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(Bridgeton, MO)- Today there are over a thousand orphaned children in Missouri, and because of the efforts of the Heart Gallery of Missouri, many of those children have found a loving, forever home.

At the end of this month the traveling Heart Gallery will be coming to a handful of locations in our region. Heart Gallery Director of Programs Joanne Shelton told Ozarks Radio News more about their organization:

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Shelton went on share where the traveling Heart Gallery will be stopping in our area:

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When we asked about some of the cost and time stresses that often come with the adoption process, Shelton took it as an opportunity to dissolve a very common myth:

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Many children come from different backgrounds before coming into foster care, Shelton shared how the children within their organization have come to need a new loving home:

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Shelton concluded by sharing that there is a very constant need for not only adoptive parents, but foster parents as well:

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For more information on the Heart Gallery or to look further into becoming an adoption or foster parent you can visit adoptex.org, moheartgallery.org, or call 1-800-554-2222.

(Mountain Home) – The Donald W. Reynolds Library would like everyone to come and join their Issues & Viewpoints monthly book discussion at on Wednesday, August 6 at 1:30PM.

This month’s discussion will be on the book In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson.  Set in 1933 Berlin, the books presents a chilling account of how an American ambassador and his daughter become wrapped up in the elite society of Nazi Germany.

Newcomers to the discussion group are encouraged to attend. The Issues & Viewpoints book discussion group meets on the 1st Wednesday of each month except in December. For additional information call 870-580-0987 ext. 2975 or visit www.baxlib.org.

(Willow Springs) – Eric Lewis and the New Kentucky Colonels will be performing this Saturday at the Star Theater in Willow Springs at 7 PM. Eric Lewis recently spoke with Ozark Radio News and told us that people planning on attending should get their tickets early:

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The band has a new album out, and copies will be available at the show. For more information call Lewis at 417-293-3367 or visit www.newkentuckycolonels.com.

In this photo taken Wednesday, July 16, 2014, Gerry Kelly, founder of clothing brand Sonas Denim and a Bubblews user, poses near his home in San Francisco. Kelly has already earned nearly $100 from Bubblews since he began using a test version in January. His Bubblews feed serves as a journal about the lessons he has learned in life, as well as a forum for his clothing brand. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

In this photo taken Wednesday, July 16, 2014, Gerry Kelly, founder of clothing brand Sonas Denim and a Bubblews user, poses near his home in San Francisco. Kelly has already earned nearly $100 from Bubblews since he began using a test version in January. His Bubblews feed serves as a journal about the lessons he has learned in life, as well as a forum for his clothing brand. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

(San Francisco) (AP) – Facebook and most other social networks are built on the premise that just about everything should be shared -except the money those posts produce.

At least two services are trying to change that. Bubblews, a social network that came out of out of an extended test phase last week, pays users for posts that attract traffic and advertisers. Another company, Bonzo Me, has been doing something similar since early July.

“I just feel like everyone on social networks has been taken advantage of for long enough,” says Michael Nusbaum, a Morristown, New Jersey surgeon who created Bonzo Me. “Facebook has been making a ton of money, and the people providing the content aren’t getting anything.”

Bonzo Me is paying its users up to 80 percent of its ad revenue for the most popular posts.

Bubblews’ compensation formula is more complex. It’s based on the number of times that each post is clicked on or provokes some other kind of networking activity. To start, the payments are expected to translate into just a penny per view, comment or like. Bubblews plans to pay its users in $50 increments, meaning it could take a while for most users to qualify for their first paycheck unless they post material that that goes viral.

“No one should come to our site in anticipation of being able to quit their day job,” Bubblews CEO Arvind Dixit says. “But we are trying to be fair with our users. Social networks don’t have to be places where you feel like you’re being exploited.”

Bubblews is also trying to make its service worthwhile for users by encouraging deeper, thoughtful posts instead of musings about trifling subjects. To do that, it requires each post to span at least 400 characters, or roughly the opening two paragraphs of this story.

Technology analyst Rob Enderle believes Bubblews, or something like it, eventually will catch on.

