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Nixon to investigate reservoir breach

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Taum Sauk reservoir.

By AP/KWMU

St. Louis, KWMU – The Missouri Attorney General's office will conduct a criminal investigation into a southeast Missouri reservoir breach.

A judge in Reynolds County named the A-G's office as special prosecutor in the case today after the Reynolds County prosecutor determined he had a conflict of interest.

Attorney General Jay Nixon says his office will work with the Missouri Highway Patrol to determine if charges are warranted.

The December 14th break at the reservoir at Ameren UE's Taum Sauk hydroelectric plant outside of Lesterville released more than 1 billion gallons of water.

It caused extensive damage to Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park, destroyed the park superintendent's home, and injured his three children.

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