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November 22nd - Ronnie Milsap
December 4th - Asleep At The Wheel

Local News

Little Blue Bookshelf Now In Pittsburg

The Little Blue Bookshelves have spread from Joplin to Pittsburg. Leslie Harris of the United Way of Southwest Missouri and Southeast Kansas tells News Talk KZRG where the Bookshelves are in Pittsburg.

"So we placed the bookshelves in areas where children might be under a stressful situation, such as the hospital, Children's Advocacy Center and Communtiy Health Clinic (for dental center),  Safe House Crisis Center and Wesley House."

The Little Blue Bookshelf project was started earlier this year in Joplin. Harris says there are now more than 20 of them in the Joplin area.  If you'd like to help with the Little Blue Bookshelf, call the United Way at 417-624-0153.

Downtown Gateway Mural

A new mural at the north end of downtown Joplin was dedicated Thursday. It's called "Downtown Gateway Mural" and shows downtown Joplin through images from the 1920s to the present. Missouri Southern associate professor of art Burt Bucher tells News Talk KZRG he wanted to showcase Joplin's past.

"We're proud of the past in Joplin, obviously we've got a rich past.  But we want to commemorate the future as well and saying, 'Yeah, it's a great past we have, but look how bright and colorful our future is.'"

Missouri Southern art students and volunteers painted the mural.

Trisha Patton, executive director of the Downtown Joplin Alliance, tells News Talk KZRG it was important to have something for visitors entering Joplin on the north side.  "If you come in from the north side of downtown, there's really no preparation that you're about to enter downtown.  So we wanted to beautify that urban corridor on the north side of downtown and give people a gateway, letting them know that they're about to enter downtown."

Patton says the Downtown Gateway Mural is the ninth mural put up in downtown Joplin in the last two and a half years.

Joplin Weather Transmitter Is On The Air

The City of Joplin's new weather radio transmitter is on the air. Joplin Emergency Management Director Keith Stammer tells News Talk KZRG about the benefits of the new station.

"What this involves is, the National Weather Service provides a feed from Springfield to Joplin.  And then the equipment on top of City Hall will then re-transmit that information out to approximately a 40 mile radius."

Stammer explains how to get the new station on your weather radio.  "The only thing that really needs to change on an individual's weather radio is to move from channel 3 to channel 7, which is 162.550."

Stammer says the existing weather radio signals coming from Neosho and Avilla will remain on the air.  There's also more information here:

3 Arrested For Stealing Gorillas In Pittsburg

Pittsburg Police have arrested three men for stealing gorillas. Not live ones...these gorillas are made of concrete and were stolen Wednesday night from a store on South Broadway. Around 2:40am Thursday, a Pittsburg Police officer saw a truck travelling at a high rate of speed in an alley. The vehicle was stopped and seven small concrete gorillas were found. Three men from Oklahoma--22-year-old Joshua Foster, 27-year-old Zachary Barnett and 22-year-old Ashton Cole--were arrested for burglary, theft and criminal damage to property.

Parsons Students Will Be Checked For Alcohol At Dances

Students in Parsons will soon be required to undergo alcohol breath tests before they're allowed into school dances. The tests will be administered to all students and their guests, even if they're not suspected of drinking. Anyone refusing the test will be barred from the dance. Parsons superintendent Shelly Martin said the district has received two handheld blood-alcohol breath wands that will be used at the high school. Martin said the district may extend the policy to other activities in the future.

Nixon Establishes Office Of Community Engagement

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has created a new government agency to help low-income and minority families. Nixon signed an executive order Thursday creating the Office of Community Engagement. The order follows the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by a white police officer on August 9th in Ferguson and the sometimes violent protests that followed. Former state Senator Maida Coleman and former St. Louis City Municipal Judge Marvin Teer will lead the office in talks with the community about education, poverty and racial issues.

