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Sisters graduating together, wide-range of weather expected across the country

Kids at Franklin are celebrating the end of the semester with a party, but some experts suggest that parents don’t let the break become a party. Kids at Franklin are celebrating the end of the semester with a party, but some experts suggest that parents don’t let the break become a party.
Nathan E. Hopkins was convicted on two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, two counts of official misconduct and one count of disorderly conduct. (Source: Williamson Co. Jail) Nathan E. Hopkins was convicted on two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, two counts of official misconduct and one count of disorderly conduct. (Source: Williamson Co. Jail)
Annie Laurie Antiques is asking for help identifying a man she said stole a sword from her store. (Source: Annie Laurie Antiques) Annie Laurie Antiques is asking for help identifying a man she said stole a sword from her store. (Source: Annie Laurie Antiques)

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Jordan and Allison Caines say they have done everything together and graduating will be no different. While there is a two-year gap between them, the sisters will be the first in their family to get a degree. Todd Tumminia talked to them today and will have more on Heartland News at 9 and 10.

It's the kick off to winter break for students throughout the Heartland. With all that time away from the classroom, what should you do to keep your child's brain sharp and ready to learn when he or she goes back to school? Christy Millweard talked to school officials; you can click here for the story.

A jury convicted a man Thursday afternoon on charges of criminal sexual abuse and misconduct, according to Lorinda Lamken with the State Appellate Special Prosecution Unit. Nathan E. Hopkins was convicted on two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, two counts of official misconduct and one count of disorderly conduct.

The owner of Annie Laurie Antiques in Cape Girardeau is asking for your help identifying a man she says took an item from her store. Laurie says the man stole a Vietnam-era sword from her store.

With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, some people get overlooked. Friday morning, Red Cross volunteers spread some Christmas cheer to residents at the Cape Girardeau Veteran's Home. Mollie Lair had the story; you can click here for more.

There are just three days left of the Salvation Army's kettle campaign and we're told they're only at 55 percent of their goal. The group hopes to raise $384,000 this year, but thanks to Winter Storm '13, donations are down significantly.

A range of foul weather, from freezing rain and snow in the Midwest to thunderstorms and possible tornadoes in the South, is arriving just in time for one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.

In the Heartland, many emergency management agency coordinators are prepping for the possibility of flash flooding. According to Massac County EMA Coordinator Joe Miller, the pumps in Brookport, Ill. have been tested in case the water rises there. We're told they're all in working order.

In national news, a U.S. Congressman is under fire for saying students who get a free school lunch should work for it. Republican Representative Jack Kingston of Georgia suggested children sweep floors for the free meals they receive as part of the Federal School Lunch Program.

President Barack Obama suggested Friday that he may be ready to make some changes in the bulk collection of Americans' phone records to allay the public's concern about privacy. Obama said he has not yet made any decisions about the National Security Agency's collection programs. But among the dozens of recommendations he's considering, he hinted that he may strip the NSA of its ability to store data in its own facilities and instead shift that storage to the private phone companies.

Amber Ruch
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