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Update On Block 22 Restaurants Video included

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    The long awaited Block22 in Pittsburg opened to students recently to allow them to move in to the newly created lofts.     However, restaurants were expected to be opened by now, but, they're not, leaving some wondering what's going on.   When you look at the Block22 restaurant space, there's not much to look at.  Even though, originally, residents were told, they'd be ready by now.

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Bourbon County Commission Looks for New Ambulance Service Video included

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Officials in Bourbon County, Kansas are searching for a replacement to their current ambulance service.  Mercy hospital in Fort Scott is set to close by the end of the year, and with it the emergency room and ambulance service for the county.  On March 30th of next year, Mercy's contract with the county for ambulance services will expire.  Jeffrey Fischer, Bourbon County Commissioner:"To say that we know how we're gonna go through this at this point in time is p... More>>

Hospitals Team Up for Expanded Service in SEKS Video included

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Freeman Health System and Labette Health announced a formal collaboration Thursday that offers  security to the rural hospital and more services to patients currently forced to travel across the state line. 

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Galena Looks for District Title, Perfect Regular Season Video included

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The Bulldogs (7-0) will be on the road against Parsons (6-1) trying to earn the 3A District 1 title and finish off their 2nd straight undefeated regular season.

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Break-In Attempted with Sword, 2 Charged Video included

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Two people are arrested and charged after a failed burglary attempt at Scammon Express Convenience Store. The Cherokee County, Kansas Sheriff's Office says the crime happened around 4:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 13th, 2018. Deputies responded to a commercial alarm at the business. Authorities say surveillance video showed two suspects walking up to the door with bandanas over their faces. One of the suspects attempted to smash the glass doors with what appears to be a homemad...

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Missouri AG Warns Residents of New Telephone Scam

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Several Missouri residents have complained this week about being contacted by would-be scammers claiming to represent the Social Security Administration. That's according to Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, who issued a scam alert today, October 18th, 2018. Those who have received these scam calls report getting a phone call from someone telling them that their social security benefits have been suspended and they must call back in order to fix the problem. When consumers ret... More>>

KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 10-18 Video included

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Another judge has recused himself from the trial of a Carl Junction murder suspect.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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Employee Payroll at SKIL Resource Center Delayed by Pay Card Company

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A payroll delay has caused a big headache for a Parsons, Kansas business.  The Southeast Kansas Independent Living center (SKIL) uses "global cash card" to pay their employees. But hundreds of SKIL's employees weren't paid when they were supposed to.  Crystal Rodgers cleans dishes for Gennie Ainesworth.. part of her job as a personal care attendant with SKIL. Crystal Rodgers, SKIL Employee:"I help run her errands and clean up the house and stuff ... More>>

Prop D Raises Concern Over Pump Prices Video included

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Leslie Kuhler is a clerk at the Lion Stop, and all day long she hears comments about gas prices. "Nobody likes paying high prices for gas and, of course, as soon as it goes up, even a couple cents, people very much notice. They are always on the lookout for the cheapest price," said Kuhler. Kuhler is against Proposition D, a gas tax that would raise prices 10 cents per gallon over the next four years to pay for road and bridge repairs. She says it sounds good in t... More>>

MO Supreme Court to Assign Judge in Carl Junction Child Murder Case

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The Missouri Supreme Court might have to assign a special judge to a Carl Junction child murder case. There have now been six judges in a 2017 child murder case in southwest Missouri, four of which have recused themselves. Jalen Vaden is accused of killing 3-year-old Jayda Kyle at the Carl Junction home he shared with the child's mother. Vaden is charged with second degree murder and abuse or neglect resulting in death. Jasper County Associate Court Judge Joseph Hensley presided...

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Pittsburg Shooting Suspect Arrested In Texas Video included

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Texas authorities arrest a man wanted for shooting a woman in Pittsburg over the weekend.  According to Pittsburg Police, Eric James Cravey was arrested around 3a.m. this morning.  Cravey was taken into custody by Hill County, Texas Sheriff's Department.  He will face extradition proceedings soon.  The 34 year old suspect is accused of shooting Vanessa McWhirt-Martin last Saturday.  She was last reported in critical condition.  Authorities have not rel...

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 10-17 Video included

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Economic experts discussed ways to grow southeast Kansas as well as issues holding it back at the Pittsburg Regional Economic Outlook Conference.  Plus all the news you need to know before you head out the door.

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Citizens and Officials Concerned Over New Poultry Farm in Ottawa County Video included

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Harley Buzzard knows what it takes to run a poultry farm, because he did it for several years. "Back 20 years ago when we used to raise chickens, we had two houses per farm and people didn't think anything about it because it was just extra income for the farmer," Buzzard, with the Cherokee Tribal Council, explained. But Buzzard says things have changed. "Now it's almost to the point of being a corporate, and I call them corporate farmers now, because those&nbs...

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Southeast Kansas Looks for Economic Solutions Video included

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The organizer of the Pittsburg Regional Economic Outlook Conference is optimistic about Southeast Kansas' economic future this year, but that wasn't the case at the last two conferences.

