Missouri governor Jay Nixon is going to China on Friday for a trip he says will seal the deal on billions of dollars of exports between Missouri and China over the next three years.
Nixon says the new agreements focus on Missouri exports of agricultural products, manufactured goods, chemicals and other items. The trade trip comes as a special state legislative session ends, without the passage of a proposal that could have offered millions of dollars in tax credits to turn Lambert Airport in St. Louis into a Chinese trade hub. China is Missouri’s third largest trade partner.
The Columbia City Council has approved Trial E for the city’s new ward reapportionment plan – the decision came in a 6 to 1 vote at last night’s meeting of the city council. Fourth ward council member Daryl Dudley was the one vote of opposition to the Trial E plan. A large and vocal group of citizens – numbering nearly 300 people – engaged in public discussion before the vote, with most residents expressing support for the Trial E plan.
Kip Kendrick is president of Benton-Stephens Neighborhood Association. He was one of many who spoke during the public hearing portion and commended the mayor and the council on its final decision. “I was concerned that if Trial E wasn’t chosen that it would divide the community because a lot of people were engaged in this conversation. I felt like if they would have walked away not feeling like they had been heard it could have been a problem,” Kendrick said.
Kendrick and other speakers expressed their approval of leaving the Third Ward unaffected by the redistricting – and many expressed what they saw as political reasons to change the makeup of the Third Ward.