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(West Plains) – City offices in West Plains will be closed on Friday due to the Independence Day holiday. City clerk Mallory Hawkins also told Ozark Radio News that trash routes will be affected for some residents:

If you have any questions, call West Plains City Hall at 417-256-7176.

(St. Louis) – With Independence Day festivities taking place this weekend, the Humane Society of Missouri is offering a number of tips to keep your furry friends safe and secure during fireworks and other activities. Brett Stevens has more:

(Little Rock) (AP) – A new study has concluded that children in Arkansas are at an increased risk for drowning.

Research conducted by the Arkansas Infant and Child Death Review Program at Arkansas Children’s Hospital indicates Arkansas ranks 7th in the U.S. for drowning-related deaths among children under 17. In addition, the state’s drowning rate is 60 percent higher than the national average.

Since 2010, the Arkansas Infant and Child Death Review Program has reviewed cases of unexpected deaths of children ages birth to 17. Local review teams found that of all the drowning cases reviewed, over 5 percent involved children between the ages of 1 and 4 who drowned in either a bathtub or a bucket of water.

The research found that most recreational drownings occurred among young people ages 10 to 17.

(Mountain Home) – A Henderson woman faces several drug-related offenses after she was arrested last week on outstanding arrest warrants.

19-year-old Kelsie Bliss was charged with felony possession charges, along with a misdemeanor failure to appear warrant and a bench warrant revocation.

Deupties arrested Bliss around 2:30 AM June 23 on the outstanding warrants. During a search of her purse, the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office says they found several items of contraband were found, including approximately 1.1 grams of methamphetamine, 2 morphine tablets, 27 carisoprodol tablets, 23 clonazepam tablets, 5 zolpidem tartrate tablets, all of which were packaged in small plastic zipper style baggies that are commonly used to facility delivery and distribution.

At report time, she was held without bond on the bench warrant, and $20,000 bond on the drug charges.

(West Plains) – The Ozarks Small Business Incubator in West Plains will be holding an intellectual property, or IP, workshop on July 16.

Incubator executive director Heather Fisher told Ozark Radio News more about the event:

For more information, visit or call the Incubator at 417-256-9724.

(Little Rock) (AP) – The Arkansas Educational Television Network says PBS’s popular Antiques Roadshow appraisal event is coming to Little Rock next month.

AETN says the program will tape an episode at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock on July 25. Participants must register with AETN by July 10 to attend.

The public TV series features a wide variety of items brought in for professional assessment, including of the market value. Thousands of people appeared for the taping of three one-hour episodes in Omaha, Nebraska, on Saturday. They are scheduled to air in 2016.

Ticket holders can bring as many as two items, and must bring at least one item. Those who plan to bring a painting for appraisal should be prepared for the possibility of an extra-long wait.

by Jim Salter, AP

FILE - In this June 19, 2015 file photo, kayaker Chris Cooper paddles across a flooded area at Detweiller Golf Course as Dewey Banks fishes for catfish in flood waters from the Illinois River in Peoria, Ill. Significant flooding in June was reported in parts of Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Missouri and more rain forecast this week furthers worries that already serious flooding won't go away anytime soon. (David Zalaznik/Journal Star via AP, File)

FILE – In this June 19, 2015 file photo, kayaker Chris Cooper paddles across a flooded area at Detweiller Golf Course as Dewey Banks fishes for catfish in flood waters from the Illinois River in Peoria, Ill. Significant flooding in June was reported in parts of Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Missouri and more rain forecast this week furthers worries that already serious flooding won’t go away anytime soon. (David Zalaznik/Journal Star via AP, File)

(St. Louis) (AP) – A wet June turned worse after strong weekend storms drenched the Midwest, adding to concern that already-serious flooding won’t go away anytime soon.

It seems to be unrelenting: More rain is forecast for later this week in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan, “possibly a lot,” National Weather Service hydrologist Mark Fuchs said Monday.

“It’s a very wet late spring, early summer, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to end anytime soon,” he said.

Buyouts since the massive flood of 1993 have removed thousands of homes from the floodplains of the Midwest, but the flooding has closed hundreds of roads and swamped thousands of acres of farmland.

Parts of Missouri saw nearly 2 inches of rain over the weekend. St. Louis has received 13.1 inches of rain this month, 9 inches above normal and setting a June record with two days left in the month. It’s also the second-wettest of any month since official record-keeping began in 1874; in first place is 14.78 inches in August 1946.

Flood-weary towns scrambled to protect property. In southeast Missouri, dozens of people fled Dutchtown and Allenville as the Mississippi River neared a crest of 12 feet above flood stage. In northeast Missouri, the Fabius River spiked 10 feet above flood stage, topping sandbags on a levee and forcing about 100 residents of a mobile home park to evacuate in Taylor.

The storms also brought severe weather, with three tornadoes touching down Sunday about 70 miles northwest of St. Louis and a possible one in a St. Louis suburb.

Other rivers were overflowing, too. The Illinois River was around 10 feet above flood stage at several points in central Illinois, flooding roads and a few businesses in places such as Beardstown, Meredosia and Peoria. The town of Peru called off its July Fourth fireworks show because of the flooding. And in southern Illinois, the Ohio River was climbing toward an expected crest 7 feet above flood stage Saturday at Cairo, drenching farmland in that area.

Northwest Indiana has been hit particularly hard during June. Agricultural experts said last week the state’s corn and soybean crop has already been reduced by nearly $300 million. That was before up to 4 inches of weekend rain caused rivers and creeks to flood and prevented storm sewers from emptying into them, resulting in street flooding in Muncie, Portland and other communities.

The Wabash River was so high in Lafayette, Indiana, over the weekend that it blocked access to a hospital. The river was still more than 10 feet above flood stage Monday after dropping a foot from its crest Sunday.

