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UPDATE: Gravy Train, Kibbles ‘n’ Bits, other dog foods pulled from shelves amid euthanasia drug fears

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The J.M. Smucker Co. has voluntarily withdrawn certain shipments of 27 different pet food products following media reports of pentobarbital contamination in some of its Gravy Train dog food. Pentobarbital is a tranquilizer that is often used as a euthanizing agent to put down sick or fatally injured animals. The contamination was detected during the…

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Most of the EPA’s pollution estimates are unreliable. So why is everyone still using them?

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By Rachel Leven/The Center for Public Integrity Engineer Jim Southerland was hired by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1971 to join the nascent war on air pollution. He came to relish the task, investigating orange clouds from an ammunition plant in Tennessee and taking air samples from strip mines in Wyoming. Among his proudest…

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Investigations: Opioid makers paid millions to promote their painkillers amid addiction epidemic

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By Matthew Perrone/The Center for Public Integrity Companies selling some of the most lucrative prescription painkillers funneled millions of dollars to advocacy groups that in turn promoted the medications’ use, according to a report released Monday by a U.S. senator. The investigation by Missouri’s Sen. Claire McCaskill sheds light on the opioid industry’s ability to…

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Thomas Street contamination: Scare tactic or wakeup call?

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By Shereen Siewert WAUSAU — Residents in the River Street neighborhood are anxiously awaiting news of the city’s next move in the Thomas Street reconstruction plan, even as Wausau’s mayor calls the latest round of environmental testing an irresponsible scare tactic. Mayor Rob Mielke made the comments Monday during a radio interview on WSAU. “We’re…

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FDA investigates after euthanasia drug found in dog food

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The Food and Drug Administration is investigating​ dog food that tested positive for traces of a euthanasia drug. An investigative report from WJLA news in Washington D.C. launched an investigation after speaking with a family who say their five dogs had instant reactions to eating a can of Evanger’s pet food they later learned was…

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UPDATE: Attorney urges city to table Thomas Street action

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(Updated, 5:03 p.m.) By Shereen Siewert WAUSAU –Despite test results that revealed hazardous chemicals and dioxins along the Thomas Street corridor, the city appears to be committed to moving forward with a planned road construction project for the area. Wausau Pilot and Review first broke this story on Tuesday afternoon, including a page from the…

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Younkers closure could prompt sale of Wausau Center mall

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By Shereen Siewert WAUSAU — City leaders are encouraging the owners of Wausau Center mall to put the property up for sale, after news broke last week that the mall’s sole remaining anchor store will close. At Tuesday’s economic development committee meeting, Economic Development Director Chris Schock said the Younkers closure could move mall owners…

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BREAKING: Independent Thomas Street tests show cancer, hazard risks

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By Shereen Siewert WAUSAU — Independent tests performed in January revealed that hazardous chemicals do exist in the surface soil in an area slated for a major road reconstruction project, Wausau Pilot and Review has learned. The bottom line, according to a DNR worksheet attached to the report: the location needs further cleanup to lower…

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What happens when a driver kills someone while fiddling with a cellphone? Often, not much.

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Paul Feldman FairWarning The victims include a Bible college student in Iowa who was bicycling home from work, a 13-year-old Michigan boy riding in his older sister’s car and a Minnesota school bus driver picking up the morning newspaper in front of his home. All were killed in recent years by distracted drivers who had…

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