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June 2, 2014

RIVER RADIO NEWS 060214

 

MAN ARRESTED FOR POPLAR BLUFF STRONG ARM ROBBERY

 

Poplar Bluff Police have a man in custody following a report of a strong arm robbery on Thursday.

 

According to the Poplar Bluff Police Department, at around 6 pm Thursday officers received a report from a man who said his house guest had assaulted him and taken his wallet and debit card.

 

The suspect was later photographed using the stolen debit card at an area ATM. On Saturday, the suspect was seen by police walking along Business 60 and was arrested following a short foot pursuit.

 

The suspect, Jeremy Fineout, is facing charges of first degree robbery, armed criminal action, felonious restraint, fraudulent use of a credit device, and resisting arrest.

 

 

ONE DEAD FOLLOWING WRECK NEAR JONESBORO

 

A high school volleyball coach has died after crashing her car into a water-filled ditch near Jonesboro.

 

The Craighead County Sheriff’s Department says 38 year old Jennifer Jordan was found dead in her submerged car early Saturday. Jordan had been reported missing about 11 pm Friday after she failed to respond to phone calls and text messages.

 

Jonesboro police say family and friends contacted officers about 12:30 am Saturday after they found skid marks and a submerged vehicle in a ditch beside a county road.

 

The Craighead County dive team was called to recover the car and Jordan’s body was found inside.

 

 

ARKANSAS TEENAGER DROWNS WHILE SWIMMING

 

Greene County authorities say a 17 year old boy has drowned while swimming in a small pond near Marmaduke.

 

Sheriff Dan Langston told KAIT that Trevor Potter was swimming with a friend in the pond Thursday night when he complained of chest pains. Langston says the friend tried to keep Potter afloat, but was unable to do so.

 

Langston says Potter was underwater for about 30 minutes before his body was recovered.

 

 

MAN IN CUSTODY FOR ASSAULTING A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER

 

A Scott City man is in custody after he allegedly hit a police officer with his vehicle while fleeing a DWI checkpoint.

 

According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, 27 year old Mikell D. Abraham has been charged with the assault on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest, and driving while suspended.

 

The officer was treated at an area hospital and released.

 

 

MAN ARRESTED IN ILLINOIS IS SUSPECT IN RECENT NORTHEAST ARKANSAS SHOOTING

 

An Arkansas man arrested in Illinois is believed to be linked to a recent shooting.

 

According to KAIT, Jonesboro, Arkansas police issued a warrant Saturday for 27 year old Jose Juan Marquez in connection to a shooting Friday night. Later Saturday evening, Marquez was taken into custody following a traffic stop in Illinois.

 

The shooting victim is in stable condition.

 

 

TWO ARRESTED IN CARTER COUNTY ON METH CHARGE

 

Two people were taken into custody over the weekend on a meth charge.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 39 year old Kenneth D. Grady, of Hayti, and 38 year old Faith H. Babcock, of Caruthersville, were arrested at around 1:30 pm Sunday in Carter County.

 

The men are each facing felony charges of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

 

OVER TWENTY ARRESTS MADE DURING TASK FORCE OPERATION

 

Over twenty arrests were made Friday night in Poplar Bluff as a part of a Street Crimes Task Force Operation.

 

The task force included officers from multiple agencies including the Poplar Bluff Police Department, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Butler County Sheriff’s Department and several others.

 

According to the Daily American Republic, 23 arrests were made during the sweep.

 

 

BUTLER COUNTY ROAD TO BE REDUCED TODAY FOR PIPE REPLACEMENT

 

Crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation will be in Butler County today to perform a pipe replacement.

 

Work is scheduled for 8 am to 3 pm, weather permitting. During the job Highway 53 will be reduced to one lane between Thomas Street and Lone Star Road.

 

 

EROSION WORK TO BE PERFORMED TODAY IN NEW MADRID COUNTY

 

Highway 61 in New Madrid County will be reduced to one lane as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform erosion work.

 

Weather permitting, work will performed today and tomorrow from 7 am to 4:30 pm each day.

 

The work zone will be located between County Roads 728 and 634.

