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MAN FACING MURDER CHARGES FOLLOWING PATTERSON SHOOTING

 

A Patterson man has been charged with first degree murder in connection to a shooting Monday night.

 

41 year old Carl Streeval reportedly called authorities Monday night and told them he had been shot in the head. Streeval was found dead when authorities arrived.

 

44 year old Samuel Whitaker is facing charges of first degree murder, first degree burglary and armed criminal action in connection to the shooting.

 

Wayne County Sheriff Dean Finch told KFVS that authorities believe that an ongoing property dispute was probably the motive.

 

 

TWO IN CUSTODY IN CONNECTION TO MORLEY BANK ROBBERY

 

Two people have been taken into custody in connection to a bank robbery that happened earlier this month.

 

According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, investigators from the Scott County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI received information that Alicia Porter, of rural Oran; Roger R. Clayton, of Davenport, Iowa; Joshua L. Thompson, of Sikeston; and Candice L. Wright, of Chicago, Illinois, were involved in the robbery of First Commercial Bank in Morley on October 10th.

 

Porter and   Clayton have been arrested. Porter is facing a charge of first degree robbery, while a warrant has been issued for Clayton for first degree armed robbery. Authorities are still searching for Thompson and Wright and anyone with information on their whereabouts is asked to contact your local law enforcement.

 

 

ALMOST $15,000 DISTRIBUTED TO SOUTHEAST MISSOURI LIBRARIES

 

Almost $15,000 has been distributed among seven libraries in Southeast Missouri.

 

According to Secretary of State Jason Kander, his office allocates state aid on a per capita basis to local libraries twice per year. The Poplar Bluff Public Library was approved for over $4,000, while the Doniphan – Ripley County Library district received over $3,500.

 

Statewide over $1.3 million was distributed to libraries.

 

 

DRIVER EXAMINATIONS IN CHARLESTON TO MOVE TO NEW LOCATION

 

Current and prospective drivers who are looking to complete their drivers test in Charleston will need to alter their plans starting next week.

 

The Charleston driver’s exams will be moved to a new location, beginning on November 6th. Exams will now be administered at the Clara Drinkwater Newman Public Library, located at 105 East Marshall Street in Charleston.

 

Office hours will be 9 am – 12:30 pm and 1 – 4:30 pm on the first, third, and fifth Wednesdays of each month.

 

 

TEAM SPIRIT WORKSHOP TO BE HELD IN FARMINGTON

 

A Team Spirit youth leadership workshop focusing on the topic of teens and driving has been scheduled for next month in Farmington.

 

The event will be held on Monday, November 18th at the Farmington Civic Center. This one-day training for students and advisors will feature interactive workshops presented on safety belt use, drinking and driving, and texting while driving, among other topics.

 

Those wishing to attend will need to register by November 8th. To register, or for more information, go to savemolives.com.

 

 

CORPS OF ENGINEERS TO WAIVE DAY USE FEES FOR VETERANS ON VETERANS DAY

 

With Veterans Day less than two weeks away, The Army Corps of Engineers will be waiving day use fees at over two thousand recreation areas nationwide.

 

On November 11th, day use fees for veterans, active and reserve component service members, and their families will be waived at many Corps of Engineers operated recreation areas.

 

The waiver covers fees for boat launch ramps and swimming beaches, but does not apply to camping and camping-related services, or fees for specialized facilities such as group picnic shelters.

 

 

PAYMENTS FOR FARMERS IN SELECT PROGRAMS SHOULD BE ARRIVING SOON

 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says payments to farmers in the Conservation Security or Conservation Stewardship program should begin arriving in a few days.

 

The payments from the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service have been delayed because of the recent federal government shutdown, which has since ended.

 

The payments are part of a financial assistance program for producers who have established conservation programs and are implementing additional conservation activities.

 

 

MARIJUANA PROPOSAL REJECTED BY ARKANSAS ATTORNEY GENERAL

 

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has again rejected the wording of a proposed ballot measure aimed at legalizing marijuana in the state.

 

McDaniel on Tuesday cited several problems with the proposed constitutional amendment submitted by retired Army Lt. Col. Marjorie LeClair of Shirley. McDaniel must certify the wording of an amendment before supporters can begin gathering signatures in an effort to qualify for next year’s ballot.

 

The proposal would repeal all laws pertaining to the production, distribution and sale of the cannabis plant and any products derived from the plant. McDaniel has rejected previous versions of the proposed amendment.

 

Arkansas voters last year narrowly rejected a ballot measure that would have legalized medical marijuana. Supporters are trying to get similar measures back on the ballot next year.

 

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ONE KILLED IN LAWRENCE COUNTY WRECK

One person has died from a single vehicle wreck Monday night in Northeast Arkansas.

According to the Arkansas State Police, a vehicle was traveling on County Road 269 in Lawrence County, when the driver lost control in a curve and overturned.

The driver, 19 year old Dylan T. Brady, of Strawberry, was killed in the wreck. Two passengers in the vehicle suffered undisclosed injuries.
JONESBORO MAN KILLED IN HEAD ON COLLISION

A head on collision Friday morning claimed the life of a Jonesboro man.

According to the Arkansas State Police, 33 year old Tom L. McAdams was driving in Craighead County, when he crossed the center line of Highway 1 and struck a semi head on.

McAdams was killed in the wreck. The driver of the semi suffered undisclosed injuries.
INVESTIGATION STARTED IN TO DEATH OF INMATE IN JACKSON COUNTY

Authorities in Northeast Arkansas are investigating the death of an inmate in Jackson County.

37 year old Anthony Maurice Reeves, of Jonesboro, went into cardiac arrest Sunday night at the Jackson County Detention Center and he was later pronounced dead at an area hospital.

Reeves death is under investigation and the body has been sent for an autopsy.
WANTED ARKANSAS MAN FOUND IN MISSOURI

An Arkansas man, who authorities have been looking for since he hit his wife in the head with a crow bar and abducted her last week, has been arrested.

