Yesterday, President Obama signed a bill that would pay 1.4 million active-duty personnel in the event of a shutdown. Today, we wanted to find out how the different state troops are being affected. Todd Tumminia talked to leaders in Jefferson City about the Missouri National Guard. See what he found out, tonight on Heartland News at 9 and 10.
Offices of the U.S. Department of Agricultures Farms Service Agency are shutdown until funding from the government is returned. Right now is harvest time for many farmers in the region. Arnold Wyrick will have more on southern Illinois farmers who can't worry about anything but their crops. Watch for the story tonight, on Heartland News at 9 and 10.
Several federally funded parks in our region were forced to close their doors this morning, leaving employees in the dark about when to show up for work. It also forced campers to end their trips early. Allison Twaits talked to staff at the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge today. You can click here for her story.
Two Heartland House members are weighing in on the government shutdown. First Republican Congressman Jason Smith from Missouri's Eighth District spoke. We also talked to Illinois 12th Congressional District Democrat Bill Enyart. You can click here for the story.
Democrats say they won't support a Republican-led effort to pass legislation that would reopen parts of the government. Republican leaders suggested passing resolutions that would allow parts of the government to reopen, like national parks, piece by piece, even while the government shutdown continues.
New numbers from the CDC show more and more kids and teenagers are now using electronic cigarettes, which contain nicotine. Ste. Genevieve school officials are combating this trend by adding e-cigarettes to the list of things not allowed inside school facilities. Kadee Brosseau had the story; you can click here for more.
A Fredericktown woman is charged with the murder of her husband. Cheryl Long, 50, is accused of first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of Alan Q. Long, 56, of Fredericktown on Monday, September 30.