As of January 1 it will be illegal to drive a vehicle and text or call on your phone at the same time in the state of Illinois. The new law also applies to anyone using a laptop or tablet. Arnold Wyrick will have more on this enforcement tonight on Heartland News at 9 and 10.
An ACLU lawsuit filed Monday claims a homeless couple was threatened with arrest by City of Miner officers for holding a sign. Todd Tumminia looked into this and will the story tonight on Heartland News.
With only 20 acres of land left from its last industrial park purchase, which was done back in the '80s, Mt. Vernon city leaders say they are more than ready to continue on with the city's growth. Allison Twaits had the story on the possible new industrial park. You can click here to continue reading.
Not many things in this world are free, especially around the holidays. While shoppers suffer from sticker shock, one local woman works to make Christmas come every day for those in need and at no cost. Mollie Lair talked to this Kennett woman about Leonard and Virgie's Place, which she opened six years ago.
One student is still in critical condition and another one was injured during a school shooting in Colorado last Friday. Here in the Heartland, many schools have School Resource Officers on duty who are ready to respond to any emergency, including active shooter situations. Kadee Brosseau talked to some SROs in Cape Girardeau and Sikeston. You can click here for the story.
One man is in custody after a bank robbery Monday morning in Cape Girardeau. The robbery happened at First Missouri State Bank on South Mount Auburn Street. No one was hurt.
A Kennett police officer faces charges of possession of a controlled substance. Jeremy A. Crawford is charged with two counts of Class C felony possession of a controlled substance.
The Carbondale Police Department met with a woman Monday who gave a presentation on why it is important to pay attention while driving. Kim Schlau of O'Fallon, Ill. had two teenage girls that were killed in a crash caused by a distracted Illinois trooper in 2007.
The U.S. Postal Service is looking for volunteers to serve on a local Consumer Advisory Council in the Cape Girardeau community. Cape Girardeau Acting Postmaster JaNan O'Brien will attend the meeting Thursday, Jan. 16 at 5:30 p.m. to answer questions and provide CAC applications for those interested.
In national news, a double car bombing and a shooting killed 34 Shiite Muslims on pilgrimage in Iraq on Monday, the deadliest in a wave of attacks across the country that left at least 65 dead. It was the bloodiest day of violence in nearly two months.
In sports, one of college football's most excessive and addictive traditions kicks off Saturday when the first of 35 post-season bowl games start to flood the airwaves. The fun begins Saturday, Dec. 21 with the Gildan New Mexico, Royal Purple Las Vegas, Carrier R+L New Orleans and Famous Idaho Potatoes bowls.