Taylor's Name Removed From KS Senate Ballot

The Kansas Supreme Court has ordered the state to remove U.S. Senate Democratic nominee Chad Taylor's name from the ballot, in a ruling that could influence the national fight for control of the Senate.

The court's decision Thursday leaves Democrats without a nominee, potentially making it easier for independent candidate Greg Orman to defeat three-term Republican incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts. The GOP has counted on Roberts winning re-election on Nov. 4 as they seek to recapture a Senate majority.

Taylor withdrew from the race to avoid a split of anti-Roberts votes. But Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who backs Roberts, declared that Taylor didn't fully comply with a state election law in submitting his letter of withdrawal.


Overnight Storm Caused Damage at OCC

Students at Ozark Christian College were awakened around 2:30 Thursday morning to glass shattering. A tree was struck by lightning, sending debris flying, which broke several dorm windows and damaged a few cars. Freshman Trevor Todd tells News Talk KZRG about the experience.

"There's a huge, old tree between Williamson Hall and my hall; a lightning strike came down and exploded the

Redings Mill Mayor Accused Of Theft

The Mayor of Redings Mill is accused of writing checks on the Village's account for more than $9000 worth of personal expenses. 80-year-old Jimmy Brown, who's also the village's treasurer, was charged Tuesday with Felony theft/stealing. Newton County Prosecutor Jacob Skouby tells News Talk KZRG how authorities learned what Brown is accused of.

"Other members of the (Village) Board had asked to see some documentation and were denied access to it for a while.  When they finally got it, they noticed what they believed to be irregularities."

Brown is charged with a Class C Felony, which carries a sentence of seven years in the Department of Corrections, or up to a year in the county jail.  News Talk KZRG asked Skouby if Brown would have to make restitution to the Village.

"That is something new under Missouri law that even if somebody were to be sentenced to the Department of Corrections, we can still at this time, make it a condition of the parole would be to pay restitution."

Joplin Airport Master Plan

The Joplin Regional Airport unveiled its updated master plan at an open house Wednesday night. Airport manager Steve Stockam tells News Talk KZRG the main item on the list is to extend the airport's main runway.

"The regional jet traffic that we're currently getting with American Airlines is limited, the number of passengers are limited due to the length of the runway with that aircraft.  So we need to about another 600 foot extension to the north for our north-south runway."Stockam says the process will be drawn out, starting with an environmental impact study. He says he hopes the extension will be finished in three to four years.

The second thing, Stockam says, is something called airfield geometry.  "Taxiways, accesses on and off those runways with taxiways, where you hold, where you stop, those kinds of things.  Those are all safety issues that need to be addressed.  Standards that have changed over a period of time.  Before we go ahead and do other projects, the FAA wants to see that we're addressing those issues also."

Stockam says the third item on the master plan is how to get more use out of the old airport terminal building.

Joplin Gets Grant For School Libraries

The libraries at McKinley and West Central Elementary Schools in Joplin will be getting some new books, thanks to a grant from the Missouri Secretary of State's Office. McKinley Librarian Sara Hart tells News Talk KZRG about the grant.

"It is a non-fiction collection grant and we are going to use it to enhance our science curriculum resources and make that more available for our students to better prepare them for the curriculum that's in place."

Hart says the $3680 grant will be used to buy e-books and science kits. She says they should be arriving in the next couple of weeks.

OK School Grades Are Out

More than one quarter of Oklahoma's public schools received a grade of F or D on annual report cards released by the state Department of Education.

The State Board of Education gave final approval Wednesday to the letter grades, which are being posted on the department's website.

The report shows 16 percent of Oklahoma schools received A grades, 26 percent received a B, 28 percent got a C, 17 percent a D, and 11 percent received an F. Nearly 30 schools, or 2 percent, did not receive a letter grade.

Compared to last year's grades, more schools received an F or D, and fewer schools received an A.

The A-F grading system for schools was one of several education initiatives pushed by Republican lawmakers and officials.

Check out your school district's grade here:
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