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April 17, 2014

 

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF MAN ARRESTED ON MULTIPLE DRUG CHARGES

A Poplar Bluff man is facing multiple drug related felonies along with a firearm charge following his arrest Wednesday night.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 31 year old Dale D. Fry was taken into custody shortly before 8 pm in Wayne County.

Fry is facing felony charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, possession of a controlled substance – hydrocodone, possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine, and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

Fry is also facing a charge of unlawful possession of a firearm.

 

DOCTOR ACCUSED OF TAKING NUDE PHOTOS OF PATIENTS ARRESTED

A Paragould doctor has been arrested on charges of video voyeurism.

According to KAIT, 68 year old Paul Becton Jr., of Paragould, was taken into custody Wednesday in Newport.

A warrant was issued earlier this week for Becton’s arrest.

Authorities reportedly found numerous pictures of nude women on a cell phone that was taken from Becton during a search.

The warrant says that the pictures appeared to have been taken in a medical office during examinations. The search was prompted after a woman told police that she became suspicious after an examination that she may have been photographed.

 

BICYCLE TRAIL NEAR POPLAR BLUFF CLOSED TO TARGET SHOOTING

A bicycle trail near Poplar Bluff has been closed to all recreational shooting and target practice.

According to the Mark Twain National Forrest, the order is for the Wolf Creek Bicycle Trail area north of Poplar Bluff and is effective immediately to address public safety concerns.

A map of the affected area is available at the Poplar Bluff Ranger District Office on Maud Street.

 

ALLEY SPRING TO HOST JUNIOR RANGER DAY NEXT MONTH

Students will have a chance to learn more about nature at the National Park Service’s Junior Ranger Day on May 9th.

Local schools are invited to bring their 2nd through 5th graders to the free event at Alley Spring on Friday, May 9th starting at 10:00 am. The general public is also invited.

Schools and large groups should RSVP by calling Bill O’Donnell at 573-323-8093.

MESSIAH CONCERT TO BE HELD THIS WEEKEND AT TINNIN FINE ARTS CENTER

Audience members will get to participate in a sing along concert this weekend at the Tinnin Fine Arts Center.

The performance of Handel’s “Messiah” will feature soloists from Kennett, Poplar Bluff, and Williamsville. Audience members will be able to purchase a score and participate along with the music.

“Messiah” is one of the most famous and most frequently performed pieces of choral music in the world and is best known for its “Hallelujah” chorus.

The performance will begin at 7 pm on Saturday, April 19th.

 

ARREST MADE IN NEW MADRID COUNTY AS A PART OF ICE ROUND UP

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has arrested 24 men in Missouri and Illinois for what officials call “egregious” immigration violations, including individuals who entered the country illegally and committed crimes.

The arrests, made in a five-day roundup last week, were announced Tuesday. Arrests were made in New Madrid and St. Charles Counties in Missouri along with four counties in Illinois.

ICE says 15 of those arrested were criminals with convictions that include sexual misconduct, felonious restraint and other charges. Others arrested were fugitives with outstanding deportation orders.

ICE says 14 of the suspects are from Mexico, nine from Guatemala and one from India. An immigration judge will determine whether the suspects should be deported.

GOVERNOR NIXON BLASTS TAX CUT BILL

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is describing a tax-cut bill passed by the Legislature as a “reckless fiscal experiment.”

The Democratic governor indicated Wednesday that he likely will veto the income tax cut, just as he did a similar bill passed last year by the Republican-led Legislature.

Nixon convened a news conference to denounce the legislation a mere hour after the House gave it final approval on a 104 to 48 vote.

The legislation would gradually cut Missouri’s top individual income tax rate and phase in a new deduction for people who report business income on personal tax returns. The tax cuts would begin in 2017, but only if state revenues keep rising.

Nixon says the tax cuts would “drastically slash the income of our state” and harm education funding.

RENEWAL OF DRUG BENEFIT ENDORSED BY MISSOURI SENATE

The Missouri Senate has endorsed legislation to renew an expiring prescription drug benefit for over 200,000 low-income and disabled seniors.

The Missouri Rx Program is scheduled to expire in August, but the measure endorsed on Wednesday would extend the benefit until 2017.

State officials estimate more than 9 million prescription drug claims will be filed for 230,000 Missourians during the current budget year. Governor Jay Nixon has called on lawmakers to renew the program.

The bill would also allow doctors to write epinephrine prescriptions to some locations, including restaurants and amusement parks. Those places could then keep an emergency supply of the drug that treats severe allergic reactions.

It needs one more vote before moving to the House.

 

April 16, 2014

 

 

 

KELSO MAN ARRESTED ON STATUTORY RAPE AND CHILD MOLESTATION CHARGE

A Kelso man is in custody on sexual related charges.

According to the Scott County Sheriff’s Office, 22 year old Justin A. Williams was arrested on Monday on charges of statutory rape and child molestation.

Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter says that his office received a call Monday afternoon reporting that Williams was molesting a young female at a residence in Kelso. Williams left the residence before officers could arrive; however he was found and taken into custody a short time later.

When questioned by a detective, Williams reportedly confessed to acts of unlawful behavior with a 6 year old female. His bond was set at $50,000.

 

WARRANT ISSUED FOR ARREST OF PARAGOULD DOCTOR ON VIDEO VOYEURISM CHARGES

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a Paragould OB/GYN who is accused of taking nude photos of a patient during a medical exam without her knowledge, consent or approval.

According to Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington, the warrant was issued for 68 year old Dr. Paul Becton Jr. on five counts of video voyeurism. Authorities reportedly found numerous pictures of nude women on a cell phone that was taken from Becton during a search.

The warrant says that the pictures appeared to have been taken in a medical office during examinations. The search was prompted after a woman told police that she became suspicious after an examination that she may have been photographed.

 

BUSINESSES PLEDGES $50,000 TOWARDS THREE RIVERS ACTIVITY CENTER

A $50,000 pledge has been finalized to go to the Three Rivers Activity Center project.

Leaders from the Three Rivers Endowment Trust and First Missouri State Bank recently met to finalize the five-year pledge for the activity center, which will be a state-of-the-art athletics center for the Three Rivers Raider and Lady Raider basketball teams.

 

FIVE INJURED, ONE SERIOUSLY, IN REYNOLDS COUNTY WRECK

One person has serious injuries and four others were also injured in a two vehicle wreck Tuesday in Reynolds County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred on Missouri Highway 21 in Centerville when a vehicle driven by 72 year old Wanda Atkins, of Centerville, allegedly crossed into the oncoming lane and hit another vehicle.

