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They came to the farm after Chicago-based Mercy for Animals sent prosecutors three weeks of undercover footage by a member of the group who worked at the farm. The group says the videos show workers throwing, kicking, dragging and beating turkeys.

In a statement, Butterball said it has zero tolerance for abusing animals and is working with deputies.


Victims’ group must reveal records in priest case

ST. LOUIS | Advocates for clergy sex abuse victims are being ordered to disclose years of records to defense lawyers for an accused clergyman.

A county judge in Missouri says lawyers for the accused reverend have a right to the documents from the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP).

The ruling came in a lawsuit filed by a man who says the reverend molested him. Defense lawyers say the accuser’s attorney violated a judge’s gag order by giving case details to SNAP.

SNAP says the disclosure order is so broad it could involve sensitive communication with victims in other cases and email correspondence with reporters.

The order says SNAP must produce the documents and the group’s director must appear for a deposition Tuesday. SNAP has appealed to the Missouri Supreme Court.


Flood plan calls for up to $17B in repairs

FRESNO | California has released the first statewide flood-control plan, and it calls for $14 billion to $17 billion in repairs and other investments.

The proposal was issued Friday by the state Department of Water Resources and details the dire status of levees and other infrastructure along the Sacramento and San Joaquin river systems.

Officials say more than half of the state’s 1,500 miles of levees don’t meet standards.

Experts say the aging levees, if breached, pose a great threat to life, property and the state’s drinking water supplies.

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