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Students attending the program were (in no particular order): Cassidy Williams, of Grovespring, MO; Cody Spencer, of Cabool; MO, Sara Cummins, of Licking, MO; Tyler Figley, of Willow Springs, MO; Rachel Corniels, of Willow Springs; Dakota Mclanahan, of Grovespring; Douglas Cooley II, of Plato, MO; Dusty McCartney, of Lesterville, MO; Michael Winn, of Lesterville; Payton Emery, of Birchtree, MO; Dustin Lott, of Centerville, MO; Dalton Headings, of Mountain View, MO; Lucas Combs, of Willow Springs, Alysha Falterman, of Licking; Boston Zoetewey, of Houston, MO; Karter Greenan, of Mtn. View; Jared Chronnister, of Mountain Grove, MO; and Donnie Luck, of West Plains, MO. At far right is Troop G information officer Sgt. Jeff Kinder. (provided)

Students attending the program were (in no particular order): Cassidy Williams, of Grovespring, MO; Cody Spencer, of Cabool; MO, Sara Cummins, of Licking, MO; Tyler Figley, of Willow Springs, MO; Rachel Corniels, of Willow Springs; Dakota Mclanahan, of Grovespring; Douglas Cooley II, of Plato, MO; Dusty McCartney, of Lesterville, MO; Michael Winn, of Lesterville; Payton Emery, of Birchtree, MO; Dustin Lott, of Centerville, MO; Dalton Headings, of Mountain View, MO; Lucas Combs, of Willow Springs, Alysha Falterman, of Licking; Boston Zoetewey, of Houston, MO; Karter Greenan, of Mtn. View; Jared Chronnister, of Mountain Grove, MO; and Donnie Luck, of West Plains, MO. At far right is Troop G information officer Sgt. Jeff Kinder. (provided)

(Willow Springs) – 18 high school students representing nine high schools from the Highway Patrol Troop G area completed the first Troop G Missouri State Highway Patrol Student Alliance Program.

The program was conducted at Troop G Headquarters in Willow Springs on Saturday, April 4, and Saturday, April 11. During the two-day program, students learned about the history of the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the many duties performed by a Missouri state trooper. They participated in hands-on activities such as firing a Glock pistol, mock traffic stops, and using a police radio. Also, the students saw a short haul helicopter rescue demonstration and presentations by the Troop D SWAT team, and the Highway Patrol’s dive team.

The program, which targeted high school juniors and seniors, was conducted to provide an opportunity for interested individuals to learn more about a career in law enforcement and the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Each participant was presented a certificate of completion and a Missouri State Highway Patrol T-shirt.

(West Plains) – Community members who are interested in donating to Missouri State University-West Plains’ Annual Fund can team up with the Future Alumni Organization (FAO) and Ruby Tuesday’s in West Plains to “Eating for the Future.”

For anyone who mentions “Eating for the Future” or brings in one of the flyers promoting the fundraiser to Ruby Tuesday’s on Saturday, April 18, 20 percent of their bill will go to the university’s Annual Fund, which provides funding for scholarships, emergency grants, educational initiatives, campus technology, labs and facilities and programming through the University/Community Programs Department which are not funded through state appropriations or tuition.

To obtain a flyer or for more information about the fundraiser, contact the Missouri State-West Plains’ development office at 417-255-7240 or WPDevelopment@MissouriState.edu.

(Mountain Grove) – The Mountain Grove Chamber of Commerce’s annual city-wide yard sale will be held Saturday, June 6.

The fee for getting on the city yard sale map is $2. People wishing to be on the map can sign up at the Chamber of Commerce, 120 E. 9th Street, Monday – Friday 9:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. or mail your fee to Mountain Grove Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 434, Mountain Grove, MO 65711.

The deadline for signing up to be on the map is May 22. For more information, call the chamber of commerce at 417-926-5554.

(Jefferson City) – Missouri senators this week continued to debate legislation.

Senator Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City, handles House Bill 150 in the Missouri Senate. The measure would modify the duration of unemployment compensation, the method to pay federal advances and raise the fund trigger causing contribution rate reductions:

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Among the amendments added to this bill is one from Senate Minority Floor Leader Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis:

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House Bill 150 has been referred to the Governmental Accountability and Fiscal Oversight Committee before a final vote can be taken on the measure in the Missouri Senate.

On Tuesday, senators begin debate on Senate Bill 540, legislation that aims to raise the tax on motor fuel by six cents per gallon over a ten year period. Senator Doug Libla, R-Poplar Bluff, sponsors the bill and explains the need for his legislation:

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Senator Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City, supports the measure and describes bi-partisan efforts in the past to help fund our nation’s infrastructure needs:

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Senate Bill 540 was later set aside for further discussion.

(West Plains) – The Boys and Girls Club of the Greater West Plains Area has been selected as one of 31 non-profit organizations in Missouri that is eligible for funding under the Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP), which offers tax incentives to businesses and individuals who support the organization.

The Club is eligible for $93,450 in tax credits, with the Club responsible for raising $133,500 in order to receive the funding. Businesses and individuals who make contributions to the Club’s NAP-approved project will receive state tax credits at 70 percent value of an eligible donation. These include cash, stocks and bonds, materials, supplies or equipment, technical assistance, professional services, labor, and real estate.

