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KAYLEE AT GUITARS ROCK N' COUNTRY


Kaylee will be broadcasting live from GUITARS ROCK N' COUNTRY BAR on Saturday, December 27th, from 8-10p! Get there early, NO COVER & Happy Hour 'til 9, AND make your reservations for NYE!

MJ AT BUFFALO RUN CASINO


Join MJ on Friday, December 26th, from 6-8p at BUFFALO RUN CASINO! Warm up, get your tickets for NYE, and play in the Slot Tournament that is held EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT!

Listen to Win Tickets to these Shows at Buffalo Run!


December 31st - NYE with Pauly Shore
January 22nd - Moe Bandy & Joe Stampley
January 23rd - Easton Corbin
March 14th - Ronnie Milsap
Local News

Thrivent & Joplin Habitat Team Up


A national financial organization is partnering with Joplin Area Habitat For Humanity to build homes. Thrivent Builds Worldwide has built eight new homes in Joplin since the May 2011 tornado and has sent 20 teams and over 200 volunteers here since 2012. Tom Mehl with Thrivent Financial tells News Talk KZRG they'll continue to send volunteers to Joplin.

"This is considered one of the destinations, what they call Habitat Builds Worldwide, Thrivent Builds Worldwide.  So teams continue to come down here from around the country to build, usually eight to ten people on a team."

Mehl says the progress Joplin has made since the tornado has been "amazing" in such a short time.

Ferguson Special Session


Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has announced that he will call a special session of the Missouri General Assembly to provide funding for public safety efforts related to protests in the Ferguson area. State Representative Charlie Davis tells News Talk KZRG what the focus will specifically be on.

"We're going to be focused on the funding for the Missouri National Guard as well as the Highway Patrol, Department of Public Safety.  Come December 15th, funding runs out."The state is already offering no-interest loans to businesses damaged by rioters.

Davis also tells News Talk KZRG lawmakers will take the opportunity to ask the Governor why the Missouri National Guard was held back on the most violent night (last week Monday).  "If he's going to ask us for money for funding public safety in Ferguson, we're going to require him to step up to the plate and answer some questions about why the National Guard was held back."

When Governor Nixon announced the special session last Friday night (11/28), he didn't set a date. Davis hopes it'll be this week.

Monett Fatal


A Monett woman is dead after the vehicle she was in went off the road and hit a tree Saturday night (11/29) east of Monett. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says 37-year-old Andrea Obermann was a passenger in a minivan going east on County Road 2230, five miles east of Monett, around 6:20pm when the accident happened. The driver, 20-year-old Justin Garcia of Monett, was not hurt. Obermann was pronounced dead at the scene.

Joplin City Council Preview


For the second time in a week, Connect2Culture will make a presentation to a governing body. Last week it was the Joplin School Board, Monday night (12/1), it will be the Joplin City Council. Connect2Culture's presentation is about using Memorial Hall. The City Council will also have several public hearings about rezoning, two of those involve building a Verizon cellular tower near 24th and Connecticut. Monday night's Joplin City Council meeting starts at 6; News Talk KZRG will be there and have full coverage for you afterwards.

Joplin Police DWI Checkpoint Results


Six people were arrested for DWI during a checkpoint Joplin Police set up Friday night (11/28). The checkpoint was set up at 1111 North Main Street. Joplin Police say they checked over 700 drivers with 15 total arrests. 22 tickets were given out and 30 people got warnings.

Buffalo Run Saves The TaTa's


During October, Buffalo Run Casino and Resort raised money for breast cancer awareness. Buffalo Run Event Coordinator Jordan Bickett tells News Talk KZRG about their third annual Save The TaTa's event.

"We had items up for sale throughout the casino.  Also, each department entered a contest to decorate a brassiere and every ten cents (donated) equalled a vote."

Then last Friday, there was an invitation only silent auction for those brassieres and other items. In all, Buffalo Run raised just over $30,000 to the Freeman Wes and Jan Houser Women's Pavilion for the Helping Friends Mammogram Fund.

Blown Tire Leads To Fatal Crash


A blown tire on a dump truck led to a crash that killed a Stockton man Friday afternoon (11/28). The Missouri State Highway Patrol says 40-year-old Brian Barham died when the right front tire on his pickup blew on US Highway 54, five miles west of Nevada. The truck ran off the right side of the road, struck a tree and overturned. The crash happened at 1:15 Friday afternoon.

Joplin Church Burglary


An early morning traffic stop led Joplin Police to discover a burglary at a local church. Joplin Police Captain Matt Stewart tells News Talk KZRG an officer stopped a car near 17th and Maiden Lane just before 2am Tuesday, Nov. 11.

