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    August 10, 2011

    Making Paula Deen Proud: The Butter Sculpture Art of State Fairs

    Wikimedia CommonsButter sculpture of of a dragon. We call her Margereene. ​The Missouri State Fair's kicks off this Thursday in Sedalia. Where there's a fair, there's one thing for certain: Butter sculptures. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Iowa State Fair's annual butter sculp ... More >>

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    December 2, 2010

    Another Reason to Avoid Prison: Single-Ply Toilet Paper You Have to Make Yourself​Today we stumbled upon a factoid we did not know. Missouri inmates manufacture the toilet paper used by some 30,000 prisoners across the state. The program -- in operation since 2005 -- is so successful that Missouri's Department of Corrections also supplies Indiana's prison system ... More >>

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    August 16, 2010

    Pork Belly Shortage! Bacon Prices Rise! Panic!

    Image viaTake a long look. This might be the last pork belly you see for a while.​Bacon. Bacon on everything. Bacon salt. Bacon shoes. Bacon bras. The Bacon Explosion.Deep down, you knew this day was coming:According to the Des Moines Register, there is a shortage of pork bellies nationwide. The p ... More >>

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    February 9, 2010

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 2.9

    Health officials destroy over $1,000 worth of local fruit over business license dispute. (Chicago Tribune) ​ USDA kills never-functional livestock-tracking program. (Des Moines Register)Brooklyn high school students flock to food justice class. (New York Times)Need sandwich assistance? There' ... More >>

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    April 14, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 4.14

    A new study finds that Americans pay attention to the news of food recalls -- but don't search their own houses for recalled items. (Reuters)An Iowa company touts a new genetically modified soybean that could produce frying oil with zero transfats. (Des Moines Register)Mexico objects to a Burger Kin ... More >>

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    January 23, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 1.23

    In today's news: the salmonella outbreak, country-of-labeling origin hits a road block, Tom Vilsack on healthy eating and Chinese New Year food shortages.

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    January 15, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Thursday, 1.15

    In today's news: Tom Vilsack before the Senate, more on the peanut-butter salmonella scare and a no to beer named for Obama.

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    October 5, 2007

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 10/5

    The recall of E. coli-tainted Topps Meat Co. meat began September 25. The FDA knew about the contamination on September 7. Understandable concern about the delay. (New York Times) The head of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas thinks higher food prices might be here to stay. ... More >>

  • News

    December 22, 2004

    Attack of the Blog

    A Post reporter is suspended for extracurricular Internet activities

  • News

    October 15, 2003

    Dying to Get Out

    Some inmates tell horror stories about healthcare at the women's prison in Vandalia. Some didn't live to tell their tales.

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    August 23, 2000

    Road Warriors

    In Monroe County, Ill., some visitors are more welcome than others