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

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.

Ft. Scott CC Looks For New President


Fort Scott Community College is looking for a new president after parting ways with the incumbent by what officials called mutual agreement.  The Fort Scott Tribune reports Clayton Tatro had been the subject of a recent no-confidence vote by the college faculty.

Tatro was not present this week when the school's board of trustees approved an agreement to end his presidency, which was scheduled to expire in June 2017. Tatro had served as the college's president for seven years.

The college's attorney said details of the termination agreement are confidential. Trustee Dick Hedges gave up his seat on the board to serve as interim president.

 

Murder Charge In KS Hot Car Death


Prosecutors have charged a Kansas foster parent with murder in the death of a 10-month-old girl who was left in a hot car.

Seth M. Jackson made his first court appearance Wednesday to hear the charges against him. A criminal complaint shows Sedgwick County District Attorney's Office is charging the 29-year-old Wichita man with first-degree murder. An alternative count of second-degree murder charge has also been filed.

He is being held on a $250,000 bond. His defense attorney did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

The girl died Thursday after being left for more than two hours inside a sweltering car. Police say Jackson had apparently forgotten about her until something on TV jogged his memory. Temperatures in Wichita at the time were around 90 degrees.

Delay in Opening Second Roundabout Lane


It seems the rain is causing a minor hiccup with MoDOT opening the second lane of the Highway 171/43 roundabout Thursday. MoDOT's Dave Mitchell tells News Talk KZRG what still needs to be finished before it opens Friday.

"We're not being able to stripe the way that we had hoped we were going to be able to. There needs to be a certain amount of dry weather so that the

Pittsburg Standoff Ends In Suicide


A standoff south of Pittsburg ended with a man taking his own life. Crawford County authorities were called to a home on South 220th Street at 10:15 Tuesday night. 57-year-old Heidi Thomas, the homeowner, and her daughter, 31-year-old Jamie Doughty of St. Louis, told authorities 32-year-old David Doughty (Thomas' son) had fired several shots from the second floor of the home. Crawford County Sheriff Dan Peak tells News Talk KZRG they evacuated surrounding homes and tried talking to David Doughty before going inside.

"It was right around 4:30 this morning, I believe, is when we finally got in and made the discovery that he had actually (died from) what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot."

No one else was injured.

Cherokee County Treasurer Responds


Cherokee County's Treasurer is speaking publicly after reports that over $23,000 is missing from the County's bank accounts. Juanita Hodgson tells News Talk KZRG she's not sure why there's a discrepancy, but she wishes the story hadn't been made public.

"I would prefer them to come and talk to me before they went public or they called on the special auditor when we had the 300,001 deal. Because I had found those and had since corrected it.  It just wasn't on the books that had been seen by someone."At one time, more than $300,000 was unaccounted for. Hodgson says she believes the problem is due to human error and everything will work out.  "I'm almost positive it'll turn out to be some type of transposed numbers or keypunch error like those were--direct deposits that did not get put on the books, but they're on bank account.  Or in this case, vice versa."

Hodgson also says her staff has gotten behind due to vacations and busy times, such as tax season. News Talk KZRG asked Hodgson if she needs a larger staff.  "My answer is yes to that, possibly.  But I don't feel we need additional staff all the time..so I'd hate to waste taxpayer money on having additional staff."
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