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Missing Person Update: Body Found in River Near Fort Scott, KS

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The Fort Scott Police Department has found a body believed to be that of 74-year-old Edith Hawkins. Police say they were called to S. Clark Street around 1:05 this afternoon (Oct. 16, 2018) in reference to a missing person. Authorities were told that Hawkins left her home earlier in the day around 10:00 a.m. and had not been seen since. Family members told police that she suffered from Alzheimer's. The Fort Scott Police and Fire Departments, Bourbon County Sheriff's Office,... More>>

Both Sides of the Aisle: OK State Question 793 Video included

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Voters in Oklahoma will get to decide whether eye doctors can work in retail stores.      Some residents think it would make eye care more accessible and affordable, but others -- including area eye doctors -- have their concerns.  Oklahoma State Question 793 would create a constitutional amendment, giving optometrists and opticians the right to practice in retail stores like Walmart or Target.  For many Miami residents like Jazmine Flagle, who just dr... More>>

2 Bridges Reopen to 4200 Drivers in Ottawa Co., OK Video included

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The two bridges over Spring River and Spring River Overflow on SH-10 closed in November of 2017. The bridges, located about five miles east of the I-44 Will Rogers Turnpike, were built in 1952 and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation says they were found to be structurally deficient in 2017. ODOT estimated the project cost was around $11 million. The bridges reopened on October 15th, 2018. ODOT says about 4,200 drivers used them every day before they closed.... More>>

3 suffer minor injuries after Branson mountain coaster crash

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The system apparently didn't work on Oct. 4, causing a stopped cart to be rear-ended.

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Semi fire in Joplin disrupts traffic

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The Joplin Fire Department was called to a semi truck on fire at 32nd and S. Range Line around 11:48 a.m. on October 16th, 2018. According to Fire Chief James Furgerson, the driver saw flames shooting out of the compartment area. Fire fighters extinguished the fire in about 20 minutes. Chief Furgerson says the cause of the fire was mechanical and the truck was not hauling any hazardous materials. Traffic was interrupted for about 30 minutes.

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Joplin Man Found "Incompetent" to Stand Trial in Church Van Shooting Case

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Thomas Mourning II of Joplin is found "incompetent" to stand trial at this time. Court documents state he injured multiple people and two comfort dogs in a 2016 shooting spree. Joplin Police say Mourning II fired two shots at the home he shared with his father on South Connecticut Street. They were the only two home. Court documents state that the father ran to Casey's General Store and called police. No one was injured in that incident. Authorities say Mourning II the... More>>

KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 10-16 Video included

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The Joplin City Council is considering a pay increase for public safety employees.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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Public Safety Pay, "Panhandler Ordinance" On Joplin City Council Agenda Video included

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    The Joplin City Council facing a packed agenda at tonight's meeting, on that list, two major items an increase for public safety employees, and a reconsideration on the so-called "panhandling ordinance" passed earlier this year.  Since the start of this year the salary issues of police and fire personnel has been on the center stage for the city.     That's caused some council meetings to become heated, and a number of residents vo... More>>

Suspect in Galena Arson Pleads Guilty

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A Galena, Kansas man pleads guilty to two arsons from the spring and summer. Ronny Ray Piercefield admits that he set a grass fire on North Jefferson Street in Galena in March. That fire eventually engulfed a small structure. Piercefield also pleaded guilty to setting a fire that engulfed 68 bales of hay in rural Cherokee County, Kansas in July of 2018. Piercefield is to be sentenced in December of 2018.  Authorities have been investigating a string of fires that happened in ... More>>

Ocean Adventures Offers New Place to Dive Into In Duquesne Video included

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A ribbon cutting is held for the Ocean Adventures indoor playground. The facility features several slides, mazes and obstacle courses, all surrounded by a pit filled with 80,000 balls. While the playground is geared toward children of walking age up to 12, all ages are invited to play, including adults. Admission is $5 Tuesday through Thursday and $6 on the weekend.  The owner says that an indoor park is a good idea for this area. "We felt like we wanted to ha... More>>

Police Release More Information Regarding Pittsburg Shooting Video included

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The Pittsburg Police Department is searching for a suspect in a weekend shooting. Police say Eric James Cravey is wanted in the Saturday shooting that injured Vanessa Rae McWhirt-Martin of Chetopa, KS. Authorities say McWhirt was a passenger in a black "Dodge Nitro" driven by Cravey. They say witnesses say she got out of the SUV during an argument with Cravey and was shot with a handgun.  McWhirt was taken to the hospital for emergency surgery. At last repo... More>>

Railroad Repairs Means Street Closures in Joplin

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Joplin drivers may need to plan ahead with streets being closed between Murphy Boulevard and Grand Avenue for repairs to the railroad crossing. Detours will be in place. Drivers are encouraged to use extreme caution while in the area. Businesses in the area will be accessible during the construction period. The railroad repair work is part of a cost-sharing agreement with Kansas City Southern Railroad (KCS). KCS will be installing concrete panels at the railroad crossing. Cr... More>>

Carthage Man Honors Veterans, Police, Fire and EMS Video included

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Before 77-year-old Larry Glaze lost his wife to brain cancer, the couple decided to create a bucket list, not of places to go, but of things to do, like building these tree houses, and giving back to the people who take care of others. "Just the recognition that we're trying to give our first responders, people that care about people. We don't care if they're Republican or Democrat. They're patriots and they believe in the United States. They'll raise for the flag and sta... More>>

Pittsburg Police Identify Shooting Victim Video included

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Police identified the victim in a  shooting Saturday afternoon in Pittsburg  as 37 year old Vanessa Rae McWhirt-Martin of Chetopa, Kansas. 

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Woman Shot in Pittsburg: Suspect at Large

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Pittsburg police ask for help in locating a shooting suspect. 

