(D)Nancy Ingle District 13 Kansas State Senate Candidate

It’s Morning Edition on KRPS. I’m Fred Fletcher-Fierro. The deadline to register to vote in Kansas is Tuesday, October 13th, and this morning we continue our series, Chatting with the Candidates. Today we hear from Kansas State Senate candidate in District 13, Democrat Nancy Ingle, who is taking on incumbent Republican State Senator Richard Hilderbrand. I spoke with Nancy last week in Pittsburg. I started by asking her to introduce herself to voters.   

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That is the voice of Nancy Ingle; she is a candidate in District 13 for the Kansas State Senate. You can find out more about her campaign at her website, nancyingleforstatesenate.com; her campaign is also on Facebook. I also wanted to note that I’ve reached out to current District 13 State Senator Richard Hilderbrand for an interview, and I have not heard back.   

Audrey Richards Write-In Candidate In Missouri’s 7th Congressional District

A write-in candidate has emerged in Southwest Missouri’s 7th Congressional District to take Republican Billy Long. K R P S’s Fred Fletcher-Fierro has more.    

It appeared that Representative Long was going to run unopposed and on his way to a 6th term in Congress after Democrat Teresa Montseny dropped out of the race recently, citing health reasons. Audrey Richards, born in Joplin and raised in Kimberling City, has stepped in to fill the void. Richards, a 27-year old graduate from George Washington University with a bachelor’s in political science, also worked at the US Treasury, is running as an independent candidate. She says the three-pillars of her campaign are education, infrastructure, and getting big money out of politics. She’s experienced the disparities in K thru 12 education in Missouri firsthand, “so education is my number 1 thing, as I’ve said before I went to school at Reed Spring, but even like down the road a half an hour in Branson their school system has so much more money and access to resources because of the tourism and Silver Dollar City and all of us that, so it really kind of, it’s a stark contrast.” The deadline to request a ballot by mail in Missouri is Wednesday, October 21. The In-person voting takes place on Tuesday, November 3.

Joplin Announces A New Health Director

The city of Joplin named a new health on Monday at its bi-weekly COVID-19 update. K R P S’s Fred Fletcher-Fierro has more.   

Ryan Talken is Joplin’s new health Director. On Monday, the announcement was made by the Assistant City Manager and former Director of the Joplin Health Department, Dan Pekarek. Talken has spent the last 18 years with the city’s health department serving in various roles, including overseeing the cities’ COVID-19 response. Talken speaking on Monday. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to be able to serve. Dan’s been a great, great role model; he’s been a great teacher over the years. He’s got some mighty large shoes that are left to fill” As of Monday afternoon, the city has 160 active cases, with 47 patients hospitalized at Joplin area hospitals, 9 of those Joplin residents. Yesterday, the city also reported its 25th COVID-19 related fatality, a 69-year old man who health officials say that the coronavirus was a significant factor in his death.

BBB Warns Against Car Scams Taking Advantage of COVID-19

The on-going pandemic and job losses have people looking for a car to fall into deals that are probably too good to be true. K R P S’s Fred Fletcher-Fierro has more.   

According to a wide-ranging report by the Better Business Bureau released last week, Americans are losing millions of dollars purchasing cars that don’t exist. Supposed sellers are listing fake vehicles on sites like eBay Motors, Facebook Marketplace, and Craigslist for prices that are far below market value. Regional Director of the Better Business Bureau in Springfield, Missouri, Stephanie Garland, explains. “They are advertising any kind of motorized vehicle. They’re saying that there’s an emergency, there’s been a death in the family, oh my goodness I need to go ahead and get rid of this vehicle. And I’m just trying to take care of it. You know I’m in the military about to be deployed.” Another indicator that it may be a scam is that the seller can’t meet to see the vehicle because of COVID-19. The Better Business Bureau receives just a small slice of fraud complaints from consumers. Still, the organization expects to receive over 450 car scam complaints this year alone, with over 1 million dollars in losses.

