Afternoon update: Happy Pi Day!

This bus was damaged in a wreck this morning in Poplar Bluff.
This bus was damaged in a wreck this morning in Poplar Bluff.
Check out the new county sites at!
Check out the new county sites at!

Happy Pi Day to you!  Yes, it's 3.14 or March 14.

We have plenty of water to go with that pi.  John Dissauer tells us when the rain will end and how warm it will get this week.

While we have water in the Heartland, water levels dropped precipitously inside a Japanese nuclear reactor today.  It left the uranium fuel rods completely exposed twice and raising the threat of a meltdown, hours after a hydrogen explosion tore through the building housing a different reactor.

Meanwhile, proponents of nuclear energy in the U.S. scrambled to assure nervous Americans that nuclear power plants are safe.  Holly Brantley talks with a local expert on the nuclear crisis in Japan.  We have the latest on the Disaster in Japan.

The Memphis District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, raised the floodfight response to Phase II. The area of flooding is located around Cairo, Ill, and New Madrid, Mo.  Christy Millweard explains what Phase II means and how Corps of Engineers personnel are increasing efforts to control flooding.

Almost three years to the day after a devastating flood ravaged much of the Heartland, a Piedmont church learned they are one step closer to a new home.  Holly Brantley gives us this update on the aftermath of the flood of 2008.

Visitation is tonight for a Pinckneyville soldier killed in Iraq.

Illinois State Police confirms a man was hit and killed along Route 3 in Alexander County last night.

Twenty-nine Poplar Bluff school children went to the hospital as a precaution after a school bus crash this morning.

Check out these amazing pictures after a fire burned a mail truck in Kennett.

You may have noticed a little change on the homepage of  We launched 15 new county news websites last week to focus on news where you live.  Check them out at  You can even set a county as your home county for each time you visit  Email our county site web producer, Amber Ruch, if you're interested in becoming a County Content Producer to write stories for these sites. Email