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A Missouri Man is Indicted for Bomb Threat at VA Clinic

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A Springfield man was indicted by a federal grand jury today (Aug 14, 2018) for making a bomb threat at a Veterans Affairs Clinic. 48-year-old Richard Leslie Turner III allegedly threatened to blow up the Community Based Outpatient Clinic located at 600 N. Main Street in Mount Vernon, Missouri. According to an affidavit filed in support of the original criminal complaint, Turner arrived at the clinic on July 13th, 2018, for an appointment but was told the appointment had be... More>>

Scheduled Construction Raises Concern in Carl Junction Video included

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This construction work in Diamond is part of an estimated $8.3 million MODOT resurfacing project that includes areas throughout Joplin and Carl Junction.

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Frontenac Looks to Reload After State Title Game Run Video included

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After losing another talented senior class, Frontenac is aiming to return to the top of the CNC and make another deep run into November. 

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LovinGrace House Gets Donation for Desks

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  Today the local chapter of 100 Women Who Care of Jasper and Newton counties presented a $1400 donation to LovinGrace.   

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Teachers Continue to Leave Oklahoma Despite Pay Increase

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An "Oklahoma State School Boards Association" survey shows, despite the largest teacher pay raise in state history, schools still struggle with filling positions.  The survey shows the state will start the academic year with nearly 500 teacher vacancies.     More than half of superintendents surveyed said teacher hiring is worse this year than last. Many districts already rely heavily on emergency certified and part-time teachers.  The school boa... More>>

A Judge's Ruling Allows Gas Tax on November Ballot in MO

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A Missouri judge's ruling means voters will get to cast ballots on a proposed ten cent gas tax increase.    

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 8-14 Video included

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A decision is made on the fatal Galena accident that claimed the lives of two German cyclists.  Plus all the news you need to know before you head out the door.

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Joplin City Council Compares Police, Fire Wages to Neighboring Cities Video included

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Police and fire pay and retention is the topic of yet another city council work session.  More specifically, another comparison study, and discussion on the use of the public safety sales tax.  Margy Upson has lived in Joplin off and on for over 30 years. She feels city is getting more dangerous.. in part because the number of public safety workers continues to drop.  Margy Upson, Joplin Resident:"The crime each year gets worse and worse, and we're getting...

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Pittsburg Season Preview Video included

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The Dragons have one of their biggest offensive weapons and a hard-hitting group of linebackers returning from last year's team. 

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Gorillas Receive Votes in National Coaches Poll Video included

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Pitt State didn't make the top-25, but did receive votes in the preseason AFCA Coaches Poll. 

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Former Neosho County Panther Hits Walk-off Grand Slam for Cubs

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Bote was a member of the 2012 Neosho County World Series team.

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Women Uncover Neglected Gravesite Video included

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Down a quiet dirt road in the small town of Mindenmines is the Sharp Cemetery. If you can't see it, you're not alone. "You wouldn't even know it was a cemetery, to be honest with you, because it's just pitiful," said Cynthia Best of Pittsburg.

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Pittsburg Businesses Happy to See Students Back in Town Video included

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PSU students return to campus this week and local businesses share their thoughts on the new and returning student customers.

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No Charges Sought in Crash that Killed 2 German Cyclists Video included

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After reviewing the Kansas Highway Patrol's investigation, the Cherokee County Kansas Attorney will not file charges against the driver of the van. On May 8th, 2018, two cyclists from Germany were riding on Highway 66 near mile marker 1.8 when they were hit by a 2013 Chrysler Town and Country van. The cyclists, 71-year-old Heinz Gerd Buchel and 74-year-old Harry Jung, died at the scene. The highway patrol report states that the van was traveling west in the right lane of K-66 wh...

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Drug Trafficking: 4 People Charged in Joplin Bust Video included

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An off-duty officer recognizes a wanted male and it leads to the seizure of about 286 grams of meth. The arrests happened on August 11th, 2018. Around 8:30 p.m. an off-duty Joplin Police Officer was at Sonic (3333 South Range Line) when he recognized 33-year-old Aaron S. Sutten of Webb City, who had two felony arrest warrants. He called an on-duty officer and says Sutten walked to the Fairfield Inn and met 26-year-old Shawna M. Smith of Joplin.... More>>

KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 8-13 Video included

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Residents of a North Joplin neighborhood say they're fed up with storm water issues on their street.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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SEK Railroad History in Franklin

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    A special presentation in Franklin today at the miners hall museum involving one of my favorite topics - railroad history.     The exhibit is being hosted by Heart of the Heartlands, with a presentation today focusing on the importance of railroads and coal mining in the early days of Southeast Kansas.

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Theatre Camp Auditions Begin Video included

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Sage and Lexi Hill are siblings that decided to take on the Pittsburg High School's intensive acting workshop together and if you ask Lexi what she's looking forward to the most, it's making new memories with her big brother.

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Veteran Celebrates 100th Birthday Video included

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Rodrick Peregoy has lived a long life and he's still going strong. "I either mow the yard or I'm working the garden or I do something around the house. I don't sit around. I try to keep active and that may be part of my longevity," said Peregoy.

