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JACKSON MAN ARRESTED ON METH CHARGE

 

A Jackson man is facing a felony drug charge for methamphetamine.

 

According to the Highway Patrol, 24 year old Zachary I. Keller, was arrested Thursday morning in Cape Girardeau County on a felony charge of possession of methamphetamine.

 

Keller is also facing two misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

 

EARTHQUAKE RECORDED NEAR WILLIAMSVILLE

 

An earthquake was reported shortly before 10 am Thursday near Williamsville.

 

According to the Center for Earthquake Research and Information, the earthquake had a magnitude of 2.4. The earthquake was located 8 miles east of Williamsville and 14 miles west of Puxico. It had a depth of only one tenth of a mile.

 

 

MOBILE OFFICE SCHEDULED FOR DEXTER

 

Citizens will have the opportunity to speak with staff members of Senator Roy Blunt next week at a Mobile Office in Dexter.

 

Mobile Offices 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 Office will be held at the Bootheel Regional Planning Commission from 1 to 2 pm on Tuesday, March 4th.

 

 

MEETING TO BE HELD NEXT WEEK TO DISCUSS IMPROVEMENTS TO HIGHWAY 51 IN BOLLINGER COUNTY

 

The Missouri Department of Transportation has scheduled a public hearing for Tuesday, March 4th, to discuss improvements to Highway 51 in Bollinger County.

 

The proposed project includes replacing the Highway 51 bridge over Little Whitewater River on a new alignment in an effort to improve safety. In addition, the proposed structure will be six feet wider than the existing bridge.

 

The meeting will be held from 4 to 7 pm at MoDOT’s Maintenance Shed in Patton.

 

 

CAREER AND INTERNSHIP FAIR SCHEDULED FOR NEXT WEEK AT SEMO

 

The Office of Career Services at Southeast Missouri State University is sponsoring an all majors career and internship fair next week.

 

The fair will be held from 10 am to 2 pm on Thursday, March 6th at the Southeast Missouri State University Student Recreation Center – north. Students and alumni of all majors and all class levels are encouraged to attend the event which will feature over 75 employers.

 

More information, including entry requirements, is available at SEMO.edu.

 

 

MARCH TO KICK OFF WITH BOUT OF WINTER WEATHER

 

February is coming to an end today; however it looks like we are not escaping the winter weather just yet.

 

According to a Special Weather Statement issued by the National Weather Service, periods of ice accumulation could be possible Sunday and Sunday night across Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois.

 

Our current forecast shows a chance of freezing rain starting as early as Saturday evening and continuing to early Monday morning when snow will move into the area.

 

Snow showers are expected to continue until about 7 am Monday morning. A Winter Storm Watch is set to go into effect at Midnight, Saturday night and continue to noon Monday.

 

 

LINGUISTIC ERROR COULD CAUSE PROBLEMS IN MISSOURI DRUNKEN DRIVING CASES

 

The legal interpretation of a three-letter word could sink the results of countless alcohol breath tests in drunken driving cases across Missouri.

 

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that several St. Charles County defense lawyers have successfully challenged blood-alcohol level test results over a linguistic error that remained in state regulations for 14 months before it was fixed in late January.

 

State Department of Health and Senior regulations say the machines must be periodically tested at one of three blood-alcohol levels: 0.10 percent, 0.08 percent or 0.04 percent.

 

Before the fix, the rules included the word “and” rather than “or.” Some defense attorneys successfully argued that police had to conduct tests at each of those three levels.

 

The legal limit for blood-alcohol levels for Missouri drivers is 0.08 percent.

 

 

MISSOURI HOUSE COMMITTEE ADVANCES LEGISLATION THAT WOULD BLOCK COMMON CORE

 

A Missouri House committee has advanced legislation that would block the state from implementing new education standards.

 

The measure endorsed Wednesday would prevent schools from using the Common Core Standards, unless the Legislature passes a bill to adopt them. The Missouri State Board of Education voted to adopt the standards in 2010.

 

Sponsoring Republican Representative Kurt Bahr says the new benchmarks for reading, writing and math take important teaching decisions away from local school boards. The bill’s opponents say the new education guidelines help students prepare for college.

 

Missouri students are scheduled to take Common Core-aligned tests this fall. Many other states have also adopted the standards.

 

The measure now heads to the House Rules Committee.

 

 

MISSOURI SENATE APPROVES LIMIT TO GOVERNOR’S BUDGET CUTTING POWERS

 

Missouri governors would be barred from making budget cuts to schools under a proposed constitutional amendment passed by the Senate.

 

The proposal approved Thursday also would prohibit governors from withholding money budgeted to pay public debts.

 

The Senate’s 30 to 2 vote sends the measure to the House. If passed there, the proposed constitutional amendment would go before voters later this year.

 

The Missouri Constitution already prohibits governors from making line-item vetoes to budget bills for public schools or debt. But governors currently can freeze or reduce the budgeted spending for any program.

 

Last year, Governor Jay Nixon temporarily froze part of the money budgeted for public schools while pressing lawmakers to sustain his veto of an income tax cut. He released the money after the veto override attempt failed.

 

 

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TRUMANN POLICE ARREST COUPLE FOR CHILD ABUSE

 

A northeast Arkansas couple is facing child abuse related charges.

 

Authorities say John Hillis has been charged with sexual indecency with a child. Hillis allegedly inappropriately touched himself in front of a young child and showed pornography to the child.

 

Ashley Hillis has been charged with permitting child abuse.  Investigators say the charge was filed against her because the child had informed Ashley about the incidents, and she allowed them to continue.

 

 

CAPE GIRARDEAU WOMAN ARRESTED ON METH CHARGE

 

A Cape Girardeau woman is facing multiple felony charges following her arrest Wednesday in Cape Girardeau County.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 29 year old Lindsay G. Bloodworth was arrested shortly before noon Wednesday on felony charges of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and first degree endangering the welfare of a child.

 

 

SUV HIT BY TRAIN IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS

 

An SUV was hit by a train Wednesday morning in Northeast Arkansas.

 

According to authorities, the wreck occurred on East Northend Avenue in Paragould. The driver of the SUV was taken to a Memphis hospital.

