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A Joplin high school teacher has been recognized by Governor Jay Nixon for his outstanding work in the district. Tobin Shultz won the Milken Foundation award last fall for implementing the Link Crew program which pairs freshmen with juniors and seniors to help ease their transition into high school. Shultz tells News Talk KZRG why receiving the award was especially humbling.
An investigation into two Neosho City Councilmen has led the head of the city's ethics board to resign. Tim Lewis stepped down Thursday. He tells News Talk KZRG an investigation into Councilmen Steve Hart and David Ruth is political and he's through with it.
"From the very beginning, I thought that this could be a political witch hunt. I tried to look at this in a manner that would be fair and objective to all parties. Now that I've been privy to it and sat on the board and the way the board's organized, to me, it's just not an effective board. This board will always be used for political gain and that's exactly, I think, what's happening here."
One allegation is that Hart shoved Neosho city manager Troy Royer. "There was an assault that took place and I think as a civil board that anybody that testifies in front of us is not sworn in their testimony. There's no fear of perjury and here we are going to decide something like that. That's something that needs to be decided by the local law enforcement. Then come back to the board."
Lewis also points out the allegations are being made by someone who no longer lives in Neosho. The ethics board has to decide if the allegations against Ruth and Hart are true, then recommend to the Neosho City Council what action, if any, to take.
Missouri Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard responding to Governor Jay Nixon's complaints that a tax cut bill passed this week will hurt education. Richard tells News Talk KZRG those claims aren't true. "We've funded education more than it's ever been since we've been in office the last 10 to 12 years, and that argument doesn't hold water with me. There's a lot of other people that could use a couple extra bucks, too."
Last year, the General Assembly passed an income tax cut. Nixon vetoed it, then went on a statewide campaign to keep the Legislature from overriding his veto. Richard says he doesn't expect the Governor to use a similar tactic this year. "That's possible, but we did it in such a timely fashion, he has to veto it during session, while we're there. So it won't be in September when we decide to override it, it'll be in the next couple weeks."
Nixon issued a new statement this afternoon, calling the tax cut "an unaffordable giveaway to special interests." Supporters of the tax cut point out the cut takes effect if Missouri's revenues keep growing.
Jasper's school superintendent wants to get to the bottom of charges that a former school employee had sexual contact with students. 42-year-old Janice Rusk of Jasper was charged this week with one count each of statutory rape and statutory sodomy. Jasper Superintendent Rick Stark tells News Talk KZRG he just wants to know what happened.
"The main view the district is taking is that we just hope the truth comes out once due process has been followed, whatever that might be or whatever that means."
Stark says Rusk worked for the Jasper schools as a care professional, a teacher's aide, who worked in the high school special education department. Rusk was fired after a special board meeting on April 10th.
Missouri coach Frank Haith is in position to replace Danny Manning at Tulsa.
A person with knowledge of the situation at Tulsa says Haith is the front-runner for the job, and he was traveling to the school on Thursday afternoon. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because nothing had been finalized.
Haith coached at Miami (Fla.) before taking over at Missouri. He led Missouri to a 30-5 record in 2011-12 and was The Associated Press Coach of the Year. The Tigers went 18-12 this season.
Manning left Tulsa after two seasons to take over at Wake Forest. He coached the Golden Hurricane to the NCAA tournament this season.
Kansas officials are projecting that the state will collect nearly $178 million more in revenues than previously thought through June 2015.
The new revenue projections issued Thursday brighten the state's budget picture and would appear to allow Kansas to avoid a budget shortfall through June 2016.
The previous revenue projections, issued in November, estimated that the state would collect about $5.9 billion in taxes and other revenues for the current fiscal year and again during the fiscal year beginning in July.
The new projections predict about $6 billion in revenues for each fiscal year.
But revenues during the current fiscal year would still run about 6 percent behind revenues during the previous year because of income tax cuts championed by Republican Governor Sam Brownback.
The Oklahoma State Department of Health reports three more deaths due to influenza to raise the total number this flu season to 61.
The deaths reported Thursday are the first in the state since early March and adds to the record number reported during the flu season that began in September. The previous record of 46 flu deaths in 2009 the year the state began tracking the statistic was broken in February.
Tulsa County has had the most deaths with 10, followed by Comanche County with six, Oklahoma County with five and Cleveland County with four. Logan, Muskogee, Pittsburg and Wagoner counties each have three deaths.
Carter, Creek, Le Flore, Mayes, McClain, and Washington counties have each had two deaths while 12 counties have one death each.
Unemployment held steady in Kansas during March, staying at a seasonally adjusted rate of 4.9 percent in March, the same as in February. The Kansas Department of Labor says Kansas added 2,200 private-sector jobs in March and more than 17,000 in the past 12 months. The agency also says first-time benefit claims fell in March to 9,669.
This Saturday your kids can go Easter Egg hunting, and you'll be helping a good cause in the process. Monica Burlingame of Carousel Park in Joplin tells News Talk KZRG their Easter Egg hunt this weekend will benefit the Ronald McDonald House.
"We have over 15,000 eggs. We do it by height, so we'll have three hunts this year, starting with the smaller kids, starting at
Theo and Opal now have a new place to call home thanks to Rebuild Joplin, but it was a long road to get there. Client Service Coordinator Sharon Lindsey tells News Talk KZRG it was like real life detective work sorting through all of the legal issues.
"They purchased it just before the tornado came through and the paperwork didn't do through until six months after the tornado. Our job
Six people were taken to hospitals after a six vehicle crash Wednesday morning north of Frontenac. The Kansas State Highway Patrol says a semi hit three cars that were stopped at the red light at the junction of US Highways 69 and 160. One of those vehicles ended up hitting another semi. The first semi then made a hard left turn and hit a pickup in the northbound lane of 69, knocking it onto the passenger side.
These people were taken to area hospitals with injuries: 34-year-old April Semrad of Galesburg, 44-year-old Trudy Richwine of Erie, Avery Semrad of Galesburg (age not listed), 30-year-old Deanna Garrett of Pittsburg, 53-year-old Douglas Simpson of Fort Scott and K Graham, age & address unknown.
The driver of the first semi. 30-year-old Eric Christopher of Red Oak, OK and the driver of the second semi, 47-year-old Sammy Stoots of Jay, were not injured.
The Kansas Highway Patrol tells News Talk KZRG the accident is under investigation.
Someone who went to Downstream Casino Saturday night left with a lot more money than when they went in. That person, who wants to remain anonymous, won over $2.65 million playing the Avatar penny slot machine. Downstream public relations manager Sean Harrison tells News Talk KZRG the Avatar game is connected with similar games at casinos around the country.
"He was playing max bet, 300 pennies, or three dollars. And that's how you win the big major national jackpot--if you're lucky, and he was very lucky."
While the winner of that jackpot isn't commenting, Harrison spoke to a Downstream worker who saw the winner's reaction. "The guy was almost in shock and sort of had to sit there and ponder this for a while and come to terms with what just happened."
Harrison says the $2.65 million is the most anyone has won at Downstream in one shot. It's double the previous record jackpot of $1.3 million.