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Fort Leonard Wood Adds Staff And Increases Communication To Fix Base Housing Issues

Soldiers and their families who live on base at Fort Leonard Wood will now have quarterly opportunities to express any concerns about their homes directly to the Garrison Commander.

And the staff that handles inspections and oversees repairs to the more than 1,800 homes at the base in the Ozarks will increase from three to five.

Those changes are the result of a national effort to review the quality of military housing and address concerns about delays in repairs.

The Military Family Advisory Network issued a scathing report to Congress last month showing substandard conditions at on-base housing across the country, and concern about reporting problems for fear of reprisal. The Department of Defense mandated a complete review and inspection of all bases around the country.


Will levees hold in St. Joseph?

St. Joseph officials continued making preparations Thursday for a cresting Missouri River — a list of duties that included opening a shelter and shutting down a major thoroughfare due to the flood.

Late Thursday afternoon, the city decided to move forward on an earlier consideration of closing Stockyards Expressway. An American Red Cross shelter for residents of Elwood, Kansas, and others in the area and St. Joseph displaced by flooding opened at 5 p.m. at The Keys Christian Church, 6001 S. Ninth St.

Meanwhile, City Manager Bruce Woody said the two levees of greatest concern are the L-455, located north of National Beef Leathers and extending south to Contrary Creek and U.S. Highway 59; and R-460-471, located downstream from Peters Creek in Wathena, Kansas, and tying in with the river north near Elwood and Rosecrans Memorial Airport.


Company won't operate duck boats in 2019 after fatal sinking

The company that owns a duck boat that sank on a Missouri lake last year, killing 17 people, won’t operate the vessels this year and will instead open a replacement attraction in the tourist town of Branson

The company that owns a duck boat that sank on a Missouri lake last year, killing 17 people, won’t operate the vessels this year and will instead open a replacement attraction in the tourist town of Branson.

Ripley Entertainment’s Suzanne Smagala-Potts announced plans for the new attraction, called Branson Top Op, on Thursday. She declined to comment on whether the boats would ever float again on Table Rock Lack, saying only that the company is focused on 2019 and hasn’t “looked in the future of what we may or may not do.”

The entertainment venue will include indoor laser tag and an interactive outdoor maze. It’s expected to open for Memorial Day weekend.


Agriculture markets for 2019 hinge on regional, international factors

Kelly Smith, director of marketing and commodities, talks about impacts from local to international level that could impact agriculture markets

More than 50 area farmers gathered to see what the coming year could bring for agriculture markets during the Palmyra Young Farmers and Marion County Farm Bureau Marketing Meeting on Wednesday, March 13 at HATS Restaurant in Palmyra.

Kelly Smith, marketing and commodities director with the Missouri Farm Bureau, presented several factors that could affect agriculture markets in the coming months. The signed but not yet ratified United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement has been boosting international trade of agricultural products in the wake of last year’s trade talks, said Marion County Farm Bureau President Joe Kendrick. If the Senate ratified the agreement, the resulting free trade between the nations would benefit markets, he said.

Regional forecasts call for a cool, wet spring similar to last year’s — creating a tight planting timeline for local farmers — Kendrick said some farmers hadn’t yet pulled crops out of their fields from the 2018 season.


Attorney accuses St. Louis County municipalities of using city dollars against Better Together

A politically connected lawyer working for a mystery client has sent letters to all 88 municipalities in St. Louis County demanding they account for any use of public dollars against the petition to merge St. Louis and St. Louis County.

Charles W. Hatfield, a lawyer at Stinson Leonard Street in Jefferson City, sent letters on Wednesday morning saying that Missouri law prohibits political bodies from using tax dollars to oppose a ballot measure, and that even putting out information on the issue could break the law. Hatfield said he believed some of the municipalities already were.

Municipal officials decried the move as a scare tactic.

“This is an attempt to stifle me from speaking to the residents of Des Peres about what could potentially happen to their city, to their services, to their police,” said Mark Becker, the mayor of Des Peres and a partner at the Hullverson Law Firm in St. Louis. “I can’t think of anything that would be more un-democratic than that.”


