The company that's taking over Ameren's coal-fired power plants in Illinois wants to take over their 5 year pollution waiver as well.
Dynegy Inc. agreed to acquire the plants six months after the Illinois Pollution Control Board granted a variance giving Ameren more time to meet stricter air pollution limits at their central and southern Illinois plants.
Ameren and Dynegy are expected to argue that the subsidiary formed to acquire the plants can't afford the costly pollution controls in a depressed power market, and would have to close some plants if a waiver isn't granted.
Several St. Peters residents are calling for their alderman to resign after he was charged with marijuana possession. Alderman Tommy Roberts was charged after St. Peters police found marijuana in his home August 7th.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that about a half-dozen residents called for Roberts resignation at Thursday night's meeting of the Board of Aldermen. None of the aldermen responded to the comments last night.
Roberts, who has Hodgkin's lymphoma, a form of cancer, said shortly after his arrest that the marijuana possession was "a medical issue."
Some St. Peters homeowners are upset after a controversial cell phone tower was approved by the Board of Aldermen on a 6-2 vote Thursday night.
It was the second time St. Charles Tower had applied for a special use permit to build a 90 -foot tower in the 700 block of Jungerman Road. The first time, the permit was denied because of it's proximity to a daycare.
But that was before Missouri's new Uniform Wireless Communications Infrastructure Deployment Act, which took affect at the end of August. The legislation makes it more difficult for local communities to block cell tower construction.
The next phase of work on the new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge will require a heavily traveled interstate to be shut down for more than a week.
At 9 p.m. Friday, Illinois transportation crews plan to close eastbound I-64 from the I-55/70 split to 18th Street. It's expected to remain closed until 9 a.m. on Monday, September 23rd.
IDOT officials say the closure is necessary so that crews can build ramps to the new bridge, and drivers should expect long delays until the work is done.
The primary detour is eastbound on I-55/70 to I-255 south, which will add five-to-ten minutes during off-peak hours. Drivers who can avoid the area over the next nine days are advised to do so.
AT&T is moving thousands of jobs from their building in downtown St. Louis.
A company spokesperson stresses, no jobs are being cut, the company is just moving the 2,000 workers to other facilities in the city and county. AT&T has hired 500 people in the state in the first six months of the year. In fact, the company says they are looking to fill 180 new positions in the Missouri and around 90 in St. Louis.
The move is expected to be completed by 2015.
CHICAGO (AP) - Mike's Hard Lemonade Co. says its opening its U.S. headquarters in Illinois, bringing 80 jobs to the state.
Gov. Pat Quinn made the announcement Thursday. The malt beverage maker is locating in Chicago's West Loop neighborhood.
Mike's Hard Lemonade Co. Executive Vice President Phil Rosse says the company chose Chicago because the city gives it "access tot he best talent."
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The wife of a southwest Missouri man who tortured a young woman he kept for years as his sex slave has been sentenced in federal court along with two other men who participated in the abuse.
The Kansas City Star reports 48-year-old Marilyn Bagley received probation in Thursday's proceeding. Forty-seven-year-old James Noel and 65-year-old Michael Stokes both received five-year prison sentences.
Prosecutors say Bagley's husband, Edward, enticed an underage girl to be his sex slave. They say he held her captive for six years and tortured and mutilated her. Others were allowed to view the torture sessions at the Bagley home in the southwest Missouri town of Lebanon.
Edward Bagley was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison Wednesday. Two other men also were sentenced Wednesday for their roles.
The reward for information on who burned a dog that was found last month is higher.
Zeus was a pit bull. He was found with third-degree burns on over three-quarters of his body. Veterinarians determined his injuries were so severe that they were forced to euthanize him. The Humane Society has increased the reward from $2,500 to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest. Zeus' owner reported the dog missing from his Jennings home. Authorities found the dog badly burned in a neighbor's back yard.
Earlier this summer, a St. Louis woman was charged with felony animal abuse for setting a dog on fire and bragging about it on Facebook. That dog also died.
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a man convicted twice of sexually assaulting young boys in Missouri has pleaded guilty to transportation of child pornography.
Forty-year-old Sean Lawrence of Kansas City, Mo. entered the plea Thursday in U.S. District Court in of Delaware.
According to court documents, Lawrence came to the attention of a Wilmington-based Homeland Security Investigations special agent in February. Officials say Lawrence provided the undercover agent with access to his non-public, peer-to-peer network. The agent was able to download child pornography.
Authorities say federal agents in Kansas City arrested Lawrence as he was downloading a video of child pornography in a community college library.
Lawrence was convicted in 1995 and 2005 of sodomizing two young boys. He faces a maximum of 40 years in prison at sentencing Jan. 6.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A St. Louis judge says she expects to soon rule on a 69-year-old inmate's request to overturn his convictions for the 1982 killing of a young mother and brutal assaults on her two daughters.
Rodney Lee Lincoln returned to court Thursday, three decades after he was convicted of manslaughter and first-degree assault in the death of JoAnn Tate and attacks on her daughters, who were then 7 and 4 years old.
Lincoln's case was one of six chosen by St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce in 2003 for further scrutiny and DNA testing. His lawyers say the subsequent tests show that a crime scene hair doesn't belong to Lincoln and proves his innocence. Prosecutors say the DNA results don't change the guilt of Lincoln, who is serving a life sentence.