(Jefferson City) (AP) – Missouri lawmakers say they want to regulate facilities where individuals can go and use brewing equipment to make their own alcoholic beverages, including beer, hard cider or mead.
The Missouri House on Tuesday gave an initial endorsement to a measure supporters said would allow businesses that want to offer the service to move forward.
Republican Rep. Don Gosen, of Chesterfield, says the practice is becoming more popular in Missouri.
He says some businesses may already be doing something similar but are doing it through various licensing practices that may not be appropriate.
The measure also would make it easier for small out-of-state brewers participating in festivals to sell their alcoholic beverages.
After another House vote, the bill would go to the Senate.
(Little Rock) (AP) – Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee will stop broadcasting his radio commentary May 1.
Huckabee, who is weighing a 2016 bid for president, announced the end of his four-minute radio broadcasts Wednesday. In an emailed news release, he said he plans to make content available online for paid subscribers.
In January, Huckabee left his weekly talk show “Huckabee” in its sixth season on Fox News.
The unsuccessful 2008 Republican presidential candidate said earlier this year that he plans to announce whether he’ll run for president this Spring.
Three other Republicans have formally announced bids over the last few weeks, but dozens of potential candidates have expressed interest in seeking the nomination.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced she would seek the Democratic nomination for president this weekend.
(West Plains) – A West Plains park is getting a new name, according to city clerk Mallory Hawkins, who added that crews are still working at the park to get things ready for the new disc golf course:
The new James Monroe Memorial Park and JMB Disc Golf Course can be found off of north BB Highway in West Plains.
(Willow Springs) – The city of Willow Springs will hold their spring clean-up week next month, according to city administrator Bob Pollard:
If you have any questions, call Willow Springs City Hall at 417-469-2107.
(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:
Among the amendments added to this bill is one from Senate Minority Floor Leader Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis:
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:
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:
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 email@example.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.