Friday, October 31, 2014

Freeze tonight, showers, thunderstorms Monday through Wednesday

(From the National Weather Service)

KSZ073-097-101-MOZ055>058-066>071-077>083-088>098-101>106-011045-
BOURBON-CRAWFORD-CHEROKEE-BENTON-MORGAN-MILLER-MARIES-VERNON-
ST. CLAIR-HICKORY-CAMDEN-PULASKI-PHELPS-BARTON-CEDAR-POLK-DALLAS-
LACLEDE-TEXAS-DENT-JASPER-DADE-GREENE-WEBSTER-WRIGHT-NEWTON-
LAWRENCE-CHRISTIAN-DOUGLAS-HOWELL-SHANNON-MCDONALD-BARRY-STONE-
TANEY-OZARK-OREGON-
536 AM CDT FRI OCT 31 2014

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF THE MISSOURI
OZARKS AND EXTREME SOUTHEAST KANSAS.

.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT.

WEATHER HAZARDS EXPECTED...

  EXTREME FREEZE RISK.

DISCUSSION...

  TEMPERATURES WILL FALL BELOW FREEZING THIS EVENING...AND BOTTOM
  OUT IN THE LOW TO MID 20S EARLY SATURDAY MORNING. A FEW
  LOCALIZED AREAS MAY DIP INTO THE UPPER TEENS. A FREEZE WARNING
  IS IN EFFECT FOR THE ENTIRE REGION.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...SATURDAY THROUGH THURSDAY.

  SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WILL RETURN TO THE OZARKS MONDAY
  THROUGH WEDNESDAY. AT THIS TIME THERE APPEARS TO BE A LIMITED
  RISK FOR FLOODING...AS INDICATIONS SUGGEST WIDESPREAD RAINFALL
  AMOUNTS POTENTIALLY RANGING FROM ONE TO TWO INCHES.

Hard freeze tonight into Saturday morning for Joplin area

(From the National Weather Service)

HARD FREEZE TONIGHT INTO SATURDAY MORNING...

KSZ073-097-101-MOZ055>058-066>071-077>083-088>098-101>106-312230-
/O.CON.KSGF.FZ.W.0002.141101T0200Z-141101T1500Z/
BOURBON-CRAWFORD-CHEROKEE-BENTON-MORGAN-MILLER-MARIES-VERNON-
ST. CLAIR-HICKORY-CAMDEN-PULASKI-PHELPS-BARTON-CEDAR-POLK-DALLAS-
LACLEDE-TEXAS-DENT-JASPER-DADE-GREENE-WEBSTER-WRIGHT-NEWTON-
LAWRENCE-CHRISTIAN-DOUGLAS-HOWELL-SHANNON-MCDONALD-BARRY-STONE-
TANEY-OZARK-OREGON-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...FORT SCOTT...PITTSBURG...
BAXTER SPRINGS...COLUMBUS...WARSAW...COLE CAMP...VERSAILLES...
ELDON...LAKE OZARK...VIENNA...NEVADA...APPLETON CITY...OSCEOLA...
HERMITAGE...OSAGE BEACH...CAMDENTON...FORT LEONARD WOOD...
WAYNESVILLE...ROLLA...LAMAR...EL DORADO SPRINGS...STOCKTON...
BOLIVAR...BUFFALO...LEBANON...HOUSTON...CABOOL...SALEM...JOPLIN...
CARTHAGE...GREENFIELD...SPRINGFIELD...MARSHFIELD...ROGERSVILLE...
MOUNTAIN GROVE...MANSFIELD...NEOSHO...AURORA...MOUNT VERNON...
NIXA...OZARK...AVA...WEST PLAINS...WINONA...EMINENCE...ANDERSON...
PINEVILLE...MONETT...CASSVILLE...KIMBERLING CITY...GALENA...
BRANSON...FORSYTH...GAINESVILLE...THEODOSIA...THAYER...ALTON
302 AM CDT FRI OCT 31 2014

...FREEZE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM THIS EVENING TO
10 AM CDT SATURDAY...

* TIMING AND AREAS AFFECTED...THIS EVENING INTO SATURDAY MORNING FOR
  ALL OF SOUTHEASTERN KANSAS AND THE MISSOURI OZARKS.

* TEMPERATURE...TEMPERATURES WILL FALL BELOW FREEZING THIS
  EVENING...AND FALL INTO THE UPPER 20S BY MIDNIGHT. TEMPERATURES
  WILL CONTINUE TO FALL OVERNIGHT...WITH READINGS BOTTOMING OUT IN
  THE LOW TO MID 20S.

* IMPACTS...THIS WILL END THE 2014 GROWING SEASON. ANY COLD SENSITIVE
  VEGETATION LEFT OUTSIDE WILL DIE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A FREEZE WARNING MEANS SUB-FREEZING TEMPERATURES ARE IMMINENT OR
HIGHLY LIKELY. THESE CONDITIONS WILL KILL CROPS AND OTHER
SENSITIVE VEGETATION.

Public hearing set for Empire District rate increase request

(From the Public Service Commission)

The Missouri Public Service Commission has established the hearing schedule in an electric rate case filed by The Empire District Electric Company. Formal evidentiary hearings are scheduled for April 6-10 and April 13-17, 2015, in Room 310 of the Governor Office Building, 200 Madison Street, Jefferson City.

