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23 January 2019

    The 200 block of North Desloge Drive is closed due to the discovery of an underground gas tank during construction on the new improvements being made in the area. Desloge Fire Chief, Larry Gremminger, says they have called in the Department of Natural Resources to assist.

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    Gremminger says the surrounding businesses are all secure and there is no danger of an explosion. He adds the 200 block of North Desloge Drive will be closed until D.N.R. officials make a decision on remediation of the site.

    A 29 year old man is dead and Festus police say his father killed him. According to reports 29 year old Preston Alexander was shot to death after what is alleged to have been a family disturbance. Law enforcement officials say Preston Alexander was shot by his father after attacking his mother in her kitchen early Monday morning. So far an investigation into the incident indicates Alexander had been drinking heavily and argued with his mother. He is said to have been choking her. It is also alleged he grabbed his father and said he was going to kill him. The father fired several shots at his son. The home is in the 100 block of Olive Street. So far it is not known if the father will face any charges. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

    A woman from Foristell, 31 year old Ashley Hunter, is acquitted of first degree murder in the shooting death of her husband Nicholas Hunter, a North County schools Graduate. The shooting took place January 15th of 2015. Hunter has been waiting in a Warren County jail ever since because she could not afford to pay the one million dollar cash bail. Police records show Ashley Hunter had called police saying she had shot her husband after he allegedly tried to strangle her while in a violent rage after several threats.

    Now that the latest session of the Missouri Legislature has begun we are beginning to get a look at how the session is shaping up. The State Representative of the 117th District is Mike Henderson. He says there are several issues on the horizon for legislators.

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    According to Henderson the issues of workforce reform, infrastructure updates, and help for the Department of Corrections are also possible issues to come before the General Assembly. Be listening for the KFMO Morning Drive Legislative Reports every Friday morning during the session. We have a special report from State Representative dale Wright on the Thursday edition of the Morning Drive. Representatives Chris Dinkins and Elaine Gannon are scheduled for our Friday show.

    Now is the time of year your non profit group can apply for a grant from the United Way of St. Francois County. Clay Whitener is the Executive Director of the United Way of St. Francois County, and he says if your organization wants to apply, you have to do it in person.

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    Whitener explains he wants to meet with those who apply, face to face.

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    Every cent collected and distributed through the United Way of St. Francois County stays in the county and is not used in other locations. To find out if your group qualifies for a grant through the United Way of St. Francois County call Director Clay Whitener at 573-760-8929.

    It is almost time again for the Life and Times of the Unsinkable Molly Brown at the Mineral Area College Fine Arts Theater. The show was canceled last Friday due to our big snow storm. The show will be presented this Friday. It is a living history presentation with Lisa Marks portraying Molly Brown. The Director of the Mineral Area Council on the Arts, Danielle Basler, says Marks lives in the same town Molly Brown is from, Hannibal, Missouri and she operates a museum there as well.

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    The program is set for this Friday evening, January 25th, at 7 in the Fine Arts Theater at the Park HIlls Campus of Mineral Area College. Tickets are still available at 7 dollars for adults and 5 for students. You can get your tickets now at the MAC Bookstore or at If you purchased a ticket for the canceled show, it will be honored at the performance this Friday.

    With January almost over, you might want to think about the idea of helping others as a New Year Resolution. Tammy Bracken, of the KFMO Morning Drive show, The Bracken Report, says helping others is important.

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    Bracken says it is an easy thing to do, and all it takes is time to help others. She says the warm feeling it puts in your heart to help others can not be overstated.

    A half cent sales tax will be on the ballot in the City of Desloge this April, and it's geared solely toward public safety. Desloge Fire Chief Larry Gremminger says the funding is important for the fire department and the police department in order for them to make needed equipment repairs and upgrades.

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    Not only Desloge residents would pay the tax. Anyone who purchases anything within the city limits of Desloge would help fund the effort. Gremminger says he completely supports the tax.

    A man from Dittmer, 54 year old Donald A. Chandler, is dead after being involved in a one vehicle accident in Jefferson County Monday afternoon. According to reports from the Highway Patrol say Chandler lost control of his pick up truck as he was driving west on highway 30 at Osage Circle Drive just before 4 o'clock. His truck crossed over the center median, and then the eastbound lanes, as it smashed into a rock bluff. Chandler was pronounced dead at the scene. He was wearing his seat belt when the wreck took place.

    A Ste. Genevieve man, 25 year old Jacob Byington, and a Perryville woman, 27 year old Stephanie R. Finley are recovering from injuries they received in a two vehicle wreck in Ste. Genevieve County Sunday morning just before 11:30. Highway Patrol reports indicate the accident took place on Route B, south of Highway 32. Troopers with the patrol say an S.U.V. driven east by Finley was pulling out onto Route B from a private drive as Byington was driving south on B. Finley failed to see Byington's vehicle, an A.T.V. Finley's S.U.V. crashed into the front right side of Byington's vehicle. Byington was seriously injured while Finley was moderately injured. Finley was taken to ASte. Genevieve Memorial Hospital in Ste. Genevieve while Byington was flown to Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.