BALLOT MEASURES TO BE DECIDED IN MISSOURI DURING TOMORROW’S ELECTION
Here is a quick look at some of the numerous propositions and constitutional amendments voters in Missouri will be deciding on during Tuesday’s election.
Amendment 1 would change the process and criteria for redrawing state legislative districts during reapportionment, establish a limit on gifts that state legislators, and their employees, can accept from paid lobbyists, and prohibit state legislators, and their employees, from serving as paid lobbyists for a period of time; among other things.
Amendment 4 would remove language limiting bingo game advertising that a court ruled unenforceable along with altering who is allowed to participate in the management of bingo games.
Proposition B would increase the state minimum wage to $8.60 per hour with an 85 cents per hour increase each year until 2023, when the state minimum wage would be $12.00 per hour.
Proposition D would increasing the motor fuel tax by two and one half cents per gallon annually for four years beginning July 1, 2019, exempt Special Olympic, Paralympic, and Olympic prizes from state taxes, and establish the Emergency State Freight Bottleneck Fund.
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP TO SPEAK IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI TONIGHT
United States President Donald Trump will be holding a rally next week in Southeast Missouri.
The rally is scheduled to begin at 9 pm on Monday, November 5th, at the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau. Doors will open at 6 pm.
Special guests for the rally will be Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, and Lee Greenwood.
Registration information is available at www.DonaldJTrump.com.
ONE KILLED IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS HELICOPTER CRASH
One person has died after a helicopter crashed last week in Northeast Arkansas.
Clay County Sheriff Terry Miller tells KWOC News that shortly after 1 pm Friday, authorities received a call about a helicopter crash from an electrical construction company that was operating east of McDougal.
At the scene, first responders found the pilot of the aircraft to be deceased.
The body was sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab to determine a cause of death. The identity of the pilot was not released.
Sheriff Miller says the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board were notified and will be investigating further.
KENNETT FIRE CHIEF REAPPOINTED TO SEISMIC SAFETY COMMISSION
A Kennett city official has been reappointed to a state commission.
Missouri Governor Mike Parson announced Friday that John Mallott has been reappointed to the Missouri Seismic Safety Commission.
Mallott is the Fire Chief for the Kennett Fire Department and the Emergency Management Director for the City of Kennett. He is also an Associate/Adjunct Instructor for the University of Missouri-Columbia Extension for Fire and Rescue Training.
The Seismic Safety Commission reviews the "State of State" in earthquake preparedness and makes recommendations for the government; private sector and citizens to better mitigate the effects of a major seismic event within the state or an event that will affect the state.
MISSOURI VOTERS TO VOTE ON MULTIPLE MARIJUANA MEASURES
Medical marijuana will be a hot topic in Missouri during tomorrow’s election. There are two constitutional amendments and one ballot proposition on the ballot for tomorrow.
All three would allow patients with cancer, HIV, epilepsy and other conditions access to medical marijuana. The differences largely involve how marijuana would be regulated and taxed, and where the new tax dollars would go.
Amendment 2 would see a four percent sales tax that would go to a newly-created fund for health and care services for veterans. The sales tax revenue also would be used to administer licensing of medical marijuana businesses.
Amendment 3 would impose a 15 percent tax on the retail sale of marijuana as well as a wholesale tax on the sale of marijuana flowers and leaves. Those funds would be used to create a new state institute to research “presently incurable diseases.”
Proposition C would impose a two percent tax on the sale of medical marijuana to be used for veteran services, drug treatment, early childhood education and public safety in cities with medical marijuana facilities.
According to the Missouri Secretary of State’s office, the constitutional amendments take precedence over the state law proposition. If both constitutional amendments pass, the one with the most “yes” vote’s takes effect.
SEVERE WEATHER POSSIBLE TONIGHT IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI AND NORTHEAST ARKANSAS
Southeast Missouri and Northeast Arkansas could see some possible severe weather tonight.
According to officials with the National Weather Service in Paducah, a chance of thunderstorms will spread north and east across our region later this afternoon and evening.
Severe weather is possible with this system, especially across western Kentucky this evening.
The main hazard will be damaging winds, but a few tornadoes may be a concern too. Locally heavy rainfall could also lead to some isolated minor flooding issues.
INDIVIDUAL SUFFERS SERIOUS INJURIES IN DOG ATTACK
A cyclist in Kennett was injured in a dog attack last week.
According to the Kennett Police Department, Thursday afternoon officers were dispatched to Independence Avenue in reference to several dogs actively attacking an individual who had been riding his bicycle.
The victim sustained serious injuries during the attack.
Witnesses pointed out the dogs, which were still in the area and still acting aggressive.
Police officials say that due to the dog’s obvious signs of aggression, concerns for the public’s safety, and concerns for the safety of children in the area after area schools were released, officers were able to quickly euthanize two of the three dogs. The third dog was injured, however it was not located after an extensive search.
The owner of one of the dogs was arrested for violation of the cities leash law and for possession of a dangerous animal. The owners of the other dogs have yet to be identified or located.
BELL CITY MAN ARRESTED ON CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE AND WEAPON WARRANT
Authorities in Stoddard County have arrested a Bell City man on a controlled substance and weapon warrant.
According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 26 year old Liggins Terence was recently arrested on a warrant for possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, and unlawful use of a weapon.
Terence’s bond was set at $105,000, cash only.