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A Lawrence County mother has been charged with second-degree murder and domestic abuse for the December death of her 4-year-o...
Mount Vernon's City Council is trying to keep the city's VA clinic alive. On October 31st, the University of Missouri...
Shock. That's been the reaction among fraternities and sororities on the Misssouri Southern campus to a racist video made...
Two Republican Oklahoma lawmakers plan to file legislation next year to prevent youth access to electronic cigarettes, or e-c...
The "It's On Us" campaign against sexual violence on campus comes to Pittsburg State University Thursday, Oct. ...
The felony child abuse charges filed against a Jasper County man have been dropped. A judge ruled 26-year-old Chance Slaughte...
Missouri lawmakers have passed a budget that would restore Medicaid benefits cut a decade ago and boost spending on public ed...
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon vetoed $144.6-million in general revenue spending and restricted $641.6-million in genera...
A tip to the Newton County Sheriff's Department led to a big drug bust. Deputies served a search warrant at 3369 Greenwoo...
One of the projects proposed by Joplin's master developer Wallace Bajjali for redeveloping the city's tornado zone wa...
The Joplin Family YMCA needs your help. They just launched their 2014 Community Support Campaign with the hopes of raising &#...
With a blast of cold air coming into the Four States this week, your heater is going to get more use. And that means your ene...
The Oklahoma House has passed legislation that would make Oklahoma the fourth state in the nation to require women to wait at...
Two men are in custody after Joplin Police found a stolen vehicle Monday night (3/23). Joplin Police Captain Bob Higginbotham...
The Independent Living Center hosted their third annual Youth Transition Expo Tuesday. Students ages 14-21 with disabilities ...
The Missouri House has given initial approval to a mid-year budget plan that addresses funding shortfalls for schools and soc...
In about a year and a half, Joplin will mark the fifth anniversary of the May 2011 tornado. What should happen that day? A vo...
A Missouri appellate court will hear arguments next week in the case of a woman from Guatemala who says she did not consent t...
A Kansas House committee has approved a bill eliminating a projected state budget deficit by relying more on moving money aro...
Rebuild Joplin plan to send out letters to the owner of 676 lots vacated by the May 2011 tornado. Last September, 5,800 lots ...
The team from the Missouri State Auditor's office that is looking into the City of Joplin began its work Tuesday. Pam Til...
Missouri representatives are closer to limiting the length of jobless benefits to as few as 13 weeks, based on the overall ra...
The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected Oklahoma's request to join a challenge to the federal health care law. Oklahoma Attor...
Don't override my vetos. That was Missouri Governor Jay Nixon's message to state lawmakers Thursday ahead of next wee...
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin says no death row inmates will be executed in the state until recommendations for improving the...
Spring is often a busy time for humane societies. Lysa Boston, shelter manager at the Joplin Humane Society, tells News Talk ...
Community colleges and K-12 education would get larger funding boosts under a House Budget Committee proposal than those reco...
The company that's building the new Mercy Hospital Joplin raised money for charity today. McCarthy Building Companies hel...
One person is in custody after a Nevada residence was searched for drugs early Monday morning. A search warrant was served at...
The Missouri House is a step closer to debating a bill forbidding employers from requiring workers to pay dues to a union.The...
Oklahoma's governor would have broad new powers to appoint the directors of ten different state entities under a bill nar...
Should marijuana be legalized? The director of the Drug Policy Institute at the University of Florida says no. Dr. Kevin Sabe...
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin says a federal appeals court ruling that struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage i...
A Missouri House panel is moving ahead with a two-tiered budget that makes education funding partly dependent on the strength...
The public would get to decide if the Oklahoma Legislature should dedicate every other year exclusively to writing a budget u...
The Barton County prosecutor is seeking the death penalty for a Lockwood man accused of kidnapping, raping and killing a girl...
A leading bond-rating company says projected funding shortfalls and a recent court ruling that Kansas must spend more on its ...
A national group's push to redefine and outlaw a procedure commonly used in second trimester abortions is advancing in Ka...
A new report shows a spike in alcohol and drug law violations at Missouri State University.Arrests and tickets issued for stu...
Missouri's lieutenant governor is accusing Justice Department officials of racism, even as the federal agency is criticiz...
Stray cats have become a problem in Arma. Apparently, someone who lives across from the elementary school has been feeding th...