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Unique Garage Sale Puts Kids in the Driver's Seat Video included

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A garage sale in Joplin is being used as a teaching tool for kids.  Memorial Hall was the place for the second annual "kids garage sale." Local kids had the chance to run their own booth.. and sell their old toys, games, action figures, and clothes.  Many kids say it's a lot of fun being in charge of their own sales.. and that they learn a lot about money and how to be more outgoing.  Alice Carpenter, 12 years old: "I think it's neat just because... More>>

Joplin Surplus Auction draws Big Crowd Video included

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Confiscated and outdated items go on the auction block for the city of Joplin. The city of Joplin held its annual surplus auction. More than seventy bikes..almost thirty laptop computers.. and anything from fire fighting to street equipment could be bought for bargain prices.   Dump trucks and other heavy equipment were available for purchase as well. For many buyers, it was their first auction.. but others, like Troy Lear, were looking for more specific treasures. ... More>>

Sarcoxie's Jeremy Lawyer Wins FLW Tour Event on Lake of the Ozarks

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For Lawyer, it's his first win on Lake of the Ozarks after 10 prior top-10 finishes. 

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Former Pittsburg High RB Alex Barnes Goes Off for 4 TD vs. Oklahoma State

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The former Purple Dragon has now ran for 431 yards and 7 touchdowns the last two weeks. On the season, Barnes has 788 rushing yards for the Wildcats and 9 touchdowns.

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Meet PSU's Sustainability Star Video included

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Dr. James Triplett is a retired PSU professor and aquatic scientist, but that doesn't mean he's a stranger around campus.

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Club In Webb City Aims At Engaging Seniors

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    With the temperatures cooling down, many of us are starting to get our heaters and fire places going.      For Austin Simpson, serving his community is something he thought of at a young age and 3 years ago, when he was 18, he founded the "Gold and Silver Seniors Club" in Webb City.     It's mission - to get those over fifty out and active.

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Neosho County, KS Flooding Video included

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Flooding in Neosho County, Kansas has caused disaster declarations at both the state and county levels.. as the Neosho River rises to a near record breaking level.  Flash flooding in Neosho County earlier this week caused the Neosho river to quickly rise above its banks -- cresting at over 36 feet. Me Melanie Kent-Culp, Neosho County KS Emergency Manager:"It was in the major stage, the third highest that that river in Erie has had." That's just four feet lower t... More>>

Citizens Gear Up for Joplin City Sale Video included

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Area residents had the opportunity to preview Joplin's 5th Annual City Auction. Items for sale range from scrap metal and computers to jewelry and vehicles. The items come from various city departments, and all of the money raised will go back to the departments that sell their items during the auction. The sale will take place tomorrow at the Public Works Center on West 2nd Street in Joplin at 9 a.m. on October 13th. More>>

"Decades of Wheels" Museum Hosts Grand Opening Video included

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A large crowd huddles together for the ribbon cutting of the "Decades of Wheels" museum. A rotation of 30 unique vehicles, including cars and motorcycles, will pass through the museum each month. Some of the vehicles currently on display you may recognize from famous films. The museum is just one part of a bigger vision for their project, explains an event official. "We have a full service restaurant, breakfast, lunch and dinner. We have a night little ... More>>

#1 Lamar to Host Rivalry Game vs. Nevada Video included

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Top-ranked Lamar will try to stay undefeated Friday night, hosting the "Silver Tiger" game against Nevada. 

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Calderon Scores 5X, Pittsburg Wins 5th Straight Video included

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Randi Calderon scored 5 goals for Pittsburg against Columbus, all of them coming in the first half. 

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Economic Security Corporation Scaling back Bungalow Project after Financial Problem Video included

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A future veteran and senior housing project in Joplin is having to re-evaluate plans. After learning it will cost more to complete the project than anticipated.. The Economic Security Corporation is considering scaling the project back.  For the last two and a half years, The Economic Security Corporation has been pursing a project for senior, veteran and disabled housing in Joplin.  John Joines, Economic Security Corporation of Southwest Area CEO:"At the time that w... More>>

Concurrent Enrollment Numbers Jump at MSSU

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MSSU doubled its concurrent enrollment in the past six years and saw a thirty percent increase in students taking dual credit and online courses while in high school this year. 

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Third Judge Recuses Self in Carl Junction Child Murder Case

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There have now been five judges in a 2017 child murder case in southwest Missouri. Jalen Vaden is accused of killing 3-year-old Jayda Kyle at the Carl Junction home he shared with the child's mother. Vaden is charged with second degree murder and abuse or neglect resulting in death. Jasper County Associate Court Judge Joseph Hensley presided over the first court arraignment in December of 2017. Once the case was bound over for trial, Judge Dean Dankelson became the presiding judge....

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Independence Homicide Investigation

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The Independence Police Department is investigating a homicide.  According to the media release on Thursday, 10-11-18, around 2:20a.m., IPD were called to the southeast part of town for reports of shots fired. Officers found a victim who appeared to be killed by a single gun-shot wound. Authorities are not releasing further details about the crime.  Identification of the victim is withheld until notification of the family.  Anyone that may have information regar...

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Skimmer "Epidemic" In Northeast Oklahoma

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    Some residents in Northeast Oklahoma are finding unexpected charges on their bank statements officials say, it's all because of card skimmers placed at local ATM's.

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Nevada Preps for "Silver Tiger" Game at #1 Lamar Video included

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Nevada will try to hand Lamar its first loss since 2014 when the two teams renew their rivalry Friday night. 

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State Question 801 in Oklahoma Worries Fairland, OK Superintendent Video included

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State question 801 would change Oklahoma law to allow ad valorem or property based tax dollars to be used not just for buildings but overall operations deemed necessary by a school district.   

