News for Monday, September 12, 2011



Costs, benefits of airport tax breaks analyzed

A cost-benefit analysis intended to address senators’ concerns about a proposed tax credit targeting international trade resulted in more questions Monday from senators who appear to remain divided over the centerpiece of Missouri’s special legislative session.

Nixon’s son cited for marijuana possession

The 21-year-old son of Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has been cited for marijuana possession.

Man says charges in KCI bomb scare ‘absurd’

KANSAS CITY (AP) — A man accused of trying to take a fake bomb through a security checkpoint at Kansas City International Airport on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks has a history of mental illness and recently quit taking his medications, the man’s mother told investigators.

Government to expand E. coli tests in meat

WASHINGTON (AP) — For years government officials have tested meat for only one strain of E. coli. Now they will test for seven, a move that will hasten recalls of infected meat.

Student loan default rates jump

The number of borrowers defaulting on federal student loans has jumped sharply, the latest indication that rising college tuition costs, low graduation rates and poor job prospects are getting more and more students over their heads in debt.

Syria troops raid villages as Russia boosts regime

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian troops mounted deadly new raids against dissent Monday as President Bashar Assad’s embattled regime won key support from longtime ally Russia, which said a U.N. resolution on Syria must not contain sanctions.

UN nuke chief to publish new intel on Iran

VIENNA (AP) — The head of the U.N. nuclear agency on Monday announced plans to publish new information backing up his belief that Iran may be working on a nuclear warhead — developments that leave his organization “increasingly concerned.”

Stocks higher in late rally

NEW YORK (AP) — A late afternoon rally pushed the stock market higher for only the second day this month. Major indexes spent most of Monday lower as investors worried that Greece could be edging closer to default.

International oil prices fall as demand eases

NEW YORK (AP) — Drivers and businesses will use a little less fuel than previously thought this year, and that hurt international crude prices on Monday.

McGraw-Hill sets plan to split into 2 companies

NEW YORK (AP) — McGraw-Hill Cos. will split up into two public companies with one focused on education and the other centered on markets, featuring the Standard & Poor’s unit.

Analysis: Mo. lawmakers test special session limit

Missouri lawmakers appear poised to give Gov. Jay Nixon more than he asked for during their special legislative session.

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No more mail? What would Ben Franklin think?

Imagine a nation without the Postal Service. No more birthday cards and bills or magazines and catalogs filling the mailbox. It’s a worst-case scenario being painted for an organization that lost $8.5 billion in 2010 and seems headed deeper into the red this year.

Case of LA’s stolen Rembrandt intrigues art world

On the surface it looked like an open-and-shut case: A pair of thieves drop by an art exhibition at the Ritz-Carlton and, while one distracts a curator, the other snatches a valuable, centuries-old Rembrandt drawing and bolts with it.

Eye contact: Clemson's shopper research on display

A Clemson University project that tracks shoppers' eyes as they browse the aisles of a simulated grocery store will be featured this month at a packaging and processing trade show in Las Vegas as a way to determine what draws customers to buy a product.

IBM putting Watson to work in health insurance

IBM's supercomputer system, best known for trouncing the world's best "Jeopardy!" players on TV, is being tapped by one of the nation's largest health insurers to help diagnose medical problems and authorize treatments.

Northwest ranchers uneasy living among wolves

Denny Johnson has raised cattle for 32 years on his remote northeast Oregon ranch at the foot of the Wallowa Mountains, struggling each winter through bitter cold, biting winds and deep snow.

Study warns US must develop cyber intelligence

A new study warns that the U.S. must develop cyber intelligence as a new and better coordinated government discipline that can predict computer-related threats and deter them.

Plan could jeopardize KC-to-St. Louis train

A U.S. House transportation budget plan could jeopardize St. Louis-to-Kansas City Amtrak service.

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Jefferson City comes together for parade, remembrance walk

Abraham Hoose, 4, stood on his dad’s shoulders, waving American flags in both hands toward the emergency responders, service men and others in Jefferson City’s Patriots Day Parade.

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Joplin helps repair flag saved after 9/11 attacks

Two people, from two different worlds, united by a pair of disasters — one natural, one manmade. Both came together on Sunday, the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, to not only honor the victims but also celebrate a country's collective perseverance and resiliency in the face of tragedies that only those who lived through can truly understand.

