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Stories from the past seven days

County Commission Considering Bids  
 07/30   12pm
     Bids for repairs and upgrades at the Livingston County Courthouse are on the agenda for the Livingston County Commissioners Thursday. The meeting begins at 9:30 am in the commission room of the courthouse. At 11:00 the commissioners will open and consider bids for the repairs of the clocks on all four sides of the courthouse and the bids for upgrading the incoming electrical, including the removal the pole on the north lawn to bring in the service underground. The agenda includes county road and bridge matters and administrative and departmental duties.

Lair Seeks To Retain 7th District Seat  
 07/30   12pm
     Two republicans square off in the race for the Missouri 7th District Representative’s seat, and the election will be decided in the primary. The two Republicans are incumbent Mike Lair and challenger Dennis McDonald. KCHI spoke with both candidates about their run for office. You‘ve already heard from McDonald, now we hear from the Incumbent. Lair says the reason he is running for re-election is the same reason he first ran for the office in 2008.
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     Lair explains his objectives if the voters send him back to Jefferson City.
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     He says there are some things the voters should know about him as a candidate.
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     The Missouri Primary election is Tuesday, August 5th. If you would like to vote for either candidate for the 7th District Representative’s seat, you will need to choose a republican ballot.

USDA Says Cooler Temps Helping 
 07/30   12pm
     Farmers across Missouri and the surrounding states are enjoying cooler temperatures in late July, and although the rainfall amounts are down, these cooler temps are helping some. USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey, explains the impact of the recent late August/early September- like temperatures.
<Audio: Rippey 1>
Not all of the country is enjoying the same weather. Rippey says the Pacific Northwest has had very warm temperatures stretching to the northern Rockies, including triple digit highs

New Police Officer  
 07/30   6am
     The Chillicothe Police Department has a new Police officer following Monday's Executive session.  The City Council approved the hire of Dallas Lee Steeby of Wathena, KS and he will start on August 8th. 
     Chief of Police Rick Knouse says Steeby is Missouri P.O.S.T. certified and is coming to our police department because "he likes what Chillicothe has to offer" for his career and family.  Steeby will be introduced to the Mayor and Council at the August 11 meeting.
     With the hiring of Steeby, the police department now has 15 fulltime officers, one short of capacity.

Drainage Work Closes Adam Drive
 07/30   6am
     Adam Drive will be closed to through traffic starting today as work begins near the intersection of Tomahawk.  The Chillicothe Street Department and M&M Utilities will close the road today as they prepare to improve the drainage issues that are seen after a heavy rain.  The road should open again to traffic by August 15th if weather cooperates.
     Adam Drive will be open from the east, at US 65.

Police Report  
 07/30   6am
     An unattended death, lost ring and report of theft are in the police report.
     Officers responded with the ambulance crew to a home in the 1700 block of Hickory Drive on Tuesday on a report of an unresponsive person.  They found the resident had died of apparent natural causes.
     On Monday, officers took a report from a resident who reported losing a wedding ring while jogging. 
     Theft was reported Monday in the 1200 block of North Washington.  A suspect was identified and charges are pending.
     One person was injured in an accident Tuesday at Webster and Jefferson.  The accident happened when Matthew Case pulled into the path of a motorcycle driven by Brett Heuett, resulting in a collision.  Heuett was taken to Hedrick Medical Center for treatment.  Case was cited for failure to yield, resulting in the accident.

Children's Library Hosting Back To School Fun Night  
 07/30   6am
     A Back to School Family Fun Night will be August 14th at the Livingston County Library.  Library Director Candy Warren says the goal is to get the kids back into the mindset of back to school.
<Audio: Candy Warren 1>
     The Family Fun Night will be August 14th at 6:00 pm.  It will be held in the Children's Department of the Library.  If you have any questions or want to sign up, call the library at 646-0563.