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Golf Tournament Honors Local Veteran's Life Video included

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A golf tournament in Pittsburg today was more than what it seemed.. as it served to honor the life of an American hero. We spoke with his wife, and closest friend, to find out what the event was all about. Jessica Kavanagh, Brian's Wife - VetLinks.org Founder:"He was just so smart. He was the life of the party, he loved to just always be kind to everybody. He was just overall a really amazing human being." Brian Kavanagh grew up in Pittsburg -- and one of his closest...

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Shoal Creek Water Fest Educates Kids Video included

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People of all ages attended the 10th Annual Shoal Creek Water Festival. 

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Retired Veteran Speaks on Post Traumatic Stress, Advocates for Non Profit Video included

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A non-profit organization that was founded by Pittsburg natives is working to help veterans deal with post traumatic stress.  We spoke with a veteran today, that's working with the organization to achieve that goal. Brigadier General Donald Bolduc served in the military for 32 years -- before retiring in October of last year.  Donald Bolduc, Retired Brigadier General:"My grandfather on my father's side of the family made it a requirement for all Bolduc males to serve... More>>

Storm Water Flooding Concerns In North Joplin Neighborhood Video included

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    A Joplin resident says he's fed up with flooding in his back yard - and says the city needs to step up and take action. Walt Vandergrift and his wife bought this home on North Ozark back in April, what they didn't know, is this home came with a built in pool - but, only when it rains. Walt Vandergrift: "Sometimes it gets very deep back here, there are houses over on Miller street the water gets so deep it probably goes from foundation to foundation and the one ... More>>

City of Pittsburg Clarifies Why They're Calling Some Customers Video included

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The City of Pittsburg is giving utility customers some new options and are working to update contact information to help. It posted the following alert to social media on August 9th, 2018: "Attention Utility Customers: We wanted to let you know that a representative from City Hall will be calling to update all personal information on your utility account. We will be calling the phone number we currently have on file. If the phone number is not valid, you will receive a door ta...

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Carthage Season Preview Video included

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The Tigers made the state semifinals in 2017, and have won four straight district titles. 

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Chiropractic Office Urges Parents to Purchase Proper Backpack Video included

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Erin Walkenshaw is a mother of three young girls. She knows that one of the biggest back to school items for her kids is their backpack, but she admits that she lets them have free reign when it comes to picking it out. 

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Pittsburg Man Arrested on Warrants, Assault on Law Enforcement

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The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office says a Pittsburg, Kansas man faces new charges on top of already outstanding warrants in Kansas and Missouri. "This situation was bizarre in the sense the suspect, knowing he had outstanding arrest warrants, gave the deputy a fictitious name. Unfortunately for him, the name he initially gave, was of a person who also had felony warrants and had been tagged as a potentially dangerous felon," stated Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves. ... More>>

The Lighter Side: Pizza Hut Sign Fights Back

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Those who drove down south Broadway in Pittsburg, Kansas in May might remember the Domino's Pizza sign that read "We huffed and we puffed and we blew the Hut down." Well, now, it's Pizza Hut's turn. The Pizza Hut at Quincy and Broadway was torn down and is now open for business in a completely new building. There are signs letting customers know it's open. There's also a sign letting Domino's know what's up. It states "Huff & Puff Away! Pizza Hut is NEW and Here ... More>>

KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 8-10

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The margin between current Governor Jeff Colyer and Secretary of State Kris Kobach is cut in half.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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KCU Joplin Teams Up with Community Clinic to add New Clinic Video included

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Kansas City University of Medical and Biosciences Joplin has teamed up with the Community Clinic of Southwest Missouri to provide new Thursday night clinics for people that otherwise couldn't get care. Mahreen Bux is a second year student at KCU Joplin -- who moved to Joplin from Illinois to go to medical school.  Marheen Bux, Medical Student:"Putting the skills that we learned in school to use is really really exciting for me." Bux was one of ten second ye... More>>

Kansas Attorney General Issues Statement on Gubernatorial Primary

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Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt today issued the following statement in connection with the canvassing of votes from the primary election. The canvassing process, through which official vote tallies are determined, will begin next week and will be conducted county-by-county:

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Lamar Begins Quest for 8th Straight State Title Video included

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The Tigers have won 7 straight Missouri Class 2 State Titles, and enter the season on a 49-game winning streak. 

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Snyder Agrees to 5-year Extension at Kansas State

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Snyder will be 82 years old when his new contract expires in 2022. 

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Free ACT and WorkKeys Test for Kansas Juniors Also Helps Businesses Video included

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 Kansas is joining other states in paying for high school students to take the ACT test or the WorkKeys assessment in their junior year. 

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Milo, Missouri Man Killed in Crash

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The crash happened on August 8th, 2018, around 3:25 p.m. about one mile east of Halltown on Interstate 44 in Lawrence County, Missouri. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a man driving a tractor-trailer was slowing in traffic due to a prior accident and was rear ended by 64-year-old Neal Stroud, who was also driving a tractor-trailer. Stroud later died at Mercy Hospital in Springfield. This is MSHP Troop D's 74th fatality for 2018.

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 8-9 Video included

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Comments made by a member of the Joplin Use Tax committee are stirring up some controversy.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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Carl Junction Season Preview Video included

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The Bulldogs have 14 starters returning from a team that went 10-2 last season, but they'll be without one of the best running backs in the state in 2018. 

