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MAN FACING CHARGES IN CONNECTION TO MOUNTAIN HOME SHOOTING
One man is facing charges in connection to a shooting last week in Mountain Home, Arkansas.
According to the Baxter County Sheriff’s Department, an investigation indicated that Gregory Milo High was defending himself when he shot James William Kirk in the leg. Kirk had allegedly hit High in the head with a wrench and was approaching him with metal drive shaft when he was shot.
Kirk has been charged with second degree battery, terroristic threatening, and possession of a firearm by certain persons.
MAN INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE WRECK
A man was seriously injured Monday following a motorcycle wreck in Northeast Arkansas.
30 year old Daniel A. Christianson, of Jonesboro, suffered serious injuries after being thrown from his motorcycle. According to authorities, he was flown to a Memphis hospital following the wreck.
WORLD WAR II EVENT TO BE HELD THIS WEEKEND
This weekend, The Stars & Stripes Museum and Library in Bloomfield will play host to an event featuring World War II history.
The event is titled, “Welcome Home, Stars & Stripes Remembers World War II.” According to the event’s website, there will be military vehicles on display, military display camps with groups representing the United States, Great Britain and her Commonwealth Nations, the Soviet Union and Germany.
There will also be special programs throughout the day on Saturday, October 19th.
SCOTT COUNTY BUSINESS RECOGNIZED BY USA TODAY
A Scott County business has been recognized by USA Today for an item on its menu.
Schindler's Tavern was chosen as a part of the series “51 Great Burger Joints,” which features one restaurant from each state and Washington D.C.
Schindler's Tavern’s burger, which features fried bologna and grilled onions, was highlighted in the write up.
FURLOUGHS COULD BE COMING TO ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY
Arkansas State University says it has informed 11 full-time staff members and 15 graduate assistants that they will be furloughed effective Wednesday if the partial federal government shutdown does not end.
The university said Monday that four other full-time employees will see salary reductions because they're partly paid with federal funding, but those four workers won't be furloughed.
The employees that will be furloughed will work and be paid through Tuesday. However, once they're furloughed, they will not be allowed to volunteer to work.
The university says the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Health, Arkansas Manufacturing Solutions, the U.S. Forest Service and the National Endowment for the Arts provide grants that normally support the positions that could be furloughed.
SEMO ACADEMIC HALL TO REOPEN AFTER TWO YEARS OF RENOVATIONS
After two years of renovation, the Southeast Missouri State University Academic Hall will be open to the public next week.
The opening is a part of the university’s Homecoming celebration. A rededication ceremony has been scheduled for October 24th and Governor Jay Nixon has been invited to speak at the event.
The Academic Hall has been closed for the past two years while undergoing a $23.9 million major refurbishment and restoration project.
CARTER COUNTY ROAD WORK SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEK
Route Y in Carter County will be reduced to one lane this week while Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform drainage work.
The section of Route Y to be reduced is located from US 60 to the end of state maintenance.
Weather permitting, work will take place today through Friday, October 18th from 7:30 am to 3 pm daily.
GREAT CENTRAL U.S. SHAKEOUT IS THIS WEEK
Missouri is one of 30 states and territories nationwide scheduled to participate in earthquake preparedness drills on the same day this week.
Ten states, including Missouri, will be part of the Great Central U.S. Shakeout drill at 10:17 a.m. October 17th, which will teach the "drop, cover and hold on" technique to use during an earthquake.
Organizers say that's the best way for people to protect themselves during an earthquake. Other states will be participating in the drill as part of different regions.
CHURCH GROUPS BACKING TAX CREDITS THAT WOULD BENEFIT PRIVATE SCHOOLS
Entities affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church have contributed more than $300,000 toward a Missouri ballot initiative that would authorize state tax credits benefiting private schools.
Records at the state Ethics Commission show the group Missourians for Children's Education was established this past week to support the potential 2014 ballot initiative.
It was launched with a $300,000 contribution from the Archdiocese of St. Louis and more than $11,000 from the Missouri Catholic Conference.
The initiative would allow a 50 percent tax credit for businesses and individuals who donate to nonprofit organizations that provide scholarships for children to attend private schools or that provide financial aid for public school programs.
Up to $90 million of tax credits would be allowed annually.