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It’s a blast from the past, Worlds of Fun announces new ride

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Worlds of Fun is bringing a blast from the past back to life.

The park announced the coming of the Zambezi Zinger in 2023. It’s a two-minute, 45 mph, 2,482-foot-long roller coaster.

“Packed with several moments of airtime, banked turns and quick transitions, riders are connected to the feeling of an epic safari chase and fast-paced adventure!” – Wolds of Fun posted to its website.

World of Fun opened in 1973. The amusement park states the original Zinger was one of the park’s most popular rides.

“..it had cars configured in a bobsled style that dashed through the trees for a fun and exhilarating ride. The new Zinger is sure to delight a new generation of guests while providing a nostalgic nod to the past.”

So, what’s the story of the Zambezi Zinger? Worlds of Fun shares the story.

“As guests travel through Africa, south of the Serengeti, they arrive at a smalltime safari company offering exciting tours to adventurers and thrill seekers who have traveled from near and far to experience the Zinger.

Zambezi Adventure Safaris went out of business just before the turn of the century when the Zinger was thought to have gone extinct. They recently reopened their doors after new evidence suggested the Zinger had returned to the area.

The company now takes guests on thrilling excursions to explore these famously hallowed woodlands so travelers may once again experience the legend of the Zinger!”

You can learn more about the ride here!

 

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News to Know: Buzzard pleads guilty to 2019 murder, and the city of Miami explains rising utility bills

GROVE, Okla. – A Grove, Oklahoma man pleads guilty to a second degree murder charge. Authorities say Cody Buzzard helped kill Jerry Tapp in August 2019. Buzzard’s father, James, and his brother, Dakota, are also charged in the case but are still awaiting court proceedings. You can read more about the case here.

PHELPS, Mo. – Authorities respond to a crash Thursday morning. they say the 16-year-old driver was driving a farm vehicle when he went off the road and overturned in Phelps, Missouri. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The passenger suffered moderate injuries. Follow this story here.

NEWTON COUNTY, Mo. – A crash in Newton County takes the life of a Granby, Missouri man. Authorities say 90-year old George Eads was traveling east on Highway H four miles east of Neosho. When he turned he failed to yield for another vehicle that hit him. Eads was pronounced dead at the scene. The other driver received minor injuries. Find the full report here.

MIAMI, Okla. – Some residents of Miami, Oklahoma are receiving very high monthly utility bills as high as $1,100. Miami deals with its utilities by combining water, electricity, and other utilities onto one bill. City officials are updating the bill format to be transparent and residents will see specific charges. The city rates have not changed but the GRDA increased its rates and charges. During the peak of demand for natural gas, the GRDA raised its prices by more than 200%. For a deeper explanation click here.

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Study shows Americans drive less while gas prices continue to fall

CHEROKEE/JASPER COUNTIES – As gas prices fall in the 4-States, national data suggests that fewer drivers are filling up and hitting the road.

According to new data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), gas demand dropped from 9.25 million b/d to 8.54 million b/d last week.

The rate is 1.24 million b/d lower than last year and is in line with the need at the end of July 2020.

“Oil is the primary ingredient in gasoline, so less expensive oil is helpful in taming pump prices,” said Andrew Gross, AAA spokesperson. “Couple that with fewer drivers fueling up, and you have a recipe for gas prices to keep easing. It’s possible that the national average will fall below $4 this week.”

>>AAA: Gas prices, outlook and tips

AAAconducted a survey that found almost two-thirds of U.S. adults have changed their driving habits or lifestyle since prices rose in March. Drivers’ top two changes to offset high gas prices are driving less and combining errands.

Today’s national average of $4.05 is 67 cents less than a month ago and 87 cents more than a year ago.

>>Gas prices see a steady decline across the 4-States

Quick Stats

  • The nation’s top 10 largest weekly decreases: Washington, D.C. (−28 cents), Colorado (−23 cents), Arizona (−21 cents), Illinois (−21 cents), Indiana (−21 cents), Iowa (−20 cents), Ohio (−20 cents), Michigan (−19 cents), Missouri (−18 cents) and Minnesota (−18 cents).
  • The nation’s top 10 least expensive markets: Texas ($3.55), South Carolina ($3.59), Oklahoma ($3.60), Arkansas ($3.60), Georgia ($3.61), Tennessee ($3.62), Mississippi ($3.62), Alabama ($3.64), Kansas ($3.66) and Iowa ($3.66).

>>$2,245.62 a second: Enormous profit for oil companies on record gas prices

4-state gas

  • Jasper Co: $3.42
  • Cherokee Co.: $3.51
  • Ottawa Co.: $3.49

 

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U.S Government approves Parson’s request to assist St. Louis region after record rainfall

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – This afternoon, President Joe Biden approved Governor Mike Parson’s request for a major disaster declaration for Missouri in response to the severe flooding that impacted the St. Louis region from July 25 to July 28.

