JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri- On Friday, Governor Eric Greitens said he signed SB 501, a bill he says will provide tools to fight opioid addiction. SB 501 gives approval for the Director of the Department of Health and Senior Services to issue an order making life-saving medication to reverse the fatal effects of opioid overdoses available across the state. It provides patients in drug courts and veterans courts the option to receive medication-assisted substance abuse treatment under the care of a physician, without violating the conditions of their program. It also allows anyone who, in good faith, seeks emergency assistance in the case of a drug overdose to do so without threat of prosecution related to possession. There would be no protection from prosecution for the sale of illegal drugs. Responding officers will provide the caller with information on drug treatment programs.
“The opioid crisis in Missouri has taken the lives of hundreds of mothers, fathers, and children. It strikes in our cities and our rural communities. It destroys relationships and drives crime. We must take bold action to address it. I am proud to sign this legislation today. It is a critical step in this mission. Next week, as a state, we will take further action to combat the opioid epidemic,” said Governor Eric Greitens.
The Governor will host several events next week to lay out new actions that the state of Missouri is taking to address the opioid crisis. That schedule is laid out below.
Monday, July 17 – Preventing Prescription Addiction
Express Scripts Technology and Innovation Center
4600 North Hanley Road
St. Louis, MO. 63134
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Tuesday, July 18—Preventing Overdose Deaths
9355 Olive Blvd,
St. Louis, MO 63132
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Wednesday, July 19—Combating Drug Traffickers
Cape Girardeau Regional Airport
860 Limbaugh Drive,
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
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Thursday, July 20—Opioid Summit: Treating Addiction in Rural Missouri
John A. & Genny Morris Conservation Center, White Room,
600 W Sunshine Street,
Springfield, MO 65807
Media should RSVP to email@example.com. Additional details on the Opioid Summit will be available from the Department of Health and Senior Services soon.
Friday, July 21—Treating Addiction in our Cities
The Governor will be in the Kansas City region on Friday, July 22 to discuss the impact of drug courts on addiction treatment. Details on this event are forthcoming.
ATCHISON, Kansas- Airshow pilot Vlado Lenoch of Burr Ridge, Illinois , and his passenger, Bethany Root, manager of the Amelia Earhart Memorial Airport in Atchison were killed in the crash of a P-51 Mustang Sunday.
The Kansas City Star reports the crash happened around 10:30 a.m. in a field about 2 1/2 miles northeast of Cummings, Kan., less than nine miles from the airport in Atchison.
The cause of the crash is unknown, said Lt. Bryce Whelpley of the Kansas High Patrol.
Investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration were expected to arrive on the scene Monday morning, Whelpley said. The single propeller of the plane and wreckage of the crash were strewn across a small hill.
Lenoch had performed in the festival the day before in his vintage aircraft.
The annual festival, held in Atchison, celebrates the famed aviator Amelia Earhart.
Lenoch’s online bio says he is married with three children. “His love of aviation began in 1970 when, at age 17, he learned to fly at Chicago’s Midway Airport.” Lenoch earned an aeronautical engineering degree from Purdue and a Master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Following college, he was employed at the Boeing Commercial Airplane Company in Seattle as a 747 instructor. From that point, he was employed at two major airlines flying the Boeing 727 and Douglas DC-9 aircraft. Currently, he flies a corporate Citation jet for a private company in Illinois. Lenoch had over 11,000 hours of flight time and has built his own aircraft, a Pitts S-1T biplane, which he competes in at the highest level.
Bethany Root, according to a 2014 profile in the St. Joseph News-Press, followed a love of flying to the St. Joseph area three years ago at the age of 31. She worked for the airport’s management company, McElwain Sprayers of Wathena, Kan. She had been airport manager since last year.
Root had been a special education teacher and ran a custom motorcycle shop in Indianapolis until she took an opportunity to learn to fly and work with the McElwain crop dusters in Kansas and Missouri in 2014.
“She was extremely passionate about flying,” Jacque Pregont, who coordinated the Emelia Earhart Festival, said Sunday. And the festival was “excited to have (Lenoch) at the airshow.”
