RIVER RADIO NEWS 012214
MAN STABBED TO DEATH IN EGYPT, ARKANSAS
Two people have been taken into custody in connection to the stabbing death of a man in Egypt, Arkansas.
According to authorities, 76 year old Silvia Joe Fry was discovered at a home Monday night with stab wounds. He later died at an area hospital. The identities of the two people arrested have not released.
POPLAR BLUFF MAN ARRESTED ON METH CHARGE
A Poplar Bluff man was arrested late last night on a meth charge.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 22 year old Joesph Sincup was arrested in Butler County on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine.
Further details about the arrest were not released.
SENATOR BLUNT’S MOBILE OFFICE TO MAKE STOP IN DEXTER
Senator Roy Blunt’s Mobile Office will be making a stop next week in Dexter.
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.
Staff members will be available in Dexter on Monday, January 27th at the Bootheel Regional Planning Commission. The office is scheduled for 1 to 2 pm.
SIKESTON JAYCEES DONATE MONEY TO THREE RIVERS EASTERN CAMPUS
The Three Rivers Endowment Trust has received a $15,000 donation that will go toward the construction of the Three Rivers College Eastern Campus currently being built in Sikeston.
The donation was made by the Sikeston Jaycees. The organization finalized their contribution in December as a donation from its 2013 Rodeo.
$5000 DONATED TO THE CREATION OF GREENHOUSE FOR AGRICULTURE STUDENTS AT THREE RIVERS
Two Butler County residents recently donated $5,000 for the creation of a greenhouse for students of Three Rivers College’s agriculture programs.
The money was donated to the Three Rivers Endowment Trust by Gary and Holt Pride, who are each farmers and alumni of Three Rivers College.
The contribution will purchase the materials for an 8-foot by 20-foot snap-and-grow aluminum frame greenhouse, which will be used as a training tool for the college’s agriculture students. The greenhouse is also designed to be modular in design, allowing the college or future donors to expand the space as needed.
GOVERNOR NIXON PROPOSES RAISE FOR STATE GOVERNMENT WORKERS
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is proposing to spend $37.1 million to boost wages for state government workers.
The governor's budget proposal was released Tuesday. It calls for increasing state worker wages by 3 percent starting January 1st, 2015.
Nixon's recommendations for the 2015 budget taking effect July 1st also call for targeted increases for jobs where attracting or retaining employees has been difficult. Those include children’s service workers and nurses at the Fulton State Hospital.
Nixon's budget also would trim a net of 81 state employee positions. The governor's budget director says cuts would be focused in the Department of Social Services as part of continued downsizing in the family support division.
FEDERAL GUN LAW NULLIFICATION DEBATED IN MISSOURI SENATE
A Missouri Senate panel is taking up legislation that would send federal agents to jail for enforcing federal gun control laws in the state.
The measure being heard by the Senate General Laws Committee on Tuesday would declare certain federal gun control policies "null and void." Agents enforcing them could spend a year in jail, be fined up to $1,000 and face other civil penalties.
The bill would also allow designated school personnel to carry concealed weapons in buildings. Another provision would let holders of concealed gun permits carry firearms openly, even in municipalities with ordinances banning open carry.
A similar bill passed the Legislature last year, but was vetoed by Governor Jay Nixon.
NIXON SPENDING PLAN INCLUDES MEDICAID EXPANSION
Governor Jay Nixon is proposing to expand the Medicaid health program to cover about 300,000 more Missourians.
Nixon released a spending plan Tuesday for the upcoming budget year that includes $1.7 billion in federal funds to expand Medicaid. The expansion would take effect in October.
Nixon estimates it would bolster state funds by $94 million.
The proposal faces an uphill battle in the Republican-led Legislature, which last year rejected Nixon's call to expand Medicaid. Republicans said the program should be changed before more people are declared eligible.