ARMED MAN SHOT BY POLICE IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS A man was shot by police yesterday in northeast Arkansas.
According to KAIT, Trumann authorities say that the man ran from officers who were conducting a parolee check.
Three or four officers were involved in the shooting and they were not injured. The suspect, whose name was not released, was reportedly armed and survived the incident. TWO ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO STRING OF BURGLARIES
Authorities in Paragould have taken two people into custody in connection to a string of burglaries that occurred over the last month.
According to Paragould Police, last week police arrested George Helms and Bryan Langston in connection to 8 commercial burglaries and three attempted burglaries. The burglaries reportedly occurred in the Paragould area. TWO TEENS SEVERLY BURNED IN ARKANSAS HAUNTED HOUSE FIRE
Authorities in northeast Arkansas say two teenagers suffered severe burns after a small fire broke out at a haunted house.
The fire broke out late Saturday at Nightmare Productions Haunted House on U.S. 63 between Jonesboro and Bono. Craighead County sheriff's deputy Dustin Norwood says a 13-year-old boy and a 14-year-old boy were badly burned when an employee poured paint thinner into a burning barrel, causing it to burst into flames.
The haunted house's owner, Cody Russell, says the teens had volunteered to scare visitors. Russell says he doesn't know why the man poured the chemical into the barrel. The employee has since been fired.
Authorities tell The Jonesboro Sun that the boys suffered severe burns on their faces and necks, and the fire singed off most of their hair. SURVEYS TO START TOMORROW TO GAIN COMMUNITY INPUT ON SCHOOL PLANNING
Phone surveys will be starting tomorrow in the Poplar Bluff area so school officials can gain input from the community on its long range planning efforts.
According to the Poplar Bluff School District, phone calls will be made to 400 random households over a two week period beginning tomorrow. The 10 to 15 minute survey will attempt to gauge the public’s support for various components of the facilities master plan.
In general, the calls will be made between 7 and 9 pm on weekdays, and from noon to 6 pm on the weekend. Your caller ID may show ‘Market Research Associates’ or simply an 816 or 913 area code. OVER SIX THOUSAND DOLLARS IN GRANT MONDEY AWARDED TO WAYNE COUNTY
Wayne County will be receiving over $6000 to increase voting convenience and security.
The grants were awarded by Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander. They can be used to purchase certified voting equipment and replacement parts, train poll workers and update voter records, among other opportunities. THREE RIVERS SIGNS AGREEMENT WITH MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY FOR NEW CENTER
Three Rivers College signed an agreement Tuesday with Missouri State University to create a new higher education center.
The new center will be called the South Central Education Consortium and will be located in Willow Springs.
Starting with the spring semester in January, Three Rivers will offer technical and remedial courses augmented by general education courses offered at the center by Missouri State University-West Plains.
The Willow Springs location will offer multiple certificate and degree options, including Certified Nursing Assistant, Emergency Medical Technician, Fire Science, and General Studies programs. FERRY THAT CONNECTS MISSOURI AND KENTUCKY TO BE CLOSED THURSDAY MORNING
A ferry that connects Kentucky and Missouri is expected to be closed tomorrow morning for repairs.
The Dorena-Hickman ferry will be closed Thursday morning to allow for maintenance and repair work.
According to a post on the Ferry’s Facebook page, Captain Ed Floyd is optimistic that the ferry will be back in service by around 1 pm. FERRY THAT CONNECTS MISSOURI AND KENTUCKY TO BE CLOSED THURSDAY MORNING
The District 9 Office of the Illinois Department of Transportation has announced that the bridge for US Routes 60 and 62 will be reduced beginning today for repairs.
The lane closure for the bridge which crosses the Mississippi River is expected to be in place weekdays until approximately November 22nd. The bridge connects Mississippi County in Missouri to Alexander County in Illinois.
All traffic will be maintained by flaggers. MISSOURI CELLPHONE TOWER LAWS STRUCK DOWN
A Missouri judge has struck down a pair of new laws that had limited the ability of cities and counties to regulate cellphone towers.
Cole County Circuit Judge Patricia Joyce ruled that lawmakers violated procedural requirements of the state constitution when passing the bills earlier this year.
She said the bills' title of "relating to telecommunications" did not encompass everything in the bills. She noted that one bill also contained provisions related to railroad crossings and utility right-of-ways.
Another bill contained provisions related to cable TV services, which she said are not legally the same as telecommunications.
Joyce also said lawmakers had changed the bills' original purpose.
Governor Jay Nixon and legislative leaders had touted the legislation as a way to encourage expansion of high-speed Internet and wireless phone service. MISSOURI GOVERNOR WANTS FULL FUNDING FOR THE STATES PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon says he is working toward full funding for public schools by the time he leaves office in January 2017.
This year's budget includes has about $3 billion for elementary and secondary schools. But that's roughly $600 million less than what is called for under Missouri's school funding formula for this year.
The amounts prescribed by the formula change yearly. If schools receive all of the funds in this year's budget, Missouri would have to spend an additional $560 million to meet next year's target.
Nixon addressed the issue in a speech Monday to higher education officials. He won a second term as governor last year and is barred by law from seeking a third term.