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Seven of Ameren Missouri's ash ponds have been rated 'poor' by the Environmental Protection Agency. Ameren’s power plant near Labadie, Mo. (pictured) has been at the center of a recent debate about a proposed coal ash landfill near the plant.
Updated at 5:35 p.m. via the Associated Press, and at 5:42 with a quote from Brad Lager:
In a ripple effect from Kinder's announcement, St. Louis developer Chris McKee, who just announced his candidacy on Monday, has now announced that he is pulling out of the race for Lt. Gov. and instead will throw his support behind Kinder.
Republican state Sen. Brad Lager, of Savannah, also declared his candidacy for lieutenant governor Monday. Lager said Friday that he is still in the race but will re-evaluate that decision after he gets a chance to talk with Kinder.
Suspended Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of drunken driving.
Boone County court records show that Pinkel was charged on Friday and pleaded guilty the same day. He was arrested in Columbia on Wednesday night and suspended without pay the next day for the final home game of the season.
This is a developing story. We will update it when we have more information.
Updated at 4:25 p.m.:
Missouri has suspended coach Gary Pinkel for Saturday's game and frozen his salary for a year following his overnight arrest on suspicion of drunk driving.
Athletic director Mike Alden announced the disciplinary measures on Thursday afternoon. They include a total of some $300,000 in penalties, including a donation to a campus alcohol-awareness program, and 50 hours of community service.