cairo

ISP

A southern Illinois man will spend the rest of his life in prison for fatally stabbing two bank workers and critically wounding a third during a botched robbery.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Dr. Ben Carson has responded to letters written by students and teachers in Cairo, Illinois over the impending demolition of two apartment complexes.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Federal housing officials say they plan to relocate 185 families from two southern Illinois public housing developments that have been plagued by problems, including poor heating and mold. 

At the very southernmost tip of Illinois, the pancake flat cornfields give way to the rolling, forested hills of the Delta.

Here, at the windy confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers, it feels more southern than Midwest when you arrive at the old river port and factory town of Cairo, once made famous in Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

But Twain might not recognize Cairo today.

ISP

Attorneys for a southern Illinois man accused of fatally stabbing two Cairo bank workers say he isn’t eligible for the death penalty because he’s intellectually disabled.  

steeleman204 / Flickr (Creative Commons License)

The National Weather Service has lowered projected Ohio River crest levels, leading Paducah officials to cancel preparations to install the city’s floodgates.

A coalition of ninety environmental groups and over twenty community leaders in Illinois, Missouri and Kentucky are urging President Obama to block the Army Corps of Engineers from completing a $165 million  levee project in Missouri’s bootheel.

about.me/rachel.jones

When Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee passed away, Cairo native Rachel Jones wrote a remembrance about his recruiting her. Jones has worked for NPR, the former Knight Ridder news service, Detroit Free Press and St. Petersburg Times. She's also served as Project Director for the Internews Network's Gulu, Uganda Radio Training Center. She's lived in Kenya since 2008, working for Voice of America. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte reached her by phone to learn more about her career.

Cairo may become the home of one of Illinois’ 22 medical marijuana grow operations.

Area 51 Growers, based in New Athens, Ill. and Sikeston, Mo., has reached an agreement with the city to install a $4 million medical marijuana cultivation facility on 10 acres of municipally-owned land.

Citizens of Cairo are planning to establish a memorial for the victims of a botched bank robbery.

Anita Grace and Nita Jo Smith were both murdered in May. A surviving bank employee was seriously injured.

Monica Smith, the director of the Cairo Public Library, is planning to place two inscribed pink granite benches in a park near First National Bank in honor of the two women who were killed. She also hopes to plant a tree with a marker to honor the surviving bank employee.

Pages