Jefferson City, Mo. – Bills addressing campaign finance reform in Missouri have been pre-filed, just over a month before the start of the 2010 legislative session.
One bill would restore campaign contribution limits that were removed in 2007, restored by the Missouri Supreme Court later that same year, and then removed again by GOP lawmakers and former Governor Matt Blunt in 2008.
The proposal to again restore limits is sponsored by House Minority Floor Leader Paul LeVota (D, Independence).
St. Louis, MO – Ameren says it plans to install a solar energy system at its St. Louis headquarters next year.
It's part of the utility's effort to learn more about using the sun to create electricity. Proposition C -- approved by Missouri voters last year -- requires utilities to use solar, wind and water for 15-percent of its electricity production by 2021.
Ameren president Thomas Voss says the solar demonstration project will help it learn how to achieve that.
St. Louis – Officials with the US Army Corps of Engineers say they could decide next week how to repair a Metro East levee.
Leaks are pulling material from the levee near the Melvin Price Lock and Dam in East Alton, weakening the structure. There is no imminent threat of failure, but the Corps says the repairs are urgently needed.
St. Louis – St. Louis-based Charter Communications has emerged from bankruptcy.
A federal judge in New York approved the cable and Internet company's plan November 17th. It allowed the company to shave more than $8 billion off a $21 billion debt that accumulated as Charter bought up smaller companies and upgraded its service to compete. The company has reported a loss every year since going public in 1999.