A Poplar Bluff woman with nine kids started a charity called "Project Pay It Forward." She said she knows the feeling of not being able to afford Christmas gifts and now she's helping others in the same boat. Todd Tumminia will have more on this heartwarming story tonight on Heartland News at 9 and 10.
It's been more than month since a tornado tore through the town of Brookport, Ill. and rumors have followed it. Tonight, city leaders met to discuss those rumors and make sure everyone is getting the best information on the recovery. Allison Twaits was there and will have more at 9 and 10.
In this week's I-Team report, Kathy Sweeney talked to Cape Girardeau Chief of Police Wes Blair who spoke candidly about the challenges his officers face and why they're at a disadvantage. You can click here for the story.
Target said Thursday that data connected to about 40 million credit and debit card accounts was stolen as part of a breach that began over the Thanksgiving weekend. Mollie Lair talked to some shoppers today about their concerns. If you think you were affected, here are some answers to the most common questions about the theft. You can click here for Mollie's story.
One Heartland fourth-grader has started a new discussion on the playground. The topic is pretty mature for a nine-year-old: politics. She's taking that discussion to the next level by starting a petition to make a change. Regardless of your political views, this girl has a lot to teach everyone about taking a stand for what you believe in. Kadee Brosseau talked to Cheyanne Joiner who has been working hard to find out exactly how to accomplish her goal. You can click here for the story.
According to Harrisburg Schools, the school board has mutually decided along with the school superintendent to end his contract on January 1, 2014. Superintendent Dennis Smith has served for a little more than seven years, according to the school. You can click here for more on the story.
In national news, a new report finds fewer people are being executed in the U.S. The report, by the non-profit Death Penalty Information Center, noted only 39 people were put to death in 2013.
President Barack Obama is commuting the sentences for eight people convicted of charges related to crack cocaine. Each of the prisoners has already served more than 15 years behind bars.