A trial date for an age discrimination lawsuit filed by a Sunrise Beach resident against the city of Lebanon has been scheduled for April. Former city employee, 61 year old Linda Pieper who was fired as deputy city clerk in 2012 filed a discrimination lawsuit against the city back in January. She alleges that she was discriminated against because of her age and wrongfully terminated. During a hearing this week, Judge Stan Moore scheduled a jury trial for April 27th with a pre-trial conference to be held in February.
A complaint against a local organization has been dismissed by the Missouri Ethics Commission. The complaint alleged that the Lake Area Conservative Club contributed in excess of $500 to a local campaign without it being properly registered as mandated by State law. The commission found no grounds to support the allegation. It was determined the organization did make the contribution to the campaign of Greg Hasty who was running for Camden County presiding commissioner in august but there was no wrong doing on the part of the lake area conservative club. The organization says it checked with the commission before the donation was made to make sure it was handled appropriately.
State education officials are hoping to receive more than $17 million dollars annually in grant money for early childhood education. The State Department of Elementary and Secondary education says the Federal grant could expand preschool programs for four year olds in what it describes as “high need communities.” Missouri will find out in December if it will get the grant, which can be renewed for up to four years.
Efforts to cleanup the lake’s shoreline continue throughout the month of October. The fall cleanup is sponsored by Ameren Missouri’s adopt the shoreline program. Due to the success of this year’s spring cleanup, volunteers have been able to branch out past the 50 mile marker. The adopt a shoreline program began in 1994 with nine civic clubs adopting 89 miles of shoreline. 20 years later, the program has grown to include more than 90 businesses, organizations, and property owners who have adopted more than 700 miles of shoreline.
State attorney General Chris Koster has announced that Missouri is one of 49 states that have reached a settlement with AT&T mobility. The settlement resolves allegations that the company placed charges for third party services on consumers’ cell phone bills without authorization. AT&T will pay out $105 million dollars with Missouri receiving over $314 thousand dollars of that amount. Consumers living in the state will also be able to seek refunds from AT&T.
An Edwards, Missouri man who went missing Monday night in Benton County has reportedly died by drowning. The body of 30 year old Daniel Wedlock was located this Wednesday at the 80 mile marker. According to the Highway Patrol’s Water Division, Wedlock was reported missing after he didn’t return from a canoe trip on Monday. His 14 foot plastic canoe was later found unoccupied. The drowning remains under investigation.
Schools across the Lebanon area did not have recess Tuesday after suspects in a Springfield homicide decided to hide out in town. Schools went on mini lockdown keeping students inside and allowing no visitors. School officials say parents were able to pick up their children like normal. A person of interest is being questioned in connection with the murder investigation. A male suspect was taken into custody Tuesday by Lebanon police on other charges. Additional information is expected to be released later Wednesday.