The seed maker, based in St. Louis, announced a 3.2 percent drop in quarterly profit ending Feb. 28. However, Monsanto saw a revenue increase over last year of 8.3 percent. The Missouri legislature has proposed a tax credit that might place a planned Monsanto expansion in state.
Gov. Nixon recommended the system be expanded but House and Senate committees cut it out of the budget.
Spots in various state offices were filled Thursday as state senators cofirmed six of Gov. Jay Nixon's appointments.
The Missouri House Rules Committee sent a bill, which would require insurance coverage of autism, back to its original committee Thursday and it will not make it back to the house floor by the time the legislative session ends in May.
The company says demand for its products is down and retailers are trying to reduce inventory. Despite the layoffs, hirings are expected in the fall, according to the plant manager. Briggs & Stratton is the largest employer in the Poplar Bluff region.
For the week ending March 21, Missouri had the nation's second-highest number of new unemployment claims, behind California. The 669,000 claims nationwide was the highest total in more than 26 years. The Labor Department expects to show in an upcoming report America's unemployment increased to 8.5 percent at the end of March.
Winston's Sheriff Department discovered a squalid, unlicensed puppy mill after responding to and shooting a rampaging chimpanzee. The mill, run by the chimp's owners, held an estimated 100 to 200 small-breed dogs. Only 13 dogs and two cats were recovered.
The Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana was chosen over other bases for the home of the Air Force's Global Strike Command.
On April Fools' Day, the Internet worm Conficker that has affected many PCs is expected to change tactics to acquire more "botnets," Conficker-infected machines, experts said.
Missouri's Senate Commerce Committee has passed the rewritten version of a bill that originally faced criticism from consumer advocates as being "a utility wish list."
Missouri senators decided to set aside discussion on an economic development bill that would cap tax credit programs and expand job-based tax incentives. After nine hours of debate, lawmakers decided to stall dealing with the bill until next week.
Members of the United States Climate Action Partnership say Missouri has strong opportunities for clean energy.
The boy was shot Monday after opening fire on highway patrol troopers Steve Burrows and John Terrell after leading troopers on a chase on Interstate 35 near Perry, Okla.
The man was reported to have been caring for his girlfriend's child when the baby suffered injuries consistent with severe blunt force trauma.
An autopsy showed that the child suffered hemorrahages, a skull fracture and other injuries.
The 29-year-old was charged with stabbing another inmate with a seven-inch sharpened metal rod.
According to the AP, Democratic House leader Paul LeVota is under investigation by the FBI.
Missouri House Democrat women have voiced their disapproval of the way they are treated by their male colleagues, citing the apparent lack of inclusion of their bills in the legislation calendar.
The FBI is questioning Missouri lawmakers about questionable campaign contributions, according to two lawmakers who spoke on condition of anonymity. They said they specifically were asked about House Minority Leader Paul LeVota, a Democrat from Independence.
The St. Louis Zoo announced Monday they had to euthanize Hope, a 23-year-old polar bear, because of cancer.