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Drone Academy helps Students Learn Skills in Chanute Video included

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Chanute High School is offering a program where.. for some students.. the sky's the limit.  Riley Kappler is a junior at Chanute High School, and wants to be an engineer once he graduates from college.  Riley Kappler, High School Student:"I don't want to just work on planes, and I don't just want to work on cars like everyone else who just settles for something." Kappler knows he will need an understanding of things like planes to achieve that goal. T... More>>

Kansas Governor Issues State of Disaster Emergency Video included

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Governor Jeff Colyer issues a State of Disaster Emergency declaration for the state in response to the heavy rains that have caused localized flooding and flash floods in a number of counties. "With such excessive rainfall, we realize that many may have need of recovery assistance. This declaration will help with that effort," said Colyer. "At the same time, I encourage Kansans to reach out to your neighbors and those in your community who may have had difficulty wea...

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Hensley Gets Life in Prison for Southwest Missouri Murder

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A Newton County, Missouri judge sentences an Aurora man for a 2016 murder. Shannon Hensley was convicted of killing 82-year-old Nolan Karch in Lawrence County, Missouri. Authorities say the murder happened around December 28th, 2016, although Karch's body wasn't found until January 2nd, 2017. Detectives were told that Hensley and another person were dropped off at Karch's home outside Aurora to rob it. Hensley allegedly came out saying he got into a fight with Karch and shot him...

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NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW 10-10

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JOPLIN STORM DAMAGE A line of storms that flipped cars in Midwest City Oklahoma did some damage in the four-states yesterday. The owner of this home on Central City Road in Joplin says the storm sent his garage into his yard. It caused some roof damage and also uprooted a large tree. No one was injured. JAIL POLICY VIOLATION A former Ottawa County Oklahoma jail inmate claims jail policy wasn't followed after he was attacked in jail. On September 19, Donald Herr... More>>

Pittsburg Commisioners Move Ahead with Power Plan, Schlanger Park Splash Pad

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Pittsburg, KS city commissioners today voted to move forward with a plan to tear up the wading pool at Schlanger Park. The pool will be replaced with a splash pad that will cost a total of $320,000, $80,000 will come from the "Everybody Plays" fund. The additional $225,000 will need to come from the state, and the city has plans to request it from the Kansas Department of Commerce. In other business, the city approved a study to determine whether to implement a city el... More>>

Former Inmate Alleges Procedures Weren't Followed after Jail Fight Video included

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A former inmate of the Ottawa County Jail is alleging proper procedures weren't followed after he was attacked in the jail.  Donald Herring was an inmate at the Ottawa County Jail when he was attacked on September 19th.  Donald Herring, Former Ottawa County Jail Inmate:"I went to go outside in the rec area and walk around, and I got jumped by two people." After that, Herring says he went into one of the jail pods where a third person jumped him. ... More>>

Checking in on Local Telemedicine

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About a year ago, Psoriasis was ruining Lorrie Manasseh's life. But thanks to a specialist located more than a 1000 miles away in Virginia, Lorrie's skin has dramatically improved.

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Some 4-Staters See Storm Damage Video included

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A line of storms that started in Oklahoma, leaving a trail of overturned cars in Midwest City, makes an impact in the 4-States. A Joplin resident that lives near Central City Road says his garage was blown into his yard. There's also roof damage on the home and an uprooted tree in the area. No injuries have been reported from the storms in the 4-States. More>>

Mixed Reaction in Miami to Suggestion of Post Labor Day Start

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Oklahoma lawmakers are exploring the idea of mandating a later start to school to cut energy costs. But while district administrators and teachers oppose the idea, some citizens like it.  

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Pittsburg Armed Robbery Update: One Suspect Arrested, 2 At Large

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A 17-year-old male is arrested in connection to a Pittsburg, Kansas armed robbery.. On Monday, October 8th, 2018, authorities were called to an apartment at 206 West Hudson Street about an armed robbery. They found two occupants who claimed three males entered the apartment and said they were there to see one of the roommates. The two occupants allegedly told the suspects they didn't know who they were and they needed to leave. Police say they were told one of the three males th...

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Another Judge Steps Away from Carl Junction Murder Case

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Two judges have now recused themselves from a Carl Junction, Missouri murder case. Jalen Vaden is accused of killing 3-year-old Jayda Kyle at the Carl Junction home he shared with the child's mother. Vaden is charged with second degree murder and abuse or neglect resulting in death. On October 2nd, 2018, Jasper County Circuit Court Judge David Mouton recused himself from the case. Court Administrator Erik Theis told KOAM/FOX14 that Judge Mouton had nothing further to say other t... More>>

Lost Family Ancestry Video included

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    Imagine learning you have a long-lost sibling, and then you find out, you both, have another long lost sibling.     That's the case for one Webb City woman, and her brother, or, now, "brothers", in Rochester, New York. Darlene Sarley's family frequently comes to her home in Webb City. They enjoy each others company and soon, they could be enjoying more company. Sarley found one brother a few years back... Darlene Sarley, Sister: "For ye...

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123 Missing Children Found in Michigan During 1-Day Operation

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The U.S. Marshals Office says a new Child Recovery Unit found 123 children during a one-day operation. Detroit, MI – The U.S. Marshals Service - Detroit Missing Child Recovery Unit, U.S. Marshals Service Sex Offender Investigations Branch, Michigan State Police and law enforcement officers from Wayne County agencies participated in Operation MISafeKid, a missing juvenile sweep to identify and recover missing children from the area with an emphasis on locating victims of sex t...