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Southeast Kansas Teen Dies in 3-Vehicle Crash Video included

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City Apologizes: Controversy after Negative Comments Toward Police, Fire Video included

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Comments made by a former Joplin city employee are causing quite a bit of controversy.  Officials with the Joplin Police Union allege a member of the Joplin Use Tax Committee made negative remarks toward the police department, and their fallen officers.  Shelby Howard, SWMO Fraternal Order of Police President:"First it was disbelief that anybody would say things like that in a public forum." Fraternal Order of Police President Shelby Howard says a member of the ...

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Dialysis Center in Pittsburg Certified for Medicare Patients Two Years After Construction Video included

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Davita Hopefield Dialysis at Centennial and Rouse  in Pittsburg is planning an open house for Tuesday, August 14th at 10:00 a.m. to welcome medicare patients. 

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Netflix Returning to Independence CC for Season 4 of "Last Chance U" Video included

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The series will return to Indy for season 4 after featuring the Pirates in season 3, which is currently streaming on Netflix. 

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Southeast Kansas Man Sentenced for Murder, Girlfriend Pleads No Contest

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A Wilson County, Kansas man is sentenced today (August 8, 2018) to more than 19 years in prison. 57-year-old Michael Elam was found dead inside his home after it burnt down on December 13th, 2016. According to court documents, two suspects broke into the home at 509 Wisconsin in Neodesha, Kansas. Authorities arrested 37-year-old DeJay Lynn Schlegel and his girlfriend, 25-year-old Hayley Hurst, in connection to the case. On May 22nd, 2018, Schlegel pleaded guilty to reckless s...

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Galena Picked to Repeat as CNC Champs Video included

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The Bulldogs were #1 in the CNC preseason coaches poll released at ESPN 100.7's annual SEK Football Media Day.

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Labette County #1 in SEK Preseason Poll Video included

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The defending league champion Grizzlies were picked to repeat as SEK champs in the preseason poll released on Wednesday. 

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St. Paul, Jayhawk-Linn Picked to Win League Titles Video included

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The Indians and Jayhawks were unanimous picks in the TRL preseason coaches' polls released on Wednesday. 

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Found Safe: Joplin Police Search for 55-year-old Endangered Man

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The Joplin Police Department asks for the public's help in finding 55-year-old Steven R. Tepper. Authorities are considering him a missing an endangered person. He was last seen in Joplin, Missouri. He's known to be driving a White Nissan Frontier Pickup Truck with the Missouri License Plate 0WC721. Authorities say he's known to not take his needed medication.

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4-way stop in Pittsburg activates today

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The City of Pittsburg gives a heads up to drivers about a traffic safety improvement near the high school. A four-way stop at 4th Street and Free King Highway will activate on Thursday, August 9th, 2018, to help slow traffic east of the Pittsburg High School. Officials say it's one of several modifications agreed upon by the City of Pittsburg, Pittsburg USD 250 School District, Crawford County and Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) to improve safety for students. The Cit...

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Kobach Leads Colyer by fewer than 200 votes in the Republican race for Kansas Governor

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Kansas unofficial primary results show Kris Kobach leading current Governor Jeff Colyer by fewer than 200 votes in the race for the Republican nomination for governor.  

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Pittsburg Survives, Webb City Eliminated at Little League Regional

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Pittsburg will face Des Moines, Iowa on Thursday trying to keep their Little League World Series hopes alive once again. 

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Carl Junction's Trent Smith Commits to SBU

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Smith was an All-State selection as a senior at CJ, scoring 20 points per game and shooting 47% from three. 

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Webb City Looks to Reload, Repeat Video included

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Webb City graduated 30 seniors from last year's state championship team, including eight who went on to join college programs. 

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Newton County Teachers Get Training on Why Teens Kill Video included

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Nearly five hundred Newton county teachers, counselors, administrators, and members of law enforcement got training today on why teens kill.        

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Lion Cub Academy Offers Perk for Parents Video included

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Sherri Noller is a working mom at MSSU who takes pride in her job and her children, but she explains that juggling her career with her kids can be a challenge. 

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Joplin Police Investigate Stabbing

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Joplin Police investigate an early morning stabbing.   According to authorities, officers responded to 221 North Walnut around 4:20 a.m.. Officers arrived on scene to find an adult man with a stab wound to the stomach. The man was transported to a local hospital by ambulance with serious but non-life threatening injuries. Police have not released the man's identity.  No arrests have been made. The investigation continues. 

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Update: Webb City Man Meets Bone Marrow Donor From Germany Video included

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    Alex Talbott of Webb City was diagnosed with cancer - and thanks to a bone marrow donor, he's alive today.     Tomorrow - he and his wife will meet the donor, who, is not from just around the corner.     Alex Talbott is 30 years old - but he almost didn't make it to 30.     In 2015 he was diagnosed with a form of blood cancer and immediately began treatments to combat the cancer.

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Missouri Southern Kicks Off Practice Video included

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"We have about a dozen or fifteen guys..that have taken ownership of this football team. That's really encouraging as a coach. The team will never be all that it can be until the players take ownership with that."

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Student Safety a Top Priority in Pittsburg

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Big changes have hit the streets surrounding Pittsburg High, all in the name of safety. There's now a 4-way stop that will be activated this Thursday at the intersection of 4th Street and Free King Highway. 

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Newton County Prepares for Election Day

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Tomorrow's elections means preparation today. The Newton County Clerk's office was busy sending out voting materials to their 23 precincts and we took a trip there to learn about the topics being discussed. 

