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MJ AT BUFFALO RUN CASINO


Join MJ as he broad casts live from BUFFALO RUN CASINO on Friday, March 6th, from 6-8pm! He'll tell you how you can get in on all the action and how to get your tickets for ALL the upcoming events at Buffalo Run Casino!

KAYLEE AT GUITARS ROCK N' COUNTRY


Join Kaylee Cole this Saturday, March 7th, at GUITARS on West 7th street in Joplin for no cover and drink specials until 9pm! She will be broadcasting live from 8-10p, stop by Guitars where they are creating good times for good people.

Listen to Win Tickets to these Shows at Buffalo Run!


March 7th - Four State Franchise Fight
March 14th - Ronnie Milsap
March 20th - Jerrod Niemann
May 15th - Casey Donahew Band
Local News

Joplin Police Seek Missing 12 Year Old Boy


Joplin Police are looking for a 12 year old overdue juvenile.

Christian Goodwin, a 12 year old white male, was last seen at A and Pearl Sunday afternoon (3/1). At 3:30 pm, the child's father said he spoke to Christian, and believed him to be playing in Roanoke Park.

Christian is described as 5'2", 93 lbs, blonde hair, blue eyes, last seen wearing a Blue Hoodie, Blue Jeans, Bright Green Shoes, and a Grey Backpack.

Christian's picture is on News Talk KZRG's Facebook page.

If anyone has any information as to Christian's whereabouts, please immediately contact the Joplin Police Department at 417-623-3131.

Joplin Police are looking for a 12 yr old overdue juvenile.

Christian Goodwin, a 12 year old white male, was last seen at A and Pearl Sunday (3/1) afternoon. At 3:30 pm, the child's father said he spoke to Christian, and believed him to be playing in Roanoke Park.

Christian is described as 5'2", 93 lbs, blonde hair, blue eyes, last seen wearing a Blue Hoodie, Blue Jeans, Bright Green Shoes, and a Grey Backpack.

Christian's photo is on News Talk KZRG's Facebook page.

If anyone has any information as to Christian's whereabouts, please immediately contact the Joplin Police Department at 417-623-3131.

KS Legislature Halftime Break


Kansas legislators are on break until Wednesday (3/4).

State lawmakers usually take several days off after the ``turnaround'' deadline that passed Friday (2/27). Most bills that have not been approved by their chamber of origin were discarded after the Friday deadline.

Lawmakers passed a raft of legislation leading up to the deadline with a total of 97 bills passed by the two chambers last week.  They passed bills that advanced gun-rights and teacher collective bargaining proposals but having left measures to legalize medical marijuana, expand the Medicaid program and restrict fracking to languish.

Most bills had to be passed out of their chamber of origin be automatically discarded after Friday's ``turnaround'' deadline.

House Speaker Ray Merrick, a Stilwell Republican, said in a statement Thursday that he was pleased with the chamber's work to pass 35 bills over the three day period leading up to the deadline.

The Senate passed 60 bills in the two days before the deadline half of them in a nearly nine hour session that stretched from the Thursday afternoon to just before midnight.

Thursday (2/26) was the Legislature's 46th day out of 90 scheduled. When lawmakers return Wednesday, it will be the 47th day of the schedule.

Lawmakers don't get paid while they are on break. They plan to remain in session until April 3rd, known as ``drop dead day,'' then return April 29th after a long spring break to wrap up their business for the year.

 

Joplin City Council Preview


Monday night, (3/2) the Joplin City Council will discuss adding an ordinance to the city code regarding domestic violence. The current city code doesn't mention domestic assault and treats assault and domestic violence the same. The Council will also vote on two contracts for storm sewer repairs. Monday's Joplin City Council meeting starts at 6 at City Hall. News Talk KZRG will be there and have full coverage for you afterwards.

Moutz Sentenced For Killing Her Husband In 2013


A Pittsburg woman has been sentenced to nearly 14 years in prison for fatally shooting her husband in 2013. Carla C. Moutz was sentenced Friday (2/27) for second-degree murder and aggravated assault for the death of her husband, 49-year-old John Moutz, at her father's home in Pittsburg. She was charged with first-degree murder but accepted a plea deal in January.

Man Suspected Of Killing 2 In Columbia Dies In Shootout With Deputies


Authorities say a man suspected of killing two people and wounding a third at a duplex near Columbia has been killed in a shootout with deputies.

Det. Tom O'Sullivan of the Boone County Sheriff's Department said officers responded late Saturday (2/28) to reports of gunfire and found a man and a woman who lived in the duplex dead. A male roommate who sustained life-threatening injuries was taken to a hospital.

O'Sullivan said a pursuit began when deputies tried to stop a vehicle seen fleeing from the scene. After losing control in the snow while attempting to turn onto U.S. 63, the driver got out of with a handgun. O'Sullivan said shots were exchanged, and the suspect was fatally wounded.

The names of the people who were killed weren't immediately released.

Boy Dies After Falling Through Ice In Vernon County


Vernon County authorities say a boy is dead after falling through the ice at a farm pond. The Vernon County Sheriff's Office says three boys were playing when they fell through the ice around 9am Saturday. One boy made it to land on his own, a second was rescued, but it took rescuers about 90 minutes to reach the third. The name of the boy hasn't been released; authorities are saying he was younger than 10 years old.

KS Revenues Higher In February


Kansas collected $22 million more in taxes than expected this month.

The Department of Revenue reported Friday (2/27) that the state collected almost $310 million in taxes in February, when it anticipated taking in $287 million. The surplus is 7.7 percent.

The numbers are good news for Governor Sam Brownback and legislators, but they don't solve the state's budget problems.

Officials must close a budget shortfall that had been projected at nearly $600 million for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

Tax collections for the current fiscal year, starting in July 2014, still remain behind expectations, after falling short in December and January.

During those eight months, the state collected $3.55 billion in taxes, when it expected $3.6 billion. The difference is $37 million, about 1 percent.

Pittsburg & PSU Exchange Land


Pittsburg State University and the city of Pittsburg have agreed to swap land in a deal designed to help both entities expand. The trade was ratified Tuesday (2/24) by the Pittsburg City Commission but must also be approved by the Kansas Legislature. The university agreed to give 72 acres to the city, which wants to use it for home building. In return, the city will give Pittsburg State one 25-acre site and another 5-acre site.

Mt. Vernon Man Dead In Thursday Accident


A Mount Vernon man is dead and a woman was seriously injured when their pickup went off the road Thursday morning (2/26). The Missouri State Highway Patrol says 51-year-old William Loftis was eastbound on Highway V, two miles west of Mount Vernon around 9:30 Thursday morning when his pickup left the road, hit the ditch and rolled over several times. Loftis was pronounced dead at the scene. Passenger 52-year-old Anna Wielichowski of Mount Vernon was taken to a Springfield hospital with serious injuries.

New Wayfinder Signs Installed In Joplin


You may notice some new signs up around Joplin directing you towards the city's four districts; historic downtown, retail, hotel, and sports. The city of Joplin unveiled their new Wayfinder signs Friday. There's 37 in all. Patrick Tuttle with the Convention and Visitors Bureau tells News Talk KZRG the old signs that were installed in 2008 have been replaced with brighter, retro-reflective

Neosho School District Response to Staff Termination Rumors


Due to several reports from KZRG listeners about Neosho School District employees being terminated and escorted from their buildings, the Neosho School District has released the following statement:

"Central Elementary's principal, Dottie Smith's resignation was approved on Monday, February 23, 2015 during open session at the Neosho school board meeting for personal reasons. South
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