 

 

REPAIRS ON HIGHWAY 60 IN CARTER COUNTY SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEK.

 

Highway 60 in Carter County will be reduced to one lane early this week so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can perform approach repairs.

 

This section of roadway is located from Route J to County Road 163.

 

Weather permitting, work will take place today and tomorrow from 6:30 am to 12 pm, daily.

 

 

MISSOURI FLAG BURNING LAW OVERTURNED BY FEDERAL COURT

 

A federal appeals court in St. Louis has overturned a Missouri law that makes it a crime to burn or otherwise desecrate the American flag.

 

Frank Snider III sued Cape Girardeau after his 2009 arrest for cutting up a U.S. flag on the sidewalk outside his home, throwing it in the street and trying to set it on fire.

 

Snider was jailed for eight hours, but prosecutors dismissed the charges after learning of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that deemed a similar law in Texas unconstitutional.

 

The Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday upheld a 2012 lower court ruling that the law violated the First Amendment’s right to free speech. The American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri represented the Cape Girardeau man.

 

 

PERSONAL INFORMATION COULD HAVE BEEN EXPOSED DURING ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY DATA BREACH

 

The Arkansas Department of Human Services has told Arkansas State University about a data breach in ASU’s College of Education and Behavioral Science’s Department of Childhood Services.

 

ASU said Friday that the breach could expose personally identifiable information. Chief Information Officer Henry Torres says there has been unauthorized access to the data – but no reports of illegal use of the information.

 

The database is related to the Traveling Arkansas Professional Pathways Registry. The registry is a professional development system that tracks more than 6,000 workshops each year to train childcare workers.

 

The program is not part of the main university databases, so no student, faculty or staff records are involved unless they have participated in the registry.

 

Officials say the registry has been taken offline until it is reviewed.

May 30, 2014

RIVER RADIO NEWS 053014

 

MAYNARD MAN CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED MURDER

 

A Maynard, Arkansas man has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly threatening to shoot his wife’s son.

 

According to authorities, John Arnold is facing multiple charges including first degree attempted murder, aggravated assault, third degree domestic battering, and terroristic threatening.

 

During the incident, Arnold is alleged to have hit his wife, grabbed her son by the neck and pointed a gun at both of them.

 

 

JONESBORO MAN FACING CHARGE OF COMPUTER CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

 

A Jonesboro man has been taken into custody after allegedly being caught arranging to have sexual intercourse with a juvenile.

 

According to KAIT, 23 year old Wesley Alexander Hull had a Facebook conversation with a girl that allegedly contained sexually explicit messages. He also reportedly deleted nude photos of the girl, who he said was about 16 years old, and later admitted to having sex with her.

 

Hull has been charged with computer child pornography and failure to comply with sex offender reporting requirements.

 

 

JONESBORO MAN ARRESTED AFTER STABBING INCIDENT

 

A Northeast Arkansas man is facing multiple charges in connection to a reported stabbing.

 

According to authorities, a woman was stabbed on Wednesday. One man has been arrested, 53 year old Charles Lavell Bausley, of Jonesboro.

 

Bausley is facing charges of aggravated assault, first degree battery, and carrying a weapon.

 

The condition of the victim was not available.

 

 

TWO ARRESTED IN BUTLER COUNTY ON METH CHARGE

 

Two people were arrested Thursday morning in Butler County on drug charges.

 

According to the Highway Patrol, 46 year old Brian O. Brittain, of Grandin, and 29 year old Brenda S. Burks, of Poplar Bluff, were arrested at 10:30 am Thursday morning.

 

They are each facing a felony charge of possession of methamphetamine and a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

 

WILLIAMSVILLE MAN ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION OF METHAMPHETAMINE

 

A Williamsville man is facing a felony meth charge following his arrest on Thursday.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 47 year old Carl E. Randall has been charged with felony possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine.

 

Randall is also facing charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, speeding, and no seat belt.

 

 

CHILD SUMMER READING PROGRAM STARTS NEXT WEEK AT POPLAR BLUFF LIBRARY

 

Science is the theme for this year’s child reading program at the Poplar Bluff Municipal Library.

