July 31, 2014

RIVER RADIO NEWS 073114

 

MICHIGAN MAN SELECTED AS NEW POPLAR BLUFF CITY MANAGER

 

The city manager position in Poplar Bluff has been filled.

 

Poplar Bluff Mayor Angela Pearson confirms that Heath Kaplan has accepted the vacant Poplar Bluff City Manager position.

 

Kaplan has previously served in government positions in Michigan and Texas. Kaplan’s contract could be signed at an upcoming council meeting on August 4th.

 

 

SUSPECT IN ILLINOIS MURDER ARRESTED IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS

 

A suspect in an Illinois murder has been arrested in Northeast Arkansas.

 

According to authorities, 30 year old Micah Hopkins was taken into custody in Blytheville on Wednesday. Hopkins was wanted in connection to the shooting of a man last month. Two other people were also taken into custody.

 

 

ARKANSAS MAN ARRESTED ON BATTERY CHARGE IN CONNECTION TO INCIDENT INVOLVING A CHILD

 

An Arkansas man is facing a battery charge in connection to injuries suffered by his five year old son.

 

According to the Baxter County Sheriff’s Department, 37 year old David Sutterfield, of rural Mountain Home, was allegedly observed shoving the child and striking him in the face.

 

The boy had bruising on his face and neck. Sutterfield denied causing injury to the child, but the Sheriff’s Department says he gave several different versions of what had caused the injuries.

 

Sutterfield has been charged with second degree battery.

 

 

MAN FACING CHARGES AFTER REPORT OF SHOTS FIRED IN MINER

 

A Miner man is facing charges in connection to shots being fired.

 

According to KFVS, 40 year old Robert Kolwyck was arrested after a shotgun was fired into the air and at a vehicle. Kolwyck reportedly told authorities that the shot fired into the air was an attempt to break up a fight involving his son.

 

Kolwyck is facing charges of armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon, first degree property damage, and third degree assault.

 

 

NEW MADRID WOMAN SENTENCED ON FRAUD CHARGES

 

The former CEO of a southeast Missouri health care health care network has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison for submitting falsified applications for federal grants, and other crimes.

 

The sentence for 56 year old Cheryl Ann White, of New Madrid, was handed down Wednesday in U.S. District Court in St. Louis. She pleaded guilty in April to federal fraud charges.

 

White was chief executive officer of the nonprofit Southeast Missouri Health Network from 2004 to 2013. She falsified five annual reports and as many as 40 federal grant applications to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

 

She also used health center money to pay for a roof on a building she owned, and took kickbacks from a contractor who was awarded a construction contract.

 

 

FIRE REPORTED AT TRAIN NEAR POPLAR BLUFF

 

A fire was occurred on a train near Poplar Bluff Wednesday.

 

The fire was put out on by firefighters on a train three miles east of Poplar Bluff. KFVS is reporting that the fire was caused by an electrical cable.  The train sustained some damage.

 

 

ASU ANNOUNCES CLOSURE OF COMMUNITY OUTREACH CENTER

 

Arkansas State University is closing its decades-old Continuing Education and Community Outreach Center.

 

The Jonesboro Sun reports that Vice Chancellor and Provost Lynita Cooksey announced the closure on Tuesday.

 

She says the university is attempting to streamline operations and reduce duplicated work. She says other departments will absorb the functions of the center and no services will be cut.

 

It’s unclear if the closure will result in layoffs. Cooksey says the nine staff members were offered or reassigned to vacant positions at the university.

 

The center had operated for more than 36 years under different names. It offered online noncredit programs, community education, summer camps and youth programs.

 

 

RAILROAD SAFETY ENFORCEMENT EVENT TO BE HELD TODAY

 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is teaming with law enforcement in Sikeston and Scott County for a railroad crossing safety enforcement event today.

 

The Officer on a Train event will be held from 7:30 to 10:30 am in the Sikeston area. The Highway Patrol says the event is to raise the awareness level for railroad crossing safety and trespass prevention.

July 30, 2014

RIVER RADIO NEWS 073014

 

MAN ARRESTED FOR ATTEMPTING TO LURE CHILDREN INTO HIS VEHICLE

 

An 18 year old man is facing charges after he allegedly attempted to lure children into his vehicle in the Jonesboro area.

 

According to KAIT, Landon Shawn Morris is facing charges of attempted rape, attempted kidnapping, and criminal impersonation.

 

Morris had allegedly separately approached a 15 year old boy and an 11 year old boy and tried to get them to get into his vehicle.

 

Morris was arrested by Jonesboro police and reportedly told investigators that he had posed as an officer when approaching the boys.

 

 

JONESBORO MAN FACING CHARGE FOR STEALING FROM AREA BUSINESS

 

A Jonesboro man is accused of stealing from the place he worked.

 

According to KAIT, Dominque Smith was allegedly caught on camera taking around $1,500 from registers at a Jonesboro business.

 

He reportedly admitted to stealing the money to a Jonesboro officer and is facing a charge of felony theft.

 

 

INFORMATION MEETING SCHEDULED FOR THREE RIVERS NEW YORK THEATRE TRIP

 

Three Rivers College’s Theater Department will hold an informational session for community members interested in joining a New York Theater Trip at 5:30 pm on Thursday, August 21st in the Tinnin Fine Arts Center Auditorium.

