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   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - An environmental group is heading to court in another attempt to overturn the way Missouri officials have implemented a 2008 ballot initiative about renewable energy.

   The initiative requires investor-owned utilities to tap renewable energy sources for at least 5 percent of their electricity by 2014, with that amount gradually rising to 15 percent by 2021.

   In 2011, the Legislature blocked part of an administrative rule that would have required the electricity from renewable energy sources to be produced or sold in Missouri. The result is that utilities have been able to purchase credits for renewable energy produced by others.

   A lawsuit filed this past week on behalf of the Missouri Coalition for the Environment challenges the legal basis for the Legislature's action.

 
Monday, 26 August 2013 00:42
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   There's good news for I-70 drivers.  The Blanchette Bridge is back to five lanes in each direction.  

   MoDOT reports that crews finished work well ahead of this morning's deadline, opening all lanes on both spans Saturday.  

   Transportation officials say drivers should expect occasional lane closures middays and overnight as crews finish work on the underside of the bridge structure.  

   The bulk of the work on the $64 million project has been completed two months ahead of schedule.

 
Monday, 26 August 2013 00:35
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — A budding rift over the use of protected rivers and streams in south-central Missouri for baptisms is over before it really got started.

Republican U.S. Representative Jason Smith raised concerns in a letter this week to Ozark National Scenic Riverways superintendent William Black about permits required for baptisms. The riverways is part of the National Park Service, providing oversight for sections of the Jacks Fork and Current rivers, along with creeks and streams near those rivers.

Smith questioned why a government agency would get in the way of river baptisms, a tradition of rural Missouri life.

Black responded in a letter to Smith Thursday saying the permit issue was a misunderstanding, and that he was clarifying policy to ensure that no permit is required.

Sunday, 25 August 2013 09:23
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ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) — A 36-year-old mother is charged with making her oldest children sell drugs and raising them in a bug-infested home.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch Carrie Ryan of O'Fallon is charged in St. Charles County with one count of felony child endangerment and two counts of misdemeanor child endangerment. No attorney is listed for her in online court records.

Police say Ryan is an alcoholic, and when they arrived at her home, she was extremely intoxicated. Officers said Ryan's home was filthy and was infested with bedbugs, fleas and lice.

Police also said her 3-year-old daughter hadn't been treated for head lice, even though she'd had them since at least July 29th. Police say the children are in the care of a relative.

Sunday, 25 August 2013 09:21
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LEBANON, Mo. (AP) — A jury has recommended the death penalty for a man convicted of killing an elderly couple who interrupted a burglary at their south-central Missouri home in July 2010.

The jury that was brought to Laclede County from Franklin County deliberated about four hours Friday afternoon before reaching its recommendation for 33-year-old Jesse Driskill of Lebanon, Missouri.

The same panel convicted Driskill on Wednesday of first-degree murder in the deaths of 82-year-old Johnnie Wilson and 76-year-old Coleen Wilson at their secluded home near Lebanon. Both were shot, and Coleen Wilson was raped before their killer tried to burn their bodies.

Laclede County Circuit Judge Kenneth Hayden will consider the jury's recommendation when he sentences Driskill on November 5th.

Besides murder, Driskill was also convicted of rape, sodomy, burglary and armed criminal action.

Saturday, 24 August 2013 08:18
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GOLDEN CITY, Mo. (AP) — A man has been charged with abducting, sexually assaulting and killing a 12-year-old girl whose body was found earlier in the week in southwest Missouri.

Thirty-four-year-old Bobby Bourne Junior of Lockwood was charged Friday in Barton County with child kidnapping, forcible and statutory rape and first-degree murder. Bourne is being held on $2 million bond. No attorney is listed for him in online court records.

His alleged victim, Adriaunna Horton, was reported missing Monday shortly after she was last seen getting into a vehicle in Golden City, where she lived with her father. Bourne was arrested about two hours later in Golden City.

Horton's body was found Wednesday on private land in a rural area in neighboring Dade County.

Saturday, 24 August 2013 08:16
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A conservative Missouri political committee says it may recruit candidates to run in primary elections against Republican legislators who vote against an income tax cut.

Bev Randles chairs The Missouri Club for Growth, which is part of a coalition urging lawmakers to override Governor Jay Nixon's veto of the tax-cut legislation.

Randles said Friday her group won't support the re-election bid of anyone who votes against the veto override and likely would look for a challenger to set up a 2014 primary.

The head of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry also said the tax-cut legislation would be a high priority as it rates lawmakers.

The Legislature is to convene September 11th to consider overriding bills vetoed by Nixon. Republicans hold supermajorities in both the House and Senate.

Saturday, 24 August 2013 08:09
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Governor Jay Nixon says Texas Governor Rick Perry crossed the line when he voiced an ad that is airing across Missouri. The ad tries to lure businesses to Texas by slamming Missouri's tax policy. Governor Nixon does not appreciate the message and says it demonstrates that Perry does not have a good understanding of the reality confronting leaders.

"Anybody who thinks that the future is going to be made by state-against-state pettiness doesn't understand that there are factories opening up in China, that there are kids in school in France, that we have to compete to win the future," said Nixon.

Perry is running the ads ahead of a trip to the Show-me-State in which he will rally Missouri lawmakers to override Governor Nixon's veto of a bill that would have lowered some taxes and raised other.

Nixon had recommendations on what the governor do in Missouri. "When he comes, he [should] go to a store and buy something because he'll notice it's cheaper in Missouri because we have a lower sales tax rate," said Nixon. "And when he's here, maybe he ought to look at buying a house, because our property taxes are way lower than they are in Texas. And he won't have any trouble getting somebody who can help him add up the numbers, because our kids' ACT scores are way higher than they are in Texas."

Lawmakers meet on September 11 to decide which bills they will try to override.

 

Friday, 23 August 2013 18:04
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Charges are filed against a 20-year-old man for allegedly shooting and killing his teenage sister.

Police say Marcus Anderson accidentally shot his sister, Alicia Anderson in their North St. Louis home Thursday afternoon. It appears that Marcus, who has a mental disability, was playing with a shotgun when he fired the shot. Investigators say the gun did not belong any family members, but was being stored for a family friend.

A judge set Anderson's bond at $20,000.

Friday, 23 August 2013 17:43
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COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A self-described conservative and anti-abortion activist says she'll mount a second Democratic challenge to Republican congressman John Shimkus.

Angela Michael tells the Belleville News-Democrat she's challenging the long-time incumbent and hopes to use her candidacy to draw attention to abortion.

She did the same thing in 2012 when Democrats didn't mount an opponent to face Shimkus, who was first elected to congress in 1996. Michael received about 31 percent of the vote in that general election, compared with Shimkus' 69 percent.

Michael and her husband have 13 children and regularly protest outside an area abortion clinic. She says he hopes to use FCC laws about election advertisements to show graphic images of fetuses, the way she did in 2012.

The 15th District includes 33 counties.

 

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