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Monumental power—Missouri’s only nuclear plant plays a major role in state’s energy supply

Deep inside Missouri’s only nuclear energy center, you can actually feel power being generated. Steam pulses through the plant’s giant turbine column—spinning at 1,800 rotations per minute, causing a deafening hum and a slight, but palpable, vibration. “That’s what you’re feeling,” says Barry Cox, senior director of nuclear operations, standing beside the turbines. “They’re just massive, absolutely massive.” Everything feels

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Bean Power — Demand for clean, green soy-based fuel is creating growth in Missouri

Early on, it must have come across as an eccentric idea—using soybean oil to power vehicles. Yet, that’s the idea the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council and University of Missouri researchers were pursuing in the early 1990s. The soybean council had decided to invest in finding a way to create a new market for cheap, plentiful soybean oil. It turns out,

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Missouri’s renewable energy goals: Are answers blowing in the wind?

In 2008, Missouri voters approved a ballot measure to require the state accelerate its efforts to adopt renewable energy sources. The measure means that Missouri’s investorowned utilities must get 15 percent of their power from renewable sources by 2021. Two hydroelectric power plants and the expansion of solar power will help Missouri’s utilities meet those goals. But to make it

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As solar production expands, a new discussion emerges about its worth to Missouri

Solar power is a small but growing source of energy in Missouri. Solar power installation expanded by more than 7,000 percent in three years, from 2009 to 2012, according to the Missouri Division of Energy. And solar capacity has expanded by more than 150 percent each year since Missouri voters approved a renewable energy measure in 2008. The strong growth

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Renewable energy: What lies ahead for Missouri’s energy mix?

The Missouri Division of Energy is developing the state’s first comprehensive energy plan, which is set to take effect May 31, 2015. The plan was proposed in response to new energy regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency that focus on reducing carbon pollution and lean toward renewable and sustainable energy sources. In order to meet the new Clean Power Plan

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Discrimination law changes could finally pass this session

For more than a decade, Missouri businesses have faced an uphill battle in lawsuits over whether discrimination played a role in firing decisions. Currently, an employee who brings a retaliation action against an employer must prove only that discrimination contributed in some manner to the adverse action. In most other states and in federal court, the plaintiff employee must prove

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Kirksville—North Missouri’s education capital

Kirksville is one part rural community, one part regional center, and one part college town. In this city of more than 17,000 people, agriculture, medicine, and education converge to create what you could call the education capital of rural northeastern Missouri. “It’s one of the very few communities anywhere that someone can start out in preschool and end up having

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