Archives for June 2015

AG on Supreme Court ruling EPA

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster released statement regarding the US Supreme Court’s ruling yesterday on the EPA and power plants. The High Court ruled in favor of Missouri and 22 other states that sued the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to consider the cost to power plants when deciding whether to regulate emissions. Koster says there is a growing public perception that the EPA is acting without accountability when making decisions that adversely impact our state’s economy,.and adds that Missouri will continue to hold the EPA accountable and protect the state’s interests.

No New Cases of Bird Flu Iowa

Iowa agriculture officials are reporting a steady but slow recovery from the bird flu outbreak…The good news is that there haven’t been any new cases of bird flu reported in Iowa since June 16th. The bad news is that it will take several months before farmers recover from the disaster. Bird flu has forced the destruction of more than 33-million chickens, pullets and turkeys in the state. Infected sites are being cleaned and disinfected, and environmental testing on all of those sites will be conducted before birds are put into the facilities. An additional million dollars in state money has been made available to assist in the cleanup.

Police Chase in Moberly

A man wanted on a warrant led Moberly police on a chase yesterday. Officers attempted a traffic stop on 27 year old Cody L Kitchen near Allen and Bertley Streets. Kitchen refused to stop his vehicle and officers chased him in rural Randolph Court near Route EE and County Road 2375. That’s where Kitchen wrecked his vehicle after driving off into a ditch. Following a short foot pursuit, he was taken into custody. Kitchen and he was taken to the Randolph County Justice Center awaiting transport back to the Department of Corrections. Moberly Police were assisted by the Randolph County Sheriff, Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Adair County

Looking for drunk drivers over the July 4th holiday. More from Mark Garrison. Adair sheriff Robert Hardwick says his department will take part in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign from the 3rd thru the 5th — Friday thru Monday. He says his officers willbe aggressively looking for drivers who may weave or show any signs of being under the influence of booze or drugs. It is a problem during holidays — last year during the July 4th holiday officers in Missouri arrested 170 impaired drivers. And, in all of 2014 197 people died in wrecks where a driver was under the influence. Crackdowns such as the drive sober campaign have been shown to cut fatalties by up to 20%

Truman Tops in Value

Truman State Univeristy is tops in value, according to the current issue of Consumers Digest. The magazine examined more than 2,000 U.S. schools that offer four-year degrees. In addition to a list of the top 50 public schools, separate top 25 lists for private schools and private liberal arts schools were combined to establish the top 100 best values.

Truman, which was also the No. 1 public school the last time Consumers Digest examined higher education in 2011, was the only Missouri public school to make this year’s list.

Consumers Digest complies a unique ranking by measuring academic excellence alongside costs of education. Established indicators of quality, such as a school’s graduation rates, student-retention rates and percentage of faculty members with a Ph.D., are combined with the standardized test scores, high school rank and grade point average of first-time freshmen. Those factors are weighed against the cost of attendance to determine which schools offered the most academic value per dollar.

Woman Airlifted from Monroe County Crash Scene

A Saturday crash in Monroe county resulted in a Shelbina woman beig airlifted to Columbia. 51-year old Sarah Hercules was a passenger in an SUV driven by her 15-year old son Phillip. The Highway Patrol says he was northbound on Route 15 north of Paris Saturday afternoon and dropped a wheel off the east side of the road. He overcorrected, sending the SUV into a spin and off the left side of the road, then back into the right hand ditch, where it rolled. Both people were wearing seat belts.

Paris, MO Man Hurt in Sunday Crash

A crash last night in Monroe county injured a 33-year old man. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says Edwin Garcia suffered serious injuries in the single-vehicle wreck, which happened on Route Z five miles southwest of Santa Fe about 8:20[m. Garcia drifted off the west shoulder of the road and ended up hitting an embankment. He was taken to Columbia for treatment. According to an online report he was not wearing a seat belt.

Final Week of ACPL Reading Program

The Adair County Public Library Summer Reading Program enters the final week for Super Readers, ages 2-12.

Tomorrow features a day long Craft-O-Rama, with stories of Olympic Champions at 10:30AM. Children can go for the gold at the Heroic Olympics on Wednesday at 10:30AM. Wet and wacky fun awaits the entire family at King Triton’s Splashoramma, a 90 minute Swim party on Thursday. The doors of the Kirksville Aquatic Center will open 10:30AM – 12:00PM. Bring towels, swimsuits and sunscreen but no money as this family event has been provided by the Kirksville Kiwanis Club.

All reading must be turned in by 5PM on Thursday to redeem for prizes.

Blood Donations Sought

The American Red Cross is urging eligible donors to make an appointment now to give blood or platelets and help prevent a summer shortage. The call for donations is supported by a recent survey of Red Cross blood and platelet donors showing that more than 40 percent plan to travel the week before or after Independence Day, an indicator that many eligible donors may be unavailable to give. In addition, fewer blood drives are scheduled the week before and after Independence Day, because many hosting organizations postpone blood drives while people are on vacation.

Blood donors with all types, especially O negative, A negative and B negative, and platelet donors are urged to schedule an appointment. Those who come to donate from July 2-6 will receive a Red Cross embroidered baseball cap, while supplies last. To make an appointment and for more information, download the free Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-

Education Veto for Students Transferring

Governor Nixon vetoes a bill that would have set new rules for students transfering to different schools. The governor criticized the law which gives kids a ticket out of school districts that aren’t doing well. The law allows kids to transfer to districts with better schools — and the failing school district has to pick-up the tab. But the governor said there was no cap on how much a poorly performing school district would have to pay. And, he didn’t like another part of the bill that would have allowed kids to do more online learning — if they opt out of failing schools.. Nixon said that idea did not have enough supervision of students. So, he vetoed the bill.