RIVER RADIO NEWS 092314
ARKANSAS WOMAN DIES IN TWO VEHICLE CRASH
A Friday night two vehicle crash has left three people with injuries and a central Arkansas woman dead.
According to the Arkansas State Police, 28 year old Tamara Cambron, of Dennard, was fatally injured when the vehicle she was a passenger in collided with another vehicle on Highway 49, near the Greene County line.
16 year old Travis Cline, of Jonesboro, 30 year old Jared Huffmaster and 21 year old Hanna Huffmaster, both of Paragould were all injured in the crash and taken to an area hospital for treatment.
IRONTON MAN CHARGED FOLLOWING WRECK IN MADISON COUNTY
An Ironton man has been taken into custody after a single vehicle wreck Monday evening.
According to the Highway Patrol, 30 year old Joseph Brancefield drove off the right side of Route K in Madison County and hit an embankment. A passenger in the vehicle, 46 year old Floyd Hodges, of Fredericktown, suffered serious injuries in the wreck.
Following the wreck, Brancefield allegedly drove the vehicle from the scene to a residence. He was arrested later that night on charges of leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident, assault second, and careless and imprudent driving involving a motor vehicle accident.
MAN CHARGED IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS FOR FAILING TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER
One man is facing charges in Northeast Arkansas for failing to register as a sex offender.
According to KAIT, 48 year old James Edward Cash was taken into custody Friday on charges, including failure to register as a sex offender, living near a school or daycare, and resisting arrest.
Cash allegedly attempted to flee from officers during his arrest.
PARAGOULD POLICE WARNING OF BANKING SCAM
Police in Paragould are warning area residents about a recent report of a banking scam.
According to the Police Department, a victim had a check from Jay Trucks and Associates P.C. in the amount of $2550. When the victim contacted the company, they said that the check was not from them.
Police say they were told that this is an attempt to get the victim/victims to deposit the check into their account in order for the scammer to obtain banking information and/or personal information.
In some cases, the check is accompanied by a letter telling the victim that this is a percentage of an amount due and that all they have to do to receive the remaining balance is send a processing fee of a certain amount to an address provided in the letter.
Authorities say that if you receive any money in the mail that is not expected, it is best to contact the party that sent the check before cashing or depositing the check into your account.
MOBILE OFFICE TO BE HELD THIS WEEK IN WAYNE COUNTY
Staff members of United States Senator Roy Blunt will be meeting with constituents later this week in Wayne County.
The Mobile Office will be held Thursday from 2 pm to 3 pm at the Wayne County Courthouse in Greenville.
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.
2014 VIRTUAL WALK/RUN TO BE HELD THIS WEEK
The Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation is asking for participants to join in a virtual 5k, 10k and 1 mile fun walk/run this weekend.
During a virtual race, everyone participating sets their own course and then reports their times in at the end. With September being prostate cancer awareness month, the Foundation is asking for runners to complete their race between September 27th and 29th.
Those wishing to take part can register online at arprostatecancer.org. Registration costs $15 and those taking part will receive a medal. Proceeds go towards the Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation.
For more information, call 501-379-8027.
TWO MILLION DOLLARS IN GRANT MONEY TO GO TOWARDS HIGHER EDUCATION IN MISSOURI
A national nonprofit group is pumping $2 million into Missouri higher education programs.
Governor Jay Nixon on Monday announced USA Funds plans to give grants to help colleges speed students to finishing their degrees and moving into careers.
About $1 million will go to expand the Innovation Campus initiative, which partners businesses with colleges to help students graduate more quickly.
The other $1 million will go to help other four-year institutions match curricula with employer demands. Competency-based degrees aim to help students graduate faster based on skills learned rather than class time.
SPOKESWOMAN CALLS LEVEL OF FIGHTING OVER EDUCATION STANDARDS UNPRECEDENTED
Educators and parents chosen to rewrite learning benchmarks for Missouri children are divided on how to move forward.
Work groups tasked with writing new education standards spent their first meeting Monday clashing over the state education department's involvement and how to rework the national goals currently in place.
A law passed in May requires new goals for learning in each grade to replace the standards adopted in the Common Core. Those standards are used to create consistency between states, but opponents say they were adopted without enough local input.
More than 40 states use the Common Core, but Missouri is one of several states backing away from it.
A Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education spokeswoman says the level of fighting over education standards is "unprecedented."
LAWSUIT AIMS TO BLOCK PROPOSAL TO RAISE ARKANSAS MINIMUM WAGE
A lawsuit has been filed with the Arkansas Supreme Court aiming to block from the November ballot a proposal to gradually raise the state's minimum wage.
The lawsuit filed Monday asked justices to prevent the state from putting on the ballot the proposed initiated act, which would raise the state's minimum wage from $6.25 an hour to $8.50 an hour by 2017. Election officials earlier this month certified the measure for the ballot.
The lawsuit claims the state used the wrong deadline for accepting petitions for the measure, and also challenges the signatures submitted.
The attorney who filed the challenge did not immediately return a call seeking comment. The chairman of the group backing the wage hike said he was reviewing the lawsuit.