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Missouri and St. Louis join fight against poverty

By Maria Hickey, KWMU

St. Louis, MO. – The state of Missouri and city of St. Louis are joining an effort to bring attention to global poverty.

The world-wide movement is called One: a Campaign to Make Poverty History.

Missouri Governor Matt Blunt and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay signed on Thursday becoming the ninth state and 120th city to do so.

Governor Blunt is encouraging others to do the same.

"I'm very pleased that Missouri is now a State of One in the fight against extreme, global poverty, and I encourage all Missouri mayors and educators to make similar declarations all across the state for their cities, their schools, and their campuses," Blunt said.

The Alliance of Students at Washington University is also involved in the effort.

The group asked that the governor of Tennessee become the next state to become involved.

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