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News from 2010 that will shape the future of the region

St. Louis skyline, (via Flickr / Keith011764)
St. Louis skyline, (via Flickr / Keith011764)


The Associated Press recently surveyed a group of Missouri print and broadcast news editors and named the top news story of 2010: The November defeat of longtime 4th District Congressman, Ike Skelton.But since the end of December is nothing if not a time for thoughtful chin stroking and  list-making, we decided to gather a panel of experts and come up with a list of the year’s biggest news—St. Louis on the Air style.

Margie Frievogel , a founder and editor of the St. Louis Beacon, Dave Robertson, Professor of Political Science here at The University of Missouri- St. Louis,  and Eddie Roth, editorial writer for the St. Louis Post Dispatchgathered in our studio yesterday to help us identify the stories from 2010 that will have the most impact on the future of the region.

Margie and Dave agreed that the ongoing economic crisis and state budget woes overshadowed all the other news from 2010, a year with an overriding theme: What can we do with reduced resources?

Eddie, on the other hand, looked beyond 2010 to call the passage of the half cent sales tax back in April,“the most significant political development” of his adult life.  According to Eddie, the tax, which will raise more than $75 million a year, “resurrected Metro,” and “showed the capacity of this community to do big things in tough times.”

Other stories that will have lasting impact:

Download the entire discussion for the nitty gritty, and let us know:  What will you remember from 2010? Tweet us @stlonair or email us at talk@stlpublicradio.org.  

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