April 29, 2015

RIVER RADIO NEWS 042915

 

ONE KILLED IN REYNOLDS COUNTY WRECK

 

One person is dead following a single vehicle crash in Reynolds County.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 49 year old Robert Martin, of Ellington, was driving on Route K when he failed to negotiate a curve and hit a tree.

 

Martin was reportedly not wearing a safety device and was ejected during the wreck.

 

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

 

ELLSINORE MAN FACING BURGLARY AND DRUG CHARGES

 

An Ellsinore man is facing multiple charges following his arrest Tuesday in Ripley County.

 

According to the Highway Patrol, 34 year old Christopher Kohrman was arrested on charges of second degree burglary; possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; and second degree trespassing.

 

 

MAN IN CUSTODY IN CONNECTION TO VANDALISM AT NORTHEAST ARKANSAS CEMETERY

 

Authorities in Greene County, Arkansas, say a man is in custody in connection to a recent vandalism incident.

 

According to the Greene County Sheriff’s Department, 33 year old Jason Todd Sanders was arrested for vandalism that occurred at the Finch Cemetery over the weekend.

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND BRINGS HOME MULTIPLE AWARDS FROM REGIONAL COMPETITION

 

The Poplar Bluff Junior High School Jazz Band recently won multiple awards at a regional competition.

 

The band competed at the Mineral Area Jazz Festival in Park Hills. One of the band’s jazz units, Jazzin’ Tropical Thunder, took first place in the team competition. At least 10 students also received individual outstanding jazz awards.

 

 

ROUTE W IN NEW MADRID TO BE CLOSED TODAY

 

Route W in New Madrid County will be closed today as railroad crews repair the railroad crossing.

 

The section of roadway is located between Route 61 and First Street.

 

Weather permitting, work will be performed today from 8 am to 5 pm.

 

 

RAILROAD REPAIRS SCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY IN PEMISCOT COUNTY

 

Railroad crews will be in Pemiscot County on Friday for crossing repairs on Route F.

 

During the repairs, Route F will be closed from 8 am to 5 pm.

 

The work zone will be located between Second and Third Streets.

 

 

ROUTE J IN PEMISCOT COUNTY TO BE CLOSED ON FRIDAY

 

Route J in Pemiscot County will be closed Friday for railroad crossing repairs.

 

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, railroad crews will be performing repairs from 8 am to 5 pm Friday between County Roads 405 and 408.

 

 

MISSOURI STUDENTS TAKE ACT FOR FREE FOR THE FIRST TIME

 

(AP) – Missouri students are taking the ACT college-entrance exam for free for the first time.

 

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education said in a news release that the test was offered Tuesday to juniors. Starting this year, the state is picking up the tab for one free administration of the test. Students will be on their own if they want to retake the exam and try for a higher score.

 

The results will be used to evaluate the students’ readiness for college and careers.

 

The state has set aside $3.8 million to pay for the test. About 65,000 public school juniors were expected to participate.

 

With the administration of the exam, Missouri joins more than a dozen states that already offer the ACT test to all their students.

 

 

BILL TO LIMIT DEADLY FORCE ADVANCES IN MISSOURI SENATE

 

(AP) – A bill to limit police use of deadly force has advanced in the Missouri Senate, an effort aimed at addressing concerns raised after the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson.

 

The Missouri Senate gave initial approval to the bill Tuesday on a voice vote.

 

Current law justifies deadly force when an officer believes a suspect has committed or attempted a felony, is escaping with a deadly weapon or poses a serious threat of danger to others.

 

The bill would change part of that law to allow deadly force only if police reasonably believe the suspect has committed or tried to commit a violent felony.

 

The measure needs a second full Senate vote before it can move to the House.

 

 

STATE SENATE PASSES PRISON OPTIONS FOR KIDS GUILTY OF MURDER

 

(AP) – The Missouri Senate has passed a bill to change a state law that requires a lifetime in prison for those younger than 16 who are convicted of first-degree murder.

 

Senators voted 29-3 on Tuesday in favor of the measure. It’s aimed at addressing a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that mandatory life sentences for minors are unconstitutional.

 

The bill would allow jurors to continue sentencing those under 18 to a lifetime in prison without parole, but it also gives them less severe options.

 

Those under 16 could be sentenced to at least 35 years in prison without parole.

 

Jurors could sentence those between 16 and 18 years old to at least 50 years behind bars, which opponents have said likely means those minors would serve a lifetime in prison.

April 28, 2015

RIVER RADIO NEWS 042815

 

MILLERSVILLE MAN FATALLY INJURED IN EARLY MORNING CRASH

 

A Millersville man has been fatally injured in an early morning crash yesterday in Cape Girardeau County.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 48 year old James W. Koehler was driving on County Road 350, about a mile west of Millersville, at around 2:30 am when his truck left the roadway and hit a utility pole.

 

Koehler was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a safety device.

 

 

JONESBORO MAN KILLED IN WEEKEND WRECK

 

A Jonesboro man has died from injuries he received in a weekend wreck.

 

According to the Arkansas State Police, 43 year old James Lendell Johnson was killed in the wreck in Greene County Sunday night.

 

He was allegedly travelling at a high rate of speed on Highway 141 when he crossed the center line and struck a tree.

 

 

14 MEN ARRESTED AFTER DRUGS FOUND DURING TRAFFIC STOP

 

Fourteen men were arrested for possession of a controlled substance after ASU authorities found drugs during a traffic stop.

 

According to KAIT, the men were in a van that was stopped for making an improper turn Sunday morning.

 

Marijuana, Xanex bars, and codeine syrup were reportedly found during a search of the vehicle.

 

 

ALZHEIMERS WORKSHOP TO BE HELD AT THE POPLAR BLUFF CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

 

Speakers from Washington University and the Alzheimer’s Association will be at the Poplar Bluff Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday.

 

The speakers will be presenting an Alzheimer’s workshop for veterans, providers, caregivers and community members. Topics to be covered include screening, driving and dementia behaviors and communication.

 

There will be two different sessions during the workshop, one from 9 to 11 am and a second from 11:30 am to 1 pm. For more information, call 686-4151 extension 52207.

