October 31, 2014

 

 

 
ONE KILLED IN WRECK INVOLVING ATV

One person has died following a wreck on Thursday in Shannon County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 28 year old Cody Rector, of Birch Tree, was driving an ATV when he allegedly failed to yield at a stop sign and struck another vehicle on the driver’s side door.

Rector was fatally injured in the wreck. The driver of the second vehicle suffered serious injuries and was taken to an area hospital.

 
ONE KILLED, THREE INJURED IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS WRECK

A Hardy woman has died and three others suffered injuries in a wreck involving multiple vehicles in Lawrence County.

According to the Arkansas State Police, a vehicle crossed the center line of Highway 63 and hit another vehicle head on. The second vehicle then struck two other vehicles.

The driver of one of the other vehicles, 24 year old Natosha A. Brink, of Hardy, was killed in the wreck.

Three other people were injured.

 
HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS FROM THE POPLAR BLUFF POLICE DEPARTMENT

Halloween is here and Poplar Bluff Police Chief Danny Whiteley has some tips to help keep your child safe while trick or treating tonight.

Chief Whiteley says parents should establish a route for children, making sure they stay within familiar areas and surroundings. An adult should accompany young children. Parents should also remind kids not to enter strangers’ homes or cars, and to avoid homes without an outside light on.

Be sure to tell your children to not eat treats until they get home along with inspecting all treats before allowing kids to eat them.

 

 

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS THIS WEEKEND

Are you ready for an extra hour of sleep this weekend?

Daylight Savings Time will come to an end at 2 am Sunday morning. Remember to set your clocks back one hour before you go to bed Saturday night.

Daylight Savings Time will start again on March 8th, 2015.

 
STANDOFF LEADS TO ARREST OF MAN IN CARTER COUNTY

An eight hour standoff in Carter County led to the arrest of a man on Thursday.

According to KFVS, authorities arrested 29 year old Jeremiah Silva shortly before 8:30 am Thursday in Ellsinore.

His house had been surrounded by authorities since around Midnight Thursday morning. Silva is facing a charge of 2nd degree domestic assault.

 
CAPE GIRARDEAU WOMAN ARRESTED ON MULTIPLE CHARGES

A Cape Girardeau woman is facing multiple charges following her arrest early Thursday morning.

According to the Highway Patrol, 49 year old Tamara Nelson was arrested at around 1:30 am Thursday on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

Nelson is also facing a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance at a jail.

 
VA MEDICAL CENTER IN POPLAR BLUFF TO HOLD A TOWN HALL MEETING NEXT WEEK

The John J. Pershing VA Medical Center in Poplar Bluff will be holding a town hall meeting next week to offer information about services the center provides.

The meeting will be held on Thursday, November 6th, at the Holiday Inn in Poplar Bluff beginning at 6:30 pm. The meeting is expected to last about an hour.

Medical Center staff will be on hand to provide information about VA programs such as home health assistance and educational benefits.

In addition, Veterans not currently receiving VA healthcare will be able to enroll for VA health care services at the meeting. All interested Veterans and community members are invited to attend.

 
YOUTH FIREARMS DEER SEASON TO BEGIN THIS WEEKEND

Young hunters will be out in the woods this weekend for youth firearms deer season.

The season is set to run on November 1st and 2nd. Harvest hours are one half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset.

Hunters can take only one antlered deer during the firearms deer season. Additional regulations and permits are available online at the Missouri Department of Conservation website.

 
MISSOURI SETS EXECUTION DATE FOR CONVICTED MURDERER

The Missouri Supreme Court has set an execution date for a man convicted of sexually assaulting a 63-year-old woman and beating her to death with a hammer.

The state Supreme Court on Thursday scheduled the execution of 47-year-old Paul Goodwin for December 10th. Missouri has executed eight men already in 2014, with the execution of Leon Taylor scheduled for November 19th.

Joan Crotts of St. Louis County was killed March 1st, 1998, at her home. Goodwin lived in a boarding house next door.

Court documents show that Goodwin sexually assaulted her, threw her down a flight of stairs and attacked her with a hammer.

October 30, 2014

RIVER RADIO NEWS 103014

 

POPLAR BLUFF POLICE LOOKING FOR SEXUAL PREDATOR

 

The Poplar Bluff Police Department is looking for a man who has absconded from Probation and Parole supervision.

 

According to Deputy Chief of Police Jeff Rolland, 55 year old John L. Squires cut off his electronic ankle monitor and fled supervision while attending a doctor’s appointment Wednesday in Poplar Bluff. Squires is considered a sexual predator with violent tendencies.

 

Squires is described as a white male, 5 foot 8 inches tall, weighing 150 pounds with gray and brown hair and blue eyes.

 

A picture of Squires is available on our Facebook page at Facebook.com/930KWOC.

 

 

MAN TAKEN INTO CUSTODY IN CARUTHERSVILLE ON ACTIVE WARRANT FOR STATUTORY RAPE

 

A Caruthersville man was taken into custody Wednesday on a statutory rape warrant.

 

According to the Caruthersville Police Department, officers made contact with Roberto Slaughter in reference to an active warrant which included charges of first degree statutory sodomy, three counts of first degree statutory rape, and two counts of second degree statutory rape.

 

Slaughter was taken to the Pemiscot County Justice Center and was held on a $200,000 bond.

 

 

MORE INFORMATION RELEASED ON INCIDENT WHERE JONESBORO OFFICER WAS HIT BY VEHICLE

 

More information has been released on an incident where a Jonesboro Police Officer was hit by a vehicle Tuesday night .

 

According to KAIT, a 17 year old had not followed an officer’s instructions at an intersection and hit another vehicle, causing that vehicle to strike Officer Nathan Ivy. Officers were directing traffic at the intersection due to maintenance on the traffic signal.

 

Ivy has since been released from an area hospital.

