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.
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Jake Westbrook pitched 6 1-3 innings of two-run ball and contributed three hits, All-Star Matt Carpenter continued his strong season with three hits and three RBIs, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the San Diego Padres 9-6 on Friday night.
A career .116 hitter, Westbrook had never had more than one hit in a game. The right-hander, who scored twice and had an RBI, surpassed his hit output for the year with two singles and a double in his three at-bats. That raised his batting from .100 to .217.
On the mound, Westbrook (6-4) scattered eight hits while striking out one and walking four.
After rookie Carlos Martinez allowed three runs in the ninth to make it a three-run game, All-Star Edward Mujica got the last two outs to record his 27th save in 29 chances.
Fellow All-Stars Carlos Beltran and Yadier Molina each drove in two runs for the Cardinals, with Beltran contributing two sacrifice flies and Molina a two-run double in the seventh.
St. Louis reached a season-best 22 games over .500 (58-36) and owns the best winning percentage in the majors (.617).
The Padres' lone All-Star representative, Everth Cabrera, drove in two runs with a two-run single off Westbrook in the seventh. San Diego, which lost 18 of 22 to conclude the first half, fell to 15-32 on the road and 74-149 in St. Louis (6-19 at new Busch Stadium).
Former Cardinal Jason Marquis (9-5) lost his third straight. Marquis, who has not won since beating Arizona 6-4 on June 15, was touched for six runs on eight hits and three walks.
Marquis blanked the Cardinals the first two innings before Westbrook led off the third with a single to center. He later scored on Beltran's sacrifice fly to center.
Two innings later, Westbrook started another rally when he doubled over right fielder Will Venable's head to begin the fifth. Carpenter followed with an RBI double to the gap in left center and he scored on Beltran's sacrifice fly one out later that made it 3-0.
The Cardinals broke it open and chased Marquis by scoring three times in the sixth. With the bases loaded and one out, Westbrook coaxed a single through the middle to drive in Matt Adams. Carpenter then drove home two more with an RBI single to center.
Notes: Edinson Volquez (6-8), who set a new career high by making 20 starts in the first half, pitches his first game in the second half when he faces the Cardinals' Lance Lynn (11-4) Saturday night. . . . San Diego started a 10-day, 10-game road trip Friday. The Padres were 1-9 on their last 10-game trip. . . . Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday missed his fourth straight game due to a lingering right hamstring issue. . . . Padres outfielder Jedd Gyorko was 0-for-12 since coming off the DL before singling in the fourth. . . . Molina double in the seventh was his 28th, matching his output last year.
ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis Blues and the National Hockey League have released the 2013-14 regular season schedule.
The Blues will open the season at home on Thursday, October 3 against Nashville, which begins five consecutive games at Scottrade Center. Florida Panthers (Oct. 5), Chicago Blackhawks (Oct. 9), New York Rangers (Oct. 12) and the San Jose Sharks (Oct. 15) will complete the home stand. The Blues’ first road trip consists of back-to-back games on Thursday, October 17 and Friday, October 18 against Chicago and the Winnipeg Jets, respectively. The Blues fan friendly schedule features a total of 15 home games on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.
Under the National Hockey League’s recent realignment, the Blues will play in the Western Conference’s Central Division along with Chicago, Colorado, Dallas, Minnesota, Nashville and Winnipeg. St. Louis plays five games against Chicago, Dallas, Minnesota, Nashville and Winnipeg, while they face Colorado four times. The Blues face each of their non-Division Conference rivals three times and play a Home/Away series with each Eastern Conference team.
