Election 2012
4:19 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Schoeller declares victory in GOP Secretary of State race

Shane Schoeller is declaring victory in the GOP primary for secretary of state.
(via Friends of Shane Schoeller)

It took about 18 hours to tally the results, but Shane Schoeller (R, Willard) appears to have won the Republican primary for Missouri Secretary of State.

It was a close race the whole night, with fellow GOP contenders Scott Rupp (R, Wentzville) and Bill Stouffer (R, Napton) occasionally grabbing the lead – but in the end Schoeller came in first with 35.3 percent of the vote.  The Secretary of State's office confirmed the unofficial results shortly after 1:00 p.m. today.

“We sensed that we had the number of votes we needed, but we didn’t want to declare victory until the final results came in and we were confident that they would trend our way, and we’re just grateful that they did," Schoeller said.

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Coal Ash
3:20 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Meetings on possible coal ash landfills at Rush Island, Meramec

A Google satellite image of Ameren's Rush Island power plant.
(via Google Maps)

Updated at 3:15 p.m. on Aug. 8, 2012:

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources will hold another public awareness session Aug. 14. This one will focus on the permitting process for a proposed coal ash landfill at Ameren's Meramec power plant near Arnold, Mo.

The proposed landfill site is located at 8200 Fine Road, approximately 3.6 miles southeast of the intersection of Interstate 55 and Route 141. Ameren is preparing a detailed site investigation work plan. The session is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Rogers Elementary School, 7700 Fine Road in St. Louis.

Representatives of MDNR and Ameren will be available to answer questions.

Original story posted 5:53 p.m. Aug. 7, 2012:

The St. Louis-based utility company Ameren is proposing to build a coal ash landfill at its Rush Island power plant in Jefferson County, about 10 miles southeast of Festus.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is holding a public awareness session tonight to describe the permitting process for the landfill.

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George Ryan
2:58 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Attorney: George Ryan will get early work release

Former Ill. Gov. George Ryan was convicted of racketeering, conspiracy, tax fraud and making false statements to the FBI.
(via Flickr/myoldpostcards)

The attorney for George Ryan says the former Illinois governor has qualified for work release five months before his July 2013 parole.

Former Illinois Gov. Jim Thompson tells The Daily Journal in Kankakee for a Wednesday story Ryan's new home will be a halfway house in Chicago's West Loop. The 78-year-old Ryan is serving a 6 1/2-year sentence at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind., for a 2006 conviction on corruption charges.

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Saint Louis University
12:21 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

SLU law school dean resigns, expresses loss of confidence in top leadership

A screen capture from a Saint Louis University video showing the exterior of what will be the University's new location for its law school in downtown St. Louis.
(via Vimeo/ Saint Louis University)

Updated at 4:55 with comments from interim dean Thomas Keefe.

Updated at 4:20 with comments from current Student Bar Association president

Updated 3:58 p.m. with letter from Biondi to staff via Saint Louis University.

Updated at 2:40 p.m. with comments from former Student Bar Association vice president.

Will be updated.

Annette Clark, dean of the Saint Louis University School of Law, resigned this morning.

In two letters obtained by St. Louis Public Radio (which you can read below), Clark details her reasons for leaving. Clark says she "no longer [has] confidence" in the abilities of President Lawrence Biondi or Vice President of Academic Affairs Manoj Patankar to lead the University.

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The Two-Way
11:25 am
Wed August 8, 2012

How hot was it? July was warmest month on record for U.S.

Only one color was needed to show where July ranks in terms of hottest months on record.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 12:14 pm

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Morning round-up
9:50 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Morning headlines: Wednesday, August 8, 2012

(via Flickr/Indofunk Satish)

Clay beats Carnahan

In a battle of political dynasties, Congressman William Lacy Clay emerged victorious over fellow incumbent Russ Carnahan Tuesday.

Clay won the Democratic primary to represent the party in the new 1st Congressional District. In a campaign that was often bitter, Clay repeatedly accused Carnahan of going negative with a string of attack ads, but says the strategy didn't work.

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River death
7:45 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Searchers find body of missing boy in Meramec River

The Meramec River at an unidentified location
(via Flickr/paparutzi)

The St. Louis County Police have confirmed that a body pulled from the Meramec River earlier this afternoon is that of a missing Affton boy.

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nuclear energy
7:36 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

NRC freezes nuclear power licenses until waste issues are addressed

Ameren Missouri's Callaway Nuclear Plant.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has put a freeze on issuing licenses for new plants and 20-year renewals for existing ones following a ruling by a federal Appeals Court.

The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit ruled in June that the practice of allowing nuclear plants to store spent fuel rods on site doesn’t meet federal environmental standards.  The decision in essence bars the awarding of any new licenses until the industry begins addressing the problem of storing nuclear waste.

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Developing
6:38 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Missouri Primaries - what you need to know

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Thanks for turning to us as your news source for the Missouri primaries.

We're collaborating with Nine Network of Public Media and The St. Louis Beacon this election season.

Explore the latest information, news and results at BeyondNovember.org

MO Statehouse
6:03 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Local control, tobacco tax initiatives qualify for November ballot

An interior view of the dome of the Missouri State Capitol.
(via Flickr/jennlynndesign)

Missouri voters will be asked in November to raise the state's tobacco tax and let St. Louis run its own police department.

Secretary of State Robin Carnahan announced Tuesday that supporters of those proposals had submitted enough signatures from voters to put the questions on the statewide ballot.

Two other initiatives failed to make the ballot. One would raise Missouri's minimum wage, while the other would place new restrictions on payday loans.

Proponents of those measures immediately said they would challenge their exclusions in court.

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