Carthage, MO – A jury in Carthage has ruled against four employees of a popcorn factory who claimed butter flavoring caused disabling lung injuries.
The jury deliberated about five hours before ruling 9-3 Monday that International Flavors and Fragrances and its subsidiary, Bush Boake Allen Incorporated, weren't responsible for the injuries of Jasper Popcorn Company plant workers.
It was the third trial against the flavoring makers involving lawsuits filed by employees at the Jasper plant.
Springfield, Ill – Illinois legislative leaders emerged from the governor's office Monday with no progress on a new budget but a pledge to meet again.
Lawmakers are deadlocked with Governor Rod Blagojevich over a spending plan for the fiscal year that begins Thursday.
There was one sign of potential progress. Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan of Chicago postponed action he planned today on a "core-services" budget that would keep government running July First if there was no deal.
St. Louis – Missouri Secretary of State and Republican gubernatorial candidate Matt Blunt Monday called for better teacher pay, cost controls on public universities and an end to partisan fights over school funding.
At a public elementary school in the St. Louis suburb of Webster Groves, Blunt said all schools should receive help from the state, but kids who go to private schools should not get tuition vouchers.
St. Louis – This week, the St. Louis Public School district is closing one of the most difficult chapters in its history. On Wednesday, William Roberti will serve his last day as the district's interim superintendent.
Thirteen months ago, Roberti and his team from the New York-based firm Alvarez and Marsal set out to reform the district's operations and financial practices.
Washington – In a ruling arising from a Missouri case, the U.S. Supreme Court Monday warned police they could not deliberately question a suspect twice, the first time without a Miranda warning.
But the court left open the possibility that some confessions obtained after double interviews would be acceptable. But they said police must prove the interrogation wasn't intended to undermine the Miranda warning.
Springfield, IL – Blagojevich says he answered lots of questions and heard some complaints during the meeting. Some House members say the meeting helped clear the air after Blagojevich's public criticism of fellow Democrats over the state budget.