A judge's ruling means 23 wards of the state will not be moved for now from a facility for the developmentally disabled in southern Illinois. A federal lawsuit is seeking to block the state's closure of the Murray Developmental Center in Centralia. Gov. Pat Quinn ordered Murray and other facilities closed last year as part of an effort to save the state money. The suit has delayed the transfer of more than 200 residents of Murray to smaller facilities. Plaintiffs argue they won't get the care they need elsewhere. But 23 of the residents are wards of the state with no parents to advocate for them. A judge on Wednesday postponed a ruling on whether they can be included in the lawsuit.
The Cape Girardeau Salvation Army's Red Kettle campaign is feeling the effects of the winter storm that slammed into the area Friday and Saturday. Captain Ronnie Amick says they are 34 percent behind their goal or $20,000 to $30,000. A6 days fewer in the bell-ringing schedule for this year is also a factor. Amick says the campaign ends Dec. 24 and volunteers for bell ringing are needed. To help call the Cape Girardeau Salvation Army at 335-7000 or visit its offices at 701 Good Hope Street.
Under an insurance plan adopted last week, Perryville city employees will see a 33 percent increase in their health-care deductibles and a slight rise in their out-of-pocket costs for some prescription drugs, but the rest of their benefits will remain the same. The board of aldermen accepted a plan through Coventry Health Care that will cost the city $947,549.04 in premiums over the next year -- a 26.5 percent increase over the $747,641.28 cost of this year's plan. City administrator Brent Buerck and insurance agent Travis Tyson attributed the premium increase to two factors: costs associated with the Affordable Care Act, which added about 5 percent to the city's premiums, and several expensive claims employees filed in the past year. To keep the same plan, the city would have had to shoulder a 31.9 percent increase in premiums.
A Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market -- a much smaller version of the related supercenter -- is planned for the Plaza Galleria in Cape Girardeau, potentially restoring the property to its original use in the 1960s when a major grocery store was there. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is listed as the developer in a subdivision plat application filed with the city of Cape Girardeau for the site at 2001 Independence Street. The development proposal still must be approved by the city. The Cape Girardeau Planning and Zoning Commission approved the application for the Galleria Plaza Subdivision plat at its meeting Wednesday after surveyor Mark Frankenberg spoke on behalf of the project. The item will be added to Monday's Cape Girardeau City Council agenda for its first reading. The Galleria building was vacant until mid-2013, when it was demolished. Cape Girardeau Mayor Harry Rediger had no comment on the application and its listed developer.
The Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce First Friday Coffee will feature an open forum with questions and answers by Cape Girardeau Mayor Harry Rediger and chamber president and CEO John Mehner. The event was scheduled for Dec. 6 but was postponed because of our winter storm. A continental breakfast will be available at 7 a.m. at the Isle Casino Cape Girardeau Event Center, and "Coffee with Harry and John" will begin at 7:40 a.m.
Severe winter weather forced the cancellation of nearly 10 Red Cross blood drives in Missouri and southern Illinois, resulting in a shortfall of more than 300 expected blood donations over the last several days. Because of the weather, the Red Cross blood drives scheduled for today, has been moved from Woodland High School to Marble Hill United Methodist Church, 300 E. Highway 34 in Marble Hill, Mo. from 2-6pm. Blood donations of all types are needed, especially types O negative, B negative and A negative. Platelet donations are also needed, just call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information.
Break out the green and red and stretch those legs… it’s time for the 2013 Jingle Bell Run to benefit the arthritis foundation. Manager of Health and Wellness at Fitness Plus, Sandy Duncan says there will be a 5K, a 1-mile walk and a tot trot for the little ones. She tells KZIM KSIM they will have hot chocolate, Christmas music and great prizes…"We give prizes for those best dressed so we always have lots of elves, santas, and reindeer running around! It's really a fun event for the whole family." The walk can be done in or outside. Over 2-hundred people participated last year. Duncan says there are still openings available for this year. The Jingle Bell Run is at Fitness Plus this Saturday at 9am. Pre-register for 20-dollars. It is 25-dollars the day of the race. Tots are 5-dollars but will not get a T-shirt. Although all will get medals. Over 46-million Americans suffer with arthritis of which 300-thousand are children.
