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Archive for July, 2014

(Mountain View) – Mountain View-Birch Tree Liberty High School has announced important dates for the upcoming school year.

New student registration will take place August 4 and 5 from 8:30 AM to 3 PM. Seniors may pick up their schedules in the counseling office August 6. An open house will be held August 11 from 6-8 PM. All students and parents are invited to come to the high school to pick up student schedules and visit with teachers. The first day of school will be August 13.

For more information call 417-934-2020.

(West Plains) – This Saturday, August 2, there will be a free electronics collection event in the parking lot of Ryan’s Restaurant in West Plains, at 1321 Preacher Roe Boulevard.

The event will run from 10 AM to 2 PM. The South Central Solid Waste Management District will be taking TVs, computers, printers, VCRs, laptops, and cameras. Disposal is free, except for a $25 charge to take old wooden TV consoles.

If there are questions, you may contact Steven Reed at the South Central Solid Waste Management District at 417-256-4226.

(West Plains) – Work continues on the Porter Wagoner sidewalk project, according to West Plains City Clerk Mallory Prewett:

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The project is funded by a voter-approved Capital Improvements Tax that was passed in 2012.

(West Plains) – The Howell County Health Department is once again participating in the annual “Big Latch-On” event.

Laura Wake with the Health Department told Ozark Radio News more about the event:

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For more information, call 417-256-7078.

(West Plains) – Area residents interested in the Associate of Applied Science in Respiratory Care degree program at Missouri State University-West Plains are invited to attend one of two open houses/informational sessions on August 12, and September 18.

The open houses are to be held in Looney Hall Room 205 on the Missouri State-West Plains campus. The drop-in open houses will run from 5-7PM, with informational sessions set at 5:15 and 6:15PM for convenience.

During the sessions, prospective students will learn more about the program, academic requirements and enrollment procedures, as well as tour classrooms, laboratories and the simulation lab. A question/answer session also is planned, and refreshments will be served.

After successfully completing the two-year degree, students will be qualified to become a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credentialed by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC). People possessing this credential are qualified to work in any state. In Missouri, the average salary for RRTs is greater than $45,000 a year.

Those who attend the sessions can apply for admission to the program’s new cohort, which will begin in January 2015 and graduate in December 2016. Admission is on a competitive basis, and certain minimum standards must be met. The deadline for applications is November 1, 2014.

For more information about the program and how to be admitted to the new cohort, call 417-255-7250 or email CindyASmith@MissouriState.edu.

(Jefferson City) – The Senate Interim Committee on Tax Administration Practices is holding its first hearing.

The panel expects to have recommendations delivered to the leader of the Missouri Senate by December 31.

Sen. Will Kraus, R-Lee’s Summit, is the committee chair:

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Sen. Paul LeVota, D-Independence, called the hearing a great learning experience:

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The panel first met on July 17. The second hearing is currently set for August 12, with its final hearing scheduled to be held in September.

(West Plains) – Ozarks Medical Center is now using advanced non-surgical techniques to treat abdominal aortic aneurysms so that patients can receive the care they need close to home.

An abdominal aortic aneurysm is a swelling of the main artery in the abdomen, which brings blood from the heart to the major organs of the body. As people age, the wall of the aorta may weaken, which can cause the walls to expand and an aneurysm to form.

The procedure used at OMC to repair the aneurysm is called endovascular stent grafting and is a newer form of treatment that is less invasive than open surgery. During the procedure a catheter, which is a long, very thin plastic tube that carries a stent graft, is placed into an artery in the groin. Using advanced imaging, the physician guides the catheter to the area of the abdominal aortic aneurysm. The graft is then positioned inside the aorta, re-routing the blood flow through the graft, thereby relieving the pressure on the aorta and keeping it from expanding and rupturing.

The risk of abdominal aortic aneurysm increases with age and is most common in men who smoke and are over 65 years of age, and in men or women with a family history of the condition. Other risk factors include high blood pressure, high cholesterol and obesity. Diabetics are less likely to develop aortic aneurysms.

OMC Heart Care Services, located at 1115 Alaska Avenue, Suite 114, provides cardiac care to the community, from basic heart care to open heart surgery and everything in between. Services also include a 24/7 Cardiac Catheterization Lab, Cardiac Operating Suite and Cardiac Rehabilitation program. OMC’s team of cardiology experts includes Interventional Cardiologists Crowe and M. Faisal Khan, MD; Invasive Cardiologist A.K. George, MD; Cardiac Surgeons William A. McGee, MD, and Christopher Nicholas, MD; Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist Jim Streff; and Physician Assistant Vicki Hibl.