 

 

GREENVILLE MAN ARRESTED ON MULTIPLE WARRANTS

 

A Greenville man has been taken into custody on multiple warrants.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 46 year old Joseph Casey was arrested Wednesday on two Wayne County warrants, one for felony possession of a controlled substance and the other for felony unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

 

Casey was arrested at 5:14 pm Wednesday in Wayne County.

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF R-1 STAFF RECEIVE CPR TRAINING

 

Staff members of Poplar Bluff R-1 recently participated in CPR Training.

 

According to the Poplar Bluff School District, about 85 district employees representing all buildings and numerous departments participated in the voluntary training.

 

The training comes after an athletic trainer and assistant football coach saved the life of a student athlete earlier this year by using mouth to mouth.

 

 

MOTORISTS ENCOURAGED TO DRIVE SAFELY ON HALLOWEEN

 

With Halloween falling on a Friday this year, the Missouri Department of Transportation is reminding adults who plan to join the festivities to drive responsibly.

 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration classifies Halloween as a statistically dangerous night for impaired driving.

 

If you are planning on going to a celebration Friday night, plan a way to safely get home at the end of the night. Be sure to also designate a sober driver if you intend to drink alcohol.

 

For more information on Highway Safety, go to savemolives.com.

 

 

EXECUTION TO BE ON HOLD INDEFINITELY SO SUPREME COURT CAN DECIDE ON REVIEWING THE CASE

 

The execution of a Missouri man who killed a woman and her two children is on hold indefinitely as the U.S. Supreme Court decides whether to review the case.

 

The court on Tuesday issued a late stay of execution just hours before Mark Christeson was scheduled to die by injection.

 

That stay will remain in place until the court decides whether to hear Christeson’s appeal. His request cites concerns that his lawyers were ineffective and missed a deadline to appeal with a federal court in 2005.

 

Christeson still could be executed if the justices rule against a review.

 

In the meantime, a spokesman for the Missouri Department of Corrections says he’ll be transferred from a holding cell at the execution facility and back to prison in the next few days.

 

 

MISSOURI ATTORNEY GENERAL INCLUDED IN NEW YORK TIMES REPORT ON LOBBYISTS

 

Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones is forming an investigatory committee after a report that Chris Koster was one of several state attorneys general who may have been influenced by campaign contributions and lobbyists.

 

The New York Times reported Wednesday that Koster is one of numerous state attorneys general who have changed policies and negotiated more favorable settlements after receiving campaign contributions and incentives from lobbyists.

 

Documents obtained by the newspaper show Koster received contributions, met with lobbyists and spoke to political action committees for companies under investigation by his office. The newspaper reported that Koster later negotiated more favorable settlements with those companies than they received in other states.

 

Koster says the report distorts how his office dealt with the companies and cited previous legal actions taken against them.

October 29, 2014

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ARKANSAS TEENAGER KILLED IN EARLY MORNING WRECK

 

An early morning crash Tuesday in Dunklin County has claimed the life of a Rector teenager.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 18 year old Ryker Graves was pronounced dead at the scene of the wreck near Kennett. The vehicle Graves was driving ran off of Missouri Highway 84 and struck a ditch.

 

A passenger in the vehicle suffered moderate injuries. Graves was reportedly not wearing a safety device.

 

 

ONE KILLED, TWO INJURED IN POINSETT COUNTY WRECK

 

One person is dead and two are injured following a two vehicle wreck in Poinsett County.

 

According to the Arkansas State Police, a vehicle driven by 37 year old Johnathon Coldiron, of Harrisburg, crossed the center line of Highway 14 and hit another vehicle head on. Coldiron was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

Two people in the second vehicle suffered undisclosed injuries and were taken to an area hospital.

 

 

RAPE SUSPECT SOUGHT IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS

 

A rape suspect is being sought in Northeast Arkansas.

 

According to authorities, 25 year old Joseph Franklin Stewart, of Walnut Ridge, is facing a rape charge and is out on bond.

 

He also has warrants for possession of a firearm by certain person and fleeing in connection to an incident where he ran from the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office and Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

 

Anyone with information on Stewart’s location is asked to contact the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office.

 

 

STEEL MAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING REPORT OF SEXUAL ASSAULT

 

A Steele man has been taken into custody in connection to a sexual assault report.

 

According to the Steele Police Department, a woman filed a report on October 26th that stated she had been sexually assaulted.

 

During the investigation, officers arrested 35 year old Ricky Hollywood and a warrant has been issued charging him with sodomy and or attempted sodomy.

 

 

MAN ARRESTED AFTER OVER 200 POUNDS OF MARIJUANA FOUND IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS

 

One man is in custody in connection to the discovery of over 200 pounds of marijuana in Northeast Arkansas.

 

According to authorities, the marijuana was found during the search of an apartment and vehicle in Jonesboro. 31 year old Danny Ray Williams Jr. was taken into custody.

 

 

POLICE OFFICER HIT BY VEHICLE IN JONESBORO

 

A Jonesboro police officer was reportedly hit by a vehicle Tuesday night.

 

According to KAIT, the incident occurred around 10 pm near the Mall at Turtle Creek. The officer was directing traffic when they were hit.

 

The identity and condition of the officer was not released.

 

 

TWO MEN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO KENNETT ASSAULT

 

Two men are in custody in connection to an alleged assault.

 

According to the Kennett Police Department, 42 year old Keith Rhamy and 45 year old Shane Ellis, are currently in the Dunklin County Jail awaiting charges of first degree assault and kidnapping.

 

A victim that was treated for blunt force trauma to the head was reported to have been assaulted at a residence in Kennett.

 

 

MISSOURI COMPANY TO BUILD PROCESSING FACILITY IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS

 

A Missouri-based company has announced plans to build a metal processing facility in Osceola that will be adjacent to the Big River Steel mill in the northeast Arkansas city.

 

The Material Works Ltd. announced plans Tuesday to invest about $20 million in the new facility and said about 45 new jobs will be created.

 

Company officials say construction on the plant is to begin during the second quarter of 2015. The plant is expected to be fully operational about the same time as Big River Steel opens its steel mill in 2016.