 

 

SPELLING BEE COMING THIS WEEKEND TO THREE RIVERS COLLEGE

 

The Fifth Annual Southeast Missouri Regional Spelling Bee is coming this weekend to Three Rivers College.

 

Forty-four students from across the region will be competing for the chance to advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

 

The spelling bee will be on Saturday at 10 am at the Tinnin Fine Arts Center.

 

Competitors for the Regional Spelling Bee were selected through qualifying competitions held at participating schools throughout the region for students in the first through eighth grades. This year’s competition will feature students from 16 schools across nine counties in Southeast Missouri.

 

 

PBHS STUDENTS TAKE POLAR PLUNGE TO RAISE MONEY FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS

 

Some Poplar Bluff High School students took a chilly swim recently to raise money for a good cause.

 

The Poplar Bluff High School Student Council took the “Polar Plunge” at Lake Boutin in Cape Girardeau earlier this month.

 

Historian Lauren McClure told the School Board last week that they were told before the plunge that “the ice was broken up and removed from the plunging section.”

 

The students jumped into the frigid water to raise money for Special Olympics Missouri.

 

 

TWO WAPPAPELLO LAKE CAMPGROUNDS TO OPEN IN LATE MARCH

 

Campers wishing to get out to Wappapello Lake will be able to use select campgrounds starting in late March.

 

According to the United States Corps of Engineers, some Redman Creek East sites will be opening on March 21st. Some sites at the Greenville Campground will be opening a week later on March 28th.

 

Reservations can be made online at recreation.gov or by calling toll free at 1-877-444-6777.

 

 

RIPLEY COUNTY ROAD TO BE CLOSED TODAY

 

Route Y in Ripley County will be closed today as Missouri Department of Transportation crews replace a pipe under the roadway.

 

The work zone will be located one and a half miles north of Highway 160. Work is scheduled to take place today from 8 am to 3 pm.

 

 

CAPE GIRARDEAU SENATOR INTRODUCES RELIGIOUS FREEDOM BILL

 

A Missouri state Senator from Cape Girardeau has introduced a religious freedom bill to the state Senate.

 

Wayne Wallingford introduced SB 916 earlier this week. According to the Kansas City Star, the bill would allow business owners to cite religious beliefs when refusing to provide service to individuals.

 

In a Facebook post, Wallingford says that the bill is simply a measure to improve the Religious Freedom Registration Act by allowing individuals to have access to RFRA protections in private lawsuits, rather than having to sue the state for relief after their rights have been violated.

 

The bill is being compared to others across the US, such as a high profile Arizona bill that gained national attention before it was vetoed by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer Wednesday night.

 

 

NEW BILL SEEKS TO SPEED SOME EXECUTIONS

 

A Missouri Republican is proposing legislation intended to speed executions of those who kidnapped their murder victims.

 

The legislation would limit extensions for appeals, and the Missouri Supreme Court would need to hear arguments in a case within six months of submission of the last written argument. The high court would have another six months to issue its decision.

 

The measure also would require the court to issue a warrant to carry out the execution no more than 10 days after the defendant’s state and federal appeals have ended.

 

 

MISSOURI HOUSE HEARS TESTIMONY ON EXPERIMENTAL MEDICATIONS

 

A Missouri lawmaker with a seriously ill daughter is encouraging colleagues to pass legislation that could make it easier for patients to gain access to experimental medications.

 

A House committee heard testimony Wednesday on legislation by Representative Jim Neely that would let drug manufacturers give or sell medicines still in the investigational stages to patients.

 

Neely says many terminally ill patients are willing to try medicines that don’t have approval from the federal Food and Drug Administration. But he says access is limited to those medications.

 

Neely is a Cameron physician whose 40-year-old daughter is dealing with colon cancer and liver failure. He says the legislation may be too late for his own family but could help others.

 

Several parents whose children have had serious illnesses testified for the bill.

 

 

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE LIMITS ENDORSED BY MISSOURI HOUSE

 

The Missouri House has endorsed legislation attempting to reinstate limits on the amount of money people can receive from medical malpractice lawsuits.

 

The bill given initial approval Wednesday seeks to re-impose a $350,000 cap on noneconomic damages in medical practice cases.

 

The state Supreme Court struck down the limit in 2012, ruling that it violated a right to a jury trial that it said had been embedded in the Missouri Constitution since in 1820.

 

The legislation seeks to get around that ruling by declaring that medical practice claims are not covered through common law in place at the time the constitution was adopted. The bill would instead subject medical malpractice claims to state law.

 

The House passed a similar measure last year, but it stalled in the Senate.

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DEXTER MAN CONVICTED ON CHILD MOLESTATION CHARGE
A Dexter man was convicted Tuesday on a child molestation charge.

According to Stoddard County Prosecuting Attorney Russell Oliver, Jessie Mann was found guilty on a charge of 1st degree child molestation. The charge was in connection to an alleged incident involving a then 3 year old child in 2011.

Mann’s sentencing was set for April 14th. He faces 5 to 15 years in prison and mandatory life-time supervision.
PARAGOULD MAN SENTENCED TO 17 YEARS IN PRISON ON CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGE
A Paragould man has pled guilty to child pornography charges.

According to Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington, 33 year old Clint Everett Fields pled guilty on Tuesday to four counts of distributing, possessing or viewing matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving children.

While executing a search warrant in April of 2013, authorities reportedly found numerous videos of child pornography on a computer Fields was using.

Fields was sentenced to 17 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections to be followed by 15 years suspended imposition of sentence.
POPLAR BLUFF MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO GUN CHARGE
A Poplar Bluff man faces up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to a gun related charge.

According to the United States Attorney’s Office, 31 year old Artari J. Amos pled guilty on Monday to one count of being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

Police reportedly found a firearm with Amos DNA on it while investigating a report of shots being fired in 2012.

Amos’s sentencing is scheduled for May 27th. He faces a maximum punishment of ten years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.
TWO CHARLESTON MEN SENTENCED ON FEDERAL GUN CHARGES
Two Charleston men have been sentenced on separate unrelated indictments for their distribution of heroin in Mississippi County.

According to the United States Attorney’s Office, Adrian Lewis was sentenced to seven years in prison and Melvin Quinn was sentenced to six years in prison on Monday.

