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MJ AT BUFFALO RUN CASINO


Join MJ as he broad casts live from BUFFALO RUN CASINO on Friday, February 27th, from 6-8pm! He'll tell you how you can get in on all the action with the Hearts & Diamonds Promotion!

KAYLEE AT GUITARS ROCK N' COUNTRY


Join Kaylee Cole this Saturday, February 28th, 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.

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Local News

Sarcoxie Man Sought


Jasper County Sheriff's Deputies are looking for a Sarcoxie man. Captain Derek Walrod of the Sheriff's Office tells News Talk KZRG why they're looking for 31-year-old Roscoe Rickman.

"His name has come up on several stolen vehicles and property in Jasper County and also he has a KBS no bond warrant for weapons violations, felony weapons violations, he didn't show up for sentencing on."

Rickman is considered armed and dangerous. If you know where he is, call the Jasper County Sheriff's TIPS line at 417-358-8477.

Bill Moving KS Local Elections Passes Senate


The Kansas Senate has given first-round approval to a bill that would move city and local school board elections from the spring to the fall of odd-numbered years.

Senators advanced the bill on a voice vote and expected to take final action Thursday night (2/26).

Supporters of the measure argue that it will increase turnout in local elections because people are used to voting in November.

City and school board elections currently are held in April, with primaries in late February or early March. Turnout is often low.

But critics of the bill said there's no compelling reason for a change and that it will cause administrative problems for local officials.

Also, city elections must be nonpartisan now, and the bill would allow cities to make them partisan.

New Wrinkle In Schweich Death


Associated Press is reporting a new angle in Thursday's death of Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich.

The shooting occurred just minutes after Schweich had called The Associated Press to invite a reporter to his home for an afternoon interview.

Schweich said he wanted to go public with accusations that the Missouri Republican Party chairman had made anti-Semitic remarks about him. GOP chairman John Hancock denied the accusations Thursday (2/26).

 

6 More Deaths From Flu In OK; Season Total 90


Oklahoma health officials say six more deaths due to influenza have been reported to bring the record number of deaths in the state to 90. Numbers released by the Oklahoma Department of Health Thursday (2/26) also indicate that about 2,000 people have been hospitalized due to the flu since the season began Sept. 28. Of this season's flu deaths, over two-thirds were people aged 65 or older.

Reaction To MO Auditor Tom Schweich's Death


Reaction from federal and state politicians from Missouri about Thursday's death of Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich, a Republican candidate for governor:

``I join all Missourians in mourning the passing of State Auditor Tom Schweich, a brilliant, devoted and accomplished public servant who dedicated his career to making Missouri and the world a better place. From his courageous work to combat the illegal drug trade abroad in Afghanistan to his tireless efforts to protect the interests of taxpayers here in Missouri, Tom Schweich's exceptional intellect and unwavering dedication to public service left a legacy that will endure for many years to come. The first lady and I send our most heartfelt condolences to Tom's wife, Kathy, and two children, Emilie and Thomas Jr.''

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, Democrat.

``I am very sad, and hurt so much for Tom Schweich's family. He was a good man, and a dedicated public servant, who served our country in so many capacities with distinction and honor. Hug those you love.''

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, Missouri Democrat.

``Tom was very smart, very capable, outstanding at his job, and a good friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with Kathy, their children, and the rest of Tom's friends and family as they deal with this tragic loss.''

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, Missouri Republican.

``I am in utter shock at the news of Tom Schweich's tragic passing. Tom will be remembered as a tenacious, energetic, effective elected official who worked tirelessly on behalf of the citizens of this state and this nation. I ask all Missourians to join me in praying for Tom's family.''

John Hancock, Missouri Republican Party chairman.

``The death of Auditor Tom Schweich is devastating news for his family and all Missourians. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Schweich family during this tragic time.''

Roy Temple, Missouri Democratic Party chairman.

``Today, Missouri lost a man who was a true public servant through and through. Tom Schweich, a fifth-generation Missourian, is someone who would fight day and night to better our great state. Tom will always be remembered as a true conservative and a loving and devoted father and husband. He will be deeply missed by his colleagues, and friends, and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this difficult time.''

U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, Missouri Republican.

``I am shocked and saddened to hear the tragic news about Tom Schweich. Tom was a good man and dedicated public servant. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Schweich family and all those Tom has touched over his decades of service to his state and country. May God bless Tom Schweich and his wife, Kathy, and children, Emilie and Thomas Jr?.''

U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner, Missouri Republican.

``Tom Schweich was a lifelong public servant for our state and country. I am deeply saddened by his sudden loss, and extend my heartfelt sympathy to his family. I ask all Missourians to keep his family in their thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.''

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, Democrat.

``It is with a heavy heart that I send my thoughts and prayers to the Schweich family during this difficult time. Tom served his state and country admirably, and fought strongly for his values. With his passing, Missouri has lost a devoted public servant. He will be missed.''

Missouri State Treasurer Clint Zweifel, Democrat.

“My entire family is shocked and saddened to hear the tragic news of Tom’s passing.  He was a dedicated public servant who worked hard every day to make Missouri a better place to raise a family.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to Kathy and the entire family during this incredibly difficult time.”

Missouri Congressman Billy Long, Republican.

MO Auditor Tom Schweich Dies of Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound


Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich has died. He was 54.

According to police in St. Louis, Schweich was hospitalized earlier today with a "self-inflicted" gunshot wound. Auditor’s spokesman Spence Jackson confirmed Schweich's death, asking that the public keep Schweich's wife and two children in their thoughts and prayers.

