UM Columbia Students Take Hydrogen Powered Car to Competition

University of Missouri engineering students are entering their third made-from-scratch hydrogen-powered street car in the Shell Eco-Marathon in Houston. The hydrogen vehicle team expects Tigergen III to reach the equivalent of 500 miles per gallon. The event challenges student teams from around the world to design, build and test energy-efficient vehicles. They compete on a 6-mile stretch for 25 minutes. Tigergen III will compete in the Urban Concept hydrogen class. Tigergen II won first place in that class last year.

Trial Date Set in Camdenton Kidnapping Case

Six judges, a change of venue, and now a trial date has finally been set for accused kidnapper John Williams of Camdenton. The jury trial will be held in Waynesville beginning July 9th, nearly a year agfter Williams was arrested by the Camden County SWAT team, accused of holding a gun to his wife’s head and threating to kill her. The change of venue to Pulaski County was granted last month by the sixth judge to preside over the case. The 48-year-old Camdenton man is charged with five felonies: kidnapping, felonious restraint, armed criminal action, domestic assault and unlawful use of a weapon. A pre-trial conference is set for June 26th.

Tax Revenue and the First Look Since the Expressway

We may have gotten the first glimpse into how the new 54 Expressway may affect different areas of the lake. The Sales tax numbers for the first three months of 2012 are in and they are very different for two local municipalities. Lake Ozark and Osage Beach tell very different stories. Osage Beach retail sales are not changing, they have yet to rise really at all. Lake Ozark on the other hand is enjoying a double-digit spurt in what is increased sales tax revenue. Both cities received March numbers, which actually represent sales tax generated in January. This may not be a telling sign as of yet because the information from the Missouri Department of Revenue always lags two months behind and this was the height of the winter months.

McCaskill Against Base Closings

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill told top military officials today that, as Chairman of the Senate panel with jurisdiction over base closures, she will not allow any plan to move forward this year to close U.S. military bases here at home.

McCaskill chaired a hearing of her Subcommittee on Military Readiness and Management Support in which she told Pentagon officials that they had not made a convincing case that another round of base-closures would benefit American taxpayers or national security

Lake Bacteria at Safe Levels

The lake has been checked and for all residents and vacationers there is no cause for concern. At least that’s what the testing coordinator Tony Thorpe says. He has been testing the lake for different bacteria and e coli for the past 20 weeks and has found the lake to contain no toxic or unhealthy levels of the e coli germ. There was a much higher concentration of E. coli bacteria in coves with onsite septic systems. Nonetheless Thorpe stated that the E. coli bacteria levels in all the coves tested were below the maximum of the health department considers safe.

First Quarter Sales Tax Number in for Lake Ozark and Osage Beach

The sales tax numbers for the first quarter are out, and Lake Ozark officials are smiling, but Osage Beach not so much. Missouri’s Department of Revenue number show Osage Beach year over year sales tax revenue up only 1%, or about $9100. Lake Ozark’s sales tax number this year are up 20% of just over $16,000 from last year, and Lake Ozark didn’t have Kohl’s or CVS open at the Shoppes at Eagle’s Landing for the first quarter. Osage Beach’s hoping to see what impact the new Expressway will have on Osage Beach Parkway businesses.

Osage Beach Police Officer Dead

A member of the Osage Beach Police Department has died. Cpl. Adam Bejamin was a 12 year veteran of the force.

According to a news release from the OBPD:

It is with deep regret that the Osage Beach Police Department announces the
unexpected passing of Cpl. Adam Benjamin.

Cpl. Benjamin had been employed by the Osage Beach Police Department since
March of 2000.

His family, friends, and co-workers will miss Cpl. Benjamin. The family has
advised us that the services will be on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at the Phillips
Funeral Home in Eldon, Mo.

Visitation will be from 11:00 am to 1 pm, at the funeral home with graveside
services with military honors at 1:15 pm, at the Eldon Cemetery.