The Georgia Mae Morning News

Peanut Corporation of America, the maker of peanut butter linked to a nationwide outbreak of salmonella, shipped tainted product it knew had tested positive for the bacteria, the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday. The FDA report said the company’s own testing program found strains of salmonella 12 times in 2007 and 2008 at its Blakely, Georgia plant. The problem does not appear to have been resolved. When FDA inspectors visited the plant this month, they reported finding still more salmonella contamination. CNN

After boycotting his impeachment trial for three days, Gov. Rod Blagojevich announced Wednesday that he wanted to address the State Senate on Thursday before legislators begin deliberations on whether to remove him from office. The governor, who has repeatedly denounced the trial as unfair and fixed, will not give sworn testimony or be subject to cross-examination by prosecutors or legislators. Rather, he will address the Senate only to respond to the prosecution’s closing argument. NY Times

Ford Motor Co. said Thursday it lost $5.9 billion in the fourth quarter, but still has no plans to seek federal aid unless economic conditions worsen. MSNBC

House Republicans blocked legislation backed by President Barack Obama that would delay next month’s transition to digital television until June 12. The 258-168 vote was short of the two-thirds margin needed to pass the measure under procedures usually used for noncontroversial items. The Obama administration supports moving back the planned Feb. 17 date, in part because a program to subsidize equipment that some people need to view digital programming ran low on funds and left more than 3 million requests on a waiting list. Republicans said a delay would cause confusion and put off when airwaves are available for emergency workers’ radios and advanced wireless devices. House Democrats, who control the agenda, will probably bring the legislation up again next week using procedures that require a simple majority for passage. Bloomberg

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