Both men pled guilty last December to use of a communication facility in furtherance of a drug crime.
POPLAR BLUFF FIFTH AND SIXTH GRADERS VOW TO TAKE PLEDGE AGAINST BULLYING
Fifth and Sixth graders in Poplar Bluff vowed to take a pledge against bullying last week during a rally at the 5th and 6th grade center.

Kirk Smalley of the international anti-bullying movement spoke with the students on Friday, February 21st, about how bullying destroys lives. The Oklahoma man’s tragic story was featured in the critically acclaimed documentary “Bully.”

Poplar Bluff Schools’ Human Heroes Chapter of Stand for the Silent is expanding to the 5th & 6th Grade Center after previously being established at the Junior and Senior high during the 2011/2012 school year.
PARAGOULD TEENAGER REPORTED MISSING
A Paragould teenager has reportedly been missing since last week.

According to KAIT, 15 year old Mariah Fraine has been missing after last being seen on Friday at Paragould Cinema 8.

Another teenager who had been missing since last Thursday, Morgan Price, of Ravenden Springs, reportedly turned herself in to Paragould police Tuesday night.
ABSENTEE VOTING BEGINS FOR UPCOMING MUNICIPAL ELECTION
Absentee voting has begun for the upcoming general municipal election.

According to the Butler County Clerk website, the election will be held on April 8th and the last day to register to vote is March 12th.

If you want to vote absentee, the final day to request an absentee ballot to be sent in the mail is April 2nd. The last day for citizens to vote absentee is April 7th.
ACLU FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST KELSO POLICE CHIEF
A Cape Girardeau man is suing a southeast Missouri police chief who obtained a protection order after the man posted an online video of his arrest for disturbing the peace.

Jordan Klaffer was arrested by Kelso Police Chief Jerry Bledsoe in May 2013 after neighbors complained that he was firing his gun outside his family’s home. Klaffer was charged after he declined to turn over his guns to Bledsoe.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Bledsoe on Klaffer’s behalf. The federal suit claims the protection order violated the free speech rights of Klaffer, who subsequently removed the video and social media postings critical of his arrest.
NEW BILL COULD CHANGE SOME FOOD PREPARATION REGULATIONS
Nonprofit organizations could prepare food in private homes to serve at public charitable events under legislation endorsed by the Missouri Senate.

Current law requires such food must be prepared in a kitchen regulated by state health authorities. But the measure given first-round approval Monday would allow nonprofit groups to forgo that requirement if they notify people at the event.

The bill would not apply to events in St. Charles, Jefferson and St. Louis Counties, as well as St. Louis City.

The legislation needs one more vote before moving to the House.

 

MISSOURI PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY COULD BE HELD LATER IN THE YEAR
A Missouri House panel has endorsed legislation that would move the state’s presidential primary to March 15th.

The primary is currently scheduled for February but sponsoring Rep. Tony Dugger says keeping that date could cause Missouri to lose delegates at the 2016 national party conventions.

Dugger, a Hartville Republican, says moving the date would avoid a repeat of 2012, when the state held a non-binding presidential primary. Faced with losing delegates, state Republican officials decided that year to select convention representatives with a caucus system held after the election.

National party rules allow only certain states to hold contests before the March 15th date.

The House Elections Committee voted 10 to 0 on Tuesday to adopt the legislation. It now heads to the Rules Committee.

 

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BOY REPORTEDLY FOUND FACE DOWN IN CREEK IN CARTER COUNTY

 

A two year old boy was reportedly found face down and not breathing in a Carter County creek.

 

The boy was found yesterday in a creek near Ellsinore. According to KFVS, he has been taken to a St. Louis hospital and Sheriff Richard Stephens said the boy was still alive last night.

 

An investigation into the incident is underway; however the sheriff says it appears to be accidental.

 

 

MORLEY MAN ARRESTED ON CHILD MOLESTATION CHARGES

 

A Morley man was taken into custody recently on child molestation charges.

 

According to the Scott County Sheriff’s Office, 39 year old Eddie S. Hamblin was arrested on Friday following an investigation of an alleged sexual assault.

 

Hamblin has been charged with one count of first degree statutory sodomy and two counts of first degree child molestation.

 

 

CAPE POLICE SEARCHING FOR UNKNOWN MAN WHO APPROACHED CHILD

 

Officers in Cape Girardeau are looking for a man who they say approached and tried to pick up a child last week.

 

Authorities say the incident happened last Thursday afternoon near Franklin Elementary School.  Cape Girardeau Police Officer Darin Hickey says the student told investigators that a white van had pulled up near the student and that the driver, a white male, said he was going to turn the van around to pick the child up.

 

Hickey says the child continued walking and that when the driver turned the van around, got out and approached the child, the child ran to the school.  The driver then left the scene.

 

Authorities say they are not treating the incident as an attempted abduction, as the man made no attempt to grab the child. However, they do say the case is being treated as a suspicious person.

 

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call 573-335-6621.

 

PIEDMONT MAN ARRESTED ON MULTIPLE FELONY MARIJUANA CHARGES

 

A Piedmont man is facing multiple felony drug charges following his arrest Monday night in Wayne County.

 

According to the Highway Patrol, 53 year old Ira R. Zamzow was arrested on felony charges of manufacturing a controlled substance, marijuana; and attempt to distribute a controlled substance, marijuana.

 

Zamzow is also facing a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

 

AREA SHERIFF WARNING OF SCAMMERS CLAIMING TO BE FROM PUBLISHERS CLEARING HOUSE

 

An area sheriff is warning citizens to be on the lookout for a phone scam involving people claiming they are from Publisher’s Clearing House.

 

Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence says the scammers will state that the individual has won large sums of money.

 

The scammers direct the individuals to purchase a gift card in the amount of $500 from a discount store and provide them with the numbers from the card.  They may also ask individuals to meet them with $500 cash.

 

The scammers claim the money is to cover travel and other related expenses in delivering the prize. The website for Publisher’s Clearing House states that they never notify winners by phone or email and that one never has to pay money to receive the prize.

 

 

THREE RIVERS IN THE TOP 20 NURSING PROGRAMS FOR MISSOURI AND KANSAS

 

Ingram’s Magazine has included Three Rivers College in their list of the top nursing programs in Missouri and Kansas.