 

 

TWO BLOOMFIELD RESIDENTS ARRESTED ON WARRANT FOR ASSAULT OF A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER

 

Two Bloomfield residents are in custody on an assault warrant.

 

According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 36 year old Charlotte Bradley and 26 year old Zackary Burkett were each arrested on a warrant for second degree assault of a law enforcement officer.

 

Details about what led to the warrant were not released.

 

 

PIPE REPLACEMENT SCHEDULED FOR TODAY IN RIPLEY COUNTY

 

Route 142 in Ripley County will be reduced today so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can replace a pipe under the roadway.

 

The work zone is located between County Roads E-17 and E-22.

 

Work will take place today from 8:30 am to 12 pm.

 

 

ROUTE Y IN CARTER COUNTY REDUCED FOR DRAINAGE WORK

 

A portion of Route Y in Carter County will be reduced to one lane for the rest of the week as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform drainage work.

 

The affected section of roadway is located from US 60 to the end of state maintenance.

 

Work is scheduled to take place today through Friday, from 7:30 am to 3 pm each day.

 

 

MISSOURI MAN’S EXECUTION STAYED BY SUPREME COURT

 

The U.S. Supreme Court has stayed the scheduled execution of a Missouri man who was convicted of killing a woman and her two children in 1998.

 

The high court late Tuesday sided with Mark Christeson who claimed that his previous attorneys were inadequate.

 

Among other things, those attorneys missed a 2005 deadline for a federal court appeal of Christeson’s conviction and death sentence.

 

He had been scheduled to die at 12:01 am Wednesday.

 

Missouri Department of Corrections spokesman Mike O’Connell says the execution will not take place Wednesday and that no new date has been set.

 

Messages seeking comment from Christeson’s lawyers were not returned late Tuesday.

 

Christeson would have been the ninth person executed by Missouri this year.

October 28, 2014

RIVER RADIO NEWS 102814

 

ONE KILLED IN NORTHERN ARKANSAS MOTORCYCLE WRECK

 

A Lakeview, Arkansas, man has died in connection to a motorcycle wreck in Northern Arkansas.

 

According to the Arkansas State Police, a motorcycle driven by 25 year old Bryan Bausano crashed into a ditch Sunday afternoon in Baxter County.

 

Bausano had reportedly lost control of the motorcycle before leaving the roadway.

 

 

OFFICERS INVESTIGATING CAPE GIRARDEAU SHOOTING

 

Authorities in Cape Girardeau are investigating a shooting.

 

According to Corporal Darin Hickey, shortly after 3 pm Monday, officers responded to a report of a subject being shot.

 

Officers found a male with multiple gunshot wounds at the scene. The man was taken to an area hospital with serious injuries.

 

The incident is under investigation and Corporal Hickey says that no suspects are in custody.

 

 

MAN ARRESTED IN MINER ON MULTIPLE WARRANTS

 

A man is in custody after allegedly giving a police officer a false name.

 

According to authorities, a Miner police officer pulled over Mathew Ballew for having an expired registration on his vehicle. During the stop, Ballew reportedly gave the officer a false name.

 

Ballew also had two active warrants, one of which is from the Poplar Bluff Police Department.

 

 

ARKANSAS COMMUNITY GIVEN APPROVAL TO INCORPORATE

 

The Southside community just south of Batesville, Arkansas has been granted a request to incorporate as a city as some residents oppose a proposal that it be annexed into the city of Batesville.

 

Independence County Judge Robert Griffin on Friday approved the incorporation request by the group Keep Southside Free From Annexation.

 

Arkansas Municipal League attorney Mark Hayes – representing Batesville – said the decision will be appealed.

 

Brandon Gay – an organizer of the group opposed to the proposed annexation – said he expects to appeal if future rulings go against his group.

 

The anti-annexation group filed a petition of incorporation on September 22nd after the Batesville City Council voted 5 to 2 on August 25th to put the question of annexing the community on the November 4th ballot.

 

 

THREE RIVERS ENDOWMENT TRUST RECEIVES DONATION OF OVER $750,000

 

The Three Rivers Endowment Trust has received a donation of $770,000 that will mostly go to the college’s proposed sports complex project.

 

The proposed Sports Complex will replace the college’s aging gymnasium with a new 3,000-seat facility that incorporates a FEMA tornado safe room into its design.

 

Just over $100,000 of the donation will go towards general expenses incurred by the trust.

 

The donation follows the sale of properties held in trust for late Piedmont resident James Adams.

 

 

PIEDMONT/GREENVILLE LICENSE OFFICE CONTRACT UP FOR BID

 

Management contract bids are now being accepted for the Piedmont/Greenville License Office.

 

Bids will be evaluated on areas such as expertise of the personnel proposed, methods proposed for performing the services and whether the individual or entity is a not-for-profit, political subdivision, a Missouri Certified Minority Business Enterprise, a Women Business Enterprise or a Missouri Service-Disabled Veteran Enterprise.

 

A tour of the office will be held from 5:45 to 6:45 pm on November 5th for prospective bidders to gain perspective on how a license office is operated.

 

More information is available online at the Missouri Department of Revenue website.

 

 

EVENING FLU SHOT CLINIC TO BE HELD WEDNESDAY IN POPLAR BLUFF

 

The John J. Pershing VA Medical Center will be hosting an evening Flu Shot Clinic for veterans on Wednesday.

 

The clinic will be held from 4:30 pm to 8 pm at the Medical Center’s main building in Poplar Bluff.

 

Anyone who would like additional information about the clinic can contact VA Health Promotion/Disease Prevention nurse, Bonnie Connelly at 573-778-4386.

 

 

ARKANSAS TEMPERATURES HIGHER THAN NORMAL THIS MONTH

 

The National Weather Service says October will likely be one of the warmest in recent years in Arkansas, although the end of the month is forecast to become cooler.

 

A cold front is expected to move through the state on Tuesday and put an end to unseasonably warm temperatures throughout much of the state. During the weekend, many areas reported temperatures in the mid to upper 80s – well above the typical readings of the upper 60s to mid-70s.

