RIVER RADIO NEWS 032015
TWO POPLAR BLUFF RESIDENTS DIED FROM INJURIES IN WEEKEND FIRE
Two Poplar Bluff residents who were injured in a house fire over the weekend have died.
According to authorities, 43 year old Tesson Trube and 25 year old Uriah Nelson had been hospitalized due to smoke inhalation after the early morning Sunday fire.
The DAR reports that family members removed both victims from life support Monday.
The fire was determined to be accidental.
POPLAR BLUFF MAN FACING WEAPONS CHARGE
A Poplar Bluff man has been charged with unlawful possession of a weapon after he was arrested by the Missouri State Highway Patrol yesterday.
According to the Patrol, 32 year old Terrance J. Draggs was taken into custody shortly before noon in Butler County.
In addition to the weapons charge, Draggs has been charged with unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. He also had several misdemeanor warrants out of Poplar Bluff and Butler County.
BODY FOUND BY FARMERS IN CLAY COUNTY, ARKANSAS
A body has been discovered by two famers in Clay County, Arkansas.
Authorities say the man’s body, which is yet to be identified, was found at the edge of a ditch on County Road 256, north of McDougal.
A cause of death is yet to be determined.
Arkansas State Police are investigating.
SWIFT WATER LEADS TO NEED FOR RESCUE OF AREA FAMILY
An area family needed assistance Monday after their truck was swept away in swift moving water.
Authorities say a family of four was traveling on County Road 338, northeast of Hayti in Pemiscot County, when they attempted to go through some water over the road. The vehicle was swept away in the current.
Members of the Pemiscot County Sheriff’s Department, the Missouri Department of Conservation, Pemiscot County Rescue Squad and Caruthersville Police Department were able to reach the family by boat and remove them from the roof of the truck.
Authorities remind citizens that if there is water over a road, turn around and do not try to cross it. In most cases, the water is deeper than it appears.
TRAFFIC STOP IN WAYNE COUNTY LEADS TO ARREST OF THREE
A traffic stop in Wayne County has led to the arrest of three men.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that 21 year old Phillip E. Snipes, of Warrensburg 22 year old Ted J. Buckner, of Florissant; and 19 year old Adrian D. Sanders, of St. Louis, were taken into custody yesterday around 3:30 pm.
They have each been charged with felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and felony possession of marijuana.
KANSAS CITY RESIDENT ARRESTED IN NEW MADRID COUNTY ON DRUG CHARGES
A Kansas City, Kansas resident is facing drug charges after she was stopped in New Madrid County.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 43 year old Joyce D. Boettcher was arrested yesterday shortly before 12:30 pm and charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and possession of marijuana.
FIFTH ANNUAL ART FOR ANIMALS TO OPEN APRIL 10
Artists will unleash their talents for a good cause when the 5th Annual Art for Animals exhibit and silent auction opens at Artfully Framed on Friday, April 10.
The opening reception is from 5 to 7 pm at the Artfully Framed gallery in the Bluff Estates Shopping Center. It will feature dozens of 5x7 original paintings by area artists, to be sold in a two-week silent auction.
Money raised by the event will benefit the Animal Welfare Alliance of Southeast Missouri.
The closing reception will be from 5 to 7 pm on April 24 and is open to the public at no charge.
Blank canvases are available at Artfully Framed for a $10 registration fee; $5 for children. Anyone can take part by creating a 5x7 painting of any subject in any style.
The artwork will remain on display at Artfully Framed during the two weeks between receptions. People can stop by the gallery and bid on their favorite paintings, or they can follow and submit bids on the Artfully Framed Facebook page: facebook.com/artfullyframed.
For more information, call 785-6178.
HUNDREDS RALLY FOR MEDICAID EXPANSION
(AP) - Hundreds of people are rallying at the Missouri Capitol to urge lawmakers to expand Medicaid eligibility for low-income adults, despite resistance from Republicans leaders.
About 300 members of the Missouri Medicaid Coalition marched through the Capitol halls Thursday near the Senate chamber chanting, "Silence is violence. Have the debate."
Republican legislative leaders have said that expanding Medicaid is a nonstarter this year.
Democratic House members have used debate on next fiscal year's budget as an opportunity to criticize the GOP for blocking the measure, which could mean as much as $2 billion in additional federal money.
Republicans have cautioned that expanding the federal health care program might not have such a sweeping economic impact. They also say the current system is susceptible to fraud.
MISSOURI HOUSE OKS PROTECTIONS FOR RELIGIOUS STUDENT GROUPS
(AP) - A measure supporters say will protect religious student groups at Missouri universities is headed to the Senate after a House vote.
The Missouri House on Thursday approved a measure prohibiting public colleges from penalizing religious student groups for requiring members or leaders to adhere to the group's religious beliefs and conduct.
Supporters say universities in other states have targeted religious groups under policies that require organizations to accept any student who wants to join, which sometimes prompts organizations to disband.
The bill would not allow universities to defund religious groups for activities or policies that are part of a sincerely held religious belief.
Opponents say that has not happened and that the measure would allow religious groups to discriminate against people based on gender, race and sexual orientation.
MISSOURI GOVERNOR SIGNS EMERGENCY FUNDING FOR LOCAL PROJECTS
(AP) - Local governments in Missouri that built storm shelters or repaired school and hospital buildings after disasters like the 2011 Joplin tornado will soon be reimbursed with federal funds.
Governor Jay Nixon Thursday signed a bill that gives the state the authority to send federal money for disaster relief projects to local governments.
Cities and towns are waiting for about $30 million for already-completed projects.
The bill authorizes up to $124 million in federal money be passed through by the state, plus $5 million in general revenue so the state can match those funds.
The bill also includes an additional $3.5 million for future emergencies. The state's emergency fund was partially exhausted by the response to events in Ferguson after the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown sparked protests.