Mild through the weekend, then much colder (1/26/23)

Temperatures are going to be at or above average through the weekend, but it’s going to be a little windy, especially Friday. We will also see a chance for rain late Saturday into early Sunday. After that, things get a little messy next week. Friday will start off chilly with temperatures in the middle 20s around sunrise, but we’ll warm…

Upcoming events in southeast MO, southern IL, western KY

Find fun and educational things to do near you!

(KBSI) – Check out these events happening in the area! Do you have an event going on you would like people to know about? Email news@kbsi23.com. Include what the event is, where, when it is happening and who is sponsoring the event. Don’t forget to include if there is a charge. Friday, Jan. 27 Grand Opening for Magnolia Soap and…

Road work, closures in southeast MO, southern IL, western KY

Know the road construction projects in your area.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – Check out this list of road work projects in your area before you leave home. Southeast Missouri Butler County Construction of the first phase of the U.S. Route 67/Future I-57 project in Butler County is underway. This work includes upgrading the Route 160/158 interchange south of Poplar Bluff, Missouri. The interchange will be reconfigured with…

Community comes together with donations for a fundraiser for man with cancer

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – Judy Scherer and the community of New Hamburg are coming together to host a fundraiser benefit dinner for Darryl Westrich.   This past October, Westrich was diagnosed with kidney cancer.   “Cancer of the fatty tissue, which is a huge tumor setting on his kidney pressing against his abdomen, that’s why he can’t eat much,” said…

Missouri unemployment rate still historically low, Illinois higher than national average in December

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – The labor market in Missouri remains strong, with the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics report revealing a 2.8 percent unemployment rate for the month of December, significantly lower than the national average of 3.5 percent.  Though the unemployment rate has gone up in Missouri each of the last three months, Southeast Missouri professor David Yaskewich reminds…

New executive director shares future plans for Southeast Missouri Pets

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI)- Southeast Missouri Pets has a new executive director calling the shots. Jenn Farmer envisions a community where every animal has a safe and loving home. “It’s only been about three to four weeks but we’re looking at having our website recreated. We hired a new volunteer coordinator, which has been outstanding, and a new development director…

Snow totals, warming up by the weekend (1/25/23)

The snow has come to an end and we saw quite a bit of it in spots! Below are some of the totals from late last night into early this morning. Now that we’re past that winter storm, we look forward to the rest of the week. Highs will struggle a little bit tomorrow. A few flurries will be possible…

Cape Girardeau Fire Department holding free Car Seat Check Event Jan. 27

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – The Cape Girardeau Fire Department will hold a Car Seat Check Event on Friday, January 27. It will be at Cape Fire Department’s Station #3 (1975 N. Sprigg Street) from 10 a.m. to noon. Forty-six percent of car seats are improperly installed, according to the Cape Girardeau Fire Depaertment. A new class of Child Passenger…

Winter storm is moving through

As the winter storm churns through our area, you can check the radar in this link as well as see the latest forecast discussion: Weather Page Winter Weather Advisories (purple) and Winter Storm Warnings (pink) are in place from 6:00pm this evening through noon Wednesday. The latest weather model runs have less than an inch for Murray, Union City, and…

MoDOT bracing for another winter storm

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – The storm is a brewin’! With another winter storm system on track to rip through the Midwest again – most notably southeast Missouri – the Missouri Department of Transportation cautions to plan ahead if you have to leave your residence Tuesday evening and into Wednesday morning. “It is going to hit overnight,” said Craig Compas,…

Cape City Council weighs three percent tax on recreational marijuana

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI)- A proposal for a three percent sales tax on recreational marijuana will be voted on April 4th following the final approval from Cape Girardeau City Council, which addressed the issue and Monday’s council meeting. “What the council is wanting to stipulate with the tax is that up to a quarter of that is going to come…

City of Jackson issues Snow Route Proclamation

snow routes (Source: City of Jackson)JACKSON, Mo. (KBSI) – City officials in Jackson issued a Snow Route Proclamation Tuesday afternoon in anticipation of this week’s winter weather event. Residents who have vehicles parked on designated snow routes in Jackson have 12 hours to move those vehicles off the street or to a nondesignated snow route to allow city crews to…

