May 4, 2008 in Nation/World

Democrat wins congressional seat

The Spokesman-Review
 

A Democrat won a special congressional election here Saturday, bolstering his party’s majority status on Capitol Hill by taking a seat Republicans have held since 1974.

Don Cazayoux, a lawyer and state lawmaker, beat Republican Woody Jenkins to cap a race that Democrats viewed as a chance to further tighten control over Congress. The seat opened when Republican Richard Baker, a 20-year incumbent, resigned to take a lobbying job.

With all precincts reporting, Cazayoux had 49 percent of the vote to 46 percent for Jenkins, a community newspaper publisher. Three independents combined to take 5 percent.

Coming in the middle of a presidential cycle, the Cazayoux-Jenkins race attracted attention and money from Washington interest groups and the national parties.

JACKSON, Miss.

Paper mill blast kills 1, injures 17

An explosion tore through a paper mill Saturday after a boiler was inspected, killing a contract worker and injuring 17 others, the company said.

The explosion occurred as a boiler at the International Paper mill was being started after an annual maintenance shutdown in Redwood, about 30 miles west of Jackson, company spokeswoman Amy J. Sawyer said in a statement.

“We have accounted for all IP employees, and no employees were hurt. An investigation will be conducted to determine the cause of the accident,” she said.

Warren County coroner Doug Huskey identified the contract worker as 28-year-old Marcus Christopher Broome.

At least 400 employees, including contractors, were on site at the time of the blast, said John Adams, manager of environment, health and safety. Officials from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration had arrived to investigate, he said.

NEW YORK

Horse ditches cop, goes home

Police say a patrol horse found his own way back through Manhattan streets to his stable after throwing his rider.

The officer was treated for minor injuries after traffic noise spooked Aldo on Friday. The 8-year-old took off about eight blocks to the stable.

New York police spokesman Paul Browne says the horse “knows his turf.”

Officer Martin Brown says Aldo suffered a few small cuts.

The 21-year police veteran riding him had some injuries to his neck and shoulder.

Aldo has been a police horse for about a year.

From wire reports

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