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Callahan named U.S. attorney

Judge Richard Callahan

Judge Richard Callahan

It’s finally official.

Judge Richard Callahan has been tapped to become the federal prosecutor for Eastern Missouri.

President Barack Obama today announced his picks for four U.S. attorney openings. He chose Callahan, a circuit judge in Jefferson City, to take over the U.S. attorney’s office in St. Louis. The previous U.S. attorney was Catherine Hanaway. The others named today are from Montana and Iowa.

A Democrat, Callahan has been a judge since 2002. He is a former Cole County prosecutor and a former assistant circuit attorney in St. Louis.

Read more on this story in Monday’s papers.