The milestones keep piling up for rock 'n' roll pioneer Chuck Berry, including one next month at one of his most popular haunts. On January 15th, the 87-year-old singer will mark his 200th performance at the Duck Room at the Blueberry Hill venue on the University City Loop in St Louis. Tickets for the 9 p.m. show are $35 and go on sale Friday morning at Ticketmaster outlets and on ticketmaster.com. Berry is a St. Louis native considered one of rock's pioneers. He had hits including "Roll Over Beethoven," "Sweet Little Sixteen" and "Johnny B Goode." It’s gotta be rock n’ roll music!
After winning America’s Got Talent in 2008 – one would think all of the dreams of Sikeston’s own Neal E. Boyd would be filled. He says that was the best time of his life so far but he wanted to avoid being pigeon-holed in the opera genre and put together a Christmas album of some of his favorites and a few original works. Flanked by other artists Boyd put together seven tracks funded by YOU via the crowd funding site Indy go-go. He tells KZIM KSIM ten percent of sales from “My Christmas Wish” will go to help the Kenny Roger’s Children’s Center…"The Kenny Roger's Chidlren's Center helped me and my family a lot. This is Sikeston's own GEM. If we don't support it who will?" Boyd wrote track Number seven that is featured in this story titled GOD bless us… in honor of his gramma Dorothy who has passed. He tells KZIM KSIM his personal Christmas Wish is simple…" I hope everyone gets to be home with family and friends, Cause in my opinion Thanksgiving comes twice a year. So gives thanks for the people in your life. Tell them you love them. You never know what happens next." “My Christmas Wish” is available on Itunes, at Amazon and CD baby.
An Illinois State Police investigator reported Tuesday during a preliminary hearing at the Alexander County Courthouse that Chauncey Hughes Jr. allegedly changed his story about how his wife died. 30-year-old Hughes faces felony murder charges in connection with the Nov. 1st shooting death of 22-year-old Heather Davis. Hughes reportedly had told Illinois State Police and Alexander County Sheriffs that a pistol accidentally discharged as she was handing it to him.
Hughes then told the officers he and Davis -- who owned and managed Mack's Restaurant in Cairo -- got into an argument that became physical, and then he allegedly shot her by accident. Davis was discovered later and taken to Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, where she was pronounced dead of a gunshot wound to the chest. Circuit Judge Mark Clarke found probable cause Tuesday and set the case for arraignment Jan. 7th.
(AP) Gov. Pat Quinn's office says federal aid for Illinois tornado victims has topped $1 million. The governor's office says that federal grants following the fatal Nov. 17 twisters have reached $1.06 million dollars. The money is being used to help with disaster-related expenses, such as rent, repairs and replacing damaged items. About two dozen tornadoes crisscrossed Illinois during a single day last month and were blamed for killing seven people. Fifteen counties have federal disaster declarations from the severe weather.
The Charleston High Key Club and Kiwanians will be in front of McClain’s, Family Dollar, Country Mart, and The Dollar Store this weekend collecting NEW items to be donated to the Mississippi County Health Department’s Tiny Touch Program. The collection was postponed until this Saturday due to weather. Visiting nurses often see the need for food, medicine, and infant supplies, but neither the mother nor the program can afford them. Your donation may help save a baby—and all baby food, medicine, and accessories will stay in Mississippi County. The hours of collection are from 8:30 am – noon in Charleston.
