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Gas Prices Continue Rising In St. Louis

Monday, 14 April 2014 09:41 Published in Local News
St. Louis, MO -- Retail gasoline prices in St. Louis continue to rise, increasing nearly a nickel per gallon this past week. According to GasBuddy.com, the average cost of a gallon of regular gas in the Gateway City is $3.60.  This compares with the national average that has increased just over 3 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.59. 
Gas prices in St. Louis yesterday were 13.5 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and 20 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. 
The national average has increased 9 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 7 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago. 

Plans To Rebuild Fulton State Hospital Move Forward

Monday, 14 April 2014 09:17 Published in Local News
Jefferson City, MO -- Missouri Governor Jay Nixon says that plans to rebuild the deteriorating  Fulton State Mental Hospital are moving forward.
 
The Governor announced Monday that Parsons-Brinckeroff will be the lead design firm for the project.  Nixon says the project is a long-overdue public safety priority which has strong bi-partisan support.  
Upon final completion of contract negotiations with Parsons-Brinckerhoff, work will begin on the planning and design of the new hospital.
 
Construction of the facility is expected to begin in the late spring or early summer of 2015 and be completed in 2016.  The cost of the new facility is expected to be about $211 million.
 
The Missouri Department of Economic Development estimates that the project could create more than 2,500 jobs during its construction.
 
Fulton State Hospital is the oldest state psychiatric hospital west of the Mississippi River and houses the state’s only maximum security psychiatric facility. It opened in 1851.
 
 

Gas Tax Increase Considered For Illinois

Monday, 14 April 2014 08:48 Published in Local News
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois gas station owners are speaking out against proposals for a fuel tax hike being floated in Springfield this year.
 
Retail gas station leaders will announce their opposition to such a plan at a news conference on Monday afternoon in the state Capitol. They say increasing the gas tax in a tough economy would hurt drivers and businesses owners.
   
Two weeks ago, a state transportation group unveiled their plan for funding road construction and public transit. The Transportation for Illinois Coalition's proposal included increasing the gas tax by 4 cents. They also called for higher vehicle registration fees and ending the ethanol credit for gasoline.
 
Funding from the state's five-year capital construction program is set to run out this year. The state gas tax hasn't been increased since 1990.
 

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