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Morning headlines: Wednesday, August 3, 2011

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Mississippi River Bridge under construction.

Workers threaten to shut down construction on Mississippi River bridge

A group that's trying to get more construction jobs for minority workers says it'll shut down work on a new Mississippi River bridge near St. Louis. The Metro East Black Contractors Organization says it's meeting with the director of the Illinois Department of Transportation on Friday. The group says it'll shut down work on Monday if the meeting isn't satisfactory.

St. Louis Science Center to reduce number of VPs

The St. Louis Science Center is reducing the number of vice presidents from nine to four. The move comes after several articles by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and a review commissioned by an oversight board. The center paid ten vice presidents more than $1.8 million in total compensation last year.

Dog found, search continues for Missouri Highway Patrolman

Several law enforcement agencies continue to search Wednesday for a missing Missouri Highway patrolman who disappeared while on flood patrol duty in northwest Missouri. The Highway Patrol says 46-year-old Fred Guthrie, Jr. and his K-9, Reed, were part of the water patrol division near Big Lake.

Searchers discovered Reed's body yesterday afternoon near Missouri Highway 118 about 100 yards from where Guthrie's truck and boat were found Monday. The dog was found after sandbags were placed where the water meets the highway, creating a deep hole where the highway is washing away. Sergeant Jerry Callahan with the State Water Patrol says multiple agencies are working on the recovery .

 "Right now the search is still ongoing," said Callahan. "A number of agencies along with the Missouri State Highway Patrol aircraft and water division is actively conducting the searches and will continue to do so."

Patrol spokesman Sheldon Lyon says there is a current in the flood waters near Big Lake and several thousand acres in Holt County remain underwater.



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