 

Three Rivers College was in the Top 20 according to a release from the college. Among the top 20, Three Rivers is the only institution listed with accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing and Three Rivers’ Nursing program also has the lowest in-state tuition.

 

Three Rivers is still accepting applications for its Fall 2014 day and evening nursing classes in Poplar Bluff. The application deadline is March 1st. For more information, call 573-840-9680.

 

 

REVISED TAX BRACKETS GETS FIRST APPROVAL FROM MISSOURI HOUSE

 

Missouri House members have endorsed the first change in Missouri’s income tax brackets since the Great Depression.

 

A bill given initial approval Monday would require Missouri’s tax brackets to be adjusted annually for inflation starting in 2015.

 

Although the tax rates have changed over time, Missouri’s top income tax bracket has been set at $9,000 since 1931. That means all income over that amount is taxed at the same 6 percent rate.

 

Republican House member Paul Curtman, of Pacific, is sponsoring the tax-bracket legislation. He says that while $9,000 may have been a decent income during the Great Depression, it now falls below the poverty level.

 

Legislative researchers estimate the tax-bracket adjustment could reduce state tax revenues by $26 million when it’s fully in effect.

 

 

LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST MISSOURI NATIONAL GUARD

 

U.S. attorneys have filed a lawsuit against the Missouri National Guard alleging it shortchanges civilian employees when they are called to active duty.

 

The lawsuit announced Monday says the Missouri National Guard has been requiring civilian employees to resign before allowing them to go on active duty.

 

The lawsuit says that effectively denies the employees 15 days of annual paid military leave that they are entitled to under federal law. The civilian employees could receive the benefits if they were allowed to take a leave of absence or go on furlough for active duty.

 

U.S. attorneys are asking a judge to retroactively order benefits for the employees.

 

A Missouri National Guard spokeswoman referred questions to the state attorney general’s office, which had no immediate comment.

 

 

CANDIDATES CAN START FILING FOR OFFICE TODAY

 

Candidates for Congress and state offices are lining up at the secretary of state’s office to file for the 2014 elections.

 

Filing opens today and runs until March 25th. Candidates showing up today will participate in a random drawing to determine whose name shows up first on the August primary ballot.

 

All 163 state House seats are up for re-election, as well as 17 Senate seats. The Republicans currently hold 108 seats in the House and have 24 of the Senate’s 34 spots.

 

The state auditor’s race is the only statewide contest on the ballot.

 

All eight of Missouri’s U.S. House members also face re-election.

 

Filing occurs at the secretary of state’s office, located a couple of blocks west of the Capitol building.

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SCOTT CITY TEENAGER DIES FROM INJURIES RECEIVED IN ATV WRECK

 

A Scott City teenager has died from injuries he received in an
ATV wreck.

 

According to the Highway Patrol, 17 year old Dominic Hooper was involved in an ATV wreck Friday afternoon near Scott City. Hooper was taken to an area hospital where he later died on Sunday.

 

 

MAN ARRESTED BY KENNETT POLICE ON ATTEMPTED STATUTORY SODOMY CHARGE

 

A man has been taken into custody by Kennett authorities on an attempted statutory sodomy charge.

 

According to the Daily Dunklin Democrat, 35 year old Roger Neal Howton, of Kennett, is facing a charge of second degree attempted statutory sodomy.

 

Howton allegedly used Facebook to meet a female juvenile and engage in a sexual act. However, the juvenile was in fact a Kennett Police Officer and Howton was arrested at the location where they agreed to meet.

 

 

KENNETT MAN CONVICTED ON FORCIBLE RAPE CHARGE

 

A Kennett man has been convicted on multiple charges including forcible rape.

 

Following a two day trial, James Jarrett was reportedly found guilty on two counts of statutory sodomy, along with a charge of forcible rape.

 

According to KFVS, the charges were from the sexual assaults of three children, ages 12 to 17, in 2010.

 

 

ADDITIONAL CHARGES FILED AGAINST FORMER OSCEOLA TEACHER

 

Additional charges have been filed against a former Osceola High School teacher who is accused of inappropriate sexual conduct with male students.

 

According to prosecuting attorney Scott Ellington, 28 year old Jacqueline Nicole Winberry, of Paragould, is now facing three counts of transportation of minors for prohibited sexual conduct, in addition to the original four counts of first degree sexual assault.

 

Winberry was arrested on January 16th following a joint investigation between the Arkansas State Police, Osceola Police Department, and the Arkansas State Police Crimes Against Children Division.

 

The investigation began after the Child Abuse Hotline received a report that Winberry had engaged in sexual contact with at least one male student.

 

 

HARVIELL MAN FACING DRUG CHARGE

 

A Harviell man is facing a drug charge following his arrest on Friday.

 

According to an arrest report from the Highway Patrol, 52 year old Randall A. Ball was arrested shortly after 5 pm Friday afternoon in Ripley County.

 

Ball is facing charges of driving while intoxicated; failure to drive on right half of roadway; and felony possession of a controlled substance, Alprazolam.

 

 

COCAINE AND DRUG TRAFFICKING ARREST MADE IN NEW MADRID COUNTY

 

Authorities took an Illinois man into custody Friday on multiple drug related charges.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 46 year old Casey A. Townsend, of Springfield, Illinois, was arrested Friday afternoon in New Madrid County on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance, cocaine; possession of a controlled substance, marijuana; and second degree drug trafficking.

 

 

TRUMANN MAN SENTENCED IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ATTACK

 

A Trumann man has been sentenced to five years’ probation after pleading guilty to attacking three students at an elementary school in Caraway, Arkansas in 2012.

 

The Jonesboro Sun reports that 49 year old Michael Wayne Stayton was sentenced Friday after Stayton pleaded guilty to three counts of battery. Stayton was also ordered to undergo alcohol and drug rehabilitation and to have no contact with the victims.

 

Stayton was arrested September 18th, 2012, after allegedly walking into a classroom at Riverside East Elementary and attacking the 8, 9, and 10 year old students because one had reportedly been “mean” to his daughter.

 

Stayton’s attorney said Stayton considered the incident to be horseplay. Stayton said after the hearing that he “just wanted to get it over with.”

 

 

TWO INJURED IN WRECK INVOLVING A FIRE TRUCK

 

Two people were injured Saturday in a wreck involving a fire truck.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the fire truck had its emergency lights and siren activated and was operating as an emergency vehicle when it traveled through the intersection of Missouri Highway 34 and Cape Girardeau County Road 349 and struck another vehicle.

