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The Solar Impulse 1 rests in its inflatable hangar at Lambert Airport after landing in St. Louis on June 4, 2013.
Véronique LaCapra | St. Louis Public Radio

Two years ago, we reported on a solar plane that touched down in St. Louis on its way across the United States.

Now it's successor is on its way around the world.

The Defense Department has chosen one of Boeing’s aircraft concepts as a candidate for its Vertical Takeoff and Landing X-plane program.

The company's St. Louis-based defense branch is competing to develop an aircraft that takes off and lands vertically, hovers and efficiently flies at speeds up to 400 knots, said Garrett Kasper, a communications representative for advanced Boeing military aircraft.

(via Flickr/SenatorMcCaskill)

(Updated 3:10 p.m., Friday, Dec. 27, 2013)

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill – or rather, her husband -- has bought another plane. But this time, she’s taking steps that she hopes will prevent another political uproar.

Any flights that she takes on it will be totally on her own dime. And St. Louis County’s property taxes will be paid – and on time, she says.

Still, the news has the potential of becoming another political controversy. The Missouri Republican Party already is paying close attention.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: While a Missouri House panel was continuing its probe of the state’s driver's license division, Gov. Jay Nixon was in St. Louis announcing that he’d vetoed a bill to double the fees charged by the private “fee offices’’ that give out the licenses.

The governor said Wednesday that it was unfair to ask Missourians to pay $22 million more each year in additional license-related fees but get no additional service in return.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 30, 2011 - As 2011 comes to a close, the St. Louis County assessor's office is hoping for a new round of checks for personal property taxes from the 83 newly found or reported airplanes, helicopters and hot-air balloons recently added to the county's rolls.

But the office may have a long delay before its assessment battle with a couple of casinos pays off. Pinnacle's River City casino in Lemay has appealed its 2010 and 2011 assessments to the Missouri Tax Commission.

McCaskill sells private plane

Oct 26, 2011
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri has sold a private plane she co-owns with her husband, months after her use of it for official business and failure to pay back taxes created a political headache.

Report: McCaskill spent less on travel than others

Apr 11, 2011
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

A newspaper's review of travel records has found that U.S Sen. Claire McCaskill spent far less for four years of flights on her private plane than two former Missouri senators spent for travel over similar time spans.

McCaskill may owe $320K for plane property taxes

Mar 23, 2011
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill could owe a total of nearly $320,000 in overdue property taxes, interest and penalties on an airplane that has caused her political headaches.

McCaskill sent about $287,000 to St. Louis County earlier this week after acknowledging that property taxes had not been paid on a plane owned by a company in which she and her husband have an interest. But that may not be enough money.

Boeing cutting jobs in St. Louis, elsewhere

Jan 20, 2011

Yesterday, we told you that a $19 billion deal with China landed Boeing an order for production of 200 airplanes. Well, today's news about the company is more about cuts than gains.

Boeing Co. says it's cutting 1,100 jobs from its U.S. plants, most of them in Southern California, as it scales back production of its C-17 cargo planes.

WW II planes still fly - with a lot of TLC

Nov 19, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: November 19, 2008 - Amid the cornfields of rural St. Charles County, at a former World War II flight training station, air men and women of a later generation carry on for the cause with a small fleet of historic aircraft. Their mission: preserve, protect and promote vintage planes as symbols of patriotism during that critical period of American history.