Atkins suffered moderate injuries, while a passenger in her vehicle, 81 year old Kenneth Atkins, was seriously injured. Three people in the other vehicle suffered minor injuries.

 

CAPE GIRARDEAU MAN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO ILLINOIS SHOOTING

A Cape Girardeau man is facing charges in connection to a shooting incident in Illinois.

According to the Carbondale, Illinois Police Department, 26 year old Darrion D. Jake has been charged with aggravated battery with a firearm, aggravated discharge of a firearm, and mob action.

The arrest is in connection to an incident last week where a victim was shot in the abdomen. The incident is still under investigation.

 

10 YEAR OLD WORLD SERIES TO BE PLAYED IN JONESBORO IN 2015

The Cal Ripken 10-year-old World Series and Jonesboro city officials have finalized plans for Jonesboro to host the 2015 series.

Babe Ruth League Commissioner Robert Faherty Jr. and Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken North Arkansas District Commissioner Gary Hoyt signed a contract Monday to bring nine regional winning teams and an all-star team from Jonesboro to play in the World Series at Joe Mack Campbell Park in August 2015.

Jonesboro’s Advertising and Promotion Commission provided the tournament guarantee fee of $45,000 that is to be used for costs associated with the World Series such as travel and lodging expenses for each team.

The World Series will bring about 130 players and their families to Jonesboro – potentially thousands of people that city officials say will provide a boost to the city’s economy.

 

SUPREME COURT RULING GIVES GREATER LEGAL PROTECTIONS TO INJURED WORKERS

The Missouri Supreme Court has overturned 30 years of precedent with a ruling that gives greater legal protections to injured workers who are fired from their jobs.

In a 5 to 2 decision, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that employees no longer have to prove that workers’ compensation claims were the exclusive factor for their dismissal in order to win lawsuits claiming retaliation.

Instead, the court said employees must show only that workers’ compensation claims were a contributing factor in their subsequent dismissal from their job.

State law does not explicitly set forth a standard of proof in such lawsuits, but the exclusive cause standard had been adopted by the state Supreme Court in 1984. Since then, all of the judges on the Supreme Court have changed.

 

NUMBER OF JOBS AND UNEMPLOYMENT RATE BOTH GO UP IN MISSOURI

Missouri’s unemployment rate increased in March, though the size of payrolls also grew.

The Department of Economic Development reported Tuesday that the jobless rate grew to 6.7 percent from 6.4 percent last month. Employers added a net of 3,500 jobs in March.

Top gainers were the construction and education and health services. Construction jobs grew by 2,000 and education and health services grew by 1,600. On the other hand, the leisure and hospitality sector declined by 1,900 jobs.

Missouri’s civilian labor force of about 3 million people grew by 8,450 during March. The labor force counts people with jobs and those who are on unemployment but looking for work.

 

April 14, 2014

 

 

 

THREE REPORTED DEAD IN SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK IN PEMISCOT COUNTY

Three men are dead following a single vehicle wreck Saturday in Pemiscot County.

According to the Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred on Highway B at Homestown when a vehicle driven by 30 year old David M. Six, of Bragg City, ran off the side of the road, struck a culvert, and overturned.

Six, along with passengers 29 year old Jason L. Phillips, of Caruthersville, and 57 year old David M. Six, of Portageville were ejected from the vehicle. Two of the men were pronounced dead at the scene, while the third was pronounced dead at an area hospital.

 

AREA BUSINESS PLEDGES $100,000 TO THREE RIVERS ENDOWMENT TRUST

Leaders from the Three Rivers Endowment trust and Southern Bank recently met to finalize a five year, $100,000 pledge.

Officials from Three Rivers College say that half of the pledge will go to the Humanities and Social Science Classroom Building that is currently under construction at the Poplar Bluff TRC campus.

The other half will go to the area of greatest need.

 

FIRE LEADS TO HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION IN PEMISCOT COUNTY

A homicide investigation is under way after one man was found dead last week.

According to authorities, 60 year old Roy Jerrolds was found dead in a Pemiscot County home that was on fire. He had reportedly been shot.

An autopsy was performed on Friday.

 

MAN ARRESTED IN CARTER COUNTY ON METH CHARGE

A Birch Tree man is facing drug related charges after his arrest Saturday afternoon in Carter County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 45 year old Sean M. Felt was arrested at around 4 pm Saturday on felony charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

ONE ARRESTED ON METH AND RESISTING ARREST CHARGES IN BUTLER COUNTY

Authorities arrested a Poplar Bluff man over the weekend on multiple felony charges.

According to the Highway Patrol, 31 year old Edward A. Goodwin is facing felony charges of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine and resisting arrest.

Goodwin is also facing charges of possession of marijuana and driving while suspended.

THREAT FOUND IN TWIN RIVERS HIGH SCHOOL BATHROOM

Officials at Twin Rivers High School reportedly found a threat in a school bathroom last week.

According to the Daily American Republic, the threat to “shoot everybody on 4-11” was discovered Thursday on a bathroom stall.

A student confessed to writing the threat and was suspended. A school official said the student was upset and remorseful.

TOMORROW IS TAX DEADLINE DAY

April 15th is the deadline to file state tax returns and the Missouri Department of Revenue has released a few tips for those who have waited to the last minute.

The Department of Revenue advises everyone to file electronically if possible. If you are not going to be able to meet the April 15th deadline, you might be able to file for an extension.

Anyone who receives an extension to file their federal income tax returns will automatically be granted an extension to file the Missouri income tax return. However filing an extension does not extend the time to pay taxes that are due.

If you have any questions, call 573-751-3505 from 8 am to 5 pm.

ADDITIONAL PENALTIES FOR CHILD CRIMES INCLUDED IN CRIMINAL CODE BILL

Legislation to reorganize Missouri’s criminal laws also would give longer prison stints to people who sexually abuse or abandon children.

Under the bill, incest would carry additional jail time in child sex crimes. Parents who leave their children without proper care could also spend a decade more in jail if a child dies or is seriously injured.

The main focus of the legislation is the creation of additional classes of felonies and misdemeanors. But a child advocate says the increased punishments for crimes against children will have an impact on their lives.

The House and Senate passed the criminal code overhaul this week and must work out differences to pass an identical bill by May 16, when the session adjourns.

