Governor Jay Nixon (D) is planning to host a meeting next week with Missouri lawmakers to broker an agreement on an economic development bill.
The State House and Senate adjourned in May without passing legislation that would have created several new tax breaks, among them a proposal that would have provided $360 million in incentives to transform Lambert Airport in St. Louis into an international air cargo hub.
So-called "Late-Term" Abortion Ban Goes to Governor Nixon
The bill passed Thursday by the Missouri House would ban abortions after 20 weeks unless two doctors verify that a fetus is not viable, or that it constitutes a medical threat to the mother. The bill's supporters call abortions performed on viable fetuses barbaric.
Democrat Tishaura Jones of St. Louis opposed the bill, saying she's pro-life for herself but pro-choice for everyone else:
Gov. Jay Nixon (D) presents a proclamation to China's Ambassador to the United States Zhou Wenzhong, in February. The governor says he's confident that tax breaks to benefit a proposed China hub will clear the General Assembly this session
Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon says he's confident his office can reach agreement with state House and Senate members over a series of tax breaks - known as "Aerotropolis" - designed to boost St. Louis as a hub for Chinese cargo.
Mo. National Guardsman Terry Watson surveys an area of the Black River that has been sandbagged in Butler County, Mo. on April 26, 2011. A ruling about breaking a levee in another flooded area, Birds Point in Mississippi County, Mo., has been decided.
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Fed. judge gives corps OK to break Missouri levee
A federal judge is giving the go-ahead to the Army Corps of Engineers' plan to intentionally break a Mississippi River levee in southeastern Missouri.
The break could happen as early as this weekend to spare a flood-threatened Illinois town just upriver. Friday's ruling in Cape Girardeau turns back Missouri's bid to block the corps from blasting a hole in the Birds Point levee in Mississippi County, just south of Cairo, Ill.
The so-called Aerotropolis bill would provide around $480 million in tax credits to companies that develop air cargo facilities at or near Lambert. Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge told the committee that the bill is about more than just doing business with China.
The so-called Aerotropolis bill has received first-round approval in the Missouri House. If passed, it would provide up to $480 million in tax credits to encourage global air trade via St. Louis, including incentive for companies to build storage facilities near Lambert International Airport. It’s sponsored by GOP House Member Caleb Jones of Moniteau County.