RIVER RADIO NEWS 042915
ONE KILLED IN REYNOLDS COUNTY WRECK
One person is dead following a single vehicle crash in Reynolds County.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 49 year old Robert Martin, of Ellington, was driving on Route K when he failed to negotiate a curve and hit a tree.
Martin was reportedly not wearing a safety device and was ejected during the wreck.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
ELLSINORE MAN FACING BURGLARY AND DRUG CHARGES
An Ellsinore man is facing multiple charges following his arrest Tuesday in Ripley County.
According to the Highway Patrol, 34 year old Christopher Kohrman was arrested on charges of second degree burglary; possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; and second degree trespassing.
MAN IN CUSTODY IN CONNECTION TO VANDALISM AT NORTHEAST ARKANSAS CEMETERY
Authorities in Greene County, Arkansas, say a man is in custody in connection to a recent vandalism incident.
According to the Greene County Sheriff’s Department, 33 year old Jason Todd Sanders was arrested for vandalism that occurred at the Finch Cemetery over the weekend.
POPLAR BLUFF JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND BRINGS HOME MULTIPLE AWARDS FROM REGIONAL COMPETITION
The Poplar Bluff Junior High School Jazz Band recently won multiple awards at a regional competition.
The band competed at the Mineral Area Jazz Festival in Park Hills. One of the band’s jazz units, Jazzin’ Tropical Thunder, took first place in the team competition. At least 10 students also received individual outstanding jazz awards.
ROUTE W IN NEW MADRID TO BE CLOSED TODAY
Route W in New Madrid County will be closed today as railroad crews repair the railroad crossing.
The section of roadway is located between Route 61 and First Street.
Weather permitting, work will be performed today from 8 am to 5 pm.
RAILROAD REPAIRS SCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY IN PEMISCOT COUNTY
Railroad crews will be in Pemiscot County on Friday for crossing repairs on Route F.
During the repairs, Route F will be closed from 8 am to 5 pm.
The work zone will be located between Second and Third Streets.
ROUTE J IN PEMISCOT COUNTY TO BE CLOSED ON FRIDAY
Route J in Pemiscot County will be closed Friday for railroad crossing repairs.
According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, railroad crews will be performing repairs from 8 am to 5 pm Friday between County Roads 405 and 408.
MISSOURI STUDENTS TAKE ACT FOR FREE FOR THE FIRST TIME
(AP) - Missouri students are taking the ACT college-entrance exam for free for the first time.
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education said in a news release that the test was offered Tuesday to juniors. Starting this year, the state is picking up the tab for one free administration of the test. Students will be on their own if they want to retake the exam and try for a higher score.
The results will be used to evaluate the students' readiness for college and careers.
The state has set aside $3.8 million to pay for the test. About 65,000 public school juniors were expected to participate.
With the administration of the exam, Missouri joins more than a dozen states that already offer the ACT test to all their students.
BILL TO LIMIT DEADLY FORCE ADVANCES IN MISSOURI SENATE
(AP) - A bill to limit police use of deadly force has advanced in the Missouri Senate, an effort aimed at addressing concerns raised after the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson.
The Missouri Senate gave initial approval to the bill Tuesday on a voice vote.
Current law justifies deadly force when an officer believes a suspect has committed or attempted a felony, is escaping with a deadly weapon or poses a serious threat of danger to others.
The bill would change part of that law to allow deadly force only if police reasonably believe the suspect has committed or tried to commit a violent felony.
The measure needs a second full Senate vote before it can move to the House.
STATE SENATE PASSES PRISON OPTIONS FOR KIDS GUILTY OF MURDER
(AP) - The Missouri Senate has passed a bill to change a state law that requires a lifetime in prison for those younger than 16 who are convicted of first-degree murder.
Senators voted 29-3 on Tuesday in favor of the measure. It's aimed at addressing a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that mandatory life sentences for minors are unconstitutional.
The bill would allow jurors to continue sentencing those under 18 to a lifetime in prison without parole, but it also gives them less severe options.
Those under 16 could be sentenced to at least 35 years in prison without parole.
Jurors could sentence those between 16 and 18 years old to at least 50 years behind bars, which opponents have said likely means those minors would serve a lifetime in prison.