RIVER RADIO NEWS 091913
CHILD FATALLY INJURED IN TWO CAR COLLISION
A four year old Neelyville girl was fatally injured in a two car wreck in Butler County yesterday morning.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the collision happened at approximately 11 am, about a mile south of Neelyville on Highway 67. A vehicle driven by 33 year old Dorothy T. Hall, of Neelyville, struck the rear of a vehicle that was stopped in traffic.
A passenger in Hall’s vehicle, four year old Rayeline A. Collins, was pronounced dead at the scene. Hall received serious injuries.
The driver of the second vehicle, 26 year old Summer D. Frazier, of Neelyville, as well as a passenger in Frazier’s car, five year old Jerimiah Byrler, also received serious injuries.
PERSON SHOT IN JONESBORO PARKING LOT
A person was reportedly shot Wednesday night in the parking of a Jonesboro restaurant.
According to authorities, the victim died from what is believed to have been an accidental shooting. He was reportedly in a truck with at least two other subjects when the shooting occurred.
KAIT is reporting that the victim was shot in the head. The name of the victim has not been released.
BODY FOUND NEAR RANDOLPH COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS
A body was discovered Wednesday in Pocahontas.
According to Pocahontas authorities, the body was found beside the Randolph County Fairgrounds.
No information about the identity of the body is available; however the Arkansas State Police are investigating.
SIKESTON MAN ARRESTED ON METH CHARGE
A Sikeston man was taken into custody early Wednesday morning on meth charges.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the man was arrested in Scott County shortly before 2:30 am Wednesday. 42 year old Donald J. Smith is facing felony charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine paraphernalia, and possession of prescription medication.
POPLAR BLUFF PARENTS AS TEACHERS ACCEPTING ENROLLMENT
The Early Childhood Center in Poplar Bluff is currently accepting enrollment in the Parents as Teachers program.
Parents as Teachers is a parent education and family support program, serving parents throughout pregnancy until their child enters kindergarten, according to literature provided by the national center headquartered in St. Louis.
The program offers personal visits, group meetings, developmental screenings and a resource network.
There are no income guidelines or restrictions for families to participate. For more information, call 785-6477 or 785-6803.
THREE RIVERS AWARDED OVER TWO AND A HALF MILLION DOLLAR GRANT
Three Rivers College has been awarded over two and a half million dollars of grant money for improving workforce development education.
The $2.75 million grant will go towards developing comprehensive advanced manufacturing, advanced welding, and precision agriculture programs in Southeast Missouri.
The Department of Labor grant comes from the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grants Program, which provides funding to assist two-year higher educational institutions in creating job skills training programs targeted at area-specific needs.
BIGGEST LOSER TRAINER TO SPEAK IN CAPE GIRARDEAU
Personal trainer and Biggest Loser star, Jillian Michaels, will be speaking this month in Cape Girardeau.
The presentation, “An Evening with Jillian Michaels,” is a part of the Southeast Missouri State University Speakers Series. The show will start at 7:30 pm on September 30th in the Show Me Center.
In addition to being a fitness coach and wellness expert for over 20 years, Michaels is also a bestselling author.
Tickets for the event are $10 dollars and are available at showmecenter.biz, as well as at the Show Me Center Box Office.
MISSOURI RANKED 42ND IN HEALTH RANKINGS
A new report says Missouri has seen a steady decline in the health of its residents.
The report by the Missouri Hospital Association notes that the state fell from 24th in 1990 to 42nd last year in health rankings produced by the United Health Foundation.
The hospital association says average life expectancies in St. Louis and parts of southeast Missouri now are lower than in some parts of the world that are considered less developed, such as Vietnam, Honduras and Venezuela.
The hospital organization says improved access to insurance could help address the state's poor health status. A separate report from the U.S. Census Bureau says 16 percent of Missourians under age 65 were uninsured in 2011.
The hospital group has been pushing for Missouri to expand Medicaid eligibility.
FAILURE TO ENFORCE TOBACCO LAWS COULD COST MISSOURI 70 MILLION DOLLARS
Missouri officials expect the state will lose out on $70 million because of an arbitration case with tobacco companies.
The attorney general's office says a three-judge arbitration panel recently sided with more than 30 cigarette manufacturers' claims that Missouri failed to diligently enforce state tobacco laws in 2003. That was a requirement of the 1998 settlement between states and tobacco companies.
The money is to be deducted from a payment Missouri receives through a 1998 legal settlement with tobacco companies and states. Officials estimate Missouri will get $60 million this upcoming April instead of $130 million.
FARMERS WARNED ABOUT POSSIBLE TELEPHONE SCAM
Missouri agricultural officials are warning residents about an over the phone chemical sales scam offering a high-quality herbicide below store prices.
The state Department of Agriculture says the new scam involves a telephone solicitor who has been calling farmers, gardeners and homeowners across the state. The solicitor tries to sell the herbicide, which is billed as comparable to name-brand products.
The department suggests residents ask any person selling agricultural chemicals for a copy of the product label. Properly labeled products will be marked with an EPA registration number, list of active ingredients, number of feet or acres the product will cover and other information.
The department offers an online database in which consumers can search for products by company name, product name or EPA identification number.