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MAN CHARGED WITH MANSLAUGHTER IN CONNECTION TO BABY’S DEATH
A Jonesboro man has been charged with manslaughter in connection to the death of a baby last year.
According to KAIT, 38 year old Carlos Dwayne Rubin is facing a charge of manslaughter in the death of one year old Rashawn Hughes.
A juvenile witness reportedly told authorities that he saw Rubin shoving the baby’s head into a pillow and yelling at him to go to sleep.
FIVE IN CUSTODY FOLLOWING BUST IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS
Five people are facing drug charges following a drug bust.
According to KAIT, the bust was conducted at a home in Pocahontas. Authorities reportedly found meth, marijuana, and firearms.
Five people have been arrested, Karen Velilla, Steven Velilla, Christopher Peoples, James Rolland, and Timothy Dover.
NAVY SEABEES MONUMENT TO BE UNVEILED THIS WEEKEND
A monument honoring U.S. Navy Seabee veterans will be unveiled this weekend in Bloomfield.
The Seabees were members of the Navy's construction battalion, which built bases, airstrips and roads during combat. The Dexter Daily Statesman reports The Navy Seabee Veterans of America is working to put a Seabee monument in every veterans cemetery in the nation.
A monument will be unveiled Saturday at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield.
Thomas M. Meyer, a Navy Seabee veteran from 1969 to 1972, said the monument will be the first at a state veterans cemetery in Missouri. A similar monument is in place at Missouri's Jefferson Barracks, which is a national cemetery.
The number of Seabee veterans has dropped from 325,000 during World War II to fewer than 5,000 in 2014.
THREE RIVERS TO HOLD GROUNDBREAKING FOR NEW ENTRANCE
A groundbreaking for the new grand entrance to Three Rivers College will be held next week.
The groundbreaking will begin at 10 am Monday, March 10th, on Three Rivers Boulevard across from the Tinnin Fine Arts Center. The entrance road, which will connect TRC to Shelby Road, is being built on land donated to the college by Dr. Richard Camp.
The approximately $1.3 million in road construction costs are being funded by the Poplar Bluff Regional Transportation Development District.
ORGANIZATIONS SOUGHT TO SERVE MEALS TO CHILDREN
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is looking for organizations to serve meals to children this summer.
The Summer Food Service Program reimburses organizations for meals they serve to children who are at risk of not having enough to eat during the summer months when school is not in session.
Organizations eligible to participate include schools, faith-based organizations, camps, private nonprofit agencies, and local governments. The sites are required to be located in areas where at least half of the children are eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals.
Applications are being accepted through May 15th. For more information, go online to health.mo.gov.
ENTREES BEING ACCEPTED FOR CONGRESSIONAL ART CONTEST
Entrees are currently being accepted by the office of US Congressman Jason Smith for the 2014 Congressional Art Contest.
Students in grades 9 through 12 can submit original paintings, drawings, collages, mixed media, computer-generated art, and photographs. A panel of art experts will select a winning work of art to represent Missouri’s Eighth District and be displayed on Capitol Hill for one year.
Entrees must be submitted to one of Smith’s offices by Friday, April 25th. His Poplar Bluff office is located at 2911 North Westwood Boulevard.
DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME BEGINS THIS WEEKEND
The sun is going to start rising a little bit later starting on Sunday.
Daylight Savings Time will begin at 2 am Sunday morning. Remember to set your clocks forward one hour before you go to bed Saturday night. This is also a good time to replace your smoke detector batteries.
Daylight savings time is set to run this year through November 2nd.
ARKANSAS LAWMAKERS TO DISCUSS STATE RESPONSE TO WINTER STORM
Arkansas legislators are set to discuss highway officials' response to a winter storm that left drivers stranded on icy Arkansas interstates earlier this week.
Senator Bill Sample, chairman of the Senate's Transportation Committee, says the joint meetings are set for Tuesday and Wednesday.
Two senators requested that the transportation committees meet after motorists were stranded overnight for hours on Interstates 55 and 40 in eastern Arkansas.
On Wednesday, Governor Mike Beebe criticized the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department's actions in handling the winter weather, saying their reaction time to sending crews was slow.
The governor said it wasn't acceptable that other states cleared their highways better than Arkansas did.
BILL ON TAX BREAKS FOR RELOCATING BUSINESSES DELAYED
Legislation creating special tax breaks for businesses that relocate to Missouri has been put on hold in the state House.
The bill had received initial approval Wednesday and was scheduled for a second House vote Thursday that would send it to the Senate.
But the bill's sponsor, Representative John McCaherty, said he delayed the vote after The Associated Press raised questions about whether the bill was written more broadly than McCaherty intended.
During debate, McCaherty said the bill would provide tax breaks to encourage businesses that left the state to return to Missouri. The bill's wording appeared to authorize a tax break for any business that moved to Missouri.
McCaherty said he plans to ask the House to reconsider the bill and re-open it for more amendments.