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KIX AT BUFFALO RUN CASINO


Join KIX 102.5 live from 6p-8p on October 3rd at the Trailer Park Bar N' Grill inside BUFFALO RUN CASINO. We'll tell you how to get your tickets to all the shows at Buffalo Run and how to sign up for $25 - Slot Tournaments.

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October 25th - Shooter Jennings & Waylon's Original Band
October 31st - Jason Boland and The Stragglers
November 8th - Oakridge Boys
November 22nd - Ronnie Milsap
December 4th - Asleep At The Wheel

Local News

MoDOT Dedicates Stone's Corner Roundabout


MoDOT dedicated the completion of a roundabout at Stone's Corner Tuesday morning. Business owners, and driver's alike were leery of the idea of a roundabout being put in place to correct the traffic congestion at Routes 171 and 43, but traffic has been flowing better than ever. Assistant District Engineer Dan Salisbury tells News Talk KZRG the over all attitude towards the project has

CA Businessman Guilty of Scamming Joplin Tornado Survivors


A California businessman has been found guilty of scamming Joplin tornado survivors. Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster tells News Talk KZRG he got a consent judgment today against Clark Baxter of Sustainable Design, Inc. for failing to provide construction materials and home-repair services paid for by survivors of the May 22, 2011 Joplin tornado. Baxter will pay a total of

Survey Lists Joplin 10th Most Dangerous MO City


A new study listing Missouri's most dangerous cities has Joplin ranked tenth. The study considers FBI data on violent and property crimes, plus murder. Joplin Police Chief Jason Burns tells News Talk KZRG the study's data is flawed.

"What they don't consider is the influx of about 250,000 as the daytime population.  So when you compare those numbers of crimes based on 50,000 compared to 250,000, which it actually is, you'll see that those numbers are dramatically reduced."Burns also notes that Joplin Police use a different reporting system than most law enforcement. For example, if there is a robbery where the victim was also assaulted, in Joplin that's considered one offense; eleswhere, it would be reported as two offenses.

Burns adds his officers have worked hard to reduce crime.  "We're still at a crime rate of a 20% reduction since 2007.  We've seen a slight increase over the last two years of about 6%, but we're still 20% below the crime rate of 2007 here in Joplin."

If you'd like to check out the suvey, you'll find it here: http://www.homesecurityshield.org/news/most-dangerous-cities-in-missouri/

Carthage Residents Concerned About Mercy Carthage Closing Birthing Center


The decision to close the birthing center at Mercy Hospital Carthage has some in Carthage concerned that other services at the hospital might be cut. Mercy Carthage chief executive Bob Copeland tells News Talk KZRG people in the Carthage area have nothing to worry about.

"The citizens of Carthage really should not be concerned whatsoever. Our hospital remains as a very good, strong primary care hospital with inpatient and outpatient services."

As for the decision to close the birthing center, Copeland calls that "a merger" between the Carthage unit and Mercy Hospital Joplin's obstetrics unit. "The merger of our units, I believe, will do nothing but enhance the care that we provide to our obstetrical patients, in particular, the pediatric patients that we care for."

Mercy Hospital Joplin will open a new hospital this coming March.

Cowgill Receives Suspended Sentence


A rural Carthage man accused of a shooting that injured his two young children was sentenced Monday. 29-year-old Kenton Cowgill the second got a four year suspended sentence for unlawful use of a weapon. He was also put on probation for five years. Cowgill was originally charged with domestic assault for a November 2012 incident when Cowgill and his father-in-law struggled over a shotgun. It went off, striking Cowgill's two children.

Duquesne Council Special Meeting


The Duquesne City Council has called a special meeting for Tuesday night at 5:30. The Council will discuss choosing a new mayor after Denny White stepped down as mayor on Friday. News Talk KZRG will be there and have full coverage for you afterwards.

Pedestrian Killed In McDonald County


A pedestrian was struck by a pickup and killed Monday morning in McDonald County. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says 20-year-old Mark Carr of Lanagan was on Highway 76, three miles west of Anderson at 7:15am, when he was hit by a pickup driven by 37-year-old Thomas Gordon of Anderson. Carr was pronounced dead at the scene. No word yet about any charges in Carr's death.

