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Snowy weather and school closings

This was the scene through much of the southern portions of the Heartland this afternoon. This was the scene through much of the southern portions of the Heartland this afternoon.
The family of a young Poplar Bluff father killed in a hunting accident takes comfort that his organ donations saved lives. The family of a young Poplar Bluff father killed in a hunting accident takes comfort that his organ donations saved lives.

Snowy conditions in the Heartland made for some slick travel this afternoon.

Winter weather advisories will be in effect  through tonight for parts of west Kentucky, northwest Tennessee and the Missouri Bootheel for areas of freezing rain, sleet and snow.

The Missouri Highway Patrol reported 17 separate wrecks in three counties at one point this afternoon. Christly Millweard has a report of the conditions outside tonight on Heartland News at 9 and 10.

More than two dozen schools have called off classes for tomorrow. Get the latest school closings at kfvs12.com/schoolclosings or on our news apps for Android, iOS, and Blackberry.

We've received dozens of snowy pictures from today, many showing slick roads. Check out this slideshow.

Laura Wibbenmeyer has the latest on the winter weather tonight on Heartland News at 9 and 10.

A part-time student strode into the office of a longtime administrator at a downtown St. Louis business school today and shot the man in the chest, creating panic in the school before turning the gun on himself, police said.

Poplar Bluff police have arrested two suspects after and man and his wife were assaulted.

Police arrested two Charleston men yesterday accused of an attempted robbery of a convenience store.

Board members at a central Illinois school are talking about arming and training a handful of their staff as auxiliary police, which would allow them to carry guns on campus.

Gun and ammo supplies are shrinking at places like Shooter's Gun Shop in Cape Girardeau. The owner says most people just don't know what to expect, so it seems like they're continually stocking up. He says the store is out of items that are normally easy to keep in stock.

Services are set for an Air Force veteran and two of his sons who died while hiking in southeast Missouri during a family outing. Experts say the weather-related deaths of an Air Force veteran and two young sons during a Missouri hike illustrate the need for simple precautions that could avert similar tragedies.

More than 10 weeks after Superstorm Sandy brutalized parts of the heavily populated Northeast, the House approved $50.7 billion in emergency relief for the victims.

A proposal to ban smoking in the Capitol offices of Missouri House members has been snuffed out by a committee.

Police in North Carolina said they are investigating after a pedestrian was hit by four vehicles and dragged by one of them last night.

At first glance, Jillian Mourning would not strike anyone as a victim. She is smart and beautiful on the inside and out. However, she is also a survivor of the sex trafficking trade. See her story tonight on Heartland News at 10.

The Williamson County Sheriff's Department is down one K-9 unit after a deputy turned in his letter of resignation to the county's sheriff.

A former Navy man woke up to find his 250 pound steel anchor had been stolen from his front yard in Sikeston, Missouri. Todd Tumminia talked to the man about this symbol that mean so much to him.

Governor Steve Beshear announced today that Dippin' Dots LLC plans to expand operations in Paducah, creating 30 new, full-time jobs and investing more than $3.1 million in the project.

WalMart Stores said today that over the next five years it will hire every veteran who honorably left the military in the last year.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled a new search feature that's designed to entice people to spend more time on its website and will put the social networking company more squarely in competition with Google and other rivals such as Yelp and LinkedIn.

Because I am a cat lover, I must share this story. Nyan the cat from Farmington, Mo. seems to be making a full recovery after a harrowing 40-mile ride under the hood of a truck.

Stay safe and warm! Grab some hot chocolate and we'll see you for Heartland News at 9 and 10!

Christy Hendricks
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chendricks@kfvs12.com
KFVS Hotline: 1-800-455-NEWS
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