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Boeing: Site of 777X factory is up to a union vote

Monday, 30 December 2013 15:41 Published in Local News
SEATTLE (AP) - Boeing has told local political leaders that this week's vote by Machinists will determine the fate of some jobs on the new 777X airplane.
 
In a press conference Monday morning, local politicians gathered in Everett to discuss the importance of approving the contract. They said Boeing executive Ray Conner told them in a meeting that the union vote will decide whether the new 777X composite wing is built in the region.
 
Conner told the politicians that an accepted contract will ensure that the wing work stays in the Puget Sound while a vote to reject the deal will ensure the jobs go elsewhere.
 
Kent Mayor Suzette Cooke says there is no other choice but to vote yes.
 
Local union leaders say the contract involves too many concessions, including a plan to shift workers away from traditional pensions.
 
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - The teen gunman who fatally shot a fellow student at his suburban Denver high school earlier this month entered through a door that was propped open.
 
Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said Monday that the Arapahoe High School door is supposed to be locked but was frequently left open. If it had been locked, Robinson thinks 18-year-old Karl Pierson, armed with a shotgun, machete and over 100 rounds of ammunition would have just have found another way inside.
 
Pierson shot senior Claire Davis point-blank in the face soon after entering through the open door. Investigators believe his main target was a speech team coach who had disciplined him but also say he likely wanted to hurt many others. He killed himself as a deputy assigned to the school closed in.

Missouri minimum wage to see inflation increase

Monday, 30 December 2013 13:53 Published in Local News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Wages will rise for Missouri's low-income workers and taxes will fall for some corporations when the new year arrives.
 
Missouri's minimum wage will increase for about 100,000 workers from $7.35 an hour to $7.50. The increase is a result of an annual inflationary adjustment included in a law passed by voters in 2006.
 
The state's corporate franchise tax rate also will ratchet down in 2014. That's the result of a 2011 law passed by legislators that gradually phases out the franchise tax by 2016.
 
Other new laws taking effect Wednesday are the result of bills passed in 2013. Those include additional health screenings for newborns and new benefit entitlements for workers' compensation claims stemming from serious illnesses.
 

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