According to authorities, 29 year old Robert Finch was found Sunday morning in Wright County, Missouri. Finch was discovered with a gunshot wound and taken to a Springfield hospital for treatment. He is currently listed in stable condition.

Authorities had been looking for Finch since last Monday, when he allegedly kicked the door in at a residence in Baxter County, hit his wife, 26 year old Delores Finch, in the head with a crowbar and forced her into a vehicle before leaving the scene.

Officers located the vehicle later that morning at the Calamity Beach Recreation Area of Lake Norfork, at which time Delores was able to escape.

Robert was able to elude officers until his arrest early yesterday Sunday morning. He is facing charges of aggravated residential burglary, kidnapping, battery in the second degree, terroristic threatening and fleeing from an officer.

No word yet on how Finch received the gunshot injury.
SEX OFFENDER REPORTEDLY ATTEMPTED TO FLEE FROM POLICE

Authorities in Izard County were involved in a chase last week while attempting to arrest a sex offender.

According to the Izard County Sheriff’s Department, deputies went to Wideman on Friday to arrest a level three sex offender on a Lonoke County felony warrant.

When officers arrived, 31 year old Justin Baker reportedly ran from the house and into the woods. Sheriff Tate Lawrence says that Baker was later arrested and charged with fleeing.
TWO FROM EAST PRAIRIE INDICTED IN ILLINOIS

Two East Prairie residents have been indicted on drug charges in Illinois.

According to Union County State’s Attorney Tyler Edmondson, both 37 year old Tamatha J. Gottschall and James R. Charles are facing charges of unlawful participation in methamphetamine production and unlawful possession of methamphetamine precursors.

The two have been accused of buying products for making meth in Anna, Illinois 80 times.
BRIEFING TO BE HELD TODAY TO DISCUSS INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENTS IN NEW MADRID COUNTY

A community briefing has been scheduled for today to discuss upcoming improvements to two intersections in New Madrid County.

Visitors will be able to stop by the Missouri Department of Transportation’s Southeast District Office in Sikeston from 4 to 6 pm to discuss the projects. The two intersections are located along Highway 60 at Route E and Route FF.

The project will include reconfiguring the two intersections with j-turns, in an effort to improve safety and traffic flow.
ARKANSAS OFFICIALS PLEA TO HAVE HIGHWAY 67 FOUR LANES

A group of city and county officials in Arkansas have requested that the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Commission use interstate standards while constructing a section of US Highway 67 between Walnut Ridge and the Missouri State line.

Officials signed the plea to have US 67 turned into four lanes along the existing highway.

The group met at Williams Baptist College at Walnut Ridge. The documents will be mailed to Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe and the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Commission. The Arkansas Highway Department has been using interstate standards for construction on Highway 67 from Jonesboro to Walnut Ridge.

According to the Daily American Republic, it is unknown when the funds will become available to fund the four lane road.
BIDS TO BE ACCEPTED FOR VAN BUREN LICENSE OFFICE

The Missouri Office of Administration is looking for management contract bids for the Van Buren License office.

Anyone who wishes to bid on the contract can tour the Van Buren office on November 6th from 4:15 to 5:15 pm. Bids must be submitted by November 22nd.

According to the Missouri Department of Revenue, bids will be evaluated on areas, including expertise of the personnel proposed and methods proposed for performing services. More information is available at the Missouri Department of Revenue’s website at dor.mo.gov.
OPEN HOUSE TO BE HELD THIS WEEK AT SAM A. BAKER STATE PARK

An open house will be held this Friday at Sam A. Baker State Park.

The public has been invited to attend the event which will run from 9 am to noon outside the park store. Throughout the open house park representatives will be available to answer questions and provide information on future plans for the facility. Visitors are invited to share comments and suggestions about park services and operations.

Friday will also mark the opening of the cabin reservation lottery for the 2014 recreational season. The lottery will determine the order of preference for cabin reservations at the park.

Requests to be entered into the lottery reservation system may be made in person at the park beginning at 8:30 a.m. and the drawing will begin at 9 a.m. Cabin rental reservations can also be made over the phone by calling 573-856-4223 beginning at 9 a.m.

Sam A. Baker State Park is located on Highway 143, approximately 4 miles north of Patterson, MO in Wayne County.
FUNDING INCREASES POSSIBLE FOR SOME STATE PROGRAMS

After years of talking about less spending, some Missouri officials now are talking about more.

Governor Jay Nixon suggested recently that he would like to spend hundreds of millions of additional dollars on public schools before his term ends in three years.

There may also be more money available for other programs in the next budget year.

State departments already have turned in proposed budgets for the fiscal year that starts next July. And advocates for various social services have started making funding pitches to lawmakers.

Nixon’s budget director, Linda Luebbering, says revenues are looking better and there could be room to fund a few more things.

House Budget Committee Chairman Rick Stream also says funding increases are possible for some programs.
NIXON ADMINISTRATION SLAMMED FOR DRIVER’S LICENSE POLICIES

A new report says Governor Jay Nixon’s administration displayed an “indifference to the privacy rights” of Missourians through its driver’s license policies.

The report released Friday comes after a group of legislators, law enforcement officers and other House appointees spent the summer looking into state driver’s license procedures that have already been largely abandoned.

The panel said Nixon’s administration disregarded state law by making digital copies of birth certificates and other documents submitted by driver’s license applicants and by buying equipment to analyze biometric information about people.

Nixon signed a law in July that put a halt to those practices. His administration has consistently denied that the procedures were intended to implement the federal Real ID proof-of-identity law. A 2009 Missouri law bars state officials from implementing Real ID.

 

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MAN ARRESTED FOR SEXUALLY MOLESTING A CHILD

 

A Steele man has been arrested for confessing to sexually molesting a child.

 

According to Steele police, an investigation was started after the child’s mother reported the assault.  21 year old Regis Lee confessed to the crime.

 

 

POLICE LOOKING FOR TWO PEOPLE CONNECTED TO SHOOTING IN KENNETT

 

The Kennett Police Department is searching for two people in connection with a shooting early Sunday morning at the Eagles Club in Kennett.

