McCaskill Questions Free Phone Offer

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill wants some answers after she is offered a free phone at her Washington D.C. condominium.

The LifeLine program provides free cell phones to low income Americans. McCaskill is pushing the Federal Communications Commission to see how much fraud is in the system.

If necessary, McCaskill says she will ask for a congressional investigation.

Man Injured When Brakes Fail

A Lebanon man is injured after the brakes fail on his Chevy yesterday afternoon in Camden County.

Just before 2 o’clock, 44-year old Delton Cauthron was driving the 1983 Chevrolet west on Mustang Sally Lane when the brakes failed. The Chevy went off the right side of the road into a tree. Cauthron was not wearing a seat belt and was moderately injured.

Early Push for State Internet Sales Tax

Missouri retailers could push this Missouri legislative session for an internet sales tax.

David Overfelt, the president of the Missouri Retailers Assocation, says more online sales are impacting brick and mortar stores and a state sales tax for online sales should be a consideration.

Overfelt says shoppers head to brick and mortar stores to look at merchandise and then buy online to avoid sales taxes.

Questions Raised About New Roads

Growing pains are already evident as drivers adjust to the completed 54 Expressway and the new 242.

Bob Lynch from MoDOT said on the Ozarks This Morning with KB on Monday that drivers are trying to find out if 242 saves them time.

Lynch was asked about lighting on the expressway, specifically if the Key Largo exit off the expressway might be brightened up a bit.

Also on the expressway, businesses are wondering about business district signage. Lynch says when MoDOT expedited its opening time frame the contractor was unable to match the pace.

Lynch says business district and logo signs will be up soon.

He appears every Monday at 8:40 with KB.

Cool Valley Shooting Investigation Continues

A Morgan County man is jailed on a $100,000 bond after a shooting Saturday on Cool Valley near Rocky Mount.

Forty-year old David Stanley of Jefferson City was shot five times early Saturday morning in the lower abdomen and legs after he refused to leave the home of 53-year old Jamie Rae Wixson.

Morgan County Sgt. Mike Neihaus says that Stanley and the woman left the scene and evaded Eldon Police before being stopped in Cole County.

Sgt. Neihaus says the investigation is ongoing.

Wixson is facing second degree assault and armed criminal action charges.

Lake West Transitions Dispatch Next Year

Lake West Ambulance has put the final touches on their dispatch contract with St. John’s.

Gayle Webb with Lake West says the Sunrise Beach operations will change over to Springfield after the first.

Webb says there should be no major hiccups during the transition.

St John’s already provides dispatch services in 10 districts in 14 counties including the Camden County Ambulance District.