 

The four-night trip in June of 2015 will include three theater shows and other activities. The price of the trip includes round-trip airfare, accommodations, and two meals, along with the shows, tours, and attractions.

 

The trip is open to both students and nonstudents. For more information, contact Tim Thompson at 573-840-9648.

 

 

TWIN RIVERS SCHOOL DISTRICT HOLDING STUDENT REGISTRATION THIS WEEK

 

The Twin Rivers R-10 School district is holding registration for new students this week.

 

Parents will be able to register new students through Friday from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm each day.

 

Parents will need to bring their student’s immunization record, 3 proofs of residency in the Twin Rivers School District, birth certificate, and proof of guardianship, if applicable.

 

If you have questions or would like to make an appointment, contact the campus your child will be attending.

 

 

CHECKPOINT TO BE HELD NEXT MONTH IN HOWELL COUNTY

 

Troopers with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, along with local law enforcement, will be participating in a sobriety checkpoint next month.

 

According to Captain Mark G. Inman the checkpoint will be held sometime during the month of August in Howell County.

 

The enforcement operation will be conducted at a location which has been found to experience a higher than normal number of alcohol-related contacts, hazardous driving contacts, and traffic crashes.

 

 

AMEREN MISSOURI LOOKING TO RAISE FEES FOR CUSTOMERS

 

Ameren Missouri is seeking approval to add about $1.50 to customers’ monthly electric bills.

 

The Missouri Public Service Commission says Ameren wants to adjust the monthly fee that compensates the utility for changes in fuel costs at its power plants among other things.

 

The PSC says the proposal would increase the fee on an average residential customer’s electric bill to $5.17 from the current $3.63 a month. It would take effect in October.

 

The proposed fee increase comes as Ameren Missouri already is seeking approval in a separate case to raise its electricity rates. The PSC also is hearing testimony in a case filed by Noranda Aluminum and other consumers alleging that Ameren’s rates should be reduced because it’s earning more than allowed.

 

 

GOVERNOR NIXON IS URGING SCHOOL OFFICIALS TO LOBBY LEGISLATORS AGAINST OVERRIDE OF TAX BREAK VETOS

 

Governor Jay Nixon is urging Missouri school administrators to lobby legislators to uphold his vetoes of various tax breaks.

 

Nixon spoke Tuesday at a conference of school administrators hosted in Columbia by the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

 

He called the 2014 legislative session “the worst six months for public education in recent memory.”

 

The Democratic governor criticized numerous funding and policy decisions by the Republican-led Legislature, especially the passage of several bills granting tax breaks to certain industries such as computer data centers, restaurants and electric companies. Nixon vetoed the bills in June.

 

The Legislature is to meet September 10th to consider overriding those vetoes.

 

Nixon contends the tax breaks could harm funding for education and local services. Republican legislative leaders have questioned Nixon’s projected revenue losses.

 

 

LOTTERY TICKET COULD GO TO BENEFIT VETERANS

 

Proceeds from sales of Missouri Lottery tickets have gone exclusively toward education since 1992. A ballot measure next month would allow veterans to share in some of the take.

 

The proposal on the August 5th ballot calls for establishment of a veterans lottery scratch-off ticket. Net proceeds would go toward improving veterans homes and cemeteries in Missouri.

 

Three states that neighbor Missouri – Kansas, Iowa and Illinois – are already allocating some of their lottery revenue for veterans. Texas and West Virginia are as well.

 

Representative Sheila Solon, a Blue Springs Republican, sponsored the measure. She says it could help fund a new veterans home. Opponents say lottery revenue is unpredictable and funding for veterans should come from general revenues.

 

July 29, 2014

RIVER RADIO NEWS 072914

 

NORDYNE REPORTEDLY SHUTTING DOWN LINES AT POPLAR BLUFF PLANT

 

Nordyne is reportedly in the process of shutting down its Poplar Bluff plant.

 

According to a report from KFVS, employees are losing their jobs as the company closes one line at a time. Last year, Nordyne announced that the plant would be closing, with the jobs moving to a plant in Mexico.

 

The closure will impact around 500 workers in Poplar Bluff.

 

 

CHILD REMOVED FROM RESIDENCE FOLLOWING DOMESTIC INCIDENT

 

A child has been removed from a residence in Caruthersville in connection to an incident Friday afternoon.

 

According to the Caruthersville Police Department, two subjects were taken into custody after police were called to the residence by what was described as a hysterical male requesting an officer.

 

When officers arrived at the residence, a 32 year old female told them she had gotten into a fight with her boyfriend, who had threatened her with a knife. She also told officers that her boyfriend had taken their 10 year old son hostage with a knife in a bedroom.

 

Officers located the bedroom and the 34 year old male subject exited unarmed. The child was located in the bedroom unharmed.

 

The division of Family Services were called to the scene and deemed the residence unfit for the child to stay. The child was placed with a family member.

 

The male and female subjects were taken to the Pemiscot County Justice Center pending the filing of formal charges.

 

 

SIKESTON MAN CHARGED FOR ALLEGEDLY STEALING A FIREARM

 

A Sikeston man was taken into custody Sunday in connection to the alleged theft of a firearm.

 

According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, 27 year old Timothy Achter has been charged with stealing a firearm and stealing less than $500.

 

Achter was arrested following an investigation into a report of a stolen handgun and cell phone. Sheriff Walter says that the cell phone has been recovered and investigators are following leads on the stolen firearm.

