Ann and Dennis Ferrell of Herod, Ill. would describe their lives as pretty uneventful, with the usual ups and downs we all face. But on February 29, 2012 that all changed when something terrible happened. The 74-year-old Dennis shares his story with us in this week's Everyone in the Heartland has a Story; tonight on Heartland News at 10.
The gift of life can come in many forms: through your natural birth, by donating blood or by being an organ donor. On Nov. 18, 2008, six people were saved by the organs Tommy Quertermous donated after his death in a farming accident. On Sunday his family met the man who received his heart. Arnold Wyrick will have more on the story tonight, on Heartland News at 9 and 10.
Eight people were killed when severe weather hit the Midwest Sunday in Illinois and Minnesota. Authorities confirm three people died after a possible tornado hit Brookport. Information on funeral services for some of the victims has now been released.
Animals at a Scott County shelter need to be rescued again after Sunday's storms in Scott County. Julie Adams is an animal foster parent for an organization based in New England. She lives on a farm in Oran that was devastated by the tornadoes. Now, she can no longer shelter the animals there. Watch Heartland News at 9 and 10 for more.
When disaster struck Sunday afternoon, Scott County first responders found themselves in a challenging scenario. The dispatch center had lost power and crews had no way to know where to go, but some new technology kicked in when all else failed. It allowed firefighters to get to those in need, even though radio communication was lost. Kadee Brosseau talked to Scott County Rural Fire Chief Jeremy Perrien about the new technology. You can click here for the story.
For more on our storm coverage in Illinois and Scott County, you can click here to visit our Road to Recovery page. It includes stories, video and a slideshow.
Poplar Bluff police arrested a man in connection with a robbery on November 19. David Joiner, 27, was charged with first degree robbery.
A suburban Kansas City police officer had died after a freak accident in which a tree fell on him while he was riding his all-terrain vehicle during a weekend hunting trip. Police say James Lockard was deer hunting in northwest Missouri on Saturday when a falling tree knocked him off the ATV.
Just outside the Heartland, a federal judge in Missouri has given a stay of execution to white supremacist serial killer Joseph Franklin just hours before his scheduled death. U.S. District Court Judge Nanette Laughrey ruled late Tuesday afternoon that a lawsuit by Franklin and 20 other death-row inmates challenging Missouri's execution protocol must first be resolved.
In national news, Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds, a Democrat who rose to be gubernatorial nominee in 2009, was stabbed early Tuesday, apparently by his son, police said. Gus Deeds, 24, was found at his father's house in rural western Virginia, dead from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said.