Lawmakers pass provision regarding labeling of meat

Missouri lawmakers have approved legislation that bans companies from labeling lab-grown meat products or meat substitutes as meat.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the provision approved Thursday states that a product cannot be marketed as meat if it is not derived from an animal with two or four feet. It is part of a package of changes to state agriculture and conservation laws on its way to the governor’s desk.

The legislation is backed by the state’s pork producers, the Missouri Farm Bureau and the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association.

Missouri would be the first state to address the fake meat issue if the measure is signed into law.

State Rep. Jeff Knight (R) of Lebanon, who sponsored the legislation, says it is not meant to mislead anyone, but to protect a product.

— Associated Press


70-year-old woman made ricin, police say

A 70-year-old woman accused of manufacturing the deadly toxin ricin and testing it on fellow residents at a Vermont retirement community has pleaded guilty to possessing it.

The FBI says Betty Miller has an extensive mental health history and was arrested last November after telling investigators she made ricin at her home at the Wake Robin community in Shelburne because she wanted to “injure herself.”

A federal complaint says Miller told investigators she tested the poison’s effectiveness by putting it in residents’ food or drinks. No one became seriously ill.

Miller entered her plea Friday. The plea agreement calls for a sentence of time served with a recommendation for three years of supervised release to include placement at a secure mental health treatment facility. A judge must approve the deal.

— Associated Press


Man charged with felony terrorism in Las Vegas

A 25-year-old man was arrested on a felony terrorism charge after he was accused of panicking shoppers by donning a mask and toting a reproduction of an AK-47 assault rifle through a Las Vegas mall, police said Friday.

Police wearing tactical gear evacuated hundreds of people and used dogs to search the Boulevard Mall after witnesses reported seeing a masked man walking with a weapon about 7 p.m. Thursday through the center court of the 140-store shopping center, according to department and witness accounts.

Security video images, store employees and mall security helped identify Emile Daren Hopson despite the mask, and helped lead police to a nearby apartment where Deputy Las Vegas Police Chief Chris Jones said detectives found a mask, discarded clothing and a rifle, which police later determined was fake. Hopson was arrested at his apartment a little before midnight. Police said he also uses the last name Hobson.

— Associated Press

Hasbro trademarks scent of Play-Doh: Hasbro has trademarked the scent of Play-Doh. The toy company on Friday announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has recognized Play-Doh's distinctive smell with a registered trademark, something rarely issued for a scent. The toymaker based in Pawtucket, R.I., describes it as a "sweet, slightly musky, vanilla fragrance, with slight overtones of cherry, combined with the smell of a salted, wheat-based dough." The Play-Doh brand has been around since 1956. Hasbro applied for the scent trademark last year. There are already some Play-doh-scented products available online, including cologne and soy candles.

— Associated Press