RIVER RADIO NEWS 072215
MAN HIT BY VEHICLE IN BERNIE
A Bernie man has been taken to a Memphis hospital after he was hit by a vehicle over the weekend.
According to Bernie Police, 21 year old Richard Enderton was struck by the vehicle Saturday night. Enderton suffered critical injuries in the collision.
He had reportedly been skateboarding in the area around the time he was struck, however authorities do not know if he was skateboarding when he was hit.
No charges have been filed against the driver of the vehicle.
SUSPECTS SOUGHT IN CONVENIENCE STORE ROBBERY
Two suspects are being sought in connection to a convenience store robbery in Jonesboro.
According to KAIT, the Kum and Go store located on East Johnson was allegedly robbed by two men early Tuesday morning. One of the men had a gun and held it to a clerk’s back during the robbery.
The men fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash. That specific Kum and Go store was also robbed in May.
OFFICIALS INVESTIGATING DEXTER HOUSE FIRE
Authorities are investigating a recent house fire in Dexter.
The residence on North Sassafras is being considered a total loss following the Monday blaze. No injuries have been reported.
Officials say that the fire is suspicious and an investigation is being done by the fire marshal.
MOBILE OFFICE TO BE HELD TOMORROW IN EAST PRAIRIE
Area citizens will be able to talk with members of United States Senator Roy Blunt’s staff at a public event tomorrow.
The mobile office is scheduled to be held from 9 to 10 am Thursday at the East Prairie City Hall.
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.
THREE RIVERS ALUMNI PLACES THIRD IN NATIONAL TIMBERSPORTS COMPETITION
A recent graduate of the Three Rivers College Forestry program has taken third place at a national timbersports competition.
Aaron Hovis placed third out of six competitors in the Stihl Timbersports 2015 U.S. Championship in Central Park in New York City.
The 20 year old Marquand native says he plans to start his own logging company now that he’s graduated from Three Rivers.
CREWS TO REDUCE ROUTE 62 FOR PAVEMENT REPAIRS
Route 62 in New Madrid and Dunklin Counties will be reduced to one lane through early August as contractor crews seal the roadway.
The section of roadway to be reduced is located between the Missouri State line and Howardville.
Work will performed through Saturday, August 8th from 8 am to 5 pm daily.
PERMIT APPROVED FOR ALCOHOL SALES AT ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY
(AP) - A permit has been approved allowing alcohol to be served at some events on the Arkansas State University campus.
ASU says Arkansas Alcohol Beverage Control Board Director Bud Roberts approved the permit for the NEA Sports Club of Jonesboro on Monday, conditional on a final inspection of the facilities.
ASU's Board of Trustees in April approved a 10-year lease agreement with the nonprofit sports club allowing it to serve alcohol to its members at Centennial Bank Stadium, the Convocation Center, Tomlinson Stadium, Fowler Center, Cooper Alumni Center and the A-State Pavilion.
ASU System President Charles Welch has said the plan is in response to requests of university patrons. System Vice President Jeff Hankins said alcohol will be allowed to be served during ASU's first home football game on September 12th.
GOVERNOR NIXON SEEKS DISASTER DECLARATION FOR 70 COUNTIES
(AP) - Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is asking the federal government to declare a major disaster for 70 counties due to spring and summer storms that caused tornadoes, torrential rains and flooding across much of the state.
Nixon made the request Tuesday, citing damage to roads, bridges and other public infrastructure, along with homes and businesses. At least 10 deaths are blamed on the storms and flooding.
Nixon says that since mid-May, more than half of the state has been damaged, and many places face extensive response and rebuilding expenses.
Nixon first declared a state of emergency on June 18, an order that activated the State Emergency Operations Center and enabled the state to mobile resources to assist local authorities. Last week, he extended the state of emergency until August 14th.
ARKANSAS UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DROPS IN JUNE
(AP) - The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services says Arkansas' unemployment rate last month dropped slightly to 5.7 percent.
The agency said Tuesday that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined one-tenth of a percentage point in June from 5.8 percent in May. The national jobless rate declined two-tenths of a percentage point, from 5.5 percent in May to 5.3 percent in June.
Arkansas' civilian labor force increased 200, a result of 1,400 more employed and 1,200 fewer unemployed Arkansans.
Compared to June 2014, Arkansas' nonfarm payroll unemployment has increased 23,400. Growth occurred in eight major industry sectors, while three posted minor declines. Jobs in educational and health services rose 5,900.
A majority of the expansion was in health care and social assistance. Trade, transportation and utilities gained 4,700 jobs over the year.