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Common Core and schools, Amber Alert issued 10-year-old, 2 children missing from rural Sikeston home

Police confirmed that missing SIU student, Pravin Varughese, was found dead Tuesday morning in a wooded area. Police confirmed that missing SIU student, Pravin Varughese, was found dead Tuesday morning in a wooded area.
Paducah schools have voted to add 15 minutes to school days to make up for the snow days. Paducah schools have voted to add 15 minutes to school days to make up for the snow days.
Perry Co. Coroner Herbert Miller had a preliminary hearing Tuesday on financial exploitation charges of a 94-year-old woman. Perry Co. Coroner Herbert Miller had a preliminary hearing Tuesday on financial exploitation charges of a 94-year-old woman.

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Despite protests, Florida's Department of Education unanimously approved Common Core for Florida school on Tuesday. That makes the Sunshine State the 46th to approve the new standard, including all five Heartland states. Todd Tumminia talked to teachers and administrators in Advance, Mo. about how the Common Core standards are affecting them. He'll have more on what they said, tonight on Heartland News at 10.

An Amber Alert has been issued for a 10-year-old girl abducted in Springfield, Missouri. Hailey Owens, 10, is described as a white female with brown hair, brown eyes, 5 feet, 2 inches and 90 pounds with pierced ears.

The Scott County Sheriff's Office has issued a Parental Abduction Alert for two children. Paige E. Cullen, 6, and Riley Cullen, 4, were taken from a rural Sikeston home by their biological mother, Heather L. Hall.

Police have found the body of a missing Southern Illinois University student. The Carbondale Chief of Police confirms Pravin Varughese was found dead at 9:45 a.m. in the 1400 block of East Main Street in a wooded area. Arnold Wyrick will have more on this tonight, on Heartland News at 9 and 10.

Schools across the Heartland are reworking their schedules to make up for all those snow days. Beginning on February 24, Paducah students will be attending school 15 minutes longer every day. That may not sound like much, but administrators say those few extra minutes will really add up. The school board voted on the new schedule Monday night. Kadee Brosseau talked to school officials about the decision. You can click here for the story.

The Perry County coroner is accused of financial exploitation of a 94-year-old woman. Herbert Miller, 65, is charged with financial exploitation of elderly/disabled person and theft/stealing. He had a preliminary hearing in Perry County on Tuesday and was bound over on both counts.

In national news, at least nine people died Tuesday in protests in Kiev, seven of them civilians and two police, authorities said. A total of 47 police officers were injured, the Interior Ministry said.

National Intelligence Director James Clapper is defending the government's massive NSA spying program. Clapper said if Americans had been told about the data collection program right after 9-11, it wouldn't have been any big deal.

The doctors were out of ideas to help 5-year-old Charlotte Figi. Suffering from a rare genetic disorder, she had as many as 300 grand mal seizures a week, used a wheelchair, went into repeated cardiac arrest and could barely speak. As a last resort, her mother began calling medical marijuana shops. Two years later, she is largely seizure-free and able to walk, talk and feed herself.

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