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(Washington) – Sen. Claire McCaskill spoke with members of the Missouri press on Wednesday and discussed a number of issues, including what she thinks the legislature needs to get done before the end of the year:

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McCaskill also gave her thoughts on the situation in Ferguson:

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We’ll have more with Sen. McCaskill later this week.

(Jefferson City) – A couple of education measures may be introduced once again next year. Pre-filed legislation will receive bill numbers starting on December 1, 2014.

Senator Ed Emery, R-Lamar, was a supporter of this year’s attempt at school transfers. He says that some school districts have been nearly bankrupted because of this:

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Senator Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis, believes that some of his modifications would greatly benefit schools:

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The First Regular Session of the 98th General Assembly will start on January 7, 2015.

(Jefferson City) – A mainstay on Missouri radio for over 40 years will be retiring from the news desk at Missourinet at the end of this month.

Bob Priddy has been the news director at the Jefferson City-based Missourinet since the Missouri news network went on-air. At the end of November, Bob will turn the reins of Missourinet over to Chief of News Services Ashley Byrd, managing editor Mike Lear, reporter and producer Kyle Loethen and others who will maintain the high standards Bob set for the newsroom.

Although he will be stepping away, Bob will continue to contribute to Missourinet: he will remain the producer, writer and voice of the always popular Across Our Wide Missouri, and he will advise the newsroom during political seasons. He may even work on a news story when time allows.

Bob is a nationally recognized journalist, author, reporter, and Missouri historian.

Priddy says that after retirement, he’ll spend a lot more time in the archives researching Missouri history, watching NASCAR, writing, hiking National Parks, sleeping past 4 AM, and traveling the country. A special page at www.missourinet.com about Bob’s retirement, which will also allow people to leave notes and well-wishes, will go live at the end of this week.

Missourinet has been affiliated with the Ozark Radio Network nearly since the beginning, being an news provider for KWPM-AM and KUKU-FM.

(Willow Springs) – Troop G of the Highway Patrol will once again be participating in enforcement operations throughout the Thanksgiving holiday.

The objective of the operations is to reduce the number and severity of traffic crashes. Throughout the holiday weekend, troopers within Troop G and throughout the state will be participating in Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort).

In addition to Operation C.A.R.E., Troop G will also participate in the statewide 20-Mile Trooper project during the peak travel periods on Wednesday, November 26, and Sunday, November 30. During this operation, troopers will be assigned to 20-mile stretches of Highway 60. Enforcement efforts on secondary roads will be conducted during the same timeframe within Troop G. Over the entire holiday weekend troopers will be vigorously enforcing all traffic laws and helping motorists in need of assistance.

The Patrol encourages motorists to protect themselves and their passengers by making sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained in a seat belt or child restraint.

(Willow Springs)- The LeFevre Quartet will be performing a Christmas Concert at the First General Baptist Church in Willow Springs on Saturday, December 6, at 6 PM.

The LeFevre Quartet is one of the legendary families in Gospel Music. This year the group will be performing a Christmas Concert which features their newest Christmas project. The Gainsville, GA based group features Mike LeFevre who has been voted “Favorite Baritone Singer” three years in a row by Southern Gospel Music fans across the country at the Singing News Fan Awards.

The First General Baptist Church, located at 2507 Railroad Drive in Willow Springs. For more information or directions to the facility call 417-252-0916. A love offering will be received.

(Mountain Home) – Pre-registration for current Arkansas State University – Mountain Home (ASUMH) students is going on now for the spring 2015 semester.

Currently enrolled ASUMH students can register for classes online after meeting with their academic advisor. The first day of classes in the spring semester will be Monday, January 12. Open registration for current and new students is January 6-9. Now is the time for new students to complete admissions and financial aid paperwork.

Associate degrees offered include general studies, teaching, business, funeral science, criminal justice, information systems technologies, nursing, welding technology and more. Technical certificate programs such as health professions, information systems technology, paramedic technology, and basic electronics are also offered. Certificates of proficiency include A+ computer technician, CISCO networking, graphic design, web development, phlebotomy, certified nursing assistant (CNA), and professional medical coder.

