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ODEQ Plans to Clean More Lead from Ottawa County Yards and Driveways Video included

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Jo and her son Tim have lived in Commerce for most lives. "Some kids suffer from having lead in their blood. So i think it's a good thing for people to be tested" says Jo. The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality just submitted the contract for a contractor to test Ottawa County resident's yards for lead at the end of the month. "If you call and want your yard tested then we'll come out and test for lead. It's not all chemicals that we test for we on because th...

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Crowder & BEI Begin Electrical Apprenticeship Video included

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     Crowder College has teamed up with a local business to create an apprenticeship program that could be the first of many. Officials said it's a win-win for companies and students.  

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Police Union Says Joplin Police Department Has Safety Liability Video included

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"Serving with pride" is the Joplin Police Department's motto.  But a letter from Joplin's Fraternal Order of Police says there are sacrifices behind that service with pride.

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Cherokee County Budget Hearing Video included

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Residents from Cherokee County gather at the public budget hearing, hoping to know more about where their tax dollars are going. Potential tax increases have local farmers like Laura Atkinson cautious. "Hopefully the farmers will look into this a little more and realize how much their taxes are going to increase this year. I don't want them to get sticker shock when they get their statements. So i hope they get a little more involved in it" says Laura Atkinson, a local farme... More>>

New Dorms At Labette Community College

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    Students across the region are settling in to their dorm rooms for the fall semester.     But for students and faculty at Labette Community College in Parsons, this move-in day has special meaning. When Zachary Lintzen came to Labette Community College last year, living on campus, wasn't an option. Lintzen: "I lived in a small two bedroom apartment on the other side of town, it was kinda far from campus so it was difficult to travel back and forth to ... More>>

MSSU Holds Inaugural Green Coat Ceremony Video included

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You may have heard of a white coat ceremony. The signal of the start of medical school, but this is a bit different. Missouri Southern State University officials gave each student a green jacket as a symbol of the start of their undergrad career. "Students will enter into school this fall, they'll receive their bachelor's degree in biology in 3 years" says Dr.. Donna Johnson , the director of the Yours to Lose program. But their education doesn't end there. Their... More>>

Joplin Takes a Stand against Racism

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Community leaders held a rally against racism Friday night in response to the recent violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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Report: Missouri Has More 'Hate Groups' Than Kansas & Oklahoma Combined Video included

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     According to a report from the Southern Poverty Law Center" the state of Missouri has more hate groups than Kansas and Oklahoma combined.      But local officials say *positive* groups are more common in the area. Charlottesville, Virginia.  these disturbing scenes painted an unpleasant picture of the racial divisions in our country. A report from the Southern Poverty Law Center outlines the number of hate groups in each state across t... More>>

Online Retailer Amazon Issues Safety Alert For Eclipse Glasses Video included

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"I was born and I had perfect eyesight.  I don't want to ruin it," says one understanding student from Baxter Springs, KS.

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Solar Eclipse Enthusiast

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    You're probably familiar with the phrase, 'What would you do for a Klondike Bar', but, for one Joplin woman and her family, it's 'What would you do for a solar eclipse?' Libby Burleson was first introduced to solar eclipse 'mania' in 2002.     Her mother saw the craze and started a business, specializing in 'eclipse cruises'.     That's when Libby and her family loaded up on a ten day journey to the middle of the ocean, just to see the ... More>>

Joplin New Superintendent Welcomes Students, Teachers Hint to Better Morale Video included

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It’s the first day of school in Joplin where the new superintendent was out welcoming back students and faculty At South Middle School Melinda Moss greeted sixth graders with high fives. 

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Search for Eclipse Viewing Glasses Becoming More Dim Video included

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If you haven't gotten your eclipse glasses yet, your options might be as low as the light will be during the eclipse. "Recently, they have just depleted. We do not have any more eclipse solar glasses" Phones have been ringing off the hook at Kirkland's home. "We've gotten 50 to 100 calls a day looking for these glasses and there's no place for us to send them because we just don't have anywhere to send them" says Chris Lathem from Kirkland's Home. Some stores have ... More>>

Keeping Kids Safe in Cherokee County Video included

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You can't be with your kid 24 hours a day but thanks to the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office, you can keep a digital eye on their surroundings. 