 

The National Weather Service in North Little Rock says this October will likely end up being the warmest since 2007.

 

Stormy weather is expected Tuesday and temperatures will drop to more typical levels and in the Little Rock area, lows could dip into the 40s during the weekend.

October 27, 2014

RIVER RADIO NEWS 102714

 

ARRESTS MADE IN POPLAR BLUFF MAN’S KILLING

 

Authorities have arrested several people while investigating a Poplar Bluff shooting death.

 

24 year old Bryce Davis, of Doniphan; 32 year old Casey R. Marler, of Williamsville; and 29 year old Curtis L. Walker, of Poplar Bluff, have each been arrested for their alleged part in the shooting death of 48 year old Salvador Ruiz Ramirez.

 

The Daily American Republic reports that a break in the case came while authorities were investigating a car that was reported stolen Thursday from a Poplar Bluff dealership. Authorities attempted to stop the stolen vehicle and a pursuit ensued.

 

The pursuit ended with the arrest of the car’s driver and another man suspected in the shooting. Ramirez’s body was found Wednesday submerged at the end of the boat ramp on the Black River at the Dan River access.

 

The man suspected of killing Ramirez faces charges that include burglary. Others have been arrested on suspicion of hindering prosecution.

 

 

TWELVE YEAR OLD DIES IN CRASH WITH 14 YEAR OLD AT THE WHEEL

 

A single vehicle crash with a 14 year old driver has claimed the life of a Bunker boy.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash happened Saturday, shortly before 1 pm, on Route TT, six miles north of Reynolds in Reynolds County, when 14 year old Alexander W. Gordon lost control of the vehicle he was driving, causing it to run off the road, down an embankment and overturn.

 

A passenger in the vehicle, 12 year old Tison P. Gordon was fatally injured.

 

Alexander received serious injuries.

 

Two other passengers, 16 year old Gregory L. Barton and 13 year old Jordan M. Shaw received minor to moderate injuries.

 

None of the boys were wearing a safety device.

 

 

FOUR YEAR OLD HIT BY VEHICLE IN JONESBORO

 

A four year old girl is in critical, but stable condition after being hit by a vehicle Saturday afternoon in Jonesboro.

 

Authorities say the girl’s father said they were playing and walking around their driveway when the child was struck.  She was airlifted to a Memphis hospital.

 

The driver, a 27 year old woman, passed an alcohol intoxication test.

 

 

SIKESTON MAN FACING CHILD ENDANGERMENT CHARGE

 

A Sikeston man is facing a child endangerment charge after he allegedly injured a child.

 

Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter says 38 year old Dewey Wesley Davidson II was arrested Thursday afternoon.

 

According to Sheriff Walter, a deputy responded to a home on Highway 532 to assist the Missouri Division of Family Services with a case of a reported injury to a child.  The deputy observed a bruise on the juvenile consistent with information provided by a complainant.

 

Davidson was charged with second degree endangerment of a child.

 

He denied striking the child.

 

 

SIKESTON INMATE FACES ADDITIONAL CHARGES AFTER ASSAULTING CORRECTIONS OFFICER

 

A Sikeston man is in custody after being accused of assaulting a corrections officer.

 

According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, 23 year old Terriante Maurice McClinton has been charged with felony assault of a corrections officer and second degree property damage.

 

According to Sheriff Walter, McClinton was already in custody at the Scott County Jail, waiting to be transported to the Missouri Department of Corrections, when the incident occurred Thursday night.  McClinton allegedly struck a female corrections officer in the face and intentionally broke her glasses.

 

The corrections officer was treated at a local hospital and released.

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF MAN FACES DRUG CHARGES AFTER WEEKEND ARREST

 

A Poplar Bluff man is facing several charges after his arrest over the weekend.

 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that 31 year old Joshua P. Darnell was taken into custody shortly before 2 am Saturday in Butler County.

 

Darnell has been charged with felony possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute; driving while intoxicated, drugs; possession of marijuana; possession of drug paraphernalia; and two other traffic charges.

 

 

PUXICO MAN ARRESTED ON MULTIPLE WARRANTS FROM MULTIPLE COUNTIES

 

A Puxico man has been arrested on multiple warrants out of multiple counties.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 27 year old Alexis P. Peters was taken into custody Friday night in Stoddard County.

 

Peters was arrested on a Butler County warrant for failure to appear on a charge of felony possession of dangerous drugs, a Carter County warrant for felony possession of amphetamine, a Stoddard County warrant for probation violation and felony endangering the welfare of a child, a Wayne County warrant for probation violation and possession of marijuana and a new charge of possession of marijuana.

 

 

DEXTER MAN ARRESTED ON MULTIPLE CHARGES

 

A Dexter man is facing multiple charges after being arrested Friday afternoon.

 

According to the Dexter Police Department, 38 year old Joseph Womble has been charged with first degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon, violation of an ex parte order and first degree assault on a law enforcement officer.  No details about what led to the arrest have been released at this time.

 

 

SMALL EARTHQUAKE NEAR NEW MADRID

 

A small earthquake was recorded Friday night.

 

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, a quake registering 2.1 was centered two miles northwest of New Madrid and 18 miles south of Sikeston.

 

 

PUBLIC TO TALK ON MISSOURI STUDENT LEARNING GOALS

 

The State Board of Education is taking public comment on a review of Missouri’s education standards for elementary and secondary schools.

 

The board scheduled a public hearing Monday to gather opinions on the work of parent and educator groups that are revising the standards.

 

Missouri currently uses the national Common Core benchmarks for what students should learn in each grade.

 

Lawmakers passed legislation in May requiring a review of what they call shoddy standards created without local input. The hope was to eventually eliminate Common Core.

 

But some work group members appointed by public officials both for and against Common Core have struggled to reach a compromise in outlining learning goals.

 

 

MISSOURI TROOPER PROVIDED LITTLE TRAINING

 

Missouri State Highway Patrol records raise questions about the training that a trooper received before a suspect drowned while in custody.

