Missouri utility regulators denied Noranda Aluminum's request for a 25% rate reduction on Wednesday. The smelting company in New Madrid had claimed the reduction of its $160 million annual electric costs was crucial for the business to stay open, but the unanimous 5-0 vote by the regulators deemed that claim unsubstantiated. A Noranda spokesperson said they are disappointed in the result, but remain committed to reduce electric costs and remain a part of the southeast Missouri economy.
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster says many citizens have called his office complaining of scam phone calls from a Washington, DC area code. He said the callers leave threatening voicemails demanding a call-back, and when citizens call back, they are asked to give their name and number. Scammers are said to be posing from the IRS or other federal agencies, and often request personal information on the premise the person has unpaid debt. If you receive a scam call from a 202 area code, call 800-392-8222 or submit the call at ago.mo.gov.
The ever-popular ALS Ice Bucket Challenge continues to sweep the nation - as of Thursday evening, it's raised over $40 million to help fight the muscle-atrophy disease. The challenge started in late July, but has really taken off in the last 10 days, with President George W. Bush, Michael Jordan, and all of your Facebook friends taking the challenge of dumping a bucket of ice water on their heads. A donation of $100 is expected if you decline the challenge, but many are donating anyways.