RIVER RADIO NEWS 091114
ONE DEAD AFTER WRECK IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI
One person is dead following a two vehicle wreck Wednesday in Bollinger County.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by 66 year old Brenda Long, of Glen Allen, crossed the center line of Missouri Highway 34 and struck another vehicle.
The driver of the second vehicle, 78 year old Jennings Bond, of Marble Hill, was pronounced dead at the scene. Long suffered minor injuries.
ARMED ROBBERY REPORTED IN JONESBORO
An investigation has begun into a reported armed robbery.
According to KAIT, an individual was allegedly robbed by two men wearing masks. Authorities say that the incident might have occurred in the parking lot of a Jonesboro hotel and police are searching for the two men.
The report was made Wednesday morning.
OHIO MAN ARRESTED ON METH CHARGES IN STODDARD COUNTY
An Ohio man was taken into custody early Wednesday morning on a meth charge.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 36 year old James Gordon, of Toledo, Ohio, is facing charges of possession of methamphetamine and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.
Gordon was arrested shortly after 1 am Wednesday in Stoddard County.
WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER ALLEGEDLY ATTACKING HER HUSBAND
A Jonesboro woman is facing charges following an incident involving her and her husband.
According to KAIT, 30 year old Chelsea Brown has been charged with domestic battery and driving on a suspended license.
Brown had gotten into an argument with her 79 year old husband before allegedly punching him in the head and back. The man was taken to an area hospital following the incident.
EXTENSION GRANTED IN BIG RIVER STEEL LAWSUIT
A judge is giving Big River Steel more time to respond to a federal lawsuit that seeks to stop the billion-dollar project from moving forward in northeast Arkansas.
U.S. District Judge Leon Holmes agreed Wednesday for a 28-day extension for the company to respond to the federal lawsuit filed by Nucor Steel. The lawsuit seeks to block Big River Steel from building its $1.3 billion steel mill south of Osceola and also seeks a revocation of the company's air permit issued by the state.
Big River Steel must now respond to the complaint by October 10th. Nucor, which operates its own steel mill in Mississippi County, had opposed the request for an extension.
Big River Steel plans a groundbreaking September 22nd for the project.
ROAD SCHEDULED TO BE CLOSED TODAY IN STODDARD COUNTY
A Stoddard County road is scheduled to be closed today for bridge approach maintenance.
Weather permitting, Route Z in Stoddard County will be closed from 7 am to noon. The work zone is located between Route VV and County Road 775.
MISSOURI LEGISLATORS OVERRIDE VETO OF STUDENT TRACKING LEGISLATION
Missouri lawmakers have voted to ban public schools from electronically tracking students.
The House voted early Thursday to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of the student-tracking legislation, getting the bare two-thirds majority required. The Senate approved the veto override Wednesday.
The new law will bar schools from using "radio frequency identification technology" to monitor or track the location of students.
Lawmakers who supported the measure said they weren't aware of any Missouri schools using the technology but that schools elsewhere already have done so.
Nixon had said local officials are in the best position to make decisions on such devices. He said they could be used as a public safety tool to locate students during emergency situations or natural disasters.
VETO OVERRIDE COULD ALLOW SOME SMALL TOWNS TO CANCEL LOCAL ELECTIONS
Small Missouri towns could soon have a way to cancel local elections that lack competition.
The state House on Thursday overrode Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of a bill that will allow cities of 1,000 or fewer residents to call off elections if the number of candidates who file matches the number of vacancies. In such cases, the candidates simply could take office.
The Senate had voted to override the veto on Wednesday.
Nixon vetoed the bill because he said it could preclude a write-in candidate from later qualifying for the ballot in more than 650 small towns.
For cities to use the election opt-out, they would first have to win approval of the policy from local voters.