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MAN ARRESTED IN CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY ON ALABAMA MURDER WARRANT
A Gordonville man is in custody in Southeast Missouri on a murder warrant.
According to the Highway Patrol, 22 year old Carley Capps was taken into custody Thursday evening in Cape Girardeau County.
Capps reportedly has a felony warrant out of Mobile County, Alabama for murder.
SIKESTON MAN ARRESTED ON POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE CHARGE
A Sikeston man is facing multiple felony charges following his arrest Thursday morning.
According to the Highway Patrol, 35 year old Michael Shands was arrested on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance and driving while revoked.
Shands was also charged with failure to drive on right half of roadway.
BLOOMFIELD WOMAN FACING MULTIPLE DRUG RELATED CHARGES
A Bloomfield woman was taken into custody early Thursday morning on drug related charges.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 29 year old Daniele Terry is facing a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance.
Terry is also charged with unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, possession of up to 35 grams of marijuana, and speeding.
AUTHORITIES IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS SEARCHING FOR ESCAPED POLICE DOG
Authorities in Northeast Arkansas are searching for a police dog who has reportedly escaped.
According to KAIT, Bay Police Chief Paul Keith says that the Police Department’s K9 officer is missing.
The dog is believed to have escaped by digging a hole under his fence. Anyone who sees the dog is asked to not approach it and instead contact the Bay Police Department at (870) 781-3221.
POPLAR BLUFF SCHOOL FOUNDATION TO HOLD GOLF TOURNAMENT ON MAY 1ST
The Poplar Bluff School Foundation will be holding their 16th annual golf tournament on May 1st.
The tournament is a four person scramble with proceeds going towards the foundation scholarship fund and other educational opportunities.
Anyone who would like to participate or sponsor a hole should complete and return a registration form by April 24th.
FORMER NORTHEAST ARKANSAS PASTOR FACES CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGE
(AP) - A former pastor is charged with child pornography possession after Jonesboro investigators say they found sexually explicit images involving children on his computer.
John-Mark Wilson was arraigned Wednesday afternoon in Craighead County District Court, and a judge released him on his own recognizance. He's expected to appear in court again next month. He faces up to 10 years in prison if he's found guilty.
A Brookland Church of Christ leader declined to comment to the Jonesboro Sun but confirmed 45 year old Wilson no longer was a minister at the church.
It wasn't immediately known if Wilson has an attorney. No listing for Wilson's home phone number could be found.
A Jonesboro detective says Wilson admitted to downloading and viewing the images.
MISSOURI HOUSE ENDORSES SUPPLEMENTAL BUDGET
(AP) - A bill providing an additional $120 million in general funds for the 2015 fiscal year is moving forward in the Missouri House.
The House gave first-round approval Thursday to the additional spending, which is driven primarily by higher drug costs in the state's Medicaid program for the fiscal year ending June 30. The bill faces another vote in the House before moving to the Senate.
The supplemental budget includes $82 million of general revenue for the Medicaid pharmacy program.
It also includes additional money for foster care for children due to larger caseloads, and overtime for mental health department workers.
House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Flanigan, of Carthage, says the need for more spending authority is partly the result of expected tobacco settlement money not coming in.
MISSOURI HOUSE OKS CHANGE TO WORKER DISCRIMINATION STANDARD
(AP) - Supporters say a measure raising the standard for workers to prove discrimination based on age, race, gender and other protected classes would prevent frivolous lawsuits while still compensating workers who have been harmed.
The Missouri House voted 95 to 60 Thursday to raise the standard for showing discrimination in employment cases from the current "contributing factor" to a "motivating factor" in decisions.
Republican Representative Kevin Austin, a lawyer from Springfield, says that would bring Missouri in line with the federal standard.
Opponents say the measure would make it easier for companies to get away with discriminatory practices and puts women, older workers and minorities at risk.
The measure would also limit when workers who report potential wrongdoing at their company could sue for retaliation.