RIVER RADIO NEWS 010614
POPLAR BLUFF MAN DIES AFTER BEING EJECTED FROM SCOOTER
A Poplar Bluff man was killed Saturday night in a scooter wreck.
According to the Highway Patrol, 24 year old Michael B. Payne was ejected from a scooter he was driving when it overturned. He was later pronounced dead by the Butler County Deputy Coroner.
The wreck occurred one mile south of Poplar Bluff on Highway 142.
SECOND MAN DIES FROM MADISON COUNTY WRECK
A second man has died after a Madison County wreck on Thursday that also killed a Florida man.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 65 year old Newell G. Gillenwater, of Coconut Creek, Florida, was driving on Highway 67 when his vehicle ran off the road and hit a tree. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Highway Patrol now says that a passenger, 69 year old Charles F. Gillenwater, of Piedmont, has died, as well.
CAPE MAN CHARGED WITH MAKING A FALSE BOMB REPORT
A Cape Girardeau man was arrested Friday afternoon on multiple charges, including making a false bomb report.
44 year old Scott A. Caton, was arrested shortly after 4 pm Friday in Cape Girardeau County.
Few details about the incident are available, but Canton was charged with felony making a false bomb report, terroristic threats, and stealing, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol arrest report.
HOLCOMB MAN FACING MULTIPLE CHARGES INCLUDING RESISTING ARREST BY FLEEING AND POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE
A Holcomb man was arrested early Sunday morning on multiple felony charges in Dunklin County.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 32 year old Brandon L. Wilson was arrested on felony charges of resisting arrest by fleeing; possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; possession of a controlled substance at a correctional facility, hydrocodone; and possession of drug paraphernalia.
WINONA MAN ARRESTED ON POSSESSION OF METHAMPHETAMINE CHARGE
A Winona man is facing a felony meth charge following his arrest Friday afternoon.
According to the Highway Patrol, 44 year old Michael R. Haynes was arrested Friday in Shannon County on a felony charge of possession of methamphetamine. Haynes is also facing a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.
TWO ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO UNDERCOVER NARCOTICS INVESTIGATION
Two people were taken into custody Friday on drug charges.
According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, 34 year old Jeremy Lee Smith, of Charleston, and 33 year old Natalie Maze, of Dexter, were arrested following a traffic stop in Scott County.
Walter says that the pair was arrested after an undercover narcotics investigation was completed by investigators with the sheriff’s office.
Smith and Maze are each facing felony charges of delivery of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance.
WINTER WEATHER LIKELY TO CAUSE DIFFICULT TRAVEL CONDITIONS
Yesterday’s winter weather and today’s extremely cold temperatures will cause travel conditions to be very difficult for many motorists in Southeast Missouri today.
According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, the snowfall, coupled with wind gusts, can create drifts that will seriously challenge even four-wheel drive vehicles.
When temperatures dip this low, getting stranded on the side of the road can be very dangerous. Before you head out, equip your vehicle with an emergency kit and let a friend or family member know when and where you're traveling.
If you do become stranded, stay with your vehicle and call 911. Be aware that emergency responders may have difficulty reaching you.
The MoDot traveler information map is available online at MoDot.org. It offers real-time views of road conditions for Missouri's interstates and major highways. MoDOT's Traveler Information App is also available for free on the iPhone App Store and Android Marketplace.
EARLY DEPOSIT FROM SECURITIES FEES KEEP ARKANSAS REVENUE ABOVE FORECAST
Arkansas finance officials say an early deposit from securities fees kept the state's revenue above forecast and ahead of expectations in December.
The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration on Friday said the state's net available general revenue totaled $472.1 million in December. That's $15.6 million above last year and $2.8 million above forecast.
The state's net revenue for the fiscal year that began July 1 totals $2.5 billion, which is $85.2 million ahead of last year and $32.2 million above forecast.
A $5.7 million from securities fees collected by the state from brokers offset individual income, sales and corporate income tax collections that were below forecast in December.
MISSOURI HOUSE SPEAKER REMAINS OPPOSED TO MEDICAID EXPANSION
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has made Medicaid expansion a priority for the legislative session that starts this week. But the prospects of that occurring appear slim.
The Republican-led Legislature repeatedly rejected a Medicaid expansion proposed by Democrats last year. And House Speaker Tim Jones remains opposed to it this year.
A Medicaid expansion under the terms of the federal health care law would bring billions of federal dollars to Missouri.
Some lawmakers want to couple a Medicaid expansion with "reform" measures for the health-care program for the poor. But there are divisions about what that "reform" should entail.
A Senate committee has recommended Missouri adopt a statewide managed-care format for parents and children in Medicaid. But Senator Rob Schaaf, a Republican physician, said he opposes such managed care programs.