Omaha, NE – A monthly survey continues to signal positive news for the regional economy.
The Business Conditions Index for the Mid-America region rose for the sixth month in a row, from 61.7 in April to 64.2 in May.
The index, which ranges from zero to 100, is overseen by Creighton University economics professor Ernie Goss. Goss says scores above 50 suggest economic growth in the next three to six months, while scores below 50 suggest a declining economy in the coming months.
St. Louis – MetroLink trains will run more often, and Metro will add extra trains during special events, when the agency begins restoring service at the end of June.
Metro planning director Jessica Mefford-Miller said the agency will also add buses to its busiest routes on June 28. She said riders will see some changes when the bulk of bus service is restored in August.
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.