Cherokee County Offering Tourism Grant


If you have an event that would help bring visitors to Cherokee County, the county would like to offer you a grant to help cover the expenses. Columbus Chamber of Commerce Director Jane Pritchett tells News Talk KZRG what they'll need from you to apply for the tourism grant.

"They have to provide to us a proposed budget, and that includes both receipts and disbursements. And following

Webb City Applies For Renovation Grant


Old gas stations have been turned into things like video stores or pizza places. In Webb City, there's an old gas station that city officials want to refurbish. Interim City Manager Carl Francis tells News Talk KZRG it's not just any old gas station.

"We believe it may be the oldest gas station in Jasper County.  It was built to gas the Post Office vehicles back in the 1920s."

Francis says the City Council has applied to the State Historic Office for a grant to help restore the old gas station at 223 West Daugherty. He says Webb City has no plans for the building once it's refurbished.

Davis Once Involved With SEK Strip Club


Kansas Gubernatorial candidate Paul Davis is on the defensive over disclosures that he was inside a southeast Kansas strip club during a 1998 drug raid and was found in a back room with a nearly naked woman. The GOP says the incident raises questions about Davis' character, while Davis supporters say Republicans are desperate over a potential Brownback loss. At the time, Davis was an attorney in a firm representing the owner of the club near Coffeyville. The owner spent six years in federal prison, but Davis was not arrested. Davis now says he was "in the wrong place at the wrong time."

Leffen Center's Clays For A Cause


The Leffen Center for Autism in Joplin has a unique fundraiser this Saturday. Leffen Center Clinical Director Kristy Parker tells News Talk KZRG abut Clays for a Cause.

"We are having our inaugural sporting clays tournament at Claythorne Lodge (in Columbus) on October 4th. Registration is at 8am.  It's a skeet shooting tournament for a four person team."

Parker tells News Talk KZRG there will also be silent auctions.  "It features many masculine items such as leaf blowers and grills.  We are also are having a raffle for three shotguns that would be desirable for those who shoot clays."

Proceeds will go toward playground equipment for the Leffen Center's new facility. To register or for more information, call 417-347-7850.

Leffen Center's Clays For A Cause


The Leffen Center for Autism in Joplin has a unique fundraiser this Saturday. Leffen Center Clinical Director Kristy Parker tells News Talk KZRG abut Clays for a Cause.

"We are having our inaugural sporting clays tournament at Claythorne Lodge (in Columbus) on October 4th. Registration is at 8am.  It's a skeet shooting tournament for a four person team."

Parker tells News Talk KZRG there will also be silent auctions.  "It features many masculine items such as leaf blowers and grills.  We are also are having a raffle for three shotguns that would be desirable for those who shoot clays."

Proceeds will go toward playground equipment for the Leffen Center's new facility. To register or for more information, call 417-347-7850.

COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS
Carrie Underwood Is Baptizing Us All
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If you look closely inside the liner notes of Tim McGraw's new album Sundown Heaven Town, you'll see his mother Betty.
I Think I Know Where Miranda Lambert Is This Week
When Miranda Lambert's Platinum album was released in June, she said something about one of the tracks -- "Old Sh!t" -- I'll never forget.
Dierks Bentley's Miles & Music for Kids Sets a Record
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CMA Awards Add Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, The Band Perry
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Loretta Lynn: 10 Prime Hits
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Should Keith Urban's New Video Be Rated "NSFW"?
A press release announcing Keith Urban's new video for "Somewhere in My Car" describes it as his "most risqué to date, a provocative must-see."
Jason Aldean's Fiancee's Words Outshine Her Diamond
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The Sharp Knives of Dierks Bentley's "Say You Do"
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CMT All-Time Top 40: Loretta Lynn
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Tim McGraw Tops Album Chart With Sundown Heaven Town
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John Legend, Lee Ann Womack Talk About CMT Crossroads Collaboration
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Eric Church, Wife Expecting Baby Number Two
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Kip Moore Rocks CMT on Tour's Opening Night
The last few years, the headliners for the annual CMT on Tour have basically been artists who were already in the process of becoming country superstars.
CMT Packs Fall Lineup With Music
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