Legislation that could raise Missouri’s minimum wage to $10 an hour has been advanced by a State Senate Committee. Tuesday’s vote by a Senate Business Committee means the proposed increase could be brought up later for debate by the full senate. But there is no guarantee that will occur, because the measure has been opposed by many Republicans who control the Legislature. The state’s minimum wage currently stands at $7.50 an hour, 25 cents more than the federal minimum wage. Missouri’s minimum wage already is adjusted annually for inflation, as a result of a 2006 law approved by voters. The new bill would raise Missouri’s minimum wage to $10 an hour in 2015 and continue to adjust it annually for inflation.
After almost six months on the International Space Station Laclede County resident and NASA Astronaut Mike Hopkins has safely returned to Earth. Hopkins launched into space on Sept. 26 to work at the International Space Station with two Russian Astronauts from the Russian Federal Space Agency and returned to Earth on Monday when his spacecraft landed in Kazakhstan. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity has been one that Hopkins has dreamt of since high school as he told students from his alma mater, School of the Osage, during a question and answer session recently. Students got the chance to ask him questions via Skype which he answered live from the international space station.
Schultz Surveying and Engineering will continue to work with the Village of Sunrise Beach for their Phase 2 sewer project. According to Sunrise Beach City Clerk Jenny Hamm, there is current funding available for sewer projects, and the Sunrise Beach Board of Trustees wanted to get things rolling. Schultz Surveying and Engineering will start applying for the funding as soon as the contract is signed. Hamm also said at this time, they have not determined the location of the Phase 2 sewer project.
There have been negative rumors spreading around the lake area following the deaths of 40-year-old Robert and 2-year-old Sadie Burns of Camdenton. Camden County Sheriff Dwight Franklin says at this time they can neither confirm nor deny the rumors:
Medical examiners recently released information stating that Sadie Burns drowned in the bathtub. Although rumors are circulating that Robert Burns died of a heart attack, Camden County Sheriff Dwight Franklin says they cannot confirm it at this time:
Franklin says they expect to hear the final autopsy report in the next few weeks, and the toxicology report will follow.
A lucky school in the lake area will soon be seeing some technological improvements in order to help their students prepare for the future. Governor Jay Nixon paid a visit to Eldon High School today, and discussed his Good school, Good jobs plan which will provide the resources to help Eldon School District expand access to early childhood education, and improve technology in the classroom. Under the plan, the funding for Eldon Schools will increase by more than $634,000 and will be used to hire an additional preschool teacher and improve the overall performance of its wireless internet in all buildings.
The only way to stop telecommunications bill SB 650 is to have Gov. Jay Nixon veto the bill and that is exactly what the Missouri Municipal League is asking for. In a statement issued Monday the MML expressed disappointment that the wireless legislation was approved, saying that basic local land use and zoning protections for residents will be removed if Governor Nixon signs the bill. Osage beach, Lake Ozark, Sunrise Beach and other communities around the lake joined forces several weeks ago to oppose the bill and provided testimony before House and Senate subcommittees, and at a Lake of the Ozarks Council of Local Governments meeting attended by the Lake’s three representatives. City officials from each community, among others around the state, are alarmed that if the bill is signed by Governor Nixon cities will lose their ability to locate placement and management of cell towers within their communities.
There has been more information released on the deaths of a 40-year-old man and his 2-year-old daughter last week at their home in Camdenton. Deputies responded to the call to find Robert and Sadie Burns deceased in their home on State Route D. The Deputy Medical Examiner reports that Sadie Burns apparently drowned in the bath tub, but the cause of death of her father has not been determined. The official cause of death for the two will not be available until test results are complete. The Camden County Sheriff still reports there’s no evidence of foul play. This is the second tragedy to face the burns family recently as Sadie’s mom died in a car accident less than four months ago.