 

 

CHARLESTON MAN ARRESTED ON FELONY DRUG CHARGE

 

A Charleston man is facing multiple charges in connection to his arrest Sunday night.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 23 year old Jonathan McCatrey was arrested shortly after 11 pm Sunday night in Cape Girardeau County.

 

McCatrey is facing felony charges of possession with intent to distribute, marijuana; receiving stolen property; and unlawful use of a weapon.

 

 

SHOWS ANNOUNCED FOR NEW CENTER STAGE SEASON

 

The acts have been announced for the 2014-2015 Center Stage season at the Tinnin Fine Arts Center on the Three Rivers campus in Poplar Bluff.

 

The season will open with performances of the drama “Marvin’s Room” in late September. In early November, the company will perform Neil Simon’s comedy “The Good Doctor.”

 

2015 will bring performances of “Doubt: A Parable,” “Oklahoma!,” “A Raisin in the Sun,” and “Nunsense” to Poplar Bluff.

 

For more information, including exact dates for the shows and audition information, go online to trcc.edu.

 

 

MODOT TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARING FOR IMPROVEMENTS IN CARTER COUNTY

 

The Missouri Department of Transportation has scheduled a public hearing for early August to discuss proposed improvements to Route M in Carter County.

 

The hearing will be held from 4 to 6 pm on Thursday, August 7th at the Carter County Courthouse in Van Buren.

 

Visitors can stop by anytime between 4 and 6 pm to discuss the project, which includes widening curves, replacing the one-lane bridge over Pike Creek with a 2-lane structure and adding paved shoulders from Route 60 to the end of state maintenance.

 

 

TWO PROPOSED AMENDMENTS CAUSING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO BE SPENT BEFORE NEXT WEEKS VOTE

 

Two proposals on Missouri’s August ballot are attracting millions of dollars of campaign spending.

 

Finance reports filed Monday show supporters of a transportation tax already have spent $2.5 million and have nearly $1.7 million available for their final push.

 

By contrast, opponents of the three-quarters-cent sales tax have spent just a little over $22,000.

 

A proposal creating a constitutional right to farm has spawned a somewhat closer financial battle.

 

Missouri Farmers Care has spent nearly $800,000 in support of the August 5 ballot proposal while Missouri’s Food for America has spent more than $400,000 opposing it.

 

Supporters have drawn significant contributions from agricultural groups such as the state soybean, pork and corn associations.

 

Most of the opposition money has come from the Humane Society of the United States.

 

 

MISSOURIANS TO VOTE ON ELECTRONIC PRIVACY AMENDMENT NEXT WEEK

 

The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects people from unreasonable searches and seizures. A proposed Missouri constitutional amendment would explicitly extend those legal protections to text messages, emails and other electronic communications.

 

The Amendment 9 ballot measure would require police to first obtain a warrant in order to search or seize “electronic communications and data.” Supporters say the legal protection is needed despite a recent federal Supreme Court ruling that upheld privacy protections against police cellphone searches.

 

Legislators who referred the measure to the August 5 ballot say a state constitutional provision could help guard against excessive government intrusion, such as the recent National Security Agency eavesdropping scandal. The amendment also has the support of the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri.

 

July 28, 2014

VEHICLE STRIKES AND KILLS THREE YEAR OLD IN SIKESTON
A young child has died after getting hit by a vehicle in Sikeston.

According to authorities, a three year old was struck by a vehicle Friday night at around 9:15 pm. The child had reportedly run in front of a vehicle while attempting to cross a road.

The child later died from injuries sustained in the accident.

According to Captain James McMillen, a witness at the scene said it appeared the driver did everything he could to avoid the child but there was simply no time to react. Sikeston DPS says that there are no indications that the driver was impaired.
BERRYVILLE MAN HIT BY VEHICLE IN SHARP COUNTY
A Berryville, Arkansas man was struck by a vehicle and killed Thursday night in Sharp County.

According to the Arkansas State Police, 41 year old Mickey Ray Williams was walking from a parking lot onto Highway 63 when he was hit by a vehicle, causing fatal injuries.

The incident occurred at 11:41 pm Thursday night.
PARAGOULD MAN ARRESTED ON POSSESSION OF AN EXPLOSIVE DEVICE CHARGE
A Paragould man has been charged with possession of an explosive device.

According to the Kennett Police Department, Daniel A. Freytag was arrested at 11:30 pm Friday night. Additional details about the arrest or the explosive device were not available.
TEXAS MAN ARRESTED FOR ALLEGED POSSESSION OF METH IN SHANNON COUNTY
A Texas man is facing a meth charge in connection to his arrest Saturday night.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 40 year old Shawn G. Hitchcock, of Beaumont, Texas, was arrested at 7 pm Saturday night in Shannon County.

Hitchcock is facing charges of felony possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
FOUR MINORS INJURED IN CRASH INVOLVING A VEHICLE DRIVEN BY A 14 YEAR OLD
Four teenagers were injured Saturday afternoon in a wreck in Pemiscot County.

According to the Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by a 14 year old male overturned after running off the road and hitting a ditch near Steele.

The driver and three passengers were all wearing a safety device and suffered minor injuries. They were all taken to a Hayti hospital.
STAFF MEMBERS OF SENATOR BLUNT TO HOLD MOBILE OFFICE THIS WEEK IN POPLAR BLUFF
A Mobile Office is scheduled to be held this week in Poplar Bluff.

