Large business fire, daughters of murdered woman speak out, teen birth rate

Several fire departments have responded to a business fire in downtown Carterville. Arnold Wyrick is on the scene and brings us the latest on Heartland News at 9 and 10 tonight.

The federal government recently announced funding for drug task force programs to be cut. In Missouri, that means the budget will go from $6.2 million last year to $3.2 million this year. Local law enforcement officials and Gov. Nixon are trying to figure out how to make up for the shortfall.

An explosion at the Caterpillar Service and Repair Mining in Carrier Mills, Ill. this morning left one employee burned.

The Paducah Police Department arrested a 20-year-old man on burglary charges after a pharmacy was broken into early this morning.

Holly Brantley talked to two teen sisters today who spoke about their mother who was gunned down last week in Cape Girardeau.

The number of teenage girls in the U.S. giving birth is on the decline, according to new data. Christy Millweard went to find out if we are seeing the same drop in the Heartland. She'll have more tonight on Heartland News at 9 and 10.

President Barack Obama will deliver his annual State of the Union address tomorrow, giving him an opportunity to speak to one of the most divided sessions of Congress in U.S. history.

The Southeast Missouri State University girls basketball team schooled more than the SIU-Edwardsville Cougars at the Show-Me Center this morning. Around 1,400 students participated in the Southeast's "Classroom on the Court" program to learn math skills during the game.

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter hasn't ruled out pitching again, including this year.

Here are some of the events of note that happened between Feb. 11 to 17 in this week in history.

Plus, Bob Reeves says we could have some rain tomorrow night. He'll have more details tonight on Heartland News.

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