In southwest Michigan, the overflowing Kalamazoo River drenched Stryker Field, home of the minor-league Kalamazoo Growlers. It’ll be several days before the field dries out, and the cost of the damage is not yet known. Flood warnings were issued for several waterways in southern Michigan.

And in Waco, Texas, police said a homeless man, Timothy Lee Bonner, 49, was sleeping in a tent near a creek when he was swept away by flooding. His body was recovered Saturday morning from the creek behind Baylor University’s Floyd Casey Stadium.

(Little Rock) (AP) – Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says a U.S. Supreme Court ruling approving the use of the sedative midazolam in executions will allow states to move forward with lethal injections, though other issues remain in Arkansas.

Hutchinson said Monday that he had directed the Department of Correction to “initiate a search for the appropriate drugs.” He noted that the department needs to find a drug supplier before any executions can be scheduled.

There are 33 inmates on death row in Arkansas, including at least eight who have exhausted their judicial appeals.

Asked if he would sign the warrants, Hutchinson said he’s “ready” to fulfill his responsibility.

The attorney general’s office says executions could be delayed amid a challenge over a new law that makes Arkansas’ execution drug supplier a state secret.

(Little Rock) (AP) – Arkansas has signed an agreement with a Vietnamese province that is aimed at boosting trade between the two regions.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Monday signed the agreement with the chairman of Dong Nai Province in southeastern Vietnam. Hutchinson says the agreement will help develop economic development, trade and educational opportunities between the state and the province, and had been negotiated over the past three months.

Arkansas is the first state to sign such an agreement with the province. Hutchinson says he hoped to eventually visit the province as part of the exchange.

Hutchinson says the memorandum of understanding opens up business opportunities for the state, such as increasing exports of soybeans, rice and other agricultural commodities.

by RB Fallstrom, AP

St. Louis Cardinals' Jason Heyward hits an RBI double during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs Sunday, June 28, 2015, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

St. Louis Cardinals’ Jason Heyward hits an RBI double during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs Sunday, June 28, 2015, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Mike Matheny has zero interest in scanning the daily statistics that show just how efficiently the St. Louis Cardinals are dealing with the opposition.

Matheny prefers that his players ignore all that, too, just as they have the hacking investigation involving the Houston Astros that seems to have quieted down. The players can keep the franchise with the majors’ best record rolling along by grinding out at-bats, grinding out innings, briefly savoring results and moving on.

“I couldn’t say I stuck my head in the sand so much I didn’t know we won 50 games,” Matheny said before the Cardinals raised their record to 51-24. “But it doesn’t really do us any good to focus on that stuff, we’ve just got to go play the game.”

It is best, he added, that contributing kids spend no time fretting about when they might be sent back down to the minors or wondering how they’ll respond to the hard times that might be around the corner.

The manager is not about to throw cold water on rookie Xavier Scruggs, a recent first-time call-up who has nine hits in his last five games and an RBI in each of the last three, helping the Cardinals run their winning streak to six and widen their lead to nine games in the NL Central.

“Oh, this is awesome,” Scruggs said. “It’s everything you dream of, just being part of the best team in baseball. Just being able to able to play a little part is just great for me.”

Some of the reasons behind the Cardinals’ run of success:


The biggest reason, by far, for a start of historic proportions is the pitching minus ace Adam Wainwright, sidelined for the year in April with a torn Achilles tendon. The 2.61 ERA leads the majors by far, and the Pirates are the only other team with an ERA below 3.00.

Over the last five games, the opposition has mustered just six runs, and that’s no isolated stretch. The Cardinals have allowed two or fewer runs an amazing 44 times, going 37-7. Michael Wacha (10-3, 2.77), Carlos Martinez (9-3, 2.80) and Lance Lynn (5-4, 2.84) are all among the ERA league leaders.

The Cardinals had enough confidence in Martinez, in his first year in the rotation, to stick with him after two rain delays in Sunday’s 4-1 victory over the Cubs that completed a three-game sweep. Medical marvel Jaime Garcia, coming off thoracic outlet surgery after years of shoulder trouble, is 3-3 with a 1.69 ERA in seven outings.


Closer Trevor Rosenthal has a 0.52 ERA and one blown save in 24 chances. St. Louis leads the league with 30 saves overall with Carlos Villanueva (1.37), Kevin Siegrist (1.52) and Miguel Socolovich (1.69) all under 2.00.

The Cardinals are 29-7 at home, the best ever in the divisional era that began in 1969 according to STATS, and they lead the majors with 22 come-from-behind wins.


The offense does its part minus Matt Holliday and Matt Adams for long stretches. Scruggs has earned recent time at first base ahead of veteran Mark Reynolds and is not being prepared for the inevitable “rough patch.”

“Mark’s still going to be a big part of what we’re doing here, but Xavier is putting together some at-bats you can’t ignore,” Matheny said. “That’s what a young guy’s supposed to do – you get an opportunity, jump on it.”

Another neophyte, outfielder Greg Garcia, is 5 for 10 with a critical homer.

Holliday is getting closer to returning from a quad injury sustained in early June but feels no pressure to because the team is doing just fine without him.

“They’re obviously playing great, so it’s no hurry,” Holliday said. “They’re finding ways to win and guys are stepping up, and that’s really the way it’s been the last few years.”


Matheny played for Tony La Russa, whose mantra was winning series. The Cardinals have done that admirably, going 18-5-2.

The manager who’s taken the Cardinals to a World Series and two NL championship series in his first three seasons thinks smaller.

“I just can’t help but keep being drawn to this very simplified idea of one pitch at a time,” Matheny said. “We don’t worry about what our record is, it’s what we can do right now. Play today. That’s it.”