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NORTHEAST ARKANSAS MAN SENTENCED IN WOMAN’S DEATH
A Northeast Arkansas man has been sentenced after pleading guilty to a charge of negligent homicide.
29 year old Carlos Coronado was given 135 days in jail, in addition to a six month suspended imposition of sentence for the death of Karrie Deshae Shadwick.
According to KAIT, Coronado and Shadwick had reportedly been shooting guns to celebrate New Years, when Shadwick was shot and killed. The two had been pointing guns at each other and Coronado told authorities that he thought the gun was empty.
TWO WOMEN FACING CHARGES OF BURGLARY AND STEALING
Two women have been arrested in connection to an alleged burglary.
According to KFVS, a Mississippi County resident alerted authorities on Tuesday that clothes and jewelry had been stolen from her home.
An investigation led to the arrest of 53 year old Janet Marie Williams and 28 year old Laura Jean Williams, both of East Prairie.
Both women are facing charges of second degree burglary and felony stealing.
MISSOURI STATE VETERANS CEMETERY TO HOLD VETERANS DAY PROGRAM
The Missouri State Veterans Cemetery at Bloomfield will be holding their annual Veterans Day Program next week.
The program on Tuesday will begin at 1 pm at the Committal Shelter Plaza in the cemetery. The keynote speaker for this year’s program is Lieutenant Colonel Edward Gargas.
MOBILE OFFICE SCHEDULED FOR MONDAY IN KENNETT
Staff Members of United States Senator Roy Blunt will be in Kennett on Monday to meet with area residents.
The Mobile Office will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 pm on Monday 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.
MUSIC TECHNOLOGY DAY TO BE HELD NEXT WEEK AT THREE RIVERS
The Three Rivers College Music Department will be holding the Annual Music Technology day next week at the Tinnin Fine Arts Center.
The event on November 13th will feature a day of music technology master classes for college, high school and junior high music students, followed by an evening concert by area jazz groups.
The concert will begin at 6:30 pm and is open to the public. There will be performances by the Three Rivers College Jazz Band, Poplar Bluff Junior High Jazz Bands, Poplar Bluff High School Jazz Band and the New Arts Jazztet from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
Admission will be $3 for adults and $1 for students and children.
ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH OFFERING MASS FLU CLINICS
Multiple mass flu clinics have been scheduled in Arkansas over the next month.
According to the Arkansas Department of Health, a Mass Flu Clinic is a day-long event where a community comes together to immunize as many people as possible.
Some of the clinics will even have “drive-thrus” available. For more information along with a list of upcoming mass flu clinics, go online to healthy.arkansas.gov.
PETITION DRIVE STARTED TO GET MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION MEASURE PUT ON MISSOURI BALLOT
Supporters of legalized marijuana are getting an early start on a petition drive to put the measure on Missouri's 2016 ballot.
Columbia attorney Dan Viets has already submitted an initiative petition to the secretary of state's office. That's the first step in an approval process that could clear the way for supporters to start collecting signatures from registered voters.
The proposed constitutional amendment would make it legal to manufacture, sell and use marijuana in Missouri for people age 21 and older. Viets said Thursday that the measure is intended to tax and regulate marijuana in the same way as alcohol.
The Missouri initiative comes after voters on Tuesday approved legalized marijuana in Alaska, Oregon and Washington, D.C. Recreational use of marijuana already is legal in Colorado and Washington state.
GOVERNOR NIXON RELEASES SOME FROZEN STATE FUNDS
Governor Jay Nixon has released more than $5.6 million in state funds he had frozen earlier, saying the move was possible because Missouri gained jobs in September.
Wednesday's release includes $2 million for the A+ Scholarship program and $1 million for Access Missouri scholarships.
Nixon also unfroze $1 million for high-tech startups, $500,000 for multijurisdictional drug task forces and $450,000 for the Missouri Rx program to residents pay for prescription drugs.
The announcement came on day after Missouri voters approved a constitutional amendment that allows lawmakers to override a governor's decision to freeze or slow spending.
Republican House members say they might use the power to override Nixon's spending freezes as early as January.
OVER 28,000 ARKANSAS EMPLOYEES TO GET PAY RAISE
More than 28,000 Arkansas state workers are set to receive a 1 percent pay raise that had been delayed.
Department of Finance and Administration Director Richard Weiss told state agency directors in a memo Thursday that a cost-of-living adjustment will appear in employees' November 28 paychecks.
Weiss says in the memo that Governor Mike Beebe asked finance officials to review the performance of the state's economy and revenue collections for the first quarter of the year.
Weiss says Beebe directed the raise be implemented after the state's revenue ended the first three months of the year above forecast.
State Personnel Administrator Kay Terry says the raise is expected to cost the state $2.7 million for the rest of the fiscal year.