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MJ AT BUFFALO RUN CASINO


MJ will be broadcasting live from 6p-8p September 19th at the Trailer Park Bar N' Grill inside BUFFALO RUN CASINO. He'll tell you how to get your tickets to all the shows at Buffalo Run and how to sign up for $25 - Slot Tournaments.

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October 25th - Shooter Jennings & Waylon's Original Band
October 31st - Jason Boland and The Stragglers
November 8th - Oakridge Boys
November 22nd - Ronnie Milsap
December 4th - Asleep At The Wheel

Local News

Redings Mill Mayor Accused Of Theft


The Mayor of Redings Mill is accused of writing checks on the Village's account for more than $9000 worth of personal expenses. 80-year-old Jimmy Brown, who's also the village's treasurer, was charged Tuesday with Felony theft/stealing. Newton County Prosecutor Jacob Skouby tells News Talk KZRG how authorities learned what Brown is accused of.

"Other members of the (Village) Board had asked to see some documentation and were denied access to it for a while.  When they finally got it, they noticed what they believed to be irregularities."

Brown is charged with a Class C Felony, which carries a sentence of seven years in the Department of Corrections, or up to a year in the county jail.  News Talk KZRG asked Skouby if Brown would have to make restitution to the Village.

"That is something new under Missouri law that even if somebody were to be sentenced to the Department of Corrections, we can still at this time, make it a condition of the parole would be to pay restitution."

Joplin Airport Master Plan


The Joplin Regional Airport unveiled its updated master plan at an open house Wednesday night. Airport manager Steve Stockam tells News Talk KZRG the main item on the list is to extend the airport's main runway.

"The regional jet traffic that we're currently getting with American Airlines is limited, the number of passengers are limited due to the length of the runway with that aircraft.  So we need to about another 600 foot extension to the north for our north-south runway."Stockam says the process will be drawn out, starting with an environmental impact study. He says he hopes the extension will be finished in three to four years.

The second thing, Stockam says, is something called airfield geometry.  "Taxiways, accesses on and off those runways with taxiways, where you hold, where you stop, those kinds of things.  Those are all safety issues that need to be addressed.  Standards that have changed over a period of time.  Before we go ahead and do other projects, the FAA wants to see that we're addressing those issues also."

Stockam says the third item on the master plan is how to get more use out of the old airport terminal building.

Joplin Gets Grant For School Libraries


The libraries at McKinley and West Central Elementary Schools in Joplin will be getting some new books, thanks to a grant from the Missouri Secretary of State's Office. McKinley Librarian Sara Hart tells News Talk KZRG about the grant.

"It is a non-fiction collection grant and we are going to use it to enhance our science curriculum resources and make that more available for our students to better prepare them for the curriculum that's in place."

Hart says the $3680 grant will be used to buy e-books and science kits. She says they should be arriving in the next couple of weeks.

OK School Grades Are Out


More than one quarter of Oklahoma's public schools received a grade of F or D on annual report cards released by the state Department of Education.

The State Board of Education gave final approval Wednesday to the letter grades, which are being posted on the department's website.

The report shows 16 percent of Oklahoma schools received A grades, 26 percent received a B, 28 percent got a C, 17 percent a D, and 11 percent received an F. Nearly 30 schools, or 2 percent, did not receive a letter grade.

Compared to last year's grades, more schools received an F or D, and fewer schools received an A.

The A-F grading system for schools was one of several education initiatives pushed by Republican lawmakers and officials.

Check out your school district's grade here: http://afreportcards.ok.gov/
 

Former KS Governor John Anderson Jr. Dies


John Anderson Jr., who served as Kansas governor from 1961 to 1965, has died.

His daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Anderson, says Anderson was 97 when he died Monday at an extended-care facility in Olathe. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Anderson practiced law in Olathe and served as Johnson County attorney before winning a seat in the Kansas State Senate in 1952. He was appointed attorney general in 1956 and won re-election in 1956 and 1958.

In 1960, Anderson ran for governor, defeating incumbent George Docking. At that time governors served only two-year terms, and Anderson successfully won re-election in 1962.

After his term ended, Anderson returned to his law practice in Olathe. He again sought his party's nomination for governor in 1972 but was defeated in a primary election.

Two Mizzou Freshman Basketball Players Suspended


Missouri freshmen basketball players Jakeenan Gant and D'Angelo Allen have been suspended after getting arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor third-degree assault.