Schweich was scheduled to present his audit of the Joplin School District to the public next week, and was in the midst of a campaign to become the Republican candidate for Governor in 2016.

Update 5:10pm: Police in suburban St. Louis are calling the death of Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich an ``apparent suicide.''

Clayton Police Chief Kevin Murphy says paramedics responded to an emergency call that came in at 9:48 a.m. Thursday. Schweich was then taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead from a single gunshot wound.

Murphy says one other family member was in the home. He says the family is cooperating with the investigation and that an autopsy will be conducted Friday morning (2/27).  Murphy declined to provide more information about the death pending the autopsy.

 

Franklin Tech Dedicates New Facility


Franklin Technology Center dedicated their new campus today after being destroyed almost four years ago in the tornado. FTC has gone though a lot of changes over it's 78 year lifetime, now offering more than a dozen programs for students to specialize in. Franklin Tech Director Dave Rockers tells News Talk KZRG they're glad to finally be home.

"This is the final moving in. 49

Baxter Springs Walmart Closing in April


The Baxter Springs Walmart will close on April 28th. An email from Walmart's corporate offices tells News Talk KZRG the store's closure comes as a result of the "changing needs" of their customers, pointing out that many Baxter Springs customers have been going elsewhere for their grocery needs. About 60 people will lose their jobs... they've been encouraged to apply at

KS Election Fraud Bill Passes Senate


Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's proposal to give his office the power to prosecute election fraud cases has won the state Senate's approval.

Senators passed a bill containing Kobach's plan on a 23-17 vote Wednesday (2/25). The measure goes next to the House.

The vote exposed a split among Kobach's fellow Republicans. Nine GOP senators joined all eight Democrats in the chamber in voting against the bill.

Kobach is the architect of laws requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls and proof of U.S. citizenship when they register for the first time.

He says county prosecutors are usually too busy to pursue election fraud cases. But critics say there's not enough election fraud to justify such a move.

The measure also boosts the penalties for election crimes.

MO House Committee Proposes More Education Funding


Community colleges and K-12 education would get larger funding boosts under a House Budget Committee proposal than those recommended by Governor Jay Nixon.

An increase of $70 million for basic aid to school districts over last year and $6 million for community colleges are part of a proposal discussed Wednesday (2/25) by the Missouri House Budget Committee.

The additional $20 million for school districts over Nixon's recommendation is enough to make sure no district gets less than last year, according to the state's education department.

The budget committee still may change the proposal before it goes to the House and then Senate.

The budget committee's plan includes no increase for state universities, but officials at some institutions said they are hopeful that legislators will add that as the budget process continues.

MO Public Safety Director Resigns


Missouri's top public safety official, who was appointed amid the fallout from the Ferguson police shooting, says he's resigning.

Department of Public Safety Director Daniel Isom II said in a statement Wednesday (2/25) that he was stepping down to take a teaching position at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

The former St. Louis police chief and university instructor says he's eager to return to his ``true passion.''

Governor Jay Nixon appointed Isom, who is black, following the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in August. Brown, who was black, was unarmed when he was shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb.

Nixon, whose office released the statement, has faced criticism for lack of diversity in his Cabinet.

Isom's last day will be March 2.Missouri's top public safety official, who was appointed amid the fallout from the Ferguson police shooting, says he's resigning.

Department of Public Safety Director Daniel Isom II said in a statement Wednesday (2/25) that he was stepping down to take a teaching position at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

The former St. Louis police chief and university instructor says he's eager to return to his ``true passion.''

Governor Jay Nixon appointed Isom, who is black, following the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in August. Brown, who was black, was unarmed when he was shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb.

Nixon, whose office released the statement, has faced criticism for lack of diversity in his Cabinet.

Isom's last day will be March 2.

New Tornado Siren Test Guidelines


Tornado sirens will no longer be tested on the first Monday of the month in Joplin and Jasper County. Starting in March, the tests will take place the second Wednesday of each month at 10am. Joplin Emergency Management Director Keith Stammer, who was part of the group making the announcement, tells News Talk KZRG why the change was made.

"When we started talking about commonalities between the various policies that we had, we found out that both Springfield and Branson were already testing on the second Wednesday.  So Joplin decided we would go ahead and throw in with them and move our testing date to the second Wednesday."

While other communities in the region are also following these new standards, Stammer says they're not mandatory.  "Every jurisdiction is responsible for activation of sirens within their own particular area.  What we're requesting is the various jurisdictions agree to this policy, so it's common."

These jurisdictions will participate in the new outdoor warning siren guidelines: Jasper County, Joplin, Carl Junction, Webb City, Carthage, Sarcoxie, Monett, Pierce City, Freistatt, Verona, Bolivar, Springfield, Greene County, Branson, Taney County, Newton County, Pineville, Polk County & Battlefield.
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Dierks Bentley Gives Nashville a Hot Country Knight
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Florida Georgia Line Bring Their Groove to New York City
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Be First to Hear Kelly Clarkson's New Album
Kelly Clarkson is teasing fans (in a good way) with her new album, Piece by Piece. The talented vocalist is releasing one track each day leading up to the big reveal, and fans can check them all out on her MTV.com artist page. The first song, "Let Your Tears Fall," is available now. Fans can... Read more »
Tim McGraw's Best Gift Wasn't in the Gift Bag
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New Single: Kacey Musgraves' "Biscuits"
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