At the most recent meeting for the Warsaw board of education meeting representatives from area schools approved a number of summer camp and overnight stay events. The Boy’s basketball team will be attending an overnight summer camp in Branson and the Girl’s volleyball team will be doing their overnight summer camp at Northwest State University with both events occurring in July. The summer camp for the Girl’s cheerleading team will occur in June at the University of Central Missouri. The board also accepted the contract with blue cross blue shield for the school years of 2014 and 2015 at a cost of $457.20 per certified employee of the school district. The next meeting of the Warsaw board of education will be in June.
Texting could soon be the difference between life and death in the lake area. In the last week, local phone companies gave customers the ability to text 9-1-1 when in an emergency, however, more research must be done before bringing this method to Missouri.
Osage Beach police communications supervisor Kwabena Asante says although calling 9-1-1 is the best way, this type of method would help under certain circumstances:
Asante says they to have this feature in Missouri by the end of 2014:
This feature would help people caught up in emergency situations where talking on the phone is not an option.
A Missouri inmate scheduled to die by lethal injection last night has received a stay of execution. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito issued the order halting the execution of Russell Bucklew. The order was issued shortly after the full 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals lifted a stay of execution granted hours earlier by a three judge panel of that court. The panel had issued the stay over concerns that Bucklew’s rare medical condition could cause him undue suffering. Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster says the execution warrant is valid thru midnight tonight meaning if the stay is lifted, the execution could be carried out any time today.
A decline in casino and lottery revenues has led Governor Jay Nixon to make additional cuts to public education. Nixon announced yesterday more than $35 million dollars of new spending restrictions on top of the $22 million dollars of restrictions announced in April. The governor says because gambling revenues are dedicated to education the cuts must come from that area.
A Laclede county man known for protesting against synthetic drug retailers has been arrested for possession of methamphetamine. 63 year old Rodney Carroll has been charged with a Class “C” Felony of possession of a controlled substance and is being held in the Laclede County Jail. In the past Carroll fought against synthetic drugs like “k-2” that were legal at one time.
It’s been nearly four years since the merger of the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the State Water Patrol. One of the expected benefits of the merger was a significant cost savings. According to Jay T. Hull, the Highway Patrol’s Director of Public Information a savings of approximately $2.4 million dollars will be realized this year for salary, expense and equipment categories. This includes around a half million dollars from the elimination of ten full time positions at the water patrol. Cost savings from the elimination of its headquarters is expected to be $250 thousand dollars a year. Hull says an additional benefit of the merger has been that 88 troopers have now been cross trained to work as marine operations officers.