 

MULTIPLE VOTING PROPOSALS COULD BE PUT BEFORE MISSOURI VOTERS

Missouri lawmakers are advancing an early voting measure that could overlap with an initiative petition tackling the issue.

The competing proposals set up a scenario in which Missouri voters could endorse two early voting periods but see only one become law. Missouri law states that if conflicting constitutional amendments are approved at the same time, the measure that gets the largest affirmative vote takes effect.

The initiative petition would allow early voting for six weeks and require officials to accommodate early voting on Saturday and Sunday for the final 21 days before federal or state elections. The proposal in the Legislature calls for nine days of early voting and depends upon lawmakers approving funding.

 

 

TAX CUTS APPROVED BY SENATE AND HOUSE COMMITTEES

Missouri’s Republican lawmakers are advancing a pair of tax cut proposals for potential debate in the coming weeks.

A House committee on Thursday endorsed legislation already passed by the Senate that would cut income tax rates for individuals and some business owners. That proposal is projected by legislative researchers to reduce state revenues by $620 million annually when fully phased in.

Also Thursday, a Senate committee changed and endorsed a tax cut bill that previously passed the House. As revised, that plan would cut income taxes only for businesses, not individuals. Its cost is estimated at about half the amount as the other bill.

Committee approval of the bills means they could soon be considered by the full House and Senate.

 

APRIL 11, 2014

 

 

 

SEARCH ENDED FOR MISSING MEN
A search for two men who have been missing since a barge overturned earlier this week has been called off.

Officials announced Thursday that the search has been suspended. Juan Nieves and Nicolas Perez have been missing since Tuesday after falling into the Mississippi River near Blytheville.

 
35TH ANNUAL MERCHANT SHOWCASE SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 26TH
The 35th annual Merchant Showcase will be held on April 26th at Three Rivers College.

The Merchant Showcase gives local businesses and vendors an opportunity to showcase their services to the public. Participating businesses will have booths set up in the Bess Gym for giveaways, demonstrations, contests, and more.

There will also be the opportunity for visitors to win one of four cash giveaways. The Merchant Showcase will be held from 10 am to 3 pm on April 26th. Admission is $1.

 
TEACHER CITED WITH MISDEMEANOR SECOND DEGREE ASSAULT IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS
A Jonesboro teacher has been cited with misdemeanor second degree assault after allegedly dragging a 9 year old student to class by the ankles.

According to KAIT, 59 year old Linda Stephens has been placed on administrative leave following the incident on March 31st at the Microsociety Magnet School.

According to the report, the special needs student had been refusing to go to class and had fallen in the school’s hall. Stephens then allegedly grabbed the student’s legs and pulled him to the classroom.

 
GOLF TOURNAMENT TO BE HELD TO RAISE MONEY FOR THE POPLAR BLUFF PUBLIC SCHOOL FOUNDATION
The Poplar Bluff Public School Foundation is sponsoring the annual Four Person Scramble Golf Classic in early May.

The tournament will be held Friday, May 2nd at the Ozark Ridge Golf Course. Proceeds from the tournament will go toward the foundation scholarship fund and other educational opportunities.

Teams and hole sponsors are needed, according to Poplar Bluff school superintendent Chris Hon. Lunch and evening meals will also be provided.

The tournament will be limited to the first 20 teams to enter. For more information, call the Poplar Bluff Superintendent office at 785-7751.

 
POPLAR BLUFF MAN ARRESTED ON METH AND MARIJUANA CHARGE
A Poplar Bluff man is facing drug charges following his arrest Wednesday night.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 47 year old Craig E. Lee was arrested shortly after 10 pm Friday in Butler County on charges of possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana, felony possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 
MACHINERY TAKEN FROM JONESBORO BUSINESS
Jonesboro police are looking for more information on a piece of machinery that was reportedly stolen from an area business.

According to authorities, a 2006 Caterpillar skid steer was taken from CWC Mechanical. A portion of a chain link fence was knocked down as the machinery was taken.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call 870-935-5657.

 
BILL WOULD LIMIT DISCIPLINE FOR TOY GUNS
Missouri students could use food, pencils or their hands to imitate a gun without penalty under legislation endorsed by the state House.

The bill advanced Wednesday would shield students from discipline of fines for “simulating a weapon while playing.”

Sponsoring Republican Representative Mike Kelley, of Lamar, says he was motivated by the Maryland case of a Baltimore second-grader suspended last year for chewing a Pop-Tart into the shape of a gun.

Opponents say the legislation could allow some students to encourage violence among their peers.

The measure would allow students to be disciplined for causing bodily harm, disrupting a learning environment or creating a serious threat. It needs one more vote before moving to the Senate.

 
EXPANSION OF SELF DEFENSE LAW APPROVED BY MISSOURI HOUSE
The Missouri House has approved legislation expanding a self-defense law against home intruders.

A so-called “castle doctrine” law approved in 2007 gives Missourians a right to defend themselves and their property. The law says that people can use deadly force to stop an intruder in a home or vehicle. There is no duty to retreat if someone enters illegally.

The measure passed by the House with a 110 to 39 vote on Thursday would extend that right to people on a property with the owner’s consent. Current law applies only to the owner or tenant of a location.

The legislation now heads to the Senate.

 
GOVERNOR NIXON WITHHOLDING FUNDS FROM EDUCATION BUDGET
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is withholding funds from the current fiscal year’s education budget because he says lawmakers didn’t approve enough money in their mid-year spending plan.

Nixon requested $44 million in January to make up for declining revenue in gambling and lottery money. But in the legislation passed this week, lawmakers only approved half that amount, saying they didn’t know if all the money would be necessary.

As a result, Nixon said Thursday he is restricting $6.4 million in spending divided equally between community colleges and four-year universities, plus $15.6 million for K-12 schools. He is also calling on lawmakers to put additional money in next year’s budget to make up for the shortfall.

The current fiscal year started last July and ends on June 30.

 

APRIL 10, 2014

17 ARRESTED DURING SIKESTON WARRANT ROUND UP
Seventeen people were taken into custody Wednesday morning during a warrant round up.

According to the Sikeston Department of Public Safety, around 32 persons were recently indicted for mostly drug offenses and a few for property crimes and crimes against people.

During the operation yesterday morning, several teams of officers began seeking those wanted subjects; and by 10 am, 17 had been arrested.

