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(West Plains) – The next prequalification for the Ozarks Food Harvest Mobile Food Pantry will be from 4-5:45 PM Wednesday, May 7, at the West Plains Public Library Community Room, 750 W. Broadway.

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.

Volunteers will verify documentation of those seeking assistance at the prequalification and give vouchers for the date of the truck delivery. Only people receiving vouchers will receive food from the truck during the May delivery, and vouchers must be received every month for truck delivery.

For more information about the Ozarks Food Harvest Mobile Food Pantry project, or if you are interested in volunteering or donating, contact officials at the American Red Cross office in West Plains at 417-257-0018.

(Little Rock) – The Arkansas State Police Commission has approved a recommendation for the promotion of Corporal Ronnie Stewart to the rank of sergeant.

The promotion was recommended by Colonel Stan Witt, Director of the Arkansas State Police during a recent meeting of the commission.

Sergeant Stewart, 47, of Mammoth Spring, is an 18 year veteran of the department. He was assigned to Highway Patrol Division, Troop I, will assume new duties as a post supervisor within Troop I.

(Jefferson City)- The Missouri Senate in Jefferson City has had their hands full over the last few weeks debating several major bills and issue.

Senator Mike Cunningham, R-Rogersville, shared during a recent interview that the Senate could soon see the Fiscal Year 2015 operating budget for the Missouri:

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Sen. Cunningham also shared that Missouri senators have also been spending time debating Senate Joint Resolution 25, which would grant the Missouri General Assembly the power to limit by statute jury award of non-economic damages:

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For more information on the work that’s taking place in the Missouri Senate visit senate.mo.gov.

(Jefferson City) (AP) – The Missouri House has endorsed legislation allowing use of a cannabis extract by people whose epilepsy is not relieved by other treatments.

The bill would permit use of “hemp extract” with little of the substance that makes marijuana users feel high and greater amounts of a chemical called cannabidiol, or CBD. Patients would need to have epilepsy that a neurologist has determined is not responding to at least three treatment options. Patients or their parents would need a state-issued registration card.

Growers would have to be nonprofit organizations and have a license from the Missouri Department of Agriculture.

House members gave the measure first-round approval Tuesday by voice vote. It needs another affirmative vote to move to the Senate.

(Jefferson City) – Missouri Senators return to the floor last week to discuss several measures.

Senator David Sater, R-Cassville, sponsors Senate Bill 754, a measure that would extend the expiration date of the MO RX Prescription Drug program from 2014 to 2017. Senator Sater explains a new provision in the measure dealing with medication synchronization services:

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Also discussed during the day was Senate Bill 758, a measure that would change the term “free health clinic” to “community health clinic” and modify its definition for the purposes of the State Legal Expense Fund. Senate Minority Floor Leader Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City, sponsors the bill and shared:

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Senate Bill 754 and Senate Bill 758 were both set aside for further discussion.

(Salem)- The Salem City Council will be holding a regular meeting on April 24, at 7PM.

During the meeting the council will hear a review of Department Activities for March and April from Shad Overman with the Police Department, Nick Blanton with the Fire Department, and Bill Wosham with the Public Works Department.

In old business the council will receive an update on the Civic Center project as well as a request from the Fire Department.

In new business a report on city and county sales tax will be given and they will discuss the May City Council meeting.

For more information on this meeting you can contact the Salem City Hall at 870-895-3478.

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(West Plains) – The Missouri State University-West Plains University/Community Programs Department presents an encore performance from Miss Jubilee and the Humdingers this coming Friday.

Emily Gibson with the U/CP Department spoke with Ozark Radio News and said the show has been brought back “by popular demand”:

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The concert will be this coming Friday at 7 PM at the West Plains Civic Center Theater. Tickets are $5 in advance and $8 at the door, and are available at the civic center box office from 10 AM to 3 PM weekdays. For more information about the concert, call the U/CP Department office at 417-255-7966.

(Alton)- After a school year full of missed days due to the inclement winter weather, Alton School District came out on top, compared to many schools, by only missing a total of 28 days.

When Ozark Radio News spoke with Alton School District Superintendent Eric Allen and asked for his thoughts on how much of a negative impact the snow days had on the district, he had this to say:

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With Alton being one of many school districts to implement ten snow days into the school year, Allen shared what their new plan of action will be if more than those ten days are missed:

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For more information on the updated 2014-2015 Alton School District calendar call 417-778-7217.

(Mountain Home) – Join The Art Odyssey for an Art Walk and music by Ron Miller at the Blackbird Café located inside the Library this Friday, April 25, 7:00pm – 9:00pm.  Meet Art Odyssey artists Jeanne Roth, Terry Zarate, and Richard Keener, and view their work.

Also, enjoy The Art Odyssey Tour, a self-guided tour of artists’ studios in the Arkansas Ozarks, coming up May 16, 17, and 18, 2014.  The Art Odyssey tour offers an opportunity to visit the working studios of select artists, located in the Mountain Home, Arkansas area.  There is no charge for the tour and no tickets required.

Tour hours are:
Friday, May 16, 10:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday, May 17, 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, May 18, 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Information about The Art Odyssey can be found at www.theartodyssey.com.

(Alton)- The Victory Freewill Baptist Church in Alton is hosting a Yard Sale and Bake Sale fundraiser in the Church basement on Friday, April 25, from 7AM-4PM and on Saturday, April 26, from 7AM-12PM.

Ozark Radio News spoke with Sherri Orr, a member of the Victory CTS Youth Group Directors, who shared what kind of goodies people can except to find at their fundraiser:

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Orr went on to explain that all of the proceeds from the fundraiser will go towards the Church CTS Youth Group program. Orr gave us an insight of what the program is and how they operate:

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Victory Freewill Baptist Church is located about 1 mile out of Alton on Highway 19.