According to authorities, police are looking to question 32 year old Tracy Tray Reed, of Hayti, who may have information about the incident. The second person is described as a female, who may have been injured in the incident.

A man who was shot was flown to a Memphis hospital for treatment. Police say he was last known to be listed in critical condition.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Reed, or any further information on this incident, is asked to call the Kennett Police Department at 888-4622.

 

 

LOCAL POLICE WILL GO DOOR TO DOOR CHECKING ON SEX OFFENDERS HALLOWEEN NIGHT

 

The local police will be going door to door to check on sex offenders in Butler County this Halloween night.

Missouri Revised Statute No. 589,426, requires offenders to avoid all Halloween related contact with children, remain inside his or her residence between the hours of 5 pm and 10:30 pm, unless with just cause, post a sign at his or her residence stating, “No candy or treats at this residence”, and leave all outside residential lighting off during the evening hours after 5 pm.   According to Poplar Bluff Police Captain David Sutton, 11 of the county’s nearly 180 registered sex offenders fall under these restrictions.

 

The Daily American Republic will publish a list, including photographs, of the registered sex offenders living in Butler County in tomorrow’s edition.

 

 

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL FOOD BANK IS EXPANDING

 

The St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank is to begin construction in January on the corner block of Broadway and Cedar in Poplar Bluff.

 

The expansion will be a 12,820 square foot building that will house the food pantry, outreach center, and a thrift store. Two units will be leased to other non-profits to defray overhead costs.

 

The project is funded by a $293,000 community development block grant and $150,000 in Missouri state tax credits. St. Vincent de Paul is hoping to raise the additional $300,000 in donations.

 

The St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank is a part of Sacred Heart Church and is currently operating out of the cramped basement location on Vine Street.

 

 

AREA WOMAN APPOINTED TO MISSOURI CONSERVATION COMMISSION

 

A retired state worker who co-owns a 1,000-acre hunting preserve in southeast Missouri has been named by Gov. Jay Nixon to the state Conservation Commission.

 

The appointment of Marilynn J. Bradford to a term ending in June 2019 will be subject to confirmation by the state Senate.

 

Bradford, who identifies herself as a political independent, lives in Jefferson City. She retired from state government after more than 20 years with the departments of Social Services and Agriculture.

 

She is a co-owner of Pyramid Home Health Services, which serves more than 3,000 elderly and disabled Missourians. She also owns a rice farm in Pemiscot County and is a life member of the Conservation Federation of Missouri.

 

The Conservation Commission manages hunting, fishing, forests and nature centers in Missouri.

 

 

MISSOURI AMONG THE HIGHEST STATES WITH DEER-VEHICLE CRASHES

 

A recent insurance survey places Missouri among the highest states listed for deer-vehicle crashes.

 

The Missouri Department of Transportation reports there were 3,980 collisions with deer on Missouri’s highways last year, that lead to 5 fatalities and 411 injuries.

 

It is noted that 85% of deer-strike crashes occur from 5pm to 6:49 am. If you encounter a deer on the roadway, use your high beams, if other cars are not approaching.  Slow down and wait for the deer to pass. It is recommended to not sound your horn.

 

If you hit a deer, report the accident to your local sheriff’s office, the Missouri Highway Patrol or municipal police.

 

 

ARKANSAS IS LOOKING FOR NOMINATIONS FOR IT’S 2013 AGRICULTURE HALL OF FAME

 

The Agriculture Hall of Fame is looking for nominations from the public for their class of 2013. The Farm Bureau Center in Little Rock houses the Agriculture Hall of Fame, which is sponsored by the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and Arkansas Farm Bureau.

 

Agriculture is Arkansas’ largest industry, with a total of 136 men and woman inducted into the Hall of Fame since it started in 1987. The Nomination deadline is November 15th.

 

 

ROUTE D IN MISSISSIPPI COUNTY REDUCED TO ONE LANE

 

A Section of Route D in Mississippi County will be reduced to one lane this week for pavement repairs.

 

The affected section of roadway is located Route 77 to County Road 324.  Work will take place today through Wednesday, from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm daily.

 

 

ROUTE Y IN CARTER COUNTY REDUCED FOR DRAINAGE WORK

 

Route Y in Carter County is being reduced to one lane for continued drainage work.

 

The affected section of roadway is located from US 60 to the end of state maintenance. Work will take place today through Friday, from 7:30 am to 3 pm daily.

 

 

GOVERNOR JAY NIXON CANCELS THE USE OF PROPOFOL FOR EXECUTIONS

 

Governor Jay Nixon has postponed a planned October execution over the concerns about using the drug propofol to administer the death penalty.

 

Propofol is exported from the European Union who is against the death penalty which gave Nixon concerns about its availability for the future. Nixon has received many letters and messages from the public, which included many health care workers and a few patients about the use of the drug propofol.

 

Recently, the Department of Corrections announced Missouri will use the sedative pentobarbital in executions.

 

 

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ARKANSAS STUDENT ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO ALLEGED “HIT LIST”

A northeast Arkansas teenager has been taken into custody in connection to an alleged “hit list”.

According to KAIT, the 16 year old was arrested after reports from students from Highland High School. Several students reportedly said that they had seen a list; however authorities said that no list was found in the investigation.

The teen had also allegedly made statements about a “blood bath.” The student was arrested on a charge of communicating a terroristic threat.
SIKESTON OFFICIALS TO BE TESTING NEW WARNING SIRENS

Officials in Sikeston have announced that the installation of new sirens is complete.

The sirens will be used for weather warning coverage in the city.

The sirens will now be tested each day at noon by playing the Westminster chimes for approximately 28 seconds. Should you hear this, there is no cause for alarm as this is only a test of the system.

In an actual emergency, you will hear weather information and appropriate actions you need to take.
LOCAL HOSPITAL TO DANCE TO RAISE MONEY FOR UCAN

A local hospital will be competing in an online dance competition to help raise money for the United Cancer Assistance Network.

Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center is taking part in the 2013 Medline Pink Glove Dance Video Competition. The video features participants dancing and wearing pink-colored exam gloves to raise awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer through mammograms.

You can vote for the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center’s video on the website “pink glove dance.com” beginning at noon today. The winning team will receive a $25,000 donation in their name to the breast cancer charity of their choice. For second place, it is a $10,000 donation and third place is a $5,000 donation.

The winners will be announced November 15th.
POPLAR BLUFF LIBRARY COLLECTING BOOKS FOR SANTA LAND

The Poplar Bluff Municipal Library is accepting gently used children’s books for Santa Land.

The books will be placed in children’s gift bags for the annual holiday event at the Coliseum. Anyone who would like to donate can drop books off at the library. Books will be accepted through November 30th.

For more information, call 573-686-8639.
CAPE GIRARDEAU CHURCH POSSIBLE NOMINEE FOR NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES

A Cape Girardeau church is one of 12 sites that is being considered for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places.

According to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, St. James AME Church on North Street in Cape Girardeau will be considered for nomination at a meeting in Jefferson City on November 8th.

Approved nominations will be forwarded to the Keeper of the National Register in Washington, D.C., for final approval.
HIGHWAY PATROL REMINDS MOTORISTS TO BE MINDFUL OF SCHOOL BUSES

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is reminding motorists to drive safely around school buses.

Missouri law states that while on a two-lane road, drivers must stop when meeting or following a bus that is stopped and displaying warning signals while loading or unloading children. It is only necessary to stop on a four-lane highway when following the bus.

Last year, three people were killed and 353 were injured in 886 school bus crashes in Missouri.
HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS FOR PREVENTABLE ISSUES DOWN IN MISSOURI

The Missouri Hospital Association says there has been a decline in the number of hospital admissions for preventable issues.

The association says that between 2003 and 2013 the number of preventable hospital admissions fell 18.8 percent.

Preventable hospitalizations are defined as conditions for which good outpatient care could potentially have avoided the need for hospital care. The definition also includes conditions for which early intervention could have prevented complications.

Despite the overall improvement, the hospital association says there were several conditions for which Missouri saw an increase in preventable hospital admissions. Those include hypertension, short-term complications from diabetes, asthma in young adults and urinary tract infections.
LISTERIA CONCERN PROMPTS MASSIVE RECALL OF FOOD PRODUCTS

Over 100 thousand cases of refrigerated ready to eat products have been recalled due to possible Listeria contamination.

The products by Reser’s Fine Foods were produced at a plant in Topeka, Kansas and distributed nationwide. Items in the recall include seafood and tuna salad among many other products.

The packages will be marked with a Use-by-Date or Best By Date and followed by a plant identifier code of 20.

Listeria is an organism which can cause serious and sometime fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and individuals with weakened immune systems.

Healthy people may suffer only short term symptoms, such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant woman. No illnesses have been reported.
MISSOURI PROPOSAL TO ROLL BACK FOOD STAMP EXPANSION WITHDRAWN

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon says his administration is withdrawing a proposal for rolling back an expansion of the food stamps program.

Since 2009, the state has qualified for a waiver allowing able-bodied adults without children to qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program despite failing to meet federal work requirements.

Officials had proposed changing eligibility rules to waive the work requirements only in counties where the unemployment rate is higher than 10 percent.

Nixon said Thursday he is directing the Social Services Department to withdraw the proposal. The governor says there now is greater certainty about federal funding for food stamps after last week’s budget agreement.

Missouri had about 915,000 people receiving food stamps in August. That’s down from a peak of nearly 962,000 in December 2011.

 

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TEENAGER ACCUSED OF ASSAULTING FATHER WITH A BASEBALL BAT

 

A teenager is facing assault charges after allegedly attacking his father.

 

According to the Steele Police Department, the 16 year old boy reportedly stuck his 44 year old father repeatedly in the head with an aluminum baseball bat on October 17th.

 

The victim had to be flown to a Memphis Hospital for treatment of a serious head injury. No information was available on his current condition.

 

The teenager was arrested and is facing charges of first degree assault and armed criminal action.

 

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION RELEASED IN OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING

 

Additional information has been released in a shooting involving Trumann Police Officers.

 

According to the Arkansas State Police, on Tuesday, authorities attempted to arrest 21 year old Jacob Ashton Brown, based on a felony warrant and a parole violation warrant.

 

Brown reportedly fled and was shot after allegedly pointing a gun in the direction of an officer. Brown was wounded, but the full extent of his injuries was not available.

 

The Arkansas State Police are still investigating the case.

 

 

INMATE ALLEGEDLY ESCAPES WHILE ON WORK RELEASE

 

Authorities in Northeast Arkansas are looking for an inmate who has gone missing.

 

According to KAIT, Craighead County inmate Brent Goodwin was on a work release with the Jonesboro street department when he reportedly walked away. Police searched the area where he disappeared, along with his last known address, but were unable to locate him.

 

Anyone who has information on Goodwin’s location is asked to call 935-7867.

 

 

MAN WILL NOT BE CHARGED IN CONNECTION TO SHOOTING IN RANDOLPH COUNTY

 

Charges will not be filed against an Arkansas man who allegedly shot another person in the neck earlier this year.

 

According to authorities, Randolph County resident Matthew Odom was determined to have shot Timothy King in self defense, after King had threatened Odom.

 

King survived the incident.

 

 

MAN GETS 15 YEARS IN PRISON FOR DEATH OF WOMAN DURING POLICE CHASE

 

A man was sentenced yesterday in connection to a fatal wreck last year.

 

According to Stoddard County Prosecuting Attorney Russell Oliver, Donald Smith Jr. was sentenced to 15 years in prison on a charge of felony murder. The charge was in connection to the death of Amanda Allenbaugh on May 3rd, 2012.

 

Allenbaugh was a passenger in Smith’s vehicle when he failed to negotiate a curve near Advance and wrecked. Smith was being pursued by an Advance Police Officer at the time. Allenbaug was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

Smith pled guilty to the murder charge last month.

