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Local News

One Killed In Car/Motorcycle Crash

A motorcyclist was killed and a child seriously injured Saturday afternoon when a car and motorcycle collided in Carl Junction.  The Missouri State Highway Patrol says 20-year-old Tylin Smith of Carl Junction was killed when his motorcycle was hit by a car driven by 30-year-old Ashley Larose of Carl Junction on Joplin Street around 5pm.  Larose had made a left turn into the path of the motorcycle, which was moving at high speed.  A passenger in Larose's car, 9-year-old Mason Scott of Carl Junction, was taken to a Joplin hospital with serious injuries. Larose and another passenger, 8-year-old Noah Soriano of Carl Junction, were taken to a Joplin hospital with minor injuries.

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

The Joplin Blasters Have Released 2015 Schedule

The Joplin Blasters have announced their 2015 Inaugural season schedule, and Joe Becker Stadium is well on it's way to being ready for the opening of the season. The Blasters will open the season at home on Thursday, May 21st against the Wichita Wingnuts. They'll play a total of 18 Friday and Saturday home games in their 100 game schedule. Tickets will soon be on sale to

Joplin House Fire

Joplin fire crews were busy Thursday night, Oct. 30.  Just before 7, they were called to a home at 14th and Missouri.  Battalion Chief Doug Nolan tells News Talk KZRG the home was unoccupied and no utilities were hooked up to the home.  It took about half an hour to put out the fire.  The fire marshal will investigate the cause of that fire in the morning.

Kobach Predicts 50% KS Voter Turnout

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach predicts turnout for Tuesday's elections will be about 50 percent, even without more than 20,000 people on a suspended voters list because they haven't provided proof of citizenship.  Kobach on Thursday predicted about 872,000 people will vote out of about 1.74 million registered voters. The prediction is based in part on the pace of advance voting and high interest in the gubernatorial and U.S. Senate races.


MoDOT Winter Drill

You've had fire drills and tornado drills where you work. Next Wednesday, November 5, MoDOT will be having a winter storm drill. MoDOT district maintenance engineer Michael Middleton tells News Talk KZRG how the drill helps them.

"We're able to take a day and spend time just making sure our personnel are good with the piece of equipment. That truck, the plow, the spreader, giving them a chance to check it all out.  Also talk about some of those things like 'Where do we turn around on that road?'"

Middleton says the drill helps MoDOT coordinate the Joplin office with those in Neosho, Carthage and Mount Vernon so everyone knows their role when snow does fall.

NICU Halloween

There was a Halloween costume contest Thursday, Oct. 30 at Freeman Health System's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, or NICU. The kids, as tiny as they are, dressed up as sock monkeys, bumblebees and little oranges. Jill Miller of Webb City tells News Talk KZRG why she dressed her three-week old daughter Mia as Wonder Woman.

"We figured Wonder Woman for a baby in the NIC Unit. She's kind of our little miracle baby.  She's doing great. We think she's close to getting to go home."

Heather Lesmeister of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals tells News Talk KZRG it's fun for the families of the NICU babies.  "They get to bond with their kids.  They get to dress them up.  A lot of them work together with those kids they have at home and they figure out what they're going to be.  It's just so exciting and it's a big surprise to come every year and see what they've done."

McKenna Cox of Carl Junction won for her Wonder Woman costume. (Yes, there were two.) You can see photos of McKenna and the other kids in their costumes in the photo gallery at News Talk KZRG dot com.

Newton County Boy's Death An Accident

It was an accident. Newton County Sheriff Ken Copeland tells News Talk KZRG the autopsy results on the death of 6-year-old Isaiah Crow of rural Goodman are in.

"The Newton County Coroner ruled the death as accidental.  It was due to strangulation by a strap on the young boy's overalls."

Isaiah died Sunday night at his home. Copeland says the boy's mother found him in his bedroom and he wasn't breathing. Authorities were called, but Isaiah had already dead.

Simmons Foods To Close Jay Plant

An Arkansas-based poultry company has announced plans to close its processing plant in Jay.

Simmons Foods says it will shut down its plant in Jay the week of Christmas. The company says it will offer transfers to more than 200 employees to other company locations.

The company has operations in Southwest City, Missouri, and in Decatur, Siloam Springs and Van Buren in Arkansas. Simmons Foods said in a news release that the plant is closing because of an ``inconsistent supply of hens available to process.''

The interim mayor of Jay tells The Oklahoman that the city will lose more than $1 million in utility revenue because of the closure.

$890,000 Purchase Begins Process of Technical Education Complex

Pittsburg Community Schools will soon be expanding the variety of technical programs offered to the students of Crawford County. The Pittsburg Education Foundation purchased the Vinylplex building that currently houses the Fort Scott Community College masonry and carpentry courses for $890,000. Public Information Officer Zach Fletcher tells News Talk KZRG what it'll mean for the

Local Girl Scouts Hosting a Recruitment Event This Saturday

The Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland are looking to recruit some new girls this Saturday at a unique event. The Fall Into Girl Scouts Recruitment event is focused on girls in kindergarten through third grade who would enroll as Daisies and Brownies. Girl Scout Media Manager Lori Enyart tells News Talk KZRG the girls will be able to get a taste of what girl scouting is all

Local Vet Offers Tips for Halloween Pet Safety

Trick-or-Treaters will be out and about tomorrow night for Halloween... and that could mean some stress for your pet. Dr. Ben Leavens of Main Street Pet Care in Joplin tells News Talk KZRG why:

"Cats, especially cats, get easily frightened. Especially when there are a lot of strange people coming over. Make sure your cat has somewhere 'safe' to go to, like a closet, or a spare
Luke Bryan Announces New Clothing Line
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Carrie Underwood's Spooktacular Halloween Plans
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Well Done, Kix Brooks
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Keith Urban Walks the Walk
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Hear Garth Brooks' New Music on Halloween
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Nashville Has the Whole World Hooked
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John Carter Cash Removes Clothes at Canadian Airport
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Sara Evans Is Ready for Nashville
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Jason Aldean, Bob Seger Film CMT Crossroads
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