CHICAGO - Missouri's new Democratic governor, Jay Nixon, yesterday stressed the need for bipartisan cooperation to push through job-creation initiatives he said are needed to help revitalize the state's struggling economy.

"The challenges we face are historic. But so are the opportunities," Nixon, 52, said in his inaugural address after he was sworn in as the state's 55th governor. "Ladies and gentlemen, today marks a new day for Missouri ... we'll turn this economy around by making Missouri a magnet for next-generation jobs. We'll invest in new technology. We'll inspire cutting-edge innovation. And we'll embrace science, not fear it."

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