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Jay “Nasty” Nixon; The Sh*t REALLY Hits the Lake….err Fan!

September 25th, 2009 by mopns · 1 Comment

Children are more likely than adults to develop symptoms of E. coli O157:H7 infection. Most people with the infection will have:

  • Severe stomach cramps and stomach tenderness.
  • Diarrhea, watery at first, but often becoming very bloody.
  • Nausea and vomiting. Source: WebMD:

How refreshing, a reporter who is not afraid to report the news! This messy episode is really starting to stink now! (Pun intended)

Chad Livengood’s “Inside Missouri Politics” blog:

A top aide to Gov. Jay Nixon was briefed on a report showing high levels of E. coli in Lake of the Ozarks nearly four weeks before Nixon’s office has said they knew about the report, according to a former Department of Natural Resources employee.

Susanne Medley, DNR’s former communications director who resigned last week, told Senate committee staffers investigating the department’s handling of the report that she told Nixon communications aide Jeff Mazur about the report on May 29.

“…I said, you know, we’ve got this study in, these results appear high,” Medley recalled telling Mazur, according to a transcript obtained by the News-Leader through a Sunshine Law request.

Medley said she called Mazur because all major news releases were to be run through him.

E-mails previously obtained by the News-Leader indicate DNR staff had a press release ready around May 29 to announce the high levels of E. coli. Testing conducted on May 26 found E. coli levels exceeded safe limits for swimming in 29 of 55 cove sites tested. Since then, new test results have indicated E. coli levels have dipped under the federal limit, according to DNR.

Nixon has previously said nobody in his office knew about the dangerously high levels of E. coli until June 23 when DNR Director Mark Templeton met with the governor’s chief of staff, John Watson. At that meeting, Watson ordered Templeton to release the results, according to Nixon. Read more…

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KY3 Political Notebook: Reports: Nixon Aide New of E.Coli Sooner Than Revealed

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  • 1 UnderTheRadar // Sep 25, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    From the tone of your reports you would think the Governor pesonally polluted the lake. Just maybe it is all the unregulated development. But then Republicans don’t believe in regulation. Everyone has a right to a mule and twenty acres and an outhouse of their own design. Keep government out of my privy.

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