Electricity, not curiosity, killed this cat. More than 1,500 houses in Jefferson County lost power Monday night when a cat chasing a mouse crossed a high voltage line, leading to an outage at a substation.
Two years after its mayor was sentenced for embezzling funds, the fire chief for Kinloch now faces similar allegations. Darran Kelley, the chief of the Kinloch Fire Protection District, was arrested yesterday and charged with three felony counts of wire fraud, one felony count of federal program t ... More >>
Ameren Missouri and Westinghouse Electric Company today announced a partnership in order to pursue Department of Energy funds for the development and construction of new types of small nuclear reactors. If Westinghouse wins the DOE investment funds, Missouri will seek from the Nuclear Regulatory Com ... More >>
Ameren Chief Executive Thomas Voss received a healthy 15 percent raise in 2011, bumping up his salary to $900,000. That doesn't sound too substantial for the head honcho at a big business, and it isn't. Voss also got more stock, a $1.1 million bonus, a $351,000 increase in his pension fund, and $ ... More >>
Another rate increase? We should be used to it by now.Jeffrey Tomich at the Post-Dispatch has an interesting article today on the possibility that AmerenUE and Kansas City Power & Light, the two largest electric utilities in the state, are coordinating their rate requests in order to overwhel ... More >>
Ian FroebGut Check reported two weeks ago that Pam's Chicago Style Dogs & More (6016 Delmar Boulevard; 314-721-7267) was forced to close temporarily after Ameren UE shut off its power due to an unpaid bill.The most recent update from the restaurant itself is this post from its Facebook page o ... More >>
Ian FroebDark days at Pam's Chicago Style DogsPam's Chicago Style Dogs & More (6016 Delmar Boulevard; 314-721-7267) will be closed until at least Wednesday, October 26, after Ameren UE apparently turned off its power due to an unpaid bill."We do apologize, but due to an Ameren UE issue, mostl ... More >>
The wild wheel-and-deal days of the scrap metal trade may be winding down in St. Louis.Scrap dealers, police officers, realtors, lawyers, landlords, homeowners and lobbyists packed Thursday's Board of Aldermen Public Safety Committee meeting to debate the merits of a bill to tighten regulations o ... More >>
A lawsuit filed on behalf of a local plumbing contractor alleges the company lost its contract with utility giant Ameren -- after the contractor informed Ameren management of violations of environmental law and illegal discharge of pollutants.The suit was filed by Bishop & Associates, owned b ... More >>
Express Scripts is St. Louis' largest company -- by far.The pharmaceutical management company Express Scripts isn't just the largest St. Louis company on this year's Fortune 500 list -- it's actually made the magazine's list of fastest growing companies across the nation.With 81.8 percent revenue ... More >>
Todd OwyoungUmm, security? Can you tell those women in the Ameren suite to shut up?Given his prior gun and drug arrests, one would think that rapper Lil' Wayne would have provided the crowd at Scottrade Center with all the gangsta theatrics they could handle during his jam-packed concert last nig ... More >>
Missouri legislators want to overturn a 2008 ballot initiative requiring state utilities to produce 15 percent of their energy from clean sources in 2021.Missouri's carbon-dioxide output from coal-fired power plants increased last year by nearly nine percent, to more than 83 million tons. The ris ... More >>
Egypt is in total chaos right now, you may have heard. The government has been overturned and there's rioting in the streets. But the Egyptians are way luckier than St. Louisans because even though their country is a shambles, it's going to be 70 degrees and sunny in Cairo tomorrow. And what ... More >>
The first step is admitting you have a problem.Attorney General Chris Koster yesterday proposed twelve recommendation for improving the notoriously icky water quality at the Lake of the Ozarks.Here at Riverfront Times we are amazed that none of the twelve steps (described below) have anything to ... More >>
