St. Louis, MO – Missouri utility regulators have approved a roughly $163 million rate increase for customers of AmerenUE, the state's largest electricity provider. Public Service Commission staff estimate the average residential consumer will pay $5.88 more per month, an increase of about 8.1 percent. Before the rate increase becomes effective, the commission plans to consider any post-decision appeals. It's unclear exactly how long that will take, but commission Chairman Robert M. Clayton III says he plans to finish the process quickly.
St. Louis, MO – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon will deliver his first State of the State Address tonight. The core of the speech is expected to focus on crafting a state budget in hard economic times. Republican Allen Icet of St. Louis County, who chairs the House Budget Committee, said that "the governor has to withhold at least 3 to 400 million in the 2010 Fiscal Year, and depending on some factors beyond all of our control, it may actually turn out to be a little bit more than that."
Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon delivers his first State of the State Address tonight (Tuesday).
The core of Nixon's speech to the General Assembly is expected to focus on putting together a budget despite a decline in tax revenues. Allen Icet (R, Wildwood) chairs the House Budget Committee.
"The governor has to withhold at least $300-400 million in the 2010 Fiscal Year, and depending on some factors beyond all of our control it may actually turn out to be a little bit more than that," Icet said.
St. Louis, MO – The city of St. Louis will once again have a starring role in the 2009 Tour of Missouri.
Organizers of the international race - one of the top in North America - have flipped the start and finish sites of the last two years. The 2009 Tour will start September 7th with a circuit race through St. Louis and finish in Kansas City.
Springfield, IL – The voice of Gov. Rod Blagojevich boomed through the Illinois Senate chambers as senators listened to secretly recorded conversations in which Blagojevich appears to talk about pressuring people for campaign donations.
The senators conducting the governor's impeachment trial listened intently to the few minutes of tape Tuesday.
St. Louis – St. Louis-area residents are smelling an unpleasant odor that firefighters are working to identify.
St. Louis Fire Department Capt. Bob Keuss said calls started coming in Sunday morning. He said crews have gone out several times in the hopes of identifying the stench, but its source remained a mystery Monday morning.
Keuss said air quality tests have ruled out natural gas and there doesn't appear to be any danger to the public.
St. Louis, MO – Forest Park Forever has approved a new strategic plan that directs the private group's energy toward maintaining the park it helped renovate.
The group approved the new strategic plan on Monday. It will focus on, among other things, finding a sustainable source of funding to maintain the 1300 acre park, which costs about $15 million to run. The city and Forest Park Forever raise about $10 million a year.