Waller is charged in connection with his wife, Jacque Waller, who disappeared on June 1, 2011. Authorities allege Clay Waller killed her after an argument over finances and their pending divorce. The couple were the parents of triplets. About 20 witnesses testified for the prosecution at last week’s preliminary hearing, which was held for a judge to determine whether there was enough evidence to proceed with a trial. Clay Waller is scheduled to appear in court for arraignment on August 6th.
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Hartzler’s congressional district includes part of the Lake of the Ozarks, which has been embroiled in controversy over land near the lake. Land included within the boundary of the hydroelectric project falls under the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s authority, while other property does not. The congresswoman plans to introduce legislation this week designed to limit FERC’s authority over issues not directly connected to power generation. The measure would allow state legislatures to give local communities greater authority over shoreline management.
McCaskill, the first-term incumbent Democratic senator, trails all three of her likely Republican challengers, according to a poll released over the weekend. It shows she would lose to GOP frontrunner John Brunner by 11 percentage points if they were matched up today. She would fall to Sarah Steelman or Todd Akin as well, though by smaller margins. Further, her “unfavorable” rating is higher than her “favorable,” and some of her worst numbers are among all-important independent voters. The poll of 625 registered Missouri voters suggests a key source of McCaskill’s problems is her support of President Barack Obama
A camera crew today will begin trailing members of the county narcotics unit for three weeks while officers investigate suspected meth labs for a new cable show called “Methbusters,” Franklin County has been among the leading counties in the nation for meth lab busts for more than a decade. The commander of the narcotics unit, Jason Grellner, is a nationally recognized advocate for tougher anti-meth laws.Since the narcotic’s unit’s inception in 2005 it has busted several hundred meth labs in Franklin County, just southwest of St. Louis County.
The Drug Enforcement Administration on Thursday announced that it had seized more than $36 million in cash and arrested 91 people Wednesday in a nationwide crackdown on synthetic drugs including so-called bath salts and fake marijuana. In addition, 5 million packets of synthetic drugs were seized. The figures include six arrests and the seizure of more than 210,000 packets in the six states covered by the St. Louis DEA office: Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and southern Illinois. Officials in the Midwestern states also seized $1.4 million and four vehicles.Synthetic drugs have grown tremendously in popularity in recent years, sold under names such as “Spice” or “Vanilla Sky” in head shops, smoke shops and convenience stores.
Governor Nixon is adding another $5 million in funding for a drought-assistance program for farmers to help drill or deepen water wells. The governor is also directing $1.5 million in unspent heating assisance money to be used to help low-income Misouri families pay for colling costs.