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Archive for August, 2012

(Kansas City) (AP) – A new report attributes a slight increase in Missouri youth covered by health insurance to growth in government insurance programs.

The study was paid for by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which funds health research and programs. Researchers from the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health analyzed government census data and found that the number of Missouri children living in low-income households jumped by 72,000 from 2008 to 2010, the latest numbers available.

The study found that 29.1 percent of Missouri youths had public health insurance in 2010, compared to 26.3 percent in 2008.

The percentage of Missouri youths with private insurance coverage dropped to 64.4 percent in 2010 from 65.5 percent in 2008.

Nationally, 31 percent of children had public insurance and 60 percent private insurance in 2010.

(Baxter County) – Additional charges have been filed against a rural Baxter County man after he reportedly slapped his wife and shot at her.

32-year-old Travis Nibler was hit on August 24 with an additional felony charge of Terroristic Threatening, and his bond was raised from $25,000 to $75,000. Nibler was arrested August 22 on one felony charge of Aggravated Assault on a Family or Household Member and a misdemeanor charge of Domestic Battery after a domestic violence incident between Nibler and his wife August 22.

He will appear in Circuit Court on September 6 on the new charge.

Nibler is accused of slapping his wife, and shooting at his wife after she left the home to seek help.

(Jefferson City) – Troop G of the Highway Patrol will be participating in Brake Safety Awareness Week September 9-15. Brett Stevens has more:


(Willow Springs) – Preparation continues at the Star Theatre in Willow Springs for “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”, a play presented by The Willow Springs Theater Guild under the direction of Michael McHenry. The play will have wonderful surprises, while at the same time preserving what theater-goers love most about the enchanted lands of Oz and Kansas.

Performances will be Friday and Saturday, September 28 & 29 at 7:00 PM; Sunday, September 30 at 2 PM; Friday and Saturday October 5 & 6 at 7 PM and Sunday October 7 at 2 PM.

This year seating is reserved and tickets are available at DOC, at the southeast corner of Main and Harris, the four-way stop in Willow Springs. Tickets are $5 in advance and $6 at the door.

Organizers say that “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” will include appearances from Tona Bowen and Gilbert Jordan.

Nixon, center, along with Ted Sheppard and Department of Agriculture Director Jon Hagler surveyed Sheppard's pond, which was roughly a foot deep. Sheppard said that, without the well, he might have had to sell his cattle in about 2 weeks. (ORN Photo)

(Texas County) – On Wednesday, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon visited a family-run dairy operation near Bendavis in Texas County to survey a new well that has been installed as a result of the Governor’s emergency drought relief program. In addition to seeing how the new well is providing water for the dairy cattle of Ted and Barb Sheppard, the Governor said that the purpose of the program is to keep Missouri and Missouri agriculture strong:


Nixon says over 5000 projects have been approved thus far. He continued and talked about how the program works:


Nixon continued and talked about the funding for the emergency program, which was originally estimated to cost $2 million. The approved funding, however, is now almost 15 times that amount:


More than 11,000 applications were submitted to the state, with a deadline of August 6. Nixon says that the program is on schedule, despite the overwhelming need in the state:


Ozark Radio News also spoke with Ted Sheppard, who said the program came right on time:


Funding for this emergency program comes from unallocated reserve funds provided by the State Soil & Water Districts Commission and state resources made available by Gov. Nixon through House Bill 8, which provides the Governor the authority to direct funds for emergencies.

Nixon talks with Ted and Barb Sheppard about the new well system. (ORN Photo)

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(Mountain Home) – Two people are in critical condition after falling off of a bluff on Tuesday afternoon.

Baxter County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a 911 call around 5:18 PM at Bidwell Point Park on Lake Norfork, just north of the Highway 101 bridge. First responders from the Gamaliel Fire Department along with ambulance personnel from Baxter Regional Medical Center responded to the scene.

Due to the remote location and severe injuries to the two subjects, identified as 44-year-old Vernon Henson and 49-year-old Elaine Royer of Mountain Home, both subjects were transported by the Gamaliel Fire Department Rescue Boat to a nearby location. They were then air-lifted by Air Evac Lifeteam to Mercy Hospital in Springfield.

The initial investigation, including accounts from eye witnesses, indicates the two subjects were going to jump from the bluff into Lake Norfork, fell approximately 35 feet and were found about 12 feet from the water’s edge.

Sheriff John Montgomery says the exact details of incident are not being released at this time, pending further investigation. There was no update on the condition of the victims as of 9 PM Tuesday night.

Sheriff’s Deputies were assisted at the scene by the Corp Rangers and the Arkansas State Police.

(Gainesville) – Dr. Jack Rushin, Democratic candidate for the 8th Congressional District seat will be the guest speaker at the Ozark County Democratic Party Reorganization meeting this Thursday August 30, 6 PM at Carla’s Country Cafe in Gainesville.

OCDP secretary Dennis Lawson says that Rushin will outline his political platform and take questions from the audience.

Lawson says that the public is invited to attend the meeting regardless of political affiliation. For more information contact Dennis Lawson OCDP secretary at 417-679-0810.

(Gainesville) – After a recount in the Douglas County Assessor Republican race, the decision stands.

Incumbent Alicia Miller-Degase won over fellow Republican Buddy Irby by six votes after the election Tuesday, August 7, and filed for a recount. After the recount earlier this month, the outcome remained the same: Miller-Degase 2123, Irby 2117.

Miller-Degase faces no opposition in the general election.

(Little Rock) (AP) – The Arkansas lottery is launching a new numbers game that will feature drawings six nights per week and an expected average jackpot of more than $150,000.

Tickets will cost $1 and go on sale Monday for the Natural State Jackpot.

The game is similar to Powerball and Mega Millions, except those games are played across dozens of states and the odds of winning a jackpot are one in 176 million.

Odds of claiming the top prize in the Arkansas-only game will be one in 576,000. A match of all five numbers wins the jackpot.

Players matching four numbers will win $300; three numbers, $7; and two numbers, $1.

Drawings will be held at 8 PM at lottery headquarters, Monday through Saturday.

(Jefferson City) – On Tuesday, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon appointed Charles “Ray” Weter of Nixa as the new Christian County Eastern District Commissioner. The position became vacant upon the resignation of Commissioner Tom Huff earlier this month.

Weter, a Republican, has served as the State Representative for the 142nd Legislative District, which covers portions of Christian and Taney Counties, since 2005. In the private sector, Weter served as a health care provider for more than 40 years, including 12 years as a respiratory therapist and 28 years as chief of perfusion services for cardiac surgery for Cox Health Systems.

A press release from Nixon’s office says Weter has resigned his position as State Representative effective immediately.