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has signed a $26 billion operating budget for next fiscal year that had been passed by the Le...
The husband of a woman who was beheaded last year at an Oklahoma food-processing plant has been awarded $100,000 in death...
Christopher Collings wants his death penalty sentence changed to life in prison without parole. He was convicted of the 2007 ...
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has blocked expenditures for all 47 budget items on which lawmakers overrode his line-item vetoes.Nix...
With sliding oil prices expected to deepen a $300 million hole in next year's budget, Oklahoma lawmakers will have to...
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is warning about tax and rebate scams as the deadline nears to file personal income ta...
The Missouri Senate committee held a public hearing today to discuss three different tax-cutting bills. Two were proposed by ...
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has vetoed two bills and signed more than two dozen others, including one that prohibits the sa...
In April, Webb City voters narrowly voted down a proposal to build a swimming pool. But support for the idea hasn't dried...
Investigators say Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich had talked for years of taking his own life but left behind no suicide note w...
Expanding Medicaid is something that's been debated in Missouri for years. Thursday night (3/26), there was a town hall m...
Last fall, the City of Pittsburg hired consultants to learn what potential there is to bring name businesses to town. Tuesday...
The Cherokee Nation is constructing a new health center in Jay for tribal members.The center will be the third of four health...
The Kansas Department of Agriculture says it is monitoring a control zone in southeast Kansas for signs of avian influenza. T...
Is human trafficking something that only happens in third world countries? Or is it happening in the Four States? Wendi Dougl...
A Missouri state senator says the Enivronmental Protection Agency is going too far. The EPA is funding a study on propane gri...
Freeman Health System implemented a "hard stop" rule on early elective deliveries since partnering with the March o...
There's a bill in the Missouri Legislature that would require anyone wanting an abortion to wait 72 hours. Missouri law c...
Republican leaders in the GOP-dominated Kansas Senate have cancelled a debate over raising taxes to close a state budget shor...
Two southwest Missouri men have been indicted in seperate cases for making child pornography. 30-year-old Michael Shane Tyson...
Republican leaders in the Oklahoma House and Senate have reached agreement with Governor Mary Fallin on a roughly $7.1 bi...
Last year, Missouri voters approved a constitutional amendmentthat stated a right to farm. Oklahoma voters may get to vote on...
New budget-balancing proposals from Kansas Governor Sam Brownback would require hospitals to pay higher fees and capture savi...
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon's supplemental spending request for the current fiscal year is moving forward in the Legislat...
The Oklahoma Legislature would dedicate every other year to exclusively writing a state budget under a proposed constitutiona...
The Obama Administration is planning to spend $12 million to promote Obamacare in Missouri and a dozen other states. That...
An American Civil Liberties Union attorney says a federal judge in Kansas has canceled a hearing scheduled Friday, Oct. 24 in...
A federal judge has struck down Oklahoma's gay marriage ban, ruling that it violates the U.S. Constitution.U.S. District ...
Republican Governor Sam Brownback and his Democratic challenger, Paul Davis, have laid out their positions on education, taxe...
Legislation aimed at spurring growth in Missouri's dairy industry is heading to the governor's desk.The Senate on Thu...
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin says the state budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 should be the Legislature's to...
The Missouri Legislature has narrowly failed to pass an agriculture bill in the veto session that wrapped up early this morni...
The Joplin City Council got a first look at the budget for the 2014/2015 fiscal year Monday night. Finance Director Leslie Ha...
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and his administration are investing $9.5 million in state and federal funds to expand ment...
Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich is accusing Governor Jay Nixon of violating the state constitution by making budget cuts in 201...
This was the last day the Jasper County Commission could adopt a budget for the 2014 fiscal year. They did it this afternoon,...
A member of the Oklahoma House is drafting a resolution seeking the impeachment of state Supreme Court justices who granted a...
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has created a new government agency to help low-income and minority families. Nixon signed an exe...
Saying it would lower wages and subject businesses to civil and criminal liability, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon Thursday (6/4...
Friday is National HIV Testing Day..and the Community Clinic in Joplin will be offering free HIV/ AIDS tests Friday afternoon...
A Springfield police officer who was shot in the head last month is out of intensive care and walking with the help of a walk...
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon calls a state income tax cut plan a ``reckless experiment'' that would cause deep cutbacks in...
