RIVER RADIO NEWS 032615
TWO FACING CHARGE OF CONSPIRING TO COMMIT MURDER
Two people in Northeast Arkansas are facing charges in connection to an alleged plan to kill a woman.
According to the Blytheville Courier News, 32 year old Tylon King and 28 year old Diedre Bingham are charged with conspiracy to commit murder, engaging in violent criminal gang activity, and witness bribery.
MARBLE HILL MAN FACING RAPE AND ASSAULT CHARGES
An incident at an assisted living facility has led to charges for one man.
According to the Southeast Missourian, Joshua Bailey was a resident at the facility when he allegedly had sexual intercourse with another resident and also burned her with a cigarette.
The owner of the facility told authorities that the woman is not legally able to give consent due to being severely developmentally disabled.
Bailey has been taken into custody on charges of first degree rape, third degree assault, and 1first degree sexual abuse.
ONE INJURED IN CAPE GIRARDEAU AREA STABBING
A person reportedly suffered superficial injuries during a stabbing incident Wednesday night.
According to authorities, the incident occurred at a residential care facility in Cape Girardeau when a 29 year old man was stabbed multiple times.
A 23 year old suspect, whose name was not available, was taken into custody.
VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL EVENT SCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY AT BESS ACTIVITY CENTER
An event recognizing veterans of the Vietnam War will be held Friday at the Bess Activity Center on the campus of Three Rivers College in Poplar Bluff.
“Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans,” is an early celebration of Vietnam Veterans Day, which is March 29th. The event will include speaker Bill Kiefer; a Salute to Fallen Vietnam Veterans led by Bardis Dismuke; and the POW/MIA Ceremony led by John Fuller and Bob Lawson.
In addition there will be proclamations and resolutions presented by state Representative Todd Richardson & Representative Steve Cookson; state Senator Doug Libla; and Poplar Bluff Mayor Pro-tem Dr. Jack Rushin.
The event will begin at 11 am Friday and is open to the public.
MOTORISTS WARNED TO STAY ALERT IN FLOODING AREAS
Flood warnings are in effect in many areas near rivers in Souhteast Missouri and the Missouri State Highway Patrol is warning motorists to stay alert while driving in areas known to flood.
According to the National Weather Service, the Mississippi River was almost three and a half feet above the flood stage at Caruthersville at 8 pm last night. At 9 pm, it was just over a foot above the flood stage at New Madrid.
The Highway Patrol says to never drive through fast-moving waters; even a small amount of fast-moving water can sweep a slow-moving vehicle off the roadway.
If your vehicle becomes stuck in rising water, get out quickly and move to higher ground.
RAILROAD CROSSING REPAIRS SCHEDULED FOR PEMISCOT COUNTY
Route M in Pemiscot County will be reduced today as railroad crews perform railroad crossing repairs.
The work zone is located from Route 61 to County Road 483.
Weather permitting, work is scheduled for 7 am to 6 pm today.
MISSOURI REPUBLICANS SPLIT ON POSSIBLE EXPERT WITNESS CHANGE
(AP) - A proposal supporters say would bring Missouri's court procedures for expert witness testimony more in line with federal standards has encountered strong opposition from two Republican senators seeking statewide office.
The measure would require expert witnesses to base testimony on sufficient facts and data and apply reliable principles and methods. Missouri's current law applies primarily to the facts, not the method by which they are analyzed.
Opponents, including Republican Sens. Kurt Schaefer and Eric Schmitt, say the legislation could increase litigation costs as expert witnesses are challenged more often.
Supporters say it would ensure the reliability of science used in court cases.
The opposing sides are set to work out concerns when lawmakers return from spring break next week.
NIXON TOUTS MISSOURI IN EUROPEAN TRADE MISSION
(AP) - Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is touting the state's central location and AAA credit rating during a trade mission to Italy, Germany and Spain.
Nixon said during a call Wednesday from Munich he hopes the trip will help persuade greater investment from German automobile manufacturers, such as BMW.
The Missouri entourage includes Republican House Speaker John Diehl and Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey, as well as Democratic lawmakers and economic development leaders.
The group has met with Italian cement producer Buzzi Unicem and the German chemical company BASF, among others. Both have Missouri plants.
Travel expenses were paid for by the Hawthorn Foundation, a nonprofit economic development group.
The trip follows a trade mission led by First Lady Georganne Nixon earlier this month to Cuba to promote Missouri agriculture.