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Ferguson police released this security still in an attempt to identify the man attempting to set fire to a Ferguson business. (AP)

(Ferguson) (AP) – A St. Louis County man could face up to 10 years in prison after admitting to setting fire to a Ferguson business following a grand jury announcement that officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted in the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Antonio Whiteside pleaded guilty Friday to one count of attempted arson for the fire that broke out Nov. 24 inside Ferguson Supermarket. Sentencing is July 23.

Brown was unarmed when he was fatally shot by Wilson in Ferguson on Aug. 9, leading to unrest that escalated the night the grand jury decision was announced.

The blaze at Ferguson Market was put out quickly, but more than a dozen businesses in the Ferguson area were destroyed in fires that night.

(Ferguson) (AP) – The interim city manager in Ferguson is stepping down to work for another city in St. Louis County.

Pam Hylton was assistant city manager before becoming interim city manager in March, following the resignation of John Shaw. She is taking a job as assistant city manager in Richmond Heights. Her last day in Ferguson will be May 15.

Shaw resigned in the fallout of a scathing report by the U.S. Department of Justice alleging racial bias and profiling in Fergusons’ police department and a profit-driven municipal court system.

The report was prompted by the unrest that followed the August shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by officer Darren Wilson. A St. Louis County grand jury and the Justice Department declined to prosecute Wilson, who resigned in November.

Kinloch city attorney James Robinson (right) tries to give letters of impeachment to newly elected Kinloch Mayor Betty McCray on Thursday, April 23, 2015, in the parking lot at the Kinloch City Hall. She refused to accept the papers, as did newly elected Alderman Eric Petty (center). (J.B. Forbes, St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Kinloch city attorney James Robinson (right) tries to give letters of impeachment to newly elected Kinloch Mayor Betty McCray on Thursday, April 23, 2015, in the parking lot at the Kinloch City Hall. She refused to accept the papers, as did newly elected Alderman Eric Petty (center). (J.B. Forbes, St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

(Kinloch) (AP) – Incoming Kinloch Mayor Betty McCray arrived at City Hall Thursday only to have the city attorney attempt to serve her with impeachment papers.

According to documents obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch through a records request, the city has raised concerns to the St. Louis County Board of Elections and the Missouri Secretary of State about people being registered to vote in Kinloch who no longer live there. On April 2, the city gave the election board a list of 27 names of people who it claimed were illegally registered.

McCray had defeated Mayor Darren Small on April 7 with 38 votes to his 18. Another candidate, Theda Wilson, received two votes.

City Attorney James Robinson said the Board of Aldermen voted to suspend McCray on Monday. He served McCray with impeachment charges Thursday when she attempted to enter City Hall. Robinson also told Alderman Eric Petty, an ally of McCray’s, that the board had drafted articles of impeachment against him.

“You may be the attorney now, but I promise you, you won’t be later,” McCray said as she refused to accept the impeachment papers.

The new mayor also called the voter fraud allegations “absurd.”

“It never came up until I ran for mayor,” McCray said, adding that people were still living at the addresses the city claims are empty. McCray is currently seeking legal representation to address the impeachment charges.

County Republican Election Director Gary Fuhr has responded to the city’s complaints by sending canvassers to verify that voters were registered to correct addresses. He declined to say what canvassers found.

Kinloch once thrived with more than 10,000 residents, but saw its share of decline in the 1980s. Today, Kinloch has fewer than 300 residents.

The city has weathered much political misfortune in the last five years, including the imprisonment of a former mayor on federal fraud and theft charges and the hiring of a convicted felon as city manager.

(Mountain Home) – The Baxter County Sheriff’s Office says they need your help in finding a suspect who is believed to have shot at a man in Mountain Home.

Authorities are looking for 30-year-old Jaycob Anderson. He was last seen leaving a residence off of Cochran Drive in a blue SUV, either a Chevrolet Tahoe or GMC Yukon, with partial Arkansas License “WII”.

The sheriff’s office was notified around 11:20 PM Thursday of an incident that took place at the home. On arrival, they found that a 30-year-old man whose left arm had been grazed by a bullet believed to be fired at him by Anderson. Deputies were told that the suspect had come to the victim’s residence to retrieve personal property belonging to a third party. A physical struggle ensued, with the suspect apparently shooting a firearm at the victim.

Anyone having information as to the current whereabouts of Anderson, who is believed to be armed, is asked to notify the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office by calling 870-425-7000.

Michelle Bryan, a stay-at-home mom in Willow Springs, takes online courses through Missouri State University-West Plains because it’s more convenient for her active schedule. Beginning this fall, students like Bryan will be able to complete the entire Associate of Arts in General Studies degree online.  (Missouri State-West Plains Photo)

Michelle Bryan, a stay-at-home mom in Willow Springs, takes online courses through Missouri State University-West Plains because it’s more convenient for her active schedule. Beginning this fall, students like Bryan will be able to complete the entire Associate of Arts in General Studies degree online.  (Missouri State-West Plains Photo)

(West Plains) – Missouri State-West Plains has announced that beginning this fall, students will be able to complete all of the credit hours required for the Associate of Arts in General Studies degree completely online.

Dr. Dennis Lancaster, dean of academic affairs, said university officials received approval last fall from its accrediting agency, the Higher Learning Commission in Chicago, to offer the degree online, and all of the components are now in place to give students who find it more convenient to take online classes the opportunity to earn a complete degree without having to make several trips to campus each week.

Currently, 70 classes are part of the online curriculum, and several have multiple sections of the class available. There also is enough variety in the course offerings that students could specialize in certain areas. Students also will be able to complete classes such as biology and chemistry, some of which even have laboratory components, online, as well.

