Missouri lawmakers pass gas tax hike

Republican lawmakers in Missouri have passed a bill to raise the gas tax for the first time in decades.

  Missouri lawmakers pass statewide prescription drug database

  Gov. Parson: Mo. to end all federal pandemic-related unemployment benefits

  Chris Janson to perform live at Perry County, Mo. Bicentennial Concert

Sinkhole drains much of the water out of St. Louis-area lake

  How area thrift shops recycle donated items in need of repair

8 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Cape Girardeau Co.

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Humane Society of Mo. rescue ranch livestreams mini horse ahead of birth

  Black bear spotted in St. Louis suburbs relocated

Police say turkey hunter accidentally shot hiker Saturday

  SoutheastHEALTH to announce new development near Cape Girardeau Cancer Center

  New development in downtown Cape Girardeau

  Sikeston teen accused of pointing fake guns at vehicles, businesses in Cape Girardeau

  Wanted fugitive taken into custody in Stoddard Co.

Investigators found Michael Ryan at a home in Fisk.

  New development to begin near Shawnee Parkway, I-55 in Cape Girardeau

Land near Zaxby's, Candlewood Suites and the interstate in Cape Girardeau will be developed by Fairfield Inn and Suites.

  Bike to Work and School event held in Cape Girardeau

Friday morning was a good start for some Cape Girardeau Public School students, as they biked their way to class.

GOP-led Missouri House votes to create ‘Rush Limbaugh Day’

The Missouri House has voted in favor of creating “Rush Limbaugh Day.”

Deadly motorcycle crashes rising across Missouri

  Cape Girardeau man returns to favorite hobbies following serious motorcycle crash

Fact Finders: Are bright blue LED headlights legal in Missouri?

  Southeast Missouri State University students host living history walking tour

  Southeast Mo. State’s greenhouse earns certification

  Kennett man facing second-degree murder charge

Missouri man pleads guilty to pandemic business loan fraud

A Missouri man has pleaded guilty to wire fraud and money laundering after federal prosecutors say he fraudulently obtained more than $500,000 in federal loans meant to help businesses struggling in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cape Girardeau man wins $100K scratchers prize

The winning ticket was bought at Jerry’s Quik Shoppe in Marston.

  Outdoor art exhibit coming to Perryville

The sculptures will be installed Friday morning.

Missouri lawmakers vote to elevate status of National Guard

Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to a bill that would make the Missouri National Guard its own department within state government.

  Cape Central High School students get unique experience at a local boutique

Students from Cape Central's Special Services Program learn job skills while working at Wish Boutique.

NWS: Evidence of EF0 tornado near Hayti, Mo.

The National Weather Service survey team found evidence of an EF0 tornado near Hayti.

  Jackson pickleball courts, baseball fields to be upgraded

This will include improvements to the pickleball facility in Litz Park and development projects at Brookside Park.

  Mass casualty incident training held at Three Rivers College

Students at Three Rivers College participated in an earthquake-simulated mass casualty training session.

AMBER ALERT canceled: 2-year-old Mo. girl found safe

An Amber Alert for a 2-year-old girl was canceled after police say she was found safe.

  Multiple crews respond to house fire in Cape Girardeau Co.

Multiple crews responded to a single-story house fire on the 2400 block of County Road 472 on Wednesday morning.

  Gov. Parson directs all state employees to return to in-person work

All Missouri state employees have been directed to returning to their offices for in-person work by Monday, May 17.

Missouri House votes against virus rules for businesses

The Missouri House has voted in favor of barring state and local officials from putting any restrictions on businesses, churches or other non-public entities during public health emergencies, except in certain circumstances.

  City of Cape Girardeau engineers hope to improve pedestrian safety on Kingshighway

The grant money will be used for an intersection design plan to prevent future accidents involving pedestrians and cyclists.

  Former Parma, Mo. city leaders charged; Galloway releases follow-up audit

According to Nicole Galloway, the follow-up audit showed current city leaders are moving in the right direction.

Crews survey storm damage around Kennett

Fire crews were out surveying storm damage on Tuesday morning, May 4.

  Special Olympics of Southeast Missouri athletes compete in track and field events

The athletes celebrated their victories by standing on a podium while the officers placed the medals around their necks.

  New center spans installed at Center Junction for diverging diamond project

Work on the diverging diamond project should only take a few more months.

  Special Olympics kicked off in Cape Girardeau

More than 15 agencies from 14 counties participated in Monday’s events.

  Charleston, Mo. man convicted of child abuse, murder in death of 8-month-old girl

A man was convicted on Friday, April 30 in the death of an 8-month-old child.

Job, career exploration fair to be held in Pemiscot Co.

The Pemiscot County Acceleration Team will host a job and career exploration fair in Hayti on Saturday, May 15.

Career fair to be held in New Madrid, Mo.

The Missouri Mentoring Partnership will be hosting a career day fair in New Madrid on Wednesday, May 21.

  Heartland artist creates Downtown Cape Girardeau mural

A local artist is spreading positivity through art to help bring more people to the community.

  Hundreds run in Muddy River Marathon in Cape Girardeau

Organizers expected 768 runners from 21 states on Saturday, some as far away as Massachusetts and Florida.