 

 

NORTHEAST ARKANSAS SCHOOL TO CLOSE

 

School officials in Lawrence County have made the decision to close a local school.

 

At the end of the current school year, the Black Rock campus in the Lawrence County School District will be closed. Students will be transferred to Walnut Ridge. The decision was made on Tuesday by the Lawrence County School Board.

 

 

PINK OUT DAY RAISES OVER $19,000

 

The Poplar Bluff School’s annual pink out day set a new record this year.

 

The fourth annual Pink-out day raised over $19,000 for the United Cancer Assistance Network. That is $5,000 more than last year’s record.

 

The UCAN fundraiser is a community-wide effort through which businesses and Mules fans purchase pink T-shirts to wear to work and later during a football game.

 

 

HIGHWAY PATROL TO HOLD OPERATION BEFORE THE END OF THE MONTH

 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is planning to hold an operation before the end of the month.

 

The Patrol is planning a Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Project, which sees troopers, as well as officers from the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division, concentrating their efforts on locating commercial vehicles being operated in an unsafe manner, as well as drivers committing hazardous moving violations.

 

The project will be focused on high crash corridors, along with high risk areas, such as rural roads and highway work zones.

 

 

HIGHWAY 91 IN STODDARD COUNTY CLOSED FOR RAILROAD REPAIRS

 

A section of Highway 91 in Stoddard County will be closed beginning today, so railroad company crews can perform repairs.

 

The section of affected roadway is located from County Road 341 to County Road 351.

 

Work will take place today through Monday, October 28th from 7 am to 5 pm daily.

 

 

CONSERVATION OFFICIALS ASKING HUNTERS TO HELP PREVENT SPREAD OF DISEASE

 

Missouri’s firearms deer season takes place next month, and conservation officials are asking hunters to help prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease.

 

The disease is deadly to deer, but there is no evidence it can affect humans. Deer can be affected through exposure to soil containing abnormal proteins that are called prions. The prions can get into soil when infected deer decompose on the surface.

 

The Conservation Department says hunters should avoid cutting through the spine, brain or bones. If hunters must move a whole carcass, they should send the non-edible parts to state-approved landfills for proper burial.

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ARMED MAN SHOT BY POLICE IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS

A man was shot by police yesterday in northeast Arkansas.

According to KAIT, Trumann authorities say that the man ran from officers who were conducting a parolee check.

Three or four officers were involved in the shooting and they were not injured. The suspect, whose name was not released, was reportedly armed and survived the incident.
TWO ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO STRING OF BURGLARIES

Authorities in Paragould have taken two people into custody in connection to a string of burglaries that occurred over the last month.

According to Paragould Police, last week police arrested George Helms and Bryan Langston in connection to 8 commercial burglaries and three attempted burglaries. The burglaries reportedly occurred in the Paragould area.
TWO TEENS SEVERLY BURNED IN ARKANSAS HAUNTED HOUSE FIRE

Authorities in northeast Arkansas say two teenagers suffered severe burns after a small fire broke out at a haunted house.

The fire broke out late Saturday at Nightmare Productions Haunted House on U.S. 63 between Jonesboro and Bono. Craighead County sheriff’s deputy Dustin Norwood says a 13-year-old boy and a 14-year-old boy were badly burned when an employee poured paint thinner into a burning barrel, causing it to burst into flames.

The haunted house’s owner, Cody Russell, says the teens had volunteered to scare visitors. Russell says he doesn’t know why the man poured the chemical into the barrel. The employee has since been fired.

Authorities tell The Jonesboro Sun that the boys suffered severe burns on their faces and necks, and the fire singed off most of their hair.
SURVEYS TO START TOMORROW TO GAIN COMMUNITY INPUT ON SCHOOL PLANNING

Phone surveys will be starting tomorrow in the Poplar Bluff area so school officials can gain input from the community on its long range planning efforts.

According to the Poplar Bluff School District, phone calls will be made to 400 random households over a two week period beginning tomorrow. The 10 to 15 minute survey will attempt to gauge the public’s support for various components of the facilities master plan.

In general, the calls will be made between 7 and 9 pm on weekdays, and from noon to 6 pm on the weekend. Your caller ID may show ‘Market Research Associates’ or simply an 816 or 913 area code.
OVER SIX THOUSAND DOLLARS IN GRANT MONDEY AWARDED TO WAYNE COUNTY

Wayne County will be receiving over $6000 to increase voting convenience and security.

The grants were awarded by Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander. They can be used to purchase certified voting equipment and replacement parts, train poll workers and update voter records, among other opportunities.
THREE RIVERS SIGNS AGREEMENT WITH MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY FOR NEW CENTER

Three Rivers College signed an agreement Tuesday with Missouri State University to create a new higher education center.

The new center will be called the South Central Education Consortium and will be located in Willow Springs.

Starting with the spring semester in January, Three Rivers will offer technical and remedial courses augmented by general education courses offered at the center by Missouri State University-West Plains.

The Willow Springs location will offer multiple certificate and degree options, including Certified Nursing Assistant, Emergency Medical Technician, Fire Science, and General Studies programs.
FERRY THAT CONNECTS MISSOURI AND KENTUCKY TO BE CLOSED THURSDAY MORNING

A ferry that connects Kentucky and Missouri is expected to be closed tomorrow morning for repairs.

The Dorena-Hickman ferry will be closed Thursday morning to allow for maintenance and repair work.

According to a post on the Ferry’s Facebook page, Captain Ed Floyd is optimistic that the ferry will be back in service by around 1 pm.
FERRY THAT CONNECTS MISSOURI AND KENTUCKY TO BE CLOSED THURSDAY MORNING

The District 9 Office of the Illinois Department of Transportation has announced that the bridge for US Routes 60 and 62 will be reduced beginning today for repairs.

The lane closure for the bridge which crosses the Mississippi River is expected to be in place weekdays until approximately November 22nd. The bridge connects Mississippi County in Missouri to Alexander County in Illinois.