“It’s a horrible, horrible loss,” Pregont said.
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JACKSON, Mississippi- WJTV reports everal agencies are investigating a deadly United States Marine Corps (USMC) plane crash that happened in Leflore County on Monday afternoon.
Sixteen service members died when the plane went down in a field.
The Marine Corps KC-130 transport aircraft originated from the Marine Corps Air Station in Cherry Point, North Carolina.
According to the USMC, federal aviation officials say the aircraft disappeared from air traffic control radar. The cause of the crash remained under investigation Tuesday morning.
None of the 16 serve members killed have been identified. USMC officials are working to notify their families.
The Marine Corps issued a statement that says in part:
While the details of the incident are being investigated, our focus remains on providing the necessary resources and support to the family and friends of these service members as they go through this extremely difficult time.
Several state, local and national authorities have offered their condolences to the families of the service members.
Marine Plane crash in Mississippi is heartbreaking. Melania and I send our deepest condolences to all!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 11, 2017
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma- The following statement was released by Hobby Lobby after the retailer paid $3 million to resolve a civil action the Justice Department, they also forfeited thousands of ancient cuneiform tablets and clay bullae:
Hobby Lobby and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York today announced that they have entered into a settlement agreement concluding an investigation into the importation of certain artifacts.
“We should have exercised more oversight and carefully questioned how the acquisitions were handled,” said Hobby Lobby President, Steve Green. “Hobby Lobby has cooperated with the government throughout its investigation, and with the announcement of today’s settlement agreement, is pleased the matter has been resolved.”
In 2009, Hobby Lobby began acquiring a variety of historical Bibles and other artifacts. Developing a collection of historically and religiously important books and artifacts about the Bible is consistent with the Company’s mission and passion for the Bible. The goals were to preserve these items for future generations, to provide broad access to scholars and students alike to study them, and to share the collection with the world in public institutions and museums.
The Company was new to the world of acquiring these items, and did not fully appreciate the complexities of the acquisitions process. This resulted in some regrettable mistakes. The Company imprudently relied on dealers and shippers who, in hindsight, did not understand the correct way to document and ship these items. However, since learning of these errors, the Company has been an active participant with the government’s investigation and supports its efforts to protect the world’s ancient heritage. At no time did Hobby Lobby ever purchase items from dealers in Iraq or from anyone who indicated that they acquired items from that country. Hobby Lobby condemns such conduct and has always acted with the intent to protect ancient items of cultural and historical importance. Hobby Lobby has implemented acquisition policies and procedures based on the industry’s highest standards established by the Association of Art Museum Directors (“AAMD”). The AAMD policies have been vetted by global museum directors and lawmakers alike, and represent the gold standard for protecting ancient heritage artifacts.
“We have accepted responsibility and learned a great deal,” said Green. “Our entire team is committed to the highest standards for investigating and acquiring these items. Our passion for the Bible continues, and we will do all that we can to support the efforts to conserve items that will help illuminate and enhance our understanding of this Great Book.”
End of statement.
The complaint and stipulation of settlement were announced by Bridget M. Rohde, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and Angel M. Melendez, Special Agent-in-Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), New York.
“American collectors and importers must ensure compliance with laws and regulations that require truthful declarations to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, so that Customs officers are able to scrutinize cultural property crossing our borders and prevent the inappropriate entry of such property,” stated Acting United States Attorney Rohde. “If they do not, and shippers use false declarations to try to clandestinely enter property into the United States, this Office and our law enforcement partners will discover the deceit and seize the property.” Ms. Rohde thanked U.S. Customs and Border Protection for its role in intercepting shipments and safeguarding the seized antiquities.
“The protection of cultural heritage is a mission that HSI and its partner U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) take very seriously as we recognize that while some may put a price on these artifacts, the people of Iraq consider them priceless,” stated Special Agent-in-Charge Melendez.
According to the complaint and stipulated statement of facts filed with the court, in or around 2009, Hobby Lobby began to assemble a collection of historically significant manuscripts, antiquities and other cultural materials. In connection with this effort, Hobby Lobby’s president and a consultant traveled to the UAE in July 2010 to inspect a large number of cuneiform tablets and other antiquities being offered for sale (the “Artifacts”). Cuneiform is an ancient system of writing on clay tablets that was used in ancient Mesopotamia thousands of years ago.
