MISSOURI STATE SENATOR APPOINTED AS LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
Missouri Governor Mike Parson has appointed state Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kehoe to be the new Lieutenant Governor.
Kehoe is a businessman who has represented parts of central Missouri in the state Senate since 2011.
The Lieutenant Governor’s office has been vacant since June 1st, when Parson took the Governor’s office following the resignation of former Governor Eric Greitens.
The move announced Monday carries some legal uncertainty because Missouri's constitution isn't clear on whether a governor has the authority to appoint a lieutenant governor.
Historically, some governors have claimed the right to appoint a replacement. Lawmakers, though, have argued that the position must remain vacant until voters have a say because the two positions are elected separately.
PEDESTRIAN STRUCK BY A VEHICLE NEAR CHARLESTON
A pedestrian was injured Monday night after being hit by a vehicle in Mississippi County.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the incident began when a vehicle struck another vehicle on Route J, northeast of Charleston. The first vehicle then struck a 43 year old Charleston man who was on the roadway.
The pedestrian suffered moderate injuries and was transported to a Cape Girardeau hospital.
THREE SOUTHEAST MISSOURI MEN INDICTED ON FIREARMS RELATED CHARGES
Three Southeast Missouri men have been taken into custody on firearms related charges.
According to the United States Attorney’s Office, 26 year old Jarvis Wofford, of Malden, along with 23 year old Wesley Williams and 22 year old Demontray Walker, of Charleston, were arrested this week on indictments charging them with making false statements in connection with the purchase of firearms as well as the subsequent illegal possession of the firearms.
Officials say the three men each face up to 10 years imprisonment on each weapons charge.
In addition to the gun charges, the federal indictment against Wofford also alleges two instances of distribution of methamphetamine in 2014 and 2015 in Dunklin County.
Wofford faces up to 20 years imprisonment on each methamphetamine charge.
CORPS OF ENGINEERS TO HOST LIVE RAPTOR PROGRAM THIS WEEKEND
The US Army of Corps of Engineers will be hosting a free program this weekend to give children a chance to learn more about raptors.
The program, “Day Shift, Night Shift, & Garbage Gal - Raptors Galore!” by the Dickerson Park Zoo, has been scheduled for 1:30 and 2:30 this Saturday afternoon at the Bill Emerson Memorial Visitor Center.
Attendees will get the opportunity to see and learn about three raptors at the event.
PIPE REPLACEMENT TO CAUSE CLOSURE OF PEMISCOT COUNTY ROAD
Route J in Pemiscot County will be closed today so Missouri Department of Transportation crews can replace a pipe under the roadway.
The section of roadway to be closed is located between Route C and County Road 423.
MoDot officials say that work will take place today from 6:30 am to 4:30 pm.
THREE WEEK ROAD PROJECT UNDERWAY IN PEMISCOT COUNTY
A three week road project is underway in Pemiscot County.
According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, Route EE in Pemiscot County is being reduced to one lane with a 12-foot width restriction from Route 153 to Route A as contractor crews perform pavement improvements.
Weather permitting, work is scheduled to take place from 6:30 am to 7:30 pm daily through Friday, July 6th, including weekends as necessary.