Updated at 1:15 p.m. with further comment from the ACLU.
Updated at 12:05 p.m. with quotes from court administrator Paul Fox.
The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating whether the St. Louis County family court is treating all of the children who appear in front of its judges equally.
The department's Civil Rights Division is specifically looking at whether the court is providing due process to children involved in delinquency proceedings, and if all children are treated equally regardless of race.
The location of the Ameren Rush Island power plant in Festus, Mo. Emissions violations at the plant are the topic of a lawsuit against Ameren Missouri filed today by the U.S. Department of Justice in St. Louis, Mo. (Google Maps)
The federal government filed a lawsuit today against the energy company for violations of the Clean Air Act.
The suit alleges that Ameren made multi-million-dollar modifications to its coal-fired power plant in Festus (map image above), without installing required pollution controls and obtaining the necessary permits.
The government wants Ameren to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions, to address any harm caused by the violations, and to pay civil penalties.
Ameren spokesperson Susan Gallagher says the company did nothing wrong.
"We believe that the position that the EPA is taking will impose significant costs on Ameren customers, especially in tough economic times."
Gallagher says the modifications at the Festus plant consisted of routine maintenance projects allowed under the Clean Air Act.