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RANDY AT ALLSTATE


Join RANDY out at the GRAND RE-OPENING of Loretta Bailey's ALLSTATE Branch on 2318 East 20th Street in Joplin. He'll be broadcasting live Thursday, March 5th, from 11:30-1:30p! Come out for the Joplin Tornado Memorial Dedication at 11:00.

MJ AT BUFFALO RUN CASINO


Join MJ as he broad casts live from BUFFALO RUN CASINO on Friday, March 6th, from 6-8pm! He'll tell you how you can get in on all the action and how to get your tickets for ALL the upcoming events at Buffalo Run Casino!

KAYLEE AT GUITARS ROCK N' COUNTRY


Join Kaylee Cole this Saturday, March 7th, at GUITARS on West 7th street in Joplin for no cover and drink specials until 9pm! She will be broadcasting live from 8-10p, stop by Guitars where they are creating good times for good people.

Listen to Win Tickets to these Shows at Buffalo Run!


March 7th - Four State Franchise Fight
March 14th - Ronnie Milsap
March 20th - Jerrod Niemann
May 15th - Casey Donahew Band
Local News

Proposed Ammo Ban Having An Effect Locally


The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is thinking about banning a type of ammunition because it can penetrate bullet-proof vests. Steve Richards, the owner of Steve's Trading Post in Joplin, tells News Talk KZRG how this talk has affected sales of that type of ammo.

"We had about 11 cases, 11,000 rounds and we sold all those rounds almost immediately.  Distributors are already out of that product.  Even law enforcement is having a difficult time getting that product now."

Richards says he has concerns about the ATF re-defining other types of ammunition.  "I think one of the biggest concerns is that it will include other calibers, so it could be almost any hunting ammunition eventually."

Richards says if you don't like the ban, contact your Senator and Congressman...and the ATF is taking public comments until March 16th.

Joplin District's Fund Balance Concerns State AuditorsW


OK Governor & Lt. Governor To Continue Running Seperately


The Oklahoma House has narrowly defeated a bill to ask voters to decide whether the governor and lieutenant governor should run jointly.

Representatives on Wednesday (3/4) voted 46-44 for the measure, but it takes at least 51 members to approve legislation in the 101-member House. The author of the proposed constitutional amendment, Republican Rep. Gary Banz of Midwest City, asked that the vote be reconsidered on a later date.

The measure calls for a vote of the people on whether the governor and lieutenant governor should be elected jointly beginning with the 2018 general election. Currently, the two positions are elected separately.

Banz has said the idea has been endorsed by former Oklahoma Govs. David Boren and George Nigh, both Democrats, and Frank Keating, a Republican.

No Plans To Back Off Proposed KS Education Cuts


Kansas Governor Sam Brownback's budget director says he's not planning to back off cuts in funding for public schools and state universities even though tax collections were better than expected last month.

Budget Director Shawn Sullivan said Wednesday (3/4) that the state's revenue picture is still too uncertain.

The state collected $22 million more in taxes than expected in February after revenues fell short of expectations in December and January.

Brownback announced in late January that he'd cut aid to public schools in the current budget by $28 million and funding for state universities by $16 million. The reductions are scheduled to take effect Saturday (3/7).

The governor acted to avoid a budget deficit on June 30.

The state's budget problems followed aggressive income tax cuts in 2012 and 2013.

New Jasper County Phone Scams


There's a new round of scams going around Jasper County. Captain Derek Walrod with the Jasper County Sheriff's Office tells News Talk KZRG the person on the other end of the phone is saying "Send money or you'll be arrested."

"People identifying themselves as Jasper County deputies asking the victim to go get a green dot card or that type of a card that they can redeem for cash by getting the money on the back, or they're going to arrest them on a warrant.  The problem is Sheriff's Office doesn't solicit money over the phone.  We don't negotiate as far as getting money in lieu of taking somebody to jail over the phone."

Walrod says the Sheriff's Office doesn't ask for money over the phone. He says they've also had complaints about people claiming to be from the IRS asking for cash cards. Walrod says if you get a call like that, just hang up.  If you're wondering if there actually is a warrant against you, contact your local sheriff's office.

