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Lincoln copy of Gettysburg Address on display

Thursday, 27 June 2013 07:31 Published in Local News

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - One of the most famous Abraham Lincoln artifacts is going on public display in Springfield.

   A copy of his Gettysburg Address written in Lincoln's own hand will be available for public viewing starting Thursday and running through November at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

   Lincoln gave his 272-word speech on Nov. 19, 1863, at the dedication of the National Soldiers' Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pa. A battle there four months before left more than 50,000 dead or wounded.

   Lincoln wrote out five copies of the address. The version in Illinois is known as the "Edward Everett copy." The scholar and politician also spoke at the dedication and Lincoln agreed to make him a copy.

   Everett's speech lasted two hours and was little remembered in posterity. Lincoln's lasted two minutes.

   

 

GM Invests $133 Million at Wentzville Plant

Wednesday, 26 June 2013 12:48 Published in Local News

The General Motors plant in Wentzville gets an infusion of money from Detroit to help in the building of two midsize pickups.

 

General Motors will invest $133 million to add a third stamping press to its Wentzville Assembly and Stamping plant. It's where the  Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana are built.  But it's undergoing construction for production of GM’s next-generation midsize pickups, the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon.

Dave Baldridge with G-M tells me the move has the  potential for creating or retaining approximately 55 jobs...

Baldridge says the new press will increase the plant’s capacity in stamping fenders, doors and other key components for the new pickups and full-size vans.

Construction will begin next month and GM expects the press to be operational by early 2015.  

Wentzville Assembly employs approximately 2,000 employees across two shifts. 

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced today he has joined 39 other attorneys general sending comments calling on the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to come up with solutions to the increasing problem of mobile “cramming.” That's the placement of unauthorized third-party charges on mobile phone bills. 

The Missouri Attorney General’s Office continues to receive complaints from consumers about charges, usually around $9.95, that appear on their phone bills without their authorization. The charges are usually for goods and services that the consumers neither requested nor used. Many consumers fail to detect that they have been crammed. When they do discover the charges on their bills, sometimes after several months, consumers are rarely able to obtain a full refund.

“Today’s cell phone bills include pages and pages of numbers, and it can be difficult to detect illegitimate charges,” Koster said. “While I urge consumers to check their phone bills carefully, we need better protections for consumers to prevent cramming from occurring, and to give them mechanisms for obtaining full refunds if they unfairly charged.”

Koster’s office announced a settlement yesterday with three third-party businesses that had placed charges for unwanted services on Missouri consumers’ phone bills. The businesses repaid consumers more than $296,000. The businesses are permanently barred from placing any future charges on consumers’ phone bills. 

Koster encourages consumers to check their phone bills monthly, and to contact his consumer hotline at 800-392-8222 if they detect unauthorized charges. 

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