Scouting for litter: Girl Scout Troop plans to clean up their county

Girl Scout Troop 8597 plans to pick-up litter throughout Union County, Ill. to help them earn a prestigious award. Volunteers are welcome to help them with the countywide event.

What you need to know March 22

  Former Cape Girardeau Police HQ for sale

Tyson recalls chicken strip products due to possible metal contamination

  Flooding in New Madrid expected to get worse before it gets better

Murray State Racers advance in opening round of NCAA Tournament 83-64

  Cape Girardeau church gives back to the community by creating a 24-hour food pantry

Continued Coverage

  Death investigation underway after believed body of missing Dowell, IL man found

  SIU announces former Saluki Bryan Mullins as head basketball coach

#NebraskaStrong Drive for Flood Relief

  Man accused of holding knife to woman’s throat, hitting her with hammer

Southern IL counties receive $210K economic development, job creation grant

  Funeral services held for fallen Pinckneyville soldier

Survey: Bankers losing confidence in 10-state farm economy

A monthly survey of rural bankers in parts of 10 Plains and Western states shows bankers are losing confidence in the future of the region's farm economy in the wake of falling farm income and rising floodwaters

  What you need to know about Proposition Y in Cape Girardeau, MO

City leaders and Cape Girardeau voters are sounding off on the proposition

Suspect in custody after alleged armed robbery in Du Quoin

The Du Quoin police chief said a single person was robbed on E. South St. on Wednesday March 20.

Current boil water orders in the Heartland

Boil orders for the Heartland

Subject admits to harvesting illegal number of otters, bobcats in IL

  Southern IL veterans voice concerns about VA healthcare system

Veterans health care town hall held in Mt. Vernon, IL

  New bars in Cape Girardeau prepare for March Madness

  Former concrete shop goes up in flames in Cape Girardeau

What you need to know for March 21

New body camera training in Graves Co., KY

The system was bought with funds from the Sheriff’s Office Drug Forfeiture account and from the Graves County Fiscal Court.

  Downstate IL mostly disapproves of Governor Pritzker job performance

A poll from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University Carbondale shows mixed reviews from Illinois registered voters about political leaders.

  Gas prices continue to rise in the Heartland

Have you noticed a recent jump at the pump?

  Hayti near completion on city hall, police station

In 2017, voters took to the polls in Hayti and approved a new tax that would help bring in a new city hall and police station.

MO to recieve nearly $10M in Opioid Response Grants

This is the first of two expected grant announcements from the $1.5 billion for State Opioid Response Grants.

IL governor, state police take steps to strengthen Forensic Services

There are six labs and nearly 500 forensic services personnel completing over 70,000 forensic assignments every year.

  $100K worth of meth seized in Marshall Co. traffic stop

A large amount of methamphetamine was seized in a traffic stop on Wednesday, March 20.

  New program for lung cancer screenings in southern Illinois

New options are available to southern Illinois to find out if they have lung cancer

Elementary school food employee diagnosed with Hep A

An investigation found the risk to school patrons "is very low," according to the school.

  Perryville company holds ribbon cutting ceremony

The personal home loan business opened in October 2018

  Gov. Parson orders flags at half-staff in honor of MO soldier who died in Kuwait

Governor Mike Parson ordered flags at half-staff on Thursday, March 21 to honor Army Reserve Spc. Jackson Johnson of Hillsboro.

Reward offered in elk poaching case

A conservation organization is offering $8,500 reward for information in a poaching case where two elk were shot in Shannon County, Mo.

  Adult, 1-year-old confirmed dead after crash on Rte. 3 at Thebes, IL

State Police confirmed there were five total occupants involved in the crash.

  Crews battle early morning fire at businesses in Hayti Heights, MO

Hayti fire crews say when they arrived the front of the Old Turnage Wrecker buildings were engulfed in flames. The building housed three businesses.

  SIU visiting professor: 2020 census important for state seats, money

Jackson said that if two seats are lost due to the census count that there is a high chance that a congressperson that represents southern Illinois would be lost.

New Madrid Co. deputy helps to evacuate elderly woman, dog

A woman and her dog were rescued in New Madrid County, Mo.

  Grand Tower officials worry Mississippi River high water may impact Devil’s Backbone Park

Communities across the Heartland along the Mississippi RIver are impacted by the high waters, and Grand Tower officials worry high waters up from the North may impact revenue at the Devil’s Backbone Park.

Dexter PD seeking info on car’s owner

The car is a 90s to early 2000 model.

  Local business taking March Madness Brackets to new degree

There are just two days before March Madness tips off in full force, and a local business is challenging its clients to participate in a unique bracket challenge.

Kevil, KY native graduates from U.S. Air Force basic training

U.S. Air Force Airman Trevor C. McReynolds graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

Woman allegedly used someone’s credit card to buy $1,000 worth of cigarettes

The business has lost $1,000 in merchandise and will have to wait to be reimbursed.

Lawmakers announce more than $123M in federal funding for IL highway, bridge repair

The funds also include $24,388,389 in new federal funding for risk-based bridge repair and replacement.

