Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Morning Briefing

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Morning Briefing

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Feds Enlist GM Unit To Help Catch Aliens

The Immigration and Naturalization Service on Tuesday awarded its biggest contract ever to upgrade its systems so it can catch and deport more illegal aliens. The INS signed a deal with General Motors Corp.'s Electronic Data Systems Corp. subsidiary worth $300 million over five years.

EDS will design software and systems to streamline border agents' operations. INS officials said that last year about 1,000 border agents in the San Diego area caught 500,000 illegal immigrants. Thousands more gained entry.

The officials said agents spend up to half their working hours completing paperwork. They hope EDS will be able to build a system that will cut paperwork and better identify immigrants by tying into other computer systems, such as those of the FBI and other government agencies. Reuters Spartech Buys 3 Plants

St. Louis plastic manufacturer Spartech Corp. announced Tuesday that it has signed a letter of intent to buy three facilities from Pawnee Industries Inc. The plants include two rigid-plastic-sheet factories in Wichita, Kan., and Paulding, Ohio, and a color concentration house in Goddard, Kan. No terms were disclosed. LeFebure Plant Opens

LeFebure Corp. has opened hits new 75,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in Mexico, Mo. The plant tmakes safety deposit boxes and bank teller furniture. The facility employs 55 workers.

LeFebure is based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and is a subsidiary of De La Rue PLC of London. PLANNING A MEDICAL MILESTONE Partnership Aims To Develop Pigs' Organs For Transplants

Baxter International Inc., a big medical devices maker, is teaming with DNX Corp., a small biotech firm, to develop genetically altered pig organs to transplant into people. …

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