January 30, 2015

RIVER RADIO NEWS 013015

 

WOMAN INJURED IN POPLAR BLUFF HOME INVASION

 

Police in Poplar Bluff are searching for three suspects in a reported home invasion.

 

According to the Daily American Republic, the victim said that the suspects stole two video game consoles and the victim’s cell phone during the home invasion early Thursday morning on North Fifth Street. The victim was also hit with a handgun.

 

 

TWO ARRESTED IN CAPE ARMED ROBBERY

 

Two armed robbery suspects have been arrested in Cape Girardeau.

 

19 year old Aaron J. Drake and 20 year old Laterrius M. Triplett have each been charged with first degree robbery and armed criminal action.

 

Authorities say a Cape Girardeau Police officer was flagged down Wednesday night shortly after 10 pm by a man who said he had been robbed at gunpoint.

 

Officers later located a vehicle matching a description given by the victim. A search of the vehicle revealed a handgun and property belonging to the victim.

 

 

SHOTS FIRED DURING ARMED ROBBERY OF BLYTHEVILLE BUSINESS

 

Shots were fired Wednesday night during the reported armed robbery of a Northeast Arkansas business.

 

According to authorities, three men entered a Blytheville Domino’s and demanded money. One of the suspects allegedly shot at the manager. The manager returned fire and the three suspects then fled the area.

 

A reward is being offered for information in connection to the robbery.

 

 

JACKSON MAN ARRESTED ON MULTIPLE DRUG RELATED CHARGES

 

A Jackson man is facing multiple drug related charges following his arrest early Thursday morning.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 37 year old Brian Smith, was taken into custody at around 1:30 am in Cape Girardeau County.

 

Smith is facing charges of manufacturing a controlled substance, methamphetamine; possession of a controlled substance, hydrocodone; unlawful use of drug paraphernalia; and driving while revoked.

 

 

FOUR ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES IN BERNIE

 

Four Bernie residents have been taken into custody and more arrests are expected in connection to a four month investigation.

 

According to authorities, 57 year old Linda Price, 71 year old Sharon Passley, 35 year old Margaret Miller, and 53 year old Jeffery Scott Boyle were arrested on Wednesday. The investigation was focused on people who were allegedly selling prescription pills.

 

The four arrested are each facing a charge of distribution of a controlled substance.

 

 

JONESBORO POLICE INVESTIGATING STRING OF VANDALISM

 

Authorities in Jonesboro, Arkansas are investigating multiple reports of vandalism to vehicles.

 

According to KAIT, at least 25 reports of vandalism have been made including car windows being shot out with a BB or pellet gun. The incidents were concentrated on the west and south sides of the city.

 

Anyone with information about the vandalism can contact the Jonesboro Police Department.

 

 

STODDARD COUNTY SCHOOL CLOSED TODAY DUE TO ILLNESS

 

A school in Stoddard County will not be having classes today.

 

According to KFVS, the Richland R-1 School District has cancelled school for today after the flu and strep caused around 50 students to miss classes on Thursday.

 

Many school officials and teachers also missed school on Thursday due to sickness.

 

 

BRIDGE MAINTENANCE TO CAUSE DELAYS IN SCOTT COUNTY

 

The southbound I-55/57 interchange in Scott County will be reduced to one lane today as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform bridge maintenance.

 

The I-55/57 interchange is located at mile marker 66. Work is scheduled to be performed from 8 am to 3:30 pm.

 

 

ARKANSAS HOUSE COMMITTEE APPROVES ANTI-ABORTION PROPOSAL

 

(AP) – An Arkansas House committee has approved a proposal that would require a doctor to be present when women take abortion-inducing medication.

 

The Public Health, Welfare, and Labor committee Thursday voted to send the bill to the House. It would prevent any instance of the medication being administered through telemedicine and require that doctors attempt to schedule a follow-up visit.

 

Republican Representative Julie Mayberry of Hensley says her bill is aimed at protecting the health of women who might have adverse reactions to abortion-inducing pills. She says a doctor should be present.

 

Opponents say lawmakers shouldn’t dictate how doctors practice medicine. They say the bill grants government too much control.

 

Mayberry says that telemedicine isn’t used to administer the pill in the state and that her bill is a preventative measure.

 

 

PAY RAISE FOR MISSOURI LAWMAKERS AND STATE OFFICIALS BLOCKED

 

(AP) – Missouri lawmakers and state elected officials will not receive a raise.

 

State senators on Thursday voted 31-3 to block a pay increase for themselves that was recommended by a state commission.

 

The commission in November recommended $4,000 more for legislators and 8 percent more for the governor and other state officials in fiscal years 2016 and 2017.

 

Opponents say lawmakers should not receive a raise, especially when state employees are not expected to get one next fiscal year.

 

The House voted 133-15 against the pay raises last week.

 

Efforts to prevent the raise stalled Wednesday after a filibuster by some Senate Democrats, who say the current $35,915 a year isn’t enough to compensate lawmakers for their work. But they backed down Thursday, allowing a vote.

 

 

MISSOURI SENATORS PASS BILL AIMED TO HELP DAIRY FARMERS

 

(AP) – A bill to create incentives for Missouri’s dairy farmers has won approval from state senators.

 

Senators voted 32-2 Thursday for legislation that would provide subsidies to help dairy farmers pay for insurance. Other provisions include a scholarship for students studying farming and funds for research on the industry.

 

The bill now goes to the House, which already has given initial approval to its own version of the legislation.

 

Republican Sen. Brian Munzlinger, of Williamstown, says the bill is needed to keep Missouri’s milk providers in business.

 

Critics say state government should not interfere with the free market or try to fix an industry regulated at the federal level.

 

Funds for the state incentives would have to be approved separately and would come from an existing sales tax on dairy products.

January 29, 2015

RIVER RADIO NEWS 012915

 

PROSECUTOR FINDS POLICE WERE JUSTIFIED FOR USING LETHAL FORCE ON NORTHEAST ARKANSAS MAN

 

 

A prosecutor has found that four Northeast Arkansas law enforcement officers were justified in using lethal force on an area man earlier this month.

 

Second Judicial Prosecutor Scott Ellington made the ruling in the shooting of Brandon Johnson, of Jonesboro.

