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OK Troopers To Get Raises

Governor Mary Fallin has signed a bill that would give Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers their first pay raise in seven years, although the pay hike won't come unless money is included in a separate budget proposal.

Fallin on Tuesday signed the bill that passed both chambers without opposition.

The bill removes the salary schedule for troopers from state statutes and authorizes across-the-board pay hikes of between 14 percent and 20 percent. Those increases are based on the recommendations of a study conducted last year on state employee compensation that found trooper salaries were below a regional average.

But the Legislature and governor still must agree to fund the roughly $8.5 million price tag for the raises as part of a broader budget agreement.

Carthage Still Selling Naming Rights

The Carthage School District is still bringing in naming rights money for its new early childhood center. Carthage Director of Special Services Beth James tells News Talk KZRG the School Board has approved more naming rights.

"Four rooms have been selected for naming rights through various organizations and individuals. As well as bricks, and an additional $100,000 has been given from the Southwest Missouri Bank for the Parents as Teachers portion of the building."

So how much has been raised in naming rights for the early childhood center?  "We had $350,000 from the Steadley Trust and then, of course, the $300,000 from the different portions of the building.  And then smaller amounts with the classrooms and the playground and that kind of thing."

James says in all, the District has brought in close to $700,000 for naming rights to various parts of the early childhood center. She says she's not expecting more large donations, but smaller ones for benches and bricks are likely.

Show Me Heroes

Missouri's Show Me Heroes program helps find work for veterans. They're going to have a hiring event in Joplin on May 14th. But to prepare for that, there will be a workshop Wednesday night. Bubba Evansco with the Workforce Investment Board tells News Talk KZRG the featured speaker will help veterans put their best foot forward. 

"He's going to help with how to convert that military service, those military skills, into civilian skills and civilian resume bullet points that can help get them hired."

The workshop is at the Missouri Career Center at 8th and Wall in Joplin. It's free to veterans, military service members, and their spouses.

Blunt Speaks To MO House

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt says there are no federal solutions to many problems confronting governments.

The Republican lawmaker spoke Tuesday to a session of the Missouri House in Jefferson City.

Blunt urged the legislators to resist when they're told the federal government is best suited to address a problem unless they have been persuaded the issue is too big for state government alone.

Likewise, Blunt says legislators often should push back when told state government is better suited than local officials to tackle an issue.

MO Dem Who Supported Tax Cut Having Second Thoughts

The lone Democrat to vote for a Missouri income tax cut says he is reconsidering his support because of concerns raised by Governor Jay Nixon.

House member Jeff Roorda of Barnhart joined Republicans last week in voting to pass legislation that would gradually cut income taxes for individuals and many business owners.

Nixon raised concerns Tuesday that the bill could eliminate taxes on all income over $9,000 and create a hole in the state budget.

Republican legislative leaders say that's absurd. They're vowing to try to override Nixon's likely veto.

An override requires a two-thirds vote in both chambers. That means Republicans would have to vote as a block and get the support of at least one House Democrat.

Roorda says he wants more information before voting on the override.

OK Domestic Violence Bill Goes To Governor

The Oklahoma Senate has approved legislation designed to address Oklahoma's escalating domestic violence issues.

The Senate voted 47-0 for the measure Tuesday and sent it to Governor Mary Fallin's desk to be signed into law.

The bill creates a series of research-based questions that will be asked to domestic violence victims by responding law enforcement officers. The answers to the questions will help the officers determine the level of continuing danger to the victim.

Bill author Sen. David Holt of Bethany says Oklahoma has the third-highest rate in the nation of women being murdered by men. Holt says the legislation addresses the state's domestic violence crisis by giving law enforcement the tools to help victims receive the appropriate security or services they need.


2 Arrested For Giving Alcohol To Minors

Two men from Carthage are accused of furnishing alcohol to underage kids over the weekend. Captain Derek Walrod with the Jasper County Sheriff's Office tells News Talk KZRG deputies were called to a Carthage home at 2:20am Sunday.

"On this one, we went out there and located several people in the residence that were under the age of 21 and had been drinking...and they had got the alcohol from Mr. Black and Mr. Brownrigg."

21-year-old Taylor Black and 21-year-old Taylor Brownrigg, both from Carthage, are facing nine charges of supplying intoxicating liquor to persons under 21--one count for each underage person at the party.

Ozone Awareness

A public service campaign is underway to reduce ground level ozone emissions. Ozone is a positive in the atmosphere, where it blocks the sun's ultraviolet rays. But at ground level, ozone can be harmful, as Joplin Health Director Dan Pekarek explains.

"It can aggravate people that have respiratory disease, for instance.  Aggravate lung tissues, aggravate, make worse asthma conditions in certain individuals."

How can we reduce ozone?  "Think about when you mow your yard (in early evening, rather than in the heat of the day). Try to think about planning your trips around town.  I mean, when gas is $3.30, $3.35 a gallon, it makes sense for you to plan your trips around town. Try to spend less time idling. Try to be careful about how you use solvents in the house, in the garage."

The Four States Clean Air Alliance will be presenting messages on how you can reduce ozone emissions. There's information online at

Rousan Denied Stay Of Execution

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a condemned Missouri man's request for a stay of execution.

William Rousan, 57, is scheduled to be executed at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday for killing a southeast Missouri farm couple 21 years ago.

His attorneys had petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court for the stay today after the 8th U.S. Court of Appeals declined to reconsider an earlier denial of the stay request.

Rousan's attorney are also seeking clemency from Governor Jay Nixon.

Wood Now Charged With Rape In Girl's Death

A Springfield man accused of kidnapping and killing a 10-year-old girl is now facing rape and sodomy charges. Greene County prosecutors added the new charges against 46-year-old Craig Michael Wood on Monday. Court documents indicate the additional charges in the death of Hailey Owens in February stem from newly available autopsy results. Hailey was abducted while walking home from her best friend's house, just two blocks from her own home. She was found dead hours later in the basement of Wood's home. Wood is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Thursday. His public defender says he plans to ask for a delay because of the new charges.

Neosho Appoints Attorney for Ethics Board

In light of Neosho's city attorney Steve Hays removing himself from any involvement with the ethics board that's investigating two city council members, the city  is hiring a new attorney to offer legal counsel to the  ethics board until those complaints are resolved. The council appointed Attorney Bill McCaffre of Nevada. Mayor Richard Davidson tells News Talk KZRG why he was

Children's Author Visits Joplin to Promote Tornado Book

A children's book based on the May 2011 tornado that hit Joplin will be the focus at the Joplin Public Library tonight. Carolyn Mueller, author of "Lily: A True Story of Courage & the Joplin Tornado," tells News Talk KZRG it was tough to make a children's book out of the storm.
"I wrote an article for adults that included all of the details, for everything, and then I just
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