October 10, 2015

Missouri to join challenge of federal carbon emission regulations

Missouri will join more than 20 other states in a lawsuit challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Clean Power Plan,” that limits carbon emissions for states.

Attorney General Chris Koster tells the Missouri Electric Cooperatives he will join at least 20 other state attorneys general in challenging the Environmental Protection Agency's "clean power plan."  (courtesy, @MOAGOpress on Twitter)

Attorney General Chris Koster tells the Missouri Electric Cooperatives he will join at least 20 other state attorneys general in challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s “clean power plan.” (courtesy, @MOAGOpress on Twitter)

Attorney General Chris Koster criticized the plan’s compliance schedule and said the plan would hurt Missouri’s competitive advantage in electric rates. He said complying with EPA’s deadlines would cost the state more than $6-billion.

Koster said Missouri is already working toward cleaner energy production and said the state is better off maintaining its competitive advantage while developing that production on a “more reasonable timeline.”

“Renewable energy is a vital piece of our state’s energy portfolio,” Koster said. “It is essential, however, that we achieve this goal in an economically responsible way that makes sense for Missouri.”

Koster said he would join other states in challenging the new regulations when they are formally published. EPA has not publicly announced a firm publication date.

See his full speech here.

Koster, who is also a candidate for Governor, said Missouri has good reason to be skeptical of “sweeping regulatory schemes” imposed by EPA on Missouri residents and businesses. He noted Missouri’s successful challenges, since he has been Attorney General, of EPA regulations of mercury emissions and water rules, which he argued unlawfully encroached on Missouri’s sovereign authority to regulate its air and water.

“I will continue to fight against federal overreach and to keep Missouri strong,” Koster said.


Missourinet noon news 10-09-2015

Missouri joins the challenge of the Environmental Protection Agency’s clean air regulations, and EPA’s clean water regulations lose one court battle.  Mike Lear reports…

More IDs made from Korean War-era crash, Missourians not found yet

Remains from two more of the men that died in an Korean War-era military plane crash in Alaska have been identified so they can be returned to families for burial, but men with ties to Missouri still haven’t been found.  The military tells Missourinet it could be weeks before more IDs are released.

Air Force Airman 3rd Class Wayne Dean Jackson of Downing (left) and Army Technical Sergeant Leonard George Unger of Gerald

Air Force Airman 3rd Class Wayne Dean Jackson of Downing (left) and Army Technical Sergeant Leonard George Unger of Gerald

The remains identified belong to Captain Walter Perrin Tribble of Champaign, Illinois, and Airman 2nd Class Bernis F. White of Fordyce, Arkansas. Their families will be offered burial will full military honors.

Those men and 50 others died when a C-124 Globemaster crashed into Mount Gannett in Alaska on November 22, 1952. The wreckage and their remains were lost until they were spotted in 2012, some 16 kilometers from the crash site where they had been carried by the Colony Glacier.

Two Missouri men were on that plane: Army Technical Sergeant Leonard George Unger of Gerald, in east-central Missouri, and Air Force Airman 3rd Class Wayne Dean Jackson of Downing, in northeast Missouri. A third man, Private Robert Dale Card originally of Kansas, has a brother and other family living near Springfield.

Remains from 17 other men were identified and returned to families last year, making 19 in all that have been afforded a chance at a proper burial. Tribble’s and White’s remains were among those recovered in June, 2014.

Efforts continue to identify other remains found at the same time, but Armed Forces Medical Examiner Colonel Ladd Tremaine told Missourinet it could be several more weeks before additional identifications are released.

“There are some other cases that are extremely complex that deal with multiple fragments, and those are the ones that we’re really having trouble with – linking samples back to specimens,” said Tremaine.

Tremaine’s agency received the remains in August after a jurisdictional change caused them to be handed over from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.

“We’ve actively been working these since getting them in August and it’s going to take probably a few more weeks to get a couple of them out,” said Tremaine.

The site of the wreckage is only accessible two weeks out of the year in June. Remains recovered in June of this year are also undergoing an identification process.

Missouri fire officials stress use of smoke alarms

State fire officials are urging Missourians to make sure they have working smoke detectors during this, National Fire Prevention Week. The Week comes as Missourians have experienced a few cool nights and many have in recent weeks turned on the heat for the first time this season.

