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RANDY & KAYLEE AT BUFFALO RUN CASINO


Join Randy & Kaylee Friday as they broadcast LIVE from the VIP KIX PIT at Buffalo Run Casino for the RASCAL FLATTS CONCERT! They will be giving you updates on all the excitement at The Run!! Then stay tuned for the KIX Concert After The Concert on KIX 102.5!

Listen to Win Tickets to these Shows at Buffalo Run!


Listen & WIN during the BUFFALO RUN CASINO DRIVE AT 5:
August 28th - Merle Haggard
August 29th - Rascal Flatts
September 11th - Mickey Gilley
October 25th - Shooter Jennings & Waylon's Original Band
October 31st - Jason Boland and The Stragglers
November 8th - Oakridge Boys

Local News

Vinita Service Plaza Gets New Name


Oklahoma officials are changing the name of the former Vinita Service Plaza to Will Rogers Archway.

The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority announced the new name Tuesday. The organization teamed up with the state's tourism department, which hosted an online survey for naming the plaza.

Will Rogers was born in 1879 in Oklahoma. He was a cowboy, actor and humorist.

The plaza is undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation. It was originally built in 1950s and is located near Vinita.

The renovation, which began last June, is expected to cost $14.6 million. It will house two restaurants and a convenience store. All of the glass in the arched part of the building will be replaced.

The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority says its completion is set for the end of this year.

Chiefs Bus Involved In Accident


Authorities say a bus taking the Kansas City Chiefs to their Wisconsin hotel was involved in an accident.

The Outagamie County sheriff's office says it was escorting the Chiefs' five buses from the airport to the hotel Wednesday afternoon when a vehicle entered the intersection and collided with one of the buses.

Two adults and three children were in the vehicle that struck the bus. One of the children had a minor cut to the head and was taken by ambulance to a hospital.

No one on the Chiefs' bus was hurt.

The Chiefs face Green Bay on Thursday night in a preseason game.

 

Joplin High School Open House Set for Thursday Night


The new Joplin High School has been a hot topic as of late, and parents and students will get to take a look at the new building tonight. The Joplin School District will be holding an open house for parents and students at the new high school and Franklin Technology Center starting at 6:30. News Talk KZRG will be there and have full coverage for you afterwards.

Wallace Bajjali Completes Purchase of Joplin Coke Building


The Joplin Redevelopment Corporation has finally completed the sale of a former Coca Cola districution facility to the City's Master Developer. The JRC had been holding the building until Master Developer Wallace Bajjali was ready to use it, according to JRC chairman Gary Duncan.

"It's finalized as of this morning. That's the first large sale of land we've had back to

McCaskill Visits Joplin; Supports Export-Import Bank


Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill was in Joplin Wednesday morning touring the American Ramp Company to rally support of the Export-Import Bank in Missouri. The Bank supports American jobs by financing foreign sales of U.S. products without any cost to taxpayers. McCaskill tells News Talk KZRG her and fellow Senator Roy Blunt are on the same page.

"Roy Blunt supports the Export-Import

MSSU Names Health Sciences Center after Julio S. Leon


The Health Sciences Center at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin now has a new name. The Julio S. Leon Health Sciences Center was formally dedicated today. Leon says it's an honor.

"I spent 38 years at this institution, and I think the faculty will say that I never was at a loss for words... but today I am."

University President Dr. Alan Marble said the facility,

Woman Arrested; Posted Pictures Posed With Dead Body


Police are still searching for a man wanted in connection to the disposal of a body found in a driveway in southwest Joplin Friday. Newton County Sheriff's deputies arrested 24-year-old Chelsie Berry Wednesday morning after police received a tip that she and another man posted pictures on Facebook of themselves posing with the body of 30-year-old Dennis Myer. Sheriff Ken Copeland tells News

Carthage DWI Checkpoint


Carthage Police held a sobriety checkpoint Saturday night at Interstate 49 and Highway 171. Lieutenant Josh Cahoon with Carthage Police tells News Talk KZRG it went well.

"We checked 715 vehicles with two people total arrested for DWI and many other arrests like driving while suspended or revoked, drug violations, a couple with no insurance."

News Talk KZRG asked Cahoon if he thought the checkpoint was a success.  "I believe just being out there makes it successful.  I think these checkpoints are good crime deterrents when talking about DWI and traffic-related offenses."

Cahoon says Carthage Police will have another DWI checkpoint set up during Labor Day weekend.

KS School Funding Questions


A report by a Kansas school board association finds the increase in children receiving free or reduced-price meals is tied to poverty rates and isn't a ploy to boost school funding. Over the past 15 years, the number of students eligible for the meals has risen from 33 to 50 percent. The number of students who qualify for free meals factors into the state's school finance formula. State lawmakers have raised questions about why there's an increase in students eligible for the meals and whether the growth in applications is linked to schools misusing the formula to get more funding.
 

Recount For MO Right To Farm Amendment


There will be a recount over Missouri's Right To Farm amendment. The amendment, which narrowly passed in the August election, would guarantee farmers and ranchers the right to engage in their livelihoods and produce food for others. Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander says the recount should be finished by September 15th.

McCaskill In Joplin Wednesday


Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill will be in Joplin Wednesday morning to talk about the job benefits for an Export-Import Bank. A statement from McCaskill's office says the Export-Import Bank has helped Missouri businesses create jobs...and authorization for the Export-Import Bank is due to run out next month. News Talk KZRG will cover McCaskill's visit and have full coverage for you afterwards.

Former Miami Officer Gets 3-Year Deferred Sentence


A former Miami police officer has pleaded no contest to accusations that she lied to a state grand jury in connection with a man who was injured during an arrest.

37-year-old Teresa Lashmet pleaded guilty to two counts of outraging public decency and engaging in a pattern of criminal offenses. She received a three-year deferred sentence.

The Oklahoma Attorney General's office indicted Lashmet in a man's May 2013 arrest.

The man was arrested on a drunken driving complaint and other driving-related complaints. Footage from a patrol car's camera showed Lashmet was at the scene during the arrest of the man who was injured by other law enforcement officials.

Lashmet was accused of giving false information to a grand jury and on the arrest affidavit.
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