Peggy Lowe http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Nearly Two Years Later, A Controversial Rape Case Is Reviewed http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nearly-two-years-later-controversial-rape-case-reviewed Nearly two years after allegations of a sexual assault rocked a small Missouri town, the case may be reopened.<p>A county prosecutor in Maryville, Mo., has requested that an independent attorney look at accusations of rape and other charges against two former high school athletes — despite his earlier decision to drop the case.<p>The Internet activist group Anonymous, which crusaded for another high-profile rape case, is taking credit for this turnaround.<p><strong>The Events</strong><p>The first thing Daisy Coleman remembers is her surprise that she was still alive.<p>Back on Jan. Thu, 17 Oct 2013 21:54:00 +0000 Peggy Lowe 30753 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Nearly Two Years Later, A Controversial Rape Case Is Reviewed Did Tyson Ban Doping Cows With Zilmax To Boost Foreign Sales? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/did-tyson-drop-zilmax-fed-beef-appease-foreign-buyers Tyson Foods Inc. Fri, 09 Aug 2013 22:05:00 +0000 Peggy Lowe 28973 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Did Tyson Ban Doping Cows With Zilmax To Boost Foreign Sales? As Drought Turns To Flood, Farmers Get 'Weather Whiplash' http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/drought-turns-flood-farmers-get-weather-whiplash As Chris Webber checked the 40 acres of muddy field he wanted to plant on a recent morning, he worried about getting more rain, even as he worried about the lack of it.<p>"The drought is over at the moment," he says. "But in Missouri, we tend to say that in 10 days or two weeks, we can be in a drought again. Wed, 12 Jun 2013 21:33:00 +0000 Peggy Lowe 27320 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org As Drought Turns To Flood, Farmers Get 'Weather Whiplash' Will Chinese Firm Bring Home The Bacon With Smithfield Deal? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/will-chinese-firm-bring-home-bacon-smithfield-deal There were questions Wednesday about whether U.S. regulators will approve the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/05/29/187029237/smithfield-foods-to-be-sold-to-chinese-firm-for-4-72-billion">takeover of Smithfield Foods</a> Inc., the company that sells all-American hams, hot dogs and bacon, by China's Shuanghui International.<p>It's being <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-05-29/shuanghui-group-said-to-near-agreement-to-buy-smithfield-foods.html">called</a> the biggest such takeover of an American company by a Chinese firm. Thu, 30 May 2013 07:07:00 +0000 Peggy Lowe 26879 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Will Chinese Firm Bring Home The Bacon With Smithfield Deal? In Missouri, Days Of Drought Send Caretakers To One 'Big Tree' http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-days-drought-send-caretakers-one-big-tree The devastating drought in the Midwest last summer is a story often told by the numbers, with statistics on large crop failures, days without rain and thousands of parched acres.<p>This story is also about a tree — a bur oak in rural Columbia, Mo., that everyone calls "The Big Tree." Although it's survived all kinds of punishments during its 350 years on the prairie, last year's record drought was especially tough.<p>It doesn't feel like spring as John Sam Williamson meets up with Chris Starbuck, a retired plant science professor, at The Big Tree. Tue, 02 Apr 2013 19:43:00 +0000 Peggy Lowe 25052 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org In Missouri, Days Of Drought Send Caretakers To One 'Big Tree'