Blunt Elected GOP Conference Vice Chairman

Senator Roy Blunt has won a Senate Republican leadership post over tea party favorite Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin. The secret balloting elevates Blunt, a former House leader and Mitt Romney’s chief advocate on Capitol Hill, to vice chairman of the GOP conference, the fifth-most senior position in the party’s caucus. The conference vice chairmanship position carries little power or responsibility other than to spread the Senate Republican leadership’s message ahead of the 2012 elections. But it often is a stepping stone to higher positions.

New 242 Opens Today

Local and state officials will gather on Route 242 today to cut ribbon for two new roads.

Bob Lynch from MoDOT says the four-lane $8 million dollar route across the heartland will be opened after a ceremony.

The group will then travel to the 54 Expressway for a photo opportunity.

Bob talked yesterday about the new 242 and was asked if there will be large truck restrictions on Bagnell Dam with the new route.

KB will check in live from the 242 ceremony during the ten o’clock hour of the Morning Magazine.

The 242 ribbon cutting happens a quarter mile west of Fish Haven Road at ten.

Weekend DWI Checkpoint in Lake Ozark

A weekend sobriety checkpoint nets leads to DWI arrests in the city of Lake Ozark.

Camden County deputies and Lake Ozark Police conducted the checkpoint at Bagnell Dam Boulevard and HH Saturday night from ten to two thirty. Officers checked 357 vehicles and made two Driving While Intoxicated arrests, one for driving while impaired by drugs, one for endangering the welfare of a child, and one for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Several other drivers were cited for not having insurance and driving with an expired license.

Woman Killed in Collision with Deer in Morgan County

A woman was killed when her car struck a deer in Morgan County this morning. The accident happened at 6:40 A-M, on US 50 just west of Potter’s Ford Road. The deer came through the front windshield and exited thru the rear window. The Missouri State Highway Patrol identifies the victim as 50-year-old Regina K. Pipes of Syracuse, Missouri. She was pronounced dead on the scene by the Morgan County coroner.

Osage Beach Man Faces Felony After BB Gun Attack on Neighbor

An Osage Beach man’s facing felony assault charges after police say he shot a neighbor with a BB gun over the weekend. 42-year old Russell Martin was arrested by Osage Beach Police after he allegedly shot his neighbor with a CO2 powered BB gun at the end of an argument the two men were having over money. Investigators say Martin owed the 27-year old victim. The victim was hit with pellets in the back of his head, neck and back. Martin’s charged with first degree assault and armed criminal action.

Lake Ozark Aldermen Talk 2012 Budget Tomorrow Night

Lake Ozark’s Board of Aldermen sit down tomorrow night to talk over several issues, with the city’s 2012 budget topping the list. Even with major retailers coming to the Shoppes at Eagles’ Landing over the next few months, Lake Ozark’s on its’ 5th straight year of conservative budgets, with the 2012 plan calling for $3-million in tax revenues. Most of that comes from the sales tax, either general, transportation or capital improvement. The rest of the city’s income is made up of property taxes, franchise taxes, court fines, utility hook-up fees and other miscellaneous sources.

Drug Testing and Pipeline in House Payroll Tax Bill

The U.S. House version of the payroll tax cut bill includes things that U.S. House Republicans believe could create jobs.

Ninth District Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer says the tar sands pipe connecting oil in Canada to oil in Oklahoma, North Dakota, and Texas is a opportunity.

Luetkemeyer says the drug testing issue is something that needs to be uniform across the country.

The payroll tax will increase from 4.2 to 6.2% on the first $110,100 of payroll if nothing is done by December 31st.

The U.S. House will debate the bill this week.