 

 

NEW MADRID COUNTY ROAD TO BE CLOSED TODAY FOR RAILROAD CROSSING REPAIR

 

Route EE in New Madrid County will be closed today as railroad department crews repair the railroad crossing.

 

The section of roadway to be closed is located between Toney and McCarty Streets.

 

Work will be performed today from 8 am to 5 pm.

 

 

RAILROAD REPAIRS TO CAUSE CLOSING OF NEW MADRID COUNTY ROAD TODAY

 

Railroad department crews will be in New Madrid County today for crossing repairs on Route HH.

 

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, Route HH will be closed today from 8 am to 5 pm for the repairs. The crossing is located between County Road 609 and Route 61.

 

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR APPROVES $250 MILLION IN ADDITIONAL SPENDING

 

(AP) – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has approved spending over $250 million more this fiscal year.

 

Nixon on Monday signed legislation that includes $120 million in additional general revenue spending. Nixon had requested the extra money, in part because lawmakers last year budgeted for an anticipated $50 million from a tobacco settlement that has not yet come.

 

Rising drug costs under the Medicaid health care program also created unanticipated expenses.

 

The budget includes $82 million in general revenue for the Medicaid pharmacy program.

 

The supplemental money also will go to foster care for children due to larger caseloads and overtime for mental health department workers.

 

Roughly $11 million will go to abused and neglected children in foster care.

 

 

GOVERNOR NIXON SIGNS BILL FOR AMNESTY ON BACK TAXES

 

(AP) – Governor Jay Nixon has signed legislation that will grant amnesty to some delinquent taxpayers.

 

The bill signed by Nixon on Monday will waive interest, fees and other penalties for those who pay back taxes this fall.

 

The period to pay back taxes without penalties runs from September 1st through November 30th. Missourians under civil or criminal investigation for tax-related reasons are not eligible.

 

Those who take advantage of the amnesty period must follow state tax laws for eight years.

 

Legislative researchers estimate the measure will bring in more than $60 million for the state next fiscal year. Most of that will be set aside to pay for adult dental coverage for Medicaid recipients, as well as provider rate reimbursements.

 

 

MISSOURI SENATE BACKS PROPOSED US BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT

 

(AP) – Missouri senators have passed a measure calling for a constitutional convention to enact a balanced budget requirement for the federal government.

 

The Senate’s 27-6 vote Monday sends the bill to the state House. If passed there, Missouri would join at least 27 other states that already have adopted similar measures calling for a convention to enact a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

 

It takes 34 states to trigger a constitutional convention. The approval of 38 states would be needed to ratify a constitutional amendment.

 

In addition to requiring a balanced budget, the proposed amendment would limit the federal debt and require a two-thirds vote of the U.S. House and Senate before most taxes could be raised.

 

April 27, 2015

RIVER RADIO NEWS 042715

 

JURY CONVICTS CATRON MAN IN FATAL SHOOTING OF SON

 

(AP) – A Southeast Missouri man has been convicted of manslaughter in the death of his son while high on synthetic drugs.

 

The Daily American Republic reports that a Stoddard County jury returned the guilty verdict Thursday in the case against 43-year-old Charles Goforth of Catron.

 

Twenty year old Patrick Joseph Goforth was fatally shot in May 2012 inside the family home.

 

Charles Goforth testified that the shooting happened after he was jumped by an assailant as he entered the home.

 

But another of Charles Goforth’s sons, Josh Goforth, said during a preliminary hearing that his father had been using bath salts for several months and was seeing imaginary people, even occasionally firing shots at the imaginary people.

 

Sentencing is set for June 22nd.

 

 

SIKESTON MAN ARRESTED IN SCOTT COUNTY

 

A Sikeston man is facing multiple charges out of Scott County.

 

According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, 35 year old Jeremy Pearson is charged with unlawful use of drug paraphernalia and property damage.

 

Deputies were told last week that Pearson had slammed the door at a residence causing the glass in the door to break. Pearson was later located by the deputies hiding near a pump house west of the residence.

 

During a search, the deputies found a syringe in Pearson’s pocket that had a clear liquid that tested positive for methamphetamine. Pearson allegedly admitted that the syringe was used to ingest methamphetamine.

 

 

NEW POPLAR BLUFF MAYOR NAMED

 

Betty Absheer is the new mayor of Poplar Bluff.

 

Absheer, who was elected to the city council to represent the 3rd ward, was named to the position after her name was drawn from a cup by city attorney Robert Smith, according to the Daily American Republic.

 

The drawing was conducted because the council was unable to reach a consensus. Absheer takes over for Angela Pearson, who could not be at the meeting.

 

Council Member David Johnson was elected to serve as Mayor Pro Tem.

 

 

EQUESTRIAN TOUR COMING TO POPLAR BLUFF

 

A world-renowned equestrian tour is coming to Poplar Bluff next month.

 

The Gala of the Royal Horses will be at the Black River Coliseum on Friday, May 22nd, beginning at 7:30 pm.

 

The event is dedicated to showing off the amazing beauty and maneuvers that horses are capable of.

 

Tickets start at $27 and are available at the Black River Coliseum Box Office and online at Ticketmaster.com.

 

 

ONLINE OPERATION JUMPSTART CLASS TO BEGIN IN MAY

 

Entrepreneurs will have a chance to participate in an online class as a part of the national recognized Operation Jumpstart training program.

 

The eight-week self-paced online course will help participants evaluate their business ideas from every angle through the completion of a feasibility plan.

 

The class will begin on May 4th, the same week as National Small Business week.

 

Enrollment is $49 and includes access to all course materials through the online learning portal. Participants also have the opportunity to attend face-to-face workshops/discussions and receive business consulting at the Southeast Missouri State University’s Small Business & Technology Development Center at no additional cost.

 

For more information, call (573) 651-5095.

 

 

ELLINGTON TO HOST MOBILE OFFICE THIS WEEK

 

The city of Ellington will host staff members of United States Senator Roy Blunt this week for a Mobile Office event.

 

The Mobile Office will be held Wednesday from 1 to 2 pm at the Ellington City hall.

