MULTI-STATE EGG LAWSUIT-MISSOURI
Missouri joins multi-state lawsuit against California egg law
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Five other states are joining Missouri's fight against a California egg law regulating the living conditions of chickens.
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster last month filed a lawsuit against the measure set to take effect next year. It bars the sale of eggs produced by hens kept in cages that don't meet California's size and space requirements.
The state attorneys general contend the California law violates the interstate commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution by effectively imposing new requirements on out-of-state farmers.
The five other states joining Thursday are Nebraska, Alabama, Oklahoma, Kentucky and Iowa. Those states and Missouri produce 20 billion eggs per year, and 10 percent of that production is sold in California.
The Humane Society of the United States criticized the lawsuit, saying it wastes taxpayer dollars.
1 of 11 starving horses euthanized after rescue
LEBANON, Mo. (AP) - One of 11 horses rescued from a south-central Missouri property last week has been euthanized.
The Missouri Humane Society says the horses were "emaciated" and dangerously close to death when they were seized Friday from property near Lebanon in Laclede County.
The Humane Society's Jeane Jae tells The Lebanon Daily Record the horses were taken to the organization's Longmeadow Rescue Ranch in Union. One mare was immediately taken to an equine hospital, where her condition continued to deteriorate.
Jae says veterinarians ultimately decided the mare would not recover and had to be put down.
Authorities said the horses had no water, and only limited amounts of poor-quality hay.
The Laclede County sheriff's office had tried to persuade the owner to either feed the horses or find them new homes.
KANSAS CITY DEPORTATION
KC group wants ICE to allow deported man to return
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The 12-year-old daughter of a man recently deported from Kansas City tried unsuccessfully Thursday to meet with immigration officials to plead for her father's return from Mexico.
Nayelly Sandoval, a Kansas City area middle school student, has also written to President Barack Obama about her father's deportation in January.
Her father, Josue Noe Sandoval-Perez, was arrested January 16th on a stealing charge in Kansas City, where the family has lived since 1998. Police notified Immigrations and Customs Enforcement after discovering Sandoval-Perez also had an immigration violation. He was deported to Mexico on January 31st.
Members of Communities Creating Opportunity, a Kansas City faith-based organization, joined Nayelly and her 17-year-old brother Eric at ICE's Kansas City office Thursday. The organization says ICE should show some discretion and allow Sandoval-Perez to return.
Boeing Co. freezing defined benefit pensions in 2016
SEATTLE (AP) - The Boeing Company says it is freezing the traditional defined-benefit pensions for 68,000 nonunion employees - including managers and executives - starting in 2016.
The Chicago-based aerospace company said Thursday that the employees will transition to a company-funded defined-contribution retirement plan, starting January 1st, 2016. They'll have a 401(k)-style retirement plan similar to what union machinists approved in a contentious contract-extension vote earlier this year.
KING-TV reports that nonunion Boeing employees hired since 2009 have not had a traditional defined pension plan. Thursday's announcement applies to those who were working for the company earlier.
On January 3rd, Boeing machinists in the Seattle area narrowly approved a contract in which they conceded some benefits in order to secure assembly of the new 777X in Washington state.
Texas man accused of soliciting underage girls
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Texas man faces federal charges of traveling to Missouri to have sex with two underage girls after agreeing to pay $400 to a police officer who posed as their father.
The U.S. attorney's office says 40-year-old John Paul Christian was unwittingly communicating with a Kansas City officer on a social media site when he made plans to meet the girls, 11 and 15.
Christian was arrested after flying to Kansas City on Saturday and was charged Wednesday. Investigators said a search of his motel room yielded a notebook containing a letter telling the 15-year-old he wanted to get her pregnant with a baby girl so they could both sexually molest her.
Christian's hometown in Texas was not listed. It wasn't immediately clear Thursday whether he had obtained an attorney.
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