RIVER RADIO NEWS 111814
ONE DEAD FOLLOWING FIRE IN HAYTI
One person has died following a fire in Hayti.
The fire was reportedly at an area home early Monday morning.
According to KFVS, the cause for the fire is under investigation, but, foul play is not suspected. The name of the woman who died has not yet been made available.
ONE KILLED, THREE INJURED IN MONDAY MORNING WRECK
A Blytheville woman has died following a 4 vehicle wreck early Monday morning in Mississippi County, Arkansas.
According to the Arkansas State Police, the wreck occurred on an icy bridge on Interstate 55 at 4:35 am.
The driver of one of the vehicles, 61 year old Cynthia Simmons was killed in the wreck. The drivers of the three other vehicles suffered undisclosed injuries.
ORAN WOMAN SENTENCED IN CONNECTION TO BANK ROBBERY
An Oran woman has been sentenced for her role in a 2013 bank robbery.
According to the Southeast Missourian, Alisha Porter was sentenced to 60 months in prison on charges of conspiracy to commit a bank robbery and bank robbery.
Candice Wright, of Chicago, was also sentenced Monday to 70 months in prison on the same charges.
STEELE MAN CHARGED WITH ASSAULT
A Steele man is facing an assault charge in connection to a weekend incident.
According to Missouri Case Net, Adam Jones, is facing charges of first degree assault and armed criminal action.
Jones is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in Pemiscot County.
FOOD TAKEN FROM NORTHEAST ARKANSAS FOOD PANTRY
Thieves reportedly took $3,000 worth of food recently from a Luxora, Arkansas food pantry.
According to KAIT, the food was taken from God’s Angel Ministry. The thieves busted down part of a wall before taking the food which had been dropped off by just two days before.
MOBILE VET CENTER TO BE IN CLAY COUNTY ON WEDNESDAY
The Memphis Mobile Vet Center and a John J. Pershing VA Medical Center representative will be in Piggott Wednesday to offer information regarding VA services and resources available to veterans.
Some of the services offered by the vet center include individual, group, and family readjustment counseling to veterans and their families, post-traumatic stress disorder treatment, and Military sexual trauma counseling.
The services are available at no charge and veterans do not need to be enrolled with VA to use the Vet Centers.
The Mobile Vet Center will be at the Clay County Courthouse in Piggott from 10 am to noon on Wednesday.
For more information should call the Memphis Vet Center at 901-544-01 73.
REMEMBER TO KEEP YOUR PETS SAFE WHEN THE TEMPERATURES DROP
With the latest occurrences of freezing temperatures hitting the area, it is important to remember to keep your pets safe.
The Humane Society of Missouri says pet owners should bring their animals inside and also exercise caution when exposing them to the cold.
You should limit your pet’s time outdoors and be mindful of frostbite on ears, tail and paws.
We have additional tips from the Humane Society available on our Facebook page.
HIGHWAY PATROL TO HOLD PROJECT OVER THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY WEEKEND
The Missouri State Highway Patrol has announced that area troopers will be participating in a project to keep roadways safe over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
According to Captain George Ridens, on Wednesday, November 26th, and Sunday, November 30th, Troop E officers will take part in the 20-Mile Trooper project. The project will see troopers assigned every 20 miles on Interstates 55 and 57, and on other selected secondary roads.
The Highway Patrol says the objective of the project is to place a trooper in close proximity of motorists who may need assistance and to aggressively enforce all traffic violations which may contribute to unsafe traveling conditions.
NATIONAL GUARD ACTIVATED IN ADVANCE OF GRAND JURY DECISION IN FERGUSON
Missouri's governor has again activated the National Guard in an effort to avoid more unrest in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.
The announcement comes as a grand jury weighs criminal charges against Darren Wilson, the white police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown. Governor Jay Nixon gave no indication that an announcement is imminent. The prosecutor expects a decision this month.
In August, Nixon asked the troops to help quell the sometimes-violent protests that occurred nightly following the black 18-year-old's death.
There also are some operational differences this time. The St. Louis County Police Department will be in charge of security in Ferguson, working with the Highway Patrol and St. Louis city police as part of a unified command.
MISSOURI SHOWS DROP IN CHILD CARE PROGRAM
A report shows Missouri had the largest enrollment decline for a federal program that helps working parents pay for child care.
The October report by Center for Law and Social Policy, or CLASP, says the number of Missouri children receiving a federal child care subsidy fell by 12,300 from 2012 through 2013.
Some officials think a recovering economy is the cause for the decrease, with families earning too much to qualify for the child care discounts.
But some Missouri child advocates say otherwise. They think the state's reorganization of its Family Support Division offices in the Department of Social Services is preventing parents from signing up.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports state officials declined to comment or offer possible reasons for the decline.