Farm bills, created during the Depression to protect family farms, have morphed into programs that subsidize corporate agribusiness, often at the expense of family farmers.
In Missouri, a bill that would have required the state education department to estimate the cost of implementing the standards and to hold statewide hearings about them failed. The legislative session has wrapped up.
The tornado that ripped through Moore, Okla., left behind a trail of destruction 17 miles wide. Before rebuilding the town, residents must get through the cleanup.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. pleaded guilty in federal court to improperly disposing of fertilizer, pesticides and other hazardous products. The $81.6 million fines will be used in part to fund projects to help the environment.
The Drug Enforcement Administration says chemists were able to produce meth with the product Zephrex-D despite a pharmaceutical company's claims that it could not be used for that purpose.
Consumer confidence has climbed to the highest level since February 2008, two months after the beginning of the Great Recession.