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt’s staff will host a Mobile Office on Tuesday from 9 am to 10 am at the Mark Twain National Forest Service Office.

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.
POPLAR BLUFF TRAFFIC SIGNAL TO BE OFF FOR PART OF THIS WEEK
A traffic signal in Poplar Bluff will be off for part of this week.

According to the Daily American Republic, the Oak Grove Road Signal lights will be off for three days, starting Tuesday. The lights are located in front of the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center.

While the lights are not operational, portable four way stop signs will be used.
VISION AND DENTAL INSURANCE ESTIMATED TO COST OVER $40 MILLION DOLLARS ACCORDING TO ARKANSAS STUDY
A report says that adding dental and vision coverage to Arkansas’ compromise Medicaid expansion would cost nearly $43 million, but officials say they’re not looking at adding on to the program.

A report commissioned by the state Insurance Department projected that adding the coverage to the state’s “private option” would cost about $20 a month per person in the program. More than 176,000 people are enrolled in the private option, which is using federal funds to purchase private insurance for the poor.

The program was approved last year as an alternative to expanding Medicaid under the federal health law. One of the insurance companies participating in the program had been offering the dental and vision coverage, but that coverage will end in 2015.

July 25, 2014

ONE DEAD FOLLOWING CARUTHERSVILLE HOUSE FIRE
One person has died following a fire Wednesday at a home in Pemiscot County.

According to authorities, Caruthersville mayor Rick Davis died in the fire Wednesday night at his home.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but authorities believe it to be accidental.
UNION PACIFIC TRAIN DERAILS IN STODDARD COUNTY
Multiple freight cars on a Union Pacific train derailed early Thursday morning.

14 cars derailed shortly after 3 am Thursday morning in Stoddard County near County Road 717.

According to the Dexter Daily Statesman, there were no injuries due to the derailment and no hazardous material was spilled.
MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO FRAUD CHARGES
A St. Louis area man has pleaded guilty to fraud charges in connection to property in Southeast Missouri.

According to the United States Attorney’s Office, Ronald Roberts, of Town and Country, pled guilty to three felony counts of wire fraud and one felony count of mail fraud.

Roberts had allegedly solicited personal loans for a fictitious real estate transaction involving property in or around Poplar Bluff, which Roberts claimed he owned and planned to sell to Wal-Mart. Roberts had actually owned less than 10 acres of property in Neelyville.

Wal-Mart had not made any offer to purchase that property, according to the Attorney’s Office. His sentencing was set for October 16th.
SCOTT CITY MAN TASED AFTER ATTEMPTING TO FLEE FROM AUTHORITIES
A Scott City man is facing multiple charges following an alleged domestic assault incident.

According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, 25 year old Marcus Allen Bowers was arrested Wednesday on charges of domestic assault, resisting or interfering with arrest, and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

A deputy had responded to a reported domestic assault at around 6:30 Wednesday night when he found the victim with a bloodshot and swollen left eye. The deputy also observed that both of Bowers’ hands were bloody, with lacerations on the knuckles.

During the investigation, Bowers allegedly attempted to flee by walking away. The deputy attempted to stop Bowers who resisted, which resulted in Bowers being tased. Bowers was arrested, and a search of his person resulted in the discovery of two pipes with residue that tested positive for marijuana.
MAN TELLS POLICE THAT VEHICLE HIT HIM IN LOCAL BUSINESS PARKING LOT
A man has reportedly told Poplar Bluff Police that a vehicle hit him in an area parking lot.

According to KFVS, the man said the vehicle hit at around 2:45 am Thursday in the Wal-Mart parking lot and then attempted to hit him again.

Police are investigating the incident.
BRIDGE PAVEMENT REPAIRS TO BEGIN TODAY IN SCOTT COUNTY
Crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation will be in Scott County beginning today for bridge pavement repairs.

The repairs are scheduled to be done daily from 6 am to 3:30 pm through Friday, August 1st.

During the repairs, North and Southbound I-55 in Scott County will be reduced to one lane, with a 12 foot width restriction at the bridges located over the US 62 and I-57 Interchanges.
ARKANSAS ATTORNEY GENERAL WARNING OF CARD SCAM
Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says criminals are increasingly turning to items such as Green Dot MoneyPak cards as a means to steal.

Criminals trick consumers into believing that sweepstakes winnings await, that they can avoid jail time or they can pay their overdue utility bills with payments from these types of cards. Once criminals have the number from the back of the card, it’s almost impossible for a consumer to ever recover money.

McDaniel issued a consumer alert this week to warn Arkansans about potential scams and to offer tips on how to avoid fraud when using MoneyPak or similar products.

For more information, visit the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division website, www.GotYourBackArkansas.org, or call (800) 482-8982.

MISSOURI LOTTERY RESPONDS TO REVIEW ORDER
The Missouri Lottery says a decline in the money it provided to education is due partly to the types of Lottery games people chose to play.

The amount of proceeds transferred to education declined by $21.5 million during the state’s recently concluded budget year, despite record high sales by the Lottery.

Lottery spokesman Gary Gonder says the sales figures are driven partly by scratch-off games, which typically pay more in prizes and thus less to education. He says sales of the more profitable Powerball game actually were down from the 2013 budget year, which contributed to the decline in education funding.

