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MISSING GIRL FROM NORTHEAST ARKANSAS IS BACK HOME A teenager who has been missing since last week has been found.

According to KAIT, Independence County Sheriff Steve Jeffery says that 16 year old Jordan Townsend is home safe.

She had been missing since December 3rd. MORE WINTER WEATHER COULD BE ON THE WAY

As things are starting to get back to normal after last week’s winter weather outbreak, more snow could be on the way tomorrow.

According to the National Weather Service, a wintery mix of precipitation is expected to move into Southeast Missouri on Friday.

The precipitation may be a mix of rain, sleet and snow with freezing rain also possible. SHOW ME CANNABIS MEETING TONIGHT IN POPLAR BLUFF

A meeting will be held in Poplar Bluff tonight to discuss marijuana policy.

The town hall meeting will be hosted by Show-me Cannabis at the Tinnin Fine Arts Center.

Participants from both sides of the issue are scheduled to be involved in the meeting including Show-Me Cannabis Executive Director and Poplar Bluff native John Payne along with Poplar Bluff Police Chief Danny Whiteley.

The town hall meeting is set to begin at 6:30 pm this evening. SIKESTON WOMAN WINS BIG WITH SHOW ME CASH

A Sikeston woman is celebrating after winning over a hundred and sixty thousand dollars.

35 year old Kristin Hensley won $168,000 with Show Me Cash, which is a daily jackpot game. The jackpot starts at $50,000 and grows until there a winner. 56 jackpots have been won in the past year, with an average prize of $160,000.

Hensley purchased her winning ticket in Sikeston. LISTENING POST TO BE HELD MONDAY IN NEW MADRID

Staff members of United States Senator Roy Blunt will be in New Madrid Monday morning to speak with area citizens.

The stop is a part of Senator Blunt’s listening post program, which are opportunities for Missourians to discuss their questions or concerns with the federal government one-on-one with members of Senator Blunt’s staff.

The Listening Post will be held Monday from 9 am to 10 am at the New Madrid County Courthouse. UNCLAIMED PROPERTY CAN NOW BE DONATED TO CERTAIN CHARITIES

Missourians now can donate unclaimed property held by state government directly to charities that support military veterans, medical research, children's education and other causes.

Treasurer Clint Zweifel announced the donation program Wednesday at the state Capitol. He says people regularly have asked to donate their unclaimed property and that the new program gives Missourians a "quick, easy and simple" way to do so.

The state treasurer's office currently holds $810 million in unclaimed property belonging to 4.7 million account holders. He says many claims are small but when combined could have a significant affect.

Twenty charitable organizations are participating in the donation program. MISSOURI GOVERNOR PROPOSES OVER 36 MILLION DOLLARS FOR PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES

Governor Jay Nixon wants Missouri's universities to freeze undergraduate tuition next year while also proposing more state funding.

The governor says the budget he recommends next year will include an additional $36.7 million for public universities. The 5 percent funding increase would be distributed using a performance-based funding system.

Nixon announced the proposal Wednesday at Missouri State University in Springfield.

The governor called for a tuition freeze at four-year schools for Missouri undergraduates in the 2014-2015 academic year.

Previously, Missouri higher education institutions and Nixon reached an agreement to freeze tuition for the 2009-2010. The next year, public colleges and universities struck a deal to hold undergraduate tuition flat to avert deeper state funding cuts. OVER 4,000 MISSOURIANS PICKED INSURANCE EXCHANGE PLANS The U.S. Department of Health and Senior Services reports 4,124 Missouri residents have selected a health insurance plan through the federally run online marketplace.

The department released the figures Wednesday. HHS said the insurance exchange had more than 31,000 applications from Missouri through November 30th. The applications sought coverage for nearly 63,000 people.

Enrollment is up from early November when just 751 Missourians had selected a health insurance plan. The federal health care law set up online marketplaces to help people find affordable insurance but the rollout of the website has been troubled.

The federal agency says that as of November 30th, about 137,000 people have enrolled in the 36 states served by the federal website.