Farmers and other property owners in a southwestern Missouri village are being offered free water to fight grass fires amid continuing heat and drought.
KOLR-TV reports the Lawrence County village of Freistatt announced plans Wednesday to provide water to anyone living within a three-mile radius. Those taking advantage of the offer must have a portable tank to hold 3,000 to 5,000 gallons.
The water can be used only to prevent or fight grass fires.
A Columbia man has been indicted on allegations that he tried to fraudulently claim a state tax break meant for lower-income disabled residents and senior citizens.
The Cole County indictment accuses 27-year-old Christopher Hill of one felony count of filing a false state income tax return. The charge is punishable by up to a $10,000 fine and five years in prison.
The Missouri Department of Revenue said Wednesday that Hill attempted to file a forged rent receipt with his 2011 taxes in order to claim the tax credit.
Drought has set in early and hard across the Midwest, parching the Arkansas River basin. The river trickling out of the mountains is dry before it reaches some of the major agricultural uses downstream. And the drought is torching crops, sapping tourism and threatening supplies of drinking water.