Judge: Case against McCloskeys won’t go back to grand jury

A trial date is set for November 1.

  MDC bear hunting permit applications to be accepted beginning in May

Hunters will have a harvest limit of one bear per permit, and they can only take lone black bears.

Missourians can apply for elk-hunting permits starting in May

To enter the random elk-permit drawing, you can go to mdc.mo.gov/buypermits

  Opening of Spanish, Independence St. intersection delayed a week

The weekend of May 1-2, the intersection will be open to pedestrian traffic, but will remain closed to vehicles through Friday, May 7.

  Residents evacuated after large fire at St. Louis County, Mo. chemical plant

Residents were evacuated on Thursday afternoon, April 29 after a large fire in Affton.

Same-day reservations offered at most Mo. state park campgrounds this season

The offer begins on Saturday, May 1.

  Man arrested for arson in Caruthersville, Mo.

A 54-year-old Caruthersville man was arrested following an arson investigation.

  Busting the running myth: Is it bad on your body?

When one hears of running, there might be an assortment of thoughts that come to mind such as: fatigue, exhaustion, taxing, boring and even pain.

Roaring River State Park campgrounds closed due to flooding

Due to recent record flooding, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources temporarily closed the campgrounds at Roaring River State Park.

  Suspect dead, officer injured in St. Peters, Mo. shootout

The suspect was taken into custody just before 7 p.m. on Thursday.

  Events in downtown Cape Girardeau to bring more traffic

Cape Girardeau Police Officer Brad Smith said there are still some spots in the downtown area that are under construction, and drivers should be mindful of runners and pedestrian traffic.

  Retaining, recruiting teachers in southeast Mo. impacted by COVID-19 pandemic

According to Missouri's Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, issues with recruiting and retaining educators existed before the pandemic.

Family of Black man who died in Missouri jail offered $2.5M

Relatives of a Black man from Tennessee who died in a Missouri jail in 2017 are being asked to accept $2.5 million to settle a lawsuit.

Mo. Capitol Dome to shine blue for fallen law enforcement officers; candlelight vigil and memorial service scheduled

Organizers of the annual Missouri Law Enforcement Candlelight Vigil and Memorial Service will hold ceremonies on April 30 and May 1.

  Central Academy students visit Governor Parson in Jefferson City

Central Academy students talked to Governor Mike Parson about the JAG Program.

  Truck driver shortage leaves companies finding different ways to recruit drivers

Ann Bauza, facilities manager at MTC Truck Driver Training, said the truck driver shortage will last for a long time.

Southeast Mo. State’s Denim Day raises awareness of sexual assault

The campus groups want people to know they are there for them and that the university has resources to help.

  Cape Riverfront Market season starts Saturday

The Cape Riverfront Market kicks off the season on Saturday, May 1.

  Sikeston career fair includes signings for students entering workforce out of high school

Unique to this career fair, they held signings for students who will be entering the workforce straight out of high school.

  Why he runs: Heartland man to take on Muddy River Marathon

For Seth Hudson, running started as a way to stay healthy but it blossomed into so much more.

  Mo. House endorses gas tax proposal

It would be the first increase since 1996.

  City of Cape Girardeau implementing alarm system registration fees

Any business or residence that has an alarm system that dispatches emergency personnel to their location must now register their alarm within 10 days of installation.

Missouri Vaccine Navigator available in Spanish

A version of the Missouri Vaccine Navigator in now available in Spanish.

Motorcyclist charged with involuntary manslaughter following crash in Butler Co.

A Malden, Missouri man faces multiple charges following a deadly crash in Butler County on Monday night.

Missouri bill aims to protect referees from harassment, threats

Missouri House Bill 78 would make it an offense to harass a school or recreational athletic official.

  Northbound I-55 down to 1 lane between Cape Girardeau, Perry Counties for road work

Contractor crews will overlay the road.

SEMO Food Bank receives $40K for mobile food distributions

Food insecurity affects one in six families in southeast Missouri and one in five children, leaving them unsure of their next meal.

  J&J COVID-19 vaccine resumes in Missouri

Cape Girardeau County Health Department Director Jane Wernsman said since the vaccine pause has been lifted, they’ve got doses available, if requested.

  Daughters surprised at school by military dad returning home from overseas

Carl Lathum spent the last nine months working as a military police officer in Kuwait.

  Dog tied to tree, abandoned, shot with arrow in Poplar Bluff

Authorities are investigating after a dog was found tied to a tree in rural Poplar Bluff.

  Barn fire in Cape Girardeau, Mo. considered suspicious

Crews responded to a barn fire on Friday afternoon, April 23.

  Mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic to be held in Butler Co.

A mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic will be held in Poplar Bluff.

  Heartland Boy Scouts recognized for earning Eagle Rank 2020

The event was originally scheduled for February, but was postponed to Saturday due to the pandemic.

National Work Zone Awareness Week begins on Monday

The Missouri Department of Transportation says there were 33% more truck-mounted attenuator (TMA) crashes in 2020 than 2019, which are most often the result of speeding and distractions.

  New management in Cape Girardeau: Get to know Kenneth Haskin

Haskin takes over for Scott Meyer when Meyer retires in June.