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Federal investigators are turning up the heat as they look into a subcontract issued to a company owned by a member of the Police Board. 

County police say they have received a federal subpoena for all information relating to the contract. Chief Tim Fitch has also reached out to all employees asking that forward any information. The controversy stems from a $3.7 million contract for work on a new crime lab that was given to a company owned by Gregory Sansone.

County Executive Charlie Dooley has denied any conflict of interest and says his county counselor signed off on the decision to make Sanson's company the subcontractor. 

 

Wednesday, 21 August 2013 17:59
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A private jet company's plans to move onto Lambert Airport's grounds could create as many as 100 jobs.

Jet Linx plans to operate out of a private terminal and hangar that had been used by the Missouri Air National Guard. The company will pay $1 million to lease the land. Jet Linx officials also plan to invest another $1 million into renovations and will buy $3 million in jet fuel every year. The new jobs will range from construction to pilots.

Airport officials say the partnership has been 2 years in the making.

 

Wednesday, 21 August 2013 17:27
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Governor Jay Nixon spoke at the St. Louis City Police Department, defending his veto of a Missouri House Bill.

The legislation, House Bill 301 would have removed hundreds of criminals who committed sex crimes when they were under the age of 18 from online sex offender registries. The proposal would allow sex offenders to petition the court for removal from the registry. Nixon said the bill is flawed because it does not consider the seriousness of the criminal's offenses.

The legislation would remove around 870 people from the registry.

 

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GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - Running out of money to fight wildfires at the peak of the season, the U.S. Forest Service is diverting $600 million from timber, recreation and other areas to fill the gap.

The nation's top wildfire-fighting agency was down to $50 million after spending $967 million so far this year, Forest Service spokesman Larry Chambers said Wednesday in an email.

Wildfire spending by other federal agencies takes the total to $1.2 billion.

Chambers says the $50 million the Forest Service has left is typically enough to pay for just a few days of fighting fires when the nation is at its top wildfire preparedness level, which went into effect Tuesday.

There are 51 large uncontained fires burning across the nation, making it tough to meet demands for fire crews and equipment.

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