A complete list of online classes scheduled for the 2015 summer session and fall semester can be found at grizzlyden.missouristate.edu. Printed copies also are available by calling 417-255-7955.

Regular registration for 2015 fall semester classes is now underway. For more information about admissions and registration procedures, call the admissions office at 417-255-7955 or toll free at 1-888-466-7897 or visit the university’s website, www.wp.missouristate.edu.

by Summer Ballentine, AP

(Jefferson City) (AP) – Missouri lawmakers passed a $26 billion budget plan on Thursday for the next fiscal year that would increase basic aid for K-12 public schools while holding spending for social services stagnant – a sticking point that garnered criticism from lawmakers concerned it could hurt services for low-income families and others.

Passing all 13 bills to outline funding for the state budget – which House Speaker John Diehl said includes a $90 million surplus – means the Republican-controlled Legislature could have the opportunity to override potential vetoes by Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon on specific programs before the legislative session ends May 15. Lead budget writer Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, said he believes lawmakers could override Nixon’s vetoes with a simple majority instead of the two-thirds needed after the session ends.

The governor could also wait until after the session to announce spending restrictions for particular programs.

Major highlights include $3.2 billion in basic aid for K-12 public schools, up more than $84 million from this year but still far short of the $482 million increase needed to provide the full amount called for under a 2005 state law. Public universities and colleges are set to receive $12 million more in performance-based funding, a 1.3 percent increase.

Mental health is set to receive roughly $730 million in general revenue next fiscal year, about $14 million less than the House proposed but still about $25 million more compared with this fiscal year. The plan includes almost $331 million for the health department, up from $286 million this year but roughly $5 million less than House members suggested.

A pay raise for state employees was not included in the budget, along with a provision that would have prevented Nixon from extending existing bond issues to build a new football stadium in St. Louis, which ultimately was dropped from the budget proposal.

(West Plains) – The next prequalification for the Ozarks Food Harvest Mobile Food Pantry will be from 4-5:45 PM Wednesday, May 6, at the West Plains Public Library Community Room.

Those eligible to apply for this assistance include area families with children ages birth through 18 who live within Howell County. Students enrolled at Missouri State University-West Plains and the South Central Career Center also are eligible, provided they meet income guidelines. Missouri State students must present their student identification cards in person, as well as a current class schedule; they may not send them with a family member. Families will receive only one voucher per family.

Those who apply should bring a photo ID, proof of income, proof of Howell County residency, names and ages of children, and a telephone number. Proof of Howell County residency does not apply to Missouri State-West Plains or South Central Career Center students. Other restrictions apply.

For more information about the Ozarks Food Harvest Mobile Food Pantry project, or if you are interested in volunteering or donating contact officials at the American Red Cross office in West Plains at 417-257-0018.

(Jefferson City) – This past Tuesday saw Missouri senators send Senate Bill 321 to the Missouri House of Representatives for their consideration. The measure would allow victims of sexual assault to receive protective orders and modify the definitions of sexual assault and stalking as they relate to orders of protection.

The proposal is sponsored by Sen. Dan Hegeman, R-Cosby:

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During discussion, Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, tells the sponsor she’s in favor of his bill:

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Senators also give final approval to Senate Bill 430, a measure that would require cities, towns and villages proposing to annex a portion of a state highway to also annex a specified portion of the area on either side of the highway. Senator Shalonn “Kiki” Curls, D-Kansas City, sponsors the legislation, and tells her colleagues it mirrors another proposal they have already passed:

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Another measure receiving preliminary Missouri Senate approval is Senate Bill 145, which would require health benefit plans cover diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders. Senator David Pearce, R-Warrensburg, sponsors the measure:

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Senate Bill 145 still needs another vote before it could move to the Missouri House of Representatives for their consideration.

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(West Plains) – The Small Business and Technology Development Center in West Plains will be holding a presentation on capital. Coordinator Bronwen Madden spoke with Ozark Radio News and told us more about the forum:

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Madden says that this forum is for anyone who may be interested:

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The cost to register is $20 through this coming Wednesday. For more information visit wp.missouristate.edu or 417-255-7966. You can also register at capitalforum.eventbrite.com.

(West Plains) – A luncheon for volunteers at the Old Time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival will be held Saturday, May 9 from 11 AM to 2 PM, in the Dogwood Rooms at the West Plains Civic Center.

The Old-Time Music, Ozarks Heritage Festival in downtown West Plains will celebrate its 21st year Friday and Saturday, June 19 and 20. The two-day annual event in downtown West Plains, celebrates Ozarks music and culture. Admission to all festival events is free.

Organizers come from many different areas of the community, volunteering their time to assure a successful event. There is no paid staff, and the festival committee spends many hours over the year preparing for it.

Because of the festival’s continued growth, more volunteers are needed for a variety of jobs, including 2-hour shifts the information booths; helping with set-up on Thursday evening or Friday morning; maintaining the entrance gate for artists on the north side of the Civic Center; shuttle drivers around the grounds; and helping with simple residency and opinion surveys.

Volunteer training will be held Monday, June 15 at the civic center, and training will be conducted in segments specific to each area: gate training at 5:30 PM; shuttle drivers at 6 PM; information booth at 6:30 PM; and surveys at 7 PM.

Those interested in helping in any way should contact the West Plains Council on the Arts at info@westplainsarts.org, or call Volunteer Coordinator Dee Lewis at 417-257-5563 or 417-256-6919. The preferred deadline for volunteer sign-up is May 1. Volunteers from previous years are also encouraged to call or e-mail to confirm if they will be participating this year. Volunteer sign-up forms are available on the festival website, www.oldtimemusic.org.

For more information on the festival e-mail info@westplainsarts.org, visit the website at http://www.oldtimemusic​.​org, or find and “like” the Facebook page.