Corps to keep water releases into Missouri River high

OMAHA, Neb. — As predicted, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it plans to keep water releases into the lower Missouri River elevated, as runoff continues to keep upstream reservoirs full.

The Corps said in a news release Tuesday that water releases from Gavins Point Dam on the Nebraska-South Dakota border will remain at current levels, which — at 70,000 cubic feet per second — are more than double the average amount for this time of year.

The Corps says areas of Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota and Nebraska received two to three times the normal amount of rain in July.

July runoff in the upper basin was 7 million acre feet, more than twice the average. The Corps says this year’s upper basin total runoff is forecast at nearly 53 million acre feet, which would be the second-highest total runoff in 121 years of record-keeping. Only the 61 million acre feet seen in 2011 would be more.

Disaster aid expanded to 6 additional counties

JEFFFERSON CITY — Missouri residents hit by flooding or severe storms in six additional counties can now access federal aid.

Gov. Mike Parson on Tuesday announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved the state’s request to expand a federal major disaster declaration.

The newly included counties are Callaway, Jefferson, Lewis, McDonald, Newton and Saline.

The declaration means residents hurt by flooding or storms from April 29 to July 5 can apply for help with temporary housing, home repairs and replacement of belongings.

President Donald Trump on July 9 approved federal disaster assistance for residents in 20 other counties. Parson’s office says so far, more than 1,000 households in those counties have received a total of close to $5 million in federal aid.

Veteran Jefferson City reporter Watson dies

JEFFERSON CITY — Bob Watson, a veteran reporter for the Jefferson City News Tribune, has died.

The News Tribune reports that Watson died Sunday after a brief illness. He was 68.

Watson began his career in radio in 1974. He was later a TV reporter for KRCG in Jefferson City before beginning a three-decade career at the News Tribune in 1989. Co-workers referred to him as the “Bulldog” for his determined reporting style.

Watson focused on state and federal government. He covered stories that included the death of Gov. Mel Carnahan in a 2000 plane crash and the resignation of Gov. Eric Greitens in 2018.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at First Presbyterian Church in Jefferson City. The funeral will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday at the church.

Murder charges filed in beating death

WAYNESVILLE — A Missouri man who police say stomped his neighbor to death has been charged with second-degree murder.

The Pulaski County prosecutor charged 26-year-old Anthony Olden of Waynesville on Tuesday in the death of Shawn Raines.

KYTV reports court documents say Waynesville police found Raines dead at his home after a bail bondsman couldn’t serve a bond revocation.

The documents say Olden told police he and Raines argued Sunday evening. He said he hit Raines and knocked him out then hit him and stomped on his head at least three times.

Police say Olden left Raines shaking on the floor. Olden returned to Haines’ home Monday morning but didn’t call police.

Olden is being held on $1 million cash-only bond. Online court records don’t list an attorney for him.

Gun found in St. Louis airport restroom

ST. LOUIS — An investigation has begun after an employee found a gun in a restroom at Lambert Airport in St. Louis.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the weapon was discovered Sunday on the nonsecure side of Terminal 2. The employee notified Airport Police. Spokeswoman Jessica Black says Airport Police are conducting the investigation.

Black declined to give any details about the type of gun found. She says security of passengers and travelers “is, and always will be, a top priority” at the airport.

— The Associated Press

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