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Tash, Westmoreland Return to Lead Joplin Offense in 2018

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Joplin QB Blake Tash and his #1 target WR Zach Westmoreland are back for their junior season after massive success in 2017. 

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Two Missouri Republicans Compete For State Senate Nomination Video included

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In Southwest Missouri, two widely-known republican leaders are vying for the state senate seat being vacated by Ron Richard because of term limits. Long-time Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce president Rob O'Brian is running against State Representative Bill White for the GOP nomination. Polls  will be open tomorrow from 7 a.m.-7 p-m.   KOAM and Fox 14 will have results from dozens of state and local races throughout the evening tomorrow. For more information on the can... More>>

West, Clemons to Lead Pitt State Receiver Group

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Junior WR Lorenzo West and redshirt sophomore Brenner Clemmons will look to lead the PSU receiving corps this season. West was the team's leading receiver in 2017, while Clemons was the MIAA Freshman of the Year in 2016. 

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Joplin Man Charged With Crimes Against Three Children

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Joplin Police arrest a man for allegedly committing sex crimes with three minors. 29-year-old Matthew Galati from Joplin has been charged with four counts of statutory sodomy of a person less than 12-years-old and two counts of statutory sodomy in the second degree. He is currently held at the Jasper County Jail with a $150,000 cash only bond. Galati had access to the victims through his involvements in more than one church outside of our city but the alleged crimes he is ch...

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Noel Man Killed By Train Video included

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    The incident occurred just after 9:30 Saturday night.     The Missouri Highway Patrol says 27 year old Jowhar Muhumed of Noel, was attempting to go underneath a stopped rail car when the train began to move.     He was pronounced dead on the scene. More>>

Webb City Man In Serious Condition Following Pursuit, Crash

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A man is in serious condition after a collision with a pickup truck in Seneca.     This incident occurred just after 7:00 last night on Highway 43 near Seneca.     According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, 59 year old Gary Boyd of Webb City was fleeing from Newton County Deputies when a pickup truck, driven by 51 year old Gerine Uhrich of Seneca began to make a left turn.      When Boyd attempted to pass her truck he struck the driver side.... More>>

Outdoor Worship Service Draws Crowd Video included

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The Joplin community came together to worship in a church without walls as this year's Emancipation Park Days events draw to a close, and people like Ron Bonner say that it's a beautiful sight to see because of the fresh faces it leads in to faith. 

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Fatal Three Vehicle Accident Near Claremore Video included

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A person is dead - and another seriously injured following a fiery crash in Northeast Oklahoma.  It happened in Rogers county on Interstate 44 eastbound at Claremore. According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, three vehicles, including a semi, collided last night just before midnight. The deceased person's vehicle was also completely burned. The driver of the other car was flown to a hospital in Tulsa in critical condition. The semi driver was not injured, and autho... More>>

Plane Crashes In Ponca City, Killing All Aboard Video included

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A plane crashes near Ponca City killing all on board. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says five people on board were killed after a small passenger plane crashed into a soybean field near Ponca City. OHP officials have confirmed the deceased are from Independence, Kansas. OHP says a plane with three adults and two children on board crashed north of Hubbard Road and U Street. The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash. The victims have not be... More>>

Woman Arrested And Charged With Child Abuse in SEK Video included

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A Columbus woman is behind bars following what investigators call a "lengthy investigation".  Detectives with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office arrested 25 year old Samantha Weaver of Columbus. Authorities say Weaver allegedly physically abused two children under the age of 5. One of the children had to be transported and treated at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. She's being held in the Cherokee County Jail - and has been charged with two counts of ag... More>>

Breaking Down Joplin Emancipation Park Day's History Video included

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The annual Emancipation Celebration.. also known as Park Days.. is underway in Joplin - and over it's century of celebrating - it's undergone a fair amount of change. Gospel music.. good food.. a car show.. and family and friends.. all a part of park days in Ewert park.  Travis Gooden, Arizona Resident :"This is a special occasion." Travis Gooden has attended the celebration for more than 20 years.. and remembers what the event was like back when ... More>>

Rummage Sale Helps Families In Need Video included

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You never know what you'll find at a rummage sale, but this one was especially unique because it's helping people like AJ Soverns who is battling cancer.

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Roderique Returning to Starting QB Role for Pitt State

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John Roderique will be under center for Pitt State's season opener against UCO later this month. 

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Missouri Voters Face Three Medical Marijuana Proposals In November Video included

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    Come November Missouri voters will be faced with three different initiatives to legalize medical marijuana in the state.  We'll break down the initiatives and what happens if more than one passes. Let's break down the three proposals first.     Petition 2018-041 would legalize marijuana for medical purposes, impose a 15% tax on the retail sale of marijuana, and a tax on wholesale flowers and leaves sold to licensed facilities.    ... More>>

PBS Affiliate Shooting Documentary on Marian Days Video included

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Ozarks Public Television (OPT-KOZJ) -- the local PBS affiliate -- is working on a documentary about Marian Days in Carthage.  We talked to the crew about the importance of capturing a festival like this.  Linda Bui has been coming to Marian Days with members of her parish for over 20 years.  Linda Bu, Food Vendor from Port Arthur, Texas:"We meet once a year, a lot of people are so nice and are like ah, I haven't seen you in a long time. It's like just ... More>>

Pittsburg: 4th St. (Hwy 126) and Free King Highway to become four-way stop

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The City of Pittsburg gives a heads up to drivers about a traffic safety improvement near the high school. A four-way stop at 4th Street and Free King Highway will activate on Thursday, August 9th, 2018, to help slow traffic east of the Pittsburg High School. Officials say it's one of several modifications agreed upon by the City of Pittsburg, Pittsburg USD 250 School District, Crawford County and Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) to improve safety for students. The Cit...