 

Johnson was caught by police allegedly attempting to deliver a large quantity of methamphetamine on January 9th. According to KAIT, police say that Johnson tried to run over the officers.

 

Johnson suffered a gunshot wound to the arm in the incident. He is facing charges of aggravated assault, possession of meth or cocaine with purpose to deliver, and fleeing in a vehicle.

 

 

POACHER BUSTED IN RIPLEY COUNTY

 

 

A poacher was recently busted in Ripley County.

 

According to the Missouri Department of Conservation, agents caught the poacher on the Little Black River with a large number of illegally gigged bass.

 

The fish were confiscated and donated to a local needy family. The identity of the poacher was not released.

 

Anyone wanting to report suspected poaching or other game violations, can call Operation Game Thief at 800-392-1111.

 

 

MORLEY MAN IN CUSTODY ON DRUG CHARGE

 

 

A Morley man is facing drug charges in connection to an investigation in Scott County.

 

According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, officers pulled over a vehicle Tuesday night and while questioning the driver, he provided information that indicated 19 year old Bryce Western should be investigated.

 

The investigation led officers to a residence which resulted in them finding a gas mask modified for smoking marijuana; a container with a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana; and a pill believed to be a schedule four controlled substance.

 

Western was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of up to 35 grams of marijuana, and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

 

 

CHARGES BEING FILED AGAINST SEVEN INDIVIDUALS IN CONNECTION TO FIGHT

 

 

The Steele Police Department says charges are being filed against multiple individuals in connection to a fight on Sunday.

 

Police Chief Bill Joe Stanfield says that officers were dispatched to a bar in reference to a fight in progress. When they arrived at the bar, they found several individuals outside.

 

Officers discovered that the front glass window of a business across the street from the bar was shattered. Several people had been injured from falling through the glass window and received medical treatment for their injuries.

 

Charges of disorderly conduct by fighting and property damage are being filed on seven individuals. Arrests are expected to be made in the near future.

 

 

CAPE GIRARDEAU POLICE ISSUE SCAM ALERT

 

 

The Cape Girardeau Police Department has issued a scam alert following a report by a local woman.

 

The elderly woman told police a male came to her door wanting to inspect her home for mold. He then climbed on her roof.

 

The man was on the roof for a few minutes before coming down and charging her a fee.

 

Authorities say area residents should report to police if any suspicious people come to your door.

 

 

GOVERNOR JAY NIXON MAKES STOP IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI

 

 

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon was in Southeast Missouri yesterday to celebrate Missouri’s best year for job growth in 17 years and recognize workforce development efforts in Cape Girardeau County.

 

Governor Nixon visited packaging company Mondi Jackson on Wednesday. During the stop, Nixon highlighted the designation of Cape Girardeau County as a Certified Work Ready Community.

 

Nixon also talked about Missouri’s job growth during the visit. The monthly jobs report released by the Missouri Department of Economic Development last week showed the state’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.4 percent, the lowest since April 2008.

 

 

RAILROAD REPAIRS TODAY IN WAYNE COUNTY

 

 

Contractor crews will be in Wayne County today for railroad crossing repairs.

 

Highway 49 is scheduled to be reduced from 8 am to 4 pm for the repairs between the Mill Spring city limits and Birch Street.

 

 

MODOT CREWS TO BE IN NEW MADRID COUNTY THIS WEEK

 

 

Highway 61 in New Madrid County will be reduced to one lane today and tomorrow as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform drainage repairs.

 

The work zone will be located between Route M and Highway 162.

 

Weather permitting, work will performed from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm each day.

 

 

MISSOURI ATTORNEY GENERAL ENDORSES BODY CAMERAS FOR POLICE

 

 

(AP) – Missouri’s attorney general says police should wear body cameras more frequently but that the public and media shouldn’t have unfettered access to the recordings.

 

Attorney General Chris Koster said in a letter sent to lawmakers Tuesday that concerns about individual privacy made current public records laws unsuitable for widespread use of body cameras.

 

Requiring police to wear cameras to record their actions is one proposal filed by lawmakers in response to the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18  year old black man, by a white Ferguson police officer.

 

Supporters of body cameras say widespread use would provide evidence of what happened in situations like Brown’s shooting.

 

Koster agrees but says there should be restrictions on the footage to prevent voyeurism at the expense of privacy for those recorded.

 

 

MISSOURI PANEL HEARS OBJECTIONS TO VOTER PHOTO ID PROPOSAL

 

 

(AP) – Missouri Republican lawmakers say requiring photo identification at the polls will prevent voter impersonation fraud.

 

Bill sponsor Representative Tony Dugger, of Hartville, said during a House hearing on Tuesday that he has included exemptions for older Missourians and a way for those without a valid, non-expired photo identification to get one free of charge.

 

The bill would make Missouri one of the strictest states for voter identification.

 

Only non-expired Missouri or federal government issued ID would be accepted.

 

Voters must approve a constitutional amendment to allow the state to require photo ID because the Missouri Supreme Court has ruled any photo ID requirement violates individual voting rights.

 

Opponents say the legislation seeks to disenfranchise groups who traditionally support Democrats and are less likely to have a photo ID.

 

 

MISSOURI LAWMAKERS, ELECTED OFFICIALS LIKELY TO GET RAISE

 

 

(AP) – Missouri lawmakers and state elected officials likely will be getting a pay raise.

 

Legislative efforts to prevent the raise stalled Wednesday after a filibuster by some state Senate Democrats, who say the current $35,915 a year isn’t enough considering the amount of work by lawmakers.

 

A state commission in November recommended $4,000 more for legislators and 8 percent more for the governor and other state officials in fiscal years 2016 and 2017.

 

Suggested increases take effect automatically if lawmakers do nothing to prevent them before Sunday.

 

Republican Senator Rob Schaaf of St. Joseph says lawmakers don’t need a pay raise. He says the money could be better spent on raises for state employees or funding for other programs.

 

But Schaaf says he won’t try again to block the increases.

January 28, 2015

 

RIVER RADIO NEWS 012815

 

MAN FACING SEXUAL ASSAULT CHARGES IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS

 

A Walnut Ridge area man is facing a sexual assault charge in connection to an investigation that began as a missing juvenile case.

 

According to Imboden Live, last week authorities arrested Jerry Hampton on charges of fourth degree sexual assault and possession of child pornography.

