Holiday Bicycle Plan in Linn Creek

The joy of riding a bicycle. That’s something Linn Creek Police and Advantage Metals Recycling want to give to other this holiday season. They do need your help. They’ve teamed up to help local charities give refurbished used bicycles to children through adults for the holidays and all year long. Here’s where you come in–they need used bikes and parts to get started. Bikes and parts can be delivered to Advantage Metals Recycling during normal business hours. Police Chief Trevor Dowdney and Jason Ling, who runs the recycling facility, will then take care of getting the bikes ready for kids and families in need.

Iberia Woman Dies After Vehicle Crosses Centerline

A head on accident on Highway 17 Wednesday afternoon kills an Iberia woman.

At quarter to four, 23-year old Megan Meredith was driving her 2005 Jeep north on 17 just north of Rock Sand Road. The Jeep crossed the centerline and hit a southbound 2002 International truck.

Meredith was wearing a seat belt and suffered fatal injuries. 58-year old Stephen Gladden of Iberia, the driver of the truck, was belted in and suffered minor injuries.

This is fatality number 55 for Highway Patrol Troop F in 2011.

Woman Injured After Vehicle Hits School Bus

A Chevy hits a school bus yesterday, leaving the driver of the Chevy pinned in her car.

At three thirty yesterday afternoon 24 year old Tiffany Cochran of Macks Creek was headed south on Route N just north of Hofrichter Drive. Cochran’s Chevy crossed the centerline and hit the bus head on.

Cochran, who was not wearing a seat belt, was trapped in the vehicle which was partially under the bus. Crews were able to free the woman and she was lifeflighted to St. John’s in Springfield with serious injuries.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the driver of the bus and an unspecified number of children who were on the bus were uninjured.

Blunt May Change Strategy to Change Definitions

A change to definitions in the Federal Power Act could become a stand alone bill from Missouri’s junior senator.

Roy Blunt added two amendments to the energy and water appropriations bill, one which adds private property into the definitions of what the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission regulates. Blunt says FERC needs to recognize everything on the shoreline not just public use.

With no action yet on the amendments, Blunt may put the definition amendment into a stand alone bill. The second amendment Blunt introduced deals with the 662 elevation and Ameren’s plans to move the project boundary to accommodate encroaching structures.

McCaskill Introduces Permanent Earmark Ban

Missouri’s Democrat U.S. Senator and a Republican from Pennsylvania are trying to put an end to earmarks.

Yesterday senators Claire McCaskill and Pat Toomey introduced a bill that McCaskill says will make the current earmark moratorium permanent.

The Earmark Elimination Act of 2011 would define earmarks as any congressionally directed spending item, limited tax benefit, or limited tariff benefit. The bill would create a point of order against any legislation containing an earmark where the point of order would only apply to the actual earmark, rather than to the entire bill. To waive the point of order would require a two-thirds vote.

Osage Beach Boil Advisory Lifted

The boil advisory has been lifted for homes and businesses on Passover Road in Osage Beach. The sample results from Monday’s water shut off have been received., and the samples pass the standards required by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Ceremony Will Celebrate Completion of Two Highway Projects

Two major highway construction projects are nearing completion at the Lake of the Ozarks, and the Missouri Department of Transportation has announced plans for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, December 13th. MoDOT will join state and local officials to celebrate the end of construction on the final stage of the new 54 Expressway and the Horseshoe Bend Parkway extension. The event, open to the public, will be held in the westbound lanes of Route 242. The new Route 242, connecting U.S. 54 in Miller County to the Lake of the Ozarks Community Bridge on Route MM in Camden County, will open to traffic following the ceremony.