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Kansas is expected to increase taxes to close a budget shortfall, but Republicans who control the Legislature don't yet a...
Kansas smokers are upset about plans to sharply increase the cigarette tax to help fill a budget hole. Governor Sam Brownback...
Washburn University and The Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla is among a dozen campuses added to the gro...
The Missouri Legislature has passed a $26 billion spending plan for next fiscal year.The budget approved Thursday (3/23) ...
New budget-balancing proposals from Kansas Governor Sam Brownback would require hospitals to pay higher fees and capture savi...
Things are hopping these days at the Joplin Humane Society. Shelter manager Lysa Boston tells News Talk KZRG they've got ...
Spring is often a busy time for humane societies. Lysa Boston, shelter manager at the Joplin Humane Society, tells News Talk ...
Killing the death tax. The US House voted Thursday to repeal the estate tax, also known as the death tax. It's a 40 perce...
Oklahoma has become the first state in the U.S. to allow the use of nitrogen gas in carrying out executions.Governor Mary Fal...
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has signed a bill authorizing $1 billion in bonds to bolster Kansas' pension system for...
Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts says U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius should resign over problems with the ...
Gov. Jay Nixon says Missouri voters should have another chance to vote on gay marriage and that he would vote to allow such u...
Missouri lawmakers have passed a budget that would restore Medicaid benefits cut a decade ago and boost spending on public ed...
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has signed a bill that specifies several dozen items poor families will not be able to buy with...
A former Joplin postal worker is accused of sexual abuse on the job. Jasper County Prosecutor Dean Dankelson tells News Talk ...
A proposal to raise Missouri's fuel tax for the first time in two decades appears unlikely to move forward this session d...
Lawmakers have passed legislation that would cut the amount of time Missourians can receive welfare benefits.The House on Thu...
Missouri's constitutional ban on gay marriage is being challenged by a lawsuit in Kansas City.The lawsuit was filed by at...
The head of a House subcommittee on child abuse says the top issue he wants to deal with in the 2014 session is how the state...
Governor Sam Brownback says his plan to create 100,000 new private-sector jobs in Kansas over the next four years will also c...
The Oklahoma Senate has overwhelmingly approved a $7.1 billion budget bill that funds state government for the fiscal yea...
The Kansas House has given first-round approval to a bill that would bring the state into a compact with other states hoping ...
A non-profit group in Joplin plans to hold an event to demonstrate hunger in America. Tony Wright with the Economic Security ...
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has blocked expenditures for all 47 budget items on which lawmakers overrode his line-item vetoes.Nix...
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon wants to spend an additional $278-million on education the next fiscal year, but he may have ...
The public would get to decide if the Oklahoma Legislature should dedicate every other year exclusively to writing a budget u...
An Oklahoma state representative says he plans to conduct a legislative study on possibly expanding the state's execution...
A Missouri judge has denied a temporary restraining order in a lawsuit over Governor Jay Nixon's directive to allow legal...
In about a year and a half, Joplin will mark the fifth anniversary of the May 2011 tornado. What should happen that day? A vo...
They call it puppy love, and today through Sunday, the Joplin Humane Society wants you tostop byand fall in love at their Swe...
There's going to be a candlelight vigil tonight (1/6) at Joplin's Spiva Park to encourage Missouri lawmakers to expan...
Helping women who have been victims of domestic violence. That's the goal of Thursday night's (4/16)Take Back The Nig...
A Missouri House panel has once again rejected Gov. Jay Nixon's call to expand Medicaid for about 300,000 people.The Hous...
There's a bill in the Missouri Legislature that would require anyone wanting an abortion to wait 72 hours. Missouri law c...
The body of an Oklahoma inmate who died after a botched execution procedure is being sent to the Dallas County Medical Examin...
A judge in a northeast Kansas county has ordered that county to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples following actions...
Missouridrivers could soon see a six cent gastax increase over the next three years. MoDOT says they need the funds since a t...
Attorneys for the state of Oklahoma say the drugs and procedures used to execute a death row inmate in April do not violate t...
