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‘Viewpoints’ to examine prison, college programs

Programs to prepare prison inmates for life after incarceration and first-time college students for academic life highlight this weekend’s edition of “Missouri Viewpoints.”

A feature on a program by the Missouri Department of Corrections that prepares inmates for a return to the workforce will focus on how training and a structured job environment are provided. Another feature will detail how the Missouri-based Veterans United Foundation has presented a gift of a handicapped-accessible vehicle to a family with a special-needs child.

A profile of a student group at Missouri State University that was created specifically for first-generation college students,will be carried later in the show.

Missouri Viewpoints airs at 7:30 a.m. Sunday on both FOX 26 KNPN and NBC 21 KNPG. More information can be found at www.missouriview

points.com and on Facebook. Mike Ferguson is the producer.

— News-Press

NOW report

Ben & Jerry’s sued over ‘happy cow’

claims

BURLINGTON, Vt. | Ben & Jerry’s is facing a lawsuit accusing the ice cream maker and its parent company of false advertising by saying the milk and cream in its products comes from “happy cows.”

In a complaint filed Oct. 31 in federal court in Burlington, Vermont, where Ben & Jerry’s was founded, environmental advocate James Ehlers accuses the company and Unilever of deceiving consumers.

He said many of the farms that produce the milk and cream are factory-style, mass production dairy operations. He said only some are part of the company’s “Caring Dairy” program.

Ben & Jerry’s spokesman Sean Greenwood emailed Friday that the company doesn’t comment on pending lawsuits. He said it’s proud of the work it’s done with Vermont family farmers and is committed to building a resilient, regenerative dairy supply.

Amtrak reports record revenue, ridership

NEWARK, N.J. | Amtrak reported record ridership and revenue figures for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30.

The government-owned passenger railroad said Friday it provided 32.5 million passenger trips, an increase of about 800,000 over the previous fiscal year.

Total operating revenue rose more than 3 percent to $3.3 billion, helping Amtrak post an operating loss of just under $30 million, the best performance in its 49-year history.

Officials said they expect to break even by the end of the next fiscal year.

— From AP reports