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2008-07-27 06:00:25

By Jeremiah McWilliams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jul. 27--Peter Heimark, a California distributor of Anheuser-Busch beer, was tired of his competitors gloating over the imminent takeover of Anheuser-Busch by Belgian brewer InBev. Miller and Coors distributors have "some undeserved grins on their faces about what they might perceive as confusion with our sales force and your sales force," Heimark told August A. Busch IV, chief executive of Anheuser-Busch, in a July 15 conference call....

2008-07-25 12:01:01

By Jeremy Kohler, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jul. 25--The St. Louis Police Board, facing a controversy over officers' use of previously impounded cars and questions about the future of Chief Joe Mokwa, will hold a special meeting at 10 a.m. today. One member of the board, Mayor Francis Slay, has called on Mokwa to retire. A notice about the meeting did not specifically say that Mokwa would be discussed. But on Monday, Board President Chris Goodson told reporters that the chief's credibility...

2008-07-15 06:00:44

By Tony Messenger, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jul. 15--JEFFERSON CITY -- Four years ago, Kenny Hulshof put his ambition aside and cheered on another up-and-coming Republican who sought to be governor. The Ninth District congressman agreed to forego his own planned run and backed Matt Blunt in his successful campaign for the state's top elected prize. Now, Hulshof is hoping a similar gambit works in his favor. Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder announced his endorsement of Hulshof's gubernatorial...

2008-07-14 09:01:02

The following editorial appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Friday, July 11: ___ If only oil worked like potatoes. If the world became gluttonous for potatoes, and farmers couldn't produce enough, the price of potatoes would rise. If the price rose too fast, we'd soon lose our appetite for spuds. Cooks would substitute macaroni or rice or something cheaper. Demand would wane and the price of potatoes would level off or even fall. That's how the market works for most things, but...

2008-07-14 06:00:27

By Jeremiah McWilliams, Jeffrey Tomich and Angela Tablac, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jul. 14--The board of directors of Anheuser-Busch Cos. on Sunday accepted a $52 billion takeover offer from Belgium's InBev, putting a quick end to a monthlong standoff between the companies. The agreement paves the way for a brewing colossus controlling about a quarter of the world's beer market. For St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch, the sale will end a run of independence that stretches back to before the...

2008-07-13 06:00:11

By Jo Mannies, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jul. 13--Missouri voters are frightened about the economy, hurting over high gas prices, disillusioned with the war in Iraq and convinced the nation is headed in the wrong direction. Such a pessimistic view of the country is prompting many of them to turn to Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama. That's the political picture painted by the latest poll conducted for the Post-Dispatch and KMOV-TV (Channel 4) by Research 2000, a...

2008-07-12 21:00:06

ST. LOUIS _ Missouri voters are frightened about the economy, hurting over high gas prices, disillusioned with the war in Iraq and convinced the nation is headed in the wrong direction. Such a pessimistic view of the country is prompting many of them to turn to Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama. That's the political picture painted by the latest poll conducted for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and KMOV-TV by Research 2000, a Maryland-based polling firm. By significant margins,...

2008-07-11 15:00:24

By Virginia Young, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jul. 11--JEFFERSON CITY -- Cole County Circuit Judge Richard Callahan has dismissed a special investigative team's lawsuit that sought copies of Gov. Matt Blunt's e-mails. But the judge left open the possibility that the case could be revived if Attorney General Jay Nixon joins the suit. In an order issued shortly after noon today, Callahan said that the plaintiff, former Highway Patrol Col. Mel Fisher, lacks legal standing to bring the...

2008-07-09 06:00:14

By Tim Bryant, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jul. 9--ST. PETERS -- Comfortable behind the wheel of a pickup and dressed in jeans, a work shirt and boots, Adolphus Busch IV doesn't exactly fit the mold of a beer baron. He's said to prefer the trappings at Elmer's, a tavern in the Old Town section of St. Peters, to those of a country club. He has never worked directly for Anheuser-Busch, and while becoming wealthy from its stock and beer distributorships, he has mostly stayed out of the...

2008-07-08 09:01:11

The following editorial appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Sunday, July 6: ___ In Spain, Pamplona has its annual running of the bulls. Sweetwater, Texas, has its Rattlesnake Roundup. And Washington has the annual farce of the physicians' Medicare fee cuts. Not familiar with that last one? It plays out when an increase in spending on Medicare expenses triggers a statutory requirement to cut the amount doctors are compensated for the care they provide to elderly and disabled...