RIVER RADIO NEWS 120514
BUTLER COUNTY WOMAN TAKEN INTO CUSTODY FOR STEALING FROM A CHURCH
A Butler County woman is facing charges for allegedly stealing from an area church.
According to authorities, 38 year old Elizabeth Hart took multiple items from Oak Hill General Baptist Church on Wednesday.
She reportedly stole thousands of dollars worth of sound equipment from the church.
WOMAN RECEIVES 37 YEAR SENTENCE FOR MURDER OF EGYPT MAN
A woman in Northeast Arkansas has been sentenced in connection to the murder of an Egypt man in January.
According to authorities, Elizabeth McKnatt was sentenced to 37 years in prison for the death of Silva Joe Fry, who had been stabbed multiple times in his home.
McKnatt reportedly pleaded guilty to the murder.
NORTHEAST ARKANSAS MAN FACING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY RELATED CHARGES
A Northeast Arkansas man was recently arrested after some people he had been staying with discovered child pornography on their computer.
According to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence, 22 year old Anthony Padilla, of Mt. Pleasant has been charged with 22 counts of distributing, possession, or viewing of matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child.
Padilla reportedly admitted to authorities to using a cellular phone to obtain child pornography.
FOUR FACING DRUG RELATED CHARGE AFTER BUST IN PUXICO
Four people are facing a drug related charge after authorities found illegal prescription medication and methamphetamine precursors at a Puxico residence.
According to the Daily Statesman, the four arrested where 66 year old Richard Benfield and 54 year old Anna Marshall of Puxico, along with 41 year old Christopher Edwards of Kennett and 41 year old Rebecca Edwards of Senath.
Benfield and Christopher Edwards are facing a charge of attempt to manufacture a controlled substance. Marshall and Rebecca Edwards have been charged with possession of a controlled substance.
RIVER RADIO LIGHTED CHRISTMAS PARADE POSTPONED
The River Radio Lighted Christmas Parade has been postponed to next week.
Weather in the forecast for tonight has caused the rescheduling of the event in downtown Poplar Bluff. The parade will now begin at 7 pm on Thursday, December 11th.
BOND ISSUANCE WILL INCLUDE NEARLY 12 MILLION DOLLARS FOR TRC AND SEMO
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is planning on working with legislators for a bond issuance which will include money for area colleges.
Nixon said Wednesday that the strategic, fiscally responsible bond issuance that will include nearly $12 million in repairs and renovations to facilities at Three Rivers College and Southeast Missouri State University.
TRC has identified over $1.9 million in projects that will help upgrade facilities including the Westover Classroom Building, Crisp Technology Center, the Tinnin Center, the Education Building and the Academic Resource Commons.
NEW PUBLIC ADMINISTRATOR APPOINTED FOR REYNOLDS COUNTY
Governor Jay Nixon has appointed a new public administrator for Reynolds County.
Nixon announced Thursday that Robyn Gray, of Black, will be taking over the role following the resignation of Mallory Fox.
Gray has several years of experience providing in-home care for older and disabled Missourians through the Disabled Citizens Alliance and through Genesis Home Care. She also was a teacher at a daycare and preschool in Farmington.
OVER TWO MILLION DOLLARS SPENT TO BLOCK CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ON TEACHERS
Supporters of Missouri constitutional amendments spent millions of dollars for advertisements during an election cycle unusually devoid of high-profile campaigns for office.
Campaign finance reports due Thursday show more than $2.2 million was spent to block an amendment tying teacher evaluations to student performance.
The Missouri Club for Growth used most of the $1.6 million it spent on television advertisements to promote limiting governors' budget-balancing powers. The amendment passed. Lawmakers now can override a governor's decision to freeze or slow spending.
Republican Auditor Tom Schweich was the only statewide candidate up for re-election and he faced no Democratic opposition in November. He spent about $843,962 on his successful run and has $924,160 leftover for a future campaign. Schweich is widely expected to run for governor in 2016.