Nixon to FEMA–Please Explain

Gov. Nixon wants some answers from FEMA. Missouri’s Governor’s sent the agency a letter asking for clarification of what disaster funding promised the state, could be delayed because of Hurricane Irene and other recent disasters. FEMA says it’s frozen some aid to tornado- and flood-ravaged Missouri and the South to focus on immediate help on the East Coast and to make sure there is adequate money for other disasters. Nixon says that announcement’s left a lot of people here confused and concerned, adding many Missouri communities are counting on “significant
support” from the federal government in rebuilding.

Kiddie Porn Pleas from Exeter Pair

Two Exeter men entered guilty pleas in federal court to child exploitation and child pornography. 23-year old Nicholas Bee plead to getting and distributing kiddie porn on line between 2008 and last year. 34-year old Stephen Bee, plead guilty earlier this year to exploiting a child victim to produce child porn last September. Nicholas Bee faces a mandatory 5-year minimum sentence without parole, and up to 15 years without parole, plus a fine up to $250,000. Stephen faces a 15-year mandatory minimum without parole, and up to 30 years without parole, plus a fine up to $250,000.

School Will File Response To ACLU This Week

Camdenton plans to file its response to the ACLU internet filter lawsuit by Thursday. Last night the board heard from several members of the public, all of whom said the school should stand up against the suit. Superintendent Tim Hadfield says the American Civil Liberties Union is suing to grant access to lesbian and gay rights websites. The superintendent says the Children’s Internet Protection Act prohibits access.

The ACLU has asked for a permanent injunction to remove the filter. Hadfield says once the school files its response it is up to the federal judge.

Another issue at last night’s board meeting was concern about parental consent, specifically if a student requests access to a controversial website, which is currently done anonymously, should a parent be informed. Hadfield says the school will address the issue after the suit is resolved.

Last night the board added language to its policies to clarify the procedure for a student that wants access to a blocked site.

Isla del Sol the Topic Tonight

The Lake of the Ozarks Watershed Alliance meets tonight for an informational discussion on the Isla del Sol causeway Community Improvement District. The bank that currently owns the island off of Lake Road W-12 wants to build a road to connect the former Hawaiian Island to the shore. Lowa has invited MoDNR, the US Army Corps of Engineers, Missouri Department of Conservation, Missouri Department of Economic Development, Ameren Missouri, and the Miller County Commission to speak at the Willmore Lodge starting at 4:30. The Miller County Commission will make a decision on the Community Improvement District next Thursday September the 7th.

Schweich Stands Behind Decision to Sue

State Auditor Tom Schweich is standing behind his decision to sue Governor Jay Nixon for withholds that Nixon made to pay for disaster relief across the state. Schweich has taken some heat for the decision to sue but says the withholds the governor made from programs cannot be made unilaterally.

Governor Nixon withheld about $150 million dollars from the state budget to cover disaster recovery.

Lebanon Fires

After a series of arsons, Lebanon firefighters, police and the State Fire Marshal’s Office are hoping you may be able to help them find whoever’s behind fires at four vacant homes. The most recent fires were Sunday morning around 5a.m. Lebanon Fire Chief Sam Schneider says with all of the homes empty when they burned, they rules out human accident. Schneider says it’s not clear if the fires are connected. Anyone with information can call the Lebanon Police Department, Lebanon Fire Department or the State’s Arson Hotline at 1-800-392-7766.

Waynesville College Career

Waynesville High School’s guidance department’s hosting its annual college career night program next Wednesday, in the high school gymnasium, from 6-7:30 p.m. Representatives from college, technical schools, military and various other organizations will be available to talk with students and parents about programs, financial aid.