St. Louis, Mo. – Ameren-UE is asking the Missouri Public Service Commission to approve a two-phase increase in natural gas delivery rates.
The proposal calls for a nine percent rate increase effective December 1, and another nine percent increase effective November 1, 2004. If approved, Ameren officials say they won't seek additional delivery increases through November 1, 2006.
The average customer's bill would rise $16.26 after both increases.
St. Louis, Mo. – Millions of people are expected to travel this holiday weekend - most of them by car.
Missouri's Highway Patrol will be out in force to watch for speeders, inattentive drivers and those impaired by alcohol. But Captain Christian Ricks says the "orange" terror alert level means more responsibilities for state troopers.
St. Louis, MO – An appeals court in St. Louis says a lawsuit over the Doe Run lead smelter in Herculaneum has no business being in St. Louis.
The Missouri Court of Appeals court says plaintiffs named a Doe Run vice president as a defendant merely to get the suits in the St. Louis court, where juries are often considered friendlier to plaintiffs. The panel ordered the cases transferred to a proper county.
St. Charles, MO – A drug distribution company in St. Charles has shut down its operations after a federal court ruling. A judge says Easy Returns' procedures for handling controlled substances were lax.
The company's license to handle drugs had been suspended; feds say the company posed a public safety risk because drugs went missing, and employees were later arrested for selling drugs illegally. The company is considering an appeal of the judge's decision.