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COMMUNITY TO VOTE ON POPLAR BLUFF SCHOOL MEASURE
Voters will get a say on the future of the Poplar Bluff School District coming up in April.
At the municipal election on Tuesday, April 8th, the voting public will have the opportunity to approve the blueprint designed to address space issues at all school facilities.
The plan, which would be completed by fall of 2016, includes moving the Senior High to the current 5th & 6th Grade Center building and moving 4th, 5th, and 6th grades to the current high school, along with other improvements.
The $49.6 million in renovations would be paid for with an 80 cents per $100 of assessed valuation operating levy increase through lease purchase financing, raising the ceiling to $3.73.
HARRISBURG, ARKANSAS MAN CHARGED WITH SEXUAL ASSAULT
A Northeast Arkansas man is facing sexual assault charges in connection to an incident reportedly involving a 13 year old girl.
According to KAIT, 46 year old Bart Kennedy has been charged with sexual assault, sexual indecency with a child, and three counts of furnishing alcohol to a minor.
Kennedy was taken into custody on Sunday.
AUTOPSY SHOWS WOMAN FOUND IN CAR DROWNED
An autopsy has determined that drowning was the cause of death for a southeast Missouri woman whose body was found in the backseat of a car submerged in the Mississippi River.
The Southeast Missourian reports that Cape Girardeau County Coroner John Clifton announced autopsy results on Sunday for 62 year old Autumn D. Vinson of Jackson. Cape Girardeau police said Friday that her body was found inside a Pontiac Bonneville in 5 to 6 feet of water.
What led the vehicle to go into the water remains under investigation. Authorities have also not determined how long the car was in the river.
A passer-by spotted the antenna and roof of the vehicle Friday morning and contacted police.
WOMAN ARRESTED IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS ON DRUG CHARGE
A woman was arrested last week on drug charges in Jonesboro.
According to authorities, Patricia Craig, of Jonesboro, was arrested on charges of possession of crack cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
An officer reportedly discovered a small amount of cocaine in Craig’s purse during a search.
SENATOR’S STAFF TO HOLD MOBILE OFFICE NEXT WEEK IN POPLAR BLUFF
Staff members of Untied States Senator Roy Blunt will be in Poplar Bluff next week to meet with area residents.
Blunt’s staff will be hosting a mobile office from 10 am to 11 am on Monday, January 27th at the Mark Twain National Forest Service Office.
Mobile Offices are opportunities for Missourians to discuss their questions or concerns with the federal government one-on-one with members of Senator Blunt’s staff.
WIND AND COOL AIR MOVING INTO SOUTHEAST MISSOURI TODAY
It’s shaping up to be a cold week in Southeast Missouri.
According to a Special Weather Statement issued by the National Weather Service, outdoor activity is strongly discouraged throughout Southeast Missouri today due to the cold air and strong winds. Temperatures are expected to drop to around 20 degrees today with wind gusts hitting around 33 mph.
After a small reprieve Wednesday, temperatures on Thursday are looking to top out at around 20 degrees before falling to 5 degrees Thursday night.
CONCRETE WORK SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEK IN CARTER COUNTY
Drivers in Carter County should expect delays this week if they intend to travel on US 60.
Westbound US 60 will be reduced to one lane this week as Missouri Department of Transportation crews continue to perform concrete work.
Work is scheduled to take place from 7:30 am to 3 pm daily through Friday, January 24th. The work zone will be located from Route P to Route Y in Carter County.
MISSOURI AND WISCONSIN REACH RECIPROCITY AGREEMENT FOR CONCEALED WEAPONS
Missouri concealed weapons permit holders can now bring their guns with them to Wisconsin.
Attorney General Chris Koster announced the two states had reached a reciprocity agreement when it comes to concealed weapons.
He says a new law requiring permit holders to undergo national background check upon renewal paved the way for the agreement. The same legislation also changed Missouri's gun permit to not include a photo of the holder.
Thirty-six other states also honor Missouri's concealed weapons permits. Missouri recognizes gun permits from any state that issues them.