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NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW 8-3

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The Joplin Chamber of Commerce holds a news conference yesterday to show their support for a city ballot initiative, plus all the news you need to know before you head out the door.

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Jasper County Files Lawsuit Against 49 Opioid Manufacturers Video included

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    Jasper County is joining 10 other counties across the state in filing a lawsuit against opioid manufacturers.     But, will the lawsuit, even be effective?    the lawsuit, announced at a press conference held by the Jasper County Commission.     It's only a few hundred pages long, in it, naming 49 separate opioid manufacturers.

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New Medical Marijuana Regulations Spark Controversy in NE Oklahoma Video included

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New regulations on Medical Marijuana in Oklahoma are sparking some controversy.  The state Board of Health rolled out new rules yesterday -- reversing more strict emergency rules that had been adopted last month.  And as we found out -- people in north-east Oklahoma are having mixed reactions. Chip Paul, Oklahomans for Health:"It's honestly very disappointing." The Oklahoma State Board of Health has adopted guidelines that are reversing emergency rules a... More>>

Medical Marijuana & Minimum Wage Initiatives Placed on Missouri Ballot

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Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft issues a Certificate of Sufficiency for five initiative petitions. That means they've met the minimum number of signatures required to be placed on the state's general election ballot on November 6th, 2018. Any legal challenge to the certification must be filed in the next ten days. Read more about the initiatives below: 2018-041 -- Constitutional Amendment to Article XIV, Relating to Legalizing Marijuana for Medical Purposes Shall the M... More>>

Judge: Road rage case can go to trial Video included

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A Jasper County Judge today found that there's enough evidence in a road rage case for a trial. Christopher D. Montz of Neosho is charged with first degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of 27-year-old David C. Reynolds of Carthage.

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Minimum wage hike, medical pot on Missouri's Nov. 6 ballot

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Missouri voters will soon get a chance to weigh in on proposals to increase the state's minimum wage, legalize medical marijuana and change redistricting.

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NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW 8-2

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A certificate of inspection for the duck boat that sank last month, plus all the news you need to know before you head out the door.

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Accusations of Animal Abuse in Vernon County Video included

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Jeanne Burrus teaches her daughter to be kind to animals. That's why she's horrified by what she says she has seen on her neighbor's property, right across the street. 

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Pittsburg Preps for Little League Midwest Regional

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Pittsburg will represent Kansas in the Midwest Regional tournament, and will face the winner of Webb City and Coon Rapids, MN in their first game Monday afternoon in Indianapolis. 

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Debate in Four States Over 3D Printed Guns Video included

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A ruling on 3D printed guns sparks debate across the country and right here in the Four-States. A Texas company is not permitted to make its plans for 3D guns available for download today -- because of a temporary retraining order by a federal judge.     But the legal issue continues -- and we wanted to know how accessible the technology is around here. The Joplin Public Library has two 3D printers that are open to use by the public.  Jill Sulli... More>>

Pink Patch Project Raises Funds and Awareness to Fight Breast Cancer Video included

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The Crawford County Sheriff's Office sells patches as an innovative way to raise awareness and help fight breast cancer. All proceeds will be donated to the Angels Among Us organization. The official launch of the 2018 Pink Patch Project took place at the Crawford County Fair today, August 1st. Patches will be for sale through October 31st, 2018 at various community events, the Crawford County Sheriff's Office, at the security desk at the Girard Courthouse or the Pittsburg Judicial... More>>

Former MSSU Coach to Lead McAuley Boy's Basketball Squad

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Maryann Mitts, the all time most winning coach in Missouri Southern State University women's basketball history will take over coaching boy's basketball at McAuley Catholic High School.  

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HUD Housing Goes Non-Smoking Video included

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HUD housing across the country is now smoke free. The July 31st smoking ban forbids smoking in housing provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and within a 25 foot radius of the home.  

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Kansas Lottery Installs New System Video included

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An over 70-million dollar lottery upgrade launched this week in the four-states.  The new system is coming to Kansas --  and has had a little bit of trouble getting off the ground so far.  Tony Patton, Pittsburg Resident:"I spend usually about a hundred bucks a month. It just depends if I win, cause if I win good, I'll buy more." Tony Patton is one person that's excited about the new Kansas lottery system. Patton:"It's improved a lot.&q... More>>

Gorillas #4 in MIAA Coaches Poll Video included

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Pitt State is #4 in both the MIAA media and coaches polls to start the season. The Gorillas finished last season on a six game winning streak, going 8-4 overall. 

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MSSU Picked 12th in MIAA Preseason Polls Video included

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The Lions are picked to finish last in the MIAA preseason media and coaches polls after going 0-11 in 2017. They'll open up the season on August 30th at UNK.

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Missouri Gov. Mike Parson Visits Joplin Video included

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Missouri Governor Mike Parson paid a visit to Joplin. The Governor spoke in front of area school administrators and later met with Mayors from the region.   

