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Premature births are down in Missouri, Illinois and Kentucky, but the March of Dimes says there's still too many. Premature births are down in Missouri, Illinois and Kentucky, but the March of Dimes says there's still too many.
See how the Catch Caddy did in this week's Does It Work test. See how the Catch Caddy did in this week's Does It Work test.
A community responded in a big way after donations meant for a little boy with cancer were stolen. A community responded in a big way after donations meant for a little boy with cancer were stolen.

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Chances are you know someone who's had their baby say before their due date. While pre-term birth rates on the decline in Missouri, Illinois and Kentucky, the March of Dimes wants you to know there's still too many. Nichole Cartmell will have more on this story, coming up on Heartland News at 9 and 10.

In this week's Does It Work test, we tried out the Catch Caddy. It claims to be able to catch everything that falls between the seat in your car and the center console, and prevent you from having to fish around to find it. Find out the results tonight on Heartland News at 10.

The Cape Girardeau Police Department is investigating reports of shootings at a home on Ranney Avenue. We talked to the homeowner and neighbors today and Mollie Lair will have the details, coming up on Heartland News.

Dominican officials say St. Louis Cardinal rookie outfielder Oscar Taveras' blood-alcohol level was five times the legal limit at the time of his deadly car crash last month. His 18-year-old girlfriend was in the car and also died.

We all know how easy it is to get sick this time of year, but just how germy are the things that we touch every day? Dionne Thompson, the medical laboratory technology director at Three Rivers College, swabbed some of those common items to see what kind of bacteria they held. Nick Chabarria will have this story on Heartland News at 10.

Multiple news sources including CBS report that actor Robin Williams' suicide may be connected to "Lewy Body Dementia." This news comes as doctors say the number of dementia cases of all kids is growing.

With colder temperatures this week, area homeless shelters are preparing to make sure there's help for those without regular roofs over their heads. Allison Twaits talked to organizers and residents of the Lighthouse Shelter in Marion today. You can click here for the story.

Veterinarians are also giving some tips to pet owners on proper shelter and safety for pets during the winter season. Tips include giving them some extra food, not letting their water bowl ice over and checking under your car for cats.

An 11-year-old girl was raising money to help a little boy with cancer. When that money was stolen, the community responded and multiplied the original amount. Click here to read this amazing story.

In national news, a top U.S. official outlined plans today for clinical trials of a possible Ebola vaccine in West Africa, as the global response to the outbreak took on added urgency with the disclosure of a new cluster of cases in Mali.

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