Afghanistan

Fallen Soldier
10:30 am
Fri April 13, 2012

Body of Catawissa soldier killed in Afghanistan to return

(via Flickr/The U.S. Army)

The body of an eastern Missouri soldier killed in Afghanistan is coming home.

The Washington Missourian reports that the body of 21-year-old specialist Jeffrey White Jr. of Catawissa is scheduled to arrive at Lambert Airport in St. Louis at 11 a.m. Saturday. White died on April 3.

A procession will take the body from the airport to Bell Funeral Home in Pacific. Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Villa Ridge, and the church will host the funeral at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Claire McCaskill / Afghanistan
2:03 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

McCaskill: Move funds from Afghanistan to US roads

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. in July 2011.
(via Flickr/Senator McCaskill)

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. has proposed shifting money from development in Afghanistan to roads and bridges in the U.S.

The U.S. Department of Defense pays for projects through the Commanders' Emergency Response Program and the Afghanistan Infrastructure Fund.

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Morning News Round-up
10:09 am
Wed August 17, 2011

Morning headlines: Wednesday, August 17, 2011

A student taking the ACT exam.
(via Wikimedia Commons)

Missouri students outpace nation on ACT scores

Missouri students scored slightly higher than the national average this year on the ACT college readiness exam.

The ACT consists of four tests in English, math, reading and science. Each test is scored on a scale from 1 to 36, with scores averaged to create a composite score.

This year's average composite score in Missouri was 21.6, half a point higher than the national average of 21.1.

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Silver Star Awarded
11:28 am
Thu January 6, 2011

East Alton soldier receives Army's Silver Star for valor

Silver Stars displayed for nineteen soldiers receiving the medal at Fort Bragg, N.C., Dec. 12, 2008. The Silver Star is the 3rd highest military decoration that can be awarded to U.S. Armed Forces members (via Flickr / The U.S. Army)

An Alton, Ill. soldier was awarded the Army's Silver Star, the third-highest military award for valor while on his fourth tour of duty.

Army Sgt. 1st Class John P. Fleming, 32, received the honor after tending to wounded soldiers and directing aircraft fending off enemy gunfire so the injured could be evacuated, the News Democrat reports. The incident is described in more detail: 

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Fallen Heroes
5:24 pm
Mon December 27, 2010

Bethalto Marine Corzine dies in Afghanistan

The United States Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Va. The memorial was erected to honor all marines who have died in defense of the United States. (via Flickr/ jimbowen0306)

An Illinois Marine has died from wounds he received while fighting in Afghanistan, the Associated Press reports.

The Department of Defense said Monday that 23-year-old Lance Cpl. Kenneth Corzine of Bethalto died on Friday, or Christmas Eve, from wounds he suffered Dec. 5 during combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Corzine was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force out of Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Bethalto is about 25 miles northeast of St. Louis, Mo.

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