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Boeing machinists to vote on tentative 7 1/2 yr. contract

Thursday, 20 February 2014 04:25 Published in Local News

   Boeing Machinists in St. Louis will vote Sunday on a new contract.  

   The tentative deal reached yesterday is designed to lower the cost of making fighter jets and avoid layoffs here.  The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the deal sweetens buyouts for veteran workers and cuts wages for many future hires, while setting raises, bonuses and benefits through 2022.  

   Boeing officials say the changes are needed in order to reduce the cost of building the F/A 18 Super Hornet, with the hopes of keeping the line going after 2016.  

   The union vote comes one day before the Pentagon releases its next fiscal budget, which isn't expected to include any new Super Hornets for the Navy.  

   Boeing officials plan to ask Congress to add 20 new Super Hornets when they revised the budget. 

   

Personnel cuts coming to Ft. Leonard Wood

Thursday, 20 February 2014 03:32 Published in Local News
   Military personnel cuts will take a big bite out of Fort Leonard Wood.  The largest base in Missouri is expected to lose one-thousand soldiers by October 2015 as part of budget cutting across the U.S. military.
   Fort Leonard Wood CO, Army Major General Leslie Smith outlined the cuts Wednesday at a town hall meeting on the base. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that about seven-thousand people in uniform work at the base, known mainly for training new recruits, military police and engineers.  The paper reports the cuts will come from Forces Command, a less visible group that deploys soldiers overseas.  
   Personnel cuts are also expected to affect Scott Air Force Base, but the extent of those cuts isn't yet known.

Endangered Person Advisory - missing Bethany, MO toddler

Thursday, 20 February 2014 03:14 Published in Local News
   Officials in northwest Missouri have issued an Endangered Person Advisory for a 23 month old girl taken from her grandmother's home by her non-custodial mother.  
   The Harrison County Sheriff's says Caiden Stanton is believed to be with her mother, Calley Stanton.  Police say the 27 year old woman may have been under the influence of illegal substances when she took the child from her Bethany, Missouri home Wednesday morning.  
   Both mother and daughter are described as fair skinned with red hair.  The pair may be traveling in a black, 1990's Ford Taurus with Missouri tags.  
   Anyone with information is urged to call 9-1-1.
 

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