RIVER RADIO NEWS 030414
EXPECT ICY ROADS FOR THIS MORNING
While the latest winter weather storm is behind us, we are still feeling it’s after effects in Southeast Missouri.
The National Weather Service is cautioning motorists to be careful for black ice and other treacherous road conditions.
Temperatures dropped into the single digits last night causing wet areas on many roads that were plowed and cleared yesterday to refreeze. Road conditions are expected to improve later this morning when the sun is higher in the sky and temperatures rebound into the 20’s.
ONE KILLED IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS WRECK
One person has died following a wreck on an icy Northeast Arkansas road.
According to the Arkansas State Police, the wreck occurred Sunday evening when a vehicle driven by 35 year old Johnny M. Hefner, of Wynne, spun into the southbound lane of Highway 1 in Poinsett County and was struck by another vehicle.
Hefner was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the second vehicle suffered undisclosed injures.
84 YEAR OLD MAN MISSING OUT OF SIKESTON
An 84 year old Sikeston man has been reported missing.
According to the Sikeston Department of Public Safety, Jimmy Eugene Payne was reported missing by his daughter who says she last spoke with him on Thursday.
Family members told authorities that Payne has recently been diagnosed with dementia and may possibly be driving his white 2002 Chrysler Concord with a Missouri License plate of “DD5-S9S”.
He is described as a white male, five foot, 11 inches tall, weighing 166 pounds with grey hair and blue eyes.
Captain James McMillen tells us that Payne may be travelling to the Fulton County, Kentucky area.
If anyone has information on his whereabouts, call 573-471-4711.
BERNIE BROTHERS APPEAR ON NBC’S THE VOICE
Two Bernie brothers have advanced to the second round of NBC’s the Voice.
The Brothers Walker, Clinton and Coty, qualified for the next round of the competition by being chosen for Team Usher during Monday night’s show.
The brothers sung Zac Brown Band’s “Keep me in Mind” and was chosen by Usher in the final seconds of the song.
Following the performance judges Blake Shelton said that the brothers sounded great while Shakira remarked on how good the song felt to her.
A link to the Brothers Walker appearance on the Voice is available on our facebook page.
BOY SUFFERS MODERATE INJURIES AFTER BEING HIT BY CAR
A boy reportedly suffered moderate injuries after being hit by a car in Butler County.
According to KFVS, the boy was sledding on Monday and slid onto a county road where he was hit.
The boy was taken to a hospital with non life-threatening injuries.
TWO FROM SPRINGFIELD ARRESTED IN CARTER COUNTY ON METH CHARGE
Two people from Springfield, Missouri were taken into custody Sunday evening in Carter County.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 44 year old Dennis R. Greathouse and 33 year old Carrie M. Liles, were each arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Greathouse is also facing charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana.
NEW MRS MISSOURI IS FROM CAPE GIRARDEAU
A new Mrs. Missouri was crowned over the weekend and the winner was from Cape Girardeau.
Dr. Erin Fluegge-Woolf won the competition on Saturday in Kansas City. She works at Southeast Missouri State University as an Assistant Professor of Management.
TAX CUT FOR HOMEOWNERS PROPOSED BY MISSOURI LAWMAKER
Every homeowner in Missouri could get a one-time tax refund under legislation pending in the state Senate.
The proposal is estimated to cost the state $384 million. It would grant an income tax cut to everyone who owned residential property as of January 1st, 2014.
The tax break would equal 0.75 percent of the assessed value of homes, meaning people with more valuable houses would get larger tax reductions.
The Senate already has given the bill initial approval. A second vote could come as soon as this week and would send the measure to the House.
Republican Sen. Eric Schmitt, of St. Louis County, says his legislation would tap into a surplus of state revenues.
The bill is one of several proposed tax cuts being considered by the Republican-led Legislature.
MISSOURI STATEWIDE TORNADO DRILL POSTPONED
The Missouri statewide tornado drill scheduled for Tuesday is being pushed back two days because of the recent winter weather and other factors.
The Missouri State Emergency Management Agency says the drill will now be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. The drill is part of Missouri 2014 Severe Weather Awareness Week, which runs through Friday.
March typically is the start of the tornado season and the drill will include the sounding of warning sirens. Residents are encouraged to seek shelter during the drill just as they would if an actual tornado was imminent.
MIDWEST ECONOMIC INDEX SUGGESTS GROWTH
A monthly economic index for nine Midwestern and Plains states has dropped slightly but still suggests growth over the next three to six months.
The overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index fell to 57.4 in February from 57.7 in January.
Looking six months ahead, the business confidence portion of the overall index also dropped last month. It hit a still strong 59.7 in February, compared with 62.2 in January.
The survey results from supply managers are compiled into a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests growth, while a score below that suggests decline.
The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.