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Officials have suspended the search for a man whose boat was hit by a barge early this morning.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has identified the boat owner as Dennis McMenamy of Richmond Heights. Investigators did not confirm that McMenamy was on the boat, but say they found a wallet, cell phone, fishing poles, and other personal items on the fishing vessel.

His family says he often goes fishing overnight and in the early morning.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Two former Missouri political leaders are teaming up to share the lessons of their high-profile falls from grace.

 

   Former Missouri House Speaker Rod Jetton and ex-state senator Jeff Smith each wrote a chapter in a new book called "The Recovering Politician's Twelve Step Program to Survive Crisis." They appeared at a University City pizzeria in a recent promotional appearance.

 

   The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (bit.ly/15UonUO ) reports that the one-time political adversaries are now contrite about their mistakes.

 

   Smith is a Democrat who served nearly a year in prison for lying to federal investigators after an unsuccessful 2004 campaign for Congress.

   Jetton, a Republican, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and received probation following a 2009 consensual sexual encounter in which a woman claimed he choked her into unconsciousness.

 
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   CHICAGO (AP) - Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder is predicting that voters will get a chance to decide whether to make Missouri the 25th state to enact a right-to-work law.

   Kinder said while attending a Chicago conference of the American Legislative Exchange Council that he believes fellow Republicans in the Legislature will refer the measure to the ballot next year.

   The measure would prohibit union membership or fees from being a condition of employment in Missouri.

   Kinder's comments came during a session highlighting how the historically unionized state of Michigan enacted a right-to-work law last December.

   The American Legislative Exchange Council is an association of legislators, businesses and nonprofit groups that advocates for free-market policies. It has been sharply criticized by unions and others for its close ties between big businesses and lawmakers.

 
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   CHICAGO (AP) - A group of states forging ahead with plans for high-speed passenger rail have put out a call for bids for the production of 35 next-generation locomotives.

   The request for proposals released Thursday calls for lighter, cleaner-burning locomotives that can reach speeds of up to 125 miles per hour.

   Illinois is leading the procurement. The other states taking part are California, Michigan, Missouri and Washington.

   The Federal Railroad Administration has allocated $808 million for the new locomotives and for the construction of 130 bi-level passenger cars.

   Those cars will be built at a new plant in Rochelle, Ill., by the American subsidiary of Nippon Sharyo, the company that built Japan's bullet train.

   Illinois is working on 110-mph service on routes from Chicago to Detroit and Chicago to St. Louis.

 

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