Gov. Pritzker to discuss COVID-19 response, infrastructure in southern Ill. visit

During his first stop on Tuesday morning, Gov. Pritzker plans to discuss the COVID-19 response in Jackson County at SIU.

Heartland road projects 8/3

Planning and Zoning Commission apology letter read at Cape Girardeau City Council meeting

  Perryville opens new bicycle hostel to boost tourism

Grant money to help southern Ill. families with housing repairs

Current boil water orders in the Heartland

Rte. 146 closure planned at railroad crossing in Ware, Ill.

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What you need to know Aug. 3

  Cape First Family Day aims to connect people with resources

  Missouri’s National Veterans Memorial opens military museum

  East Perry Community Fair in Altenburg, Mo. canceled

  Pop-up movie event in Cape Girardeau postponed due to weather

2020 Golconda, Ill. Shrimp Festival canceled due to pandemic

  Family donates boxes of sensory items to Jackson students with special needs

Michelle Prichard came up with the idea to give back to teachers and and students in the special education program at Jackson schools.

2020 Corporate Games in Cape Girardeau canceled

Corporate Games has been canceled for 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ice Cream Factory gives free ice cream across Missouri

In 14 days, they are going to travel to 134 cities.

Stuff the Bus

Your United Way, local Walmart stores, the radio stations of Withers Broadcasting and KFVS12 are asking you to help Stuff The Bus with school supplies. Your donations can help children in need get their school year started the right way.

  Heartland school shares ways to teach students virtually

  Cape Girardeau musician impacted by COVID-19 pandemic

  Veteran canoeing down Mississippi River to raise awareness of veteran suicide

  Reeling in the moments: Group focuses on getting veterans out in nature

  SEMO Food Bank getting ready for possible uptick in food insecurity

  Aaron Lewis added to Sikeston Rodeo lineup

  Dog found shot in Malden, Mo. dies, reward offered

Reward offered after dog found shot in Malden dies.

  Heartlanders disgusted with littered masks

After hearing complaints about PPE gear tossed on the ground, Heartland News went out and found more than a dozen masks along a section of Broadway and Main Street while driving around.

  Girl with special needs gets dream bedroom on her birthday

An 11-year-old girl with special needs got the bedroom of her dreams and it happened on her 11th birthday.

  Fisherman weigh in big at catfish tournament in Caruthersville

Co-owner of Grizzly Jig Company Wade Mansfield said it's great to see so many people from out of state coming here to Caruthersville for the tournament but also to help bring a boost to the economy.

Cape Girardeau police gathered to pay final respects to K-9 Dallas

K-9 Dallas joined the Cape Girardeau Police Department on patron on June 2, 2017.

Ashley McBryde withdraws from Sikeston Rodeo lineup

The Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo Board of Directors announced Ashley McBryde is withdrawing from the lineup due to unforeseen circumstances.

Bald Knob Cross to hold 24-hour fundraising campaign

'Day of Giving' fundraiser for Bald Knob Cross will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 4.

What you need to know July 24

News headlines, First Alert Weather and trending web stories for Friday, July 24.

  Group donates gift bags to Cape Girardeau police officers

The donated bags contained snacks and gift cards to area businesses.

  New Ameren Mo. transformers installed at Cape Girardeau substation

Ameren Missouri received two, 45-ton transformers to help power the Cape Girardeau substation.

Ky. launches new program for young people moving from foster care

The Kentucky Department for Community Based Services launched a new program to help young people who reach adulthood in foster care.

Special prosecutor declines filing criminal charges against Sikeston officers involved in deadly shooting

Mississippi County Prosecuting Attorney Darren Cann said the officers actions were reasonable and not criminal.

Noble Park in Paducah to get music garden

The city is preparing the concrete base for the new park amenity and will be installing each musical element.

What you need to know July 23

News headlines, First Alert Weather and trending web stories for Thursday, July 23.

Insurances helping with costs with COVID-19 testing

Wills Insurance's Kyla Naeter said the insurance companies they work with are just trying to help do what they can to help lift some of the burden off of individuals dealing with this virus.

Gov. Beshear signs Employment First executive order

The order assures that competitive and integrated employment in the community is the first option for people with disabilities who desire employment.

KSP hosting cruiser fundraiser for Special Olympics Kentucky

KSP posts across the state will park patrol cruisers at various locations for the public to cover the vehicles with custom SOKY stickers.

What you need to know July 22

News headlines, First Alert Weather and trending web stories for Wednesday, July 22.

  Visitors now allowed at both Cape Girardeau hospitals with restrictions in place

Both Southeast HEALTH and Saint Francis hospitals have restrictions in place for visitors to ensure the safety of all patients, staff and other visitors.

  Number of replies to Census still down in southern Illinois

Southern Seven Health Department has been hitting the ground running trying to have more people fill out the census.

  Incident at special board meeting in Miner, Mo. under investigation

According to Chief James Buckley, a victim was taken to a hospital for treatment after an incident in the lobby of the Police Department on Monday night.

What you need to know July 21

News headlines, First Alert Weather and trending web stories for Tuesday, July 21.