Governor Jay Nixon has ordered a review of the Lottery’s operations to determine whether it can provide a stable funding source to education.

July 24, 2014

 

 

WEDNESDAY STORM KNOCKS DOWN MULTIPLE TREES ACROSS SOUTHEAST MISSOURI
Wednesday’s storms brought heavy winds that knocked down trees and tree limbs across Southeast Missouri.

According to the National Weather Service, trees and power lines were brought down in Poplar Bluff. Two of the trees landed on cars and a few roofs were also damaged.

Trees and power lines were also reported down in multiple cities including Dexter, Puxico, and Advance.
MAN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO ALLEGED ASSAULT
A Chaffee man is facing assault charges in connection to an incident Tuesday night.

According to authorities, a man and a woman were allegedly victims of an assault.

29 year old Joshua Musgrove was later arrested on Wednesday on charges of assault, domestic assault, and unlawful use of a weapon.
MAN ALLEGEDLY FIRES AT WOMAN IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS
A man is in custody after allegedly firing at a woman and then getting into a chase with authorities.

According to KAIT, a woman told a Craighead County Sheriff’s Deputy that she had been in an argument with 43 year old Michael Eugene Finley when he allegedly put a gun to her head and pulled the trigger, however the gun did not fire.

The woman also told police that Finley had chased her around a house and fired the weapon. Bullet holes were reportedly found in the home.

Finley was later arrested by Butler County Deputies after getting into a short chase with authorities. He is facing a charge of aggravated assault.
AGING WISELY WORKSHOP TO BE HELD IN DONIPHAN
Anyone wanting to learn about memory loss prevention, research, early detection, and getting a proper Alzheimer’s diagnosis can attend a free workshop next week.

The Aging Wisely workshop will be held on July 29th from 8:30 am to 1 pm at His Place on Wright Park Drive/160 East in Doniphan. Lunch and morning snacks will be provided.

If you would like more information or would like to register, contact the Ripley County Public Health Center at 573-996-2181.
MOBILE OFFICE TO BE HELD NEXT WEEK IN DEXTER
A Mobile Office has been scheduled for next week in Stoddard County.

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt’s staff will host the Mobile Office on Tuesday, July 29th, from 11 am to noon at the Bootheel Regional Planning Commission 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.
NORTHEAST ARKANSAS MAN CHARGED WITH SEXUAL ASSAULT
A man is in custody in Northeast Arkansas in connection to an alleged sexual assault of a child.

According to KAIT, 41 year old Steven Wayne Thorpe was arrested last week on a charge of sexual assault. A young victim reportedly told authorities that Thorpe had removed her clothing and touched her multiple times.

During an examination of a cell phone that a witness had identified as Thorpe’s, officials reportedly found a large number of child pornography images.
MISSOURI LOTTERY TO BE REVIEWED AFTER LESS MONEY WAS TRANSFERRED TO EDUCATION LAST YEAR
Governor Jay Nixon has ordered a review of the Missouri Lottery after a decline in the proceeds transferred to education.

The Missouri Lottery had record sales of nearly $1.16 billion during the 2014 budget year that ended June 30.

But the amount of money transferred to education declined to $267 million from a high mark of nearly $289 million during the 2013 budget.

Nixon said Wednesday that he has asked the Office of Administration to conduct a comprehensive review of the Lottery’s ability to provide a stable funding source for public schools.

Most Lottery revenues are paid out in prizes.

About 23 percent of the proceeds were transferred to education during the last budget year. That percentage had been consistently above 25 percent during the past decade.
ARKANSAS ATTORNEY GENERAL FILES BRIEF IN SUPPORT OF 12 WEEK ABORTION BAN
Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is continuing to defend the state’s 12-week abortion ban to a federal appeals court, arguing the state has a legitimate interest in barring the procedure at that point in a woman’s pregnancy.

McDaniel on Wednesday filed a reply brief with the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which is weighing whether to uphold a federal judge’s decision that the 12-week ban is unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright struck down the ban in March.

McDaniel argued in the brief that the ban is constitutional under existing court precedent.

The Republican-led Legislature approved the ban last year, overriding a veto by Democratic Governor Mike Beebe.

July 23, 2014

RIVER RADIO NEWS 072314

 

PREPAY NOW REQUIRED AT POPLAR BLUFF GAS STATIONS

 

The Poplar Bluff City Council approved an ordinance Monday night that requires prepayment or preapproval before buying gasoline or diesel.

 

According to the Daily American Republic, the ordinance was passed by a unanimous 7 to 0 vote.

 

If a business owner does not comply with the ordinance, they could face up to a $500 fine and/or a 90 day jail sentence. They could also risk a non-renewal of their business license.

 

 

MURDER SUSPECT COULD BE IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS

 

A suspect in an Illinois murder could possibly be in Blytheville.

 

According to authorities, 30 year old Micah Hopkins is wanted in connection to the shooting of a man last month. Hopkins has family in Northeast Arkansas and they reportedly told authorities that Hopkins had been in Blytheville, but he might have left.

 

Anyone who has information about Hopkins is asked to call 870-763-4411.

 

 

ORAN AREA MAN FACING SEX CHARGES

 

An Oran area man is facing charges in connection to alleged crimes against a child.

 

According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, 37 year old Jesse John Branson has been charged with sexual misconduct involving a child and first degree statutory sodomy.

