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AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING BURGLARY AT JONESBORO BUSINESS
Authorities in Jonesboro are investigating a burglary at an area business.
According to KAIT, 3 people allegedly broke into the Target on East Highland early Tuesday morning. After the three got into the store they ran to the electronics department. One of the suspects then broke into the displays there before all three fled the store.
The suspects escaped from the area in a silver car. Police are searching for suspects in connection to the burglary.
PIEDMONT WOMAN FACING MULTIPLE DRUG RELATED CHARGES
A Piedmont woman was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon on multiple drug related charges in Wayne County.
According to the Highway Patrol, 54 year old Karen Wyatt was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute; possession of a controlled substance, marijuana; and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.
FREMONT MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGE
A Freemont man is facing multiple drug related felonies following his arrest Tuesday.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 45 year old Charles Haney was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon in Ripley County on felony charges of possession with intent to distribute and possession of marijuana.
Haney is also charged with unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.
AUTHORITIES IN MISSISSIPPI COUNTY WARNING RESIDENTS OF MULTIPLE SCAMS
Authorities in Mississippi County say that two new scams have recently surfaced in Southeast Missouri.
In the first scam, people are using fake social media accounts to attempt to get information by making people think they are talking to someone on their friends list.
In another scam, a caller from Jamaica tells people that they won something and attempts to acquire personal information from the victim. The caller will say they are from “American Cash Rewards,” and the area code on the call will be 876.
6TH GRADER FROM ANNAPOLIS WINS THREE RIVERS SPELLING BEE
Fifty-six students from 20 Southeast Missouri schools participated over the weekend the sixth annual Three Rivers College Southeast Missouri Regional Spelling Bee.
The event came to an end after River Blount, a home schooled sixth-grader from Annapolis, correctly spelled "adjudicate" in the 12th round.
Blount has earned a trip to the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which will be held in Washington, D.C. in late May.
Justin Ray Samanta, of Trinity Lutheran School in Cape Girardeau, and Andrea DeYong, of Immaculate Conception School in Jackson, took second and third place respectively at the competition.
FLASH FLOOD SAFETY HIGHLIGHTED FOR SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK
As a part of our continuing series on Severe Weather Awareness week, today we will be looking at flash flood safety.
According to the National Weather Service, over the past 10 years in Missouri, there has been at least one flood death every year except for 2012.
During times of flooding, motorists are advised to watch for low water crossings. Cars can easily be swept downstream and often overturn, trapping the occupants inside. If you encounter a flooded road in your vehicle you should turn around.
Be especially cautious at night when darkness will often hide flood dangers. If you live in a flood prone area, have a plan of action in case flooding strikes.
MISSOURI UNEMPLOYMENT RATE INCREASES SLIGHTLY IN JANUARY
(AP) - Missouri unemployment rate increased slightly in January to 5.5 percent while the state's nonfarm employment went up 14,300 jobs.
The state Department of Economic Development on Tuesday released data showing the seasonally adjusted jobless rate increased from 5.4 percent in December.
Unemployment had been dropping slightly in recent months and reached its lowest rate since April 2008 in December.
The increase in unemployment matches a national growth in January, taking the country's unemployment up to 5.7 percent from 5.6 percent in December.
The report also shows Missouri's nonfarm employment has grown by 43,200 jobs in the past year.
MISSOURI REVENUES UP CLOSE TO FIVE PERCENT
(AP) - The state budget director says increases in Missouri's revenues are holding steady at close to a 5 percent growth from last year.
Budget Director Linda Luebbering on Tuesday reported 4.9 percent growth in general revenue this fiscal year, close to Gov. Jay Nixon's estimate of 4.6 percent.
Nixon's used that number to guide spending restrictions on hundreds of millions of dollars approved for use by the Legislature last session. Luebbering says about $690 million is still being withheld.
The Tuesday announcement also notes February's revenues increased 4.4 percent compared to the same time last year.
Individual income tax collections grew 5.6 percent in February and 6.4 percent so far this fiscal year.