"During the traffic stop, they searched the vehicle. And during the search of the vehicle, they located a lock box that had the name of the Joplin Heights Baptist Church written on it.  Other officers responded to that church located at 2107 South Willard, where they found a door that had been forced open."

Two of the five people inside the car, 19-year-old Austin Webb of Joplin (pictured) and 22-year-old Geoff Hamilton of Neosho were arrested for second degree burglary. Webb, Hamilton, 18-year-old Andrew Beiber of rural Joplin, 29-year-old Jacob Ralston of Neosho and 18-year-old Brittany Green of Joplin were also arrested for possessing drug paraphernalia

Wilson Resigns From Ferguson PD


The police officer who killed Michael Brown has resigned from the Ferguson Police Department, nearly four months after the confrontation that fueled protests in the St. Louis suburb and across the nation. Darren Wilson has been on administrative leave since the August 9th shooting. His resignation was announced Saturday by one of his attorneys and is effective immediately.
 

Human Trafficking Seminar


Is human trafficking something that only happens in third world countries? Or is it happening in the Four States? Wendi Douglas, past president of Soroptimist International of Carthage, tells News Talk KZRG it does happen here.

"One thing that we were surprised by a few years back is how much human trafficking does affect southwest Missouri. A lot of people think it's not something that happens here, that maybe it happens within a third world country But millions of people are trafficked every day and it is a problem in southwest Missouri."

Soroptimist is having a free seminar on human trafficking next Tuesday, November 18th at the Criminal Justice Auditorium at Missouri Southern State University. It starts at 6:30pm and is open to the public. 

Douglas tells News Talk KZRG what they'll discuss at the seminar.  "Identifying human trafficking in Missouri. Defining what human trafficking is, what it looks like, does it really happen in our area and what can you do to help in your community."

Concerns About Cattle Theft


A Kansas livestock expert is warning ranchers and farmers that historically high cattle prices make their herds a prime target for thieves looking to make a quick buck. Extension agent Anthony Ruiz suggests ranchers should brand their cattle and install cameras on their property to keep an eye out for rustlers. A Farmers and Ranchers Livestock Commission market report said steers were selling between $1,300 and $2,000 per head in late November.
 

KS Educators Fear Budget Cuts


Kansas education leaders fear a new revenue forecast requiring the state to make $278 million in cuts for the current fiscal year will result in a school funding reduction.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the state's fiscal situation is expected to be discussed at a Kansas Board of Education meeting on Wednesday. Board member Janet Waugh says education spending in the state already is down to the bare bones.

State Department of Education officials say they don't think Brownback or the Legislature plans to cut K-12 spending because of statements they have made that indicated education would not be targeted.

Brownback's budget director announced more than $100 million in proposed savings during the fall gubernatorial campaign, and said an additional list of $50 million in cuts would be revealed soon.
COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS
$39 Million Settlement Reached in Sugarland Stage Accident
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Carrie Underwood's Greatest Hits Package Debuts at No. 1
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Dig Into Lyrics on Genius
Country music fans, meet Genius. No, it’s not a new band but a novel way to view and interpret song lyrics and other forms of the written word. Created in 2009 as Rap Genius, the website quickly expanded into everything from the collected works of Shakespeare and the speeches of Abraham Lincoln to TV and... Read more »
CMT Announces All Time Top 40: Artist’s Choice Marathon
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Luke Bryan Shakes It for CMT Hot 20 Countdown
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Kelly Clarkson Prepares for a Miracle on Broadway
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Why Dierks Bentley Can't Look His Fans in the Eyes
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Blake Shelton: All He Cares About Is Country Music
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How to Nurse a Hangover Down South
Hangovers can happen to the best of us. Whether it’s a few glasses of wine or a night of barhopping and house parties, the elusive hangover can creep up on anyone. Even professional partiers like the Party Down South 2 crew battle with hangovers after wild nights in Biloxi, Mississippi. This week, we left off... Read more »
Kacey Musgraves Kisses Bucket List Goodbye
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Say "Bah! Humbug!" to Predictable Holiday Music
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Party Down South Sneak Peek: Christmas Hangover
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Music From Redneck Island: Season 4, Episode 3
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Luke Bryan’s #TBT Advice From Blake Shelton
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Funniest Country Music Moments on The Colbert Report
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“Wind Beneath My Wings” Songwriter Larry Henley Dies
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Broken Skull Challenge: Steve Austin Returns to Kick Some Ass
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Country Music's College Football Connection
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