TheÂ proposal is designed to promote energy efficiency while still allowing the St. Louis-based utility to earn a profit.Â ItÂ has an estimated price tag of $145 million and itÂ would be paid by the utilityâ€™s customers, whose residential bills on average would be aboutÂ $3 a month higher.Â But Ameren Missouriâ€™s Warren Wood says if approved, customers would save money in the long run.
Gov. Jay Nixonâ€™s re-election war chest continues to grow, according to new figures released today.
Nixon raised $2.1 millionÂ between April and June, and had over $7.6 million in his account as of July first.Â His campaign calls it his strongest fundraising quarter this election cycle and says his bank account is twice the size it was around this time in July 2008.
The Democrat from DeSoto will face the winner of the August 7th Republican primary.
The City of St. Louis has some of the highestÂ home vacancy rates in the country, and last month the mayor of Detroit made news when he laid out ambitious plans to demolish as many as 10,000 vacant buildings by the end of his term.
With costs for maintenance and upkeep running in the tens of millions, many Rust Belt cities often find it expedient to simply demolish empty buildings in favor of vacant lots and the hope of future development.
But taking down problem properties creates a whole new set of issues which are often overlooked.
A six-year veteran of the St. Louis Police Department is suspended without pay after being charged with first-degree burglary.
The St. Louis Post-DispatchÂ reports that 29-year-old Andrew Perez was reportedly intoxicated when he unlawfully entered a home around 4 a.m. Sunday while off-duty. Perez allegedly thought the home he was entering was that of a friend.
Police say Perez left when the homeowner confronted him, but the homeowner called police.
Quinn to announce plan to address Illinois' drought
Gov. Pat Quinn plans Â a visit to a southern Illinois farm today. The Illinois Farm Bureau says that so far, it's the sixth driest year on record. The average precipitation of the first half of the year was 12.6 inches. Much of Illinois' corn and soybean crop is suffering. Farm officials say southern Illinois is experiencing the worst of it. Â Quinn is expected to detail whatever government relief may be available to drought-affected growers and ranchers.
Dry conditions are expected to get worse in the coming days, and it will take a whole lot more than scattered thunderstorms to break the drought.Â
â€śWeâ€™re way, way, way below normal in rainfall,â€ť National Weather Service Meteorologist Fred Glass said.Â â€śMost of the area is in severe drought conditions, itâ€™s going to quite a bit of rain to make that up, probably in many areas 8-12 inches, and in some areas in excess of 12 inches.â€ť
Some Missourians could soon have their criminal records expunged
Missourians could be able to get some criminal misdeeds expunged from their records.
Under newly approved state legislation, people could ask the courts to erase their criminal history after 10 years for a misdemeanor and after 20 years for a felony.
Those seeking to have criminal records expunged would need to have completed their prison terms, probation and parole. They also would need to have paid restitution and not have committed another crime.