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One business cited for compliance

October 1, 2014 Local No Comments

Jackson Police say only one of the 11 businesses, which recently underwent a compliance check for alcohol sales, failed. Officers worked with the assistance of adult minors to conduct spot checks to ensure clerks checked identification and accurately enforced the age restriction to purchase alcohol.  Trevor Keller was cited for supplying alcohol to a minor after the sale.

 

Ameren 20 Year Plan for Cleaner Energy

October 1, 2014 Local No Comments

The Missouri Public Service Commission is now reviewing Ameren Missouri’s 20-year plan that supports cleaner energy, including major expansions of solar and wind power.  The utility’s “Integrated Resource Plan” examines electric customers’ projected long-term energy needs and describes its preferred approach to meeting them in a cost-effective fashion.  Many of the electric generation units are nearing half a century old, and Ameren’s comprehensive plan calls for transitioning its generation fleet to a cleaner and more fuel-diverse portfolio over the next two decades. The planned CO2 emissions reductions by 2035 position the company to address the CO2 reductions proposed in June by the EPA and would save its customers an estimated $4 billion.  A version of the plan is filed every three years.  Major components of the plan include:

  • Significantly expanding renewable generation by adding 400 MW of wind power, 45 MW of solar, 28 MW of hydroelectric and 5 MW of landfill gas.
  • Continuing to offer energy efficiency programs to customers through the utility’s ActOnEnergy program and adding demand response programs when they are cost-effective.
  • Retiring approximately one-third (about 1,800 MW) of Ameren Missouri’s current coal-fired generating capacity. This includes converting two units at Meramec Energy Center to natural gas in 2016, and retiring the remaining units at Meramec by the end of 2022 and the Sioux Energy Center by the end of 2033.
  • Reducing emissions of Ameren Missouri’s existing coal fleet by continuing to make investments in pollution-control equipment.
  • Continuing to rely on Ameren Missouri’s existing, low-cost and dependable nuclear generation while preserving options for future carbon-free nuclear generation.
  • Adding 600 MW of efficient combined-cycle and clean-burning natural gas generation in 2034.

The full plan and a summary can be found at AmerenMissouri.com/IRP.

New Ste Genevieve County Clerk

October 1, 2014 Local No Comments

Governor Jay Nixon is appointing Sue Wolk, of Ste. Genevieve, as the new Ste. Genevieve County Clerk. The position became vacant upon the resignation of former Clerk Kay Baysler, which took effect Sept. 30.  Wolk won the Democratic primary in August for the position and is unopposed in the general election in November. The appointment means she will begin serving in the position right away.  She currently serves as the human resource specialist in the office, and has been there since 2008.

 

Discussion focuses on making police more diverse

October 1, 2014 AP No Comments

St. Louis-area experts say police agencies need to work harder to attract minority candidates for jobs, and a key starting point is improving relations between police and black communities.  Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster hosted a “Roundtable on Representative Policing” Wednesday at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.  Political and policing leaders from the St. Louis region participated.  A similar event is Oct. 14 in Kansas City.  Koster says he will share ideas with Gov. Jay Nixon and lawmakers.  The low number of minority police officers is a topic that has gained significant attention since the August shooting death of Michael Brown, who was black, by a white police officer in Ferguson.  Several of the nearly two-dozen panel participants cited strained relations between police and minority communities.

Community prosecutor to serve East St Louis area

October 1, 2014 AP No Comments

An East St. Louis area prosecutor is being appointed to handle low-level crimes before they become a bigger problem.  St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly says the ultimate goal is to strengthen public safety and public trust in East St. Louis, Washington Park, Alorton and Brooklyn. He tells the Belleville News-Democrat that the community prosecutor will work preventatively to eliminate unnecessary court appearances regarding low-level offenses at the Belleville courthouse.  Kelly says the new prosecutor will help low-income residents who lack access to transportation by bringing the justice system closer to them.  Washington Park Police Chief Aubrey Keller says he supports anything that increases access for everyone. He says it sounds like an excellent opportunity for the community.

Tragedy again hits St Louis County high school

October 1, 2014 AP No Comments

A 17-year-old Eureka High School senior has died from injuries suffered in a car wreck, marking the third time in just over one year that the school has lost a community member to a roadway fatality.  KTVI-TV reports that Natalie Timm, a member of the school’s soccer and dance teams, died after losing control of her car Sunday night while driving home from her job at St. Alban’s Country Club. Police told the family she may have been trying to avoid a deer.  The fatal wreck follows the August 2013 deaths of Eureka student Kathleen Oliver and her older sister Lauren, who had graduated the previous year.  In May, 27-year-old study hall teacher Will Gillespie died in a motorcycle crash in front of Eureka High after leaving the school.

Voter turnout projections for November election

October 1, 2014 Local No Comments

When you go to the polls in about a month, it will be to consider four constitutional amendments that cover issues such as teacher tenure and early voting as well as deciding among five candidates running for the 8th Congressional District seat.  Cape Girardeau County Clerk Kara Clark Summers tells KZIM KSIM after reviewing historic data and what will draw voters, she is optimistic about this off election turnout.

Absentee voting is currently open to anyone not in town on election day.  You can vote at the County Administration Building in Jackson and the Common Pleas Courthouse in Cape Girardeau.  Both are open Monday - Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, including the lunch hour.  Clark Summers adds you also want to make sure you make any changes to your address with her office so you can vote at the correct polling place.

Regulators reject challenge to Ameren power rates

October 1, 2014 AP No Comments

Missouri utility regulators have rejected a complaint alleging that Ameren Missouri has been earning more than it’s entitled to on its electric rates.  The Missouri Public Service Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to dismiss the case brought by Noranda Aluminum and various individual electric customers.  Commissioners said the complaint had focused on Ameren’s earnings through 2013 but failed to take into account additional costs incurred this year by the St. Louis-based utility.  State regulators also rejected a request by Noranda to reconsider its decision denying an electric rate reduction for the company. Had it been approved, Noranda’s requested rate cut could have resulted in higher rates for other Ameren customers.  Ameren Missouri is the state’s largest electricity provider, with about 1.2 million customers.

 

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