Jefferson City golfer qualifies for Mid-Am again

Scott Hovis of Jefferson City qualified for the 2011 U.S. Mid-Amateur by sharing medalist honors in qualifying Thursday at Norwood Hills Country Club.

Obama jobs plan splits leaders of strapped states

President Barack Obama’s latest jobs plan calls for $130 billion in aid to state and local governments, providing either a welcome infusion of cash for those struggling with budget gaps, government layoffs and crumbling roads or merely a temporary patch for budget holes that are likely to remain long after the federal money runs out.

Chapel seeks state NAACP presidency

Jefferson Citian challenges Ratliff’s 2-decade run

Jefferson City lawyer Nimrod “Rod” Chapel Jr. wants to be the next president of Missouri’s NAACP. But current president Mary Ratliff of Columbia is running for another term in the office she’s held for two decades.

Prep Volleyball: Russellville takes second

The Russellville Lady Indians took second Saturday at the at the Tipton Tournament.

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Baby Boomers embrace genealogy

Marilyn Gross has traveled around the country visiting courthouses, cemeteries, churches and libraries hot on the trail of her family’s history.

Don't expect a home run from the Fed

The last time the Federal Reserve came up with a big plan to help the economy, it totaled $600 billion and touched off a 28 percent rally in the stock market.

O’Fallon adopts get-tough policy on illegals

A St. Louis-area town is taking a get-tough stance on immigration enforcement.

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Involvement makes community a home

She is not a Jefferson City native, but since moving to town 19 years ago, Valerie Moersch has felt nothing but at home in the Capital City.

Driftwood Outdoors: An unsual fishing outing

9/11 brings back memories of trip with grandpa

September 11, 2001. It was pitch dark outside as I crept through a cluster of cabins in a northern Minnesota fishing camp. Dropping air temperatures had the largemouth bass on a ferocious early morning topwater bite.

JCCC warden named director of adult institutions

Jefferson City Correctional Center Warden Dave Dormire was named director of Division of Adult Institutions for the Missouri Department of Corrections (DOC), effective Sept. 1.

Euro, bank stocks hit by Greek default fears

Mounting fears over the possibility of a Greek debt default and signs of division within Europe’s policymaking circles over how to deal with the crippling crisis combined Monday to send the euro briefly down to seven-month lows against the dollar and bank stocks plunging.

Missouri weekly gas price update

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Average retail gasoline prices in Missouri have fallen 4.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.45 per gallon yesterday.

NYC mayor: Victim in political operative’s trial?

It’s a case of political intrigue that puts New York’s billionaire mayor in the unlikely role of victim, froze a political party’s bank account and splashed light on the inner workings of a $109 million mayoral campaign.

Anne Nix makes NH’s floating postal office run

Aboard the M/V Sophie C. tour boat, Anne Nix serves as deck hand, tour guide and ice cream vendor. And from a small closet packed with canvas bags, a scale and other supplies, she runs the nation’s only inland floating post office.

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Veteran receives indispensable skills while serving in Navy

In the case of Todd Bone — a local veteran and RR Donnelley employee — a stint in the U.S. Navy conferred upon him a set of skills that has helped to ensure success in his employment outside of the Armed Forces.

No lodging tax increase on Camden's November ballot

After receiving input from Camden County accommodation businesses, the Lake of the Ozarks Area Business District of Camden County Advisory Board has decided not to place a measure on the November ballot seeking a 2 percent increase in the lodging tax.

Analysis: Is government’s role to fix economy?

The economy needs to be fixed. On this, Democrats and Republicans agree. They part ways over how to do it and, specifically, what role the federal government should play.

DNC ad campaign to promote Obama jobs plan

The Democratic National Committee is launching an ad campaign in politically key states to try and rally the public behind President Barack Obama’s new jobs plan and pressure a divided Congress to act.

Source: Ex-NYPD officer detained at KC airport

Suspicious items were found in the carry-on luggage of a former New York City police officer trying to get through security at Kansas City’s main airport, and he was detained after refusing to allow authorities to examine the bag, a local official told The Associated Press.

Researchers in St. Louis take look at anesthesia method

Surgery patients who sometimes appear to be sedated but are awake for the procedures should be measured with a new brain wave-monitoring device because a common method used to prevent what’s known as anesthesia awareness is not always effective, researchers in St. Louis said.

