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Nixon Creating Ferguson Commission

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon says he will create an independent commission to study issues that have surfaced since the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson.

The group will examine the social and economic conditions underscored by the unrest in the St. Louis suburb since a white officer shot and killed the unarmed, black 18-year-old on August 9.

Nixon outlined his commission plan Tuesday at St. Louis Community College's Florissant Valley campus. Commission members will be announced next month.

Besides studying conditions that led to the unrest, the group is also to give recommendations for making the St. Louis region a fairer place to live.

A grand jury in St. Louis County is hearing evidence on whether officer Darren Wilson should be charged. A decision is expected next month.

Joplin City Manager Finalist Withdraws

One of the four finalists to be the next Joplin City Manager has withdrawn his application.  Randy Wetmore of Marshalltown, Iowa is no longer in the running for the position.  The three remaining finalists are Joplin interim city manager Sam Anselm, Stephen Rasmussen of Jefferson City and Dean Kruithof from Bentonville, Arkansas. 

Local Prosecutor Gives the Facts on DWI Checkpoints

After News Talk KZRG posted the results of Saturday's DWI checkpoint in Joplin, there were quite a few questions raised regarding their legality, and lots of opinions expressed that local police departments only run the checkpoints to make money for the city. We asked Jasper County Prosecutor Dean Dankleson all about it. He says the proof dates back to 1990 in the case of Michigan

McDonald County Alcohol Compliance

Five out of eight McDonald County businesses tested in an alcohol compliance check over the weekend passed the test.

"Of the eight, three of them actually sold to the minor kids we were using.  But five of them didn't, so that was good."

McDonald County Sheriff Mike Hall tells News Talk KZRG the three that sold alcohol to people under 21 were the Mill Liquor Store, Mel's Liquor Store in Tiff City and Goodman Liquor. Hall says the clerks got a summons to court and the Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control will determine what, if anything, will happen to the stores' licenses to sell alcohol.

Hall points out that it doesn't take a long look at a Missouri driver's license to see if someone is under the age of 21.  "All of the under 21 minor's licenses are vertical...and they actually say down the middle of them 'Under 21 until a certain day.'  Two of the (three violators) actually looked at their licenses and still sold."

PSU Domestic Violence Vigil

There will be a candlelight vigil tonight, Tuesday, Oct. 21 at Pittsburg State University for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Ali Smith, student coordinator for PSU's Students for Violence Prevention group, tells News Talk KZRG about tonight's featured speaker.

"Her mom was killed by her father because of domestic violence. So she's going to tell her story and how that affected her and her brother and their family."

People at the vigil will be able to write letters of support to women staying at the Safehouse Crisis Center in Pittsburg. Tonight's candlelight vigil starts at 6:30 at the Oval on the Pittsburg State campus.

Joplin Council Discusses Childhood Education Grant

A proposal to use part of a federal community development block grant to pay for a child care center was approved by the Joplin City Council Monday night, October 20. The center would be run by the Joplin R-8 School District and would combine pre-school and day care. Councilman Bill Scearce tells News Talk KZRG he and others on the Council have questions.

"We understand that under HUD rules you have to provide 51 percent low to moderate income.  (Councilman Mike) Woolston brought up the idea of providing 100 percent low to moderate income.  So you would not be competing with private day cares."

The proposal is that the City would use $5 million from a CDBG grant to go toward the child care center, with the Joplin School District getting the rest from federal funds.  Joplin Mayor Mike Seibert tells News Talk KZRG he wants a work session between the Council and School District officials.  "So we can have time to fully understand and let the District explain to Council just exactly how this facility will be run.  Because we're not in the business of running day care here in the city."

Monday's vote does not mean the child care center is a done deal. The vote sent the application to HUD for block grants.

Joplin School Board Meets Tuesday

The Joplin School Board will hear a high school improvement plan from Superintendent Dr. CJ Huff and review the Board's goals at the Tuesday, Oct. 21 regular meeting. The Board will also vote on policy updates regarding teaching of religion and admission of non-resident students. Tuesday's Joplin School Board meeting starts at 6. News Talk KZRG will be there and have full coverage for you afterwards.

Brownback Wants Ebola Team

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has ordered the creation of a special team to respond quickly to any suspected Ebola cases in the state. The governor's office also wants to come up with $4 million that could be used in an emergency and is calling on the federal government to provide an emergency cleanup team and federal disposal of Ebola-related waste. Kansas has had no confirmed cases of Ebola.

Fighter Jets Collide Over Southern Kansas

Two Oklahoma Air National Guard F-16 fighter jets flying a training exercise out of Tulsa collided in midair over southern Kansas, causing one of the pilots to eject from the aircraft.

Oklahoma National Guard spokesman Col. Max Moss says neither pilot was seriously injured in the collision Monday afternoon southwest of Howard, Kansas.

Moss says the pilot of one jet was able to return to Tulsa International Airport and landed safely. That aircraft was met on the tarmac by several fire and rescue vehicles.

The jets are assigned to the 138th Fighter Wing based at the airport.

A Tulsa International Airport spokeswoman says all runways remained open and referred other questions to the National Guard.

Joplin Man Turns Himself In Following Shooting

A Joplin man is recovering Monday after allegedly being shot during an argument by his own cousin around 1:15 Monday morning. Joplin Police responded to the call to 524 South Club. Lt. Matt Stewart tells News Talk KZRG about the victim.

"When we arrived on scene, we located the victim Quincy Wells, he's a 35-year-old male from Joplin. He was inside the residence with an apparent

23 Arrests made at DWI Checkpoint

It was a big night Saturday for the Joplin Police Department, as well as the Southwest Missouri DWI Taskforce checking 1015 drivers at a checkpoint at 7th and Illinois. 23 arrests were made. Lt. Matt Stewart breaks down the numbers.

"We made 5 DWI arrests, issued 27 tickets, issued 47 warnings, and also made arrests on 18 warrants."

The checkpoints are paid for through a grant

MO Senator Roy Blunt Comments on Ebola Travel Restrictions

Missouri US Senator Roy Blunt has one suggestion for a solution to the Ebola problem: suspend all travel VISAs, and don't issue any new ones, until the situation is under control. Blunt tells News Talk KZRG that wouldn't apply to everyone, though:

"That wouldn't prevent American healthcare workers from coming back (to the US) but it would prevent people from those countries,
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