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Archive for November, 2012

(Mountain View) – The Mountain View Chamber of Commerce has announced that the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony will take place Friday, with a very special guest.

The tree in downtown Mountain View will be lit up for the season on Friday, November 30 at the gazebo, with a special appearance by Santa Claus to light the tree.

Also, December 7-9 is the Chamber’s Annual Craft Show at the Community Center. Chamber Director Linda Lewis says that over 40 crafters and food vendors will be at the event, with even more new vendors than before. Hours for December 7 is 10 AM to 5 PM, 8:30 AM to 5 PM December 8, and 11 AM to 3 PM December 9.

The Chamber Christmas parade will also take place Saturday, December 8, with line up at 1 PM and the parade at 2 PM.

For more information, call the Chamber office 417-934-2794.

(West Plains) – The West Plains High School publication The Ridgerunner was recently awarded the American Scholastic Press Association’s “First Place with Special Merit” award and “Most Outstanding High School General Magazine – 2012” award.

Diana Locke is the adviser for the Ridgerunner staff. She says that the recognition received has been extremely welcomed:

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The fall edition of Ridgerunner will be coming out in December.

(Little Rock) (AP) – A group that promotes public-private partnerships to use university research as a way to develop products that can be brought to market says the state needs more investment in research to help create more jobs.

The Arkansas Research Alliance on Tuesday released a study that says the state has a solid foundation for organizations to incubate and launch knowledge-based businesses.

But the level of spending on university research in Arkansas is less than half the national average. The alliance, which is made up of university officials and business executives, says the state needs to boost the level of state tax dollars devoted to research.

Gov. Mike Beebe says he’s working to provide at least part of $24 million the group wants to see in next year’s budget.

(Jefferson City) – For the second time in as many days, the jackpot for tonight’s drawing has been increased, with the estimated prize now set at $550 million. It’s the largest jackpot prize ever offered in the game, with a cash option worth approximately $360.2 million in one payment before taxes.

“This jackpot seems to be the gift that keeps on giving,” said May Scheve Reardon, executive director for the Missouri Lottery. “But we want to make sure all of our players play within their means. No matter how high the jackpot gets, it still takes just one ticket to win, so please play responsibly.”

Players have until 8:59 p.m. tonight to purchase Powerball tickets in Missouri.

Of the 44 lotteries that offer Powerball, Missouri is ranked second in terms of Powerball jackpot winners with 26.

A fact sheet about this historic jackpot, as well as group play tips, is available at MOLottery.com.

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Historic Powerball Jackpot The Result of Increased Ticket Prices, Sales

(Des Moines) (AP) – The historic Powerball jackpot boosted to $550 million was all part of a plan lottery officials put in place early this year to build jackpots faster, drive sales and generate more money for states that run the game.

Their plan appears to be working.

Powerball tickets doubled in price in January to $2, and while the number of tickets sold initially dropped, sales revenue has increased by about 35 percent over 2011.

Sales for Powerball reached a record $3.96 billion in fiscal 2012 and are expected to reach $5 billion this year, said Chuck Strutt, executive director of the Des Moines, Iowa-based Multi-State Lottery Association, the group that runs the Powerball game.

There has been no Powerball winner since Oct. 6, and the jackpot already has reached a record level for the game. It was first posted at $425 million but revised upward to $500 million when brisk sales increased the payout. It’s the second highest jackpot in lottery history, behind only the $656 million Mega Millions prize in March.

Powerball will be drawn tonight.

(Springfield) (AP) – The giraffes apparently are happy at the Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield.

The zoo announced Monday the third giraffe birth in three months, giving it three generations of giraffes for the first time in the zoo’s history.

The zoo says 7-year-old Emma gave birth to a male calf Friday night. Emma’s 20-year-old mother, Gidget, gave birth to another calf earlier this month. Another female, “Pammy J,” was born in September.

And it’s not over – another giraffe is expected to give birth in January.

The Springfield News-Leader reports ( http://sgfnow.co/TrOuKT ) after Caley’s birth, zoo spokeswoman Melinda Arnold said some of calves will eventually have to be moved to other facilities.

(St. Louis) (AP) – U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri may seek a presidential emergency declaration in an effort to keep barges moving on the drought-riddled Mississippi River.

The Army Corps of Engineers on Friday began reducing the outflow from an upper Missouri River dam in South Dakota. That means less water coming down the Missouri and into the Mississippi River. The already-low Mississippi River level is dropping as a result and could get so low that barge traffic will be severely restricted or even halted by mid-December.

Nearly 80 members of Congress, three governors and many waterway operators have asked the corps to reconsider. Blunt said in a telephone news conference Tuesday that the next step is to evaluate asking for a presidential declaration that would restore the Missouri River flow.

(Willow Springs) – The Willow Springs City Council will meet at 7 PM this evening at Willow Springs City Hall for their regular meeting. City Administrator Bob Pollard goes over some of the items on the agenda for the evening:

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A discussion will also be held concerning the connection fees for electrical services. The council will also seek to adopt Bill 96-12, which would provide a moratorium for those fees.

(St. Louis) (AP) – This year is on pace to be the warmest on record in parts of Missouri, a continuation of a trend of warmer weather that is affecting flowers, plants and agricultural crops, experts said Monday.

National Weather Service meteorologist Jayson Gosselin said that 2012 through Nov. 24 has been the warmest year on record in both St. Louis and Columbia, Mo., compared with other years through the same date. In Kansas City, Mo., it has been the fourth warmest year on record so far, with an average temperature of 61.3 degrees.

Missouri has seen many weather extremes in recent years: An unseasonably warm March in 2007, followed by a freeze that damaged many crops. Flooding on parts of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers in spring 2011 was followed this year by the worst drought in decades.

(Theodosia) – A man from Theodosia was seriously injured Monday after the vehicle he was driving overturned and struck a tree on Route 95 near his hometown.

72-year-old Lynn Nash was taken from the scene of the accident to Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home.

A report from the Highway Patrol says the 2:30 PM accident happened 3 miles north of Theodosia, and that Nash was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.

(Tyrone) – A Tyrone resident suffered serious injuries early Sunday morning after a one-vehicle accident near Tyrone.

The accident happened at 1 AM on Route H in Tyrone in Texas County, when the westbound vehicle driven by 35-year-old Stephanie Kamp traveled off road and struck a tree.

Kamp was taken from the scene of the accident to St. John’s hospital in Springfield by Air Evac. A Highway Patrol report says that Kamp was not wearing a seat belt when the accident occurred.