(Ferguson) (AP) – St. Louis County police say a Missouri state senator has been arrested during a protest outside of the Ferguson police station.
Sgt. Brian Schellman tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Democratic Sen. Jamilah Nasheed of St. Louis walked in the street on Monday night after police told her she couldn’t protest there. He says Nasheed and an unidentified man were arrested after officers asked them multiple times to leave the street.
The protesters have condemned the early August shooting in Ferguson of 18-year-old Michael Brown and other killings of young black men by white officers.
Police say Nasheed is facing two unspecified charges and is being held at the St. Ann jail.
An attorney for Nasheed says she refused bond. He says the senator was promoting nonviolence.
(Jefferson City) (AP) – Rain cut into the number of days Missouri farmers could work in their fields last week, leaving the corn and soybean harvests behind schedule but putting the soil moisture supply in good shape.
The National Agricultural Statistics Service reports there were 3.5 days suitable for fieldwork for the week that ended Sunday.
Corn harvest is 58 percent complete, which is about 17 percentage points below the five-year average. NASS says the soybean harvest is 25 percent complete, which is 9 percentage points behind last year and 21 points behind the five-year average.
Topsoil moisture was rated at 90 percent adequate or surplus, 8 percent short and 2 percent very short. Subsoil moisture was 12 percent surplus, 72 percent adequate, 14 percent short and 2 percent very short.
(Little Rock) (AP) – Arkansas election officials say more than 24,000 residents cast a ballot on the first day of early voting, surpassing the number who voted early on the first day for the last midterm election.
Secretary of State Mark Martin’s office said 24,508 people early voted on Monday, the beginning of the two-week early voting period for the Nov. 4 election. That surpasses the 21,575 voters who cast a ballot on the first day of early voting for the 2010 election. It’s short of the 35,403 who cast a ballot on the first day of early voting for the 2012 general election.
Martin’s office has predicted 51 percent of the state’s 1.7 million registered voters will cast a ballot in this year’s election.
(West Plains) – The West Plains City Council held a regularly scheduled meeting on Monday at West Plains City Hall.
During the meeting, the city council approved three bills, on of which was Bill 4358, which was a settlement agreement with Centurylink. City officials say the total was around $80,000, and that about $4,000 will be going to the Missouri Municipal League for their assistance in the case.
Bill 1007, which was also approved Monday, will allow the city to reformat their bonds to pay for projects including the fire department and the city transit building, as well as new sidewalks and other improvement projects. Bill 1008 was also approved, and created a concrete policy for city vehicles.
The council also approved two recommendations from the West Plains Planning and Zoning committee, which included a Proposed Restaurant on Ransom Road off of Porter Wagoner Boulevard and a site development plan on retail and office space on Mitchell Road near Kwik Kar.
(West Plains) – West Plains Economic Development Director Robert Case gave an update on the city’s economic prospects during the city council meeting on Monday.
Case talked at length about the closure of the Invensys/Robertshaw plant, which will cost the city roughly 400 jobs. He said that a “rapid response” team has been deployed by various groups in the city to help displaced workers:
Case also highlighted some of the positives in the city in the past year:
Case also added that a number of other companies, including Timberland Forest Products, are looking to add jobs in the area:
Case joined the city of West Plains in 2010, and has over 10 years of economic development experience in the public and private sector.
(West Plains) – Water crews in the city of West Plains will be conducting a project in the Southern Hills Shopping Center on Wednesday, and city clerk Mallory Hawkins says a number of locations will be affected Wednesday:
Questions can be directed to West Plains City Hall at 417-256-7176.
(Little Rock) (AP) – A federal judge has set a hearing for next month in a lawsuit challenging Arkansas’ gay marriage ban.
U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker on Monday scheduled a Nov. 20 hearing over competing motions in the lawsuit challenging a 2004 constitutional amendment and earlier laws defining marriage as between a man and a woman. A group of same-sex couples is challenging the ban.
The hearing will be on the couples’ motion for summary judgment in the case, and on a separate motion by the state seeking to dismiss the lawsuit.
The state Supreme Court is considering a separate case regarding the gay marriage ban. The state appealed a Pulaski County judge’s ruling against the ban, which led to hundreds of same-sex marriages. The judge’s order was suspended while it’s on appeal.
(Mountain Grove) – The Mountain Grove City Council will meet this evening at 7 PM at Mountain Grove City Hall for a regular session meeting.
Items on the agenda include an appointment to the city council and the swearing in of a new council member to replace former alderman Bruce Long, who was controversially impeached in September.
Other items in the agenda include the payment of bills, a bill approving back tax recovery from Centurylink, and a grant award from the Missouri Intergovernmental Risk Management Association. (MIRMA)
The council will then go into executive session before adjourning.
(Little Rock) (AP) – Republican Asa Hutchinson and Democratic rival Mike Ross are dueling over their competing tax cut plans and over who has the best record of working with both parties in their final televised debate in the Arkansas governor’s race.
The two candidates squared off Monday at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro for their fourth debate. The two former congressmen are running to succeed Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe, who is barred by term limits from seeking re-election.
Hutchinson continued his criticism of Ross’ individual income tax cut plan. Hutchison says Ross is offering no details on whether he would cut taxes in his first year.
Ross said Hutchinson’s tax cut plan costs too much and doesn’t help enough working Arkansas residents.
The two also accused one another of having partisan backgrounds.
(Jefferson City) – Senator Roy Blunt’s staff will hold a mobile office event on Thursday, October 30 in Ava.
The meeting will be held from 9:30-10:30 AM at the Douglas County Courthouse Community Room, 203 SE 2nd Avenue.
Mobile office events are held to allow Missourians to discuss any questions or concerns they may have with the federal government one-on-one with members of Senator Blunt’s staff.
Senator Blunt’s Jefferson City office also extends one-on-one service to all Missourians who have an issue with a federal agency or need additional assistance. To reach the Senator’s Office of Constituent Services, please call at 573-634-2488.