Power Restored at Capitol

A power outage at the Missouri Capitol left government workers in the dark for a couple hours.

The electricity went out shortly after 11 a.m. Monday at the Capitol and was restored about 1:30 p.m.

Ameren Missouri spokesman Mike Cleary said the outage was caused by the failure of switch in an electrical circuit that feeds the Capitol. He said a nearby state office building and a Catholic church and school also were affected.

Some state employees left the dark Capitol. Others used the break as an opportunity for exercise — walking laps through the dim hallways.

State Administration Commissioner Kelvin Simmons says the outage highlights the need for a good system of backup generators at the Capitol.

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