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Motorcycle Crash Claims Life of Southwest Missouri Man

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Authorities say a Monett, Missouri man has lost his life after a fatal motorcycle crash in Lawrence County. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the single-vehicle crash happened on October 8th, 2018 around 2:00 p.m. on I-44 at mile marker 45.2, near Mt. Vernon. Troopers say 57-year-old Danny Gibbons was driving westbound when he lost control and drove off the south side of the road hitting the median cable. Gibbons died at the scene. More>>

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Missouri man dies in crash near Carthage

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The Missouri Highway Patrol investigates a single vehicle fatality crash in Jasper County, Missouri. It happened around 4:30 Monday afternoon (October 8, 2018). Troopers say 78-year old Alford Taylor from Jasper, Missouri drove off the roadway and hit a fence about three and a half miles east of Carthage on Route E. Taylor was not wearing his seat belt and was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Suspect Wanted in ATM Skimming in Northeast Oklahoma Video included

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The Grove Police Department sends out a heads up to residents. On October 9th, 2018, the GPD posted on social media that they, and banks in the Grove area, are aware of several debit cards being hacked and used over the last few days. Police say if your ATM card was compromised you need to contact your bank immediately so they can disable your ATM card and reissue you a new one. Authorities and the banks are working together on the issue. Grove Oklahoma Police Department ...

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 10-9

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Beginning October 15th, Frontenac will cover the sewer and water bill for one year, for new business owners and incoming residents.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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Civil War Lecture Series Spurs Talks of Local Learning Center

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It might be quiet here now, but back in the 1800's this field was the site of a brutal Civil War battle in Jasper County that left 18 men dead, and led to the burning of Rader Farm along with the Village of Sherwood, something 8th grade history teacher Kimmie Sawder is familiar with.

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Frontenac Wants You

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Frontenac is looking to grow its local economy and population, and is doing so with a money saving incentive.

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Pittsburg Armed Robbery, Suspects Wanted

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Pittsburg, Kansas Police search for suspects in an armed robbery. On Monday, October 8th, 2018, authorities were called to an apartment at 206 West Hudson Street about an armed robbery. They found two occupants who claimed three males entered the apartment and said they were there to see one of the roommates. The two occupants allegedly told the suspects they didn't know who they were and they needed to leave. Police say they were told one of the three males then pulled out a ha... More>>

Joplin Man Charged with 1st Degree Assault

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A 39-year-old Joplin man is charged with first degree assault in an incident that left one man hospitalized. On September 26th, 2018, Joplin Police were called to the 1500 block of South Connor. They were told a man was laying in the roadway bleeding. Officers arrived and found 33-year-old Michael J. Osborne laying in the road. Authorities say he had serious head injuries and was unconscious. Emergency officials took Osborne to Freeman Hospital and then transferred him to Kansas... More>>

National News Headlines on October 8

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According to the latest forecast, Hurricane Michael may be a Category 3 hurricane -- with winds from 111 to 129 mph -- when it strikes the US on Wednesday. If you're located along Michael's path, make sure you're properly prepared to handle the storm with this hurricane checklist. -- Families grapple with confusion and grief after an upstate New York limo crash...

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MSA: Audit numbers on missing registered sex offenders just don't add up

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Police don't know the whereabouts of nearly 1,300 registered sex offenders in Missouri, according to a state audit report released on October 1st, 2018. The audit, released by state Auditor Nicole Galloway, blames inadequate enforcement of the registration requirement at the local level. (Read more on the audit) Galloway said the findings are "disturbing and alarming." "As it stands the sex offender registry really provides a false sense of security," Gallowa...

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 10-8

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The family of the 8-year old girl killed in a hit and run sues the truck driver and his company.  Plus all the news you need to know before you head out the door.

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Miracle Field Vandalized Third Time: Equipment Shed Burned Video included

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Vandal target the Miracle Field burning the equipment shed at the Joplin Athletic Complex.

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Gracie's Mums Raise Funds in Memory of Jason Box Video included

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As Grace Box chats with a prospective customer, she reflects on bittersweet memories of her late brother, Jason. "He would come sit down here with me every year and help me sell for the first day, and he would always tease me about doing this, but in the end he loved sitting out there and helping me," said Box. It started as an FFA project. For nearly 6 years, Grace would grow mums, sell them, and invest back into her business, buying more flowers and expanding he... More>>

Area Pets Receive Blessing Video included

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Sunday is a holy day for many, but today some brought pets to church. This is the 5th year United Methodist Church has hosted its "Blessing of the Animals" worship service. Members got their pets blessed and expressed thanks for God's creation through song and prayer. Churches around the world honor Saint Francis of Assisi who started the blessing of pets nearly 800 years ago. Senior Pastor Mark Chambers says it's a time to reflect on the blessing pets ... More>>

Hit and Run Victim's Family Files Wrongful Death Suit Against Driver & His Employer Video included

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A wrongful death suit is file against a truck driver involved  in a hit and run. 

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Crash in Barry County Kills Pierce City Teen Video included

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An 18 year old Pierce city man was  killed in crash in Barry county. 

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Teen Killed in Crash Blamed on Wet Road Video included

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A 16- year old from Reeds, Missouri is dead after his vehicle hydroplaned on Highway 96 a miles east of Carthage.. 

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Former Pittsburg High RB Alex Barnes Has Career Day for K-State

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Barnes finished with 250 yards and 3 TD against Baylor. His 250 rushing yards are the 5th-most ever by a Kansas State player. 