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Area Pools Begin Closing for Season, Some End with Dog Swims Video included

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Take advantage of city pools in the coming weeks, they're starting to close for the season. August 5th, 2018 will be the last day for some. "Back-to-school season is a challenging time for us staffing-wise," said Jessica Johnson, Recreation Supervisor with Joplin Parks & Recreation. "We begin closing the pools in August due to our lifeguards returning to high school and college." Joplin Pools Ewert Aquatic Cente...

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Fmr. Jasper Schools Employee Sentenced for Embezzlement Scheme Video included

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55-year-old Karla Justice of Columbus, Kansas will spend two and a half years in prison for wire fraud and credit card fraud. The crimes too place from September 2013 to September 2016. Justice, also known as Karla Jessee, was employed as the head bookkeeper, payroll secretary, superintendent secretary, and board secretary for the Jasper R-5 School District from 2009 until her resignation on Sept. 22, 2016. Justice's positions with the school district gave her unrestricted access to...

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Joplin Public Library Changes to "Fine-Free" Format Video included

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Overdue fines will be a thing of the past at the Joplin Public Library. Starting August 1st, 2018, JPL patrons can borrow items without accruing overdue fines.

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Newton County Detective Ensures Child Killed In Tragic Accident Gets A Headstone Video included

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In February of this year, Ryder Jay Potts, tragically passed away in what was determined to be an accident. He had fallen asleep in a position, that caused him to stop breathing. Since then, all he's had at his grave is a cardboard marker - and one Newton County Detective stepped up to change that.

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Chanute Crime Witness Talks to KOAM & Fox 14 Video included

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Yolanda Bloemer says she knows Trevor Jones through friends. Jones was arrested Saturday in Chanute, following a chase in an ambulance he allegedly stole. 

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Joplin 20th Street Work, Expect Closures & Lane Shifts Video included

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Joplin residents might want to find a way around 20th Street in Joplin as crews begin another phase of construction. Work started today at the Indiana Avenue intersection with traffic reduced to one lane. That work will move down to the Connecticut Intersection starting August 6th with traffic being reduced to one lane and closing completely on the 13th. Crews are widening lanes and adding "terra cotta concrete" to increase visibility at crosswalks. Officials expe...

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Iola Wins AA State, Preps for Shot at Regional Video included

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Iola will play a three game series against AAA State Champion Salina beginning Wednesday for a chance to represent Kansas at the Midwest Regional Tournament in New Orleans. 

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Local Teacher Helps Dogs Get Adopted One Photo At A Time Video included

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Armed with just an iphone and a couple of props, a local middle school teacher is helping dogs find new homes. Paige Bordewick visits the Joplin Humane Society three to four times a week to photograph dogs ready for adoption. She puts the pups in a home setting for photos, which gets them out of the shelters and into a happier environment. "It really shows their personality and makes them more adoptable," Bordewick says. "Just being able to see them being a d...

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Dairy Queen Holds Grand Opening in Joplin, MO

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Dairy Queen's new Joplin location is now open for business. The new restaurant is located at 2015 E. 32nd Street. The grand opening included a doorbuster promotion. The first 100 people to buy a 10" Blizzard Cake receives one free 1/4lb Cheese Grillburger per week for a year. The Joplin City Council approved the new location to be built in January of 2018. The Dairy Queen manager says the last time Joplin had a stand alone DQ was in the late 1980's. The new DQ created ... More>>

NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW 7-30

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The Oklahoma Health Department has released new proposed rules for medical marijuana and more news you need to know before you head out the door.

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Conceal and Carry Class Held in Allen County Video included

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It's legal in the state of Kansas to carry a firearm while it is concealed, without a permit.     But that didn't keep the Allen County Sheriff's Office from holding a concealed carry class.      Participants learned the basics of shooting and caring for a handgun, and how to defend themselves.

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Missouri Southern Choral Society Gets New Conductor Video included

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The Missouri Southern State University Choral Society performed their annual patriotic concert at Saint Paul's United Methodist Church. 

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Congregation Comes Together to Assemble Organ Video included

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Susan Marchant grew up with a love of music, taking keyboard lessons when she was just four and a half years old, but it was her father who encouraged her to learn to play the organ. 

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Tristatesmen Barbershop Chorus Needs You! Video included

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Have you ever dreamed of being a singer, but, perhaps you're like me, and don't think you've got the voice for it?     The Tristatesmen Barbershop Chorus wants to prove - otherwise.     They're a group of about 28 men from across the area - that perform in barbershop quartet style - and they say they've found a singing gift in each of them - as they harmonize together.     And it's not just the Tristatesmen that are involved - it's a global effo... More>>

East Squad Wins 2018 Kansas Shrine Bowl

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The East team has now won three out of the last four Kansas Shrine Bowls after topping the West squad 21-14 Saturday night in Pittsburg. 

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Incident in Chanute leads to Chase with Stolen Ambulance Video included

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An incident at the Walmart in Chanute KS, turns into a police pursuit.. with an ambulance.  It incident started in the Walmart parking lot in Chanute, after an individual tried to enter the store while acting erratically.  Witnesses also said they believed he had a gun. Chanute Police made contact with the subject, and called emergency services for them.      Once an ambulance arrived, the subject climbed into the vehicle, locked the doors, and began t...

