Springfield, IL – A number of officials helped cut the ribbon in Springfield, Ill. yesterday on a new library honoring Abe Lincoln's life and work.
President Bush sent a video message, encouraging every generation to study Lincoln's life and character. And a number of dignitaries, including Governor George Ryan, Secretary of State Colin Powell and former President Gerald Ford, were also on a video reciting lines from the Gettysburg Address.
Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri Development Finance Board Tuesday authorized nearly $30-million in state tax credits to help pay for infrastructure costs for a new Cardinals ballpark. The credits will be issued over the next two fiscal years. Missouri Department of Economic Development director Joe Driskill says one condition of the agreement is that the board will have the power to negotiate a lower tax credit level, based upon economic conditions at the time the stadium deal closes.
Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Secretary of State Matt Blunt has announced he will certify the results from the November 5th election this Thursday, November 21, in Jefferson City. Once the results are certified and Blunt and Missouri Governor Holden have signed the certificate it will be sent to the President of the U.S. Senate. Jim Talent will then be eligible to be sworn in as Missouri's next Junior Senator, that's because the senate race was a special election.
Washington, D.C. – In her last formal speech from the Senate floor Monday, Missouri Senator Jean Carnahan called her farewell a bittersweet moment. Carnahan says the 107th Congress addressed many important issues such as education reform and campaign finance laws, all while enduring difficulties such as anthrax attacks and heightened security. She says as the next Congress takes up the task without her, her prayers will be with them.
St. Louis, MO – The Missouri Public Service Commission will host a hearing in St. Louis today to hear public comment on Laclede Gas's plans for a low-income assistance program.
The Catch-Up/Keep-Up plan would divert some money the company gets through pipeline discounts away from customers and into a special fund to help low-income customers catch up with their overdue bills.
The public can comment at the Wainwright State Office Building today at noon in room 116.
St. Louis, MO – Now that Lambert Airport in St. Louis has federal employees screening passengers, officials are working to next install enough x-ray machines to screen all luggage. Bill Switzer, who oversees the security at Lambert, says the airport will meet the December 31 deadline to screen all luggage. He says 59 new screening machines will be installed throughout the airport.
Columbia, MO – Retiring University of Missouri President Manuel Pacheco may be considered to be the new president of the University of New Mexico, even though Pacheco says he's not interested.
The Columbia Daily-Tribune reports a group looking for Hispanics to apply for the job plans to submit Pacheco's name to the New Mexico search committee. But Pacheco said in an e-mail to the newspaper he's not interested.