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Missouri jobless rate more than doubles to 9.7% due to virus

May. 22, 2020 5:38 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri’s unemployment rate more than doubled last month due to the shutdown caused by the coronavirus, state officials said Friday. Still, Missouri's jobless rate of 9.7% was well below the national rate of 14.7%. The Missouri Department of Economic Development released its April...

Rainfall leads to minor flooding in eastern Missouri

May. 20, 2020 10:13 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Persistent wet weather has caused rivers to rise in eastern Missouri, resulting in minor flooding along parts of the Mississippi and other rivers. Much of the eastern part of the state has received 3 inches of rain or more over the past week. The Mississippi River is at flood stage in the...

This undated photo provided by the Cape Girardeau, Mo., Police Department shows Nicholas Proffitt.  Proffitt of Cape Girardeau is now facing a federal hate crime charge for a fire that destroyed the Islamic center in the southeast Missouri town of Cape Girardeau in April. Proffitt was previously charged with a state hate crime. (Cape Girardeau Police Department via AP)

Federal hate crime charge in Missouri Islamic center fire

May. 12, 2020 7:02 PM EDT

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — A man accused of setting a fire that destroyed an Islamic center in southeast Missouri has been charged with a federal hate crime, the U.S. Attorney’s office in St. Louis said Tuesday. A federal grand jury indicted 42-year-old Nicholas J. Proffitt in the April fire that...

This undated photo provided by the Cape Girardeau, Mo., Police Department shows Nicholas Proffitt. Prosecutors have charged the 42-year-old man accused of setting fire to a Missouri mosque last week with a hate crime and other counts. Proffitt, who spent time in prison for defacing the Islamic Center of Cape Girardeau more than a decade ago, was due to appear in federal court Thursday, APril 30, 2020, for an initial appearance on a charge of maliciously damaging a buildings by means of fire in last week's attack. (Cape Girardeau Police Department via AP)

Man charged with hate crime over fire set at Missouri mosque

Apr. 30, 2020 2:49 PM EDT

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a 42-year-old man accused of setting fire to a Missouri mosque last week with a hate crime and other counts. Nicholas Proffitt, who spent time in prison for defacing the Islamic Center of Cape Girardeau more than a decade ago, was due to appear in federal court...

This Friday, April 24, 2020 photo shows damage to the Islamic Center of Cape Girardeau, Mo. after a fire.   The FBI is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of anyone connected to a fire that badly damaged the center in southeast Missouri.  Fire broke out early Friday at the Islamic Center of Cape Girardeau. About 12 to 15 people were evacuated and escaped injury.  (Jacob Wiegand/The Southeast Missourian via AP)

Arrest made in fire that damaged Missouri Islamic center

Apr. 28, 2020 12:31 PM EDT

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — Authorities on Tuesday announced the arrest of a Missouri man with a history of vandalizing mosques for a fire that badly damaged an Islamic center. Police said in a news release that Nicholas Proffitt was arrested Monday night for the Friday fire at the Islamic Center of Cape...

24-year-old woman killed in far southeastern Missouri

Apr. 27, 2020 9:16 AM EDT

PARMA, Mo. (AP) — A New Madrid woman died over the weekend in a single-vehicle crash near Parma in the Missouri Bootheel, authorities said. The crash happened just after 9 p.m. Sunday on state Highway 153 about three miles north of Parma, Cape Girardeau television station KFVS reported. Kayla Atchley, 24,...

This Friday, April 24, 2020 photo shows damage to the Islamic Center of Cape Girardeau, Mo. after a fire.   The FBI is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of anyone connected to a fire that badly damaged the center in southeast Missouri.  Fire broke out early Friday at the Islamic Center of Cape Girardeau. About 12 to 15 people were evacuated and escaped injury.  (Jacob Wiegand/The Southeast Missourian via AP)

FBI investigates fire that damaged Missouri Islamic center

Apr. 25, 2020 4:35 PM EDT

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — The FBI is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of anyone connected to a fire that badly damaged an Islamic center in southeastern Missouri and that coincided with the start of a holy month for Muslims. Richard Quinn, the special agent in charge of the...

Fire reported at Islamic center in Cape Girardeau

Apr. 24, 2020 3:55 PM EDT

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — Federal and state law enforcement authorities are investigating a fire at The Islamic Center of Cape Girardeau. About 12 to 15 people were evacuated from the scene of the fire early Friday but no injuries were reported, Cape Girardeau Fire Chief Travis Hollis said. Hollis said...

Missouri National Guard to help hand out school meals

Apr. 22, 2020 11:32 AM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Nearly 200 Missouri National Guard members will help distribute food to children in some schools or districts that are struggling to find enough people to help with the effort. The Missouri Guard and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education announced Wednesday that...

Report: Woman, child fatally shot in southeastern Missouri

Apr. 20, 2020 8:11 AM EDT

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. (AP) — A woman and child were fatally shot Sunday in southeastern Missouri, law enforcement officials said. Butler County Sheriff’s deputies and the Missouri State Highway Patrol were called to an area near Poplar Bluff for a report of a shooting, according to a report by Cape...