Fake grassroots group tries to turn back Missouri's minimum wage gains

In her first attempt at being a citizen lobbyist, Jennifer Sawhill wondered whether she was doing it right. Earlier this year, the 29-year-old server at Bartolino’s Osteria on The Hill, was walking the marble halls of the Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City alongside Bob Bonney, CEO of the Missouri Restaurant Association. Sawhill was urging passage of Senate Bill 10, which is sponsored by Sen. Mike Cunningham, R-Rogersville.

She and Bonney kept visiting Republicans in the Missouri Senate who seemed already to support Cunningham’s bill.

“Why are we wasting our time talking to people who already agree with us?” she wondered.

Soon, she would have her answer.

Senate Bill 10 is not what she thought it was. Sawhill and other food servers like her were being used as props by the restaurant industry to try to undo elements of the increased minimum wage passed overwhelmingly by voters in Missouri last November.


Missouri approves wind energy transmission line. Landowners vow to fight back.

After years of rejection, court battles and delays, a four-state transmission line that would connect western Kansas wind farms to the eastern power grid gained approval Wednesday from the Missouri state agency that regulates public utilities.

With the Grain Belt Express projected to cross properties of 570 Missouri landowners, the Missouri Landowners Alliance and Eastern Missouri Landowners Alliance said they plan to appeal the Public Service Commission’s order to the Missouri Court of Appeals, according to the opposition’s attorney Paul Agathen.

Though far from the last step, Wednesday’s unanimous vote by the five PSC commissioners in favor of granting the Grain Belt Express a certificate of conveniency and need -- giving it the ability to acquire property through eminent domain -- is the furthest the project has come in its quest to stretch a transmission line more than 200 miles through eight northern Missouri counties.

“There can be no debate that our energy future will require more diversity in energy resources, particularly renewable resources,” PSC commissioners said in a joint statement. “We are witnessing a worldwide, long-term and comprehensive movement towards renewable energy in general and wind energy specifically. Wind energy provides great promise as a source for affordable, reliable, safe and environmentally-friendly energy.”


Town near Atchison 'self-evacuating' as floods cut power and close roads to the north

A small Missouri town near Atchison, Kan., is emptying out as people flee floodwaters that have already cut power and closed roads farther north.

Buchanan County emergency management director Bill Brinton said Wednesday that most of the 130 or so people who live in Lewis and Clark Village had already left and others had made plans to go.

“About 60 percent of the people have evacuated and the rest are in the process,” Brinton said. “They’ve got trucks loaded waiting to evacuate if needed.”


St. Louis Group Uses Retired Ambulance To Fight Addiction On The Street

A St. Louis nonprofit is sending outreach workers to city streets to dispense life-saving treatment from a newly refurbished ambulance.

The Missouri Network For Opiate Reform and Recovery will use the vehicle to dispense the overdose-reversal drug naloxone to active drug users and those in recovery. It also provides testing for sexually transmitted diseases such as hepatitis C and HIV and information about treatment programs.

The mobile unit extends the nonprofit’s reach beyond its headquarters at 4022 S. Broadway.

Many people with addiction “are homeless; many still don’t know we’re here,” said Chad Sabora, the group's executive director. “The mobile-outreach vehicle will reach people who can’t get to south city for whatever reasons, help to engage them in harm-reduction service and get them into treatment and recovery.”


A Louisville Family Learns About Their Ties To A St. Louis Slave Who Saved Lives

For the past 30 years, Keith Winstead has been tracing the many generations of his family history.

“When I first started genealogy, I thought I’d be lucky to go and find a third great-grandparent. I got pictures now of ten generations,” Winstead said.

On a cold and windy day he was at Bellefontaine Cemetery with about 15 other family members who hail from different parts of the U.S., such as Louisville, Atlanta, New York and Cincinnati.

This is the Alexander family, and they're not just any random family; they have significant ties to an American legend: They’re closely related to Muhammad Ali. On a winter day, they gathered with directions in hand to walk the same path as a local legend, a St. Louis resident and civil war hero. His name was Archer Alexander, and he was a slave.


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