Archive for December, 2013
(Kimberling City) – A new campaign to keep Missouri’s lakes clean of trash and pollution is getting its first test at Table Rock Lake along the Arkansas border.
The Springfield News-Leader reports the Missouri Clean Marina program is a joint effort by the nonprofit Missouri Stream Team Watershed Coalition and Ozarks Water Watch. The program enlists lakeside marinas to take steps to keep oil, gasoline and runoff pollution from flowing into the water.
Organizers hope the pilot program will lead to other Missouri lakes joining the Clean Marina campaign.
(Jefferson City) – Stymied by a gubernatorial veto, Missouri lawmakers and business groups again plan to enact an income tax cut in 2014.
Republican legislative leaders pledge that an income tax cut will be an early priority in their annual session that starts January 8.
If Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon again vetoes the tax cut, an alternative legislative proposal is already in the works.
Nixon vetoed a bill in June that would have gradually cut Missouri’s individual and corporate income tax rates and phased in a new tax deduction for business income reported on individual tax returns. Legislative researchers estimated the eventual cost at $540 million annually. Nixon contended it could have cost $1.2 billion in tax revenues in a single year and jeopardized funding for education, mental health care and other state services. Nixon also raised numerous other concerns about the legislation, including its potential to impose sales taxes on prescription drugs because of an apparent drafting error.
Nixon has said that for a tax cut to earn his support in 2014 it must be affordable and “directly tied to job creation.” But he hasn’t identified a specific threshold he considers affordable.
(Jefferson City) – Women seeking an abortion in Missouri would need to wait an additional two days under legislation proposed in the state Senate.
Republican Sen. David Sater says it would offer more time to consider the decision and could reduce the number of abortions. He said he thinks some people have too hastily decided to have an abortion and ultimately regretted the decision.
The legislation, SB 519, has been proposed for the 2014 legislative session starting January 8.
Missouri is among many states with a 24-hour informed consent law, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports abortion rights. Extending the period to 72 hours would put Missouri in line with South Dakota and Utah.
Opponents of lengthening the waiting time in Missouri contend it would not decrease the number of abortions but simply cause them to be performed later in pregnancy, which can increase risks.
A provisional figure from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services shows there were 9,027 abortions performed on Missouri residents in 2012. State figures show the number of abortions for Missourians has declined each year since 2008.
(West Plains) – Two West Plains residents were injured Friday after the vehicle they were in ran off-road and hit a tree.
The accident happened at 11 AM on Route K, approximately 7.5 miles west of West Plains. The driver of the vehicle, 67-year-old Melba Walker of West Plains, and a passenger, 5-year-old Morgan Groves of West Plains, suffered moderate and minor injuries, respectively.
Groves was flown to Mercy Hospital in Springfield, while Walker was taken to Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains.
(Mountain Home) – A couple from Corning, AR have been arrested in connection with a burglary that took place in the summer.
Investigators with the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office and the Arkansas Probation and Parole office, along with the Lakeview Police Department, were called to the parole office in Mountain Home around 4 PM Friday, where 47-year-old Jack Creameans and his wife, 47-year-old Kimberly Creameans were at for a scheduled parole visit.
A press release from the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office states that Lakeview Officer David Hotchkiss identified a ring that Kimberly was wearing as one that was stolen from an elderly couple in Lakeview during the summer. A search of Kimberly Creameans reportedly found marijuana on her person, and meth was reportedly found on Jack Creameans, along with a device used to cheat a urine test.
The news release states that Jack Creameans had worked for the victims of the burglary, and had stolen a number of items including jewelry, guns, power tools and knives, some of which were found in Creameans’ vehicle. Other items reportedly found in the vehicle included several syringes that were used to inject methamphetamine, a set of digital scales that field tested positive for meth, a glass pipe that is believed to have been used for the consumption of meth. A firearm was also found in the vehicle.
Jack Creameans was booked into the Baxter County Detention Center and charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, theft of property, and possession of a firearm by a felon. Jack Creameans is being held on bond of $50,000 pending his appearance in Baxter County Circuit Court on January 2 at 9 AM.
Kimberly Creameans was booked into the Baxter County Detention Center and charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, theft by receiving, and firearm possession by a felon. Kimberly Creameans is being held on bond of $25,000 pending her appearance in Baxter County Circuit Court of January 2 at 9 AM.
The 2010 Ford Mustang the Creameans were driving was seized and being held for possible forfeiture. The investigation is continuing with more charges possible.
(West Plains) – The Walmart in West Plains is open after a bomb threat closed the store early Saturday morning.
Police were called just after 5 AM Saturday morning, after an employee found the threat on a note. Investigators spent about one hour Saturday morning sweeping the building, but say they turned up nothing.
The store re-opened a short time later. The incident is under investigation.
A report from the Howell County Sheriff’s Office states that deputies were dispatched to a reported fire in a trailer home off of County Road 1130 near Willow Springs around 4:40 PM Friday. Firefighters on-scene said that two bodies were found inside the home, and that the trailer home, several outbuildings and vehicles had been set on fire.
Deputies then went inside the home and found Star Arnett, who appeared to have suffered a blunt force trauma wound to the head. Also found in the home was Dwayne Arnett, who had died from an apparent gunshot wound.
A press release from the Howell County Sheriff’s Office states the incident is still under investigation.
(Jefferson City) – This Week in the Missouri Senate reviews how Missouri senators may spend time discussing different approaches to Medicaid during next year’s regular legislative session. This comes as the Senate Interim Committee on Medicaid Transformation and Reform releases its final report.
Senate Communications Officer Dean Morgan has the report:
The Second Regular Session of the 97th General Assembly will begin on Jan. 8, 2014.