Boeing employees in St. Louis should know later this year if they're going to keep building F-18 Super Hornet fighter jets for the U.S. Navy after 2016.
The Navy had planned to switch over to the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighters built by Lockheed-Martin. But the F-35 project has been plagued with delays, cost overruns and other problems. So the omnibus spending bill signed into law last week (Jan. 17) contains a down payment of $75 million for 22 of Boeing's F-18s, even though the Navy didn't ask for them.
The law requires Navy officials to take another look at adding to the existing F-18 fleet as a hedge against more problems with the F-35.
Authorities are looking for a young Rolla girl who may have been abducted by her mother.
The Phelps County Sheriff's Department has issued an Endangered Person Advisory for four-year-old Cassandra Robertson. Police say she was last seen Monday in the 11,800 block of State Road V in Rolla.
Cassandra Robertson is described as a white female, 2’6”, 40 lbs, brown hair, blue eyes, wearing a gray zippered shirt with a Hello Kitty logo. Authorities believe she is with her mother Nickie Robertson.
Nickie Robertson Nikie is described as a white female, age 39, 5’6”, 145 lbs, brown hair, green eyes, wearing a black shirt and blue jeans. The woman reportedly has a history of drug abuse and suicidal tendencies.
The pair may be heading for New Mexico or Colorado in a silver 2006 Nissan Quest with Missouri tags: FG2D5J.
Anyone with information is urged to call 911, contact the nearest law enforcement agency or call the Phelps County Sheriff’s Department at 573-426-3860.