A Kansas House committee has drafted a plan for expanding the state's Medicaid program for the poor and disabled in line ...
The Oklahoma State Board of Education is asking the Legislature to approve a $2,500, across-the-board pay raise for Oklah...
A state lawmaker who is one of two doctors in the Oklahoma Legislature is asking Gov. Mary Fallin to declare a state of catas...
The Missouri Senate has defeated an attempt to expand Medicaid eligibility to several hundred thousand lower-income adults.Th...
The state House has postponed a debate on whether Kansas should join a compact of states seeking to exempt themselves from th...
A Missouri appellate court will hear arguments next week in the case of a woman from Guatemala who says she did not consent t...
Don't override my vetos. That was Missouri Governor Jay Nixon's message to state lawmakers Thursday ahead of next wee...
The Missouri House has passed a $26.6 billion state budget that ties the amount of an increase in funding for public scho...
Joplin Police are investigatingexplicit or inappropriate photos of Joplin High students that are online. Joplin Police releas...
He says it's fiscally irresponsible. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is criticizing an income tax cut plan endorsed by a Sena...
Investigators say Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich had talked for years of taking his own life but left behind no suicide note w...
A federal judge has ordered Kansas to allow same-sex couples to marry, but he delayed enforcement of the order until next wee...
People convicted of drug felonies could potentially qualify for food stamps under a bill passed by the Missouri Legislature.D...
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon's administration has been paying its dues to the National Governors Association with money intend...
Oklahoma has become the second state to ban a common second-trimester abortion procedure that critics describe as dismemberin...
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon's supplemental spending request for the current fiscal year is moving forward in the Legislat...
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin is calling on state lawmakers to revamp the state's budgeting process.In her State of the S...
Rising costs for drugs in Missouri's Medicaid program are likely to continue, driven by pricey specialty drugs and the ri...
Last year, Missouri voters approved a constitutional amendmentthat stated a right to farm. Oklahoma voters may get to vote on...
Several Joplin businesses are working in the community today as part of the annual United Way Day of Action. Julie Maus of Em...
A Cherokee County jury today found Timothy Russell Frobish, 24, of Galena, guilty of multiple child sex crimes, Kansas Attorn...
Former Missouri auditor's spokesman Spence Jackson is being remembered at his funeral as a gregarious guy who was passion...
Stray cats have become a problem in Arma. Apparently, someone who lives across from the elementary school has been feeding th...
Governor Jay Nixon is renewing his push to expand Missouri's Medicaid health care program to cover more lower-income adul...
A man and woman from Columbus are in custody for a suspected burglary. Cherokee County Sheriff's Deputies were called Fri...
Voters in Jasper County didn't turn out in large numbers Tuesday, but those who did said "no" to a use tax. The...
One person is in custody after a drug bust in Vernon County. Tuesday night (4/7), law enforcement served a search warrant at ...
A Kansas House committee has approved a bill eliminating a projected state budget deficit by relying more on moving money aro...
Oklahoma lawmakers have approved a ban on a common second-trimester abortion procedure that critics describe as dismembering ...
The Missouri Senate committee held a public hearing today to discuss three different tax-cutting bills. Two were proposed by ...
Governor Sam Brownback has signed legislation making Kansas the first state to ban a common second-trimester abortion procedu...
The Kansas House has given first-round approval to a bill eliminating a projected shortfall of more than $330 million in ...
Kansas legislators have approved a stop-gap plan for erasing most of a predicted shortfall in the state's current budget ...
Friday is National HIV Testing Day..and the Community Clinic in Joplin will be offering free HIV/ AIDS tests Friday afternoon...
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin says the state budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 should be the Legislature's to...
Missouri House members have endorsed the first change in Missouri's income tax brackets since the Great Depression.A bill...
A Lawrence County mother has been charged with second-degree murder and domestic abuse for the December death of her 4-year-o...
An Oklahoma lawmaker plans a legislative study to examine the need for a runaway alert system similar to Amber Alerts for abd...
