Peggy Lowe en In Kansas, Professors Must Now Watch What They Tweet The Kansas Board of Regents gave final approval Wednesday to a strict new policy on what employees may say on social media. Critics say the policy violates both the First Amendment and academic freedom, but school officials say providing faculty with more specific guidelines will actually bolster academic freedom on campus.<p>The controversial policy was triggered by an equally controversial tweet posted last September by David Guth, an associate journalism professor. Wed, 14 May 2014 23:13:00 +0000 Peggy Lowe 60738 at Nearly Two Years Later, A Controversial Rape Case Is 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 46209 at Did Tyson Ban Doping Cows With Zilmax To Boost Foreign Sales? Tyson Foods Inc. Fri, 09 Aug 2013 21:38:00 +0000 Peggy Lowe 41459 at As Drought Turns To 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 21:57:00 +0000 Peggy Lowe 37380 at Will Chinese Firm Bring Home The Bacon With Smithfield Deal? There were questions Wednesday about whether U.S. regulators will approve the <a href="">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="">called</a> the biggest such takeover of an American company by a Chinese firm. Thu, 30 May 2013 07:07:00 +0000 Peggy Lowe 36375 at Oprah Winfrey's Latest Venture Is Farming In Hawaii The local food movement has a powerful new poster girl.<p>More glowing than American Gothic, Oprah Winfrey and her pal, <a href="">Bob Greene,</a> appear on the cover of the June issue of <a href="">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 20:42:00 +0000 Peggy Lowe 36001 at In Missouri, Days Of Drought Send Caretakers To 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 32472 at Farmers And Their Cooperative Settle Lawsuit On Fixing The Price Of 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 27585 at Unlike Chicken And Pork, Beef Still Begins With 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="">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 14737 at