 

Hampton, who is a registered sex offender, was found to be having contact with the minor. Hampton was arrested after authorities found and interviewed the juvenile.

 

 

WAPPAPELLO MAN ARRESTED ON MULTIPLE DRUG RELATED CHARGES

 

A Wappapello man was taken into custody Tuesday on multiple drug related charges.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 29 year old Travis Birkenmaier is facing charges of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; possession of marijuana; unlawful use of drug paraphernalia; and four counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

 

Birkenmaier was arrested at around 6:45 pm in Butler County.

 

 

HARVIELL TEEN ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION OF METH

 

A teenager from Harviell is facing a meth charge in connection to his arrest Tuesday afternoon in Butler County.

 

According to the Highway Patrol, 19 year old Anthony Norman was taken into custody on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine.

 

 

AREA WOMAN ARRESTED ON METH AND MARIJUANA CHARGES

 

A Wappapello woman was taken into custody Tuesday morning in Wayne County.

 

According to the Highway Patrol, 50 year old Elizabeth Jones was arrested at around 7:30 am on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

 

Jones is also charged with possession of marijuana.

 

 

VA TO HOST VETERANS ART SHOW

 

The John J. Pershing VA Medical Center will host a special Veterans Art Show on Saturday, February 14th. The event is part of the National Salute to Veteran Patients Week.

 

Local veterans are encouraged to enter their art work in the show.  Each veteran may enter one art item. Entries may be submitted to the Voluntary Services Office at the VA Medical Center, 1500 N. Westwood Blvd., by Friday, January 30th.

 

The entries will be displayed at the medical center after judging.  Winners will be announced during a reception to be held February 14th, at 1 pm in the Medical Center lobby.

 

 

PBJHS CHEERLEADERS WIN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

 

The Poplar Bluff Junior High School Cheerleaders won the National Cheerleaders Association High School Open National Championship earlier this month in St. Charles.

 

The team participated in the large intermediate division on January 18th.

 

The Poplar Bluff High School Competition Cheer Squad will be competing at the National High School Cheerleading championship on February 7th and 8th, at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

 

 

ROAD CLOSURE TODAY IN STODDARD COUNTY

 

Crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation will be in Stoddard County today to replace a culvert pipe under Route PP.

 

During the replacement, Route PP will be closed from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm between Harty Street and Richardson Avenue.

 

 

SECOND PROPOSAL TO END ARKANSAS’ MEDICAID PLAN IN 2015 FILED

 

(AP) – A second proposal has been filed in the Legislature to end Arkansas’ compromise Medicaid expansion this year, days after Governor Asa Hutchinson called on lawmakers to continue the program through 2016.

 

Republican Representative Donnie Copeland of Little Rock filed a proposal Tuesday to end the “private option,” which uses federal funds to purchase private insurance for the poor. Copeland’s proposal would end the program December 31st.

 

Hutchinson last week called on lawmakers to continue the program through the end of next year while a proposed task force looks at alternatives for coverage and larger Medicaid reforms.

 

A similar measure was filed in the Senate on Monday that would end the program December 31st. That measure and the task force proposal are expected to go before a Senate panel Wednesday.

 

 

MISSOURI BILL WOULD SHIELD HUMAN TRAFFICKING VICTIMS’ INFO

 

(AP) – The Missouri secretary of state is pushing a bill that would allow the state to keep human trafficking victims’ addresses secret.

 

Secretary of State Jason Kander on Tuesday announced legislation that would expand the Safe at Home program to cover those victims.

 

The program gives confidential addresses to survivors of domestic violence, rape and some other crimes. The aim is to prevent the victims’ assailants from tracking where they live and potentially harming them again.

 

Sex trafficking survivor and advocate Katie Rhoades says her pimp threatened her with violence before she escaped. She says the legislation could help other survivors who later worry about their own safety.

 

North Carolina, Washington, Oregon and Maryland have similar programs for human trafficking victims.

 

 

OVER 200 THOUSAND MISSOURIANS SIGN UP FOR HEALTH CARE ON FEDERAL EXCHANGE

 

(AP) – Nearly 38 percent more Missourians than last year have signed up for health insurance under the federal exchange.

 

U.S. Health and Human Services data released Tuesday shows that 209,336 residents had signed up for coverage as of Jan. 16, up about 57,000 from the first enrollment period. The number of enrollees could grow larger because the deadline for getting coverage doesn’t end until February 15.

 

Among the people who’ve signed up so far this year, about 88 percent chose a plan with financial assistance. Forty-one percent were new to the federal insurance exchange, and 59 percent re-enrolled.

 

Total enrollment in the 37 states served by HealthCare.gov is about 7.1 million people.

January 27, 2015

RIVER RADIO NEWS 012715

 

THREE FACING MURDER CHARGE FOLLOWING HAYTI HEIGHTS SHOOTING

 

Three people are facing a murder charge in connection to the shooting death of a man on Sunday.

 

According to authorities, 29 year old Arthur Liddell and 18 year old Demario Mitchell, of Hayti, along with 25 year old Samuel Jones Jr., are each facing charges of second degree murder, armed criminal action, and unlawful use of a weapon.

 

The charges stem from the shooting death of 20 year old Cedriceon Stewart.

 

 

MISSING MAN FOUND DEAD IN WAYNE COUNTY

 

The body of a missing man was discovered over the weekend in Wayne County.

 

The body of 53 year old Kenneth Willard was found Saturday morning near the Markham Springs Recreation area of Black River. According to authorities, Willard died of a gunshot wound and foul play is suspected.

 

Willard was last seen in October in the Zalma area.

 

 

MAN CHARGED WITH ASSAULT AND ARMED CRIMINAL ACTION IN CONNECTION TO INCIDENT IN MALDEN

 

A man is facing charges following an alleged assault.

 

According to KFVS, William Landen has been charged with first degree assault, resisting arrest, and armed criminal action.

 

Landen reportedly hit another man multiple times with a shovel in the head and face on Sunday. After Malden Police arrived, Landen attempted to run and was subdued with a stun gun.

 

The victim was taken to a Memphis hospital.

