Illinois and the federal government have approved an environmental impact statement for the high-speed rail line under construction between Chicago and St. Louis.
The review is an important step because it identifies a route through Springfield that would end a dispute that had threatened to hold up the project.
It also recommends a route around some of the congested tangle of rail lines between Chicago and suburban Joliet. Upgrades to that suggested corridor would be $500 million cheaper than the existing route because fewer overpasses would be needed.
Carol Perkins, a conservationist and humanitarian and the widow of famed zoologist Marlin Perkins, has died.
The Saint Louis Zoo says Carol Perkins died Saturday at her home in Clayton, Mo. She was 95 and had been in declining health.
Marlin Perkins was the director of the Saint Louis Zoo who gained international fame after becoming host of television's "Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom" in 1962. The program aired for 26 years until his death in 1986.
The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday announced a cleanup agreement with PerkinElmer Inc., a Massachusetts-based firm that operates the Missouri Metals plant. The agreement will be final after a 30-day comment period.