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Neosho Fall Festival Draws Record Number of Vendors Video included

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Neosho's Annual Fall Festival draws thousands of people seeking entertainment and fall fun. 

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Harry Potter Fans Unite for First-Ever Wizarding Run Video included

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Thousands of Harry Potter fans come together for the first ever Wizarding Run held in downtown Joplin.

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History Alley Takes Neosho Back in Time Video included

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Just off the square, down "History Alley," the Newton County Historical Society took people back in time.

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Kavanaugh is confirmed: Senate Oks Supreme Court nominee

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By ALAN FRAM and LISA MASCARO Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) - The bitterly polarized U.S. Senate narrowly confirmed Brett Kavanaugh on Saturday to join the Supreme Court, delivering an election-season triumph to President Donald Trump that could swing the court rightward for a generation after a battle that rubbed raw the country's cultural, gender and political divides. The near party-line vote was 50-48, capping a fight that seized the national conversation after claims em...

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Rural Hospitals Continue To Struggle To Survive

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    Mercy's announcement to close their Fort Scott facility - came as a surprise to residents, but, for rural hospitals, it's no surprise at all.     For a local business, a neighboring competitor going out of business may be good news, because it could boost their revenue.     But for Wes Braman, the Interim CEO of the Nevada Regional Medical Center, it's a stark reminder of a harsh truth.

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Carthage Humane Society Facing Obstacles, Overcrowding

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New management at the Carthage Humane Society is working to overcome obstacles.. as they are overcrowded with animals.  Any time the Carthage Animal Control officer picks up an animal.. they are taken to the Carthage Humane Society.  Greg Dagnan, Carthage Police Chief:"As of the last day in September, we had taken them about five hundred and five or six animals." That's almost as much as the total number for all of 2016 (543) and 2017 (537).. and the year i...

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Previously Polluted Land Is Revitalized Video included

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David Moore with Labette Bank knows what it means to make a good investment, something he sees the City of Pittsburg doing with a previously unusable piece of land. "Every person that I've met with is excited to see a change and something done with the property, something that's good for the whole community," said Moore. Moore is referring to the estimated $300,000 clean up project of a commercial lot located near businesses like the Tractor Supply Company and Home Dep... More>>

I-44 Closed After Crash Near Sarcoxie Exit Video included

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A crash is closing part of I-44 near mile marker 29 (close to the Sarcoxie exit). Authorities say the crash was in the eastbound lanes, but traffic is halted in both directions. MoDOT estimates the road will remain closed for five hours. No word on any injuries at this time. We have a crew on the way and will have the latest on KOAM News at 6.

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FEMA Issues Final Denial To Joplin Schools Video included

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    FEMA has issued it's final appeal denial for the Joplin School District - which meant the district missed out on millions of dollars in potential aid.     In total - the Joplin School District missed out on $67 million in federal aid, all because the district, didn't meet FEMA's deadlines. Dr. Ron Lankford, Asst. Superintendent, Joplin Schools: "It seemed like that failing to meet the 60 day was the common, at least the common message f... More>>

More Details on Neosho School Bus Crash

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A crash involving a Neosho school bus kills three people from Arkansas.  According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, the crash happened around 4 pm on Wednesday (10/3) after a pickup ran a stop sign at the intersection of highways H and HH.. 10 miles east of Neosho.  After the truck struck the bus, the two vehicles went off the left side of the road and overturned -- the bus ended up on top of the truck -- and then caught fire. The Newton County Coroner prono...

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New Jasper County Juvenile Center Taking Shape

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The new Jasper County Juvenile Justice Center is starting to take shape. Construction on the eight-point-six-million dollar facility located at 6th and Pearl.. is on schedule.  Then it's complete, the facility will have a secure area with eight holding cells and room to expand to sixteen.. a full kitchen area.. a medical exam room and a booking area.  It'll also include a non-secure wing with several classrooms.. an assessment area.. and a full courtroom.  ... More>>

Chiefs QB Mahomes Named AFC Offensive Player of the Month

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Mahomes has led the Chiefs to a 4-0 record, throwing for 1,200 yards and 14 touchdowns along the way. 

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#8 Pitt State to Host Top-20 Battle vs. #16 Northwest Video included

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The Gorillas (5-0) are trying to stay on top of the MIAA standings in Saturday's rivalry game against the Bearcats. 

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Mother Claims Son Was Injured By Teacher Video included

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Idalis Ford is a single mother of two boys, one of which used to go to South Joplin Head Start, until he came home with a head injury on Sept. 26. "He had these two big goose eggs on his head. I asked him how'd he get them. He said that his teacher hit him in the head and he pointed directly to where she hit him," explained Ford. She immediately reached out to the school looking for answers, but was met with conflicting stories. "The first one was he came to sc... More>>

Names and Details Released in Joplin Fatal Crash Video included

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Joplin Police say they're working a serious crash at 6th and Joplin with multiple injuries. Joplin Street from 5th to 7th and 6th Street from Main to Wall are closed. Avoid the area. We will have more details as they become available. Joplin Police Department

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2 Men Charged, One Former Joplin Police Officer, with Child Sexual Exploitation

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Two Joplin residents are charged in federal court for the sexual exploitation of children. The U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Missouri, says the men were charged in separate, but related, criminal complaints filed this week in the U.S. District Court in Springfield, Missouri. 43-year-old Gary McKinney remains in federal custody pending a detention hearing on October 10th, 2018. He was a police officer with the Joplin, Missouri Police Department for about seven year... More>>

Crash Involving Neosho School Bus Kills Three

Crash Involving Neosho School Bus Kills Three Video included

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A crash involving a Neosho school bus kills three people Wednesday afternoon.  According to Missouri Highway Patrol the crash happened on Route H, 10 miles east of Neosho.  The reports states a Chevy 1500 truck failed to stop at a stop sign and hit the school bus on the side.  Both vehicles went off the left side of the road and overturned. The bus landed on top of the truck.  The Newton County Coroner pronounced the driver and two passengers in the truck dead at t...