 

 

TWO ARRESTED IN WAYNE COUNTY ON METH CHARGES

 

Two people are facing a meth related charge following their arrest Monday afternoon.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 47 year old Stacy Melton, of St. Louis, and 34 year old Kallen Russom, of Silva were each arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

 

Melton and Russom were taken into custody shortly before 3:30 pm in Wayne County.

 

 

BRIDGE MAINTENANCE SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEK IN WAYNE COUNTY

 

Bridge maintenance has been scheduled for today and tomorrow in Wayne County.

 

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, Highway 67 in Wayne County will be reduced to one lane at the junction of Route A.

 

Work is scheduled to be performed today and tomorrow from 8 am to 2 pm each day.

 

 

INTERSTATE REPAIRS THIS WEEK IN PEMISCOT COUNTY

 

Northbound I-55 in Pemiscot County will be reduced this week as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform pavement repairs.

 

The work zone is located at mile marker 18.5.

 

Work will take place today through Friday, from 7 am to 5 pm daily.

 

 

MISSOURI STATE AUDITOR RELEASES REPORT ON TRANSPORTATION COMMISSIONERS

 

(AP) – A state audit shows Missouri has spent $376,000 flying commissioners to meetings across the state.

 

A report released Monday by state Auditor Tom Schweich notes the state could have saved $294,000 reimbursing conservation and transportation commissioners for driving instead in 2012 and 2013.

 

The transportation and conservation departments responded in the audit that the flights are necessary to get commissioners to meetings in a timely manner.

 

The Department of Transportation plans to continue flying commissioners on state planes despite Schweich’s recommendation to drive.

 

The audit also notes the fleet of 19 planes is unnecessarily large and consequently is underused. The report notes Missouri’s six passenger planes on average were used to capacity only about 10 percent of the time they were available to fly.

 

 

BUSINESS LEADERS EXPRESS SUPPORT FOR REVIEW OF MISSOURI TAX CODE

 

(AP) – Business groups say they support a proposed multi-year review of Missouri’s tax code by a panel of experts.

 

Republican Senator Bob Dixon, of Springfield, said an in-depth study of the tax code was desperately needed during a Senate committee hearing on the measure.

 

He says officials, tax attorneys, accountants and business owners, would study the code and produce a report as a starting point for an update of the code.

 

Dixon’s proposal would also create an independent office to advocate for taxpayers and outline a right to fair and equal application of the tax code.

 

Lobbyists for business groups say those changes would help protect taxpayers.

 

The Senate committee has not voted on the proposal.

 

 

PROPOSAL EXEMPTS BANKS FROM MISSOURI CONSUMER PROTECTION LAW

 

(AP) – Lobbyists for banks and credit unions say an exemption from a state consumer-protection law is needed to prevent excessive lawsuits against financial institutions.

 

Missouri Credit Union Association lobbyist David Kent said during a Monday legislative hearing that without a change, there could be a chilling effect on loans in Missouri.

 

The bill the banks support would exempt them from lawsuits from the state attorney general and from civil lawsuits seeking compensation for fraud, deceptive advertising or other violations.

 

An official from the attorney general’s office says that without the authority to enforce this state law, individual consumers would have little recourse and banks would have no incentive to work with the state to mediate disputes with consumers.

January 26, 2015

RIVER RADIO NEWS 012615

 

TWO MURDER SUSPECTS ARRESTED IN SIKESTON

 

Sikeston authorities arrested two murder suspects Friday evening at an area apartment building.

 

According to Captain James McMillen, William Henry-Applewhite III and Gailon Applewhite were taken into custody. The men were wanted in connection to the January 11th homicide of Christopher West.

 

McMillen also says that warrants are pending on other people who assisted and aided the two wanted subjects.

 

 

ONE KILLED IN IRON COUNTY WRECK

 

One person was killed Friday morning in a wreck involving a farm tractor.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by 77 year old Everett Nichols, of Belleview, hit the back of a farm tractor’s trailer on Route U in Iron County.

 

Nichols was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

 

ONE PERSON DEAD FOLLOWING SHOOTING IN PEMISCOT COUNTY

 

Authorities in Pemiscot County are searching for two suspects in connection to a deadly shooting on Sunday.

 

According to KFVS, 20 year old Cedriceon Stewart, of Hayti Heights, was killed during the incident at around 8:30 am.

 

One person has been arrested in the case, while two others are still being sought.

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF WOMAN ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION OF A FIREARM INSIDE A CORRECTIONAL FACILITY

 

A Poplar Bluff woman was taken into custody Friday evening in Butler County.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 30 year old Kerri Hoffman is facing felony charges of possession of a firearm inside a correctional facility and possession of a controlled substance.

 

Hoffman also reportedly had a warrant out of Butler County for fraud.

 

 

MAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING CHASE WITH POPLAR BLUFF POLICE

 

A Poplar Bluff man is facing charges following an incident over the weekend.

 

According to the Poplar Bluff Police Department, Saturday morning a female victim reported to police that Jewayne Shaw had assaulted her and held her at gunpoint at their residence. The woman was able to escape the residence and alert police.

 

After an officer responded to the residence, Shaw fled the scene in a vehicle. During the ensuing chase, Shaw’s vehicle struck two other vehicles before it struck a concrete retaining wall on the Northwest corner of West Vine Street at North Westwood Blvd.

 

Shaw and a passenger were injured in the wreck.

 

The Police Department says that a probable cause affidavit was prepared and submitted to the Butler County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for charges of felonious restraint, second degree assault, armed criminal action, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, resisting arrest, and numerous traffic offenses.

 

 

ONE IN CUSTODY FOLLOWING ALTERCATION AT MALDEN RESIDENCE

 

One person is in custody in connection to an altercation Sunday at a Malden residence.

 

A person was taken to a Memphis hospital following the altercation, which involved a weapon. KFVS is reporting that the person is in critical condition.

 

The names of those involved have not been released.

 

 

ELLINGTON MAN CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF METHAMPHETAMINE PARAPHERNALIA AND DESTRUCTION OF EVIDENCE

 

An Ellington man is facing multiple felony charges following his arrest Saturday afternoon.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 34 year old Tince Chitwood was arrested Saturday in Reynolds County on felony charges of possession of methamphetamine paraphernalia and destruction of evidence.

 

Chitwood was also charged with possession of up to 35 grams of marijuana and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

 

 

TWO HONORED AT POPLAR BLUFF CHAMBER BANQUET

 

Two area men were honored Saturday night at the Greater Poplar Bluff Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet.

