POPLAR BLUFF POLICE LOOKING FOR SUSPECT IN STRONG ARM ROBBERY Poplar Bluff police are looking for two people in connection to an incident earlier this week at Wal-Mart.

According to the Poplar Bluff Police Department, a shoplifting suspect was stopped by a Wal-Mart loss prevention associate as the suspect was exiting the store with a piece of merchandise.

The suspect allegedly struck the associate and pushed him to the ground. He then dropped the merchandise and fled. Surveillance video seemed to depict a bystander then picking up the merchandise and leaving the store.

Authorities do not know if the second subject was connected with the first.

Anyone who has more information about the incident is asked to contact the Poplar Bluff Police Department at 573-785-5776. EARTHQUAKE REPORTED IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI

An earthquake hit Southeast Missouri Thursday evening.

According to the Center for Earthquake Research and Information, a 2.8 magnitude earthquake occurred at 7:14 pm.

The earthquake was located about 7 miles southwest of New Madrid and 8 miles north northeast of Portageville. PERRYVILLE POLICE LOOKING FOR “ARMED AND DANGEROUS” MAN

Authorities are looking for a Perryville man who fled from officers. They say he is known to be armed, dangerous and violent.

A representative with the Perry County Sheriff’s Department says an officer attempted to arrest Michael Fuller, who has an active warrant. Fuller fled the scene.

Fuller is described as a white male with numerous tattoos, including a swastika on his upper chest.

Authorities say if you see Fuller, do not approach him. Call 573-547-4576. POPLAR BLUFF MAN CHOSEN FOR VETERAN SERVICE AWARD

A Poplar Bluff man has been chosen as one of the recipients of the 2013 Veterans Service Award.

Lyle “Mike” Larrew was one of 26 announced winners of the 2013 Lieutenant Governor’s Veterans Service Award, which recognizes Missouri veterans who provide exemplary volunteer service to their communities.

The winners of the award will receive an official declaration from Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder. Other winners from Southeast Missouri include Kenneth Bender of Cape Girardeau and Roger Riley of Jackson. LISTENING POST MEETING SET FOR NEXT WEEK IN PERRYVILLE

Members of Senator Roy Blunt’s staff will be in Perryville next week for a listening post meeting.

Listening Posts are opportunities for Missourians to discuss their questions or concerns with the federal government one-on-one with members of Senator Blunt’s staff.

The meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 13th from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm at the Southeast Missouri Regional Planning Commission in Perryville. HUNDREDS IN JONESBORO RECEIVE CALL FROM SCAMMERS

Authorities in Jonesboro are warning area residents about a scam that has been attempted on hundreds of local bank customers.

According to bank officials, the scam involves a phone call, in which the caller tells the person that their debit card has been deactivated. The caller then attempts to convince the card owner to change their confidential information to reactivate the card.

Authorities say if you receive a similar call, don’t give out any of your personal information, make a note of the originating phone number and contact the Jonesboro Police Department. MISSOURI STUDENTS HOLDING STEADY ACCORDING TO NATIONAL REPORT CARD

Missouri's fourth- and eighth-graders are doing about the same on math and reading tests as they were two years ago and about average when compared with the rest of the country.

That's according to the 2013 Nation's Report Card, which was released Thursday. The results come from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP, which is given to a sample of students.

Among fourth-graders, 39 percent scored at or above the NAEP proficient level in reading and 35 percent in math. The percentages were similar among eighth-graders, with 36 percent scoring at or above proficient in reading and 35 percent scoring at or above the proficient level in reading.

Missouri education commissioner Chris Nicastro says the state still has "work to do." MISSOURI COMMISSION APPROVES NEW WATER QUALITY RULES

The Missouri Clean Water Commission has approved new water quality rules that bolster protection for rivers and lakes.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Thursday that the water quality standards assign limits for pollutants discharged into an additional 90,000 miles of rivers and streams and 2,100 lakes.

It will require expensive upgrades for many small sewage treatment facilities throughout the state.

The revised standards require formal approval from the Environmental Protection Agency.

They are expected to take effect next year. Missouri was warned 13 years ago by the EPA that its water quality standards required upgrading. NEW REPORT SHOWS MONEY NEEDS FOR MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

A newly released report says a funding gap exists between the transportation system that Missourians demand and the one the state can provide with current funds.

Missouri Department of Transportation officials outlined more than $70 billion of wants, needs and projects Thursday in unveiling a draft of the agency's latest 20-year plan.

But MoDot said that the amount is significantly greater than the estimated $17.3 billion of funding available over the next 20 years. One of the most expensive proposed projects - improving Interstate 70 between Kansas City and St. Louis - would cost from $2 billion to $4 billion.

MoDot talked to Missourians statewide about what they wanted in developing the draft. NEW MADRID COUNTY ROAD CLOSED TODAY FOR A PIPE REPLACEMENT

Route E in New Madrid County will be closed today so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can replace a pipe under roadway.

The section of Route E to be closed is located between Route A and Route W.

Weather permitting, work will performed today from 8 am to 3 pm.