State Audit of Collector Treasurer's Office Complete  
 07/29   12pm
     The office of Livingston County Collector Treasurer was audited with the change in leadership.  The State Auditor's office conducts an audit when there is a vacancy in the office.  That occurred when Martha Perry left office on April 1st and the following day, Paula McCoy was sworn in after she was appointed by the governor.
     The report from the auditors' office shows a good rating over all, but there were two finding.
     The first was in the lack of procedures to reconcile available cash balances to the existing month-end liabilities.  This has been an area of concern in previous audits as well.
     The other finding was for the lack of password protection on the computers in the Collector Treasurers office.  The auditor's office recommends security controls to shutdown a computer after a certain period of inactivity or lock it after a specified number of incorrect logon attempts.
     McCoy says they are working on the reconciliation procedures now and are also working with the county's IT professionals to implement the proper security.

YMCA Has Some Big Projects Coming Up  
 07/29   12pm
     The annual YMCA Shut Down begins Sunday, but Y Director Matt Jones says there are some things that just won't fit into the timing.  Jones says this fall they will be upgrading the reception area of the lobby.
<Audio: Matt Jones 1>
     Another area that Jones says needs attention is the roof.  He says most people wouldn't know there is a problem there.
<Audio: Matt Jones 2>
     That project is also slated for this fall.

McDonald Running For State Rep  
 07/29   12pm
     The race for the Missouri 7th District Representative's seat will be decided in the August Primary.  The race is between two Republicans, incumbent Mike Lair and challenger Dennis McDonald.  KCHI spoke with both candidates about their run for office.  Today we hear from the challenger.
     McDonald explains why he is running for the 7th District representative's seat.
<Audio: McDonald 1>
     McDonald says there are some things he wants the voters to know about him.
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     McDonald finished with the following statement.
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     McDonald faces Mike Lair for the office and KCHI brings you his comments starting Wednesday afternoon.

Abatement Bids Approved for Demolition Grant  
 07/29   6am
     The asbestos abatement for houses on the Chillicothe Demolition Grant list was approved by the Chillicothe City Council on Monday.  The bid includes 12 buildings for removal of asbestos siding, insulation and flooring.  The contract was awarded to Forefront Environmental Services with a bid of $20,750.
     Ann Hamilton from Green Hills Regional Planning Commission presented the bids and said this is over budget, about double the original estimate.
<Audio: Ann Hamilton 1>
     Abatement is expected to be complete in 30 days from start and the demolition bids will be considered at the end of August and should be complete in November.

Fire Training Center Fence Bids  
 07/29   6am
     The Chillicothe City Council approved a bid for fencing to properly secure the new training tower site.  The winning bid of just under $19,000 is from Anchor Fence.  Fire Chief Darrell Wright says this wasn't originally in the budget for the training site.
<Audio: Chief Wright 1>
     The bid was not the lowest, but was considered the best bid because the low bid did not include installation of the fence.

Contract For Athletic Fields Amended  
 07/29   6am
     The city's contract with the Chillicothe R-II School district for the use of athletic fields was amended at Mondays City Council Meeting.  Parks Director Josh Norris explained the reason for the change.
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     With the increase for the softball program, the contract with the school district was increased from $3,500 a year to $3,760 a year.

Drug Related Arrest 
 07/29   6am
     Chillicothe Police Officers arrested Travis Frohnhoefer Thursday in the 10 block of South Washington Street on a DeKalb County warrant for alleged possession of a chemical with the intent to manufacture a controlled substance.  Frohnhoefer was unable to post the $50,000.00 cash bond and was turned over to DeKalb County.

Police Report 
 07/29   6am
     Chillicothe Police report includes several investigations and reports in recent days.
     Monday, the municipal court provided information on four individuals that failed to appear on a summons.  Warrants have been issued for their arrest.
     Stolen property was reported Sunday in the 300 block of Jackson Street.
     A disturbance Saturday in the 1000 block of North Washington led to the arrest of Jace Norman Baker for alleged trespassing.
     Friday, officers took reports of trespassing in the 400 block of Jackson, stolen property in the 10 block of Montgomery and burglary in the 300 block of Mansur.  Those investigations are continuing.
     Bradley Dewayne Taylor was arrested for alleged driving while suspended, speeding and no proof of insurance.  He was cited and released.
     Thursday officers completed a fraud investigation and arrested Jessica Ann Searcy.  She was processed and released with a court date.
     Officers also took a report of property damage in the 1200 block of McVey.

