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Scores evacuated as wind fans wildfires near Sydney

Wednesday, 23 October 2013 01:58 Published in National News

   SYDNEY (AP) — Scores of Australians have evacuated their homes in mountains west of Sydney as intensifying winds fanned wildfires that have ravaged the region for days.

   The winds were showering communities with embers Wednesday, and all schools were closed in anticipation of worsening fire conditions in the Blue Mountains. The region lost more than 200 homes to blazes last week.

   Springwood resident Rae Tebbutt said the atmosphere was tense in the village that was one of the worst-hit last week.

   Rural Fire Service commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons says 71 blazes are burning in New South Wales state around Sydney, including 29 burning out of control.

Dave Spence takes name out of Police Board hat

Wednesday, 23 October 2013 01:42 Published in Local News

   Former Republican gubernatorial candidate Dave Spence is pulling his name from consideration for a seat on the St. Louis County Police Board.  

   County Executive Charlie Dooley's office released a withdrawal letter from Spence on Tuesday.  In it, Spence cited the new screening process enacted by the County Council in the wake of an FBI investigation of former police board chairman Gregory Sansone.  

   Dooley told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Tuesday evening that the newly adopted audit of police board appointees leaves a nominee’s financial record open to scrutiny through Sunshine Laws.

Monsanto breaking ground on Chesterfield project

Tuesday, 22 October 2013 04:17 Published in Local News

   CHESTERFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A $400 million expansion announced by Monsanto in April is starting in earnest with a ceremonial groundbreaking at the Chesterfield research center site.

   The agricultural products company says it expects to bring 675 new jobs to the region over the next three years.

   Gov. Jay Nixon was scheduled to join Monsanto officials at the ceremony Tuesday, just as he did when the company first unveiled the project at an international biotechnology conference in Chicago.

   The Missouri Department of Economic Development has said Monsanto can expect to receive more than $31 million in state tax incentives if it creates the expected number of new jobs.

 

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