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(West Plains) – The Christos House will be holding their second annual Glowdown 5K benefit event in Willow Springs on September 12.

Amber Brignole with the Christos House told Ozark Radio News that the event is still in the planning stages, and that preregistration is open:

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Christos House outreach, which helps victims of domestic violence:

Again, the event will be held September 12 at 7 PM. Early registration is $25 and lasts until August 18, after which the cost will be $30 for persons 8 years old and older through September 11. For more information visit www.christoshouse.com.

(Little Rock) (AP) – A task force is finalizing its recommendations to Gov. Asa Hutchinson on whether Arkansas should continue using the controversial Common Core education standards.

The Governor’s Council on Common Core Review planned to meet at the state Capitol Thursday morning to work on its recommendations regarding Arkansas’ involvement in the standards. Hutchinson formed the panel earlier this year and it has been holding hearings around the state about the issue.

Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin, who heads the panel, told reporters this week that he’ll recommend the state keep some elements of Common Core but change other parts of the standards and rename them to more closely reflect the state’s needs.

The task force last month recommended the state withdraw from a standardized test linked to the Common Core standards.

(West Plains) – Applications are still being accepted for the Nathan Murphy Law Enforcement Scholarship, which is being offered by Physical Therapy Specialists Clinic.

Howell County Sheriff Mike Shannon told Ozark Radio News that the deadline to apply for the scholarship is August 14:

The scholarship is named after Nathan Murphy, who was killed in the line of duty while serving as a chief deputy in Oregon County on February 19, 2001.

The scholarship is open to any residents in Howell, Oregon, Shannon, Texas, or Wright County. For more information on the scholarship, call PTSC at 417-256-5669.

(Jefferson City) – The Senate Interim Committee on the Sanctity of Life held its first hearing on Monday.

Commitee chair Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, told those in attendance that the committee’s goals are clear:

The committee was formed shortly after controversial videos were released that raised questions about whether the national abortion provider was selling fetal tissue for profit.

More hearings are expected soon, while the committee is expected to have recommendations for the full Senate by the end of the year.

(West Plains) – The public is invited to join Ozarks Medical Center’s Project IMPACTS for a “Taking Control” diabetes presentation by Henry Bryan.

The session will be held Monday, August 31, at 5:30 PM, at the Thayer Friends Senior Center, 100 Chestnut Street, in Thayer. This free program will help attendees learn about some of the ways to control their blood sugar, which could help reduce the risk of diabetes-related complications.

Henry is a member of the A1C Champions Program supported by Sanofi. To learn more about the A1C Champion Program, visit www.a1cchampions.com. For more information on this informational session, contact Delica Johnson, RN, BSN, CPHM, at OMC 417-280-0661.

(West Plains) – The Ozarks Small Business Incubator (OzSBI) will be hosting a Fall Business Mixer on Thursday, August 20 from 5-7 PM.

The Mixer is being sponsored by AirMedCare Network, and will be held at OzSBI, 408 Washington Avenue in West Plains.

The event is being hosted by the Incubator to allow business owners, employees, and the public mix and mingle with fellow business people in the area. Appetizers will be served, and complimentary drinks provided. Door prizes will also be given out.

For more information or to RSVP, email info@ozsbi.com or visit www.ozsbi.com.

(Ozark) (AP) – Automatic weapons and weapon parts, including silencers, have gone missing from the Christian County Sheriff’s Department, according to the interim sheriff.

Interim Sheriff Dwight McNiel said in a new report that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is helping his department investigate what happened to the missing weapons and gear. He said it may have been “legitimately transferred to another agency or authorized (Federal Firearms Licensed) firearms dealer,” The Springfield News-Leader reported.

McNiel wrote that the department suffered from poor record-keeping, operational flaws and a lack of accountability, but that the missing weapons are “one of the most disturbing things.”

The ATF conducted inventories of the sheriff’s department that led to the discovery of the missing weapons, the report said. The ATF’s Springfield office didn’t immediately respond to a message seeking comment left Wednesday by The Associated Press.

It’s unclear how many weapons and specifically what types of automatic weapons are involved. The report said “silencers, suppressors, and full automatic trigger components are also gone with no paper trail.”

The report said former Sheriff Joey Kyle, with “assistance from others,” took a “large cache of weapons” from the sheriff’s department on May 19, the day before he pleaded guilty to embezzlement and aiding a fraud scheme. Those weapons were later returned to the department and the FBI by Kyle’s attorney, the report said. Kyle resigned in May.

The report said witnesses “have reluctantly come forward with statements regarding their observations during the course of that evening (May 19),” but the report does not detail any of those statements.

(Springfield) (AP) – Some Missouri State University students will be housed in hotels when the semester begins next month.

University officials say a $13 million renovation of the Sunvilla Towers residence hall is taking longer than expected and not all of the floors will be ready when classes start Aug. 17.

The university says about 100 of the estimated 265 students who will live in the hall won’t be able to move in until mid-September.

The Springfield News-Leader reports students rooming on floors 3-9 will be housed in hotels for up to a month. Those living on floors 10-19 will be able to move in Aug. 10.

The university plans to provide shuttles between the hotels to the campus, and will receive other incentives and financial breaks for the inconvenience.

(Edgar Springs) – Two Houston residents are dead after a two-vehicle accident on Monday afternoon in Phelps County.

A report from Troop I of the Missouri State Highway Patrol states that 58-year-old Elizabeth Thompson and 59-year-old Wesley Thompson died of injuries sustained in a crash on Highway 63 south of Edgar Springs around 4:15 PM Monday, July 27.

The report states that Elizabeth Thompson was southbound on Highway 63 when her vehicle ran off of the right side of the roadway, returned to the highway and crossed the center line before striking a northbound vehicle driven by 46-year-old Tammy Strickland of Licking. Thompson’s vehicle then ran off-road and overturned multiple times. Both of the Thompsons, who were not wearing seat belts, according to the report, were pronounced dead later that afternoon at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston.

Tammy Strickland and a passenger, 23-year-old Sarah Strickland of Licking, were not injured in the accident, and were both wearing seat belts when the accident occurred.

The two deaths mark the 13th and 14th fatalities for Troop I for 2015, compared to 13 at this time last year.

(Oregon County) – An Oklahoma resident suffered serious injuries Tuesday afternoon after a one-vehicle accident in Oregon County.

The Highway Patrol reports the accident happened at 3:30 PM on Route J, about 3 miles south of Route K, when the northbound Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by 37-year-old Alejandro Lazo-Obregon of Tulsa ran off-road, overcorrected, ran off the left side of the road and hit a tree.

He was flown from the scene of the accident to St. Francis Hospital in Cape Girardeau.