 

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.

 

 

DRAINAGE REPAIRS SET FOR TODAY IN BUTLER COUNTY

 

Crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation will be in Butler County today and tomorrow for drainage repairs.

 

During the repairs, Route 53 will be reduced to one lane between Route HH and County Road 202.

 

Work is scheduled to be performed from 7:30 am to 4 pm each day.

 

 

PAVEMENT REPAIRS TO BEGIN ON ROUTE 60 IN STODDARD COUNTY TODAY

 

Eastbound Route 60 in Stoddard County will be reduced to one lane beginning today so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can perform pavement repairs.

 

The work zone is located from Route 25 to Route F.

 

Work will take place from 7 am to 3:30 pm daily through Thursday, April 30th.

April 24, 2015

RIVER RADIO NEWS 042415

 

NAMES RELEASED OF TWO PEOPLE KILLED IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS HOUSE FIRE

 

Officials in Northeast Arkansas have identified the two people that were found dead following a Tuesday house fire.

 

According to authorities, 39 year old Atlas Smith and 23 year old Jamie Ashford are believed to have died from smoke inhalation. A cause for the fire is being investigated.

 

 

CHASE LEADS TO CRASH IN WAYNE COUNTY

 

A Piedmont man has serious injuries after crashing his vehicle while in a chase with police.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 49 year old John Wicker was fleeing from law enforcement in Wayne County when his vehicle began to slide and then struck a tree.

 

Wicker was taken to Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center.

 

Authorities have not released what prompted the chase; however an arrest report has charges of assault on a law enforcement officer, careless and imprudent driving involving an accident, and driving while intoxicated listed for Wicker.

 

 

FOUR ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES IN BUTLER COUNTY

 

Four people were arrested Thursday evening in Butler County on drug charges.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, shortly after 5 pm officers arrested 29 year old Jennifer Leutert, of Qulin, 28 year old Dustin Rodgers, of Harviell, 28 year old James Mesey, of Bernie, and 23 year old Brittany Burkett, of Cape Girardeau.

 

They are each facing felony charges of possession of a controlled substance for methamphetamine and cocaine.

 

 

FISK WOMAN ARRESTED ON METH CHARGE

 

A Fisk woman is facing a meth charge following her arrest Thursday afternoon in Butler County.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 23 year old Katrina Hofer was taken into custody on charges of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

 

ONE MILLION DOLLAR PRIZE FOUND ON SCRATCHERS TICKET BOUGHT IN SIKESTON

 

Two Sikeston residents have won a million dollars from a Missouri Lottery Scratchers ticket.

 

According to the Missouri Lottery, Samantha Lankheit and Ashley Rogers claimed their prize on April 14th, after uncovering the $1 million top prize on a “Millionaire Riches” Scratchers ticket. The lottery says the friends plan on splitting the prize.

 

The ticket was purchased from a business in Sikeston.

 

 

CROSS COUNTRY CYCLING RIDE TO STOP THIS WEEKEND IN POPLAR BLUFF

 

A cross country cycling ride will be stopping this weekend in Poplar Bluff.

 

Ride for World Health will be participating in a program Sunday from 12:30 to 3 pm the Poplar Bluff Municipal Library.

 

Ride for World Health is a non-profit organization which has a group bicycle from the Pacific to the Atlantic each year with the mission of fundraising for global and rural health organizations, as well as providing basic healthcare information to those they meet along the way.

 

This year, they are sending funds to Remote Area Medical, a group that provides basic healthcare access to residents of Appalachia, and Empower & Advance, which helps train emergency workers in rural Haiti.

 

 

GOSPEL CHOIR FESTIVAL TO BE HELD SATURDAY AT TINNIN FINE ARTS CENTER

 

Three Rivers College will be hosting a gospel choir festival Saturday in the Tinnin Fine Arts Center.

 

The festival, “Shall We Gather at Three Rivers,” will feature choirs and singers from across the region.

 

The First United Methodist Church Chancel Choir, the Pleasant Hill Mass Choir, and the Three Rivers College Choir will be the featured choirs at the festival. The event will begin at 3 pm and general admission is free.

 

 

36TH ANNUAL MERCHANTS SHOWCASE TO BE HELD THIS WEEKEND

 

The 36th Annual Merchants Showcase will be held this weekend at Three Rivers College.

 

Over 60 booth vendors will be present at the Showcase which will run from 10 am to 3 pm Saturday. Admission is $1, with children under the age of 5 getting in for free.

 

While adults are visiting the vendors, children can visit the free petting zoo that will be available.

 

If you would like more information, call 573-785-7761.

 

 

MAN WHO KILLED TWO GETS EXECUTION DATE

 

(AP) – The Missouri Supreme Court has set a June execution date for a man convicted of fatally stabbing his girlfriend and her 2-year-old daughter in 2000.

 

The court on Thursday ordered 48 year old Richard Strong to be executed June 9 for the deaths of Eva Washington and her daughter, Zandrea Thomas.

 

The victims were found dead October 23rd, 2000, in Washington’s apartment in the St. Louis suburb of St. Ann. A large butcher knife and the uninjured 3 month old daughter of Washington and Strong were sitting on a bed next to a pool of blood.

 

Strong was convicted of first-degree murder in May 2003 and sentenced to death. The state Supreme Court affirmed the conviction and sentence in August 2004.

 

 

MISSOURI LEGISLATURE PASSES CUTS TO SOCIAL SERVICES FUNDING

 

(AP) – The Missouri Legislature has approved more than $46 million in spending cuts for social services programs next fiscal year.

 

Lawmakers on Thursday passed an $8.6 million budget for the Social Services Department. That includes a more than $500,000 general revenue cut for the agency compared to this year.

 

The bill now heads to Governor Jay Nixon for approval.

 

The measure was perhaps the most controversial of a package of bills to guide $26 billion in state spending next year.

 

The bill garnered bipartisan criticism for slashing money for the department at a time when department officials have said demand for services is increasing.

 

Another contested provision in the bill would expand the state’s managed care program. Under that plan, Missouri pays private companies to manage Medicaid patients’ health care.

