ARKANSAS STUDENT ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO ALLEGED “HIT LIST” A northeast Arkansas teenager has been taken into custody in connection to an alleged “hit list”.

According to KAIT, the 16 year old was arrested after reports from students from Highland High School. Several students reportedly said that they had seen a list; however authorities said that no list was found in the investigation.

The teen had also allegedly made statements about a “blood bath.” The student was arrested on a charge of communicating a terroristic threat. SIKESTON OFFICIALS TO BE TESTING NEW WARNING SIRENS

Officials in Sikeston have announced that the installation of new sirens is complete.

The sirens will be used for weather warning coverage in the city.

The sirens will now be tested each day at noon by playing the Westminster chimes for approximately 28 seconds. Should you hear this, there is no cause for alarm as this is only a test of the system.

In an actual emergency, you will hear weather information and appropriate actions you need to take. LOCAL HOSPITAL TO DANCE TO RAISE MONEY FOR UCAN

A local hospital will be competing in an online dance competition to help raise money for the United Cancer Assistance Network.

Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center is taking part in the 2013 Medline Pink Glove Dance Video Competition. The video features participants dancing and wearing pink-colored exam gloves to raise awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer through mammograms.

You can vote for the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center’s video on the website “pink glove dance.com” beginning at noon today. The winning team will receive a $25,000 donation in their name to the breast cancer charity of their choice. For second place, it is a $10,000 donation and third place is a $5,000 donation.

The winners will be announced November 15th. POPLAR BLUFF LIBRARY COLLECTING BOOKS FOR SANTA LAND

The Poplar Bluff Municipal Library is accepting gently used children’s books for Santa Land.

The books will be placed in children’s gift bags for the annual holiday event at the Coliseum. Anyone who would like to donate can drop books off at the library. Books will be accepted through November 30th.


A Cape Girardeau church is one of 12 sites that is being considered for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places.

According to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, St. James AME Church on North Street in Cape Girardeau will be considered for nomination at a meeting in Jefferson City on November 8th.

Approved nominations will be forwarded to the Keeper of the National Register in Washington, D.C., for final approval. HIGHWAY PATROL REMINDS MOTORISTS TO BE MINDFUL OF SCHOOL BUSES

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is reminding motorists to drive safely around school buses.

Missouri law states that while on a two-lane road, drivers must stop when meeting or following a bus that is stopped and displaying warning signals while loading or unloading children. It is only necessary to stop on a four-lane highway when following the bus.

Last year, three people were killed and 353 were injured in 886 school bus crashes in Missouri. HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS FOR PREVENTABLE ISSUES DOWN IN MISSOURI

The Missouri Hospital Association says there has been a decline in the number of hospital admissions for preventable issues.

The association says that between 2003 and 2013 the number of preventable hospital admissions fell 18.8 percent.

Preventable hospitalizations are defined as conditions for which good outpatient care could potentially have avoided the need for hospital care. The definition also includes conditions for which early intervention could have prevented complications.

Despite the overall improvement, the hospital association says there were several conditions for which Missouri saw an increase in preventable hospital admissions. Those include hypertension, short-term complications from diabetes, asthma in young adults and urinary tract infections. LISTERIA CONCERN PROMPTS MASSIVE RECALL OF FOOD PRODUCTS

Over 100 thousand cases of refrigerated ready to eat products have been recalled due to possible Listeria contamination.

The products by Reser’s Fine Foods were produced at a plant in Topeka, Kansas and distributed nationwide. Items in the recall include seafood and tuna salad among many other products.

The packages will be marked with a Use-by-Date or Best By Date and followed by a plant identifier code of 20.

Listeria is an organism which can cause serious and sometime fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and individuals with weakened immune systems.

Healthy people may suffer only short term symptoms, such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant woman. No illnesses have been reported. MISSOURI PROPOSAL TO ROLL BACK FOOD STAMP EXPANSION WITHDRAWN

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon says his administration is withdrawing a proposal for rolling back an expansion of the food stamps program.

Since 2009, the state has qualified for a waiver allowing able-bodied adults without children to qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program despite failing to meet federal work requirements.

Officials had proposed changing eligibility rules to waive the work requirements only in counties where the unemployment rate is higher than 10 percent.

Nixon said Thursday he is directing the Social Services Department to withdraw the proposal. The governor says there now is greater certainty about federal funding for food stamps after last week's budget agreement.

Missouri had about 915,000 people receiving food stamps in August. That's down from a peak of nearly 962,000 in December 2011.