Chicago – The Republican candidate for Senate in Illinois is taking full responsibility for inaccurately characterizing a military award in his official biography, and says he'll correct other discrepancies if any are found.
Congressman Mark Kirk had long said he was named the Navy's intelligence officer of the year. But he admitted recently the award was given to a unit he led in 1999 - not to him individually.
Kirk also lashed out Monday at "Democratic operatives" for spending money scrutinizing his records.
St. Louis – Five people suffered minor injuries when an Amtrak passenger train derailed near St. Louis Sunday night.
Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said the last two coaches on the train left the tracks in Granite City, Ill.
The train had just left St. Louis for Chicago.
Magliari said five of the train's 63 passengers were treated at hospitals for minor injuries. Amtrak gave the rest of the passengers the option of going onto Chicago on charter buses or returning to St. Louis.
Kirkwood, Mo. – On Sunday the city of Kirkwood dedicated a memorial walkway for the six public servants killed in a shooting rampage two years ago.
A disgruntled resident, Charles "Cookie" Thornton, stormed a council meeting on February 7, 2008 and killed police officer Thomas Ballman, sergeant William Biggs, council members Connie Karr and Michael Lynch, and public works director Michael Yost.
Mayor Mike Swoboda was injured in the shooting and died later in the year from complications.
St. Louis, MO. – The Missouri Public Service Commission voted Friday to grant AmerenUE a $226 million rate increase. The St. Louis-based utility had requested a $402 million hike. AmerenUE spokesman Michael West says the company filed the request last year to help offset rising fuel costs and focus on the system's reliability.
He says the company is reviewing the PSC's decision.
St. Louis – The region's mass transit agency will on Saturday resume a shuttle bus through Forest Park - just in time for the tourism season.
Metro's shuttle route's restoration is one made possible by the passage in April of a half-cent sales tax. It was cut in March 2009 after a November 2008 effort to pass the same tax failed. The bus stops at all of the Park's major attractions, as well as a park-and-ride lot at the MetroLink station at Forest Park Pkwy. and DeBaliviere Ave.
Jefferson City, Mo. – AmerenUE's Taum Sauk Reservoir is once again generating electricity.
The St. Louis-based utility had the hydroelectric plant in southeastern Missouri rebuilt after its walls collapsed more than 4 years ago.
The new reservoir dam cost $490 million, and was built on the old dam's site on top of Proffit Mountain. The facility also contains a 7,000-foot shaft and tunnel inside the mountain, a lower reservoir and a two-generator power house.