Big Hauls in Weekend Fishing Tournament

A Springfield man won the B-F-L Ozark Division tournament on Truman Lake, last weekend. Orville Coleman caught a five bass limit, weighing 17 pounds, 12 ounces, and took home over 52-hundred dollars. Jeffrey Risinger of Bridgeton won the Co-angler Division with a haul of 13 pounds, 8 ounces. The prize was over 16-hundred dollars.

Sunrise Beach Truck Driver Involved in Accident in Jefferson City

Jefferson City police say a Sunrise Beach man caused an accident that backed up traffic on the Missouri River Bridge for over an hour, yesterday. Police say 68 year old Benjamin Schroyer was driving a tractor trailer for a Camdenton company when he rear ended a woman traveling northbound on the tri-level interchange. Her SUV was pushed onto the guard rail, and a John Deere tractor that she hit in the accident was leaking fuel. The Jefferson City woman was treated and released.

Camdenton Board of Aldermen Meet tonight at 7 O’Clock

The Camdenton Board of Aldermen will vote tonight on whether to accept five year capital improvement project plans from the Airport Board, Park Board, Public Works and Sewer Treatment Plant. The city of Camdenton will also consider revisions to the flood plain management plan recommended by the Planning and Zoning Commission. There will be a public hearing on the ordinance. The meeting starts at seven o’clock in Camdenton City Hall.

Missouri DNR Wants Public Opinion on Water Quality

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has opened a 60-day comment period on a series of proposed changes to the state’s water quality standards. The U-S Clean Water Act requires the state to review its water quality standards every three years. Changes include a revision to chloride and phenol quality criteria, applying fishable and swimmable use designations to 85-thousand miles of waters that are currently unclassified. The full report is on the Department of Natural Resources web site and available for review through August 2nd.

Missouri River Water Enters the State

Missouri River flood water has entered the state. The U-S Army Corps of Engineers opened flood gates at dams in the Dakotas and Nebraska, last week. Once the excess enters the lower Missouri, the Corps is expected to reduce discharges from Truman Lake, which will be passed downstream through Lake of the Ozarks and the Lower Osage.
A full plant load is running each day at the Osage Power Plant, inside the Bagnell Dam. The Osage River levels are high, which is fine with area fishermen. Truman Lake normal elevation is 706. Current elevation is 715.76. Lake of the Ozarks current elevation is 659.07.

Retailers Start Campaiogn to Start Swipe Fee Cuts on Time

The National Retail Federation and the Missouri Retailers Association today started an ad campaign urging Senators Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt to oppose efforts to delay a new federal law that would save retailers and consumers more than $1 billion a month by lowering “swipe” fees banks charge to process debit card transactions. The ads are part of NRF’s nationwide 60-day lobbying, grassroots and media campaign aimed at ensuring that swipe fee reform passed by Congress last year goes into effect as scheduled on July 21. The 2010 Wall Street reform bill will cuts the fees an estimated 70%, saving about $14 billion/year that retailers plan to pass along to their customers through discounts or other benefits. The banking industry’s lobbying to delay that change.

One Stop State Recovery Center Opening in Joplin

Tomorrow afternoon, Gov. Nixon and other state officials will open a permanent State of Missouri Resource, Recovery & Rebuilding Center at 705 Illinois Ave., Building A, Suite 12. The facility will serve as a one-stop shop for Joplin residents who have been affected by the tornado and who need assistance with temporary housing, unemployment assistance, driver’s licenses and other identification cards, and other issues.