RIVER RADIO NEWS 042815
MILLERSVILLE MAN FATALLY INJURED IN EARLY MORNING CRASH
A Millersville man has been fatally injured in an early morning crash yesterday in Cape Girardeau County.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 48 year old James W. Koehler was driving on County Road 350, about a mile west of Millersville, at around 2:30 am when his truck left the roadway and hit a utility pole.
Koehler was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a safety device.
JONESBORO MAN KILLED IN WEEKEND WRECK
A Jonesboro man has died from injuries he received in a weekend wreck.
According to the Arkansas State Police, 43 year old James Lendell Johnson was killed in the wreck in Greene County Sunday night.
He was allegedly travelling at a high rate of speed on Highway 141 when he crossed the center line and struck a tree.
14 MEN ARRESTED AFTER DRUGS FOUND DURING TRAFFIC STOP
Fourteen men were arrested for possession of a controlled substance after ASU authorities found drugs during a traffic stop.
According to KAIT, the men were in a van that was stopped for making an improper turn Sunday morning.
Marijuana, Xanex bars, and codeine syrup were reportedly found during a search of the vehicle.
ALZHEIMERS WORKSHOP TO BE HELD AT THE POPLAR BLUFF CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Speakers from Washington University and the Alzheimer’s Association will be at the Poplar Bluff Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday.
The speakers will be presenting an Alzheimer’s workshop for veterans, providers, caregivers and community members. Topics to be covered include screening, driving and dementia behaviors and communication.
There will be two different sessions during the workshop, one from 9 to 11 am and a second from 11:30 am to 1 pm. For more information, call 686-4151 extension 52207.
NEW MADRID COUNTY ROAD TO BE CLOSED TODAY FOR RAILROAD CROSSING REPAIR
Route EE in New Madrid County will be closed today as railroad department crews repair the railroad crossing.
The section of roadway to be closed is located between Toney and McCarty Streets.
Work will be performed today from 8 am to 5 pm.
RAILROAD REPAIRS TO CAUSE CLOSING OF NEW MADRID COUNTY ROAD TODAY
Railroad department crews will be in New Madrid County today for crossing repairs on Route HH.
According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, Route HH will be closed today from 8 am to 5 pm for the repairs. The crossing is located between County Road 609 and Route 61.
MISSOURI GOVERNOR APPROVES $250 MILLION IN ADDITIONAL SPENDING
(AP) - Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has approved spending over $250 million more this fiscal year.
Nixon on Monday signed legislation that includes $120 million in additional general revenue spending. Nixon had requested the extra money, in part because lawmakers last year budgeted for an anticipated $50 million from a tobacco settlement that has not yet come.
Rising drug costs under the Medicaid health care program also created unanticipated expenses.
The budget includes $82 million in general revenue for the Medicaid pharmacy program.
The supplemental money also will go to foster care for children due to larger caseloads and overtime for mental health department workers.
Roughly $11 million will go to abused and neglected children in foster care.
GOVERNOR NIXON SIGNS BILL FOR AMNESTY ON BACK TAXES
(AP) - Governor Jay Nixon has signed legislation that will grant amnesty to some delinquent taxpayers.
The bill signed by Nixon on Monday will waive interest, fees and other penalties for those who pay back taxes this fall.
The period to pay back taxes without penalties runs from September 1st through November 30th. Missourians under civil or criminal investigation for tax-related reasons are not eligible.
Those who take advantage of the amnesty period must follow state tax laws for eight years.
Legislative researchers estimate the measure will bring in more than $60 million for the state next fiscal year. Most of that will be set aside to pay for adult dental coverage for Medicaid recipients, as well as provider rate reimbursements.
MISSOURI SENATE BACKS PROPOSED US BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT
(AP) - Missouri senators have passed a measure calling for a constitutional convention to enact a balanced budget requirement for the federal government.
The Senate's 27-6 vote Monday sends the bill to the state House. If passed there, Missouri would join at least 27 other states that already have adopted similar measures calling for a convention to enact a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
It takes 34 states to trigger a constitutional convention. The approval of 38 states would be needed to ratify a constitutional amendment.
In addition to requiring a balanced budget, the proposed amendment would limit the federal debt and require a two-thirds vote of the U.S. House and Senate before most taxes could be raised.