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Morning Headlines: Tuesday, September 25, 2012

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State agencies work together to restore trees

The Missouri Department of Transportation plans to buy 250,000 seedlings from a Conservation Department nursery to replace thousands of trees knocked down during highway projects. Conservation officials will then distribute the trees to youth groups and schools for planting.

This is the sixth year of Missouri's Trees for Tomorrow program. Officials say more than 2.5 million trees of roughly 60 varieties have been provided since the program started in 2007.

MoDOT Director Kevin Keith says construction of roads and bridges sometimes requires tree removals and the program allows experts to be involved in replacing them.

Officer, suspect injured in routine stop

The third high-speed chase in three days in Fairview Heights turned bloody when a suspect pulled a gun on police during a routine traffic stop.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that around 2 a.m. Tuesday, Fairview Heights police pulled over a car leaving an area that has had a high number of car break-ins. The driver was asked to exit the car when a police dog indicated probable cause for a search.

The 27-year-old man then fired on police and led them on a chase through the Metro East before crashing into a garage door at a home.

The suspect was in surgery for multiple gunshot wounds and one officer was hospitalized for a wound to the hand.

Rick Perry continues to back Ed Martin for attorney general

Missouri Republican Ed Martin is getting help in his run for state attorney general from Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

Martin and Perry campaigned Monday in Columbia at a restaurant several blocks from the campus of the University of Missouri. They also participated in a private round-table discussion of business issues and spoke to voters on the restaurant's patio.

Martin, a St. Louis lawyer who was chief of staff to former Gov. Matt Blunt, is challenging Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster.

Perry says Martin would be a partner in pushing back against the federal government on issues such as health care and education. Opposition to the federal health care overhaul has been a key part of Martin's campaign.

Perry also campaigned for Martin earlier this year in Cape Girardeau.

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