A family in rural Olive Branch has been left without a home after their trailer was destroyed by fire 1-o’clock Monday afternoon. Resident Christal Henderson lived there with her husband Clinton, their four children and her mother-in-law. No one was home at the time of the blaze, but virtually everything inside was lost. Including all of their Christmas. The Horseshoe Lake Fire Department responded. Christal Henderson serves as a volunteer firefighter with the department, and her husband is the assistant fire chief. The trailer was a total loss. The cause has not been determined. For clothing or monetary donations, Look at this story on our website www.960kzim.com
Christal Henderson said adult-size clothing would be welcome for her, her husband and mother-in-law. Shirts and pants in sizes 4 to 5 are requested for a 4-year-old daughter; shirts and pants in sizes 6 to 7 are requested for a 6-year-old daughter; shirts and slim pants in size 8 are requested for an 8-year-old son; and size 9 junior pants and large junior shirts are requested for a 10-year-old daughter. Donations to the Hendersons may be delivered to the Horseshoe Lake Fire Department at 27045 Highway 3 in Olive Branch. For more information, call McKee at 618-776-5175.
The Southeast Missouri State University Center for Regional History has a new book from a former educator and columnist for the SE Missourian, JoAnn Bock. Director Dr. Adam Criblez says “Around the Town of cape Girardeau in Eighty Years” is a 200-page soft cover masterpiece! He tells KZIM KSIM a lot of the history in our town is carried on by word of mouth and Bock has penned so many of them along with a tour of downtown from the day of old! "She'll walk you down Broadway or Main Street and tell you to look to your left. You will see this is where that drug store is where we used to sip vanilla cokes. Or to the right, didn't they have the best hamburgers there? And for people who grew up here it is a great trip down memory lane. For those of us who didn't it can act as directions for us!" Criblez says many locals give direction by using things that ‘used to be there’. This is not a formal history but a rearview mirror of Bock’s life in small town America. It is now available by calling 651-2555, or at the Center for Regional History. You may also find it on Amazon.com
Missouri and Kentucky have the geographic distinction of being the only border states that are not directly connected by a road. The only direct route between the two states is the Dorena-Hickman Ferry. It has been closed since last Friday morning when the ferry landings on both sides became covered with ice and snow during the winter storm. The ferry will resume operation on the normal winter schedule first thing Wednesday. It connects KY 1354 at Hickman, Kentucky, with Missouri Route A and Route 77 near Dorena, Missouri--at Mississippi River navigation mile point 922.0. Passage for passenger vehicles is $14 with additional tolls for trucks, motor homes, and vehicles pulling trailers-- and there are discounts for vehicles making return crossings. For more info on the Dorena-Hickman Ferry and a schedule of operating hours go to dorena-
Wreaths Across America, a national wreath-laying ceremony to honor and remember our nation’s Veterans will be held at all six Missouri State Veterans Cemeteries on Saturday. The Bloomfield service will begin at 11am, and Cemetery Director Kenneth Swearengin tells KZIM-KSIM that local school children are among those who aided in raising donations to purchase wreaths this year.
Swearengin says family members will have an opportunity to place a wreath on the grave of their loved ones first, and the event will take place—rain or shine. The Worcester Wreath Company began donating wreaths in 1992 to be placed at the headstones in Arlington National Cemetery— the story can be found at wreathsacrossamerica.org.
Residents of a small southern Illinois community that's still recovering from last month's deadly tornadoes say the wintry weather is slowing down their rebuilding efforts. The ice and snow in Brookport is causing problems in the Ohio River city of about 1,000 residents. Many homes there are still heavily damaged or destroyed from the Nov. 17 tornado - one of about two dozen twisters that rolled across Illinois that day. Some homes still have holes in their roofs and windows and residents say they can't rebuild because the ground is frozen. David Wiley says it will now take several weeks to bring in a mobile home for his sister to replace the one destroyed by the storm. He says the process is "at a standstill."
Southeast Missouri State plans to begin offering an associate degree program at its satellite campuses, starting next fall. The university says the Associate's Plus degree is a two-year degree with an option for students to go on to earn a bachelor's degree. The Southeast Missourian reports university president Kenneth Dobbins told the newspaper's editorial board last week that students may start signing up for the program this week. The program is being offered in cooperation with Missouri State University-West Plains. Southeast already offers associate degree courses at its campuses in Kennett, Malden and Sikeston, but not an actual degree. Students will earn an associate’s with 62 credit hours. Dobbins says the university wants to eliminate students earning hours and credits that later cannot be applied toward a bachelor's degree.
