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(Jefferson City) (AP) – The Missouri Senate has temporarily set aside debate on ethics legislation that would curb lobbying.

The bill would make lawmakers wait two years after their terms expire before registering as lobbyists. It would require lawmakers to reimburse lobbyists for most gifts within 30 days and lobbyists would have 48 hours to report such expenditures.

But debate was halted after a Democratic attempt to add an amendment to impose limits on campaign contributions. Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey says debate could resume on Tuesday.

Another provision would bar legislators from serving as paid political consultants until one year after leaving office.

Missouri is the only state to allow the trio of unlimited contributions to candidates, unlimited gifts from lobbyists and no waiting period before an elected official can lobby.

(Rogers) (AP) – Police in Rogers say a 15-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with a threatening message written on a boy’s bathroom stall at Heritage High School.

Police said in a news release that the boy was arrested Monday on a felony charge of communicating a false alarm.

The threat was found Friday. Details of the message were not released – but police say it was non-specific and did not mention any particular students.

(West Plains) – A terminally ill boy who rallied community support in fighting his disease and touched countless lives during his battle with cancer has passed away.

12-year-old Tanner Lager passed away Sunday evening, according to a Facebook post by his mother, Donna Lager.

Since being diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a cancerous bone tumor that affects children, before the age of 7, West Plains and the surrounding Ozarks communities rallied around Tanner and his family, holding fundraisers and events to help the boy and his family get to and from radiation treatments and pay for other expenses.

Funeral services for Tanner will be held at 2 PM, Saturday, April 19, at the West Plains Middle School Gymnasium, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

We at the Ozark Radio Network extend our deepest condolences to Tanner’s family.



(West Plains) – No injuries were reported Saturday after a home fire in West Plains.

The call went out to the West Plains Fire Department at 4:47 PM of a fire at 5 Carte Square in West Plains. Firefighters arrived on-scene to find smoke billowing out of the home

No injuries were reported. The West Plains and Howell Rural Fire Departments, and South Howell County Ambulance responded to the scene.

(Photo provided by Cierra Lynn-Marie Crider)

(Photo provided by Cierra Lynn-Marie Crider)

(Siloam Springs) – A historic Howell County hotel has been destroyed after a fire destroyed the building Saturday night.

The 5-story Pinebrook Inn, formally known as the Old Siloam Springs Hotel, was fully engulfed in flames when crews arrived on scene just after 9 PM Saturday night.

No injuries were reported. The Pumpkin Center, Howell County Rural, Pomona, and Pottersville fire departments responded to the scene.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.



(Overland Park, KS) – An Aurora man is the prime suspect after three people were killed at a Jewish community center in Kansas City, Kansas.

The Kansas City Star reports the suspect has been identified as ex-Ku Klux Klan leader Frasier Cross, Jr, who also goes by the name Glenn Miller. He was arrested a couple blocks away from the community center following the shootings.

Two of the three people killed in the attacks have been identified: a man and his 14-year-old grandson. A third person killed at an assisted-living facility has not been identified as of Monday morning.

(Salem) – Two people were injured Saturday night after an ATV accident on Highway 395.

Troop I of the Arkansas State Police states the accident happened at 10:20 PM just north of Salem, AR, when the southbound Polaris side-by-side driven by 43-year-old Timothy Miller ran off-road, overcorrected and overturned, ejecting him from the vehicle.

Miller and a passenger, 27-year-old Alex Sanders, were both taken to area hospitals.

(Big Flat) – A man was killed after a Saturday morning head-on collision involving a motorcycle in Searcy County.

The Arkansas State Police says the wreck happened Saturday morning at 7:49 AM on Highway 14 just west of Big Flat. A report states that 32-year-old Justin McCoy of Harriet was westbound on his motorcycle when he crossed the center line and struck an oncoming vehicle.

The driver of the second vehicle, 40-year-old Keith McDaniel of Harriet, was not injured in the accident.

(Photo by Jason Kaplan)

(Photo by Jason Kaplan)

(Bucyrus) – A Texas County brewing company has won gold at the World Beer Cup competition.

Piney River Brewing Company of Bucyrus won gold in the American Style Wheat Beer category for their Float Trip Ale. The category had 23 entries.

The event was held April 11 in Denver, CO and featured small craft breweries from across the world, with just over 1000 breweries and over 4750 beers entered.

(Jefferson City) – Missouri shoppers paid more for food in the first quarter of 2014 than the same period last year, according to the latest Missouri Farm Bureau Market Basket Survey.

Sixteen items representing a cross-section of agricultural products were surveyed. The total price rang in at $49.08 compared to $48.73 for the same items one year ago for an increase of $0.35 year-over-year.

Overall, seven items increased in price while nine cost slightly less than in 2013. Both beef products on the list, ground chuck and sirloin tip roast, increased in price as did eggs, whole milk and shredded cheddar cheese. These price increases tracked closely with the report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics stating that food prices have increased by about 1.5 percent this year.

Compared to the national average price of $53.27, Missouri prices were $4.19 less. Missouri prices were higher on four items and less on twelve. Interestingly, bacon prices didn’t shift significantly in Missouri as they did nationally – Missouri’s price moved up $0.06 from a year ago and was $0.99 cheaper than national average.