Two Republican Oklahoma lawmakers plan to file legislation next year to prevent youth access to electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes.
Sen. Frank Simpson and Rep. Pat Ownbey say their bill will expand the definition of tobacco products to include all nicotine delivery products other than FDA-approved cessation aids.
Research by the Oklahoma Youth Tobacco Survey shows that a significant number of youth are trying e-cigarettes. Oklahoma has no law prohibiting the sale of e-cigarettes and vapor products to youth but state law restricts youth access to other tobacco products. Studies say youth who are exposed to tobacco are more likely to become regular tobacco users.
The bill was requested by State Health Commissioner Terry Cline, who says more research is needed on vapor products and their long-term effects on health.
The Kansas Supreme Court has denied former Attorney General Phill Kline's request for a rehearing to consider modifying a ruling that indefinitely suspended his law license.
The denial was signed Tuesday by Justice Dan Biles on behalf of the court. Kline's attorney Tom Condit filed the motion with the court last week.
Condit, who didn't immediately return messages seeking comment, argued that investigators in Kline's case were biased and facts about the former attorney general's investigations into abortions were misrepresented.
The Supreme Court in October agreed with a state disciplinary panel that said Kline repeatedly misled or allowed subordinates to mislead others, including a Kansas City-area grand jury, during his investigations. The unanimous decision came after disputes between Kline, a Republican, and critics of his tactics.
Kansas State Board of Education members want public school students to continue to learn how to write in cursive even in the age of keyboarding and text messaging.
The 10-member board unanimously approved new handwriting standards for public schools Tuesday, saying that students are expected to learn to write in cursive in the third grade and write legibly in cursive by the fifth grade.
Multistate academic standards adopted by Kansas in 2010 don't require schools to teach cursive, and some educators question whether it's still a necessary skill and whether they have time to teach it.
Also, because Kansas doesn't have annual, statewide tests on handwriting, the board's standards have little teeth. But board members said they're hoping the strong language in the standards mean they won't be ignored.
MoDOT crews have removed most of the snow from main roads in the area. Dave Mitchell with MoDOT gives News Talk KZRG this update.
"That snow we got overnight and the cold temperatures set us back a bit. We had some routes that were covered and partly covered much of th eday today, but as the sun came out and warmed things up a bit, we've been able to get on top of it."
Mitchell says major roads in southwest Missouri are now clear. Now MoDOT crews will turn their attention to lesser traveled roads, removing slushy snow from ramps and left turn lanes. Mitchell says ice could still form on highways, so be careful when driving.
From MSSU Athletics:
The winningest head coach in Missouri Southern State University men's basketball history, Robert Corn, has announced his retirement from coaching, effective after this season as he will transition into a new position with the University on July 1, 2014.
As part of the announcement, current Lions' Associate Head Coach Jeff Boschee will be elevated to Interim Head Basketball Coach on July 1, 2014 and will serve as the head coach throughout the 2014-15 season. Corn will move to his new position as the Director of Alumni Relations/Athletics on that date, as well.
Corn holds a 395-300 overall record in his 25 years at Missouri Southern. He has guided the Lions to 20 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Postseason Tournament berths, 15 in a row, and four trips to the NCAA Division II Tournament. He is fourth on the MIAA's all-time wins list and is second among active coaches. The 1999-2000 National and Region Coach of the Year, Corn has been the only coach the Lions have had since joining the MIAA and Division II.
"Missouri Southern has been a great part of my life for the last 25 years and more including my years as a student," Corn said. "I have had the pleasure of coaching some of the finest young men to grace the courts here and they've helped give me some life-long memories. I cannot forget the assistant coaches that I've had along the way, as well as the tremendous support staff here in the athletic department and the administration, professors and staff within the school that I've had the opportunity to work with.
"With that being said, I'd like to ask everyone to respect our team with regards to this announcement. The season is never about me, but moreover it's about the players and having a fun and productive year. At the conclusion of the season, I will be happy to sit down with anyone who wishes and answer any questions you have, but until then, I will not have any further comments."