 

The driver of the fire truck suffered minor injuries, while driver of the other vehicle had moderate injuries.

 

 

COPPER WIRE THEFT SUMMIT TO BE HELD AT BROSELEY NUTRITION CENTER.

 

Butler County Sheriff Mark Dobbs will be holding a Copper Wire Theft Summit Wednesday in Broseley.

 

The summit will begin at 3 pm Wednesday and will cover new technology that farmers can use to combat wire theft. The summit will be held at the Broseley Nutrition Center

 

 

EARTHQUAKE REPORTED TWO MILES FROM CARUTHERSVILLE

 

An earthquake was recorded Saturday morning near Caruthersville.

 

According to the Center for Earthquake Research and Information, a magnitude 2.5 earthquake occurred at 8:43 am Saturday, two miles south of Caruthersville.

 

The earthquake had a depth of just over five miles.

 

 

TWENTY-FOUR THOUSAND NEW JOBS PROJECTED IF MISSOURI EXPANDS MEDICAID

 

State officials are projecting that 24,000 new jobs would be created if Missouri chooses to expand its Medicaid program.

 

The Department of Economic Development said Friday that raising the program’s eligibility to levels called for by the federal health care law would bring $9.9 billion in new wages to the state.

 

Governor Jay Nixon has asked lawmakers to expand the program to include adults earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level – a little less than $33,000 annually for a family of four. Nixon’s administration estimates that 300,000 Missourians could join the program under those levels.

 

The Republican-led Legislature has repeatedly rejected expanding the program and argued the state couldn’t afford it. But a Republican House member introduced legislation this week that would partially expand the program.

 

 

HEAVY SNOWS CAUSING MINIMAL RISK OF FLOODING IN MIDWEST

 

Despite the snow still covering the upper Midwest, National Weather Service experts are optimistic that spring flooding will be minimal in the nation’s Heartland.

 

Several Midwestern branch offices of the National Weather Service released spring flood outlook reports late Thursday.

 

None project significant flooding on all waterways, and the risk of even minor flooding is below normal in many places.

 

That’s a bit of a surprise considering how snowy the winter has been. Parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa still have up to 3 feet of snow on the ground.

 

National Weather Service hydrologist Mark Fuchs in suburban St. Louis says the snowfall has been offset by unusually low river levels and drought. He says when the snow melts, much of it is expected to soak into the parched ground.

 

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BODIES OF MISSING REYNOLDS COUNTY COUPLE FOUND

 

The bodies of a missing Reynolds County couple have been found.

 

Authorities say crews found the bodies of 54 year old William Talley and 47 year old Jordy Wagner with the assistance of search dogs early yesterday morning.

 

Talley and Wagner were last seen February 1st leaving a bank in Piedmont. The couple’s vehicle was found Wednesday approximately three miles from their home in Reynolds County.

 

A cause of death has not yet been determined.

 

 

TWO TRAILER HOUSES REPORTEDLY BLOWN OVER IN PEMISCOT COUNTY

 

Yesterday’s severe weather left three people trapped after two trailer homes were blown over in Pemiscot County.  Authorities say the three people were taken to an area hospital for treatment.

 

There was also a report of a roof being blown off of a home.

 

A National Weather Service storm report lists quarter and dime sized hail being observed as well in Southeast Missouri.

 

 

BERNIE MAN ARRESTED ON FELONY DRUG CHARGES

 

A Bernie man is facing multiple felony drug related charges following his arrest early Thursday morning in Stoddard County.

 

According to the Highway Patrol, 55 year old Dale D. Morgan was taken into custody shortly after 3:30 am Thursday on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

 

CHILI COOK OFF IS THIS WEEKEND

 

Chili lovers will want to check out a free event this weekend in Poplar Bluff.

 

The Mason Dixon Chili Society Chili Cook Off is scheduled for Saturday from 11 am to 2 pm at the Black River Coliseum. The event is free and open to the public. Donations and proceeds from the event will go the United Gospel Rescue Mission.

 

 

HIGH SCHOOL EQUIVALENCE TEST TO BE HELD IN CARUTHERSVILLE

 

A High School Equivalence test has been scheduled for early next month in Caruthersville.

 

The HiSET High School Equivalence test, hosted by Three Rivers College, will be administered at the Caruthersville High School on Saturday, March 8th, from 8 am until 4 pm. The registration period for the test closes on March 4th.

 

The HiSET has replaced the GED test and covers writing, essay, math, science, social studies and reading. Those interested in taking the exam should go to hiset.ets.org to register, pay and schedule the test.

 

 

JONESBORO TEACHER RECEIVES MILKEN EDUCATOR AWARD

 

A Jonesboro teacher was surprised at Douglas MacArthur Junior High when she learned she had received a national award.

 

A special assembly was held at the school to honor English and Language Arts teacher Erin Hodges for receiving the Milken Educator Award.

 

According to the award’s website, the Milken Educator Awards program rewards and inspires excellence in the world of education by honoring top educators around the country with $25,000 unrestricted awards.

 

 

PRESCRIBED BURNS PLANNED FOR OZARK RIVERWAYS

 

Officials at Ozark National Scenic Riverways are preparing for several prescribed burns to be conducted this spring.

 

Operations will continue as usual during the burns, however public, foot and vehicle travel in or near the prescribed fire operations may be restricted.

 

Over 3500 acres of land is set to be included in the burns which will take place between late-February and mid-April.

 

 

MISSOURI LEGAL POT SUPPORTERS TO DELAY CAMPAIGN

 

A group that hoped to put a marijuana legalization proposal on Missouri’s November ballot instead plans to postpone its efforts until the 2016 presidential election.

 

Show Me Cannabis organizers say an internal survey shows that just 45 percent of likely voters support legal pot, with 51 percent opposed. The group had submitted 10 different legalization proposals to the Missouri secretary of state’s office but hoped for voter approval ratings of at least 60 percent.

 

Executive director John Payne says the cannabis group plans to focus its immediate efforts on proposed legislation reducing Missouri’s criminal penalties for marijuana possession. He’s also concerned that voter turnout could be low in November, when the job of state auditor is the only statewide office on the ballot.