Coach Kim Anderson said in a statement that the players would not participate in team activities while the school gathers information.

According to published reports, the players and a third man were arrested after reports of an assault early Sunday.

The 6-foot-8 Gant was Mr. Basketball in Georgia his senior season and was among 21 players selected to participate in USA Basketball's U18 National Team training camp.

The 6-foot-7 Allen, of Dallas, signed with Missouri soon after Anderson was hired in April.

VP Biden, Secretary Duncan To Attend JHS Dedication


Next month's dedication of the new Joplin High School and Franklin Tech will have two VIPs: Vice President Joe Biden and Education Secretary Arne Duncan. Joplin High Principal Dr. Kerry Sachetta tells News Talk KZRG they broke the news to students Wednesday afternoon.

"We're excited that the kids are going to have an oppotunity to be in the presence of Vice President Biden and also Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. So it'll be a big day."

This will be the Vice President's first visit to Joplin. Secretary Duncan has been to Joplin following the May 2011 tornado. The dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony will be Friday, October 3rd at 1pm.

CJ Students Learn Fire Safety


Carl Junction intermediate students learned more about fire safety Wednesday. A smoke house prop was brought to campus and the fourth, fifth, and sixth graders were taught how to get out of a burning building. Carl Junction Training Officer Joe Perkins tells News Talk KZRG the older kids haven't received any fire training since they were kindergarteners.

"By giving them a little more

Freeman Partners With CJ Schools


Sick kids and staff in Carl Junction schools can now be seen by the nurse practitioner at Freeman's Carl Junction Family Medicine Clinic thanks to the hospital's new partnership with the school district. School RN Stacey Whitney tells News Talk KZRG it's great partnership.

"It's a unique approach to school health that provides access to see a nurse practitioner at the

Flash Flood Warning Until 7pm


The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for Eastern Lawrence County and Eastern Barry County in the KZRG listening area.  At 1:49pm, National Weather Service doppler radar has indicated thunderstorms with torrential rainfall across the warned area.  Rainfall amounts since this morning have ranged from one to three inches.  Creeks, streams and low water crossings will be especially susceptible to flash flooding.  Check to see if flooding is taking place and go to higher ground if you need to.

Davis On New Gun Laws


When the Missouri Legislature last week passed a bill that allows teachers with training to have a concealed carry weapon in schools...the Legislature wasn't adding a new state law. State Representative Charlie Davis tells News Talk KZRG the Legislature added one element to existing law.

"Before we worked on this, if a teacher wanted to carry a gun, she could go to the School Board and the School Board could authorize that individual to carry a gun in school. That was already in law. What this does is this says they have to go through training."

Davis adds that the age limit for having a concealed carry permit has also been lowered from 21 to 19, but again, someone must go through proper training to get the permit.

PSU Lab Delays


Some Pittsburg State University students haven't been able to take laboratory classes this semester. Chris Kelly with PSU's marketing and communications tells News Talk KZRG a renovation project that was supposed to be finished at the end of August was delayed when a subcontractor walked off the job.

"It's the HVAC and exhaust system for the Heckert-Wells Building, which houses our chemistry and biology departmenst.  As you can imagine, when you're dealing with lab work for chemistry and biology, exhaust and ventilation is very important."

Kelly says the University doesn't know why the subcontactor walked out. He says other contractors have picked up the slack and the work should be finished by the end of this month.

COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS
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2014 Americana Music Awards: The Winners
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Grand Ole Opry Star George Hamilton IV Dies at Age 77
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Blake Shelton Welcomes New Coaches to The Voice
Blake Shelton returns to his red swivel chair on Monday (Sept. 22) when the seventh season of The Voice kicks off, but the rest of the coaching section will look a bit different this year.
One Little Girl Brings Miranda Lambert to Tears
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Blake Shelton's Duet With Barbra Streisand
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Faith Hill Tells Tim McGraw's Writers to "Save Him"
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11 Ways Out of Chronic Concert Struggles
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How to Tour Like Miranda Lambert in Three Easy Steps
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Tim McGraw Releases Sundown Heaven Town
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CMT's Swamp Hunters, Swamp Pawn Return
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Jerrod Niemann Savors the Moment During Ryman Debut
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Luke Bryan on the Hugs of Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean
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Dierks Bentley's 12-Pack Is Complete
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