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(Midway) (AP) – Two men injured in a northern Arkansas single-engine plane crash are recovering.

Thirty-six-year-old pilot Andrew Tuberville was released from the Baxter Regional Medical Center on Wednesday. Forty-eight-year-old passenger Ronnie Skaggs is listed in good condition at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Missouri.

The experimental airplane crashed Tuesday evening in a wooded area northwest of Ozark Regional Airport in Baxter County. Both men suffered head injuries but were able to walk away from the wrecked aircraft.

The cause of the crash is unclear. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

(Little Rock) (AP) – Arkansas’ highest court will hear oral arguments in a case challenging the state’s gay marriage ban on the same day a federal judge takes up a separate case over the prohibition.

The state Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to expedite the case and scheduled oral arguments for Nov. 20 in the state’s appeal of a lower court’s ruling against the ban.

Lawyers for the state are appealing a Pulaski County judge’s ruling in May striking down a 2004 constitutional amendment and an earlier state law that defined marriage as between a man and a woman. The decision led to hundreds of gay couples being wed before the state Supreme Court suspended his ruling.

A federal judge will also hold a hearing in a separate lawsuit over the ban Nov. 20.

Gov. Jay Nixon (AP)

Gov. Jay Nixon (AP)

(Jefferson City) (AP) – A conservative group has spent an estimated $670,000 so far on TV ads encouraging Missouri voters to back a proposed constitutional amendment limiting the governor’s budget-cutting powers.

The Missouri Club for Growth has been running ads criticizing Gov. Jay Nixon’s decisions to freeze or slow spending for public schools and other state budget items.

Proposed Constitutional Amendment 10 on the November ballot would allow Missouri lawmakers to overturn gubernatorial spending reductions by getting a two-thirds vote of the Legislature. That’s the same threshold already required to override vetoes.

The estimate of TV advertising spending comes from an analysis by the Center for Public Integrity of preliminary data produced by the media tracking service Kantar Media/CMAG.

(Cape Girardeau) (AP) – One person is hospitalized after being struck by a train in southeast Missouri.

KFVS-TV reports that several young adults were walking along tracks near Cape Girardeau about 10 PM Wednesday. Fire Department Battalion Chief Fred Vincel says one member of the group was hit and suffered moderate injuries.

The name of the victim, and details about the injuries, have not been released.

(Poplar Bluff) (AP) – Authorities in southeast Missouri are investigating after a body was found near the Black River.

Butler County Coroner Jim Akers says that the victim has been identified as 48-year-old Salvador Ruiz Ramirez. The body was found Wednesday.

An autopsy is planned. The major case squad is investigating the death as a homicide.

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(West Plains) – The sidewalk project on Porter Wagoner Boulevard is finished, according to West Plains City Clerk Mallory Hawkins:

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She added that the city is hoping to work on other sidewalk projects this year:

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Hawkins also added that the Haunting in the Hollows event this past Saturday was a huge success, with a minimum of 4000 attendees.

(West Plains) – Ozarks Medical Center welcomes Licensed Physical Therapist and Athletic Trainer Josh Drummond as the Manager of Rehabilitation Services. Drummond, a West Plains native, will provide leadership for the OMC service, which offers physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech language pathology in the hospital, clinic, school and home care settings.

Drummond graduated from West Plains High School and completed a Bachelor’s Degree in athletic training from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. He went on to earn his Doctor of Physical Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis.

He previously worked in athletic training with high school and college students and in the rehabilitation setting. He has also provided physical therapy services to outpatient and home health patients and worked in marketing and leadership associated with those positions.

Drummond is a Certified Athletic Trainer, Licensed Physical Therapist, is Functional Movement Screen Certified, and LSVT BIG Certified, which is a program that utilizes intensive training of motion to help correct the movement deficits in those with Parkinson’s disease. He is a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and the American Physical Therapy Association. Locally, Drummond serves on the board for the West Plains Christian Clinic, the Missouri State University – West Plains Grizzly Athletics Boosters Board, and is an officer of the West Plains Sunrise Rotary.

Drummond and his wife, Kristi, have two children, Sophie, 4, and Brooks, 2. Kristi is a part-time nurse for a local school district. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf, and hunting.

For more information about OMC Rehabilitation Services or physical therapy services, call 417-257-5959 or toll-free 888-242-9329 or e-mail rehab@ozarksmedicalcenter.com.

(West Plains) – A special concert held this weekend will help raise funds to promote and support Downtown West Plains.

West Plains Community Marketing Director Todd Shanks told Ozark Radio News more about the Sunset Concert Series:

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Shanks also talked about some of the talent performing on Saturday:

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He also added that people wishing to attend should bring a lawn chair for the concert. For more information on the event, call West Plains City Hall at 417-256-7176.

(West Plains) – Christmas can be a difficult time for some of our area citizens. Many families in West Plains struggle with limited resources, and it sometimes becomes difficult for parents to provide any kind of Christmas cheer for their families.

For the ninth year, the West Plains Chamber of Commerce Non-Profit Alliance, along with representatives from West Plains R-7 Schools, West Plains Area Rural Schools, Ozark Action, Law Enforcement and The Community Interagency Council, have joined forces to form a Community-wide Christmas Assistance Program to help those in need.

West Plains’ families in need of assistance can pick up an application form at the Ozark Action office located at 710 East Main Street in West Plains. The Committee compiles a centralized database of those who have applied. This helps prevent the duplication of services and provides the ability to serve more of those in need. This year’s application deadline is November 14.

Once returned, the Committee reviews each application and then tries to match an appropriate agency or donor with the family/individual in need. While filling out an application does not guarantee assistance, the committee makes every effort to help each qualified applicant. Last year, with the help of the agencies involved plus donations from area businesses, individuals, organizations and churches, they were able to serve over 1200 individuals and families in need.

In order for this program to be successful, the committee is asking for community involvement. There are many different ways to lend assistance to this program. Conducting a toy drive, adopting a family or making a donation are just some of the ways to get involved. For planning purposes, donor forms are due December 1.

If you, your company, organization or church would like to help someone this holiday season, the Committee can match you with someone in need. To find out how you can make a difference, please call the Chamber office at 417-256-4433.

(West Plains)- The West Plains Tree Board will be planting shade trees along the Howell Creek walking trail on Bratten Ave. at 9:30AM on Saturday, October 25, to celebrate Arbor Day.

Volunteers are invited to help plant the trees, learn about proper tree planting and enjoy free snacks courtesy of the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Mayor Jack Pahlmann signed the official Arbor Day proclamation last week, urging “all citizens to join us in the celebration of Arbor Day, and support efforts to protect and plant trees, for the well-being of this and future generations.”

The group will plant 25 trees including a variety of oaks and other Missouri native species. The trees were obtained at no cost through Project CommuniTree and Forest ReLeaf, a non-profit community-assisted nursery in the St. Louis area which raises seedlings and provides free and low-cost trees for planting in local communities.