 

According to the Daily American Republic, Joey McLane was named Citizen of the Year, while Ed DeGaris received the award for Volunteer of the Year.

 

McLane is the President and CEO of First Midwest Bank of Poplar Bluff. DeGaris serves on the Poplar Bluff City Council.

 

 

FATIGUE CITED IN CONNECTION TO 2013 TRAIN CRASH

 

(AP) – Federal officials say erratic shifts and sleep deprivation may have contributed to two freight trains colliding in May 2013 in southeast Missouri.

 

The Southeast Missourian reports that the accident happened when a 60-car Union Pacific train hit a 75-car Burlington Northern Santa Fe train at the Rockview intersection.

 

Cars were derailed, fire broke out and the overpass gave way. Five automobile passengers on the overpass were injured. A train conductor and engineer were also hurt.

 

The National Transportation Safety Board says a Union Pacific conductor and engineer failed to take necessary actions to prevent the collision. The report found their performance may have been compromised by fatigue as a result of working erratic schedules in the days preceding the accident.

 

 

GOVERNOR NIXON ASKING FOR INCREASE IN HIGHER EDUCATION FUNDING

 

(AP) – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is asking for $25 million for higher education next fiscal year.

 

But $13 million would be generated in part through expanded Medicaid funding, which has been widely criticized by Republicans. The governor also wants more than $161 million to update and repair campuses.

 

Although colleges and university officials say the money would help, they added it’s not much after years of underfunding.

January 23, 2015

 

 
MINER KILLED IN REYNOLDS COUNTY

The Mine Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death of a miner in eastern Missouri.

The federal agency said Thursday that a 54-year-old worker died at the Fletcher Mine and Mill, a lead and zinc ore mine near Bunker in Reynolds County.

The mine is operated by the Doe Run Co., which identified the worker as John Hoodenpyle Senior. Company spokeswoman Tammy Stankey says the miner died after rocks fell on the cab of his equipment as he was removing loose material from the roof of the mine. No other employees were injured.

Stankey said the company was “saddened by the tragic loss.” The company says underground operations at the mine will remain suspended until the Mine Safety and Health Administration signs off on work resuming.

 
A POPLAR BLUFF MAN IS WANTED FOR QUESTIONING IN CONNECTION TO ST. LOUIS HOMICIDE

Police are looking for a Poplar Bluff man in connection to a homicide at a St. Louis area hotel.

According to authorities, 30 year old Quinton Williams is wanted for questioning in connection to the shooting death.

Williams was allegedly an associate of Joseph Bowens, who was arrested earlier this month in Poplar Bluff on murder and robbery charges.

 
AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING DEATH IN DUNKLIN COUNTY

Authorities are investigating a reported death in Dunklin County.

According to KFVS, the investigation is about the death of a man outside of Campbell. Authorities had received a report of shots being fired shortly after 5:15 pm Thursday.

There were no other injuries reported.

 
JURY FINDS MAN GUILTY OF MURDER IN CAPE GIRARDEAU

22 year old Kenneth Bell Jr. was convicted Thursday on two counts of first degree murder.

Bell was charged for the shooting deaths of Misty Cole and Shannon James in Cape Girardeau in February of 2013.

He was also convicted on a single count of armed criminal action. Bell is scheduled to be sentenced in March.

 
ASU RAPE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES, TWO CHARGED WITH HINDERING APPREHENSION

An investigation into an alleged sexual assault in Jonesboro last week has led to two men being charged with hindering apprehension.

Authorities say an 18 year old female reported Friday morning that she had been raped at the Arkansas State University’s Sigma Pi house the night before. She told officers that she had drank a vodka punch and fallen unconscious.

The investigation led police to question Camden English, a Sigma Pi member, who told them that he found the victim unconscious in his bed, but denied having contact with the victim.

While investigators were on the way to execute a search warrant of English’s room, English allegedly sent a text to Alex Techmer requesting Techmer remove a glass of vodka punch from his room.

Authorities say Techmer is not a student at ASU.

English and Techmer have each been charged with hindering apprehension. English has also been charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

 
RAILROAD REPAIRS SCHEDULED FOR TODAY IN WAYNE COUNTY

Contractor crews will be in Wayne County today for railroad crossing repairs.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, the repairs will cause Highway 49 to be closed from 8:15 am to 4:15 pm between the Mill Spring city limits and Birch Street.

 
MISSOURI CAR DEALERS ASSOCIATION SUING STATE TO BLOCK DIRECT TESLA SALES

The Missouri Automobile Dealers Association is suing the state revenue department for allowing an electric car maker to sell directly to customers.

The car dealers filed a lawsuit Thursday in Cole County Circuit Court claiming Missouri violated state law by licensing California-based Tesla Motors as a franchise.

That gives the electric car manufacturer the power to sell cars to customers instead of working through a dealership.

Department of Revenue spokeswoman Michelle Gleba says the agency doesn’t comment on pending litigation.

The lawsuit claims the department is giving Tesla special privileges.

Tesla says the claims are groundless and called the lawsuit an attempt to decrease competition.

Tesla has come under fire before. Lawmakers proposed failed legislation last year that would have banned Tesla from selling vehicles directly to consumers.

 
NEW BILL WOULD REQUIRE ID TO USE MOBILE PAYMENT SYSTEM ON PHONE OR TABLET

A Missouri lawmaker is pushing a measure that would require identification each time a person uses a mobile payment system on their phone or tablet.

Democratic Representative Joshua Peters of St. Louis says the bill he introduced Wednesday requires customers to show a state driver’s license or other identification when they use a mobile wallet app or other electronic payment system.

He says it will prevent fraud if the mobile device is lost or stolen.

Merchants would have to record the license or identification number or could be responsible for the illegal purchases made if a device is reported stolen.

January 22, 2015

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ONE PERSON DEAD IN CONNECTION TO TUESDAY WRECK

 

One man has died in connection to a single vehicle wreck Tuesday in Dunklin County.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 79 year old Joseph Baker, of Campbell, died Wednesday at a Memphis Hospital. Baker was involved in a wreck Tuesday when his vehicle hit a large highway sign off of US 412 near Kennett.

 

A passenger in the vehicle suffered moderate injuries.

