Sheriff warns of possible police impersonator

sheriff’s office received a call about a vehicle that attempted to pull someone over

  SIU celebrating 150th anniversary with book chronicling school’s history

  JCPenney, Southeast team up for Suit Up event

  USA Paralympic hockey team member reunites with Richland students

  Ribbon cutting to be held for Centerstone Autism Services

  Man facing murder charge in New Madrid Co. rest area shooting

One dead, two hospitalized after vehicle crash in White Co., IL

Continued Coverage

  Heartland community comes together to help 8-year-old get life-changing surgery

  Former Heartland sheriff indicted, state police investigating

  Preschool to reopen after tornado ripped off roof

  Chickenpox parties ‘outdated,’ local doctor says

Gov. Pritzker appoints 5 new members to SIU Board of Trustees

  Missouri State Flag celebrates 106th Birthday, has Cape Girardeau origin

  National Puppy Day: Most popular names for 2019

Did your pooch’s name make the top ten?

MO governor visits with Heartland correctional center staff

Parson talked with staff on restructuring state government and proposed changes on safety and to improve conditions for workers.

  McCracken Co. Sheriff: “STORM TEAM” to fight drug activity

The McCracken County Sheriff’s Department has a new program to fight and prevent illegal drug activity in the county.

Du Quoin H.S. teacher surprised with excellence in teaching award

Golden Apple surprised Rebecca McCrary, a high school Spanish teacher at Du Quoin High School on Friday, March 22.

Duckworth, Durbin announce $210K for strategic economic planning in southern Illinois

20th AIDS walk to be held in Cabondale

Roads closed due to flooding in the Heartland

Nearly 3,000 piglets loose after crash in IL

Scouting for litter: Girl Scout Troop plans to clean up their county

IL man sentenced for unlawful use of a debit card

Gun safes recalled due to lock failure

A bolt malfunction can cause the safe to open without the use of a key or combination.

  High speed police pursuit from Charleston to Sikeston, MO leads to arrest

During the pursuit, police said speeds exceeded 100 miles per hour.

Deputies seize money, drugs from man during traffic stop

Deputies said they searched the vehicle and found 49 grams of methamphetamine, marijuana, items of drug paraphernalia and $328

Heartland road projects 3/21

Here are road projects going on in the Heartland. Drive safely!

“Florida Man” challenge becomes viral sensation: Have you tried it yet?

Just type “Florida Man” into Google, followed by your birthday. People are posting the results all over the internet and we’re seeing an impact here in Sarasota, where older ABC7 stories are seeing a renewed interest!

  Shaquille O’Neal named new Papa John’s spokesman

The pizza giant issued a statement Friday morning announcing that the four-time NBA champion will join the company’s board of directors, invest in nine stores in the Atlanta area and “be an ambassador for the Papa John’s brand.”

Former Cape Girardeau mayors back aquatic center project, committee being formed

A group of Cape Girardeau civic leaders have come together in support of the Proposition Y School Bond issue and are formed a fundraising committee.

AL high schooler accepted into 31 universities, awarded $1.1 million in scholarships

Hard work and countless hours of studying are paying off big time for Woodlawn’s High School valedictorian Benjamin Holmes.

What you need to know March 22

A clear and chilly morning with temperatures in the upper 20s and 30s.

Hill’s Pet Nutrition expands recall of dog food due to toxic levels of vitamin D

Hill’s initial recall involved 675,000 cases—or 13.5 million cans—and led to an unknown number of pet illnesses and deaths.

  Legal gun owners learn safety through virtual reality training

During training, each person goes through a simulated situation that portrays reality.

  Former Cape Girardeau Police Department headquarters for sale

The city of is now accepting bids to purchase the more than 16,000 square foot police station and the 1.8 acre lot it’s on.

18 and 19-year-old arrested for Graves Co. burglary

Two Graves County residents were arrested on Thursday, March 21 for multiple charges related to a burglary.

Tyson recalls chicken strip products due to possible metal contamination

The frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strip items were produced on November 30, 2018.

  Flooding in New Madrid expected to get worse before it gets better

New Madrid County is one of several communities along the Mississippi and Missouri rivers dealing with rising waters and officials in the area say it will probably get worse before it gets better.

  Murray State Racers advance in opening round of NCAA Tournament 83-64

The Racers played Marquette in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament

  Cape Girardeau church gives back to the community by creating a 24-hour food pantry

A small box outside a hair salon in Scott City proved to be an inspiration for a Cape Girardeau pastor. It's one that led him to help members of his own community.

US senator’s $580,000 jury award upheld in Kentucky

A Kentucky judge has denied a request for a new trial from a man who a jury said should pay more than $580,000 to U.S. Sen. Rand Paul for injuries Paul suffered when he was tackled by his neighbor

  Death investigation underway after believed body of missing Dowell, IL man found

The body was found in a remote area of Campbell Pond in Jackson County.

  SIU announces former Saluki Bryan Mullins as head basketball coach

A press conference was held at 4 p.m. on Thursday to introduce Bryan Mullins as head coach.

#NebraskaStrong Drive for Flood Relief

Help with the #NebraskaStrong Drive for Flood Relief.

