ACCIDENTAL EXPLOSION KILLS MARINE FROM POPLAR BLUFF A Marine from Poplar Bluff was killed in an explosion on Wednesday.

According to the United States Marine Corps, 32 year old Staff Sergeant Eric W. Summers was one of four marines killed during a range maintenance operation aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.

The Marine Corps have not released a cause for the accident, but the incident is under investigation. CAPE GIRARDEAU MAN ARRESTED ON ATTEMPTED ROBBERY CHARGE

A Cape Girardeau man is facing an attempted robbery charge.

Evan Johnson Jr. was arrested in connection to an attempted robbery on November 6th.

According to the Cape Girardeau Police Department, The attempted robbery occurred when two subjects discussed buying an Xbox from the victim.

One of the subjects pulled out a gun and the other allegedly tried to punch the victim and take his Xbox. When the victim fled he heard two gunshots. One of those shots grazed his left calf, causing a minor injury.

Johnson is charged with attempted robbery and armed criminal action.

Cape Girardeau police say that the shooter is not in custody. SUSPECT IN CHARLESTON SHOOTING RETURNED TO MISSOURI

A suspect in a shooting in Charleston has been returned to Missouri.

According to the Charleston Department of Public Safety, Mark Mowery is suspected of shooting two people on July 4th. Mowery was arrested in North Carolina in July but he declined to waive extradition.

A governor’s warrant was obtained to force him to return to Missouri and earlier this week officers of the Charleston DPS took custody of Mowery and returned him to Charleston. Mowery is being held on charges of 1st degree assault, armed criminal action, and unlawful use of a weapon. HEALTH FAIR TODAY IN POPLAR BLUFF

A Health Fair will be held today in Poplar Bluff.

The Three Rivers College Department of Nursing and Allied Health is hosting a Health Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bess Activity Center.

The event, which is free to the public, will feature health screenings, informational sessions along with nutrition and fitness information.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to have medication questions answered by an expert from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy. MAN ARRESTED, ACCUSED OF GROPING WOMEN

Cape Girardeau Police have arrested a man who allegedly has been groping women.

According to authorities, there have been reports from multiple women since November 4th saying they were grabbed or touched by a man on a bicycle.

18 year old James Corey Griswell has been taken into custody and is facing assault charges. TWO POPLAR BLUFF TEAMS PLACE IN ROBOTICS COMPETITION

Two Poplar Bluff School Elementary Robotics teams placed in a recent competition.

At the FIRST Lego League Robotics Competition last week in Cape Girardeau, the fifth grade team, the Robomules, won the robot award and will compete next month in St. Louis.

The sixth grade team, Mighty United Lego Engineering Students, came in fifth place. INVESTIGATION ONGOING INTO DUNKLIN COUNTY HOUSE FIRE

An investigation is ongoing into a house fire earlier this week in Dunklin County.

According to KFVS, bone fragments were uncovered in the area of a heating stove in the home. A relative of the homeowner had reportedly gone to the residence and has not been heard from.

The state fire marshal’s office is involved in the investigation. MISSOURI TO BEGIN ACCEPTING JOINT STATE TAX RETURNS FILED BY MARRIED SAME-SEX COUPLES

Governor Jay Nixon says Missouri will begin accepting state tax returns jointly filed by same-sex couples who have legally married in other states.

Nixon announced an executive order on the issue Thursday, saying it applies only to tax filing status and does not permit same-sex marriage. Missouri requires couples who file joint federal returns to also file their state taxes jointly.

Speaking at a news conference, the Democratic governor also said he believes that if "folks want to get married, they should be able to get married."

Missouri voters overwhelmingly approved an amendment to the state constitution banning same-sex marriage in 2004. MISSOURI RANKED 12 IN NUMBER OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

A new report ranks Missouri 12th nationwide in the number of international students enrolled in colleges and universities.

The Institute of International Education says there were 17,300 international students in Missouri during the 2012-2013 academic year. That was up nearly 8 percent from the previous year.

China accounted for more than 33 percent of international students at Missouri colleges and universities last year. About 13 percent were from India and roughly 8 percent came from Saudi Arabia.

The University of Missouri-Columbia had the highest number with nearly 2,500, while Washington University in St. Louis had more than 2,200 students from other countries.

The number of Missouri students studying abroad increased by almost 300, to more than 4,900. BRIDGE REPAIRS SCHEDULED FOR INTERSTATE 55 TODAY

Northbound I-55 in Cape Girardeau County will be reduced to one lane today so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can perform bridge repairs.

The bridge is located at the Dutchtown Exit.

Weather permitting, work will take place today from 9 am to 3:30 pm.