Cape Girardeau woman brings singing telegrams back in business

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – In 1933, singing telegrams became a way of the future, formerly known for reporting deaths, singing telegrams became a happier way of sending a message. Flash forward to 2023 and the trend is popping up again. With over 20 million views Joy Brooker, known on TikTok as #TheJoyBrookerShow, has brought the side gig of singing…

Big Brothers Big Sisters looking for mentors

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – Mentorship is important, and the right mentor can change a person’s trajectory – no matter the age.  Big Brothers Big Sisters is one of the local organizations that offer volunteering for adults to mentor the youth and fill various, vital needs.   Becky Simpher with Big Brothers Big Sisters says they have been seeing a decline in…

INSURANCE 101: What to know in 2023

Auto premiums continue ascent as hikes may reach 7 percent this year

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – Inflation has negatively affected nearly all walks of life. And the auto insurance industry has not deviated from the norm, as policies may reach a 7 percent increase in 2023. “There are a number of factors that goes into ultimately what somebody pays for their premium,” said AAA Public Affairs Specialist Nick Chabarria. The first…

Future real estate discussed at Monday’s Cape Girardeau City Council meeting

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – There are new developments being made in Cape Girardeau. But not all parties involved are excited for the future, and Monday’s city council meeting shows the proof in the pudding. “It’s just brutal; traffic is already backing up. It’s already bad,” said one concerned citizen. A little more than one year ago, city council acknowledged…

Sikeston DPS releases identities in double homicide

SIKESTON, Mo. (KBSI) – The Sikeston Department of Public Safety is investigating a double homicide that left a man and woman dead early Sunday morning. The shooting occurred about 3 a.m. at the 800 block of Southwest Street Sunday morning. The caller reported gunshots in the vicinity. Officers responded and found a married couple with gunshot wounds.  The first victim is…

Winter Storm Potential (as of 1/23/23)

Above is the video forecast for the potential winter storm Tuesday into Wednesday. There is a Winter Storm Warning and a Winter Weather Advisory in place for much of Missouri, western Illinois and NW Arkansas. Rain and snow will all be possible Tuesday night into Wednesday and Wednesday night. In addition to the Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories,…

Trout harvest begins Feb. 1 in Jackson, Farmington, Perryville & Sikeston

(KBSI) – Trout may be harvested from Rotary Lake in Jackson, Giessing Lake in Farmington, Legion Lake in Perryville, and Recreation Complex Pond in Sikeston starting Feb. 1. Cooler than average temperatures caused a reduction in fishing activity in November and December, said MDC Fisheries Management Biologist Salvador Mondragon. MDC stocked trout in November at the start of the catch-and-release season….

Marshall County Schools remembers 2 lives lost in 5th anniversay since school shooting

BENTON, Ky. (KBSI) – Monday, January 23 marks five years since the deadly school shooting at Marshall County High School. Two students were killed. Fifteen people suffered gunshot wounds, including the two students killed. Bailey Nicole Holt, 15, and Preston Ryan Cope, 15, were killed in the shooting. Marshall County Schools posted on its Facebook page that the school is…

BBB tips to avoid fitness scams

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – A lot of people are looking to make a health and fitness change at the start of a new year and while that goal can be good it is also a chance for people to take advantage of that. Whitney Quick, regional director of Better Business Bureau says scammers make it easy to buy a…

Ag Connect features numerous facets of agriculture from southeast Missouri and northwest Arkansas

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. (KBSI) – Saturday’s portion of Ag Connect was centered around families and the youth.   University of Missouri Extension Human Development and Family Science Specialist John Fuller said the younger generation is crucial to the advancement of agriculture.  “The industry really relies on that next generation coming up and getting kids interested in farming so that legacy…

Free community meal at Burfordville Baptist Church

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – Burfordville Baptist Church hosted its monthly free community meal. This program started two years ago during the early beginnings of the pandemic.  Dennis and Debbie Welker, church members, and cooks say that it started small but has grown.  “First, we didn’t have very many. If we’re going along, we keep gaining more and more. It’s…

All 5 escaped inmates located, captured

  CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – The five inmates who escaped earlier this week now have been located and captured, according to the St. Francois Sheriff’s Department on Saturday morning. Kelly McSean, Dakota Pace, Aaron Wade Sebastian, and Lujuan Tucker were captured in Ohio. Michael Wilkins previously was captured during the week and returned to St. Francois without incident. On…