 

The program, “Fizz, Boom, Read,” will begin on June 2nd and give children chances to earn prizes by reading. Marty the Magician, Mad Science of St. Louis, and Animal Tales will also be returning to the library this summer.

 

The summer reading program is available for children between the ages of 3 and 17. For more information, go online to poplarbluff.org, call 573-686-8639, or stop by the library at 318 North Main Street in Poplar Bluff.

 

 

STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL SPEAKS ABOUT EXECUTION RULES

 

Missouri’s attorney general says the state should establish its own laboratory to produce chemicals for use in executions rather than rely on an “uneasy cooperation” with medical professionals and pharmaceutical companies.

 

Attorney General Chris Koster spoke Thursday to the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis during a meeting at Lake of Ozarks. Though a death penalty supporter, the Democratic attorney general cited his own concerns about the death penalty.

 

Missouri is among several states that purchase execution drugs in secret. Critics say that if details about the source and testing aren’t made public, there is no way to assure that the inmate won’t suffer during the execution process.

 

Koster says the state should not be reliant on merchants whose identities must be shielded from public view.

 

 

ARKANSAS SUPREME COURT THROWS OUT APPEAL OF MAN CONVICTED OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS MURDERS

 

The Arkansas Supreme Court has thrown out an appeal by Charles Wayne “Chad” Green, who is serving life in prison for his role in the slayings of four family members in northeast Arkansas in 1998.

 

The high court on Thursday ruled that Green’s argument that the lower court lacked jurisdiction to find him guilty is without merit.

 

The 38 year old Green was convicted of capital murder in the deaths of Carl and Lisa Elliott and their young children, Gregory and Felicia. They were killed near Dalton and it took authorities until 2003 to bring charges against Green and his father, 58 year old Billy Dale Green.

 

Both men are serving sentences of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

 

Authorities say the killings occurred after a drug deal went sour.

May 29, 2014

RIVER RADIO NEWS 052914

 

CORONER’S INQUEST SCHEDULED FOR SHOOTING INVOLVING BUTLER COUNTY DEPUTY

 

A jury will meet next week to discuss a shooting incident involving a Butler County Sheriff’s Deputy.

 

The coroner’s inquest has been scheduled for June 4th. The inquest is in connection to an incident that left one person dead this past weekend.

 

The Sheriff’s Deputy was investigating a report of a prowler at a residence when he was allegedly fired at. The deputy returned fire and fatally shot the individual.

 

The names of the officer and the person killed were not released.

 

 

BUTLER COUNTY MAN FACES UP TO 10 YEARS IN PRISON ON FIREARM CHARGE

 

A Butler County man is facing up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to a felony firearm charge.

 

According to the United States Attorney’s Office, 45 year old Timothy G. Ossana has pled guilty to a felony count of being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

 

Poplar Bluff Police Officers found a pistol hidden in Ossana’s vehicle when he was arrested in November of 2013. Due to previous convictions, Ossana was prohibited from possessing a firearm.

 

Ossana faces a maximum punishment of 10 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine at his sentencing on August 25th.

 

 

DEXTER MAN CHARGED WITH PROMOTING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

 

A Dexter man is facing a child pornography related charge.

 

According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 23 year old Joesph Michael Frye was recently arrested on a warrant for second degree promoting child pornography.

 

Frye allegedly set up a fake Facebook page using inappropriate pictures that a 17 year old girl had sent him.

 

 

CAPE GIRARDEAU MAN ARRESTED ON COCAINE CHARGE

 

A Cape Girardeau man is facing felony drug charges following his arrest Wednesday night.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 34 year old Gene T. Wren has been charged with felony possession of a controlled substance for cocaine and hydrocodone.

 

Wren is also facing a charge of possession of under 35 grams of marijuana.

 

 

HIGHWAY PATROL MAKES 36 ARREST OVER MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

 

36 arrests were made by the Highway Patrol over the Memorial Day weekend in Southeast Missouri.

 

According to Captain George Ridens, 13 of the arrests were for driving while intoxicated, one was for boating while intoxicated, and the other 22 were drug arrests.

 

Officers in Troop E also investigated 29 traffic crashes, which resulted in 17 injuries and one fatality.