Amendment 9 on August 5th Primary  
 07/29   6am
     Missouri voters will have an opportunity to consider several constitutional amendments as part of the Missouri Primary Election next Tuesday. KCHI has brought you each of the amendments to give you an opportunity to understand what will be on the ballot.
     The final ballot measure is Constitutional Amendment 9
The official Ballot Title reads:
     Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended so that the people shall be secure in their electronic communications and data from unreasonable searches and seizures as they are now likewise secure in their persons, homes, papers and effects?
     State and local governmental entities expect no significant costs or savings.
Fair Ballot Language reads:
     A "yes" vote will amend the Missouri Constitution to specify that electronic data and communications have the same protections from unreasonable searches and seizures as persons, papers, homes, and effects.
     A "no" vote will not amend the Missouri Constitution regarding protections for electronic communications and data.
If passed, this measure will have no impact on taxes.

     Voters are responsible for their own research into each ballot items in order to make the best decision. All of the Ballot measurers can be found on the Missouri Secretary of States website at

YMCA Shutdown Begins Sunday  
 07/28  12pm
The annual shut down for the Grand River Area Family Y begins Sunday and will last 8 days.  Executive Director Matt Jones, says one of the major tasks begin late on Saturday. 
<Audio: Matt Jones 1>
     Jones says one of the big projects this year will take place at the front door.
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     Jones says there are some things coming up that don't fit into the Y's shut down schedule.  He will talk about those Tuesday afternoon.

Serious Injury Accident  
 07/28   6am
     A Kansas woman had serious injuries in a motorcycle accident Sunday morning on Route C in Carroll County.  Twenty-two year old Brooke L Babiuch of Olathe, Kansas was taken to Carroll County Memorial Hospital with serious injuries following the accident at about 9:50 am.  State Troopers report Babiuch was westbound on Route C at Carroll County 167 and was not able to make it through the turn and her motorcycle overturned and struck a tree.  Babiuch was ejected from the bike. 
     Troopers also report Babiuch was arrested for alleged DWI and Careless and Imprudent Driving resulting in the accident.  She was released for treatment.

Local Drug Arrest  
 07/28  6am
     Two were arrested by the Chillicothe Police Department and Livingston County Sheriff's Department on Sunday and charges are pending for a third person.  The Police Department reported they and the Sheriff's Deputies arrested Austin Dale Leeper and Shannon Wayne Bardwell, Jr, in the 800 block of Clay Street for alleged distribution of a controlled substance and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.  The two are held at the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail pending the filing of formal charges.

Accidents in Chillicothe  
 07/28  6am
     An attempted traffic stop by Chillicothe Police resulted in a chase and accident Saturday.  Officers attempted the stop near Elm and Clay Streets the driver refused to stop and the police reported several alleged traffic violations resulted before the vehicle went off the road near Elm and Elmdale, struck an embankment, went airborne and hit a tree.  The injured driver, Aaron Dorney Hecker, fled on foot but was located and arrested.  He was treated at Hedrick Medical Center and then taken to the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail.
     Also on Saturday, Officers were called to an accident in the 300 block of Cherry Street, where the driver left the scene.  Officers later located Detrii Dean Hyatt and he was arrested for alleged DWI, leaving the scene of an accident and failing to drive on the right side of the road.  He was also taken to the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail.

Accidents and Arrests  
 07/28  6am
     A Meadville man had moderate injuries when he was thrown from his motorcycle Saturday night.  At about 5:00 pm, State Troopers report 34 year old Benjamin R King of Meadville was westbound on Missouri 156, near LaPlata, when he lost control of the bike and it overturned and he was ejected.  The bike was then hit by an eastbound driver.  King was taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville for treatment.  He was also arrested for alleged DWI, careless and imprudent driving and no proof of insurance.  He was released for treatment.
     At about 6:00 pm Saturday, a Gallatin man had minor injuries in a single vehicle accident in Howell County.  Troopers report 49 year old Marty C Price of Gallatin was east bound on US 60 near Willow Springs when he drove off the right side of the road and struck an embankment.  Price had minor injuries and refused treatment at the scene.  He was arrested for alleged DWI, no proof of insurance, careless and imprudent driving and attempted assault on a first responder.  He was taken to the Howell County Jail on a 12 hour hold.
     Troopers also reported the arrest of 49 year old Tracy L Morrison of Trenton, at about 1:00 am Sunday.  The arrest was for alleged DWI and failing to drive on the right half of the road.  Morrison was taken to the Grundy County Jail on a 12 hour hold.

