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Local News

PSU Student Wins National Award

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.

Photo courtesy: Pittsburg State University.

MSSU Student Veterans Counseling

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.

Military Mom On Mission to Send Hundreds of Boxes of Snack Cakes to Soldiers

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

JHS Asst. Principal Honored

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.

Buffalo Run Saves The TaTa's

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.

Joplin Church Burglary

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

Human Trafficking Seminar

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."

KS Educators Fear Budget Cuts

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.

Body Found In Car In Ferguson

St. Louis County police say that a 20-year-old man whose dead body was found inside a car in Ferguson, Missouri, after riots erupted had been intentionally set on fire.

Police on Wednesday (11/26) identified the victim as DeAndre Joshua of University City. His death is being investigated as a homicide, but police have not said whether it's connected to the violence that broke out after the announcement of a grand jury decision to not indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.

Joshua's body was found Tuesday morning at the wheel of a 2004 Pontiac parked near the apartment complex where Brown was killed. He had severe burns, and an autopsy determined that Joshua was shot once in the head.

Joplin Family's New Habitat Home

A Joplin family has a new home just in time for Thanksgiving. Alfredo and Jamie Flores and their son Jaydon moved into a home they built with Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity and Thrivent Financial. Alfredo Flores tells News Talk KZRG he's excited about his new home.

"Man, it's a wonderful experience just waking up this morning, not being able to sleep, ready to come home.  My son is ready to be here.  Words honestly can't describe the way that we feel today."

Jamie Flores tells News Talk KZRG about helping build her new home.  "We had a blast doing it and we're going to continue to do it, helping other families.  It's something that really inspired us to want to move forward and help other people with their Habitat home."

This is the 88th home Joplin Area Habitat has completed since the May 2011 tornado. You can see photos of the Flores family's new home in the photo gallery here at News Talk

MO Deer Season Stats

Missouri deer hunters had a successful hunting season. During the ten day firearms deer season that ended Tuesday, over 167,000 deer were brought in. That's ten thousand more than last year. Howell County in southern Missouri had the biggest deer harvest with 3,418.

One Dead, One Hurt In Newton County Crash

One man is dead and a teenager seriously injured after their pickup overturned Wednesday morning north of Racine. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says 23-year-old Joshua Marrs of Carthage and 16-year-old Jacob Hall of Neosho were southbound on State Highway 86 around 8:20am when Marrs went off the right side of the road, overcorrected, went off the left side of the road and overturned. Marrs died at a Joplin hospital; Hall was taken to a Kansas City hospital with serious injuries.
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