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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

USD 247 Hires Miner As New Superintendent


USD 247 Southeast has chosen its new superintendent. Brad Miner, the principal at Royster Middle School in Chanute, has accepted the job pending release from his contract in Chanute. Miner tells News Talk KZRG why the job appealed to him.

"I've always felt that I fit in very well with smaller communities.  When Southeast came open, it was a community that I'm familiar with."

This will be Miner's first superintendent job. He's been principal at Royster Middle School since 2004. Miner will succeed Dr. Glenn Fortmayer as 247 Superintendent at the end of the school year.

Meth & Stolen Property Recovered In Vernon County


Vernon County Sheriff's Deputies found a large amount of meth and a truckload of stolen property when they served two search warrants late last week. On Thursday, they got a call of trespassing and a possible burglary at a residence on County Road 1244. 34-year-old Daniel Crawford of Walker (pictured) and an unnamed second person were arrested. Felony warrants have been issued for possession of a controlled substance, burglary and property damage.

Joplin School Board Meets Tuesday


The Joplin School Board will get an update on an ongoing state audit Tuesday night (1/27). The board is expected to meet with a member of the State Auditor's office at 5:30 in closed session. Auditor Tom Schweich is expected to make his findings public next month. News Talk KZRG will be there and have a full report for you afterwards.

2 Arrested, One Sought In Joplin Burglary


Joplin Police have two people in custody and are looking for a third in connection with a burglary and robbery. Joplin Police Corporal Chuck Niess tells News Talk KZRG when and where it happened.

"It was at 2026 South Wall on January 16th.  Two males came in, they had followed a female in.  They took the victims' wallet and keys to his truck and left with his truck."

27-year-old Kristen Lemons (pictured) and 26-year-old David Robinette, both of Joplin have been arrested. She's charged with first degree robbery and second degree tampering with a motor vehicle. Robinette is charged with first degree burglary, first degree robbery and first degree tampering with a motor vehicle. Police are also looking for 22-year-old Derrick Weir of Joplin in connection with this crime

OK Can't Fight Obamacare


The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected Oklahoma's request to join a challenge to the federal health care law. Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt wanted the court to review Oklahoma's lawsuit that challenges the tax subsidies offered under the Affordable Care Act, arguing it was important to consider state sovereignty implications. Pruitt maintains the tax subsidies do not apply to states like Oklahoma that chose not to create a state exchange. A federal judge ruled in favor of Oklahoma's lawsuit, and an appeal is pending in circuit court.
 

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
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