CHESTERFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A $400 million expansion announced by Monsanto in April is starting in earnest with a ceremonial groundbreaking at the Chesterfield research center site.
The agricultural products company says it expects to bring 675 new jobs to the region over the next three years.
Gov. Jay Nixon was scheduled to join Monsanto officials at the ceremony Tuesday, just as he did when the company first unveiled the project at an international biotechnology conference in Chicago.
The Missouri Department of Economic Development has said Monsanto can expect to receive more than $31 million in state tax incentives if it creates the expected number of new jobs.
HAZELWOOD, Mo. (AP) - A Florissant man has been charged with making terrorist threats at a St. Louis County mosque.
Forty-five year old Talib Al-Ganzawy was arrested and jailed on a $50,000 bond. Hazelwood police say Al-Ganzawy had a business dispute with board members at the Muslim house of worship.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the suspect threatened to "shoot up" the mosque. He was not armed when arrested.
A mosque spokesman says Al-Ganzawy was not a member but had asked for help to settle a landlord-tenant dispute. The board declined to intervene.
Al-Ganzawy remained in jail Monday after a scheduled court arraignment. Online court records did not list an attorney on his behalf.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Thousands of disappointed Illinois residents are expected at the state Capitol to rally for same-sex marriage.
Organizers say several thousand people are expected to take part in the "March on Springfield" -a grassroots effort to urge the passage of same-sex marriage legislation in Illinois.
The Illinois Senate approved the measure last February, but the measure has stalled in the House. Speaker Michael Madigan has said about a dozen votes are still needed.
The event will begin with a noon concert followed by a rally at 1 p.m. and a 2:30 p.m. March. Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin and Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn are participating in the event. The governor says he will sign legislation if passed by the General Assembly.
Currently 13 states and the District of Columbia allow gay marriage.
Phineas the dog, a golden lab who's been the focus of controversy in Salem, Missouri, is probably still alive.
The dog was stolen from the veterinarian's office where he'd been staying since shortly after Salem Mayor Gary Brown ordered him destroyed because the dog allegedly bit a 7 year old girl in 2012.
Phineas' owners and their attorney Joe Simon had expressed fears that someone had taken the dog and destroyed him. But Simon told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Monday that a letter was received Friday indicating that the dog is being kept in hiding by someone who believes they're helping the animal.
Last Thursday, a canine bite expert and veterinarian both testified that photographic evidence indicates that Phineas isn't the one who bit the child. The court case is ongoing.
SPRINGFIELD, IL (AP) - State officials say federal employees in Illinois who were furloughed during the shutdown have to repay unemployment insurance benefits.
The Illinois Department of Employment Security said Monday in a release that preliminary data shows that of the 2,937 federal workers who applied for unemployment insurance, 577 went on to be paid benefits. That represents a total of $231,174.
The department says that the employees will be sent notices that the money must be repaid. If it isn't, department officials can take steps to recover the money like garnishing tax refunds.
IDES Director Jay Rowell says the partial shutdown "needlessly scared" scores of workers.
The partial federal government shutdown lasted 16 days.
The World Series will put St. Louis on a world stage. That means major security measures will be in place around Busch Stadium.
St. Louis Police spent time Monday coordinating security plans with the FBI, ATF, Homeland Security, and the Missouri Highway Patrol. St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson tells Fox 2 News they're trying to run through every possible security scenario in order to have a response plan in place. "We’re doing everything we can to make sure no stone is left unturned, and the resources are there when we need them," he said.
Dotson says securing a national event like the World Series is a complex process, no matter where it takes place. "Whether we’re in St. Louis, Chicago or Louisville it doesn't matter," he said. "We still have to go through the same planning process as if we’re Boston or New York or L.A."
Dotson says many of the safeguards that were in place in 2006, like mechanical and K-9 bomb sniffers and surveillance cameras, will be used again. There will also be extra police officers on the streets, both in uniform and plain clothes.
Fans are advised to get to the ballpark early and expect long lines because of added security measures.
A man and his dog are dead after a house fire in St. Ann.
Firefighters found the 54 year-old man on the floor of his bedroom. Officials say the fire began in a chair in the living room--a place where relatives say he often smoked. Investigators believe the fire could have been started by a dropped cigarette. The Post-Dispatch reports that relatives say the man may have been overcome by smoke while he searched for his dog.
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A former St. Clair County circuit judge charged with heroin possession and a weapons violation presided over more than 1,700 felony cases.
The Belleville New-Democrat reports that Michael Cook's tenure included eight bench trials and 24 jury trials. Cook resigned after he was charged in May.
Officials are re-examining the cases Cook handled. A judge granted a new trial to one convicted murderer whose case he oversaw, and another has demanded a retrial. Hearings are scheduled for both next week.
Of the 1,705 felony cases Cook handled, 1,102 resulted in guilty pleas. Three of the bench trials ended in guilty verdicts. Twenty of the jury trials ended in guilty verdicts.
Cook has pleaded not guilty. He has agreed to have his law license suspended and sought drug treatment.
MARYVILLE, Mo. (AP) - Officials in a northwest Missouri county whose prosecutor is under fire for his handling of a teen sexual assault case are planning to close county offices Tuesday because of a planned rally related to the case.
Nodaway County Clerk Beth Walker says the courthouse and county administrative building are being closed. Walker says law enforcement officers will maintain some kind of presence around the buildings during the rally.
At least two activist groups, including one called "Justice for Daisy," have called for the protest, which is to begin at 6 p.m.
Daisy Coleman says she was 14 in January 2012 when a 17-year-old Maryville boy gave her alcohol and had sex with her when she was incapacitated. Felony charges against the boy and a second 17-year-old were dropped months later.
Clean up continues after a train derailed in Bond County Monday morning.
Just before 6 AM 18 cars jumped off the tracks near Main St. in the town of Smithboro. Investigators say the 59-car CSX train was going from East St. Louis to Avon, Indiana.
No injuries were reported and investigators continue work to determine the cause of the derailment.