CARUTHERSVILLE WOMAN FATALLY INJURED WHEN HIT BY TRUCK A Caruthersville woman was fatally injured Monday night when she stepped into the path of a truck.

Authorities say 38 year old Amber C. Davis was killed when she ran onto Interstate 55 into the path of a semi truck being driven by 55 year old Terry L. Holden, of Horn Lake, Mississippi.

She was pronounced dead at the scene. TRUMANN FIRE CHIEF DIES WHILE ON DUTY The fire chief in Trumann, Arkansas died Tuesday after suffering a heart attack while fighting a fire at an area residence.

According to KAIT, 53 year old Rick Winkles died at around 6 pm Tuesday. He had been on the force for almost 28 years.

The residents of the home were able to escape from the fire safely; however the home is considered a total loss. APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED FOR THREE RIVERS LPN PROGRAM Students wishing to join the Licensed Practical Nursing program at Three Rivers College in Kennett have been given some extra time to submit their application.

The deadline for applications has been pushed back a month to March 1st.

Potential applicants must hold a high school diploma or GED, and take the TEAS-V placement exam.

Applicants must also undergo an interview process. For more information, prospective students should contact the Nursing and Allied Health Center at Three Rivers by calling 573-840-9672. HIGH SCHOOL ROBOTICS COMPETITION THIS WEEKEND IN CAPE GIRARDEAU This week will see over forty high school teams in Cape Girardeau for a robotics competition.

The fifth annual FIRST Technology Challenge robotics competition will be held February 2nd at the Show Me Center. The competition will see teams placing their robots against each other with the goal of making it to the world championship in St. Louis.

Head to head matchups are scheduled to begin around noon. The event is free and open to the public. MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE OFFERS TIPS FOR FILING YOUR TAXES The IRS will begin processing individual tax returns this Friday and the Missouri Department of Revenue has some tips as taxpayers prepare their tax filing.

The Department of Revenue recommends that taxpayers file their returns as soon as they can. The sooner a tax return is filed, the sooner a refund will be issued.

Taxpayers should also file electronically or use electronic forms. Missouri tax forms for the 2013 tax year are available online at dor.mo.gov. If you have any questions, you can go online to the Department of Revenue website or call 573-751-3505.

The deadline for filing your taxes is April 15th. SENATOR BLUNT’S MOBILE OFFICE TO MAKE STOP TODAY IN GREENVILLE Senator Roy Blunt’s Mobile Office will be making a stop today in Greenville.

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

Staff members will be available in Greenville today at the Wayne County Courthouse. The event is scheduled for 2:30 to 3:30 pm. HOUSE COMMITTEE DISCUSS ADDING LOANS TO BRIGHT FLIGHT SCHOLARSHIP A Missouri House committee is considering legislation to offer additional financial assistance to persuade more top students to stay in the state after graduation day.

The legislation would add a forgivable loan of up to $5,000 per academic year to Missouri's Bright Flight scholarship. Each year a student works in Missouri after school would count toward one year of loan forgiveness. Leaving before the loan is repaid would require repaying the loan with interest.

Republican House member Mike Thomson, of Maryville, says too many top Missouri students leave. Bright Flight scholarships are awarded based on ACT or SAT scores. The legislation was examined Tuesday by the House Higher Education Committee.

Governor Jay Nixon has proposed $17 million in next year's budget for a Bright Flight loan program. SENATE COMMITTEE HEARS TESTIMONY ON CELL PHONE TOWERS After getting stymied in court, many telecommunications companies are supporting a new approach in the Missouri Legislature to try to limit local restrictions on cellphone towers.

A Senate commerce committee heard testimony Tuesday on five separate bills limiting city regulations on cellphone towers, utility poles and right-of-way rules.

All of the measures were rolled into a single bill that passed last year. But it was struck down last fall by Cole County Circuit Judge Pat Joyce for violating the Missouri Constitution's single-subject requirement for legislation.

Supporters of the legislation say it's needed to curtail a patchwork of city regulations that can hinder the expansion of high-speed Internet service.

But cities say it undermines their ability to protect property values through local zoning and land use requirements. ARKANSAS’ UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DIPS TO 7.4 PERCENT State officials say Arkansas' unemployment rate dipped slightly to 7.4 percent in December, thanks to gains in employment and an increase in the state's labor force.

The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services said Tuesday that December's rate was down one-tenth of a percentage point from November. The agency says five sectors reported job losses in December, with the largest drop coming in leisure and hospitality positions.

But the trade, transportation and utilities sector increased by 1,600 jobs, with most of the hiring happened at retail stores for the holidays.

Arkansas' unemployment rate remains above the national average of 6.7 percent in December.