Wintry mix, Bridge controversy, Gun-ban legislation

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A woman has started a petition to name a new bridge after a Heartland man.
A woman has started a petition to name a new bridge after a Heartland man.
New gun ban legislation was introduced today by Democrats.
New gun ban legislation was introduced today by Democrats.

Good afternoon: Here's what we are working on for tonight's Heartland News:

A Freezing Rain Advisory is in effect from midnight through 9 a.m. Friday for parts of northwest Tennessee, northeast Arkansas and the Missouri Bootheel. Bob Reeves has the latest.

Highway Crews are pre-treating area highways to prepare for a threat of freezing rain, sleet, and-or snow late tonight.

There seems to be a little controversy brewing about the naming rights of a Mississippi River bridge being built in St. Louis.

Crystal Britt talked to the woman who's started a petition to name the bridge after a Heartland man who died working on the structure.  Lawmakers want to name it after Stan Musial, who died on Saturday in St. Louis.

Meanwhile, St. Louis baseball fans are saying their goodbyes to Stan the Man today.

A meeting will be held this evening in Cape Girardeau to discuss future city projects funded by money brought in by the new casino. Christy Millweard will have the latest tonight at 5.

Congressional Democrats are reintroducing legislation to ban assault weapons.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said women have become integral to the military's success and have shown they are willing to fight and die alongside their male counterparts.

A school and community is coming together to support an 12-year-old from Farmington who is battling leukemia. Hear what the boy's mom told Holly Brantley today on Heartland News at 6.

The McCracken County school system has reportedly fired a teacher who helped a student write and send a letter to the local newspaper complaining about school safety.

A southern Illinois man has been declared mentally fit to stand trial on charges that accuse him of killing a toddler under his care last year.

A Union County animal shelter is facing overcrowding. Carly O'Keefe talked to officials today about their plans of building a new shelter.

Gov. Pat Quinn has signed into law a new requirement that all public schools have sexual assault and abuse and awareness programs starting next school year.

Crystal Britt investigates why some in Poplar Bluff are wondering why the state is using money on restoring stairs instead of repairing roadways.  She also looks into why some are upset about a handball court being destroyed in the name of school progress in Cape Girardeau.

A big night in OVC play as Murray State is at Tennessee Tech and SEMO is at SIUE. Todd Richards will have scores and highlights at 10.

Have a great night -

James Long
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