RIVER RADIO NEWS 062614
STEPHENSON TO LEAVE THREE RIVERS COLLEGE
Dr. Devin Stephenson has announced his intention to leave Three Rivers College.
During the College’s Board of Trustees meeting Wednesday, Stephenson made a request for a sabbatical leave through November 30th, and for that to be followed by a voluntary termination of his contract. Stephenson has served as the college’s president since 2009 and will serve as a consultant during the sabbatical.
Stephenson cited a desire to pursue alternative opportunities related to higher education as the reason for his request.
Dr. Wesley Payne, Vice President for Learning, will take over as Interim President. A search for Stephenson’s permanent successor will likely not begin until the sabbatical period is over, according to Randy Grassham, Chairman of the Three Rivers’ Board of Trustees.
CORNING MAN FLOWN TO AREA HOSPITAL
A Corning man was flown to an area hospital following an accident in Butler County.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 46 year old Donnie P. Ray suffered moderate injuries after jumping or falling from an unknown vehicle.
The incident occurred at around 6:15 pm Wednesday night on Route CC, three miles east of Broseley.
$10,000 IN REWARDS OFFERED IN CONNECTION TO RECENT INCIDENTS IN CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY
Cape Girardeau County Sheriff John Jordan says that $10,000 in rewards is being offered for information on either of two recent violent incidents.
Authorities are looking for information into a homicide that occurred on June 20th in the city of Cape Girardeau, along with a shooting and home invasion that occurred on June 5th in the Cape Rock Village area.
A $10,000 cash reward is being offered for any information received that leads to the arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals involved in either case.
Anyone with information on the Homicide should contact the Cape Girardeau Police Department at 573-335-6621.
Anyone with information on the home invasion should contact the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Office at 573-243-3551.
$3000 OFFERED FOR INFORMATION IN CONNECTION TO JONESBORO SHOOTING
Jonesboro police are offering a reward for information in connection with a shooting death that occurred last month.
KAIT reports that police announced Wednesday a $3,000 reward for information leading to those involved in the shooting death of 47 year old William Keith Gosney.
Police say Gosney was found in his home on the city's west side on May 12th with several gunshot wounds. He died later at a local hospital.
Police say they believe Gosney knew the person who shot him, but that he was not able to provide officers with a name before he died.
CRAFT BOUTIQUE AND ART CONTEST TO BE HELD THIS WEEKEND TO BENEFIT CAPE ARROWHEAD
A Craft Boutique and Art Contest will be held this weekend in Poplar Bluff to benefit Cape Arrowhead.
The event will be held from 10 am to 2 pm Saturday at 502 Vine Street. Admission to the event is free and in addition to the art contest, there will also be door prizes, music and food.
The entry fee for the art contest is $10, and the special theme is autism. For more information contact Cape Arrowhead at 573-778-1210.
TEN DROWNING DEATHS REPORTED DURING JUNE IN MISSOURI
Missouri law enforcement officers are urging people to use caution in the water amid 10 reported drowning deaths so far in June.
The state Highway Patrol oversees the state's water patrol division. It says that swimming in rivers and lakes can be dangerous even for adults and children who have good swimming skills.
The patrol says currents, drop-offs and floating debris all can pose dangers in water. It says everyone should use a life jacket and should get into the water only when others are present.
HIGHWAY PATROL TO PARTICIPATE IN HOLIDAY TRAVEL PROJECT
The Missouri State Highway Patrol will be participating in a project around the 4th of July holiday weekend.
According to Captain George Ridens, troopers will be placed every 20 miles on Interstates 55 and 57, along with other selected secondary roads on Thursday, July 3rd and Sunday, July 6th.
Ridens says the objective of the project is to aggressively enforce all traffic violations which may contribute to unsafe traveling conditions, and to place a trooper in close proximity of motorists who may need assistance.
CAP ON MISSOURI SOLAR REBATES CHALLENGED BY LAWSUIT
A lawsuit seeks to strike down an agreement capping the amount of solar rebates that the state's largest utilities must pay.
The lawsuit filed by supporters of the rebates asks a Cole County judge to invalidate agreements approved last year by state utility regulators involving Ameren Missouri and Kansas City Power and Light Co.
At issue is a 2008 law that requires utilities to pay rebates to people who use solar energy and sets a target for utilities to achieve in renewable energy production. The law says customer rates cannot rise by more than one percent as a result of the renewable energy requirements.
The lawsuit says regulators used an improper calculation to determine whether the solar rebate costs would exceed that cap when they approved limits on the rebates.