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Wednesday, August 1, 2007


Officials in Gov. Matt Blunt’s administration pressured the Missouri State Highway Patrol to publicly criticize Attorney General Jay Nixon last month for not pursuing criminal charges against AmerenUE over the December 2005 Taum Sauk Reservoir collapse even though the patrol’s own investigation found no evidence of criminal wrongdoing, according to a July 18 story by The Kansas City Star.

E-mails obtained by the paper showed that high-ranking officials in the governor’s office were upset with comments by patrol officials to the media that the patrol determined no crimes had been committed. The officials wanted the patrol to put out a statement to the contrary. At the direction of Department of Public Safety Director Mark James, Col. James Keathley, patrol superintendent, issued such a statement on June 7. Keathley’s statement contradicted several findings of the patrol’s investigation.

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