Archives for August 2013
HEAT INDEX VALUES WILL CLIMB BETWEEN 100 AND 104 DEGREES BY THE MIDDLE AFTERNOON HOURS OF FRIDAY. SATURDAY MAY AGAIN BE A VERY WARM DAY…ESPECIALLY IN AREAS ALONG AND SOUTH OF THE MISSOURI RIVER.
COOLER TEMPERATURES WILL BEGIN TO ARRIVE ON SUNDAY. .
HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM NOON TO 7 PM CDT FRIDAY…
THE COMBINATION OF HOT TEMPERATURES AND INCREASED HUMIDITY WILL LEAD TO AN INCREASED RISK OF HEAT RELATED STRESS AND ILLNESS. THE YOUNG AND ELDERLY…THOSE WITHOUT AIR CONDITIONING…AND THOSE PARTICIPATING IN OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES DURING THE FIRST HALF OF THE EXTENDED HOLIDAY WEEKEND WILL BE THE MOST SUSCEPTIBLE TO THE EFFECTS OF THE HEAT.
Farmland Foods is asking a federal judge to approve a settlement for a class action lawsuit that alleged the company failed to pay workers for time spent putting on and taking off protective equipment before and after their shifts. A federal judge ruled in May that workers at a Farmland Foods pork-processing plant in Milan, Mo., should be paid for time spent changing into and out of their uniforms. Farmland Foods has proposed a $5.8 million settlement with the members of the class.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol has announced the results of a recent sobriety checkpoint conducted in Marion county. Last Saturday night, troopers and Marion County Sheriff’s Department conducted a sobriety checkpoint on U.S. Highway 24 in West Quincy. During the checkpoint officers checked 202 vehicles, made 12 arrests, and issued five citations.
4– Arrests for driving while intoxicated
2– Arrests for misdemeanor drug violations
4– Arrests for misdemeanor warrants
1– Arrest for a misdemeanor criminal violation
1– Arrest for a felony drug violation
3– Citations issued for non-moving violations
2– Citations issued for driver’s license violations
U.S. Senators Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill sent a letter to President Barack Obama yesterday urging him to approve a disaster designation for 22 Missouri counties that were affected by recent flooding and flash flooding earlier this month. The letter follows a formal request from Governor Jay Nixon earlier this week.
Individual assistance means that eligible individuals and households can seek federal assistance for uninsured losses from severe weather and flooding; public assistance allows local governments to seek assistance for response and recovery expenses associated with the severe weather and flooding.
Christina Wells, the Enoch N. Crowder Professor of Law in the University of Missouri School of Law and a First Amendment expert, recently published an article in Jurist discussing the Snowden affair and its relation to First Amendment rights. She argues that sections of the Espionage Act are too broadly written and allow the government to avoid charges of treason, which come with many obstacles, while still receiving similar effects in the public sphere.
Wells is concerned that if the federal government abuses laws meant to stop terrorists and spies, it could have damaging effects on First Amendment rights.