Missouri’s tax revenue may be adversely impacted by a Nationwide increase in income inequality. That’s according to a report released by a leading credit rating agency that says the State’s average annual tax revenue growth has declined sharply in recent decades. Back in the 1970’s, Missouri averaged more than nine percent annual growth. However, between 2000 and 2009 it averaged just 1.8 percent. For several decades, household incomes have been rising a lot faster for the top one percent of earners than for median households causing the income gap.
Missouri’s top education official says she will resign at the end of this year. State Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro who has served in that capacity since 2009 made her announcement Monday. Nicastro has been criticized by some State lawmakers and officials for her handling of high profile issues such as common core.
Bike fest featured thousands of motorcycles and now two of them have been reported stolen. Lake Ozark Police are investigating the thefts that occurred over the weekend. The first motorcycle is described as a red and chrome chopper with flames on the gas tank. The second one is a 1982 black and chrome Harley Davidson. If anyone has any information they’re asked to contact the Lake Ozark police department.
The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department turned up a massive stockpile of weapons along with cash and property in connection to the recent murder of Robert Wilhite. Sheriff Ron Long says an evidentiary search warrant at Hilltop Motors near Waynesville netted about 350 to 400 rifles, pistols and shotguns. So far, Long’s office has confirmed 40 of them were stolen and suspects many more meet the same description. 49 year old Richard Jensen of Waynesville was arrested on suspicion of unlawful possession of firearms and is currently in the Pulaski County Jail on 250 thousand dollars bond. Additional charges are expected.
Mass casualty simulation training for area firefighters and emergency personnel will take place Monday in the Camdenton area. Organizers say it will be a simulated school bus crash on Laker Pride road near the school sports complex. The Lake Area Emergency Services Association conducted one training exercise this morning and a second one is scheduled for this evening at six o’clock. It will also feature a few student actors from the Camdenton School District.
Missouri Community Colleges are being notified that the state might reduce reimbursements for the “A-plus” scholarship program. The program gives High School graduates who meet certain criteria reimbursements for two years of classes at a Community College in the state. Education officials say schools should prepare their students for a reduction of about three or four credit hours per student. If implemented the reduction would take effect in January at the earliest. The reason the reduction might be necessary is because the number of students using A-plus money is increasing, making the program more expensive for the state.
Police are looking for a woman who went missing in the early hours of Tuesday morning this past week. According to reports, a 23 year old Dawnisha Denise Symes was last seen walking along the west side of Fremont road. She is described as 5 foot 3 weighing 148 pounds with dark curly hair. Police are saying that the last thing she did was post on Facebook asking for a ride to Columbia and they are unaware if she made it there or not. If you have any information on her whereabouts, contact your local police department.