Afternoon update: Fredericktown mourns loss of teacher

Good afternoon.  The Fredericktown community gets hit by another hard blow after a high school teacher was killed yesterday in a motorcycle crash.  Holly Brantley visited the school to see how the community is handling the news just days after the middle school was completely destroyed by a fire.

We're also talking taxes and tea today on Heartland News.  It's April 15, tax deadline day and thousands of demonstrators are participating in local tea party rallies across the country.  Carly O'Keefe was at a rally in Marion, Illinois today.  Tyler Profilet will be at another tea party rally in Poplar Bluff, Missouri tonight at 6.

A fire damaged a house near Bloomfield, Missouri.

Tyler Profilet introduces us to the first female firefighter just down the road from Bloomfield in Dexter. 

Officers are looking for whoever stole three mowers, a trailer and a diesel truck from an agri-business story in Goreville, Illinois early yesterday morning.

A store open for nearly 50 years in Malden, Missouri was broken into for the first time overnight.  Someone took coins and cash.

The Missouri House has passed a measure allowing mothers to use deadly force if their unborn children are threatened.  Crystal Britt will have reaction from local folks tonight on Heartland News at 10.

Since 9/11 the number of Illinois Army guard and Reserve deployments has significantly increased.  That means those soldiers will need comparable skills to those of an active duty member. Julia Bruck shows us some future military leaders who headed to a high ropes course in Makanda, Illinois to gain some of those skills.

Prom season is here and local law enforcement want to remind all students just how dangerous drinking and driving can be. Students at Notre Dame High School in Cape Girardeau got an eye-opening lesson of what could happen if you choose to drink and drive.

Bob Reeves says we have a few scattered showers in the western part of the Heartland.

Christy Hendricks
News Web Producer/Reporter