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Ex-Patriot Hernandez due in court in murder case

Wednesday, 09 October 2013 04:16 Published in National News

   FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is due back in a Massachusetts court for the first time since being arraigned on a murder charge.

   A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon in Fall River Superior Court.

   Hernandez was indicted in August in the killing of 27 year old Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player from Boston who was dating the sister of Hernandez's girlfriend.

    He pleaded not guilty to murder and five weapons-related charges last month. His attorneys agreed then that he continue to be held without bail but reserved the right to seek it later. The defense says the state will not be able to prove its case during a jury trial.

   Four others, including Hernandez's girlfriend and cousin, are facing charges in the case.

Audit: Struggling MidAmerica airport again posts loss

Wednesday, 09 October 2013 02:59 Published in Local News

   MASCOUTAH, Ill. (AP) - A metro-east airport that has never turned a profit since opening with great fanfare 15 years ago continues to lose money.

   The Belleville News-Democrat reports an audit shows the St. Clair County-owned MidAmerica St. Louis Airport last year suffered a $3.8 million loss. That's despite boosting revenue by $2.2 million from additional capital funding from the Federal Aviation Administration and the state.

   The airport near Mascoutah got $5.6 million in county funds to subsidize its operations. That brings to $28.7 million the county has funneled into the airport over the past five years.

   J.W. Boyle & Co. auditors anticipate the county will continue to subsidize the airport "in the near future."

   MidAmerica has struggled since opening in 1998, and critics persistently have labeled it a $330 million boondoggle.

 

Key vote on McKee's NorthSide plan expected

Wednesday, 09 October 2013 02:47 Published in Local News

   A key Aldermanic committee is expected to vote Wednesday morning on tax incentives for Paul McKee’s NorthSide Regeneration plan.  

   Passage of the updated $390 million TIF isn't assured, but the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that its chances are better after a hearing yesterday.  U.S. Congressman Lacy Clay, Mayor Francis Slay, and other voiced strong support for the two square mile development north of downtown.  

   No vote was taken yesterday because half of the eight-member Housing, Urban Development and Zoning Committee was absent from the meeting.  Five committee members must be present for a quorum.

   The Aldermen missing from Tuesday's committee hearing were Terry Kennedy,  who was attending a funeral.  Sam Moore, who's recuperating from a bad car accident last week.  Antonio French and Chris Carter, whose absence was unexplained.  Neither could be reached for comment.  Board President Lewis Reed could have filled in, but his staff told the paper that he was out of town. 

   If the committee approves the changes to the TIF, it will then go before the full Board of Aldermen, where it's chances of passage have improved.  

   Alderman Freeman Bosley Senior, whose ward makes up a large part of the project area, had opposed the project, but has apparently changed his mind.  Bosley toured the project area with McKee last Wednesday and told the paper that after seeing McKee's plans, he doesn't know anyone who would oppose it.  

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