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Boeing vice president and general manager of airplane development, Scott Francher speaks about the company's future airplane, the Boeing 777X (illustrated at back) during a press briefing at the Boeing Tokyo office on August 2, 2013. Francher announced the company's next generation Dreamliner line-ups.

Today is the deadline for cities to submit proposals to build the new Boeing 777X airliner on their turf. More than a dozen sites have been chosen as the potential recipient for the billion-dollar contract.

Boeing opened up the bidding process after failing to reach an agreement on an 8-year contract with a union over healthcare costs and its pension plan. To help explain what this contract means to cities across the country, we welcome in Carolyn Adolph, economics reporter at KUOW in Seattle.

Also with us is Marshall Griffin, the statehouse reporter for St. Louis Public Radio joining us from Jefferson City, Missouri, and KPCC business and economics reporter Brian Watt. 


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