CBO: Biden’s student debt plan would cost $400 billion

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that President Joe Biden’s plan for student debt cancellation will cost about $400 billion over the next 30 years. The estimate was issued Monday in response to a request from Republican lawmakers who oppose Biden’s plan because of its cost. They cited the estimates as evidence that the plan will “bury” taxpayers. The Biden administration previously estimated the plan will cost about $24 billion a year over the next decade, while other estimates put it at a total of $500 billion or more. The White House says the cost of the cancellation plan will be offset by other measures to reduce the federal deficit.

Biden praises Braves’ ‘unstoppable, joyful run’ to 2021 win

President Joe Biden says the Atlanta Braves will be “forever known as the upset kings of October” for their improbable 2021 World Series win. He called their drive an “unstoppable, joyful run.” Biden welcomed the champs for a packed East Room ceremony on Monday. They got in their White House visit with just over a week left before the 2022 regular season wraps up and playoffs begin again. The Braves are just two wins behind first place in the National League East. Chief Executive Officer Terry McGuirk says he hopes they’ll be back to the White House again soon.

Williamson County Sheriff’s Office using whole body contraband detection system

whole body contraband detection system (Source: Williamson County Sheriff’s Office) whole body contraband detection system (Source: Williamson County Sheriff’s Office) WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Ill. (KBSI) – The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office has new technology to detect contraband being brought into the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center. The Williamson County Board of Commissioners purchased a Command Sourcing B-Scan Whole Body Contraband…

NFL ends Pro Bowl; skills competitions, flag game instead

The NFL is replacing the Pro Bowl with weeklong skills competitions and a flag football game. The new event will be renamed “The Pro Bowl Games” and will feature AFC and NFC players showcasing their football and non-football skills in challenges over several days. The 2023 Games will be held in Las Vegas, and the flag football game at Allegiant Stadium is Sunday, Feb. 5. Peyton Manning and his Omaha Productions company will help shape programming and promote the event’s content throughout the week. Manning, a 14-time Pro Bowl pick during his Hall of Fame career, will provide his perspective, and will also be a part of the coaching staff for flag game.

Williamson County Sheriff’s Office adding Unmanned Aerial System

Unmanned Aerial System (Source: Williamson County Sheriff’s Office) Unmanned Aerial System (Source: Williamson County Sheriff’s Office) Unmanned Aerial System (Source: Williamson County Sheriff’s Office) WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Ill. (KBSI) – The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office is adding an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) to be used for search and rescue situations. The new UAS is equipped with spotlights, a public address system…

Kennett Humane Department asks for help after puppies dumped

(Source: Kennett Humane Department) (Source: Kennett Humane Department) (Source: Kennett Humane Department) (Source: Kennett Humane Department) KENNETT, Mo. (KBSI) – The Kennett Humane Department asks for the public’s help after four puppies were left in a small crate beside a dumpster sitting on garbage. Kennett police called the Kennett Humane Department Tuesday evening about puppies found in a crate by…

Federer to AP: Tennis will withstand big-name retirements

Roger Federer says he was paying attention along with everybody else when Serena Williams played what is expected to be her last match three weeks ago at the U.S. Open. He wasn’t surprised she is moving on from her playing career, just as he is after one last match at the Laver Cup on Friday. He recognizes that their back-to-back exits after about a quarter-century each in tennis will spur some fans to move on from the sport. Federer insists in an interview with The Associated Press that plenty will stick around. That’s because he thinks new superstars will emerge to keep folks interested.

White House: GOP abortion ban would mean a nationwide crisis

The White House and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists say a Republican-led proposal to ban abortion nationwide after 15 weeks would endanger the health of women and have severe consequences for physicians. The measure introduced last week by Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina proposes a nationwide ban that would allow rare exceptions. The legislation has almost no chance of becoming law in the Democratic-controlled Congress. GOP leaders didn’t immediately embrace it and Democrats are pointing to the proposal as an alarming signal of where Republicans would try to go if they were to win control of the Congress in November.

Jan. 6 hearing witness avoids jail time for Capitol riot

An Ohio man who testified at a congressional hearing about why he stormed the U.S. Capitol has been sentenced to two years of probation for his role in the mob’s attack. U.S. District Judge John Bates on Thursday also ordered 41-year-old Stephen Ayres to perform 100 hours of community service. Prosecutors had recommended sentencing Ayres to 60 days of incarceration. In July,, Ayres testified before the U.S. House committee investigating the insurrection on Jan. 6, 2021. After the hearing, Ayres approached and apologized to a group of police officers who had faced the crowd of rioters.

First responders participate in structural collapse training in Sikeston

Para-tech setup More training from first responders HSRT putting up structures Finished breach training First responder completing training SIKESTON, Mo. (KBSI) – First responders from across Southeast Missouri are in Sikeston for a structural collapse training exercise. If disaster hits, it’s teams like this that stand by for immediate response. “So, we worry about earthquakes, and we do have tornadoes…

Wanted fugitive arrested on drug trafficking charges in McCracken County

Allen S. Nesler (Source: McCracken County Sheriff’s Office) (Source: McCracken County Sheriff’s Office) MCCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky. (KBSI) – A wanted fugitive was arrested on drug charges in McCracken County. Allen S. Nesler, 50, of Calloway County was arrested on charges of no registration plates, failure to maintain insurance, failure to notify DOT of address change, theft of identity with another’s…

