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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - August 2, 2008, Alton, Illinois ALL AROUND* Seewhatishappenin9intheRiverBencl AVOID THE BIG X' • It’s in to protect your skin from sun BLESSINGS* Pantrvd,rectorrec °9 nizeci NFL TRAINING Rams prepare for scrimmage SPORTS/B1 50 CENTS ~ Vol. 173, No. 201 Se r v i rig t h e R i ve r Be n d s i n cc 188 6 Saturday August 2, 2008 Machinists on strike at dealerships By AMBER RUSSELL For The Telegraph The service bays at several area auto dealerships stood empty Friday and may remain that way for awhile after workers from Machinists Union Local 313 went on strike. Talks broke down Thursday night, when union representatives were discussing the end RPPORTTQ of their con- i d tract with area „ dealers who are part of the St Clair-Madison Automobile Dealers Association. Pickets went up Friday morning at Roberts Ford, Quality Pontiac GMC and Cadillac, and Piasa Lincoln-Mercury Inc. dealerships in Alton. Workers from Cassens and Sons in Glen Carbon and Weber Chevrolet and Koetting Ford Inc. in Granite City also are striking, because the mechanics and service writers said they feel that they are not getting the benefits and pay schedule they deserve. About 90 union employees are on strike, which could affect business in the area. The main dispute machinists have is the fact that their current health insurance plans are being traded in for lesser policies, but will cost them more money in the long run. mn IfomtKsl I f J MACHINISTS SOUND p See STRIKE, Page A7 The Telegraph/JJM BOWLING Members of Machinists Union Local 313 picket Friday morning outside of the Closed service garage at Quality Pontiac in Alton. About 90 union employees from six area dealerships are on strike. The main dispute machinists say they have is their contention that their current health insurance plans are being traded in for lesser policies, but will cost them more money in the long run. JUNK MAN RIVER Mississippi filled with debris during high water By LINDA N. WELLER The Telegraph ALTON — There’s lots of junk in the Mississippi River, dislodged by June flooding and carried along by continued elevated water levels — prompting officials to warn boaters to be extra careful. “The river is high, and people need to be safe out there; there is a lot of debris” said Nicole Dalrymple, spokeswoman for the St. Louis District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. “The water is up; as it (flows), it brings a lot of debris with it.” Added to the threat of floating logs, entire trees and chunks of metal, the Mississippi River again is above flood stage and flowing rapidly. “That river is really powerful,” she said. It was supposed to crest Saturday at 24.5 feet at the Melvin Price Locks and Dam 26 tailwater, and decrease to 18.8 feet by Tuesday. Flood stage is 21 feet at that Alton location. Although current flooding is less severe than that in June, the higher waters forced the Rivers Project Office in West Alton, Mo., to temporarily close its access areas because of rising river levels. Maple Island in West Alton and the Low Water Dam on Chouteau Island in Madison also closed last week because of Final defendant pleads guilty in Alton killing Reginald Stegall faces up to 20 years for second-degree murder By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT The Telegraph EDWARDSVILLE - A prosecutor said she plans to ask for a 20-year prison sentence for a 20-year-old Alton man who pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old boy. Reginald J. Stegall admitted in Madison County Circuit Court that he was the driver of the Stegall SUV which drove by the James Center in Alton, where Scott L. “Dink” Garner Jr. was shot to death on June IO, 2007. Assistant Madison County State’s Attorney Susan Jensen agreed to drop a See KILLING, Page A7 Feds may help flooded property owners in Grafton See RIVER, Page A7 By JILL MOON The Telegraph GRAFTON — Property owners who sustained flood-related damages could be eligible for federal help if the city’s pre-application is approved. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency informed city officials that Grafton would be eligible to participate in the Hazard See GRAFTON, Page A7 furs INSIDE Area .............A3 Classifieds-.........B6 EDITORIAL..........A5 Lottery...........A7 NATION & WORLD . . . . .A4 Stocks ............BS TELEVISION .........C3 mmm sunday Accent One-of~a-Rind finds at Grafton flea market News: Cemetery cleanup planned Saturday WHAT’S ONLINE TODAY d> THETELEGRAPH.com ^ CHECK US OUT ON myspace com www.myspace com/ altontelegraph V I*** www.myspace com/ fabfemmes www.myspace.com/ fiaireforwomen BLOC BULLETIN Dennis Grubaugh: Former publisher gets a tip of the hat. 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Mostly sunny HlCH 89, LOW 68 WRATHER/CS DRAWING BY MADALYNN MCKENZIE, West Elementary School fifth-grader mmxmm WHAPS OUTSIDE