Events/Promotions

KAYLEE AT CAVENDER'S


Join KAYLEE on Friday, August 1st, from 12-2 as she broadcasts live from CAVENDER'S on Rangeline Rd. in Joplin! She will be drawing winner for the TIM McGRAW Concert Tickets! GET REGISTERED TO WIN NOW at 502 S. Rangeline!

MJ AT BUFFALO RUN CASINO


Join MJ this Friday, July 25th, from 6pm - 8pm. He will be giving you all the details on how you get your tickets to ALL the upcoming shows including RASCAL FLATTS, August 29th.

MJ AT MATT & TERRY'S


Get registered to win the Ultimate Concert Experience and VIP KIX PT PASSES right now at MATT & TERRY'S AUTO SALES on 7th street in Joplin. MJ will be drawing winners THIS SATURDAY from 12p-1p, so get signed up now!

Listen to Win Tickets to these Shows at Buffalo Run!


Listen & WIN during the BUFFALO RUN CASINO DRIVE AT 5:

July 31st - Gene Watson
August 16th - Four State Franchise: Trey Lippe-Morrison, Dillon Cook & Jesse Cook
August 28th - Merle Haggard
August 29th - Rascal Flatts
September 11th - Mickey Gilley
October 25th - Shooter Jennings & Waylon's Original Band
November 8th - Oakridge Boys
 

Local News

MSSU Donor Wall


There's a new place to honor those who donate to Missouri Southern State University. A new donor wall was dedicated Thursday. It's outside Connor Ballroom at Billingsly Student Center. Mike Pence, director of the Missouri Southern Foundation, tells News Talk KZRG donors are very important to Missouri Southern.

"As state funding shrinks, as tuition rates are capped, it's you donors who are going to fill that gap.  We need you, we love you, God bless you and thank you."

Dr. Delores Honey, Missouri Southern's director of donor relations, tells News Talk KZRG they needed a new space to honor donors.  "When Billingsly was remodeled, the staircase that held those plaques, that had those names, was taken down.  And we knew we wanted to have something more modern and more up to date."

The donor wall is made of custom tile by Joplin-based Images In Tile. You can see the donor wall in the photo gallery at News Talk KZRG dot com.

FBI Investigating Death Near Stockton Lake


The FBI is looking into the death of an unidentified man whose body was found near Stockton Lake. Cedar County Chief Deputy Sheriff Jason Johnson says the body was found Sunday afternoon by two people walking at Stockton Lake's Crabtree Cove. He says it appears the body had been there for two or three days. The body is that of a white adult male, 5-feet-11-inches tall and 170 pounds with red or brown hair and a possible goatee.

KS Voter Turnout Prediction


The top election official in Kansas is predicting 22 percent of registered voters will participate in next week's primary election.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says of the more than 1.7 million registered Kansas voters, he expects more than 381,000 will cast ballots in the Aug. 5 primary. Kobach says turnout was about 23.2 percent in the state's 2012 primary.

Kobach says the predicted turnout for next week is based on recent primary voting history, early voting totals in the current primary and lack of a statewide get-out-the-vote operation.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that voter turnout in Wichita and other areas of the 4th Congressional District could approach 27 percent because of the contest between U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo and Republican challenger Todd Tiahrt.

 

KS Revenues Up In July


Kansas collected $1.6 million more in taxes than anticipated in July, breaking a streak of monthly shortfalls in collections.

The Department of Revenue reported Thursday the state took in almost $409 million in taxes in July, when the state's official fiscal forecast predicted revenues of $407 million.

The July surplus was only four-tenths of 1 percent, but it was a sharp break from collections in April, May and June, which fell a total of $334 million short of expectations.

Those shortfalls sparked an intense debate about whether the state underestimated the effects of personal income tax cuts enacted at Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's urging in 2012 and 2013.

Brownback's administration said the shortfalls were due to investors reacting to uncertainty about federal tax policies.

