General Mills to Cut 700 to 800 Jobs
General Mills has made some announcements that could affect their operations in Joplin.
The maker of cereals such as Cheerio's and Cocoa Puffs plans to trim 700 to 800 jobs. A spokeswoman for General Mills tells News Talk KZRG the cuts will include salaried positions in their US businesses, and the functions and groups that support those businesses.
While there's no word on how
Carl Junction Breast Cancer Awareness
In the Four States, we're used to seeing different colors in October. In Carl Junction, one of those colors is pink--in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Gary Stubblefield, executive director of the Carl Junction Chamber of Commerce, told the KZRG Morning Newswatch one place that's helping fight breast cancer is the Post Office.
"Our postmaster, of course, always tries to sell the most breast cancer awareness postage stamps in the nation. Last year, she was number one in the nation. And those stamps fund breast cancer research."
Stubblefield says there will also be a breast cancer walk Sunday at 2 at Bulldog Stadium at Carl Junction High School, put on by the Carl Junction High FBLA...and on October 18th, there will be a Zumbathon and a pro wrestling event called Breast Cancer Smackdown.
Fold The Missouri Lottery??
Missouri House Majority Leader John Diehl wants to let voters decide whether to abolish the Missouri Lottery. Diehl wants the Legislature to refer a measure to the 2016 ballot that would ask whether the 30-year-old lottery should continue. Diehl says he believes the lottery is an ``unstable and ``inefficient'' source of funding for public education. He also questions the lottery's $16 million advertising budget. A little less than a quarter of the lottery's proceeds go to education. The rest goes to prizes and operations.
Area Fall Festivals
The following is a list of fall events and activities in the SE Kansas/SW Missouri/NE Oklahoma area that we are aware of. If you know of a festival that should be added, email us at email@example.com.
10/4 - Oktoberfest - Downtown Joplin, MO
10/5 - Fall Festival/Autumn Harvest - Downtown Neosho, MO
10/10-10/19 - Maple Leaf Festival - Carthage, MO
10/10 - 10/12 - Columbus Day Festival -
Realtor Safety a Concern in Wake of Arkansas Murder
An Arkansas realtor's recent kidnapping and death is causing more of a focus on the safety of real estate agents. Joplin realtor Mike Woolston says it's a more dangerous profession than you'd think, and part of it is caused by how realtors feel they need to present themselves:
"We want to convey an image of success, so we'll drive expensive cars, wear expensive clothing or
Severe Weather Possible Tonight, Tomorrow
We could see some severe weather tonight. News Talk KZRG's Chief Meteorologist, John Wetherbee, says we'll need to keep a look out tonight (10/1/14) and tomorrow:
"That's when a strong cold front will sweep through the region. An episode of severe thunderstorms is expected, with large hail and damaging wind gusts. Tornadoes are even possible with some of the more intense
Duquesne Council Moves On
The Duquesne City Council accepted Mayor Denny White's resignation at a special meeting Tuesday night. Then they had to decide on a successor to White. Mayor Pro Tem Roger Bone was appointed acting president of the Council. But he quickly resigned. Bone told News Talk KZRG why.
"I can't really devote the Monday through Friday 8 to 5 hours that need to be devoted for the City because of my outside the City employment and Alderman Daugherty can. She has a job where she works in the morning and then later in the afternoon."
Then the Council voted to appoint Council member Lisa Daugherty as acting president. Daugherty tells News Talk KZRG she's glad the Council didn't appoint a mayor at Tuesday's meeting. "Since I've been on the Council for three years, there have been several instances where we've just acted quickly and hastily and then we've come back to regret that. I feel this is something where we need to sit back and think instead of jumping right in."
The Duquesne Council can appoint an acting mayor..or wait until next April's election to fill the job.
OK Abortion Drugs Lawsuit
A medical clinic in Tulsa is challenging a state law that is to go into effect later this year and further restrict the use of abortion inducing drugs in Oklahoma.
Attorneys for Reproductive Services of Tulsa filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Oklahoma County District Court. The petition asks a judge to declare the pending law unconstitutional and void.
House Bill 2684 overwhelmingly passed the Republican-controlled Legislature earlier this year and was signed into law by Governor Mary Fallin. It is to take effect November 1.
It would prohibit off-label uses of certain abortion inducing drugs by requiring doctors to administer the drugs only in accordance with U.S. Food and Drug Administration protocol.
Plaintiffs argue the bill ``violates women's fundamental rights to choose to terminate a pregnancy and to bodily integrity.''
OK Health Subsidies Lawsuit
A federal judge has sided with Oklahoma in its lawsuit challenging some subsidies offered to people buying insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
Tuesday's ruling is the latest federal court decision on regulations that allow health insurance tax credits in all 50 states. The issue could end up in the U.S. Supreme Court, being that rulings in similar cases have already been made in federal appeals courts in Virginia and Washington, D.C.
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt argued that the law doesn't explicitly allow subsidies for people who buy insurance in Oklahoma and other states that didn't set up their own insurance exchanges.
U.S. District Judge Ronald White agreed, saying the regulations were ``an abuse of discretion.'' But White put his ruling on hold pending an appeal.
NFL Apologizes For Penalty Against Chiefs
The NFL says Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah should not have been penalized for dropping to his knees in prayer in the end zone after an interception.
NFL spokesman Michael Signora writes in an email to The Associated Press on Tuesday that ``the officiating mechanic in this situation is not to flag a player who goes to the ground as part of religious expression.
Signora says ``there should have been no penalty on the play.''
The flag thrown in the fourth quarter of Kansas City's 41-14 victory over New England on Monday night touched off a firestorm on social media, with many wondering how it was different from players dropping to one knee in Christian prayer.
KS Revenues Short In September
Kansas says its tax collections fell $21 million short of expectations in September.
The lower-than-anticipated collections were disclosed Tuesday in the state Department of Revenue's monthly preliminary revenue report. The development could cause a short-term increase in the state's predicted budget shortfall of $238 million by July 2016.
The department emphasized that even with overall taxes falling short, the state saw higher-than-expected corporate income tax collections.
The state anticipated collecting $542 million in taxes in September and instead took in $521 million, a difference of 4 percent.
Since the fiscal year began in July, the state has collected about $1.35 billion in taxes, against expectations of $1.37 billion. The difference there is $23 million, or 1.7 percent.
The biggest shortfall is in personal income tax collections.
United Way Kickoff
The United Way of Southwest Missouri and Southeast Kansas kicked off its 2014 fundraising campaign Tuesday. United Way Executive Director Duane Dreiling tells News Talk KZRG the theme of this year's campaign is "Our Future is Now. Live United."
"In visiting with our drive chairs, we really felt that that was an appropriate theme. Because, really, now is the time that we need to build on our campaign, so that we can fund agencies that we know are having a huge impact on some of our most vulnerable citizens."
Dreiling says this year's campaign goal is $1.3 million dollars. How does that compare to last year's goal? "It's the same goal as last year. Last year, we just came a little bit short of the $1.3 million goal. We really feel that $1.3 million is an attainable goal and something we really need to strive for."
Proceeds will support 38 different agencies in the area, from the Joplin Family Y to The Salvation Army to the Safehouse Crisis Center. There's information on how to donate to the United Way through this link: http://www.unitedwaymokan.org/