“I don’t think this free-content model is sustainable,” Enderle says. “You can’t sustain the quality of the product if you aren’t paying people for the content that they are creating. And you can’t pay your bills if all you are getting are `likes.’”

Gerry Kelly of San Francisco has already earned nearly $100 from Bubblews since he began using a test version in January. His Bubblews feed serves as a journal about the lessons he has learned in life, as well as a forum for his clothing brand, Sonas Denim.

Though Facebook is by far the largest social network, it has a history of irking users. People have complained when Facebook changed privacy settings in ways that exposed posts to a wider audience. They have criticized Facebook for circulating ads containing endorsements from users who didn’t authorize the marketing messages.

More recently, people were upset over a 2012 experiment in which Facebook manipulated the accounts of about 700,000 users to analyze how their moods were affected by the emotional tenor of the posts flowing through their pages. Facebook apologized.

Kelly still regularly posts on his Facebook page to stay in touch with friends and family, but says he is more leery of the service.

“They just take all your information and make all the money for themselves. It’s insane,” Kelly says.

Despite the occasional uproar, Facebook Inc. has been thriving while feeding off the free content of its 1.3 billion users. The Menlo Park, California, company now has a market value of about $180 billion, and CEO Mark Zuckerberg ranks among the world’s wealthiest people with a fortune of about $30 billion, based on the latest estimates from Forbes magazine.

Advertisers, meanwhile, are pouring more money into social networks because that is where people are spending more time, particularly on smartphones. Facebook’s share of the $140 billion worldwide market for digital ads this year is expected to climb to nearly 8 percent, or $11 billion, up from a market share of roughly 6 percent, or $7 billion last year, according to the research firm eMarketer.

Although it still isn’t profitable, short-messaging service Twitter is also becoming a bigger advertising magnet, thanks largely to its 255 million users who also provide a steady flow of free content. Twitter’s digital ad revenue this year is expected to rise to $1.1 billion, nearly doubling from $600 million last year, according to eMarketer.

Facebook and Twitter have become such important marketing tools that celebrities and other users with large social-media followings are being paid by advertisers to mention and promote products on their accounts.

Bubblews wants to make money, too, but it also wants to ensure that everyone using it gets at least a small slice of the advertising pie.

Dixit, 26, who started Bubblews with his college buddy Jason Zuccari, says the service got about 200,000 users during a “beta” test phase that began in September 2012. The service unveiled a redesigned website last week as it finally moved out of testing.

Bonzo Me is even smaller, with just a few thousand users since the release of apps for the Web, iPhones and Android devices in early July. The service has paid about $30,000 in ad revenue to users so far, according to Nusbaum.

Sandy Youssef of New Brunswick, New Jersey, likes being on Facebook, but she also intends to start posting video on Bonzo Me just in case she shares something that becomes a big hit.

“We are living in an age when the things you post on the Internet can go viral, so you may as well get paid for it,” she says. “It’s time to spread the wealth.”

(Little Rock) (AP) – A band of severe thunderstorms that blew through Arkansas has left more than 39,000 homes and businesses without electricity.

There were no reports of injuries due to the Wednesday storms.

Entergy Arkansas Inc. reported that 39,316 customers were without power after a wave of thunderstorms moved through late in the afternoon.

The National Weather Service in Little Rock issued a severe thunderstorm warning for several northwest counties, with forecasters saying storms were capable of producing damaging winds up to 60 mph, destructive hail and deadly lightning.

Forecasters advised residents in the path of the line of storms to move to an interior room on the lowest floor of their homes or businesses.

(Little Rock) (AP) – The U.S. Department of Labor is giving Arkansas $1 million to help continue cleanup operations following a December winter storm.

Federal officials declared 14 counties eligible for a public assistance program after the Dec. 5-6 storm. The National Emergency Grant announced Wednesday will go to the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services and will let the state agency keep on temporary workers who are helping the area recover.

The counties involved are Crawford, Franklin, Fulton, Johnson, Logan, Madison, Marion, Newton, Polk, Scott, Searcy, Sebastian, Sharp and Van Buren.