From left, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Anna, a survivor of sexual assault, with her mother Susan, and Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., talk to each other during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 30, 2014, to discuss "Campus Accountability and Safety Act" that is before the Senate. Anna was an 18 year old student at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in central New York when she was sexually assaulted by fellow students at a fraternity party, just three weeks into her freshman year. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

From left, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Anna, a survivor of sexual assault, with her mother Susan, and Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., talk to each other during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 30, 2014, to discuss “Campus Accountability and Safety Act” that is before the Senate. Anna was an 18 year old student at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in central New York when she was sexually assaulted by fellow students at a fraternity party, just three weeks into her freshman year. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Washington) (AP) – Colleges and universities could be more accountable to rape victims under legislation introduced Wednesday by a bipartisan group of senators.

Sens. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., led the effort, with lawmakers from both parties saying they have heard too many stories of campus assault and bungled cases. More than a half dozen senators stood with campus sexual assault victims on Capitol Hill as they announced the legislation.

At least two senators – Dean Heller, R-Nev., and Mark Warner, D-Va. – said that as fathers of college-age daughters, they want campuses to track the problem more effectively.

“There is no reason or excuse to demean, dismiss or deny the problem, and accountability has come,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.

Added Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa: “Sometimes a victim is treated worse than the person who committed the crime.”

The action on Capitol Hill further escalates the dialogue in Washington on an issue long handled locally. Earlier this year, a White House task force on campus sexual assault recommended a series of actions schools should take, and the Education Department took the unprecedented step of releasing the names of schools facing federal investigation under Title IX for the way they handle sexual abuse allegations.

This bill would require campuses to designate advocates who would confidentially discuss available options with victims and to develop an agreement with local law enforcement over how such cases are handled. It would also increase penalties for universities that did not comply.

To encourage victims to come forward, the bill stipulates that schools will no longer be allowed to sanction a student who reveals a violation, such as underage drinking, in “good faith.” It also would require schools to survey their students to learn more about the scope of the problem and to use one uniform process for campus disciplinary proceedings, not singling out groups such as athletic departments to independently handle such cases.

“We’re not going to legislate away sexual assault, but we can make it better for the survivors coming forward, and this bill is an incredible first step,” said Annie Clark, from the advocacy group End Rape on Campus.

Terry Hartle, senior vice president at the American Council on Education, said the bill has some good ideas, such as defining a confidential victim’s advocate. But he said it takes a pretty heavy-handed approach and potentially adds more intervention to already confusing and overlapping federal laws that govern the way colleges and universities should handle such cases.

“We desperately want to do the right thing, but we need to know what that is, and we need enough flexibility to meet the needs of each individual, unique case,” Hartle said.

The joint work on the bill by McCaskill and Gillibrand represents a departure from a legislative battle earlier this year when the two senators took differing views on how best to deal with military sexual assault. They were also joined at Wednesday’s event by Sens. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H.; and Marco Rubio, R-Fla. Rubio said he doesn’t believe the bill would completely solve the problem, but it would advance the issue.

Reps. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., and Patrick Meehan, R-Pa., were expected to file a similar bill in the House. In a gridlocked Congress with limited working days left on the calendar, the legislation faces many hurdles to be passed.

(St. Louis) (AP) – Missouri health officials have reported the state’s first case of a mosquito-borne virus that has been spreading to the U.S. from the Caribbean.

The St. Louis County Health Department announced Tuesday that a 38-year-old resident was infected with chikungunya, which cannot be passed from human to human, while traveling in the Caribbean.

The virus causes symptoms such as fever and joint pain within a week after a person is bitten by an infected mosquito. Patients can also develop severe headaches, muscle pain and swollen joints.

There is no vaccine and no specific treatment for the virus, which typically is not fatal. Mosquitoes in the St. Louis region are not known to carry the virus.

About 300 other travel-related cases have been reported nationwide, including one in Illinois, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. Florida has had reported 107 chikungunya cases.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, travelers were bitten by infected mosquitoes in tropical destinations, including Anguilla, the Dominican Republic, Guyana, Haiti, Indonesia, Tonga and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The CDC recommends insect repellent and checking if door and window screens are intact to avoid mosquito bites.

Chikungunya is derived from an African word that loosely translates to “contorted with pain.” It has infected tens of thousands of people in the Caribbean islands since December.

(Kansas City) (AP) – About 300 people stood outside the theater where President Obama spoke in Kansas City, Missouri.

Protesters and supporters mingled Wednesday outside the Uptown Theater, monitored by nearby police.

Protesters carried several signs, some of which read “Arrest Obama,” and “Obama, Israel is a democracy? Define democracy.”

There were a few arguments among the protesters, whose chants included “liberate Palestine.”

Among the protesters was John Brown, a 41-year-old autoworker from Kansas City, Missouri, who said he hasn’t had a raise in 13 years and is looking forward to Obama leaving office.

Sharon Donahue, a 52-year-old Kansas City resident, carried an album of magazine photos she keeps of Obama and his family and says she feels Obama “stands up for a lot of good things.”