Because of this declaration, eligible residents of St. Louis and St. Charles counties can now seek help through FEMA’s individual assistance program.

Individual assistance can help with the following:

  • Temporary housing
  • Housing repairs
  • Replacement of damaged belongings
  • Replacement of damaged vehicles
  • Other qualifying expenses as a result of the flooding and storms

“This was historic, devastating flash flooding that has impacted thousands of people in the St. Louis region,” Governor Parson said in a statement. “As we’ve seen at the assistance center events last week, there is tremendous need to support the families that have been so severely impacted by the record flash flooding. I appreciate the President acting swiftly to get Missourians the assistance they need. We will continue to work closely with our federal and local partners, along with the voluntary organizations that are already working hard to help.”

Officials say the deadline for most individual assistance programs is 60 days following the President’s major disaster declaration.

The flooding resulted in major damage to more than 750 homes and over 130 businesses.

Large amounts of water in the city caused at least $35 million in damage to uninsured infrastructure and emergency response costs.

Click here to learn more.

 

 

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News to Know: Ohio murder suspect arrested in Kansas, and crash south of Midenmines kills 1 and injures 2

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Authorities arrest a suspect in Kansas wanted for killing four people in Ohio. Police in Montgomery County’s Butler Township said late Saturday night 39-year-old Stephen Marlow was taken into custody by police in Lawrence, Kansas. He is wanted in Ohio for shooting and killing four people with one of victim being a teenage girl. They say Marlow will be sent to Ohio to face charges. Follow this story here.

PITTSBURG, Kan. – A man is dead and two others are injured after a crash in southwest Missouri. Authorities say a Pittsburg man was driving on Southwest 60th road south of Mindenmines. He drove off the road, hit a tree, and the vehicle overturned. A passenger, 19-year-old Tristan Davis of Mulberry, Kansas was pronounced dead at the scene. Both the driver and the other passenger were taken to local hospitals for treatment.

CENTRALIA, Mo. – Federal Authorities charge a central Missouri man accused of taking a weapon with him to the January 6th riot at the U.S. Capitol. According to the U.S. Justice Department, 36-year-old Jerod Thomas Bargar of Centralia, was arrested in Osage Beach, Missouri. He was charged with entering a restricted building or grounds with a weapon and unlawful possession of a firearm on capitol grounds or buildings, along with related misdemeanors. The Kansas City Star reports Bargar is the 23rd Missourian charged in connection to the January 6th insurrection. He is not accused of entering the capitol building. Federal documents allege Bargar took a 9 mm semi-automatic pistol with him to a rally and then to the capitol. Bargar did not have a license to carry a weapon in the District of Columbia.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A top Democratic Missouri state lawmaker wrote to the Democratic governors of Kansas and Illinois asking for help paying for abortions for out-of-state Medicaid patients. Missouri House Democratic Minority Leader Crystal Quade called on Kansas and Illinois to apply for Medicaid waivers to cover abortions for out-of-state patients. The waivers only apply in cases of rape, incest and medical emergencies. Spokespeople for both governors have not responded to the request.

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News to Know: I44 body identified, Grove woman charged with trafficking Fentanyl, and dog rescued from Mother Nature’s Crack

MIAMI, Okla. – Authorities in Oklahoma identify a body found along I-44 near the Miami exit last week. Authorities say the body is that of 53-year-old Richard Atchley of Chelsea, Oklahoma. An autopsy determined Atchley died from being hit by a vehicle. Investigators say the driver did not stop or report the incident. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol and Quapaw Nation Marshal Service are trying to identify what vehicle was involved. More details here.

GROVE, Okla.- A Grove, Oklahoma woman is charged with aggravated trafficking Fentanyl. In May, investigators received a tip that Julie Wise was dealing large amounts of Fentanyl pills from her home. After stopping a vehicle leaving Wises’ home for making an illegal U-turn, police found her in possession of 200 pills. The 30 year old admitted that since March she has purchased about one thousand pills selling for 30 dollars each. Wise is also charged with possession of a firearm after a felony conviction and unlawful use of a telecommunications facility.

JOPLIN, Mo. – A heroic rescue in Joplin on Thursday. Firefighters assisted the city’s animal control to rescue a dog that had fallen off the top of the cliffs at Wildcat Glades, commonly known as “Mother Nature’s Crack”. Officials say the dog appeared to have been there three or four days and was injured and dehydrated. Crews climbed down and brought a boat near the cliff to rescue the pup, who is now recovering. Read the full story here.

JOPLIN, Mo. – A Joplin woman is trying to spread a message about common misconception concerning human trafficking. Angie Brower from Rapha International in Joplin recently remotely addressed UN delegates on the subject. She says many young victims get brainwashed and don’t see themselves as victims.

