Metropolis

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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is holding a public meeting tonight to discuss the results of its special inspection into uranium hexafluoride leak at the Honeywell Metropolis plant in August.

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Metropolis Mayor Billy McDaniel says he wants to bring a $50 million retail development project to his city, provided the deal doesn’t work out in Paducah. McCracken County officials have recently negotiated with St. Louis-based Sansone Group to bring the development to Paducah. However, Sansone’s asking for $3.5 million through a tax incremental financing agreement, something the city has repeatedly refused.

McDaniel says he’s reached out to the real estate company but acknowledges Metropolis is a relatively small market.

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This weekend, Metropolis, Illinois hosts its annual Superman Celebration with activities for everyone. One of the events includes a benefit for the Massac Theatre, an art-deco movie theater and stage from the 1930s. On Sounds Good, Chad Lampe speaks with Lisa Gower about the restoration, the comedy show featuring Scott Long, the auction and a breakfast with superheroes.

Radioactive Leak at Honeywell

Oct 27, 2014
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Honeywell’s Metropolis facility experienced a leak of the radioactive gas, Uranium Hexaflouride Sunday night around 7:35. Honeywell officials say the leak was caused by an equipment failure in the main production building.

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A re-creation of the lifestyles and atmosphere of the late 1700's at Fort Massac State Park in Metropolis draws people from all over the nation to the park's annual encampment this Saturday and Sunday. Featuring cannons, arts and crafts and historical demonstrations, the event pays tribute to Illinois' frontier history. Kate Lochte is joined by Neal Mankey, Fort Massac's Natural Resource Coordinator, and Chris McGinness, the fort's Site Superintendent, on Sounds Good to learn more about this event, expecting 200,000 visitors to the Metropolis area.

Honeywell Negotiations to Resume Friday

Oct 2, 2014
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UPDATE: 3:53pm Thursday

No agreement was reached today between Honeywell and union officials. 

Honeywell Representative Peter Dalpe says that company negotiators had turned down the United Steelworker Union's last contract proposal saying that it would be detrimental to the competitiveness of the site. 

USW Local 7-669

Metropolis Honeywell union members demonstrated in front of Honeywell corporate headquarters in Washington, D.C. and attempted to meet with several lobbying firms Thursday. United Steelworkers Local 7-669, joined by D.C.  AFL-CIO members delivered letters to Akin Gump, OB C Group, McBee Strategic, and Duberstein Group, who they claim Honeywell has hired along with their own in-house lobby team.

Lane Closures on I-24 Ohio River Bridge

Sep 2, 2014
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Commuters between Paducah and Metropolis could encounter slower passage over the I-24 Ohio River Bridge this week. The Illinois Department of Transportation will begin work Tuesday, taking place in both eastbound and westbound lanes causing daytime lane closures extending through Friday. IDOT spokesman Keith Miley says through traffic should seek alternate routes.

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United Steelworkers Local 7-669 officials say they’re concerned by the arrival this morning of salaried and contract employees during contract talks at Honeywell’s Metropolis facility.  

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Contract negotiations begin next week between the Metropolis Honeywell plant and the local union.

The last contract negotiation began in 2010 and lasted more than a year with several workers taking other jobs during the work stoppage.

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