RIVER RADIO NEWS 092313
14 YEAR OLD KILLED AFTER LOSING CONTROL OF VEHICLE
A Caruthersville teenager was killed last night after she lost control of her vehicle in Pemiscot County.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 14 year old Laura Gurley was driving a 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix on County Road 341 when she lost control and overturned. Gurley was pronounced dead at the scene.
A 12 year old passenger in the vehicle suffered moderate injuries. Neither of the two was wearing a safety device according to the crash report.
TWO DIE IN JONESBORO MOTORCYCLE/TRUCK CRASH
Two Jonesboro residents were fatally injured in a collision between a truck and a motorcycle over the weekend.
Authorities say the incident happened last night in Jonesboro, near Johnson Avenue and Azalea Lane, when a truck turned into the path of a motorcycle. The driver of the motorcycle, 25 year old Brandon Langston, and his passenger, 33 year old Leah Shelby, both died from injuries sustained in the crash.
The driver of the truck was uninjured.
TWO IN CUSTODY AFTER PIPE BOMBS FOUND IN JONESBORO RESIDENCE
Two people have been arrested after authorities reportedly found pipe bombs during the search of a Jonesboro residence.
In addition to the pipe bombs, authorities also discovered bomb making materials and other weapons.
The identity of the two people in custody was not available.
TWO SERIOUSLY INJURED IN BUTLER COUNTY WRECK INVOLVING A TRAIN
Two people were flown to hospitals after the vehicle they were in was hit by a train Saturday afternoon.
According to the Highway Patrol, the collision occurred on County Road 321, near Harviell. 25 year old Dustin Putman, of Poplar Bluff, reportedly pulled into the path of the locomotive.
Putman and a passenger, 24 year old Tricia N. Ellis, also of Poplar Bluff, were each ejected from the vehicle and suffered serious injuries.
SHOTS FIRED DURING INCIDENT IN CAPE GIRARDEAU
Shots were reportedly fired during an incident last week in Cape Girardeau.
According to authorities, officers were responding to a call Thursdsay evening when they heard a gunshot coming from a home. A resident told authorities that someone had fired a shot into a couch and took money.
The suspect fled and has not been found.
CREWS TO PERFORM ROAD WORK THIS WEEK IN DUNKLIN COUNTY
Contractor crews will be in Dunklin County starting today for surface leveling work on Highway 164.
During the repairs, Highway 164 will be reduced between Route Y and Highway 412.
Weather permitting, work will take place today through Tuesday, October 1st from 7 am to 6:30 pm daily.
BOND ISSUE APPROVED FOR NEW ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY BUILDING
The Arkansas State University Board of Trustees has approved a $27.7 million bond issue to finance the completion of a humanities and social sciences building and construction of a multipurpose student activities center on the Jonesboro campus.
The school says the board approved the measure on Friday.
School officials say the 120,000-square-foot Humanities and Social Sciences Building is expected to be finished by fall 2015. It will be the new home of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and other academic programs.
The student activities center will be a 78,000-square-foot multipurpose facility for students, athletics and the community. Construction is expected to begin during the first half of 2014.
ARKANSAS UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR AUGUST HOLDS STEADY
The Arkansas unemployment rate for August remained steady at 7.4 percent.
Officials with the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services said Friday that the number of employed people declined during the month, but not enough to move the number.
Overall, the state's civilian labor force fell by 4,800, with 5,300 fewer employed and 500 more unemployed people.
The national unemployment rate dropped one-tenth of a percentage point from 7.4 percent to 7.3 percent for August.
A year ago, the August unemployment rate for Arkansas was 8.1 percent, so the jobless rate has dropped by eight-tenths of a percentage point over the last 12 months.
DRIVERS NEED TO BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR FARM MACHINERY
With crop harvesting going on across Missouri, the Highway Patrol wants motorists to be on the lookout for farm machinery.
Last year in Missouri, one person was killed and 23 were injured in crashes in a total of 173 crashes involving farm equipment. Motorists are advised to slow down and be patient when approaching a tractor or other farm machinery.
Wait to pass until you have a clear view of the road ahead and there is no oncoming traffic and never pass on a hill or curve.
Collisions also commonly occur when a motorist tries to pass a left-turning farm vehicle. A tractor that appears to be pulling to the right side of the road to let motorists pass, instead may be preparing to make a wide left turn. Watch the farmer’s hand and light signals closely.
Tomorrow we will have tips for how farmers can stay safe while on the roads.