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News to Know: Motorcycle crash kills Oklahoma man, Cassville teacher sentenced for sextortion, and high school aviation program

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Kan. – An Oklahoma man is dead following a crash in Montgomery County, Kansas. Authorities say Claude Secrest of Ponca City, Oklahoma was driving a motorcycle on County Road 1350 when he went off the road and hit an embankment. He was not wearing a helmet.

CASSEVILLE, Mo. – A Cassville, Missouri high school teacher has been sentenced in federal court for a sextortion scheme. Authorities say 31-year-old Brandon McCullough of Branson blackmailed dozens of child victims to send pornographic photos and videos of themselves and threatened to send the images to family and friends unless if they continued to send him more. They say he pretended to be a teenager online in order to prey upon victims across the country. 11 children have been identified and dozens more are still unidentified. McCullough is sentenced to 30 years in prison without parole.

TOPEKA, Kan. – Law officers arrest a Topeka woman for a Neosho County, Kansas homicide case. Authorities say 41-year old Nicole Fox is a suspect in the death of 34-year old Blake Pearson, also from Topeka. Last month, Pearson was found in an alley in Chanute with a gunshot wound. He later died. KBI officers arrested Fox in Allen County. Read more here.

WYANDOTTE, Okla. – An aviation program is taking flight at Wyandotte High School. The Chief Leaford Bearskin Aviation School will start this coming school year. Freshmen and Sophomores will have the opportunity to take classes to get their personal pilots license or branch out to different pathways, like plane maintenance, safety and security, or drone piloting.

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Kansas voters protect abortion rights, block path to ban

KANSAS (AP) – Kansas voters have protected abortion rights by rejecting a measure that would have allowed the Republican-controlled Legislature to tighten abortion restrictions or ban it outright.

The vote Tuesday was the first test of voters’ feelings about abortion since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in late June.

Voters rejected a change in the Kansas Constitution to ensure that it does not grant a right to an abortion so that legislators could regulate it as they see fit. The measure was a response to a 2019 state Supreme Court decision protecting abortion rights.

Supporters of the change would not say whether they would pursue a ban, while opponents predicted one would be coming if the measure had passed.

>> Previous Article: Kansas vote could allow ban, but abortion foes mum on plans

You can find the results of today’s election below. You can find other election results here.

KS CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT

The Value Them Both Amendment would affirm there is no KS constitutional right to abortion?

  • No Winner
    58.8%


    534,134

  • Yes  
    41.2%


    374,611

908,745

100.0% precincts reporting
Last updated: August 3, 2022 1:34 PM 1:34 PM CDT

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Missouri AG Eric Schmitt beats Greitens in GOP Senate race

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt has defeated scandal-scarred former Gov. Eric Greitens and 19 others in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate. Republican leaders have long feared that a Greitens win would jeopardize a red state Senate seat in the November general election. Greitens resigned four years ago in the midst of a sex scandal, two criminal charges that were eventually dropped amid a very real risk of impeachment. This year, his ex-wife accused him of abuse. Republican Sen. Roy Blunt’s announcement last year that he would not seek a third term set off a frenzy for his job, with nearly three dozen people in the two major parties filing to run.

You can find the results of today’s election below. You can find other election results here.

U.S. SENATOR

REPUBLICAN STATE OF MISSOURI

  • Vicky Hartzler  
    36.2%


    1,698

  • Eric Schmitt  
    33.5%


    1,571

  • Eric Greitens  
    15.1%


    709

  • Billy Long  
    6.2%


    291

  • Mark McCloskey  
    3.0%


    141

  • Patrick A. Lewis  
    1.1%


    51

  • Dave Schatz  
    0.9%


    43

  • Curtis D, Vaughn  
    0.5%


    24

  • Robert Allen  
    0.5%


    22

  • Darrell Leon McClanahan III  
    0.4%


    19

  • Dave Sims  
    0.4%


    20

  • Eric McElroy  
    0.3%


    15

  • Deshon Porter  
    0.3%


    14

  • Kevin C. Schepers  
    0.3%


    13

  • Rickey Joiner  
    0.3%


    12

  • Robert Olson  
    0.2%


    10

  • C.W. Gardner  
    0.2%


    10

  • Bernie Mowinski  
    0.2%


    9

  • Dennis Lee Chilton  
    0.1%


    7

  • Russel Pealer Breyfogle Jr  
    0.1%


    6

  • Hartford Tunnell  
    0.1%


    4

4,689
Last updated: August 2, 2022 8:09 PM 8:09 PM CDT

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Crash in Lawrence County claims life of southwest Missouri man

LAWRENCE, Mo. – A single-vehicle crash east of Miller, Missouri claims the life of a 41-year-old resident.

The crash happened on Saturday around 2:00 am on Lawrence County Road 2040, about three miles east of Miller. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report, a 2011 Buick Enclave was going east and went off the left side of the road. The vehicle hit a fence and a tree before overturning. The driver, Franklin Bradley, was thrown from the vehicle and died at the scene.