July 24, 2014


WEDNESDAY STORM KNOCKS DOWN MULTIPLE TREES ACROSS SOUTHEAST MISSOURI Wednesday’s storms brought heavy winds that knocked down trees and tree limbs across Southeast Missouri.

According to the National Weather Service, trees and power lines were brought down in Poplar Bluff. Two of the trees landed on cars and a few roofs were also damaged.

Trees and power lines were also reported down in multiple cities including Dexter, Puxico, and Advance. MAN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO ALLEGED ASSAULT A Chaffee man is facing assault charges in connection to an incident Tuesday night.

According to authorities, a man and a woman were allegedly victims of an assault.

29 year old Joshua Musgrove was later arrested on Wednesday on charges of assault, domestic assault, and unlawful use of a weapon. MAN ALLEGEDLY FIRES AT WOMAN IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS A man is in custody after allegedly firing at a woman and then getting into a chase with authorities.

According to KAIT, a woman told a Craighead County Sheriff’s Deputy that she had been in an argument with 43 year old Michael Eugene Finley when he allegedly put a gun to her head and pulled the trigger, however the gun did not fire.

The woman also told police that Finley had chased her around a house and fired the weapon. Bullet holes were reportedly found in the home.

Finley was later arrested by Butler County Deputies after getting into a short chase with authorities. He is facing a charge of aggravated assault. AGING WISELY WORKSHOP TO BE HELD IN DONIPHAN Anyone wanting to learn about memory loss prevention, research, early detection, and getting a proper Alzheimer’s diagnosis can attend a free workshop next week.

The Aging Wisely workshop will be held on July 29th from 8:30 am to 1 pm at His Place on Wright Park Drive/160 East in Doniphan. Lunch and morning snacks will be provided.

If you would like more information or would like to register, contact the Ripley County Public Health Center at 573-996-2181. MOBILE OFFICE TO BE HELD NEXT WEEK IN DEXTER A Mobile Office has been scheduled for next week in Stoddard County.

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt’s staff will host the Mobile Office on Tuesday, July 29th, from 11 am to noon at the Bootheel Regional Planning Commission 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. NORTHEAST ARKANSAS MAN CHARGED WITH SEXUAL ASSAULT A man is in custody in Northeast Arkansas in connection to an alleged sexual assault of a child.

According to KAIT, 41 year old Steven Wayne Thorpe was arrested last week on a charge of sexual assault. A young victim reportedly told authorities that Thorpe had removed her clothing and touched her multiple times.

During an examination of a cell phone that a witness had identified as Thorpe’s, officials reportedly found a large number of child pornography images. MISSOURI LOTTERY TO BE REVIEWED AFTER LESS MONEY WAS TRANSFERRED TO EDUCATION LAST YEAR Governor Jay Nixon has ordered a review of the Missouri Lottery after a decline in the proceeds transferred to education.

The Missouri Lottery had record sales of nearly $1.16 billion during the 2014 budget year that ended June 30.

But the amount of money transferred to education declined to $267 million from a high mark of nearly $289 million during the 2013 budget.

Nixon said Wednesday that he has asked the Office of Administration to conduct a comprehensive review of the Lottery's ability to provide a stable funding source for public schools.

Most Lottery revenues are paid out in prizes.

About 23 percent of the proceeds were transferred to education during the last budget year. That percentage had been consistently above 25 percent during the past decade. ARKANSAS ATTORNEY GENERAL FILES BRIEF IN SUPPORT OF 12 WEEK ABORTION BAN Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is continuing to defend the state's 12-week abortion ban to a federal appeals court, arguing the state has a legitimate interest in barring the procedure at that point in a woman's pregnancy.

McDaniel on Wednesday filed a reply brief with the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which is weighing whether to uphold a federal judge's decision that the 12-week ban is unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright struck down the ban in March.

McDaniel argued in the brief that the ban is constitutional under existing court precedent.

The Republican-led Legislature approved the ban last year, overriding a veto by Democratic Governor Mike Beebe.