MAN KILLED IN HIT AND RUN IN POPLAR BLUFF One man has died following a hit and run incident Monday in Poplar Bluff.

According to the Poplar Bluff Police Department, 26 year old Jason Eppinette was pronounced dead at approximately 2 pm Monday at the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center.

Eppinette had reportedly stepped into the path of a red or maroon passenger vehicle on Pine Street Monday morning. The vehicle struck Eppinette and then left the scene. It was last spotted traveling east on West Pine.

The incident is under investigation, and authorities are asking anyone with additional information to contact the Poplar Bluff Police Department at 573-785-5776. BODY OF MISSING BOY FOUND

Butler County Sheriff Mark Dobbs confirms that the body of a five year old autistic boy who had been missing since Sunday has been found.

Dobbs says five year old Devonte Dye was last seen at around 2:30 pm Sunday in the Qulin area. Dye’s body was discovered Monday morning in the St. Francis River, near the boy’s home. CAPE GIRARDEAU WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER

A southeast Missouri woman pleaded guilty to first-degree involuntary manslaughter for running over her longtime girlfriend during an argument.

Thirty year old Angelia Hanson entered the plea Monday in the July death of 43 year old Jody Lane. Hanson told the judge she didn't realize Lane was standing behind the vehicle when she backed out of the driveway at their home during an argument. She says she then drove forward before realizing she hit Lane.

The Southeast Missourian reports prosecutors said Lane was trapped in the vehicle's undercarriage and suffered fatal internal bleeding.

Under a plea agreement, prosecutors dropped plans to charge Hanson as a prior and persistent offender. She faces up to seven years in jail. Sentencing was set for November 18th. ONE ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO JONESBORO SHOOTING

A man has turned himself in to authorities following a shooting Sunday in Jonesboro.

According to authorities, the two victims were reportedly shot in the back in a parking lot of an apartment complex. 25 year old Mike C. Crockett, of Jonesboro, has been arrested in connection to the shooting.

There was allegedly an argument before the shooting took place. BOLLINGER COUNTY AUTHORITIES SEARCHING FOR MAN IN STOLEN VEHICLE

Bollinger County authorities are searching for a man who is allegedly in a stolen vehicle.

According to the Bollinger County Sheriff’s Office, 21 year old Nicholas Loughary was last seen driving a white 2008 Ford Ranger extended cab with a possible plate of MH0 R5V.

The vehicle was reportedly stolen from Whipporwill Campground in Marble Hill. The Sheriff’s Office says that Loughary is armed and should not be approached.

Anyone who has information about Loughary’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Bollinger county Sheriff’s Office. THREE RIVERS COLLEGE TO HOLD INFORMATION NIGHT FOR LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSING PROGRAM

Three Rivers College will be holding an information night for the Licensed Practical Nursing program this month.

The event will give prospective students the chance to apply for the college’s LPN program in Kennett, and find out about the requirements for entry into the program and financial aid opportunities.

The information night is scheduled for 6:30 pm at the Three Rivers Center in Kennett on Thursday, October 24th. OFFICIALS ESTIMATE AN ABUNDANT AMOUNT OF DUCKS TO BE AVAILABLE FOR HUNTING

Missouri officials say there should be plenty of good hunting even though there may be fewer ducks in the sky this fall.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimated the number of breeding ducks at 45.6 million this year - down 6 percent from last year's record high.

The state Conservation Department says ducks should still be abundant, if weather conditions cause them to migrate at the right time.

Missouri has a tiered hunting season for waterfowl.

In southern Missouri, the youth season starts November 23rd and the regular season begins November 28th. ETHANOL GASOLINE USE COULD BE EXPANDED IN MISSOURI

Missouri lawmakers are considering a rule change that could expand the use of ethanol in gasoline.

A legislative committee heard testimony Monday on a proposed rule change that would allow fuel containing a 15 percent ethanol blend to be sold.

At issue is whether the proposal by the Department of Agriculture runs awry of existing state laws. A 2006 Missouri law required regular gasoline to contain a 10 percent mix of ethanol, which generally is made from corn.

The proposed rule change would allow, but not mandate, the higher ethanol blend.

The Joint Committee on Administrative Rules plans to reconvene Wednesday to decide whether to block the rule change

The federal Environmental Protection Agency is fine with E15, but some automakers warn it could harm engines.