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TOKYO (AP) — Boeing executives say commercial flights of its grounded 787 jets will resume "within weeks, not months" with a third of safety tests already completed.

They said Friday they had not pinpointed the causes of the two battery problems that resulted in the global grounding of the technologically advanced Dreamliner planes.

But Boeing chief project engineer Michael Sinnett said a new design has many layers of safeguards to prevent battery fires and overheating.

The new design has measures to contain the problem from spreading and to keep the aircraft safe, even if batteries malfunction again.

The executives made the comments in Japan, where All Nippon Airways was the launch customer for the 787.
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There's a fight brewing in Jefferson City over new education standards in math and English, called the Common Core.

The national standards define the skills and knowledge students should have. And proponents say Missouri students need Common Core in order to stay competitive with students from 45 other states that have adopted them.

But some state lawmakers are balking, claiming that the move to Common Core will give federal education officials too much control over local schools. Senator John Lamping co-sponsored a bill to repeal Common Core in Missouri. The Ladue Republican has accused federal education officials of coercion. He and other opponents have also questioned the cost of implementation, since the standards call for computerized testing.

The State's Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro says the new standards only outline what students should know, not how schools and teachers should go about teaching, because Common Core doesn't dictate curriculum.

Both Missouri and Illinois adopted the standards in 2010. Illinois will achieve full implementation in the 2013-14 school year, a full year ahead of the Show-me state.
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One person is dead and two others injured after a hit-and-run driver crashed into another vehicle in north St. Louis. Police say the suspect was driving a Ford Explorer Thursday afternoon when he first sideswiped a vehicle near Market and 9th. The driver didn't stop however, he continued down I-70, exiting onto Branch street when he ran a stop sign at North Broadway. There's when he T-boned a Pontiac with three people inside. The driver of the Pontiac was pronounced dead at the scene. The two passangers were taken to the hospital in critical condition. The Jaws of Life had to be used to rescue the survivors of the crash.
Thursday, 14 March 2013 17:37
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The City of St. Louis Streets Department is now confident they'll have Market Street repaired in time for the big St. Patrick's Day parade Saturday. A water main break around 10:30 last night on Market between 16th and 17th was the cause of major problems. Water began gushing into the intersection just as fans were leaving the Bon Jovi concert at Scottrade last night. The water was shut off around midnight, but Market Street remains closed between 16th and 17th. That's right in front of the downtown Post Office.
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