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Local News

PSU Student Wins National Award

A grad student at Pittsburg State has won a national award for a public service announcement video he produced. Adrian Herrera earned the award at the National Student Electronic Media Convention in Seattle. Herrera tells News Talk KZRG his viedo was about PSU's switch to the GusNet secure campus wireless system.

"It just put out information about what it was, what it was about.  It took me about three or four days to make..and I was really surprised about the feedback that I got from it.  They really enjoyed it and I was glad that I got to enter it into a contest."

Herrera is working on his masters degree in communication and has already started his own video production company.

Photo courtesy: Pittsburg State University.

MSSU Student Veterans Counseling

When veterans return home from serving overseas, it can be tough re-adjusting to civilian life. Missouri Southern State University offers counseling to veterans. Justin Feingold, co-founder of Missouri Southern's Student Veterans Association, tells News Talk KZRG it helps having peers to talk to.

"Veterans are very unique when trying to integrate back into the civilian life, especially the school setting.  Because most of our peers going into a school setting are the traditional college student, 18 to 22 years old, just out of home.  When they (veterans) come back it's hard to talk about anything, especially with people that don't know. And that's the great thing about the Student Veterans Organization is that we all know, we've been there, we've done that. We've integrated and we're there to help."

For information on veterans counseling at Missouri Southern, contact Denise Vigil at the financial aid office at the third floor at Hearnes Hall.

Military Mom On Mission to Send Hundreds of Boxes of Snack Cakes to Soldiers

Operation Twinkie is on a mission to send another 384 boxes of the snack cakes to soldiers in Afghanistan. Trisha Monroe of Oronogo tells News Talk KZRG she got the idea to send the parcels of Hostess cakes after sending a box of Twinkies to her son over seas.

"When the guy saw that he had Twinkies, one of them joked around that while he was sleeping, he was going to get some of his

JHS Asst. Principal Honored

An assistant principal at Joplin High School has won a statewide award. Sandra Cantwell was named Assistant Principal of the Year by the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals. Cantwell was cited for her work encouraging struggling students. She'll receive the award at the Association's spring conference in March.

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.

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

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."

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.

Joplin Black Friday Traffic

Joplin Police will be doing something different on Black Friday--they won't be blocking off traffic at 4th and Geneva and 7th and Geneva. They'd done that in the past to prevent traffic backups in that area..but Joplin Police Sergeant Rusty Rives tells News Talk KZRG they're not going to do that this year.

"We had a lot of traffic issues around 4th and Geneva area and 7th and Geneva area. With traffic being more spaced out now the last couple years, that has not seemed to be a problem.  So we do not anticipate making any adjustments at the roadway at this point."

Rives says there will still be extra officers on hand starting at midnight Friday. Around noon, they'll re-evaluate to see if those extras are still needed.

Joplin Schools-Connect 2 Culture Proposal

Joplin High School's performing arts center isn't finished yet, but it could soon be getting an addition. At Tuesday's (11/25) Joplin School Board meeting, Connect 2 Culture proposed a partnership with the District to hold performances in the PAC. That would include building an addition to the PAC, which would be privately funded. Clifford Wert, treasurer for Connect 2 Culture, tells News Talk KZRG about the addition.

"More dressing rooms, you have more backstage rooms, more storage type space.  But the other major component is the public space so that people can gather in this location for such things as a pre-show function."

Wert talked about the kind of shows that Connect 2 Culture has in mind.  "The opportunity to expand the offerings that we have in the community to music of all genre.  To productions, whether they're local productions or touring productions. Whether it's classical music, jazz."

The School Board liked what they heard and voted unanimously to explore a partnership with Connect 2 Culture.

One Arrested After Two County Chase

A pickup truck driver is in custody after leading Vernon County authorities on a chase Tuesday morning (11/25). Sheriff Jason Mosher tells News Talk KZRG it started around 6am near Sheldon.

"The truck had been driving around in the median in between the two lanes on I-49. And when the deputy got close to the pickup where he could see the deputy coming, it took off.  But it was heading in the wrong direction on I-49.  And that's when the deputy attempted to stop the vehicle."

The driver left the Interstate and eventually got onto Highway 96 in Cedar County. Spike strips set on the highway couldn't stop him..but he eventually stopped on a dead end road. All told, the chase lasted about 20 minutes.

Mosher says the driver's name isn't being released pending formal charges. He says those charges include several traffic violations and DWI.

Brownback On KS Deficit

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback says he is ``looking at everything'' to fill a projected $279 million budget deficit for this fiscal year, including the possibility of tweaking the state's income tax policy.

The Wichita Eagle reports the governor spoke briefly to reporters Monday while leaving a meeting of the State Finance Council. He said he wasn't aware before this month's election that the state would hit a budget shortfall this fiscal year, which ends in June.

On top of this year's projected deficit, the state faces an estimated $436 million hole for the next fiscal year.

The state's nonpartisan Legislative Research Department considers Brownback's income tax policies the primary cause of the state's deficit.

The governor didn't say when he would unveil a plan to plug the budget hole.
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