RIVER RADIO NEWS 011415
NAME RELEASED OF BOY SHOT AND KILLED IN GREENE COUNTY
Authorities have released the name of a 3 year old boy who was shot and killed over the weekend at a home near Fontaine, Arkansas.
According to authorities, 3 year old Logan M. Carter was accidently shot by his father, Michael Carter. The incident is still under investigation.
SECOND ARREST MADE IN DEATH OF 11 YEAR OLD IN MISSISSIPPI COUNTY, ARKANSAS
A second arrest has been made in connection to the death of an 11 year old girl last August.
The name of the person arrested has not yet released.
17 year old Christopher Sowell, of Gosnell, was previously arrested in the case and is charged with first degree murder in the death of 11 year old Jessica Williams.
Williams’ body was discovered in a floodway ditch on August 28th.
CASH REPORTEDLY TAKEN FROM TWO DEXTER BUSINESSES
Authorities in Dexter are looking for suspects in connection to two burglaries where cash was reportedly taken from local businesses over the weekend.
According to the Dexter Daily Statesman, the burglaries were reported at Backworks Chiropractic and Shelter Insurance. A report was also made of an attempted entry at the Stoddard County Farm Bureau.
GREY WOLF CONFIRMED SHOT IN WAYNE COUNTY
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has confirmed by DNA testing that a grey wolf was recently killed in Wayne County.
The wolf was shot by a private land owner in late November.
Missouri Department of Conservation Resource Scientist Jeff Beringer says the animal was an approximately two year old 80 pound female. Officials say they do not believe the wolf was an escaped captive animal, because there was no microchip, tag or tattoo found.
According to the MDC, few wolves have been seen in Missouri in recent years.
ALMOST 3,000 NEW LIBRARY CARDS ISSUED AT POPLAR BLUFF LIBRARY
Almost 3,000 new library cards were issued over a year long period at the Poplar Bluff Municipal Library.
The Library is reporting that 2,808 new cards were issued from October 2012 to September 2013; that is a 72% growth in new cardholders from the previous year.
Over 10,600 people in Poplar Bluff and surrounding communities have library cards from the Poplar Bluff Municipal Library.
START OF CLASSES DELAYED AT SOUTH CENTRAL EDUCATION CONSORTIUM
The start of classes at the new South Central Education Consortium in Willow Springs has been delayed until January 21st.
The consortium, which is a partnership between Three Rivers College and Missouri State University-West Plains, also announced that there will be a registration session held on Thursday from 10 am to 6:30 pm.
The registration session will walk prospective students through the registration process, including signing up for classes and applying for financial aid. Students should fill out a free application online at trcc.edu/admissions before the registration session, and bring their high school transcripts or GED.
TAX CUT PLAN PUT FORTH BY DEMOCRATS IN MISSOURI HOUSE
Democrats in the Missouri House are proposing to cut income taxes for lower- to middle-income individuals and raise them for many wealthier residents.
House Democrats outlined a tax overhaul plan Monday as an alternative to the tax-cut plans being pursued by majority party Republicans.
Democrats said their plan would be "revenue neutral" for the state. It would lower the tax rate on the first $30,000 of income but raise it for income over $300,000 beginning in 2016.
The legislation also would cap the amount of federal income taxes that can be deducted on state income tax forms but increase the standard deduction for people earning less than $15,000 annually.
Some of the Republican tax-cut plans are tailored more specifically for businesses.
ALMOST 60 PERCENT OF MISSOURIANS WHO SIGNED UP FOR INSURANCE THROUGH FEDERAL WEBSITE WERE 45 OR OLDER
More older than younger people in Missouri have been signing up for health insurance through a federally run website.
Figures released Monday by the U.S. government show about 33,000 individuals in Missouri selected a plan through the HealthCare.gov website as of December 28. Of those, about 58 percent were age 45 or older.
Younger adults ages 18-34 accounted for one-quarter of the enrollees in Missouri. That's similar to the national average.
People who are younger or healthier typically pay more into an insurance system than they take out, thus helping to offset the health care costs of older adults.
The new federal figures also show that more Missouri women than men are signing up for insurance policies through the federal website. That also is similar to the national average.