The summer travel season starts Friday (5/22). Memorial Day weekend means plenty of vehicles on the road and with that, the possibility of more accidents. Sergeant Jason Pace with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tells News Talk KZRG how you can stay safe on the road.
"We are first off, asking motorists just to obey the speed limit. Start that trip early and don't be in a rush. Secondly, pay attention to the job of driving and eliminate those distractions. We know that inattention continues to be the leading cause of all traffic crashes in the state of Missouri."
Pace says there will be extra troopers on major roadways throughout the Memorial Day weekend. "The Patrol will be participating in Operation Care, which is a combined accident reduction effort, during this holiday weekend. That means that every available officer will be out there on Missouri roadways to provide assistance and enforcement."
Pace says the Highway Patrol will also have extra officers on Missouri waterways, as well.
Neosho firefighters raised more than $8700 last weekend for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. From May 15th through the 17th, firefighters stood at the intersection of HIghways 60 and 59 and asked people to put donations into a firefighter's boot. Mari Mallory with the Neosho Fire Department tells News Talk KZRG why they support Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.
"I think almost anybody knows of somebody that has been helped by the Children's Miracle Network because they have such a wide variety of ways that they help children and their families."
The boot block is a tradition for the Neosho Fire Department.
Republican leaders in the GOP-dominated Kansas Senate have cancelled a debate over raising taxes to close a state budget shortfall.
Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce confirmed the decision shortly before the debate was to begin Thursday (5/21). He and other top Republicans said they did not expected any bill to pass Thursday.
But Bruce said GOP leaders were canceling the debate because proposed amendments to the bill weren't ready.
The bill would increase the state's sales, cigarette and gasoline taxes to help fill a projected $406 million deficit for the fiscal year beginning July 1.
The measure also would suspend an income tax exemption for more than 330,000 business owners and farmers for two years. The exemption would be replaced with a less lucrative tax credit against businesses' payrolls.
A Republican candidate for Missouri Secretary of State is pushing an initiative petition that would allow the Legislature to require voters to present photo identification at the polls. St. Louis attorney Jay Ashcroft filed a proposed constitutional amendment with the secretary of state's office to permit voter photo ID requirements.
The City of Granby has agreed to a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency that gives the City three years to correct violations at its wastewater treatment facility. An inspection in the fall of 2014 found Granby had failed to properly operate and maintain its facilities and had unauthorized discharges from its system. Granby has until October 31st to tell the EPA what actions it will take to comply with the Clean Water Act and when it will take those actions.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon will mark the fourth anniversary of a deadly tornado by visiting Jasper County Friday (5/22). The Governor and Missouri Public Safety Director Lane Roberts will make an announcement at Duquesne City Hall about continued state support for recovery efforts. News Talk KZRG will be there and have full coverage for you afterwards.
A woman from South Dakota is dead after her car ran off I-49 early Thursday morning (5/21). The Missouri State Highway Patrol says 55-year-old Leanne Ewers was southbound on I-49, three miles south of Joplin, around 1am when her car ran off the right side of the freeway and struck a rock cliff embankment. Ewers was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Carl Junction Chamber of Commerce will soon be moving out of the Community Center and into their very own office building. They recently bought a vacant lot at 205 North Main in Carl Junction for $15,000 after years of saving. Chamber President Gary Stubblefield gives News Talk KZRG a time line for the project.
"We've already ordered a metal building. It'll be
A credit-scoring and analytics company says hacker attacks on debit cards used at ATMs are at the highest level they've been for at least 20 years. Jeannette Clem, executive vice president of Southwest Missouri Bank, tells News Talk KZRG how it's happening.
"Scammers probably have had what are called skimming machines on either at a merchant level or at an ATM level and stealing card numbers plus PIN numbers. And then they can to to ATMs and pull larger amounts of cash out of peoples' accounts."
Clem says SMB hasn't seen ATM fraud in the Joplin area. She says you should be alert if something seems strange on an ATM or gas pump..it could be a skimming device. "Any time you're at an ATM or a gas pump or at a merchant and looking at the machine that runs your card. If it doesn't look right, if it looks like something's been taped on or some other funky piece of equipment, it's certainly something to maybe not use that machine."
The House has advanced a bill that would give Kansas' secretary of state the power to prosecute election fraud.
The chamber gave the measure first-round approval Wednesday (5/20).
Several lawmakers questioned the necessity of the bill, given the relatively few recorded instances of election fraud. Others expressed concern that the Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach might bring charges when prosecutors believed people did not intentionally break the law.
The measure gained 63 votes Wednesday, which is the minimum needed for it to pass during the final vote expected Thursday. Democratic Rep. John Carmichael from Wichita said he voted for the bill to attempt a procedural tactic, but will vote against the bill Thursday.
The bill would go to the governor if approved.
The Missouri Supreme Court has set an execution date of July 14 for David Zink, who was convicted of abducting and killing a southwest Missouri woman in 2001. Zink, who is now 56, killed 19-year-old Amanda Morton after rear-ending her car on Interstate 44 near her hometown of Stafford. He defended himself at his own murder trial, then appealed on grounds that the judge shouldn't have allowed him to do so.