Today’s quick hits, Nov. 19, 2018

Monsanto back in cancer-trial spotlight (Reuters): A California judge last week granted an expedited trial in the case of a California couple suffering from cancer who sued Bayer AG’s Monsanto, alleging the company’s weed killer Roundup caused their disease.

Smithfield pulls out of tariff bailout (Washington Post): Smithfield Foods, a leading pig producer owned by the Chinese conglomerate WH Group, has given up the chance to receive $240,000 under the bailout program set up to help American farmers in Trump’s trade war with China.

Beefing up reporting between the coasts (NY Times): A journalist developed a database, Shoeleather, “aimed at connecting journalists outside the nation’s media hubs — New York City, Washington, Los Angeles and San Francisco — with editors across the country for the purpose of reporting on their home regions.”