 

Twenty-year-old Brandon Ellingson went into the water May 31 as Trooper Anthony Piercy was transporting him from the Lake of the Ozarks on suspicion of boating while intoxicated. Witnesses have said that Piercy placed Ellingson in a life jacket but that the suspect’s arms weren’t in the arm holes. The device came off when Ellingson went into the water.

 

The Missouri Water Patrol merged with the Highway Patrol in 2011. Afterward, troopers like Piercy, who primarily patrol Missouri’s roadways, began working the lake during peak boating season.

 

The Kansas City Star reports that they received a fraction of the water-based training they would have received before the merger.

October 24, 2014

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ONE YEAR OLD CHILD STRUCK AND KILLED BY VEHICLE

 

A one year old child is dead after being hit by a vehicle in Howell County.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, one year old Kamber Piper was struck by a vehicle in a private driveway Thursday evening.

 

Piper was later pronounced dead at an area hospital.

 

 

BODY FOUND NEAR BLACK RIVER IDENTIFIED

 

A body discovered near Black River in Butler County Wednesday has been identified.

 

According to Butler County Coroner Jim Akers, the body is that of 48 year old Salvador Ruis Rameriz.

 

Rameriz’s death is being investigated as a homicide.

 

According to KFVS, two people, Casey Marler and Curtis Walker, are in custody in Wright County in connection to the case.

 

 

MAN TAKEN INTO CUSTODY FOLLOWING PURSUIT

 

A Scott City man is facing charges following a high speed pursuit.

 

According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, a deputy observed a vehicle going over twice the speed limit early Thursday morning on State Highway M.

 

The deputy tried to initiate a stop, however the vehicle continued, at one point reaching speeds of over 100 miles per hour. The vehicle was eventually stopped by spike strips deployed by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

 

The driver of the vehicle then tried to flee on foot behind a residence. He was eventually apprehended in a cow pasture.

 

The driver, 38 year old Matthew Lowe, of Scott City, is facing multiple charges, including resisting arrest by fleeing and creating a substantial risk of serious injury or death to any person.

 

 

REPORT OF SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY LEADS TO TWO ARRESTS

 

Two people have been taken into custody in connection to a report of suspicious activity at a Morley residence.

 

According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, a deputy responded to the report Wednesday morning and found a woman, 59 year old Patty Tanner, of Morley, at the residence.

 

She told the deputy she was there alone, however during a search, the deputy found a known fugitive, 38 year old Rollen Newsom, of Sikeston, hiding in a bedroom. Tanner claimed she did not know Newsom was in the residence.

 

Tanner was taken into custody after the deputy found items known to be used as drug paraphernalia, several straws and plastic baggies during a search of her vehicle.

 

Tanner is facing charges of possession of a controlled substance and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. Newsom was arrested on an outstanding Scott County warrant.

 

 

MAN IN STABLE CONDITION AFTER BEING HIT BY TRAIN NEAR CAPE

 

A man is in stable condition after being hit by a train near Cape Girardeau late Wednesday night.

 

Authorities say the man, 21 year old Dejuan M. Haynes, of St. Louis, was part of a group of people shooting a music video near the tracks. The man was hit when a train approached from around a corner.

 

The victim received serious injuries.

 

 

VEHICLE HIT BY TRAIN IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS

 

A vehicle was hit by a train Thursday in Northeast Arkansas.

 

According to authorities, the vehicle was struck in the back end while travelling from Piggott to Paragould.

 

The driver of the vehicle was taken to an area hospital.

 

 

POLICE INVESTIGATING TWO REPORTS OF INDECENT EXPOSURE

 

Authorities in Jonesboro are investigating two reports of indecent exposure.

 

Two women reported to police that a man had approached them separately in a vehicle. Both women said the man was not wearing pants at the time.

 

The incidents occurred within 30 minutes of each other Wednesday morning.

 

 

PINK OUT DAY GENERATES $24,000

 

The Annual Poplar Bluff Pink-Out Day raised a record amount of money this year for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

 

The fifth annual Pink-Out day raised a total of $24,000 according to a release from the Poplar Bluff School District.

 

This year’s proceeds were split between two relief organizations, the United Cancer Assistance Network and Dig for Life.

 

 

INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS TO BE SHOWN AT POPLAR BLUFF MUNICIPAL LIBRARY

 

The Poplar Bluff Municipal Library will be hosting a screening of a horror classic tonight.

 

Doors will open for the free showing of Invasion of the Body Snatchers at 6 pm tonight. The movie will then begin at 7 pm.

 

Those who come in costume can participate in the Library’s Facebook Flash Mob.

October 23, 2014

RIVER RADIO NEWS 102314

 

BODY FOUND IN BUTLER COUNTY

 

A body has been found near Black River in Butler County.

 

According to authorities the body was that of a Hispanic man, although his identity is unknown.

 

The body was found Wednesday and is being investigated as a homicide.

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOOTING

 

Poplar Bluff Police are investigating a shooting incident.

 

According to Chief Jeff Rowland with the Poplar Bluff PD, officers responded Tuesday evening to Bacon Park about shots being fired.  An investigation into the incident revealed that three vehicles were present at the time of the shooting.

 

Officers located one of the vehicles on Main Street, near Gardner Street.  The vehicle had sustained damage from a gunshot, which damaged the radiator, disabling the vehicle.

 

Rowland says several persons of interest have been identified and are being sought.

 

No injuries have been reported.

 

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Poplar Bluff Police Department at 785-5776.

 

 

SCHOOL EMPLOYEE UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR ALLEGED MISCONDUCT

 

An investigation is ongoing into a Poplar Bluff School District employee for alleged non-sexual misconduct.

 

According to KFVS, the family of the victim says their child has come home from the Poplar Bluff early childhood center with unexplained bruises.

 

The family also said that the child, who has autism, started acting differently when school started.

 

Poplar Bluff Superintendent Chris Hon says that an investigation has been started.

