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METH LAB EXPLODES AND CATCHES MAN ON FIRE
A man in Sikeston will likely face charges after a meth lab explosion on Monday.
According to the Standard Democrat, authorities were alerted Monday night to a man being on fire in front of an area business. The man was taken to a St. Louis burn center with second and third degree burns.
An investigation into the incident reportedly uncovered that a shake and bake meth lab had exploded and caught fire. Methamphetamine was also discovered at the scene.
ALMOST $2000 WORTH OF METH FOUND IN ARKANSAS INMATE’S CLOTHES
An Arkansas inmate is facing additional jail time after guards say they found nearly $2,000 worth of methamphetamine in her pants.
A Craighead County judge said Monday there is sufficient evidence to charge the 30 year old woman with meth possession. She faces up to 20 years in prison, if convicted.
Craighead County Detention Center jailers say they discovered 19 grams of meth in baggies during a "shakedown." The woman told them she couldn't remember the name of the inmate who gave her the drugs.
The woman is serving a 120 day sentence for second-degree forgery.
POPLAR BLUFF MAN SUFFERS SERIOUS INJURIES IN ATV WRECK
A Poplar Bluff man was flown to an area hospital Tuesday following an ATV wreck in Butler County.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 48 year old James Hert was driving an ATV on Dan River Road when he met another vehicle in the middle of the road. Hert’s ATV then ran off the side of the road and hit a mailbox.
Hert was flown to St. Francis Hospital with serious injuries.
ROTARY CLUB FINANCES VOTING SOFTWARE FOR POPLAR BLUFF STUDENTS
The Poplar Bluff Senior High Student Council has new software to handle upcoming elections.
According to Poplar Bluff educators, the web based application will save teachers time and make voting more efficient for students. Previous elections had used paper ballot, which needed to be hand counted
The software, which was funded by the Rotary Club of Poplar Bluff, will be put to use in the student body and homecoming court elections, as well as the senior personality awards.
NEELYVILLE HARVEST FESTIVAL SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEKEND
Multiple events have been scheduled for the upcoming Neelyville Harvest Festival.
The festival will be held this weekend on Saturday, September 20th. Line ups for the Harvest Festival Parade will begin at 8 am at the bus garage area.
Other events include the talent show and the best looking dessert contest. For more information on the talent show, contact Mrs. Parish at 989-3221.
RAILROAD REPAIRS TO BE PERFORMED TODAY IN STODDARD COUNTY
Railroad repairs will cause a Stoddard County road to be closed today.
According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, Route E will be closed today from 8 am to 3 pm. The work zone will be located between County Roads 565 and 563 in Stoddard County.
UNEMPLOYMENT RATE GOES DOWN IN MISSOURI
A new report shows Missouri's unemployment rate dipped slightly last month while the state lost 3,100 nonfarm jobs.
The state Department of Economic Development said Tuesday the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 6.3 percent in August from 6.5 percent in July. The August rate was also down from 6.6 percent in the same month last year.
Missouri's seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment last month dropped to about 2.78 million, about a 3,100-job decrease from July. Losses hit the durable goods manufacturing, health care and social assistance industries.
The seasonally adjusted civilian labor force of more than 3 million also grew by about 1,000 in August. People with jobs and others who are unemployed and looking for work are included in those numbers.
MISSOURI LAWMAKERS TO CONDUCT REVIEW OF HIGHWAY AND WATER PATROL MERGER
Missouri lawmakers plan to review the effects of a 2011 merger of the state Highway and Water patrols after a man drowned this year while in trooper custody.
House Speaker Tim Jones said Tuesday a committee will study management, trooper training and whether the merger actually saved the state an expected $3 million a year.
Twenty-year-old Iowa resident Brandon Ellingson was handcuffed when he drowned May 31 in the Lake of the Ozarks. A Highway Patrol trooper had arrested Ellingson on suspicion of drunken boating and was bringing him to shore when Ellingson went over the side of the trooper's patrol boat.
Republican Representative Rocky Miller, of Lake Ozark, says he fears the merger made it difficult for troopers who are now double-trained in highway and water patrol duties to do their jobs.