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Wyandotte Schools Starts School Year with New Food Menu Mobile App Video included

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        School districts using OPAA! food service will have access to the Nutrislice menu app that Wyandotte administrators believe will have a huge impact on the food program.          

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INTEGRIS and Blue Cross Blue Shield Negotiations Video included

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It's an agreement that needs to be made by August 31st. A contract is in a stalemate between INTEGRIS Health" and "Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma". If INTEGRIS and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma do not come to an agreement on a contract soon, it means the two companies will become out of network with each other. INTEGRIS requested a 3 percent rate increase from Blue Cross, but the insurance company denied it. In a statement from &quo... More>>

Red Carpet Welcomes Miami Teachers As Community Rallies Support Video included

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  Miami Oklahoma teachers get a big show of support from students and the community after being let down by lawmakers who cut education Teachers walked the red carpet in Miami this morning go cheers from students and citizens.  

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Missouri Rx Program Cut Effect Video included

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The new "Missouri Rx Plan" went into effect on July 1st, cutting aid for people who only use Medicare. Just part of the 15-million dollars in state budget cuts. So how has it impacted local seniors? Carrie Homer is the president and CEO of the assisted living facility.. Autumn place, I visited the Joplin location. She works with senior citizens with prescription needs. "If they have received a bill from a pharmacy company showing that a medication has gone up. Yes... More>>

Eclipse Eye-wear & Safety

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In just one week.. The moon will come between the Earth and the sun.      It's a good thing, though.. The earth and the sun have been fighting, now, for weeks.      The "solar eclipse" will have millions of people looking up at the sky.      And if you don't take the proper precautions there could be serious consequences.   When many of us head to work or school Monday morning, the day will look like any other. But just befor... More>>

New Mulberry Council Convenes

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    The new city council in mulberry held their first meeting, as a special session today - at the Mulberry Municipal Building.     The session was supposed to outline the next step for selecting a police chief for the community, after the previous chief was laid off last Tuesday.     The meeting Sunday night started off with another resignation.     Mulberry Police Sergeant Barlow, the only police officer on the force, resigned a... More>>

Dog Days at the City of Miami Municipal Pool Video included

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It is literally the dog days of summer at the City of Miami Municipal Pool. "This is our last day open so we've invited pet owners with their dogs to come in and swim with their pets before we drain the pool" says pool manager Lee Ann Coyne. A couple safety precautions owners had to follow was all dogs had to have their rabies vaccines up to date, be on a leash and one owner even suited her dog with a life jacket. Although the sun was hidden behind clouds, pups ... More>>

Wedding Woes in Joplin

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Davida Ralston thought she'd be having the wedding of her dreams at Joplin's Springhouse Gardens, but that was back when she could still get in touch with the venue's owner. 

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Joplin Arts and Economic Study

Joplin Arts and Economic Study Video included

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Connect2Culture announces the results of a study showing the 2015 financial impact of Joplin's non-profit arts and culture organizations.  The comprehensive impact study, called "Arts & Economic Prosperity 5" found those organizations generate $5.4 million dollars annually to the local economy and almost 200 jobs. For more information on the study: http://connect2culture.com/aep5/

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Fort Scott Animal to Enforce Dog Registration Ordinance in September

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Nicolette Carpenter has lived in Fort Scott her entire life and has been taking care of her 2 dogs for the past 7 years. "Each have been picked up by the pound at least once or twice. Even whenever I go and get them at the pound, the dog catchers never said anything about needing to be registered with the city or anything like that. So it's weird to hear about it just now" she says. The Fort Scott Animal Control is planning to enforce the town's dog regi...