Travis D. Williams (32 of Sikeston) – 3 COUNTS SALE CONT SUB – $50,000.00 CASH

Tyrone White (50 of Sikeston) – 2 COUNTS SALE CONT SUB PUBLIC HOUSING – $15,000.00 C/S

Angela Eckles (45 of Sikeston) – 3 COUNTS SALE NEAR SCHOOL- $35,000.00 C/S

Eric Coffer (28 of Sikeston) -SALE OF CONT SUB- $50,000.00

Katlyn Carr (18 of Sikeston) -SALE OF CONT SUB $15,000.00

Joseph Cannon (34 of Sikeston) -SALE OF CONT SUB – $50,000.00

Lacy Brown (33 of Sikeston) -SALE OF CONT SUB $5,000.00

Donald Milloway (49 of Sikeston) – BURGLARY/STEALING $15,000.00 C/S

Chelsie Trapp (25 of Sikeston) -2 COUNTS SALE CONT SUB $15,000.00 C/S

Morgan Stone (19 or Sikeston) -POSS CONT SUB/POSS DRUG PARAPHERNALIA $10,000.00 C/S

Roderick Randell (30 of Sikeston) – 3 COUNTS SALE CONT SUB $25,000.00 C/S

Isaac Patterson (36 of Sikeston) -2 COUNTS SALE CONT SUB $50,000.00 C/S

Willie Murphy (47 of Sikeston) – SALE CONT SUB NEAR SCHOOL $35,000.00 C/S

Tracey D. Moore (45 of Sikeston) – POSS WITH INTENT $15,000.00 C/S

Dario Lewis (22 of Sikeston) – SALE CONT SUB $50,000.00 C/S

Julius Jackson (33 of Sikeston) -2 COUNTS SALE CONT SUB $35,000.00 C/S

Darren Beasley (36 of Sikeston) -SALE CONT SUB $50,000.00 C/S
AUTHORITIES SEARCHING FOR MAN MISSING SINCE SUNDAY
Authorities are searching for a man in Madison County who is missing.

According to KFVS, 46 year old Kent Franklin has been missing since Sunday. Franklin is a white male, five foot, 11 inches tall, with brown hair and hazel eyes. He weighs 186 pounds. Authorities say that foul play is not suspected.

Anyone with information on Franklin’s whereabouts is asked to call 573-783-2234.
EXECUTION DATE SET FOR MAN CONVICTED IN CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY MURDER
The Missouri Supreme Court on Wednesday set a May execution date for convicted killer Russell Bucklew, continuing a trend of scheduling one execution per month.

Bucklew is set to die by injection at 12:01 a.m. May 21 for killing a man in Cape Girardeau County in 1996.

Bucklew’s attorney, John William Simon, says he will continue efforts in the courts to halt the execution, and will seek clemency from Governor Jay Nixon.

Bucklew was convicted in the fatal shooting of Michael Sanders, a romantic rival, then abducting and raping a woman.

Missouri has executed five men since November – one each month through March. William Rousan is scheduled to be put to death April 23rd for killing a St. Francois County couple in 1993.
CAREER EXPO TO BE HELD TODAY IN MALDEN
A career expo will be held today in Malden by Three Rivers College.

Representatives from local employers will be on hand to talk about the opportunities available to area residents.

The expo will also offer area residents the opportunity to talk with representatives of Three Rivers’ career education programs about the benefits and career opportunities offered at Three Rivers.

The career expo will be held at the Malden Community Center from 4 to 6:30 pm. For more information, call 573-276-3529.
HIGHWAY PATROL TO STEP UP DRUNK DRIVING ENFORCEMENT FOR PROM AND GRADUATION SEASON
With many area schools celebrating prom and graduation over the next month and a half, the Missouri State Highway Patrol will be stepping up enforcement to stop underage drinking.

From May 1st through May 12th, Troop E officers will be joining other Missouri law enforcement agencies for a youth alcohol mobilization. During this period, officers will be stepping up enforcement efforts with a goal of removing impaired drivers from Missouri highways.

As prom and graduation season is ongoing, Missouri law enforcement want to make sure that the state’s youth are celebrating safe and sober.
SENATE PANEL HEARS TESTIMONY ON DISCRIMINATION PROTECTIONS BASED ON SEXUAL ORIENTATION
Missouri lawmakers are hearing the pros and cons of whether it makes good business sense to grant discrimination protections based on sexual orientation.

A Senate committee heard public testimony Wednesday on legislation adding “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to a list of outlawed reasons for discrimination that already includes such characteristics as race, religion and disabilities.

Supporters included lobbyists for Monsanto and several Democratic officeholders, who said such policies can help businesses attract the best-qualified employees.

Opponents included lobbyists for two of Missouri’s leading business associations, as well as Catholic and Baptist organizations. They said the legislation could subject businesses to a new flurry of lawsuits that may lack merit.
DENTAL COVERAGE MAY BE RESTORED FOR MISSOURI MEDICAID RECIPIENTS
Missouri lawmakers appear likely to restore dental coverage for hundreds of thousands of adult Medicaid recipients, nearly a decade after it was eliminated.

The Senate Appropriations Committee agreed Wednesday to include an additional $48 million of federal and state money in next year’s Medicaid budget for dental care. The House previously approved the same amount, although there are differences between the two chambers on exactly how that would be spent.

Missouri lawmakers eliminated dental coverage for adult Medicaid recipients under a 2005 law that also made other cuts to the program.

More than 300,000 adult Medicaid recipients could benefit from the proposed restoration of dental care.

Children already receive dental coverage under Missouri’s Medicaid program.

Some of the money in the Senate plan would increase Medicaid rates paid to dentists.
PIPE REPLACEMENT TODAY IN NEW MADRID COUNTY
Highway 162 in New Madrid County will be closed today so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can replace a pipe under roadway.

The work zone will be located located between Highway 153 and County Road 280.

Work is scheduled to be performed today from 8 am to 2 pm.

 

APRIL 9, 2014

POPLAR BLUFF CITY COUNCIL TO HAVE THREE NEW MEMBERS
There will be three new members of the Poplar Bluff City Council.

According to the Butler County Clerk’s website, both Jack Rushin and David Johnson were elected to the two at large seats in the Poplar Bluff City Council over Ron Black and incumbent Susan McVey. The other at large seat had been occupied by Loyd Matthews, who passed away in January.

For the Ward 5 seat, Peter Tinsley defeated incumbent Robert Louis Smith by 27 votes.

