(Jefferson City) (AP) – Missouri dairy farmers are urging lawmakers to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of legislation authorizing financial incentives for their industry.
The dairy cattle incentives are included in two broader agriculture bills that Nixon vetoed because they would shift regulation of deer farms from the Conservation Department to the Agriculture Department.
The deer provisions have dominated the public debate about the bills.
But the Missouri Dairy Association says the proposed industry incentives are important to keep farmers from closing their dairy operations.
The bills would authorize state subsidies to farmers participating in a new federal insurance program for dairy production that begins next week. They also would authorize 80 college scholarships of up to $5,000 each for students who work at dairy farms and remain in Missouri agriculture after graduation.
(Little Rock) (AP) – The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality has received a $100,000 grant for water quality management planning.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant will be used to conduct analysis of chemical samples of rivers, streams and lakes in Arkansas.
Water quality data are used to characterize waters, identify trends over time, identify emerging problems and determine whether pollution control programs are working. The program also enables EPA to help direct pollution control efforts where needed and respond to emergencies such as floods and spills.
(West Plains) – The West Plains City Council will be allowing the group Friends of the Parkside House to conduct a structural and cost estimate for the renovation of the Butler House at Butler Children’s Park.
The council made the decision at a special meeting Wednesday afternoon. At the meeting, the Friends of the Parkside House presented their plan to renovate the home, which currently houses the West Plains Parks and Recreation Office: they will document existing conditions, prioritize improvements, and develop a proposed construction plan for the home with the help of GHN Architects and Engineers, who has worked on a number of projects for the city and Ozarks Medical Center. The study is expected to cost no more than $10,000.
A letter from the group to Mayor Jack Pahlmann says that if the project proves to be too costly to renovate or too complicated due to structural issues, the group can abandon the project with minimal losses. If the survey of the home proves the project can be done, the group will then lease the site from the city for a five-year term to complete renovations, and after the project is finished, lease the site from the city for 60 years.
The group is hoping that they can repair the home and create a “discovery center”, featuring interactive science and technology exhibits and programs.
(Excelsior Springs) (AP) – Police say they have located a missing 3-year-old girl safe with her biological mother.
The Kansas City Star reports that Excelsior Springs Police Capt. Clint Reno says an Amber Alert had been issued earlier for Ramy Demboski, who was taken earlier in the day from her father’s home.
Police said an adult was watching Ramy when a woman came to the door saying her car had broken down and she needed help. After the stranger left, the adult noticed Ramy was missing.
Police say the girl has been the subject of a custody dispute.
(Ft. Leonard Wood) (AP) – A regional economic development group says thousands of people have commented on possible future cuts at Fort Leonard Wood.
The Army estimates the southern Missouri installation could lose more than 5,000 civilian and military positions by 2020 after a round of much smaller cuts last year. The Army anticipates trimming its overall forces by more than 140,000 in that time period after 13 years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Sustainable Ozarks Partnership had encouraged the public to weigh in by Monday’s deadline for comments.
The group says 2,255 people sent letters to the Army from its website and that 1,879 people signed an online petition. These numbers do not take into account the emails and letters that were sent directly to the Army by individuals.
(Jefferson City) – Col. Ron Replogle and the Missouri State Highway Patrol is encouraging motorists to be safe this Labor Day weekend. Brett Stevens has more:
(Mountain Home) – The Arkansas State University-Mountain Home (ASUMH) Gaston Lecture Series kicks off on Tuesday, September 23 with professional actor and scholar Derek Evans presenting “Theodore Roosevelt: The Man in the Arena”.
The presentation is free and begins at 7 PM at the Ed Coulter Performing Arts Center in the Vada Sheid Community Development Center on the ASUMH campus.
Evans brings to life the 26th President of the United States, and offers lessons in patriotism, self-reliance, family values and the conservation of natural resources. With his first-person narrative, Derek Evans travels through Teddy Roosevelt’s days as a soldier, conservationist, athlete, philosopher, adventurer, Nobel Prize winner, scholar, teacher, visionary, father and 26th President of the United States.
The Gaston Lecture Series, funded by Jim and Jill Gaston, is offered free of charge in the fall and spring at ASUMH to challenge individuals to think, reason and learn. For more information, contact Christy Keirn, Director of Communications and Institutional Advancement at ASUMH, at 870-508-6019.
(Houston) – The Community Betterment and Arts Council of Houston is hosting an Art in the Park on Thursday, September 25, from 5-7:30 PM at the Emmett Kelly Park in the upper picnic pavilion.
The event is free to the public, where they can come and enjoy the work of local artists and photographers. Some art work will be available for purchase.
If you would like more information on Art in the Park call Erikke Neilson at 417-967-1415.
(Willow Springs) – With Labor Day around the corner, Willow Springs City Administrator Bob Pollard urges residents to keep their properties clean:
If you have questions on the Willow Springs Nuisance Ordinance, call city hall at 417-467-2107.
(West Plains) – The group Ducks Unlimited have a special calendar available for the next year that has a very special catch.
Justin Brown with the White River Chapter of Ducks Unlimited spoke with Ozark Radio News and talked about their calendar campaign:
Guns manufacturers involved in the giveaway include Taurus, Springfield Armory, Ruger, and more.
Brown also talked about what Ducks Unlimited does:
To get a calendar, call 417-505-8701 or like the “White River Chapter of Ducks Unlimited” on Facebook and send them a message.