3 new COVID-19 cases reported in Graves Co., Ky.

One case is man in his 60s who is in isolation at a hospital. The other two cases is a woman in her 30s and a woman in her upper teens.

Gov. Lee to hold daily briefing at 3pm; more than 4K total positive cases in Tenn.

Gov. Parson to hold daily briefing at 3pm; announced PPE delivered to first responders across state

Heartland road projects 4/9

Gov. Pritzker to hold daily briefing at 2:30pm; 15,078 total positive cases in Ill.

ISP, religious leaders urge parishioners to stay home for Easter

Heartland churches offering alternative services

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  Baptist Health reassigning, furloughing some staff, reducing pay for leaders

Drivers offered percentage off auto insurance premiums due to COVID-19

  VIDEO: Twister causes damage, injuries in Poinsett County

Businesses offer Wi-Fi for remote learning in Poplar Bluff

  First elk hunting season set for Mo.

Downed power line blocks street in Cape Girardeau

Semi hauling fertilizer overturns into yard

The semi crashed on Route 58 west in Graves County, Ky.

What you need to know April 9

News headlines, First Alert Weather and trending web stories for Thursday, April 9.

Churches still defying Beshear’s orders to stop in-person gatherings

“What we’re doing is not out of any sense of or acts of civil disobedience,” a Louisville reverend told WAVE 3 News on Wednesday.

  Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department hopeful for summer sports leagues

Recreation officials hope the summer sports leagues start in May.

  Woman accused of stabbing man in Cape Girardeau

Two vehicle crash on Route 37 leaves 1 seriously injured

  Heartland pastor gets creative for Easter Sunday service

  How families juggle increase in workload during coronavirus pandemic

  Heartland church to deliver no contact Easter packages to porches

  Rend Lake College starts TikTok challenge

Arkansas COVID-19 cases top 1,000; 110,000 unemployment claims filed

Arkansas has approximately 800 ventilators and 500-550 available now and will send 5 ventilators to the state of Louisiana to help in their fight.

  ISP urges safety as more tractors on rural roads

Illinois State Police wants drivers to be more cautious when driving on rural roads.

  Heartland 5th graders make bracelets for healthcare workers

Each bracelet has a special message for healthcare workers.

Reynolds County issues stay-at-home order, limited entry for non-residents order

The Reynolds County administrators have issued a stay-at-home order and a limited entry order for non-residents.

Cape Girardeau County reports 24 total COVID-19 cases

As of 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8, the Cape Girardeau County Health Department reports a total of 24 COVID-19 cases.

  Work underway to expand medical capacity in Missouri

Federal agencies are working together to help the State of Missouri expand medical capacity, in case of a surge in COVID-19 patients in coming days and weeks.

Jackson County reports new COVID-19 case

Six individuals have recovered enough to be released from isolation

  3rd COVID-19 case in Bollinger County

Bollinger County announced another case of COVID-19 on April 8.

  One person dies from COVID-19 in Jefferson County

The Health Department has been notified of Jefferson County’s first death due to COVID-19.

2 men arrested for bringing contraband into Scott City jail

The Scott County Sheriff, Wes Drury, has reported that one Sikeston man and one Scott City man were arrested for bringing contraband into the Scott County Jail.

Mt. Vernon Drury Inn to be used as COVID-19 alternative housing

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) received approval from FEMA for COVID-19 related housing in Mt. Vernon.

1 new COVID-19 case in Williamson County

The Franklin-Williamson Bi-County Health Department has been notified of one new positive COVID-19 case within Williamson county.

ADH: Flu claimed 2 lives in past week

The Arkansas Department of Health reported Wednesday, April 8, that 2 more people died in the last week due to influenza.

SIU faculty join statewide effort to manufacture COVID-19 test ingredient

The faculty at Southern Illinois University (SIU) Carbondale will be providing a key ingredient needed for the tests.

  COVID-19 affecting Mo. race for Governor

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the race for governor in Missouri.

AG Schmitt sends cease & desist letters to 3 St. Louis-area businesses selling masks at inflated prices

Missouri Attorney General Eric has served three St. Louis-area businesses with Cease and Desist Letters after receiving complaints that these businesses were selling face masks at inflated prices.

  More than a dozen Memphis police officers test positive for coronavirus

Fifteen officers have tested positive so far, according to a spokesperson for the department.

WGU Missouri lauches ‘Fund My Classroom’ initiative

WGU Missouri has announced the return of its “Fund My Classroom” initiative aimed at helping teachers throughout Missouri expand their curriculum and employ innovative techniques to engage and challenge students.

Kentucky receives $21.7 million to help fight COVID-19

Kentucky will receive $21.7 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for 25 Community Health Centers (CHCs) in Kentucky to combat the coronavirus.

Southern Illinois health centers receive over $6.2 million in funding

Five health centers in Southern Illinois have received over $6.2 million in grants to help combat the spread of coronavirus.

Illinois to allow remote notarization during pandemic

Illinois will now allow remote notarization during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sec. Bernhardt proposes expanding hunting and fishing in wildlife refuges, hatcheries

The U.S. Secretary of the Interior, David L. Bernhardt, announced a proposal for expanded hunting and fishing across more than 2.3 million acres of 97 national wildlife refuges and 9 national fish hatcheries.