 

 

MISSOURI LEGISLATURE APPROVES $84 MILLION MORE FOR K-12 BASIC AID

 

(AP) – Missouri lawmakers have passed a measure granting $84 million more in basic aid to K-12 public schools.

 

But the spending plan passed Thursday by the House and Senate still falls nearly $400 million short of what’s needed to provide full funding.

 

Also passed Thursday was a measure that ups the amount of performance funding for the state’s colleges and universities. The $12 million increase is 1.3 percent more than what schools received this year, but is less than the more than $27 million in additional funding that senators wanted.

 

The bills now head to Governor Jay Nixon, who can veto spending for specific programs or services.

April 23, 2015

RIVER RADIO NEWS 042315

 

MAN SOUGHT IN CONNECTION TO INCIDENT AT BUTLER COUNTY COURTHOUSE

 

A woman in custody received some help Tuesday during an attempted escape at the Butler County Courthouse.

 

According to authorities, Travis O’Barr allegedly attempted to help his girlfriend, Shekeena Liau, escape from custody at the courthouse. They managed to get partially through the building before a deputy got to them.

 

O’Barr then allegedly assaulted the deputy before running from the building without his girlfriend, who was apprehended.

 

Anyone with information on O’Barr’s location is asked to contact the Butler County Sheriff’s Department.

 

 

MISSING SCOTT CITY TEENAGER FOUND IN ALABAMA

 

A Scott City teenager who was reported missing Wednesday has been found.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the endangered person advisory was cancelled for the missing 15 year old after he was located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

 

The teen had last been seen by family at 1:00 am on April 21st. He was also seen later in the day walking west along the railroad tracks leaving Scott City, carrying two backpacks.

 

The teenager had made statements that he wanted to die and has had a history of harming himself.

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF WOMAN ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE

 

A Poplar Bluff woman is facing multiple felony charges following her arrest Wednesday in Butler County.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 33 year old Erin Bass was taken into custody on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance, prescription pills; and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

 

 

SCOTT CITY WOMAN ARRESTED FOR DRUGS AND TRESPASSING

 

A Scott City woman was taken into custody Tuesday on trespassing and drug charges.

 

According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, on Tuesday a deputy responded to a field on N Highway after the property owner reported a vehicle in the field.

 

The deputy found a metal smoking pipe with burnt residue inside of it in the vehicle. The pipe field tested positive for marijuana.

 

While the deputy was on the scene, 31 year old Jennifer Niswonger approached the vehicle. She admitted to driving the vehicle and leaving it on the property.

 

Niswonger was arrested.  At the jail, she reportedly admitted to having prescription pills, which were controlled substances, in her wallet.

 

Niswonger has been charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and second degree trespassing.

 

 

NO INJURIES REPORTED AFTER CAR CRASHES INTO BUSINESS

 

No injuries have been reported in connection to an incident in which a car crashed into a Cape Girardeau business.

 

According to KFVS, the vehicle ran into the Check into Cash business on Wednesday. The driver of the vehicle said the car seemed to malfunction.

 

 

MOBILE OFFICE TODAY AT BUTLER COUNTY COURTHOUSE

 

Staff members of United States Senator Roy Blunt will be in Poplar Bluff today to host a Mobile Office.

 

The meeting is scheduled from 3:00 to 4:00 pm at the Butler County Courthouse.

 

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.

 

 

MISSOURI HOUSE APPROVES CHANGES TO MUNICIPAL COURT RULES

 

(AP) – A measure that aims to address criticisms of Missouri’s municipal courts voiced by protesters and activists in the wake of the fatal shooting of 18 year old Michael Brown in Ferguson is advancing.

 

The Missouri House on Wednesday approved a measure 131 to 19 that would lower the amount of money local governments could collect from minor traffic violations. Ferguson protesters voiced concerns about predatory, revenue-generating practices of some municipalities in the St. Louis area.

 

The bill would also require alternative payment options, limit detainment and eliminate charges for failing to appear in court for such violations.

 

The measure would also require cities in St. Louis county to meet minimum standards including police services, a balanced budget and insurance.

 

The bill now returns to the Senate to work out differences between the two versions.

 

 

MISSOURI HOUSE ADVANCES CELLPHONE CHARGE FOR 911 SERVICES

 

(AP) – Emergency 911 systems in Missouri would get a new funding stream under a measure that supporters say is needed to enhance outdated services across the state.

 

The Missouri House voted 123 to 32 Wednesday to pass a bill that would allow local governments to collect a maximum $1.50 monthly fee on cellphones with voter approval.

 

It would also impose a statewide 3 percent charge on sales of prepaid phones.

 

Supporters say that as landline use declines, a new source of revenue is needed to fund 911 services.

 

The money collected on prepaid phones would be distributed as grants by the state to encourage consolidation, implement services in areas without them and provide emergency texting capabilities. A portion would also go to the poison control center.

 

The bill now goes to the Senate.

 

 

MISSOURI HOUSE OKS LIMITING ACCESS TO POLICE CAMERA FOOTAGE

 

(AP) – Public access to footage from police cameras in Missouri would be restricted under a measure moving forward in the Legislature.

 

The Missouri House gave initial approval Wednesday to a measure that would exempt such footage from the state’s open-records laws.

 

Activists have rallied around encouraging police departments across the country to use body cameras to record interactions with the public after last year’s fatal shooting of 18 year old Michael Brown by a Ferguson policeman. There was no video of that shooting.

 

But Missouri lawmakers are reluctant to require police cameras because the state constitution prohibits unfunded mandates.

 

The legislation would allow agencies to block access to footage and require court action to override that decision.

 

Supporters say they want to balance privacy concerns of individuals with the public’s right to know.

 

April 22, 2015

RIVER RADIO NEWS 042215

 

NORTHEAST ARKANSAS FIRE UNDER INVESTIGATION AFTER TWO BODIES FOUND

 

Two bodies were discovered Tuesday at a house fire in Northeast Arkansas.

 

The fire was located in Lawrence County on Highway 63. A cause for the fire is under investigation and the identities of the two bodies have not yet been released.