This just in from City Hall: On Jan. 17, 6,000 lucky St. Louisans will be the recipients of brand new eco-friendly light bulbs. Mayor Slay is scheduled to appear at a press conference this afternoon to announce a new initiative touting energy consumption, co-sponsored by Ameren Missouri. As ... More >>
kaciestarrtriplett.comKacie Starr Triplett (Ward 6) leads the Board of Aldermen with $1,327 in lobbyist expenditures this year.Poor St. Louis Aldermen. Sure, their $32,000 a year salary is nothing to sneeze at and roughly on par with what state reps ($36k) and senators ($31k) earn. But when it co ... More >>
image viaIt's alive!!! Sorry, it's just a Living Building.The Living Learning Center at Washington University's Tyson Research Center has just been designated one of the first the first two Living Buildings by the International Living Building Institute (ILBI), the most rigorous green buildi ... More >>
Coutesy Ameren MissouriA helicopter team is performing aerial daredevil work near Alton this week in an effort to save migrating trumpeter swans, the largest waterfowl in North America. On Monday specialists with Haverfield Aviation began installing "swan diverters" from power lines running ... More >>
Photo by Keegan HamiltonWash U students had a message for Peabody Energy's Greg Boyce at the Symposium for Global Energy FutureGreg Boyce, CEO of Peabody Energy, the world's largest privately held coal company, stepped to a podium Saturday afternoon at Washington University's Symposium on Global ... More >>
Image viaCrap: lawmakers are full of it, utility companies want to make good use of it.The Missouri Senate moved forward with a bill yesterday that would make the methane gas produced by animal waste a part of the state's renewable energy program for utility companies.The proposed law (SB 848) do ... More >>
Laclede: It's a gas -- unless you're gay. The Laclede Group, whose primary subsidiary is Laclede Gas, has earned the dubious distinction of finishing tied with Exxon Mobil Corp. as the worst place in the nation to work if you're gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered. A total o ... More >>
http://www.flickr.com/photos/duncharris/ / CC BY-SA 2.0Coal!The website of the Washington University Consortium for Clean Coal Utilization openly admits to "perpetuating the myth that coal can be used in a clean and sustainable manner," to being a "public relations tool for industry," to advancin ... More >>
www.cocastl.orgStephanie RivenThe Arts and Education Council yesterday announced the recipients of its annual arts awards. Earning the "Lifetime Achievement Award" is Stephanie Riven, the longtime executive director of COCA (Center of Creative Arts). Last month Riven announced that she'll re ... More >>
flickr.com/photos/eszterThanks to the federal stimulus, Friday, August 7, was payday for hundreds of urban youths. At least, it was supposed to be.The teens had all found work this summer through UrbanFORCE, a program sponsored by the St. Louis Agency for Training and Employment (SLATE) that matc ... More >>
Blockshopper.com Web siteSlate published an interesting piece yesterday about a legal skirmish between BlockShopper, the real estate gossip site with a big St. Louis presence, and the international corporate law firm, Jones Day, who got its undies in a bunch when BlockShopper reported on the home sa ... More >>
How 'bout a pre-breakfast parade?
Week of December 27, 2007
Chain saws at the ready, AmerenUE confronts the vestiges of the '06 storms.
Week of August 24, 2006
St. Louis cops are on the prowl for a ring of air-conditioner thieves.
WWE's Rey Mysterio has game to spare, Harold Ramis helps clear up a misconception, and Bill Haas shows his sensitive side; plus, Unreal lends support to a fellow muckraker injured in the line of duty
Unreal steps into the Thickburger fray, gets good gossip at Pujols' fête and seeks dream interpretation -- and hey, keep your dirty pictures away from Ameren UE
Week of June 20, 2001
California's troubles slowed deregulation here, but Ameren is preparing to turn up the juice
The People Project only gets worse
The McKinley Bridge is broke structurally and financially and everyone wants it fixed. Trouble is, Mayor Tyrone Echols of Venice isn't about to give away the city's bridge. But he could be talked into trading it.