Chicago – The vast majority of candidates for statewide office in Illinois have signed what's called the "loyalty oath." It's an optional form that candidates in may file when they turn in their petitions to get on the ballot.
On it, they swear they're not affiliated with any communist groups, and don't plan to teach or advocate for the overthrow of the government.
A document from the state board of elections says the oath was signed by all but two of the candidates for Illinois governor.
St. Louis – For the second year in a row, Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols is the Most Valuable Player in the National League.
Pujols received all 32 first-place votes from the baseball writers who vote on the national awards. He is the first unanimous MVP pick since Barry Bonds in 2002. Pujols is also the first player to repeat as MVP since Bonds won four in a row between 2001 and 2004.
Jefferson City, Mo. – The head of the Missouri Department of Transportation today told lawmakers that the state agency is facing a large funding shortfall in the coming years.
MoDOT Director Pete Rahn appeared before the Joint Committee on Transportation Oversight, telling members that 83 percent of Missouri's major highways are in good condition. But he says the $1.5 billion being spent this year on Missouri's roads will drop to just over $420 million five years from now.
By Rachel Lippmann and Anna Vitale, St. Louis Public Radio
St. Louis – About two dozen residents of the Fountain Park neighborhood in north St. Louis gathered to protest rising violence Monday, the same day a controversial yearly study ranked St. Louis the second most dangerous city in the United States.
St. Louis – The head of the Flood Prevention District in the Metro East says fixing aging levees is the St. Louis region's most urgent issue.
Last week, the Army Corps of Engineers discovered a leak in the Wood River Levee near the Melvin Price Lock and Dam in East Alton, Ill. The corps said the levee is not in danger of failing now, but it could give way during a flood.