Afternoon update: A whale of a shark story

Good afternoon!  It's a whale of a story...well, actually a shark, but this fish story is true!  A spiny dogfish shark was found on a boat ramp of the Ohio River in Pulaski County, Illinois this morning.

Police in western Kentucky search for an escaped inmate. Hickman County jail officials say an inmate who is on work release did not return to the jail as required this morning.

Check out this slideshow of oily debris washing up on the shores of Louisiana.

U.S. Representative Jo Ann Emerson wants to get tough on businesses that hire illegal workers. She's proposing a bill that would make hiring illegal immigrants and lying about it a felony.

West Frankfort city leaders hope they can actually finish tonight's city council meeting.  They had to adjourn the last two meetings due to huge turnouts.  Julia Bruck will be live at tonight's meeting where city leaders will talk about the town's ambulance service. 

The Alexander County Sheriff's Department apparently has an outstanding balance with a local gas station.  And that outstanding amount is what is keeping the squad cars parked.  Zakk Gammon continues our coverage. 

Thousands of Heartland college students will receive diplomas in the next couple of weeks and they'll tell you it's a rough time to be looking for a job.  Holly Brantley went to Southeast Missouri State University to talk with graduating seniors and advisors about the job market.

The Twin Rivers school district is one of the smaller in the Heartland, but that doesn't mean it hasn't produced a lot of great teachers.  Tyler Profilet introduces us one of the Heartland's Best Teachers.

The Cape Girardeau Middle School is putting on a production of "The Princess and the Pea".  Laura Wibbenmeyer show us why they're Making the Grade.

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Christy Hendricks
News Web Producer/Reporter