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Olivia Goodreau, founder of the LivLyme Foundation and creator of the TickTracker app, speaks at the foundation's 2017 gala. Goodreau contracted Lyme disease after being bit by a tick near Lake of the Ozarks. July 17 2019
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Olivia Goodreau is trying to help other people avoid what happened to her: Lyme disease.

Goodreau partnered with thePLAN, a software company in central Ohio, to develop TickTracker, a free smartphone app that lets users log the types of ticks they see and where they found them using geolocation. The ticks are displayed on a map.

“I hope that it will bring awareness to everyone so they don’t end up like me and they don’t end up with a bunch of diseases,” Goodreau said.

Children play in a fountain in front of the Gateway Arch's new visitor center Tuesday, July 3, 2018, before a ceremony to re-open the park grounds after a multi-year renovation project.
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Back to school will be a little later in Missouri next year if lawmakers get their way.

The Missouri General Assembly passed a law pushing school start dates back about a week over the opposition of school administrators. It’s part of an effort to encourage families to fit one more weekend of trips to amusement parks and lakeside cabins around the state.

The Bagnell Dam at Lake of the Ozarks
Ameren Missouri

The dam that created Lake of the Ozarks is getting its first major upgrade in more than three decades. 

Ameren Missouri this week began demolishing the old, weathered concrete at the Bagnell Dam, home to the Osage Energy Center, the largest generator of hydroelectric power in the state. The $52 million project involves removing and adding more than 66 million pounds of concrete, and drilling holes to drain water that leaks under the dam.

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There'll be no waterskiing at the Lake of the Ozarks, at least maybe not till Saturday at the earliest.

The high-water level due to heavy rainfall has led Gov. Jay Nixon to declare the entire lake a "no-wake zone," meaning that boaters can travel no faster than basic idle speed.

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(Updated 3:50 p.m., June 16, 2015 with ruling from the Supreme Court.)

The Missouri Supreme Court has ruled that Ameren Missouri is not responsible for the deaths of two young children who drowned after being electrocuted on the Lake of the Ozarks.

Ameren owns the lake, which is part of its Osage power plant. Alexandra and Brayden Anderson were swimming in the lake on July 4, 2012, when they were shocked by a stray current from the family's dock and drowned. Their mother sued Ameren, saying the company regulated the installation of docks on the lake and was therefore liable for the deaths.

Congresswoman looks to limit authority of FERC

Jul 30, 2012
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A U.S. Representative from southwest Missouri wants to reduce federal authority over hydroelectric projects.

Regulators OK new boundaries at Lake of the Ozarks

Jun 5, 2012
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CORRECTION: We incorrectly referred to Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler's press secretary as "Steve Schwartz" in an earlier version of this post. His name is Steve Walsh. We apologize for the error.

Updated at 3:12 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. with more details.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission today approved Ameren Missouri's plan to reduce the amount of land the company owns and manages along the shoreline of the Lake of the Ozarks.

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A resolution voicing support for embattled homeowners at the Lake of the Ozarks was passed unanimously Tuesday by a Missouri House committee.

Ameren files plan to resolve shoreline homes issue at Lake of the Ozarks

Feb 1, 2012
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Ameren Missouri has filed a plan with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) ensuring that some 1600 homes at the Lake of the Ozarks are not threatened with removal.

The plan revises the shoreline boundary so that most of the homes are not encroaching onto land that is part of Ameren’s Bagnell Dam hydroelectric project. Concerns were raised in July when FERC ordered that structures may need to be removed if they encroach onto the project’s land.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 23, 2011 - WASHINGTON - It's a power play over a power plant, a property dispute that has spilled over from the Lake of the Ozarks to the corridors of Capitol Hill.

The shoreline-property controversy involving Ameren Missouri and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has unleashed a hornet's nest of political dissent in mid-Missouri, where the future of more than a thousand homes and condos had appeared to be in question.

Ameren to submit Lake Ozarks plan early next year

Nov 18, 2011
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Ameren Missouri says it plans to file a proposal early next year to resolve the controversy about the status of some homes and other buildings at the Lake of the Ozarks.

The lake is formed by a dam operated by Ameren. Some residents fear that structures built on land belonging to Ameren's hydroelectric project may have to be removed in light of a July decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 11, 2011 - WASHINGTON - Contending that its original order was "misinterpreted," a federal commission moved Thursday to reassure Lake of the Ozarks property owners and defuse a controversy involving Ameren Missouri that had appeared to threaten more than a thousand homes and condos along the lake's shoreline.

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Owners of waterfront property at the Lake of the Ozarks are breathing a sigh of relief this morning.

In July, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued an order that many structures built too close to the lake, including homes and apartment and condominium complexes, would have to be removed because they interfered with the operation of Ameren Missouri's Osage hydroelectric operation.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 21, 2011 - WASHINGTON - A stormy shoreline dispute involving Ameren Missouri and a federal energy commission, which threatens to uproot more than a thousand homes and condos at the Lake of the Ozarks, is now spilling into the U.S. Capitol.

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Water samples taken this week from 12 coves at the Lake of the Ozarks did not contain elevated E. Coli levels, but two Missouri beaches will remain closed because of elevated average amounts of the bacteria.

All 12 samples are from coves in the lake's upper region, from the Highway 65 bridge to the Brown Bend area 30 miles down-lake.  Renee Bungart with the Department of Natural Resources says the upper-lake testing is part of a 5-year study to examine the Lake of the Ozark's ecological health.

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If you were planning on going swimming at three specific Missouri state beaches sometime soon, you may want to make other plans.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources says "bacteria levels higher than those recommended for waters used for swimming" are the reason behind the temporary closing of beaches at:

  • Grand Glaize Beach, also known as Public Beach #2, at Lake of the Ozarks State Park
  • Public beaches at Mark Twain State Park
  • Public beaches at Harry S Truman State Park

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is taking steps he hopes will improve water quality at the Lake of the Ozarks, one of Missouri’s most popular tourist destinations.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Aug. 11, 2010 - With pollution closing some Lake of the Ozarks' public beaches, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster plans to hold a symposium next week on the lake's water quality problems.

Gov. Jay Nixon is to kick off the two-day gathering, set for next Wednesday and Thursday.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 30, 2009 - Declaring that he's "angrier than words can describe,'' Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced today he's ordered an investigation into how the state Department of Natural Resources "mishandled" -- as he sees it -- the discovery last spring of high E. coli levels in the Lake of the Ozarks.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Aug. 21, 2009 - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says he hopes the state’s improved employment figures signal that his latest round of budget cuts will be among the last.

His aim with this week’s $60 million in trims, he told reporters Friday, was to avoid “a budget cliff.”

“We’re hopeful. We did flatten out in unemployment this month,’’ Nixon said during a news conference while in St. Louis. (Missouri’s unemployment rate in July was 9.3 percent, the same as in June.)

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Aug. 7, 2009 -Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster says that a Springfield newspaper should be able to see surveillance videos from outside Gov. Jay Nixon's office, as part of its inquiry into whether Nixon knew of E. coli contamination of the Lake of the Ozarks earlier than he claims.

The Missouri Capitol Police Agency, which is in charge of the governor's security, turned down the Springfield News-Leader's request to see the tapes, citing a terrorism exception to the Sunshine Law . The newspaper has appealed to the Capitol Police's parent agency, the Missouri Department of Public Safety.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: June 24, 2008 - From the back window of her shop, Tina Henley has quite a view.

To the right, she looks out on a bridge stretching over the Lake of the Ozarks. To the left, she sees the Lodge of the Four Seasons. Straight ahead flows the main channel.