Bowling for Kids' Sake is Saturday, March 8th at Carl Richard's 4th Street Bowl! Jeff Coffey's All Seasons Landscaping and The Rock Yard are sponsoring the KIX team! Click here to organize your team and help benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters!
Missouri Congresswoman Vicki Hartzler has filed paperwork to run for re-election. The 4th District Republican tells News Talk KZRG why she's running for a third term.
"We're very excited about the opportunity to listen to the people of the 4th District, to take their common sense ideas to Washington and get America back on the right track."
Hartzler adds Washington needs to get its priorities straight. "One of those is to provide for the common defense, but also to grow the economy and that involves removing some of the barriers to job creation and providing some certainty so businesses will feel more confident and growing, expanding and giving higher salaries to their employees."
Hartzler says the American people deserve a government that works for them and not against them.
A happy ending for an Amber Alert. The alert was issued for 3-year-old Jaden Hanson of Bolivar. He was taken from his mother by force. The boy was found this afternoon at a Springfield home and he's safe. Jaden's father, 29-year-old Jamil Hanson, was arrested after an hour-long standoff with police.
There was a special guest at Joplin's Eastmorland Elementary School Friday. Jared Fogle, spokesman for Subway restaurants, talked about the importance of exercise and healthy eating. Jared tells News Talk KZRG he can see kids in audiences that remind him of himself at their age.
"When all those hands go up about the video games and the cheeseburgers and all that kind of stuff, I see a lot of me in these kids. And I think it's important that we try to make some changes. The great thing about kids this age is, you're not having to make crazy changes, you're just having to make a few simple changes and that can make a huge difference. I'm not saying they can't play their video games. I'm not saying they can never have the junk food, but it's moderation. Moderation is an important word for these kids to learn. We live in America where it seems like everything is in excess. We want to have our cake and eat it, too, but unfortunately that can affect your waistlines, it can affect your heart health."
Jared lost 245 pounds through exercise and eating Subway sandwiches twice a day. He's kept that weight off for 16 years.
Subway is holding a six week Fresh Start Challenge at Eastmorland where kids are asked to monitor what they eat and how much they exercise.
MoDOT is kicking off Pothole Patrol starting this Monday through the end of the month. Since this winter has been especially harsh, the roads are more torn up than usual, and they'd like for you to notify them as soon as you see a pothole on one of Missouri's highways. MoDOT's Dave Mitchell tells News Talk KZRG how quickly they'll get it done.
News Talk KZRG has followed the rebuilding process for Nancy Morrow, a great grandmother who's home was destroyed in the May 2011 tornado, from it's groundbreaking last fall, to it's completion and welcome ceremony Friday morning. Sharon Lindsey, who started working with Rebuild Joplin around the same time that Nancy contacted the organization tells News Talk KZRG Nancy made the
The Kansas Supreme Court says the state's current public school funding levels are unconstitutional.
In Friday's much-anticipated ruling, the court said Kansas' poor school districts were harmed when the state made the decision to cut certain payments when tax revenues declined during the Great Recession.
The court also sent the case back for more review to determine what the adequate amount of funding should be.
The lawsuit was filed in 2010 on behalf of parents and school districts who argued the state had harmed students because spending cuts resulted in lower test scores.
State attorneys maintained that legislators did their best to minimize cuts to education.
Information about severe weather comes several different ways: through storm sirens, broadcast reports, NOAA weather radios, and even social media. Newton County Emergency Management Director Gary Roark tells News Talk KZRG social media is an asset during severe weather.
"I think it's probably a good idea to the extent that it really works. The biggest problem in getting warnings out to the public is the immediacy of it, getting it out in a timely manner."
Roark adds that if someone posts information that's incorrect, it can cause major problems. So you should rely on official sources for storm watches and warnings. "It's like anything else. Sometimes if someone doesn't have the correct information and they publish something based on just a portion of the real information, it can cause problems."
Roark also reminds us social media played a key role in Joplin in the days following the May 2011 tornado.
The Kansas Supreme Court will release its ruling on a state school finance lawsuit Friday, ending months of speculation about whether the state has to increase spending for public schools. The lawsuit was filed in 2010 by attorneys representing four school districts and parents. They alleged that the state reneged on promises made in 2006 to provide a certain level of funding to Kansas public schools. Those promises were made in a settlement of a lawsuit filed against the state in 1999.
The Oklahoma Department of Health says two more people have died from the flu during the past week, raising the total for the flu season to a record 53. The previous record of 46 flu-related deaths in 2009, the year Oklahoma health officials began tracking the statistic, was broken two weeks ago. Just one of this season's flu deaths has been in northeast Oklahoma, that was in Craig County.
"In the event that Loraine finds that the cost of the investigation will exceed the amounts listed herein, he shall first request authority from the Council of the City of Joplin." That's the language from the contract between investigator Tom Loraine and the Joplin City Council for an investigation that was supposed to cost $45,000 but ended up costing $82,000. The Council
Two years ago, the Islamic Society of Joplin's mosque was destroyed in a fire that was intentionally set. A new mosque is under construction, but they need donations to pay for the work. Islamic Society vice president Sahar El Sayed tells News Talk KZRG how much they still need: "Right now we are short $300,000, maybe a little bit more."
El Sayed says the new mosque will be more than just a place to worship. "It will have a community center with it as well, that will have a library and classrooms that can be used to teach languages, cooking classes, other activities."
You can mail a donation to the Commerce Bank at 211 Main Street, Joplin, MO 64801, or to the Islamic Society of Joplin, PO Box 3164, Joplin, MO 64803. Checks should be payable to the Islamic Society of Joplin.
It's not just stadiums and buildings at universities that can be named after you or your business in exchange for a generous donation. The Carthage School District's new early childhood center will be named after a donor. Carthage Superintendent Dr. Blaine Henningsen explains.
"We have just reached an agreement with one our local patrons, Ruth Kolpin Rubison, has agreed to contribute $100,000 to this project. So we're very excited and very appreciative of her support. This past August, our school board passed a school board policy that allows us to partner with individuals and foundations and trusts and so on for the naming rights for some of our facilities."
Eli Young Band Stepping Up for 10,000 Towns
The Eli Young Band's just-released 10,000 Towns is their first project since Life at Best arrived in 2011, and the guys admit they took extra time to make this their best piece of work yet.
Excitement Surrounds Doobie Brothers Tribute Album
You know we can't wait to "listen to the music," especially when Brad Paisley, Toby Keith, the Zac Brown Band, Sara Evans, Chris Young, Jerrod Niemann and Love and Theft are singing their favorite Doobie Brothers tunes.
CMT's Next Women of Country Adds Five Artists
Lindsay Ell, Lucy Hale, Nikki Lane, Angaleena Presley and Natalie Stovall & the Drive are the latest artists to join to join CMT's Next Women of Country, an initiative recognizing women who are making a major impact on country music.
ACM Awards Reveal Eight Performers
Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, George Strait, The Band Perry and Keith Urban are the first artists confirmed to perform at this year's ACM Awards in Las Vegas.
Rascal Flatts: From Hell to "Heaven"
When the year 2000 rolled around, I'd never heard of Rascal Flatts. But that all changed -- for me, the rookie country trio and the rest of the world -- the minute country radio started spinning "Prayin' for Daylight," their debut single.
How Dierks Bentley Practices to Be the Best Dad
Dierks Bentley has been on the road nonstop for the past few weeks promoting his new album Riser. When he was in Chicago on Thursday (Feb. 27), I asked him what kind of dad he was when he wasn't on the road.