 

 

11 YEAR OLD GIRL HIT BY VEHICLE IN SCHOOL PARKING LOT

 

An 11 year old girl has serious injuries after being hit by a vehicle in Bollinger County.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the girl was struck by a vehicle in the Zalma High School Parking Lot. The vehicle was driven by a 17 year old female.

 

The 11 year old girl was taken by Air Evac to a Memphis hospital.

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF CITY COUNCIL VOTES TO LEASE SPACE FOR TEMPORARY POLICE DEPARTMENT HOME

 

The Poplar Bluff City Council has voted to lease a building to be used as a temporary home for the city Police Department.

 

According to the Daily American Republic, the council approved the lease of property on Poplar Street, which is the former home of All Star Music.

 

Rent for the building is $5,000 a month.

 

The city council also approved the purchase of over $90,000 of radio equipment.

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT TO PARTICIPATE IN STATE MATH COMPETITION

 

A Poplar Bluff Junior High School student will be competing this weekend in a state math competition.

 

Brett Keele qualified for the Missouri Council of Teachers of Mathematics state competition by placing 5th overall in the eighth grade category at the spring event on April 11th.

 

The state competition will take place Saturday, April 25th, at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg.

 

 

SENATOR’S STAFF TO HOLD MOBILE OFFICE IN BLOOMFIELD

 

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt’s staff will be hosting a Mobile Office on Thursday in Bloomfield.

 

The event is scheduled for 1:30 to 2:30pm at the Stoddard County Courthouse.

 

Senator Blunt’s Columbia office also extends one-on-one service to all Missourians who have an issue with a federal agency or need additional assistance. To reach the Senator’s Office of Constituent Services, call (573) 442-815.

 

 

SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT SCHEDULED FOR SCOTT COUNTY

 

The Southeast Missouri DWI Taskforce will conduct a sobriety checkpoint soon in Southeast Missouri.

 

According to the Scott County Sheriff’s Office, the checkpoint will be held in Scott County before the end of April.

 

An exact date or time was not announced.

 

 

PAVEMENT REPAIRS TODAY ON ROUTE 60 IN STODDARD COUNTY

 

Westbound Route 60 in Stoddard County will be reduced to one lane as Missouri Department of Transportation crews seal the joints along the roadway.

 

Work is scheduled to be performed from 7 am to 3:30 pm today between Route AD and Route F.

 

 

STODDARD COUNTY ROAD TO BE CLOSED TODAY FOR CULVERT PIPE REPLACEMENT

 

Route CC in Stoddard County will be closed today as crews replace the culvert pipe under the roadway.

 

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, the road will be closed from 8 am to 3 pm. The work zone will be located between County Road 714 and the Baker City Limits.

 

 

CROSSING REPAIRS SCHEDULED FOR TODAY IN PEMISCOT COUNTY

 

Route K in Pemiscot County will be reduced to one lane today so railroad crews can perform railroad crossing repairs.

 

This section of roadway is between County Road 261 and Route P.

 

Work will take place today from 8 am to 5 pm.

 

 

MISSOURI HOUSE SENDS MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CAPS TO GOVERNOR

 

(AP) – A measure to reinstate limits on lawsuit awards for pain and suffering in medical malpractice cases is heading to Missouri Governor Jay Nixon’s desk.

 

The Missouri House on Tuesday voted 125-27 to approve a measure that would reinstate limits on noneconomic damages in those cases three years after lower caps were struck down by the Missouri Supreme Court.

 

Supporters say the measure is needed to provide certainty and keep doctors in the state.

 

The measure, a compromise reached by Senate Democrats and Republicans, would cap most noneconomic awards – which do not include lost wages or medical costs – at $400,000. In catastrophic cases defined in the bill, the cap would be $700,000.

 

The bill also raises an existing $350,000 cap on noneconomic damages in wrongful death cases to $700,000.

 

 

MISSOURI HOUSE ENDORSES LEGALIZING GROWTH OF INDUSTRIAL HEMP

 

(AP) – Missouri would regulate and license the growing of industrial hemp as a raw material for manufacturing under a measure supporters say is an economic development measure.

 

The Missouri House gave initial approval Tuesday to a bill that would legalize the cultivation of hemp, which contains very low levels of the psychoactive chemical tetrahydrocannabinol in marijuana.

 

Republican Representative Paul Curtman, of Pacific, says many products are made with hemp that must be imported from foreign countries.

 

He says there’s no danger that the measure would allow easier access to marijuana.

 

Businesses seeking to grow hemp would have to go through a licensing process and undergo a background check. The crop would be subject to inspection.

 

 

MISSOURI SENATE PANEL OKS PLAN TO SPEND $120 MILLION MORE THIS YEAR

 

(AP) – A panel of Missouri senators has given approval to spending an additional $120 million this fiscal year.

 

Members of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday voted 10-0 in favor of the plan. Democratic Governor Jay Nixon requested the extra money, which primarily is set to pay for rising drug costs under the Medicaid program.

 

It also includes additional money for foster care for children due to larger caseloads, and overtime for mental health department workers.

 

Part of the need for the additional spending is because the state had planned on $50 million from a tobacco settlement that has not yet come.

 

The measure now goes to the Senate for debate.

 

April 21, 2015

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VAN BUREN SHOOTING DEATH RULED AS JUSTIFIED

 

A February shooting death in Van Buren has been found to be justified.

 

According to a report from KFVS, Carter County Sheriff Rick Stevens says that a coroner’s jury ruled that the shooting death of 43 year old Mark Rutter was justified because the shooter was defending a third party.

 

 

TWO ARRESTED AFTER METH FOUND AT STODDARD COUNTY RESIDENCE

 

Two people are facing charges after methamphetamine was found at a residence in Bernie.

 

According to Bernie Police, on April 4th, a 911 caller said they heard screaming and a gunshot from a location on North Miller Street.

 

At the residence, officers found hypodermic needles and a substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine.

 

 

MISSOURI ATTORNEY GENERAL FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST JACKSON MEAT PROCESSING FACILITY

 

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has filed a lawsuit against a Jackson meat processing plant.

