 at http://krwg.org Did Tyson Ban Doping Cows With Zilmax To Boost Foreign Sales? As Drought Turns To Flood, Farmers Get 'Weather Whiplash' http://krwg.org/post/drought-turns-flood-farmers-get-weather-whiplash As Chris Webber checked the 40 acres of muddy field he wanted to plant on a recent morning, he worried about getting more rain, even as he worried about the lack of it.<p>"The drought is over at the moment," he says. "But in Missouri, we tend to say that in 10 days or two weeks, we can be in a drought again. Wed, 12 Jun 2013 21:33:00 +0000 Peggy Lowe 43218 at http://krwg.org As Drought Turns To Flood, Farmers Get 'Weather Whiplash' Will Chinese Firm Bring Home The Bacon With Smithfield Deal? http://krwg.org/post/will-chinese-firm-bring-home-bacon-smithfield-deal There were questions Wednesday about whether U.S. regulators will approve the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/05/29/187029237/smithfield-foods-to-be-sold-to-chinese-firm-for-4-72-billion">takeover of Smithfield Foods</a> Inc., the company that sells all-American hams, hot dogs and bacon, by China's Shuanghui International.<p>It's being <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-05-29/shuanghui-group-said-to-near-agreement-to-buy-smithfield-foods.html">called</a> the biggest such takeover of an American company by a Chinese firm. Thu, 30 May 2013 07:07:00 +0000 Peggy Lowe 42203 at http://krwg.org Will Chinese Firm Bring Home The Bacon With Smithfield Deal? Oprah Winfrey's Latest Venture Is Farming In Hawaii http://krwg.org/post/oprah-winfreys-latest-venture-farming-hawaii The local food movement has a powerful new poster girl.<p>More glowing than American Gothic, Oprah Winfrey and her pal, <a href="http://www.oprah.com/contributor/bob-greene">Bob Greene,</a> appear on the cover of the June issue of <a href="http://www.oprah.com/omagazine.html">The Oprah Magazine</a>, standing in what looks to be a field of kale.<p>"Oprah's New Farm!" reads the headline splashed across the pair's checkered shirts. Thu, 23 May 2013 21:19:00 +0000 Peggy Lowe 41800 at http://krwg.org Oprah Winfrey's Latest Venture Is Farming In Hawaii In Missouri, Days Of Drought Send Caretakers To One 'Big Tree' http://krwg.org/post/missouri-days-drought-send-caretakers-one-big-tree The devastating drought in the Midwest last summer is a story often told by the numbers, with statistics on large crop failures, days without rain and thousands of parched acres.<p>This story is also about a tree — a bur oak in rural Columbia, Mo., that everyone calls "The Big Tree." Although it's survived all kinds of punishments during its 350 years on the prairie, last year's record drought was especially tough.<p>It doesn't feel like spring as John Sam Williamson meets up with Chris Starbuck, a retired plant science professor, at The Big Tree. Tue, 02 Apr 2013 19:43:00 +0000 Peggy Lowe 38215 at http://krwg.org In Missouri, Days Of Drought Send Caretakers To One 'Big Tree' Farmers And Their Cooperative Settle Lawsuit On Fixing The Price Of Milk http://krwg.org/post/farmers-and-their-cooperative-settle-lawsuit-fixing-price-milk Farmers who had hoped to get some answers on why prices for their raw milk went into free fall a decade ago were disappointed Tuesday by the settlement of a case accusing Dairy Farmers of America Inc. of creating a milk monopoly in the Southeast.<p>Dairy farmers and industry observers had hoped for their day in court after years of delays in the large class-action suit. Wed, 23 Jan 2013 08:33:00 +0000 Peggy Lowe 33709 at http://krwg.org Farmers And Their Cooperative Settle Lawsuit On Fixing The Price Of Milk All Eyes Are On The Fiscal Cliff, But The Dairy Cliff Is Important Too http://krwg.org/post/all-eyes-are-fiscal-cliff-dairy-cliff-important-too Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Amid all the talk of going over the fiscal cliff, we have a report now on another midnight deadline tonight. Few were paying attention when Congress failed to pass the Farm Bill last fall. But now lawmakers are scrambling to extend the law for a year, to dodge a spike in milk prices. While an agreement is in the works, another vote is necessary, and none is scheduled yet. Mon, 31 Dec 2012 21:12:00 +0000 Peggy Lowe 32413 at http://krwg.org Unlike Chicken And Pork, Beef Still Begins With Small Family Ranches http://krwg.org/post/unlike-chicken-and-pork-beef-still-begins-small-family-ranches In the chicken and pork industries, nearly every aspect of the animals' raising has long been controlled by just a <a href="http://www.ers.usda.gov/AmberWaves/December11/Features/FarmingPractices.htm">handful</a> of agriculture conglomerates. But the cattle industry is still populated by mom-and-pop operations, at least at the calf-raising level.<p>Barbara McIntire Roux likes to say that she was born into the cattle business. Thu, 28 Jun 2012 07:25:00 +0000 Peggy Lowe 21088 at http://krwg.org Unlike Chicken And Pork, Beef Still Begins With Small Family Ranches How One Hospital Entices Doctors To Work In Rural America http://krwg.org/post/how-one-hospital-entices-doctors-work-rural-america Recruiting doctors to live and work in rural America is a chronic problem. Most health centers try to attract workers with big salaries and expensive homes.<p>Shots previously reported that one center in Maine was <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2010/08/26/129451748/maine-wants-med-students-who-study-there-to-stay" target="_blank">trying to lure medical students</a> to the countryside for their final two years with the hope that they stick around.<p>The Ashland Health Clinic, a tiny hospital in southwest Kansas, is trying a different tack — a reverse-recruitment model. Thu, 02 Feb 2012 05:01:00 +0000 Peggy Lowe 3319 at http://krwg.org How One Hospital Entices Doctors To Work In Rural America