What you need to know Feb. 26

News headlines, First Alert Weather and trending web stories for Friday, Feb. 26.

  Mo. Dept. of Conservation: Cold weather to blame for fewer birds, bluebirds

Hamilton County Health Department reports 4 new cases of COVID-19

  Push for plant-based diets possible as part of agricultural sustainability

NAACP, Carbondale PD meet to talk about 10 shared principles

Soil cleanup completed at Carbondale facility

Free COVID-19 testing event held in Cape Girardeau County

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Kentucky courts begin to ease COVID-19 restrictions

Daily Report: Arkansas Dept. of Health monitoring COVID-19

Mizzou to hold in-person commencement ceremonies

Egyptian Health Department reports 8 new cases of COVID-19

Paducah man arrested on rape charges

Fifth annual SIU Day of Giving goes virtual

Gov. Beshear announces 119 more vaccination sites in Ky.

The positivity rate in Kentucky was 5.67 percent.

Mo. Bicentennial Quilt makes stop at Bollinger County Museum of Natural History

The blocks highlight the geography, culture and creativity of Missouri and Missourians.

  Mississippi Co. Sheriff’s Dept. warns of fake bills

Sheriff Britton Ferrell said his department got a tip about the bills and felt it was his job to warn the community.

Next phase for COVID-19 vaccine eligibility in Mo. starts March 15; includes K-12 educators, childcare

Governor Parson announced the state is activating Phase 1B - Tier 3 on Monday, March 15.

  KOHS: Highway fatalities increases in 2020; over 50% were not wearing seatbelts

Purchase District Health Department opens scheduling phone line

Mo. House approves bill on private property protections for family farms

  Southeast Mo. State Regents to consider program fees, annual audits

  Southern Ill. art fundraiser for kids changed to virtual event

Vaccine eligibility in Ill. expanded to include serious medical conditions like heart disease, cancer

Fire at Kennett Plaza Tire under investigation

Firefighters were on scene until about 2:30 a.m.

1,884 new cases of COVID-19 in Ill. on Thurs.

A total of 17,895,829 tests for the virus have been conducted in the state.

Heartland Fish Fry List 2021

It’s the Lenten season in the Heartland.

Gov. Parson proclaims National FFA Week in Mo., drives tractor to State Capitol

For the third year in a row, the governor drove a John Deere tractor to the State Capitol in honor of the FFA tradition of students driving their tractors to school during National FFA Week.

TDH: Nearly 2,000 new COVID-19 cases across Tennessee

The Shelby County Health Department reported 220 new COVID-19 cases Thursday with 19 new deaths.

Downtown vacant property open house to be held in Cape Girardeau

From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. you can tour vacant commercial buildings in Downtown Cape Girardeau that are available for sale or lease.

Carbondale police: Suspect fired shots from car, sideswiped parked car

Witnesses reported last seeing the suspect vehicle going south on South Dixon Avenue.

  Crews patch potholes in Marshall Co., Ky.

Crews with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet patched potholes on Thursday, February 25.

Franklin-Williamson Bi-County Health Dept. reports 15 new cases of COVID-19

The Franklin-Williamson Bi-County Health Department reported 15 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, February 25.

Current boil water orders in the Heartland

Boil orders for the Heartland

  8 injured in 2 related crashes on I-55 in Scott County

Authorities on scene say this crash is related to another crash that happened this morning near the 90 mile marker.

Heartland road projects 2/25

Here are road projects going on in the Heartland. Drive safely!

What you need to know Feb. 25

News headlines, First Alert Weather and trending web stories for Thursday, Feb. 25.

  Ky. teachers, lawmakers advocate against standardized tests amid the pandemic

Students in Kentucky will take KPREP exams this spring, despite learning virtually or in a hybrid model for most of the school year.

  Gunfire injures 1, damages property in Cape Girardeau

Cape Girardeau Police are investigating a shooting that happened on the 2800 block of Hemlock Court late Wednesday night, February 24. .

Catalytic converter thefts heat up following thaw

Now that the ice and snow have melted, catalytic converter thieves are back at work.

Cape Girardeau Co. reports 13 more confirmed COVID-19 cases

The Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center reported 13 more confirmed COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, February 24.

S7HD reports 3 more COVID-19 deaths

The Southern Seven Health Department reported three more COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday, February 24.

  City of Cape Girardeau releases more info. on managed deer hunt for fall 2021

The city said the 2021 program is different from the program that was rejected by voters in 2012.

  Cape Girardeau Co. Board discusses mask mandate

The Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center board of trustees met for their monthly meeting to discuss the latest COVID numbers.

  Southeast Mo. State University plans to return to normal classroom capacity in fall

Provost Dr. Mike Godard said classrooms will hold normal capacity like they did before Coronavirus struck.

  Sen. Hawley to introduce blue-collar pay raise bill

The measure, the “Blue-Collar Bonus Tax Credit,” would give workers a bonus four times a year through an automatic, advanceable tax credit based on hours worked and median pay formula.

  Bollinger Co. Health Dept. made COVID-19 vaccine available to anyone at mass vaccination clinic

They started with 2,000 doses.