 

An investigation was started after a complaint was made on Monday that a young child had been sexually assaulted. Walter says that evidence believed to support the criminal case was seized from Branson’s home.

 

 

MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO MORLEY BANK ROBBERY

 

A Missouri man has pleaded guilty in federal court to a May bank robbery.

 

The Southeast Missourian reports 31 year old Alexander Trotter, of St. Louis, pleaded guilty in Cape Girardeau on Monday to a federal bank robbery charge. He was arrested with two others in connection with the May 20th robbery of the First Commercial Bank in Morley.

 

Trotter faces up to 20 year in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is at the discretion of a U.S. district judge.

 

The alleged robbers were arrested after being compared to bank surveillance video.

 

 

39 DOGS RESCUED IN CARTER COUNTY

 

39 Chihuahuas and other small mixed breed dogs were rescued from an owner in Carter County earlier this week.

 

According to the Humane Society of Missouri, an animal cruelty investigator visited the property and found the dogs’ owner putting all of the dogs into one crate and stating she intended to load them in a truck and dump them at the side of the highway.

 

The owner voluntarily surrendered the animals to the Humane Society. The incident is under investigation by the Humane Society and the Carter County Sheriff’s Office.

 

 

BABYSITTING BASICS COURSE TO BE OFFERED AT RIPLEY COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT

 

Area students will be able to learn some of the basics of babysitting later this month.

 

The Babysitting Basics Short Course will be held from 9 am to noon and 1 pm to 4 pm on Thursday, July 31st at the Ripley County Health Department in Doniphan. The course is being offered for $6 and students should bring a sack lunch.

 

For more information, or to enroll in the course, call 996-2921. The deadline to register is Friday, July 25th.

 

 

CITY OF JACKSON TO GET ADDITIONAL GRANT MONEY FOR TORNADO SAFE ROOM

 

Officials with the City of Jackson have been notified that FEMA has approved Phase II funding for the Tornado Safe Room portion of the new Jackson Community Center project.

 

The total amount of the grant award has been increased from $2.4 million to over $3.3 million dollars.

 

The city remains optimistic that it can issue bids for construction in August and award a contract by late September. A tentative date for a groundbreaking ceremony could take place at the end of October.

 

 

BRIDGE MAINTENANCE ONGOING IN STODDARD COUNTY

 

Highway 51 in Stoddard County will be reduced to one lane through next week as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform bridge maintenance.

 

The work zone is located between Greason Street and the Stoddard County line.

 

Weather permitting, work will performed through Thursday, July 31st from 7 am to 3:30 pm daily.

 

 

SIX THOUSAND COULD BE ELIGIBLE FOR DEGREES IN ARKANSAS AND NOT KNOW IT

 

Arkansas higher education leaders are searching for about 6,000 people in the state who have earned or almost earned their associate degree and don’t know it.

 

The Arkansas Association of Two-Year Colleges has launched a statewide campaign to locate nearly 6,000 people who have completed at least 75 percent of associate degree requirements.

 

The Degree Matters campaign will try to locate people through direct mail, public service announcements and the degreematters.org website.

 

The group can review transcripts and likely award degrees to many who don’t know they qualify. Those who have completed the required coursework will be awarded an associate degree, and those almost qualifying will be given information on the steps needed to complete the degree.

 

Arkansans can also search for their name on the Degree Matters website.

July 22, 2014

RIVER RADIO NEWS 072214

 

TWO KILLED IN HEAD ON COLLISION

 

Two people have died following a head on collision Monday morning in Poinsett County.

 

According to the Arkansas State Police, the wreck occurred when a vehicle driven by Rickey Wheeler, of Trumann, ran off the side of Highway 63, crossed the median and hit another vehicle head on.

 

The driver of the second vehicle, Mary Torres, of Brookland, was pronounced dead at the scene. Wheeler was later pronounced dead at an area hospital.

 

 

MAN FOUND DEAD IN ARKANSAS

 

An investigation is ongoing into the death of a rural Mountain Home, Arkansas man.

 

According to the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office, 52 year old Raymond Lee Barnes was found dead on the ground outside his home Sunday evening.

 

Barnes body was sent to the Arkansas State Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.

 

 

MAN SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON IN CONNECTION TO 2012 MURDER

 

A Cape Girardeau man has been sentenced on a murder charge for the 2012 death of Darcus Purl.

 

Steven Williams was sentenced Monday to life in prison on a charge of second degree murder.

 

Williams allegedly shot Purl during an altercation over a woman.

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN WRECK INVOLVING DUMP TRUCK

 

A Poplar Bluff man suffered serious injuries in a wreck Monday evening.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 77 year old Bruce McIver was driving a dump truck on US 67, when another vehicle reportedly pulled into his path at an intersection.

 

McIver was seriously injured and taken by ambulance to Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center. No injuries were reported for the driver of the second vehicle.

 

 

MAN ARRESTED ON STATUTORY RAPE WARRANT

 

Kennett authorities have arrested an area man on a sex related charge.

 

According to the Kennett Police Department, Damon J. Lemons, of Kennett, was arrested Sunday morning, shortly before 4 am.

 

Lemons was arrested on an outstanding felony Dunklin County warrant for statutory rape.