As its approved project, the Boys and Girls Club will provide an enhancement of its daily programming, including programs geared toward youth and at-risk youth that promote character and leadership development, education and career development, health and life skills, art and music, and sports/recreation. With these additional offerings, the Club expects an increase in its daily attendance.

For more information, contact Club Executive Director Amber Adamson at 417-204-2582, or by email at adamson5125@gmail.com.

(West Plains) – The Missouri State University-West Plains University/Community Programs (U/CP) Department will host two sessions of its lifeguard course May 1-3 and May 17-18 at the West Plains Civic Center for those who would like to work at the West Plains Civic Center indoor pool or the City of West Plains’ outdoor aquatic center.

The course is part of the Jeff Ellis and Associates International Lifeguard Training Program (ILTP) Candidates must pass a written exam with a score of 80 percent or higher, pass individual technical performance exams and pass simulation practical exams to qualify for licensing.

There is a $121 fee for the course, which covers an online course and test, a completion card and tuition costs. The first 12 students to register for each session will be accepted. Students must be 16 by May 31 to take the class.

Missouri State-West Plains Aquatics and Wellness Coordinator Keri Elrod said this is a great opportunity for area residents who may be interested in a summer job at the local pools to obtain the required ILTP certification.

For more information or to register, call the U/CP office at 417-255-7966.

(Yellville) – Arvest Bank will host their 6th annual Shred-A-Thon on Saturday, April 25 from 10:30 AM to 1 PM at the Mountain Home East branch off of Highway 62.

In lieu of paying for shredding services, residents are asked to make donations to the Humane Society of North Central Arkansas.

The Shred-A-Thon is sponsored by Arvest and Shred-It each year, and provides an environmentally friendly way to discard unwanted paper and sensitive documents in a secure manner. Since 2010, more than 24,000 pounds of paper have been shredded and recycled. In that same time, over $5,600 has been raised for the Mountain Home community.

For more information, visit www.arvest.com.

(Jefferson City) (AP) – A Missouri political consultant says he personally paid for a radio attack ad on the late state Auditor Tom Schweich during Schweich’s bid for governor.

Jeff Roe, the founder of a Kansas City political consulting firm, said in a statement Tuesday he footed the bill for a “House of Cards”-themed ad criticizing Schweich as weak.

Schweich fatally shot himself Feb. 26. He was facing a Republican primary with former state House speaker and U.S. attorney Catherine Hanaway in the governor’s race.

In a statement, Roe lamented Schweich’s death. Police have said it’s unclear why Schweich shot himself.

Roe paid for the ad through a limited liability company he solely owns.

The committee that produced the ad had shared the same treasurer as Hanaway’s campaign. Hanaway has said she didn’t know about the ad before it aired.

by Marie French, AP

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(Jefferson City) (AP) – A liberal advocacy group sued the Missouri Senate on Wednesday, asserting that restrictions on filming some Senate committee meetings are in violation of the state’s open-meetings law.

Progress Missouri’s lawsuit alleges that decisions by some Senate committee chairmen to prohibit filming by the group violate the state’s Sunshine Law and infringes on the group’s freedom of speech and association. Executive director Sean Nicholson said he’s tried to work out a solution for months.

“Some of these senators think the law doesn’t apply to them,” Nicholson said.

Missouri’s Sunshine Law allows public bodies to establish guidelines on recording to minimize disruption, but the lawsuit says Progress Missouri’s filming wouldn’t have been disruptive. Senate rules state that cameras may be allowed with the permission of the committee chairman “as long as they do not prove disruptive to the decorum of the committee.”

The lawsuit says some senators’ policy allowing only members of a Capitol media association to film hearings violates freedom of association by essentially requiring Progress Missouri to join the group.

Senate Majority Caucus spokeswoman Lauren Hieger said the Senate would not comment on pending legal action, but noted that the Senate has made improvements in technology to set up audio feeds in overflow rooms for Senate hearings.

“We just follow the same policy that we follow on the Senate floor,” said Sen. Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City, declining to comment further on the lawsuit. Kehoe is one of the chairmen named in the lawsuit, along with Sen. David Sater, R-Cassville, and Sen. Mike Parson, R-Bolivar, and the Senate itself.

Media outlets seeking to film Senate proceedings typically request permission in advance, and Senate rules state that making live or taped recordings of the full Senate is subject to approval from the Senate president pro tem and the majority and minority floor leaders.

(Jefferson City) (AP) – The Missouri Senate is sending back to the House a measure that supporters say will address problems with the state’s flawed student transfer law.

The Senate on Wednesday approved the measure 26-3. It now returns to the House and differences between the two versions must be worked out.

Missouri law requires failing school districts to pay tuition for students to attend nearby schools in better-performing districts. That’s resulted in a financial hardship for some districts that struggle to pay that tuition.

This year’s proposal would first have students move to better-performing schools within the district, with the goal of keeping them in their home districts.

An earlier proposal stalled because of a $200 million price tag. Legislative researchers estimate the new version would cost about $23 million.