In October 2010, an expert on cultural property law retained by Hobby Lobby warned the company that the acquisition of cultural property likely from Iraq, including cuneiform tablets and cylinder seals, carries a risk that such objects may have been looted from archaeological sites in Iraq. The expert also advised Hobby Lobby to review its collection of antiquities for any objects of Iraqi origin and to verify that their country of origin was properly declared at the time of importation into the United States. The expert warned Hobby Lobby that an improper declaration of country of origin for cultural property could lead to seizure and forfeiture of the artifacts by CBP.
Notwithstanding these warnings, in December 2010, Hobby Lobby executed an agreement to purchase over 5,500 Artifacts, comprised of cuneiform tablets and bricks, clay bullae and cylinder seals, for $1.6 million. The acquisition of the Artifacts was fraught with red flags. For example, Hobby Lobby received conflicting information where the Artifacts had been stored prior to the inspection in the UAE. Further, when the Artifacts were presented for inspection to Hobby Lobby’s president and consultant in July 2010, they were displayed informally. In addition, Hobby Lobby representatives had not met or communicated with the dealer who purportedly owned the Artifacts, nor did they pay him for the Artifacts. Rather, following instructions from another dealer, Hobby Lobby wired payment for the Artifacts to seven personal bank accounts held in the names of other individuals.
With Hobby Lobby’s consent, a UAE-based dealer shipped packages containing the Artifacts to three different corporate addresses in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Between one and three shipments arrived at a time, without the required customs entry documentation being filed with CBP, and bore shipping labels that falsely and misleadingly described their contents as “ceramic tiles” or “clay tiles (sample).” . After approximately 10 packages shipped in this manner were received by Hobby Lobby and its affiliates, CBP intercepted five shipments. All of the intercepted packages bore shipping labels that falsely declared that the Artifacts’ country of origin was Turkey. No further shipments were received until September 2011, when a package containing approximately 1,000 clay bullae from the same purchase was received by Hobby Lobby. It was shipped by an Israeli dealer and accompanied by a false declaration stating that the bullae’s country of origin was Israel.
In executing the stipulation of settlement, Hobby Lobby has accepted responsibility for its past conduct and agreed to take steps to remedy the deficiencies that resulted in its unlawful importation of the Artifacts. Hobby Lobby has agreed to the forfeiture of all of the Artifacts shipped to the United States.
LEBANON, Missouri- A unique Lebanon dining mainstay and slice of Americana roadside food will celebrate 50 years in business.
Longtime employee Jaden Starnes says this Saturday, July 8th every item on the menu will be 50% off from 10:30 a.m until 2:30 p.m. “We’re celebrating our 50th year being open with unbeatable prices on amazing food, ice cream, and the best drinks around. It’s very rare to find these older restaurants that have been around since the mid 60’s with the same owners, as well as all of the original equipment used in the restaurant. It’s a big accomplishment, and we couldn’t have done it without all of the great customers! ”
“Swiss Inn Opened in 1967. This family owned restaurant has been serving awesome food to customers from all over the United States for 50 YEARS! I have been a part of the team for about 7 years now. There is no other job I’d rather have while attending school full time. The family owners are nice outstanding individuals. They have became a second family rather than employers. The fella I worked with today is a 4th generation family worker. All three grandkids work here as well. Not very often do you come across a family owned restaurant that has only had ONE owner. Lonnie and Judy both strive to keep the business running smoothly and have succeeded tremendously. Lonnie works 55-60 hours each and every week to make sure the food is fresh, along with the produce, the dairy products, and most importantly makes sure every costumer leaves satisfied. The family has been nothing but good to me as far as working around my busy schedule, and making this a fun working environment. A job doesn’t really seem like a “job” if you enjoy what you’re doing. Come see us sometime! Pictured below is Collin and I. The 4th generation grandson I had the pleasure of working with today!” Starnes said.
