DNR appoints private lawyer for bridge suit

Sunday, June 12, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 9:39 a.m. CDT, Thursday, June 26, 2008

JEFFERSON CITY — The Department of Natural Resources has hired a private attorney to go up against Attorney General Jay Nixon in a dispute over whether the agency can relinquish rights to a Boonville railroad bridge.

The department said Friday that Kent Lowry, at the Armstrong Teasdale law firm, will represent DNR.

Lowry will be paid $275 an hour, which DNR plans to bill to Nixon’s legal expense fund, said department director Doyle Childers.

Armstrong Teasdale’s employees and affiliates contributed $55,100 to Gov. Matt Blunt and fellow Republicans and $84,600 to Democrats, according to the Center for Ethics and the Free Market. Lowry gave $1,500 to Blunt. Childers said Lowry’s political affiliation played a role in his selection.

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