Convoys of trucks began arriving Tuesday night at the construction site for the Isle of Capri casino in Cape Girardeau with concrete for the foundation. The Southeast Missourian reports that crews worked for nearly 12 hours, pouring more than 2,100 cubic yards of concrete.
The $125 million Isle of Capri is scheduled to open in late 2012. Features are expected to include three restaurants, a terrace overlooking the river and a 750-seat event center.
Opponents of Ameren Illinois’ $90 million rate increase request are gearing up for a hard fight.
The Citizens Utility Board (CUB) and the AARP held a series of press conferences today to explain why they want state regulators to reject the proposal. Ameren Illinois is asking for an exorbitant “return on equity,” which is the allowed profit rate for shareholders, according to CUB senior policy analyst Bryan McDaniel.
Ameren's plant near Labadie, Mo. sits in the Missouri River bottoms. Some area residents are opposed to the company's plan to build a 400-acre landfill next to the plant in order to store leftover coal ash.
Labadie, Mo. is a town about 35 miles from St. Louis that might be described as “quaint” and “quiet.” But for the past two years, a controversy between some town residents and Ameren Missouri, an electric company that has a power plant situated in the Missouri River bottoms near Labadie, has sparked a lively local discourse. It concerns the ash that’s leftover from burning coal at the plant. Johanna Mayer has this report.
Updated 3:18 p.m. with approximate boundaries of outage - map below
A planned power outage, announced Wednesday afternoon by Ameren, has, at our last check just before 3 p.m., affected approximately 4,800 people in the Missouri portion of the St. Louis area.
The outage was necessary, Ameren said in a statement, to make repairs following a cable failure Tuesday night. Those repairs, Ameren said, are being made to "prevent a more widespread and extensive outage."
Circuit Judge Daniel Green’s initial ruling in June stated that the $2 per-watt solar rebate was essentially a seizure of private property from St. Louis-based Ameren Missouri. But he has temporarily vacated that ruling to allow other interested parties to file briefs in the case.