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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Gov. Jay Nixon says Missouri is still prepared to carry out an execution next week - even though an Oklahoma pharmacy won't be supplying the drug for the lethal injection.
 
Nixon declined to say Tuesday whether Missouri would use a different drug than pentobarbital, which was used in the state's past three executions.
 
The Apothecary Shoppe in Tulsa, Okla., filed court documents late Monday saying it had agreed not to provide any drug for Missouri's scheduled Feb. 26 execution of inmate Michael Taylor.
 
In a deposition last month, a Missouri Department of Corrections official said the agency has a backup supply of the sedative midazolam and painkiller hydromorphone for executions.
 
Nixon said Missouri could carry out Taylor's execution without having to make any significant changes to its execution protocol.
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Ameren Corp. is promoting Warner Baxter to president of the St. Louis-based utility, effective immediately, and he'll become CEO this spring.
 
Baxter is a longtime executive at Ameren. He succeeds Thomas Voss, who will retire on July 1.
 
Ameren said Tuesday that Baxter also has been elected to the board of directors. He will become chief executive on April 24 - the day Voss will become Ameren's executive chairman.
 
Baxter was executive vice president and chief financial officer of Ameren from 2003 to 2009, and has since served as chief executive of its Ameren Missouri division.
 
Voss, who is 66, has been president and CEO of Ameren Corp. since 2009 and chairman since 2010.
 
Ameren provides electric and natural gas services in parts of Missouri and Illinois.
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - The Southern Illinois University system's new president says he understands feelings of betrayal surrounding his planned departure from Ohio's Youngstown State just seven months into that job.
 
But Randy Dunn says that as a former Illinois schools chief who once worked at SIU in Carbondale, he believes critics eventually will appreciate his chance to return to where he calls his home.
 
The SIU board on Monday introduced Dunn as Glenn Poshard's successor.
 
Dunn's three-year contract at Youngstown State requires him to give 180 days notice that he's leaving that job. That would take him through mid-August, though it's unclear if that university's board will hold him to that.
 
As an Ohio state lawmaker from Youngstown, Rep. Bob Hagan, says Dunn's abrupt departure leaves that university and region hurt and disappointed.
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St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - Officials with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, or DESE are due to make recommendations on how to improve failing school districts today. Officials have been examining six proposals.

 

One plan continues the current system of allowing students to transfer out of failing districts with the district footing the bill. Another proposal would allow students to transfer to better schools inside their own district. And yet another plan would eliminate failing districts and allow them to become independent.

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