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Missouri Highway Patrol reports six holiday weekend fatalities

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – The Missouri State Highway Patrol says four people died on Missouri roadways during the Memorial Day weekend, and two others died on the water.

The patrol on Tuesday released details of the three-day weekend that began Saturday and ended Monday. The patrol cited 270 accidents on roads, and 10 involving boats. The agency says 112 people were arrested for driving while intoxicated, and eight others were arrested for boating while intoxicated. The patrol also reported 79 drug-related arrests – 77 on the roads and two on water.

The water deaths included a drowning on Saturday in Iron County and a fatal boating accident Sunday on a lake in Maries County.

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Jasper County Sheriffs Office recognizes new employees in ceremony

CARTHAGE, Mo. – The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office commemorated Law Enforcement Appreciation Day Monday.

The office honored new employees and people recently promoted. They held a ceremony at Carthage’s Memorial Hall.

“(We) recognize the significant contribution that law enforcement employees make in their community,” said Jasper County Sheriff Randee Kaiser. “And it’s not to be taken lightly. I think if you come to work for a law enforcement agency, that decision to serve the public in that way should be honored. This is one of the ways that we do that.”

This was the first event honoring new hirings at the sheriff’s office since the pandemic started.

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Missouri lawmakers consider day to honor Rush Limbaugh

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri lawmakers are considering setting aside a day each January to honor the late Rush Limbaugh.

The Cape Girardeau native gained national fame before he died in February at age 70 after a battle with cancer. A Missouri Senate committee debated legislation Tuesday to designate Jan. 12, Limbaugh’s birthday, as “Rush Limbaugh Day.” Supporters said Limbaugh was a conservative icon worthy of the honor and opponents said his rhetoric was divisive.

The bill awaits a vote in the Senate General Laws Committee. A similar proposal is pending in the House.

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Joplin restaurant begins weekly ‘Pay What You Can Day’

JOPLIN, Mo. – Local restaurant owners are giving back to those in need.

Carmen’s Apples and More in Joplin is one of them. The owner, Zachary Boggs says that the restaurant came up with a “Pay What You Can Day” that occurs every Saturday.

They also have a giving tree on their wall. These are both meant as a way to give back to their community.

“We’ve always just wanted to give back to the community, any way we can,” said Boggs. “We both been born and raised right here in Joplin and always felt that we were drawn to do something. And with three little boys we want to teach them it’s not about what you have unless you do something with it.”

Boggs says he would rather pay it forward than keep things for himself.

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Wendy’s takes aim at Pittsburg on National Roast Day

PITTSBURG, Kan. – The Wendy’s social media team celebrated “National Roast Day” Thursday slamming all who quite literally asked for it. National Roasting Day is when people mercilessly mock each other, which Wendy’s loves doing.