Ameren Missouri’s Callaway nuclear power plant near Fulton has been shut down due to an electrical equipment failure. However, both Ameren and federal regulators say there is no risk to the public. The cause of the shutdown is still being determined and it’s unclear as to when the plant will start generating electricity again.
Local law enforcement agencies will be out in full force this month as part of a national effort to reduce drunk driving. “The holiday DWI campaign” runs December 12th thru January 1st and will consist of high visibility enforcement in order to curb substance impaired driving over the holidays. According to the state Highway Patrol, 41 people were killed and 242 seriously injured between December 13th and January 1st of last year. Four of those fatalities and 32 of the serious injuries involved substance impaired drivers.
The Osage Beach board of alderman will meet Thursday in regular session. On the agenda is a bill authorizing the mayor to execute a contract modification with Hutchins telecom for city storm damage repairs at Osage Beach city park. The board will also consider a bill authorizing the mayor to execute a revised lease agreement with the state for the Missouri Veterans Commission and is also expected to approve the 2015 annual budget. Tonight’s meeting begins at 6:30 in city hall.
State republican legislative leaders are looking to appeal a court ruling requiring officials to recognize same sex marriages performed in other states. Senate president pro tem Tom Dempsey and house speaker Tim Jones have filed a motion asking to intervene in a Jackson County court case so they can appeal it to the state supreme court. In October, a judge ruled that Missouri must recognize same sex couples who got married elsewhere even though Missouri has a constitutional amendment prohibiting gay marriage. Attorney General Chris Koster decided not to appeal the case, however he is appealing separate federal and state rulings striking down the gay marriage ban.
A man involved in a triple homicide in Laclede County has learned his fate. Jacky Wong of Springfield pled guilty to three counts of second degree murder in September for participating in the 2009 killing of Jeffrey and Glenda Smith along with Zachary Porter. Wong was sentenced this week to 15 years in prison on each of the 3 counts, to run concurrently and is expected to testify against another suspect in the case, 21 year old Benjamin Stidham. Two other accomplices have already been sentenced and are serving three consecutive life sentences.
Two people were seriously injured following a high speed chase in Maries County. The Sheriff’s department reports the chase, which exceeded speeds of 100 mph began after the driver of the vehicle provided false information to an officer during a traffic stop on highway 28. Several local law enforcement agencies assisted with the pursuit along with the state highway patrol. The suspects’ vehicle eventually crashed on highway 17 near Crocker high school. The driver, who police suspect was intoxicated, is reported to be in stable condition while the passenger suffered serious, possibly life threatening injuries. Police are not releasing the suspects’ names at this time.
The Tri-County lodging association will hold its regular monthly meeting Thursday at the Quails Nest Inn and suites on Osage Beach Parkway. Four specific items are on the agenda including two funding requests. One is for 5 to 15 thousand dollars for next year’s Lake of the Ozarks open water festival while the other is for $500 for production of public service announcements for the bridge and dam half marathon and 10k scheduled for March 28th. An update on the legislative reception scheduled for January 8th at Tan-Tar-A will be given and the increase in visitor inquiry information will also be discussed. Thursday’s meeting begins at 1pm.