In other contested city races in Butler County, Glen Sedrick was elected Qulin mayor and Cheryl Johnson-Carter was elected as Alderman for Ward 1 in Qulin.
POPLAR BLUFF TAX LEVY PASSES
A new Poplar Bluff tax levy increase of 80 cents was passed yesterday during the General Municipal Election.

The levy will facilitate improvements to the Poplar Bluff School District which will also include transferring the High School to the current site of the 5th and 6th grade center, while 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students will move to the existing High School site.

The vote total was 2,850 yes votes and 2,226 no votes.

A Neelyville school proposition for construction, renovating, remodeling, and improvement of school facilities at both the Hillview and Neelyville campuses did not receive the necessary 57 percent of yes votes it needed to pass, only amassing 51 percent of the vote.
TWO NEW MEMBERS ELECTED TO THREE RIVERS COLLEGE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Two new members will soon be joining the Three Rivers College Board of Trustees.

Chris Williams and Eric Schalk were elected to the board yesterday, with each receiving over 3,100 votes. Wilbur Thornton, who has served on the board since 2008, came in third on the ballot with just over 2,300 votes.
BUTLER COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD RACES
Three People have been elected to the Poplar Bluff School Board.

According to the Butler County Clerk’s office, Steve Sells, and Alana Robertson were reelected to the Board of Education, joining newcomer John Scott, who had the highest vote total.

Robert Thurman, Billy Watson, and Roger Baxter, were chosen for the Twin Rivers Board of Education.

For the Neelyville Board of Education, voters in Butler County chose Robert Dean Fisher, Paul Petty, and Shane Eaker.
TWO MISSING AFTER BARGE CAPSIZES NEAR BLYTHEVILLE
Authorities say a barge capsized on the Mississippi River in northeast Arkansas and that two people who fell into the water are missing.

The barge overturned Tuesday at a shipping terminal near Blytheville.

Richard Wheatley, a spokesman for the Houston-based company that owns the terminal, Kinder Morgan, says the barge was being unloaded when it capsized.

The Coast Guard is searching the river for two people who fell into the water. The missing people’s names weren’t released.

Coast Guard Lieutenant Brandon McMillan says the barge was carrying steel coils, and that he doesn’t know if anything that fell into the river poses an environmental concern.
RESUME PREPARATION CLASS TO BE HELD AT POPLAR BLUFF LIBRARY
Job seekers wanting to make sure that they stand out for employers should attend a resume preparation class this Thursday.

The class will be held from 1 to 3 pm Thursday at the Poplar Bluff Public Library. The class is free and open to the public, but space is limited, so registration is recommended.

To register, fill out the online registration form at poplarbluff.org or call 573-686-8639.
ILLINOIS MAN ARRESTED IN CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY ON DRUG CHARGES
An Illinois man is facing multiple marijuana related charges following his arrest Tuesday night.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 27 year old Jarmez L. Smith, of Cairo, Illinois, was arrested shortly before 8 pm in Cape Girardeau County on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute – marijuana.

Smith is also charged with possession of a controlled substance – marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
BILL WOULD KEEP COMMON CORE IN PLACE IN MISSOURI UNTIL AT LEAST 2016
Missouri’s Republican-led House has backed off its opposition to new education standards and endorsed legislation to keep them in place while a commission studies their effectiveness.

State education officials voted to adopt the Common Core State Standards in 2010. Since then, opponents have charged that the standards take away control of curriculum from local school districts.

But House opponents acknowledged Tuesday that schools have already spent money to implement the standards for assessments tests scheduled for this fall. They agreed to allow them to remain in place until a group makes a recommendation for the 2016-17 academic year.

The group would be charged with developing standards for English, language arts, math, history and government.

The bill needs one more vote before moving to the Senate.
MISSOURI VOTERS COULD BE ASKED TO DECIDE ON ONE CENT SALES TAX FOR TRANSPORTATION FUNDING
Missouri voters would be asked to approve a one-cent sales tax for transportation funding under legislation endorsed by the state House.

The proposed constitutional amendment approved on Tuesday would appear on the November ballot if passed by the Legislature. It needs another affirmative vote in the House before moving to the Senate.

State transportation officials estimate the tax to generate about $800 million annually. It would need to be reauthorized by voters after 10 years to remain in effect. Ten percent of the funds raised would go toward local transportation projects.

Supporters say the penny tax is necessary for the state to maintain roads and bridges, and to finance new infrastructure projects. Opponents say the sales tax hike would disproportionately hurt low-income Missourians who may not frequently use roads.
PIPE REPLACEMENT SCHEDULED FOR TODAY IN NEW MADRID COUNTY
Highway 153 in New Madrid County will be closed today so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can replace a pipe under the roadway.

The work zone will be located between Route B and County Road 240.

Work is scheduled to take place today from 8 am to 3 pm.

 

APRIL 8, 2014

 

 

ELECTION DAY IN MISSOURI
Multiple school board seats plus races for the Poplar Bluff City Council are up to voters today during the General Municipal Election.

Voters will decide who will serve on the board of education for Poplar Bluff, Twin Rivers, and Neelyville along with the Board of Trustees for Three Rivers College.

There are multiple city elections today as well as the tax levy issue for the Poplar Bluff School District.
REGISTRATION OPEN FOR FALL SEMESTER AT THREE RIVERS COLLEGE
Registration has begun for the 2014 fall semester at Three Rivers College.

Those interested in enrolling can browse available courses by clicking “Search for Classes” at trcc.edu. Current students can register online through the myTRCC system, however both current and new students must meet with an advisor prior to registering.

Students can register for classes in the fall through August 15th. The fall semester will begin on August 18th. Students can also register for Maymester, Summer, and Augmester classes.
STATE REPRESENTATIVE FROM EAST PRAIRIE CHARGED WITH DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED
A Missouri House member is facing two charges of driving while intoxicated stemming from arrests in the capital city.

Democratic Representative Steve Hodges, of East Prairie, was charged Friday for two separate events, one that occurred last week.

A probable cause statement released by the Cole County prosecutor says Hodges was arrested early Wednesday in Jefferson City. Police said he was taken to the county jail and given breath test that showed a .17 blood alcohol level. He was later released.

Hodges was also charged last week for a February arrest in Jefferson City.
SIKESTON MAN FACING CHARGES IN CONNECTION TO ALLEGED THEFT
A Sikeston man is in custody in connection to an alleged theft of multiple items from vehicles over the weekend.

According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, 18 year old Chadwick Hopgood was arrested on charges of felony stealing of a firearm and misdemeanor stealing.

