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The city of Perryville is in need of a new sewer plant, city officials say. They’re looking to replace their existing 40-year-old plant through three ballot initiatives during the August 7 election, which will ask voters to consider renewing taxes that helped pay for a water plant 20 years ago.

City administrator Brent Buerck says the current sewer plant has reached the end of its useful life and with recent job, housing, and commercial growth in the city, a new plant is necessary.

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Last week, the Cape Girardeau city council made strides toward the planning process of a new indoor aquatic center that would replace the Central Municipal Pool “Bubble” facility. They named a 6-person joint committee made up of city officials and representatives from the cape  public school district who will soon begin studying different possibilities in terms of attractions, and discussing revenue to be generated by the facility to help pay for operating costs.

Updated at 5:18 p.m. ET

President Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday to end his controversial policy that has resulted in thousands of family separations and brought criticism from Democrats and Republicans.

"We're going to keep families together but we still have to maintain toughness or our country will be overrun by people, by crime, by all of the things that we don't stand for and that we don't want," Trump said Wednesday morning, when he announced that he would sign the order.

Updated at 7:55 p.m. ET

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is continuing to defend the Trump administration's controversial "zero tolerance" policy that results in separating children from their parents who enter the U.S. illegally.

Nielsen appeared at the White House press briefing on Monday, falsely blaming Democrats for the current crisis and arguing that the impetus is on Congress to pass a law to close legal loopholes.

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As part of his statewide listening tour, Governor Mike Parson made a stop in Cape Girardeau yesterday to hear from Southeast Missouri leaders, including many farmers and local members of the Missouri Farm Bureau.

At the David M. Barton Agricultural Research Center, Parson spoke on both infrastructure and workforce development as two of his main areas of focus. But, he also took many questions regarding the lack of broadband internet in rural areas: an issue he empathized with.

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