RIVER RADIO NEWS 051215
TEENAGER SHOT AND KILLED IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS
A teenager has died from injuries he received in a shooting last week.
According to KAIT, the 15 year old was shot in the chest on Friday with a pellet riffle at an Osceola residence.
The teen was later pronounced dead at an area hospital. The incident is under investigation; however the report states that another teen was taken into custody in connection to the shooting.
WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED AFTER VEHICLE HITS TRACTOR TRAILER NEAR POPLAR BLUFF
A Broseley woman suffered serious injuries Monday afternoon in a two vehicle wreck near Poplar Bluff.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred on Highway 67 when a vehicle driven 82 year old Junior Hutson, of Broseley, struck the rear of a tractor trailer.
A passenger in Hutson’s vehicle, 79 year old Peggy Hutson, was seriously injured and taken to an area hospital.
SHOT FIRED DURING INCIDENT IN PARAGOULD
One man suffered injuries over the weekend in an incident where a shot was fired in Paragould.
According to KAIT, two men had been in a fight Saturday night when one of them reportedly attempted to shoot the other. One of the men did suffer injuries during the incident, but he was not shot.
Police are investigating the incident.
SUSPECT IN CUSTODY IN CONNECTION TO DONIPHAN SHOOTING
A suspect is in custody in connection to a shooting in Doniphan.
According to KFVS, a 31 year old man was shot and injured in the incident. The names of the suspect and victim were not released.
The shooting is under investigation.
PAIR RESCUED FROM FLOOD WATERS IN BOLLINGER COUNTY
Rescue crews helped two people from flood waters Monday morning in Bollinger County.
According to authorities, the pair was rescued from a vehicle on County Road 200.
LAW ENFORCEMENT TO CRACK DOWN ON UNBUCKLED DRIVERS
Law enforcement across the United States will be cracking down on unbuckled drivers beginning next week.
According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, an aggressive national “Click it or Ticket” campaign will be conducted from May 18th to May 31st.
Missouri has a 79 percent seat belt use, which lags behind the National average of 87 percent. Six out of 10 vehicle occupants killed in 2014 Missouri traffic crashes were unrestrained.
MISSOURI HOUSE OKS RAMPED UP SCHOOL BULLYING POLICIES
(AP) - A bill aimed at clamping down on bullying and preventing suicides in Missouri schools is nearing passage.
The legislation passed 129-19 by the House on Monday would require school anti-bullying policies to include stricter procedures for reporting, investigating and responding to bullying.
Those policies also would have to include cyberbullying such as texting.
Employees would have two days to report bullying, and the school must investigate claims of bullying within a day after that. Students who bully would receive at least counseling and at most be expelled.
The bill also would require schools to adopt policies aimed at preventing youth suicide, including ways to help students at risk of killing themselves.
The measure needs final Senate approval before it can head to Governor Jay Nixon.
MISSOURI SENATE PANEL ENDORSES RIGHT-TO-WORK MEASURE
(AP) - Opponents of a right-to-work measure packed the Capitol halls as Missouri's Republican leaders pushed to send the measure to Democratic Governor Jay Nixon in the Legislature's final week.
A Senate committee voted Monday night to advance the measure to the full chamber for debate. If approved there, it would have to return to the House before heading to Nixon, who has said he opposes it.
The measure would prohibit union contracts with businesses in which fees are collected from non-union employees.
Supporters say it would attract more businesses to Missouri and spur economic growth.
Opponents say it's an attack on unions that would lower wages, make training difficult and reduce workplace safety.
Similar measures were approved in Michigan and Indiana in 2012 and in Wisconsin earlier this year.
HOUSE OKS BILL TO EXEMPT GYM PURCHASES FROM TAXES
(AP) - A Missouri bill aimed at exempting gym memberships, equipment for power companies and other purchases from sales taxes has passed the House.
The House on Monday voted 85-66 in favor of the measure, which originally would have only created a commission to study state tax policy.
But House lawmakers added provisions to shield customers at yoga studios and other exercise clubs from sales taxes. Another provision added by the House would establish a sales tax exemption for such things as poles, wires and transformers used by power companies for transmitting electricity.
Governor Jay Nixon last year vetoed similar bills, citing concerns that it could hurt state and local revenues.
The Senate can either adopt House changes or opt to hash out the differences.