The Mississippi River is closed near St. Louis again. This time, the problem is several barges that broke loose and collided with some docked barges.
The Coast Guard says it happened around midnight near the confluence with the Missouri River.
Early reports indicate that the accident may have caused a significant oil spill in the river.
The City of Alton will soon have a new mayor after an improbable election result was certified Tuesday.
Businessman Brant Walker had been removed from the ballot two months before the election because of a technicality. He ran as a write-in candidate against incumbent Mayor Tom Hoechst, and won.
Election results certified yesterday by Madison County Clerk Debra Ming-Mendoza show that Walker beat Hoechst by just over two-percent, or 74 votes.
Hoechst released a statement saying that he planned to challenge the results, but won't wait for the process to be complete before he begins working with Walker to ensure a smooth transition should the results hold.
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A parolee originally charged with attempted murder in the Alton, Illinois stabbings of two brothers has been sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to aggravated battery.
The (Alton) Telegraph reports that Lavonte Brownlee entered the plea after prosecutors agreed to drop the more serious counts.
Authorities say Brownlee stabbed 40-year-old John Parker and 31-year-old Jay Parker last September outside the B&R Tavern after a dispute inside the East Alton business.
Police say John Parker was stabbed as many as 10 times, and his younger brother sustained two wounds. Both survived.
Brownlee was on parole after prison terms for armed robbery, home invasion and battery.
Sandidge served three terms as mayor of the metro-east city, from 1997 to 2009. He spent 27 years on the Alton police force before that, including three years as chief.
Sandidge died early Sunday morning following a battle with cancer. He was 75.
Funeral arrangements are pending.