Chris Koster

Doe Run - Lead
2:39 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Mo. Atty. Gen. Koster reaches settlement with Doe Run for lead cleanup

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster.

Attorney General Chris Koster has filed a consent decree to address environmental violations at Doe Run’s Sweetwater Mine and Mill in Reynolds County.

Here's a map detailing the approximate location of the mine near Ellington, Mo.:

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Morning roundup
8:53 am
Thu April 12, 2012

Morning headlines: Thursday, April 12, 2012

(via Flickr/IndofunkSatish)

Study: Corps made the right choice in breaching Birds Point

A new study says the Army Corps of Engineers made the right choice when it blew up a southeast Missouri levee last year.

Study co-author Ken Olson, a professor of soil sciences at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urban,a says river levels continued to rise even after the Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway was breached by explosives to relieve flooding pressure on Cairo, Ill.

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Election 2012
12:22 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

Mo. Atty. Gen. Koster reports raising more than $890K since January

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has raised more than $890,000 for his reelection campaign since January.
(Official Portrait/Missouri Attorney General's Office)

Missouri attorney general Chris Koster, a Democrat, reports that he has raised more than $890,000 for his reelection campaign since January.

Koster's campaign reported Wednesday that it now has $2 million raised for Koster's campaign. Campaigns must report their fundraising activities over the last three months by Monday.

Koster's campaign officials say the strong fundraising shows he has momentum going into the final campaign.

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Business/US Fidelis plea
4:30 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

Former owner of US Fidelis pleads guilty to state charges

Darain Atkinson.
(St. Charles County Department of Corrections)

Updated at 4:08 with comments from Attorney General Koster and Darain Atkinson's attorney.

Updated 3:58 with statement from the Better Business Bureau:

“US Fidelis left a trail of dissatisfied consumers from across the United States.  Today’s guilty plea by Darain Atkinson in St. Charles County illustrates the risks of unethical business behavior and the importance of the work of groups like the Better Business Bureau in exposing the underhanded practices in our marketplace,” Michelle Corey, BBB president and CEO said.

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Mortgage Settlement
3:45 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Attorney General's office holding 120 mortgage settlement meetings across Missouri

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster kicked off a public information campaign in St. Louis Monday to help Missourians claim their share of a $25 billion settlement with five of the nation's largest mortgage lenders.

The Missouri Attorney General’s office is hosting 120 town-hall-style meetings across the state this week to help homeowners affected by lending abuses and improper foreclosure procedures. 

Attorney General Chris Koster  says qualifying Missourians will split about $155 million of a $25 billion settlement reached with five of the nation’s largest mortgage lenders.

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MOSIRA
11:57 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Mo. AG Koster to appeal MOSIRA ruling

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster
(Missouri Attorney General's office)

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster plans to appeal a court ruling that invalidated a state fund designed to offer incentives to science or technology companies.

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Second Injury Fund
7:52 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

Koster, Mo. lawmakers, address 2nd Injury Fund woes

Mo. Atty. Gen. Chris Koster (D)
(Mo. Attorney General's office)

Attorney General Chris Koster (D) is urging Missouri lawmakers to either find a way to make the state’s Second Injury Fund solvent again or to get rid of it entirely.

The fund provides payments to workers who return to the workforce after being injured on the job, then are injured on the job again. The Attorney General’s office manages the fund, and Koster says it’s been losing money ever since lawmakers in 2005 capped the amount of money Missouri businesses have to pay to keep the fund afloat.

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Morning round-up
9:24 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Morning headlines: February 15, 2012

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster
Missouri Attorney General's office

Koster wants U.S. Supreme Court to reject individual health insurance mandate

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster wants the U.S. Supreme Court to reject an individual health insurance mandate but uphold other parts of the federal health care law. Koster, a Democrat, said Tuesday his office filed a written argument in support of a lawsuit by Florida and other states.

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Mortgage Settlement
8:21 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

Missouri nets $196 million in mortgage settlement

Attorney General Chris Koster has directed $40 million of Missouri's mortgage settlement to the state budget.
(Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio)

Troubled Missouri home owners can expect a degree of relief from a national mortgage settlement that has been reached with five of the nation’s largest mortgage lenders.

The Show-Me State is being awarded more than $196 million of a $25 billion settlement with banks -- including Bank of America and JP Morgan Chase -- over allegations of lending abuses and improper foreclosure procedures.

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster says the settlement does not close the door on possible criminal charges against mortgage lenders.

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Martin for AG
9:45 am
Thu January 26, 2012

Martin drops House bid, will run for Mo. Attorney General

Updated at 10:45 a.m. to make grammatical corrections and include information about transfer of money.

After flirting with a U.S. Senate bid before announcing his candidacy to replace Todd Akin in the U.S. House, Ed Martin has switched races once again.

Martin, the chief of staff to Gov. Matt Blunt, announced the switch earlier today on a revamped website. His announcement calls Democrat Chris Koster, the incumbent,  "President Obama's lawyer, not the people's Attorney General."

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