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Missouri State Highway Patrol Suspends Drivers Tests

Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol announces that the Patrol is extending the suspension of all written and skills-based driver road testing at all locations until April 15, 2020. This includes operator, commercial driver license, and motorcycle testing. In addition, the Patrol is extending the suspension of all salvage inspections…read more »

Public Health Officials Announce 1,209 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 1,209 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 53 additional deaths. DeWitt, Effingham, and Jersey counties are now reporting cases.  Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 8,904 cases, including 210 deaths, in 64 counties in Illinois.  The age of cases ranges from younger…read more »

Several Local Events Have Been Cancelled for This Month

The following local events have been cancelled for this month. The Jackson Bloom has been cancelled. In addition the Dementia Support Group has canceled their meeting for this month. The Jackson Heritage Association has cancelled their first Sunday tour of the Oliver House Museum. Music Night in the History Center has been canceled for this…read more »

Health Officials Report First Virus Death in Jackson County

 The first COVID-19 death has been reported in Jackson County, Illinois. Health officials say a woman in her 90’s who lived at Manor Court Skilled Nursing Facility in Carbondale died due to complications related to COVID-19. She passed away Thursday night, April 2 at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale. She tested positive for the virus Wednesday.…read more »

Coronavirus Case Number Remains the Same in Cape Girardeau County

Local health officials in Cape Girardeau County have confirmed that there are no new COVID-19 cases in the county as of Thursday, but officials released more information about the county residents infected with the coronavirus. A total of 15 people have tested positive in Cape Girardeau County, but officials are currently waiting on the results…read more »

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EPL suspended indefinitely, players to be asked for wage cut

(AP)- The English Premier League was suspended indefinitely on Friday following a meeting of its 20 clubs, who discussed financial painkiller measures including asking players to take a substantial pay cut during the coronavirus outbreak. Having previously given a tentative — and improbable — return date of April 30, the world’s richest league said the…read more »

Basketball Hall of Fame set to announce 2020 class

A unique Hall of Fame class will be announced Saturday in a unique way. Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett are all expected to be officially announced as part of the 2020 class of enshrinees by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, which typically reveals its annual selections at college basketball’s Final Four.…read more »

AP source: Chiefs agree to reworked deal with WR Watkins

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs and wide receiver Sammy Watkins have agreed on a restructured one-year contract that gives the franchise much-needed salary cap relief, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Friday. The person, speaking on condition of anonymity because the Chiefs do not disclose contract details, said…read more »

Athletes Village for Olympics could house virus patients

TOKYO (AP) — The under-construction Athletes Village for the Tokyo Olympics could be used as a temporary hospital for coronavirus patients. Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike has been talking about the possibility of occupying the massive development on Tokyo Bay, which is to house up to 11,000 Olympic and 4,400 Paralympic athletes and staff during the…read more »

WNBA postpones start of season this month because of virus

NEW YORK (AP) — The WNBA has postponed the start of its season because of the coronavirus pandemic, with no indication when play would begin. The league was scheduled to open training camps April 26 and the regular season was set to begin May 15. The WNBA will still hold a “virtual” draft April 17.…read more »

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