ST. LOUIS (AP) - The federal government shutdown is blocking Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder from filing his congressional exploratory committee.
Kinder completed the paperwork, but the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Thursday he has been unable to file with the Federal Election Commission. The committee is for a possible run for the 8th Congressional District that covers southeastern Missouri.
Exploratory committees allow potential candidates to raise money. Kinder says he will make a decision in weeks whether to run for Congress. He is serving his third term as lieutenant governor.
Republican U.S. Rep. Jason Smith currently represents the 8th District after replacing Jo Ann Emerson who resigned from Congress. Smith bested Kinder and others this year when an 84-person committee of local Republican leaders selected the party's nominee for a June special election.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A pharmaceutical research company plans a nearly $31 million capital investment that could create 320 jobs in St. Charles at its first U.S. facility.
Missouri officials announced the project Thursday. The state is offering about $4 million of incentives through the Missouri Quality Jobs Program.
Pharma Medica Research Inc. is a Toronto-based company that does research and development and trials for pharmaceutical companies. Its services include scientific affairs, medical writing, clinical trials, bioanalysis and data management. The company is plans to use a building in St. Charles that previously housed a clinical research organization.
Gov. Jay Nixon met with officials from Pharma Medica Research this year during a convention in Chicago.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Companies that want to perform high-volume oil and gas drilling in Illinois may begin registering with the state.
But it will be several months before companies may apply for a permit to use the drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking."
Gov. Pat Quinn signed a law regulating fracking in July. It created a two-step permit application process that requires companies to first register with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
IDNR won't accept applications for drilling permits until a legislative committee approves rules. Spokesman Chris McCloud says that process - which will include public hearings - will take months.
Fracking uses high-pressure mixtures of water, chemicals and sand to crack rock formations deep underground to release oil and gas.
Opponents fear it will pollute and deplete water resources.