Afternoon update: Atheist sues Bald Knob Cross administrators

Good afternoon.  A Chicago-area atheist is making good on his pledge to sue administrators of the Bald Knob Cross, a towering southern Illinois cross, about $20,000 the landmark received from the state.

The judge in former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's corruption trial says he'll tell the jurors to resume deliberations on some counts.

Carly O'Keefe rides along with Illinois State Police as the point of the dangers of distracted driving.

Most Heartland universities say more students than ever will get an education this fall.  The trend follows national findings that despite the recession, students and families are pulling their resources to pay for higher education.  Holly Brantley takes a look at how local students are paying for higher education.

It's the first day back to school for Cape Girardeau Public School students.  Crystal Britt highlights some of the new projects and explains a state law in Missouri that requires an eye exam for kindergartners.

More dogs and cats and less volunteers leaves one animal shelter in a bind.  Kathy Sweeney explains how the economy is affecting the shelter.

A new Missouri law will now allow dogs to take the stand with abused children to comfort them while they testify in court.  Tyler Profilet introduces us to Simon, Missouri's only court advocate dog.

Giddy up!  Health reporter Stephanie Byars tells us how the cowboys with the Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo are raising money for breast cancer patients in the Heartland in this month's Buddy Check 12 report.

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto has been suspended for seven games for his actions during a brawl with the St. Louis Cardinals, and both managers were suspended for two games.  Several other players were fined.  Todd Richards details all the penalties as well as previews some Heartland Football Friday teams.

We had some pop up storms travel through the Heartland.  Bob Reeves keeps us updated on the weather.  We've received some cNews pics of storm damage in the area.