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Heroin epidemic, rock blasting, funerals for Sandy Hook students

Several agencies met in Sikeston to discuss ways to raise awareness and get in front of the problem before it stems out of control. Several agencies met in Sikeston to discuss ways to raise awareness and get in front of the problem before it stems out of control.
The U.S. Coast Guard is assisting in the rock blasting to help travel on a low Mississippi River. The U.S. Coast Guard is assisting in the rock blasting to help travel on a low Mississippi River.
Lawmakers discuss assault weapons after the deadly school shooting. Lawmakers discuss assault weapons after the deadly school shooting.

There's a deadly growing problem that is hitting every kind of family in southeast Missouri: heroin addiction. Heroin is blamed for 500 deaths among young people in the St. Louis area over the past two years, and authorities say the drug is now trying to take hold in our area. Holly Brantley attended a roundtable discussion in Sikeston where law enforcement and members from several organizations discussed the epidemic.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will began work to blast away rock pinnacles along the Mississippi River near Thebes, Ill. to help maintain water flow on a low Mississippi River.

Cape Girardeau Police released the name of the man arrested last night in connection with a homicide at a nightclub over the weekend.

Two Illinois men were indicted on drug induced homicide charges today in Metropolis, Ill.

Investigators are searching smashed computers for clues to a motive behind the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Also today, the first two funerals were held for victims of the attack.

Groups met at Heartland schools this morning to pray for schools and the victims of the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. A prayer vigil was held outside Orchard Elementary School in Jackson.

Many Americans who wish to send condolences, messages of love and hope, and other specialty gifts to those in Newtown now have an address to send those things.

Illinois lawmakers say it's inevitable that Friday's school shooting in Connecticut will have an impact on the concealed-carry gun law they must write. But several caution against allowing the tragedy to consume the debate.

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn says the time for an assault weapons ban in Illinois is now.

A Missouri lawmaker wants to consider whether teachers and other school personnel should be encouraged to bring concealed guns to school to defend against attacks like the one that took place in Connecticut.

A memorial fund has been set up in honor of a 22-year-old man who died in a fire in Bernie, Mo.

A Cape Girardeau man was arrested after officers say he was caught capping a bet at a blackjack table at Isle of Capri Casino.

A federal judge has awarded $7,000 in damages to a Cape Girardeau man arrested for cutting up an American flag and throwing it into the street.

A couple of Canadian canoers are up a creek, after an incident near New Madrid. Friday, the couple set up camp on an island north of New Madrid. But when they woke up the next morning, their canoe had floated away

Students from the Poplar Bluff Kindergarten Center went Christmas caroling at area nursing homes to bring Christmas cheer to residents.

Heartland High School basketball powers Charleston and Sikeston may meet for the 2nd time this season at the Show Me Center.

Have a good night!

Christy Hendricks
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chendricks@kfvs12.com
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