All traffic will be maintained by flaggers.
MISSOURI CELLPHONE TOWER LAWS STRUCK DOWN

A Missouri judge has struck down a pair of new laws that had limited the ability of cities and counties to regulate cellphone towers.

Cole County Circuit Judge Patricia Joyce ruled that lawmakers violated procedural requirements of the state constitution when passing the bills earlier this year.

She said the bills’ title of “relating to telecommunications” did not encompass everything in the bills. She noted that one bill also contained provisions related to railroad crossings and utility right-of-ways.

Another bill contained provisions related to cable TV services, which she said are not legally the same as telecommunications.

Joyce also said lawmakers had changed the bills’ original purpose.

Governor Jay Nixon and legislative leaders had touted the legislation as a way to encourage expansion of high-speed Internet and wireless phone service.
MISSOURI GOVERNOR WANTS FULL FUNDING FOR THE STATES PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon says he is working toward full funding for public schools by the time he leaves office in January 2017.

This year’s budget includes has about $3 billion for elementary and secondary schools. But that’s roughly $600 million less than what is called for under Missouri’s school funding formula for this year.

The amounts prescribed by the formula change yearly. If schools receive all of the funds in this year’s budget, Missouri would have to spend an additional $560 million to meet next year’s target.

Nixon addressed the issue in a speech Monday to higher education officials. He won a second term as governor last year and is barred by law from seeking a third term.

 

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BODY FOUND IN LAWRENCE COUNTY FARM DITCH

 

A body was discovered Monday evening in a northeast Arkansas farm ditch.

 

The body was reportedly found in a ditch in Lawrence County. According to Imboden Live, authorities believe that the body is that of missing Trumann resident Steven Hooks.

 

The body will be sent to state authorities for an autopsy.

 

 

AUTHORITIES STILL SEARCHING FOR MAN IN CONNECTION TO DOMESTIC ASSAULT

 

Authorities in Northern Arkansas are still searching for a man who allegedly hit his wife in the head with a crow bar and then abducted her.

 

Baxter County authorities received a report Monday morning from a person who said 29 year old Robert E. Finch, had kicked in the front door of a residence, struck his wife, 26 year old Delores Finch, in the head with a crow bar, then forced her into a vehicle against her will before leaving the scene.

 

The vehicle was located at around 9:30 am Monday at the Calamity Beach Recreation Area of Lake Norfork. While Robert was attempting to drive away, the vehicle became high-centered and stopped. Delores was able to escape and flee towards a deputy.

 

Robert then escaped into a nearby heavily wooded area. A manhunt was started, however officers were unable to find him.

 

According to the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office, Robert Finch is not believed to pose a specific danger or threat to any other persons; however anyone residing in the area should exercise standard precautions, such as keeping doors and windows locked on their houses and removing keys from all vehicles.

 

Anyone who has information on Finch’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office.

 

 

INVESTIGATION STARTED INTO INCIDENT WHERE MAN WAS PINNED BETWEEN TWO VEHICLES

 

Caruthersville police are investigating an incident early Saturday morning that resulted in a man being pinned between two vehicles.

 

According to the Caruthersville Police Department, a man told police that he was standing between two parked vehicles, when a third vehicle backed into one of the vehicles, causing the subject to be pinned.

 

The vehicle then fled the scene. The 33 year old victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment. The incident is under investigation, however officers have identified a possible suspect.

 

 

DRUG TAKE BACK EVENT FOR ALL EXPIRED AND UNUSED MEDICATIONS

 

The Dexter Police Department has set aside Saturday as a Drug Take Back Day.

 

The police department is now equipped with a permanent medication drop off box in their lobby.

 

Items that may be dropped off are prescription medications, samples, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, pet medications, creams, ointments, and liquids in leak-proof containers.

 

However, thermometers, syringes, IV bags, bio-waste, aerosols, inhalers, and Epi-Pens are not to be disposed of in the box.

 

 

BIDS TO BE ACCEPTED FOR MALDEN LICENSE OFFICE

 

The Missouri Office of Administration is looking for management contract bids for the Malden License office.

 

Anyone who wishes to bid on the contract can tour the Malden office on October 29th from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. The bid must be submitted by November 8th.

 

According to the Missouri Department of Revenue, bids will be evaluated on areas, including expertise of the personnel proposed and methods proposed for performing services. More information is available at the Missouri Department of Revenue’s website at dor.mo.gov.

 

Bids are also being accepted for license offices in New Madrid and Sikeston.

 

 

WOMAN WHO KAYAKED THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER TO GIVE PRESENTATION NEXT WEEK IN CAPE GIRARDEAU

 

A woman who kayaked the length of the Mississippi River will be giving a presentation about her journey next week in Cape Girardeau.

 

The presentation by Nancy Scheibe will be held at 11 am on Tuesday, October 29th at Southeast Missouri State University.

 

During the presentation, Scheibe will discuss the stories of women she met on her journey, how she made her dream happen and how others can make their dreams come true.

 

The event is free and open to the public.

 

 

BRIDGE REPAIRS TO BEGIN TODAY IN DUNKLIN COUNTY

 

Highway 84 in Dunklin County will be reduced over the next couple of days, so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can perform bridge repairs.

 

The bridge to be repaired is located at the Missouri state line.

 

Weather permitting, work will take today and tomorrow from 7 am to 3:30 pm each day.

 

 

ROAD WORK THIS WEEK IN CARTER COUNTY

 

Missouri Department of Transportation crews will be in Carter County this week for drainage work on Route Y.

 

The road will be reduced to one lane from 7:30 am to 3 pm daily through Friday for the repairs. The work zone is located on Route Y from US 60 to the end of state maintenance.

 

 

FUNDING FOR PUBLIC COLLEGES TO BE PROPOSED BY MISSOURI GOVERNOR

 

Governor Jay Nixon says he’ll propose “substantially” higher funding for Missouri’s public colleges and universities next year while also boosting resources for financial aid and scholarships.

