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Politics
4:23 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Blunt Has 'Concerns' About Hagel's Defense Nomination

Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

As a new appointee on the Senate Armed Services Committee, Republican Roy Blunt of Missouri will have a say in the nomination of former Senator Chuck Hagel to Secretary of Defense.

Blunt will join Democrat Claire McCaskill on the committee that will oversee Hagel's hearing.

Hagel has solicited the ire of many conservatives for his prior statements on Israel. While he served in Congress, Hagel stated that he was a United States Senator, not “an Israeli Senator.”

Blunt and his fellow Republicans are concerned he won't be a close enough ally to Israel.

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Boeing
2:10 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Boeing Shakes Up Shrinking Defense Business

The Boeing Phantom Ray unmanned airborne system (UAS), just one of the models of aircraft Boeing produces, during an unveiling ceremony in St. Louis on May 10, 2010. Reports state China will announce deals today including one to buy 200 Boeing airplanes.
(UPI/Boeing Aircraft Handout)

Updated at 5:20 p.m. with comments from Boeing.

Boeing’s defense arm will find another $1.6 billion in cuts by 2013.

The company announced the additional reductions today, though no details were provided. Defense , Space and Security, which is based in St. Louis, has already cut more than $2 billion since 2010, including a 30 percent reduction in management-level positions. 

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Business: Fighter jet deal
11:10 am
Thu December 29, 2011

U.S inks fighter deal with Saudi Arabia that could mean more jobs in Hazelwood

The Obama administration has inked a deal with Saudi Arabia that will provide the Gulf state with $30 billion in F-15 jets.
(Air Force photo/Capt. Shannon Collins)

Updated at 11:45 a.m. with information from union spokesman Thomas Pinski.

Updated at 12 p.m. with statement from the White House.

Updated at 1:20 p.m. with comments from union president Gordon King and statement from Boeing.

The Obama administration has approved the sale of $30 billion worth of F-15 fighter jets to Saudi Arabia - a move that could mean new jobs at Boeing's defense plant in Hazelwood.

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Claire McCaskill / Boeing /Supercommittee
5:56 pm
Mon November 21, 2011

McCaskill, at Boeing, reacts to supercommittee failure

Senator Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. at Boeing in St. Louis on Nov. 21, 2011.
(Maria Altman/St. Louis Public Radio)

Senator Claire McCaskill says since the supercommittee failed to come to an agreement, Congress should follow through with the automatic budget cuts.

The $1.2 trillion in cuts would come from defense and non-defense spending, but would not affect Social Security or programs for low-income people such as Medicaid.

Already some Republican senators, including John McCain, have said Congress can reverse the cuts.

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Boeing / Mo. Statehouse
2:18 pm
Thu October 20, 2011

Mo. House bails out from fighter jet controversy

A Boeing FA-18 fighter jet.
(via Boeing)

Missouri House members are trying to eject from their earlier support for a jet built in Texas.

House members this month approved a resolution urging Congress to fund the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, which is built by Lockheed Martin Corp. in Texas. Some now fear the jet could compete for funding with the F/A-18, which is built by Boeing Corp. in St. Louis.

Boeing is among Missouri's biggest employers with about 15,000 workers in the state and 5,000 connected to the F/A-18.

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Boeing / Mo. Statehouse
2:28 pm
Mon October 10, 2011

Mo. lawmakers, governor at odds over fighter jets

A Boeing FA-18 fighter jet.
(via Boeing)

Updated at 4 p.m. with statement from Boeing.

Updated 3:51 p.m. with Boeing jobs figures in Missouri

A new wrinkle of disagreement has emerged in Missouri's special legislative session on business incentives. State lawmakers and Gov. Jay Nixon now apparently are at odds over the production of military fighter jets.

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Boeing
1:37 pm
Thu April 28, 2011

Boeing out of Indian defense deal

An F/A-18 Super Hornet from the Sunliners of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81 launches from the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Boeing, the maker of the F/A-18 Super Hornet, is now out of the running for a contract for the Indian air force.
(U.S. Navy/ by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Stephen G. Hale II/Released)

The U.S. Embassy in New Delhi says that two American makers of fighter jets are out of the running for a multibillion dollar contract for the Indian air force.

The defense arm of one of the two American companies, Boeing Co., is based in St. Louis.

Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin were both bidding for a slice of the $11 billion Indian deal for 126 fighter jets.

A statement from U.S. Ambassador Timothy J. Roemer says that the news from India's Defense Ministry was "deeply disappointing."

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Morning round-up
9:30 am
Fri April 1, 2011

Morning headlines: Friday, April 1, 2011

August A. Busch IV in 2008.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Martin Family Files Suit Against August Busch IV

A wrongful-death lawsuit filed against former Anheuser-Busch CEO August Busch IV over the drug overdose death of his girlfriend has set off a squabble within her family. The lawsuit filed Thursday accuses Busch of carelessness and negligence in the December death of 27-year-old Adrienne Martin at Busch's estate. It seeks unspecified damages for her 8-year-old son.

An autopsy identified an accidental oxycodone overdose as Martin's cause of death, though it showed she also had cocaine in her system.

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Boeing / EADS
10:26 am
Mon February 21, 2011

Boeing, EADS, press every angle in high-stakes contest for air tanker

Five F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft and a KC-135 Stratotanker in silhouette during an aerial refueling operation over MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. in 1998. The KC-135 is the aircraft in question in an impending announcement by the Pentagon.

In a matter of weeks - if not days - the Pentagon will announce whether Chicago-based Boeing Co. or European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company will build 179 new tankers to replace the Air Force's Eisenhower-era KC-135 planes.

It's a $35 billion contract to build nearly 200 giant airborne refueling tankers. And the decade-long brawl by two defense industry titans to win it has been just as epic.

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Boeing
4:24 pm
Mon February 7, 2011

Boeing starts production at new Mascoutah, Ill. facility

A Boeing C-17 Globemaster III. Assembly and sub-assembly on the Globemaster program will soon move into production at Boeing's new manufacturing plant in Mascoutah, Ill. (via Flickr/Armchair Aviator)

Boeing announced today that they're moving into production at their new site in Mascoutah, Ill., the St. Louis Business Journal reports.

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