Proposed cigarette tax hike, guilty murder verdict, former student arrested

The Illinois governor's office says the state's Medicaid system will collapse if lawmakers fail to make major cuts in projected spending.  Quinn proposes raising cigarette taxes to generate an
additional $700 million.  Carly O'Keefe will have more on this story tonight on Heartland News.
The senate will take a final vote today that would prevent the postal service from closing post offices for one year if they are located in rural areas.
House Bill 2051, otherwise known as the "Don't Say Gay" bill's sponsor Rep. Steve Cookson from Fairdealing has released a statement behind his reasons for the bill.
Keep that umbrella handy, Bob Reeves says scattered T-storms are in the forecast until at least Saturday.
There will be a candlelight vigil for Michael Pulliam on Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m. in the Hurst City Park.
A grave exhumed, a case re-evaluated.  Authorities now say there are new witnesses in the Carla Austin murder case.  Holly Brantley sat down with authorities today and will have the latest tonight on Heartland News at six.
Cape Girardeau police are looking for a suspect accused of displaying a gun and demanding money from the victims overnight.
A former University of Tennessee at Martin student was arrested Tuesday night and is accused of making a threats to two people.
The Murphysboro Police Department arrested a man early Wednesday morning after he allegedly stole beer from a convenience store and then drove his car into the gas pumps.
A Farmington man has been found guilty of a May 2011 murder.
Authorities say a 5-year-old heart patient who was taken from a St. Louis hospital by his father has been found safe just outside Chicago.

Missouri hunters had a good start to the spring turkey season.

Todd Richards will have the story of a local baseball player who has persevered, even with a heart defect since birth.  Todd with also have Cards-Cubs highlights from today's game!
Have a great evening,

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