 

 

PIPE REPLACEMENT SCHEDULED FOR NEW MADRID COUNTY

 

Route UU in New Madrid County will be closed today as Missouri Department of Transportation crews replace a pipe under roadway.

 

This section of roadway is located between Route D and County Road 784.

 

Weather permitting, work will take place today from 8 am to 3 pm.

 

 

NEW MADRID COUNTY ROAD TO BE CLOSED TODAY

 

Crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation will be in New Madrid County today for a pipe replacement.

 

Route H will be closed today from 8:30 am to 4 pm for the replacement. The work zone will be located from Highway 61 to County Road 843.

 

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR TO DECIDE ON DRUG OVERDOSE ANTIDOTE BILL

 

Missouri law officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians could administer an antidote for drug overdoses under legislation on the governor’s desk.

 

The bill would let trained responders use naloxone to treat people who overdose on narcotics or opiates such as heroin and prescription painkillers.

 

Several states already equip law enforcement officials with naloxone. Legislators approved the Missouri bill without dissent and sent it to Governor Jay Nixon before ending their annual session May 16th.

 

 

TAX BREAKS COULD POSSIBLY HARM LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ACCORDING TO GOVERNOR NIXON

 

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is amplifying his opposition to a series of tax breaks passed by lawmakers.

 

Nixon said Wednesday the tax breaks could cost local governments $351 million of revenues annually. That’s on top of what Nixon’s administration projects as a $425 million annual reduction in state tax revenues.

 

Republican lawmakers have disputed some of the cost projections.

 

Legislators passed about two-dozen tax breaks for specific industries, organizations or consumers. Some of those would exempt sales taxes for expenses by computer data centers, electric companies and restaurants.

 

Nixon has said he will make vetoes or budget cuts in response to the tax breaks.

May 28, 2014

RIVER RADIO NEWS 052814

 

AREA BUSINESSES WARNED TO BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR QUICK CHANGE ARTIST

 

The Greater Poplar Bluff Area Chamber of Commerce is warning area businesses to be on the lookout for a quick change artist in the area.

 

According to the Chamber of Commerce, an African American male wearing a ball cap has been purchasing small items to get the cashier to open the register and then confusing the register operator until he gets more money from them than he originally gave. He usually starts by paying with a large bill such as a $100 bill.

 

Anyone who thinks they have been a victim of the quick change artist is asked to contact the Poplar Bluff Police Department at 785-5776 or the Butler County Sheriff’s Department at 785-8444.

 

We have tips on how to handle a quick change artist available on our Facebook page at Facebook.com/930kwoc.

 

 

WARRANT ISSUED FOR KENNETT MAN IN CONNECTION TO RECENT SHOOTING

 

Multiple warrants have been issued for a Kennett man in connection to a recent shooting.

 

According to the Kennett Police Department, warrants have been issued on Uzzi C. Caruthers for first degree assault, armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon, and felon in possession of a firearm.

 

Anyone with information on Caruthers location is asked to contact the Kennett Police Department at 573-888-4622.

 

 

JONESBORO POLICE INVESTIGATING SHOOTING

 

A Jonesboro man was reportedly shot while walking with his brother.

 

According to KAIT, 19 year old Darius D. Sills, was shot in the leg at the intersection of Fairfield and Race in Jonesboro. The teen told police that he did not know who fired the shot.

 

Jonesboro Police are investigating the incident.

 

 

ADDITIONAL CHARGES FILED FOR ACCUSED BANK ROBBERS

 

Two people accused of robbing one southeast Missouri bank are now charged with robbing another.

 

The Dexter Daily Statesman reports that the Morley branch of First Commercial Bank was robbed May 20th. One of the three suspects told police that he and one of the other suspects also robbed the Essex branch on March 17th.

 

Tyrice Royston and Pamela Lathon, both of the St. Louis area, are accused in both crimes. A third suspect, Alexander Trotter, is charged only in the Morley robbery.

 

All three are jailed in Scott County.