 

 

AREA MAYER DIES

 

Joe Stuckey, the mayor Benton, has passed away.

 

According to an obituary posted by Amick Burnett Funeral Chapels, Stuckey died Wednesday in Benton.

 

He was 68 years old.

 

 

2.2 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE REPORTED NEAR GOSNELL

 

A micro earthquake was reported Wednesday near Gosnell.

 

According to the Center for Earthquake Research and Information, a 2.2 magnitude earthquake occurred 10 miles northeast of Gosnell at 4:01 pm.

 

The earthquake had a depth of almost 6 miles.

 

 

MAN TO HIKE OVER TWO HUNDRED MILES TO RAISE MONEY AND AWARENESS FOR CYSTIC FIBROSIS

 

A man with Cystic Fibrosis is planning on hiking over 200 miles along the Ozark trail to raise money and awareness for the disease.

 

45 year old Michael Burke will hike 230 miles from Leasburg, Missouri, to Winona in September. Burke is coordinating his hike  with the 30.1 mile Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Xtreme Hike fundraising event on September 12th.

 

Cystic Fibrosis is a life-threatening genetic disease that causes debilitating lung infections that lead to premature death. It affects 30,000 adults and children in the United States and 70,000 people worldwide.

 

 

MEDICAID EXPANSION PANEL TO BE HELD IN POPLAR BLUFF

 

Missouri Highlands and the Missouri Rural Crisis Center will be hosting a Medicaid Expansion Panel Discussion next week in Poplar Bluff.

 

The panel will discuss how Medicaid Expansion would impact Missouri’s rural economies, hospitals and access to healthcare services in rural communities.

 

The panel has been scheduled for 6:30 to 8 pm, Thursday, January 29th, at the First Church of God on South Westwood Boulevard in Poplar Bluff.

 

 

DRAINAGE REPAIR PROJECT ONGOING IN STODDARD COUNTY

 

Route J in Stoddard County will be reduced to one lane through next Tuesday as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform drainage repairs.

 

The section of roadway to be reduced is located from County Road 413 to Reed Street.

 

Weather permitting, work will take place from 7 am to 4 pm daily through Tuesday, January 27th.

 

 

MISSOURI GAINS OVER 40,000 JOBS IN 2014

 

(AP) – Missouri’s unemployment has fallen again and now is at its lowest point in almost seven years.

 

The state Department of Economic Development on Tuesday released data showing the seasonally adjusted jobless rate dropped to 5.4 percent in December, its lowest rate since April 2008.

 

Unemployment has continued to drop slightly in recent months, from 5.9 percent in October to 5.6 percent in November.

 

Seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment grew by 1,700 jobs in December, bringing the number of new jobs for 2014 at about 44,700.

 

That’s the largest annual growth from December-to-December since 1997.

 

 

GOVERNOR NIXON PROPOSES BUDGET FOR NEXT FISCAL YEAR

 

(AP) – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon says he is asking for relatively few funding increases in his $26 billion budget proposal for next fiscal year.

 

State budget director Linda Luebbering calls the budget ‘modest’ and says the state is recovering after revenues fell significantly short of expectations last year.

 

Nixon’s proposed budget includes a $50 million increase in basic aid for public schools and $12 million more for performance-based funding for public colleges and universities. He’s also asking lawmakers to approve more money for services to people with disabilities and programs to help the aging.

 

The Democratic governor said even more could be spent on education and other programs if lawmakers would approve several measures that could enhance revenues, including an expansion of Medicaid. Republican lawmakers have previously declined to do that.

 

 

TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS CAUTION AGAINST NEW BILL THAT WOULD END WEIGHT LIMITS ON SOME TRUCKS

 

(AP) – Missouri transportation officials say a bill to end weight limits on trucks carrying livestock and grain would damage state bridges and roadways.

 

The concerns came along with praise from farmers who told the Senate’s agriculture committee on Wednesday the bill would help foster the state’s agricultural industry.

 

The legislation would expand a current law that removed weight limits on trucks carrying milk across the state.

 

But officials from the Department of Transportation warned that the additional weight could hurt roads at a time when money for repairs already is strained.

 

Chief Engineer Ed Hassinger says the proposal could result in bridge closures and damaged road surfaces.

 

Republican Senator Brian Munzlinger of Williamstown says he plans to keep the proposal in the bill, which includes several other agricultural provisions.

 

January 21, 2015

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TENNESSEE MAN ARRESTED IN BUTLER COUNTY ON DRUG CHARGES

 

A Tennessee man was arrested Tuesday in Butler County on drug charges.

 

According to the Highway Patrol, 39 year old Jacob Ross, of Covington, was arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine; driving while intoxicated, drugs; possession of a controlled substance, synthetic narcotics; possession of marijuana; and leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident.

 

 

NO ONE INJURED AFTER GUN WAS DISCHARGED AT CAPE GIRARDEAU RESTAURANT

 

Nobody was injured when a gun accidently went off Tuesday at a Cape Girardeau restaurant.

 

According to authorities, the gun had fallen out of a man’s jacket and discharged when it hit the floor. The bullet went into a wall of the restaurant.

 

The man was not arrested in connection to the incident.

 

 

NORTHEAST ARKANSAS WOMAN FACING ADDITIONAL CHILD SEX CHARGES

 

A Northeast Arkansas woman is facing additional child sex charges in connection to her arrest last year.

 

According to the Izard County Sheriff’s Department, 32 year old Beth Dickerson was charged Friday with sexual assault in the fourth degree and distributing, possessing, or viewing of matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child.

 

Dickerson was arrested in October on charges of sexual indecency with a child, sexual assault fourth degree, and rape.

 

The additional charges stem from a forensic analysis of her computer which was seized at the time of the original charges.

 

 

FERRY CONNECTING MISSOURI AND KENTUCKY REOPENS THIS MORNING

 

A ferry that connects Missouri and Kentucky is scheduled to reopen this morning.

 

The Dorena-Hickman Ferry is set to restart operations at 7 am on the regular winter operating schedule. The ferry has been closed since November for outfitting and inspection of a new barge.

 

The Ferry connects KY 1354 at Hickman, Kentucky, with Missouri Route A and Route 77 near Dorena, Missouri.