Wild horse policy scrutinized with Wyo. roundup

The mares received the equine equivalent of the pill and the stallions remained intact. The dust has settled from a government roundup of nearly 700 wild horses in southwest Wyoming in which the U.S. Bureau of Land Management injected six dozen mares with a fertility control drug before returning them to the open range.

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80-year-old McDonald’s greeter has no plans to retire

For years, Norma Gaston has been a familiar face at the McDonald’s on Eastland Drive in Jefferson City.

Bus driver suspended over sleeping student

A Kirksville school bus driver has been suspended indefinitely after not noticing a first-grader who fell asleep on his bus and ended up walking along a road nine miles from school.

Engineered salmon still a distant reality

Members of Congress are pushing to stop the Food and Drug Administration from approving genetically engineered salmon, saying not enough is known about a fish they say could harm fishery businesses in coastal states.

Trial to start in Vt.'s bid to close nuclear plant

A federal judge is about to be asked to take a first crack at this question: In early 21st-century America, can a small state tell an $11.2 billion corporation to pack up its nuclear plant and go home?

UK proposal to split retail, investment banking

Major British banks should ring fence investment banking operations from mainstream activities by 2019 to reduce the risks of taxpayers having to bear the cost of any future bailouts, a government-appointed commission recommended on Monday.

Mo. maker of truck bed covers to expand, add jobs

A southwest Missouri company that makes truck bed covers and accessories is planning a $5.3 million expansion.

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SpongeBob in hot water from study of 4-year-olds

The cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants is in hot water from a study suggesting that watching just nine minutes of that program can cause short-term attention and learning problems in 4-year-olds.

Final whale stranded off FL Keys heads to SeaWorld

The final whale that was stranded off the Florida Keys in May is being transported to Orlando.

Suzuki cuts ties with Volkswagen

Suzuki Motor Corp. said Monday it will abort its alliance with Volkswagen AG, ending a marriage that never worked and eventually escalated into a public feud.

Compact cars in focus at Frankfurt auto show

Germany’s highly profitable auto makers are rolling out important new vehicles in the ferociously competitive small car market at this year’s Frankfurt auto show.

World stocks tumble amid Europe debt worries

World stock markets fell sharply Monday amid fresh anxiety over Europe’s debt problems and a potential default by Greece that would wreak havoc on the global economy. Japan’s benchmark Nikkei index hit a 28-month low.

'Contagion' cleans up box office with first place

"Contagion" infected enough moviegoers to catch the top spot at the box office.

Nissan develops cheaper, smaller charger for EVs

Nissan has developed a charger for electric vehicles that’s smaller, about half the price, and easier to install.

Sunday’s NFL Capsules

NFL ROUNDUP: The Indianapolis Colts were lost without Peyton Manning on Sunday. Matt Schaub threw for 220 yards and a touchdown, Ben Tate rushed for 116 yards and another score in relief of injured Arian Foster, and the Texans dominated Kerry Collins, Manning’s replacement, in a 34-7 victory.

Corinne Bailey Rae's heart with 9/11 loved ones

Corinne Bailey Rae was married just two days before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, then lost her husband to a drug overdose seven years later.

In Russia, UK's Cameron seeks trade and new ties

British Prime Minister David Cameron arrived in Russia for a rare visit Sunday, seeking to secure crucial new trade and warmer ties with an often difficult ally, five years after the poisoning death of a Kremlin critic in London exposed bitter differences.

Sunday's National League Capsules

NATIONAL LEAGUE ROUNDUP: Ryan Braun singled in the go-ahead run in the seventh and the slumping Milwaukee Brewers rallied for a much-needed 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday that snapped their skid at five.

Sunday's American League Capsules

AMERICAN LEAGUE ROUNDUP: James Shields came within two outs of his 12th complete game this season, B.J. Upton hit his first grand slam and the Tampa Bay Rays routed the fading Boston Red Sox 9-1 on Sunday.

Sunday’s WNBA Capsules

WNBA ROUNDUP: Angel McCoughtry had 32 points to lead the Atlanta Dream to a 93-88 victory over the Indiana Fever on Sunday night in their final regular-season game.

Sunday's Golf Capsules

PRO GOLF ROUNDUP: Top-ranked Yani Tseng successfully defended her title in the LPGA Tour’s NW Arkansas Championship on Sunday, beating Amy Yang with a 4-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff.