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Archive for February, 2013

(Norwood) – A resident of Mansfield suffered serious injuries Monday after the vehicle he was driving lost control on a slick roadway, ran off-road and overturned.

The accident happened at 8:15 PM on Highway 60, about a half mile west of Norwood. 55-year-old Max Simpson was taken by ambulance to Cox South Hospital in Springfield by ambulance.

The vehicle he was driving was totaled in the accident. A report from the Highway Patrol states that Simpson was wearing a seat belt when the accident occurred.

(West Plains) – Missouri State University-West Plains’ film series showing of ‘Charade’ will take place at 6 PM Thursday, March 7, at the West Plains Civic Center theater.

The showing was scheduled to take place on February 21 but was postponed due to inclement weather. This will be the final showing of this year’s series, which celebrated the campus’ 50th anniversary by featuring films from 1963, the year the campus was established. Admission is free.

Vickie Driskell, public relations specialist at the university, will facilitate discussion following the movie’s showing.

For more information about the annual film series, call the U/CP Department office at 417-255-7966.

(Jefferson City) (AP) – A Missouri House committee has endorsed legislation that would eliminate the current time limits for prosecuting cases that involve sexual offenses against people age 18 and younger.

Right now, prosecutions must start within 30 years after the victim’s 18th birthday. The statute of limitations already does not apply to instances of forcible rape or forcible sodomy, attempted forcible rape or attempted forcible sodomy and kidnapping. The measure would allow prosecutions for child abuse at any time.

The House Crime Prevention and Public Safety Committee approved the legislation Monday.

Earlier this year, a state child sex abuse task force released a report urging lawmakers to eliminate the statute of limitations for first-degree statutory rape and first-degree statutory sodomy.

(Midway) – Three people were injured Monday evening after an accident in Midway, Arkansas.

A report from Troop I of the Arkansas State Police says the accident happened around 8:30 PM, when the westbound vehicle driven by 25-year-old Beth McKinney of Rock Island, IL traveled off-road, hit a culvert, and came to rest in a ditch.

McKinney and two children, 4-year-old Samual McKinney and 8-year-old Jamie Rosenbaum, were taken to Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home, where they were treated and released.

The accident happened at the intersection of State Highway 178 and County Road 10.

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

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.

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 MSU-West Plains or SCCC 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 March delivery, organizers stressed, adding vouchers must be received every month for truck delivery.

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 April 3, 2013.

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 by calling 417-257-0018.

(Jefferson City) – One of the key issues Missouri Governor Jay Nixon discussed during his State of the State address is reforming tax credits in the state. Nixon, in an interview with Ozark Radio News, says that reforming the tax credit system will help keep the state’s budget in check:

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Nixon, a Democrat, proposed in his state budget for the coming fiscal year to repeal the so-called “circuit breaker” credit for elderly and disabled people who rent their homes. The credit was claimed by about 107,000 people last year, costing the state roughly $57 million.

Nixon called for putting the money saved into a new Senior Services Protection Fund, which would pay for services such as nursing home care and personal care programs for the elderly.

(Jefferson City) (AP) – Missouri House members have endorsed a proposal to create a new lottery ticket to help veterans.

Revenues from the Missouri Lottery currently are directed to education. Under the measure approved Tuesday, proceeds from the new ticket would go to the Veterans Commission capital improvement fund. The proposal needs another vote before moving to the Senate and would require voter approval.

The Veterans Commission runs nursing homes and serves more than 1,300 people. Its trust fund shrunk in recent years because it was tapped to make up for declining general revenue appropriations. Lawmakers last year approved a dedicated funding source.

Opponents of the new lottery ticket raised concerns that it would cut funding for education. The measure’s sponsor says that hasn’t been the case in other states.

(West Plains) – Ozarks Medical Center will offer free colorectal cancer screening kits in recognition of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in March.

Those most at risk for colorectal cancer, who are encouraged to participate in the screening, include people age 50 and older and those who have a family history of colorectal cancer. Qualifying participants may request a kit March 6-8 by calling 417-257-6793 or e-mailing screenings@ozarksmedicalcenter.com.

Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. According to the American Cancer Society, in 2013 there are expected to be 102,480 new cases of colon cancer and the disease will cause an estimated 50,830 deaths.

According to the American Cancer Society, 90 percent of colorectal cancer cases occur in people over the age of 50. Other risk factors include presence of colorectal polyps, positive family history of colorectal cancer, personal history of certain cancers such as breast and ovary, Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, cigarette smoking and diet.

The screening kit offered by OMC is called a fecal occult blood test (FOBT) and can be used by participants in the privacy of their homes. The test can identify hidden blood in the stool, which may be an early sign of cancer or other problems in the gastrointestinal tract, including ulcers or hemorrhoids.

For additional information or to request a free colorectal cancer screening kit, call 417-257-6793 during the open screening dates, March 6-8. After business hours, leave a voicemail message including your name and phone number. As supplies last, a kit will be mailed to qualified screening candidates, generally, those over the age of 50 or with a family history of colorectal cancer. Kits should be returned by mail as instructed in the testing direction.

(Jefferson City) (AP) – Debate has stalled in the Missouri Senate on legislation that Democrats say is part of the state’s “war on labor.”

Senators stayed late Monday night to debate legislation that would bar public-sector unions from deducting dues out of employee paychecks.

Republican supporters say the legislation would give public employees the choice of how they want their dues spent. But Democrats blocked a vote on the measure, arguing it would hurt organized labor.

The measure would also require union members to annually give consent for their dues to be spent on political contributions. It would not apply to unions representing “first responders,” such as police or firefighters.

The Senate passed a similar measure two years ago, but it died in the House.

(West Plains) – Officials with Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative (HOEC) have announced that cooperative crewmen will be assisting in the emergency power restoration in central Missouri following the winter storm that has plagued the region.

HOEC sent eight crewmen to assist in power restoration at Boone Electric Cooperative (BEC) headquartered in Columbia which was one of the hardest hit of the cooperatives in Missouri. BEC reported nearly 12,000 members out of power following the storm.

According to the Association of Electric Cooperatives in Jefferson City, a combined total of more than 50,000 cooperative members were without power as of noon February 26. The outages were widespread in a large area spanning from just north of Springfield, following Interstate 44 east and continuing as far north as Chillicothe and Macon.

“It is a part of electric cooperatives’ emergency restoration plans to assist other utilities in situations where there are widespread power outages”, said Myles Smith, Manager of Member Services at HOEC. “We have traditionally helped restore power in other locations as we have received help when needed. This is a prime example of what makes electric cooperatives unique just as we all work together for the good of our members” added Smith.