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Top Of The Morning News: Tuesday, January 31, 2012

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A daily digest of headlines from KCUR.

  • Antitrust Official Stampeded By Big Beef
  • Kansas Official Defends Food Stamp Changes
  • Missouri Black Caucus Opposes Workplace Discrimination Bills

Antitrust Official Stampeded By Big Beef

Dudley Butler is quitting his job tomorrow. Never heard of him? He's President Obama's appointee to run the division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture that governs antitrust issues in the meat industry. He was part of a cadre of high-level bureaucrats charged to expose and fight agribusiness monopolies. Find out why he is the last of that group here.

Kansas Official Defends Food Stamp Changes

A Kansas social services official today defended a policy that has effectively made hundreds of children ineligible for food stamps. The Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services recently changed how household income is calculated for the program.  Find out more here.

Missouri Black Caucus Opposes Workplace Discrimination Bills

The Legislative Black Caucus is vowing to fight attempts in both the Missouri House and Senate to pass Republican-sponsored workplace discrimination bills. Currently, an employee can sue his or her employer if discrimination is found to be a contributing factor in any action taken against that worker. Both House and Senate versions of the bill would require that discrimination be a motivating factor instead.   Read more here.

 

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