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Fish Hatchery Makes Needed Repairs Video included

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Mason Casey grew up in Neosho and lives close to the Neosho National Fish Hatchery, so close, in fact, that you can often find him walking through the trails and enjoying the fish that he remembers feeding on school field trips.

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Joplin Man Sentenced for Sexual Exploitation of a Child Video included

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A Joplin, Mo., man and a Philippi, West Virginia, man were sentenced in federal court today for sexually abusing a child. 56-year-old Ray Lee Fields, of Joplin, and 33-year-old Shannon Calhoun, of Philippi, formerly of Joplin, were sentenced in separate appearances before U.S. District Judge Roseann Ketchmark. Fields was sentenced to 20 in federal prison without parole. Calhoun was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison without parole. The court also sentenced Fields and Calhoun t... More>>

Ronald McDonald House Celebrates 20 Years Of Service Video included

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    Twenty years ago - the Ronald McDonald house of the four-states opened it's doors to families in need - those who had children staying at one of the local hospitals.     Now, to look back at that legacy - they're holding a family reunion. Families of the last 20 years filled the Ronald McDonald house - to share their stories - of how important the house is to them.

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NEO #1 in SWJCFC Preseason Coaches Poll Video included

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NEO finished last season 9-3, winning a SWJCFC title and a regional title along the way. 

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Independence Picked to Repeat as KJCCC Champs

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The defending champs are picked to win the Jayhawk Conference again after going 9-2 (6-1 KJCCC) in 2017. 

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Webb City Little League Hosting Car-Wash Fundraiser

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Webb City is raising funds to help pay for their trip to the Central Regional tournament in Westfield, Indiana. 

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NTSB: Recordings show change in weather before boat sank

The duck boat that sank in Table Rock Lake in Branson, Mo. is raised Monday, July 23, 2018. The boat went down Thursday evening. The duck boat that sank in Table Rock Lake in Branson, Mo. is raised Monday, July 23, 2018. The boat went down Thursday evening.
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(AP) - Video and audio recordings from a fatal tourist boat accident in Missouri show that the lake went from calm to deadly dangerous in a matter of minutes, the National Transportation Safety Board said Friday. The NTSB cited preliminary findings gathered from the video recorder camera system salvaged by divers after the duck boat sank July 19 at Table Rock Lake near Branson. Seventeen of the 31 people on board died, inc...

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Club Hopes to Renovate Neosho Memorial

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Fundraising efforts in Neosho are focusing on expanding a memorial in the town. Charlie Jenkins' dad served in the military before Charlie was born. That's why he's honored to raise the American flag in Neosho as a scout.  Charlie Jenkins, Neosho Scout:"It felt good helping my community." But the area surrounding that flag.. could look a little different in the not so distant future.  The Neosho Exchange Club held a ceremony at the memorial to kick off fundrais... More>>

Joplin Homicide: Suspect's Cause of Death Released

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The Jasper County Coroner confirms the body found in a burned vehicle near Carthage was that of 34-year-old Billy Stevens of Webb City, Missouri. The cause of death was determined to be a self inflicted gunshot wound. On July 23rd, 2018 around 10:00 p.m., the Carthage Fire Department responded to a vehicle fire in the area of Elm Road and County Road 160 in Jasper County, Missouri. The fire was put out and authorities discovered a body. A witness told investiga...

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NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW 7-27

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Officers and first responders from across the region joined their fellow officers, as well as the friends and family of officer David Brewer, and his wife Stacey, as they paid their final respects plus all the news you need to know before you head out the door.

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Fellow Officers, First Responders, Friends And Family Pay Tribute To Officer David Brewer, Wife Stacey Video included

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    Hundreds of officers, friends, and family, came to say goodbye to Joplin Police Officer David Brewer, and his wife Stacey, who were killed in an accident late last week.     They came - from as far as Texas and the Carolinas, and from all over the four-states, to join their Joplin family, in saying goodbye, to Officer David Brewer, and his wife Stacey.

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2018 Kansas Shrine Bowl "Hospital Experience Day" Video included

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Thursday was "Hospital Experience Day", which gives band members, cheerleaders and players an opportunity to meet some of the patients from Shriner's Hospitals and get a first-hand look at what the week means to them. 

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Thank You Lisa Olliges, Happy 30th Anniversary! Video included

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Lisa Olliges joined the KOAM family in 1988. It would be a while until I had the pleasure of meeting her. I began as a producer in 2011. When I say the impact she's had on us here at Television City is an understatement, that's from my experience over the past seven years. I know her impact goes even further. I felt like I needed some help expressing our thanks to Lisa, so I reached out to some former KOAM and FOX 14 newsies for help. ...

