Governor Jay Nixon has announced the State is committing a million dollars to support businesses affected by the unrest in Ferguson following the recent shooting death of an unarmed 18 year old black teenager. Nixon says he’s designated State Treasurer Clint Zweifel to oversee the distribution of no-interest loans to Ferguson businesses harmed by looting and rioting since the death of Michael Brown back on august 9th. St. Louis County’s chief operating officer estimates the total cost could reach as high as $6 million dollars.
A State judge is saying that he will likely reject a legal challenge to a Constitutional Amendment that would link teacher evaluations to student performance. Opponents have attempted to strike the initiative from the November ballot alleging the measure contains multiple subjects and amends more than one part of the state’s constitution. Supporters argue it’s good for education as it limits tenure protections and requires things such as salaries, promotions and layoffs based largely on student performance. The Judge in the case indicated Thursday that he was leaning toward ruling in favor of those defending the ballot measure.
A number of new laws in Missouri are now effect. Thursday marked the date for laws to go into effect that were passed during the annual legislative session. Some of these new laws include one that could make it harder for some fired employees to collect unemployment benefits and another that makes it easier for high stakes gamblers to bet big money at casinos. However, some of this year’s most high profile measures contained clauses delaying their effect until future years including an income tax cut and a rewrite of the state’s criminal laws.
A recently elected Alderman in the city of Lake Ozark has stepped down. Betsey Browning was elected Alderman in 2013 but has since moved out of the Ward 3 area and therefore can not continue as an Alderman. Lake Ozark Mayor Johnny Franzeskos accepted Browning’s resignation Wednesday morning and he has begun the process of looking for someone to take over her position until the next election, providing the board approves his appointment. This comes on the heels of the Police Chief Mark Maples and City Inspector Charlie Misenheimer who both submitted their resignations earlier this year. Misenheimer is moving to the Fire Department while Maples is going into a private venture.
We now know who saved a woman in a burning vehicle in front of Menards in Lake Ozark on August 19th. According to the Lake Ozark Police Department, School of the Osage student Kallie LaFrance was right next to the incident as it occurred. According to reports, LaFrance removed the woman from the vehicle moments before it caught fire and burned. The fire was so intense that it caused damage to the roadway which the road department will have to repair. KRMS news has reached out to LaFrance for an interview and are awaiting her reply.
At Tuesday’s meeting of the Eldon Board of Alderman, officials approved an ordinance that allows them to vacate a portion of a public alley inside the city limits. They also approved an ordinance that readopts a procedure to disclose conflicts of interest for officials within the city. The city appointed Alderman Hull to the parks and recreation board, Vickie Devine to the planning and zoning commission and tabled an ordinance to revise the licenses and permits of city code until the next meeting.
If you’ve traveled down Bagnell Dam Blvd recently you may have noticed a building that’s coming down. Construction crews have begun tearing down the old Mills Elementary school which had been around since 1965. School of the Osage recently constructed a new elementary school off highway 42 that allowed them to expand for students where the mills building would not. Once the demolition is completed, crews will be laying down fresh pavement for a brand new parking lot.