The Republican-led Missouri House has rejected a Democratic attempt to expand the state's Medicaid health care program fo...
Funeral services and a visitation will be held next week for Spence Jackson, the spokesman of former Missouri Auditor Tom Sch...
Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich is accusing Governor Jay Nixon of violating the state constitution by making budget cuts in 201...
Registered Democrats still outnumber Republicans in Oklahoma, but the latest statistics show the GOP continues to close the g...
Missouri Senator Roy Blunt was in Joplin Wednesday as part of a two-day tour around the state talking about improving mental ...
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has vetoed two bills and signed more than two dozen others, including one that prohibits the sa...
The Kansas House has narrowly approved a bill authorizing $1 billion in bonds to bolster the short-term financial health ...
The Kansas Supreme Court has blocked the state's most populous county from issuing marriage licenses to gay couples, hour...
Friday's (3/27) announcement that Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid would notrun for re-election in 2016 was good news fo...
There's been a push to get Missouri to expand Medicaid coverage. Supporters say this will help those who fall through the...
Top Kansas Democratic lawmakers are criticizing Republican Governor Sam Brownback's budget proposals.Senate Minority Lead...
With President Obama set to announce executive action on immigration tonight, Missouri US Senator Roy Blunt spoke on the Sena...
Dozens of Kansans have rallied at the Statehouse in favor of gay rights and to protest legislation that they argued would enc...
In case there was any doubt, several Republican state senators are making it clear that there will be no expansion of Medicai...
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says any ``discussion of tax cuts is a nonstarter'' until lawmakers first take steps to curb ...
Expanding Medicaid is something that's been debated in Missouri for years. Thursday night (3/26), there was a town hall m...
Guilty. Thursday afternoon (3/26), a Jasper County jury found Jeffrey Bruner guilty of first degree murder and armed criminal...
Kansas House and Senate budget negotiators have begun working on a spending agreement, casting aside a bleak revenue report t...
The Humane Society of the United States is suing Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt over an investigation into the organi...
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has promised to sign legislation to ban a procedure used to terminate hundreds of pregnancies i...
Democrats in the Missouri House are proposing to cut income taxes for lower- to middle-income individuals and raise them for ...
Two men are in custody after Joplin Police found a stolen vehicle Monday night (3/23). Joplin Police Captain Bob Higginbotham...
Hearts and Hammers received a $50,000 grant Tuesday from the Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri. The funds are gr...
A report on a problematic execution in Oklahoma shows lethal drugs caused the inmate to die, not a heart attack, after the st...
Now that the Missouri Legislature and the Governor have proposed $2.2-million more for salaries for state child abuse inv...
The "It's On Us" campaign against sexual violence on campus comes to Pittsburg State University Thursday, Oct. ...
Some Joplin residents have told City officials they're not sure how accurate the statistics are on rebuilding from the Ma...
Government red tape is forcing Galena residents to take a survey. The agency in charge of Community Development Block Grants ...
The husband of a woman who was beheaded last year at an Oklahoma food-processing plant has been awarded $100,000 in death...
Kansas lawmakers are considering a bill that would toughen punishments for hate crimes.Democratic Senator David Haley spoke i...
With sliding oil prices expected to deepen a $300 million hole in next year's budget, Oklahoma lawmakers will have to...
A Missouri bill to link the length of unemployment benefits to the unemployment rate has approval from a House panel. Accordi...
The Kansas House has approved a bill closing most of a projected $344 million shortfall in the state's current budget...
Missouri representatives are closer to limiting the length of jobless benefits to as few as 13 weeks, based on the overall ra...
More of the same. That's how Missouri Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler summed up President Obama's State of the Union spe...
The political mentor of Tom Schweich says his death represents a low point of politics, and calls the person behind an ad tha...
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has rescinded a former governor's order barring discrimination against gays and lesbians in...
A national group's push to redefine and outlaw a procedure commonly used in second trimester abortions is advancing in Ka...
The man accused of kidnapping, raping and killing a 10-year-old Springfield girl is trying to distance himself from handwritt...
