Police, safety groups prepare for 4/20 with ‘Drive High, Get a DUI’ campaign

Safety groups and Law enforcement are joining forces to help crack down on impaired driving this weekend by spreading themessage: "Drive High, Get a DUI."

  Reward offered for Parma City Hall arson; fire at former mayor’s home suspicious

  Parma mayor letting go some city employees; says he ‘wants to start fresh’

  Man found hiding in basement after escaping cruiser headed to Graves Co. Jail

  IL lawmakers figuring out rules for robot assistants

  Police looking for suspects in Mt. Vernon jewelry store robbery

  Heartland fire departments are asking for more volunteers

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Missouri Department of Natural Resources hosts 25th annual Earth Day celebration

  MO police say missing 4-year-old found safe

TX man sells semi-automatic guns to Illinois ATF agents

St. Louis radio personality facing child porn charges

  Heartland churches take a closer look at outreach after membership declines

  Person wanted after placing skimming device on Dexter ATM

SNAP recipients could order groceries online from Walmart, Amazon

Shoppers who are on food stamps might be able to order their groceries online.

Graves Co. man arrested on probation violation

A man was arrested on a warrant on probation violation following a brief chase.

Wife pleads guilty in murder of Missouri KKK leader

The wife of a Missouri KKK leader pleaded guilty to his murder on Friday, April 19.

Tennessee wants to help patients affected by doctor arrests

Tennessee is activating substance abuse resources and statewide call lines to help patients affected by the arrests of doctors and nurses in a crackdown on prescription opioid abuse

Grand jury indicts Illinois man in theft of 135 weapons

  WATCH: Tower crashes into AL home while storms move through southeast

Current boil water orders in the Heartland

  SC 5th grader died of natural causes, no criminal charges to be filed, investigators say

Speaker: Discipline done for Missouri lawmaker over rumor

University of Missouri to cut space as state money declines

Heartland road projects 4/19

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

  4 arrested for the unlawful taking of 114 bass in IL

Officials said the value of the bass is $456 according to statute.

  Portion of Route 127 now open in Union County

Illinois 127, just South of Alto Pass, reopened at 9 a.m. Friday, April 19.

  “There’s a donkey in the middle of I-90”: Sgt. makes wild traffic stop

The donkey, named Dusty, was reunited with his owner shorty after the adventure on the interstate.

Biden expected to launch presidential campaign next week

The announcement is expected as early as Wednesday and would cap months of deliberation over his political future.

  Pavement collapses on Heartland road creating large hole

The road will be closed for an unknown amount of time

UNC’s Hatchell resigns after findings from program review

Sylvia Hatchell coached the Tar Heels for more than 30 years. The school won a national championship in 1994 under her tenure. Hatchell is the ACC’s all-time winningest coach.

Target recalling wooden toys due to choking hazard

No injuries have been reported.

What you need to know 4/19

Your news and weather for 4/19

  Week spotlights work done by Heartland 911 dispatchers

The person at the other end of your 911 phone calls often goes unthanked, but that is changing this week.

  Four teens shot in car on I-264 in west Louisville

It happened around 8:20 p.m. on Interstate 264 near the Bells Lane exit, MetroSafe confirmed. The interstate reopened at 10:30 p.m.

Abandoned house fire in Scott County, MO

The structure partially collapsed. It’s considered a total loss.

  ‘Fries with Firefighters’ at West Frankfort McDonald’s

The Moreland Family who owns the McDonald's said that they've done fundraisers in the past but for the first time they had one for the Fire Department.

  $1.3 million in proposed budget cuts in Perry County, IL

Big budget problems have county leaders thinking about having a third party fix the mess

Trio of bald eagles raising eaglets on upper Mississippi River

The trio includes two males and one female: Valor I, Valor II and Starr.

MO governor says request for Federal Disaster Declaration will likely happen soon

Parson said damage assessments have been conducted or will soon be conducted in several counties.

  Bug expert says to start now to get rid of bugs and pest due to rain

As the rain continues, bugs are trying to find a new place hide out. When it comes to ants, that new hiding place may be inside your home.

2 injured in crash involving Paducah police cruiser

Two people injured in a crash involving a Paducah police cruiser on Thursday, April 18.

Man involved in Cape Girardeau Walmart carjacking sentenced

John Clifford Czarnecki, 55, was sentenced to 168 months on Thursday, April 18 to federal prison according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office Eastern District.

  Sheriff’s office looking for suspect in McCracken Co. jewelry store theft

The sheriff’s office is looking for a suspect involved in a theft that took place on Thursday, April 18.

  North Scott County Ambulance District is now home to Cardinal Glennon ambulance

The North Scott County Ambulance District is partnering with Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hopsital in St. Louis to help Heartland kids.

IL children would have to start Kindergarten at age 5 under proposal

According to Sen. Maj. Leader Kimberly Lightford (D-Maywood), Senate Bill 2075 was approved by the Illinois Senate on April 11.

  Heartland libraries receive grants

Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft announced the 34 libraries received $570,991 in Long-Term Grants.

Sikeston man sentenced for Cape Girardeau Food Giant robbery

A southeast Missouri man has been sentenced in connection to his involvement in a 2017 grocery store robbery.