 

But in a speech Monday to higher education officials, the governor did not provide specific amounts of what he plans to recommend in the state budget proposal he will present in January.

 

Nixon says he wants students to have better access to more aid through programs that have a significant effect on Missouri’s economy.

 

He also proposed an initiative to train more mental health professionals in the state.

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WOMAN KILLED IN CRASH WITH SEMI

 

A Poplar Bluff woman has died from injuries she sustained Friday, when the vehicle she was driving struck the back of a semi-truck.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 41 year old Charlene H. Pasquet was killed when her pickup truck struck the rear of a semi that was making a right hand.  The crash happened two miles north of Poplar Bluff on Highway 67.

 

The accident report says both drivers were wearing their seatbelts.

 

 

A GRANDIN MAN KILLED AFTER CROSSING INTO ONCOMING TRAFFIC

 

A Grandin man has died from injuries he sustained in a traffic crash yesterday afternoon in Carter County.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash happened when 80 year old Wallace F. Knapp attempted to turn his vehicle and pulled into the path a vehicle being driven by 47 year old Matthew G. Thompson, of Clarkton.  Knapp was taken to an area hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.  The collision occurred at the intersection of Highways 60 and 21.

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF MAN INDICTED BY GRAND JURY FOR MURDER

 

A Poplar Bluff man has been indicted by the Obion County Circuit Court grand jury in Union City, Tennessee for multiple charges, including first degree murder and aggravated robbery.

 

The Obion County grand jury handed down a five count indictment to 42 year old Jarrod Reese Spicer for first-degree murder and theft.

 

Spicer is accused of the strangulation death of 77 year old John Thomas Hood, of Troy, Tennessee on March 3, 2008.

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF MAN FACES FEDERAL WEAPONS CHARGES

 

According to authorities, 31 year old Atari Jawaun Amos, of Poplar Bluff, has been indicted in federal court for possession of a firearm from a previous incident in 2012.

 

In the indictment, he is being charged with one count of being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

 

In November of 2012, police arrested Atari Jawaun Amos for allegedly firing at a residence on Poplar Street. An officer found four holes in the front of the residence after receiving a report of gunshots being heard. A woman at the residence told officers that she believed Amos was involved.

 

According to Missouri Case Net, Amos is facing charges of armed criminal action, unlawful possession of a firearm, and discharging a firearm from a motor vehicle at a person, motor vehicle, building or habitable structure.

 

 

CHILDREN FOUND ALONE IN APARTMENT FIRE, MOTHER CHARGED

 

A Caruthersville woman is facing charges after her children were discovered alone during a weekend house fire.

 

Authorities say they were called to a fire at the Taven apartments around 10:30 pm Saturday.

 

Once inside officers located two young children in an upstairs bedroom. Officers, later located the mother of the children, 27 year old Tenisha Mullins of Caruthersville. Mullins is facing charges of of Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

 

After receiving medical treatment at the scene, both children were released to family members.

 

 

DRUG TAKE BACK EVENT FOR ALL EXPIRED AND UNUSED MEDICATIONS

 

The Dexter Police Department has set aside Saturday for the designated Drug Take Back Day.

 

The police department is now equipped with a permanent medication drop off box in their lobby.

 

Items that may be dropped off are prescription medications, samples, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, pet medications, creams, ointments, and liquids in leak-proof containers.

 

However, thermometers, syringes, IV bags, bio-waste, aerosols, inhalers, and Epi-Pens are not to be disposed of in the box.

 

 

ROUTE EE IN BUTLER COUNTY CLOSED FOR PAVEMENT REPAIRS

 

A section of Route EE in Butler County will be closed this week for pavement repairs.

 

The affected section of roadway is located from Route 142 to the end of state maintenance. Work will take place today Friday, from 7 am to 3:30 pm daily.

 

 

INTERSTATE 55 IN NEW MADRID COUNTY REDUCED FOR SHOULDER REPAIRS

 

A Section of Interstate 55 in New Madrid County will be reduced to one lane this week for shoulder repairs.

 

The affected section of roadway is located between mile marker’s 50 to 52.  Work will take place today through Thursday, from 7 am to 3 pm daily.

 

 

500 GALLONS OF RECALLED MILK FOR RESIDUAL PHOSPHATASE

 

The Ozark Mountain Creamery of Mountain Grove is voluntarily recalling some of its milk from the marketplace.

 

The State Milk Board, along with the Missouri Department of Agriculture and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, announced Friday that Ozark Mountain Creamery of Mountain Grove, Missouri is voluntarily recalling some of its milk.

 

Test results were positive for high residual phosphatase. The 500 gallons of recalled milk is packaged in one-half gallon, glass bottles and marked with the code ’10/24.’ The milk was bottled October 7, 2013.

 

On the list of recall locations the Farmhand Supply in Bernie was included.

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NORTHEAST ARKANSAS MAN KILLED IN CHICAGO

Police say an Arkansas man was shot dead in Chicago by a man he stopped to ask for directions.

The shooting occurred early Thursday. The Cook County medical examiner identified the victim as 55-year-old Robert Franklin of Blytheville.

Police spokesman Officer Jose Estrada says the man Franklin asked for directions climbed in the backseat and robbed Franklin and a friend at gunpoint.

Estrada says the suspect left the car and shot Franklin four times in the back. Franklin’s friend drove him to a hospital around 4 a.m. Franklin was pronounced dead minutes later.
WOMAN KILLED IN SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK NEAR GREENVILLE

An 86 year old woman has died following a single vehicle wreck last night near Greenville.

According to the Highway Patrol, Patricia E. Dunlap, of Greenville, was driving on Route BB when she drove off the road in a curve and hit a culvert.

She was later pronounced dead at a Poplar Bluff hospital.
OZARK NATIONAL SCENIC RIVERWAYS REOPENS

With the partial federal government shutdown over, Ozark National Scenic Riverways has reopened.