There won't be a special session of the Missouri Legislature. It was suggested that when lawmakers gather next week for t...
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has rescinded a former governor's order barring discrimination against gays and lesbians in...
Republican Governor Sam Brownback says Kansas should defend the state constitution's ban on gay marriage in court because...
The Kansas Supreme Court has blocked the state's most populous county from issuing marriage licenses to gay couples, hour...
Walk - and dress - like a zombie. A "zombie walk" has been set up for October 19th to benefit the Salvation Army in...
Pittsburg Police have arrested two juveniles in connection with a break-in at a local business. Police tell News Talk KZRG nu...
The lead sponsor of a Missouri income tax cut wants Gov. Jay Nixon to call a special session so lawmakers can address some of...
Missouri House members have endorsed the first change in Missouri's income tax brackets since the Great Depression.A bill...
Missouri could carry out executions with firing squads under legislation proposed in the House. Webb City State Representativ...
Police say they have found child pornography at the southwest Missouri home of a middle-school football coach accused in the ...
The Missouri Senate has defeated an attempt to expand Medicaid eligibility to several hundred thousand lower-income adults.Th...
A federal judge has sided with Oklahoma in its lawsuit challenging some subsidies offered to people buying insurance under th...
Watered Gardens in Joplin will host a seminar next week about its True Charity Initiative. The seminar is entitled "Brea...
Government red tape is forcing Galena residents to take a survey. The agency in charge of Community Development Block Grants ...
A Lawrence Republican is challenging incumbent Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, saying he wants to restore sanity to th...
A Missouri judge has denied a temporary restraining order in a lawsuit over Governor Jay Nixon's directive to allow legal...
The Missouri Court of Appeals has upheld the adoption of a Guatemalan child by a Carthage couple. The court is supporting a l...
The United Way of Southwest Missouri & Southeast Kansas had more than $240,000 in long-term relief funds to award to seve...
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback says the state's path to growth relies on education, family and a sound economy.Brownback empha...
Legislation making Oklahoma the fourth state in the nation to require women to wait at least 72 hours before receiving an abo...
Joplin officials say about $837 million has been spent on construction in the city since the 2011 tornado. The city's...
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has vetoed a measure that sought to increase the tax credits available for donations to organizat...
Kansas lawmakers are considering increasing the state sales tax as the Legislature gathers proposals to close a looming budge...
A 45-year-old Kansas man has been charged withmore thana dozen sex crimes against a child. Larry Scott Madden was arrested ea...
A proposal to raise Missouri's fuel tax for the first time in two decades appears unlikely to move forward this session d...
Killing the death tax. The US House voted Thursday to repeal the estate tax, also known as the death tax. It's a 40 perce...
Mercy Joplin broke ground today on a new clinic in the village of Airport Drive. Doctor Sean Smith, the physician president o...
1 in 68 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with autism, and this is the month that many health professionals like to not only...
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster says he won't appeal a ruling that Missouri must recognize same-sex marriages lega...
Gov. Jay Nixon says Missouri voters should have another chance to vote on gay marriage and that he would vote to allow such u...
An Oklahoma judge has ruled the state's execution law is unconstitutional because it doesn't allow inmates access to ...
A new report says increased enrollment in Kansas schools is being driven by births in the Hispanic population.The report by t...
A medical clinic in Tulsa is challenging a state law that is to go into effect later this year and further restrict the use o...
Missouri's constitutional ban on gay marriage is being challenged by a lawsuit in Kansas City.The lawsuit was filed by at...
The Joplin Humane Society held a unique event over the weekend and in the process, reached a record number of adoptions. The ...
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has vetoed legislation that would have shortened the duration of unemployment benefits.The bill r...
This weekend is all about "Tail-gating" and helping your favorite team score big at the Joplin Humane Society's...
Missouridrivers could soon see a six cent gastax increase over the next three years. MoDOT says they need the funds since a t...
A federal judge has set a new hearing on the lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union challenging Kansas's ban...
A southeast Kansas women's shelter has received a $190,000 grant from the State of Kansas. Safehouse Crisis Center is...
One of Missouri Governor Jay Nixon's vetos that was overriden at this week's veto override session dealt with abortio...
A man guilty of killing his girlfriend's 18 month old daughter, a man awaiting trial for murder and a man charged with fi...
