Utility Ameren reports income declined thirty percent in the first quarter. Electricity and natural gas sales were down, because of a milder winter, and expenses related to storms were higher than average. The company reported a net income of 71 million dollars, or 29 cents a share, compared with 102 million in the first quarter of last year. Revenues fell one point nine percent.
Members of the state House approved a measure that moves Missouri’s presidential primary date from February to March. The bill also would require presidential candidates to submit birth certificates to the Missouri Secretary of State to prove they’re natural born U-S Citizens. The legislation now moves to the Senate for consideration of some changes made by House members.
The U-S Agriculture Secretary announced the establishment of a program that would encourage farmers to grow a dedicated energy crop of native grasses and herbaceous plants strictly for energy purposes. Interested producers would have to apply to be part of the first Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) Project Area. It’s only available to counties in Missouri and Kansas. Find out more at the Farm Service Agency county office.
The Camdenton Board of Aldermen want to extend the Camdenton Memorial Airport Runway. At this week’s meeting, they gave Lake Aviation approval to get letters of support and forward them to the Missouri Department of Transportation for consideration. Board members decided to wait to vote on the five year capital improvement projects plan until the June meeting.
Crews in Linn Creek are installing the last new water meters of their over one million dollar water improvement project. There might still be an addition to the project through a Community Development Block Grant. City officials would like to replace the main water lines downtown. A leak test was performed as part of the initial improvement, and many of the lines did not pass.
Miller County Sheriff Bill Abbott says there was a manhunt on Monday night, looking for a suspect who tried to steal a truck. It turned out to be a boy hunt. The culprit was 13 years old. He was in front of a juvenile judge, yesterday.
The Missouri General Assembly sent Governor Jay Nixon thirteen budget bills, yesterday, totally 23 point 2 billion dollars for the next fiscal year. That would allow Missouri to run without a tax increase. The constitutional deadline to complete the budget is today at six p-m.