MO Senators: Disband Ferguson Police


Two Missouri state senators are calling for the Ferguson Police Department to be dissolved following a scathing federal report that found widespread racial bias among officers.

Democratic Sens. Jamilah Nasheed and Maria Chappelle-Nadal on Wednesday (3/4) said issues with the department run so deep that disbanding it completely is the best option.

The U.S. Justice Department report found that police officials swapped racist emails and that black residents were disproportionately subjected to excessive police force.

The report said police work was focused on generating revenue from black residents from fines and fees, rather than protecting the community.

The senators represent communities in the St. Louis area, including Ferguson.

Chappelle-Nadal of University City says she wants Ferguson to contract out policing to other local departments.

Second Arrest In February Joplin Stabbing


A Joplin woman has been arrested in connection with a fatal stabbling last month at a Joplin trailer park. Newton County authorities tell NewsTalk KZRG 24-year-old Bobbie Joe McKinney was arrested for hindering prosecution and tampering with a motor vehicle. McKinney is the second person arrested in connection with the stabbing death of Trevor Webb on February 22nd. 21-year-old Ryan Smith is charged with first degree murder in Webb's death.

Joplin School Audit Covers Sunshine Law Violations


One item state auditors questioned in their review of the Joplin School District was how the District complies with the Sunshine Law. The audit points out that results of some votes taken were never made public. Neither was final disposition of matters discussed in closed meetings. The District's response is to have a citizens panel review Sunshine Law practices. News Talk KZRG asked Joplin Superintendent CJ Huff why have the citizens panel?

"We need to have some citizen input.  Laypeople that can come in and say 'Here are our thoughts and concerns,' and we can share with them what our thoughts and concerns are and come up with a meaningful system."

The auditor commented that disclosing information only upon request defies the intent of the Sunshine Law.

OK School Bond Elections


Voters in Grove approved a school bond issue Tuesday (3/3), but Miami voters turned one down.  In Grove, a $15.7 million bond issue to build a performing arts center passed with almost 80 percent saying yes.  Meanwhile, Miami's voters turned down a $22.7 million bond issue for a new grade school and improvements to the high school and middle school.

Executive Receptionist Fundraiser


A City of Joplin department head is going to get a new job next week: switchboard receptionist at City Hall.  It's part of a fundraiser for the United Way.  Assistant to the city manager Brian Kelly tells News Talk KZRG how it works.

"We're going to have bins with the names of each of our department heads.  Employees and the public are welcome to donate money.  Whichever employee has the most money at the end of the week,  they're going to be the receptionist on the first floor of City Hall next Wednesday (3/11)."

Candidates are City Manager Sam Anselm, City Attorney Peter Edwards, Dan Pekarek with the Health Department, Police Chief Jason Burns, Fire Chief Jim Furgerson, Finance Director Leslie Haase, Public Works Director Nick Heatherly, Planning and Community Development Director Troy Bolander, Information Systems Manager Mark Morris, City Clerk Barbara Hogelin, Human Resources Director Dave Allgood and Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Patrick Tuttle.

You have until Friday to make your donations at Joplin City Hall.

Miller Will Stand Trial For Capital Murder


A judge has ruled that a white supremacist from Aurora will go to trial for capital murder in the shooting deaths of three people at Jewish sites in Kansas.

The Johnson County judge found Tuesday (3/3) that sufficient evidence exists to try Frazier Glenn Miller in the 2014 deaths. Besides capital murder, he is charged with three counts of attempted first-degree murder, one count of aggravated assault and one count of criminal discharge of a weapon at a structure.

The 74-year-old Miller did not visibly react when the judge ruled.

The defense asked to delay the arraignment and the judge said he would take up the request after a break.

Miller is accused of killing 69-year-old Dr. William Lewis Corporon, his 14-year-old grandson, Reat Griffen Underwood, and 53-year-old Terri LaManno.

Fuel Leak In Neosho Sewer System


There's been a leak in a fuel line at Love's Travel Stop on Highway 86 in Neosho. A statement from the City of Neosho says a minimal amount of gasoline leaked into the city's sewer system Tuesday (3/3). Neosho's Public Works Department is flushing the sewer system. If you smell gas in your home or business, check that the p-traps in your drain are not dry and flush the lines.
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