RIVER RADIO NEWS 080113
WAPPAPELLO MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER
A Wappapello man entered a guilty plea earlier this week on an involuntary manslaughter charge.
On Tuesday, Arthur E. Strahorn pleaded guilty to first degree involuntary manslaughter, according to Missouri Case Net.
Strahorn was originally charged with second degree murder in April of 2011 following the shooting death of Thomas F. Remmert.
Strahorn was given a sentence of seven years incarceration with a suspended execution of sentence. Strahorn was also placed on five years supervised probation.
MAN FACING MURDER CHARGE FOLLOWING DEATH OF ONE MONTH OLD BABY
A Northeast Arkansas man is facing murder charges following the death of his one month old baby.
According to KAIT, Sidney Campbell has been charged with first degree murder. The child reportedly died of blunt force trauma to the head.
The mother of the child, Jennifer Campbell is facing a charge of hindering apprehension.
JONESBORO WOMAN FACING THEFT CHARGE
A Jonesboro woman is facing theft charges, after being accused of stealing from a non profit organization.
According to authorities, 44 year old Lora L. Tyler allegedly stole over $80,000 from Abilities Unlimited, where she had reportedly worked as an accountant.
KENNETT POLICE DEPARTMENT HOSTING A MEET THE POLICE EVENT
The Kennett Police Department is inviting citizens to an event this weekend.
The Meet the Police event will be held Saturday at Jones Park. There will be live music, free food and drinks, and family friendly fun.
The event is scheduled for 1 to 4 pm.
TWO LOCAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS AWARDED $2,500
Two area elementary schools have been chosen to receive $2,500 from Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Eugene Field and Lake Road Elementary Schools will each get the money for playground equipment and to subsidize other classroom activities.
POPLAR BLUFF HOSTING LISTENING POST MEETING TODAY
United States Senator Roy Blunt’s staff will host a Listening Post Meeting today from 9:30 am to 10:30 am at the Mark Twain National Forest Service Office in Poplar Bluff.
Listening Posts are intended for Missourians to share their questions and concerns during meetings with members of Senator Blunt's staff.
Senator Blunt’s Jefferson City 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) 634-2488.
SEMO INCLUDED IN RANKING OF MOST AFFORDABLE ONLINE VALUES
A website is listing Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau among the nation's most affordable online values.
AffordableCollegesOnline.org ranks Southeast 16th among 54 colleges across the country with distance learning options. The website is a resource for college affordability and financial aid information.
Southeast Missouri State has more than 700 students pursuing degrees completely online.
MODOT MEET AND GREET TODAY AT THE POPLAR BLUFF CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
The new director of the Missouri Department of Transportation is scheduled to be in Poplar Bluff today.
David Nichols will be a part of a meet and greet event held at the Greater Poplar Bluff area Chamber of Commerce. The event will be held from 11 am until noon today in the Chamber’s Community Room.
SIGNATURES TO START BEING COLLECTED FOR MOTORCYCLE INITIATIVE
Supporters of a Missouri initiative to restrict passengers on motorcycles can begin collecting signatures to get the proposal on the 2014 ballot.
Proponents have until next May to collect enough signatures to get the proposal before voters. The proposal would require Missouri motorcycle operators to be at least 21 and complete a rider-safety class before they could carry passengers.
The restrictions would not apply to those who have had had a motorcycle license for the previous two years and were born in 1984 or earlier.
MOTORISTS WARNED TO WATCH FOR PAVEMENT PROBLEMS DUE TO HEAT
With temperatures getting back up to around 90 today, the Missouri Department of Transportation is warning motorists to be on the lookout for pavement blow ups.
A blowup can occur when the roadway surface expands at a crack or joint and causes it to buckle or warp. Officials are asking motorists to report blowups so that repairs can be done.
Motorists can call MoDOT’s toll-free customer service center at 1-888-ASK-MODOT to report pavement blow-ups.
MISSOURI POWER COMPANY ORDERED TO REFUND OVER $26 MILLION
State regulators have determined that Ameren Missouri owes its electric customers slightly more than $26 million for failing to include some revenue in its calculations.
The Missouri Public Service Commission on Wednesday approved an order for the St. Louis-based company to refund the money to customers.
But Ameren Missouri won't be sending out checks. Instead, the $26.3 million will be applied by adjusting a fuel charge that customers otherwise would pay.
The PSC found that Ameren Missouri improperly excluded revenues from certain power sales agreements when calculating rates charged under its fuel adjustment clause.
MIDWEST, PLAINS ECONOMIC INDEX DECLINES FROM JUNE
Conductors of a monthly survey of business leaders in nine Midwest and Plains states say the region's economy will grow in the coming months, despite a fourth month of decline in the survey's overall index.
The overall economic index for the region declined to 53.5 in July from June's 55.6, but any score above 50 suggests growth.
Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey. He says the regional economy will continue to add jobs, but at a slow pace.
The survey of business leaders and supply managers uses a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests growth, while a score below that suggests decline.
The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.