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Repairs began Monday on a water main in downtown Cape Girardeau that broke and was repaired over Memorial Day weekend. But a quality renovation was pushed back to avoid summer traffic and the Fourth of July holiday.


City engineer, Casey Brunke, says as they replace the asphalt-patched street with concrete, they’ll also install a stronger pipe.


A report released by the Missouri State Highway Patrol found that the number of traffic fatalities over the fourth of July holiday nearly tripled from last year’s counting period.


Sergeant Clark Parrott, Public Information Officer of MSHP’s Troop E, says 494 traffic accidents were reported across the state, which resulted in 14 fatalities.


Courtesy of: Officer Richard McCall/Cape Girardeau Police Department

The Cape Girardeau Police Department recently added Dallas, a new K9 officer to its force. He completed an 8-week training program with his handler, officer Eric Steiner, and started patrol last week. The two will continue maintenance training once a week to keep up with their certification.

Public information officer Richard McCall says Dallas is filling the role of recently retired K9, Reno, and they’re looking to do the same for K9 Shupa.


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Two years ago, Cape Girardeau voters approved a Fire Sales Tax and Public Safety Trust Fund, which allowed the Cape Girardeau Fire Department to move forward with multiple facility projects across the city. Fire Chief Rick Ennis says they are making significant progress on fire stations 1 and 2.


“The remodeling of the living quarters of fire station 2 is being completed,” Ennis said. ”We’re also doing some remodeling of the living quarters at fire station 1 which was built in 1981.”


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Six fire departments in Southeast Missouri received an Assistance to Firefighters grant through the Federal Emergency Management Agency to replace old self-contained breathing apparatuses, better known as air packs. Cape Girardeau Fire Chief Rick Ennis says together the departments will match 10 percent of the federal funding to purchase 157 air packs. The Cape Girardeau Fire Department needs 49.

He says the equipment upgrade is, “to make sure that all the air packs in the area within those departments are identical and are operable.”