RIVER RADIO NEWS 010915
BROSELEY MAN ARRESTED ON BURGLARY WARRANT
A Broseley man was taken into custody Thursday morning on a felony warrant out of Ripley County.
According to the Highway Patrol, 30 year old Jeffrey Vest was arrested in Butler County on a warrant for Burglary.
Vest is also facing charges of no valid license and no seat belt.
WOMAN ARRESTED IN PEMISCOT COUNTY ON DRUG WARRANT
Authorities arrested a Holland, Missouri woman Thursday morning on a drug warrant.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 52 year old Tricia Benson was arrested shortly before 9:30 am in Pemiscot County.
Benson reportedly had a felony warrant out of Pemiscot County for possession and distribution of a controlled substance.
AREA HEALTH CENTER RECEIVES EQUIPMENT GRANT
An area heath center has been chosen to receive thousands of dollars worth of products through a grant program.
Missouri Highlands Health Care has received a donation of health care products under a grant from the Henry Schein Cares Global Product Donation Program.
The health center says the grant will enable it to more effectively carry out its mission and expand its ability to provide care to underserved population in Carter, Reynolds, Shannon, Iron, Ripley, Butler and Wayne counties.
DEADLINE APPROACHING TO HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE AND AVOID PENALTIES
The deadline to have health insurance and avoid a tax penalty is approaching.
According to Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center, under the Affordable Care Act, 2015 is the first year Americans must prove they had qualifying health insurance, or an approved exemption, for the previous year or face a tax penalty.
For 2015, if you don’t obtain insurance by February 15th, 2015, the penalty will be applied to your annual taxable income for each full month you don't have health insurance in 2015. February 15th is also the last day of open enrolment to sign up for health
insurance on the Health Insurance Marketplace.
Area residents can get help with the enrolment process at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center. For more information, call 573-776-9072.
MINOR MUNICIPAL COURT RATED POOR IN STATE AUDIT
An audit of an area court has resulted in charges for a former city clerk.
State Auditor Tom Schweich released the audit of the
Thirty-Third Judicial Circuit, City of Miner Municipal Division yesterday. In the areas audited, the court was rated poor.
An investigation into possible missing monies resulted in the Miner City Clerk being fired in October and then charged with felony theft/stealing in December.
LAWMAKER PROPOSES BAN ON BUYING ENERGY DRINKS WITH SNAP FUNDS
A Missouri lawmaker wants to ban recipients of a federal food assistance program from using those benefits to buy buyambienmed.com energy drinks.
Democratic state Rep. Keith English of Florissant filed legislation recently to prevent Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program funds from buying the drinks.
Eligible low-income families receive monthly assistance to buy food through the program, which formerly was known as food stamps.
Recipients of the program still could buy coffee under the legislation.
The measure requires Missouri to request federal authorization if necessary to implement the ban on energy drinks.
MISSOURI SECRETARY OF STATE ANNOUNCES FILLING FEE CUT PROPOSAL
Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander is asking lawmakers to cut dozens of filing fees to help the state attract new businesses.
On Thursday, Kander announced the fee cut as part of his agenda for the 2015 legislative session.
The measure would slash numerous fees for corporations, limited liability companies and nonprofits filing paperwork with the secretary of state.
The proposal follows the July 2014 creation of a secretary of state website that allows businesses to file almost all forms online.
Other measures backed by Kander include bills to give some members of the military more time to register to vote or request an absentee ballot.
One bill also would give emergency workers longer to request absentee ballots, which could be faxed or emailed to them.
MISSOURI SCHOOLS INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN POSTER CONTEST
Schools across Missouri are being invited to participate in the 2015 National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest.
As a part of the contest, Missouri fifth grade students will create 11 x 14 posters that reflect the 2015 contest theme, “Bring Our Missing Children Home.”
Each school will select a winner and submit the entry to the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Missing Persons Unit. One Missouri poster will be given an overall first place award, and will then be automatically entered in the national competition.
More information about the contest is available online at www.mshp.dps.mo.gov.