(Mammoth Spring) – The Common Sense Property Rights Coalition will meet Monday November 3 at 6 pm at Fred’s Fish House in Mammoth Spring, AR.
The primary speaker of the evening will be Brad North of Texas County, who will be representing the Missouri Militia according to Co-chair Kevin Jotz.
“The Missouri Militia is a private, non-profit volunteer organization operating as a state militia distinct from the National Guard, which can be federalized or drafted into federal service. During World War II most National Guard units served in a federal capacity, promoting many states to maintain separate state defense forces. In 1982 Governor Kit Bond signed an executive order allowing the creation of a state defense force. North will explain how his organization fits into state defense and how it works with other agencies.” Jotz said.
All area residents interested in private property rights, food freedom and protection of constitutional rights are invited to attend. For more information call 417-264-2435 or 417-270-1724.
(Lebanon) (AP) – A southwest Missouri man is accused of hitting his two children in the head with a hammer as punishment, while his wife is accused of biting one of them for the same reason.
28-year-old Richard Tubb and 23-year-old Brittny Tubb were charged last week after police received a call about the children having bruises on their faces.
Doctors who treated the children for facial bruises found a bite on the boy’s arm. Police say Brittny Tubb admitted biting the boy, while Richard Tubb admitted hitting the children with a hammer.
Brittny Tubb is charged with second-degree domestic assault. Her husband is charged with two counts of second-degree domestic assault and two counts of armed criminal action.
Their attorney was not available Tuesday afternoon for comment.
(Little Rock) (AP) – Republican Asa Hutchinson has raised more than double the amount brought in by Democratic rival Mike Ross during the past month as the two Arkansas gubernatorial hopefuls head into the final week of the campaign.
Hutchinson on Tuesday reported raising more than $451,000 between Oct. 1 and Oct. 25, compared to more than $185,000 Ross brought in during the same period. The two former congressmen are running to succeed Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe, who is barred by term limits from seeking re-election.
Hutchinson reported spending more than $480,000 this month, and Ross spent more than $265,000. Hutchinson reported having nearly $213,000 in the bank, while Ross reported more than $248,000.
Tuesday was the deadline for state candidates to file their final fundraising reports before the Nov. 4 election.
(Clayton) (AP) – A review by county prosecutors of drug arrests involving the Ferguson police officer who killed an unarmed, black 18-year-old in a separate incident has led to the dismissal of a half-dozen felony cases.
A spokesman for St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch said Tuesday that six felony drug cases involving Officer Darren Wilson won’t be prosecuted, primarily because Wilson missed several court appearances after going into hiding following Michael Brown’s early August death.
The dropped cases include a felony marijuana possession charge against 28-year-old Christopher A. Brooks that was thrown out on Monday after a judge had agreed to put the case on hold when Wilson missed a late September preliminary hearing.
Wilson had received a Ferguson City Council commendation for his role in Brooks’ arrest.
(Jefferson City) (AP) – Top Missouri Democrats are continuing to pump money into state campaigns as the Nov. 4 election approaches.
Campaign finance records show U.S. Sen Claire McCaskill donated $50,000 to the Missouri Democratic State Committee last Friday, bringing her total contributions to $590,000.
McCaskill donated $10,000 to state Senate candidate Jill Schupp on Saturday. It’s the first time she’s contributed to an individual candidate this year.
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster also donated $50,000 to the Missouri Democratic State Committee last Friday, bringing his total this year to $150,000.
The donations are intended to help Democrats pick up seats in the Missouri Legislature, where Republicans hold a two-thirds majority in both chambers.
The two-thirds mark is necessary to override vetoes by Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon.
(Little Rock) (AP) – Arkansas’ highest court says the November ballot can include a proposal to gradually increase the state’s minimum wage.
The Arkansas Supreme Court’s ruling on Monday rejects a challenge by a Little Rock businessman who wanted to block a ballot question that asks voters to raise the state’s minimum wage from $6.25 an hour to $8.50 by 2017.
Arkansas is one of the few states with a minimum wage below the federal level of $7.25 an hour. Democrats had pushed for the issue to be on the ballot.
The businessman, Jackson T. Stephens Jr., had challenged the deadline that the state used to accept petitions for the ballot proposal. He also argued that the signatures submitted by supporters were invalid.
Early voting for the election began Oct. 20.
(Little Rock) (AP) – Arkansas lawmakers are recommending an increase of almost $1,800 in base pay for teachers.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports the House and Senate education committees advised raising the minimum teacher salary to $31,000 by fiscal 2017. The current base salary for teachers is about $29,200.
They made the recommendation, along with other suggestions, on Monday as part of a biennial report. It will be sent to a legislative committee and then to the full Legislature for approval. The proposal will cost the state about $16.5 million each year from Arkansas’ general revenue budget.
Teachers in Arkansas would also receive raises under the committees’ recommendation. Educators with more experience and a bachelor’s degree would get $450 more in salary, while educators with more experience and a master’s degree would get $500 more.
(Winona) – The Winona Police Department is hosting a haunted house event now through Friday, October 31, from 8:30-10:30 PM each night.
The cost is $1 for children under 15 years old, and $2 for adults.
All proceeds go to the Winona Police Department Shop with a Cop program, which helps families in need in Winona and Shannon County with Christmas presents.
Shop with A Cop donations can also be made at the Winona City Hall or the Winona Police Department.
(St. Louis) (AP) – Seven school districts have asked the St. Louis County prosecutor to wait until classes aren’t in session to make any announcement about whether a grand jury decided charges were warranted in the Ferguson police shooting case.
Riverview Gardens School District Superintendent Scott Spurgeon last week sent Prosecutor Bob McCulloch a letter signed by six other superintendents asking that any announcement be made after 5 p.m. or on a weekend.
The grand jury is expected to decide by mid-November whether Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson should face charges in the Aug. 9 fatal shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old, Michael Brown. Brown’s death led to weeks of sometimes violent protests in and around Ferguson.
The letter suggests that any protests after the announcement could make it hard for students to get home.
(Chaffee) – Two candidates for the 8th Congressional District in Missouri, Chaffee resident Rick Vandeven and Constitutional Candidate Doug Enyart, are both running for the job for a second time.
Vandeven, who works in the paper manufacturing industry, spoke with Ozark Radio News and talked about his campaign and his reason for running:
He added that as a Libertarian, he believes the federal government is too involved in the lives of the people, and that he would look to limit that involvement. One of those areas of government intrusion, Vandeven says, is in jobs. As the representative of the 8th Congressional District, he says he would work so that instead of punishing companies that move jobs overseas, a more business-friendly environment would be created here in the states:
He also said he’s in favor of repealing the restrictions on hemp:
While many candidates we’ve spoken to are in favor of reforming campaign finance laws, Vandeven says that he’s on the other side of the coin:
He also gave us his thoughts on the immigration issue, saying that the government needs to reform current immigration laws:
He also said that, if elected, he would work to dismantle the Department of Education. He explains why:
Vandeven also gave us his thoughts on the gay marriage issue:
Vandeven said that while there are a lot of national issues facing the next 8th District Congressman, he says that it’s important to take a look at third-party candidates:
Vandeven ran for the seat in 2013, but lost to incumbent Jason Smith.
We’ll hear from Doug Enyart tomorrow in our candidate spotlight.
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.goo