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Poplar Bluff soldier surprise, businesses near Rend Lake affected by gov. shutdown also

A young New Madrid author is writing poetry to help get through painful past. A young New Madrid author is writing poetry to help get through painful past.
Elizabeth Nicole Jones is a Mississippi Co. inmate that is facing more charges after allegedly trying to sneak drugs into the facility. (Source: Mississippi County Sheriff's Department) Elizabeth Nicole Jones is a Mississippi Co. inmate that is facing more charges after allegedly trying to sneak drugs into the facility. (Source: Mississippi County Sheriff's Department)
It's looking snowy in Cape Girardeau, but only on the old courthouse lawn. Crews were setting up for another scene in the movie "Gone Girl." (Source: Greg Webb) It's looking snowy in Cape Girardeau, but only on the old courthouse lawn. Crews were setting up for another scene in the movie "Gone Girl." (Source: Greg Webb)
Some Heartland families welcomed loved ones home today after a year in Afghanistan. Some Heartland families welcomed loved ones home today after a year in Afghanistan.

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Todd Tumminia was in Poplar Bluff today where a soldier home after a year in Afghanistan surprised his mom. You won't want to miss this reunion, tonight on Heartland News at 9 and 10.

We know the government shutdown is affecting the lakes and campgrounds across the Heartland, but it's also putting a real pinch on the businesses near those areas. Arnold Wyrick talked to business owners near Rend Lake they say they may have to close their doors.

Sean Bennett is proof that your past does not define your future. He recently published his first poetry book, turning his painful past into inspiration for others. Kadee Brosseau talked to Sean and will have more on his story tonight, on Heartland News at 9.

It was a big day today for several military families as they welcomed loved ones home from their deployment. Kyle Cox, Laramy Tillman and Gerrett Hendrix served in the Army in Afghanistan for the past year. Kadee Brosseau talked to the families today, you can click here for the story.

Have you ever tempted your kids with a shopping spree in exchange for a good report card? A Poplar Bluff elementary school decided to make an intriguing part of their plan to improve grades and attendance overall with perks for positive behavior. Holly Brantley had the story; you can click here for more.

A Mississippi County inmate is facing additional charges after officers say she was caught over the weekend trying to sneak drugs into the facility. You can click here for the story.

There is no snow in the forecast, but it looks like there is some on the ground at the courthouse in downtown Cape Girardeau. The fake snow was set up for a winter scene in the movie "Gone Girl."

A 70-year-old man is dead after he allegedly passed a KYTC vehicle on the right-hand side of Jackson Purchase Parkway and drifted into the left lane, hitting the rear of a KYTC spray truck.

An update to a story many of you were talking about yesterday, the partial government shutdown has halted death benefits to the families of fallen soldiers, but the House has now voted unanimously for legislation that would restore those benefits. It is unclear if the Democratic-led Senate will take up the bill, which the House passed by a 425-0 vote.

In other national news, the United States today cut hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to its Mideast ally Egypt, responding to the military ouster last summer of the nation's first democratically elected president and the crackdown on protesters that has sunk the country into violent turmoil.

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

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