RIVER RADIO NEWS 071515
INVESTIGATION INTO SIKESTON PROPANE DISTRIBUTOR FIRE IS COMPLETE
Authorities in Sikeston say an investigation into a Monday fire at Santie Oil is complete.
According to KFVS, officials say that even though they are not sure of the exact ignition source of the fire, it is not being considered suspicious.
A portion of Highway 60 near Sikeston was closed Monday while firefighters and emergency personnel battled the large blaze.
MICHIGAN MAN FACING KIDNAPPING CHARGE
A Michigan man is facing a kidnapping charge out of Northeast Arkansas.
According to the Hayti Police Department, 22 year old Brandon Hammer of Flint, Michigan, has been arrested in connection to the alleged kidnapping of a two year old child in Leachville, Arkansas.
The child has been found and returned to its mother.
POPLAR BLUFF POLICE INVESTIGATING FORGERY COMPLAINTS
The Poplar Bluff Police Department says that they are investigating a string of forged checks passed at Wal-Mart in the past several weeks.
The checks were all presented by a white female suspect who was accompanied by different subjects during each visit. The total reported loss from the checks is around $1600.
Pictures of the subjects are available on our Facebook page. Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Captain David Sutton at the Poplar Bluff Police Department at 573-686-8649.
ROOF RIPPED OFF OF BUILDING IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS
A roof was ripped off a building Tuesday in Northeast Arkansas.
According to KAIT, the roof and part of the side of the Redline Auto building were ripped off during Tuesday’s storms.
A piece of metal from the building reportedly fell on a 12 year old child, who was taken to the emergency room.
COMMUNITY ALLIANCE PROGRAM TO BE HELD AT HIGHWAY PATROL TROOP E HEADQUARTERS
The Missouri State Highway Patrol will be hosting a Community Alliance Program at the Troop E headquarters in Poplar Bluff.
The program will begin on Monday, September 21st and will meet on six consecutive Monday evenings from 6:30 pm to 9 pm. The curriculum will familiarize participants with many Patrol policies and procedures.
These sessions will cover traffic stops, traffic crash investigations, firearms familiarization, SWAT operations, and many other aspects of the Patrol. The program will conclude with an awards banquet on November 2nd.
Applications for the program are being accepted through September 11th. Anyone interested in participating in the program can contact Sergeant Clark Parrott at 573-840-9500 extension 3532.
There is no cost to participate.
ROUTE T TO BE CLOSED TODAY IN RIPLEY COUNTY
Route T in Ripley County will be closed today as Missouri Department of Transportation crews replace a pipe under the roadway.
The work zone will be located from County Road 142E-34 to County Road T-2.
Work will take place today from 8 am to 3 pm.
PAVEMENT REPAIRS TO BEGIN TODAY IN DUNKLIN COUNTY
Crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation will be in Dunklin County today and tomorrow for pavement repairs on Route 412.
The road will be reduced to one lane between Routes Z and U from 6:30 am to 4 pm each day.
NIXON SIGNS BILL EXPANDING MISSOURI SEX EDUCATION GUIDANCE
(AP) - Sexual education classes in some Missouri schools soon must include information about the dangers of online sexual predators and sexting.
Democratic Governor Jay Nixon on Tuesday signed legislation adding the instruction requirement for sex education courses taught at public and charter schools.
Missouri does not require schools to teach sex education. But schools that opt to teach those classes must provide medically and factually accurate information.
The new sex education guidance is set to take effect August 28th. Schools with instruction on sex education then must teach students about sexual predators and how to be safe online.
The legislation also calls for those classes to provide information about the consequences of sending sexually explicit or graphic text messages, commonly known as sexting.
NIXON SIGNS BILL FOR DEADLINE ON MISSOURI BALLOT CHALLENGES
(AP) - Legislation to move up the deadline for judges to rule on court challenges to ballot measures has been signed by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon.
The Democratic governor signed the bill Tuesday, the deadline for him to take action on legislation.
The bill will require legal challenges to ballot measures to be resolved eight weeks before an election, instead of the current six weeks.
A late court-ordered change to an early voting measure last year cost the state nearly $680,000 to reimburse counties for costs to reprint ballots.
Supporters had argued the measure will prevent similar expenses. Primarily Democratic opponents have said it will limit judicial review of potentially misleading ballot language.
The bill is set to take effect August 28th.
NEW MISSOURI MEASURE WILL CHANGE LICENSE OFFICE BID PRACTICE
(AP) - A new Missouri policy will stop a Department of Revenue practice of awarding certain contracts partially based on how much money is promised to come back to the state.
Governor Jay Nixon on Tuesday announced he will let the measure take effect without his signature. Bills Nixon doesn't sign or veto automatically take effect.
Businesses and nonprofits run offices that issue vehicle and driver's licenses and collect a fee for each transaction. At issue is an agency policy to award such contracts in part based on how much of profits bidders pledge to give back to the state.
Lawmakers have criticized the policy as disadvantaging nonprofits that typically return profits to their community.
The competitive bidding process was put in place in 2009 to eliminate political patronage.