The Governor Office Building meets accessibility standards required by the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you need additional accommodations to participate in these hearings, please call the Public Service Commission’s Hotline at 1-800-392-4211 (voice) or Relay Missouri at 711 before the hearings.

The Commission will be holding local public hearings in this rate case. An order announcing that schedule will be made when dates, times and locations have been finalized.

On August 29, 2014, The Empire District Electric Company filed an electric rate case with the Missouri Public Service Commission seeking to increase annual electric revenues by approximately $24.3 million. According the company, a residential customer using 1,000 kWh (1,000 kilowatt-hours) of electricity would see a monthly increase of approximately $9.87 under the rate request.

The Empire District Electric Company serves approximately 148,200 electric customers in the Missouri counties of Barry, Barton, Cedar, Christian, Dade, Dallas, Greene, Hickory, Jasper, Lawrence, McDonald, Newton, Polk, St. Clair, Stone and Taney.

Billy Long: The Federal Reserve must be held accountable for its actions

(From Seventh District Congressman Billy Long)

I supported legislation to audit the Federal Reserve because the public is owed a greater understanding of the Federal Reserve’s activities. A number of questions have arisen about the internal operations and lack of transparency of the Federal Reserve System. An audit would ensure that the Federal Reserve is held accountable to taxpayers for its actions.

The Federal Reserve Transparency Act (H.R. 24) would give Congress and the public greater understanding of the Federal Reserve’s activities and increase accountability. On September 17, 2014, my House colleagues and I voted to pass this bipartisan legislation by a vote of 333-92.

The Federal Reserve Transparency Act would require the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to audit the Federal Reserve, opening Federal Reserve operations to enhanced scrutiny and congressional oversight in an effort to provide taxpayers with a greater understanding of the Federal Reserve’s activities. The information revealed in an audit could then provide the basis for additional reforms to the Federal Reserve System.

The Constitution of the United States charges Congress with the duty to coin money and regulate its value. Since the Federal Reserve Act of 1913, Congress has chosen to do this through the Federal Reserve System. Since that time a number of questions have arisen about the internal operations of the Federal Reserve, and many people have expressed concerns that Congress has delegated too much of its responsibility to the Federal Reserve. I believe it is important for the United States to maintain a strong and stable currency on which our economy can rely.

It is imperative that the Federal Reserve be held accountable for its actions. An audit of the Federal Reserve will provide taxpayers with the transparency they have been demanding.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

National Weather Service video- Freeze warning Friday night, heavy rainfall next week

Mother of Jewish Center victim supports death penalty for Frazier Glenn Miller

Kansas City schools fighting Amendment 3

Reader: No Child Left Alive marked beginning of the end for C. J. Huff

A reader sent the following comment in response to one earlier today on the "Joplin Globe Stands Up For Public" post. It was sent in three blocks since it was too long for the comment section, but I have put it all together here.

The response followed a comment that once again used a theme that seems to be making the rounds more often these days,- that I was a rogue teacher who needed to be fired and I may be writing some things that are true, but until they come from an "unbiased" source, they cannot be believed.

The reader does not mention another part of the comment, one, which along with the above was published yesterday on the blog of frequent Joplin Globe guest columnist Anson Burlingame- that my decision not to appeal my firing somehow proves that C. J. Huff was right about me.

For anyone who knows how the process works, the review board only checks to see if the school board follows proper procedure; it does not look at the evidence.

I should also mention that my window to seek legal action against the school district is still open and it is still very much a possibility.

(Note: I divided this into paragraphs to make it easier to read.)

I have wanted to write this ever since Mr. Turner's hearing. I wish I had the courage to put my name to it, but as long as we have the vindictive man who is in charge of this school district, I do not want to take a chance on someone retaliating against my children.

Missouri GOP: Chris Koster has embarrassed Missouri

(From the Missouri Republican Party)

The Missouri Republican Party, issued the following statement today in response to the New York Times article surrounding allegations Chris Koster dropped investigations for campaign contributions:

“This investigation by the New York Times into the inappropriate and unethical actions of the Attorney General highlights one fact Missourians need to know – Chris Koster does not have the best interest of Missourians in mind," said Matt Wills, Executive Director of the Missouri Republican Party.

“Koster’s decisions are guided by nothing more than political convenience. I am not sure if it is incompetence or just gross misconduct by the Attorney General but one thing is sure, Missourians deserve the truth.”

“Just like Jay Nixon, Chris Koster has embarrassed Missouri and all but disqualified himself as candidate for governor in 2016. If true, his actions are an egregious violation of the trust of those who elected him as well as his oath of office.”

Southwest Missouri Democrats to offer rides to the polls

(From Southwest Missouri Democrats)

Southwest Missouri Democrats will offer rides to the polls on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 for the election. We want to encourage everyone to vote. Lack of transportation should never keep voters from the polls.

Voters in any party should feel free to call for a ride. We will not ask about the voter’s party affiliation. We would also welcome volunteers from any party to help us with this effort. We have reached out to the local Republicans to see if they would like to join the effort.

In Jasper County for a ride contact: Michael Jarrett at michaeljarrettfor163rd@gmail.com or(417)597-3327, or Krista Stark at swmodems@gmail.com or 417-437-8443 . In Newton Country for a ride contact: Genevieve at 417-850-0656.

We will have volunteers standing by to answer the phone and to drive folks to their polling location. We want to encourage ALL eligible voters to turn out and vote!