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FULTON, Mo. (AP) - A central Missouri nuclear power plant is back on line slightly more than three weeks after a small fire.

Ameren Missouri said Monday its Callaway Energy Center near Fulton has resumed operation.

The Callaway County reactor supplies about 20 percent of the electricity Ameren sells to its 1.2 million customers. Other Ameren plants made up for the lost power while the nuclear plant was offline.

The reactor shut down automatically the night of July 26 when power cables that connect the plant to the electric grid shorted, causing the small fire.

Ameren said the arc was caused by a ventilation louver that dislodged and moved close to the cables. The utility says inspections showed no need to replace major equipment.

Monday, 19 August 2013 17:15
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The Kirkwood School District prepares to receive hundreds of transfers from the Riverview Gardens schools.

Tuesday is the first day of classes. Monday night, is the final school board meeting before school begins. Officials are expected to discuss any last minute preparations for new students.

Riverview Gardens is paying tuition and transportation costs for 263 transferring students.

 
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn's administration says the statewide average workers' compensation rate has dropped 4.5 percent.

Officials say the figure set by a national rating agency continues a downward trend that has saved Illinois employers $315 million in insurance premium costs since 2011.

The National Council on Compensation Insurance issued the figure Monday. Insurance companies often use the number to figure workers' compensation premiums.

James Stephens is deputy director of the Department of Insurance. He says the drop reflects an overall 13.3 percent decrease in the rate in the last three years.

Quinn's office says the decrease is because of a money-saving workers' compensation reform package the Democratic governor signed into law in 2011.

The rate changes take effect Jan. 1 if the Insurance Department accepts them.

Monday, 19 August 2013 16:12
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Drivers will soon be able to speed up a bit on some highways. ]

Governor Pat Quinn signed a bill that raises the speed limit on rural interstates to 70 miles an hour. The new law takes effect on January 1 and raises the limit from 65 miles an hour. Illinois joins 36 other states that have at least some parts of highways with speed limits of at least 70.

The bill also lowers the limit for excessive speeding by 5 miles per hour. The more severe penalty now kicks in when drivers exceed the speed limit by 26 mph. The measure was opposed by the Illinois Department of Transportation and State Police.

 

Monday, 19 August 2013 16:01
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A St. Louis man is in jail after allegedly throwing a woman out of a moving car onto the highway.

Police say David Sheridan was driving on Interstate 64 when he pushed the woman from the car. Officers arrived to investigate and that is when Sheridan walked back to the scene. Police say he started arguing with officers and was taken into custody.

He now faces three felony charges and is held on the $30,000 bond. The victim is in the hospital in serious but stable condition. 

Monday, 19 August 2013 14:59
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Good news for drivers as gas prices took a tumble in St. Louis last week.  

Retail prices fell nearly 7 cents per gallon averaging $3.43 a gallon on Sunday. This is according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 983 gas outlets in St. Louis. This compares with the national average which was $3.57 a gallon last week. Prices yesterday were almost 20 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago.

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The St. Louis Police Department tweeted a photo of two people they want to question connected to the shooting of a 12-year-old girl.

The girl was shot in the hand Sunday night in Carr Square Park in North St. Louis. Police say the shooters were firing into a crowd of people when the girl was hit. Officers do not believe she was the intended target. The girl was taken to the hospital in stable condition.

Anyone who can identify the pair is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS.

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One man in custody after a violent weekend in St. Louis.

Darryl Sain is charged for allegedly shooting at four people near at midtown gas station. Police say Sain saw the people sitting on his car at the gas station and asked them to move. They did not move and a the confrontation escalated. That is when Sain allegedly grabbed a gun from the car and shot into the group.

One person was hit in the calf. Three other men took themselves to the hospital with gunshot wounds. All victims are expected to recover. Sain returned to the scene of the shooting and turned himself in.

He is being held in custody on a $30,000 cash bond.

 
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   The Jennings post office in the 9800 block of New Halls Ferry Road is closed indefinitely after a car crashed through it, injuring two women.

   It happened about 11:30 Monday morning.  The car plowed through the lobby, then crashed through an interior wall and into a work area.  It's not yet known what caused the crash. 

   Postal officials say mail that would normally go to the Jennings post office will instead be delivered to the Garden Post Office in the 8300 block of North Broadway.

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ALTON, Ill. (AP) - Police in the southwestern Illinois community of Alton are getting help raising money to buy a second police dog.

   Alton police officials and the city's mayor are set to receive about $1,000 from Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gibbons' office on Monday. The city's trying to raise at least $15,000 for the new canine cop by Dec. 1. So far, they've raised $10,000.

   The city has one police dog, after a second retired and a third had to be euthanized because of illness.

 

   If the fundraising beats the deadline, police can buy the new dog and begin training it by February of next year.

 

   Gibbons says the donation from his office is coming from assets that were seized in federal drug cases.

 
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