Jefferson County

Obituary
3:10 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Missouri Democrats Mourn Death Of Former State Legislator

Former state Rep. Ron Casey, D-Crystal City
Credit Missouri House of Representatives

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is among the Missouri Democrats mourning the death of former state Rep. Ron Casey, D-Crystal City, who died Sunday of injuries suffered in a fall at a relative’s home.

Mr. Casey, 61, had represented southern Jefferson County in the state House from 2005 through 2013, leaving because of term limits. Earlier, he had served 12 years as a county commissioner.

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On the Trail
11:31 pm
Sun January 5, 2014

McKenna's Departure Leaves Nixon With Special Election Conundrum

Former Sen. Ryan McKenna, D-Jefferson County

It make take longer than expected to fill Ryan McKenna's void in the Missouri Senate.

When the Jefferson County Democrat resigned in December to become director of the state labor department, he left open the possibility that his Senate seat may remain vacant throughout 2014. If that occurs, the Missouri Senate would not be at full membership for an entire calendar year.

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Crime
7:30 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Two Jefferson County Deputies Shot In 'Ambush'

Credit (via Flickr/kcdsTM)

Updated 9:58 a.m. 

An eastern Missouri man accused of shooting two deputies has been killed following a confrontation with police.

The sequence of events began late Thursday when Jefferson County deputies were called to a home in Cedar Hill and 40-year-old Shawn Nims ran away. Deputies returned around 2 a.m. Friday to search for Nims, who was wanted on a felony warrant.

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Meth
1:32 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Mapped: How Many Meth Incidents Has Your Missouri County Reported This Year?

Credit (Missouri State Highway Patrol website)

Updated 1:51 p.m. 

It's no secret that Missouri has problems with methamphetamine. However, the problems are hardly spread equally across the state.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol has compiled a map showing the number of reported meth incidents in each Missouri county through June 2013. (You can also see what they mean by "incidents," exactly).

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Coal Ash
3:11 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

EPA Holds Public Hearing Over Coal Ash Contamination In Jefferson County

Location of coal ash piles at Rotary Drilling Supply showing proximity to Willers Lake in Festus, Mo.
Credit (via Google Maps)

The Environmental Protection Agency is holding a public hearing Thursday evening about a proposed agreement to address water pollution from the illegal disposal of coal ash from Ameren’s Rush Island Power Plant.

According to the EPA, approximately 140,000 tons of ash containing heavy metals and other toxic substances contaminated Jefferson County wetlands, an unnamed tributary to Plattin Creek and a portion of Willers Lake.

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Developing: Jefferson County deaths
12:58 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Officials: deaths in Jefferson County likely murder-suicide

Updated at 1 p.m. with information from Boyer's later press conference

The Jefferson County sheriff says although an investigation continues, evidence continues to mount that the deaths of a woman and her three children at a home in DeSoto, Mo. are a murder-suicide.

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Jefferson County Jail
11:58 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Jefferson Co. jail inmate found dead

(via Flickr/Neil Conway)

Jefferson County authorities are investigating the death of an inmate in the county jail.

Two cellmates found the 24-year-old man unresponsive about 3:30 a.m. Monday in his cell. Efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.

The man's name has not been released.

Sheriff's officials say the death does not appear to be a crime but autopsy and toxicology results are still pending.

Big River
12:50 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

EPA to test for lead contamination near Big River

A map from the Environmental Protection Agency showing the location of the Southwest Jefferson County Mining site. An investigation by the EPA is looking into lead contamination resulting from mining at the site long ago.
(via EPA.gov)

The Environmental Protection Agency plans to test 256 Jefferson County residential properties amid concerns that lead in the Big River is contaminating soil.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that testing is expected to be completed by midsummer. Recent studies and samples indicated widespread lead contamination in the flood plain that extends from Leadwood in St. Francois County to the confluence with the Meramec River near Eureka.

Morning round-up
9:16 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Morning headlines: Monday, April 9, 2012

(via Flickr/Indofunk Satish)

Public meeting to be held on City-Arch-River Project

Members of the public will have another chance to weigh in on one of the most controversial parts of the City-Arch-River 2015 project - what to do about the portion of Interstate 70 that runs through downtown.

The Missouri Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting on its plans for the depressed section of the interstate at St. Louis City Hall on Tuesday.

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Education / Technology
11:55 am
Fri August 19, 2011

No textbooks, but tech-books this year at St. Louis-area school

A Coby Kyros digital tablet - the specific model of digital tablet that will be used in place of textbooks at Grandview High School this year.
(via Flickr/HighTechDad)

A small high school in suburban St. Louis is tossing aside textbooks in favor of digital tablets.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Grandview High School in Jefferson County will use Android-powered Coby Kyros tablets in place of textbooks this year. Students will be allowed to take the tablets home. They'll be used to take tests, do homework and complete assigned readings.

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