Voters decide if schools will add tornado shelter, Harrisburg to decide how to use 'TIF" money, new products made from bacon

A new tornado shelter would be built in East Prairie if voters approve a school bond issue.
A new tornado shelter would be built in East Prairie if voters approve a school bond issue.
A public forum on how Harrisburg should spend the "TIF" money is set for April 30 at City Hall.
A public forum on how Harrisburg should spend the "TIF" money is set for April 30 at City Hall.
The Cape Girardeau postal distribution center will close by the end of the year.
The Cape Girardeau postal distribution center will close by the end of the year.
The Illinois Department of Transportation kicked off the "Gear Up-Ride Smart" motorcycle safety campaign.
The Illinois Department of Transportation kicked off the "Gear Up-Ride Smart" motorcycle safety campaign.
Search warrants used in the Sandy Hook shooting investigation were released today.
Search warrants used in the Sandy Hook shooting investigation were released today.

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The Easter Prairie School superintendent says a lot of students in his district are safer from tornadoes at school than at home. Tyler Profilet had the story and you can click here for more.

Senator Dick Durbin announced today that Harrisburg has been awarded $1.6 million in disaster relief funds. The money is expected to be used for Harrisburg's wastewater treatment plant.

You could say "more money, more problems." Allison Twaits was in Harrisburg today where city leaders are deciding what to do with more than half a million dollars of tax increment finance, or "TIF" money. Groups presented their ideas on how to spend the rest of the money at a meeting this morning.

The Illinois Department of Transportation kicked off the "Gear Up – Ride Smart" motorcycle safety campaign in partnership with the Illinois State Police, Gold Wing Riders Association and A Brotherhood Aimed Towards Education on Wednesday.

The Cape Girardeau postal distribution center will close by the end of the year. This will affect 12 to 18 workers. We have been told all of those workers will be offered jobs within a 50 mile radius of Cape Girardeau.

In national news, numerous weapons including guns, several swords, a bayonet and a gun safe were found inside the home of Sandy Hook Elementary School killer Adam Lanza, according to search warrants released today in regards to the investigation. You can click here to read each of the five search warrants used in the investigation, along with a description of events leading up to the shooting and full statements from advocacy groups, the governor and Sen. Richard Blumenthal.

A quiet act of random kindness has gone viral after a waitress at a Utah chain restaurant fixed a child with autism's "broken" cheeseburger. The story of the staff's kindness has received nearly 800,000 likes and more than 186,000 shares on Facebook.

A couple of stories that may leave you scratching your head were big topics of discussion on KFVS12.com today.

How much do you love bacon? J&D's Foods, the Seattle-based company that brought us the Bacon Coffin and Bacon Shaving Cream along with other pork-inspired products, has now introduced two new products: Bacon Sunscreen and Bacon condoms.

A man accused of using a prosthetic penis to try to pass a drug test was arrested in St. Louis. 34-year-old Sydney Levin was submitting a urine sample last week as part of his probation when authorities say an officer allegedly saw him using a prosthetic known as a Whizzinator.

You can catch some of these stories and more, tonight at 9 and 10!

Amber Ruch
County News Digital Content Producer
aruch@kfvs12.com
KFVS Hotline: 1-800-455-NEWS