Morning Minutes: July 3

 

Wind farms could electrify power lines running through Missouri.  Grain Belt Express Clean Line LLC could build $2 billion wind farm power system through Missouri. | Courtesy of Creative Commons
Wind farms could electrify power lines running through Missouri. Grain Belt Express Clean Line LLC could build $2 billion wind farm power system through Missouri. | Courtesy of Creative Commons

Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:

State Regulation Dispute Targets Captive Deer Ranchers 

The Missouri Department of Conservation, which is concerned about the spread of chronic wasting disease in the wild deer population, wants captive deer ranchers to build secondary fencing, test the animals more and put an end to deer imports. The ranchers oppose the proposed rules and want Gov. Jay Nixon to sign legislation that would classify their deer as livestock and let them be regulated by the state Department of Agriculture.

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Republican Senator Eric Schmitt Running For State Treasurer 

Missouri state Sen. Eric Schmitt, a key player in the last two GOP legislative battles for tax cuts, has changed his expected political plans by announcing that he’s running for Missouri state treasurer in 2016. Schmitt, a lawyer from Glendale in suburban St. Louis, is the first from either major party to officially announce for state treasurer.

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KCP&L To Buy Energy From Kansas Wind Farm

Kansas City Power & Light’s parent company, Great Plains Energy Inc,, entered into a 20-year agreement with EDF Renewable Energy Inc. to buy power from a Central Kansas wind farm. Great Plains Energy will buy energy from the planned Slate Creek Wind Project — which will be about 50 miles south of Wichita — when it is operational by the end of 2015.

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Missouri Ends Fiscal Year With Unexpected Revenue Decline 

Net general revenue collections in the fiscal year that ended June 30 decreased by 1 percent, to $8 billion from $8.08 billion, in 2013, about $240 million short of the projected income, the state budget director said.

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Carl Icahn Resigns From American Railcar Board 

Carl Icahn has resigned from American Railcar Industries Inc.’s board of directors, and a statement from the manufacturing company based in St. Charles said the decision “was not a result of any disagreement.” Icahn, who had been the board’s chairman since 1994, controls 55.7 percent of Railcar’s outstanding shares, worth about $834.5 million.

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