Local Water Systems Make MoDNR List

Three local water systems are not meeting the state standard for water testing.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources says that Nantucket Bay in Camden County, Camp Bagnell Campground in Miller County, and Mallard Bay in Morgan County have violated the state testing standard. Within the past twelve months the three systems have had three major monitoring violations.

MoDNR says making the list does not mean that water is not safe, but routine testing is the best way to maintain a safe water supply.

Plan Presented to Extend Payroll Tax Cut

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill spent part of Wednesday talking about a proposal to extend the payroll tax cut.

McCaskill and Senator Susan Collins of Maine presented a bill that would continue the 4.2 percent tax rate for the next year, extending the rate to employers for the first $10 million in payroll. McCaskill says the plan is to avoid a tax increase.

Collins and McCaskill’s bill pulls revenue from two main areas.

Small business owners who report their business income on their personal tax returns would not be affected.

Collins and McCaskill both believe they have a bill that could gather bipartisan support.

Portable Heater Causes Home Fire

An electric portable heater in a living room destroys a family home.

Yesterday at just after two in the afternoon, Gravois Fire was toned out to Gravois Heights Road on a call from a neighbor. When crews arrived the one story manufactured home was fully involved. Three dogs were in the building with the unattended portable heater, no one from the family was home.

Gravois Fire Chief Ed Hancock says any type of electric or portable heater should only be used under supervision.

Road Conditions Cause Serious Injuries

Yesterday morning’s slick conditions led to many accidents, two that sent three Camdenton residents to the hospital.

At seven o’clock, 69-year old Marcelle Buxton’s 2006 Subaru began sliding on Velvet Road. Buxton overcorrected and sent the Subaru off the right side of the road into a tree. The Camdenton woman was belted in and suffered serious injuries.

At eight o’clock, 37-year old Amy Miller and 44-year old Brian Miller were headed north in their 2002 Dodge on Missouri 5, half a mile south of Missouri 7. The Dodge began to slide, Brian overcorrected, and the vehicle went off the road, overturning several times down an embankment. Both Camdenton residents were wearing seat belts and suffered serious injuries.

State Launches “Tackle the Flu” Campaign

This is National Influenza Vaccination Week, a late push reminding people to get their flu shots.

Margaret Donnelly is the director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and says the state is launching their “Tackle the Flu” campaign, targeting the vulnerable.

Donnelly says the shot is not the only option.

Donnelly addresses the most common misconception about the shot.

To find a flu vaccine location log onto www.health.mo.gov.

Four Arrests for Copper Theft and Drugs

Four suspects have been arrested for a series of copper wire thefts as well as drug possession in the area. The investigation was started by a report of a suspicious vehicle in northern Morgan County. The Sheriff’s Offices in Morgan and Moniteau Counties, along with Tipton Police and Mid-Missouri Drug Task Force got involved. 36-year old Matthew Summers and 21 year old Darren Holder of Tipton, and 29-year old Jeremy Gerlach of Stover were arrested at an apartment in Tipton, and 30-year old Alicia Kauffman of Versailles was later arrested at a home where investigators found Meth, Marijuana, drug paraphernalia and evidence of additional copper wire thefts.

Blunt After GOP Leadership Post

GOP Sen. Roy Blunt says he’s going to run for Vice Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference. If he wins, he’d be No. 5 on the GOP ladder in the Senate. He’d also get a seat at the table when major strategy and political decisions are being made, and also give Blunt a direct way to discuss issues and strategy with Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell. The election’s Dec. 13.