 

 

BUTLER COUNTY ROAD TO BE CLOSED TODAY FOR PIPE REPLACEMENT

 

Crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation will be in Butler County both today and tomorrow to prepare Route HH for a pipe replacement.

 

During the preparations, Route HH will be closed between County Roads 334 and 202. Work is scheduled to be performed on both days from 7 am to 5 pm.

 

 

MEDICAL MARIJUANA LEGISLATION HITS SNAG IN ARKANSAS

 

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has rejected the wording of a proposal to legalize medical marijuana by a group that is trying to put the measure before voters in 2016.

 

McDaniel’s office on Monday rejected the wording of the proposal by Arkansans for Compassionate Care, which had tried unsuccessfully to get medical marijuana legalization on this year’s ballot.

 

The group had been unable to gather the 62,507 signatures from registered voters needed by the July 7th deadline to submit petitions to qualify for the November ballot.

 

The group is now trying to put the legalization measure on the 2016 ballot. McDaniel cited ambiguities in the text of the latest measure in rejecting its wording.

 

The proposal would allow patients with qualifying conditions to buy marijuana from nonprofit dispensaries.

 

 

GROUP SEEKS TO STOP EXPANSION OF ALCOHOL SALES IN ARKANSAS

 

A group opposed to a proposal expanding alcohol sales in Arkansas is asking the secretary of state to not certify the measure for the November ballot, claiming it missed a deadline to submit petitions.

 

An attorney for a group called Let Local Communities Decide For Themselves asked Secretary of State Mark Martin’s office to not accept any more petitions for the proposal, which would legalize alcohol sales in all 75 Arkansas counties. Thirty-seven counties currently prohibit alcohol sales.

 

The group claims the petitions should have been submitted by July 4th, which would have been four months before the November election. The state deadline was July 7th.

 

The group favoring expanded sales is gathering additional signatures after Martin’s office said it had fallen short of the 78,133 needed to qualify.

July 21, 2014

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POPLAR BLUFF MAN SENTENCED TO 160 MONTHS ON FIREARM CHARGE

 

A Poplar Bluff man has been sentenced on a felony firearm charge.

 

According to the United States Attorney’s Office, 31 year old Artari J. Amos was sentenced to 160 months on one felony count of being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

 

In November of 2012, officers found a pistol after responding to a report of shots being fired near a residence on Poplar Street. DNA found on the pistol was consistent with Amos’s DNA. Amos had been previously convicted of three prior felonies and is therefore prohibited from possessing a firearm.

 

 

SIKESTON MAN HELD AT GUNPOINT AFTER ALLEGEDLY BURGLARIZING HOME

 

A Sikeston man was taken into custody early Friday morning after allegedly being caught burglarizing a home.

 

According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, 20 year old Kaiden Lambert is charged with first degree burglary, first degree tampering with a motor vehicle, stealing, unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, and possession of marijuana.

 

Lambert was allegedly caught in a home by the homeowner at around 5:30 Friday morning. The homeowner and another person reportedly handcuffed Lambert and held him at gunpoint until police could arrive.

 

Merchandise stolen in the burglary was reportedly found in Lambert’s vehicle.

 

 

TWO ARRESTED IN WAYNE COUNTY ON DRUG CHARGE

 

Two people were taken into custody Friday morning in Wayne County on separate drug charges.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 48 year old Deanna Adams, of Poplar Bluff, and 31 year old Monica Harris, of Greenville, were arrested shortly after 11 am Friday morning.

 

Adams was arrested on a charge of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; while Harris is facing a charge of possession of a controlled substance, oxycontin.

 

 

CHAFFEE AREA MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG RELATED CHARGES

 

A Chaffee area man is facing drug related charges following his arrest last week.

 

According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, deputies started an investigation after a home custodian told authorities that Joshua Baker had been an overnight guest at the residence and she believed that Baker had been using drugs.

 

Baker provided a statement to authorities that pills and paraphernalia items found during a search of the home and his person belonged to him.

 

31 year old Joshua Franklin Baker is charged with two felony counts of possession of a controlled substance. Baker is also facing a misdemeanor charge unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

 

 

MOBILE OFFICE SCHEDULED FOR NEXT WEEK IN EAST PRAIRIE

 

Constituents will have a chance to meet with staff members of United States Senator Roy Blunt next week during a Mobile Office in East Prairie.

 

The Mobile Office will be held at the East Prairie City Hall from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm on Tuesday, July 29th.

 

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.

 

 

DUNKLIN COUNTY ROAD PROJECT TO BEGIN TODAY

 

Crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation will begin a road project today in Dunklin County.

 

Highway 25 will be reduced to one lane between the Kennett City Limits and White Oak this week for pavement repairs. Weather permitting, work is set to take place today through Wednesday from 6:30 am to 4:30 pm daily.

 

 

APPEAL DISMISSED ON MISSOURI GUN AMENDMENT

 

The Missouri Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal by opponents of a proposed constitutional amendment that would enhance the right to keep and bear arms in the state.

 

The justices on Friday unanimously ruled they are bound by a state law forbidding courts from adding issues to a ballot within six weeks of an election.

 

Secretary of State Jason Kander officially certified Proposed Constitutional Amendment 5 for the ballot on June 13th. That same day opponents filed a lawsuit challenging the fairness of the summary statement.

 

Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem dismissed the lawsuit as moot on July 1st because less than six weeks remained before the August 5th election.

