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  1. a dangerous weekend in callaway county

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    A Callaway County man was flown to University Hospital Friday night after the vehicle he was driving flipped over several times…ejecting him. Andrew Armstrong ran off Callaway County Road 108 near Fulton about 5-30 Friday afternoon. Armstrong’s S-U-V hit a mailbox and rolled over several times.

    Two Fulton natives are recovering from serious injuries after a weekend crash. The patrol says 22-year-old Emily Bush’s car crossed the center line
    of Old Highway 54 south of her hometown Saturday afternoon and hit an SUV head-on. Bush and her passenger, 25-year-old Christy Cummings, were seriously hurt. The other driver had moderate injuries.


  2. speaker richardson takes his post

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    JEFFERSON CITY – The Missouri House elected Majority Leader Todd Richardson Friday to take over the chamber’s top spot following the resignation of House Speaker John Diehl.

    Republicans and Democrats unanimously elected Richardson. He was previously Majority Floor Leader. Richardson is a third-term legislator from Poplar Bluff, elected in 2010.

    He was sworn into the office shortly after Diehl resigned Friday, following through on an announcement Diehl made a day earlier. Diehl acknowledged exchanging sexually suggestive text messages with a college freshman serving as a Capitol intern.

    Diehl apologized again to members Friday morning and received a standing ovation from some members. Others did not stand.

  3. Tick…Tick…Tick…

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    The clock is running down on the last day of the 2015 Missouri legislative session.  Senator Mike Kehoe paid a surprise visit to KWOS Open Air on his way to the Capitol this morning.  We discussed unfinished business, including an uncertain future for “right to work”:

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  4. state rep. richardson now in top house post

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    The House Republican caucus has chosen Poplar Bluff Representative Todd Richardson to be the next Speaker of the House. Richardson is assured that position because the caucus holds a supermajority.
    Richardson inherits a final day of the session in which the state Senate has been stagnant for two days and some major priorities remain…

    Richardson will replace John Diehl, Junior, who announced he would resign after admitting to exchanging sexually suggestive texts with a freshman college intern earlier this year. The new speaker said the past 5 months have not put the Missouri legislature in a good light…

    The House will vote to make Richardson the speaker, today.

  5. big roadblock in the way on this final day at the capitol

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    Senate Republicans and Democrats will meet with their leaders this morning and discuss a possible deal to get legislation moving on this final day of the session. The chamber’s Democrats have blocked debate after Republicans shut them down to force a vote on “right to work.” Republican Senator Ron Richard tells Missourinet he’s hopeful a compromise can be reached.

    Democratic Senator Joseph Keaveny says he’s keeping his options open.

    A key issue still to be decided is a bill that would let Missouri collect about 3.5-billion dollars in federal tax money that would go to Medicaid. Richard said they might have time to address one other piece of legislation, but said that’s in negotiations.


    CREDIT – Missourinet

  6. marshall man tries to shoot cop

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    Marshall Police are looking for the man who pointed a gun at an officer and pulled the trigger.

    They learned felony parole violator Carl Roettgen, 31, was in the local Wal-Mart parking lot at about 8:00 p.m. Wednesday. He tried to escape, almost running over a couple officers in the process.

    An officer then jumped in his car. Roettgen tried to shoot the cop in the head, but the gun did not fire. The officer then got out, and Roettgen left, last seen driving north on Highway 65 in a black 2006 Chrysler 300.

  7. School Discipline In The Spotlight

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    How are Jefferson City teachers and administrators addressing complaints about unruly classrooms? How widespread is the problem in the district?  Jefferson City School Board President John Ruth discusses the recently-released report on school discipline.  Here’s our conversation on KWOS Open Air:

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  8. ** update ** missouri house speaker resigns after sexting scandal!

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    Missouri House Speaker John Diehl said Thursday that he is resigning from the Legislature after acknowledging that he exchanged sexually charged text messages with a Capitol intern.

    Diehl said he is resigning both from his House speaker’s position and from his elected job as a Republican representative from suburban St. Louis.
    Diehl acknowledged “making a serious error in judgment by sending the text messages” to the intern.

    “I will be resigning the position of speaker of the House and the office of state representative in a way that allows for an orderly transition,” Diehl said in a prepared statement provided to The Associated Press.

    His resignation comes a day after The Kansas City Star released a story accompanied by screenshots of what the newspaper said were electronic messages between Diehl and the intern. Some of the messages were sexually suggestive.

    Diehl, 49, had been chosen by colleagues as speaker in January. He is an attorney who lives with his wife and three sons in the St. Louis suburb of Town and Country. He was first elected to the House in 2008 and now presides over one of the largest Republican legislative majorities in state history. He’s known for his ability to work deals and to persuade rank-and-file members to stick together on the party’s priorities.


  9. feds, deputies raid callaway home

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    The Callaway County sheriff’s department is not saying what ATF agents were doing on a property near Millersburg Wednesday morning. Lt. Clay Chism says the sheriff’s department was working with the federal agency searching a home and a shed. Witnesses say the agents and deputies were armed. Now an ATF spokesman says they arrested a suspect on federal firearms charges.

  10. cole county man dies in atv crash

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    The Cole County sheriff’s department has identified the Osage Bend man killed when his ATV flipped over on him Tuesday afternoon. 64- year-old Leonard Hoelscher died at the scene. The accident happened in the 13-thousand block of East Bend Road.