Former Congressman from southeast MO Bill Burlison passes at 88

He served six terms in the U.S. Congress.

  Deputy’s body cam captures high school promposal

It's a traffic stop this high school student won't forget.

  Heartland church begins recovering after tornado

Anyone that needs cleanup assistance can call 270-556-5221 according to Marshall Co. EMA.

  Harrah’s Metropolis reopens as floodwaters recede

Casino officials said the Ohio River has receded enough that guests and employees can return to the building.

  Protecting yourself from scams, fraud after flooding

The Missouri Attorney General’s office released a few tips on keeping yourself safe from scams and fraud

  Elmwood, McBride public housing in Cairo, IL to be demolished

The Alexander County Housing Authority awarded $1.9 million to a contractor to demolish the public housing complexes in Cairo.

Study ranks most, least federally dependent state

The study said Illinois is the fifth least federally dependent state.

Cape Girardeau Co. officials say missing man has been located

Before 10 a.m. the Sheriff’s Department officials said he was found safe and reunited with his family.

“Sgt. Treadway would like to speak with him.” KY officials look to identify man

Police said Sgt. Treadway would like to speak with the man in a photo on their Facebook page.

Driver sent to hospital after swerving to avoid deer

The driver told deputies a deer entered the roadway before he got to a curve in the road.

What you need to know March 19

Your news and weather for 3/19

  Cities prepare for flooding as Mississippi River rises

Rivers are continuing to rise across the Heartland and cities on the water are preparing for the worst.

I-57 expansion project, work zones announced in Southern Illinois

ISP and IDOT discussed the upcoming Interstate 57 Expansion Project and the importance of work zone safety during a news conference Monday.

  Officials kick off I-57 expansion with press conference

The expansion of I-57 from Sikeston to the Arkansas border would connect Chicago to Little Rock, Arkansas.

What you need to know March 18

Your news and weather for 3/18

  Volunteers place flags for Sgt. Holli Bolinski’s funeral service

More than 300 volunteers came out to help.

  Low flying plane mapping buried geology in southeast Missouri

This low-flying twin-engine aircraft is using scientific tools to map out the buried geology across southeast Missouri.

Sheriff’s office introduces new emergency notification system in Union County, IL

Union County has announced the Hyper-Reach Mass Notification System as their new emergency notification system.

2 East Prairie teens injured in ATV crash

Two Missouri teenagers were taken to a Memphis hospital after being injured in an ATV crash in Mississippi County, Mo.

Couple face drug charges after traffic stop

A man and woman were taken to jail after a traffic stop that turned up meth and other drug paraphernalia

  Downtown businesses prep for 31st Annual Downtown Cape Girardeau Pub Crawl

Eleven bars and restaurants are on the list this year.

  50 people uninjured as tornado rips through Paducah Baptist church

After a nightmare of a day yesterday, members of Mt. Zion Baptist are picking up the pieces today.

  Survey: St. Patty’s Day a top beer consuming holiday

Will you be celebrating on St. Patrick's Day weekend?

  New owner thanks community for support after fire at Heartland meat market and deli

Multiple fire crews were called to a fire at Jack’s Meat Market and Deli in Murphysboro, Illinois, early on Friday morning, March 15.

Paducah Parks Department extends Tee Ball and Rookie League registration deadline

Paducah Parks & Recreation is extending the registration deadline for the Tee Ball and Rookie League to Wednesday, March 20.

Spring Clean Up Day for McCracken Co., Paducah residents

The annual Spring Clean Up Day for McCracken County and Paducah residents will be on April 13.

Roads closed due to flooding in the Heartland

Flooding is causing some road closures in the Heartland.

  Mississippi River floodgates in Cape Girardeau closed

The floodgates in Cape Girardeau were closed on Thursday and Friday.

Extra police patrols planned in Cape Girardeau for St. Patrick’s Day weekend

Cape Girardeau police say they will have extra patrols this weekend to encourage safety and responsibility, but also in light of the deadly shooting near a downtown bar last weekend.

U.S. 62 & KY 286 in McCracken, Ballard Counties reopened

Kentucky Transportation officials briefly reopened U.S. 62 and KY 286 Friday morning, March 15, after crews worked well into the night to clear debris from them.

  State of Emergency declared for Ballard, McCracken Counties due to tornado damage

The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado touched down in McCracken County, Kentucky on Thursday, March 14.

What you need to know March 15

Your news, weather and trending web stories for Friday, March 15.

  Illinois Senate approves Tobacco 21, sends bill to governor

Lawmakers in Illinois are taking a step towards raising the age to legally buy tobacco products from 18 to 21.

  Marion PD needs help identifying forged check suspect

The driver attempted to cash additional checks at other bank locations.

  Escapee from the Fulton County Courthouse captured

Robert Lee Addair escaped custody around 12:36 p.m. from the Fulton County Courthouse and ran down to the floodwall.

Louisville Zoo, Mega Cavern reopening Friday following sinkhole issue

Louisville Zoo and Mega Caverns closed following the discovery of a sinkhole on March 6.