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BRETT AT ACADEMY


Join Brett James for the Royals Caravan at Academy on Rangeline Road in Joplin! He'll be hanging out with some of your favorite Royals from 2:30-4:30pm on Thursday, January 29th!!

MJ AT BUFFALO RUN CASINO


Join MJ on Friday, January 30th, from 6-8p at BUFFALO RUN CASINO! Warm up, get your tickets for ALL upcoming shows, and enter the Friday Night Slot Tournament!

RANDY AT SLEEP NUMBER


Join Randy at Sleep Number inside Northpark Mall as he broadcasts live from noon-2p, Saturday, January 31st! Come find your sleep number!

KAYLEE AT GUITARS ROCK N' COUNTRY


Kaylee Cole will be broadcasting live from GUITARS on West 7th street in Joplin on Saturday, January 31st, from 8-10p! No cover and happy hour til 9p and long neck specials til 10p!

Listen to Win Tickets to these Shows at Buffalo Run!


February 21st - Keith Anderson - KIX Cabin Fever Concert
March 14th - Ronnie Milsap

Local News

OK Education Chief Wants To Give Teachers A Raise


Oklahoma's newly elected Superintendent of Public Instruction is unveiling a new five-year plan to give Oklahoma teachers a $5,000 pay raise.

Republican Joy Hofmeister announced the plan on Monday (1/26), saying increased teacher pay is critically important in addressing a significant teacher shortage in Oklahoma.

The plan would increase teacher pay by $5,000 and add five days of instruction to the school year over the next five years.

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin and other Republican leaders have expressed support for teacher pay raises, but finding the revenue could be difficult with early projections showing an estimated $300 million less to spend on this year's budget. The first year of the proposal would cost the state about $150 million.

A starting teacher in Oklahoma makes $31,600. The average salary is about $44,000.

Rams Lease Restructured


The St. Louis Rams have notified the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission they intended to shift to a year-to-year lease agreement for their use of the Edward Jones Dome.

A spokesman for the Rams and the CVC, which operates the dome, both confirmed the move Monday (1/26).

The notification is a potential pretext to a possible move back to Los Angeles, where owner Stan Kroenke has land to build a new stadium. The Rams had until Wednesday (1/28) to tell the city.

Under terms of a 30-year lease agreement reached in 1995, the Rams had the ability to convert the lease to annual terms if the dome was not deemed among the top 25 percent of NFL stadiums.

 

Seibert: Library & Senior Center Will Be Built


The Joplin City Council met in closed session for about an hour and 40 minutes Monday night (1/26) to discuss the city's master developer, Wallace Bajjali. It turns out both major partners in the company, David Wallace and Costa Bajjali, have resigned from the company. And as News Talk KZRG told you earlier, the company closed its Joplin office late last week. Joplin Mayor Mike Seibert tells News Talk KZRG a senior center at 26th and Maiden Lane and a public library at 20th and Connecticut can and will proceed.

"Basically these two projects can move forward without a master developer.  Do we feel like the master developer has handled themselves in a professional way in exiting this town? No. But will this town be strong and move forward? Yes, we will."

The City has paid Wallace Bajjali about $1.68 million for work performed over the last two and a half years.

Special Joplin City Council Meeting


The Joplin City Council is set to hold a special meeting tonight (1/26), presumably to address the sudden departure of the City's Master Developer from their downtown offices. A press release from the City says the Council will be going into Closed Session pertaining to "legal action, causes of action or litigation". News Talk KZRG will attend and have a full update for you afterwards.

Souper Bowl Of Caring


There's a Souper Bowl this week that has nothing to do with football. The Souper Bowl of Caring is a drive for non-perishable food items. This year, the City of Joplin will be collecting food for Crosslines Churches in Joplin. Crosslines Executive Director Kathy Lewis tells News Talk KZRG where you can donate.

"You can donate at your church.  You can donate at City Hall.  We just took bins up there and you can put your food in the bin with the name of the team that you want to win and we're going to have contests with the City of Joplin that way."