Amendment 8 on August 5th Primary  
 07/28  6am
     In just over a week, Missourians will have an opportunity to vote in the August 5th Primary which will include races for County Committee positions, narrowing the field in a race for Livingston County Presiding Commissioner, a race for the local state Representatives seat and several ballot issues.
     One of the ballot issues is Constitutional Amendment 8. The Secretary of State's office provided the official ballot title and fair ballot language.

     Constitutional Amendment 8's Official Ballot Title reads.
Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to create a "Veterans Lottery Ticket" and to use the revenue from the sale of these tickets for projects and services related to veterans?
The annual cost or savings to state and local governmental entities is unknown, but likely minimal. If sales of a veterans lottery ticket game decrease existing lottery ticket sales, the profits of which fund education, there could be a small annual shift in funding from education to veterans' programs.

     The Fair Ballot Language reads:
A "yes" vote will amend the Missouri Constitution to create a "Veterans Lottery Ticket." This amendment further provides that the revenue from the sale of these tickets will be used for projects and services related to veterans.
A "no" vote will not amend the Missouri Constitution to create a "Veterans Lottery Ticket."
If passed, this measure will have no impact on taxes

Chillicothe City Council  
 07/26  6am
     A couple of bids will be considered by the Chillicothe City Council when they meet Monday evening.  The meeting starts at 6:30 at City Hall and will include bids for fencing at the new Fire Training Center and asbestos abatement for the homes on the Demolition Grant list.  Also on the agenda are an amendment to the contract with the Chillicothe R-II School District for the use of the athletic fields and a resolution regarding conflict of interest. 
     An executive session is planned if it is needed.  The Chillicothe City Council meets Monday at 6:30.

Trenton Man Injured in Accident 
 07/26  6am
     A Trenton man had minor injuries in a single vehicle accident Friday morning in Daviess County. Seventy-three year old James W Smith was taken to Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton for treatment following the accident on Highway 190 near Route B in Daviess County. State Troopers report Smith was southbound when he drove off the left side of the road, striking an embankment and a tree. He was wearing a safety belt.

Troopers Arrest Two 
 07/26  6am
     State Troopers reported a couple arrests in the local counties.
     Friday morning, Troopers in Linn County arrested an Iowa man on drug related charges. Thirty-five year old Michael S Trotter of Atlantic, Iowa was arrested for alleged possession of Methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. He was taken to the Linn County Jail, with bond set at $25,000 cash.
     In Sullivan County, at about 1:40 this morning, Troopers arrested 68 year old Gerald W White of Blue Springs for alleged DWI. He was taken to the Sullivan County Jail on a 12 hour hold.

MoDOT Road Work Schedule 
 07/26  6am
     Striping, Spraying, Signage, Mowing and Drainage are some of the projects the Missouri Department of Transportation will do on various routes throughout the northwest district of the state in the coming week. MoDOT crews will be working on various routes and need motorists to be aware of the work crews and give them a brake. If you see the work crew, slow down and move over when possible.

Other projects around the local counties include:
Caldwell County
     Route F will be closed Monday and Tuesday from Route A to Highway 13 for pothole patching, 8 am to 3 pm
     Route U - Pothole patching, Thursday and Friday
Carroll County
     Highway 65 - Shoulder repair from Route M to Route UU Wednesday and Thursday
Chariton County
     Pothole Patching all week on Route E, Highway 139 and various routes.
Daviess County
     Pothole Patching Tuesday and Wednesday on Route B, Wednesday on US 69 and Thursday and Friday on Route UU.
Grundy County
     Pothole patching on various routes all week.
Linn County
     Pothole patching on Route 139 and Route 130 all week
Livingston County
     Bridge Maintenance - Monday on US 65 at Crooked Creek, Tuesday on US 36 at Medicine Creek, and Thursday on US 65 at Coon Creek
     Pavement Repairs Wednesday on US 65, from 190 to the Grundy County line
Sullivan County
     Route MM - CLOSED east of Route DD for a culvert replacement on Monday and Pothole patching on 129 all week.