(AP) The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating what caused a GoJet Airlines plane to slide off a taxiway at Lambert St. Louis International Airport.
GoJet says none of the plane's 60 passengers or four crew members was injured during the accident shortly before 7 p.m. Sunday involving the flight from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.
GoJet says the Bombardier CRJ700 plane was safely off the runway and on the taxiway approaching a Lambert terminal when the plane's nose gear became stuck in mud.
Buses were used to transport the plane's passengers to the terminal.
Many local roads and streets were finally cleared through the day Monday after a winter storm dumped up to 2 inches of sleet and a foot of snow in areas of the region late last week. Thursday and Friday's winter storm event was the fourth largest in Cape Girardeau on record since the blizzard of 1979 in terms of snowfall, according to Southeast Missourian archives. Most of the local area north of the Missouri Bootheel received between 6 and 10 inches of snow, though a section of Southeast Missouri and some of Southern Illinois saw between 10 and 15 inches. As of Monday afternoon many rural schools said they would remain closed today. Major melting isn't likely until the weekend, when the daytime temperature will reach near 40 degrees. In the meantime, there could be more winter precipitation on the way, with a chance of freezing rain forecast for Friday night. See the School closures in our rotating banner at the top of our website. www.960kzim.com
A 20-year-old man was arrested Wednesday on a charge of second-degree burglary and two counts of stealing. Cape Girardeau Police Department public information officer Darin Hickey says that at 9:30 a.m. a report of a burglary came in on Thomas Drive in which an undisclosed amount of money was taken from a pet salon business. After an investigation, police arrested Christopher B. Roy, who is listed on a police summary as homeless. Roy is being held on a $15,000 bond in the Cape County Jail.
Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau will outsource its environmental services department, beginning in January, to Hospital Housekeeping Systems, which serves more than 250 hospitals in the United States. Vice president of marketing and foundation Barbara Thompson says HHS is the largest privately-owned environmental services provider in the country. It has better equipment, techniques and training for employees, and also has a greater purchasing power for supplies. She says it was determined this was the best and most cost-effective solution for Saint Francis. Savings are expected to be more than $800,000 the first year. The department employs about 70 employees, and all will transition to Hospital Housekeeping Systems, unless they choose not to. Thompson did not comment on how the transition will affect employees' pay, benefits, hours or job duties.
A review has found widespread misuse of government property and employees at the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. The Office of Inspector General released findings from a months-long investigation Monday, concluding that top leaders were involved in the misapplication of resources at the agency. The report cited instances in which leaders of the agency used their influence to have free fish delivered to private ponds, a perk that was not available to the general public. The report also charged that in one instance state employees were used on state time in a state vehicle to pick up building materials for the personal use of the leader of the agency who resigned while the investigation was underway.
Secretary of State Jason Kander is on a week-long statewide tour of senior centers to talk with Missourians about protecting their hard-earned savings from investment scams and unregistered investment advisers or brokers. He is scheduled to visit the Cape Girardeau Senior Center on North Clark Street at 11:15am on Thursday. Kander says you should talk with friends and relatives to make sure they know how to protect themselves from scams. In Missouri, a person offering or selling securities must be registered with the Missouri Securities Division. If you have any question—any doubt at all—about an investment proposal or a broker, call 1-800-721-7996 or visit Missourisafesavings.com.
A technology tool used by the Cape Girardeau Police Department has taken about 18,000 pictures of license plates per month over a year of use, resulting in the recovery of stolen vehicles and license plates and has helped police investigate some major crimes. Cape Girardeau police spokesman Darin Hickey tells KZIM-KSIM that about 50 people have been arrested through its use. The department joined thousands of agencies nationwide in using the technology by way of a grant from the Missouri Police Chiefs Association. The reader photographs cars' plates and sends to a patrol car laptop and runs them through a crime database. It will notify the officer if there is a match in an ongoing investigation. Hickey says they do not store the information on their own network, but with the technology company. Hickey says officers also cannot manipulate any information they download from the reader system for use in an investigation or to utilize as court evidence.