Boating Bill in Memory of Child Purposed

Two years ago today, a boating trip on Stockton Lake turned into a tragedy for the Keese family.
36-year-old Brian Keese’s capsized jon boat. Neither Keese nor his 8-year-old son, Nathan, had been wearing life jackets, and both had drowned.

Camilla Molica, Brian Keese’s now pushing lawmakers to increase water safety regulations in order to prevent future deaths. The measure is House Bill 1452. and would require children ages 14 and younger to wear life jackets. The current cutoff is age 7.

Missouri’s age requirement is lower than several surrounding states. There are also statistics from the National Safe Boating Council that said Missouri in 2011 ranked No. 6 in boating accidents.

Twenty State Schools are Alleged Cheaters

State Auditor Tom Schweich today announced that his office has been planning to look at test integrity when auditing school districts. This has been a problem for many years as the incentives for better score often times mean more funding. Recently the Atlanta Journal-Constitution released a report in July 2011 which alleged rampant standardized test cheating recently released a report identifying suspicious test score phenomena across the nation, including possible irregularities at approximately 20 public schools in Missouri. The 20 schools in question will be audited thoroughly. Some of the schools says Schweich have “Really Exceeded Expectations”

Sexual Assualt in Osage Beach

Officers from the Osage Beach Police Department responded to a residence on Parkwood Circle reference a sexual assault. A white male, identified as Robert W. Baker age 25, was standing in front of the residence with his hands raised. Baker had a male and female friend in his home. The police had explained that the male friend was present and the female was sleeping, she was reported to have been sexually assaulted and photographed by Baker. Baker used his cell phone to take the photographs. Baker is being held at the Camden County Jail on charges of Deviate Sexual Assault and Invasion of Privacy 2nd Degree. Baker’s bond is $15,000 cash and $100,000 surety.


Lake Bass Fishing League Winners

Well the walmart BFL or bass fishing league was recently here and Marcus Sykora of Osage Beach, Mo., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 26 pounds, 4 ounces Saturday to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Ozark Division event on Lake of the Ozarks. For the victory, Sykora earned $5,235 and the bragging rights until next time. The next BFL Ozark Division tournament is scheduled for April 21 on Stockton Lake in Stockton, Mo. After the fifth Ozark Division tournament is complete, the top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 11-13 Regional Championship on Lake Barkley in Kuttawa, Ky.

Statewide Layoffs Rise 97 Percent this Month

More bad news for Missourians as the economy seems to be on the upswing. The labor force has seen a 97% increase in layoffs this year totaling more than 1207 different jobs being lost statewide. The latest in the string of layoffs comes from MVM Inc. MVM Inc. plans to eliminate 449 jobs in St. Louis County, according to a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification filing posted by the Missouri Department of Economic Development. Employers across Missouri have filed eight notices, affecting 1,207 this month, compared to seven notices, affecting 614 last month. Three notices were filed in January, impacting 229.

Mother Accused of Fatally Burning Baby in Court

Christina White, the 29-year-old Iberia woman facing first-degree murder and other charges for the burning death of her baby in 2007, is due in court this afternoon for a pre-trial conference at which a date for her trial is expected to be set. White is accused of setting fire to a blanket wrapped around her seven-month-old son, who died after several weeks in the hospital. The case was moved from Miller to LaClede County, and in January the state Supreme Court ruled White met the definition of mentally retarted and was ineligible for the death penalty. She faces life in prison without parole if convicted.

Filing Deadline Today for August 7th Primary

Today is the deadline for candidates to file to run for office in the August primary:

Morgan County Clerk Cathy Daniels says there was a rush of candidates on the first day of filing, and some additional candidates have filed since then:

Nearly 500 people have filed with the Missouri Secretary of State’s office to run for the U.S. House or Senate, state Legislature, statewide offices or circuit judgeships. The month-long filing period ends at the close of business today (Tuesday). The Primary is on August 7th.