Happy Friday evening,
I hope you all are enjoying the sunnier weather, especially after yesterday.
Tyler Profilet talked to the General Manager at Ozark Border Electric Co-op about the power outages that affected around 7,500 customers. The Poplar Bluff Office reported they received nearly 1,500 phone calls since Thursday afternoon about the outages.
In Gladstone, Mo. the weight of the snow from the severe weather storm caused the collapse of a dance studio's roof overnight. Luckily, no one was injured.
Tune in tonight at 9 and 10 for Holly Brantley's story on underground power lines. Power companies say a lot of people ask if underground lines do a better job keeping the electric on, and the answers may surprise you.
Have you had enough snow and winter weather talk? Click Here to see a slideshow of the best beaches in the country. You're welcome!
Today, in crime-related news, Cape Girardeau police are looking for three people accused of shoplifting a TV, surround sound system and other items from WalMart. Police have provided surveillance images of the suspects. You can Click Here for the story.
Watch tonight at 9, we'll bring you more on a man found dead in an Advance McDonald's parking lot. It's the talk of the town, but authorities are staying tight-lipped over the cause of death.
A couple was arrested in McCracken County in connection with stealing an 84-year-old Calvert City man's checkbook. According to police, one of the suspects was helping the man take care of things at his home that he could no longer do when she took the checkbook.
A Connecticut man was arrested after police say they saw him trying to put a fire hydrant into his truck at an intersection on Saturday. They say the hydrant was damaged in a previous storm.
In other news, Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents approved a room and board rate increase for students on Feb. 21. Under the approved plan, average room rates will increase 2.65 percent, while board rates will raise an average of 3.5 percent for the fiscal year 2014.
More on money, you can Click Here to read this story about how American defense spending takes up 20 percent of the entire U.S. economy, more than the next 14 countries combined. Where does all the money go specifically? You may be surprised.
A story that caught our attention in the newsroom today, deputies say a Paducah woman claims she was singing a song in her car and didn't see a crash in front of her before hitting one of the wrecked vehicles and a pedestrian.
Don't forget to watch us tonight at 9 and 10 for these stories and more. If you're not home, we stream our newscasts live on our mobile news apps.
That's all for tonight for everyone. Have a fun and safe weekend!