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(Hartville) – A Hartville resident suffered minor injuries early Wednesday morning after the vehicle he was driving hit a cow in the roadway.

49-year-old John Coffman was taken to Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston by private vehicle.

The accident happened at 1:20 AM on Route HH, about 3 miles east of Hartville in Wright County.

(West Plains) – Howell County crews are behind schedule when it comes to road repairs, according to Northern Howell County Commissioner Bill Lovelace, who says that the county is waiting for some drier days before work:

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If you have a road that needs fixed, contact the county commission office at 417-256-3872.

(Jefferson City) – MoDOT has listed the major road projects they’ll be focusing on this spring and summer. Brett Stevens has more:

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(Jefferson City) – Missouri Senators continue to reflect on the past legislative session.

Senate Bill 199 would have created a cause of action for people who have been deprived of certain rights and modified the statute specifying when police officers are justified in using force.

Sen. Bob Dixon, R-Springfield, says the House and Senate were unable to come up with a compromise bill before session ended:

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Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, says the bill would not have been the final answer:

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Lawmakers will end the First Regular Session of the 98th General Assembly on Wednesday.

(Little Rock) (AP) – A proposal to change Arkansas’ driving while intoxicated law to prevent the state losing more than $50 million in federal highway funding has stalled before a legislative panel.

The proposal to make DWI an offense that prosecutors don’t have to prove intent failed twice Tuesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The panel was expected to meet again Wednesday to take up the proposal.

The measure was proposed after the state Supreme Court ruled earlier this month that DWI is not a “strict scrutiny” offense where prosecutors don’t have to show intent. State highway officials have said the ruling threatened highway funding that’s tied to the state’s DWI laws.

The DWI law change is among several items on the agenda for a special legislative session that began Tuesday.

(Little Rock) (AP) – Arkansas’ attorney general has rejected language for a proposed initiated act on campaign financing that would go before voters next year.

Regnat Populus wants to require greater disclosure about spending from outside groups in political campaigns. Its proposal also would have included a non-binding resolution calling for a federal constitutional amendment to overturn a 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision authorizing unlimited political spending by corporations and unions.

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge said Tuesday there were several misleading portions in the ballot title to be presented to voters. She said the word “sponsors” as used in the ballot title isn’t defined, and that the proposal was vague on how contributors could reach a $2,000 threshold that would trigger disclosure requirements.

The Regnat Populus group can change the proposal and resubmit it.

(Purdue University/John Obermeyer)

(Purdue University/John Obermeyer)

(Houston) – The University of Missouri Extension is urging farmers to be on the lookout for a reoccurring pest that can be devastating to crops and fescue.

True armyworms have been reported in several locations around the region, including Ozark, Howell, Wright, and Texas Counties. To date, 1-2 larvae per square foot have been reported, which is below treatment levels. However, MU Extension officials say infestation levels can increase rapidly.

True armyworm larvae are identified by three broad, dark stripes that run the length of the body, with an orange line running the length of each side of the body from head to tail.Armyworms can cause major damage to tall fescue and other grass pastures, destroying acres of pasture before reaching maturity.

True armyworm larvae are often active at night or on cloudy days, and are found most easily during late afternoon, evening, and early morning hours. As larvae increase in size, they will feed during both night and day periods and move upward on host plants as they consume foliage. To help combat the armyworm, area farmers need to scout fields at least twice a week to determine infestation levels and treat as necessary.

Tall fescue seed fields, grass pastures, and wheat fields should be treated when an average of 4 or more half-grown or larger worms per square foot are present during late spring and before more than 2% to 3% of seed heads are cut from stems in tall fescue seed fields. Corn fields should be treated when 25% or more of seedlings are damaged.

Contact Universtiy of Missouri Extension Agronomy Specialist Sarah Kenyon for more information; 417-967-4545 or

(Rolla) (AP) – A 27-year-old man is charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the shooting death of a central Missouri man.

Joshua M. Toole of Rolla was charged in the death Friday of 30-year-old Daniel Hunter.

The Rolla Daily News reports Hunter was Toole’s girlfriend’s ex-husband.

Police say the woman called police to report Toole was en route to a home to shoot her ex-husband. When officers arrived within minutes of receiving the call they found a man standing over the victim’s body.

Police said in a news release that the suspect shot the victim several times after a brief struggle.


(Jefferson City) (AP) – The Missouri Senate has hired a lawyer in response to a “workplace harassment complaint.”

A document obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press shows the Senate hired the attorney May 7.

The legal fee agreement didn’t give additional details regarding the complaint, but Minority Leader Joe Keaveny said the Senate is conducting an internal investigation. He declined to comment further.

Jim Nowogrocki of St. Louis-based Weiss Attorneys at Law will be paid $270 an hour for legal counsel and advice. Keaveny, of St. Louis, also works at that law firm.

The Senate investigation comes amid fallout from the resignation of former Republican House Speaker John Diehl. Diehl resigned earlier this month on the last day of session after admitting he had exchanged sexually suggestive text messages with an intern.


A copperhead snake. (Tim Johnson/The Herald-Dispatch via AP)

(Nixa) (AP) – A 37-year-old southwest Missouri man is dead after being bitten on both legs by a venomous snake after he waded into the James River.

The Springfield News-Leader reports Gilbert De Leon and his girlfriend were at the Delaware Access southwest of Nixa on Friday afternoon when he waded into the river and felt himself being bitten.

Christian County Coroner Brad Cole says De Leon ignored his girlfriend’s pleas to go to a hospital and instead went to his Nixa home. The woman woke up Saturday morning and found him dead.

Cole says lab tests will take about eight weeks to get back, but he sees no signs the man died of anything other than snake bites.

Cole says it’s the first possible snake bite death he has ever seen.

Note: The Associated Press ran a previously published story in place of this one. We apologize for the error.