Debt dispute leaves Missouri man stuck in China

Involved in a business dispute, Steve Fleischli has been stuck in China for five months. In a dispute over his company's unpaid debt to Chinese firms, the Chinese government forced Fleischli to surrender his passport and refused to let him leave.

Missouri gubernatorial candidate Dave Spence repaid New York jobs aid

Dave Spence's plastic bottle business had to repay $75,000 of incentives to New York after failing to meet job targets, according to records obtained by The Associated Press.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon cites constitutional concerns in veto

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed legislation Wednesday that sought to discourage energy investment in Iran, increase penalties for harming service dogs and change a variety of other laws.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: More privacy on cellphones

Charities are exempt from the law, so consumers should remain alert for operations that solicit money for a charity and use most of it to profit the telemarketers themselves.

Missouri investors warned of common threats

High on the list of top threats are online pitches from startup companies and promoters pushing new business ideas without financial statements and other traditional documents.

Missouri education board backs tobacco tax initiative

The board voted Tuesday to support a plan that would raise Missouri's lowest-in-the-nation cigarette tax from 17 cents per pack to 90 cents beginning in January.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: There are millions and millions of reasons to revisit Citizens United

Lack of money equals lack of free speech. A cynic might say that’s always been the case. But it shouldn’t be enshrined in law.

Virus blamed for massive fish kill in western Missouri

Missouri conservation officials have identified the cause of a massive carp die-off in a Jackson County lake.


The Missourian's Pavan Vangipuram talks to participants at Shred Fest.

UPDATE: Southern Baptists approve resolution saying gay rights aren't civil rights

Thousands of delegates at the denomination's annual meeting in New Orleans were nearly unanimous in their support for the resolution that affirms their belief that marriage is "the exclusive union of one man and one woman."

BCS commissioners reach consensus on playoff plan

The Bowl Championship Seriescommissioners have been working on reshaping college football's postseason to create the first major college playoff. They met Wednesday and reached a consensus on a model for a four-team seeded playoff that will be presented to the university presidents for approval next week.

Southern Baptists debate gay rights, civil rights

A day after electing their first African-American president, Southern Baptists were considering a resolution Wednesday opposing the idea that gay rights are the same as civil rights.