RIVER RADIO NEWS 011915
HOMICIDE SUSPECT ARRESTED IN POPLAR BLUFF
A suspect in a St. Louis homicide has been arrested in Poplar Bluff.
According to the Poplar Bluff Police Department, 43 year old Joseph Bowens was taken into custody Saturday. Bowens is a suspect in the death of a hotel manager during a robbery on Thursday.
Bowens is facing charges of first degree murder, first degree robbery, and two counts of armed criminal action.
ONE PERSON DEAD IN ELECTROCUTION INCIDENT
One person is dead in connection to a wreck in Stoddard County.
According to the Daily American Republic, 19 year old Marcus Lauder hit a utility pole off of Highway 51 with his vehicle.
When he then got out of his vehicle, he apparently stepped onto a live electrical wire and was electrocuted. Lauder was found lying in the road.
SEXUAL ASSAULT REPORT MADE BY ASU STUDENT
Police at Arkansas State University are investigating a reported sexual assault.
According to authorities, the alleged sexual assault occurred early Friday morning at a location on University Loop east.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Arkansas State University Police at 870-972-2093.
POPLAR BLUFF MAN ARRESTED FRIDAY MORNING ON METH CHARGE
A Poplar Bluff man is facing a meth charge following his arrest on Friday.
According to the Highway Patrol, 36 year old Christopher Gordon was taken into custody shortly before 8 pm Friday night in Butler County.
Gordon is facing charges of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; possession of drug paraphernalia; and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.
ELLSINORE WOMAN FACING CHARGE OF POSSESSION OF METH
An Ellsinore woman is facing a meth charge following her arrest in Ripley County.
According to authorities, 55 year old Peggy Hendrix was arrested Saturday afternoon on charges of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; and possession of drug paraphernalia.
TWO ARRESTED IN WAYNE COUNTY FOR ALLEGED POSSESSION OF METH
Two men were taken into custody Friday night in Wayne County on drug charges.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 65 year old James Aldridge, of Silva, and 19 year old Anthony Norman, of Harviell, were arrested at around 8:30 pm Friday night.
They are each facing charges including possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.
ACT ANNOUNCED FOR 2015 VALENTINES FOR VETERANS CONCERT
The act has been announced for the 2015 Valentines for Veterans Concert.
According to the The John J. Pershing VA Medical Center, the Kentucky Headhunters will be performing on February 13th at the Black River Coliseum. The concert will begin at 6:30 pm and there is no charge for tickets.
For more information, contact the Medical Center at 573-778-4276.
MOBILE OFFICE SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEK IN POPLAR BLUFF
Staff members of United States Senator Roy Blunt will be in Poplar Bluff tomorrow to conduct a mobile office.
The meeting will be held from 1 to 2 pm at the Poplar Bluff Area 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.
RAILROAD CROSSING REPAIRS TODAY IN DUNKLIN COUNTY
A portion of Highway 25 in Dunklin County will be closed today as crews repair a railroad crossing.
The work zone is located between Edwards Street and Line Street.
Work is scheduled to take place today from 7 am to 6 pm.
THREE CREDIT CARD COMPANIES REACH AGREEMENT WITH MISSOURI IN CONNECTION TO DECEPTIVE MARKETING INVESTIGATION
(AP) - Three credit card companies will pay $2.2 million to Missouri to settle an investigation alleging they marketed deceptive add-on products to consumers.
Attorney General Chris Koster says Discover, Capital One and HSBC have agreed not to engage in misleading marketing of identity theft and payment protection products under a settlement announced Friday.
The companies admitted no wrongdoing.
Koster says some were not aware they'd signed up for the products charged on their credit cards or were misled about the products. He says consumers paid for products they later found they couldn't receive.
Similar settlements with credit card companies over deceptive marketing of products have been made in other states, including Hawaii and West Virginia.
The money from the settlement will go toward a fund for consumer-protection education and enforcement activity.
MISSOURI REPUBLICANS TO PUSH FOR LAWSUIT DAMAGE AWARD CAPS
(AP) - Republicans will push this session to reinstate some lawsuit damage award caps the Missouri Supreme Court has declared unconstitutional.
Some lawmakers want caps on the amount juries can award for noneconomic damages in medical malpractice cases and punitive damages in civil injury cases.
The Supreme Court declared medical malpractice caps unconstitutional in 2012 and overturned punitive damage caps last September.
Supporters of the limits say they provide certainty for businesses and health care providers. Opponents say limits harm only individuals who have already been injured by the negligence of a doctor or business.
Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey says caps on some medical malpractice injury suits will likely pass this year.
Bills to cap those awards have passed the House in previous years but stalled in the Senate.
ARKANSAS LAWMAKER PROPOSING REQUIRING PUBLIC COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES TO ALLOW CONCEALED HANDGUNS
(AP) - A lawmaker is proposing a requirement that Arkansas' public colleges and universities allow faculty and staff to carry concealed handguns on campus.
Republican Rep. Charlie Collins of Fayetteville filed legislation Thursday to repeal a portion of state law that leaves the decision whether to allow concealed handguns on campus up to colleges and universities.
Collins' proposal would remove the opt-out provision for public colleges and universities, but keep it in place for private campuses.
Two years ago, Collins proposed requiring colleges to allow concealed handguns for faculty and staff, but agreed to the opt-out provision after facing objections from college presidents and chancellors.
He says there's more support now in the Legislature for the requirement and noted that no public campuses have opted to allow concealed handguns.