Roadways around the Troop-F area of the highway patrol are a little more crowded today as eight new troopers, including five here in the Lake Area, officially begin their initial assignments. Shane Mahaney of Foristell, Aaron Lindley of St. Thomas and Sadie Turnbull of Columbia are assigned to Camden County. Max Lawson, from Iberia, will be patrolling in Miller County while Jesse Wagner, from Ash Grove, is assigned to Morgan and Moniteau counties. The five, along with three others who are assigned to Callaway and Boone counties, graduated at the end of December in the 103rd recruit class.
Calling it long overdue, the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, most commonly referred to as Obamacare, is expected to officially begin soon after President-elect Trump is sworn into office on Friday. Missouri 3rd District Republican Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer says it’s time to get busy trying to find a plan to replace the system which has been collapsing before our eyes.
Speaking on the KRMS Morning Magazine, Luetkemeyer goes onto say there is no quick fix with the process expected to take at least two years to get an acceptable replacement plan in place. The goal, ultimately, to keep treatment available for pre-existing conditions and allowing children to the age of 26 to remain on a parent’s health plan.
The Foundation Formula for grades K-12 survives the budget axe being lowered by Governor Eric Greitens. Higher education, however, is taking an $82-million cut as part of the governor’s $146.4 million in spending restrictions announced this week. Greitens says the cuts are part of an overall plan to cut 700-million over the next 18 months which the state needs to do just to balance the budget. Reduced revenue due to poor economic growth under previous Governor Jay Nixon is blamed by Greitens for the cuts being necessary. Programs essential to public safety and the state’s pension and health care obligations also were spared being cut.
Governor Eric Greitens takes center stage tonight at the Missouri Capitol to give his first State of the State Address. The governor is expected to outline his agenda highlighted by plans to create more jobs with higher pay and labor reform. Other topics to be touched on include tort, civil service, regulatory and tax credit reforms. The governor’s State of the State Address will be live streamed on the mo.gov website.
An incident near HH in Camden County led to a manhunt. The Camden County Sheriff’s Department report that an unnamed 24 year old male allegedly stabbed three different people near the 1400 block of Carol Road. The hunt for the man, described as a white male, 5’10, 160 pounds with brown hair and green eyes, is still ongoing. Two of the three victims had to be taken to Lake Regional while one, an unidentified female, refused treatment at the scene.
Update- the suspect is in custody.
A local fire district is doing their part to make sure everyone stays safe during the State of Emergency. Mike Klossner, District Chief for the Northwest Fire Protection District, says the district will be offering two warming centers in the area and will provide free food, water, and cots at Station 1 in Climax Springs and Station 4 on Iron Town Road. He also says that, if needed, they have been given the keys to the high school to house extra people.
The improving interest rates recently are having an effect on businesses all over the country. The Camdenton School District is no exception. Superintendent Dr. Tim Hadfield says that, while they still saved quite a bit, the interest rate changes, had quite an effect on some bonds they decided to refinance this week.
The original estimates were nearly $1.3 million. Dr Hadfield says that estimate was based on the rates at that time and they refinanced on the bonds as quickly as possible before there was anymore change in the market.