 

 

SINGLE ENGINE PLANE CRASHES IN NORTHERN ARKANSAS

 

Authorities in northern Arkansas say two men have been injured after they crashed an experimental airplane.

 

The single-engine plane crashed Tuesday evening northwest of Ozark Regional Airport in Baxter County. The men were hospitalized. The Baxter County Sheriff’s Office hasn’t released their names or conditions.

 

It’s unclear what caused the crash.

 

Federal Aviation Administration records show the Zodiac XL aircraft is registered to 36 year old Andrew Tuberville of Lakeview.

 

Federal authorities are investigating.

 

 

CHILD SERIOUSLY INJURED AFTER FALLING OUT OF MOVING VEHICLE

 

A three year old child has serious injuries after reportedly falling out a moving vehicle in Wayne County on Monday.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the child opened the rear driver side door and fell out of the vehicle. The child was allegedly not wearing a safety device at the time of the incident.

 

Later that day, the driver of the vehicle, 38 year old Christopher D. White, of Millspring, was arrested on a felony charge of child neglect.

 

 

WAPPAPELLO MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGE

 

A Wappapello man is facing drug charges following his arrest Wednesday morning.

 

According to the Highway Patrol, 49 year old Ronald Fraga was arrested shortly after 10 am Wednesday in Wayne County.

 

Fraga was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance for methamphetamine and marijuana, unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, and speeding.

 

 

SEARCH WARRANT LEADS TO ONE ARREST IN POCAHONTAS

 

One person is in custody, while officials are searching for two others following the search of a Pocahontas duplex.

 

According to KAIT, methamphetamine was fond during the execution of two search warrants at the duplex on October 14th. Bobby Martin Jr. was taken into custody at the scene.

 

Police say that two other people are being sought in connection to the search, Mellissa Hendershott and Aren Dewayne Henson.

 

 

DISASTER DECLARATION ISSUED FOR CRAIGHEAD AND MISSISSIPPI COUNTIES

 

U. S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has made disaster declarations for farmers in two Arkansas counties that suffered losses and damage due to high winds and hail that occurred on October 7th.

 

Responding to requests from Governor Mike Beebe, Vilsack issued the primary county disaster declarations in Craighead and Mississippi counties. Additionally, Crittenden, Greene, Jackson, Lawrence, and Poinsett counties were named as contiguous disaster counties.

 

Qualifying farmers will be eligible for federal aid, including emergency loans. Officials say farmers who feel they may qualify for the federal aid should contact their local Farm Service Agency office.

 

October 22, 2014

RIVER RADIO NEWS 102214

 

TENNESSEE MAN KILLED IN WRECK INVOLVING TRACTOR TRAILER

 

A Tennessee man is dead following a wreck Tuesday in Pemiscot County.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 37 year old David Warden, of Ripley, Tennessee, suffered fatal injuries when the vehicle he was driving ran into the back of a tractor trailer on US 412 near Hayti.

 

The tractor trailer then ran into a ditch; however no injuries were listed for the driver.

 

 

JONESBORO WOMAN DIES FROM INJURIES RECEIVED IN WRECK

 

A Jonesboro woman has died from injuries she received in a head on collision last week.

 

According to the Arkansas State Police, 77 year old Barbera Barnett was a passenger in a vehicle that had been struck by another vehicle on October 15th in Jonesboro.

 

Barnett passed away on the 18th at a Northeast Arkansas hospital.

 

 

THREE ARRESTED IN ARKANSAS SHOOTING

 

Three suspects wanted in a home shooting that hospitalized three men in northeast Arkansas have been arrested in Tennessee.

 

Poinsett County Sheriff Larry Mills says a Tennessee trooper recognized the suspects’ vehicle on Monday after the Arkansas State Police issued an alert. All three face attempted murder charges.

 

Authorities say the three male victims were shot at a Harrisburg home on Sunday. They were taken to an area hospital and one man was later flown to a Memphis, Tennessee, hospital. Their conditions have not been released.

 

 

MAN FACING AGGRAVATED ASSAULT AND WEAPON CHARGE IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS

 

A Northeast Arkansas man is facing charges after he reportedly fired a gun and threatened a person on Tuesday.

 

According to KAIT, 48 year old Joey Randazzo allegedly threatened a newspaper delivery driver who had stopped in Randazzo’s driveway to prepare the papers.

 

The driver told authorities that Randazzo had threatened to shoot him if he did not leave and also used a racial slur. Randazzo later admitted to also firing a warning shot as the vehicle drove away. Randazzo is facing charges, including aggravated assault.

 

 

TWO IN CUSTODY ON DRUG CHARGES IN SCOTT COUNTY

 

Two people are in custody in Scott County on drug charges.

 

According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, 41 year old David Kelley, of Morley, and 53 year old Leslie Jarboe, of Richland, were arrested following a search of Kelley’s residence.

 

Authorities reportedly found methamphetamine and alprazolam inside the house and outbuildings, as well as three rifles, one of which had deep scratches on the serial numbers.

 

Kelley has been charged with possession with the intent to distribute a controlled substance and possession of any methamphetamine precursor drug with the intent to manufacture.

 

Jarboe was taken into custody on an outstanding warrant for her arrest through Miller County for possession of amphetamine.

 

 

THREE RIVERS COLLEGE TO HOLD INFORMATION NIGHT FOR LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSING PROGRAM

 

Three Rivers College will be holding an information night for the Licensed Practical Nursing program next month.

 

The event will give prospective students the chance to apply for the college’s LPN program in Kennett, and find out about the requirements for entry into the program and financial aid opportunities.

 

The information night is scheduled for 6:30 pm at the Three Rivers College Center in Kennett on Thursday, November 6th.

 

 

MOBILE OFFICE SCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY IN POPLAR BLUFF

 

Area residents will have a chance to meet with staff members of United States Senator Roy Blunt Thursday in Poplar Bluff.

 

The mobile office will be held from 9 am to 10 am at the Mark Twain National Forest Service Office on Maud Street.

