RIVER RADIO NEWS 071715
81 YEAR OLD WOMAN KILLED IN CAPE GIRARDEAU WRECK
An 81 year old Cape Girardeau woman died Thursday after being involved in a wreck.
According to authorities, Florence James was driving a car that was reportedly hit by another vehicle at the Clark and Broadway intersection in Cape Girardeau.
James later passed away at an area hospital.
ONE DEAD FOLLOWING WRECK ON INTERSTATE 55
One person has died in an overnight wreck in Scott County.
According to authorities, the wreck occurred on Interstate 55 near Scott City. In addition to the person killed, two people were also injured in the wreck.
The names of the deceased or anyone else involved have not been released.
BENTON COUPLE ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGE
A rural Benton couple is accused of drug charges out of Scott County.
According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, 58 year old Michael Caldwell allegedly sold hydrocodone tablets to an undercover investigator on Wednesday.
Caldwell also told the investigators that he could sell them additional pain medication in exchange for a ride to a local pharmacy.
Later that morning, undercover investigators drove Caldwell and 41 year old Carol Lively to the pharmacy, where they obtained their prescriptions.
After leaving the pharmacy, Lively sold 10 Soma tablets to the investigators and gave them two additional tablets for giving them a ride to the pharmacy.
Caldwell and Lively were each taken into custody on charges of distribution of a controlled substance.
LAWRENCE COUNTY OFFICIALS HAVE UNTIL OCTOBER TO DEVELOP JAIL PLAN
(AP) - Lawrence County officials have until October to develop a plan to build a new jail or the Criminal Detention Facility Review Committee will try to shut the current facility down.
If the county doesn't meet the requirements to expand, renovate or build a new jail, the committee could petition the Arkansas Attorney General's Office to file a lawsuit to close the jail.
Lawrence County Judge Dale Freeman told the Jonesboro Sun his county jail committee has a site selected for a new jail in Walnut Ridge that's already owned by the county.
To build the proposed 80-bed unit, the county will likely have to spend at least $10 million. Taxpayers would likely have to pass a sales tax to pay for it.
VICTIM SUFFERS NON LIFE THREATENING INJURIES IN CAPE GIRARDEAU SHOOTING
A victim suffered non-life threatening injuries Wednesday night in a shooting incident in Cape Girardeau.
According to authorities, the victim was shot at a location on Whitener Street and taken to an area hospital.
The shooting is under investigation.
MOBILE OFFICE SCHEDULED FOR NEXT WEEK IN EAST PRAIRIE
U.S. Senator Roy Blunt’s staff will host a Mobile Office next week in East Prairie.
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.
The meeting will be held at the East Prairie City Hall on Thursday, July 23rd from 9 to 10 am.
CHILDREN’S CARNIVAL TO BE HELD THIS SATURDAY
First General Baptist Church in Poplar Bluff will be hosting a Children’s Carnival this weekend.
The carnival is scheduled for Saturday; from 10 am to 2 pm. Kids from the ages of 4 to 11 can participate in activities including a bounce house, sack races, water balloon toss, egg races, and a fishing house.
A yard sale that was originally also scheduled for Saturday at the church has been postponed due to the heat. For more information, contact First General Baptist Church at 573-429-0669.
HEAT INDEXES EXPECTED TO GET OVER 100 DEGREES OVER THE WEEKEND
The National Weather Service says that heat indexes are expected to get over 100 degrees every day this weekend.
According to a Hazardous Weather Outlook, heat index values will top out from 100 to 105 this afternoon and at around 105 on Saturday and Sunday. The NWS says that a heat advisory will likely be required.
The heat is also expected to linger into Monday across Southeast Missouri when we will also have chances of showers and thunderstorms.
JUDGE SAYS MISSOURI BROKE THE LAW BY KEEPING EXECUTION SUPPLIER SECRET
(AP) - A circuit judge has ruled that Missouri violated open records laws by refusing to disclose the pharmacies that make the state's execution drug.
Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem ruled Wednesday that the Department of Corrections broke the Sunshine Law.
The Attorney General's Office represents the state and says they are reviewing the ruling.
The American Civil Liberties Union, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and reporter Chris McDaniel of St. Louis Public Radio sued. They were denied records requests about the pharmacies and laboratories involved in making execution drugs.
The state argued the pharmacy is a part of the execution team. Those members' identities are confidential.
Beetem said the agency overstepped its authority by naming the pharmacy a part of the execution team, so the records are open.