ST. LOUIS (AP) — A coalition of farm and food safety groups wants federal regulators to quash the proposed sale of Smithfield Foods to a Chinese conglomerate in what would be the largest such takeover of a U.S. business.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the 17 groups are asking the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States to oppose the pork processor's sale to Shuanghui International Holdings Ltd.
The groups include the Missouri Rural Crisis Center, Food and Water Watch, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement and the Nebraska Farmers Union.
The federal committee reviews sales of American companies to foreign interests.
Coalition members say the deal could weaken domestic food safety, cause economic damage in rural communities and harm national security.
WARRENSBURG, Mo. (AP) — Governor Jay Nixon is joining President Barack Obama during his upcoming visit to the University of Central Missouri.
Obama is traveling Wednesday to the Warrensburg school and Galesburg, Illinois to make his case for spending on infrastructure and for universal pre-school programs. The president is also expected to highlight the economic benefits of overhauling immigration laws.
Nixon announced Saturday that he would join Obama during the Missouri stop. He noted that the University of Central Missouri is part of an Innovation Campus initiative that offers accelerated degrees in high-demand fields.
The trip will mark Obama's first visit to the state since a May 2012 commencement speech at Joplin High School. That visit marked the one-year anniversary of a deadly tornado that hit the southwestern Missouri city.
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A southwestern Illinois man pleaded guilty during his trial on charges that he drunkenly caused a 2010 two-vehicle wreck that killed the other driver.
Thirty-six-year-old James Griesbaum of Aviston pleaded guilty to two felony DUI-related counts.
A spokeswoman for the Madison County State's Attorney's Office tells the Belleville News-Democrat that Griesbaum will be sentenced to simultaneous prison terms of three years and six months in prison on each count.
Authorities contend that Griesbaum was drunk in February 2010 in Madison County when his pickup truck collided head-on with a vehicle driven by Barbara Green of Trenton. She died.
Griesbaum's trial began Tuesday with jury selection and was to have gone to the jury for deliberation as early as Friday.
Griesbaum's sentencing date was not immediately set.
PERRYVILLE, Mo. (AP) — A quarantine of wood products from Perry County is likely, after the discovery of an insect that kills ash trees.
Perry County economic development director Scott Sattler says Missouri Department of Agriculture field agents recently found the emerald ash borer in a park in Perryville.
The larvae of the half-inch-long, emerald green beetle kill the trees by feeding on the bark of the trees.
Sattler told the Southeast Missourian that Perry County is not yet under quarantine. That's because the survey of the beetle's extent is ongoing. County officials expect a quarantine to be imposed in the next 30 days.
Sattler says the quarantine would affect all types of firewood.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster declaration after severe storms struck Missouri from May 29th to June 10th.
The storms included one that spawned a tornado in the St. Louis area and others that caused widespread flooding.
The declaration allows the federal government to provide government entities and some nonprofits help paying for emergency work and facility replacement and repairs in 27 counties. They span from Barton County on the border with Kansas to St. Louis County. Funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.
Obama will travel Wednesday to Galesburg, Illinois and Warrensburg, Missouri to make his case for spending on infrastructure and for universal pre-school programs. Obama is also expected to highlight the economic benefits of overhauling immigration laws.
One suspect is being investigated in connection to a possible sexual assault at an off-campus St. Louis University apartment.
Police received reports that a 21-year-old man was boasting about having sex with a teen at an off campus apartment. The girl in question told investigators she could not remember the encounter.
The incident occurred in the 300 block of South Grand Avenue.
East St. Louis Police are holding a man for allegedly attacking two officers at a crime scene.
Police say Darryl Robinson drove his car into a crime scene area on July 5. When officers with the East St. Louis Police Department and Illinois State Police tried to remove Robinson from his vehicle, they say he tried to drive off and hit two officers. The officers suffered only minor injuries, but Robinson was able to drive away. He was arrested earlier this week.
He now faces three charges connected to the incident.
A total of three people now face charges connected to last week's fatal hit-and-run accident outside of Cahokia.
Kevin Powell was charged with several crimes Thursday, including reckless homicide, for allegedly hitting and killing 9-year-old Fabian Teson last Thursday.
A passenger in the vehicle, 17-year-old Devan Harris, was charged with two counts of obstruction justice.
25-year-old Alysa Sherwood owns the car that Powell was driving. She faces charges for letting him use the car.
Three kittens are getting veterinary help after they were left in a dumpster in downtown St. Louis and tormented by a hawk.
A Good Samaritan was walking down the street and heard the cats meows. When he found the cats, a circling hawk had already snatched of the kittens. The Samaritan took the remaining three cats to the Animal House for care. It is not clear who dumped the kittens into the dumpster.
Animal House is a no kill shelter who plans to care for the kittens until they can be put up for adoption.
SALEM, Mo. (AP) - The owners of a yellow Labrador retriever facing euthanasia ordered by an eastern Missouri town's mayor for allegedly chomping on a 7-year-old girl say experts about dog bites conclude the pooch didn't do it.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/13DJS5f ) reports that Phineas' fate has developed into a legal struggle that has delayed the dog's sentence, which was imposed by Salem's mayor in July of last year after the girl was bitten.
Mayor Gary Brown concluded the dog needed to be put down, based on a police report and photos of the wound.
But two dog-bite experts say in court filings that Phineas wasn't the culprit. They say the wound is too small, and that the dental pattern isn't consistent with Phineas' teeth.
Salem is 125 miles south of St. Louis.