Morning round-up
9:23 am
Thu October 6, 2011

Morning headlines: Thursday, October 6, 2011

St. Louis Blues Chairman Dave Checketts. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting that Checketts has a reached a verbal agreement to sell a majority stake in the Blues to Chicago businessman Matthew Hulsizer.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Report: Checketts reaches deal to sell majority stake in Blues

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Dave Checketts has a verbal agreement to sell a majority stake in the St. Louis Blues to Chicago businessman Matthew Hulsizer. As part of the deal, Checketts could remain with the club in some capacity.

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5:12 pm
Fri September 30, 2011

Kinder wants finance board to examine approval process for economic development projects

Mo. Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

Mo. Lt. Gov, Peter Kinder wants the Missouri Development Finance Board to review the way it approves financing for economic development projects. The request comes in the wake of the Mamtek fiasco in Moberly.

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Morning round-up
9:21 am
Tue September 27, 2011

Morning headlines: Tuesday, September 27, 2011

An Illinois judge ruled Monday, Sept. 26, 2011 that the Illinois Dept. of Family Services can begin canceling its adoption and foster care contracts with Catholic Charities.
Flickr/Anamorphic Mike

Judge rules Illinois can cancel contracts with Catholic Charities

A Sangamon County judge has ruled the Illinois Department of Children and Family Service can begin canceling its adoption and foster care contracts with Catholic Charities.

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6:04 pm
Mon September 26, 2011

Mo. senators plan to investigate Mamtek project

Splenda sweetener, which contains sucralose. Mamtek manufactures sucralose in its Moberly, Mo. production facility.

State senators plan to investigate an unfulfilled central Missouri project that used public incentives and was to employ several hundred people to manufacture artificial sweetener.

The project by Mamtek U.S. Inc. was backed by $39 million in industrial development bonds issued by Moberly, and the state offered more than $17 million worth of incentives. But the plant remains under construction, Mamtek has laid off its employees and the company missed its first bond payment.

Gov. Nixon press conference
6:54 pm
Fri September 23, 2011

Nixon comments on Mo. special session, Mamtek, during Capitol press conference

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon (D) talks with reporters at a press conference at the State Capitol.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D) met with reporters at the State Capitol today to discuss the latest developments with the special legislative session.   He also commented on the Mamtek controversy that has damaged the financial status of the small town of Moberly and caused some legislative leaders to question whether parts of the tax credit bill could wreak the same havoc.

You can listen to the entire news conference by clicking on the word "listen" above.

Missouri AG to help investigate Mamtek project
1:49 pm
Fri September 23, 2011

Attorney General to investigate Chinese project in mid-Missouri

File photo

The growing chorus of voices complaining about the fate of a half-built plant in Moberly, Missouri, is getting louder.

Today, Missouri's Attorney General chimed in, saying that his office would investigate whether the Mamtek USA project violated any state civil or criminal laws.

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