Ballot Measures - Amendment 7
 07/26  6am
     Amendment 7 will be on the statewide ballot for consideration by the voters in the August 5th Primary Election. In an effort to make sure the voters are aware of and have a better understanding of the ballot items, KCHI is providing our listeners with the official ballot title and fair ballot language supplied by the Secretary of States Office.

Constitutional Amendment 7
     Official Ballot Title reads:
     Should the Missouri Constitution be changed to enact a temporary sales tax of three-quarters of one percent to be used solely to fund state and local highways, roads, bridges and transportation projects for ten years, with priority given to repairing unsafe roads and bridges?
     This change is expected to produce $480 million annually to the state's Transportation Safety and Job Creation Fund and $54 million for local governments. Increases in the gas tax will be prohibited. This revenue shall only be used for transportation purposes and cannot be diverted for other uses.

     Fair Ballot Language reads
     A "yes" vote will amend the Missouri Constitution to increase funding for state, county, and municipal street, road, bridge, highway, and public transportation initiatives by increasing the state sales/use tax by three-quarters of one percent for 10 years. This amendment further prohibits a change in gasoline taxes and prohibits toll roads or bridges. This amendment also requires these measures to be re-approved by voters every 10 years.
     A "no" vote will not amend the Missouri Constitution to increase funding for state, county, and municipal street, road, bridge, highway, and public transportation initiatives.
     If passed, this measure will increase the state sales/use tax.

County Commission Bid Opening 
 07/25  6am
     The Livingston County Commissioners will meet in regular session both Tuesday and Thursday at 9:30 am in the commission room of the courthouse.  Both meetings include county Road and Bridge matters and Administrative and Departmental Duties. 
     Thursday at 11:00 the commissioners will open and consider bids for the repairs of the clocks on all four sides of the courthouse and the bids for upgrading the incoming electrical to remove the pole on the north lawn and bring in the service underground.

Dryer Conditions Effecting Local Crops 
 07/25  12pm
     Dryer and warmer conditions are starting to have an effect on the local crops.  Livingston County Farm Service Agency Executive Director David Meneely says conditions were pretty much ideal through the planting season.
<Audio: David Meneely 1>
     Meneely says if the drier conditions and warmer temperatures persist, producers could see some reductions in yields.
     The Winter Wheat crop showed good yield numbers for the local area
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     Meneely says they also have an important program that is in the sign up stage right now.  That is for Forage Losses for livestock in 2012/13.  Sign-up will continue through the end of the year, but Meneely says early applications, before the end of September, may be considered for full payments, while later applications may be subjection to sequestration and reduced payments. Call the FSA office at 646-6220 for more information.

Area Students Participate in Mock Accident 
 07/25  12pm
     High school students from around the state participated in a mock accident in Columbia as part of the Team Spirit Leadership Conference.  The eight schools represented included Meadville High School from the local area.  Team Spirit is a statewide program sponsored by the Missouri Department of Transportation and Cape Girardeau Police Department’s Safe Communities Program committed to empowering youth to promote safe driving habits for youth while preventing underage drinking, drinking and driving, driver inattention and promoting seat belt usage.   From 2011-2013, there were 69 fatal crashes and 210 serious injury accidents involving an impaired driver under the age of 21.  In those accidents, there were 85 people killed and 323 seriously injured.
After this initial training session, Team Spirit high school teams implement action plans created at the training for school and community activities in an effort to stop unsafe driving habits and the death and serious injury that results from traffic crashes.  Team Spirit is available to all high schools in Missouri. To find out more about how your school can become involved in the program call 1-800-800-BELT (2358).