Cape Girardeau City Council lectured on race relations

City residents filled the council chambers tonight to voice their concerns on crime, race relations, and safety.

  City of Cape to decide future of ‘yield to pedestrian’ signs

There has been a lot of debate about the signs.

  Canceled events impacting non-profit organizations

Michelle Ramsey with the Community Counseling Center said the foundation is short $45,000 this year since two of their fundraisers canceled due to COVID-19.

  Southeast Missouri seeing more job positions opening up

Several Missouri Job Centers across the state are also reopening their doors to the public over the last week to help individuals help them with employment opportunities.

Alexander Co. Housing Authority receives $1.5M emergency disaster grant

The money would help replace the sewer system and water supply lines at the Connell F. Smith apartment building in Cairo.

KSP participating in #MoveOver Campaign

The #MoveOver Campaign began on Sunday and ends on Saturday, July 25.

3 small earthquakes recorded in, near the Bootheel

The USGS reports three earthquakes were recorded in three Heartland counties within a few hours on Sunday and Monday.

‘Battle of Pilot Knob’ Civil War reenactment canceled for 2020

Organizers hope to hold the event in 2021.

What you need to know July 20

News headlines, First Alert Weather and trending web stories for Monday, July 20.

  City of Oran ends sesquicentennial year with time capsule burial

The date of July 19, is significant in that this land was incorporated as a fourth class city of Missouri known as Sylvania on July 19, 1869.

  People cool off with sweet treat on National Ice Cream Day

July 19th is National Ice Cream day and we saw plenty of people taking advantage getting their favorite flavor of ice cream.

  Keeping safe while working in the heat

Temperatures hit the low to mid-90′s across the Heartland on Sunday.

  Hundreds attend Downtown Farmers Market in Murray, Ky

The market brings people from around the area to shop for fresh produce, crafts, clothing or just gives an excuse for people to walk around and socialize.

  Protesters, counter-protesters quarrel over confederate statue in Murray, Ky

More than a hundred people came out to Murray, KY, to protest to remove a century-old Confederate statue from the community’s courthouse.

  Southeast Mo. church stops in-person services for rest of summer due to COVID-19 pandemic

Members of the congregation at Christ Episcopal Church in Cape Girardeau said they feel it’s for the best.

McCracken County Police thank young lady for her kindness

The McCracken County Sheriff’s office was very grateful, and thanked the you lady.

Paducah splashpads to open for the season

The facilities, which are free to use, will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Ribbon cutting held for new Jackson police station

Public tours of the new station were canceled until further notice due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Pedestrian hit, killed on highway in Wayne Co., Mo.

A Greenville, Missouri woman was killed in an early morning crash on Thursday, July 16.

What you need to know July 17

News headlines, First Alert Weather and trending web stories for Friday, July 17.

Saint Louis Zoo offers virtual snake tour of herpetarium

Herpetarium Keeper Justin Elden will host the tour.

Puxico, Mo. boy sets up lemonade stand ‘to make people smile’

Alli Jackson said her son, Cannon Hood, asked her if he could start a free lemonade stand.

  Businesses donate lunch to Cape Girardeau Public Health Center to show support

The Health Center has been dealing with negativity since they put the mask mandate in place on Monday.

Farmington Industrial Park, Ste. Genevieve National Park to be part of economic growth project

Gov. Parson signed House Bill 1330 into law on Tuesday, July 14, allowing for several projects to move forward.

New Paducah business to feature go-carts, laser tag, mini golf

It will be at 3801 Hinkleville Road in Paducah and is expected to open sometime this year.

Power restored to hundreds after storms Wednesday night

Electric crews worked throughout the night and into Thursday morning in southeast Missouri and southern Illinois to restore power.

  Minor damage, flash flooding reported from Wednesday night storms

Thunder, fierce lightning and strong winds were all part of storms that moved through the Heartland Wednesday night, July 16.

What you need to know July 16

News headlines, First Alert Weather and trending web stories for Thursday, July 16.

  Scott City, Mo. teacher makes masks for students, staff

A Scott City R-1 elementary school teacher is going above and beyond to help protect the health of her kids this upcoming school year.

  Sikeston rodeo chairman says ‘rodeo must go on'

Event organizers are doubling down as one big band pulls out and a headliner steps up.

Heartland ISP trooper praised for saving kitten

Dist. 13 Trooper Tim Harper helped an injured kitten he found during a recent traffic stop.

Small earthquake recorded near Howardville, Mo.

According to the USGS, a magnitude 2.7 earthquake was registered just west of Howardville, Mo. on Wednesday morning.

What you need to know July 15

News headlines, First Alert Weather and trending web stories for Wednesday, July 15.

  Heartland mail carrier retires after logging 1.2 million miles

For decades, he has been the one to deliver mail day after day in every kind of weather.

  County clerks gear up for August 4th election in Missouri

Perry County Clerk Jared Kutz who says the last election worked very well protecting everyone and giving them the resources and information for those that were absentee.

  Family thanks Marion, Ill. man and first responders after saving 15-year-old girl from nearly drowning in pool

While many deemed Gordon the hero, he said it took a village.