Missouri Fire officials are stressing the use of smoke alarms in and near all sleeping areas as part of National Fire Prevention Week.  (courtesy; Missouri Division of Fire Safety)

Missouri Fire officials are stressing the use of smoke alarms in and near all sleeping areas as part of National Fire Prevention Week. (courtesy; Missouri Division of Fire Safety)

Interim State Fire Marshal Greg Carrell said one of the themes of the Week is to urge the use of smoke alarms in and close to sleeping areas.

“The theme this year is ‘Hear the beep where you sleep,'” said Carrell. “That’s to drive home the fact that smoke alarms are still your best resource when it comes to getting out of a fire early on. You should have smoke alarms in each of your sleeping areas.”

“A lot of people read that as ‘bedroom,’ but you’ve got to remember that if you have a basement area downstairs, and maybe you’ve got a pull out couch that family or friends are staying on, that’s a sleeping area,” said Carrell. “You’ve got to have a smoke alarm down there.”

Carrell said other monitors could be needed too, depending on your heating source.

“If it’s going to be something that burns a fossil fuel – a kerosene, a propane-type heater, of course your furnace in your home, natural gas or propane – that carbon monoxide alarm also has to be there. All those things are also capable of producing carbon monoxide.”

A University of Missouri expert also recommends replacing smoke alarms that are more than 10 years old.

Edward “Ted” Jones to be inducted into Hall of Famous Missourians

The Missouri House will honor a primary backer of the Katy Trail who also helped lead Edward Jones to become a Fortune 500 company. Edward “Ted” Jones will be inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians in a ceremony tomorrow morning.

Ted Jones (courtesy; Edward Jones)

Ted Jones (courtesy; Edward Jones)

Jones is credited with starting the branch office model that made the investment company founded by his father such a success, according to Edward Jones CEO Norman Eaker.

“Ted had a love of Missouri and a love of farms and had a love of the business, but he saw the business very different than his father. Ted saw the business as one that should service retail investors and specifically retail investors not located in major metropolitan areas but in small communities,” said Eaker. “In 1957, Ted opened our first branch office in Mexico, Missouri. Ted wanted to serve people in rural communities – thought they were underserved – with quality financial advice. It was a brilliant idea and today we have over 14,000 offices throughout the United States and Canada.”

Jones also pushed for the creation of the Katy Trail, which stretches nearly 240 miles along the former Missouri-Kansas-Texas rail line’s route.

Eaker calls that one of Jones’ great, lasting contributions to the state of Missouri, but he says it took a fight with Missouri landowners to see it through.

“He had to fight with the Missouri landowners, and Ted considered himself a farmer,” said Eaker. “When the Katy trail was abandoned by the railroads, Ted took advantage of the national Rails to Trails Act to sponsor Missouri acquiring that land from the railroad and instead of it going back to the farmers, Ted put up $2.5-million to complete the Katy trail and now it’s the longest bike trail in the United States.”

Eaker said the trail has benefitted Missouri ever since.

“I believe they have over 400,000 riders on the Katy Trail every single year, and it was a contribution not only to those that enjoy the trail … but there are communities all along the trail that now have small businesses designed to serve those 400,000 tourists,” said Eaker.

Eaker says Jones was always looking for ways to serve others, and that included maintaining Edward Jones as a partnership.

“When his father wanted to have the firm owned by Ted and his sisters, Ted wanted to make sure that the firm was owned by the workers at Edward Jones, and today we’re the largest remaining partnership on Wall Street, we believe,” said Eaker.

He believes Jones would be pleased and humble about being inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians.

“He would probably feel totally unworthy but incredibly pleased to be included among the Famous Missourians,” said Eaker.

The Hall of Famous Missourians is found between the House and Senate chambers on the third floor of the Missouri Capitol. Its inductees are honored with bronze busts and are generally chosen by the Speaker of the House. Other inductees include Mark Twain, Harry Truman, Walt Disney and George Washington Carver.

Jones is the first inductee chosen by House Speaker Todd Richardson. Jones’ bust has been paid for by Edward Jones.