OK Man Granted New Trial Based On Technicality


An Oklahoma man's conviction was recently overturned in Missouri due to a technicality. 35-year-old Johnny Davis Jr. had been sentenced to four 15 year sentences for kidnapping and sexually assaulting two women at the Petro truck stop in Joplin in 2011 while out on parole for raping a woman in Oklahoma. Newton County Prosecutor Jacob Skouby tells News Talk KZRG why his sentence was

OK Unemployment Up In June


Oklahoma labor officials say unemployment rates increased last month in 72 of the state's 77 counties. According to the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, unemployment in Delaware and Ottawa Counties is 5.4 percent, while it's 5.3 percent in Craig County.  A year ago, unemployment in all three counties was one percent higher.  Oklahoma's statewide unemployment rate in June was 4.5 percent, well below the national average of 6.1 percent.

Co-Owner Of Dude's Donuts Dies


One of the owners of a Joplin landmark has died. Carolyn Pendergraft, who owned Dude's Donuts with her husband, Dude, passed away Tuesday. Wednesday afternoon, people had left flowers at the door of Dude's Donuts....which pleased Dude and Carolyn's son, Jay Pendergraft...and showed him the value of social media.

"My family didn't tell hardly anybody.  It got out, I guess, through Facebook and other media and propagated and propagated (ED: spread widely) and lots of people just started feeling, evidently, that they needed to do something."

Jay Pendergraft also told News Talk KZRG there's something interesting about the timing of his mother's death. "This week is the week they met 60 years ago.  And the shop was started September, I think, 21st, 1954."

Dude's Donuts has been in business for 60 years, minus a few months after their shop was destroyed in the May 2011 tornado. A memorial service for Carolyn Pendergraft will be held Friday at 1pm at the Church of Christ at 26th and Connecticut in Joplin.

Former McDonald County Deputy Accused Of Evidence Tampering


A former McDonald County Chief Sheriff's Deputy has been charged with tampering with evidence. You'll remember 44-year-old David Roark was fired in June after the investigation began. McDonald County Prosecutor Jonathan Pierce tells News Talk KZRG what Roark is charged with.

"David Roark has been charged with a Class A Misdemeanor, tampering with physical evidence.  It stems from an investigation conducted by the Highway Patrol regarding a missing file or a file that was taken by David Roark in February of this year."

Pierce says the investigation into a possible cover-up in this case remains open.  He also says no charges will be filed in the drunk driving case because in his words, "The case is so tainted there's no chance of a successful prosecution."

Anti-Obama Protest In KC


About 300 people stood outside the theater where President Obama spoke in Kansas City Wednesday. Protesters carried several signs, some of which read "Arrest Obama," and "Obama, Israel is a democracy? Define democracy." There were a few arguments among the protesters, whose chants included "liberate Palestine."

Cardinals Acquire Pitcher


The Cleveland Indians have traded starter Justin Masterson to the St. Louis Cardinals for minor league outfielder James Ramsey.

Masterson has been a disappointment for the Indians this season. He began the year as Cleveland's No. 1 starter but has underperformed after turning down a contract extension from the club in spring training. He was 14-10 last season, but so far this year is 4-6 with a 5.51 ERA.  He is on currently on the disabled list.

Ramsey was playing for the Cardinals' AA affiliate in Springfield.

Register For the OK August Primary


Oklahoma voters who wish to cast ballots in the August 26 primary runoff election have until Friday to register. Oklahoma State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax says voters can download a registration form from the agency's website or pick one up at county election boards, post offices, tag agencies or libraries. There are two statewide runoff elections on the ballot; both of those are for Democrats. One is for an open U.S. Senate seat and the other is for state schools superintendent.

Joplin Fire


Joplin firefighters are looking for the cause of a garage fire early Wednesday morning. Just after 4am, crews were called to 3316 South Delaware, where light smoke was coming from the garage. The fire was put out in about half an hour. No one was hurt.
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