St. Louis – St. Louis-based agriculture giant Monsanto lost less money in the fourth quarter this fiscal year than it did last year.
The company posted a 26-cent-per-share loss in the quarter that ended Aug. 31. That compares to 43 cents a share a year ago. Fourth quarter losses are typical for the company, which makes most of its money in the spring and summer when farmers are ordering seed.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster has turned himself into a cartoon character to promote Internet safety to children.
Koster's state website now includes a cartoon depiction of himself on a surfboard, about to be attacked by a giant shark. It directs viewers to a web page offering tips about Internet safety to parents, educators, young children and teenagers.
COLUMBIA, Mo. – The University of Missouri's flagship campus is reviewing 75 degree programs for possible elimination under a statewide cost-cutting edict.
The state Department of Higher Education defines such "low-producing" programs as those awarding fewer than 10 bachelor's degrees a year on average. The cutoff is five graduates for master's programs and three graduates for doctoral programs.
Benton, Ill – A federal grand jury southern Illinois has indicted a Fairview Heights man on two counts for allegedly threatening area Muslims and threatening to blow up his home.
Roman Conaway, 50, has been charged with one count of falsely threatening to detonate an explosive device and a count of influencing a federal officer by threat. Conaway faces jail time and fines for each count.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri has done a poor job of identifying employers who misclassify employees as independent contractors. That's the finding of a new audit released today.
The state Department of Labor and Industrial relations ranked second to last nationwide between 2005 and 2009 when it came to mislabeling employees as contractors. State Auditor Susan Montee says one reason why is the number of auditors employed by Labor dropped dramatically during those four years.
ST. LOUIS – A man who federal agents say led a cigarette-smuggling operation that profited from differing sales taxes on smokes in Missouri and Illinois is facing more felony counts.
A federal grand jury in St. Louis has indicted 43-three-year-old Ghalib Shahjamaluddin of St. Louis on four counts accusing him of illegally possessing, shipping, transporting and distributing contraband cigarettes.
The indictment replaces a federal complaint that charged him with a conspiracy count.