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Signs dot lawns throughout southern Illinois, urging Governor Pat Quinn to keep the Tamms Correctional Center Open.
Jacob McCleland / KRCU

An arbitrator decided Illinois Governor Pat Quinn can close the Tamms Supermax prison, the all-female Dwight prison, and other facilities.

Governor Quinn filed a petition in Cook County asking for authorization to proceed with the consolidations.

Arbitrator Steve Bierig said the state met its obligation to bargain with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, or AFSCME, the union that represent prison workers.

Bierig also decided the closures would not present a “clear and present danger” to prison workers.

Cape Girardeau Police Department

The Cape Girardeau Police Department now has a license plate reader camera attached to one of its patrol cars. The camera allows police to scan a large number of license plates in a short period of time.

During a recent training session, Cape Girardeau police were able to scan 800 license plates within 30 minutes, according to police spokesperson Darin Hickey.

“We are looking for stolen vehicles, stolen license plates, felony warrants, Amber Alerts, registered sex offenders,” Hickey said.

Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

St.Louis activist groups say they're planning several protests this week against Peabody Energy.

Earlier this week activists hung a banner on a Peabody Energy and United Way billboard that read "Dirty Coal  Dirty Money".

And activists joined student groups on Tuesday to protest at Washington University, saying the school had too cozy of a relationship with Peabody.

Arielle Klagsbrun is helping to organize this week's demonstrations.

Girl Found Safe, Kidnapper In Jail

Oct 25, 2012
Poplar Bluff Police Departmen / St. Louis Public Radio

  A Poplar Bluff man is behind bars after allegedly kidnapping a girl,Abigail Berthoff, Wednesday morning.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol, Butler County Sheriff and Poplar Bluff Police arrested registered sex offender Jeffrey Dean Shelton at 1:50 Wednesday afternoon.

Darron Moore of the Poplar Bluff police department says they found Shelton with the girl about ten miles south of Poplar Bluff.

The Butler County prosecutor charged Shelton with 2nd Degree Domestic Assault, Felonious Restraint, 1st Degree Burglary and Child Kidnapping.

Cape Girardeau Public Transit Still Growing

Oct 24, 2012
Southeast Missouri State University

The Cape Girardeau Transit Authority says their public transit services are experiencing a growing ridership.

While several public transportation services across Missouri are battling against low ridership, the CGTA says their numbers remain high.

The CGTA provides public transportation for all citizens of Cape Girardeau County: over 75,000 people.