Staples has announced a nationwide hack has occurred on their systems and over 1.16 million shoppers’ credit card information may be at risk. According to the report, the breach has affected a small fraction of their stores nationwide where customers made purchases between July 20th and September 16 of this year. Staples says the cyber criminals who stole the information stole names, card numbers, expiration dates and verification codes. At this time the only store affected according to Staples was in Springfield, however, Staples is offering free identity protection, identity theft insurance and a credit report to all who are worried about their information.
The Missouri Court of Appeals has officially dismissed a lawsuit against a local company because they don’t have the authority due to pending issues. According to reports, the 28 million dollar lawsuit against Copeland Scroll Compressors now owned by Emerson Climate Technologies was first filed by 56 year old Philip Berger in 2013 and he won the case. The issue is due to filing times for the case’s appeal between the attorneys and the judge has sent the case back to Laclede County. The dismissal order indicated that Berger had sought to dismiss Laura Rumfelt, an employee at the plant also named in the lawsuit, but it was objected by her attorney who worried about future lawsuits. A motion was never made to dismiss her without prejudice leading to the issues.
The drowning of an Iowa man at the Lake of the Ozarks while in the custody of the highway patrol’s water division is being personally reviewed by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. According to reports, Iowa U.S. Senator Chuck Grassely talked with holder regarding 20 year old Brandon Ellingson’s drowning back in may and holder told him he will personally review the case. A bipartisan group of State Representatives also recently wrapped up an investigation of the merger of the Highway Patrol with the Water Patrol and is expected to make an official recommendation to the Missouri House by the end of the year.
A number of lake area boat owners are not exactly full of holiday cheer when it comes to news recently released by the U.S. Coast Guard. A new $26 dollar fee is being charged every year for boat owners to have their USCG documents renewed. This used to be free, but not any longer. However the documentation is not required for everyone. It’s optional for recreational boats but required for all commercial vessels weighing five tons or more. According to reports there are currently around 265,000 vessels nationwide that are documented by the Coast Guard.
Missouri secretary of state Jason Kander has announced that he will push for legislation to make family farm corporations exempt from unnecessary paperwork and fees. The legislation has been filed on his behalf by state representative Diane Franklin and state senator mike parson. According to Franklin, reducing fees is a common sense idea that she encourages her colleagues on both sides of the aisle to support in the upcoming legislative session. The legislation also has the support of the Missouri Farm Bureau.
Five people are dead due to a Listeria outbreak in several states around the country. The center for disease control has confirmed 28 cases in ten states including five in Missouri. Officials say the cause has been traced back to pre-packaged caramel apples that have been contaminated with Listeria which is a bacteria responsible for about 1,600 illnesses and 260 deaths each year in the U.S. The CDC warns consumers to avoid eating any pre-packaged, commercially produced caramel apples until more information is obtained.