Missouri jobs chief defends review of Mamtek sweetener maker

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 | 3:34 p.m. CST; updated 8:46 p.m. CST, Wednesday, November 30, 2011

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri's economic development chief defended the state's review of a Chinese firm that failed to follow through on a pledge to open an artificial sweetener factory in rural Missouri but insisted Wednesday that it would have been a waste of taxpayer money to more thoroughly screen the company.