State News

Monsanto profit slips despite jump in seed sales

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.

State lawmakers cut funding for e-mail saving system

Gov. Nixon recommended the system be expanded but House and Senate committees cut it out of the budget.

Missouri Senate OKs six Nixon appointees

Spots in various state offices were filled Thursday as state senators cofirmed six of Gov. Jay Nixon's appointments.

Autism insurance bill hung up in Missoui Legislature

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.

Briggs & Stratton announces 114 layoffs at Poplar Bluff plant

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.

Missouri sees nation's No. 2 increase in new jobless claims

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 deputies shoot rampaging chimp, then find puppy mill

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.

Whiteman Air Force Base loses bid for Global Strike Command

The Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana was chosen over other bases for the home of the Air Force's Global Strike Command.

Internet worm Conficker could change tactics

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 Senate committee OKs rewritten bill on AmerenUE plant plan

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 Senate stalls on tax credit bill

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.

Coalition: Clean energy will create jobs

Members of the United States Climate Action Partnership say Missouri has strong opportunities for clean energy.

Missouri teen shot was driving grandfather's SUV

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.

Missouri man charged with injuring 8-month-old

The man was reported to have been caring for his girlfriend's child when the baby suffered injuries consistent with severe blunt force trauma.

Baby sitter bound over for trial in infant's death

An autopsy showed that the child suffered hemorrahages, a skull fracture and other injuries.

Inmate indicted in attack at prison medical center

The 29-year-old was charged with stabbing another inmate with a seven-inch sharpened metal rod.

House Minority leader denies accusations of bribes

According to the AP, Democratic House leader Paul LeVota is under investigation by the FBI.

Missouri Democrats contend sex discrimination in House

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.

Sources: FBI questions Missouri lawmakers

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.

Polar bear dies at St. Louis Zoo

The St. Louis Zoo announced Monday they had to euthanize Hope, a 23-year-old polar bear, because of cancer.