The Gravois fire department responded to a structure fire Thursday off highway “O”. During the severe weather that passed thru parts of the KRMS listening area, lightning struck a tree and set fire to a front deck. Damage was contained to the deck and no damage was done to the residence.
Hundreds of teenagers marched at the state capital this week as part of the 10th annual speak hard youth conference. Teens talked with lawmakers about a number of issues including drugs, alcohol, bullying and depression. The conference included young people from high schools across Missouri and organizers say the students marched to remind state legislators about the importance of teen issues.
March 30th will mark the second observance of Vietnam Veterans Day in Missouri. Governor Jay Nixon is encouraging Missourians to give special recognition and honor to veterans of the conflict in Southeast Asia on that day. In 2012, the governor signed a bill into law designating March 30th as Vietnam Veterans Day and says the recognition of those who served our country during the war was slow in coming. Nixon adds that this special day can remind Missourians to give the honor that is due to these veterans and to thank them for what they did on our behalf.
A state representative is proposing a constitutional amendment that would change Missouri’s ban on same-sex marriage. Representative Mike Colona from St. Louis has filed a proposal that would ask voters to add language saying that a marriage may exist between a man and a woman “and” a same-sex couple. However, Colona, who is openly gay says he doesn’t think the proposal could clear the legislature and reach the ballot this year. 71 percent of Missouri voters approved a constitutional amendment in 2004 that recognizes marriage only between a man and a woman.
Legislation that would allow breastfeeding mothers to nurse in public as well as be excused from jury duty has been approved by the Missouri House of Representatives. House bill 1320 received unanimous bi-partisan support and protects nursing mothers against the state’s definition of sexual conduct and laws that govern indecent exposure. Breastfeeding women could also be excused from jury duty if they obtain a doctor’s note. The measure was introduced following an incident in which a Lees Summit woman was held in contempt of court for bringing her seven month old son to jury selection. The bill now goes to the senate for consideration.
It’s time for the annual Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitor’s Bureau dinner. The event takes place this evening starting around 5:30 with a meet and greet followed by the dinner being served at 7. The cost of the dinner is $30 per person and is open to members as well as the public. The dinner is the chance for community officials and state representatives to connect with fellow lake area business owners and understand where the area is heading for 2014 in revenue and tourism numbers. The event is taking place at the Country Club hotel and spa in Lake Ozark.
Missourians may have a chance to vote on whether to legalize marijuana in the State, but not this election year. Executive Director of Show-Me Cannabis, John Payne says while both national and state polling show strong support for legalizing marijuana, the group felt this was not the right year for a ballot initiative because of historically low voter turnout in midterm elections:
Several bills before the Missouri Legislature would legalize marijuana for medical purposes, as well as some measures to reduce criminal penalties for marijuana possession. Payne says his organization has just wrapped up a series of town hall meetings across the state to raise awareness of the issue, which drew large crowds and differing opinions:
While some law enforcement officials fear that legalizing marijuana would have negative effects on the state, Payne points to Colorado and Washington, where he says legalizing marijuana has not led to an increase in crime or chaos.