St. Louis – St. Louis-based Monsanto says it has won an eight-year patent dispute against a subsidiary of Dow Chemical.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ruled Monday that Monsanto scientists were the first to invent the technology for synthetic Bt genes in plants. Monsanto says that ends a dispute with Mycogen Seeds, now a unit of Dow Agro-Sciences.
Bt is a natural bacterium present in soil that is an effective insect-control agent, long well-known to regulators, farmers and organic gardeners.
Springfield, ILL. – Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich said Monday the state should consider owning a casino, if safeguards are in place. He didn't specify what those safeguards would be.
A proposal by Penn National Gaming calls for the company to build a casino in the Chicago suburbs and then sell it to the state for a dollar. But six other companies are also bidding for that license, which is the only unused casino license in the state.
St. Louis – The Missouri Senate will soon get its chandelier back. The fixture was returned to Jefferson City Monday.
It fell in December and needed extensive repairs in St. Louis.
But Gary Behm, the owner of the lighting company that fixed it, says it looks as good as it did before the fall.
"I suppose in hindsight you could say that there's always a good side to this, too, in that I think everybody in the Capitol is even more safety conscious about these things than maybe they had been in the past," Behm said.