CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 2014 |
Gov. Jerry Brown officially declared a drought emergency in the state Friday, urging residents to cut water use by 20% and directing state agencies to take a range of steps to ease the effects of water shortages on agriculture, communities and fish and wildlife. "We ought to be ready for a long, continued, persistent effort to restrain our water use," Brown said. He warned that Californians may be facing unprecedented dry conditions and need to become "more efficient and more elegant" in how they use natural resources.
January 12, 2014 |
Foster Farms shut down its largest poultry plant in Central California on Sunday, two days after federal inspectors lifted a suspension for cockroach infestation. The company said fresh chicken production at the Livingston facility was put on hold for several days to expand safety procedures. “On behalf of my family, I made a commitment to making this right, and we are taking every opportunity to ensure the long-term efficacy of our program at this plant,” company President Ron Foster said in a statement.
January 10, 2014 |
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has lifted its suspension of a Foster Farms poultry plant in Central California that was cited for cockroach infestation, a spokesperson said Friday. The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service cleared the way for the plant in Livingston to reopen after the poultry producer submitted a mitigation plan. Foster Farms said in a statement the plant would resume work Saturday morning. [Updated 4:52 p.m.] “FSIS has determined that Foster Farm's corrective action plan addresses the agency's concerns,” the spokesperson said.
January 9, 2014 |
The cockroach infestation that closed a Foster Farms chicken plant in Central California was the latest setback for the giant poultry company, which last year faced a salmonella outbreak that sickened more than 400 people. The U.S. Department of Agriculture suspended operations Wednesday at a Foster Farms plant in Livingston, southeast of Modesto, and the 250,000-square-foot plant remained closed Thursday as the poultry giant tried to remedy the problem. Several food safety experts said they were surprised that cockroaches prompted the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service to take action when it had failed to do so after last year's salmonella outbreak.
January 8, 2014 |
The U.S. Department of Agriculture suspended operations at a Foster Farms poultry plant Wednesday because of a cockroach infestation. The plant, which is located in Livingston, Calif., 25 miles southeast of Modesto, was one of three Foster Farms facilities linked to a salmonella outbreak that has sickened at least 416 people nationwide since last March. "Our inspectors wrote several noncompliance reports for insanitary conditions at the plant and then took the action to suspend today," Adam Tarr, a spokesman for the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service, said in an email Wednesday.
December 19, 2013 |
By the time Monet got around to painting pictures of haystacks, viewers pretty much knew that his works were not about farming. All kinds of subjects, including perception, time, workmanship and mortality, as well as paint's capacity to make and convey meaning, played into the Impressionist's images of life in the French countryside. Times have changed - and not for the better. Today it seems that people look at pictures and see little more than what they depict, without bothering to pay attention to the hows or whys of the process.
December 12, 2013 |
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - In lieu of major activity at the winter meetings, the Dodgers celebrated two anniversaries. Thursday marked one year since the Dodgers signed Hyun-Jin Ryu, a purchase that cost $62 million. Tuesday marked one year since the Dodgers signed Zack Greinke, for $147 million. The Dodgers have done no business like that this winter. So far, they have resisted the urge to spend big, in money and especially in prospects. Under new ownership, the Dodgers are rebuilding a decimated minor league system, adding and keeping prospects rather than trading the best ones away.
December 7, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - A surprisingly robust gain in new jobs last month helped drop the unemployment rate to a five-year low, fueling optimism about the nation's economic recovery and raising the prospect that the government may finally start to ease a key stimulus effort this month. In its report Friday, the Labor Department said that the nation's employers added 203,000 non-farm jobs in November and that a large part of them were higher-paying positions. The unemployment rate fell to 7%, the lowest since November 2008.
December 6, 2013 |
SEATTLE - In a decision that highlights the clash between two cherished environmental goals - producing green energy and preserving protected wildlife - federal officials announced Friday that some wind power companies will be allowed to kill or injure bald and golden eagles for up to 30 years without penalty. Conservation groups decried the Obama administration's new regulation as a "stunningly bad move" for wildlife, but wind industry officials said Friday that the rules from the Department of the Interior were far from a "free ride.
December 2, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Congress' unfinished business threatens to leave millions of Americans - including the unemployed, Pentagon contractors and even supermarket shoppers - in the lurch this holiday season. With partisan dysfunction unlikely to subside in coming weeks, lawmakers appear ready to punt several issues into the new year. But many Americans could start feeling the effects of inaction as early as this month. An estimated 1.3 million Americans will lose federal emergency unemployment benefits after Christmas if the program is not renewed.