Battle of the Badges Blood Drive allows firefighters to save lives in different way

JACKSON, Mo. (KBSI) – There’s nothing like some friendly competition. At the Jackson Civic Center on Friday, seven different fire departments challenged one another to see who could give the most blood at Battle of the Badges. Michael Bell of the Millersville Rural Fire Protection District said that with the national blood shortage, which only gets magnified during the summer,…

Marion, KY water crisis continues

MARION, Ky. (KBSI) – Volunteers passed out gallons of water to families in Marion, Kentucky who need it for drinking and cooking purposes at the old National Guard Armory Friday. “Basically people are coming around they’re getting water from the national guard, we’re here, we’re taking they’re names and they’re just driving on up, and we’re loading their cars up…

Law enforcement anticipate increase in traffic for Fourth of July weekend

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – With the three-day holiday weekend, many are expected to travel outside of the state. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP), the Fourth of July weekend is a dangerous time as many driving related deaths happen. Missouri traffic deaths have dropped 7% compared to this time last year. However, that could change as the…

Southern Illinois graduate signs to play basketball for WKCTC

(KBSI) – It was signing day for one southern Illinois high school graduate who is now preparing to embark on his college basketball career. Wyatt Sherwin received academic scholarships and financial awards both at Illinois Wesleyan and University of Illinois, but he was determined in his desire to play collegiate basketball. His patience paid off when he signed his letter…

New Missouri voting laws to take effect prior to mid-term elections

JACKSON, Mo. (KBSI) – On Wednesday, Missouri Governor Mike Parson signed five pieces of legislation into law, including a bill that modifies Missouri’s election laws. House Bill 1878 goes into effect August 28. Governor Parson said it will strengthen the election process and voter confidence. Across the state, voters will now be required to show a photo ID to cast…

McCracken County Fiscal Court to increase pay for 15 county employees

PADUCAH, Ky. (KBSI) – The McCracken County Fiscal Court decided to bump the pay increase for 15 county employees. The process for deciding what employees should be paid can become a difficult job, specially when not everyone agrees. The McCracken County Fiscal Court met to discuss the salary increase for 15 county employees. With each salary increase being approved by…

Stoddard County man sentenced to 50 years for 5 separate burglaries

STODDARD COUNTY, Mo. (KBSI) – A man from Advance and Bell City was sentenced to 50 years for five separate burglaries. Shawn Yount, of Advance and Bell City was sentenced to 50 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections by the Honorable Joe Z. Satterfield. A week long jury trial that began on May 2. At the conclusion of the…

Paducah PD: 2 arrested after crack cocaine, other drugs found in home

PADUCAH, Ky. (KBSI) – Two McCracken County men face charges after an investigation by the Paducah Police Department’s Drug Unit. Liwan Quantae Martin, 26, of Westbrook Boulevard, was arrested on a warrant charging him with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (second offense), trafficking in marijuana (less than eight ounces – second offense), second-degree possession of a controlled substance and…

2 western KY riverports to receive grants for improvements

(KBSI) – Four Kentucky riverports, two in western Kentucky, will get $500,000 in grants for needed infrastructure improvements and equipment upgrades. “Our Kentucky riverports play a unique role in our commerce and our transportation system. We’re pleased to be able to provide funding for these worthy projects,” Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said. The funding, which must be locally matched, was…

Southern Illinois Collaborative Kitchen, several others receive ARPA funding

CARBONDALE, Ill. (KBSI) – Tuesday, the Carbondale City Council approved 12 American Rescue Plan Act funding applications totaling $2,098,464. The Southern Illinois Collaborative Kitchen was approved for $84,400 in funding that will provide support through 2023. Board President William Lo said the goal of the kitchen is two-fold. “The restaurants were getting shut down because of COVID. It was tough,…

Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center hosting events on July 2

  CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – The Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center is holding some events, including one where you can learn how beneficial and healthy native plants are. “And in order to have healthy wildlife, we need to have a healthy habitat,” said Jamie Koehler with the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center. “So I’m all about talking to people…

McCracken County Public Library opens science center program

PADUCAH, Ky. (KBSI) – The McCracken County Public Library is giving kids a different way to play in its science center. Open until September, the Science Center Program is open to the public. The program was supposed to open in 2020 but was postponed due to COVID-19. “A lot of kindergarteners, first graders who haven’t had a traditional schooling experience,…

Sikeston DPS trains for Active Bystander Law-Enforcement

SIKESTON, Mo. (KBSI) – In 2020, George Floyd was killed leaving many to consider whether the police tactics used were appropriate or not. The Sikeston Department of Public Safety (DPS) is seeking to find a solution through a special police training course. The course is ABLE, an acronym for Active Bystander Law-Enforcement. This teaches officers how to act properly around…

Gun shop owner and gun safety activist react to gun safety bill

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – Last week President Biden signed the bipartisan gun safety bill. While some are happy about this, many questions are now being asked about what the bill actually does.  Liberty Teeth Armory owner Griffan Reutzel says that he isn’t against the bill, but it raises questions on how it will help with background checks.  “I’m definitely…

Temperatures and Humidity on the Rise (6/29/22)

90s remain in the forecast for Thursday. It won’t be terribly humid, but the dewpoints are slowly starting to rise. You can expect mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies on Thursday with a light south wind at 5 to 15 mph. Because of this, the Skeeter Meter is only at “Medium” for Thursday. The heat and humidity kicks up quite…

Travel expert says inflation not impacting travel this summer

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – Inflation is on the rise but traveling for the summer doesn’t seem to be slowing down as people are enjoying their vacations no matter the price.    Elite Travel Expert Carolyn Sandgren-Kempf says people are affording trips by using the money that they saved being home during COVID the last two years.  “Some things you may…

90s for a While (6/28/22)

The 90s are back in the forecast and they are going to be staying around for a while. Temperatures are getting back to the summertime feel with highs in the low 90s on Wednesday. It won’t feel quite as hot, though, since the dewpoint will only be in the 50s. This means the humidity won’t be too bad. That happens…

City of Carterville to host free produce event 6/28

CARTERVILLE, Ill. (KBSI) – The city of Carterville will host another free produce event Tuesday, June 28 for anyone in need of produce. Tuesday’s event is expected to start around noon. It will be at the Carterville police station. The city first teamed up with the police department to give away free produce on June 15. The idea came about when…

Fireworks laws for each state

SIKESTON, Mo. (KBSI) – Many people are eager to set off fireworks for the Fourth of July. Although, many people are unaware of the firework laws that are enforced by law enforcement. “We found is that people don’t use them properly people, will shoot them at other people or as what we will call ‘bottle rocket war’ because it does…

Raising awareness of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – June is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness month. Eight million people in the United States are currently diagnosed with the condition.  PTSD is common for many people.  According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, about 12 million adults in the U.S experience PTSD in a given year. About 8 percent of women and 4…

Slow Warm Up Ahead (6/27/2022)

We have one more cooler than average day coming our way on Tuesday, before the heat gets turned back up. On Tuesday, we’ll start in the upper 50s, get into the lower 70s by 9am, and into the 80s for the afternoon. It will be a comfortable day with plenty of sunshine, low dewpoints, and a light northeast breeze. We…

Cape River Heritage Museum holds two-day auction

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – The Cape River Heritage Museum held a two-day auction. The event was held at 805 Enterprise Street in Cape Girardeau and featured vintage toys, antiques, furniture, kitchen tables, dressers, end tables, glassware and more. “We’re going to have the auction today (Saturday) until early afternoon then tomorrow Sunday preview about one o’clock and then auction…