 

 

ARKANSAS UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DOWN TO 6.2 PERCENT

 

State officials say Arkansas’ unemployment rate dipped to 6.2 percent in September. That’s down from 7.7 percent a year earlier.

 

The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services says September’s jobless rate dropped by one-tenth of a percentage point from August. The agency says the number of employed Arkansans rose by 4,500 last month in the first employment gain since March.

 

Five industry sectors posted job gains, with employment in government rising by 13,100 last month. Much of the increase is attributed to seasonal hiring at public schools. Jobs in educational and health services increased by 2,300, while jobs in professional and business services rose by 2,000.

 

The agency says the leisure and hospitality sector lost 1,100 jobs last month, primarily because of the closure of summer-related businesses.

October 21, 2014

RIVER RADIO NEWS 102114

 

ONE KILLED IN SINGLE VEHICLE OREGON COUNTY WRECK

 

An Alton man has died following a single vehicle wreck Monday in Oregon County.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred when a vehicle driven by 45 year old Eddie Johnson ran off the side of US 160 and struck a driveway approach. His vehicle then overturned and he was ejected.

 

Johnson was later pronounced dead at an area hospital. He was not wearing a safety device at the time of the wreck.

 

 

POLICE INVESTIGATING SIKESTON BANK ROBBERY

 

An investigation is ongoing into a bank robbery in Sikeston.

 

According to the Sikeston Department of Public Safety, shortly before noon on Monday, a suspect entered Alliance Bank in Sikeston and demanded cash. The suspect then fled with an undisclosed amount of money.

 

The FBI is participating in the investigation with the Sikeston Department of Public Safety. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact 573-471-4711.

 

 

MAN SHOT IN BLYTHEVILLE

 

Blytheville police say a man was shot Monday in a possible drug related incident.

 

According to authorities, the man was found with a gunshot wound Monday morning. He reportedly fired shots at his shooters during the incident.

 

Police also found methamphetamine at the scene.

 

The man was identified as 42 year old Jessie Andrews III.

 

 

LEPANTO MAN SENTENCED TO 12 YEARS FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A WOMAN

 

A Lepanto man has been sentenced for the alleged sexual assault of a woman.

 

According to KAIT, 73 year old Marion O’Neal Bryan received a sentence of 12 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections in connection to the incident, which occurred in Poinsett County.

 

 

TWO ARRESTED FOLLOWING SEARCH IN SCOTT COUNTY

 

A Benton couple is facing multiple charges following their arrest.

 

According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, 50 year old Kenneth Blankenship and 36 year old Bobbie Wipfler, were taken into custody after authorities served a search warrant at their residence Sunday night.

 

The search resulted in the recovery of stolen property, including a Sharp 60 inch television from a storage shed burglary in Dexter.

 

Authorities also discovered items considered to be drug paraphernalia; a digital scale with residue, aluminum foil and a straw with residue, and a hypodermic needle. A field test of the residue was conducted that indicated positive for methamphetamine.

 

Also located during the search was a .22 caliber revolver with Blankenship’s identification next to it.

 

Both Blankenship and Wipfler are facing charges of possession of a controlled substance, receiving stolen property, and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

 

Blankenship has also been charged with unlawful possession of a firearm.

 

 

MOBILE OFFICE TO BE HELD THIS WEEK IN DEXTER

 

Staff members of United States Senator Roy Blunt

will be in Dexter later this week for a mobile office.

 

The meeting will be held Thursday at the Bootheel Regional Planning Commission from 11 am to noon.

 

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.

 

 

OUTER ROAD IN BUTLER COUNTY TO BE CLOSED TODAY FOR PAVEMENT REPAIRS

 

Pavement repairs will cause the closure of a Butler County road today.

 

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, Northbound outer road Route 67 in Butler County will be closed today from 9 am to 3 pm. The work zone will be located at County Road 523.

 

 

OVER 20 THOUSAND PEOPLE CAST EARLY BALLOTS IN ARKANSAS

 

Over 20 thousand people have cast ballots in Arkansas for the upcoming midterm election.

 

Secretary of State Mark Martin’s office said 21,094 people had cast a ballot by late afternoon Monday, the first day of early voting for the November 4th election. Martin has predicted 51 percent of the state’s nearly 1.7 million registered voters will vote in this year’s election.

 

Republican and Democratic party leaders say urging Arkansans to cast their ballots early is key to their get out the vote strategies for the election.

 

The election features Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor’s heated fight for a third term against Republican challenger and U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton.

October 20, 2014

RIVER RADIO NEWS 102014

 

CHARLESTON POLICE SEEK PUBLIC’S HELP IN SHOOTING INVESTIGATION

 

Authorities in Charleston are investigating a weekend shooting.

 

According to Charleston Department of Public Safety Director Robert Hearnes, the shooting happened at around 10 am on Sunday.  Hearnes says officer responded to the area of Sy Williams Boulevard, where they found 19 year old Jadarius McCain, of Charleston, with a gunshot wound.

 

No suspects have been arrested at this time.

 

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call 573-683-3737.

 

 

MURDER SUSPECT ARRESTED IN JONESBORO

 

A man who was wanted for aggravated robbery has been arrested in Jonesboro.

 

According to a release from the Jonesboro Police Department, authorities discovered that 27 year old Marlon Braggs, Jr., of Helena-West Helena, who was wanted in Phillips County, Arkansas was in Jonesboro.  SWAT officers responded to a home on Dana Street, where they were able to take Braggs into custody without incident.

 

Authorities say Braggs had a stolen handgun in his possession.

 

Phillips County authorities say Braggs had a warrant on a charge of aggravated robbery and is also a person of interest in a murder in that county.

 

 

MORLEY MAN FACING SEX CHARGE

 

A Morley man has been taken into custody after being accused of committing a sex crime with a juvenile.

 

Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter says 43 year old Timothy Scott Graham was arrested Friday and charged with felony second degree statutory sodomy.

 

Walter says his department discovered that Graham may have been involved in an inappropriate relationship with a juvenile during an investigation into an unrelated matter.