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF MOTORCYCLE RIDER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN BUTLER COUNTY WRECK

 

A motorcycle rider has serious injuries following a wreck Tuesday morning.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 71 year old Jackie Eddington, of Poplar Bluff, was ejected from his motorcycle after another vehicle failed to yield and made a left hand turn into his path.

 

The wreck occurred on Route B outside of Poplar Bluff at around 8:26 am Tuesday. Eddington was air lifted to a Cape Girardeau hospital following the wreck.

 

 

NINE INJURED IN TWO VEHICLE WRECK NEAR ARCADIA

 

A total of nine people were injured in a two vehicle wreck Tuesday in Iron County.

 

According to the Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred shortly before 6 pm on Missouri Highway 21, 8 miles south of Arcadia, when one of the vehicles crossed the centerline and struck the other vehicle.

 

Six of the nine people suffered serious injuries.

 

 

STODDARD COUNTY ROAD TO BE CLOSED TODAY FOR PIPE REPLACEMENT

 

Route N in Stoddard County will be closed today so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can replace the culvert pipe under the roadway.

 

The work zone will be located between County Roads 557 and 512.

 

Work will take place today from 8 am to 2 pm, weather permitting.

 

 

BRIDGE REPAIRS TO BEGIN TODAY ON INTERSTATE 55 IN SCOTT COUNTY

 

North and Southbound Interstate 55 in Scott County will be reduced to one lane over the next week and a half as contractor crews perform bridge approach repairs.

 

The bridge to be repaired is located over the US 60/ I-57 Interchange and I-55/ US 62.

 

Weather permitting, work will performed through Saturday, June 7th from 6 am to 7 pm daily.

 

 

MISSOURI OFFICIALS URGE PRECAUTIONS AGAINST TICKS

 

Missouri conservation officials are urging people headed outdoors to take precautions against tick bites.

 

Insect repellants and covering up are two steps that can help. Officials say long-sleeved shirts, pants and securing pants cuffs are the first defenses.

 

People should check for ticks after returning indoors and shower quickly to remove unattached ticks. Putting clothes in the dryer on high heat before washing should kill any remaining ticks.

 

Ticks can spread various diseases, including Lyme disease, Rock Mountain spotted fever and tularemia. Most tick-transmitted diseases require prolonged feeding. To remove a tick, use tweezers and grasp it as close to the skin as possible. Don’t jerk or twist the tick when removing and clean the bite area.

 

 

LEGISLATION WOULD REQUIRE MORE OVERSIGHT OF SOME CHILD CARE CENTERS

 

Legislation pending before Missouri Governor Jay Nixon would require new oversight of some unlicensed child care centers.

 

The legislation would require state workers to visit unlicensed facilities that receive federal money. It also would require the development of quality indicators that parents could use to evaluate the safety and caliber of child care centers.

 

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the legislation was prompted by changes in federal regulations. Missouri could lose more than $100 million in federal funding if it doesn’t increase oversight.

 

It says the monitoring visits would apply to all child care centers, including about 3,900 in homes, churches and schools that are not currently inspected by state child care regulators.

 

The Missouri provisions would take effect no sooner than October 2015.

 

 

May 27, 2014

RIVER RADIO NEWS 052714

 

MAN CHARGED WITH SECOND DEGREE MURDER AFTER ALLEGEDLY SHOOTING HIS WIFE

 

A Kennett man is facing a murder charge for allegedly shooting his wife.

 

According to Missouri Case Net, 51 year old Allan Branum has been charged with second degree murder and armed criminal action.

 

According to the Kennett Police Department, Allan allegedly shot his wife, Regina Branum, in the head with a .38 caliber revolver Thursday night.

 

 

TEENAGER KILLED IN SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK

 

A Doniphan teenager has died following a single vehicle wreck Friday in Ripley County.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 17 year old Austin Elliott was one of five teenagers thrown from the vehicle after it overturned. Elliott was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

The driver of the vehicle, along with two other passengers, suffered serious injuries. Another passenger received moderate injuries.

 

According to the crash report, none of the five teens were wearing a safety device.

 

 

BUTLER COUNTY DEPUTY INVOLVED IN WEEKEND SHOOTING

 

An investigation is ongoing into a shooting over the weekend that involved a Butler County Deputy.

