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(West Plains) – Tender Mercies, a diaper ministry to young parents in the West Plains area, will be distributing diapers to parents in need on Saturday, November 1, from 9AM-12PM at First Christian Church in West Plains, located at 422 West Main St.

In order to receive diapers, participants must live in the West Plains R-7 or in the surrounding rural school districts. Qualified participants must call the church at 417-256-2887 for an appointment. Call times will be Monday and Tuesday, October 27, and 28, from 3-7 PM. A Tender Mercies team member will assign participants a scheduled appointment to pick up their diapers on Saturday, November 1.

For more information you can contact the church office at 417-256-2887.

(Jefferson City)- Nearly a dozen different proposals comprise the measure that ultimately won legislative approval to make changes to Missouri’s laws relating to school transfers.

While an effort was made to override the veto last month the Missouri House did not follow suit. This was the priority measure for Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles:

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Senate Minority Floor Leader Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City says that other issues were her priorities this year including some of the budget withholdings made b y the executive branch:

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Justus adds that she would not be surprised if tax reform becomes a discussion topic for Missouri Senators next year.

(Washington) – Congressman Jason Smith is seeking applications for nomination to the U.S. service academies.

Individuals interested in a nomination to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy or the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy should submit applications no later than October 31.

Individuals interested in a nomination from Congressman Smith must meet the following eligibility requirements for admission to a service academy: they must be at least 17 years old and a US citizen, they must be a resident of Missouri’s 8th Congressional District, they must be unmarried, not pregnant and have no legal obligation to support children or other dependents, and they must meet the medical, physical and academic requirements of the academy.

Students interested in a nomination should contact Congressman Smith’s Academy Coordinator Heather Peugh at 417-255-1515 or heather.peugh@mail.house.gov. The application can be downloaded at jasonsmith.house.gov/. Nomination applications for the entering class of 2015 are due by October 31.

(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.