A native of Benton, Ill., where he was twice a special mention prep All-State performer, Corn played basketball for two seasons at Memphis State University (now the University of Memphis), including one year under Bartow, before transferring to Missouri Southern. As a senior, he was co-captain of the 1977-78 squad that went 27-9 to capture both Central States Intercollegiate Conference and NAIA District 16 crowns and advance to the quarterfinals of the NAIA Tournament. Corn was honored for his athletic and academic efforts that year as he was named honorable mention All-CSIC and All-District, as well as Missouri Southern's outstanding physical education major. He received his bachelor's degree in 1978.
Corn returned to his alma mater following ten years as an assistant under one of the game's most respected coaches, Gene Bartow, at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Corn went to UAB as a graduate assistant in 1979, just one year after Bartow had been hired to start the Blazers' basketball program, and was later promoted to full-time assistant in 1981.
He is married to the former Cindy Little of Muscle Shoals, Ala. They have two sons, Rob and Scott Michael.
"Robert has been not only the face of the men's basketball program at Southern for the past quarter-decade, he has been one of the most recognizable faces at the University, as well," said director of athletics, Jared Bruggeman. "The way he has ran his program should be a model for what many coaches at this level strive for. I want to personally thank him for his long years of service and wish him good luck in his new venture."
The Joplin Humane Society held a unique event over the weekend and in the process, reached a record number of adoptions. The shelter hosted a Christmas Open House where pets could be adopted for $25, which included a spay or neuter and their microchipping. Shelter manager Lysa Boston tells News Talk KZRG about the Tree of Remembrance Ceremony.
The Joplin Christmas Parade has been cancelled tonight due to the weather, but the other festivities are still a go. Casey Starnes with the Joplin Jaycees tells News Talk KZRG the sidewalks and roads are just too slick to have everyone drive out to the parade.
"We met with the Police Department and then City Hall street crews and did a check of the streets...and unfortunately found that Main Street itself will be OK, but the side streets and sidewalks will not be safe."
You can still see the Kansas City Southern Holiday Express train with Santa and his elves tonight at the Union Depot from 4:30-8:30. The parade has not been rescheduled as of yet, but if it is, it will not be until after the holidays.
Carthage Police believe an 87-year-old man's death is suspicious. Shortly after 6 Monday night, a neighbor reported that 87-year-old Raymond Ritchhart had fallen inside his home. Police determined his death was suspicious. Carthage Police Captain Bill Hawkins why Police believe the death is suspicious.
"There are some concerning circumstances. We don't have anyone in custody at this point and can't release investigative details at this point."
An autopsy has been scheduled to determine the cause of death.
Rumor has it that a big part of Wallace Bajjali's redevelopment plan for Joplin - the combination movie theater and library at 20th and Main - has been dropped by the Texas-based group. CEO David Wallace told the KZRG Morning News Watch in an exclusive interview this morning that's not technically true: while the reins have been passed to the City of Joplin, Wallace Bajjali will still be
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon says the budget he proposes next month will include a bond issuance to rebuild the Fulton State Hospital.
The hospital admitted its first patients in 1851. Patients now include those committed by the courts for evaluation and treatment. It also is the statewide treatment facility for people who have been found not guilty or unable to stand trial because of mental disease.
Nixon said Monday a new facility will mean better care for patients and safer working conditions for employees. Officials estimate a new facility will cost $211 million.
Missouri's budget taking effect in July includes $13 million to design the new hospital. Nixon initially froze all the money but released $2 million in September. He announced Monday he was releasing the remaining $11 million.
Joplin is getting ready to celebrate Christmas Tuesday night. Patrick Tuttle with the Joplin Convention and Visitors Bureau tells News Talk KZRG about the day's events.
"We've got the Christmas Parade kicking off at 6:00. And down by the Union Depot, you've got the Holiday Express Train coming in at 4:30."
The Holiday Express features Santa and his eleves on a Kansas City Southern Railroad train.
Tuttle says there's something new this year at Joplin City Hall: a mailbox for letters to Santa Claus. "Children who want to write a letter to Santa can bring it in to City Hall during the parade time. City Hall will be open and they can drop the letter in the box." That mailbox is on the first floor of Joplin City Hall.
Zac Brown Band, Parmalee Release New Music
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Garth Brooks Confirms 2014 World Tour
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Ray Price Hospitalized in Texas
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Sara Evans Sets New Album for March 4
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Hayden Panettiere: Nashville Resident?
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Taylor Swift's Red Earns Grammy Nods
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