Archives for February 2014

Winter Storm This Weekend

A POTENTIALLY POTENT WINTER STORM WILL BE MOVING THROUGH THE AREA TOMORROW NIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT…LINGERING INTO EARLY MONDAY MORNING. A NARROW BAND OF MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW IS ALSO EXPECTED TO FORM LATE SUNDAY NIGHT…HOWEVER THE EXACT PLACEMENT OF THIS BAND OF SNOW IS STILL A BIT UNCERTAIN.

…WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY EVENING THROUGH LATE SUNDAY NIGHT…

* LOCATIONS…INCLUDE ALL OUR AREA. We’LL SEE MOSTLY SNOW, BUT TO OUR SOUTH  LIGHT SLEET WITH PERHAPS SOME FREEZING RAIN WILL COMMENCE LATE SATURDAY NIGHT AND WILL PERSIST THROUGH AT LEAST THE MORNING HOURS ON SUNDAY. THE SLEET WILL LIKELY TRANSITION INTO SNOW ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON…AND SHOULD CONTINUE THROUGH EARLY MONDAY MORNING.  AREAS OF LIGHT TO MODERATE SLEET AND SNOW WILL CAUSE ROADWAYS TO BE SNOW PACKED. WINDS BETWEEN 15 AND 20 MPH WILL CAUSE VISIBILITY PROBLEMS THROUGH THE DAY ON SUNDAY AND SUNDAY NIGHT.

VERY COLD AIR WILL MOVE IN BEHIND THE SNOW. EXPECT LOWS ON MONDAY MORNING TO BE IN THE 0 TO -5 DEGREE RANGE. NORTH WINDS BETWEEN 10 AND 15 MPH WILL CAUSE WIND CHILL VALUES TO DROP TO BETWEEN -10 AND -20 DEGREES EARLY MONDAY MORNING.

Malpractice Money

The legislature is taking another look at medical malpractice in Missouri

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How much money should you get — if you sue a doctor for doing a bad job.  The Missouri House has passed a bill to put limits on what patients can collect.  It would be $350,000 in economic damages from malpractice.  The state supreme court threw out limits on malpractice back in 2012 — the new law is an effort to over come that ruling — it’s being promoted by medical groups and hospitals.

Kirksville Police Change Work Schedules

A move that is partially intended to reduce the amount of overtime pay police officers in Kirksville arn appears to be taking hold. In January, Kirksville officers switched from patrolling 8 hours a day to a 12-hour daily schedule. The now work seven of every fourteen days, where they worked 10 days in two weeks before. Chief Jim Hughes says the change is something that officers suggested in order to help them reduce fatigue. The schedule is in a week-on, week-off format.  Hughes also says the change in shifts will help when recruiting new officers and be seen as a benefit by applicants.

Charition County Crash Injures One

One person is listed with moderate injuries following a single-vehicle crash in Chariton county yesterday afternoon. Missouri State Highway Patrol reports indicate 54-year old Laura Torscher from Marceline was taken to the hospital by Linn County. She was not wearing a seat belt, troopers say. The crash happened late afternoon, about 4:”45pm, on inman Rod about 4 miles south of Brookfield, at 10-till 5 in the afternoon. Torscher was a passenger in a 2002 Ford Explorer driven by a 22-year old Marceline woman, Keri Wiggins. Troopers say Wiggins lost control of the SUV and went off the east side of the road. The SUV impacted a group of trees.

Steel, Commissioenrs Still At It

It’s been about two weeks since we’ve said anything about Second Circuit Presiding Judge Russell Steele and his tiff with the county officials who say his budget is out of whack. Steele is now accusing the Adair County Commissioners of violating the Missouri Constitution by seizing judicial funds. Steele filed his response to a state inquiry prompted by county officials, asking the state to dismiss the commissioners’ claims or issue an order denying their requests for tighter fiscal control over the finances for the 2nd Judicial Circuit and Bruce Normile Juvenile Justice Center. The request budget went down by almost 10 percent according to county documents.

Three Contested Races Already

Day one of candidate filing for the spring elections,and already two races are setting up. They are for the offices of judge and collector. Filing for local and state races opened Tuesday. Election officials say reces have setup locally for Associate Circuit Judge. Sitting judge Kristie Swaim, a Democrat, filed first, soon to be followed by Republican Josh Meyer. That particular race may sound familiar — Meyer, a Republican, has tried to run against Swaim. Additionally, the race for Adair County Collector appears wide open with Republicans Bill King and Mike Brummit and Democrat Sonja Harden seeking office. Incumbent David Erwin will not seek a fifth term.

Photo Id Voting

Showing an ID to vote.  Missouri House has approved that idea. 

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It is a battle between republicans and democrats in many states.  Republicans think voters should show a picture-ID to cast a ballot — democrats do not.  Now the state house has given tentative approval to a voter ID bill. It has one more vote before being sent to the state senate.  The Legislature has made multiple attempts to enact a voter ID law but the effort has been stymied by courts and by Gov. Jay Nixon.

Macon Airport Honored

The Macon Airport has been named for an award from a leading national association…based on, of all things — concrete. The American Concrete Pavement Association has recognized Macon as the Best Concrete Airport Project in Missouri for 2013. Grants paid for expansion and improvement of the airport with longer runways, new lighting, and equipment. The award will be presented at the 34th annual Portland Cement Concrete Pavement Conference in Kansas City on February 27.

City Spends $110,000 So Far On Winter Street Work

The City of Kirksville says at the pace it’s going, the winter of 2013-2014 may be among the least-expensive in terms of what they spend to keep streets cleaned and plowed. So far, the city has spent about $100,000 contending with winter’s snow and ice, with Public Works plowing 26 inches of snow off more than 7,800 total miles. They have 240 lane miles to clear, each pass through the city. With about a month left in the winter season, Public Works crews are ready for spring after a snow season that has been heavy on plowing and labor hours but lighter on snow hauling, in comparison to last year. So far, as of mid-February, Public Works has spent about $73,000 in plowing man hours and materials, compared to the entirety of the 2012-13 plowing season’s cost of about $100,000.  Last ear the snow came during the week, this year it has been more on the weekends, leading to higher overtime costs. As recently as 2010, the city spent almost four times as much as it has so far.

Eye On Cops

Keeping an eye on cops.  More police departments around the state are using ‘body-cameras.’

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The tiny cameras attach to officers sun glasses or shirt collars.  They start recording when an officer gets out of the car…documenting the cops interaction with people.  Now, several St. Louis area police departments say they will probably try the new tiny cams — as an alternative to dash-cams in patrol cars. Police departments in Crystal City, New Melle and Troy may join Wentzville which is already using the body-cams.  Police behave differently when everything is recorded — Wentzville Major Paul West says use of the camera has led to a decrease in the use of force by officers.