Mentored Dove Hunt Offered 
 07/25  12pm
     Mentored hunts for first time dove hunters are offered by the Department of Conservation and a couple of hunting organizations.  The MDC, National Wild Turkey Federation and Quail Forever are providing these guided hunts at seven locations around the state, including two in the region.  The first time dove hunters, age eight an older, will hunt on sunflower fields and will be held on the opening day of the dove season on September 1st and will be limited to 16-20 hunter/mentor pairs per field.  Additional hunts will be offered later in the season.
     Participants must first attend a hunter-orientation workshop where they will learn about dove biology and management, the importance of hunters and hunting, hunter safety, and will have the opportunity to practice shooting a shotgun.
Orientation Workshops will be held at two locations in the local region.  They include:
Meadville -- Aug. 10, 1-5 p.m., MDC Fountain Grove Conservation Area
Kirksville -- Aug. 17, 1-5 p.m., MDC Northeast Regional Office
     For more information or to apply, contact John Burk from the National Wild Turkey Federation at 573-676-5994.  You can also apply on line at

Tunes Under The Moon - Final Concert 
 07/25  6am
     The final Tunes Under The Moon concert for the summer is this evening at Silver Moon Plaza.  Main Street Director Micah Landes says this free concert will start at 6:30.
<Audio: Micah Landes 1>
     Landes says everyone is invited to this opportunity to enjoy some free summer entertainment.
<Audio: Micah Landes 2>
     Funds raised in the 50/50 will go to support continued activities of the Main Street organization.

Sheriff's Report 
 07/25  6am
     The Livingston County Sheriff's Department investigated several reports of scams recently.
     A phone scam was reported Thursday where a Chillicothe resident was called multiple times in an attempt to swindle the surviving spouse.  The call was reported to come from Kingston Jamaica and the caller was reported to have become verbally aggressive
     Another area resident was called in an attempt to get a resident to fall victim to a Craigslist swindle.  Sheriff Steve Cox says these usually involve having a third party pick up the items or requesting an over pay through PayPal and telling the victim they will wire the extra funds back.  The potential victim in this incident was aware of the possible scams and although frustrated, protected themselves.
     Computer accounts were reported hacked and identity theft was reported.  A suspect opened or attempted to open credit accounts in one or more states and made charges on the accounts
     Deputies also investigated a report of harassment where a county resident reported being frequently harassed by a Chillicothe resident.  A report was sent to the prosecuting attorney for consideration of charges.

Tire Collection 
 07/25  6am
     Livingston County will hold a Tire Collection Event in August.  The Livingston County Tire Collection is Saturday August 9th from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm at the old Transfer Station at 101 Mitchell Road in Chillicothe.
     The County will accept tires, ANY Tires, even on the rim, at no charge.  Individuals, farmers and even most businesses are encouraged to bring any old tire you may have sitting around to dispose of them free of charge. 
     If you have questions, call the Livingston County Commissioners at 646-8000, extension 4.  If you could also call and let them know if you have a lot of tires so they can make the proper arrangements for trucks.

Ballot Measures - Amendment 5  
 07/25  6am
     In an effort to inform our listeners of items that will be on the August 5th Ballot, KCHI is covering each of the ballot measures that will be considered by voters state wide.  KCHI will provide the ballot title and the fair ballot language provided by the Secretary of State in an effort to help you understand the items on the ballot.

Taking a look at Constitutional Amendment 5

Official Ballot Title:
Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to include a declaration that the right to keep and bear arms is a unalienable right and that the state government is obligated to uphold that right?
State and local governmental entities should have no direct costs or savings from this proposal. However, the proposal’s passage will likely lead to increased litigation and criminal justice related costs. The total potential costs are unknown, but could be significant.

     Fair Ballot Language:
A "yes" vote will amend the Missouri Constitution to expand the right to keep and bear arms to include ammunition and related accessories for such arms. This amendment also removes the language that states the right to keep and bear arms does not justify the wearing of concealed weapons. This amendment does not prevent the legislature from limiting the rights of certain felons and certain individuals adjudicated as having a mental disorder.
A "no"; vote will not amend the Missouri Constitution regarding arms, ammunition, and accessories for such arms.
If passed, this measure will have no impact on taxes.