WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT
A Winter Storm Warning is in effect until 6 pm tonight.
According to the National Weather Service, spotters recorded several inches of snow overnight, with a possible total snow accumulation of 8 to 12 inches by tonight.
Wind will also possibly be a factor with a wind chill getting into the single digits.
MURDER SUSPECT IN CUSTODY IN BLYTHEVILLE
A murder suspect has turned himself in to authorities in Blytheville.
According to authorities, Ron Redmon, who is a suspect in the death of Justin Harrison, was taken into custody Thursday morning.
Harrison was found dead at the scene of a motorcycle wreck in August of 2014, however the death was later ruled a homicide.
ONE KILLED, ANOTHER INJURED, DURING TWO VEHICLE WRECK IN SHANNON COUNTY
A Winona woman was pronounced dead Friday night following a head on collision in Shannon County.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred shortly before 11 pm Friday night on Missouri Route 19.
45 year old Cara Pulliam crossed into the northbound lane and hit a second vehicle head on. Pulliam was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the second vehicle suffered serious injuries and was taken to a Springfield hospital.
CAVE CITY MAN KILLED IN COLLISION IN SHARP COUNTY
A Cave City man is dead following a Saturday wreck in Sharp County, Arkansas.
According to the Arkansas State Police, James Koch was westbound on Highway 230 when his vehicle travelled into the eastbound lane and hit another vehicle.
Koch was killed in the wreck. The driver of the second vehicle suffered undisclosed injuries.
NORTHEAST ARKANSAS MAN ACCUSED OF RAPING A CHILD
A Northeast Arkansas man has been arrested after being accused of raping a child.
According to authorities, 37 year old Rodney Laster, of Luxora, was taken into custody Wednesday night by Jonesboro Police. Laster was wanted on a warrant out of Mississippi County.
Authorities say Laster had sexual intercourse with a four year old child on February 2nd.
Laster is a registered Level 2 sex offender.
ONE SHOT SATURDAY MORNING AT BLYTHEVILLE CAR WASH
An attempted robbery reportedly led to a shooting Saturday morning in Blytheville.
According to the Blytheville Courier News, a 48 year old man was shot during the robbery attempt at an area car wash. The man was approached by a black male who demanded money.
After the victim refused, he was allegedly shot by the suspect.
The victim was taken to a Memphis hospital.
TWO CARS FOUND ON FIRE IN CAPE GIRARDEAU
Two cars reportedly caught on fire Friday morning in Cape Girardeau.
According to authorities, the vehicles were located on Linwood Hills drive, and two additional vehicles also suffered damage. Police say the incident is under investigation.
MOTORISTS REMINDED TO DRIVE CAUTIOUSLY DURING WINTER WEATHER
Winter weather has moved into the area and the Missouri Department of Transportation is reminding anyone who has to get on the roads to exercise caution.
If possible, try to stay off the roadways. If you have to drive, remember to slow down, steer and brake gently, allow extra space between any vehicles that are in front of you, and also remember that bridges and overpasses generally experience freezing conditions first.
Road conditions are available online on MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map, at www.modot.org. An app is also available for free from the iPhone and Android app stores by searching for “MoDOT.”
MISSOURI REPUBLICANS TAKE SECOND LOOK AT TAX CODE CHANGES
(AP) – Missouri Republican lawmakers are pushing ahead with sales tax exemptions and a requirement that businesses be notified when the application of the tax code changes.
Democratic Governor Jay Nixon vetoed several tax-related bills last year and the Legislature did not override them.
This year, some lawmakers say they’re working with Nixon and the state’s revenue department to make sure the bills are successful.
Republican Senator Will Kraus, of Lee’s Summit, says he’s added a “reasonable person” standard to his bill requiring businesses to be notified when the Department of Revenue changes the way it interprets the sales tax law. Kraus says the change was requested by the department.
Other bills moving forward this year include exemptions for utility companies, data storage centers and gym memberships.
VOTER ID, TORT REFORM AMONG DOZENS OF PROPOSED AMENDMENTS IN ARKANSAS
(AP) – Reinstating Arkansas’ voter ID law, imposing new restrictions on lawsuit damages and eliminating the lieutenant governor’s office are among the dozens of ideas lawmakers would like to put on the ballot in 2016.
With about 40 proposed constitutional amendments filed by last week’s deadline, the Arkansas Legislature faces a deep list that must be whittled down. Legislators can send only three to voters for next year’s general election ballot.
Lawmakers say they expect much of the debate to focus on a renewed fight over so-called tort reform, two years after an effort to allow the Legislature to write court rules for civil cases stalled.