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Cause unknown for Lilbourn train derailment, IDES to close 7 offices, Marion school cuts

Kansas City Mayor Sly James declared a state of emergency, an unwanted encore just five days after a major snowstorm dumped nearly a foot of snow on his city. (Source: KCTV) Kansas City Mayor Sly James declared a state of emergency, an unwanted encore just five days after a major snowstorm dumped nearly a foot of snow on his city. (Source: KCTV)
The cause of train derailment in Lilbourn is still unknown at this point. The cause of train derailment in Lilbourn is still unknown at this point.
A woman says a faulty oxygen tube helped spread the fire that killed her sister in Mt. Vernon today. A woman says a faulty oxygen tube helped spread the fire that killed her sister in Mt. Vernon today.
Jackson police are looking for help identifying this person they say is responsible for a series of vending machine thefts. Jackson police are looking for help identifying this person they say is responsible for a series of vending machine thefts.

Good evening everyone,

Two people in the Heartland are recovering tonight after a brutal attack. Authorities have a suspect in custody. Christy Millweard brings you more on what happened tonight at 9 and 10.

Arnold Wyrick will explain how the financial situation in the state of Illinois continues to take a toll on school districts across the state. They say cuts could cost some students their education at Marion High School. You can watch this story at 9 with more coverage at 10.

Tens of thousands are without power after a second winter storm bears down on Kansas City today. Up to 15 inches or more were forecast for parts of western Missouri, with a foot or more in Kansas City alone.

Here in the Heartland, some roads in southeast Missouri are flooded due to recent rains. You can click here for a list.

Crews were on the scene of a train derailment in Lilbourn. The derailment happened around 5 a.m. on Tuesday and involved a Union Pacific train on Union Pacific tracks. They say 16 rail cars derailed and 13 of those cars flipped over on their side. Todd Tumminia was there, you can watch more at 10.

A woman was killed in a house fire in Mt. Vernon this morning. The woman's sister says she was disabled and in the living room. She says an oxygen tube was faulty and helped spread the fire.

In Sikeston today, a 97-year-old woman caught herself on fire while smoking. The woman was taken to the hospital, but at this time there is no word on her injuries.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security says mounting federal budget reductions require them to close seven offices, effective March 1. One of the offices is in Murphysboro.

The Jackson Police Department is asking for the public's help identifying the suspects in a series of vending machine thefts on Feb. 14. You can click here to see surveillance images of the suspect and vehicle.

Creating a buzz on our Facebook page today: Public school officials in Chicago plan to institute some form of sex education for children as young as 5 years old. For example, under the lesson plan, children in kindergarten through third grade will learn about their anatomy, all living things that reproduce and appropriate and inappropriate touching.

Sunday night, hundreds of people in Miner and one of Country Music's hottest bands, Florida Georgia Line, gathered for a concert in honor of Marshall Pullen. The 3-year-old is battling brain cancer and the concert was a benefit for Childhood Brain Cancer Awareness.

It's a moment you have to see to believe. A 9-year-old made the shot of a lifetime, which won his third grade basketball game. Click here to see the video of "Mason's Buzzer Beater."

That's all for tonight, I hope you all have a great night!

Amber Ruch
County News Digital Content Producer
aruch@kfvs12.com
KFVS Hotline: 1-800-455-NEWS

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