Missouri utility regulators have given approval for what Ameren Missouri calls the most aggressive energy efficiency plan ever in the state.
Under the plan approved Wednesday by the Missouri Public Service Commission, Ameren will invest $147 million over three years in several programs that seek to reduce electricity use by 800 million megawatt-hours.
The plan was part of a negotiated settlement among Ameren, PSC staff, consumer advocates and environmental groups.
Gov. Jay Nixon has appointed a former Republican state lawmaker to the Missouri Veterans' Commission.
Chuck Wooten is a World War II veteran from Nixa who served five terms in the Missouri House.
The commission provides information to veterans and their families about their rights and helps them obtain state and federal benefits. It also oversees skilled nursing facilities for veterans and veteran cemeteries.
Nixon announced Wooten's appointment Wednesday. If confirmed by the state Senate, he would serve until November 2015.
Missouri officials are preparing to award nine grants worth nearly $9 million to create so-called "Innovation Campuses" involving colleges and universities.
The program pairs universities and colleges with businesses to train students for jobs in high-demand fields. It's partly aimed at helping students earn their degrees faster and graduate with less debt.
Gov. Jay Nixon planned to discuss the grants Wednesday at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri State University in Springfield and Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph.
Beginning in September, most flights from Columbia Regional Airport will fly to Atlanta, rather than Memphis.
Currently, Delta Air Lines offers one daily flight to Atlanta and the rest of the flights go to Memphis.
Delta said Monday that starting Sept. 5, the morning flight Sunday through Friday will go to Memphis, while the midday and evening flights will go to Atlanta. On Saturdays, the morning and afternoon flights will go to Atlanta.
A Kansas City man who is the top dominoes player in the world says the game teaches life lessons that are important for young people to learn.
Jerome Wooten recently won his fourth world championship in dominoes in the last five years. Other players tell The Kansas City Star that Wooten's reputation makes him feared throughout the dominoes world.
Republican Missouri U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler wants to reduce federal regulators' authority over hydroelectric projects.
Hartzler's district includes part of the Lake of the Ozarks that has been embroiled in controversy during the past year over land near the lake. Land included within the boundary of the hydroelectric project falls under the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's authority, while other property does not.