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  • Arkansas county sells alcohol after 70-year ban February 22, 2019
    POCAHONTAS, Ark. (AP) — Alcohol sales are now legal in a northeastern Arkansas county after residents approved a measure to lift a 70-year-old ban on sales. Randolph County, which banned the sale of alcohol in the early 1940s, began selling alcohol this week after voters in November approved a measure allowing the sales, The Jonesboro […]
    The Associated Press
  • Arkansas Racing Commission approves new rules for casinos February 22, 2019
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Racing Commission has approved regulations for the state’s new casinos, including one that could affect plans for a casino in Pope County. The panel on Thursday approved the regulations, which will be reviewed by state lawmakers next week. Voters approved a constitutional amendment in November that allows four […]
    The Associated Press
  • Council approves Steak N Shake site plan, college agreement at meeting February 22, 2019
    WEST PLAINS, Mo. — The West Plains City Council approved several bills and site development plans at their meeting Thursday, including the final plans for a proposed Steak N Shake location. City administrator Tom Stehn told Ozark Radio News that there were some minor alterations to the initially proposed plan due to community input: A […]
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  • Arkansas Senate approves funding plan for state’s highways February 22, 2019
    by Andrew DeMillo, AP LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Senate on Thursday approved a proposal to raise fuel taxes and tap into expected casino revenue for state highways, advancing the first part of a $300 million plan by the governor to close the funding gap for the state’s roads. The Senate voted 27-8 […]
    The Associated Press
  • Missouri bill on minimum prison sentences heads to Senate February 22, 2019
    by Summer Ballentine, AP JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Judges could ignore mandatory minimum sentencing laws for some nonviolent offenders under a bill passed Thursday by Missouri’s Republican-led House, a move that’s part of a broader push to revamp the state’s criminal justice system. The bill, which passed the House 140-17, wouldn’t allow for reduced […]
    The Associated Press
  • Missouri Senate votes to cap low-income housing tax credits February 22, 2019
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri senators have voted to cap state tax credits for low-income housing. Senators voted 31-0 Friday to send the measure to the House. State and federal tax credits subsidize affordable housing in Missouri. But critics, including former Gov. Eric Greitens, have said the tax credits are inefficient. No state tax […]
    The Associated Press
  • Arkansas bill would automatically seal some criminal records February 22, 2019
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas lawmaker is proposing that some non-violent offenders be allowed to have their criminal records automatically sealed, a move backed by a coalition that says it would give people a second chance after serving their sentence. The proposal filed Thursday by Republican Rep. Justin Boyd would allow a person […]
    The Associated Press
  • NJCAA to visit West Plains Monday as city bids for tournament February 22, 2019
    WEST PLAINS, Mo. — Representatives from the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) will be visiting West Plains Monday to tour the city as they bid to host the NJCAA National Volleyball Tournament. City administrator Tom Stehn says if the city wins the bid, the tournament will take place in West Plains for three years […]
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  • Glenwood superintendent discusses MAP testing results February 22, 2019
    WEST PLAINS, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education recently announced statewide results for the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) testing and annual district performance reports for the 2017-18 school year. Glenwood Superintendent Wayne Stewart told Ozark Radio News the district recently received a 100% on their performance report: He says several things […]
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  • WP optometrist appointed to state board February 22, 2019
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A West Plains optometrist has been appointed to the Missouri Board of Optometry. Dr. Scott Ream currently works as an optometrist at Ream Optometry with locations in West Plains and Thayer. He earned his Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis after graduating with his Bachelor of Science from […]
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