For more information, or to get started, contact ASUMH recruiter Allison Haught at (870) 508-6262 or call (870) 508-6100. Applications and course schedules are available online at www.asumh.edu.

(Melbourne) – Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) are currently in high demand at area long-term care facilities, and Ozarka College offers college credit CNA classes (Basic Health Skills).

Students may take this CNA course at any of their four campus locations in Melbourne, Ash Flat, Mammoth Spring, or Mountain View, AR. This nine-week course meets twice per week and is offered each semester, including summer II. Additionally, financial aid is available for students who qualify.

Spring and Summer registration is open to all students, both new and current. For more information about Ozarka College’s CNA program, contact Tamra Bevill, Ozarka College CNA Coordinator at 870-368-2079 or email tbevill@ozarka.edu. Interested students may also contact Dawn Smith, Ozarka College Allied Health Instructor, at 870-368-2044 or dawn.smith@ozarka.edu.

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(West Plains) – The Ozarks Small Business Incubator, the Small Business & Technology Development Center, Downtown Revitalization, and Southern Hills Shopping Center have teamed up to support a nationwide event to get consumers to shop local this holiday season.

Shop Small Saturday is taking place on the heels of Black Friday on Saturday, November 29. Visiting a small business is a great way to complete your holiday shopping while contributing to your community’s health and get unique gifts while helping the main drivers of the economy.

To make sure that you are supporting local businesses with your holiday shopping, look for stores with the “Shop Small” stickers hanging in the windows. By visiting one of the participating business, you can receive a “Shop Small” tote bag, button, pen, or pet bandana; and even be entered for your chance to win a prize basket. Gather your family, friends, neighbors and colleagues to “shop small” on Small Business Saturday, November 29.

While you’re out having fun, remind others to Shop Small by taking part in the Small Business Saturday social media campaign, using the hashtag #SmallBizSat. This amplifies your support for America’s small businesses. People are also urged to join the Facebook group “Shop Small West Plains” for a listing of businesses who are participating.

If you are a local business and want to participate and receive a “Shop Small” sticker for your store, please contact Brittany French at 417-256-9724.

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(Mountain Home) – Chamber Ambassadors cut the Ribbon for Elmcroft in Mountain Home Tuesday, November 11.

Hospice of North Arkansas is Hospice of North Arkansas celebrated the grand opening of their new office in Bradford Square this week, and they will host the Chamber of Commerce’s Good Morning Mountain Home on Friday, Nov 14th at 8 am. There will be a nice breakfast as well as some give-a-ways.

Hospice of North Arkansas has been delivering excellent care for terminal patients and their families in the North Central Arkansas area since 1993. Ken House, Administrator, said “It’s an honor to take care of our patients and families during their time of need.”

Hospice of North Arkansas is located at 330 Hwy 5 North, Ste. #20 Bradford Square in Mountain Home. For more information about Hospice and how you or your family could benefit please call their office at 870-424-4000.

Mabry, right, talks with students, from left, Otha Bell, St. Louis; Malik James, Boston, Mass.; Kayla Noakes, Waynesville; and Alex Pyles, Strafford.  (Missouri State-West Plains Photo)

Mabry, right, talks with students, from left, Otha Bell, St. Louis; Malik James, Boston, Mass.; Kayla Noakes, Waynesville; and Alex Pyles, Strafford. (Missouri State-West Plains Photo)

(West Plains) – Former Grizzlies basketball player Tommie Mabry spoke to many students, faculty, staff and community members October 20 at Missouri State University-West Plains about his upbringing in Jackson, Miss., and how he turned his difficult and tumultuous years as a youth into a positive through basketball and education.

Mabry played for the Grizzlies during the 2007-08 season and eventually obtained his bachelor’s degree in education at Tougaloo College in his hometown. He is now an admission counselor there.

Mabry, a published author, also travels the country as a motivational speaker, encouraging those who attend his presentations to pursue their dreams. Following his two presentations on campus, he visited with students, answering questions and offering copies of his book A Dark Journey to a Light Future.