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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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."
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.
The Area Agency on Aging received $15,000 from General Mills Thursday. The agency will be able to use that money to provide thousands of meals to their homebound seniors while dishing out meals at their seven senior centers in southwest Missouri. Nutrition Program Coordinator Stephanie Denham tells News Talk KZRG how many meals they'll be able to provide with the donation.
Earlier this month the Joplin City Council agreed to five years of sewer rate increases, amounting to a 61% hike in sewer bills, saying it was necessary for keeping up with maintenance costs. News Talk KZRG asked City Manager Sam Anselm why, if the maintenance was needed, the increase didn't come earlier and more gradually:
"Back in 2009, the economy took a turn south. The decision
With President Obama set to announce executive action on immigration tonight, Missouri US Senator Roy Blunt spoke on the Senate floor Wednesday opposing the President's plan. Blunt said the President can't change the system when it suits him.
"After legislation overhauling the immigration procress died in the Congress, the President says he's going to act on his own. I can't find the part of the Constitution that allows that to happen."
Blunt added the process of making laws can be cumbersome at times. "But that served our country pretty well for a long time and it's not up to the President to decide that that can be suspended on a topic that he thinks is important."
Blunt added that the US is a nation of laws...which the President has said himself several times, that he can't act on his own.
The 2015 fiscal year is off to a great start in Neosho.
"For the first two months of our fiscal year, which includes October and November, our one cent sales tax is the highest on record, which indicates Neosho is continuing to see a growth in its tax base."
Neosho Mayor Richard Davidson tells News Talk KZRG the City received $220,000 in October and almost $177,000 in November. That's almost 19 percent higher than it was one year ago. Davidson credits the increase to growth of retail business and increased confidence in how Neosho is being run.
Florida Georgia Line Just Wanna Go Fast
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