SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois farmers still can't begin planting their corn crops due to muddy fields caused by the heavy rains that inundated the state in recent weeks.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says that as of Monday there's been no significant planting done in Illinois because many fields are simply too wet for farmers to get out in them in tractors.
The USDA says just 1 percent of the state's corn crop has been sown. This time last year, three-quarter of the state's cornfields were planted, more than double the five-year average of 36 percent.
Nationwide among key farming states, 4 percent of the corn crop is in the ground, down from 49 percent a year ago at this time.
The Killers and Wilco will headline this year's LouFest in Forest Park. The lineup for the annual music festival was announced Monday night via Twitter.
The Alabama Shakes and The National will also perform at the two-day event. A number of local acts are also scheduled to take the stage September 7th and 8th.
Tickets go on Sale this Friday.
Besides music, festival organizers are promising premium food vendors, an art market with quality local artisans, and plenty of fun & cool interactive activities around the park.
Also performing at Loufest 2013:
Edward Shape and the Magnetic Zeros
Jim James, Local Natives
Fitz and the Tantrums
Toro Y Moi
Trampled By Turtles
Walk the Moon
Ra Ra Riot
Court Yard Hounds
Jukebox the Ghost
Brick + Mortar
J. Roddy Watson & the Business
Modoc and the Lonely Biscuits
St. Louis acts Kentucky Knife Fight and Tef Poe are also on the card.
The specific showtimes will be released this summer.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Looking for a new way to get that jolt of caffeine energy? Food companies are betting snacks like potato chips, jelly beans and gum with a caffeinated kick could be just the answer.
The Food and Drug Administration is closely watching the marketing of these foods and wants to know more about their safety.
The FDA said Monday it will look at the foods' effects on children in response to a caffeinated gum introduced this week by Wrigley. Alert Energy Gum promises "the right energy, right now."
The agency is already investigating the safety of energy drinks and energy shots, prompted by consumer reports of illness and death.
A few products that have added caffeine:
— Wrigley Alert Energy Gum contains about 40 milligrams a piece, or the equivalent amount found in half a cup of coffee.
— Jelly Belly Extreme Sport Beans have 50 mg of caffeine in a 100-calorie pack.
— Arma Energy Snx markets chips, trail mix and other products that contain caffeine, including "chocolate caramel cookie caffeine mix."
— Wired Waffles sells caffeinated maple syrup and "energy waffles."
— Some varieties of Frito-Lay's Cracker Jack'd Power Bites are coated wafers that include two tablespoons of ground coffee.
— Kraft's Mio Energy "water enhancer" squirts caffeine and flavoring into water.