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The federal judge managing a series of North Carolina lawsuits accusing the world's largest pork company of creating nuisances for rural neighbors is being temporarily replaced.
Activists in the heart of North Carolina's pork country say contract hog farmers and their neighbors should start talking about solutions.
A federal jury decided Friday that the world's largest pork producer should pay $473.5 million to neighbors of three North Carolina industrial-scale hog farms for unreasonable nuisances they suffered from odors, flies and rumbling trucks
Legislators in the country's No. 2 hog-growing state are launching a new effort to shield industrial hog operations from neighbors who have complained for decades about the smell, noise and flies generated by housing thousands of animals together.
The world's largest pork producer put its best case before jurors Wednesday to debunk claims that its waste is responsible for stenches so foul and attracts so many flies that life for rural neighbors is miserable.
Smithfield has not changed the locally dominant method of hog waste disposal since intensive hog operations multiplied in North Carolina in the 1980s and '90s.
The Bladen County Sheriff's Office has arrested nine men in the town of Tar Heel on a variety of drug charges following a three-month undercover investigation.
Jurors in North Carolina are getting a roundup of testimony in a lawsuit filed by neighbors of an industrial-scale swine operation.
In an effort to reduce the number of home fire tragedies in eastern North Carolina, Smithfield Foods donated $10,000 to the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign.