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Morning round-up
9:22 am
Fri December 9, 2011

Morning headlines: Friday, December 9, 2011

Former Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols is leaving St. Louis to play for the Los Angeles Angels, but his foundation will remain in St. Louis.
Credit: Pujols Family Foundation

Pujols Family Foundation to remain in St. Louis

The iconic Cardinals slugger is signing with the Angels and taking his talents to Los Angeles, raising some concerns about what will happen with the Pujols Family Foundation that benefits people with Down syndrome. But executive director Todd Perry told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch  that the foundation will remain active in St. Louis, though it could expand to include programs in the Los Angeles area. He isn't yet sure if the headquarters will remain in St. Louis.

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Ameren / FutureGen
3:41 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

Ameren pulling out of FutureGen coal project

Coal - the material itself. Ameren has decided to withdraw from the FutureGen coal project.
(via Flickr/350[sic])

Reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Sean Crawford used in this report.

Yet another change has been announced regarding the long awaited FutureGen coal project. Ameren's announcement over the summer that it was closing a coal fired power plant in Meredosia, Ill. was more than just a normal business decision.  It cast doubt on the FutureGen project since that Morgan County plant was to be retrofitted and used to demonstrate a different way to use coal. 

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Ameren / Coal Ash
12:13 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

Inspections: Some Mo. coal ash ponds rated 'poor'

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.
Véronique LaCapra St. Louis Public Radio

Seven of Ameren Missouri's 12 coal ash ponds inspected for structural integrity by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have been rated "poor."

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Science/Mercury in Mo.
4:48 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

Mo. among top states in airborne mercury pollution

Ameren’s 2,400-megawatt plant near Labadie, Mo., is the state’s largest coal-fired power plant.
(Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio)

A new report released today by Environment Missouri shows power plants in the state produce more airborne mercury than 46 other states.

The report, which uses data from the Environmental Protection Association's toxic inventory release, found that of the nearly 4,000 pounds of mercury that Missouri's 17 coal-fired power plants released in 2010, more than 70 percent came from four plants owned by Ameren Missouri.

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Lake of the Ozarks / Ameren
3:41 pm
Fri November 18, 2011

Ameren to submit Lake Ozarks plan early next year

An aerial view of Lake of the Ozarks.
(via Flickr/John Picken)

Ameren Missouri says it plans to file a proposal early next year to resolve the controversy about the status of some homes and other buildings at the Lake of the Ozarks.

The lake is formed by a dam operated by Ameren. Some residents fear that structures built on land belonging to Ameren's hydroelectric project may have to be removed in light of a July decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

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Ameren Rate Increase
12:15 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

Mo. appeals court upholds 2009 Ameren electric rate hike case

(via Flickr/lobo235)

A Missouri appeals court has upheld a 2009 decision by state utility regulators to approve a rate increase for Ameren Missouri.

The Missouri Public Service Commission in January 2009 approved a more than $160 million electric rate increase for Ameren customers. That was challenged by Noranda Aluminum Inc. and the public counsel, who represents ratepayers before the commission.

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Ameren Coal Ash Landfill Debate
2:38 pm
Tue October 25, 2011

Franklin Co. vote opens door for Ameren to build coal ash landfill

Franklin County residents show their opposition to the landfill regulations prior to the Commission vote.
(Véronique LaCapra/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated 4:43 p.m.

The Franklin County Board of Commissioners has approved its controversial landfill zoning regulations, opening the door for Ameren to build a coal ash landfill in Labadie, Mo.

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Ameren
12:23 pm
Fri October 21, 2011

Ameren offers some employees voluntary retirement as "belt-tightening" measure

(via Flickr/[F]oxymoron)

An announcement Friday from St. Louis-based Ameren Corporation says that the company is offering certain employees an opportunity to retire early. Ameren is an electric and natural gas utility provider for many residents of the St. Louis region.

The move comes as a cost management measure during what the company calls a "challenging economic period."

According to Ameren, here are the requirements for employees to be eligible for the offer:

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Labadie Coal Ash Landfill
11:16 am
Thu October 6, 2011

Franklin County completes draft of coal ash landfill regulation; revised version posted

Ameren’s 2,400-megawatt plant near Labadie, Mo., is the state’s largest coal-fired power plant.
(Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio)

Update: 9:45 a.m. Oct 6:

Projected schedule for the Franklin County landfill zoning regulation:

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Morning round-up
9:23 am
Thu September 8, 2011

Morning headlines: Thursday, September 8, 2011

A Mo. Senate committee has endorsed a measure to repeal a new law restricting teachers' interaction with students over website, such as Facebook.
Flickr/Asthma Helper

Mo. Senate to consider new measure repealing teacher social media restrictions

A Mo. Senate committee has endorsed a measure to repeal a contentious new law restricting teachers' interaction with students over websites such as Facebook. The Senate Education Committee voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to repeal the law.

The action comes after  a Mo. judge issued an order in September blocking the new law from taking effect, citing concerns that it could violate free speech rights.

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