Enormous house fire in Carbondale, Illinois

House fire on E Willow Street Submitted by Rigo Jimenez from Facebook House fire on E Willow Street Submitted By Rigo Jimenez From Facebook House fire on E Willow Street Submitted By Rigo Jimenez From Facebook House fire on E Willow Street Submitted By Rigo Jimenez From Facebook CARBONDALE, Ill. (KBSI) – A house fire broke out on the corner…

Mark Twain National Forest asks for help identifying theft suspects

(Source: U.S. Forest Service – Mark Twain National Forest) (Source: U.S. Forest Service – Mark Twain National Forest) BUNKER, Mo. (KBSI) – Mark Twain National Forest asks for the public’s help identifying individuals captured on photo and video stealing from the Marcoot Lookout Tower near Bunker last year. The people are suspected of removing the Osborne Fire Finder from the…

Vienna High School starts aviation program

(Source: Vienna High School) (Source: Vienna High School) (Source: Vienna High School) VIENNA, Ill. (KBSI) – Vienna High School started an aviation pipeline program. This is in partnership with the Southern Illinois University School of Aviation. The program is under the direction of instructor Wade Stewart. The partnership allows Vienna students to take courses that have been aligned with the…

Britain and world say final goodbye to Queen Elizabeth II

Britain and the world are saying a final goodbye to Queen Elizabeth II at a state funeral that drew presidents and kings, princes and prime ministers. Crowds massed along the streets of London to honor a monarch whose 70-year reign defined an age. In a country known for pomp and pageantry, the first state funeral since Winston Churchill’s was filled with spectacle. Royal Navy sailors drew the gun carriage carrying Elizabeth’s coffin to Westminster Abbey. King Charles III and his sons Princes William and Harry walked behind as pipers played. Pall bearers then carried the coffin into the Abbey. Around 2,000 people ranging from world leaders to health care workers gathered to mourn her. The funeral drew to a close with two minutes of silence observed across the United Kingdom.

14 arrested, 23 face charges after 18-month fentanyl trafficking investigation in Paducah

(Source: McCracken County Sheriff’s Office) (Source: McCracken County Sheriff’s Office) (Source: McCracken County Sheriff’s Office) (Source: McCracken County Sheriff’s Office) fentanyl-trafficking5-source-mccracken-county-sheriffs-office (Source: McCracken County Sheriff’s Office) Paul G. West (Source: McCracken County Sheriff’s Office) Dominick D. Tyler (Source: McCracken County Sheriff’s Office) Dorian Q. Shumpert (Source: McCracken County Sheriff’s Office) Cameron Shumpert (Source: McCracken County Sheriff’s Office) Samuel G. Shocklee…

Franklin County Sheriff’s Department looking for 3 men

Michael A. Klisnick (Source: Franklin County Sheriff’s Department) Christopher H. Hartman (Source: Franklin County Sheriff’s Department) Derek S. Watkins (Source: Franklin County Sheriff’s Department) FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ill. (KBSI) – The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department would like to public’s assistance finding three men who are wanted for various charges. Michael A. Klisnick, 22, is wanted out of Franklin County for failure…

Paducah police investigate theft of motorcycle, handgun

stolen motorcycle (Source: Paducah Police Department) stolen motorcycle (Source: Paducah Police Department) PADUCAH, Ky. (KBSI) – Paducah police are investigating the theft of a motorcycle and a semiautomatic handgun from the 200 block of Clark Street. A man told police he came outside to go to lunch on Tuesday and discovered his black 2009 Harley Davidson motorcycle, Kentucky license #7302,…

Missouri turkey hunters asked to submit feathers for MDC research project

MDC is asking Missouri turkey hunters to save and share feathers from birds they harvest this fall for a research project to improve wild turkey management in Missouri. (Source: MDC) MDC is asking Missouri turkey hunters to save and share feathers from birds they harvest this fall for a research project to improve wild turkey management in Missouri. (Source: MDC)…

Calvert City woman facing charges after crystal meth found

Julie A. Driver (Source: McCracken County Sheriff’s Office) (Source: McCracken County Sheriff’s Office) MCCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky. (KBSI) – A Calvert City woman faces several charges after a sheriff’s deputy found crystal meth during a traffic stop. Julie A. Driver, 44, faces charges of operating on a suspended operator’s license, failure to produce insurance card, failure to notify DOT of address…

After a lifetime of preparation, Charles takes the throne

Prince Charles has been preparing to be king his entire life. Now his moment has arrived. Following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, Charles is now the oldest person to take the British throne. No date has been set for the coronation of King Charles III. But Charles faces the enormous challenge of building the same sort of affection that characterized the relationship between his mother and the British public. Will Charles be loved by his subjects, like his mother was? It’s a question that has overshadowed his entire life.

Southeast Missouri State University breaks ground for Houck Multiuse Complex

groundbreaking source SEMO Redhawks Director of Athletics Brady Barke address the crowd at the groundbreaking. CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – Southeast Missouri State University broke ground on a Houck Multiuse Complex . Southeast Missouri State University is celebrating the groundbreaking of the first phase of the new Houck Stadium. “We are certainly as excited about this as anybody,” said Brady…

Hazel, KY bank robbery suspect arrested in Carbondale, IL

(Source: KSP) suspect entering bank (Source: KSP) suspect tattoo left wrist (Source: KSP) HAZEL, Ky. (KBSI) – The suspect in a bank robbery that happened in Hazel, Ky. was arrested in Carbondale, Ill. The robbery happened at the The Murray Bank branch. Robert P. Riley, 56, of Water Valley, Ky. was located in Carbondale, Ill. and arrested by Illinois State…