RIVER RADIO NEWS 070715
ONE DEAD FOLLOWING CAPE GIRARDEAU CRASH
An Illinois man is dead following a weekend crash in Cape Girardeau.
According to authorities 77 year old Carl Thomas, of Cairo, was involved in a wreck at the intersection of Kingshighway and Route 74 Sunday afternoon.
Thomas was killed in the wreck.
MULTIPLE VEHICLE BREAK-INS REPORTED IN JONESBORO
Authorities in Jonesboro are investigating multiple reports of vehicle break-ins over the holiday weekend.
At least four vehicles were reported broken into over Friday and Saturday. According to KAIT, items taken from the vehicles included paperwork, cash, and tools.
Two of the victims told authorities that their vehicles had not been locked prior to the thefts.
FIVE ARRESTS MADE DURING WAYNE COUNTY CHECKPOINT
A total of five arrests were made during a weekend sobriety checkpoint in Wayne County.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the checkpoint was held from 11 pm on July 4th to 3 am on July 5th.
There were 170 vehicles stopped during the operation, which resulted in three arrests for driving while intoxicated, along with two felony arrests.
30 warnings were also issued during the checkpoint.
CLAY COUNTY 911 DOWN DUE TO CALL CENTER UPGRADES
Authorities in Clay County, Arkansas say that the 911 service is currently down.
Clay County Sheriff Terry Miller said Monday night that upgrades to the 911 Call Center will cause the Clay County 911 to be down for 48 hours.
Anyone who has an emergency should contact their local police department or the Clay County Sheriff’s Department at 870-598-2270.
MOBILE OFFICE SCHEDULED FOR TODAY IN POPLAR BLUFF
United States Senator Roy Blunt’s staff will host a Mobile Office today in Poplar Bluff.
The meeting will be held from 2 to 3 pm at the Poplar Bluff Area Chamber of Commerce.
Mobile Offices are opportunities for Missourians to discuss their questions or concerns with the federal government one-on-one with members of Senator Blunt’s staff.
PIPE REPLACEMENT TO CAUSE ROAD CLOSURE IN STODDARD COUNTY
Route M in Stoddard County will be closed today so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can replace the culvert pipe under the roadway.
Work will take place today from 8 am to 4 pm between County Road 249 and County Road 250.
ROAD CLOSURE TODAY IN NEW MADRID COUNTY
Route P in New Madrid County is closed today as Missouri Department of Transportation crews replace a pipe under the roadway.
The section of roadway is located between Route BB and County Road 717.
Work will take place through 3:30 pm today.
GOVERNOR NIXON SIGNS BILL FOR STILLBORN BABY TAX EXEMPTION
(AP) - Missouri soon will have an income tax exemption for parents of stillborn children.
Democratic Governor Jay Nixon on Monday signed a tax bill into law that includes the provision for exemptions for stillborn babies.
The measure will allow those parents to deduct $1,200 from their taxable income for each stillborn child, starting in January. They need a certificate of birth resulting in stillbirth to receive the exemption, which currently is offered to those who can claim a dependent.
The measure also will provide incentives for the Department of Revenue to issue tax refunds earlier.
The measure ramps back when the agency must issue tax refunds from 90 to 45 days after a return or overpayment claim is filed.
After 45 days, the state must pay interest on the money owed.
MISSOURI TO REQUIRE BUSINESS NOTIFICATION OF TAX CHANGES
(AP) - A bill to require Missouri's tax collection agency to notify affected businesses of changes in tax policy has been signed into law.
Governor Jay Nixon signed the legislation on Monday.
Senator Will Kraus, who sponsored the bill, says it will end what he called notification by audit.
Business owners have complained that the Department of Revenue sometimes changes its policy on items for which sales tax should be charged, and they aren't aware of the changes until they are audited.
The measure will require the department to contact all business owners who could be affected by a change to sales tax law interpretation if a "reasonable person" would not expect the modification.
Notification could be via mail, email or a secure electronic communication.