 

Fruitland American Meat, LLC was charged with water pollution, illegal discharge, failure to report the breaches, and failure to submit discharge monitoring reports and sample discharge.

 

According to the lawsuit, the animal waste discharged from the facility on numerous occasions resulted in dark brown or red, foamy stream water with an offensive odor. On one occasion the slaughterhouse waste allegedly killed more than 900 fish.

 

Koster is asking the court for a preliminary and permanent injunction prohibiting Fruitland American Meat from any further violations of the Missouri Clean Water Law, and for a civil penalty of up to $10,000 for each day violations occurred.

 

 

POLITICAL SATIRIST TO PERFORM AT TINNIN FINE ARTS CENTER

 

A long time political satirist will be performing this week in Poplar Bluff.

 

According to Three Rivers College, Mark Russell will be live at the Tinnin Fine Arts Center beginning at 7 pm on Thursday.

 

In a 30-year career of performing “Mark Russell Comedy Specials” on PBS, touring his stand-up comedy routines, and writing a newspaper column, Russell became known for creating jokes and songs using his insights about politics and skewering the news of the day.

 

Tickets for the performance are available for $10 at the Poplar Bluff and Dexter Chambers of Commerce, the Three Rivers Financial Services office and online at trcc.edu/tinnin.

 

 

MOBILE OFFICE SCHEDULED FOR SCOTT CITY ON THURSDAY

 

Staff members of United States Senator Roy Blunt will be in Scott City Thursday to conduct a mobile office.

 

During the event, area residents will be able to stop by the City Hall of Scott City and discuss any questions or concerns they have with the federal government with the Senator’s staff members.

 

The Mobile Office will be held from 10 to 11 am on Thursday, April 23rd.

 

 

MOBILE EVIDENCE TRAILER PURCHASED FOR CAPE GIRARDEAU/BOLLINGER COUNTY MAJOR CASE SQUAD

 

The Cape Girardeau/Bollinger County Major Case Squad has purchased a Mobile Evidence Trailer.

 

The trailer was purchased through funds provided by the County Law Enforcement Restitution Fund and cost approximately $49,000.

 

The trailer will contain tools and equipment necessary to process a variety of crime scenes and can also be used to transport ATV’s or other equipment that may be needed at more rural locations.

 

 

MISSOURI’S TOP LAWYER TO DEFEND SENATE IN SUNSHINE LAWSUIT

 

(AP) – The state’s attorney general will defend the Missouri Senate in a lawsuit filed by a liberal advocacy group over alleged violations of the state’s open records law.

 

Attorney General Chris Koster’s office said Monday in a statement the office would provide legal counsel in the case involving administration of official Senate business.

 

Progress Missouri filed the lawsuit challenging the policy of some Senate committee chairman of prohibiting the group from filming hearings last week. The lawsuit names the Senate and three Republican committee chairmen.

 

Missouri’s Sunshine Law allows public bodies to establish recording guidelines to minimize disruption, but the suit says the filming wouldn’t have been disruptive.

 

Senators on Thursday endorsed a measure that would allow the body to hire private counsel, partly in response to the lawsuit.

 

 

CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS TAX BILLS SENT TO MISSOURI GOVERNOR

 

(AP) – Two tax measures that would benefit businesses based in Missouri are heading to Governor Jay Nixon’s desk after passing the Legislature.

 

The Missouri House on Monday approved changing the way corporate taxes are calculated by a vote of 153-4. It’s a move supporters say will ensure companies headquartered in the state don’t face double taxation.

 

Representative Caleb Jones, of Columbia, says making sure businesses can voluntarily calculate taxes this way would keep businesses currently based in Missouri in the state.

 

The House also passed 102-53 a bill to extend a tax credit program for new or expanding headquarters of businesses from the current 2020 end date to 2025.

 

Both measures have already passed the Senate and now go to the governor.

April 20, 2015

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SHOOTING VICTIM IN POPLAR BLUFF DIES, TWO ARRESTED

 

The victim of a shooting in Poplar Bluff Friday morning has died and two people have been charged with his murder.

 

According to the Poplar Bluff Police Department, 21 year old Walter L. Currie Jr., of Broseley, and 24 year old Patricia Bales, of Poplar Bluff, have been taken into custody in connection with the shooting.

 

Currie has been charged with second degree murder. Bales faces a second degree murder charge, as well as second degree assault, armed criminal action, tampering with physical evidence and unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

 

The shooting happened shortly before 6 am at an apartment in the 500 block of Cynthia Street. Upon arrival on the scene, officers found a white male who had been shot several times. The victim, 38 year old Donald Perry, of Sedgewickville, was taken to Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center, where he died Friday afternoon.

 

 

  1. LOUIS WOMAN KILLED IN PEMISCOT COUNTY WRECK

 

A St. Louis woman has died following a wreck in Pemiscot County.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred on Interstate 55 when a vehicle ran off the roadway and struck the rear of a parked vehicle.

 

A passenger in the first vehicle, 28 year old Jessica White, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, 33 year old Jessica Richmond, of Sikeston, suffered serious injuries and was taken to an area hospital.

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF MAN FACING METH RELATED CHARGE

 

A Poplar Bluff man is facing a meth related charge following his arrest Sunday.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 30 year old Caleb Scowden was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; possession of drug paraphernalia; and speeding.

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF MAN ARRESTED ON MULTIPLE CHARGES, INCLUDING POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE

 

A Poplar Bluff man was taken into custody Sunday evening on multiple drug related charges.

 

According to the Highway Patrol, 37 year old Jason Crawley is facing felony charges of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; and possession of marijuana.

 

Crawley also reportedly had multiple warrants from the Poplar Bluff Police Department.

 

 

TWO FAKE $100 BILLS USED AT NORTHEAST ARKANSAS GAS STATION

 

A customer reportedly used fake money this past weekend at a Northeast Arkansas gas station.

 

According to KAIT, a worker at a gas station in Jonesboro found two fake $100 bills Sunday morning. The money had been used Saturday night or early Sunday morning.

 

Jonesboro police are investigating the incident.