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Some Concerns Over Proposed Wind Farm Video included

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    A proposed wind farm in Neosho County, Kansas is met with some opposition from area residents.     A meeting was held by the residents to share their concerns. Concerns over what is called the "Neosho Ridge" wind project. The plan is to bring enough wind turbines to Neosho County to power more than 75,000 homes at full capacity. But some residents, feel, their concerns, are going unanswered.

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School Bus Safety in Chanute Video included

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Riding the school bus in Chanute, Kansas just got a lot safer for local kids, thanks to the Zonar card. That card is part of the Zonar Tracking System which keeps track of Chanute students every time they get on and off a school bus. 

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Oklahoma Fugitive Captured in Newton County Video included

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A fugitive who escaped from police custody in Oklahoma has been captured in Newton County, Missouri. Officers in Moore, Oklahoma had arrested Walter Blount -- suspected of trying to steal vehicles -- but he escaped before he got to the jail.  After that -- he made his way to Newton county, Missouri.  Police surveillance video shows Walter Blount escaping from the back of a police cruiser in Moore, Oklahoma last Wednesday.  Authorities say Blount then led police on a...

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Crowder College Sites Low Unemployment as Factor in Low Enrollment Video included

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Crowder College enrollment is down eight percent compared to last year. And officials are blaming the good economy.

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Watch out for Deer! Authorities say Deer Crash Season is upon us

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Watch out for Deer! Authorities say Deer Crash Season is upon us. "In 2017, there were 184 deer related crashes in Cherokee County, including 5 injuries," according to Sheriff David Groves. Kansas State Trooper Tod says close to half the total vehicle/deer crashes they work all year come within the months of October, November and December. The Kansas State Highway Patrol released a map, showing two numbers per county. The top number is the total number of vehicle..

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#8 NEO Preps for Showdown with #11 Blinn Video included

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The Norsemen will try to slow down a Blinn offense that is averaging nearly 550 yards and 50 points per game Saturday. 

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Former Mercy Clinics To Stay Open Under New Management

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A non-profit primary care system says it will keep Mercy clinics open in Fort Scott, Pleasanton and Arma. The Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas (CHC/SEK) announces that it will assume ownership of the Mercy clinics in those three locations beginning January 1st, 2019. "CHC/SEK entered into discussions with Mercy this summer about the need to maintain access to care and they were anxious to preserve the resources they had built in Bourbon and Linn counties," s...

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Search for Suspect in Newton County Ends Video included

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    A manhunt is underway in Newton County, Missouri for a suspect involved in a police pursuit. Authorities say it began a week ago, and more than 200 miles away in Moore, Oklahoma, when Walter Blount escaped police custody there. Authorities say Blount is possibly armed - and is considered dangerous.

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Mercy Announces Closure of Fort Scott Hospital Video included

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Mercy Hospital has been serving the Fort Scott Community for the last 132 years, so with the announcement that 2018 will be the hospital's final year, KOAM/Fox 14 turned to the Fort Scott community for their thoughts. 

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Swedish Group Visits Joplin to Share History, Culture Video included

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A group from Sweden made a stop in Joplin.. to mix history and bruises.. so they can preserve their culture.  The members of Telge Glima aren't afraid of a little pain.  Henrik Ljungqvist, Telge Glima Member:"Our motto says a lot.. we combine history with bruises." They were doing just that today.. in lion country.  Hailey Landrum, MSSU Student:"Oh my gosh, they were so entertaining!" Howard Belk, MSSU Student:"I thought it was pretty ... More>>

A First for Missouri, 4H in the School in Anderson

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    4H is no longer  just an after school club at Anderson Elementary.  This is the first school in McDonald county and Missouri as a state to have ‘4H In the School.’ 

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John Brown Posts First 100-Yard Game with Ravens

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Brown posted 3 receptions for 116 yards a touchdown on Sunday against the Steelers. The former Gorilla now has 15 catches for 338 yards and 3 TD through four games. 

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NEO Moves up to #8 in National Rankings

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The Golden Norsemen are 4-1 to start the season. Two KJCCC teams made the top 5 this week, with Garden City coming in at #3 and Hutchinson moving up from #7 to #5. 

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Presidential Cell Phone Alert, First National Test

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On October 3rd, 2018, Americans will receive a test emergency alert on their cell phones around 1:18 p.m. CDT. You can expect it to sound like an Amber Alert or flood warning, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The subject will read "Presidential Alert" and the text will say "THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed." FEMA officials say the test will last about a half-hour, so some could rec...

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Judge Recuses Himself from Carl Junction Murder Case

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Jasper County Circuit Court Judge David Mouton recuses himself from a 2017 murder case out of Carl Junction, Missouri. Jalen Vaden is accused of killing 3-year-old Jayda Kyle at the Carl Junction home he shared with the child' mother. Vaden is charged with second degree murder and abuse or neglect resulting in death. Judge Gayle Crane will now preside over the case. KOAM/FOX14 is reaching out to find the reason behind the recusal. A trial is scheduled for April 15th, 2019. ...