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Carthage Parking Fines

Carthage Parking Fines Video included

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The next time you park longer than a few hours on the Historic Carthage Square, you'll pay more.  The parking fine used to be $1.  It's now $5 as a result of a new ordinance approved by city council members this week.  Repeat offenders will be fined $25.  The increase applies to the 2-hour parking areas and comes after some business owners complained that too many people were abusing the rules.   Carthage Police Chief Greg Dagnan says, "This is the first... More>>

Development in Parsons

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By the end of July 2015, the city of Parsons, Kansas had issued out building permits for around 5 million dollars worth of construction. By the end of July 2016, the city had issued out building permits for more than 7 million dollars of new development.

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Local Veterans Give Input on Recent Tensions With North Korea Video included

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It was about as close to hell as you'll ever get" says veteran Curtis Lee Weber on parts of his experience during World War II. With high tensions between North Korea and the United States, the veteran fears it will spark a war and cause history to repeat itself. "My father in law was in World War I, I was in World War II, I ain't got any kids. But they'd be in the next one" he explains. But another veteran has the attitude that we just need to do what it... More>>

Ride-Sharing Companies Will Soon Be Able to Operate Anywhere in Missouri Video included

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Jerry Dallies, the owner and operator of Joplin taxi service "Affordable TADS", has no fear for the potential increase in ride sharing companies. "In order do it like this..you have to have social skills to talk to us because you gotta talk to a person..not an app" he says. Dallies has operated his taxi service in Joplin for 11 years now, and built a loyal customer base. He's not the only local company owner not scared. "Competition is great we own 3 other s... More>>

Prayers for Police Video included

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For many of us, we wake up, go to work, do our job, and go back home to our families, without worrying each day about our safety. Two incidents in Missouri involving police officers are a reminder that they're never guaranteed to come home. It started Sunday, an officer in Clinton, Missouri shot and killed in the line of duty, then, two men throwing explosives at Joplin officers. It's a stark reminder of the dangers in law enforcement. DuRall: "You know, when they go out to their... More>>

26 Dogs Rescued in Seneca

26 Dogs Rescued in Seneca Video included

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The "Humane Society Animal Cruelty Task Force" rescues 26 dogs from what they say are horrible living conditions. Twenty adult dogs and six puppies were being kept in a boarded-up home in Seneca, Missouri. 

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Murder Charge Filed: Newton Co. Homicide Investigation

Murder Charge Filed: Newton Co. Homicide Investigation Video included

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An arrest has been made in the homicide case of Lanny Holman. The Sheriff says sufficient probable cause was developed for deputies to arrest 44-year-old Christopher Michael Jones.

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New Sidewalks Under Construction in Fort Scott for Safe Routes to Schools Video included

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The walk to school will be safer for some four hundred Fort Scott students this year. A grant funded sidewalk project is currently underway.   

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Concerns at the Carthage Humane Society

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   A board meeting is called among members of the Carthage Humane Society concerning allegations of animal neglect.     A patron of the humane society claimed that a dog she adopted from the facility was malnourished and so were many other dogs in the facility.     The Facebook post generated enough concern for a special meeting to be called this evening. Sierra Henson just recently adopted her pup Ali from the Carthage Humane Society. She... More>>

2 Men Charged With Throwing Explosives at Joplin Police Officers Video included

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Two men with a stolen trailer lead Joplin police on a chase after allegedly assaulting an officer. Although the JPD was unable to release information on what kind of explosive the suspects used, they did disclose that cases like this are uncommon but very dangerous. "It kind of underscores the danger that we face every day" says Captain Trevor Duncan. A Joplin police officer pulled over 2 men in a truck who were pulling a trailer with no lights on at 3:30 in the morni...

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Man Charged in Joplin Stabbing Video included

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A stabbing in Joplin leaves one man in the hospital. According to police, an officer came across a 44-year-old man walking in the area of 20th Street and Bird with a stab wound to the chest. Authorities say they were able to track down a location where the assault possibly occurred. That's where they arrested 40-year-old Christopher Sanders of Joplin. He's charged with 1st degree assault and armed criminal action. --------------- Press Release Stabbing Arrest Contact Captain Trevor D...

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