Category Archives: Local Headlines

UPDATE-Interstate 55 to Close Overnight at Center Junction

As construction of the diverging diamond interchange at Interstate 55 and U.S. Route 61 (Exit 99) continues, contractor crews will make emergency repairs to the I-55 bridge overnight on July 7. Northbound and southbound I-55 will be closed at Center Junction between Cape Girardeau and Jackson, Missouri. Signed detours will be in place.Southbound I-55 will be…read more »

IDOL Alerts Local Officials on Hiring for Public Works Projects

Due to the high unemployment rate caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Employment of Illinois Workers on Public Works Act will take effect beginning July 1st. The state law requires the workforce on all public works projects to be comprised of a minimum of 90% Illinois residents. The Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) administers…read more »

St. Francis Medical Center Receives National Recognition

Saint Francis Medical Center was recently named to the IBM Watson Health’s 100 Top Hospitals List. This is the very first time in which St. Francis Medical Center has been recognized as a top performing hospital within a large community in the nation. St. Francis Medical Center is the loan large community hospital in the state…read more »

Double Murder Suspect Receives New Trial

The double-murder trial of a man accused of killing two women in Calloway County last year has been rescheduled for next year. The trial is now set for March 15, 2021 for the trial of Shannon Scott in Calloway County Circuit Court. The trial, originally set for this September, is expected to last four weeks.…read more »

STATE OF ILLINOIS INVESTS TO EXPAND SMALL BUSINESS CENTERS AND PROVIDE MORE SUPPORT FOR BUSINESSES SEEKING GRANTS, ASSISTANCE DURING COVID-19 CRISIS

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) today joined the South Shore Chamber of Commerce and community members to celebrate the opening of 7 new Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) around the state. An $11.5 million investment to the SBDC program will add new community-based centers and expand the reach of existing SBDCs…read more »

Governor Parson Signs SB 591 Regarding Punitive Damages and Unlawful Merchandising Practices

Today, Governor Mike Parson signed SB 591 modifying provisions relating to civil actions, including punitive damages and unlawful merchandising practices. SB 591 raises the standard for punitive damages, providing that punitive damages can only be awarded if the plaintiff proves by “clear and convincing evidence” that the defendant intentionally harmed the plaintiff without just cause or…read more »

Cape Girardeau County Officials Trying to Purchase Additional PPE

Members of the Cape Girardeau County Commission gave their approval for the emergency purchase of a maximum of $100,000 in personal protective equipment to be used during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic by different entities throughout the county. City officials say they have received requests for masks, goggles, gloves and more personal protective equipment to be used…read more »

PRITZKER ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES $250 MILLION IN ADDITIONAL RELIEF TO ASSIST COMMUNITIES WITH COVID-19 EMERGENCY RESPONSE

Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) today announced the State will expedite a portion of Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) dollars designated for local governments by the federal CARES Act. Through the Local Coronavirus Urgent Remediation Emergency (Local CURE) Support Program, the State will take steps to deploy $250…read more »

Governor Parson Signs FY 2021 Budget Bills

Today, Governor Mike Parson signed the FY21 budget bills passed by the General Assembly. The total state budget is approximately $35.3 billion, including $10 billion in general revenue. Since taking office, Missouri’s economy and financial health have been of utmost importance to Governor Parson. Last year, the state budget left $100 million on the bottom line in order…read more »

Jackson Roundabout Project Finished

Construction of the roundabout project located at East Main Street and Shawnee Boulevard is finished. City officials say the new roundabout is fully open to traffic in all directions, ahead of the originally scheduled opening date. On Tuesday morning, the projects general contractor was able to remove the traffic control devices and temporary signals that…read more »

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