Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Things weren't quite as bad as they initially looked for ConAgra, but they were still bad.
The company's quarterly report, which was delayed after company officials said they would have to restate their profits for last year, due to some tax miscalculations. They expected their profits would decrease between $150 million and $200 million. The actual amount turned out to be $105 million, according to a filing today with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
The filing indicated the company would have amended filings for the first two quarters of fiscal year 2005 and for the entire year 2004.
ConAgra has a plant in Carthage.
Attorneys representing Newton County Sheriff Ken Copeland sent their first set of interrogatories to Oscar Alvarez, the former inmate who is suing the county, alleging that he was beaten by another inmate, after two jailers allowed the inmate to have access to his cell.
The questions were sent to Alvarez's attorney, Steven Blair of Springfield, according to court documents.
The lawsuit was initially filed against former Sheriff Ron Doerge, but a federal judge ruled that since the suit was against the sheriff in his official capacity that the defendant must be the current occupant of the office.
The Diamond R-4 Board of Education will make a decision on the proposed drug testing policy when it meets 7 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in the high school hospitality room.
I won't go into a long rant about these drug testing policies for students participating in extracurricular activities, except to once again say they are an invasion of privacy, discriminate against the students who are actually getting involved in schools, are a way for the lazy to deal with the drug problem in today's schools.

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