Rain, layoffs, health apps & gas prices

Bob Reeves says the rain that has arrived for much of us is slated to end by Saturday. And, although the temperatures are cooler than what we have experienced the last week, they are still above average for this time of year.

Since the first of the year, there have been over 500 layoffs in the Heartland and sadly, even more job cuts are on the horizon.

The Briggs and Stratton Corporation announced it will lay off 210 employees at its Poplar Bluff plant in April.  This morning we talked to a 13-year employee and will have her reaction to the news tonight at five.

The Marion School District is cutting dozens of staff and reducing the hours of dozens more to help save $2 million from the district's budget.  Christy Millweard is in Marion and talks to school officials about the difficult decision.

Superintendent Trent Lovett confirms that Marshall County Middle School Principal Kent Barlow resigned.

The man accused in a brutal rape in Advance made his first court appearance on Thursday in Stoddard County. Holly Brantley will have reaction from friends and family of the victim tonight at six.

Harrisburg Mayor Eric Gregg is in an Evansville hospital after having emergency surgery.

We will have national reaction about the news of FEMA money being denied for a second time to folks in southern Illinois hit hard by tornados.

Seven more Kentucky counties have been added to the disaster declaration for damage caused by the storms and tornadoes occurring Feb. 29 through March 3.

Two people have been arrested after Kennett Police busted a suspected "chop shop" just outside city limits.

Gas prices continue to rise.  The national average for a gallon of regular gasoline is $3.88.

A St. Louis-area entrepreneur has left a big present for Missouri - 843 acres of land that will become a new state park.

The furor is not dying down over Cape Girardeau native Rush Limbaugh's verbal attack on a Georgetown law student.

People in the Heartland say they are learning more about how to slim down with fitness applications for iPhone and Android.  Holly Brantley will have more tonight in the Heartland Health segment at 5:20.

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