 

 

INTERSTATE REPAIRS THIS WEEK IN PEMISCOT COUNTY

 

Crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation will be in Pemiscot County this week for pavement repairs on Interstate 55.

 

Northbound I-55 will be reduced daily from 8 am to 5 pm through Friday. The work zone will be located between mile markers 14 and 16.

 

 

APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE MEMBERS HEAR PLEAS TO RELEASE FUNDING

 

(AP) – Missouri groups are asking for state lawmakers’ help in releasing millions of dollars in funding withheld by the governor.

 

Members of the state Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday listened for three hours as groups fighting for arts education, help for victims of domestic violence and other programs pleaded for lawmaker assistance.

 

Democratic Governor Jay Nixon withheld roughly $700 million this fiscal year, but Missourians in November amended the state constitution to allow lawmakers to override a governor’s budget restrictions.

 

It’s unclear whether lawmakers can use those powers on budget restrictions made by Nixon before that amendment passed.

 

Appropriations Committee chairman and Republican state Sen. Kurt Schaefer of Columbia says if lawmakers act, they’ll prioritize money for many of the programs discussed Tuesday.

 

 

NEW PROPOSAL WOULD REDUCE RESTRICT WELFARE BENEFITS IN MISSOURI

 

(AP) – A Missouri Republican says his proposal to restrict welfare benefits will encourage Missourians to get back to work.

 

A proposal to reduce lifetime limits for temporary cash assistance and impose other restrictions on welfare programs met strong opposition at a hearing Tuesday.

 

The proposal sponsored by Senator David Sater of Cassville reduces the lifetime limit for temporary cash assistance for families from five to two years and bars dangerous felons from receiving cash benefits.

 

It also restricts benefits for an entire family if one member does not comply with work activity requirements.

 

Opponents of the bill say it would make helping families out of poverty more difficult and would not give individuals enough time to overcome barriers to success.

 

Sater says he’s open to changing some parts of the bill.

 

 

MISSOURI REPRESENTATIVE PROPOSING MEDICAID EXPANSION THAT WOULD COVER VETERANS

 

(AP) – A Missouri Republican who supports Medicaid expansion will introduce a bill that would cover veterans and their families.

 

Missouri residents with incomes below the federal poverty level, or $19,530 for a family of three, do not qualify for Medicaid or for subsidies to buy health insurance through a federally run website.

 

Senator Ryan Silvey, of Kansas City, says that group includes veterans’ families. He plans to introduce a bill expanding Medicaid for veterans that fall in the coverage gap created by Missouri’s decision not to expand the program.

 

Silvey says he still supports a broader Medicaid expansion but doesn’t want to leave veterans in a lurch if those proposals do not move forward this year.

 

Republican leaders have said Medicaid expansion is unlikely this session.

January 20, 2015

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ONE IN CUSTODY IN CONNECTION TO SHOOTING DEATH IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS

 

(AP) – Police in Newport say one man was shot to death outside his home and a suspect is in custody.

 

Lieutenant Patrick Weatherford says in a news release that officers responding to reports of a shooting Sunday afternoon found 50 year old Ronald Edwin Everett with a gunshot wound to his chest. Weatherford says Everett died later at a local hospital.

 

Weatherford said it appears Everett was shot as he approached a car that had stopped in front of the house.

 

Police later arrested a suspect in the shooting and say the man is being held in the Jackson County jail pending a court appearance scheduled for Wednesday.

 

Police say Arkansas State Police are assisting in the investigation.

 

 

MAN ARRESTED AFTER ALLEGEDLY FLEEING FROM POLICE

 

A Kennett man has been arrested after attempting to flee from police Sunday.

 

According to the Kennett Police Department, an officer stopped a vehicle driven by 26 year old Cody Easley. During the stop, Easley allegedly fled from the car on foot.

 

He was taken into custody following a short foot chase. Easley was arrested for resisting arrest by fleeing, a probation and parole warrant and no operator’s license.

 

 

KENNETT MAN FACING ASSAULT CHARGE

 

Kennett authorities say an area man is facing multiple charges following his arrest Sunday.

 

According to the Kennett Police Department, 31 year old Gaylord Cook, of Kennett, was arrested on a Dunklin County warrant.

 

Cook was being held on charges of second degree assault and possession of a controlled substance.

 

 

CARUTHERSVILLE POLICE INVESTIGATING HIT AND RUN

 

Authorities in Caruthersville are investigating a reported hit and run incident.

 

The Caruthersville Police Department says that officers were called to a residence on Grand Avenue Saturday, at around 9:40 pm. They were told that a silver Ford Expedition hit a parked vehicle and then continued driving away from the accident.

 

The officers observed damage to the passenger side of the parked vehicle.

 

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Caruthersville Police Department at 573-333-2121.

 

 

REWARD BEING OFFERED FOR INFORMATION ABOUT RECENT FINDING OF DEAD ANIMALS

 

The Caruthersville Humane Society is offering a reward for information about a recent incident in New Madrid County.

 

The corpse of a dog, along with dismembered parts of another animal, were reportedly found. According to Examiner.com, the Humane Society is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.

 

Anyone who has information is asked to call the New Madrid County Sheriff’s Department at 573-748-2516.

 

 

CONSTITUENTS TO HAVE A CHANCE TO MEET WITH SENATOR BLUNT’S STAFF TODAY IN DEXTER

 

Staff members of United States Senator Roy Blunt will be in Dexter this morning to hold a mobile office with area residents.

 

The mobile office has been scheduled for 9:30 to 10:30 am at the Bootheel Regional Planning Commission.

 

During the mobile office, people will have a chance to speak with Senator Blunt’s staff members about their questions or concerns with the federal government.

 

 

HAZARDOUS MOVING OPERATION TO BE CONDUCTED IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI

 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol will be conducting a hazardous moving operation sometime this month in Southeast Missouri.

 

The operation will be held in Butler and Cape Girardeau Counties in cooperation with local law enforcement agencies. The patrol says that a hazardous moving operation is designed to target vehicles that are being operated in an unsafe manner.

 

 

OVER 260 THOUSAND DEER KILLED IN MISSOURI DURING HUNTING SEASON

 

(AP) – Hunters in Missouri killed 8,000 more deer during the 2014-15 season than the previous season.

