SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois Senate adjourned its fall session today without voting on tax breaks for Archer Daniels Midland Company or the newly merged OfficeMax and Office Depot.
Sen. Tom Cullerton is sponsor of the bill to give up to $53 million in tax breaks to Office Depot Inc., which emerged from the merger of Naperville-based OfficeMax and Florida-based Office Depot.
He expects lawmakers will return to Springfield in December to deal with the state pension crisis. Cullerton says some legislators wanted to wait to give out tax breaks until after they'd passed pension reform.
Sen. Andy Manar is sponsor of the ADM bill. He says he feels progress has been made on the $30 million ADM bill.
The incentives are aimed at getting the companies to keep their headquarters in Illinois.
MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) - A St. Louis-based coffee company has announced it is acquiring Henderson Coffee Corp. in Muskogee.
Ronnoco Coffee is purchasing the Oklahoma company. Terms of the sale were not released.
Ronnoco CEO Scott Meader said in a statement to the Tulsa Word that the purchase is part of his company's plans to expand through the region.
Henderson Coffee Corp. provides coffee, tea and related products and equipment to restaurants, casinos and convenience stores in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri and Kansas. Ronnoco roasts, blends, grinds, packages and distributes coffee, tea and other beverages in 16 states in the Midwestern U.S.
St. Louis-based Ronnoco Coffee has acquired Henderson Coffee Corp. in Muskogee.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A Florissant home health care worker is charged with third-degree abuse for allegedly using a belt to beat a group home resident who soiled a car as the pair returned from a shopping trip.
KMOV-TV reports that 23-year-old Daniel Bonner was charged Tuesday with a misdemeanor offense in St. Louis County Circuit Court.
He is accused of assaulting a man with mild retardation and schizophrenia in late September while working at a group home managed by Preferred Alternatives Inc. in St. Charles. The company says Bonner has since been fired. Online court records don't list an attorney for Bonner.
The group home resident was treated at an area hospital for cuts and bruises.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri's fourth- and eighth-graders are doing about the same on math and reading tests as they were two years ago and about average when compared with the rest of the country.
That's according to the 2013 Nation's Report Card, which was released Thursday. The results come from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP, which is given to a sample of students.
Among fourth-graders, 39 percent scored at or above the NAEP proficient level in reading and 35 percent in math. The percentages were similar among eighth-graders, with 36 percent scoring at or above proficient in reading and 35 percent scoring at or above the proficient level in reading.
Missouri education commissioner Chris Nicastro says the state still has "work to do."
The future of a troubled state lawmaker is unclear. Democratic Missouri State Representative Steve Webb was charged yesterday for theft and campaign finance violations.
Prosecutors say that Webb solicited donations for an event in Washington DC, instead, he deposited that money in a personal account. Shortly after the charges, the AP reported that House Minority leader Jake Hummel said Webb told his office he planned to resign. Later Wednesday, Webb told reporters he had no plans to step down.
Thursday, Hummel released a statement saying standing by his previous comments, that Webb told him he planned to resign. Hummel continues that for the sake of his family and constituents, Webb should resign. Webb represents portions of North St. Louis County, including Florissant.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A pit bull-mix puppy that was dragged down Interstate 55 near St. Louis while tied to pickup truck is now up for adoption.
The dog, named Trooper, needed dozens of surgeries after he nearly died while being dragged down the highway for nearly a mile in November 2012.
The Humane Society of Missouri announced Wednesday it is accepting only online applications to adopt Trooper. It will take applications through Nov. 17.
Benetta Johnson of East St. Louis, Ill., was sentenced to probation and community service after being found guilty in April of misdemeanor animal abuse.
Authorities say when she tried to return the dog to her ex-husband, her son tied the puppy to a trailer hitch. Johnson's ex-husband didn't see the dog and drove down the interstate.
It's a time to get real....with the Chief.
The St. Louis Police Department is hosting a question and answer Twitter session with Chief Sam Dotson this Monday between noon and 1:30 pm.
Through "Real Talk with Chief Dotson" the department hopes to create a conversation with the citizens it serves and address questions regarding the department and its crime-fighting initiatives.
Citizens can tweet questions during the scheduled time to Chief Dotson’s Twitter handle, @ChiefSLMPD.
The water in some parts of Edwardsville may be a little brown, but it's still safe to drink. That's the message from Public Works Director Tim Harr.
He says a break in a 14 inch transmission line caused workers to reroute water city-wide and that may have stirred up sediment. As a result, about a thousand of the more than 9,000 water customers in Edwardsville, including the Public Works Department, are seeing discolored water from their taps.
Harr says the water is safe to drink. "We’ve tested it," he said. "The chlorine residuals are where they’re supposed to be, within the epa regulations. It doesn’t taste funny. It just looks a little funny with the sedimentation."
Harr says city workers opened 4-5 hydrants Wednesday to help flush the system and it might help if residents run their own taps 10-15 minutes to flush the lines.
Red light camera tickets could become a thing of the past in Missouri. That's because of a state appeals court ruling Tuesday of this week.
The Eastern District court in St. Louis overturned it's own precedent when it found Ellisville's red light camera ordinance was in conflict with state law because the tickets are issued to the vehicle owner and not the driver.
Two years ago the court had upheld a similar Creve Coeur law, but now says that ruling is "no longer good law."
The Arizona-based company that operates the cameras in Ellisville and several other municipalities says it will appeal to the Missouri Supreme Court.
Almost before any work has begun, the renovation of the Gateway Arch grounds may have run into a four-month delay.
The $380 million plan was presented Wednesday to a National Park Service board that must approve the project. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the federal Development Advisory Board, refused to sign off on the plan because of what is essentially, a paperwork issue.
CityArchRiver 2015, the non-profit that's spearheading the renovation efforts refused to provide a series of agreements between it and the park service. CityArchRiver leaders say that's because the park hasn't signed a new deal with Metro to run the Arch trams, and thus guarantee that tram fees will be used to pay for much needed repairs to the tram systems.
Those contracts are reportedly in the pipeline and could be signed as soon as Thursday. But the Development Advisory Board doesn't meet again until March.