Florida man pleads guilty to mailing bombs to Democrats, CNN

A Florida man pleaded guilty Thursday to sending a wave of pipe bombs to CNN and prominent critics of President Donald Trump.

  Man accused of holding knife to woman’s throat, hitting her with hammer

A Paducah man faces a number of charges after reportedly assaulting a woman and holding her against her will.

Southern IL counties receive $210K economic development, job creation grant

Southern Illinois counties have revived grant money for economic development and job creation.

  Governor Parson declares State of Emergency in Missouri due to flooding

Governor Mike Parson declared a state of emergency in Missouri in response to the worsening conditions along the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers.

Missouri student charged for alleged ‘upskirt’ photos

A Kansas City-area high school student has been charged after allegedly taking photos and videos up other students' shorts

Former Missouri Lt. Gov. Bill ‘Full-time’ Phelps has died

Former Missouri Lt. Gov. Bill Phelps has died

Reward up to $10K for missing 85-year-old

The family of an 85-year-old woman who’s been missing for months is keeping up their efforts to bring her home.

  Funeral services held for fallen Pinckneyville soldier

Visitation for a southern Illinois soldier begins on Wednesday, March 20.

Survey: Bankers losing confidence in 10-state farm economy

A monthly survey of rural bankers in parts of 10 Plains and Western states shows bankers are losing confidence in the future of the region's farm economy in the wake of falling farm income and rising floodwaters

  Will Trump let up on McCain attacks? GOP senators hope so

A few GOP senators spoke out this week against a new round of Trump's complaints about the Arizona senator, who died in August of brain cancer . One Republican called the president's ongoing commentary "deplorable." Others, such as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, pointedly used the word "her

  What you need to know about Proposition Y in Cape Girardeau, MO

City leaders and Cape Girardeau voters are sounding off on the proposition

Suspect in custody after alleged armed robbery in Du Quoin

The Du Quoin police chief said a single person was robbed on E. South St. on Wednesday March 20.

  ‘You’re talking 1,000s’: Poisonous toads invade Florida community

Residents of Palm Beach Gardens have a massive outbreak on their hands. They expect the problem to grow in the coming weeks.

Sheriff’s deputy arrests man on drug charges

Hargrove became nervous while in contact with the deputy

Current boil water orders in the Heartland

Boil orders for the Heartland

Subject admits to harvesting illegal number of otters, bobcats in IL

Overall, 12 otters and four bobcats were seized from the subject.

Where to find Heartland News during the NCAA Tournament

If you’d prefer to watch Heartland News over college basketball, you still can!

  14th IL squad car hit this year, crash sends trooper to hospital

He and his car were hit by a passing truck tractor, semi-trailer combination.

  Southern IL veterans voice concerns about VA healthcare system

The town hall was at the American Legion Post 141 in Mount Vernon.

Veterans health care town hall held in Mt. Vernon, IL

Veterans not enrolled in VA health care are also encouraged to attend.

Baby cough syrup recalled due to bacteria contamination

Those at risk for more severe forms of the illness include infants, young children and those with weakened immune systems.

Gillette launches recycling campaign to keep razors out of landfills

The razor brand is launching the campaign alongside TerraCycle, an international recycling company that specializes in hard-to-recycle materials.

Ichiro to announce retirement, reports say

Baseball legend Ichiro Suzuki is expected to announce his retirement Thursday, as first reported by Kyodo News.

  New bars in Cape Girardeau prepare for March Madness

This will be the first March Madness for a few new bars in Cape Girardeau and they are trying to establish themselves as a go to place to watch the rest of the tournament.

  Former concrete shop goes up in flames in Cape Girardeau

Several crews were called to structure fire in Cape Girardeau

Parody account soars in popularity following lawsuit

Congressman Devin Nunes makes a parody account he cites in a lawsuit against Twitter more popular than himself.

What you need to know for March 21

Your news and weather for 3/21

  After mosque attacks, New Zealand quickly bans assault weapons

The government is now working on a large-scale buy-back plan to encourage owners of the banned weapons to surrender them.

  Real-life ‘Rosie the Riveter’ shares memories of working during WWII

She’s a real-life Rosie the Riveter, who grew up in Webster County and later signed up for the defense workforce while her husband, Lon, went to war.

World Meteorological Organization retires storm names Florence and Michael

Hurricane Florence made landfall near Wrightsville Beach on September 14, 2018 and became the costliest hurricane in North Carolina History.

New body camera training in Graves Co., KY

The system was bought with funds from the Sheriff’s Office Drug Forfeiture account and from the Graves County Fiscal Court.

Arrests made in I-57 expressway shooting in Chicago

Illinois State Police have made three arrests in connection to an expressway shooting

  Downstate IL mostly disapproves of Governor Pritzker job performance

A poll from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University Carbondale shows mixed reviews from Illinois registered voters about political leaders.

Plan would change how nation chooses President

Colorado is the latest state to sign onto a plan to change how the country picks its president.

  Gas prices continue to rise in the Heartland

Have you noticed a recent jump at the pump?

  Hayti near completion on city hall, police station

In 2017, voters took to the polls in Hayti and approved a new tax that would help bring in a new city hall and police station.

  How the northern snowpack could affect flooding in the Heartland

You wouldn’t think snow up north would affect us here in the Heartland, but when that snow melts it travels south and that could mean trouble for us.