Hopgood allegedly stole a firearm, a checkbook, money, and other items from vehicles early Sunday morning. Hopgood reportedly confessed to a deputy during an interview.
MOTORCYCLE SKILLS TEST TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED AT POPLAR BLUFF DRIVER EXAMINATION STATION
Anyone looking to take the motorcycle skills test in Poplar Bluff is in for a small delay.

According to Captain George E. Ridens with the Highway Patrol, the motorcycle skills portion of the testing process has been temporarily suspended at the Poplar Bluff Driver Examination Station due to another event at the site.

The test will not be available through April 20th. Written examinations along with Class E and Class F skills tests will be offered as normally scheduled.
MAN CONVICTED FOR HIS INVOLVEMENT IN ROBBERY OF CAPE GIRARDEAU BUSINESS
A Memphis man has been convicted on multiple charges for his role in the 2009 robbery of Jayson Jewelers in Cape Girardeau.

According to the United States Attorney’s Office, 30 year old Daryl House planned the robbery with three other people and also brought a handgun to be used to commit the robbery. During the robbery, he, and two others, allegedly took jewelry and cash from the store.

House is facing a maximum sentence of life imprisonment on two counts at his sentencing on June 30th.
MOBILE OFFICE SCHEDULED FOR TOMORROW IN DEXTER
Staff members of United States Senator Roy Blunt will stop by Dexter tomorrow for a Mobile Office.

The Mobile Office Program gives Missourians the opportunity to discuss their questions or concerns with the federal government one-on-one with members of Senator Blunt’s staff.

The Mobile Office will be held Wednesday, April 9th, from 11 am to noon at the Bootheel Regional Planning Commission in Dexter.
COLLEGE FUNDING INCREASE APPROVED BY SENATE COMMITTEE
Missouri’s public universities and community colleges could get a 5 percent funding increase under a budget plan embraced by a Senate committee.

The plan approved Monday by the Senate Appropriations Committee would provide a more than $43 million funding increase to higher education institutions.

Goveror Jay Nixon had proposed increases of 5 percent for universities and 4 percent increase for community colleges.

The House had approved a 3 percent increase for higher education institutions. Part of that would have been dependent on state revenues exceeding legislative projections and instead meeting Nixon’s more optimistic forecast.

All of the proposals would distribute the increased funding based on whether institutions meet performance criteria.

The House and Senate must settle their budget differences by early May.
MISSOURI SENATE APPROVES LIST OF OVER 300 ITEMS TO BE FUNDED THROUGH A BOND PROPOSAL
Missouri senators have approved a to-do list of more than 300 items that could be funded through a bonding proposal.

The projects are detailed in a resolution passed Monday by a 26 to 4 vote. The bonding is authorized under a separate bill passed last week by the Senate.

Both measures now go to the House for consideration.

The plan would allot $200 million for a new mental health hospital in Fulton. An additional $400 million of bonds would be split among state facilities and public colleges and universities.

The bonds generally would fund maintenance and repairs that were put off when state revenues dipped during the recession.

State Office of Administration Commissioner Doug Nelson said Monday that some of the maintenance projects now are occurring, even without the bond funds.
BRIDGE MAINTENANCE SCHEDULED FOR TODAY IN CARTER COUNTY
Westbound Highway 60 in Carter County will be reduced to one lane this week as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform routine bridge maintenance.

Crews will be performing maintenance on the bridge over Current River.

Weather permitting, work will take place today through Thursday from 7 am to 5 pm daily.
DUNKLIN COUNTY ROAD CLOSED FOR PIPE REPLACEMENT
Crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation will be closing a Dunklin County road to replace a pipe.

Route H in Dunklin County will be closed today, weather permitting, from 8 am to 3 pm. The work zone will be located from Route J to County Road 108.

 

APRIL 7, 2014

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ONE DEAD FOLLOWING SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK IN SCOTT COUNTY

 

One man has died following a single vehicle wreck Saturday morning.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred when a vehicle driven by 47 year old Stanley J. Templeton, of Bertrand, ran off the side of Interstate 55 in Scott County and struck a tree.

 

Templeton was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

 

MAN REPORTEDLY SHOOTS HIMSELF FOLLOWING HIGH SPEED CHASE

 

A man reportedly shot himself following a high speed chase with officers Friday evening.

 

According to the Sikeston Department of Public Safety, the man led police on a chase on Interstate 55 that reached speeds of 80 to 90 miles per hour.

 

The suspect exited at Portageville and pulled into a vacant lot just west of the exit. As officers approached the vehicle, the man fired a single round into his head and died immediately.

 

The man was identified as 43 year old Thomas Louis Seminazzi, of Maryland. A woman who was also in the vehicle was not injured.

 

 

MAN ACCUSED OF HAVING SEX WITH UNDERAGE GIRL

 

A 35 year old Jonesboro, Arkansas man is facing charges after a 12 year old girl told authorities that they had had sex.

 

According to KAIT, 35 year old John Richardson allegedly admitted to officers to having sex with the child. Richardson is a registered sex offender who had previously spent four months in prison in connection to an incident involving a five year old child.

 

Richardson was arrested on child pornography and rape charges.

 

 

TWO ARRESTED ON MULTIPLE FELONY CHARGES IN MISSISSIPPI COUNTY

 

Two people are facing multiple felony charges following their arrests Friday morning in Mississippi County.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 28 year old Jeremiah P. Ellis, of Chicago, Illinois, and 24 year old Ashley L. Patterson, of East Chicago, Indiana, were arrested Friday on felony charges of unlawful use of a weapon, resisting arrest by fleeing, tampering with physical evidence, three counts of first degree assault on a law enforcement officer, three counts of first degree armed criminal action, and two counts of first degree endangering the welfare of a child.

 

The pair also reportedly each had an FBI warrant for bank robbery.

 

 

PUXICO MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES

 

A Puxico man is facing drug charges after being arrested Friday afternoon in Stoddard County.

 

According to the Highway Patrol, 65 year old Richard A. Benfield is facing felony charges of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; possession of drug paraphernalia; and possession of a controlled substance inside a correctional facility.

 

Benfield is also facing charges of careless and imprudent driving resulting in an accident, leaving the scene of an accident, and possession of marijuana.

 

 

HARVIELL MAN FACING POSSESSION OF METH CHARGE

 

A Harviell man is facing a felony meth charge.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 42 year old Kevin W. Bryant was arrested Saturday night in Butler County on a felony charge of possession of methamphetamine.

