NORTHEAST ARKANSAS MAN KILLED IN CHICAGO Police say an Arkansas man was shot dead in Chicago by a man he stopped to ask for directions.

The shooting occurred early Thursday. The Cook County medical examiner identified the victim as 55-year-old Robert Franklin of Blytheville.

Police spokesman Officer Jose Estrada says the man Franklin asked for directions climbed in the backseat and robbed Franklin and a friend at gunpoint.

Estrada says the suspect left the car and shot Franklin four times in the back. Franklin's friend drove him to a hospital around 4 a.m. Franklin was pronounced dead minutes later. WOMAN KILLED IN SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK NEAR GREENVILLE

An 86 year old woman has died following a single vehicle wreck last night near Greenville.

According to the Highway Patrol, Patricia E. Dunlap, of Greenville, was driving on Route BB when she drove off the road in a curve and hit a culvert.

She was later pronounced dead at a Poplar Bluff hospital. OZARK NATIONAL SCENIC RIVERWAYS REOPENS

With the partial federal government shutdown over, Ozark National Scenic Riverways has reopened.

Visitors can access public areas and roads immediately while facilities and other public services are brought back online. More information about Ozark National Scenic Riverways is available online at www.nps.gov/ozar. THREE ARRESTED IN WAYNE COUNTY FOR POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE

Three people were taken into custody yesterday on a felony drug charge.

According to the Highway Patrol, 55 year old Donald W. Sanders, of Williamsville, 47 year old Danny R. Morey, of Poplar Bluff, and 38 year old Merry L. Kern, of Fisk, were arrested shortly before 2:30 pm in Wayne County.

The three men are facing a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance and a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.


A Greenville resident is facing felony charges after being arrested yesterday in Wayne County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 36 year old Shawna M. Richardson was arrested on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance within a jail facility, possession of a controlled substance, and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia within a jail facility.

More details about the arrest were not available. MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID TRAINING COURSE TO BE OFFERED IN POPLAR BLUFF

Are you prepared for what to do when someone you know has a panic attack?

If not, a course is being offered to help you recognize the symptoms of mental health problems, how to help, and then guide the person to professional help.

The Mental Health First Aid training course will be held Thursday, November 7th at First Presbyterian Church from 8 am to 5 pm. The course is being sponsored by the University of Missouri Extension and Southeast Missouri Behavioral Health.

For more information, call 686-8064. TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR HOWLING AT THE MOON

The Animal Welfare Alliance of Southeast Missouri is presenting the 5th annual Howling at the Moon coming up next month.

The event will be held Friday, November 8th, from 6 to 10 pm at the Westwood Center in Poplar Bluff. There will be live entertainment by ‘Thin Blue Line’ and catering provided by Maya’s.

Tickets are available at Key Drugs, the Greater Poplar Bluff area Chamber of Commerce, and Primetime Rentals. Proceeds from the event will go toward the building of a no kill animal shelter. OVER 230 THOUSAND MISSOURI KIDS PARTICIPATE IN READING PROGRAMS

The Missouri secretary of state's office says more than 232,000 children and teens participated in summer reading programs at public libraries this year.

The Missouri State Library coordinates the reading programs. Local libraries determine the duration of their local programs with some starting as early as May and others continuing into September.

Officials plan a science theme for next year's programs, calling them "Fizz, Boom, Read!" and "Spark a Reaction." The Missouri State Library is holding workshops in November for school and local library workers involved with the reading programs.