 

 

MISSOURI SENATE PASSES RESOLUTION ON SCENIC RIVERWAYS

 

Missouri senators have adopted a resolution asking the state’s congressional delegation to block the federal government’s proposed management plan of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways.

 

The National Park Service is in the midst of changing the management plan for the park along the spring-fed Current and Jacks Fork rivers. The system’s preferred option would close 65 miles of undesignated horse trails and unauthorized stream crossings, and add restrictions on the use of motorized boats.

 

The resolution asks the park system to leave the current plan in place, work with the Missouri Conservation Department or relinquish control of the park to state officials.

 

The measure was adopted on a 23 to 8 vote on Thursday and now heads to the House.

 

 

MISSOURI FINDS NEW EXECUTION DRUG SUPPLIER

 

Court documents filed on behalf of Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster show that the state has found a new supplier of its execution drug, less than a week before convicted killer Michael Taylor is scheduled to be put to death.

 

A Tulsa, Oklahoma based compounding pharmacy reached a settlement Monday in a suit filed by Taylor and agreed that it won’t provide pentobarbital for the execution scheduled for Wednesday.

 

Koster’s office said in a Wednesday filing with U.S. District Court in Kansas City that Missouri has arranged for a different pharmacy to provide pentobarbital. That pharmacy is not named.

 

Attorneys for Taylor responded in a filing on Thursday that it would violate Taylor’s constitutional rights to execute him without an opportunity to check the background of the new pharmacy.

 

 

MISSOURI SENATE TO TAKE UP GUN NULLIFICATION BILL

 

Missouri senators are expected to pass legislation that would send federal agents to jail for enforcing some federal gun laws.

 

The measure on the Senate’s Thursday calendar provides for any federal law considered by the state to infringe on gun rights to be declared null and void in Missouri. Federal agents enforcing those laws could face up to a year in prison and a $1,000.

 

Courts have consistently ruled that states cannot nullify federal laws. But supporters argue the measure is necessary to protect law-abiding gun owners from intrusive federal regulations. Opponents say it wouldn’t survive a court challenge.

 

Earlier this week, the Senate stripped a provision requiring gun thefts to be reported within 72 hours.

 

Senate approval of the bill would send it to the House.

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ABDUCTED SIKESTON CHILDREN FOUND

 

Two children who were abducted Tuesday from a Sikeston home have been found.

 

Authorities with the Scott County Sheriff’s Department say 6 year old Paige C. Cullen and 4 year old Riley Cullen have been located and that they are safe. They say the two children were taken by their biological mother after custody was granted to their biological father.

 

The two children have been returned to their father

 

 

STEEL PLANT ACCIDENT LEAVES ONE DEAD

 

Authorities say a man was killed at a Newport, Arkansas steel plant when a ladle of liquid steel apparently spilled in the facility’s melt shop.

 

Sheriff David Lucas told KAIT on Wednesday that an estimated 38 tons of the liquid steel may have spilled at Arkansas Steel Associates. The man’s name and details of the accident were not immediately released.

 

A plant official did not immediately return a phone call to The Associated Press for further comment.

 

The company’s website says it produces specialty products for the railroad industry.

 

 

MAN STABBED IN THE STOMACH IN JONESBORO

 

A 28 year old man was reportedly stabbed in the stomach yesterday in Jonesboro, Arkansas.

 

According to authorities, the incident occurred Wednesday afternoon and the victim was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

 

Authorities are searching for a suspect in the stabbing.

 

 

MAN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO SHOOTING INCIDENT

 

One man has turned himself in to authorities in connection to a shooting in Jonesboro.

 

According to authorities, 20 year old Kwane’ Hudson, of Jonesboro, is facing charges of first degree battery and simultaneous possession of drugs and a firearm.

 

The charges stem from an incident where 19 year old Casey Lewis was reportedly shot in the leg.

 

 

FORMER ARKANSAS OFFICER CHARGED, ACCUSED OF TAKING DRUGS FROM TAKE BACK BOX

 

A former member of the Arkansas State Police is facing a felony charge after being accused of taking prescription medications from a drug take back box.

 

Authorities say 38 year old Seth M. Higginbottom, of Cave City, has been charged with breaking and entering in connection to the incident.  They say Higginbottom admitted to taking over 50 Oxycodone pills from the box at the Sharp County Sheriff’s office.

 

Higginbottom joined the Arkansas State Police in 2004.  He resigned one day before the charges were filed.

 

 

CAPE GIRARDEAU MAN ARRESTED ON MULTIPLE DRUG CHARGES

 

A Cape Girardeau man has been taken into custody in Cape Girardeau County on multiple drug charges.

 

According to the Highway Patrol, 26 year old Christopher J. Hicksberry was arrested last night on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance, xanex; and attempt to distribute a controlled substance, marijuana.

 

Hicksberry is also facing a charge of failure to drive in a single lane.

 

 

STRONG THUNDERSTORMS POSSIBLE FOR TODAY

 

A Hazardous Weather Outlook issued by the National Weather Service says that there is the possibility for some strong storms today.

 

According to the Outlook, scattered to numerous thunderstorms are expected to develop today across an area which covers Southeast Missouri, Western Kentucky, Southern Illinois, and Southwest Indiana.

 

Storms that develop today could have the potential to become severe, however the severe potential will be greatest from 3 to 8 pm, generally over Western Kentucky.

 

Damaging winds are expected to be the main threat today, and a wind advisory will be in effect from 9 am to 8 pm. A few brief tornados, in addition to flooding, are also possible.

 

 

SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT TO BE HELD NEXT MONTH IN BUTLER COUNTY

 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol tells us that troopers are planning for a sobriety checkpoint to be held next month in Butler County.

 

According to Captain George Ridens, sometime during the month of March, Troop E officers will conduct a sobriety checkpoint and a driving while intoxicated saturation enforcement operation.

 

The checkpoint will be in Butler County, while the DWI saturation will be located in 7 counties including Butler, Stoddard, Dunklin, and Pemiscot.

 

 

INCOME TAX CUTS ENDORSED BY MISSOURI HOUSE

 

The Missouri House has endorsed a pair of tax cut plans that could reduce state revenues by hundreds of millions of dollars annually.

