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BUTLER COUNTY MAN SENTENCED ON FIREARM CHARGE.
A Butler County man has been sentenced on a felony firearm charge.
According to the United States Attorney’s Office, 45 year old Timothy G. Ossana was sentenced Monday to 60 months on a felony count of being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
In November of 2013, while arresting him on a federal warrant, police found a pistol hidden in Ossana’s vehicle.
Ossana was prohibited from possessing a firearm due to previous convictions.
NAMES RELEASED OF FOUR ARRESTED IN CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY CHILD ABDUCTION
The Cape Girardeau County Sheriff’s Office has released the names of the four people arrested in connection to a child abduction on Sunday.
25 year old Megan Kaempher, 31 year old Justin Statler, and 26 year old Caleb Koeppel, all of Jackson, were arrested along with 30 year old Kylie Koeppel, of Oak Ridge.
The four are facing charges of first degree burglary and third degree assault. The Sheriff’s Office says additional charges could be filed at a later time.
CHARLESTON TEENAGER ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO SUSPICIOUS FIRE
A Charleston teenager is facing an arson charge in connection to a structure fire last week.
According to the Charleston Department of Public Safety, 18 year old Christopher Vinson was arrested after getting into a foot pursuit with officers.
Vinson has been charged with first degree arson and officials say additional charges are possible.
TWO ARRESTED IN MALDEN FOR POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE
Two people were taken into custody Friday on a felony warrant.
According to Malden Police, Tina Hall and Derek Glass were each arrested Friday on a warrant out of Dunklin County for felony possession of a controlled substance.
METH DISCOVERY LEADS TO THE ARREST OF TWO PEOPLE IN JACKSON
A traffic stop Saturday by Jackson police has led to the arrest of two Sikeston residents.
According to the Jackson Police Department, the meth was discovered in a vehicle driven by 52 year old Robert Thompson of Sikeston. Hypodermic needles were also found in the vehicle.
Police arrested Robert Thompson and his passenger, 42 year old Lisa Thompson, also of Sikeston, on a charge of possession of a controlled substance. Robert Thompson was also charged with driving while intoxicated, while Lisa Thompson is facing an additional charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.
PAVEMENT REPAIRS TODAY IN BUTLER COUNTY
Pavement repairs have been scheduled for today and tomorrow on Route CC in Butler County.
According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, Route CC will be reduced to one lane from Highway 51 to Route FF for the repairs.
Work is set to take place from 8 am to 3:30 pm both today and tomorrow.
GOVERNOR NIXON’S 2012 BUDGET CUTS COULD BE UNCONSTITUTIONAL
Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich is accusing Governor Jay Nixon of violating the state constitution by making budget cuts in 2012.
Schweich released an audit Monday asserting that Nixon should not have blocked millions of dollars of spending that year because state revenues exceeded estimates upon which the budget was based.
The Republican auditor accused the Democratic governor of "contorting and distorting" his constitutional authority to manage the budget.
Nixon's office said in a written response attached to the audit that Schweich's interpretation is inaccurate.
Schweich released his report as lawmakers are preparing to convene Wednesday to consider overriding numerous line-item vetoes that Nixon made to the 2015 budget.
ORAL ARGUMENTS HEARD IN BIRTH CONTROL LAWSUIT
A Missouri lawmaker fighting required birth control coverage in his state-sponsored insurance plan is relying on the U.S. Supreme Court's recent Hobby Lobby ruling as he contests a lower court's rejection of his legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act mandate.
The Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis heard oral arguments Monday morning in a lawsuit by Republican state Rep. Paul Wieland and his wife Teresa against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and two other federal agencies.
Wieland's lawyers urged the three-judge panel to reverse the U.S. District Court's November 2013 ruling, citing the Supreme Court's decision this summer that private companies such as Hobby Lobby with religious objections can opt out of the federal insurance plan's contraceptive requirement. The judges didn't immediately rule.
STATE LAWMAKERS COULD VOTE THIS WEEK ON OVERRIDE OF ABORTION WAITING PERIOD VETO
Missouri lawmakers are poised to vote this week to enact one of the nation's longest abortion waiting periods.
The Republican-led Legislature could get help from some Democrats as it votes on overriding Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of legislation requiring doctors to wait 72 hours after consulting with women before performing abortions.
Nixon said he vetoed the bill, in part, because it lacks an exception for cases of rape and incest.
Republican leaders say they are confident they will override the veto.
Missouri's waiting period would be the second most stringent behind South Dakota's, which can extend beyond 72 hours because it doesn't count weekends and holidays.
Utah is the only other state with a 72-hour abortion waiting period, but it allows exceptions in rape, incest and other circumstances.