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Congressman Ike Skelton
Skelton urges college-bound students to consider military service academies
WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 12, 2010) — As chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, I have worked hard to ensure that American military personnel are the best educated in the world. I continue to believe that our military’s strength comes from the ingenuity and dedication of the men and women in uniform as well as their superb training. High school students planning to attend college have a broad range of options today. As a graduate of Wentworth Military Academy Junior College and of the University of Missouri, I can attest to the outstanding schools that Missouri has to offer. But as students consider their higher education options, I would like to encourage them to take a look at the opportunities available at the U.S. Service Academies: the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the Naval Academy, the Air Force Academy, or the Merchant Marine Academy. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton

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Sheriff J.B. King
Sheriff’s View #16 for April 12 to 16, 2010
Over the past 40 years of my law enforcement career, I have had to go through many training classes and exercises that dealt with truck wrecks on I-44 and train derailments that involved hazardous materials. I think I would swear that at least every other class that I ever attended started out with more or less the following brief as to what we faced for the training exercise: “Gentlemen, today we have a train derailment (or overturned tanker truck) right in the middle of the town. We have several tanker cars of anhydrous involved and overturned. We have a leak and our current wind speed is 25 mph. The wind is blowing toward a populated section of town. The main road through town is blocked by the derailment. How do we handle this hazardous incident today?” With all the past training in mind, what do I find when I arrive on the scene in Swedeborg? Well surprise, surprise, we had an overturned train full of tanker cars right smack in the middle of Swedeborg. Click here to read more on Pulaski County Daily News ...
Sheriff J.B. King


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