Morning Minutes: Auditor eyes pensions, No new A-B discrimination trial

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Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich issued a report on the state of Missouri’s pension plans. | Courtesy of

Auditor targets weaknesses in Missouri pension plans

A report issued by Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich found that the state and local public pension plans have 78 percent of the money needed to pay for their future liabilities, down from 83 percent in 2003. The national average, according to two publications cited in the audit, is 73 percent to 74 percent funded.

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Missouri consumers collect nearly $1 million from health insurance companies

The Missouri insurance department said consumers collected $871,000 as a result of complaints against health insurers during the first half of this year. Overall, Missouri consumers filed 901 formal complaints with the department against health insurance companies during that time period.

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Blunt heralds surge in Mississippi River transportation

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt says the new Jefferson County port downriver from St. Louis is one of the most exciting things happening in the state because the widening of the Panama Canal will make it a prime spot for a bustling barge facility. “I think the Mississippi River is about to become more important than it has been in 100 years,” Blunt said after a tour of the port in Herculaneum.

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A-B InBev wins another round in Katz’s gender discrimination lawsuit

A St. Louis circuit judge denied Francine Katz’s motion for a new trial in her gender discrimination case against Anheuser-Busch InBev. A lawyer representing the former executive said defense lawyers misstated the laws at stake in the trial, which ended in May with a 9-3 decision in favor of A-B InBev.

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Dismissed employee files age discrimination lawsuit against Sigma-Aldrich

A woman who worked in the compliance department at Sigma-Aldrich Corp. for 18 years is accusing the company of age discrimination, which she says led to her dismissal last year.

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