FEMA Application Deadline Extended

FEMA says the deadline for individual property owners to file for aid has been pushed back to August 26. The deadline was originally set for July 29.
Federal help’s available to anyone who has weather-related property damage, from a tornado, flood, strong winds, or the like, in an eligible Missouri county between April 6 and June 6. Those counties include Pulaski. To contact FEMA, call 1-800-621-3362. Describe your property damage to a FEMA agent. FEMA will set up a time to come out and survey your damaged property.

McCaskill Requested Probe Leads Official to Resign

A top Labor Department official’s handed in his resignation. McCaskill asked the department’s inspector general for an investigation after a whistleblower approached her with allegations of contract fraud within the department. McCaskill Chairs the Senate Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight. The investigation found that Assistant Secretary of Labor for Veterans’ Employment and Training Services (VETS) Raymond Jefferson, circumvented rules and regulations to secure government contracts for friends and colleagues.

Williams Free on Reduced Bond

A former 2nd District Camden County commission candidate accused of five felonies is free on bond after a judge’s reduction on Wednesday. John Williams posted a $5,000 bond yesterday, reduced from $100,000, on charges of 2nd degree domestic assault, felonious restraint, unlawful use of a weapon, kidnapping, and armed criminal action. In a probable cause statement, an unidentified woman accuses Williams of holding her hostage in a Jeep Cherokee on Friday, pulling a .40 caliber Glock pistol and threatening her with it on Saturday, and arguing about an alleged affair. Williams was arrested Monday after the alleged incidents.

MoDOT Talks Hurricane Deck Bridge Tonight

The 25 million dollar Hurricane Deck Bridge will be the topic tonight at a public forum being held by MoDOT. From 4 to 6:30, representatives will meet with the public to talk easements and construction plans for the bridge replacement which is slated to begin in 2012. Through temporary easements, MoDOT hopes to keep traffic flowing on Highway 5, using only short term closures to establish temporary roadway tie-ins. The meeting tonight takes place place at the Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District administrative building across from the Hurricane Deck Elementary School.

Blunt Looks for Spending Cuts in Debt Deal

Missouri Senator Roy Blunt is hopeful that the Republicans will get the necessary cuts in spending as the debt ceiling deadline draws near. Blunt spoke yesterday on MSNBC about the ongoing U.S. House and U.S. Senate negotiations.

The U.S. Senator says the goal is spending cuts.

Grand Glaize Beach Reopened

Grand Glaize Beach – also known as Public Beach Number 2 – in Lake of the Ozarks State Park has been reopened to swimmers. Water samples taken Monday showed bacteria levels well below the department’s acceptable levels for state park beaches, according to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. State Parks Director Bill Bryan says “The public is becoming very familiar with our website and the beach status information posted on the web, so it was no surprise that when our park staff arrived to reopen the beach they were met by 20 swimmers who had already checked the website and were ready to go swimming.” Grand Glaize has been closed on and off for most of the summer, due to high levels of E. coli. Information about the current status of all beaches is available at www.mostateparks.com.

Crocker Bank Fraud Plea

A former loan officer at the Bank of Crocker entered a guilty plea last week to stealing over $450,000 from the bank. The U.S. Attorney’s office for the Western District says 42-year old Troy Posten was a loan officer at the bank between 2004 and 2008. They say during that time he managed to get loans, lines of credit, and money from customers’ accounts without their knowledge or approval.