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Nixon won't recuse himself from Taum Sauk investigation

Attorney General Jay Nixon.


St. Louis, MO. – Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon says he will not take himself out of the investigation of the Taum Sauk reservoir.

Missouri Department Of Natural Resources chief Doyle Childers sent a letter to Nixon today. That's after he learned that the attorney general's campaign had indirectly received 19-thousand dollars from the reservoir's operator, Ameren Corporation.

Nixon says Childers is "ill informed" about the matter.

Childers says an independent prosecutor should be hired to pursue the case, paid for from a special state fund.

The DNR has a major interest in any litigation against Ameren because the reservoir collapse devastated Johnson Shut-Ins State Park and injured the park superintendent's family.

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