 

The bills given initial approval Wednesday in the Republican-led chamber could set up another showdown with Democratic Governor Jay Nixon, who vetoed an income tax cut bill last year.

 

One of the bills could eventually cut taxes by $700 million annually. It would gradually reduce Missouri’s top individual income tax rate to 5.3 percent from 6 percent and phase in a 50 percent deduction for business income reported on individual tax returns.

 

The other bill includes a similar business income deduction paired with a 50 percent cut in Missouri’s corporate income tax rate. It’s projected by legislative researchers to cost up to $347 million annually.

 

 

GOVERNOR NIXON APPROVES BILL ON FILING PROCEDURES FOR PUBLIC OFFICE

 

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has signed legislation that could give deployed military members and the disabled a chance to be listed first on a ballot if they run for office.

 

Missouri uses a random drawing to determine the ballot order for candidates who file in person on the first day of a filing period.

 

The legislation allows proxies to draw numbers for candidates who cannot be physically present because they are disabled or deployed on active military duty.

 

Nixon signed the bill Wednesday at the secretary of state’s office, where candidates for state offices and Congress will line up next week to begin filing for the August primary election. The legislation takes effect immediately and is the first bill to become law this year.

 

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MISSOURI HOUSE GIVES FIRST APPROVAL TO AMENDMENT GRANTING LEGISLATORS MORE BUDGET POWER

 

 

The Missouri House has given initial approval to a proposed constitutional amendment granting lawmakers a say in the governor’s budget-cutting decisions.

 

The measure endorsed by voice vote Tuesday grew out of legislators’ frustration with Governor Jay Nixon’s decision to block expenditures for some items included by lawmakers in the state budget.

 

The Missouri Constitution gives the governor power to cut spending. But some lawmakers contend Nixon has pushed the limits of that power by restricting spending even when state revenues are running ahead of projections.

 

The new proposal would let lawmakers override gubernatorial spending cuts by a two-thirds vote of the House and Senate.

 

The measure needs a second House vote to go to the Senate. It would appear on the ballot later this year.

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MAN FOUND DEAD IN IRON COUNTY

 

Authorities are investigating the death of a man who was found yesterday outside of Ironton.

 

According to authorities, 43 year old Carl Risher was found dead Monday afternoon. His death is being considered suspicious, and an autopsy has been scheduled for today.

 

 

SEX OFFENDER ARRESTED IN BAXTER COUNTY FOR VIOLATING REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS

 

A sex offender was arrested last week in Northern Arkansas for an alleged violation of the sex offender registration act.

 

According to the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office, they received information that 27 year old Jacob Deal Langston was no longer living in Norfork, where he said he was living when he registered, but was in fact residing east of Mountain Home.

 

Langston was found hiding in a residence on Friday and arrested on a felony charge of failure to register as a sex offender.

 

Langston had been convicted in 2008 in Izard County of sexual assault, robbery and other charges.  Langston had reportedly beaten and sexually assaulted an adult female victim.

 

 

TWO ARRESTED IN CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY ON METH CHARGE

 

Two men were arrested late last night in Cape Girardeau County on a meth charge.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 42 year old Kent L. Volkerding, of Jackson, and 32 year old Ryan W. Glover, of Woodson Terrace, were both arrested shortly before 10:30 pm.

 

They are each facing felony charges of possession of methamphetamine; and possession of drug paraphernalia, methamphetamine.

 

 

DRUG INVESTIGATION LEADS TO THE ARREST OF FOUR PEOPLE IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS

 

Four people were taken into custody last week in northeast Arkansas following a drug investigation.

 

According to authorities, 45 year old Markus Ellison, 41 year old Candice Bennett, and 23 year old Todd Jayce Matthews, all of Walnut Ridge, along with 42 year old Ray Fry, of Imboden were arrested.

 

Bennett has been charged with possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; and possession of drug paraphernalia. Fry is facing a charge of delivery of a controlled substance, prescription drugs. Ellison and Matthews are each facing a charge of delivery of a controlled substance, marijuana.

 

 

$50,000 DONATED TO THREE RIVERS ENDOWMENT TRUST

 

Two Parma residents have donated $50,000 to a new Three Rivers College campus.

 

According to Three Rivers College, Barry and Michelle Aycock have donated $50,000 to the Three Rivers Endowment Trust for Three Rivers College’s Eastern Campus. The campus is currently under construction in Sikeston.

 

 

PRESENTATION ON CYBERSECURITY TO BE HELD TOMORROW AT SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY

 

As a part of National Engineers Week, Southeast Missouri State University will be hosting a presentation on Cybersecurity.

 

The presentation, “Trust Platforms in Digital Commerce,” will be held Wednesday from noon to 1 pm at Rhodes Hall, room 101.

 

The presentation will be given by Dr. Vijay Anand, assistant professor in the Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology. For more information call 573-651-2387.

 

 

PHARMACY AGREES NOT TO PROVIDE DRUG FOR LETHAL INJECTION

 

An Oklahoma pharmacy has agreed not to provide Missouri with a drug for a scheduled execution next week, but it’s unclear whether the decision will delay the lethal injection.

 

Court documents filed late Monday say death row inmate Michael Taylor has reached an agreement in his lawsuit against The Apothecary Shoppe.

 

His attorneys say the Tulsa compounding pharmacy was providing a drug for his February 26th execution that could cause “inhumane pain.” The court documents say the company won’t prepare or provide any drug for the execution.

 

However, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon indicated last week that the state could move forward with the execution even after a judge temporarily blocked the company from providing the drug.

 

A hearing is set for today in the case.

 

 

SIGNATURES BEING SOUGHT FOR PROPOSED EARLY VOTING PERIOD

 

Supporters of a proposed early voting period in Missouri are gathering petition signatures to try to put the issue on the November ballot.

 

Campaign treasurer Matthew Dameron said Monday that organizers are using volunteers and professional petition circulators to collect signatures of registered voters before the May 4th deadline.

 

Dameron is a former chief of staff to Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster. He says Koster has provided political advice to the early voting campaign.

 

The proposed constitutional amendment would let voters cast ballots in person or by mail beginning six weeks before a general election. Current law allows absentee voting only under certain circumstances, such as when people can’t get to the polling place because they will be out of town or are ill or disabled.

