Afternoon update: Search suspended for missing airplane

The Civil Air Patrol is looking for an airplane similar to this one in Ripley and Butler counties. (Source: CAP)
The Civil Air Patrol is looking for an airplane similar to this one in Ripley and Butler counties. (Source: CAP)
Good afternoon.  I hope you're staying warm.  Bob Reeves says parts of the Heartland could see some rain today.

The Civil Air Patrol suspended its search for a missing airplane today due to weather.  Laura Wibbenmeyer gives us an update on the search in Ripley and Butler counties.

Illinois State Police found a bus driver dead behind the wheel of a bus in a ditch yesterday in Pulaski County.

The Missouri State Fire Marshal is investigating a fire that destroyed two trailers in Bertrand early this morning.

A debate on the proposed smoking ban in Cape Girardeau is planned tonight at the Show-Me Center.  Christy Millweard will be at the debate to tell us what is discussed a week before the April elections.

Also, on the ballot in one week is a tax extension to build a tornado shelter at the school in Marquand-Zion School.  Holly Brantley talks with city and school leaders about why they want to build a shelter.  For the latest political news, head to HeartlandVotes.com.

Some Chicago area lawmakers want to eliminate prisoners from the census count.  Julia Bruck talks with the mayor of Ina, Illinois where Big Muddy Correctional Center is located about how this would affect the town.

Now that Florida has turned down $2.4 billion in federal funding for high-speed rail service, Missouri is among the states going after that money.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture asks farmers to make sure they review safety and handling procedures before applying anhydrous ammonia to their fields this Spring.