District 3 Kansas State (D) Rep. Monica Murnan

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It’s Morning Edition on K R P S. Election day is only 34 days away and this morning we turn our attention to Southeast Kansas and the race for District 3 State Representative. On Monday, we heard from Republican Chuck Smith about why he should earn your voice on Tuesday November 3rd. This morning, we hear from the incumbent, Democrat Monica Murnan who defeated Smith four years to first earn the seat. I spoke with Representative Murnan a couple of weeks ago at Democratic Headquarters in downtown Pittsburg. Both of us were wearing masks at the time of the interview.  

District 3 Kansas State Representative Democrat Monica Murnan is seeking her third term. You can find out more about her campaign at Monicaforkansas. com 

Audrey Richards 7th Congressional District Candidate

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Extended conversation with Audrey Richards

It’s Morning Edition on K R P S. I’m Fred Fletcher-Fierro. Campaign election season is in full season, in case you haven’t noticed, and while many of the names on the ballot are familiar, there is one candidate whose name will not appear on the ballot. Audrey Richards is running as an independent, write-in candidate in Missouri’s 7th Congressional District. I spoke with Richards last week at the Joplin Public Library, both of us wearing masks. I first asked Richards to introduce herself to potential voters and why she is running for congress.   

Audrey Richards is running as a write-in candidate in Missouri’s 7th Congressional District. You can learn more about her campaign at Audreyfor Missouri.com or at her campaign Facebook page, Facebook.com/AudreyRichardsforCongress

District 3 Kansas State Rep. Candidate (R) Chuck Smith

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Extended interview with Chuck Smith

It’s Morning Edition on K R P S. The race for District 3 State Representative in Southeast Kansas is sure to be an interesting one. It pits incumbent Democrat Monica Murnan against the candidate she defeated four years ago, Republican Chuck Smith. Murnan defeated Smith in 2016 by just 5 percentage points. For our continuing series, ‘Chatting with the Candidates’ I spoke with Smith recently, and first asked to introduce himself to potential voters.  

Republican Chuck Smith is running for State Representative in District 3 in Southeast Kansas. To learn more about his campaign visit his Facebook page at Facebook.com/ChuckSmithForKansas.

Remembering RBG with Executive Director of the SW Missouri Democrats Krista Stark

It’s Morning Edition on K R P S. The country was rocked Friday evening by the news that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had died at the age of 87. Within minutes of the announcement of her passing, reactions flooded social media. This morning, we hear from two influential women in Kansas and Missouri about Ginsberg’s death and legacy. Next hour we’ll hear from we hear from District 3 Kansas State Representative Monica Murnan about Ginsburg’s legacy and how she will remember the late Supreme Court Justice. This hour, Executive Director of Southwest Missouri Democrats Krista Stark about how she will remember Ginsburg. . I spoke with Representative Murnan on Saturday morning. 

District 3 Kansas State Rep. Monica Murnan Remembers Justice Ginsburg

It’s Morning Edition on K R P S. The country was rocked Friday evening by the news that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had died at the age of 87. Within minutes of the announcement of her passing, reactions flooded social media. This morning, we hear from two influential women in Kansas and Missouri about Ginsberg’s death and legacy. Next hour we’ll hear from Executive Director of Southwest Missouri Democrats Krista Stark about how she will remember Ginsburg. This hour, we hear from District 3 Kansas State Representative Monica Murnan about Ginsburg’s legacy and how she will remember the late Supreme Court Justice. I spoke with Representative Murnan on Saturday morning (9/21/2020). 

The CBCO Needs Your Help

The pandemic has stressed a lot of services that we rely on, including blood services. Chris Pilgrim, spokesperson for the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks joined us this week on Morning Edition to talk about increased precautions that they are taking amid the pandemic and whether it’s affect the number of donors  that are visiting.

I first asked what the status of the blood supply in Southwest Missouri, Southeast Kansas and Northwest Arkansas?  

Say that, you’ve had COVID-19, that you’ve recovered and been able to go back to your normal life and you want to do donate, are there any restrictions? Or are we still learning about that?  

Anybody that has donated even once knows that it is a very personal experience. There’s no way that you can Zoom a blood donation. So, what if any are additional precautions or procedures that the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks are taking?  

For more information or to schedule a blood donation visit CBCO. org. Chris Pilgrim, spokesperson for the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks. Thank you for your time this morning.