You can also donate at Crosslines at 131 South High in Joplin weekdays from 10 until 2.  Lewis tells News Talk KZRG what canned food items they especially need: "Our biggest needs are canned fruit, canned soup, cooking oil, flour, sugar and peanut butter and jelly."  Lewis says they've got plenty of canned vegetables right now.

MO Audit Shows Commissioners Waste Money Flying


A state audit shows Missouri has spent $376,000 flying commissioners to meetings across the state.

A report released Monday (1/26) by state Auditor Tom Schweich notes the state could have saved $294,000 reimbursing conservation and transportation commissioners for driving instead in 2012 and 2013.

The transportation and conservation departments responded in the audit that the flights are necessary to get commissioners to meetings in a timely manner.

The Department of Transportation plans to continue flying commissioners on state planes despite Schweich's recommendation to drive.

The audit also notes the fleet of 19 planes is unnecessarily large and consequently is underused. The report notes Missouri's six passenger planes on average were used to capacity only about 10 percent of the time they were available to fly.

Springfield Officer Shot, Arrest Made


A Springfield police officer was shot early this morning. Springfield Police Captain Greg Higdon says it happened at around 1:30am during a call to check on a person's wellbeing.

"Shots were fired, and the suspect left on foot. We're going to hold the crime scene, and process it. The officer has been taken for treatment."

Hidgon says the officer is in "serious

Empire Talks Rate Increase


Empire District Electric has asked to raise electric rates to recover the cost of renovations at its Asbury plant. Empire Chief Financial Officer Kelly Walters tells News Talk KZRG how long it takes to have a rate increase approved by the state.

"That is an 11 month process.  So the first step is to make the filing.  The next step is that the staff of the Missouri Public Service Commission comes in and they do a full audit.  That's the phase we're in right now and that takes several months."

Then there will be public hearings on the rate increase. There will be two in Joplin on February 19th, at noon and 6pm at Cornell Auditorium on the Missouri Southern State University campus.  The final public hearing is February 20 at Reeds Spring City Hall.

Schmidt To Appeal Ruling That KS Doesn't Spend Enough On Education


Kansas' top prosecutor has announced plans to appeal a district court panel ruling that found the state isn't spending enough money on its public schools to provide a suitable education.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced the appeal plans Friday morning (1/23). Later, his office announced it had filed a motion asking for a clearer explanation of the ruling.

Schmidt also said he doesn't distinguish between the formula and the funding of the formula. Part of the debate over school finance has centered on whether the formula itself is flawed or simply underfunded.

Schmidt told lawmakers in the House Appropriations Committee new court filings will come soon. The appeals deadline in the case comes next week.
 

Joplin Skate Park Meeting


There's going to be a public meeting Monday afternoon (1/26) about the new skateboard park that will be built at Ewert Park. The meeting will be at 5pm at American Ramp Company at 601 South McKinley in Joplin. City officials are looking for public input on what features the new skate park should have.

Joplin Area Catholic Schools Week


Joplin's Catholic schools are celebrating National Catholic Schools Week this week with a variety of events. On Monday, St. Mary's Elementary students will donate change to benefit the Children's Miracle Network. Bishop James Johnston will preside at an all schools mass on Tuesday. And on Thursday, students will make Valentine's Day cards for residents at Wildwood Nursing Facility and fifth graders will volunteer at Ronald McDonald House.

Galena Landfill Less Certain


After nearly seven months of debate, a major obstacle has emerged to a proposed landfill in Galena.

Cherokee County commissioners have learned that the city of Galena will need their approval to submit an application to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

Commission chairman Richard Hilderbrand doesn't see that happening. He noted that the commission has always been ``unanimous against it.''

Controversy arose after the Galena City Council acquired land and structured a contract for a 40-acre landfill on 160 acres near Riverton. The commissioners previously thought they would not be able to stop the proposed landfill project from moving forward.

Galena Mayor Dale Oglesby said he was astonished. Oglesby said the city ``apparently has had either erroneous or incomplete information.''
 
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