 

The deputy was investigating a report of a prowler at a residence when he was allegedly fired at. The deputy returned fire and fatally shot the individual. The deputy has been placed on administrative leave.

 

The names of the officer and the person killed were not released. An autopsy has been scheduled for this morning.

 

 

MAN FACING ATTEMPTED MURDER CHARGE IN CONNECTION TO WRECK

 

Authorities in Craighead County say a man purposely wrecked his vehicle last week in an attempt to kill his girlfriend.

 

Thomas Waters is reportedly facing charges of attempted first degree murder, aggravated assault, kidnapping, and terroristic threatening.

 

Both Waters and his girlfriend suffered injuries in the wreck on Wednesday.

 

 

MAN RAN OVER BY TRACTOR IN STODDARD COUNTY

 

A Dudley man has suffered serious injuries after being run over by a tractor last week.

 

According to the Highway Patrol, 65 year old Dennis R. Parks was attempting to jump start the tractor while it was in gear causing it to run over him.

 

Parks was taken by air to a Cape Girardeau hospital.

 

 

OKLAHOMA MAN ARRESTED ON COCAINE CHARGE IN BUTLER COUNTY

 

An Oklahoma man was taken into custody Monday night in Butler County on a cocaine charge.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 27 year old Kenneth A. Peterman, of Coweta, Oklahoma, is facing charges of possession of a controlled substance, cocaine; possession of drug paraphernalia; and driving while suspended.

 

 

KENNETT POLICE INVESTIGATING SHOOTING INCIDENT

 

Kennett authorities are investigating a shooting incident that occurred Friday morning.

 

According to Kennett Police, officers witnessed six shots being fired by an unknown suspect in the area of Ninth Street Friday morning.

 

One of the rounds struck a passing motorists vehicle while another round nearly hit an officer. A subject in the vehicle that was hit pointed to a white passenger vehicle stating that there was a person shooting at them. The vehicle attempted to flee the area at a high rate of speed.

 

Officers were able to catch the vehicle and conduct a stop. The driver of the vehicle was taken into custody for felony driving while revoked and possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver.

 

Police believe that the shooter or shooters fled from the vehicle on foot prior to the stop. They were not located or identified.

 

Anyone who has information about the incident is asked to contact the Kennett Police Department at 573-888-4622.

 

 

INTERSTATE 55 IN NEW MADRID COUNTY TO BE REDUCED THIS WEEK IN NEW MADRID COUNTY

 

North and Southbound I-55 in New Madrid County will be reduced to one lane this week as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform erosion work.

 

The work zone is located between Mile Markers 50 and 52.

 

Weather permitting, work will performed today through Thursday from 7 am to 4:30 pm daily.

 

 

VOTER WHO DIDN’T PROVIDE ID COULD DECIDE CRAIGHEAD  COUNTY ELECTION

 

A race for a Craighead County justice of the peace position ended in an apparent tie.

 

Election officials say incumbent Ray Kidd and challenger Mike Cox each received 129 votes in last Tuesday’s primary.

 

Election Commission Chairman Scott McDaniel says the ballots will be counted against to ensure no votes were missed. The results are to be certified today.

 

McDaniel says there is one uncounted ballot that could decide the race. He says a voter didn’t provide a required photo identification and has until noon today to do so in order for the ballot to be counted.

 

McDaniel says the ballot is sealed and it isn’t known whether the ballot will affect the tied race.

 

If the race remains tied, Kidd and Cox will meet in a June runoff.

 

 

MISSOURI LEGISLATORS PASS SEVERAL PRIVACY RELATED BILLS

 

Missouri lawmakers have endorsed proposals aimed at bolstering privacy protections for electronic communications, public school students and library records.

 

Lawmakers approved several measures dealing with electronic privacy during the annual session that ended this month. Two bills are heading to Governor Jay Nixon and a constitutional amendment will appear on the August ballot.

 

The constitutional amendment would add electronic communications and data to existing protections against unreasonable searches and seizures.

 

One bill would bar school districts from requiring students to use IDs with radio frequency identification to monitor or track students. Another measure would protect from disclosure library records about a patron’s use of e-books and digital materials.