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Heartland Football Friday Week 8 - Ginseng popularity leading to poaching problem

Watch Heartland News at 10 for scores and highlights from tonight's HFF games. Watch Heartland News at 10 for scores and highlights from tonight's HFF games.
Officers say the poaching of ginseng is happening across southern Illinois, among other places. Officers say the poaching of ginseng is happening across southern Illinois, among other places.
Marion Bob Butler says he hopes to be elected for another term, making it his 14th. Marion Bob Butler says he hopes to be elected for another term, making it his 14th.

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It's Week 8 of Heartland Football Friday. We'll have the latest scores and updates, coming up on Heartland News at 10. Meanwhile, you can click here to check out our HFF page.

Ginseng is one of the most popular herbal medicines in the world but law enforcement in the Heartland say it's leading to a serious poaching problem. Allison Twaits had the story, you can click here for more.

The mayor of Marion, Ill. hopes he will be elected once again. Mayor Bob Butler said he plans on running for another term this February. If elected, it would be his 53rd year as mayor of the city.

In national news, the government's authority to screen airline passengers for potential Ebola exposure and order them quarantined if necessary is far-reaching and rooted in the Constitution and federal law, public health experts say.

Medical officials and emergency responders in Cape Girardeau say they're preparing for Ebola the same way they'd prepare for the spread of any disease.

Third graders at Matthews Elementary in Sikeston are learning about different careers and how important it is to help their community. The kids are learning a lot and many already have a good idea of what their future will look like.

Cape Central High School is easing the college application process for its high school seniors. Cape Central is one of 57 Missouri high schools that are part of a program that provides seniors one-on-one help filling out college forms.

The Kansas City Royals entered the AL Championship Series on Friday with the same 25-man roster they used in a sweep of the Los Angeles Angels. Weather permitting, Game 1 kicked off on Friday night.

Speaking of Championship Series, the St. Louis Cardinals added catcher A.J. Pierzynski to their roster for the National League Championship Series. Lefty reliever Sam Freeman was taken off. Game 1 of the NLCS starts Saturday at 7 p.m. in St. Louis.

Amber Ruch
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