- - Sunday, April 17, 2011

ALASKA

State says no need to test fisheries

ANCHORAGE | Federal and state of Alaska health officials say North Pacific fish are so unlikely to be contaminated by radioactive material from the crippled nuclear plant in Japan that there’s no reason to test them.

Dangerous levels of radiation have been reported off the coast from the Fukushima reactor complex.

But a spokeswoman for the federal Food and Drug Administration tells the Anchorage Daily News that the ocean is so huge, and Alaska fisheries so far away, that there is no realistic threat.

Alaska’s food safety program manager, Ron Klein, says the FDA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have demonstrated that Alaskans have no cause for worry. Mr. Klein says that based on the work they’re doing, no sampling or monitoring of fish is necessary.

COLORADO

Mom on Facebook sentenced in drowning

GREELEY | A Colorado woman who was playing games on Facebook while her 13-month-old baby drowned in a bathtub has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Shannon Johnson, 34, of Fort Lupton was sentenced Friday. Her sentence includes five years of mandatory parole after her prison term. Johnson was charged with child abuse that knowingly or recklessly caused death. She pleaded guilty to negligent child abuse last month.

Johnson said she found her baby face-down in a bathtub in September. She told investigators she had been playing the game Cafe World on Facebook in another room while her son was alone in a bathtub full of water.

The Greeley Tribune reported that Johnson said her son, Joseph, was independent and wanted to be alone in the tub.

GEORGIA

Study: Half of supermarket meat may have staph bug

ATLANTA | A new report estimates that half the meat and poultry sold in the supermarket may be tainted with the staph germ.

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