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Railroad tracks controversy, new high school, a father's mission

Landowners and a greenways team disagree over what should happen to these historic railroad tracks in Cape Girardeau County. Landowners and a greenways team disagree over what should happen to these historic railroad tracks in Cape Girardeau County.
A Du Quoin father wants to make sure firefighters receive more training in honor of his firefighter son who was killed in the line of duty. A Du Quoin father wants to make sure firefighters receive more training in honor of his firefighter son who was killed in the line of duty.
A new McCracken County school combines Heath, Lone Oak, and Reidland high schools. A new McCracken County school combines Heath, Lone Oak, and Reidland high schools.

Good evening to you.

It looks like it's the end of the line, but a hot debate for some Cape Girardeau County railroad tracks. Holly Brantley talked to land owners who want the land and a group who wants to turn the tracks into a trail.

His son was killed fighting a fire last year. Now, a Heartland father, who is also a fire chief, is fighting a battle of his own to keep that from happening to the sons of others.

Christy Millweard gives us a first look inside a McCracken County, Ky. school that has been nearly four years in the making. The building combines Heath, Lone Oak, and Reidland high schools.

City leaders in Marion, Ill. hope new gambling regulations will help them make a little extra money.

Folks in the Poplar Bluff, Mo. area now have another choice for medical care. Black River Medical Center opened its doors today. The president of the hospital says the facility created 40 new jobs. The not-for-profit hospital offers emergency care, laboratory services, a pharmacy, and numerous other patient services.

A man from Jonesboro, Arkansas was sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to a charge of voluntary manslaughter. The charge stems from a deadly shooting in Steele, Missouri in May of 2010.

A West Frankfort man is accused of grooming a 14-year-old girl into a sexual relationship through social media and texting.

The body of a missing boater in western Kentucky has been found.

Famed professional baseball player Roger Clemens was acquitted of lying to members of Congress about his alleged steroid use.

The number of people dying in crashes involving tractor-trailers is on the rise in Missouri.

Transportation officials say a fire has damaged a wooden railroad bridge and closed a road in southwestern Kentucky.

Main Street is back open in Cape Girardeau after a gas leak closed down the street and evacuated a building this morning.

The Public Safety Institute at Three Rivers College in Poplar Bluff recently received its fourth state-funded fire training grant in less than a year.

Telecommunicators for Saline County E-911 will be featured this week on the Discovery Channel's Fit & Health.

The Illinois Department of Human Services Division of Rehabilitation Services office in Carbondale will be relocating to Murphysboro effective June 27.

Construction crews working on the Broadway Corridor Project have been moving along. Check out these pictures taken today from our 12-story building.

The government has expanded an investigation into fires that can start in the doors of several Toyota models, adding 600,000 Camrys and other vehicles to the probe.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has appointed a new prosecuting attorney for Ripley County.

Active-duty military personnel and their family members can visit 24 Kentucky museums at no charge this summer.

Gov. Pat Quinn says heat forecast across Illinois this week could bring "extremely dangerous" conditions for the elderly and children. He urged people to take precautions and check on vulnerable family members and neighbors. Cooling centers have been established in Illinois.

The price of corn jumped 3.5 percent Monday as crops have begun drooping under a blanket of hot weather across the Midwest.

Bob Reeves tells us how hot it's expected to get this week. It may be hot here as summer begins, but it's time to soak in the sun and lie in the sand. If you're looking for the perfect place to do both, check out some of these great beach towns.

Christy Hendricks
Digital Content Director
chendricks@kfvs12.com
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