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(Springfield) (AP) – A southwest Missouri couple is charged with selling $1 million of synthetic marijuana known as K2.

The U.S. Attorney says in a news release that 79-year-old Doy Case and his 67-year-old wife, Tressie Case, of Rogersville, were charged Tuesday in a nine-count indictment.

Prosecutors allege the Cases received more than 100,000 grams of synthetic marijuana through their business, called Magic Dragon, between September 2010 and November 2012. They allegedly sold the drug for $10 per gram.

Court documents say the Cases advertised the drugs in high school yearbooks and with student organizations, saying K2 were herbal aromas and incense.

The release says federal agents gave the Cases a chance to voluntarily quit the practice in 2012 but they did not.

Online records don’t indicate if the Cases have an attorney.

(West Plains) – The city of West Plains is entering the final stretch of their marketing and branding campaign, according to city Tourism and Marketing Director Todd Shanks.

Shanks says NorthStar Destination Strategies, who is conducting the research and branding work, released the results of their surveys and other data gathering activities:

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Shanks went through some of the top assets that citizens and visitors believe the city of West Plains has:

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Shanks says that the survey also listed a number of negatives that people see in the city:

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Shanks says that the next phase of the branding and marketing project is now underway:

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The city is hoping the project will be finished mid-to-late fall. Shanks says that a planning committee has been formed featuring community stakeholders, who will help choose a final tagline and logo for the city.

(West Plains)- Howell County clerk Dennis Von Allmen had announced the polling locations for the upcoming primary election, which will be held on Tuesday, August 5.

Polling locations will be open from the hours of 6AM until 7PM on Election Day.

Persons wishing to vote an absentee ballot by mail must submit a written request no later than 5PM on Wednesday, July 30. Absentee ballots may be voted in person in the Howell County Clerk’s Office until 5PM on Monday, August 4. The County Clerk’s Office will be open on Saturday, August 2, from 8AM until 12PM for absentee balloting. The County Clerk’s Office is located in Howell County Office Building located in the northwest corner of Court Square in downtown West Plains.

Precinct

Polling Location

Benton 1 Moody Community Building
Benton 2 South Fork School Building
Chapel Forest Dell Community Building
Dry Creek Pomona Fire Station
Goldsberry Mountain View Community Center
Howell 1 First Church of God
Howell 2 National Guard Armory
Howell 3 Howell County Courthouse
Howell 4 West Plains Civic Center
Howell 5 Faith Assembly of God Church
Howell 6 Junction Hill School Building
Howell 7 and Myatt 2 Brandsville City Hall
Hutton Valley Hutton Valley School Building
Myatt 1 Lanton Fire Station
Siloam Springs Pumpkin Center Fire Station
Sisson Bosserman Community Center
South Fork Good News Baptist Church
Spring Creek Fist Missionary Baptist Church
Willow Springs 1 Ozark Family YMCA
Willow Springs 2 First Baptist Church in Willow Springs

(Little Rock) (AP) – Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says criminals are increasingly turning to items such as Green Dot MoneyPak cards as a means to steal.

Criminals trick consumers into believing that sweepstakes winnings await, that they can avoid jail time or they can pay their overdue utility bills with payments from these types of cards. Once criminals have the number from the back of the card, it’s almost impossible for a consumer to ever recover money.

McDaniel issued a consumer alert this week to warn Arkansans about potential scams and to offer tips on how to avoid fraud when using MoneyPak or similar products.

For more information, visit the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division website, www.GotYourBackArkansas.org , or call (800) 482-8982.

(West Plains) – The next prequalification for the Ozarks Food Harvest Mobile Food Pantry will be from 4-5:45 PM Wednesday, August 6, at the West Plains Public Library Community Room.

August’s mobile food pantry is being sponsored by First Christian Church.

Those eligible to apply for this assistance include area families with children ages birth through 18 who live within Howell County. Students enrolled at Missouri State University-West Plains and the South Central Career Center also are eligible, provided they meet income guidelines. Missouri State students must present their student identification cards in person, as well as a current class schedule; they may not send them with a family member. Families will receive only one voucher per family.

Those who apply should bring a photo ID, proof of income, proof of Howell County residency, names and ages of children, and a telephone number to the prequalification. Proof of Howell County residency does not apply to Missouri State-West Plains or South Central Career Center students.

The Ozarks Food Harvest Mobile Food Pantry provides food and grocery products for up to 250 qualifying families each month. The next prequalification date is September 3.

For more information about the Ozarks Food Harvest Mobile Food Pantry project, or if you are interested in volunteering or donating, go to http://wp.missouristate.edu/Development/ozarkfoodharvest.htm or contact officials at the American Red Cross, 417-257-0018.

(Jefferson City) (AP) – Despite record sales, the Missouri Lottery provided less money to education during the recently concluded state budget year, leading Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday to order a review of the agency.

The Lottery had sales of nearly $1.16 billion during the 2014 budget year that ended June 30, marking its fifth straight year of growth and the fourth consecutive year that it set a new high for revenues. Yet the amount of Lottery proceeds transferred to education declined to $267 million this past year from a high of nearly $289 million in 2013, according to figures provided by the Lottery.

Nixon said he has asked the Office of Administration to conduct a comprehensive review of the Lottery’s operations to assess its ability to provide a stable funding source for education.

The Lottery was authorized under a constitutional amendment approved by voters in 1984. Eight years later, voters approved an amendment earmarking all proceeds not used for prizes or administrative expenses to go to public K-12 schools and higher education institutions.

The majority of Missouri Lottery revenues are paid out in prizes.

The amount provided to education had consistently been above 25 percent annually during the past decade, topping out at 28.5 percent in the 2006 budget year. During the recently concluded fiscal year, the Lottery transferred 23.1 percent of its revenues to education.

(West Plains) – Electrical work in the Country Club area of West Plains continues on, according to City Clerk Mallory Prewett:

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Prewett says the estimated completion date is October 1, however, crews are on pace to finish the project before then.

(Caulfield) – Two people suffered injuries Wednesday afternoon after a one-vehicle accident near Caulfield.

The accident happened at 4:50 PM on Route YY, 3 miles south of Caulfield, when the southbound vehicle driven by 19-year-old Austin Jones of Caulfield ran off-road and overturned.

Jones suffered minor injuries and refused treatment at the scene. A passenger, 17-year-old Kayla McBride of Bakersfield, suffered moderate injuries and was taken to Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains.

(Mountain Grove) – A Mountain Grove teenager suffered minor injuries Wednesday afternoon after the vehicle she was driving ran off-road and hit a tree.

17-year-old Ivy Clark was taken from the scene of the 3 PM accident to Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston.

The accident happened 4 miles south of Mountain Grove on Highway ZZ.

(Willow Springs) – Willow Springs City Administrator Bob Pollard says that, while the recent temperatures are beautiful, city crews are looking forward to a few hot days:

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Pollard also asks people traveling in the Willow Springs area to pay attention when traveling through work zones.