FUNERAL FOR MARINE KILLED IN ACCIDENT TO BE HELD ON SATURDAYA funeral for Staff Sergeant Eric W. Summers, of Poplar Bluff, will be held Saturday.

Staff Sergeant Summers was killed on November 13th in an accident at Camp Pendleton along with three other marines. His funeral will be held Saturday at 10 am at First Baptist Church.

The funeral procession will leave the church and turn north onto Westwood Boulevard. The procession will then turn right onto Katy Lane and then take Baron Road to Main Street and then the city cemetery.

Citizens are encouraged to line the funeral procession route to honor Staff Sergeant Summers. Volunteers put up flags on Wednesday in honor of the fallen marine. INVESTIGATION ONGOING INTO CHARLESTON BANK ROBBERY

Authorities in Charleston are investigating an alleged bank robbery.

According to the Charleston Department of Public Safety, at around 11:20 am Thursday, officers received a call of a bomb threat at three local schools. The schools were evacuated according to school policy and students were transported to local churches.

A search of the schools resulted in no explosives being found and students were allowed to return to classes at around 2 pm.

While officers were investigating the bomb threat, a report was made of a bank robbery at Citizens Bank in Charleston. Two black males reportedly entered the bank, displayed handguns, and demanded cash. The two suspects fled the scene on foot with an undetermined amount of cash.

A preliminary investigation indicated that the bomb threat was a diversionary tactic to tie up law enforcement resources during the bank robbery. Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact the Charleston DPS at (573) 683-3737. NEW MADRID AUTHORITIES LOOKING FOR TWO MEN IN CONNECTION TO ALLEGED THEFT

Authorities in New Madrid County are searching for two men in connection to an alleged theft.

According to the New Madrid County Sheriff’s Department, two black males entered an area store shortly before noon on Thursday. While one of the suspects stood watch, the other allegedly entered the accounting office and took cash out of the safe.

Anyone who has information on the incident is asked to call (573)748-2516 and leave a message for Sergeant Ware.

Pictures of each of the suspects are available on our Facebook page. NATIONWIDE DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER CAMPAIGN BEGINS TODAY

Police will be out in force beginning today in a nationwide crackdown on drunk driving.

According to the Sikeston Department of Public Safety the crackdown will run from today through January 2nd.

Chief Drew Juden said his officers will be aggressively looking for drunk drivers during the crackdown and will arrest anyone caught driving drunk. FLAGS TO BE FLOWN AT HALF STAFF TO HONOR FALLEN MARINE

Governor Jay Nixon has ordered that the U.S. and Missouri flags at state buildings in all 114 counties and the City of St. Louis be flown at half-staff tomorrow to honor Staff Sergeant Eric W. Summers, of Poplar Bluff.

Summers was killed in an accident at Camp Pendleton last month. Nixon also ordered that U.S. and Missouri flags at all state buildings in Butler County be flown at half staff from December 15th to December 20th. THREE ARRESTED ON METH CHARGES IN WAYNE COUNTY

Three men were taken into custody Thursday afternoon on drug charges.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 51 year old Billy J. Hancock, of Hiram, 46 year old Lloyd R. Allen, and 20 year old Cole W. Sansoucie, both of Lowndes were all arrested in Wayne County.

They are each facing felony charges of manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine. 1,400 ARKANSAS RESIDENTS SIGN UP FOR HEALTH COVERAGE THROUGH HEALTHCARE.GOV

A new federal report says 1,400 Arkansas residents have enrolled in health coverage through the HealthCare.gov website that's in place to facilitate insurance sign-ups as part of the government's health care overhaul.

The Wednesday report says nearly 18,000 Arkansans completed applications through the new marketplace. When adding in family members who would be covered, the applications totaled about 34,600 people.

The numbers are from activity on the website from October 1st through November 30th.

Arkansas Insurance Department spokeswoman Heather Haywood says 250 state residents had enrolled as of Oct. 30 and says the new numbers show the pace is picking up now that the government website is running more efficiently.

The department estimates that 211,000 Arkansans will ultimately sign up for health coverage under the new program. MISSOURI GOVERNOR CALLING FOR ETHICS LEGISLATION THAT INCLUDES CAMPAIGN DONATION LIMITS

Governor Jay Nixon is joining several Kansas City-area lawmakers in calling for ethics legislation that includes limits on campaign donations.

Nixon had called for reinstating campaign contribution limits during his State of the State speech this past January. He said unlimited contributions erode public trust.

State lawmakers return to the Capitol on January 8th for their legislative session.

Missouri's campaign finance limits were eliminated by legislation passed in the closing hours of the 2008 session. Supporters contend capping campaign donations creates an incentive to circumvent the limits and thereby obscure from where money has flowed.