Mo. Senate passes tax incentives for Boeing
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri senators have passed legislation offering up to $1.7 billion of incentives over two decades for Boeing to assemble a commercial airplane in St. Louis.
Senators passed the bill 23-8 Wednesday while meeting in a special session called by Governor Jay Nixon. It now goes to the House.
Missouri is one of more than a dozen locations invited by Boeing to bid on assembling the new 777X airplane.
Most other states are crafting their proposals privately. But Nixon called a special session because he wanted to offer more incentives than currently allowed under state law.
Under Missouri's plan, the amount of incentives Boeing gets would depend on the number of jobs created.
Supporters say the Boeing project includes 2,000 to 8,000 company jobs, plus thousands of more at its suppliers.
Mo. congressman meets with Boeing CEO
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (LOOT'-keh-my-er) says the CEO of Boeing has plenty of good things to say about Missouri - but he isn't tipping his hand about whether Missouri will get a new airplane assembly plant.
Luetkemeyer met Wednesday in the nation's capital with Boeing CEO W. James McNerney Junior.
Though it was a long-scheduled meeting, it occurred as lawmakers in the Missouri capital were considering an incentive package valued at up to $1.7 billion over two decades for Boeing to assemble a commercial airplane in St. Louis.
Luetkemeyer says McNerney praised Missouri's trained workforce and central location for building planes. But he says McNerney told him there was no single particular thing that's most important in picking a location for the new 777X assembly plant.
Mo. education committee releases report
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri House interim education committee is recommending changes to student transfers, more funding for early childhood education and increased learning time for students.
The panel held 11 public meetings throughout the state this fall and released its report Tuesday to the House speaker.
One of its major topics was Missouri's law allowing students in unaccredited districts to transfer to neighboring districts.
The committee recommended setting a fixed rate of tuition that schools receiving transfer students could charge. It also suggested prescribing the scope of receiving districts' control over the numbers and conditions of transfers they accept.
The panel also recommended that the Legislature look at providing more money for early childhood education, and longer school days for students, especially those who struggle academically or attend troubled districts.
WORLD SERIES TICKETS
St. Louis court gets 2006 World Series ticket case
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The Missouri Court of Appeals has returned a dispute over police use of 2006 World Series tickets to a St. Louis court.
The appeals court on Tuesday said the trial court should resolve disputes over records concerning an investigation of police officers who used World Series tickets that had been seized from scalpers.
The American Civil Liberties Union is suing for access to the police records, while some officers are suing to keep the records closed.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that in 2010, a St. Louis judge ordered 59 sealed investigative documents to be released. After the officers sued, the judge placed his ruling on hold and the police board agreed to keep the records closed.
The appeals court said the trial court should reconcile the two decisions.
MFA Oil to buy site of failed sweetener factory
MOBERLY, Mo. (AP) - MFA Oil Company says it plans to buy the 33-acre site in Moberly where Mamtek U.S. planned to build an artificial sweetener plant before that company collapsed.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports MFA Oil announced Tuesday that it has a contract to buy the land and its half-constructed buildings from UMB Bank. The bank forced Mamtek into bankruptcy after the company defaulted on bonds.
MFA - a farmer-owned co-op based in Columbia - says a bankruptcy court has approved the sale, but spokesman Tom May declined to release the sale price.
May says MFA Oil has no specific plans for the property but likes its proximity to U.S. 63.
Mamtek's collapse was financial blow for Moberly, which issued $39 million in industrial revenue bonds to finance the construction.
SPACE HEATER-DEADLY FIRE
Space heater blamed for deadly Mo. fire
UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (AP) - Investigators are blaming a space heater for a house fire that killed a St. Louis County man.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the victim was identified Wednesday as 51-year-old Wardie Neely Junior.
Neely was taken from the single-family University City home Tuesday afternoon to a hospital, where he died a short time later.
University City Assistant Fire Chief David Crismon says living-room drapes were ignited by a space heater fueled by natural gas. Crismon says the heater had been placed too close to the drapes.
Crews brought the fire under control within about 20 minutes.
McCaskill to speak at SEMO commencement
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) - Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill will deliver the winter commencement address when 740 students graduate at Southeast Missouri State University on December 21st.
Plans for the commencement were announced by the university on Tuesday. Degree recipients will include 574 undergraduate students, along with graduate, specialist and doctoral students. Ten undergraduate students will be honored for perfect 4.0 grade point averages.
Commencement events will take place at the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau (juh-RAHR'-doh).
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