Visitors can access public areas and roads immediately while facilities and other public services are brought back online. More information about Ozark National Scenic Riverways is available online at www.nps.gov/ozar.
THREE ARRESTED IN WAYNE COUNTY FOR POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE

Three people were taken into custody yesterday on a felony drug charge.

According to the Highway Patrol, 55 year old Donald W. Sanders, of Williamsville, 47 year old Danny R. Morey, of Poplar Bluff, and 38 year old Merry L. Kern, of Fisk, were arrested shortly before 2:30 pm in Wayne County.

The three men are facing a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance and a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

GREENVILLE RESIDENT FACING FELONY DRUG CHARGES

A Greenville resident is facing felony charges after being arrested yesterday in Wayne County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 36 year old Shawna M. Richardson was arrested on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance within a jail facility, possession of a controlled substance, and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia within a jail facility.

More details about the arrest were not available.
MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID TRAINING COURSE TO BE OFFERED IN POPLAR BLUFF

Are you prepared for what to do when someone you know has a panic attack?

If not, a course is being offered to help you recognize the symptoms of mental health problems, how to help, and then guide the person to professional help.

The Mental Health First Aid training course will be held Thursday, November 7th at First Presbyterian Church from 8 am to 5 pm. The course is being sponsored by the University of Missouri Extension and Southeast Missouri Behavioral Health.

For more information, call 686-8064.
TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR HOWLING AT THE MOON

The Animal Welfare Alliance of Southeast Missouri is presenting the 5th annual Howling at the Moon coming up next month.

The event will be held Friday, November 8th, from 6 to 10 pm at the Westwood Center in Poplar Bluff. There will be live entertainment by ‘Thin Blue Line’ and catering provided by Maya’s.

Tickets are available at Key Drugs, the Greater Poplar Bluff area Chamber of Commerce, and Primetime Rentals. Proceeds from the event will go toward the building of a no kill animal shelter.
OVER 230 THOUSAND MISSOURI KIDS PARTICIPATE IN READING PROGRAMS

The Missouri secretary of state’s office says more than 232,000 children and teens participated in summer reading programs at public libraries this year.

The Missouri State Library coordinates the reading programs. Local libraries determine the duration of their local programs with some starting as early as May and others continuing into September.

Officials plan a science theme for next year’s programs, calling them “Fizz, Boom, Read!” and “Spark a Reaction.” The Missouri State Library is holding workshops in November for school and local library workers involved with the reading programs.

 

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KENNETT MAN KILLED IN HEAD ON COLLISION

One man had died and a second is injured following a head on collision near Kennett.

According to the Highway Patrol, 24 year old Danny Thomas, of Kennett, was reportedly attempting to pass other vehicles, when he struck a vehicle driven by 64 year old Jerry Carnell, also of Kennett.

Thomas was pronounced dead at the scene. Carnell suffered moderate injuries and was taken to an area hospital.
WEST PLAINS MAN DIES AFTER BEING HIT BY TRAIN

Authorities say a man from West Plains died when he was hit by a train yesterday.

The Howell County Sheriff’s office says 33 year old Joseph Langron died early Tuesday in West Plains.

The Ozark Area Network reports Langron was walking on the tracks when he was hit at about 1 am Tuesday.

The sheriff and West Plains police are investigating the death.
NORTHEAST ARKANSAS POLICE OFFICER FACING RAPE CHARGE

A Northeast Arkansas police officer has been charged with rape.

According to KAIT, part-time Tuckerman police officer Steven Slagley was arrested Tuesday on a charge of rape and sexual assault.

The arrest follows an investigation by the Arkansas State Police. Details about the incident that led to the arrest were not available.
PROSECUTOR FINDS POLICE OFFICERS JUSTIFIED IN SHOOTING OF PARAGOULD MAN

Second Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington has announced that two Paragould police officers were justified in the shooting of a man earlier this month.

According to Ellington, 37 year old Timmy Myrick, of Paragould, was shot and killed by two officers on October 3rd. Myrick allegedly was approaching officers with a knife when he was shot.

Myrick died at the scene.
CAUSE STILL UNKNOWN FOR MISSOURI PLASTICS FIRE

The cause is still unknown for a fire that destroyed the building of a Jackson business earlier this month.

An investigation into the October 3rd fire at a Missouri Plastics building has resulted in the cause of the fire being ruled as “Undetermined.”

The investigation, which was done by the Missouri Fire Marshall’s office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives is still open, however, and the ruling could be changed if new information becomes available.
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT BUSINESS SUMMIT TO BE OFFERED AT THE END OF THIS MONTH

The Poplar Bluff Chamber of Commerce will be the site for an Emergency Management Business Summit later this month.

The summit will cover topics on how your business can be prepared in case of an emergency.

The summit will be held from 10 am to noon on Wednesday, October 30th, and is being sponsored by Butler County Emergency Management Agency and the Greater Poplar Bluff Area Chamber of Commerce.

Attendees are asked to RSVP by October 24th. For more information call 573-785-7761.
CHILDREN’S FALL READING PROGRAM UNDERWAY AT POPLAR BLUFF MUNICIPAL LIBRARY

The Fall Children’s Reading Program is underway now at the Poplar Bluff Municipal Library.

Children will earn chances to win for ever four hours they read. Prizes include tickets for upcoming shows at the Tinnin Fine Arts Center. including “the Veleveteen Rabbit,” and “the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.”

The program is open to all Poplar Bluff area children and young adults between the ages of 2 to 18. For more information or to register, stop by the Poplar Bluff Municipal Library on North Main Street or go online to www.poplarbluff.org.
THREE RIVERS COLLEGE TEAMS UP WITH UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

Three Rivers College has entered in an agreement with the University of Missouri to provide Internet connectivity access to community college graduates who enroll in courses and degree programs through Mizzou Online.

Three Rivers College President Dr. Devin Stevenson says the purpose of the agreement is to offer a better chance for Three Rivers graduates to get their bachelor’s degrees, while staying close to home.

As a part of the agreement, TRC agrees to furnish internet connectivity through designated campus computer stations as a free and secure access point for Mizzou Online students.