A Joplin business has once again reached out to help those in need this Christmas. Con-way Truckload employees just finished ...
Missouri's Republican legislative leaders are hitting back against Democratic Governor Jay Nixon in a battle over state b...
An Oklahoma judge has ruled the state's execution law is unconstitutional because it doesn't allow inmates access to ...
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is warning about tax and rebate scams as the deadline nears to file personal income ta...
Kansas senators have approved a budget that completes spending for state agencies for 2015, including bonuses for state worke...
A bill has passed the Missouri House for a proposed Constitutional Amendment that would establish a fundamental right for par...
A Democratic lawmaker from suburban St. Louis has been removed from several Missouri House committees after he sided with Rep...
The budget bill that passed Congress includes cuts for military pensions, including those of disabled veterans. Missouri Sena...
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is urging lawmakers to sustain his line-item vetoes of $144 million of spending items in the ...
Oklahoma's criminal appeals court has overturned the conviction of a former Oklahoma State basketball player accused of s...
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has vetoed legislation that would have limited who may work as a health insurance guide for a new...
Police say they have found child pornography at the southwest Missouri home of a middle-school football coach accused in the ...
A tentative deal has been struck on lingering issues in the Kansas budget, moving legislators closer to concluding the 2014 s...
One of Missouri Governor Jay Nixon's vetos that was overriden at this week's veto override session dealt with abortio...
Republican Governor Sam Brownback and his Democratic challenger, Paul Davis, have laid out their positions on education, taxe...
The team from the Missouri State Auditor's office that is looking into the City of Joplin began its work Tuesday. Pam Til...
A federal judge has struck down Oklahoma's gay marriage ban, ruling that it violates the U.S. Constitution.U.S. District ...
Some Washington lawmakers are pushing for a government shutdown over the push to de-fund Obamacare, but several of them from ...
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin is complaining to federal officials about the potential cost to the state from unaccompanied im...
Legislation aimed at spurring growth in Missouri's dairy industry is heading to the governor's desk.The Senate on Thu...
A federal judge has sided with Oklahoma in its lawsuit challenging some subsidies offered to people buying insurance under th...
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin says a federal appeals court ruling that struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage i...
A southeast Kansas women's shelter has received a $190,000 grant from the State of Kansas. Safehouse Crisis Center is...
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has created a new government agency to help low-income and minority families. Nixon signed an exe...
A Las Vegas judge gave a lawyer until July 30 to produce proof that former NFL running back Larry Johnson met terms of his se...
The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected Oklahoma's request to join a challenge to the federal health care law. Oklahoma Attor...
The Archdiocese of St. Louis is criticizing a Catholic-based hospital group with local ties for theirconsideration of extendi...
Suicide claims more lives in Missouri than homicides and DWI accidents combined.The Southeast Missourian reports that data re...
State agencies in Oklahoma are being told to brace for budget cuts after a state board led by Gov. Mary Fallin certified that...
A former imperial wizard of the KKK will be speaking in Joplin this weekend against racism. Johnny Lee Clary tells News Talk ...
One person is in custody after a Nevada residence was searched for drugs early Monday morning. A search warrant was served at...
A leading bond-rating company says projected funding shortfalls and a recent court ruling that Kansas must spend more on its ...
Community colleges and K-12 education would get larger funding boosts under a House Budget Committee proposal than those reco...
A total of 42 people have been arrested following a four-day investigation by the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics into sex traff...
Freeman Health System implemented a "hard stop" rule on early elective deliveries since partnering with the March o...
A Missouri state senator says the Enivronmental Protection Agency is going too far. The EPA is funding a study on propane gri...
Missouri will allow health insurance companies to continue offering policies that otherwise would have been cancelled under t...
The Joplin Police Department is looking for a man who went missing earlier today. Officers were called to 106 S. Winfield jus...
The chief state district judge for three southeast Kansas counties has directed court clerks to issue marriage licenses to ga...
A Missouri House panel is moving ahead with a two-tiered budget that makes education funding partly dependent on the strength...
