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.

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.

UPDATE: Major Restrictions on US 51 Ohio River Bridge Begin July 29

Jul 15, 2013
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  Work to maintain and repair the U.S. 51 Ohio River Bridge between Wickliffe, Kentucky and Cairo, Illinois will restrict traffic to a 7 -foot maximum load width starting Monday, July 29, 2013 (KYTC had initially reported the 22nd, the contractor requested to delay the start date one week.)  The work zone restriction will prohibit trucks, buses, motor homes and vehicles pulling trailers from crossing the bridge for approximately 56 days.

Youth Build Program Helps Young People Get Education, Job Skills

Jun 10, 2013

A new program has been putting young people to work in Cairo. 

The federally funded Youth Build program is helping ten youths get help with life skills and become employable by earning a GED, getting a drivers license and learning on-the-job construction training.

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Moderate flooding is expected near Cairo, IL as the Mississippi and Illinois rivers crests this week, but the National Weather Service said the risk of spring flooding will continue for the next several weeks.

The moderate flooding prediction comes two years after historic flooding throughout many of far western Kentucky's river counties.

NWS Meteorologist Rachel Trevino in Paducah said rainfall and snow north of western Kentucky and southern Illinois along with future storm cells could all contribute to the rising river levels.

“The flooding going on up north of us due to rainfall and the snow packs and stuff probably will kind of affect us down in this area probably in the next two or three weeks," she said. " It will take that long for that water to get down here.”

Murray State's Cinema International is including "Between Two Rivers" the 2012 Documentary about Cairo, IL, in this week's features with a showing tomorrow night (first showing was Thursday night). Tim Johns is Assistant Professor of English and Coordinator, Jesse Stuart Fellowship, in the Department of English and Philosophy at Murray State and is becoming active with the Cinema International organization on campus.

Bird’s Point Levee Scheduled for Completion

Jul 24, 2012
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The Army Corps of Engineers says the Bird’s Point Levee in southeast Missouri will be back to its former size by the end of the year. 

Army Corps Monitors Low Water on Ohio RIver

Jul 24, 2012

U. S. Army Corps of Engineers officials continue to monitor low water levels in the Ohio River. Hydraulic engineer Bryan Astifan said the river level at Cairo, Ill., is a barometer of how the Ohio River basin and the Upper Mississippi River basin is fairing in the drought.