Danish food-packaging maker plans Missouri plant

ROLLA, Mo. (AP) – A Danish food-packaging manufacturer says it plans to build a $30-million factory in central Missouri’s Rolla, creating about 50 jobs. As part of the expansion announced Tuesday by Gov. Jay Nixon, Brodrene Hartmann says the 334,000-square-foot Rolla plant will make molded-fiber egg cartons. The cartons will be made of recycled newspaper…

Gov. Nixon heading to South America for trade mission

( KTRS ) Gov. Jay Nixon is traveling to South America next week for a trade mission. Nixon says he’s traveling to Colombia and Peru from Saturday through the following Friday. Like previous trade missions, Nixon says the goal is to increase exports and encourage companies from those countries to invest in Missouri. This is Nixon’s first…

Man sentenced for robbing 6 Columbia banks

( KTRS ) A Columbia man who robbed six banks and used a bicycle as his getaway vehicle will spend almost five years in federal prison. Shaun Christopher Becker has been sentenced to four years and nine months in prison without parole. He was also ordered to pay $4,490 in restitution. Becker admitted to robbing…

With no budget, Rauner delivers Illinois State of the State

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner will propose fixing the state’s underfunded pension system and eliminating what he says is wasteful bureaucracy in public schools during his State of the State address. The Republican governor is delivering his second State of the State speech Wednesday with no budget and mounting pressure over the…

UPDATE: FBI: One dead, seven arrests in Oregon standoff

BURNS, Ore. (AP) – The leaders of an armed group that’s occupied a national wildlife refuge in Oregon for the past three weeks are under arrest. Militant leader Ammon Bundy and his followers were reportedly heading to a community meeting Tuesday afternoon when they were stopped by FBI agents. Bundy, his brother and three others were…

Missouri educator pleads not guilty in assault case

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) – An assistant professor at the University of Missouri has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge stemming from a campus run-in with student journalists during protests in November. A spokeswoman for Columbia’s city prosecutor says an attorney for Melissa Click entered the plea on Click’s behalf Tuesday in municipal court.…