Southeast Missouri


NEW MADRID, Mo. (AP) — A Swiss-based company will open an aluminum smelter in the Missouri Bootheel region, creating up to 400 jobs in one of the state's most impoverished areas.

Former SEMO coach sues LA College for not hiring him, citing 'Jewish blood'

Feb 22, 2018
Entrance to Louisiana College, Pineville, LA
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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The president of a private Baptist college in Louisiana refused to approve a football coach's hiring because of what he called the applicant's "Jewish blood," a federal lawsuit claims.

SIKESTON, Mo. (AP) - A southeast Missouri police detective has been placed on administrative leave after a judge issued a scathing review of his handling of a 2000 homicide case and said a man serving a life sentence should be exonerated.

The Southeast Missourian reports that the city of Sikeston took the action against Detective John Blakely after Judge Darrell Missey found Friday that Blakely "is lacking in candor or competence, or both." Blakely has denied accusations against him in sworn testimony.

MALDEN, Mo. (AP) - A southeast Missouri animal rescue group has removed 72 dogs from a home in the town of Malden.

The Southeast Missourian reports that 34 dogs were removed Tuesday by the group Mac's Mission, days after around three dozen dogs were taken from the same alleged hoarder.

SCOTT CITY, Mo. (AP) - The former mayor of a southeast Missouri town who resigned after allegations he abused his position says he wants his job back.

Ron Cummins on Tuesday filed to run in April's election for Scott City mayor. He will have to defeat the current mayor, Norman Brant, who was named to replace Cummins when he resigned.

Brant also filed to run for mayor in April. They seek to finish a term that ends in April 2020.


High winds and dry conditions have prompted forecasters to again discourage Mid-South residents from outdoor burning.

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for much of the KASU listening area.  Areas under the warning include Northeast Arkansas including Craighead and Greene, all of West Tennessee, and Pemiscott and Dunklin Counties in Missouri.

A wind advisory is also in effect for the area.  Forecasters say wind gusts could get as high as 40 mph.

At least two grass fires have been reported today by Jonesboro E911.

Missouri Capitol

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Republican House Majority Leader Mike Cierpiot has been elected to the Missouri Senate.

Cierpiot (SEER'-poy) won a special election Tuesday to fill former Sen. Will Kraus' vacant seat. The Lee's Summit Republican resigned in July after the governor appointed him to the State Tax Commission.

Arkansas legislators on Friday allowed a prohibition on the sale and use of dicamba to take effect. The Executive Subcommittee of the Arkansas Legislative Council took no action on the proposed 120-day ban, a decision that upholds a ruling made last month by the Arkansas Plant Board. The ban will officially go into effect Tuesday at 12:01am unless members of the council move to reverse it.

Missouri Capitol

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's recent special legislative session cost taxpayers more than $66,000.

Gov. Eric Greitens called lawmakers into special session to authorize discounted electricity rates for a steel-works facility and aluminum smelter that are considering opening near the southeastern Missouri town of New Madrid.

Lawmakers passed the legislation in one week, and tried to hold down costs by coming to the Capitol in Jefferson City only on the days when votes were scheduled.


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Ameren Missouri customers wouldn't likely see a significant increase in their monthly electricity bills under a proposal allowing manufacturers that use a lot of electricity to negotiate lower rates, according to a Missouri Public Service Commission staff analysis presented to a Senate committee Thursday.

Missouri Capitol

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri House on Wednesday advanced a bill that would allow manufacturing companies to negotiate lower electricity rates than currently allowed, a measure supporters say could bring hundreds of jobs to the southeastern corner of the state but critics argue would raise rates for utilities customers.


By KATIE KULL and DAVID A. LIEB, Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens announced Thursday that he's calling lawmakers back to work about a week after the end of their regular session to discuss legislation that could make it easier to open a new steel plant and reopen an old aluminum smelter in rural southeast Missouri.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri's top prosecutor says a sheriff participated in a jail altercation in which an inmate died and that he should be fired.

Attorney General Josh Hawley says in a news release that he filed a request in court Tuesday to remove Cory Hutcheson from his position as sheriff of Mississippi County.

Hawley says his office is investigating the inmate's death Friday. Details haven't been released.

Ann Kenda, Arkansas Public Media


That's the only way Kary Story, Mayor of Pocahontas, can describe the record flooding coming to his city.  The National Weather Service in Memphis on Tuesday issued a Flash Flood Warning for southeastern Randolph County, and central Lawrence County.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say 54 cases of mumps have been confirmed among students at Southeast Missouri State University.

KFVS-TV (http://bit.ly/2oR3hD5) reports that there also are another 23 probable cases among students at the Cape Girardeau school. School leaders believe the peak of the mumps outbreak has passed, but expect to see more positive cases on campus and in the community. Students are being urged to receive a booster dose of the vaccine that protects against mumps, as well as measles and rubella.