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Local News

Local Election Ballots


Linked below are the ballots for area counties that we've received. More ballots will be added as we receive them.

Cherokee County

Lawrence County

McDonald County

Newton County

Arrest Made in McDonald County Murder Investigation


An arrest has been made in connection with the murder of a McDonald County man. The Sheriff's Office says they arrested a man who barricaded himself in his trailer yesterday, but aren't saying who he is and haven't filed official charges yet. 35-year-old Rodney Frederick was shot and killed inside his home Wednesday night by three intruders; two other people inside the home had

Questions Surround Joplin School Board Policy


The Joplin School District is answering questions about their media policies after the School Board's attorney interrupted a KZRG interview Tuesday night. A KZRG staffer was prevented from interviewing Board Member Debbie Fort by the Board's Attorney; Afternoon Anchor Joe Lancello tells News Talk KZRG what happens:

"Debbie Fort had questions about principals & teachers taking time

Collecting Books For Little Blue Bookshelf


It might not be tax season, but the H & R Block in Webb City would like you to stop by Saturday. Crystal Endicott, manager of the Webb City H & R Block, tells News Talk KZRG why.

"We are doing a book collection for the Little Blue Bookshelf organization through the United Way.  We are asking everone to bring their gently used books so we can get them to the kids."

Endicott says there will also be children's activities.  "We are going to have a bounce house, and sell bracelets for the kids.  We're going to have some free Dominos Pizza, and snow cones and popcorn.  There are going to be hot dogs for sale for Archery Club; they're going to have a fundraiser out there."

It takes place Saturday from 10am to 2pm at H & R Block in Webb City at 1010 South Madison.

Mountain Lion In Labette County


Kansas wildlife officials have confirmed that a big cat photographed by a deer hunter's trail camera was a mountain lion.

The recent sighting occurred in Labette County. The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism said Thursday that staff members visited the site last week and verified the photo's authenticity.

The agency says it's the 10th mountain lion verified in Kansas since 2007 and the first in nearly two years.

The Labette County hunter checked his camera and found a single image of a mountain lion walking down a trail, with its long tail prominently visible.

Most sightings in Kansas are confirmed with photos taken by motion-triggered cameras that deer hunters place near their stands. State biologists investigate each reported sighting.

KS Gay Marriage Hearing Canceled


An American Civil Liberties Union attorney says a federal judge in Kansas has canceled a hearing scheduled Friday, Oct. 24 in the group's lawsuit challenging the state's ban on gay marriage.

ACLU attorney Doug Bonney said U.S. District Court Judge Daniel Crabtree is considering whether to reschedule the oral arguments or decide the case based on the parties' written arguments.

Bonney said he told Crabtree during a 30-minute conference Thursday, Oct. 23 that the ACLU did not have time to review the state's written response to the lawsuit because it had just been filed.

The ACLU filed its lawsuit for two lesbian couples denied marriage licenses in Douglas and Sedgwick counties.

The couples sought the licenses after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear appeals from five other states seeking to preserve gay-marriage bans.

Brownback Vs. KS Supreme Court


Governor. Sam Brownback is endorsing an effort to persuade Kansas voters to remove two justices from the state Supreme Court.

Brownback said during a news conference Thursday that he's voting against retaining Justices Lee Johnson and Eric Rosen in the November 4 election.

The governor has criticized the court for its July ruling that overturned the death sentences of brothers Jonathan and Reginald Carr, convicted of killing five people in Wichita in December 2000.

Members of the victims' families formed a group to work to remove the justices.

Brownback would fill vacancies on the seven-member court. Johnson and Rosen were appointed by former Democratic Governor Kathleen Sebelius.

Governors appoint justices after a commission names three finalists. Voters decide every six years whether a justice is retained.

Brownback & Davis Both Oppose New EPA rule


Both Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and Democratic challenger Paul Davis aren't happy with a new EPA rule asserting regulatory authority over many of the nation's streams and wetlands.  . Davis said Thursday the rule would be damaging to agriculture. He said he would consider a lawsuit to block the rule if necessary.  Davis spoke shortly after Brownback announced that he and five members of his Cabinet are sending a letter to the EPA's administrator, asking the agency to withdraw the rule.

 

Asking For A Raise For OK Teachers


The Oklahoma State Board of Education is asking the Legislature to approve a $2,500, across-the-board pay raise for Oklahoma teachers in next year's budget.

The board on Thursday, Oct. 23 unanimously approved the budget request, which includes a proposed $213 million for the pay raise.

The agency's overall request is for nearly $300 million new dollars, but as agencies prepare for the upcoming budget year that begins July 1, it's common for officials to request more funding than the Legislature is expected to be able to appropriate.

The state Board of Corrections is expected to consider a budget proposal later Thursday asking for a more than $84 million budget increase to cover pay raises for prison workers, to pay for the increase in the number of inmates and other costs.

 

OK's First Flu Cases Of The Season


Oklahoma health officials say two children have the state's first confirmed cases of the flu this season.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health said Thursday that two children younger than 5 have tested positive for the flu. The department said in a news release that one of the children is hospitalized, but did not release the child's condition.

The department says the child who is hospitalized is in Tulsa County and that the other child is in Oklahoma County.

The department says the two cases are the only ones of 198 flu tests that were positive for the illness. There have been no deaths as a result of the flu.

 

Inmates Grow Trees for Joplin


Inmates at the Western Reception, Diagnostic, and Correctional Center in St. Joseph helped raise 155 tree from just saplings three years ago to donate to the city of Joplin. Warden Ryan Crews tells News Talk KZRG they got the idea for the Restorative Justice program after the inmates asked how they could help in the recovery of Joplin.

"The offenders wanted to be able to do

Joplin Christmas Parade


It's only been a few weeks since Freeman Health System assumed control of the Joplin Christmas Parade...but they've already started to make changes. Freeman's Shawn McGrew told the KZRG Morning Newswatch about one change.

"We looked at bands and we heard that was one of the big things people wanted, more and more bands.  So we've reduced the price to zero dollars for any band that's wanting to participate.  And we've contacted each one of the schools in about a 30 or 40 mile radius, inviting them to the parade."

McGrew says the cost for someone to enter a float is now $25.  The Joplin Christmas Parade is December 2nd.  There's more information at this link:http://www.freemanhealth.com/christmasparade
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