RIVER RADIO NEWS 020514
ONE KILLED, THREE INJURED IN BUTLER COUNTY WRECK
A Poplar Bluff man was killed in a head on collision Tuesday in Butler County.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred when a vehicle driven by 26 year old Joshua A. Anderson crossed the centerline of Business 67 and hit another vehicle. Anderson was pronounced dead at the scene.
A passenger Anderson’s vehicle, along with the driver and a passenger in the other vehicle, all suffered serious injuries. They were each taken to the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center.
TWO ARRESTED AFTER COCAINE AND FIREARMS FOUND IN JONESBORO HOME
Two people were taken into custody after officers reportedly found guns and drugs while executing a search warrant in Jonesboro.
According to authorities, over 17 grams of cocaine and a handgun were found in a home on Friday.
34 year old Louada Miller and 32 year old Farris Reed were each arrested on charges of simultaneous possession of drug and firearms, along with possession of a controlled substance with purpose to deliver.
MAN TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AFTER BEING RESCUED FROM BURNING HOME
Authorities in northeastern Arkansas rescued a man from a burning home, then arrested him later on an outstanding warrant.
Gosnell Fire Department Captain Darryl Grissom says firefighters responded to a trailer fire Monday night. Grissom says flames were shooting out from the front of the trailer when firefighters arrived.
Grissom and Gosnell Police Department Corporeal Keith Hill pulled the man to safety through the window of the trailer. Grissom tells The Courier News that the man suffered smoke inhalation and a cut on the head.
Grissom says the man was taken to a Blytheville hospital for treatment but also was arrested by Gosnell police for an outstanding warrant. The man remains in the hospital in stable condition.
SAAKUMU DANCE TROUPE PERFORMANCE DELAYED TO FRIDAY
The performance of the Saakumu Dance Troupe at Three Rivers College has been delayed until Friday.
According to a post on the College’s Facebook page, the troupe will be performing Friday at noon at the Bess Activity Center.
The Saakumu Dance Troupe is a world-touring performance group out of Ghana that performs traditional music and dance from across Africa, along with contemporary pieces inspired by African culture.
The event is free to the public.
MISSOURI LOTTERY WARNS PLAYERS OF SCAMS
The Missouri Lottery is warning players to be on the lookout for scams.
Missouri Lottery Executive Director May Scheve Reardon wants players to realize that phone calls and emails that appear to be too good to be true should be considered red flags.
The lottery says it will never require Social Security Numbers, bank account numbers, mother’s maiden name, etc., from winners over the phone or require a winner to provide money upfront to claim a prize.
If you have any questions, you can contact the Missouri Lottery at 1-866-665-6883.
WIND AND ICE TO CAUSE HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS
Driving conditions will be treacherous for today, but possibly for more reasons than you think.
According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, high winds paired with covered or partially covered roads have the potential to cause these vehicles to slide off driving lanes.
We are expecting wind gusts as high as 24 miles per hour today in Poplar Bluff.
MoDot has released some more tips for people who will be traveling this morning, such as wearing your seatbelt; adjusting your speed to road and weather conditions; placing plenty of room between your vehicle and others on the road; keeping both hands on the wheel and not using cruise control.
You can check MoDOT's Traveler Information Map online at www.modot.org for the latest road conditions.
TRANSPORTATION TAX CONSIDERED BY MISSOURI HOUSE COMMITTEE
A Missouri House committee is considering a one-cent sales tax increase to fund state transportation projects.
Transportation officials said Tuesday the penny tax could generate $8 billion over the next decade. They say the tax increase is necessary for the state to maintain roads and bridges, and to fund new infrastructure projects.
If approved by the Legislature, the tax would go on the statewide ballot in November. The tax would need to be re-approved by voters after 10 years to remain in effect. Ten percent of funds raised by the sales tax would go toward local transportation projects.
The measure cleared both the House and Senate but failed to win final passage in the waning days of last year's legislative session.
REVENUE REPORTS RELEASED FOR MISSOURI AND ARKANSAS
Financial figures were released for both Missouri and Arkansas this week.
Missouri’s general revenues decreased by 9.5 percent in January compared to January last year, however the state’s net general revenues are up for the fiscal year.
In Arkansas, revenues are down compared to last year, but still above forecast.