A Secret Santa surprised a family at one of their lowest points. Todd Tumminia went out to find one of Santa's helpers and will have more on the story tonight on Heartland News at 9 and 10.
In the war on drugs, a new study says for the most part, the drugs are losing. Experts released results from the Monitoring the Future survey Wednesday, and it shows synthetic drug use by teens is down, but one popular drug is on the rise. Christy Millweard talked to high school students about the survey resutls. You can click here for the story.
Peanut allergies can be deadly and difficult to control. An East Prairie School District is updating their plan on how to protect kids with peanut allergies, but some parents now say the rules are unfair and confusing. Mollie Lair had the story; you can catch it tonight at 9.
Southeast Missouri State University officially named Tom Matukewicz as its new head football coach in a press conference Wednesday. Matukewicz was a defensive coordinator/linebackers coach with the University of Toledo for the past two seasons. Before that, he served as linebackers coach for Northern Illinois. He was the linebackers coach at Southern Illinois University from 2001 to 2007.
Carbondale police are looking for the suspect in a shooting on North Gum Street Tuesday, December 17. One person was shot, but police say the victim was treated and released by a Carbondale hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
A Georgia woman who bought just one ticket and used family birthdays and lucky No. 7 to choose her numbers was one of two winners of the $636 million Mega Millions jackpot, the second-largest in U.S. history.
In national news, the Federal Reserve has sent its strongest signal of confidence in the U.S. economy since the Great Recession struck six years ago: It's decided the economy is finally strong enough to withstand a slight pullback in the Fed's stimulus.
Illinois officials are emailing and calling thousands of people, advising them to start over on their health insurance applications if they believe the federal government mistakenly referred them to Medicaid.
Certified firearms instructors in Illinois can now apply for concealed carry licenses. Instructors at Tombstone Gun Range in Marion say there are some issues with applying for concealed carry licenses today for students come January 5.