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TX Gov. Perry heading back to Missouri

Tuesday, 17 September 2013 04:27 Published in Local News

   Texas Governor Rick Perry will be back in Missouri at the end of the month.  

   Perry had created a buzz earlier this summer with an ad campaign that attempted to lure businesses away from Missouri.  He visited the state to lobby, unsuccessfully, for an override of Governor Nixon's tax cut veto.  

   Perry, fellow former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum, and anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist will all address the Conservative Political Action Conference, or "CPAC" gathering St. Louis.  The regional convention of the American Conservative Union is a showcase for the conservative political movement.

   Other confirmed participants include Missouri's junior Senator Roy Blunt and Kansas Governor Sam Brownback.

AFL-CIO pushes for waiver for Ameren's Illinois plants

Tuesday, 17 September 2013 04:10 Published in Local News

   SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A labor coalition wants Illinois' pollution control board to waive pollution controls at coal-fired plants being sold by Ameren Corp.

   The AFL-CIO is making its position known hours before the Illinois Pollution Control Board is set to meet in Springfield on Tuesday.

   The AFL-CIO says that move by the board would provide certainty to employers and communities in central and southern Illinois. But environmental groups say pollution upgrades are needed.

   Houston-based Dynegy wants to buy the plants from Ameren, which has a waiver that allowed it to delay installing soot-control equipment at the five plants.

   The board refused to transfer the waiver to Dynegy, saying it must make its own case for a waiver. Dynegy says it will do so.

   The board is expected to make a decision by November.

 

Democratic lawmaker announces run for MO auditor

Tuesday, 17 September 2013 04:01 Published in Local News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri House member plans to seek the Democratic nomination for state auditor next year. Jay Swearingen is a two-term House member from Kansas City. He says he'll make an official campaign announcement in October. Swearingen is a vice president of the Missouri Credit Union Association. He was first elected to the Legislature in 2010 and serves on committees dealing with tax policy, professional registration, financial institutions and economic development. Republican Auditor Tom Schweich is completing his first term. He defeated Democratic incumbent Susan Montee in 2010. State campaign finance reports show Schweich had about $294,000 on hand at the end of June. Swearingen had more than $11,000. The auditor's office will be the only statewide position on Missouri's November 2014 ballot. Filing officially begins next February.

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