 

The Missouri Department of Conservation says 260,552 deer were killed in the season that ended Thursday, outpacing last season’s totals.

 

Hunters killed 51,755 deer during just the current archery season. The most deer were killed in Jefferson, St. Louis and Franklin counties during the archery season.

 

The archery season for turkey also ended Thursday and 2,587 birds were killed. Last season tallied 2,546. The 2014 spring and fall turkey totals were 55,878.

 

The department says there were four hunting-related deaths during the deer season. The deaths involved a fall from a tree stand, a heater explosion inside a deer blind, a heart attack and a shooting wound from another hunter.

January 19, 2015

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HOMICIDE SUSPECT ARRESTED IN POPLAR BLUFF

 

A suspect in a St. Louis homicide has been arrested in Poplar Bluff.

 

According to the Poplar Bluff Police Department, 43 year old Joseph Bowens was taken into custody Saturday. Bowens is a suspect in the death of a hotel manager during a robbery on Thursday.

 

Bowens is facing charges of first degree murder, first degree robbery, and two counts of armed criminal action.

 

 

ONE PERSON DEAD IN ELECTROCUTION INCIDENT

 

One person is dead in connection to a wreck in Stoddard County.

 

According to the Daily American Republic, 19 year old Marcus Lauder hit a utility pole off of Highway 51 with his vehicle.

 

When he then got out of his vehicle, he apparently stepped onto a live electrical wire and was electrocuted. Lauder was found lying in the road.

 

 

SEXUAL ASSAULT REPORT MADE BY ASU STUDENT

 

Police at Arkansas State University are investigating a reported sexual assault.

 

According to authorities, the alleged sexual assault occurred early Friday morning at a location on University Loop east.

 

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Arkansas State University Police at 870-972-2093.

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF MAN ARRESTED FRIDAY MORNING ON METH CHARGE

 

A Poplar Bluff man is facing a meth charge following his arrest on Friday.

 

According to the Highway Patrol, 36 year old Christopher Gordon was taken into custody shortly before 8 pm Friday night in Butler County.

 

Gordon is facing charges of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; possession of drug paraphernalia; and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

 

 

ELLSINORE WOMAN FACING CHARGE OF POSSESSION OF METH

 

An Ellsinore woman is facing a meth charge following her arrest in Ripley County.

 

According to authorities, 55 year old Peggy Hendrix was arrested Saturday afternoon on charges of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

 

TWO ARRESTED IN WAYNE COUNTY FOR ALLEGED POSSESSION OF METH

 

Two men were taken into custody Friday night in Wayne County on drug charges.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 65 year old James Aldridge, of Silva, and 19 year old Anthony Norman, of Harviell, were arrested at around 8:30 pm Friday night.

 

They are each facing charges including possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

 

 

ACT ANNOUNCED FOR 2015 VALENTINES FOR VETERANS CONCERT

 

The act has been announced for the 2015 Valentines for Veterans Concert.

 

According to the The John J. Pershing VA Medical Center, the Kentucky Headhunters will be performing on February 13th at the Black River Coliseum. The concert will begin at 6:30 pm and there is no charge for tickets.

 

For more information, contact the Medical Center at 573-778-4276.

 

 

MOBILE OFFICE SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEK IN POPLAR BLUFF

 

Staff members of United States Senator Roy Blunt will be in Poplar Bluff tomorrow to conduct a mobile office.

 

The meeting will be held from 1 to 2 pm at the Poplar Bluff Area Chamber of Commerce.

 

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.

 

 

RAILROAD CROSSING REPAIRS TODAY IN DUNKLIN COUNTY

 

A portion of Highway 25 in Dunklin County will be closed today as crews repair a railroad crossing.

 

The work zone is located between Edwards Street and Line Street.

 

Work is scheduled to take place today from 7 am to 6 pm.

 

 

THREE CREDIT CARD COMPANIES REACH AGREEMENT WITH MISSOURI IN CONNECTION TO DECEPTIVE MARKETING INVESTIGATION

 

(AP) – Three credit card companies will pay $2.2 million to Missouri to settle an investigation alleging they marketed deceptive add-on products to consumers.

 

Attorney General Chris Koster says Discover, Capital One and HSBC have agreed not to engage in misleading marketing of identity theft and payment protection products under a settlement announced Friday.

 

The companies admitted no wrongdoing.

 

Koster says some were not aware they’d signed up for the products charged on their credit cards or were misled about the products. He says consumers paid for products they later found they couldn’t receive.

 

Similar settlements with credit card companies over deceptive marketing of products have been made in other states, including Hawaii and West Virginia.

 

The money from the settlement will go toward a fund for consumer-protection education and enforcement activity.

 

 

MISSOURI REPUBLICANS TO PUSH FOR LAWSUIT DAMAGE AWARD CAPS

 

(AP) – Republicans will push this session to reinstate some lawsuit damage award caps the Missouri Supreme Court has declared unconstitutional.

 

Some lawmakers want caps on the amount juries can award for noneconomic damages in medical malpractice cases and punitive damages in civil injury cases.

 

The Supreme Court declared medical malpractice caps unconstitutional in 2012 and overturned punitive damage caps last September.

 

Supporters of the limits say they provide certainty for businesses and health care providers. Opponents say limits harm only individuals who have already been injured by the negligence of a doctor or business.

 

Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey says caps on some medical malpractice injury suits will likely pass this year.

 

Bills to cap those awards have passed the House in previous years but stalled in the Senate.

 

 

ARKANSAS LAWMAKER PROPOSING REQUIRING PUBLIC COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES TO ALLOW CONCEALED HANDGUNS

 

(AP) – A lawmaker is proposing a requirement that Arkansas’ public colleges and universities allow faculty and staff to carry concealed handguns on campus.

 

Republican Rep. Charlie Collins of Fayetteville filed legislation Thursday to repeal a portion of state law that leaves the decision whether to allow concealed handguns on campus up to colleges and universities.

 

Collins’ proposal would remove the opt-out provision for public colleges and universities, but keep it in place for private campuses.

 

Two years ago, Collins proposed requiring colleges to allow concealed handguns for faculty and staff, but agreed to the opt-out provision after facing objections from college presidents and chancellors.

 

He says there’s more support now in the Legislature for the requirement and noted that no public campuses have opted to allow concealed handguns.