WINTER WEATHER FORCES CANCELLATION OF THE LIGHTED CHRISTMAS PARADE The forecasted winter weather for Thursday and Friday has forced the cancellation of the Lighted Christmas Parade in Poplar Bluff.

The parade was scheduled to begin Friday night in downtown Poplar Bluff, but after discussions with the National Weather Service, the decision was made for the safety of all spectators and participants.

In addition to possible snow and ice, the forecast also calls for wind chill temperatures to be in the 15 to 20 degree range during the time the parade would be in progress. There will be no makeup date for this year’s parade. NAME RELEASED OF SUSPECT ARRESTED IN CAPE GIRARDEAU ROBBERY

Authorities have released the name of a man arrested in connection to the robbery of pharmacy in Cape Girardeau.

According to Patrolman Darin Hickey, with the Cape Girardeau Police Department, 23 year old Bryan D. Ward, of Cape Girardeau, was arrested Monday afternoon for his alleged involvement in the robbery of a Walgreens Pharmacy Monday morning.

Ward has been charged with felony 1st degree pharmacy robbery and armed criminal action. His bond was set at $250,000. CAPE GIRARDEAU INSURANCE AGENT PROHIBITED FROM SELLING INVESTMENTS OR PROVIDING FINANCIAL ADVICE

A Cape Girardeau insurance agent, who is accused of fraud and deceit, has been prohibited from selling investments and providing financial advice.

According to a petition issued by the office of Missouri Secretary of State, Jason Kander, Manzur Ahmed Mazumder and his firm, MSM Capital Holdings, allegedly lost over $241,000 of an investor’s money after Mazumder promised the individual, a coworker, six-figure profits and a lucrative tax write-off.

Kander cited both Mazumder and MSM Capital for securities fraud as well as failing to register as a broker-dealer as required by Missouri law.

In addition to prohibiting Mazumder and MSM Capital from doing business as a broker-dealer in Missouri, Kander’s office is seeking restitution for the victim’s losses and civil penalties to deter further wrongdoing. MAN ARRESTED FOR ALLEGEDLY ATTEMPTING TO PRODUCE HALLUCINOGENIC MUSHROOMS NEAR SCHOOL

Cape Girardeau authorities arrested a man earlier this week who was allegedly attempting to produce hallucinogenic mushrooms near an area school.

According to the Cape Girardeau Police Department, a search warrant was executed Monday afternoon across from Franklin Elementary School.

Police arrested 35 year old Christopher J. Campbell, of Cape Girardeau, and he has been charged with felony attempt to produce a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, and unlawful possession of a firearm. LILBOURN MAN FACING CHARGES FOR ALLEGED POSSESSION OF METH

A Lilbourn man was taken into custody late Tuesday night on drug charges.

According to the Highway Patrol, 26 year old Timothy R. Farmer was arrested in New Madrid County on charges of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, and no seatbelt.

Farmer was arrested shortly before 11:30 Tuesday night. HIGHWAY PATROL ENCOURAGING SAFE DRIVING WHEN INCLEMENT WEATHER HITS

With forecasts calling for winter weather later this week, the Missouri State Highway Patrol is encouraging motorists to plan ahead and drive safely or not at all during inclement weather.

Before you travel, be sure to gather an ice scraper, tire chains, battery booster cables, blankets, flashlight, and a bag of sand or kitty litter to place in your trunk in case of an emergency.

The Highway Patrol also recommends taking the time to clean snow and ice completely from your vehicle. Make sure the windows are completely cleared to ensure visibility and allow extra driving time for you to reach your destination at a slow, safe speed.

If you become stranded or see another vehicle stranded on the side of the road with passengers, please call the Missouri State Highway Patrol emergency number at 1-800-525-5555 or dial *55 on a cellular phone. SENATOR BLUNT AND REPRESENTATIVE SMITH RAISE CONCERNS ABOUT FOREST BURNS

Senator Roy Blunt and U.S. Representative Jason Smith are raising concerns that controlled burns in the Mark Twain National Forest are destroying trees that could be used for Missouri's timber industry.

Blunt and Smith, both Republicans, met Monday with Kathleen Atkinson, the eastern regional forester for the U.S. Forest Service.

At issue are controlled burns used by the Forest Service in the expansive national forest that stretches over hundreds of square miles in the southern part of the state.

In a joint news release, Blunt and Smith say workers and businesses rely on the Mark Twain National Forest for timber. Smith says the controlled burns have inadvertently destroyed harvestable timber.

Blunt and Smith urged adoption of a management strategy that protects useable timber from being burned. MISSOURI REVENUES UP OVER TWO PERCENT THROUGH FIRST FIVE MONTHS OF FISCAL YEAR

Missouri budget officials say the state's tax revenues have increased 2.2 percent through the first five months of the current fiscal year.

The Office of Administration reported Tuesday that net general revenue totaled $3.11 billion from July 1 through the end of November, compared with $3.04 billion in the same period a year earlier.

The report says Missouri collected $2.19 billion in individual income taxes through November, up 2.6 percent from the $2.13 billion collected in the same period last year. Sales and use tax collections are up 2.9 percent this year.

Corporate income taxes are up about 32 percent for the year. SLOW GROWTH REFLECTED IN LATEST ARKANSAS REVENUE FORECAST

Arkansas finance officials are releasing the general revenue forecast for the coming fiscal year ahead of next year's legislative session.

The Legislature convenes in February for a session devoted to the state's budget. On Monday, the Department of Finance and Administration released its official general revenue forecast for the coming fiscal year, along with an update for the current fiscal year.

The agency says net available revenues in the 2015 fiscal year are expected to increase by about 2 percent compared to the forecast for the current fiscal year, which ends June 30. The agency also revised its forecast for the current fiscal year down .3 percent compared to its previous forecast.

Governor Mike Beebe said Monday that the latest numbers reflect slow growth.