RIVER RADIO NEWS 040915
MISSING QULIN MAN FOUND DEAD
Authorities in Butler County have found the body of a missing Qulin man.
According to KFVS, Sheriff Mark Dobbs says that a deputy discovered the body of 40 year old Jamie Ferrill shortly after noon on Wednesday.
The body was found around 400 yards from Ferrill’s truck. An autopsy has been scheduled for today, however authorities do not suspect foul play.
ONE KILLED, ANOTHER INJURED, IN HEAD-ON COLLISION IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS
A Cherry Valley woman is dead following a head-on collision Tuesday in Northeast Arkansas.
According to the Arkansas State Police, 41 year old Amy Yates was driving north on Highway 163 in Poinsett County, when she allegedly crossed into the south bound lane and struck another vehicle.
Yates was killed in the wreck. The driver of the second vehicle was taken to an area hospital with undisclosed injuries.
CHILD TESTS POSITIVE FOR RABIES IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS
A child in Northeast Arkansas has reportedly tested positive for rabies.
According to KAIT, the child tested positive after being bitten by a skunk. The skunk was killed and later tested positive for the virus.
A Pocahontas Animal Control officer says that residents should contact animal control if they see a skunk during the daytime.
SPRING JOB FAIR TO BE HELD TODAY AT THREE RIVERS COLLEGE
Around 50 employers will be accepting applications today at the Three Rivers College Spring Job Fair.
The free event will be open to the public today from 10 am to 2 pm at the Bess Activity Center in Poplar Bluff.
Job seekers will be able to fill out applications, talk to employers about jobs available, and drop off resumes.
VA MEDICAL CENTER TO HOST AIR FORCE BAND
The John J. Pershing VA Medical Center will be hosting the United States Air Force Band of Mid America’s Freedom Winds later this month.
The group is composed of six airmen musicians who reflect the values and excellence found throughout the United States Air Force.
The performance will take place in the main lobby of the VA Medical Center on April 16th at 2 pm. Admission is free and open to the public.
MISSOURI HOUSE ADVANCES ADDITION SEXUAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
(AP) - Students in Missouri schools could learn about the dangers of online sexual predators and the consequences of sending sexually suggestive text messages under a measure moving forward in the Statehouse.
The Missouri House on Tuesday approved a bill that would add to the information included in sexual education instruction in public and charter schools.
Democratic Representative Genise Montecillo of St. Louis says it's necessary to help protect children. The measure would require the inclusion of information about sexual predators, particularly online.
It also would require instruction about responsible Internet use and the potential consequences of sending sexually explicit or graphic text messages, even to friends.
The measure now goes to the Senate.
MISSOURI SENATE PASSES BILL GRANTING AMNESTY TO DELINQUENT TAXPAYERS
(AP) - Senators have passed a proposal to grant amnesty to Missourians who agree to pay back taxes.
The measure passed 26 to 7 early Wednesday morning. The House last month voted 141 to 7 in favor of the bill, which will head back to that chamber before it can go to the governor's desk.
Delinquent taxpayers would need to pay between September 1st and November 30th to qualify. They also would need to comply with state tax laws for the next eight years.
Unpaid taxes dating before December 31st would be eligible for pardon.
The Legislative Research Committee estimates the proposal could mean $20 million or more in additional revenue next fiscal year.
The last time taxpayers were granted amnesty was in 2002.
SENATE NARROWLY PASSES MISSOURI SOCIAL SERVICES BUDGET
(AP) - Missouri senators have narrowly passed a budget for state social services despite hours of late-night debate and filibusters.
The budget passed with the minimum 18 votes needed early Wednesday. Fifteen lawmakers voted against it.
Senators debated late Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning on a proposal in the bill to move 200,000 Missourians from fee-for-service Medicaid to managed care.
Other bipartisan criticism stemmed from an increase of roughly $100 million less for the department next year compared to House recommendations.
The bill passed in a rare second vote after senators first defeated it 17 to 15.
Lead budget writer Republican Senator Kurt Schaefer says it's unclear what would have happened if the bill failed.
The more than $8 billion budget plan outlines spending for seniors, people with mental illness and foster children.