Graves Co. reports 4 new COVID-19 cases

The Graves County Health Department reported four more COVID-19 cases on February 24.

  Need for food assistance still high in southeast Missouri

SEMO Food Bank Chief Advancement Officer Lisa Church said the need is still really high, seeing roughly 85,000 to 90,000 people per month who need food assistance.

Carlisle Co. man arrested for possessing child pornography

A Carlisle County man has been arrested for possessing and distributing child pornography.

Egyptian Health Dept. reports 8 more COVID-19 cases

The Egyptian Health Department reported eight more COVID-19 cases on February 24.

  Clarkton, Mo. police station destroyed by fire

The only items that were saved were the police cars and some evidence that was in fireproof lockboxes.

  2 dead after train vs. truck crash south of Ullin, Ill.

Illinois State Police troopers responded to a deadly train vs. truck crash on Tuesday, February 23.

Ky. reports 1,306 new COVID-19 cases, 51 additional deaths

Gov. Andy Beshear reported 1,306 new COVID-19 cases and 51 more deaths on February 24.

Theft investigation leads to meth lab seizure in Graves Co.

A Boaz man has been arrested on theft and Methamphetamine manufacturing charges.

Mo. mass COVID-19 vaccination sites for Feb. 20-27

Governor Mike Parson and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services announced mass COVID-19 vaccination sites for February 20-27.

VA seeks veteran patients to receive COVID-19 vaccination in Farmington

The John J. Pershing VA Medical Center is seeking veteran patients to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Williamson Co. Sheriff’s Office receives new patrol vehicles

The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office added two more patrol vehicles to their fleet.

  Mo. man leaves sanctuary after 3.5 years, no longer threatened by deportation

Alex Garcia walked out of the Christ Church United Church of Christ in Maplewood, Mo. at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, February 24.

Ill. Dept. of Agriculture releases 2020 hemp harvest numbers

According to IDOA, it issued 802 hemp growers licenses for the 2020 season.

2,022 new cases of COVID-19 in Ill. on Wed.

The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from Feb. 17-23 was 2.8 percent.

Body found in Morley, Mo. lagoon

Scott County authorities said the body of a man reported missing on Tuesday was found in a lagoon.

  Opry live stream to raise money to support people suffering from storms, pandemic

Country artists Chris Janson, Travis Tritt and Hailey Whitters will perform during the live broadcast, hosted by Bobby Bones.

  Benton, Ky. man charged in connection to U.S. Capitol riot

A western Kentucky man was charged in connection to the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6.

Prosecutors drop drunken driving charge against Springsteen

Springsteen pleaded guilty to consuming alcohol in a closed area.

Franklin-Williamson Bi-County Health Dept. reports 12 new COVID-19 cases

The Franklin-Williamson Bi-County Health Department reported 12 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, February 24.

What you need to know Feb. 24

News headlines, First Alert Weather and trending web stories for Wednesday, Feb. 24.

Hamilton Co. reports 2 new COVID-19 cases

The Hamilton County Health Department reported two additional positive cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, February 23.

  City of Sikeston works to keep storm water clean

There are steps we can all take to reduce the number of pollutants in the storm water sewers.

  Doctor from Paducah killed in Mayfield, Ky. plane crash

The pilot who died was identified as a doctor from Paducah, Kentucky.

  Play Cape comes to the Osage Centre in March

The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. through 12 p.m. at the Osage Centre on Saturday, March 13.

Some Missouri educators seek COVID-19 vaccinations in Illinois

The Jackson County, Ill. Health Department in Carbondale has been flooded with questions as some Missourians search nearby for a COVID-19 vaccine.

  Ribbon-cutting ceremony held for new behavioral hospital

A ribbon-cutting ceremony kicked off the opening of the new Southeast Behavioral Hospital in Cape Girardeau.

  SIH accepting applications for Registered Nurse Residency program

The application deadline is March 1.

Jackson Co. Health Dept. reports 10 new COVID-19 cases

The Jackson County Health Department reported ten new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, Feb. 23.

Egyptian Health Dept. reports 10 more COVID-19 cases

The Egyptian Health Department reported ten more COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, Feb. 23.

  Gov. Beshear recommends schools return to some form of in-person learning March 1

The positivity rate in Kentucky was at 6.30 percent on Tuesday.

S7HD reports 13 more COVID-19 cases

The Southern Seven Health Department reported 13 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Southern Seven Region on Tuesday, Feb. 23

Saint Francis to hold vaccine clinics in Piedmont and Cape Girardeau

Saint Francis Healthcare System will hold COVID-19 vaccination clinics in Piedmont and Cape Girardeau.

Graves Co. Health Dept. reports 8 new COVID-19 cases, 1 additional death

The Graves County Health Department reported eight new COVID-19 cases and one more death on Tuesday, Feb. 23.

  Paducah basketball courts to reopen March 1

Paducah Parks and Recreation is reopening the basketball courts at three city parks.

Perry Co., Ill. Health Dept. reports 5 more COVID-19 cases, 1 additional death

The Perry County Illinois Health Department reported five new COVID-19 cases and one additional death on Tuesday, Feb. 23.