Afternoon update: Eyes on the sky, local miners react

Good afternoon. A lot of eyes are watching the weather today. Most of the Heartland is under a tornado watch until 7 p.m. CT.  Bob Reeves is keeping a close eye on what's happening in the sky.

As rescue efforts continue after the worst mining explosion since 1984 in West Virginia, Carly O'Keefe talks with miners at a convention at Rend Lake who react to the devastating explosion.

Southern Illinois college students are being warned to apply for financial aid now because grant money will likely run out sooner this year than previous years.  Laura Wibbenmeyer talks with one student who says she needs the grants to be able to go to school.

Perryville Police arrested two people accused of robbing a pharmacy yesterday.

A Dexter Senator wants to eliminate funding for a Missouri program that givers teachers extra pay for taking on extra duties.

Tanning salon owners are hot over a tax that goes into effect this summer that's part of the health care reform bill.   The tax is supposed to bring in $2.7 billion in funding for the health care bill over the next 10 years.  Holly Brantley talks with local tanning salon owners about the tax.

Christy Hendricks
News Web Producer/Reporter