The Joplin Health Department is offering a walk-in immunization clinic for kids that'll be starting kindergarten in the f...
A trial date has been set for next week for an Illinois man accused in a failed plot to firebomb dozens of northeast Oklahoma...
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin says no death row inmates will be executed in the state until recommendations for improving the...
People with low incomes who need dental care will be able to get it, thanks to a grant Missouri Southern State University has...
It's the final week of the Missouri Legislature's session and state lawmakers are anxious to get their work done. Rep...
State Representative Charlie Davis couldn't be prouder to be reappointed as the Chairman of the Veterans Committee in the...
A McDonald County inmate died Wednesday after being taken off of life support at Freeman Hospital. 36-year-old Robert Mason o...
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says there's no need to consider a so-called dual voter registration system in ligh...
A Kansas House committee has tabled a bill to require cities and other local governments to warn consumers if they put fluori...
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon calls a state income tax cut plan a ``reckless experiment'' that would cause deep cutbacks in...
Two Republican Oklahoma lawmakers plan to file legislation next year to prevent youth access to electronic cigarettes, or e-c...
There's a new animal at the Joplin Humane Society--an alligator. Tianna Fisher with the Humane Society tells News Talk KZ...
There's a new way for middle-income people to get help buying a home. It's called the Joplin Home Buyers Assistance P...
No one likes to see an F on a report card. Missouri received an F from the Heartland Institue on its 2015 Welfare Reform Repo...
A Kansas panel has endorsed a $6.4 billion budget that doesn't balance without tax increases.The House Appropriations...
Missouri's lieutenant governor is accusing Justice Department officials of racism, even as the federal agency is criticiz...
Mount Vernon's City Council is trying to keep the city's VA clinic alive. On October 31st, the University of Missouri...
Oklahoma's governor would have broad new powers to appoint the directors of ten different state entities under a bill nar...
Support is growing among Republican leaders to have every other legislative session dedicated exclusively to writing the budg...
Missouri's oldest death row inmate is hoping the U.S. Supreme Court or the governor spares him from being executed as sch...
Is human trafficking something that only happens in third world countries? Or is it happening in the Four States? Wendi Dougl...
It's a growing problem: a large number of Missouri veterans are now homeless. Matthew Gallion with the Catholic Charities...
An annual report says the Kansas birth rate in 2013 was the lowest since the state began keeping birth records in 1912.The Wi...
Pittsburg Police have two men from Parsons in custody for a robbery Monday afternoon and they're looking for a third. Off...
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback's chief of staff says tax revenue increase proposals will be part of a plan to plug a budge...
Missouri's libraries are still waiting for money Governor Jay Nixon has withheld from the 2015 budget. And they say his 2...
A Springfield police officer who was shot in the head last month is out of intensive care and walking with the help of a walk...
A Kansas House committee has approved a proposed ban on a procedure described by abortion opponents as dismembering a fetus.B...
Shock. That's been the reaction among fraternities and sororities on the Misssouri Southern campus to a racist video made...
The Kansas Senate has given first-round approval to a bill to ban a procedure used in 8 percent of the abortion in the state....
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback's budget director says he's not planning to back off cuts in funding for public schools...
The Missouri Legislative Black Caucus are calling out the General Assembly to move Ferguson-related bills through the legisla...
Two Missouri state senators are calling for the Ferguson Police Department to be dissolved following a scathing federal repor...
The Oklahoma Legislature would dedicate every other year to exclusively writing a state budget under a proposed constitutiona...
A Nevada couple will be living apart for a while after they were sentenced Monday (3/9) for Social Security fraud. 53-year-ol...
The Kansas Department of Agriculture says it is monitoring a control zone in southeast Kansas for signs of avian influenza. T...
AKansas Democrat is sponsoring a bill that would raise the state's minimum wage by $3 dollars by 2017. Rep. Jim Ward&...
Legislation that makes it illegal to text while driving in Oklahoma has been approved by the state Senate.Senate members vote...
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