By Jonathan Kaminsky NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - It is nearing peak harvesting season for Louisiana crawfish, but a shortage of migrants to peel them is hurting the industry, largely because of a fight over foreign guest workers that has stirred fears Chinese imports will gain ground. The worker shortfall, which Louisiana officials estimate will cut its frozen crawfish output by more than half, at a cost of up to $50 million, is largely the result of a long conflict over rules and wages for seasonal laborers under the H-2B visa program. Louisiana's crawfish processors, who lead the United States in output of the tricky-to-peel shellfish, are hurting badly, says Frank Randol. His Lafayette plant, for example, would normally have 40 workers peeling thousands of bite-sized crawfish tails everyday, but now stands idle.
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday championed the new Sri Lankan government's push for democratic reform and promised closer ties with the strategically located Indian Ocean nation.
The first log slave quarters with dirt floors to be rebuilt at Thomas Jefferson's home were formally unveiled Saturday at Monticello, and descendants of more than 100 slaves from the third president's plantation marked the occasion in Virginia.