 

The state Supreme Court upheld that ruling, noting that ballots for absentee and military voters already have been distributed.

 

 

ARKANSAS UNEMPLOYMENT RATE HITS LOWEST RATE IN OVER FIVE YEARS

 

State officials say Arkansas’ unemployment rate has dropped to its lowest rate in more than five years.

 

The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services says the state’s unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a percentage point in June to 6.2 percent. According to the department, the jobless rate is the lowest Arkansas has seen since November 2008.

 

The agency says four industry sectors posted job losses in June, with the biggest drop coming in state and local government. Officials say that decrease is attributed to the summer breaks at public schools and universities.

 

Employment in manufacturing rose by 1,900 jobs, primarily in durable goods as manufacturing plants added employees.

July 18, 2014

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MAN LAST SEEN IN DECEMBER REPORTED MISSING

 

Family members have reported a Northeast Arkansas man missing, over seven months after he reportedly disappeared.

 

According to KAIT, authorities with the Craighead County Sheriff’s Office were told earlier this week that family members have not seen or heard from 34 year old Christopher Wayne Cory since early December. Cory lived outside of Brookland.

 

Cory has black hair and brown eyes, weighs 170 pounds and is 6 feet tall. If you have information on Cory’s location, please contact the Craighead County Sheriff’s Office at 870-933-4551.

 

 

ONE INJURED AFTER GYROCOPTER CRASHES IN CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY

 

The pilot of a gyrocopter that crashed in southeast Missouri walked away from the incident and was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

 

Cape Girardeau County sheriff’s spokeswoman Ruth Ann Dickerson says the gyrocopter went down on County Road 203, shortly before 4 pm Thursday, after hitting a direct line leading into a barn or house.

 

She says the pilot got out of the gyrocopter on his own power.

 

 

ESCAPED INMATE CAPTURED

 

An escaped inmate from the Stone County, Arkansas jail has been captured.

 

According to the Stone County Sheriff’s Office, 37 year old Shane Mitchell escaped Wednesday afternoon. Police initially believed that was headed toward Jonesboro.

 

Mitchell was later arrested in Independence County.

 

 

PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULED TO DISCUSS UPCOMING IMPROVEMENTS IN CARTER COUNTY

 

A public hearing has been scheduled for early August to discuss an upcoming road project in Carter County.

 

The Missouri Department of Transportation will hold the hearing on Thursday, August 7th, at the Carter County Courthouse in Van Buren. Visitors will be able to stop by between 4 and 6 pm to discuss improvements to Route M.

 

The proposed project includes widening curves, replacing the one-lane bridge over Pike Creek with a 2-lane structure and adding paved shoulders from Route 60 to the end of state maintenance.

 

For more information, call Transportation Project Designer Jeff Wachter at (573) 472-5294.

 

 

MOBILE OFFICE TO BE HELD NEXT WEDNESDAY IN RIPLEY COUNTY

 

Staff members of United States Senator Roy Blunt will be in Ripley County next week to meet with constituents.

 

The Mobile Office will be held from 10 to 11 am Wednesday, July 23rd at the Ripley County Courthouse in Doniphan.

 

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.

 

 

FREE WORKSHOP OFFERS TIPS FOR HOUSE AND AUTO BUYING

 

Those interested in getting the best deal possible on a new vehicle can pick up some tips during an upcoming workshop, sponsored by Ozark Federal Credit Union, formerly Poplar Bluff Federal Credit Union.

 

“What You Need To Know When Buying a House” and “Negotiating for Your Dream Car” with guest speaker Angela Anderson, of Credit Union Lending Systems in St. Louis, will be held Tuesday, July 22nd from 11 am to 2 pm at the Poplar Bluff Chamber of Commerce.

 

The workshop is free to attend, but preregistration is required.  Call 686-7221 to reserve your seat. Lunch will be served.

 

 

MOTION FILED ATTEMPTING TO STRIKE DOWN ARKANSAS CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT BARRING GAY MARRIAGE

 

Attorneys for two same-sex couples in Arkansas are asking a federal judge to issue an order striking down the state’s gay marriage ban.

 

Attorneys for the couples filed a motion Wednesday for summary judgment, asking U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker to issue an order striking down the state constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriage and any related laws as unconstitutional.

 

The couples filed the lawsuit last year against the state over the ban.

 

A Pulaski County judge earlier this year struck down the state’s gay marriage ban, and 541 couples received marriage licenses before the state Supreme Court stayed his ruling. Justices are considering the appeal in that case.

 

 

VETERANS ELIGIBLE FOR INTERNSHIPS AT MARK TWAIN NATIONAL FORREST

 

Military veterans are being given the opportunity to participate in eight one-time, eleven-month natural resources management career development internships at Mark Twain National Forest.

 

The internships will be located at Ava, Doniphan, Poplar Bluff, Potosi, Rolla and Salem. Interns will support Mark Twain National Forest employees in a variety of jobs. Skills needed vary by position, but include use of hand tools and power tools; map reading; public speaking and supervisory experience.

 

Qualified interns must be 21 to 35 years old and honorably discharged US military veterans.

 

The Internship will run from August 25th, 2014 through June 28th, 2015. The deadline to apply is August 15th, however selections may be made and individual positions filled before that time as sufficient candidate pools become available.

 

A listing of available positions is online at fs.usda.gov/mtnf. For more information, call 573-996-2153.