Lebanon has a similar logo to Georgia Tech’s
DAMASCUS, Maryland (WUSA9) – It’s small town pride versus big college protectionism. Damascus High School wants to paint its Swarmin’ Hornets logo on a water tower to celebrate school spirit. Georgia Tech University, which has a similar logo, told Damascus to buzz off.
“It’s all about pride and letting people know we’re proud of our town and proud of our high school,” said Damascus parent Victor Furnells, who is spearheading the effort along with Damascus math teacher Rob Hyman, WUSA9 reports.
“What I don’t know that they understand is that the students that go to school here work in this community. The businesses here support the high school,” Hyman said.
But the water tower wasn’t in that agreement, so when the lawyers from the Montgomery County School System went back to Georgia Tech and asked for permission to use the logo on the water tower, Georgia Tech was noncommittal.
“Georgia Tech has a royalty-free licensing agreement with Damascus High School for a limited use of our trademarked Buzz logo,” spokesman Jason Maderer said in a statement to WUSA9. “We have received a request to use the logo in a way that is outside the agreement. We are considering the request.”
Maderer said Damascus High has been invited to present their request for reconsideration at the next regularly scheduled Licensing and Trademark Committee in August.
But Damsacus said it doesn’t have that much time.
The water tower is being painted by WSSC on July 5th.
“But they have decided to make it a bigger deal than we ever expected,” Furnells said. “And right now we only have two days left before the contrived painters break down the equipment. After that WSSC’s next scheduled painting of the tower is not for another 20 to 25 years. So if it doesn’t happen now, it’s not gonna happen.”
Lawyers from Montgomery County Public Schools and representatives from WSSC have been in contact with Georgia Tech trying to get permission before that Wednesday deadline.
“I don’t know that they understand how important this is to our community” Hyman said. “And I also don’t really know that they understand what the time crunch is on us.”
LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Missouri- July 1 2017 Dan Francis takes to the web to describe his background and clears his side of the story with some of the biggest business deals that have went down at the Lake of the Ozarks. Mr. Francis drops names of the Lake’s tops executives ranging from developers, media owners, and some big fish money backers.
Mr. Francis has owned several million dollar plus business over the years and has been a major developer all over the state of Missouri. Before the economy crash in 2008 Mr. Francis empire was booming at the lake of the Ozarks. As, homes went from being 200,000 to 3.5 million or better. And with all that capital invested in your lake home the next place to spend money was the toys; boats,docks,wave runner. Mr. Francis took his investments into the dock business and made a boom at it.
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri- MoDOT says two big central Missouri road and bridge projects – a new interchange at Routes 54 and W at the Lake of the Ozarks and a new bridge on the Interstate 44 outer road over the Gasconade River in Laclede County – are included in the five-year construction program approved yesterday by the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission.
The 2018-2022 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program lists transportation projects planned by state and regional planning agencies for fiscal years 2018 through 2022 (July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2022). The majority of the projects included in the program are maintenance projects aimed at keeping the state’s road and bridge system in good condition.
“The new interchange and bridge have long been transportation priorities for the central Missouri region, and it’s good to finally be able to move forward with them,” said Missouri Department of Transportation District Engineer David Silvester.
An advisory group has been established to determine the best and most cost-effective traffic solution for the intersection of Route 54 with Route W, near the Bagnell Dam at the Lake of the Ozarks. The junction is the only remaining Route 54 intersection between Kingdom City and Camdenton with a traffic signal. The area is heavily congested and has a history of traffic crashes.
Construction of the new interchange is tentatively set to begin in the summer of 2019, with the project scheduled for completion in 2021.
Plans for the Gasconade River bridge in Laclede County call for a new bridge to be built adjacent to Interstate 44. The current bridge, located on the Interstate 44 outer road, has been closed since Dec. 18, 2014, because of deterioration.
The project is tentatively scheduled to bid in April 2018, with construction beginning in summer 2018. MoDOT hopes to have traffic on the new bridge by summer 2019.
MoDOT is accepting proposals through Sept. 30 from parties interested in preserving the current structure, which carries Route 66 over the Gasconade River.
More information about the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program is available at www.modot.org or by calling 1-888-275-6636.