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(Searcy) (AP) – Searcy police are searching for a toddler who they say walked away from his home.

Officers say 2-year-old Malique Drumond was last seen around 6 PM on Sunday and was wearing brown pants and a blue shirt. They searched for the boy Sunday night along with White County Sheriff’s deputies, volunteers and police dogs.

Volunteers tell say they’ve been searching playhouses, sheds, abandoned vehicles and other areas where a small child could hide.

(Ava) – A Norwood resident suffered moderate injuries Sunday evening after a one-vehicle accident near Ava.

A report from Troop G of the Highway Patrol states the accident happened at 6:30 PM on Highway 14, about six miles east of Ava, when the eastbound vehicle driven by 82-year-old Alvin Schroeder ran off-road and overturned.

Schroeder was taken from the scene of the accident to Cox South Hospital in Springfield.

(Cabool) – A Mountain Grove woman suffered moderate injuries after the vehicle she was driving ran off-road, ran down a steep embankment, and struck several trees.

43-year-old Amy Jordan was taken from the scene of the Sunday morning accident to Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston.

The accident happened at 6:40 AM on Highway 63, about three miles north of Cabool.

(Mountain Home) (AP) –Arkansas State Police say a semitrailer driver has been injured after the vehicle fell on its side.

Sixty-six-year-old Becky Nichols of Mountain Home tells troopers she might have blacked out before the Sunday crash on Highway 5 near Mountain Home. She suffered head and face lacerations when the semitrailer carrying metal roofing fell over.

No other injuries were reported.

Troopers say Nichols’ injuries aren’t life threatening. She was taken to an area hospital in an unknown condition.

Police are investigating.

The West Plains School District had the publication made at Ozark Radio Network sister company the Ozark Horsetrader. (ORN Photo)

The West Plains School District had the publication made at Ozark Radio Network sister company the Ozark Horse Trader. From left is Ozark Horse Trader CEO Tom Marhefka, West Plains School District Superintendent Dr. John Mulford, District Communications Director Lana Snodgras, Kim Owsley with the Horse Trader, Horse Trader General Manager Deb Cotter, and Mike McMahon with the Horse Trader. (ORN Photo)

(West Plains) – The Missouri School Public Relations Association recently recognized the West Plains R-7 School District for their annual publication “RED”.

District superintendent Dr. John Mulford told Ozark Radio News more about the RED publication:

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Mulford says that the award was a great honor for the school district:

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The West Plains School District also received the Certificate of Excellence from the MSPRA for achieving at least 97% of the points possible during the judging of the publication.

(Isabella) – A West Plains man suffered minor injuries Saturday after the vehicle he was in ran off-road and overturned.

The accident happened 4 miles east of Isabella in Ozark County at 10:24 PM. 42-year-old Joseph Gambil was taken to Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains by private vehicle.

The driver of the vehicle was uninjured, according to a Highway Patrol report.

(Little Rock) (AP) – Arkansas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a percentage point last month, from 6.2 percent in September to 6 percent in October.

The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services reported Friday that Arkansas’ civilian labor force gained 7,400 jobs. The agency’s communications director, Becky Heflin, says that compared to October 2013, the number of employed Arkansans is up 3,300.

Seven major industry sectors added jobs, while three sectors declined and one remained stable. Jobs in government increased 3,100, and educational and health services added 1,900 jobs. The agency says jobs in manufacturing rose 1,500 and that employment in professional and business services increased 1,000 jobs. Construction jobs declined by 1,200, a typical seasonal loss.

At 5.8 percent, the United States’ jobless rate declined one-tenth of a percentage point in October.

(Washington) – Congressman Jason Smith (R-Salem) has been named to the House Ways and Means Committee, earning the assignment faster than any other current Republican committee member.

The Ways and Means Committee has continuously operated since 1795. Congressman Smith is the first Missouri representative appointed to Ways and Means since Representative Kenny Hulshof from Charleston, who served on the committee from 1997-2008. Smith says his priorities on the Ways and Means Committee include reforming the tax code, promoting free and fair trade, ensuring Social Security solvency, and working to fix America’s healthcare system.

Congressman Jason Smith was reelected in November with 67 percent of the vote, carrying all 30 counties, and at 34 years old, is currently the second youngest Republican member of Congress. Smith was first elected to Congress in a special election and has been serving the constituents of Missouri’s 8th Congressional District for 17 months. He previously served on the Judiciary and Natural Resources committees.

(Washington) – Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill recently sat down with members of the Missouri media and talked about tax reform. McCaskill says that there are a lot of corporate welfare programs in the US that unfairly favor certain sectors of the economy:

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A joint study by the Center for Effective Government and the Institute for Policy Studies released last week states that a number of the 30 largest corporations in the country paid their CEOs more than they paid in taxes in 2013.

(West Plains) – The West Plains City Council met last Monday and approved a number of bills, which included the renaming of a city street.

City Clerk Mallory Hawkins told Ozark Radio News more about the street naming:

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Another bill approved was an ordinance requiring pawn shops and second hand stores to electronically report their purchased goods through an online database. Hawkins says that the ordinance is available for viewing on the city’s website:

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Another bill approved by the West Plains City Council was a contract with the group Retail Strategies from Alabama. Hawkins explained the purpose behind the contract:

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That was approved by the council on a split 4-1 vote, the dissenting vote coming from Royce Fugate, who felt the city needed to focus more on bringing industrial jobs to the city.

Also new at this month’s meeting was a consent agenda approval:

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A mid-fiscal year budget amendment was also approved by the council.