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.
St. Louis, MO – Monsanto share prices fell more than 8 percent today following the announcement that the company was cutting prices of its Roundup herbicide. Stocks recovered somewhat by the end of the trading day, closing down 4.5 percent.
The agricultural biotech giant said lowering prices would reduce ongoing earnings per share by 50 to 70 cents in this fiscal year.
Monsanto's shares have lost about 40 percent of their market value since the start of 2010.
St. Louis – A lack of state support has forced the organizer of the Tour of Missouri to cancel the bike race's fourth year.
"It's become clear that the Governor and the Tourism Commission no longer support the event, and without the partnership with the state, a world-wide event of this magnitude likely would not be successful," Medalist Sports managing partner Chris Aronhalt wrote in an e-mail.