Ground workers guide the Boeing 777 to a halt as the first flight of China Cargo Airlines lands at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport in St. Louis on September 23, 2011. The flights will return to China with Missouri made goods.    UPI/Bill Greenblatt

No China Cargo Flight Monday

China to St. Louis route scrapped for second week in a row, says report.


Jefferson City, MO

China Hub Bill Still Alive, But Barely

Senate leadership says a tax bill with no sunsets doesn’t stand a chance, but the House passed China hub anyway.


Officials celebrate the arrival of the first flight of China Cargo Airlines at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport in St. Louis on September 23, 2011. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Name Change for China Hub Bill

The long-debated China cargo hub bill, once named aerotropolis has become the “Missouri Export Act.”


Jefferson City, MO

Analysis: Mo. Proposal Revamps Business Incentives

The proposal is called Compete Missouri. It’s backed by Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon and passed the Missouri Senate last week on a bipartisan vote.


downtown Beijing

Big Illinois Delegation Headed to China

“Right now we have a world economy that’s very competitive. Illinois can compete with anybody in the whole world.”


Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (R) greets members of the Chinese delegation during meetings as the region gets closer to closing the deal on the Midwest China Cargo Hub, in St. Louis on November 3, 2010.  UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Mo. Senate Backs Scaled Back China Hub Incentives

New version keeps incentives for export handlers but eliminates $300 million in tax credits earmarked for warehouses and manufacturing facilities built near the airport.



UPDATE: Mo House May try to Re-insert $300 Million Senate Cut from China Hub

Revised plan will keep tax breaks for handling exports.


Jefferson City, MO

China Hub Under Political Microscope

“Understanding that every dollar that we invest in this or any other economic incentive is a dollar that we’re not going to put in education or we’re not going to put in roads or we’re not going to put in bigger issues,”



Charlie Brennan – Wednesday, September 7th

Gary Huelsman of Catholic Social Services explains the Church’s position on no foster children for same-sex civil union couples…Ruth Ehresman of the Mo. Budget Project on state money moving from disabled/elderly to the St. Louis-China cargo hub…STL Cardinals Broadcaster Mike Shannon…SLSO President/CEO Fred Bronstein and Cellist Bjorn Ranheim on the 2011-2012 Symphony season…and, Sgt. Jason Grellner on high pseudoephredrine sales in Fenton, MO, where there is no prescription laws and methamphetamine epidemic is still rampant.



Charlie Brennan: Tuesday, September 6th

Rick Desloge and Norman Pressman talk about the upcoming bike ride to benefit cancer research and Siteman Cancer Center, Pedal the Cause…Ray Hartman and Patrick Ishmael state their case for and against Aerotropolis…Ron Kramer, inventor of the beer can cigarette lighter…and MoDot’s Chief Engineer Dave Nichols talks about possible funding for roads and job creation in Mo.



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