Alexander County

Officials in Alexander County say water is rising about an inch per day near McClure and East Cape Girardeau.

Dale Schultz is with the Alexander County Emergency Management board of directors. He says as the water rises, even locals are not able to travel.

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Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

In Alexander County, a post on Facebook indicates the Mayor of East Cape Girardeau is issuing an evacuation for the East Cape trailer park ONLY.

Power to the trailer park will be shut off Tuesday morning for safety. There is no levee breach, this is for the trailer park only and is due to seep water.

Union County and Alexander County 911 to Consolidate

Feb 27, 2019

Alexander County residents will receive 9-1-1-dispatch services from Union County due to a consolidation agreement approved by the state 9-1-1 administrator.

The Alexander County man killed in a car crash early Sunday morning has been identified.

State Police say 38-year old Jason Klein from Olive Branch was driving a 2002 Ford pickup truck south on Route 3 when he lost control.

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Southern Illinoisan

Two former officials with the Alexander County Housing Authority face a civil fraud complaint accusing them of using public housing money for personal use.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced the complaint Tuesday against former housing authority executive directors James Wilson and Martha Franklin.

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C-SPAN

A southern Illinois congressman wants to help ease the transition of Cairo residents and other Americans who have been displaced from a public housing authority to a new location.

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Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

Illinois' senior U.S. senator is trying to help dozens of families in the state's southernmost town.

Dick Durbin traveled to Cairo Friday to see what can be done to find subsidized housing for the nearly 200 families who are losing their homes after HUD soon closes two public housing complexes.

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Nearly 200 families in Cairo are going to have to move after learning the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development plans to close two public housing complexes.

HUD officials broke the news to the community Monday night.

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Brad Palmer, WSIU

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with The Southern Illinoisan reporters Molly Parker and Isaac Smith about their upcoming project featuring the Alexander County Housing Authority, 12 months after the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development took over.

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As we conclude our month long series on poverty in southern Illinois, WSIU's Brad Palmer reports on how poverty and housing issues are inextricably linked.

AT and T Donates $5,000 to Olive Branch Flood Victims

Mar 18, 2016
WSIU/Kevin Boucher

On Friday afternoon, at a barbecue and get together at the Alexander County Community Center, A T and T presented a $5,000 check to the Olive Branch Area Community Development Corporation to help with flood relief and to recognize the local efforts of the many volunteers who are working to recover from the flood damage caused when the levee broke near Olive Branch on New Year's Day 2016.

An Alexander County official hopes the federal takeover of the public housing complex in Cairo will mean better days are ahead.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Monday it had taken possession of the Alexander County Housing Authority because of a long period of financial and operational mismanagement.

Federal authorities have taken over Alexander County's public housing authority, citing years of mismanagement.