An earlier grant totaled $506,748.

from the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office

The Sheriff’s Office is notifying the public that Level 2 Registered Sex Offender (Moderate Risk to re-offend with public notification justified) has moved once again and is now residing in Mountain Home at the following address:

NAME: Eduardo Lopez

DATE OF BIRTH: 05/16/1962

OLD HOME ADDRESS: 198 Cedar Hill Trail, Midway, Arkansas 72651

NEW HOME ADDRESS: 145 South Main Street #107, Mountain Home, Arkansas 72653

The offender was convicted of Criminal Sexual Conduct in the Fourth Degree on January 7, 1999. This involved the offender having sexual contact with a 9 year old male. Public notification is justified due to the young age of the victim at the time the crime was committed.

This person is not wanted by law enforcement at this time. This notification is not intended to increase fear; rather it is our belief that an informed public is a safer public. This information cannot be used to threaten, intimidate, or harass Registered Sex Offenders. Citizen abuse will not be tolerated. Such abuse could potentially end law enforcement’s ability to do community notification.

(Mountain Home) – The Vet Clinic, Inc. in Mountain Home is looking for a full-time Receptionist and Hospital Caretaker.

The preferred Receptionist candidate will be proficient in basic office skills, including, answering the telephone, greeting clients, communication, filing, and processing basic financial transactions. The candidate will also be responsible for scheduling appointments, stocking of product, handling dogs and cats and cleaning up the occasional “accident”.

The position for Hospital Caretaker will involve taking care of the animals, running office errands, cleaning, and assisting with routine procedures including nail trims, baths, and anal glands. This is a full-time position.

Applications are available at The Vet Clinic, Inc. 500 Coley Drive Mountain Home, AR 72653 Monday through Friday 8:00 am – 5:30 pm.

(Springfield) – During Missouri State University’s Fiscal Year 2014 (which ended June 30), faculty and staff received $21,948,927 from a total of 289 grants. This represents an increase of 9 percent from FY13, according to the office of research administration.

“Faculty and staff should be commended for their efforts to obtain external funding to support university research, education and service projects. Developing proposals takes immense time and effort, with no guarantee of funding,” noted Dr. Erin Parrish, director of research administration. “However, our university researchers continue to develop successful proposals and utilize various funding sources, from federal agencies to private businesses, to sustain current projects and develop new ones.”

Federal agencies continued to provide the greatest amount of funding for FY14, with an approximate total of $8.6 million, while state agencies supplied $4.9 million. Although funds from business organizations and international agencies had been faltering in recent years due to the economic downturn, this year the university received approximately $3.3 million from businesses (a 39 percent increase from FY13) and $169,561 from international sources (a 100 percent increase from FY13). The greatest percentage increase in funding came through county and city agencies – a 257 percent increase – to total $332,704.

205th Military Police Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Lance Shaffer (l) looks on as Melinda Hanshaw (c) pins her husband Jeffrey Hanshaw (r) to sergeant major. (Provided)

205th Military Police Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Lance Shaffer, left, looks on as Melinda Hanshaw pins her husband Jeffrey Hanshaw to sergeant major. (Provided)

(Poplar Bluff) – Jeff Hanshaw of West Plains, was recently promoted to the rank of sergeant major in HHD, of the Missouri National Guard’s 205th Military Police Battalion, based out of Poplar Bluff.

Hanshaw, who assumes the position of operations sergeant major, will take over responsibilities for supervising the training of 205th Military Police Battalion with subordinate units of 1137th, 1138th and 1175th Military Police Companies.

Hanshaw enlisted in the Missouri National Guard as a Military Policeman and has served since 1992 in both the 1138th and 1137th Military Police Companies. He is a recipient of the Bronze Star Medal and is a Veteran of Operations Noble Eagle, Iraq Freedom, and served in Operation Enduring Freedom twice.

In civilian life, Hanshaw works at the City of West Plains as an electric superintendent. He is a 1990 Graduate of West Plains High School, is an alumni of Missouri State University – West Plains, and graduate of Central Texas College in Kileen, Texas.