St. Louis – Defense Secretary Robert Gates outlined a major reshaping of military spending priorities Monday.
Among other things, he proposed cutting the C-17 transport plane, parts of which are made at Boeing in St. Louis. Gates also wants to buy just 31 St. Louis-built F/A-18 Superhornets next year; that's down from this year's 45.
At the Boeing plant Monday, U.S. Senator Kit Bond criticized Gates' plan to boost funding for Lockeed Martin's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
St. Louis – In the face of tight budgets and two insurgent wars, the Pentagon is rethinking military strategy. Defense Secretary Robert Gates is scheduled today to announce what he calls a "fundamental shift in priorities," which means reducing or eliminating some of the nation's most advanced, and expensive weapons programs, including fighter jets.
St. Louis, MO – Missouri lawmakers are set to consider legislation this week that would repeal a voter-approved ban on some electric rate increases.
AmerenUE says it needs the construction work-in-progress legislation to fund a new reactor at its Callaway nuclear power plant - it's paid for three television ads. The bill would allow the state's investor-owned utilities to include the construction costs for new renewable energy or low-carbon power plants before those plants are generating electricity.
Ann Arbor, Mich. – President Obama wants the United States to reduce greenhouse gases, especially carbon dioxide, that contribute to global warming. And Congress is considering a carbon cap-and-trade program.
In the third part of our series on the future of coal, the Environment Report's Lester Graham looks at what such a program will mean to coal-burning industries and your power bill.
St. Louis – The list of transportation projects Missouri and Illinois have submitted to the federal government for approval are heavy on road construction and repair.
The stimulus bill that will fund those projects set aside $ 9 billion for rail, but it's intended for high-speed trains and improvements to Amtrak, not the smaller regional railroads known as shortlines.