 

Sheriff Walter says Graham admitted to a sex act with the child.

 

 

STEELE MAN LEADS POLICE ON HIGH SPEED CHASE

 

A Steele man is facing multiple charges after leading officers on a high speed chase Friday night.

 

30 year old Matthew David Cameron has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child, resisting a lawful stop, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle and careless and imprudent driving.

 

Authorities say Cameron allegedly led Cape Girardeau Police on a chase through several Cape streets and parking lots with a two year old in the vehicle.  The pursuit continued until Cameron crossed the Emerson Bridge into Illinois.  Members of the Alexander County Sheriff’s Department continued the chase.

 

Cameron was later taken into custody at an apartment in Cape.

 

Authorities say he had three active warrants at the time of the chase.

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG WARRANT

 

A Poplar Bluff man was taken into custody Friday morning on a warrant out of Arkansas.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 38 year old Garry W. Wilkerson was arrested in Butler County shortly after 10:30 am on a warrant out of Mississippi County, Arkansas on a charge of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF MAN FACING PRESCRIPTION DRUG CHARGES

 

A Poplar Bluff man is facing multiple drug charges after being arrested by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

 

The Patrol reports that 57 year old Danny R. Reed was taken into custody Friday shortly before 11:30 am in Wayne County.  Reed has been charged with possession of a controlled substance, Hydrocodone; and possession of a controlled substance, Alprazolam.

 

 

SIKESTON WOMAN CHARGED WITH DRUG POSSESSION

 

A Sikeston woman has been charged with drug possession after authorities intervened an argument between her and her baby’s father.

 

According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, a deputy responded to a call about a couple arguing loudly in a vehicle.  While interviewing the pair, the deputy discovered 18 year old Michelle Marshall had drugs in her possession.

 

Marshall has been charged with possession of a controlled substance.

 

The man, whose name has not been released, is accused of squeezing the couple’s one year old child.  The Missouri Children’s Division and the Scott County Juvenile Office were notified, and the child was taken into protective custody due to substantial risk to the one year old child’s health from being squeezed in an angry manner by her father.

 

 

BENTON COUPLE FACING DRUG CHARGES

 

A Benton couple has been arrested on drug charges.

 

According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, 50 year old Russell Eugene Turner and 40 year old Connie Yvonne Turner were taken into custody Saturday.

 

Walter reports that his department presented a search warrant at the couple’s home to follow-up on a previous investigation.  During the search, deputies discovered paraphernalia with residue that tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine.

 

Each has been charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

 

ROUTE Z IN STODDARD COUNTY REDUCED FOR PAVEMENT REPAIRS

 

A section of Route Z in Stoddard County will be reduced to one lane as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform pavement repairs.  The affected section of roadway is located from Route 153 to Route W.  Work is scheduled to take place today through Friday, from 7:30 am to 3 pm each day.

 

 

ROUTE W IN STODDARD COUNTY REDUCED FOR PAVEMENT REPAIRS

 

A portion of Route W in Stoddard County will be reduced to one lane as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform pavement repairs.  The affected section of roadway is located from Route Z to Route D.  Work is scheduled to take place today through Friday, from 7:30 am to 3 pm each day.

 

 

ROUTE M IN CARTER COUNTY REDUCED FOR CULVERT REPLACEMENT

 

Route M in Carter County will be reduced to one lane as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform culvert replacement.

Crews will be replacing several culvert pipes along Route M.  Work is scheduled to take place today through Friday, from 7 am to 4:30 pm each day.

 

 

ROUTE U IN DUNKLIN COUNTY CLOSED FOR PIPE REPLACEMENT

 

A portion of Route U in Dunklin County will be closed today as Missouri Department of Transportation crews replace a pipe beneath the roadway.  The affected section of roadway is located between County Road 442 and County Road 430.  Work is scheduled to take place from 7 am to 3 pm.

 

 

MISSOURI, KANSAS DEALING WITH FEWER DEER

 

Missouri wildlife officials and deer hunters agree on one thing – something has to be done to reverse a continuing drop in deer population in the state.

 

The Department of Conservation reports Missouri hunters took 251,924 whitetail deer during last hunting season, the lowest total in a decade. In response, the state said hunters in some counties could take only one deer, rather than an unlimited number, during firearms season in the spring.

 

The Kansas City Star reports more restrictions are being considered.

 

Missouri officials blame the drop on an outbreak of hemorrhagic disease and hunting regulations that allowed hunters to take an unlimited number of does in many counties.

 

Kansas is dealing with a declining population also but the numbers aren’t down as sharply as Missouri’s.

 

 

EXPERTS SAY STINGING CATERPILLARS RARE IN MISSOURI

 

The Missouri Department of Conservation says residents likely won’t encounter stinging caterpillars this fall, despite booming populations in southern states.

 

A large population of pus caterpillars in Florida this year has stung locals, leaving a swelling, burning wound.

 

Residents have been calling the Missouri Department of Conservation’s Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center asking about the creature.

 

Pus caterpillars look like a brown lump of fur. The department says only a small population lives in Missouri, although they cause the most severe reaction of the state’s 15 species of venomous caterpillars.

 

Forest Entomologist Rob Lawrence advises against touching hairy caterpillars.

 

Spines from the insects can be removed with scotch tape. Stings should be washed with soap and water and monitored in case of an allergic reaction.

 

 

MISSOURI TO VOTE ON TEACHER EVALUATION CHANGES

 

Missouri could become the first state to tie student learning to teacher evaluations in its state constitution, if enough voters support a November ballot issue.

 

Proposed Constitutional Amendment 3 would require a majority of teachers’ evaluation scores be based on objective student performance data, which could include standardized tests.

 

The measure also would limit future teaching contracts to three years, ending the current tenure system that gives teachers indefinite job security after five years.

 

The group sponsoring the initiative recently announced that it won’t be campaigning for the measure, after public opinion polling showed a lack of support.

 

But some education groups still are campaigning against it. They say it could lead educators to “teach to the test.”