Afternoon update: 4th of July events, budget cuts in Ill.

More black bears are being seen in Missouri.
More black bears are being seen in Missouri.

TGIF!  Ready for some warm weather this holiday weekend?  Bob Reeves says it's going to be hot with a chance of storms.  He'll fill us in on Heartland News at 5 and 6.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn decided to cut the Medicaid budget along with education funding.  Regional superintendents across Illinois are being sworn in for new terms on the same day the state budget eliminates their salaries.  Carly O'Keefe explains how the cuts will impact southern Illinois.

Recent changes in Missouri law now affect what happens on DWI stops.  It's all about the implied consent law.  If you have a Missouri driver's license, then you automatically agree to take a blood alcohol test while under arrest for DWI.  You can refuse, but Crystal Britt explains why it may be more trouble than it's worth.

Search crews found the body of a missing man on a floodway bank early this morning in Pemiscot County.  He went missing after riding his four-wheeler last night.

In a disturbing story out of Kansas City, a man is facing felony sexual assault charges after police say he raped a woman while she was unconscious on a city sidewalk in broad daylight.

There are no limitations for visitors to Lake Wappapello for the 4th of July weekend.  The Army Corps of Engineers says all campgrounds and recreation areas will be open this weekend, just two months after historic flooding.

Check out our 4th of July page for an extensive list of events in the Heartland this weekend.  You can also learn the history of the holiday, fireworks safety and travel tips, and some yummy holiday recipes.

Are you camping this weekend?  Beware of the bears!  Wildlife experts say more black bears are being seen in Missouri so people need to be careful when they're outdoors in some parts of the state.

Have a safe and happy 4th!