Missouri Min. Wage now $7.50 an hour

$7.50 IS THE NEW MINIMUM WAGE IN MISSOURI.  STARTING TODAY MISSOURI IS NOW ONE OF 20 STATES WITH A RATE ABOVE THE FEDERAL MINIMUM WAGE OF $7.25 AN HOUR.  THE NATIONAL EMPLOYMENT LAW PROJECT ESTIMATES THAT THE MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE WILL AFFECT 104,000 WORKERS IN MISSOURI.  MISSOURI JOBS WITH JUSTICE IS ALSO PROPOSING FOUR INITIATIVES THAT WOULD ASK VOTERS NEXT YEAR TO APPROVE ANOTHER INCREASE IN THE MINIMUM WAGE WHICH WOULD SET THE RATE BETWEEN $8.40 AND $9.25 AN HOUR IN 2015 WITH AN ANNUAL COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENT THEREAFTER.  THEY FACE A MAY 4 DEADLINE TO TURN IN SIGNATURES NEEDED TO GET ANY OF THOSE VERSIONS ON THE NOVEMBER BALLOT

Winter Weather coming to the lake, Modot reminds motorist to be careful

WITH THE POTENTIAL WINTER WEATHER HEADING INTO THE AREA FOR NEW YEARS DAY THE MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION IS REMINDING DRIVERS TO KEEP SAFE ON MISSOURI’S ROADWAYS. WITH UPWARDS OF 3 INCHES OF SNOW EXPECTED, DRIVERS CAN EXPECT ROAD CONDITIONS TO DETERIORATE AROUND BRIDGES AND OVERPASSES QUICKLY AS THEY FREEZE AND BECOME SLICK. MODOT WILL BE OUT MAINTAIN AND TREATING THE ROADS TODAY BEFORE THE STORM ARRIVES AND WILL MONITOR THE SITUATION AS THE STORM APPROACHES. MOTORIST CAN CHECK ROAD CONDITIONS ANYTIME BY GOING TO MODOT.ORG AND CLICKING ON THE INTERACTIVE TRAFFIC MAP BY CALLING 1-800-ASK-MODOT

Two People Injured in Camden County Crash

A one vehicle crash inCamdenCountysends twoMacksCreekresidents to a hospital.  The Missouri Highway Patrol says the accident happened on Saturday night onLong Branch RoadnearWest Branch Road.  A pick up driven by 28-year old Kyle Moulder went off the road and hit a ditch.  The truck overturned and hit a utility pole.  A passenger in the vehicle, 35-year old Charles Eidson was taken to a hospital with moderate injuries.  Moulder was also injured in the accident.  Both were taken to anOsageBeachhospital for treatment.  The Highway Patrol says no one in the vehicle was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.

Road Works Starts on Monday in Miller and Morgan Counties

Roadside maintenance work will start this week at several locations in MillerCounty.  The Missouri Department of Transportation says crews will be working today and tomorrow on Route J-J between Route C and the end of state maintenance.  Roadside work will also start today on Business Route 54 between Route W and Bagnell Dam.  This work should be finished on Friday.  Crews will also start work today on Route 52 between Route P-P and Twin Creek Road.  This work will be completed on January 10th.  At each of these work sites, one lane will be open and crews will be directing traffic through the area.

MODOT crews will be starting roadside maintenance this week at two locations inMorganCounty.  Work will start today on Route A-A between Route C and Route W and also on Route O-O between Route A-A and Route C-C inMillerCounty.  The roadside maintenance should be completed by Friday.  One lane will be open at each of these work sites and crews will be directing traffic through the area.

Employment benefits have ended

The federal emergency unemployment benefit has run out for 1.3 million people. Thousands in Missouri will lose this benefit. Now, they are scrambling to find work. In Missouri, nearly 85,000 people will lose their benefit and in Arkansas just more than 40,000 people will lose the federal benefit at midnight, Dec. 27. The Missouri Career Center’s John Peine says they dug deeper to find out how many people were affected in the Ozarks. These federal unemployment benefits were designed to help the long term unemployed. The Missouri Career Center says right now they are offering multiple training courses and have hundreds of jobs open for people meeting the specific requirement for the work. There are also free re-training classes offered as part of a grant from the department of labor and a partnership between the Career Center and OTC. For additional information about training workshops or job opportunities you can contact the Missouri Career Center by calling 417-887-4343

Carbon monoxide poisoning kills two

Carbon monoxide poisoning is being blamed in the death of a couple in northeast Missouri.

The Hannibal Courier-Post reports that 49-year-old Howard Stout and 48-year-old Theresa Stout died Wednesday night or Thursday morning in rural Pike County. They were found in a small camper where they had been living.

Coroner Jim Turner says the Stouts hooked up a propane tank and had a space heater in the camper, which apparently caused carbon monoxide poisoning. A relative found the couple about 10 a.m. Thursday. They were last seen alive about 3 p.m. the day before.

DNA tests nullified in Missouri case

A St. Louis judge has ruled that DNA tests fail to prove that a man is innocent of killing a woman and sexually assaulting her young daughters three decades ago.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 69-year-old Rodney Lee Lincoln sought to have his double life sentence overturned. He had hoped that DNA testing would show that he didn’t kill 35-year-old JoAnn Tate in 1982, nor assault her daughters, 7-year-old Melissa and 4-year-old Renee.

St. Louis Circuit Judge Robin Vannoy on Tuesday rejected the motion after hearing the case in September.

Lincoln’s daughter, Kay Lincoln, says an appeal is planned.

Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce agreed to allow DNA testing after misplaced evidence was found. Prosecutors said it was not a case where DNA provided the ultimate word.