- Cape man gets 8 years for robbery, his first offense (12/7/16)9
- 3 students in custody for violent threat; no details released (12/9/16)15
- Abuse suspect tries to take cop's gun; officer zaps him with Taser and punches his face (12/7/16)3
- Group seeks to create a neighborhood park on Cape Girardeau's south side (12/7/16)14
- Man sentenced to 103 years for murder of Cape woman (12/6/16)4
- Cape may allow residents to keep chickens; residents at meeting push for measure (12/6/16)34
- Poplar Bluff man accused of enticement, child porn in Scott County sting operation (12/4/16)
- Burglary suspect apprehended inside Jackson garage (12/4/16)
- Company to start recruiting businesses to Jackson, Cape (12/9/16)15
- 13 venues, 60 sponsors participating in Happy Slapowitz's Toy Bash on Thursday (12/7/16)2
Senator wants bill to keep fighter jet production going
WASHINGTON -- With the nation girding for war, Sen. Kit Bond wants the military to split production of the Joint Strike Fighter, regardless of who wins the competition to build it.
Bond, R-Mo., is preparing legislation to keep fighter jets rolling off the lines at Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp. The two aerospace giants are vying for a $300 billion contract that the Pentagon will award late next month, and many say the loser will ultimately stop making jet fighters.
The senator's office said Monday that Bond is working out details but plans to introduce an amendment that would allow workers to build the aircraft at Lockheed in Fort Worth, Texas, and at Boeing in St. Louis, where the work could require thousands of new employees.
Congress ordered the Pentagon to award the business to a sole contractor in last year's defense bill. Bond planned to offer his proposal as part of this year's defense authorization bill, which is being debated this week on the Senate floor, Bond spokesman Ernie Blazar said, although he also might choose a later defense spending bill as a vehicle.
A Lockheed spokesman declined to comment on the idea, while Boeing did not return a telephone call. At the Pentagon, spokeswoman Cheryl Irwin said it's premature to discuss Bond's idea.
Bond's motives transcend the interests of either company, his spokesman said: "His primary concern here is the adequacy of the defense industrial base."