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Private System for Animal ID Raises Concern
September 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Angel Riggs, Tulsa World

In a controversial decision, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns said a private organization, rather than the government, will eventually track all livestock in the country. That's a move one industry leader says could increase costs and confusion for producers already worried about who will have access to information about their operations and who will pay for it.

Officials Announce Clean Air Settlement with Cargill
September 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Mike Glover, Associated Press

Cargill Inc. will spend about $130 million to upgrade pollution control devices at 27 corn and oilseed plants in the Midwest to settle a clean air lawsuit, federal officials said Thursday.

West Nile Virus Risk Could Increase Following Hurricane Katrina, Warns Journal Editor
September 2, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

The widespread and devastating flooding in the Gulf Coast region caused by Hurricane Katrina, and the threat posed by large areas of standing water in its aftermath, could provide a fertile breeding ground for mosquitoes, boosting mosquito populations and increasing the risk for transmission of West Nile virus in the long term, warns Stephen Higgs, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Center for Biodefense & Emerging Infectious Diseases, Sealy Center for Vaccine Development, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, and Editor-in-Chief of Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases, a peer-reviewed journal published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.

Nature's Path Sends Organic Products to Katrina Victims
September 2, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

Nature's Path Foods, a leading manufacturer of USDA-certified organic breakfast and snack foods, contacted the U.S. Military in order to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Auto Club: State Refinery Problems and Katrina Send Gas Prices to New Records
September 2, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

A convergence of major events combined to send gasoline prices to new record highs and more increases are expected in the coming weeks, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California's Weekend Gas Watch. Production interruptions at two major refineries in Martinez, Calif., last week sent local prices higher initially, now the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina threaten to push prices well above $3 per gallon.

Clean Diesel Signs Distribution Agreement to Improve Diesel Exhaust Controls
September 2, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

Clean Diesel Technologies Inc., a developer of chemical and technological products designed to reduce harmful engine emissions, announced that it has signed a blending and distribution agreement with Fleetguard Inc., a business unit of Cummins Inc., for the sale of Platinum Plus Fuel-Borne Catalyst.

Idaho Stargazers Fret Over Light Pollution
September 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Last weekend, the Idaho Falls Astronomical Society set up telescopes outside the Museum of Idaho to introduce people to stargazing. But then they saw the light. All but the brightest stars and planets were blotted out by reflection of the city's downtown lights in the night sky.

Scientists Decipher the Chimpanzee's DNA
September 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Malcolm Ritter, Associated Press

Scientists have deciphered the DNA of the chimpanzee, the closest living relative of humankind, and made comprehensive comparisons with the human genetic blueprint. It's a step toward finding a biological answer to a key question: What makes us human?

Italian Minister Defends Keeping Wolves as Pets
September 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

An Italian minister who revealed he is keeping wolves as pets told authorities on Wednesday to feel free to come and investigate as he always needed "fresh meat".

Bush Releases Oil from Petroleum Stockpile, Urges Nation To Brace for Higher Prices, Shortages
September 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Tom Raum, Associated Press

President Bush raised the possibility Wednesday that Hurricane Katrina will lead to even higher gasoline prices and shortages in some areas, even as his administration moved to release oil from an emergency government stockpile and to temporarily ease pollution standards on gasoline and diesel fuel.

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