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(Jefferson City) (AP) – Supporters of a pair of Missouri ballot proposals have spent millions promoting the measures that would raises taxes for transportation and create a state constitutional right to farm, far outspending opponents, according to state finance reports.

Proposed Constitutional Amendment 7 would impose a three-quarters cent sales tax for 10 years to benefit state and local roads and other types of transportation.

Missourians for Safe Transportation and New Jobs reported spending about $2.5 million in support of the measure, with nearly $1.7 million remaining in its campaign account. Its funding has been fueled heavily by construction contractors, labor unions and others who could directly benefit from the work spawned by the projected $5.4 billion to $6.1 billion in new tax revenues over a decade. By contrast, the opposition group Missourians for Better Transportation Solutions reported spending a little over $22,000, with less than $3,000 remaining in its campaign account.

The financial advantage is not nearly as large for supporters of proposed Constitutional Amendment 1, which would create a state right to farming and ranching on par with existing constitutional guarantees such as the freedom of speech and religion. Missouri Farmers Care has spent nearly $800,000 in support of the ballot proposal while Missouri’s Food for America has spent more than $400,000 opposing it. Supporters have drawn significant contributions from groups such as the state soybean, pork and corn associations. Most of the opposition money has come from the Humane Society of the United States, which has supported past efforts in Missouri to impose stricter limits on dog breeders.

Other proposed constitutional amendments on Missouri’s ballot have not attracted much money. A committee created to support proposed Constitutional Amendment 9, establishing privacy protections against police searches of cellphones and electronic data, reported spending less than $1,000 on printing signs. There is no opposition group. A committee created to support proposed Constitutional Amendment 5, which would enhance the state’s right to keep and bear arms, said it had spent none of the $5,000 it received from a pair of Republican state senators. A committee opposing the measure also reported no expenditures.

No campaign committees have been formed related to proposed Constitutional Amendment 8, which would authorize a Lottery game to benefit nursing homes for military veterans.

(Willow Springs) – The South Central Education Consortium in Willow Springs is holding a registration event today.

The event will be held from 10 AM to 6 PM at the Consortium, 908 Springfield Road in Willow Springs.

The Consortium offers career training and college courses from Three Rivers Community College and Missouri State University-West Plains.

For more information visit trcc.edu or call 417-469-3000.

(Jefferson City) (AP) – U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill has given $240,000 from her campaign to the Missouri Democratic Party.

Online Ethics Commission records show the contribution to the Missouri Democratic State Committee was made last week. They money is intended to help Democrats running for the state Legislature.

Republicans won control of the Missouri House and Senate over a decade ago and now have a roughly two-thirds majority.

Democrats folded their separate House and Senate campaign committees earlier this year and transferred the money to the state party in an attempt to better coordinate their legislative efforts.

McCaskill’s contribution makes her the largest donor to the party for the time being.

Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster has given $200,000 as part of a pledge to contribute $400,000 over four years to the party.

(West Plains) – West Plains City Clerk Mallory Prewett says that residents in the Country Club Subdivision should expect some power outages this week:

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Prewett says that some residents of the Woodridge subdivision and Westwood Drive could also see outages.

(West Plains) – West Plains residents are encouraged to turn out in support of “West Plains Night” at the Springfield Cardinals ballpark Saturday, August 2, for their 6:10 PM game against the Arkansas Travelers.

City Tourism and Marketing Director Todd Shanks told Ozark Radio News more about the event:

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People may call the West Plains Parks Office at 417-256-7304 for more information.

(Willow Springs) – Willow Springs City Administrator Bob Pollard says that the former MoDOT District 9 building, which now houses the South Central Education Consortium and temporarily is housing the Willow Springs Preschool, has some open spots:

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If you’d like more information call Willow Springs City Hall at 417-469-2107.

(Jefferson City) (AP) – U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt is touting passage of legislation that authorizes the appointment of a special ambassador to the Middle East focused on religious freedom.

The Missouri Republican says his legislation received unanimous approval from the U.S. House on Friday. It passed the Senate earlier this month and now goes to President Barack Obama.

Blunt has previously expressed concerns about the way Christians have been attacked, jailed and mistreated.

The bill authorizes up to $1 million annually for a special envoy’s office to promote freedoms for religious minorities in what the bill describes as the Near East and South Central Asia. The envoy would have the rank of ambassador.

In addition to promoting religious freedom, the envoy would recommend responses by the U.S. when religious freedoms are violated.

(Willow Springs) – Highway Patrol Troop G has announced the results of a special enforcement operation conducted on the Black River in Reynolds County.

Troop G troopers focused their enforcement efforts on a stretch of the Black River near Lesterville, Missouri on July 19. 18 drug arrests, 6 misdemeanor criminal arrests, one misdemeanor warrant arrest and two minor in possession of liquor summonses were issued.

Troop G officials say the area had been previously identified as an area with a high number of underage drinking and illegal drug usage reports.

(West Plains)- For local residents who are ready to start their own business, the Ozark Small Business Incubator in West Plains has the workshop for you.

Heather Fisher, Executive Director of the OzSBI, shared with Ozark Radio News that their free “Starting Your Own Business” workshop offers a lot of “how to” information:

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This is going to be a monthly workshop starting on Thursday, August 28, from 6-8PM. Fisher would like to invite anyone who has questions about this or upcoming workshops to call 417-256-9724 or email info@ozsbi.com.

(Houston) – The Texas County Memorial Hospital education department is offering heartsaver cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) classes to the public.

Heartsaver CPR is an instructor-led course that teaches adult CPR and automated external defibrillator (AED) use as well as how to relieve choking on an adult. The course uses the American Heart Association’s “practice while watching” technique which allows instructors to observe the students, provide feedback and guide the students’ learning of skills.

Participants in the Heartsaver CPR class have the option of learning CPR and AED for adult, child, infant, or all three age groups. The class will be held on Tuesday, August 12 from 12:30-4:30 PM. The cost of the class is $50, which includes the instructor, class materials and cards for certification after completion of the course.

All classes are held in the Timmons Education Room at TCMH. Class size is limited, so pre-registration is required. To register for these classes, contact Connie Brooks, education director at TCMH, via phone at 417-967-1340 or 1-866-967-3311, ext. 4225 or via e-mail at cbrooks@tcmh.org.