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Join Brett James for the Royals Caravan at Academy on Rangeline Road in Joplin! He'll be hanging out with some of your favorite Royals from 2:30-4:30pm on Thursday, January 29th!!


Join MJ on Friday, January 30th, from 6-8p at BUFFALO RUN CASINO! Warm up, get your tickets for ALL upcoming shows, and enter the Friday Night Slot Tournament!


Join Randy at Sleep Number inside Northpark Mall as he broadcasts live from noon-2p, Saturday, January 31st! Come find your sleep number!


Kaylee Cole will be broadcasting live from GUITARS on West 7th street in Joplin on Saturday, January 31st, from 8-10p! No cover and happy hour til 9p and long neck specials til 10p!

Listen to Win Tickets to these Shows at Buffalo Run!

February 21st - Keith Anderson - KIX Cabin Fever Concert
March 14th - Ronnie Milsap

Local News

Springfield Officer Shot, Arrest Made

A Springfield police officer was shot early this morning. Springfield Police Captain Greg Higdon says it happened at around 1:30am during a call to check on a person's wellbeing.

"Shots were fired, and the suspect left on foot. We're going to hold the crime scene, and process it. The officer has been taken for treatment."

Hidgon says the officer is in "serious

Empire Talks Rate Increase

Empire District Electric has asked to raise electric rates to recover the cost of renovations at its Asbury plant. Empire Chief Financial Officer Kelly Walters tells News Talk KZRG how long it takes to have a rate increase approved by the state.

"That is an 11 month process.  So the first step is to make the filing.  The next step is that the staff of the Missouri Public Service Commission comes in and they do a full audit.  That's the phase we're in right now and that takes several months."

Then there will be public hearings on the rate increase. There will be two in Joplin on February 19th, at noon and 6pm at Cornell Auditorium on the Missouri Southern State University campus.  The final public hearing is February 20 at Reeds Spring City Hall.

Schmidt To Appeal Ruling That KS Doesn't Spend Enough On Education

Kansas' top prosecutor has announced plans to appeal a district court panel ruling that found the state isn't spending enough money on its public schools to provide a suitable education.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced the appeal plans Friday morning (1/23). Later, his office announced it had filed a motion asking for a clearer explanation of the ruling.

Schmidt also said he doesn't distinguish between the formula and the funding of the formula. Part of the debate over school finance has centered on whether the formula itself is flawed or simply underfunded.

Schmidt told lawmakers in the House Appropriations Committee new court filings will come soon. The appeals deadline in the case comes next week.

Joplin Skate Park Meeting

There's going to be a public meeting Monday afternoon (1/26) about the new skateboard park that will be built at Ewert Park. The meeting will be at 5pm at American Ramp Company at 601 South McKinley in Joplin. City officials are looking for public input on what features the new skate park should have.

Joplin Area Catholic Schools Week

Joplin's Catholic schools are celebrating National Catholic Schools Week this week with a variety of events. On Monday, St. Mary's Elementary students will donate change to benefit the Children's Miracle Network. Bishop James Johnston will preside at an all schools mass on Tuesday. And on Thursday, students will make Valentine's Day cards for residents at Wildwood Nursing Facility and fifth graders will volunteer at Ronald McDonald House.

Galena Landfill Less Certain

After nearly seven months of debate, a major obstacle has emerged to a proposed landfill in Galena.

Cherokee County commissioners have learned that the city of Galena will need their approval to submit an application to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

Commission chairman Richard Hilderbrand doesn't see that happening. He noted that the commission has always been ``unanimous against it.''

Controversy arose after the Galena City Council acquired land and structured a contract for a 40-acre landfill on 160 acres near Riverton. The commissioners previously thought they would not be able to stop the proposed landfill project from moving forward.

Galena Mayor Dale Oglesby said he was astonished. Oglesby said the city ``apparently has had either erroneous or incomplete information.''

MO Suicide Rate 18th Highest In Nation

Suicide claims more lives in Missouri than homicides and DWI accidents combined.

The Southeast Missourian reports that data released Thursday (1/22) by the American Association of Suicidology shows Missouri had a suicide rate of 15.9 per 100,000 people in 2012. This ranks the state 18th in the nation and higher than the national average of 13 suicides per 100,000 people.

And the numbers are climbing. Data from the Missouri Institute of Mental Health show a steady increase in suicide rates since 2000, nationally and statewide.

Licensed professional counselor Michael Hester says having a conversation about the reality of having suicidal thoughts can lead to help. It also is a signal to distressed people that someone cares.


Master Developer Wallace Bajjali Skips Town

Wallace Bajjali has left the building. As of Friday afternoon, the group hired as Joplin's Master Developers to redevelop the city since the May 2011 tornado has cleared out their offices in the Gryphon Building and disconnected their phones. News Talk KZRG asked Mayor Mike Seibert what's going on.

"The city has not received an official notice or confirmation, so without that

Joplin South Middle School Briefly Locked Down

South Middle School in Joplin was on lockdown briefly on Friday (1/23). Joplin School Superintendent Dr. CJ Huff tells News Talk KZRG what happened.

"A gentleman who appeared to be inebriated walked on to the property.  Students were brought inside and sheltered in place inside the school. Newton County (Sheriff's Deputies) were called and I think the whole lockdown lasted about three minutes or so."

Huff says no student made contact with the man.

Royal Heights Safe Room Opens

Another Joplin school has a tornado safe room. Royal Heights Elementary cut the ribbon on its safe room Friday. It will also serve as a gymnasium. Joplin School Superintendent Dr. CJ Huff tells News Talk KZRG two safe rooms were dedicated this week.

"We also opened up Kelsey Norman's safe room this week as well as Royal Heights.  Again, it's just another opportunity to provide shelter for members of this community community and the surrounding area to have access to that storm shelter 24/7."

Safe rooms are still under construction at West Central and Columbia Elementary Schools, as well as the Performing Arts Center at Joplin High School.  Huff says those should be ready this spring.

Health Insurance Assistance Available Saturday

If you have questions about signing up for health insurance, Freeman Health System and Access Family Care will have information sessions on Saturday (1/24). Camille Midcap, a counselor at Freeman, tells News Talk KZRG what will be covered.

"We give them unbiased support as to what their options are through the marketplace.  So maybe they just want to find out if they qualify for that tax credit, and that's what makes the plan affordable. Burt we just sit down with them, answer their questions."

The sessions will be Saturday (1/24) from 10am to 3pm at the Joplin Public Library and at Neosho High School at the North entrance. For more information, call 417-347-8888.

KS Democrats Slam Brownback Budget

Top Kansas Democratic lawmakers are criticizing Republican Governor Sam Brownback's budget proposals.

Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley of Topeka and House Minority Leader Tom Burroughs of Kansas City said in a news conference Friday (1/23) that the governor's proposals would hurt ordinary Kansans. Hensley argued that Brownback's proposal to repeal the current school funding formula was unconstitutional.

Brownback's budget recommendations also call for sharp increases in cigarette and alcohol taxes and transfers. Hensley said these moves would disproportionately affect the poor.

Kansas is facing a total budget deficit of more than $710 million in the current fiscal year and the one beginning July 1. The Democratic leaders blame Brownback's tax-cutting policies. But Democrats haven't drafted alternative budget legislation.

Brownback said in a statement that he's willing to work with the Democrats.
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