In our first installment of Everyone in the Heartland Has a Story, Mary-Ann Maloney talked to Mamie LeDure from Commerce, Mo. The 97-year-old has lived in Commerce her entire life and talks to us about how things change and growing old.
Perryville's former chief of police Keith Tarrillion has strong words as voters head to the polls in what many feel is an important election. They'll decide how the next police chief will be selected. Now, former chief Tarrillion responds to new criminal charges against him and what is next for the city he once served. Holly Brantley sat down with Tarrillion as he explained his position, saying he is not guilty of any of the charges against him.
Sheriffs in both Stoddard and New Madrid Counties are under fire. A state audit found nearly $98,000 missing from the two departments. In one case, the alleged theft went on for about a decade. Kadee Brosseau had the story; you can click here for more.
In April 2012, Joseph Thatcher, 62, of Wilmington, Ill. died while turkey hunting in the Saline County portion of the Shawnee National Forest. After his death, family and friends took up a collection and made a donation to the Saline County Sheriff's Office. You can click here to read what the donation included.
Siblings typically have a special bond. It's something that can't be broken, even when they are separated. That happened to a local brother and sister who found themselves in the foster system. They never want to be apart again. Crystal Britt has this month's A Place to Call Home featuring Ariahna and Andrew.
Historic votes today in the Illinois Legislature positioned that state to become the largest in the Heartland to legalize gay marriage, following months of arduous lobbying efforts by both sides in President Barack Obama's home state.
Outside the Heartland, Tim Bowers from Decatur, Ind. got to decide for himself whether he wanted to live or die. When the avid outdoorsman was badly hurt Saturday in a hunting accident, doctors said he would be paralyzed and could be on a ventilator for life. His family had a unique request: Could he be brought out of sedation to hear his prognosis and decide what he wanted to do? You can click here to find out what Bowers decided.
In national news, under growing pressure, the administration refused repeatedly to state a position today on legislation formalizing President Barack Obama's oft-stated promise that people who like their existing coverage should be allowed to keep it under the new health care law.