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Shrader Ordered To Jail Until AZ Trial Starts

He's going to jail until his trial starts.  A federal judge has ruled that Gregory Shrader of Jay poses a danger to the community and is at risk of fleeing from authorities and therefore should be jailed until his trial.  Shrader is occused of mailing an inoperable bomb to Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio last April.

Bruner Change Of Venue Request Denied

Jeffrey Bruner's murder trial will still be held in Joplin. Jasper County Circuit Judge Gayle Crain has denied Bruner's request to have his trial moved because of pretrial publicity.  Bruner is accused of killing Missouri Southern assistant football coach Derek Moore in a Joplin theater parking lot November 1st.  Bruner's trial is scheduled to start next January.

Free Trolley Rides On Tuesday

There may not be such a thing as a free lunch, but on Tuesday there will be free rides on the Joplin Sunshine Lamp Trolley.  Lynn Onstot with the City of Joplin tells News Talk KZRG it's a promotion to honor Earth Day.

"The Sunshine Lamp Trolley will offer rides free of charge.  This provides an opportunity for the City to introduce the Trolley to people who may not have had a chance to ride it."

Onstot says over 900 people took advantage of a similar promotion last year.  The Trolley runs weekdays from 7am to 6pm and Saturday from 9 to 4.  The free rides are only available on Tuesday.  There's more information through this link:

Special Neosho Council Meeting Monday

The Neosho City Council will hold a special meeting Monday night at 5:30. Neosho Mayor Richard Davidson tells News Talk KZRG what the main item of business will be.

"The key topic is going to be Council's consideration of whether or not to hire an outside attorney to help guide the ethics board as they continue to pursue the complaint filed a couple of weeks ago against two elected officials in the city."

Ethics complaints have been filed against Councilmen David Ruth and Steve Hart. Neosho City Attorney Steven Hays has recused himself from the case because of a relationship with the person who filed the complaint.

Rep. Davis Responds To Nixon's Tax Cut Criticism

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is upset with a tax cut bill that passed out of the Legislature this week, calling it "reckless" and saying it'll hurt education. State Representative Charlie Davis of Webb City says that's odd, because this time lawmakers did what Nixon wanted them to do last year.

"He said last year he didn't like 253 because there was a tax on prescriptions, which we didn't realize was in there and we could have fixed that.  Inadvertently it would tax books at colleges.  He said if we could scale it back, he would sign it.  So that's exactly what we did."

Nixon has been claiming the tax cut bill would hurt education.  Davis disagrees.  "This year, we put $278 million more into education.  And we can't do any kind of tax cut if we don't see at least a $150 million increase in general revenue."

Nixon has about two weeks to either sign or veto the bill. If he vetoes it, lawmakers have already pledged to override him.

SE KS Casino Becomes Law Without Signature

Governor Sam Brownback is allowing a bill aimed at luring a state-owned casino to southeast Kansas to become law without his signature.

Brownback announced the decision Friday, his deadline for acting. Brownback said he has reservations about state-owned casinos but noted that southeast Kansas residents strongly support the bill.

The bill decreases the investment required by Kansas law for a casino in either Cherokee or Crawford county to $50 million, instead of the current $225 million.

The bill also cuts the fee prospective developers are required to pay to $5.5 million from $25 million.

A 2007 law authorized a casino owned by the Kansas Lottery to be built and operated by a private developer. But local officials have argued the current investment requirement is too high to attract interest.


Wood's Attorney Wants Statements Suppressed

An attorney for a Springfield man suspected of kidnapping and killing a 10-year-old girl wants statements he made to police after his arrest to be suppressed. Attorney Patrick Berrigan writes in court documents that Craig Michael Wood was suffering from intoxication, emotional turmoil and psychological instability when he was arrested in February in the death of Hailey Owens. Hailey was abducted from her neighborhood and found dead hours later in the basement of Wood's house. Wood is charged with murder, armed criminal action and child kidnapping.

Girard Man Accused Of Attempted Murder

He stabbed another man in a fight. That's what Girard Police say 42-year-old Brian Taylor of Girard did late Wednesday afternoon. Taylor's been charged with attempted first degree murder. Girard Police tell News Talk KZRG Taylor stabbed 42-year-old Jeff Terwilliger of Girard in a fight in the 200 block of North Ozark Street. Terwilliger is being treated at a Joplin hospital for his injuries. Taylor's being held on $100,000 bond in the Crawford County Jail.

OK Unemployment At 5 Year Low

Oklahoma's unemployment rate has fallen to a five-year low, dropping below 5 percent for the first time since 2008.

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission reports that the state's unemployment rate fell to 4.9 percent in March, down from 5 percent in February. With the help of a booming oil and natural gas industry, Oklahoma's unemployment rate remains well below the national average of 6.7 percent.

The OESC reports about 89,400 Oklahomans were unemployed in March.

The state's seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment grew by about 2,100 jobs last month, with most of the gains coming in the educational and health services sector. The only sector to report job losses in March was government, which shed about 1,700 jobs.


Coach Haith Takes Tulsa Job

Tulsa has hired Frank Haith as its men's basketball coach after he spent the last three years at Missouri.

The 48-year-old Haith said Friday that the move came quickly. He says he was contacted Thursday and got more and more interested, particularly by the school's upcoming move to the American Athletic Conference.

Haith was 76-28 at Missouri, which plays in the SEC.

He replaces Danny Manning, who left for Wake Forest after two seasons in Tulsa.

University President Steadman Upham pointed to Haith's impressive winning record, not just at Mizzou but also in seven years before that at Miami (Fla.), as a key reason he was considered.

Joplin City Attorney Reflects

Next month, Joplin city attorney Brian Head will be taking a similar job in Lee's Summit. He's been Joplin's city attorney since August of 2001. Head tells News Talk KZRG the pluses of his new job.

"Hopefully, this will provide some opportunity for additional professional growth and also will put me back closer to family who live in northern Missouri."

When talking about major accomplishments in his time in Joplin, Head listed the cleanup of Joplin after the May 2011 tornado.  "That was short of monumental and our office made it possible for us to complete that cleanup in the amount of time.  And certainly not just me, because it's part of a team, but certainly there was a lot of creative thinking, a lot of creative legal footwork done."

You'll remember FEMA had given the City a deadline to have the tornado debris removed. Head also mentioned  moving City Hall to the Newman Building in 2005 as another accomplishment.


Jopl;in Teacher Recognized by Governor

A Joplin high school teacher has been recognized by Governor Jay Nixon for his outstanding work in the district. Tobin Shultz won the Milken Foundation award last fall for implementing the Link Crew program which pairs freshmen with juniors and seniors to help ease their transition into high school. Shultz tells News Talk KZRG why receiving the award was especially humbling.

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Kevin Sharp, Hitmaker of the '90s, Dies at Age 43
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