Man steps in front of semi after shooting self, Drunk driving lesson, Afghanistan flower

Authorities across the Heartland fear this prom season could be one of the worst when it comes to underage drinking. Why? They say social media is making it easier for kids to spread the word about parties and find ways to get alcohol.  Holly Brantley was at a docudrama in New Madrid County this morning where leaders taught kids about consequences when it comes to alcohol.

Police say a man shot himself, then stepped into the path of a semi truck on Interstate 55 this morning in Cape Girardeau.  The southbound lanes were blocked on I-55 for an hour and a half.  The man was taken to a hospital in St. Louis.

Gambling expansion could be worth an extra $200 million and 20,000 jobs for the state of Illinois.  Arnold Wyrick went to Metropolis where gambling has already been a boom for that town to see what leaders there think about more casinos in the state of Illinois.

Christy Millweard is in Clarkton tonight where several firefighters walked off the job yesterday.  She tells us why there's an upheaval in the town's fire protection.

Williamson County Sheriff Bennie Vick is asking for the public's help finding a fugitive.  He faces several charges including escape and threatening a witness.

Kentucky State Police are searching for an escaped inmate as well after a man walked away from his work detail in Paducah this afternoon.

Pemiscot County Sheriff's deputies arrested a man this morning after for a shooting that left another man shot in the leg last week in Pemiscot County near Holland.

The Sikeston Department of Public Safety is investigating a burglary at Randy's Pharmacy in town.  The owner says the burglar went after a particular type of drug.

If you've traveled on Highway 25 lately in southeast Missouri you may have noticed an interesting sight - a man with a cross over his shoulder on a 200 mile quest with a message to share.  Holly Brantley introduces us to this man and tells us his story tonight on Heartland News at 10.

First there were feathers, then the "Hunger Games" braid took over. Now there's a new hair trend: coloring with craft-store chalk.  Hipsters, children and Hollywood celebrities are embracing the runway fad for brightly colored hair, using soft pastel chalk.

Essex, Mo. native SFC Robert Myers is serving our country in Afghanistan.  He sent us this picture above for our Spring flowers 2012 slideshow. Myers says he searched and searched and this is the only flower he has been able to find in Afghanistan. He said, "Looks like a weed but hey, it's a flower."  Thanks for the pic Robert! You can submit your pics to or upload them at

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