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Local Business Reopening After Fire Video included

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Owners of a Webb City barbecue restaurant are close to re-opening, after being closed for eight months.  Carl Wiest,Co-Owner -Wiestside BBQ:"We hadn't been open a long time. It was only about a year and a half before the, ya know, the fire happened." Carl and Julie Wiest opened Wiestside barbecue in Webb City in April 2016.  Julie Wiest, Co-Owner -Wiestside BBQ:"More and more people started hearing about us. We do have some people like from Branson and Spri... More>>

Newsmakers to Discuss Proposition A, Joplin Use Tax

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Joplin voters will decide on a Use Tax proposal in the August 7th, 2018 election. The upcoming Newsmakers will look at the Use Tax and how it would apply to purchases made online or through catalogs. Guests on the show included Drew Kimble and Amber Duncan, members of the Use Tax Citizens Task Force committee, and Leslie Haas, City Finance Director. The interview airs on KGCS-TV at the following times this week: Sun. July 29 – 5:30 p.m. Mon. July 30 -5:30 p.m. and 9:... More>>

Gun wielding man gets probation in 2017 Joplin incident Video included

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On July 21, 2017, Joplin Police were called to Fazoli's restaurant about an incident involving several employees and Jeffrey Riley. When officers arrived, Riley reportedly retreated to a room at the Microtell Inn and Suites. Fazoli's employees told police that Riley had pulled a handgun and pointed it at them while telling them to get back inside. Police tried for four hours to get Riley out of the Microtell room. After four hours, a swat team used gas to apprehend him. In Rile... More>>

A Southeast Kansas Man Dies in Rollover Crash

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The single-vehicle crash happened on July 24th, 2018 just before 7:30 a.m. in Linn County, Kansas. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, 22-year-old George Everett Larson was driving north on state highway K3 about twelve miles north of Bronson. Authorities say he drove off the road, lost control, re-entered the roadway, crossed over north and south bound lanes and rolled once into the ditch. The Bronson, Kansas resident was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a s... More>>

Update: 2 More Arrested in Southeast Kansas Shooting Video included

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The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office arrests two more people in connection to a shooting in southeast Kansas. On Monday, July 23, 2018, the Sheriff's Office was called by the Joplin hospital staff about a man, Dustin Baker of Galena, who arrived by private vehicle to be treated for a gunshot wound. The investigation lead detectives to a wooded area north of Galena near Lostine Road. Authorities say that's where the victim was physically assaulted and shot. Authorities arrested 4...

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NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW 7-26

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A former pharmacist at Carl Junction's Bruner Pharmacy strikes a plea deal in a health care fraud case, plus all the news you need to know before you head out the door.

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Joplin Police Search Ponds in 26 Year Old Cold Case Video included

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On August 11th, 1992, 14-year-old Tracy Pickett spent the night at a friend's house in Webb City, Missouri. Authorities say there was a party at the home that night. The next day, she was missing. It has been presumed that she was murdered. Investigators followed a lead that a man going by the name of Billy, who was at the party, offered to take Tracy home in his black van at one point. Authorities also got a tip that they were headed towards Tulsa, Oklahoma. In 2008, KOAM spoke to C...

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University TV Station Gets Needed Upgrades Video included

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A Missouri Southern operated TV station is making some long awaited upgrades.  Alex Still, Communication Student:"Back at my home town high school we had nothing like this at all." Alex Still is a broadcast student at Missouri Southern -- who aspires to become a video editor or studio director. Shes just one of many students that have dreams like that -- and that can now get their hands on new studio equipment.   Bill Hunt, KGCS Creative Services Manager:&q... More>>

Autopsy Report Confirms Death as Homicide in Joplin

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Joplin Police say a Webb City man's death is confirmed as a homicide. Investigators found 19-year-old Monte L. Little Jr. dead around 8:15 p.m. Monday night (July 23, 2018). Police were called to Little's place of employment, 2809 Santa Fe, for a report of an assault and injured person. Little worked at a home residential care facility. Police say the autopsy on Little Jr. confirms his death is a homicide. Detectives identified a suspect in the homicide who was later found de... More>>

Carl Junction Pharmacist Pleads Guilty to Health Care Fraud

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Jerry Botts takes a plea deal in a health care fraud case. Botts was the licensed pharmacist and 50% owner of Bruner Pharmacy in Carl Junction, Missouri. Botts pleaded guilty to one count of health care fraud (Class C felony). Court documents show he fraudulently signed patient signatures with a "wavy line," "zeroed out" patient co-pays and intentionally failed to reverse or refund payments made to him and his pharmacy by health care benefit programs for 29... More>>

Humboldt, Kansas Police Chief Charged with Domestic Battery

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Brian Dillow was arrested on June 27th, 2018, after deputies were called to his home in Humboldt for a suspected domestic dispute. The next day, he appeared in court on the arrest charges of domestic battery and criminal damage to property. He was granted release on his own recognizance, which means no bail money is paid to the court and no bond is posted. According to Allen County Attorney Jerry Hathaway, his office has passed the case to Coffey County Attorney Christopher B. Phe...

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Another Suspect Sentenced in Iola Murder

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An Iola, Kansas resident will spend nearly 20 years in prison for her role in a 2016 murder. Shawn Cook was reported missing on March 13th, 2016. His body was found on the banks of the Neosho River in Coffey County, Kansas on April 3rd, 2016. A preliminary autopsy showed Cook died from stab wounds. Five people from Iola were charged in his murder. Amber Boeken, Joshua Knapp, Rhonda Jackson, James Myers and Jessica Epting were charged with first degree murder. Jessica Epting a...

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New Joplin Senior Center Serves Up More Than Just Meals

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    The new Joplin Senior Center is open for business - and has already been serving meals.     But for many, it's the "side order" that comes with those meals, that make all the difference.    At the new Joplin Senior Center - you'll be able to do quite a bit - read a book, play pool...maybe even dominoes, and of course - enjoy the view - and eat lunch.

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