St. Louis, MO – St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay says things are looking up for downtown.
The Cardinals last week agreed to a plan calling for a privately built stadium. And Wednesday Slay announced the Old Post Office Square District will get a much-needed facelift.
A state finance board Tuesday approved nearly $14 million in tax credits for the Old Post Office project. Slay says plans to restore the Old Post Office include a Webster University satellite campus and new Missouri Court of Appeals offices.
Springfield, IL – Illinois House Republicans picked representative Tom Cross as their new leader last night. Cross replaces Lee Daniels', who stepped down from the post.
Cross is preaching a message of change for the Republicans who lost seats to House Democrats in Illinois in this month's election. For one, Cross says he's giving rank-and-file members more authority in selecting members of their leadership team.
Jefferson City, MO – A new state audit says Missouri failed to collect about one billion dollars in child support payments during a five-year period.
The report out today also says the state should be more aggressive about getting money from non-custodial parents.
State Auditor Claire McCaskill's office says that between 1996 and 2001, the state Division of Child Support Enforcement collected about 20 percent of child support payments due to 538,000 custodial parents in Missouri.
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.