Carbondale, Ill. – There was another deer attack at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale this week, but this time the deer was killed.
A campus police officer shot the female deer Monday night after it threatened pedestrians and then attacked the officer. University officials say the officer got between the doe and a jogger to prevent an attack.
There were four attacks last year and three more last month by what experts believe was a doe protecting her newborn.
Springfield, Mo. – Voters in Springfield, Missouri yesterday approved a ballot question that would let a local utility issue $615 million in bonds to pay for a new coal-fired power plant.
This was the second attempt by City Utilities to pass the measure; it failed two years ago. Results from Tuesday show the bond gaining 59% approval. Turnout was about 18% of the 98,000 registered voters.
The plan would increase customers' rates by 16%, starting in 2010 and lasting until the debt is paid off in 30 years.
Springfield, IL – Illinois is the latest Midwestern state trying to land a new $400 million Honda plant.
A spokesman for Governor Rod Blagojevich's economic development agency confirmed Monday that the governor recently met with company officials.
"Governor Blagojevich certainly believes that Illinois has all of the assets to make this project a tremendous success, that the business climate here encourages both innovation and investment," said Andrew Ross, spokesman for the state Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
St. Louis, MO. – Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon's campaign for governor is getting big help from Ameren Corporation, the company Nixon has threatened to sue over the Taum Sauk reservoir collapse.
Four contributions from Ameren worth more than $19,000 dollars were funneled through Democratic committees to Nixon's campaign in March. Because the contributions were not directly from Ameren, the utility's name does not appear on Nixon's campaign financial disclosures.