- Cape student sues, accuses school officials of slamming her to ground multiple times (04/28/16)45
- Bob Evans restaurant in Cape Girardeau among chain's 21 closings (04/26/16)9
- Missouri House votes to allow concealed weapons without permits (04/28/16)6
- Two hurt in motorcycle wreck on Interstate 55 (04/25/16)1
- Law firm requests information about Cape's traffic cameras (04/25/16)2
- Local lawmakers split over failed medical marijuana bill; voters may have a say (04/26/16)19
- Police report filed, but no charges in incident at Cape Central (04/29/16)35
- Tanker truck catches fire near Oak Ridge (04/24/16)7
- Local company makes eco-friendly kitty litter that cuts cat-box smell (04/25/16)
- Senator introduces bill for I-57 that would connect Sikeston with Little Rock (04/28/16)4
FEMA help still available
Financial aid is still available from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for victims of the May 6 tornado.
FEMA officials will be stationed at Jackson's National Guard armory from 9 a.m. till 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday until further notice.
As of Thursday, 158 people in Cape Girardeau County had applied for FEMA assistance. Twenty-two had applied in Scott County, two in Bollinger and one in Stoddard.
Eugene Brezany, a spokesman for FEMA, said all sorts of assistance are available, even if a person wasn't directly affected. If a person's workplace was hit and he or she is out of work, for example, there is FEMA assistance for that.
"We haven't announced a deadline, but we're urging people to apply as soon as possible," Brezany said. "It's good to start the process even if you're waiting on insurances. We want to get people in the system so we don't miss them."
Statewide, FEMA has received 4,775 applications since May 7. It has cut 1,224 checks for $4.1 million so far.
County residents whose homes were destroyed also learned last week that they won't have to pay property taxes on that property for the rest of the year.
County Auditor David Ludwig, who oversees the county's finances, said the lost revenue isn't what is most important.
"These people, these victims have no homes," he said. "There's no reason for them to incur more hardship. The county is sympathetic to their situation and we want to help."