Lawmakers have passed legislation that would cut the amount of time Missourians can receive welfare benefits.The House on Thu...
It's taken seven years, but a Carthage adoption is now out of the court system. Monday, the US Supreme Court refused to h...
People are still wondering just what's going on at the US Department of Veterans Affairs, after reports of patients at VA...
After the May 2011 tornado, the Salvation Army was among many groups that collected money to help the people of Joplin and Du...
A woman from Jay who's accused of failing to seek medical attention for two daughters is now facing accusations she kept ...
Oklahoma's attorney general has filed an anti-discrimination lawsuit against a Miami restaurant and its owner over allega...
A former imperial wizard of the KKK will be speaking in Joplin this weekend against racism. Johnny Lee Clary tells News Talk ...
A Democratic lawmaker from suburban St. Louis has been removed from several Missouri House committees after he sided with Rep...
An Oklahoma prosecutor wants to create a new option for verdicts in criminal cases where the defendant claims he was insane w...
The next election for Missouri Attorney General is three years away, but State Senator Kurt Schaefer isn't waiting until ...
What can be done about the problem known as child abuse? A couple of Missouri lawmakers will be holding a public meeting in J...
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has signed a bill authorizing $1 billion in bonds to bolster Kansas' pension system for...
The Oklahoma Senate has overwhelmingly approved a $7.1 billion budget bill that funds state government for the fiscal yea...
Kansas and Arizona are asking a court to force a federal agency to quickly modify voter registration forms so the states can ...
Oklahoma has become the second state to ban a common second-trimester abortion procedure that critics describe as dismemberin...
Oklahoma has become the first state in the U.S. to allow the use of nitrogen gas in carrying out executions.Governor Mary Fal...
The death of 35-year-old Shannon Fonda has been ruled a suicide. You'll remember the woman's body was found in a burn...
Now that the 2015 Missouri Legislative session is over, State Representative Charlie Davis has had a chance to look back on w...
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin is calling on state lawmakers to revamp the state's budgeting process.In her State of the S...
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback's budget director says he's not planning to back off cuts in funding for public schools...
Missouri's oldest death row inmate is hoping the U.S. Supreme Court or the governor spares him from being executed as sch...
There's a new way for middle-income people to get help buying a home. It's called the Joplin Home Buyers Assistance P...
Carthage Police and firefighters will be going to school later this month--to learn Spanish. Police Chief Greg Dagnan tells N...
The Kansas House has narrowly approved a bill authorizing $1 billion in bonds to bolster the short-term financial health ...
Oklahoma Department of Human Services officials say they're trying to determine why the number of children in state custo...
Oklahoma lawmakers have approved a ban on a common second-trimester abortion procedure that critics describe as dismembering ...
The Joplin Humane Society received enough food from the Joplin Outlaws and Mars Pet Care Wednesday afternoon to feed the shel...
The Missouri Office of Administration is now accepting management contract bids for the Neosho License Office. In the past ye...
A Joplin man has been arrested for abusing his girlfriend's two month old son. Joplin Police say they were called about a...
Governor Mary Fallin is criticizing the federal courts for allowing gay marriage in Oklahoma, saying the decision by the U.S....
A same-sex couple has received a license in Johnson County and gotten married but it's not clear whether Kansas will reco...
Washburn University and The Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla is among a dozen campuses added to the gro...
One popular talking point about Obamacare has been the assertion that members of Congress and their staffs are exempt from th...
A total of 42 people have been arrested following a four-day investigation by the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics into sex traff...
More people across the country are signing up for Medicaid, the federal government's health insurance for low income peop...
Kansas legislators have drafted a new plan for raising taxes to close a budget shortfall that's similar to one the Senate...
Neosho is having its fourth annual Pet Fair on Saturday (5/16). Neosho spokesman Wes Franklin tells News Talk KZRG about the ...
Kansas legislators have approved a $131 million budget for the state court system for the fiscal year beginning July 1 to...
Kansas legislators have given final approval to a bill requiring lobbyists to disclose whether any of their activities are fi...
The Missouri Senate has quit early on this final day of its session (Friday 5/15), causing the demise of numerous bills. Sena...
An assistant Kansas attorney general says there's no decision yet on whether the state will seek the death penalty for a ...
At least 24,200 workers at Kansas state government agencies and state universities have received notices that they'll be ...