RIVER RADIO NEWS 080414
ONE DEAD FOLLOWING SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK
A Piggott, Arkansas man is dead in connection to a single vehicle wreck in Dunklin County.
According to the Highway Patrol, 44 year old Cheil Cardenas was driving a vehicle on Missouri Highway 25, when the vehicle ran off the road and overturned. Cardenas was ejected during the wreck and later pronounced dead at the scene.
The wreck occurred Saturday night near Clarkton.
JACKSON WOMAN FACING DRUG AND ASSAULT CHARGES
A Jackson woman is facing drug and assault charges.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 39 year old Regina Mize is facing felony charges of possession of a controlled substance and three counts of second degree assault.
Mize was charged Sunday night a little over three hours after suffering serious injuries in a two vehicle wreck near Jackson. Four other people were injured in the wreck, two seriously.
JONESBORO WOMAN FACING SEXUAL ASSAULT CHARGE
A Jonesboro woman is facing a sexual assault charge.
According to KAIT, 21 year old Samantha Barnes reportedly admitted to having sex with a 14 year old boy.
MAN FACING DOMESTIC ASSAULT CHARGE AFTER VICTIM FOUND UNCONSCIOUS
An Oran man is facing a domestic assault charge in connection to an incident over the weekend.
According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, deputies responded to a domestic assault report Sunday morning at approximately 3:15 am. A witness said that he heard the victim yelling no, saw a man flee the residence, and then found the victim unconscious.
Deputies later took 33 year old Billy Abernathy Jr., of Oran, into custody. Abernathy has been charged with felony second degree domestic assault.
KENNETT MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGE
A Kennett man is facing a drug charge after allegedly being found in possession of K2.
According to the Kennett Police Department, 22 year old Johnathon Winfield was arrested for possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.
Officers located “K2” along with several baggies for packaging and a set of digital scales in Winfield’s pockets while arresting him for an active municipal warrant.
TWO DOGS STOLEN FROM HUMANE SOCIETY OF SOUTHEAST MISSOURI
The Humane Society of Southeast Missouri in Cape Girardeau is searching for two dogs that were recently stolen.
According to the Humane Society, the dogs were taken Friday night. Anyone with information on their whereabouts is asked to call 573-334-5837. A $500 reward is being offered for their safe return or information that leads to their return.
Pictures of the stolen animals are available on the KWOC Facebook Page.
MOBILE OFFICE SET FOR TODAY IN KENNETT
A mobile office has been scheduled for this afternoon in Kennett.
U.S. Senator Roy Blunt’s staff will host the Mobile Office today from 1:30 to 2:30 pm at the Kennett Chamber of Commerce.
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.
NATIONWIDE MINI TOUR TO STOP IN POPLAR BLUFF TODAY
A country wide tour of Mini Cooper vehicles will be coming through Poplar Bluff today during their journey from Memphis to St. Louis.
The over 200 Mini Cooper drivers will be stopping to eat at Hayden’s BBQ on Maud Street between 11 am and 2 pm.
The Mini Takes the States Tour began in San Francisco on July 26th and will wrap up on August 9th in Boston.
MISSOURI REPORTEDLY DID NOT USE FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR DRINKING WATER PROJECTS
A new report says millions of dollars in federal funds for drinking water projects in Missouri and four other states have been languishing unspent.
The Office of Inspector General for the Environmental Protection Agency says it found that five states - Missouri, California, Connecticut, Hawaii and New Mexico - have a total of about $231 million in their Drinking Water State Revolving Funds above the goal level.
The funds are for low-interest loans for drinking water infrastructure improvements and are provided to the states by the EPA. The report says the $231 million is idle when it could be used to help communities implement drinking water improvements.
In 2013, Missouri had nearly $60 million in unused DWSRF funds, with about $22 million in unused funds above the recommended level.
OVER ONE IN FOUR REGISTERED VOTERS PREDICTED TO VOTE IN TUESDAY’S PRIMARY
Missouri election authorities are predicting about one in four voters will cast ballots in tomorrow’s primaries.
Statewide voter turnout on Tuesday is projected at nearly 1.1 million people - about 27 percent of the almost 4.1 million Missourians registered to vote.
The turnout projections are compiled from figures collected by the secretary of state's office from each of Missouri's 116 local election jurisdictions.
They range from a projected high of 69 percent in northeast Missouri's Knox County to a low of 9 percent in southern Missouri's Howell County.
The primaries include contested races for state and federal legislative seats as well as county offices.
The ballot also features five proposed constitutional amendments, including one imposing a sales tax for transportation.
MIDWEST ECONOMIC INDEX SLUMPS AFTER THREE YEAR HIGH
A monthly economic survey index for nine Midwestern and Plains states has slumped after hitting a three-year high a month earlier.
A report issued Friday says the overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index dropped more than 3½ percentage points in July, to 57.0. The index had risen slightly in June, to 60.6.
Looking six months ahead, the business confidence portion of the overall index also declined. It hit 60.0 last month, compared with 63.6 in June.
The survey results from supply managers are compiled into a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers at Creighton University say any score above 50 suggests economic growth, while a score below that suggests decline.
The survey covers nine states including Missouri and Arkansas.