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Teen kidnap victim escapes, Empire State deadly shooting, Waller sentence upheld

A St. Louis teen has escaped after being held against her will for 3 years. A St. Louis teen has escaped after being held against her will for 3 years.
A shooting here outside the Empire State Building ends with 2 dead. A shooting here outside the Empire State Building ends with 2 dead.
Waller's 5 year federal prison sentence was upheld. Waller's 5 year federal prison sentence was upheld.

We first told you about this story last night, but people are still buzzing about it today! An Illinois police chief says a Missouri teen who was held captive in a house for more than three years went there voluntarily -  but was not allowed to leave when she wanted to go home. We'll have new details on this developing story tonight at 5.

New York City officials named the shooter this afternoon who opened fire outside the Empire State Building on Friday morning, killing at least one and injuring several others.

Kathy Sweeney reports that the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit upholds the 5 year federal prison sentence handed down to Cape County murder suspect James Clay Waller.  In the 23 page ruling, the justices ruled the evidence that Waller murdered his missing wife and threatened her sister "inextricably intertwined."

We'll have new details in the Sikeston animal neglect story we first brought you yesterday, where two severely malnourished dogs were chained to a tree. Officials say the dogs continue to improve today.

Is there a connection to an Indian tribe halting a big improvement project in Matthews, MO?
You contacted us asking if there really is a native American burial ground in new Madrid County. We sent Holly Brantley to get the story and will be  live at 6 p.m. with answers. 

The drought is making one crop ripe for the picking much earlier than usual. 

Jaime Travers says Saturday night through Monday will be the next best chance of rain in the Heartland. She'll also have your Friday night forecast for Heartland Football Friday!


There's certainly nothing funny about our drought situation, but there are a few sunny sides to the low river levels. One is near perfect fishing conditions. Especially if you're hoping to reel in the big one! Crystal Britt went fishing on the Mississippi River today and has this fish tale she'll likely be talking about for quite some time!

Tropical Storm Isaac is making its way towards land. You can track the storm here.

A long-time Cape Girardeau business is closing it's doors after 96-years.

Missouri State Highway Patrol says a woman's 2011 Kia Sorento hit speeds in excess of 110 mph Sunday after getting stuck at 100% throttle.

Lance Armstrong has been banned him for life from the sport that made him a hero to millions of cancer survivors - after concluding he used banned substances.

Sikeston DPS is searching for an alleged wallet thief.

Missouri conservation officials are warning dove hunters to be especially cautious this year in part because drought conditions have led to fewer dove fields.

We'll take you to Arena Park for the annual BBQ Fest in Cape Girardeau!

Illinois lottery officials are warning about a new type of email hoax. The latest hoax involves emails purported to be from Illinois' recent $218.6 million Mega Millions winner.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed a new law Friday that will try to strengthen protections for people who participate in online dating services.

As we mentioned earlier, tonight is officially week 1 of Heartland Football Friday

The Charleston Blue Jays travel to Sikeston to take on the Bulldogs in one of the oldest rivalries in Missouri. If you can't make it to the game Randy Ray hosts the live WebCast Friday night at 7.

Have a great evening & good luck to your favorite high school football team - 

James Long
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