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Arrest In Joplin Shooting

A woman from Joplin has been arrested in connection with a shooting Wednesday morning.  30-year-old Jennifer Crouch was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon, accused of shooting 44-year-old Robert Johnson of Joplin.  Captain Derek Walrod with the Jasper County Sheriff's Office tells News Talk KZRG the incident began as a dispute between neighbors at 913 South State Line Road around 10am.

"During the dispute, Ms. Crouch brandished a small caliber firearm and shot Robert Johnson in the abdomen area. He was taken to a local hospital, where he's recovering from his injuries and we transported her to the Jasper County Detention Center."

Crouch was arrested for second degree assault and armed criminal action.  Walrod says more charges could follow as the investigation continues.

Electrical Problem At Joplin Theater

There was a report of smoke last night at the Hollywood 14 Theaters in Joplin, but it wasn't a fire. Joplin Fire Chief Mitch Randles tells News Talk KZRG a bad flourescent light ballast caused the smoke. He says there was a problem with a transformer and it began smoking. No one was injured. Randles says the theater is making repairs.

Nixon Reacts to Impeachment Hearing

A Republican-led Missouri House wants Governor Jay Nixon gone. They'll be holding a hearing today to discuss impeaching the Democratic governor. It stems from Nixon's decision to allow same-sex couples who were legally married in other states to file joint tax returns. He tells News Talk KZRG he's following the law.

"We don't recognize gay marriage, but as far as joint

3M Announces $18 Million Expansion

3M is expanding. The company announced Wednesday that they'll be investing $18 million in their Nevada plant which will allow them to expand their production of film graphics while adding 22 skilled labor jobs. This will be the the seventh time the plant has expanded since opening in 1971. Plant manager Todd Cantrell tells News Talk KZRG, of all 70 countries that the company is located,

OK Rep. Wants To Impeach State Supreme Court Justices

A member of the Oklahoma House is drafting a resolution seeking the impeachment of state Supreme Court justices who granted a delay of execution to two death-row inmates.

Republican state Rep. Mike Christian told The Associated Press on Wednesday that five justices engaged in a ``willful neglect of duty.''

Under the state constitution, the Supreme Court handles civil cases while the Court of Criminal Appeals takes those involving inmates.

Inmates Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner were scheduled to die this month. They filed a lawsuit in civil court challenging secrecy surrounding execution drugs. They did not challenge their convictions.

The Court of Criminal Appeals has said it couldn't weigh in because it didn't have the power. The high court said a ``rule of necessity'' led to the stay.

Webb City Teacher Arrested

A now former Webb City High School teacher is charged with having sexual contact with a student. 29-year-old Carrie Njoroge of Oronogo was arrested yesterday; in a statement to News Talk KZRG, Webb City Superintendent Dr. Tony Rossetti says the district found out about the allegations last Thursday and notified local authorities. She resigned from her post as choir and music theory teacher the

Weir Woman Sentenced for Sex with a Child

A Weir woman will spend the next 11 years in prison. The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office tells News Talk KZRG 37-year-old Melissa Coles has been sentenced to 134 months for committing illegal sex acts with a child during a six-month period in 2009. She had fled to Arizona but was caught and brought back to Kansas last year, and pled guilty this past January.

OK Troopers To Get Raises

Governor Mary Fallin has signed a bill that would give Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers their first pay raise in seven years, although the pay hike won't come unless money is included in a separate budget proposal.

Fallin on Tuesday signed the bill that passed both chambers without opposition.

The bill removes the salary schedule for troopers from state statutes and authorizes across-the-board pay hikes of between 14 percent and 20 percent. Those increases are based on the recommendations of a study conducted last year on state employee compensation that found trooper salaries were below a regional average.

But the Legislature and governor still must agree to fund the roughly $8.5 million price tag for the raises as part of a broader budget agreement.

Carthage Still Selling Naming Rights

The Carthage School District is still bringing in naming rights money for its new early childhood center. Carthage Director of Special Services Beth James tells News Talk KZRG the School Board has approved more naming rights.

"Four rooms have been selected for naming rights through various organizations and individuals. As well as bricks, and an additional $100,000 has been given from the Southwest Missouri Bank for the Parents as Teachers portion of the building."

So how much has been raised in naming rights for the early childhood center?  "We had $350,000 from the Steadley Trust and then, of course, the $300,000 from the different portions of the building.  And then smaller amounts with the classrooms and the playground and that kind of thing."

James says in all, the District has brought in close to $700,000 for naming rights to various parts of the early childhood center. She says she's not expecting more large donations, but smaller ones for benches and bricks are likely.

Show Me Heroes

Missouri's Show Me Heroes program helps find work for veterans. They're going to have a hiring event in Joplin on May 14th. But to prepare for that, there will be a workshop Wednesday night. Bubba Evansco with the Workforce Investment Board tells News Talk KZRG the featured speaker will help veterans put their best foot forward. 

"He's going to help with how to convert that military service, those military skills, into civilian skills and civilian resume bullet points that can help get them hired."

The workshop is at the Missouri Career Center at 8th and Wall in Joplin. It's free to veterans, military service members, and their spouses.

Blunt Speaks To MO House

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt says there are no federal solutions to many problems confronting governments.

The Republican lawmaker spoke Tuesday to a session of the Missouri House in Jefferson City.

Blunt urged the legislators to resist when they're told the federal government is best suited to address a problem unless they have been persuaded the issue is too big for state government alone.

Likewise, Blunt says legislators often should push back when told state government is better suited than local officials to tackle an issue.

MO Dem Who Supported Tax Cut Having Second Thoughts

The lone Democrat to vote for a Missouri income tax cut says he is reconsidering his support because of concerns raised by Governor Jay Nixon.

House member Jeff Roorda of Barnhart joined Republicans last week in voting to pass legislation that would gradually cut income taxes for individuals and many business owners.

Nixon raised concerns Tuesday that the bill could eliminate taxes on all income over $9,000 and create a hole in the state budget.

Republican legislative leaders say that's absurd. They're vowing to try to override Nixon's likely veto.

An override requires a two-thirds vote in both chambers. That means Republicans would have to vote as a block and get the support of at least one House Democrat.

Roorda says he wants more information before voting on the override.
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