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Trump invokes Defense Production Act for meat processing plants

President Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday invoking the Defense Production Act to keep meat processing plants open, a senior White House official told CBS News.

Stopping virus a huge challenge at crowded US meat plants

Dozens of U.S. meat-processing plants have been forced to close temporarily as the industry struggles to contain the spread of the coronavirus among employees who often stand side-by-side while cutting and packaging beef, pork and poultry.

Guidance offered to protect workers after food processing plant outbreaks

There are currently coronavirus outbreaks in five food processing facilities in NC, including Bladen and Duplin Counties.
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Smithfield employees worry they’ve contracted COVID-19 at NC packing plant

A week after Smithfield Foods closed its South Dakota pork processing plant, one worker at the company's North Carolina facility said she is concerned for her health and safety on the job.

NC court ruling leaves Smithfield agreement intact

A decision by the North Carolina Supreme Court leaves intact an agreement in which up to $50 million paid by the world’s largest pork producer is being distributed as environmental grants.

Former union president pleads guilty to money charges

The former president of the union representing workers at the massive Smithfield Foods plant in eastern North Carolina has pleaded guilty to helping embezzle more than $200,000 of the local chapter’s money.
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2 employees injured in ‘senseless shooting’ at Bladen hog plant

Two employees were injured in a shooting at the Smithfield Foods processing facility in Tar Heel early Thursday morning.

Family: Suspect in Smithfield Foods plant shooting was bullied by victim

The family of a man charged with shooting two people at Smithfield Foods in Bladen County said he was the victim of bullying in an ongoing dispute with one of the victims.

Duplin County grandmother wins $1 million in scratch-off ticket

Lourell Leak of Magnolia said she won a $1 million lottery prize because her mother fell asleep.

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