The Missouri Department of Conservation is using social media to ask for the public’s help in finding out who shot a bald eagle over the weekend. The eagle died of its injuries Sunday, and a message and photo was posted on Facebook yesterday (Monday). Conservation agent Alan Lamb responded to a call Sunday evening near Patterson concerning an injured bald eagle, and Lamb said X-rays found bullet fragments in the bird, confirming the shooting. Bald eagles are protected by federal law under the Eagle Protection Act, and killing one can lead to a 250-thousand dollar fine and two years in prison. He says the bird was young and did not have the signature white head of most bald eagles. It takes about five years to get its mostly white feathers.Lamb said a reward of 50 to one-thousand dollars is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who shot the eagle.
The chairman of the Missouri Senate budget committee says Governor Nixon is asking for too much money. Columbia Republican Kurt Schaefer says the request for 496 million dollars, on top of the 26 billion the state is already spending, is the biggest mid-year increase request he has ever seen. Most of that money would go to Medicaid. Nixon administration officials say more people have signed up for Medicaid than expected. Schaefer is accusing the Democratic governor of growing state spending using the supplemental budget, which gets less attention and public debate.
Governor Jay Nixon is asking for an expansion of the federal major disaster declaration in 39 Missouri counties. Nixon wants the feds to cover the costs of responding to and recovering from the devastating floods which swamped the state from late December to earlier this month. Sixteen people were killed and hundreds of homes were damaged or destroyed. Assessment teams have estimated infrastructures repair and recovery costs at 41 million dollars. Nixon wants public agencies and nonprofits to be eligible for federal assistance.
Douglas County prosecutors say a woman knew her boyfriend was going to be killed and she did nothing to stop it. Thirty-five-year-old Jammie White of Oldfield has been charged with first-degree murder. Cory Walker is accused of stabbing 37-year-old Robert Koch to death. Investigators call it a complicated love triangle which ended with murder. They say White was having an affair with Walker and she never called 9-1-1 after Koch was injured.
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President Barack Obama has approved a major disaster declaration for 33 Missouri counties, including Wright County, that were damaged by severe weather and flooding in late December and early January. Governor Jay Nixon asked the president for the declaration January 15th. The declaration makes assistance programs available to eligible residents for such things as temporary housing and repairs or losses caused by the flooding. Residents are encouraged to document any losses caused by the storms. The unusual late-year flooding left 16 people dead and significantly damaged nearly one thousand homes.
The Mizzou Tigers fell to the Georgia Bulldogs the other day in Columbia in a close match 60-57. Mizzou’s next game will be tomorrow at 3PM against Texas A&M.
The Missouri State Bears beat the Drake Bulldogs in Iowa this week 79-70. Their next game will be a home game today against Evansville and Sunday the Bears will travel to play against Southern Illinois.
The Missouri State Lady Bears are hoping for a better homestand this weekend than the last one they went through. Their most recent weekend at JQH Arena ended in a couple of Missouri Valley Conference losses – to Drake and Northern Iowa. That ended a perfect conference start to the season and dropped the Lady Bears out of first place in the league. Missouri State sits in fifth place in the league race.
In the NFL, the Patriots play the Broncos sunday at 2PM, and the Cardinals play the Panthers Sunday Night at 5:40PM.
The Mountain Grove Panther Boys had to cancel their game against Norwood on Tuesday night due to weather hopefully they’ll get to make up that game. Panthers will take on the #1 ranked team in Class 2, the Hartville Eagles, this evening. Hopefully they’ll get to play that game tonight with both schools being out due to weather conditions. Next week, the Panther Classic in Mountain Grove gets under way, and the girls will be traveling to Mansfield for the Mansfield Tournament. The Panther JV will be making up the Willow Springs Tournament this Saturday.
US Senator Roy Blunt’s bill to overturn the EPA rule known as “Waters of the US” has been vetoed by the president. The Missouri Republican says the rule means the EPA will have authority over nearly 100 percent of all bodies of water. It isn’t clear if backers of Blunt’s legislation have the votes to override. Opponents like farmers and small businesses estimate permitting costs will go up by as much as 52 million dollars-a-year. Supporters say the rule more clearly defines which waters are federally protected.
The Missouri House gave final approval Thursday to two measures requiring voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot. The first measure, a joint resolution sponsored by Representative Tony Dugger, a Republican from Hartville, would ask voters this year to amend the state constitution to require photo identification. That measure passed the House 116-to-40. The second measure is a bill that dictates how the amendment would be enforced. To go into effect, the bill would have to be signed by Governor Jay Nixon, a Democrat. If he vetoes the bill, the Legislature would have to override Nixon. The bill passed with enough support to override a potential veto. The bill carves out some exemptions. People with physical or mental disabilities, people born before 1946 and people with religious beliefs against photo identification would not be required to show photo ID.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon called the state’s ethics laws a disgrace in his last State of the State address. Nixon leaves office next year due to term limits. He pointed to big payments from donors to candidates, and gifts from lobbyists to lawmakers, as reasons for the perception there is undue influence on public officials. He implored the members of the Missouri Legislature to “pass a real campaign finance reform bill.” In the Republican response, House Speaker Todd Richardson criticized the governor for lack of leadership.