Afternoon update: 15-year-old shot to death, three fires in one town

A fire damaged a fitness facility and sporting goods store in Marion, IL.
A fire damaged a fitness facility and sporting goods store in Marion, IL.

It's been a busy day in the newsroom.  First off, Mt. Vernon, Illinois police are investigating after a 15-year-old was shot to death last night.  Arnold Wyrick gives us the latest details.

A fire severely damaged a fitness facility and sporting goods store in Marion, Illinois early this morning.  Julia Bruck tells us about the busy night for firefighters as they also fought two suspicious fire before that.

The condition of a five-year-old boy attacked by pit bull breed dogs last week has improved.  He was taken out of a medically induced coma.  Arnold Wyrick will be at a Hurst City Council meeting where the police chief plans to introduce an ordinance banning pit bulls and similar breeds.

It's back-to-school time.  Holly Brantley talks with a teacher and students as the Fredericktown Middle School gets ready to go back to class after an arson fire gutted the school in April.

It's the first day for ball practice in Missouri.  Chad Fryman catches up with some of the high schools practicing in the heat.  He also tells us more about former Cardinal Jim Edmonds now playing for the Cincinnati Reds.

Bob Reeves says it's hot and only going to stay hot this week.