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(Alton)- The life of Alton Fire Chief Eddie Joe Johnson Jr. was honored and celebrated during a funeral service on Friday, October 24, in the Alton High School Gymnasium at 2 PM.

Along with being Fire Chief of the Alton Fire Department, Chief Johnson was also a police officer for the City of Alton and a reserve officer with the Oregon County Sheriff’s Department.

Chief Johnson lost his life while serving the community in a vehicular accident on the way to a residential fire on Monday, October 20, 2014. Missouri Fire Marshal Greg Carrell read and presented a proclamation from the desk of Missouri Governor Jay Nixon.

Pastor Joby Steele officiated the funeral services.

Chief Johnson is survived by his wife Venita and three children. Memorial contributions may be made to the family and left at the Alton Bank or Clary Funeral home.

(Washington) – Congressman Jason Smith has released his newest capitol report, in which he talks about America’s response to Ebola:

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(Mountain View) (AP) – A wanted Illinois couple has been arrested in Mountain View in northern Arkansas.

The Stone County Sheriff’s Office says Jonathan Dean Riggs and Khelsey Johnson – both of Galesville, Illinois – were arrested Friday by Stone County and U.S. Marshals Service officials.

Riggs is wanted on charges of burglary and criminal damage to property while Johnson is wanted for aiding a fugitive and obstructing justice.

Both are being held in the Stone County jail pending extradition back to Illinois.

(Ferguson) (AP) – The Ferguson-Florissant and Clayton school districts are reminding parents of emergency procedures ahead of the upcoming decision by a St. Louis County grand jury in the Michael Brown shooting.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that both districts sent letters home to parents discussing possible school cancellations or early dismissals, should safety concerns emerge.

The two districts are also asking for updated phone numbers and emergency contacts. The note to Ferguson parents discusses possible road closings that would affect school bus routes.

Schools typically send reminders before the start of winter on inclement weather procedures. But the two districts, along with the Riverview Gardens system, want parents to be especially alert over the next few weeks.

(Little Rock) (AP) – Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor and Republican Rep. Tom Cotton are trying to put a happy face on one of the most bitterly fought Senate races in the country, unveiling a new batch of positive TV ads as they head into the final days of the campaign.

Pryor’s campaign on Friday announced four new television ads it would begin airing in the state, while Cotton’s announced it would air a 14-minute biographical documentary about the GOP hopeful.

Pryor’s campaign said the spots are part of nearly $1 million it’s spending between now and election day on TV, while Cotton’s said it was initially spending $100,000 to purchase half-hour blocks of time to air the documentary.

Republicans view the race as key to winning a majority in the Senate.

(Georgia) (AP) – Control of the Senate may turn on the ability of Democrats to regain some of the ground they’ve lost among rural and small town voters.

The question is whether Democrats can limit Republicans’ advantages outside cities, given how well the GOP has capitalized on many white voters’ disdain for President Barack Obama.

Senate Democratic candidate Michelle Nunn has campaigned heavily in rural Georgia, sometimes with her father, popular former Sen. Sam Nunn. And she talks often about agricultural concerns.

In Arkansas, Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor hammers his Republican opponent, congressman Tom Cotton, for voting against the farm bill. Kentucky Democrat Alison Lundergran Grimes filmed one of her ads at a gun range.

Many Republicans say their rural support has as much to do with cultural identity as with policy debate.

(West Plains) – The news director for the Ozark Radio Network is playing video games for charity this weekend.

Ed Button is participating in a world-wide gaming marathon, called Extra Life, which benefits Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. Ed Button will be playing in support of St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

His 24-hour video game marathon starts at noon Saturday at the Game Stash off of Washington Avenue in West Plains, where he has a jar available for people to visit and drop off donations.

Button will also be streaming some of his gaming exploits online through the streaming service Twitch. We have links to his donation page and streaming page.

(West Plains) – The Pioneer Saddle Club will hold their annual Halloween Scare event this evening at the saddle club arena off of Highway 14.

The event will take place from 7:30-10 PM, and feature a number of events, including a hay ride, stories, pony rides, horse rides, food and treat bags for children who attend. All activities and refreshments are free.

The Pioneer Saddle Club grounds are off of Highway 14, a half-mile from the Highway 63 intersection in West Plains. For more information on the event, call 417-293-3080.

(Little Rock) (AP) – Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor and Republican Rep. Tom Cotton are trying to put a happy face on one of the most bitterly fought Senate races in the country, unveiling a new batch of positive TV ads as they head into the final days of the campaign.

Pryor’s campaign on Friday announced four new television ads it would begin airing in the state, while Cotton’s announced it would air a 14-minute biographical documentary about the GOP hopeful.

Pryor’s campaign said the spots are part of nearly $1 million it’s spending between now and election day on TV, while Cotton’s said it was initially spending $100,000 to purchase half-hour blocks of time to air the documentary.

Republicans view the race as key to winning a majority in the Senate.

(Springfield) – The Missouri State University Public Affairs Convocation will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, at Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts. The speaker will be Eric Greitens, author of “The Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy Seal.” The event will be streamed live to the West Plains Campus in Melton 112 and on the Mountain Grove Campus in Room 108.

Greitens will reflect on his experiences as both a soldier, a humanitarian and on living with resilience and leading with strength and compassion through adverse circumstances.

This event is free, but requires a ticket to attend at Hammons Hall in Springfield.

For more information, visit http://publicaffairs.missouristate.edu or call University/Community Programs at 417-255-7966.