 

 

STAFF MEMBERS OF SENATOR BLUNT TO HOLD MOBILE OFFICE THIS WEEK IN CHARLESTON

 

Staff members of United States Senator Roy Blunt will be in Charleston this week to conduct a mobile office.

 

Mobile Offices are opportunities for Missourians to discuss their questions or concerns with the federal government one-on-one with members of Senator Blunt’s staff.

 

The event is scheduled for Thursday, April 23rd, from 8:30 am to 9:30 am at the BANC Service Corporation in Charleston.

 

 

PIPE REPLACEMENT PREPARATIONS TO CAUSE TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF BUTLER COUNTY ROAD

 

Crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation will be in Butler County today to prepare an area road for a pipe replacement.

 

During the procedure, Route B will be closed from 7 am to 5 pm between Route AA and County Road 603.

 

 

TWO WEEK ROAD PROJECT TO BEGIN THIS MORNING IN NEW MADRID COUNTY

 

Southbound  I-55 in New Madrid County will be reduced to one lane beginning this morning so contractor crews can perform concrete replacement.

 

Work will be performed from 6:30 am to 6:30 pm daily through Tuesday, May 5th.

 

The work zone is located between Route 80 and Route P.

 

 

INTERSTATE REPAIRS TO BEGIN TODAY IN PEMISCOT COUNTY

 

Southbound  I-55 in Pemiscot County will be reduced to one lane beginning today as contractor crews perform concrete replacement.

 

The work zone will be located between Route A and Route J.

 

Work will be performed through Tuesday, May 5th from 6:30 am to 6:30 pm daily.

 

 

MISSOURI REPUBLICANS INCH FORWARD ON MEDICAID REFORMS

 

(AP) – Missouri Republicans have stuck to their commitment of not expanding Medicaid this session but some incremental changes to the system are moving forward.

 

Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey said last week that they were taking what Republicans have characterized as Medicaid reform in small steps.

 

Dempsey’s proposal to raise the asset limit for people with disabilities is one that’s passed the Senate and awaits a House hearing.

 

Dempsey says increasing the amount of money people can have before qualifying will ultimately make them less dependent on the state.

 

Other proposals that have passed at least one chamber include encouraging the use of telemedicine in the Medicaid program and more stringently policing the eligibility of participants.

 

April 17, 2015

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LILBOURN WOMAN CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

A Lilbourn woman has been charged with possession of child pornography.

36 year old Amy Walker allegedly sent nude photos of herself to a 17 year old High School Senior and also received an inappropriate photo from the teen.

According to the Sikeston Standard Democrat, Walker served as a teacher at New Madrid County Central Middle School before resigning last week.
OFFICERS IN KENNETT USE TASER TO SUBDUE COMBATIVE PATIENT

Officers in Kennett reportedly used a taser to subdue a man Tuesday night.

According to the Kennett Police Department, officers were dispatched to an area hospital due to a combative patient fighting with the staff.

When they arrived, they found a hospital security guard in a struggle with someone. The officers attempted to place the subject under arrest; however the patient resisted and was stunned with a taser following a brief struggle.

Officers arrested 37 year old Damien Tinsley of Kennett for assault on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest, and property damage.
POPLAR BLUFF MAN FACING MULTIPLE DRUG RELATED CHARGES

A Poplar Bluff man is facing drug related charges following his arrest Thursday in Butler County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 34 year old Antwaun Deberry was taken into custody Thursday morning on felony charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine paraphernalia, and possession of marijuana in a correctional facility.
METHAMPHETAMINE AND HYDROCODONE PILLS FOUND DURING JACKSON POLICE INVESTIGATION

An investigation in Jackson has led to the arrest of two people on drug related charges.

According to the Jackson Police Department, during the course of the investigation officers discovered a quantity of methamphetamine, a cellophane wrapper containing hydrocodone pills, and hypodermic needles.

Two people were taken into custody, 33 year old Dustin King, of Jackson, and 28 year old Jenna Young, of Oak Ridge. They are each facing charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to use.
MOBILE OFFICE TO BE HELD WEDNESDAY IN RIPLEY COUNTY

Staff members of United States Senator Roy Blunt will be in Ripley County next week to conduct a mobile office.

The Mobile Office will be held on Wednesday, April 22nd from 10 am to 11 am at the Ripley County Courthouse in Doniphan.

Mobile Offices are opportunities for Missourians to discuss their questions or concerns with the federal government one-on-one with members of Senator Blunt’s staff.
THREE RIVERS LITERARY MAGAZINE RECEIVES NATIONAL HONORS

Three Rivers College’s annual literary journal has been chosen for national honors.

“Confluence,” received three awards from the American Scholastic Press Association for its 2014 issue. The journal, which is put together by the college’s languages department, contains poetry, short fiction, and essays written by Three Rivers’ students, faculty, and staff.

The magazine is distributed for free each year at Three Rivers’ open mic poetry night. This year’s event will be held on Tuesday, April 21st, at 6 pm in the Academic Resource Commons building on the college’s Poplar Bluff campus. Admission is free.
MISSOURI LEGISLATURE PASSES 15 MONTH CUT TO WELFARE BENEFITS

(AP) – Lawmakers have passed legislation that would cut the amount of time Missourians can receive welfare benefits.

The House on Thursday voted 111 to 36 in favor of the bill, the final vote needed to send the legislation to Democratic Governor Jay Nixon.

The bill would cap the lifetime limit on Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits from five years to three years and nine months.

Other changes include added intervention if parents don’t meet work requirements, with the threat of losing family benefits if they don’t come into compliance.

Supporters say it could encourage parents to be self-sufficient, while opponents say it could hurt families and children in need.

The Department of Social Services estimates the lifetime benefits cut will mean about 3,100 low-income families lose monthly cash assistance next January.
MISSOURI SENATE LEADERS UNCERTAIN ON TRANSPORTATION GAS TAX

(AP) – A proposal to raise Missouri’s fuel tax for the first time in two decades appears unlikely to move forward this session despite warnings from transportation officials about the future of the state’s infrastructure.

