CREVE COEUR, Mo. (AP) - The world headquarters of agriculture company Monsanto was the site of a weekend demonstration organized by opponents of genetically modified food.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (bit.ly/1cg8Kro) reports that 500 demonstrators marched to the company's Creve Coeur global headquarters, where they chanted anti-Monsanto slogans and waded into street traffic Saturday.
Organizers of the "March Against Monsanto" want the company to label food containing genetically modified ingredients.
Monsanto released a statement before the protest in which it highlighted its "contribution to improving agriculture by helping farmers produce more from their land while conserving natural resources such as water and energy."
Amid recent controversies, St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley could be facing off against a new challenger in 2014. The St. Louis Beacon reports that County Council member Steve Stenger, a Democrat from Affton, may announce his intentions to run against Dooley as early as tomorrow. Stenger is expected to be backed by area labor leaders and possibly St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch, who said he would not endorse Dooley for reelection. Dooley's administration has come under fire as of late for an embezzlement scheme committed by a top health department administrator and for the FBI's investigation into questions surrounding the bidding process for contracts in the building of the county's crime lab.
St. Louis saw an increase in the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline last week.
According to GasBuddy.com's daily survey of 983 gas outlets in St. Louis, prices have risen 7.5 cents per gallon in the last seven days. The average per gallon was $3.08 on Sunday.
The national average fell 1.4 cents per gallon last week to $3.37 per gallon, so St. Louis is still 29 cents lower than the national average.
Prices on Sunday were 48.8 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and 17.4 cents per gallon lower than a month ago.
The website reports that with the federal shutdown continuing, there will be less data available this week as the government is not expected to release a weekly report on changes in supply and demand.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A Springfield zookeeper will be laid to rest near St. Louis on Tuesday.
The funeral for 62-year-old John Bradford will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home in De Soto, southwest of St. Louis. A visitation will be held at the funeral home from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday.
Bradford died Friday when he was hit by an elephant at the Dickerson Park Zoo. The city has said Bradford and other zookeepers were following procedures when the elephant, name Patience, suddenly moved toward Bradford, crushing him.
Bradford worked at the zoo for 30 years.
Zoo officials say the elephant will not be euthanized and no disciplinary action will be taken.