 

 

MISSOURI SENATE GIVES INITIAL APPROVAL TO CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT CONCERNING GUN RIGHTS

 

Missouri senators have given preliminary approval to a proposed amendment to the state’s constitution that would increase protections for gun owners.

 

The measure endorsed Monday would go before Missouri voters in November.

 

The amendment would define the right to bear arms as “unalienable” and require the state to defend against any “infringement” of that right. It would also include defending one’s “family” with a firearm as a guaranteed constitutional right.

 

Sponsoring Senator Kurt Schaefer, of Columbia, says the change would ensure that future gun regulations are heavily scrutinized by Missouri’s courts.

 

The amendment would specify that the Legislature could still impose restrictions on gun ownership for convicted violent felons and the mentally ill.

 

The proposal needs one more Senate vote before moving to the House.

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SCOTT CITY MAN KILLED IN SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK

 

A single vehicle wreck Friday afternoon claimed the life of a Scott City man.

 

According to the Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred on County Road 321 in Scott County when a vehicle driven by 76 year old Ronald D. Adams ran off the side of the road and overturned in a creek.

 

Adams was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

 

CHARGES FILED AGAINST MAN IN CAPE GIRARDEAU STABBING

 

Authorities have identified a suspect in connection to a stabbing incident last week in Cape Girardeau.

 

According to the Cape Girardeau Police Department, 42 year old Billy Joe McGee, of Cape Girardeau, has been charged with felony first degree assault and armed criminal action.

 

The victim of the incident was stabbed in the lower chest Thursday night and had serious injuries, however they do not appear to be life threatening. McGee is still at large and anybody who has information on his whereabouts is encouraged to contact their local law enforcement.

 

 

SHOOTING REPORTED IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS

 

One person reportedly has non-life threatening injuries following a shooting incident in Northeast Arkansas.

 

According to KAIT, the shooting occurred in the area of East Poplar and North 7th Avenue in Paragould and allegedly involved neighbors who had gotten into an argument. The identities of those involved have not yet been released.

 

 

TWO ARRESTED ON METH CHARGES IN WAYNE COUNTY

 

Two people were taken into custody on Valentine’s Day in Wayne County on a meth charge.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 47 year old Lennie G. Bailey, of Lowndes, and 38 year old Misty D. James, of Bloomfield, were each arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; and possession of up to 35 grams of marijuana.

 

 

MDHSS LOOKING FOR ORGANIZATIONS TO PARTICIPATE IN SUMMER FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM

 

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is looking for organizations to help feed children this summer through the Summer Food Service Program.

 

The program provides nutritious meals to children under the age of 18 during summer months when school breakfast and lunch programs are not operating. Organizations eligible to participate in the program include schools, faith-based organizations, camps, private nonprofit agencies, and local governments.

 

More information is available online at www.health.mo.gov/sfsp. Applications will be accepted from March 1st through May 15th.

 

 

NORANDA SEEKING 25 PERCENT REDUCTION IN ELECTRIC RATE FOR SMELTER IN NEW MADRID

 

Missouri’s largest consumer of electricity is asking the Missouri Public Service Commission to cut its electric rate, saying Ameren Missouri is overcharging customers.

 

Noranda Aluminum Holding Corp. filed the request Thursday. The request seeks about a 25 percent reduction in the electric rate Ameren charges for power at Noranda’s aluminum smelter in the southeast Missouri town of New Madrid.

 

If approved, rates for other Ameren Missouri customers could rise. Noranda says its request would be expected to increase other consumers’ rates by 1.8 percent or less.

 

Warren Wood, Ameren Missouri’s vice president of legislative and regulatory affairs, says the utility will fight the cuts. He told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Noranda in effect is seeking to pass on the cost of its rate cut to other customers.

 

 

MEETING SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEK TO DISCUSS IMPROVEMENTS TO HIGHWAY 412 IN KENNETT

 

The Missouri Department of Transportation has scheduled a meeting for this week to discuss improvements to Highway 412 in Kennett.

 

The meeting will be held on Thursday, February 20th at South Elementary. The proposed improvements include five-laning Route 412 from Route 84 to Route VV, constructing a roundabout at Route VV and four-laning from Route VV to Routes O and Y.

 

According to project manager Eric Krapf, visitors will be able to stop by the meeting anytime from 4:30 to 7 pm on Thursday to discuss the project.

 

 

COALITION FOR ROADWAY SAFETY OFFERING GRANTS FOR PROJECT PROM OR GRADUATION

 

Grant funding is available to area high schools for Project Prom or Graduation.

 

Selected schools will receive $200 to assist with expenses for location rental, food, entertainment and door prizes from the Southeast Coalition for Roadway Safety.

 

The Southeast Coalition will accept applications from schools within the southeast region until March 7th, with notification of awards on March 14th. Interested schools and/or their sponsors can receive more information by contacting Southeast Coalition Regional Contact Sandra Taurone at (573) 472-5388.

 

 

REVAMP OF MISSOURI CRIMINAL LAWS BEING CONSIDERED BY STATE SENATE

 

Missouri Senate leaders say legislation to revamp the state’s criminal laws could be debated on the floor this week.

 

The bill’s supporters say the current system can be confusing and contains too many specific crimes. The legislation would create new classes of felonies and misdemeanors and combine some offenses into single charges.

 

The criminal code was last revised in 1979, but since then lawmakers have continued to create crimes. Bill supporters say this has led to complexities and, in some instances, uneven punishment.

 

In their push to pass the bill, the measure’s backers also are citing a high number of crimes that are charged only sparingly in a given year.

 

 

TRAFFIC CAMERAS UNDER DISCUSSION BY MISSOURI LEGISLATURE

 

Missouri lawmakers could clear up a legal thicket entangling communities’ red light cameras while also applying the brakes to cameras designed to nab speeders.

 

State approval would be required for speed or red light cameras on state highways, and communities seeking to place them elsewhere would need to follow specific requirements. Speed cameras on local roads would be limited to school zones, work zones and areas where serious traffic accidents are excessive.

 

Legislation endorsed by a House committee also seeks to address recent court cases over red light cameras. Appeals courts have focused on how points are assessed for violations caught by red light cameras.

 

The bill would specify that traffic infractions captured by speed or red light cameras would not lead to points on a motorist’s driving record.