RIVER RADIO NEWS 041315
ONE DEAD, ANOTHER INJURED, IN WEEKEND SHOOTING IN KENNETT
Authorities in Kennett are investigating a weekend shooting that has left one person dead.
According to the Kennett Police Department, at around 1 am Saturday morning, police received a call of shots being fired. At the scene, officers discovered that two individuals had been shot multiple times.
One of the victims, identified as William Thomas Jr., died from injuries received in the shooting. No information was available on the condition of the second victim, Taneka Parker, of Kennett.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Kennett Police Department at 573-888-46 22.
ONE KILLED IN SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK IN NEW MADRID COUNTY
A Portageville man is dead in connection to a single vehicle wreck Saturday in New Madrid County.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 42 year old Bennie Hosford was traveling west on County Road 428 when his vehicle ran off the side of the roadway and overturned.
Hosford was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.
TWO POPLAR BLUFF RESIDENTS ARRESTED ON METH CHARGE
Two Poplar Bluff residents are facing multiple drug related charges in connection to their arrest Friday night in Butler County.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 48 year old William Storey and 43 year old John Storey were each taken into custody on charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
John Storey was also charged with possession of marijuana.
TWO ARRESTED ON FELONY DRUG CHARGES IN WAYNE COUNTY
Two people were taken into custody Friday afternoon in Wayne County on multiple felony drug charges.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 24 year old Joshua Kelso and 23 year old Jessie Kelso, both of Williamsville are facing felony charges of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of methamphetamine, and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.
ANNAPOLIS MAN CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF METH AND MARIJUANA
An Annapolis man is facing meth and marijuana charges following his arrest over the weekend.
According to authorities, 26 year old Bradley Sullivan was arrested Saturday in Wayne County on charges of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; possession of up to 35 grams of marijuana; and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.
IRONTON WOMAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES
A Southeast Missouri woman is facing meth and marijuana charges out of Wayne County.
According to authorities, 25 year old Katty Davis, of Ironton, was taken into custody shortly after 5:30 pm Saturday in Wayne County.
Davis is facing charges of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; possession of up to 35 grams of marijuana; and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.
SIKESTON BUSINESS EXPANSION TO CREATE 70 NEW JOBS
An expansion of a business in Sikeston is expected to create 70 new jobs.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon was joined Friday in Sikeston by local leaders and company executives in announcing plans by Orgill to expand its facility by more than 250,000 square feet.
The new positions will primarily include material handlers responsible for receiving product into the inventory, stocking merchandise throughout the facility, product selection to fill customer orders, compiling orders, and loading merchandise orders onto delivery trucks.
Orgill also expects to hire additional truck drivers.
To assist Orgill with the expansion, the Missouri Department of Economic Development has offered a strategic economic incentive package that the company can receive if it meets strict job creation and investment criteria. The City of Sikeston is also assisting the company with its expansion.
SUNDAY MORNING EARTHQUAKE RECORDED NEAR LILBOURN
An Earthquake was recorded early Sunday morning in Southeast Missouri.
According to the United States Geological Survey, a 2.9 magnitude earthquake occurred at 12:43 am Sunday, 2 miles north of Lilbourn.
OVER THREE MONTH ROAD PROJECT TO BEGIN TODAY IN BUTLER COUNTY
A road construction project that is scheduled to last over three months is set to begin today in Butler County.
According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, Route WW will be reduced to one lane between Route 53 and the railroad crossing so contractor crews can perform asphalt resurfacing.
Work will begin tonight at 6:30 pm with the road reopening at 6:30 am on Tuesday, July 21st.
PIPE REPLACEMENT TO CAUSE ROAD CLOSURE THIS WEEK IN NEW MADRID COUNTY
Route U in New Madrid County will be closed this week as Missouri Department of Transportation crews replace a pipe under roadway.
The work zone is located between Routes 61 and D.
Work will be performed through Thursday, April 16th from 8 am to 4 pm daily.
ROUTE 84 IN PEMISCOT COUNTY TO BE CLOSED THIS WEEK
Route 84 in Pemiscot County will be closed this week as railroad crews perform railroad crossing repairs.
The work zone is located between Chestnut Street and Railroad Street.
Weather permitting, work will take place today through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm daily.
SPECIALTY, GENERIC DRUG COSTS DRIVE MEDICAID COSTS UP
(AP) - Increasing costs for drugs in Missouri's Medicaid program are likely to continue to increase, driven by pricey specialty drugs and the rising cost of generic medications.
From fiscal year 2010 to 2014, drug costs for Missouri's Medicaid program rose 33 percent to $1.16 billion while the number of claims fell slightly by less than one-tenth of one percent, according to data provided to the Associated Press.
The Missouri House gave initial approval Thursday to a supplemental budget for this year with costs partly driven by the high cost of providing a new Hepatitis C medication.
But the state's top Medicaid official Joe Parks says the unpredictability of future specialty drugs and other costs will continue to make budgeting for pharmacy costs difficult.
MISSOURI LEGISLATORS PROPOSING CUTS TO SOCIAL SERVICES
(AP) - Missouri's GOP-controlled Legislature is using its clout to push for limits to the state's social safety net.
Proposals nearing the end of the legislative process include a measure to tie the amount of time available for individuals to receive unemployment benefits to the state unemployment rate. Instead of the current 20 weeks, people could receive as little as 13 weeks of benefits.
Another bill would cut how long low-income families can receive monthly assistance.
A Senate budget proposal also would reduce funding for the social services, health and mental health departments.
Some Republicans say those agencies are wasteful, and resources instead should go to programs designed to help welfare recipients find a job or get a better job.
Democrats say the proposals could harm the state's most vulnerable residents.