JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich says he will have reports coming out soon on some of Missouri's biggest tax credit programs.
Schweich says he hopes to release audits early in the 2014 legislative session on tax credits for developers who build low-income housing, renovate historic buildings and clean up contaminated old business sites.
Missouri waived $144 million of taxes during its last budget year because of the low-income housing credits. Developers redeemed nearly $79 million in historic preservation tax credits and more than $6 million in Brownfield remediation tax credits for work on contaminated sites.
Lawmakers are to consider new limits on some of those tax credit programs during their session that starts Jan. 8.
Schweich said he wants the audits out early enough that lawmakers can use the information.
Boeing is expected to whittle down the list of contenders for their new 777X airplane plant. Missouri is one of 22 states competing for the plant and the 8,000 jobs it could bring. An email from company executive Ray Conner to Boeing employees indicates that the company plans to select a list of finalists this week. The email was posted to the Washington Aerospace Partnership's Facebook.
Missouri's bid includes $3.5 billion in tax incentives and a promise from local unions that the plant could be built using three shifts of workers with no overtime charges.
Jeff Aboussie of the Building and Construction Trades Council of St. Louis told Fox 2 News its worth it to put people back to work. "I don't believe that there's one union in this town that isn't welcoming the fact that Boeing could, hopefully, select St. Louis," he said.
Boeing officials have said they expect to announce the site for the new plant in mid-January.
There are just two winning tickets in Tuesday night's $636 million Mega Millions jackpot drawing and neither of them was sold in the St. Louis area. The winning tickets were purchased in San Jose, California and in Georgia.
The winning numbers for December 17 drawing are: 8-14-17-20-39 with a MegaBall of 7.
There appear to be no new millionaires locally. Lottery officials report 11 tickets sold in Missouri matched four white balls and the Megaball. Two of those players had added the Megaplier, so those tickets are worth $20,000.
The jackpot resets to 15-million dollars for the Friday night drawing.
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Joe Pavelski scored the first of three straight goals by San Jose, and Antti Niemi stopped 20 shots to lead the Sharks to a 4-2 win over the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night.
San Jose completed a season sweep of the Blues, winning all three games by a combined 16-7. St. Louis has lost two in a row after winning eight of 11.
Matt Irwin, Brent Burns and Marty Havlat added goals for the Sharks, who led 3-0 after 22 minutes. Niemi improved to 18-6-6.
Kevin Shattenkirk and Jay Bouwmeester scored second-period goals for the Blues.
The Sharks jumped to a 2-0 first-period lead on goals by Pavelski and Irwin in a span of 2:56. Both came from close range on rebounds of missed shots that caromed off the end boards.
Pavelski scored his 13th after a miss by Havlat, and Irwin jumped on a misfire from Justin Braun for his first of the season.
St. Louis goalie Jaroslav Halak gave up three goals on the first 12 shots he faced and fell to 16-6-2.
The Blues climbed to 3-2 on Bouwmeester's goal with 24.2 seconds left in the second period. Havlat pounced on a rebound with 11:41 left in the game to make it 4-2.
San Jose won the earlier meetings 6-2 and 6-3.
NOTES: San Jose has outscored its opponents 44-15 in the first period this season. .... Blues coach Ken Hitchcock celebrated his 62nd birthday. ... St. Louis C David Backes missed his first game since Jan. 25, 2010, a string of 274 successive regular-season appearances. He sustained an upper-body injury in a collision with Ottawa C Colin Greening on Monday. Backes, who has 16 goals and 14 assists in 32 games, is expected to be out at least a week. ... The Blues were also without LWs Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Sobotka, who missed the game with upper-body injuries. Backes, Schwartz and Sobotka have combined for 29 goals and 38 assists. ... The Sharks are 0 for 16 on the power play over their last seven road games.