Bevin, Univerisity of Kentucky announce grant to fight opioids

The goal is to develop solutions to the opioid crisis and offer new hope for those affected.

SIUE, Shawnee C.C. partner on nursing program

Shawnee Community College and The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing are involved in the agreement.

  Third man convicted in 2015 Wayne County murder

51-year-old Michael Burkman pled guilty to murder in the 2nd degree on April 15, 2019.

Life in prison for man who killed St. Louis County officer

A St. Louis County man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for killing a St. Louis County police officer during a disturbance call

McConnell to propose legislation to raise age to buy smoking products

The Senate Majority Leader said raising the age from 18 to 21 would make it more difficult for teens to get their hands on devices, like e-cigarettes and vaping devices.

Missouri House backs landowners fighting wind energy line

The Missouri House has passed legislation that could block the developers of one of the nation's largest wind energy projects from using eminent domain to string a high-voltage power line across the Midwest

  Two months after the funeral, family still waiting for mother to be buried

Dorthy Johnson couldn't be interred on the day of her funeral because of bad weather.

  Trump tried to choke Russia probe, oust Mueller, report says; president claims it shows no collusion or obstruction

Those efforts "were mostly unsuccessful, but that is largely because the persons who surrounded the President declined to carry out orders or accede to his requests," Mueller wrote.

  St. Louis XFL commissioner announces head coach

Jon Hayes was named XFL St. Louis' head coach and general manager.

Fundraiser for black churches destroyed by arson surpasses $2 million

A GoFundMe campaign saw more than $750,000 in donations in a 24-hour span after it was widely shared on social media Tuesday.

Cape Girardeau Fire Station 1 to hold vaccination clinic

Workers are offering vaccinations, surgery, radiology, emergencies, dental care and boarding services.

Carl’s Jr. testing CBD burger in Colorado - at one store, for one day

The 'Rocky Mountain High: Cheeseburger Delight' will only be sold in Denver on April 20.

Missouri House votes to undo law on attorney general’s home

Missouri lawmakers are trying to strip residency requirements for the state's attorney general

H&M to open new location in Heartland

This will be one of only five H&M destinations in the commonwealth.

Deputies look for naked burglar who stole from Little League

Authorities in Florida are asking for the public's help in tracking down a man who they say burglarized a Little League concession stand wearing nothing more than a ballcap and gloves

  Herrin, IL man pleads guilty to burglary, sentenced to 3 years in prison

Officials said Fruend stole multiple cell phones from an Anna business in January 2019.

Jonesboro, IL man sentenced to 4 years in prison, found in possession of stolen firearms

Kelley was found to be in possession of five stolen firearms.

Cape Girardeau, MO man sentenced to prison on burglary charge

Crespo was arrested in December 2018 by Anna Police

IL man sentenced to prison, pleaded guilty to aggravated stalking

Conkle repeatedly called and texted a woman in June 2018

Former arts teacher sentenced for paying boy for sex

A former arts teacher at a prestigious suburban St. Louis school has been sentenced to five years of probation for paying an underage boy for sex

Teen charged with killing man who was trying to fix vehicle

A teenager who is suspected of fatally shooting a man as he was trying to fix a vehicle in Kansas City has been arrested at his father's home in Columbia

DeVos brings more money after shooting in Kentucky school

A Kentucky school district where two students were fatally shot last year has been awarded a second federal grant to help recover from the tragedy

What you need to know April 18

Your news and weather for 4/18

Fire damages home in Campbell, MO

The house received significant water and smoke damage.

  Heartland inmates pack meals for hungry kids in other countries

Inmates from a Heartland prison were competing with each other Wednesday April 17 to see how many meals they could pack for hungry kids in third-world countries.

  Southeast Missouri State University celebrating opening of International Village with ribbon-cutting ceremony

Southeast Missouri State University has opened a new building dedicated to supporting the university’s international student population.

McAuliffe not running for president

McAuliffe, a Democrat, made the announcement in an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Wednesday night.

  U of A students making device to help solve child abuse cases

The device they are making is just a little bigger than a phone.

  Lawmakers announce $2M grant to repurpose West Frankfort Mall

The funds are estimated to create 218 jobs and generate $1.5 million in private investment.

Lanes open following I-57 semi crash in Franklin Co., IL

Traffic is back to normal after being down to one lane after a semi truck crash in Franklin County, Illinois on Wednesday, April 17.

Missouri bill on college rape stalls in Senate

A proposal to change how Missouri colleges and universities handle allegations of sexual assault and harassment has hit a roadblock in the state Senate

Tennessee, Kentucky govs talk up criminal justice reform

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee says he's "well under way" in evaluating his first clemency plea from a death row inmate, who is slated for execution next month

  Senate passes bill that would transfer 94 acres from SIUC to City of Carterville for economic development

Senate Bill 168, sponsored by Sen. Dale Fowler, would transfer the 94 acres for future economic development.

Bevin reacts after President Trump approves KY Disaster Declaration

The money will help with local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms, straight-line winds, flooding, landslides, and mudslides from February 6 to March 10.