RIVER RADIO NEWS 042115
VAN BUREN SHOOTING DEATH RULED AS JUSTIFIED
A February shooting death in Van Buren has been found to be justified.
According to a report from KFVS, Carter County Sheriff Rick Stevens says that a coroner’s jury ruled that the shooting death of 43 year old Mark Rutter was justified because the shooter was defending a third party.
TWO ARRESTED AFTER METH FOUND AT STODDARD COUNTY RESIDENCE
Two people are facing charges after methamphetamine was found at a residence in Bernie.
According to Bernie Police, on April 4th, a 911 caller said they heard screaming and a gunshot from a location on North Miller Street.
At the residence, officers found hypodermic needles and a substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine.
MISSOURI ATTORNEY GENERAL FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST JACKSON MEAT PROCESSING FACILITY
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has filed a lawsuit against a Jackson meat processing plant.
Fruitland American Meat, LLC was charged with water pollution, illegal discharge, failure to report the breaches, and failure to submit discharge monitoring reports and sample discharge.
According to the lawsuit, the animal waste discharged from the facility on numerous occasions resulted in dark brown or red, foamy stream water with an offensive odor. On one occasion the slaughterhouse waste allegedly killed more than 900 fish.
Koster is asking the court for a preliminary and permanent injunction prohibiting Fruitland American Meat from any further violations of the Missouri Clean Water Law, and for a civil penalty of up to $10,000 for each day violations occurred.
POLITICAL SATIRIST TO PERFORM AT TINNIN FINE ARTS CENTER
A long time political satirist will be performing this week in Poplar Bluff.
According to Three Rivers College, Mark Russell will be live at the Tinnin Fine Arts Center beginning at 7 pm on Thursday.
In a 30-year career of performing "Mark Russell Comedy Specials" on PBS, touring his stand-up comedy routines, and writing a newspaper column, Russell became known for creating jokes and songs using his insights about politics and skewering the news of the day.
Tickets for the performance are available for $10 at the Poplar Bluff and Dexter Chambers of Commerce, the Three Rivers Financial Services office and online at trcc.edu/tinnin.
MOBILE OFFICE SCHEDULED FOR SCOTT CITY ON THURSDAY
Staff members of United States Senator Roy Blunt will be in Scott City Thursday to conduct a mobile office.
During the event, area residents will be able to stop by the City Hall of Scott City and discuss any questions or concerns they have with the federal government with the Senator’s staff members.
The Mobile Office will be held from 10 to 11 am on Thursday, April 23rd.
MOBILE EVIDENCE TRAILER PURCHASED FOR CAPE GIRARDEAU/BOLLINGER COUNTY MAJOR CASE SQUAD
The Cape Girardeau/Bollinger County Major Case Squad has purchased a Mobile Evidence Trailer.
The trailer was purchased through funds provided by the County Law Enforcement Restitution Fund and cost approximately $49,000.
The trailer will contain tools and equipment necessary to process a variety of crime scenes and can also be used to transport ATV’s or other equipment that may be needed at more rural locations.
MISSOURI’S TOP LAWYER TO DEFEND SENATE IN SUNSHINE LAWSUIT
(AP) - The state's attorney general will defend the Missouri Senate in a lawsuit filed by a liberal advocacy group over alleged violations of the state's open records law.
Attorney General Chris Koster's office said Monday in a statement the office would provide legal counsel in the case involving administration of official Senate business.
Progress Missouri filed the lawsuit challenging the policy of some Senate committee chairman of prohibiting the group from filming hearings last week. The lawsuit names the Senate and three Republican committee chairmen.
Missouri's Sunshine Law allows public bodies to establish recording guidelines to minimize disruption, but the suit says the filming wouldn't have been disruptive.
Senators on Thursday endorsed a measure that would allow the body to hire private counsel, partly in response to the lawsuit.
CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS TAX BILLS SENT TO MISSOURI GOVERNOR
(AP) - Two tax measures that would benefit businesses based in Missouri are heading to Governor Jay Nixon's desk after passing the Legislature.
The Missouri House on Monday approved changing the way corporate taxes are calculated by a vote of 153-4. It's a move supporters say will ensure companies headquartered in the state don't face double taxation.
Representative Caleb Jones, of Columbia, says making sure businesses can voluntarily calculate taxes this way would keep businesses currently based in Missouri in the state.
The House also passed 102-53 a bill to extend a tax credit program for new or expanding headquarters of businesses from the current 2020 end date to 2025.
Both measures have already passed the Senate and now go to the governor.