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Boeing to select finalists this week for 777X plant

Wednesday, 18 December 2013 03:47 Published in Local News

 

   Boeing is expected to whittle down the list of contenders for their new 777X airplane plant.  Missouri is one of 22 states competing for the plant and the 8,000 jobs it could bring.  An email from company executive Ray Conner to Boeing employees indicates that the company plans to select a list of finalists this week.  The email was posted to the Washington Aerospace Partnership's Facebook. 
   Missouri's bid includes $3.5 billion in tax incentives and a promise from local unions that the plant could be built using three shifts of workers with no overtime charges.  
   Jeff Aboussie of the Building and Construction Trades Council of St. Louis told Fox 2 News its worth it to put people back to work.  "I don't believe that there's one union in this town that isn't welcoming the fact that Boeing could, hopefully, select St. Louis," he said.
   Boeing officials have said they expect to announce the site for the new plant in mid-January.
 

Two winning Mega Millions tickets sold

Wednesday, 18 December 2013 02:34 Published in Local News

 

   There are just two winning tickets in Tuesday night's $636 million Mega Millions jackpot drawing and neither of them was sold in the St. Louis area.  The winning tickets were purchased in San Jose, California and in Georgia.     
   The winning numbers for December 17 drawing are:  8-14-17-20-39 with a MegaBall of 7.
   There appear to be no new millionaires locally.  Lottery officials report 11 tickets sold in Missouri matched four white balls and the Megaball.  Two of those players had added the Megaplier, so those tickets are worth $20,000.  
   The jackpot resets to 15-million dollars for the Friday night drawing.
 
 

Larry Conners sues KMOV-TV over firing

Tuesday, 17 December 2013 02:27 Published in Local News

   Long-time St. Louis newsman Larry Conners is taking his age discrimination claims against his former employer to court.  Conners, 66, is suing KMOV-TV for $50,000, alleging that younger and less-experienced employees got better assignments and treatment.

   The veteran broadcaster had filed an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint after he was fired in May.  

   His dismissal came about a week after he posted controversial comments to Facebook.  Conners had suggested he may have been targeted by the IRS after a 2012 interview with President Barack Obama.  

   KMOV general manager Mark Pimentel told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the station will "vigorously defend" itself against Connors' claims.

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