Retail store workers say Black Friday is their Superbowl. Todd Tumminia talked to them today and they say the planning process begins weeks in advance. Watch for the story, tonight on Heartland News at 9 and 10.
The Illinois legislature has come up with a plan to save the state's pension benefits for state workers, but very little is being released about the details. Arnold Wyrick looked into this and will have more tonight on Heartland News at 9 and 10.
What's the holiday season without a giving spirit? The SEMO Food Bank ships supplies to 16 different counties. It's seen huge growth in the past five years, but the need has gone up as well. Sikeston Food Pantry is one organization that relies on those supplies and donations to survive. Mollie Lair had the story. You can click here for more.
Students at Notre Dame High School are showing the true meaning of the holiday season by making more than 250 blankets for kids at the Children's Hospital. Kadee Brosseau talked to the two high school seniors that led the project. You can click here for the story.
If you need some last-minute items for Thanksgiving dinner, you'll likely be fighting the crowds at the grocery store to get them. Kadee Brosseau talked to shoppers and a store manager about last-minute meal shopping.
Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for what you have. But the Brookport tornado has made this year more difficult than ever for storm victims. That's why the Mt. Sterling Church in Unionville members are dedicating their time to make sure everyone gets a Thanksgiving meal. Also, survivors from that huge tornado in Moore, Oklahoma, earlier this year, are heading to Brookport to share what they went through in hopes that it will the help storm victims there.
In this week's I-Team Special Report: the challenges and concerns that come with living in a flood plain are nothing new in the Heartland. But, after dealing with disaster last month, the McClure fire chief said new federal rules coming to his small town are leaving him high and dry. Kathy Sweeney looked into the issue. You can click here for the story.
In national news, the weather is looking up for Snoopy, Spidey and the rest of the giant balloons that take to the skies for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The New York Police Department official who decides whether the balloons are allowed to fly said Wednesday he's optimistic that nasty weather will clear up in time.