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Environmental group suing Ameren

Wednesday, 05 March 2014 17:11 Published in Local News
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A national environmental group is suing a St. Louis-based utility, claiming thousands of violations of federal clean air laws.
 
   The Sierra Club filed a federal lawsuit against the Ameren Corporation Wednesday in St. Louis. The complaint seeks to compel Ameren to reduce pollution at three Missouri power plants and asks the court to levy financial penalties for past violations.
 
   The lawsuit says Ameren's own testing shows nearly 10,000 violations since 2009 at the utility's Meramec power plant in St. Louis County, the Rush Island plant in Jefferson County, and the Labadie (LA-buh-dee) plant in Franklin County.
 
   Ameren's vice president of environmental services, Mike Menne, says the suit has no merit. He says a federal court in Texas recently rejected a similar case filed by the Sierra Club.

Women charged in connection to fatal hit and run

Wednesday, 05 March 2014 17:07 Published in Local News

St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - A woman is in custody for a second time connected to a fatal hit and run accident in Chesterfield last month.

 

Yelena Pelts was first arrested of February 18, but released as police continued to investigate. Wednesday she was arrested again and is facing felony charges. Police say Pelts was driving on Olive near Highway 141 on February 11, when she hit and killed Roy Joseph.

 

Pelts is now held on a $10,000 bond. 

Some clerks not ready to issue licenses to gay couples

Wednesday, 05 March 2014 14:22 Published in Local News
CHICAGO (AP) - Some county clerks say they won't rush to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples just because Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan told them they can.
 
The state's new gay marriage law takes effect June 1. But Madigan said this week that licenses can be issued now.
 
About a dozen clerks tell The Associated Press they are waiting. They say they don't want to open themselves up to lawsuits and want to protect the couples from legal challenges.
 
Macon County Clerk Stephen Bean says he hopes to start issuing licenses as early as Friday. But he says he will tell the couples they could face legal challenges to their marriages.
 
Clerks in Cook and Champaign counties have decided to go ahead after a court ruled Cook County could do so.

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