The Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander has prohibited a Cape Girardeau insurance agent from selling investments. Kander identified the suspect as Manzur Ahmed Mazumder. Kander said Mazumder is accused of fraud. Todd Tumminia looked into this and will have more tonight on Heartland News at 9 and 10.
More than a 150 people from across Southern Illinois walked up to the mic today at a fracking meeting to share their thoughts with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. All public comments, whether written or spoken, were welcome. Catch Heartland News at 9 for more.
An Alexander County man said he was protecting his livestock when he shot and killed his neighbor's dog. But his neighbors say he shot their dog in cold blood. Allison Twaits talked to dog's owners about the incident. She also contacted the neighbor accused of shooting the dog, but he declined to comment on camera. You can click here for the story.
Leaders in Mount Vernon say they're trying to get ahead of the game when it comes to pension funds. Mt. Vernon's city manager explained in detail to Rachel Gartner about why city officials feel it appropriate to propose a $2.3 million levy that hit the city council floor Monday night. The proposal includes a 4.96 percent increase on property taxes for residents compared to last year.
The Illinois Legislature approved a historic plan Tuesday to eliminate the state's $100 billion pension shortfall, with a vote that drew threats of a legal challenge from labor unions but that supporters said was crucial to repairing Illinois' deeply troubled finances.
On Tuesday morning emergency responders, Cape Girardeau police officers, Scott County sheriff's deputies and other men and women in uniform brought an early Christmas to about 100 kids. The annual Shop with a Hero program has been going on for two decades. Holly Brantley was there for the shopping. You can click here for the story.
We have winter weather headed our way this week and several Heartland counties are under a Winter Storm Watch. You can click here for the Missouri, Illinois and Kentucky counties under the watch.
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The Big Muddy River Correctional Center is under lockdown after 88 inmates showed flu-like symptoms. The total inmate population is 1,893. That means less than 5 percent of inmates were showing flu-like symptoms.
In national news, an 85-year-old U.S. veteran being held in North Korea spent his war years there in one of the Army's first special forces unit, helping a clandestine group of Korean partisans who were fighting and spying well behind enemy lines. Now South Koreans who served with Merrill Newman, who is beginning his sixth week in detention, say their unit was perhaps the most hated and feared by the North and his association with them may be the reason he's being held.