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Archive for October, 2012

(Willow Springs) – Highway Patrol Troop G has announced that a radio coverage survey across the region.

Patrol members and retired Patrol personnel are conducting the radio coverage survey in Douglas, Howell, and Texas counties in Troop G. Officials say the survey must be done on every road and in every area to ensure overall system performance.

At times, citizens will observe unmarked patrol vehicles traveling at a very slow rate of speed in those areas. The unmarked vehicles are occupied by one Patrol member or a retired Patrol employee and two employees from Motorola.

The field testing is currently underway, and is expected to last two to three weeks.

(Houston) – Charlie Rasmussen, DO of the Texas County Memorial Hospital Medical Complex in Houston has achieved the Degree of Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the national medical association representing nearly 100,300 family physicians, residents and medical students.

The degree was conferred on more than 180 family physicians during a convocation on Saturday, October 20 in conjunction with the AAFP’s annual meeting in Philadelphia, PA.

Established in 1971, the AAFP Degree of Fellow recognizes family physicians who have distinguished themselves through service to family medicine and ongoing professional development. This year’s fellowship class brings the total number of AAFP Fellows to more than 29,000 nationwide.

Criteria for receiving the AAFP Degree of Fellow consists of a minimum of six years of membership in the organization, extensive continuing medical education, participation in public service programs outside medical practice, conducting original research and serving as a teacher in family medicine.

As a family medicine physician at TCMH, Rasmussen sees patients of all ages from birth to the end of life. Rasmussen has a full-time clinic practice at the TCMH Medical Complex, and he provides care for inpatients at TCMH in addition to practicing obstetrical medicine. He also provides occasional coverage in the TCMH emergency department and sees obstetrical patients at the TCMH Mountain Grove Clinic one day a week.

Rasmussen is the chief of the TCMH medical staff. He became employed at TCMH in August 2007.

(Koshkonong) – Koshkonong High School will be jumping with fun November 16 as Master Hypnotist Keith Haddrill excites the audience with his hilarious Hypnosis Show on November 16 at 7 PM.

Organizers say this is a special fundraising performance with proceeds from the show benefiting the Junior Class.

During the show, ordinarily conservative audience members, and even those who aren’t conservative, will undergo a complete transformation. The actions that the audience members are put through are hilarious to the audience members, and to those on stage it becomes their reality. Of course, organizers say, the pandemonium is all good, clean fun.

Advanced tickets are adults $8, students $6, and free for children under 5. At the door tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students.

For more information contact Jessi Johnson at 867-5601 ext 230.

(West Plains) – The city of West Plains has lifted a boil water advisory in areas of the city.

Areas include:

  • Catalina, from Broadway to Crawford
  • Broadway from Catalina to Country Club Dr.

(Jefferson City) (AP) – Missourians who plan to vote absentee must get their ballot soon.

The secretary of state’s office says voters have until Wednesday to request an absentee ballot by submitting an application to their local election authority. Voters have until Nov. 5 at 5 p.m. to vote in person by absentee ballot. Election Day is Nov. 6.

To cast an absentee ballot in Missouri, voters must have a reason that they cannot vote on Election Day, such as travel plans or illness.

Cole McNary, left, speaking with Secretary of State Candidate Shane Schoeller at the Howell County Republican Rally on Thursday, October 25. (ORN Photo)

(Jefferson City) – 86th District Representative Cole McNary is the Republican nominee for the position of State Treasurer of Missouri, running against former 78th District Representative and incumbent treasurer Clint Zweifel.

In an exclusive interview with Ozark Radio News, McNary says that he hopes to address three issues if elected to the office of treasurer:

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McNary says that the main issue he hopes to work on if elected would be pension reform, saying that Missouri’s five public pensions are collectively funded at 60% of the budget:

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In the days leading up to the election, Zweifel has ran ads attacking McNary, claiming that McNary’s campaign has not disclosed campaign spending, and that he had taken vacations paid for by lobbyists.

McNary says that it isn’t a case of not reporting spending, but saving money:

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McNary’s campaign paints Zweifel as an extension of the “Big Government” policies of Washington DC, stating that Zweifel advocated for government mandated health care, and that he has used the treasurer’s office to promote himself through million dollar PSA’s and expensive ads in Kansas City and St. Louis newspapers.

(Jefferson City) – The Missouri State Highway Patrol is urging both kids and adults to be aware this Halloween. Brett Stevens has more:

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Officials with the city of West Plains say trick-or-treating will take place Wednesday from 4-8 PM.

(Mountain Home) (AP) – Authorities in Baxter County say one man was shot in the face as he and his brother fought over a handgun.

Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery says the two brothers were at a Mountain Home residence early Sunday when the shooting occurred. The sheriff says the brothers were drinking heavily and began arguing.

Montgomery says the men began fighting over a .45-caliber handgun and that the weapon discharged during the tussle.

One brother was shot in the face and taken to a hospital in Springfield, Mo. The sheriff says the second brother was taken in for questioning but later released.

Authorities say the case remains under investigation and that the prosecutor’s office will decide whether to file any charges.

(Jefferson City) (AP) – Republican Dave Spence has put an additional $1 million into his campaign to oust Democratic Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, placing them on nearly equal financial footing as they make a final push before the Nov. 6 election.

Online campaign finance records show that Spence, a businessman from suburban St. Louis, has now loaned or given his campaign $6 million since declaring his candidacy last year. The latest contribution is dated Friday, one day after his campaign reported a cash balance of $285,817.

The additional money means Spence had nearly $1.3 million as of Friday for his campaign. Nixon’s finance report shows he had nearly $1.6 million in his campaign account as of Thursday. But Nixon’s campaign sent out an online fundraising plea Sunday seeking to counter Spence’s additional $1 million infusion.

State candidates were required to file reports Monday detailing their contributions and expenditures from Oct. 1 through Oct. 25. Although it is their final regular finance report before the election, candidates for state offices also must report to the Missouri Ethics Commission every contribution greater than $5,000 within 48 hours of receiving it.

In other campaign finance reports filed Monday, Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster and Republican challenger Ed Marti both reported raising more than $300,000 during the recent period. But Koster still had $1.3 million remaining in his campaign account as of Thursday, while Martin had just $22,719.

Democratic State Treasurer Clint Zweifel reported $737,628 remaining in his campaign account as of Thursday, compared with $348,565 for Republican challenger Cole McNary. More than half of the $224,022 McNary raised during the most recent period came from a single family – $100,000 from Tamko Building Products President and CEO David Humphreys of Joplin and $25,000 from his mother, Ethelmae Humphreys. Zweifel raised $308,007 during the reporting period.

In the race for secretary of state, Democratic state Rep. Jason Kander and Republican state Rep. Shane Schoeller both raised less than $300,000 in the recent period, but Kander held a cash advantage. His campaign reported $722,890 on hand as of Thursday, compared with $126,099 for Schoeller.

Nixon talks with Ted and Barb Sheppard, cattle farmers near Bendavis, about the new well system installed on their farm in this photo from August 29. (ORN Photo)

(Jefferson City) – In July, during the summer drought, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon allocated emergency funding to help install wells at farms in the state, and the program was widely sought after, with $29 million in assistance asked for, which was 15 times over the original estimate.

Governor Nixon, in an exclusive interview with Ozark Radio News, gave us an update on the project:

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Nixon visited a farm near Bendavis in Texas County in late August to survey the completion of one of the projects.