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Pa. House Passes Bill Phasing Out State Liquor Stores

March 25, 2013 9:33 am | by MARK SCOLFORO,Associated Press

A Republican plan to phase out Pennsylvania's 600 state-operated liquor stores and raise millions in revenue by selling licenses to private businesses passed the House easily Thursday and was sent to the Senate. The 105-90 vote after about seven hours of debate was a victory for members of the majority Republican caucus and their ally, GOP Gov. Tom Corbett. Five Republicans and no Democrats crossed party lines.

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Calif. Farmers Convert Beets to Ethanol

March 25, 2013 9:31 am | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA,Associated Press

Amid the vast almond orchards and grape fields that surround Five Points in California's Central Valley, a crop that has nearly disappeared from the state's farms is making a comeback: sugar beets. But these beets won't be processed into sugar. A dozen farmers, supported by university experts and a $5 million state grant, are set to start construction of a Fresno County demonstration plant that will convert the beets into ethanol.

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Horse Shooting Highlights Slaughter Debate

March 25, 2013 9:28 am | by JERI CLAUSING,Associated Press

An Internet video that shows a meat company employee swearing at animal activists before shooting a horse in the head highlights the increasing emotional intensity of the national debate over whether a New Mexico plant should be allowed to resume domestic horse slaughter.

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Coca-Cola: No ‘Kosher for Passover’ Coke in Calif.

March 25, 2013 9:26 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Coca-Cola may be missing from Passover feasts for the second year in a row in California. The Coca-Cola Co. said Thursday it once again won't be able to make "kosher for Passover" versions of its flagship cola this year because of manufacturing changes that were made in the state.

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Photo of the Day: From Beets to Biofuel

March 25, 2013 9:24 am

Farmers in central California hope to build the nation's first commercial-scale bio-refinery in nearby Mendota, Calif., to turn beets into biofuel. Europe already has more than a dozen such plants, but most ethanol in the United States is made from corn.

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Fighting to Reclaim Manufacturing in America

March 25, 2013 9:22 am | by Kristopher Settle, Energy Curtailment Specialists

The U.S. manufacturing industry is still a global juggernaut; producing 18.2 percent of all manufactured goods which tops the list globally (still over half a percent more than China). But  "dominant" would be one of the last terms to sum up the past fifteen years of  U.S. manufacturing, despite our strong presence.

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Daily Sound Bite: Filmed Horse Slaying Has Some Outraged

March 22, 2013 12:28 pm

An employee of a New Mexico slaughterhouse has posted a video of himself shooting a horse in the head, which has sparked nationwide outrage. Rick De Los Santos, co-owner of the plant where the incident occurred, has been fielding calls and even death threats, but he denies involvement in the incident.

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Ex-NFL Star Seeks Change in Mass. Wine Law

March 22, 2013 12:24 pm | by BOB SALSBERG,Associated Press

Former New England Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe is urging Massachusetts lawmakers to end a ban on direct wine shipments to consumers. Bledsoe now operates a winery in Washington state. He said Thursday the prohibition on direct wine shipments has prevented him from selling his wine to fans in the Bay State.

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Hawaii Senate Tables GMO Bill

March 22, 2013 12:23 pm | by ANITA HOFSCHNEIDER,Associated Press

The agricultural industry has won a victory in the Hawaii Senate. The Hawaii Senate committees on agriculture, consumer protection and health agreed Thursday to table a proposal that would have required labels on imported genetically modified food.

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Beekeepers Sue EPA To Ban Pesticide

March 22, 2013 12:20 pm | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA,Associated Press

In the suit, filed by the Center for Food Safety in the U.S. District Court in San Francisco, the group asks the EPA to suspend the use of insecticides clothianidin and thiamethoxam — known as "neonicotinoids," a class of chemicals that act on the central nervous system of insects.

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PepsiCo Says It Doesn’t Need a Big Acquisition

March 22, 2013 12:18 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

PepsiCo Inc. issued a statement Friday saying it doesn't see the need for any major acquisitions after a newspaper report suggested activist investor Nelson Peltz could push for a merger between the snack-and-soda giant and Oreo cookie maker Mondelez International.

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Ore. Lawmakers Weigh GMO Bills

March 22, 2013 12:16 pm | by LAUREN GAMBINO,Associated Press

Oregon lawmakers heard testimony Thursday on several bills to require labels on genetically modified food and prohibit importing genetically modified fish. Supporters say consumers should know what kind of food they are buying at the grocery store, and genetically engineered fish threaten Oregon's native fish.

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Consumer Trends: Canada Sets Stage for Barley

March 22, 2013 12:00 pm

Canada's third largest crop, barley received approval from Health Canada for a new food claim which concluded that daily consumption of barley helps to reduce blood cholesterol, a risk factor for heart disease.

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16K Pigs Pulled from Rivers Feeding Shanghai

March 22, 2013 9:41 am

The number of dead pigs recovered in the last two weeks from rivers that supply water to Shanghai has risen to more than 16,000. The government in China's financial hub said Thursday that 10,570 carcasses have been pulled from its Huangpu river. That is in addition to 5,528 pigs plucked from upstream tributaries in the Jiaxing area of Zhejiang province.

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Wine-Bottle Maker Rises from the Ashes

March 22, 2013 9:39 am | by DANA TIMS,The Oregonian

Bennu Glass officials are excited about their growth prospects, in large part because of ongoing demand for wine bottles generated by expanding West Coast wineries. But what's amazing is that Bennu is operating at all. The factory, originally built in 2007 for Pennsylvania-based Cameron Family Glass Packaging, suffered a near-fatal setback after a furnace leak in January 2009.

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Pepsi Rolls Out New Bottle Shape

March 22, 2013 9:36 am

Pepsi is rolling out a new shape for its 20-ounce bottle for the first time in about 17 years. The new bottle has a contoured bottom half that appears easier to grip, and the wraparound label is shorter so that more of the drink is exposed.

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Coca-Cola To Cut 750 U.S. Jobs

March 22, 2013 9:34 am

Coca-Cola says it's cutting 750 jobs in the U.S. as it continues to streamline its business. The world's biggest beverage maker says the jobs cuts will be across the board and that affected individuals will be notified in coming weeks. The cuts represent roughly 1 percent of the company's workforce of 75,000 in North America.

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NM Slaughterhouse Worker Films Himself Fatally Shooting a Horse

March 22, 2013 9:31 am

An employee of a southeastern New Mexico slaughterhouse has posted a video online showing him fatally shooting a horse in the head. That has sparked outrage among animal activists and led to death-threat calls to the Roswell meat company, which is working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to get a horse slaughter plant in the area.

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Photo of the Day: Pepsi's New Shape

March 22, 2013 9:30 am

Pepsi's new 20-ounce bottle has a contoured bottom half that appears easier for holding, and the wraparound label is shorter so that more of the drink is exposed. The change follows a number of splashy moves in the past year by PepsiCo to improve results for its namesake soda, including a multiyear deal to sponsor the Super Bowl halftime show and a wide-ranging deal with the pop star Beyonce.

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Daily Sound Bite: Meat Inspection Spared in Budget Cuts

March 21, 2013 12:33 pm

USDA meat inspectors were saved from furloughs as after across-the-board budget cuts are being set in motion in the wake of the sequester debacle. Continued meat inspection was one of a few adjustments made before the cuts go into full effect.

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