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Control Technology Solutions will be working with the Jasper County commission to price different heating and cooling systems to update the current boiler system in the Jasper County Courthouse. Officials say it's difficult to control the temperature with the 90-year-old steam heater. Presiding Commissioner John Bartosh tells News Talk KZRG they're still very early in the
A Joplin woman is among 13 defendants in a federal indictment handed down for false tax claims. According to US Attorney Tammy Dickinson, 36-year-old Shauna Hughey was one of a baker's dozen charged in a 30-count indictment by a federal grand jury about more than $340,000 in fraudulent income tax refunds.

Those indicted include:
 
Cherie Christine Dupuis, 42, Claudia
Getting out of debt can be a challenge.  It's a challenge Neosho has met after it was learned in 2010 that Jan Blase, who was then the city manager, had taken money that was reserved for specific purposes and moved it into the City's general fund.  Neosho Mayor Richard Davidson tells News Talk KZRG the City has now repaid those funds.

"Mr. Blase took funds to the tune of about $1.3 million that he was not allowed by state law to take.  From the senior center, from the the water department.  All those funds are restricted, but he did it anyway.  We had no legal obligation to pay that money back, but we made the decision that it was the right thing to do. So five years ago we said we're going to pay it back."

Davidson says the $272,000 annually used to pay back those funds can now be used for other things.

At a town hall meeting Tuesday (3/31), Davidson also said Neosho has $2.3 million in reserves.
Missouri senators have defeated a proposal to expand eligibility for Medicaid.  Tuesday night's (3/31) vote was 25-9 against the measure.  The vote follows rallies in the Capitol and across the state calling on lawmakers to debate expanding the joint federal and state health care program for low-income residents.  Republicans say the measure is too costly, while Democrats say it could save lives.
Webb City Police say they know who stabbed a man at a home Tuesday afternoon (3/31), but the victim won't cooperate with police.  At 4:40pm Tuesday, Police were called to a home on North Walker, where 45-year-old Kevin Nally had a stab wound to his upper chest.  Police learned Nally was stabbed at his home on North Hall.  Webb City Police tell News Talk KZRG Nally is refusing to help police in their investigation.  He's recovering at a Joplin hospital.
A Carthage man has been arrested for resisting arrest and drug charges and could be charged with a stabbing. 28-year-old Mason McClure was arrested around 3am Tuesday (3/31).  Carthage Police Chief Greg Dagnan tells News Talk KZRG McClure is a suspect in a stabbing that happened Monday (3/30).
 
"On Monday, on the 1100 block of James, we had someone stabbed..actually quite seriously, even though he's stable at this time.  Several stab wounds including one very serious one to the chest, which almost took the victim's life."

The victim, 25-year-old Richard Watson of Carthage, is recovering.  Dagnan says Carthage Police are still looking to speak to one or two people who were witnesses to the stabbing and possibly more.  If you have information on this stabbing, call Carthage Police at 417-237-7200.

 
He couldn't take being unemployed again.  That's what Spence Jackson, the spokesman for the Missouri Auditor's office, wrote before he took his own life Sunday (3/29). Jefferson City Police released the contents of that note Tuesday (3/31).  Jackson had been spokesman for state auditor Tom Schweich for four years.  Schweich took his own life in February. 
It appears jealousy was the motive of Monday's murder in Granby. 65-year-old Connie Ford of Fairview, Missouri has been arrested for first degree murder and armed criminal action. Newton County Sheriff Ken Copeland tells News Talk KZRG the victim in the shooting, 58-year-old John Jordon was having an affair with the suspect.

"The victim is married, and lives at the residence with his
13 citations 3 arrests, and 2 DUIs. The Joplin Police and Southwest Missouri DWI Taskforce had a busy night Saturday contacting 938 drivers at a checkpoint at Zora and Rangeline. Joplin Police Corporal Joe Kowis tells News Talk KZRG they're glad to see those low arrest totals.

"It's showing that hopefully our DWI enforcement and traffic enforcement are keeping things squared away
The Joplin Convention and Visitors Bureau is looking for an architect to transform an old building on Broadway into a Route 66 visitors center.  Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Patrick Tuttle tells News Talk KZRG Broadway, which is on Route 66, used to be Joplin's main drag.

"We don't have a lot of the original buildings left that were actually here in 1926 when the route was started and established and carried on through the heyday. And this garage, even though it's in really bad shape, we're trying to see just what we can do with it to preserve it."

Tuttle says his office is collecting applications until mid-April...with the Joplin City Council to vote on a renovation plan in July.
Her husband ran for Missouri Governor in 2012.  Now Bev Randles is thinking about running for Lieutenant Governor herself in 2016.  She tells News Talk KZRG what has to happen for her exploratory campaign to become a full-fledged campaign.

"I'm a very conservative person, so my vision is very conservative and I want to make sure that that's resonating with people and it is.  The other thing is making sure we have the people in place, the manpower in place, as well.  Because that's part and parcel of it."

Three years ago, Bill Randles ran for Missouri Governor, but lost to Jay Nixon.  News Talk KZRG asked Bev Randles what she learned from her husband's 2012 campaign.  "The one thing that we learned is you've got to be out there and you've got to be engaged.  My husband was very popular when he was running for governor...and he was because he was so accessible to people.  And so, I certainly took that to heart."

Randles was in Joplin over the weekend at the Jasper and Newton County Lincoln Days dinner. 
An oncologist who ran a clinic in Joplin has pleaded guilty to giving foreign, misbranded drugs to his cancer patients. Federal prosecutors say 74-year-old Robert Carter of Carthage ordered drugs from a Candian company in 2010 that the Food and Drug Administration had not approved for use in the US.  Those drugs were given to Carter's cancer patients.  He was also reimbursed by Medicare and other government health programs. Carter has paid over $970,000 in restitution.  He also has to pay another $1.2 million as part of Monday's (3/30) plea agreement.