IDOA releases 2019 hemp harvest numbers

They issued 651 Hemp Growers licenses for the 2019 season.

29 Missouri Health Centers receive $27.7 million in COVID-19 response grants

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded more than $27 million in coronavirus response grant funding to 29 Missouri community health centers (CHCs).

SSM Health creates a ‘surge plan,’ provides free virtual visits

SSM Health has created a ‘surge plan’ in order to prepare for an influx of COVID-19 patients.

Spring Downtown Tailgate Flea Market in Cape Girardeau canceled

The spring Downtown Tailgate Flea Market was canceled.

Graves Co. Health Dept. reports 5th positive case of COVID-19

The health department announced the fifth confirmed case of COVID-19 in the county on Wednesday, April 8.

A-State student shot, lockdown lifted, investigation continues

The Arkansas State University was placed on lockdown early Wednesday morning after a student was shot.

Gov. Beshear’s daily briefing at 4pm: Ky. had highest number of new positive cases on Tuesday

Governor Andy Beshear will hold a daily briefing at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8.

Gov. Pritzker’s daily briefing at 2:30pm, Calif., federal government send ventilators to Ill.

Governor JB Pritzker will hold a daily briefing at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8.

Missouri sees increase in unemployment claims; daily briefing at 3pm

Governor Mike Parson will hold a daily briefing at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8 on the COVID-19 response.

Gov. Lee’s daily briefing at 3pm; unemployment claims rise in Tenn.

Governor Bill Lee will hold a daily briefing at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8.

  East Prairie Fire Dept. looking for more information after ‘reckless’ actions cause fire

In a Facebook post, the fire chief said due to someone’s reckless actions, the homes of two families were damaged and lives were put in jeopardy.

  Mother facing charges after 2 children die in Cadiz, Ky. fire

A mother is facing charges after two children died in a fire.

  Stay-at-home orders could increase domestic violence calls

Help is available for domestic violence situations.

Fault Line Film Festival celebrates 10 Years with new virtual format

Southeast Missouri State University’s Fault Line Film Festival will celebrate 10 years of showcasing the creative talents of filmmaking students during an entirely online version of the festival on April 10-18.

Senators urge for PPP funds to be used on small businesses

U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined Senate Democratic leaders today in sending a letter to U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Jovita Carranza and U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin.

Senators press Trump Administration on unemployment benefits

U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined 35 Democratic colleagues in pressing the Trump Administration to take additional action to ensure workers receive unemployment insurance benefits as quickly as possible.

Kentuckians ask for equal access to healthcare during COVID-19 pandemic

Disability rights advocates are asking Governor Andy Beshear to help make sure Kentuckians with disabilities have equal access to healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic.

3rd Saline County, Ill. resident tests positive for COVID-19

The resident, a woman in her 40s, is at home in isolation.

  Plumbers warn against flushing too many sanitizing wipes

Have you been doing a lot of cleaning to keep the germs away during the pandemic? If so, plumbers warn you could be damaging your pipes.

1st COVID-19 death reported in Calloway County, Ky.

A Calloway County resident has died from COVID-19.

  Reynolds County, Mo. officials issue Stay at Home order, limit entry for non-residents

The county commission and health officer issued a stay at home order and limited entry for non-residents.

  Record numbers for Ill. “voters by mail” in 2020: What’s the future of voting look like?

The future of voting in elections could change with impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the nation.

1 injured after semi overturned on I-57 exit ramp in Alexander County, Ill.

One person was injured after a semi truck overturned on an Interstate 57 exit ramp.

Homicide investigation underway in Pulaski Co., Ill. after body of 18-year-old female found

A homicide investigation is underway after the body of an 18-year-old female was found.

Ill. Dept. of Health retracts positive COVID-19 case reported in Pulaski County

During the investigation process it was determined the person with COVID-19 had dual residency in another county outside of the Southern Seven region.

Nice weather gives opportunity for outdoor enjoyment

People said they are enjoying their time outside while still maintaining social distancing orders.

  Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center reports 1st death from COVID-19

The Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center reported the first death in the county from COVID-19.

5 more COVID-19 cases in Jackson County, Ill.

The Jackson County Health Department was notified of five new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on April 7.

  West Frankfort Fire Dept. changes the way they clean

Covid-19 has changed the way people clean, including firefighters.

  No Burn ban issued for Horseshoe Lake Fire District

The Horseshoe Lake Fire Department (HLFD) has issued a no burn ban for the Horseshoe Lake Fire District until further notice.

  Scott City church rings bell daily to remind everyone they’re not alone

The sound of church bells remind all of us we are not alone.

Paducah man arrested on hit and run charges

A man has been arrested after he hit another man with his vehicle Friday morning in downtown Paducah.

  More than 1,000 total positive cases of COVID-19 reported in Ky.

Gov. Beshear said latex-free gloves, gowns and N95 and surgical masks remain in tight supply in the Commonwealth.

3 new COVID-19 positive cases reported from Bi-County Health

The Franklin-Williamson Bi-County Health Department has been notified of three new positive COVID-19 cases within Franklin and Williamson county.

1 dead in motorcycle crash on I-69 Northbound in Marshall County, Ky.

All lanes of I-69 were reopened at 3 a.m.

More than 4,000 total positive cases of COVID-19 in Tenn.

Cities and hospitals in Tennessee can apply for grants to help with their COVID-19 response.