 

Bryant is also facing a charge of driving while intoxicated, drugs.

 

 

INMATE FOUND DEAD AT SOUTHEAST CORRECTIONAL CENTER

 

State prison officials say a 73 year old inmate has died at the Southeast Correctional Center.

 

The Missouri Department of Corrections on Friday announced the death of Nelson DeCloud. He was serving a 220 year sentence for kidnapping, felonious restraint, rape and forcible sodomy from Clay County and had been imprisoned for 20 years.

 

An agency news release says the corrections department does not suspect foul play in DeCloud’s death.

 

 

MOBILE OFFICE TO BE HELD THIS WEEK IN EAST PRAIRIE

 

Staff members of United States Senator Roy Blunt will be in East Prairie this week to meet with constituents.

 

The meeting is a part of the Senator’s Mobile Office Program, which gives Missourians the opportunity to discuss their questions or concerns with the federal government one-on-one with members of Senator Blunt’s staff.

 

The Mobile Office will be held Wednesday, April 9th, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm at the East Prairie City Hall.

 

 

DRAINAGE REPAIRS TODAY IN BUTLER COUNTY

 

Crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation will be in Butler County today for drainage repairs on Highway 53.

 

The work zone will be located at First Street. Weather permitting, work is scheduled to be done today from 7:30 am to 1 pm.

 

 

PIPE REPLACEMENT TO FORCE TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF DUNKLIN COUNTY ROAD

 

A Dunklin County road will be closed today so crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation can replace a pipe beneath the roadway.

 

Route B in Dunklin County will be closed today from 8 am to 3 pm between County Roads 314 and 326 for the replacement.

 

 

BRIDGE INSPECTION TO BE HELD TODAY ON INTERSTATE 55

 

North and Southbound I-55 in Scott County will be reduced to one lane as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform a routine bridge inspection.

 

The bridge to be inspected is over Ramsey Creek at Scott City.

 

Weather permitting, work will performed today from 10:30 am to 3 pm on the northbound lanes and then tomorrow from 9 am to 3 pm on southbound lanes.

 

 

MEDICAID EXPANSION PROPOSED THAT WOULD EXPAND COVERAGE TO SOME ELDERLY AND DISABLED RESIDENTS

 

Some Missouri Republicans have adamantly opposed expanding Medicaid to low-income adults by tapping into billions of federal dollars under President Barack Obama’s health care law.

 

Yet support has been quietly growing among some of those same Republicans for a mini Medicaid expansion.

 

Some Republicans are teaming up with Democrats to back a proposal that would double the amount of assets people could have without being disqualified for Medicaid coverage. The change is projected to expand Medicaid coverage to nearly 8,200 elderly and disabled residents at an eventual annual cost of around $160 million in combined federal and state funds.

 

Missouri’s asset limits haven’t changed since 1968. Individuals are capped at $1,000 of assets and married couples at $2,000.

 

A Senate committee has endorsed two bills to raise the asset limits.

APRIL 4, 2014

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TORNADOS REPORTED IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI LAST NIGHT

 

Last night’s severe weather brought tornados to Southeast Missouri.

 

According to the National Weather Service, a tornado was reported at 8:07 pm northeast of Doniphan. A tornado was also reported at 8:11 pm northeast of Fairdealing in Butler County.

 

At 9:14 pm two funnel clouds were reported by spotters west northwest of Bloomfield in Stoddard County.

 

Funnel clouds were also reported at 9:44 pm near Doniphan and at 10:05 pm near Poplar Bluff.

 

Hail was also reported at various places across Southeast Missouri.

 

 

WOMAN FACING NEGLIGANT HOMICIDE CHARGE IN CONNECTION TO FATAL WRECK

 

A Northeast Arkansas woman is facing a charge of negligent homicide.

 

33 year old Andrea Spradling, of Pocahontas, was arrested in connection to a wreck Monday that resulted in the death of Carmen Stayton, of Walnut Ridge.

 

Spradling had allegedly been drinking the night of the wreck. According to the Arkansas State Police, Spradling failed to stop at an intersection in Walnut Ridge and hit Stayton’s vehicle.

 

 

ARMED ROBBERY REPORTED IN PEMISCOT COUNTY

 

Authorities in Pemiscot County are investigation a report of an armed robbery.

 

According to KFVS, the incident occurred Tuesday at a residence south of Hayti. A black male reportedly entered the home with a gun and took a purse from a victim.

 

Anyone who has information about the incident is asked to call the Pemiscot County Sheriff’s Department at 573-333-4104.

 

 

POLICE CHASE LEADS TO ONE ARREST, SEARCH FOR SECOND SUSPECT

 

A police chase has led to the arrest of one man and a search for a second.

 

Authorities say the chase began in Miner when officers attempted to pull a vehicle over for multiple traffic violations.

 

An officer with the Miner Police Department says the driver refused to stop and led police on a chase from Miner to Sikeston, where Sikeston Department of Public Safety officers used spike strips to stop the vehicle.  Two males ran from the scene.

 

Officers apprehended Meshaw Daniel, of Sikeston. Authorities are still looking for the driver of the vehicle, who was able to elude police.

 

Daniel was taken into custody for a warrant out of Mississippi County on a charge of distribution of a controlled substance.

 

 

THREE ARRESTED IN BUTLER COUNTY ON METH CHARGE

 

Three people are facing drug related charges following their arrest in Butler County.

 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 58 year old Robert D. Colborn, of Cabool, along with 38 year old Barry F. Hatton and 30 year old Patricia A. Mcintosh, of Wynona, were arrested Wednesday evening on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

 

 

POPLAR BLUFF RECIEVES HISTORIC PRESERVATION GRANT

 

The city of Poplar Bluff has been awarded a grant from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

 

The $13,200 grant comes through the federal Historic Preservation Fund and will be used to prepare the nomination of the Kinzer and Cynthia Streets Historic District for the National Register of Historic Places.

 

 

CHANGES PLANED FOR TODAY AT AREA INTERSECTION

 

The Missouri Department of Transportation has announced a minor change to the way traffic is handled at an area intersection.

 

Currently, the intersection of Route 160 and Old Route 67 gives Route 67 traffic the right of way and the traffic on Route 160 has the burden of a STOP condition.

 

According to MoDOT Area Engineer, David Wyman, beginning today at 1 pm, cars on Route 160 will have the right of way and cars on Old Route 67 will have the STOP condition.