2013-14 St. Louis Blues Regular Season Schedule
(All Times Central Standard Time)
DATE OPPONENT TIME DATE OPPONENT TIME
*Sun. Sept. 15 At Dallas 6:00PM *Sat. Sept. 21 Dallas 7:00PM
*Wed. Sept. 18 At TB (Orlando) 6:00PM *Wed. Sept. 25 At Minnesota 7:00PM
*Fri. Sept. 20 Tampa Bay 7:00PM *Fri. Sept. 27 Minnesota 7:00PM
Thu. Oct. 03 Nashville 7:00PM Tue. Jan. 07 At Edmonton 8:30PM
Sat. Oct. 05 Florida 7:00PM Thu. Jan. 09 At Calgary 8:00PM
Wed. Oct. 09 Chicago 7:00PM Fri. Jan. 10 At Vancouver 9:00PM
Sat. Oct. 12 N.Y. Rangers 7:00PM Tue. Jan. 14 Phoenix 7:00PM
Tue. Oct. 15 San Jose 7:00PM Thu. Jan. 16 Los Angeles 7:00PM
Thu. Oct. 17 At Chicago 7:00PM Sat. Jan. 18 Anaheim 7:00PM
Fri. Oct. 18 At Winnipeg 7:00PM Mon. Jan. 20 At Detroit 6:30PM
Fri. Oct. 25 Vancouver 7:00PM Tue. Jan. 21 At New Jersey 6:00PM
Sat. Oct. 26 At Nashville 7:00PM Thu. Jan. 23 At NY Rangers 6:00PM
Tue. Oct. 29 Winnipeg 7:00PM Sat. Jan. 25 At NY Islanders 12:00PM
Fri. Nov. 01 At Florida 6:30PM Tue. Jan. 28 New Jersey 7:00PM
Sat. Nov. 02 At Tampa Bay 6:00PM Fri. Jan. 31 At Carolina 6:00PM
Tue. Nov. 05 At Montreal 6:30PM Sat. Feb. 01 Nashville 7:00PM
Thu. Nov. 07 Calgary 7:00PM Tue. Feb. 04 Ottawa 7:00PM
Sat. Nov. 09 Pittsburgh 7:00PM Thu. Feb. 06 Boston 7:00PM
Tue. Nov. 12 Phoenix 7:00PM Sat. Feb. 08 Winnipeg 1:00PM
Thu. Nov. 14 Colorado 7:00PM Wed. Feb. 26 At Vancouver 9:30PM
Sat. Nov. 16 Carolina 7:00PM Fri. Feb. 28 At Anaheim 9:00PM
Sun. Nov. 17 At Washington 5:00PM Sun. Mar. 02 At Phoenix 7:00PM
Tue. Nov. 19 At Buffalo 6:00PM Tue. Mar. 04 Tampa Bay 7:00PM
Thu. Nov. 21 At Boston 6:00PM Thu. Mar. 06 At Nashville 7:00PM
Sat. Nov. 23 Dallas 7:00PM Sat. Mar. 08 At Colorado 2:00PM
Mon. Nov. 25 Minnesota 7:00PM Sun. Mar. 09 At Minnesota 7:00PM
Wed. Nov. 27 At Colorado 8:00PM Tue. Mar. 11 Dallas 7:00PM
Fri. Nov. 29 At San Jose 3:00PM Thu. Mar. 13 Edmonton 7:00PM
Mon. Dec. 02 At Los Angeles 9:30PM Sat. Mar. 15 At Nashville 7:00PM
Thu. Dec. 05 N.Y. Islanders 7:00PM Mon. Mar. 17 Winnipeg 7:00PM
Sat. Dec. 07 Anaheim 7:00PM Wed. Mar. 19 At Chicago 7:00PM
Tue. Dec. 10 At Winnipeg 7:00PM Sat. Mar. 22 At Philadelphia 12:00PM
Thu. Dec. 12 Toronto 7:00PM Sun. Mar. 23 At Pittsburgh 12:00PM
Sat. Dec. 14 At Columbus 6:00PM Tue. Mar. 25 At Toronto 6:00PM
Mon. Dec. 16 At Ottawa 6:30PM Thu. Mar. 27 Minnesota 7:00PM
Tue. Dec. 17 San Jose 7:00PM Sat. Mar. 29 Dallas 7:00PM
Thu. Dec. 19 Montreal 7:00PM Tue. Apr. 01 Philadelphia 7:00PM
Sat. Dec. 21 At Edmonton 9:00PM Thu. Apr. 03 Buffalo 7:00PM
Mon. Dec. 23 At Calgary 8:00PM Sat. Apr. 05 Colorado 1:00PM
Sat. Dec. 28 Chicago 7:00PM Sun. Apr. 06 At Chicago 6:30PM
Sun. Dec. 29 At Dallas 5:00PM Tue. Apr. 08 Washington 7:00PM
Tue. Dec. 31 At Minnesota 5:00PM Thu. Apr. 10 At Minnesota 7:00PM
Thu. Jan. 02 Los Angeles 7:00PM Fri. Apr. 11 At Dallas 7:30PM