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(Little Rock) (AP) – The candidates running to be Arkansas’ next governor both boast a longtime history in the state’s political scene that they say has best prepared them for the state’s top office. Democrat Mike Ross got his start in politics driving Bill Clinton around the state in 1982, the same year Republican Asa Hutchinson was appointed a federal prosecutor in northwest Arkansas.

The two ex-congressmen have long eyed the governor’s mansion and have spent most of their campaign feuding over tax cuts, health policy and each other’s backgrounds in the nationally watched race.

The two are running against Libertarian nominee Frank Gilbert and Green Party nominee Joshua Drake to succeed Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe, who is barred by term limits from seeking re-election.

(Piedmont) – Constitutional Party candidate Doug Enyart says he hopes voters will choose him to represent Missouri’s 8th Congressional District because he believes he represents what the founding fathers hoped a leader would be.

Enyart, of Piedmont, spoke with Ozark Radio News and talked about his platform:

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Enyart said one of his goals would be to shrink the size of government:

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He cited recent attempts to limit or restrict gun magazines as one of those rights. Enyart told Ozark Radio News that he is a staunch supporter of 2nd Amendment rights:

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Enyart also talked about how he would work to help create jobs in the 8th District by battling business regulations:

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Enyart also talked about national security and the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL. He says the US needs to take the fight to the terrorist group, but also needs to revamp its foreign policy:

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To say Enyart is a conservative is no surprise. But how does he differ from incumbent Republican Jason Smith, who is also a conservative? Enyart says that he has some vast differences with Smith:

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More on Enyart and his campaign can be found at www.enyartforcongress.us.

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All this week, Ozark Radio News will bring you interviews with candidates for Missouri’s 8th Congressional District.

Each of the five candidates will have a day to be spotlighted this week. As always, we believe the best way to vote is to be informed beforehand, and we hope you enjoy these interviews.

Candidate names were chosen at random for their particular day.

(Jefferson City) – With Halloween this Friday, the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety is urging people to celebrate safely. Brett Stevens has more:

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(Jefferson City) (AP) – An inmate at Missouri’s maximum-security prison in Jefferson City has been charged with murder in the beating death of his cellmate.

The Jefferson City News Tribune reports a Cole County grand jury on Tuesday indicted 33-year-old Randy Teter on one count of first-degree murder.

Teter shared a cell at the Jefferson City Correctional Center with 35-year-old Mark Melton, who was assaulted Aug. 19. Melton was taken to a hospital in Columbia and died a few days later.

Melton was from the southeast Missouri town of Malden. He pleaded guilty in 2009 to attempted first-degree sodomy and was sentenced in Dunklin County Circuit Court to nine years in prison.

Teter is serving a sentence from Jackson County for second-degree murder and armed criminal action.

(West Plains) – October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and a local shelter that helps victims of domestic violence is reminding people that someone they know and love may be a victim of domestic violence.

Kelly Neil with the Christos House told Ozark Radio News about some of the help they offer, including an emergency shelter and counseling:

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Amber Brignole, prevention specialist with the Christos House, says that a number of fun events put on as fundraisers for the organization, including the annual Chocolate Festival, are held to not only raise money for the group, but to keep people aware of a very delicate subject:

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National statistics show that one in four women are victims of domestic violence. If you need help from the Christos House, you can call their 24/7 hotline at 1-800-611-5853. For more information on donating or volunteering, you can call the office number at 417-469-1190.

(West Plains) – A trivia night and silent auction in November will benefit the West Plains Christian Clinic.

Greg Whitsell spoke with Ozark Radio News and told us more about the trivia night, saying that the Probation and Parole office is helping put the event on:

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Clinic Executive Director Len Campo says that the proceeds from the event will benefit the clinic, which performs a much-needed service in the area:

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For more information on the event or the services offered by the clinic, you can call 417-256-6178.

(Mountain View) – The city of Mountain View has announced trick-or-treating times for Halloween on Friday.

Children are urged to trick-or-treat at participating businesses from 3:30-5 PM, and from 5-7 PM in residential areas.

City officials urge parents and children to be extremely careful this Halloween, as the city is expecting a higher than normal volume of vehicle traffic in town due to the Liberty Eagles football game that evening at 7 PM.

(West Plains)- The West Plains School Board of Education met on Tuesday, October 21, for a regular meeting.

During the meeting the school board received a Strategic Planning update and learned that the West Plains School District is currently reviewing and revising the district Comprehensive School Improvement Communication (CSIP) goal list to improve the district through increasing student scores, satisfaction rates, and communications within the district.

The board also learned that the district recently received claims data for the past year as it relates to district health insurance. For this year, the district has paid in $2.1 million in premiums and the insurance company has paid out $2.6 million in claims. The district is looking at a 34% increase in premiums by staying with Coventry. The board approved going to bid and exploring consortium options.

Superintendent Dr. John Mulford shared with the board that the district is in desperate need for additional classrooms at the elementary and middle school. Dr. Mulford recommended that the board consider running a ballot issue to fund the construction of additional classrooms and the hiring of additional staff to reduce class size. The board will revisit this recommendation in November.

The next board meeting is scheduled for November 18, at 5 PM in the West Plains Board of Education Office.

(Eminence) – The Shannon County Museum will present a free program on Shannon County Indians and archaeology at the museum in Eminence, on Main Street south of the court house, on Saturday, November 1, at 7 PM.

The program will be given by Alan Banks, who has studied local archaeology for over 50 years. Museum officials say he will give an overview which will cover the prehistory of the county for the past 12,000 years. There will be a display of artifacts found in the area plus slides of artifacts and Indian campsites. There will be books on the subject for sale and free Missouri Archaeology Month posters.

People are encouraged to bring artifacts for identification and discussion. No artifacts will be for sale.

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(Thayer) – A benefit spaghetti dinner and show will be held by Repertory Theater of the Ozarks (RTO) at the Thayer Fun and Friends Senior Center on Front Street and Chestnut Saturday, November 1.

Dinner starts at 5 PM and the show starts at 6:30 PM.

The show “Something Old /Something New” heralds the return of RTO star George R. Seaberry III of Mammoth Spring and a host of other RTO singers. The show is to benefit RTO star Mariann Hyslop of West Plains, who has been asked by “America’s Got Talent” to appear for auditions in Nashville on November 5.

Some of the songs on the play list include “Colors of the Wind” by Janie Crews of Alton, “You Are My Sunshine” by Phyllis Simpson of Mammoth Spring, and “Old Man River” by Dennis Hobbs of Thayer. A new Willie Nelson song, “Guitar in the Corner,” will be introduced by J.W. Brewer of Thayer, and “River of No Return” will be sung by Vera Martin of Thayer, Allison Carter of Thayer will MC and sing “Earl,” and Mariann Hyslop will sing “Black Velvet”.

The dinner will include a full spaghetti dinner, dessert and drink for $5 for adults and $3 for children. The price includes the show, and donations will be accepted.

Repertory Theater (RTO) is a non-profit theater organization chartered in 2003 and licensed in both Arkansas and Missouri.

For more information call Caroll Lucas at 870-937-4235 or Mariann Hyslop at 417-274-0758.