State and federal public health officials are working with the University of Arkansas on what appears to be an outbreak of E. Coli infections.

During a news conference this afternoon, a spokesman from the Arkansas Department of Health said four people were hospitalized. Also, about 100 students from the university

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The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service and Arkansas have finalized a cooperative agreement under which state inspectors rather than federal inspectors may inspect meat products produced for shipment within the state.

Under the agreement, the state inspection program must enforce requirements “at least equal to” those implemented under the

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The Arkansas Department of Health  is warning of possible hepatitis A exposures after an employee of Wendy’s at 721 North Arkansas, in Russellville tested positive for the virus.

Anyone who ate at the restaurant between Dec. 12, 2021, and Jan. 3, 2022, should seek care immediately if they have never
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Animal activists recently took their first shot at the innovative Arkansas law to secure animal agriculture and pretty wildly missed the target. Judge “Jay” Moody dismissed in its entirety the challenge to the new law.

Moody handed down his decision for the U.S. District Court in mid-February just as the
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Back in the day, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) warned states to avoid passing what the some people called “ag-gag” laws. HSUS said “ag-gag” laws involved three elements:

  1.  a ban on taking photos or video of a factory farm without permission,
  2.  making it a crime for an


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Animal activist organizations want to conduct undercover investigations by gaining entry to the nonpublic areas of private property and collecting evidence of animal abuse in the form of audio or video recordings or other documentation.

Animal agriculture does not want those uninvited visitors, and first tried expanded criminal statutes to
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Lingering death is the usual means for killing legislative bills, but there’s also the swift smackdown method. The Montana Legislature used that second method, also known as tabling, to cut down House Bills 516 and 521.

That means for the second time since 2017, Montana lawmakers have killed bills to
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