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St. Louis mayor Francis Slay says he's approaching his historic fourth term with "hope and optimism."

Slay and Comptroller Darlene Green took their oaths of office just after noon today at City Hall. He's the first mayor elected to a fourth, four-year term and will become the longest-serving in the city's history at the end of the month. 

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Jay Nixon (D) has been sworn in for his second and final four-year term as Missouri Governor.

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Missouri’s inauguration day has arrived, as Governor Jay Nixon (D) and several other state office holders prepare to be sworn in.

It’ll be the second term for most of those taking the oath of office, including Democrats Nixon, Attorney General Chris Koster, and State Treasurer Clint Zweifel.  Fellow Democrat Jason Kander, the incoming Secretary of State, will be the only statewide office newcomer.  Republican Lt. Governor Peter Kinder will be taking the oath of office for the third time, and his third term may prove to be very short if his bid to replace southeast Missouri Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson (R) succeeds.

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New Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he won't take no for an answer when it comes to changing the city.

Emanuel delivered a 25 minute speech today after being inaugurated in a downtown Chicago park.

He again spelled out his priorities for Chicago, including better schools, safer streets and a more efficient government.