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DNR Might Ask Nixon to Step Off Ameren Case

JUNE 6, 2006 - Posted at 3:51 p.m. CST


ST. LOUIS, MO - The Missouri Department of Natural Resources might ask Jay Nixon to remove himself from legal action over the Taum Sauk reservoir collapse because he accepted more than $19,000 indirectly from Ameren Corporation.

DNR Director Doyle Childers says he is losing faith in Nixon's ability to represent the state in its case against Ameren, which delayed repairs at the southeast Missouri reservoir before it collapsed.

Nixon says any contributions from Ameren would not affect his investigation.

Four contributions from Ameren worth more than $19,000 were funneled through Democratic committees to Nixon's campaign in March.  Because the contributions were not directly from Ameren, the utility's name does not appear on Nixon's campaign financial disclosures.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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