- State declares test results for schools invalid (10/4/17)2
- College algebra to be removed from Southeast required curriculum (10/10/17)1
- Child-custody advocate: State law needs fix to provide parents with more equal custody (10/12/17)
- Past Rowdy the Redhawk mascot's identity revealed (10/15/17)
- Cancer will 'change your life, but it doesn't have to rule it' (10/8/17)
- Sikeston singer moves on with 'The Voice' (10/16/17)
- Police chief, council: Cape Girardeau faces growing gun violence (10/17/17)4
- Developer asks court to OK tax district board for improvements near Hobby Lobby (10/17/17)4
- Bills addressing equal child custody to be filed, legislators say (10/13/17)
- The last person to be laid to rest at Old Lorimier Cemetery: Mary Russell Fox (10/17/17)2
Coast Guard awards contracts
WASHINGTON -- The Coast Guard on Tuesday awarded a $17 billion contract to two defense contractors for new ships, aircraft and communications equipment to help guard U.S. shores against a terrorist attack.
The contract was awarded to Integrated Coast Guard Systems, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman. The Coast Guard will buy deep-water ships, airplanes, helicopters and unmanned surveillance aircraft; upgrade some existing ships and aircraft; and buy sophisticated communications and surveillance equipment.
The new fleet and the equipment will allow the Coast Guard to stop ships away from the U.S. coastline; run lists of crew members and cargo shipments through intelligence databases; and check for biological, chemical or radiological materials.