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Amid reports of sexual abuse by Catholic priests across the state of Pennsylvania, the Springfield-Cape Girardeau diocese in Missouri launched a review on all of their personnel files last weekend.

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Ruth Ann Dickerson was appointed Monday by the Cape Girardeau County Commission as the first female county sheriff since the position’s inception in 1805.

In an interim position, she will fill the shoes of John Jordan, who has resigned after 23 years as sheriff in anticipation of a confirmation by the U.S. Senate to a post as U.S. Marshal of the Eastern District.

Before her current appointment, Dickerson rose through the ranks from Sergeant to Lieutenant to Captain of Business Operations over her 35 years in the sheriff’s office.

St. Louis Better Business Bureau

In July, the Better Business Bureau released a study about fraud within the timeshare industry in Missouri: "Don't Fall for Deception, Pressure and Traps Disguised as Vacations: A Better Business Bureau Study of the Missouri Timeshare/Vacation Club Industry." We spoke with Whitney Quick, regional director of the Better Business Bureau in Cape Girardeau about the results from the study, and how you can avoid falling victim to a timeshare fraud.

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Yesterday, the city of Jackson began their annual Fire Hydrant Flow Testing Program.

Between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily, fire department crews will be flushing hydrants and water mains to conduct flow tests, and clear buildup that may have settled in pipes.

Although residents should refrain from using the water until their own supply clears up, Kent Peetz, public works director for the city of Jackson, says the process does not affect the safety of the water supply.