 

 

JOBLESS BENEFITS SLASHED UNDER BILL APPROVED BY MISSOURI SENATE

 

Missouri senators have passed legislation that could lead to a reduction in jobless benefits for people laid off in the future.

 

The bill would make Missouri one of only a few states to link the duration of unemployment benefits to the state’s unemployment rate.

 

Missouri workers currently can receive unemployment benefits for 20 weeks.

 

Under the bill, the full 20 weeks of benefits would be available only if the state’s unemployment rate is at least 9 percent.

 

The maximum duration of jobless benefits would be cut by a week for each one-half percentage point reduction in the unemployment rate – bottoming out at 13 weeks of benefits when the unemployment rate is less than 6 percent.

 

The Senate’s 24 to 8 vote Thursday sends the bill to the House.

 

 

BILL WOULD ALLOW EMERGENCY WORKERS THE CHANCE TO CAST ABSENTEE BALLOTS IN EMERGENCY SITUATIONS

 

Legislation under consideration in Missouri could give emergency workers summoned to duty near Election Day a greater chance of casting absentee ballots.

 

Missouri law limits absentee ballots to people who will be unable to vote in person on Election Day because of such reasons as illnesses, disabilities or expected absences.

 

But lawmakers say some emergency workers can be called to duty on such short notice that they don’t have time to request an absentee ballot.

 

A bill passed Wednesday by the Senate would allow people responding to federal or state emergencies to cast absentee ballots by email or facsimile machine. The bill now goes to the House.

 

The legislation would take effect immediately upon the governor’s signature, so that it could be in place for the August primary elections.

APRIL 3, 2014

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ARMED ROBBERY REPORTED IN JONESBORO

 

Authorities in Jonesboro are investigating an armed robbery that reportedly took place last night.

 

According to KAIT, the robbery was at a Dollar General on Highland Drive. No information has been released about a possible suspect or if there were any injuries.

 

 

THREE INDICTED FOR ALLEGEDLY FILING FRAUDULENT INCOME TAX REFUND CLAIMS

 

Three Osceola residents are charged in federal court with running a scheme in which they’re accused of filing fraudulent claims for $91,000 in income tax refunds.

 

A 14 count grand jury indictment handed up Wednesday charges 39 year old Christopher Minor, 60 year old Annie Watkins and 50 year old Roosevelt Oliver with filing and conspiring to file false claims for federal income tax refunds.

 

The indictment alleges that the three used personal information from unemployed individuals and filed fake tax returns in their names and without their consent.

 

Prosecutors say the group filed 29 false income tax returns. They allegedly accepted refunds by checks or debit cards, and the persons whose names they used didn’t get any of the money.

 

Prosecutors say the scheme operated from January 2010 through February 2011.

 

 

RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS AND TORNADOS TODAY IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI

 

Southeast Missouri is at risk for severe thunderstorms and Tornados today.

 

According to a Hazardous Weather Outlook issued by the National Weather Service, scattered to numerous severe thunderstorms are likely today and tonight. The thunderstorms will bring with them a risk of very heavy rainfall.

 

The storms will also have a chance of producing large hail, damaging winds, and tornados.

 

 

MOBILE OFFICE SCHEDULED FOR NEXT WEEK IN POPLAR BLUFF

 

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

 

The meeting is a part of the Senator’s Mobile Office Program, which gives Missourians the opportunity to discuss their questions or concerns with the federal government one-on-one with members of Senator Blunt’s staff.

 

The Mobile Office will be held Wednesday, April 9th, from 9 am to 10 am at the Mark Twain National Forest Service Office on Maud Street.

 

 

HIGH SCHOOL EQUIVALENCE TEST TO BE HELD IN SIKESTON

 

A High School Equivalence test has been scheduled for this month in Sikeston.

 

The HiSET High School Equivalence test, hosted by Three Rivers College, will be administered at the Three Rivers Center in Sikeston on Saturday, April 12th, from 8 am until 4 pm. The registration period for the test closes on April 8th.

 

The HiSET has replaced the GED test and covers writing, essay, math, science, social studies and reading. Those interested in taking the exam should go to hiset.ets.org to register, pay and schedule the test.

 

 

MODOT TO HOST FUN RUN/WALK TO KICK OFF NATIONAL WORK ZONE AWARENESS WEEK

 

The Missouri Department of Transportation will be hosting a fun run/walk this weekend to help kick off National Work Zone Awareness Week.

 

The event will be held this Saturday, with the race starting at 9:30 am at the Willow Springs High School Football Field.

 

Registration will begin at 8:30 am and is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 10. Participants may choose to take part in a 1-mile fun run/walk or 5K.

 

More information is available online at modot.org.

 

 

SAFETY OPERATION TO BE HELD THIS MONTH IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI

 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol has scheduled a Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Project for this month in Southeast Missouri.

 

The project will see troopers and officers from the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division concentrating their efforts on locating commercial vehicles being operated in an unsafe manner, as well as drivers committing hazardous moving violations.

 

Enforcement efforts will be focused on high crash corridors and in high risk areas, such as rural roads or highway work zones.

 

 

BILL WOULD LET CASINOS EXTEND LINE OF CREDIT TO GAMBLERS

 

High stakes gamblers could find Missouri more alluring if legislation passed by the Senate becomes law.

 

A bill approved Wednesday would let Missouri casinos extend a line of credit to gamblers willing to put up at least $10,000.

 

Supporters said the bill would free big bettors from having to carry large quantities of cash to casinos.

 

Casino officials also hope to attract more high rollers from other states, like professional athletes who may be traveling to Missouri to play in a game.

 

The Senate sent the bill to the House by a 24 to 9 vote.

 

 

MISSOURI REVENUES UP 1.7 PERCENT OVER LAST YEAR THROUGH MARCH

 

A new report shows Missouri revenues were up slightly as the state heads toward the last few months of its fiscal year.

 

State figures released Wednesday show the state’s net general revenue increased 1.7 percent through March compared with the same point last year.

 

State Budget Director Linda Luebbering says the revenue numbers show Missouri is on pace to meet this year’s budget projections set by Governor Jay Nixon’s administration. But she added that sales tax receipts are currently coming in below projections.

 

Missouri also borrowed $200 million this month. Luebbering says the state routinely borrows cash this time of year because of increased tax refunds, which are up 4.4 percent from last year.

 

The state’s current budget year began last July and runs through June 30th.