The bill to raise the current 17 cent gas tax by 2 cents stalled earlier this week in the Senate. And Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard said Thursday that he doesn’t want to waste more time on the bill.

The increase would have brought in an estimated $55 million for the transportation department and allowed the state to match all available federal funds in 2017.

The Senate debated the proposal Tuesday for several hours but ran into opposition from conservative Republicans opposed to a tax increase.

April 16, 2015

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ONE DEAD FOLLOWING SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK IN CRAIGHEAD COUNTY

 

A Jonesboro man has died in a single vehicle wreck Tuesday night in Craighead County.

 

According to the Arkansas State Police, a vehicle driven by 63 year old William Gregory Chance ran off the side of Highway 91 and struck a tree at around 10:40 pm Tuesday night.

 

Chance was killed in the wreck.

 

 

JONESBORO OFFICER FATALLY SHOOTS MAN WHO HAD A MACHETE

 

(AP) – Jonesboro police say an officer shot and killed a man who authorities say attacked the officer with a machete.

 

KAIT reports that Patrolman First Class Heath Loggains shot 31 year old Grant Finley late Tuesday after officers were dispatched to Finley’s home.

 

Police said Finley fled into his home, then later came out, but retreated back into the home and officers tried follow when Loggains tried to push open the front door. Police say Finley then struck the officer’s arm with a machete and Loggains fired several times.

 

Finley was found dead in the home early Wednesday morning after a tactical team arrived.

 

Loggains was treated and released at a local hospital and is now on paid leave.

 

Arkansas State Police are assisting with the investigation.

 

 

MAN ARRESTED FOR SHOOTING IN MISSISSIPPI COUNTY

 

One man is in custody in connection to a shooting in Mississippi County.

 

According to authorities, 29 year old Trevor Michael Tatum Jr., of Sikeston, was arrested for allegedly shooting a person in the leg. Tatum and the victim had reportedly gotten into an argument prior to the shooting.

 

Tatum is facing charges of first degree assault, armed criminal action, and unlawful use of a weapon.

 

 

FUNERAL SET FOR K-9 ACCUSED OF MAULING CITIZEN’S PET

 

(AP) – A memorial service has been scheduled for the Bay Police Department’s only K-9, who was fatally shot after escaping from his handler and mauling a resident’s rabbit.

 

The Jonesboro Sun reports the service for Vox, the police dog, will be on Saturday. A man says he shot the dog after he caught it in his backyard with one of his rabbits in the dog’s mouth. When the suspect learned a police dog was missing, he notified the department.

 

The dog’s handler, Bay Police Chief Paul Keith, says this is not the first time Vox has escaped.

 

The man who says he shot Vox was arrested instead for felony aggravated cruelty to an animal. The charge was reduced to a misdemeanor of discharging a firearm within city limits.

 

Keith said it’s undecided whether the firearm charge would be dropped.

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF MAN FACING METH AND MARIJUANA CHARGES

 

A Poplar Bluff man is facing methamphetamine and marijuana charges following his arrest Wednesday afternoon.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 47 year old Larry Rudd was taken into custody shortly before 3 pm Wednesday in Butler County.

 

Rudd was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; possession of marijuana; possession of drug paraphernalia; and failure to register motor vehicle.

 

 

SOUTH CAROLINA TEEN ARRESTED IN SCOTT COUNTY

 

A South Carolina teenager is facing multiple charges after allegedly admitting to stealing and wrecking a vehicle.

 

According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, 18 year old Ryan McManus of Lancaster, South Carolina, has been charged with stealing a motor vehicle, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of alcohol by a minor.

 

Authorities reportedly found narcotic prescription pills and a bottle of alcohol in McManus’s backpack.

 

 

PRODUCTION OF OKLAHOMA! TO BEGIN TONIGHT

 

Center Stage and the Three Rivers College Music Department will be presenting the musical Oklahama! beginning tonight at the Tinnin Fine Arts Center.

 

The musical features such memorable tunes as “Oh What a Beautiful Mornin’,” “People Will Say We’re In Love,” “Surrey with the Fringe on Top,” and the title song “Oklahoma.”

 

This is the first collaboration of Center Stage, Three Rivers College’s blended community/student theater company directed by Tim Thompson, and the college’s Music Department, led by Cindy White.

 

Performances will be held tonight through Saturday at 7 pm each night. A final performance is scheduled for Sunday at 2 pm.

 

Tickets are available for $10 at the Poplar Bluff Chamber of Commerce and the Three Rivers Financial Services Office. Tickets will also be sold at the door.

 

 

ROUTE 60 IN BUTLER COUNTY TO BE REDUCED TODAY

 

Westbound Route 60 in Butler County will be reduced to one lane today as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform routine bridge repairs.

 

The work zone will be located at the bridge over the Black River.

 

Work will be performed today from 7 am to 5 pm.

 

 

BRIDGE REPAIRS TO CAUSE DELAYS TODAY ON BUSINESS 60 IN BUTLER COUNTY

 

Business 60 in Butler County will be reduced to one lane today so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can perform bridge repairs.

 

Business 60 will be reduced from 7 am to 5 pm between Route NN and Route B.

 

 

MODOT CREWS TO BE IN DUNKLIN COUNTY TODAY

 

Route J in Dunklin County will be closed today as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform approach work.

 

The work zone will be located between Route H and Route 53.

 

Work is scheduled for today from 7:30 am to 4 pm.

 

 

MISSOURI SENATE OKS PRISON OPTIONS FOR KIDS GUILTY OF MURDER

 

(AP) – Missouri lawmakers have advanced a bill that addresses issues with a state law requiring lifetime prison sentences for people younger than 16 who are convicted of first-degree murder.

 

The Senate in a voice vote Wednesday gave initial approval to a measure that authorizes less severe punishments. It needs another vote to go to the House.

 

The U.S. Supreme Court in 2012 ruled mandatory life sentences for minors are unconstitutional.

 

A bill by Republican Sen. Bob Dixon, of Springfield, would give jurors the option of life without parole or at least 35 years for youths under 16 who are convicted of first-degree murder. Those ages 16 to 18 could be sentenced either to life without parole or at least 50 years in prison.