The precautionary boil advisory issued Saturday night for the north shore area of the city of Lake Ozark has been lifted.
A stay of execution for a Missouri man has been denied. A federal judge has denied a motion to grant a 60 day stay of execution for Herbert Smulls. Smulls’ attorneys have been focusing on concerns about Missouri’s execution drug. A spokesman for Missouri governor Jay Nixon says the governor has not decided on a request for clemency for Smulls. Smulls is scheduled to receive a lethal injection just after midnight tonight.
The Missouri attorney general’s office will investigate rising propane prices and a possible shortage of the gas. Attorney General Chris Koster says he has received many complaints of prices topping five dollars per gallon. Lawmakers are calling on Koster to investigate the issue to make sure companies aren’t price gouging. The Missouri propane gas association says the rising costs are caused by higher exports and increased domestic demand due to cold weather and low crop yields. Koster says his office is working with nine other Midwest states in its investigation.
The Eldon board of alderman will meet tonight. The board is expected to discuss bids for a backhoe and a proposed grant. The board will then go into closed session to discuss personnel matters. Tonight’s meeting of the Eldon board of alderman begins at six o’clock in the public works building.
Missouri voters may soon decide the future of an amendment dealing with eminent domain. Secretary of State Jason Kander has announced that his office has received an initiative petition amending article one of the Missouri Constitution. The proposed amendment would allow only government entities to use eminent domain, prohibit its use for private purposes with certain exceptions for utilities, require just compensation, require the intended public use be declared at the time of taking and permit original owners to repurchase the property if it is not used within five years or if the property is offered to a private entity within twenty years. Missourians can provide public comment on-line, by mail or phone.
A local child advocacy group is being praised for its role in helping investigators with a number of child abuse cases. The Miller County sheriff’s office has made three arrests in three cases of child abuse in the past two months with the assistance of kids harbor. According to a press release sent out yesterday, the sheriff’s office reports the arrest of Steven Walker on December 11th. Walker was charged with statutory sodomy in the first degree for abusing a four year old and is being held in the miller county jail on 500-thousand dollars bond. On December 30th, Shane Burris was charged with statutory sodomy in the first degree for the sexual abuse of a twelve year old and is being held on 300-thousand dollars bond. And Andrew Puckett faces charges of statutory sodomy in the first degree after detectives arrested him on January 8th. Puckett is suspected in a sexual abuse case involving a six year old and is being held on a 100-thousand dollars bond. According to the Miller County sheriff’s office, kids harbor, has played a key role in the investigations of 152 cases of child abuse in the last three years.
The Missouri Department of Transportation has launched the Missouri freight plan to further the development of the state’s long range transportation plan. MODOT officials say freight moved by trucks, barges, planes, and trains are an essential part of the state’s economy. Thru the freight plan MODOT will work with freight partners to help itself and the state as a whole to better understand the cost to the Missouri economy if the state’s freight network stagnates or deteriorates. Statewide forums, designed to obtain significant input into the plan from freight stakeholders will begin tomorrow and continue thru February 7th.