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City Manager Proposes Police and Fire Pay Ranges

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On Friday, Sam Anselm sent these final recommendations for pay ranges based on figures set at fifty percent between local pay and surrounding salaries from areas like Springfield, Rogers and Fayetteville...

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Empire Market Sees Growth Video included

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Steve Urie is a vendor at Joplin's Empire Market, a place he's come to think of as a second home. "I just enjoy the group and working with them, and I believe this market is important. I believe this building is important historically, so it just drives me to want to be here to help," Urie stated.

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Report Shows Hundreds of Registered Sex Offenders Unaccounted For

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A report by the Missouri Auditor's office shows more than 12-hundred registered sex offenders in the state were "non-compliant." But, what does that mean for our local area? According to a report by Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway, more than 12-hundred registered sex offenders can't be located by local law enforcement.  The findings use data obtained from the Missouri State Highway Patrol database from May of this year.. and show *30* registered sex offenders w... More>>

Joplin sex offender sentenced to 17 years in federal prison Video included

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The man has prior convictions for sexually assaulting an 8-year-old child and for indecent exposure.

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Spring River Bridge Update Video included

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The La Penn's live right next door to the Spring River Bridge. Its lane closure, now almost half a year old, has been a hot topic around the neighborhood.

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Mercy Hospital in Fort Scott, KS is Closing Video included

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Mercy officials say in the face of declining patient numbers and shrinking reimbursement, they've decided to close the Mercy Hospital Fort Scott by the end of the year. A news release says the decision was made after months of exploring options for keeping hospital services in the community. There is a plan for continuing physician services in the area. Mercy officials say they're finalizing an agreement with the Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas (CHC/SEK), which is based...

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BBB: Do your research before donating to breast cancer charities

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month brings with it a wave of appeals to donate to breast cancer charities. Better Business Bureau (BBB) advises consumers to research charities and cause-related products carefully before making a donation or buying a pink-ribbon product. According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 266,120 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed this year, and an estimated 40,920 people will die from the disease...

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 10-1 Video included

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DESTINY CHAMBERS VIGIL A vigil last night at Cunningham park brings together friends, family, and even strangers all to remember Destiny Chambers.  Nearly 100 people gathered on the basketball court at Cunningham park.  The driver who killed eight-year old destiny chambers  is facing charges of leaving the scene of an accident. DEADLY SEK CRASH The Cherokee County Sheriff's office says a rollover crash near Baxter Springs around 4:00am Sunday morning ejected a C... More>>

Columbus Man Killed in Rollover Crash

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The Cherokee County sheriff's office reports  a rollover crash near Baxter Springs around four o'clock Sunday morning,   ejected a Columbus  driver causing in his death.  

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Candlelight Vigil Honors Memory of 8-Year-Old Killed in Hit and Run Video included

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A candlelight vigil Sunday evening at Cunningham park in Joplin brought  together friends, family, and even  strangers  to remember and mourn  Destiny Chambers. P

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Lylah-Palooza Fundraiser Helps Severely Ill Kids Video included

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A big crowd gathers for the 6th Annual Lylah-Palooza kids fest. For $5, kids could enjoy quality time with a variety of animals in the petting zoo. Other activities included face painting, balloon animals, a bounce house and silent auction. The event raises money for severely ill children in honor of Delylah Harris who passed away from a congenital heart defect in 2013. Leslie Harris, Lylah's mother, explains that this event is one she plans on continuing as a lasting lega... More>>

Hundreds Participate in Annual Svitak Freedom Ride Video included

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Matthew Bridges has been participating in the Svitak Freedom Ride for the past two years because for him, it's personal. "Growing up military and being formerly military myself, knowing that a lot of kids on base, the parents are constantly gone through deployments and they get bikes through Fort Leonard Wood to be able to actually go out and do stuff and build community there, that's something awesome," said Bridges. Bridges, a father himself, appreciates that support... More>>

#10 Pitt State Survives OT, Moves to 5-0 at Lindenwood

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Jared Vincent booted a game-winning field goal for the 10th-ranked Gorillas in overtime, helping Pitt State move to 5-0 overall this season.

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Suicide Prevention Group Leads First "Out of Darkness" Event Video included

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The "Out of the Darkness" walk took place at Mercy Park in Joplin.  The event was hosted by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The group created a pinwheel garden as a memorial to those lost to suicide. Funds allow the foundation to invest in research, educational programs and support survivors of suicide loss.     Beth Hendren, a foundation board member, says that seeing this turnout is heartening. "It means the world to ... More>>

Four States Heart Walk Celebrates 25 Years Video included

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The event focuses on heart health and raising awareness of strokes and heart disease. Hundreds of people, of all ages, enjoyed a variety of informational booths and educational training like hands-only CPR. This year, mascots from area businesses and colleges kicked off the heart walk with their own race.   Funds raised go toward the American Heart Association, helping patients like Rohen Reeves, who recently had a heart transplant, live a healthy life. Kelli Per... More>>

Miami Police Search for Suspects After Shots Fired Outside a Home Video included

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Miami, OK  police say armed men are on the run after an early morning shooting at a home on G street northwest. 15 shell casings were found at the scene and gunshots left holes in the home. 

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Candlelight Vigil Planned for Girl Killed in Hit and Run

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A candlelight vigil and time of mourning will be held Sunday night at Cunningham park to honor the life of 8-year old Destiny Chambers. Destiny was killed Thursday morning when she was struck by a truck as she ran to her school bus on Newman Road. The vigil will begin at 8:00 p.m.  Sunday at the basketball court in the park. Donations for Destiny's funeral expenses will be collected.  There is also a Go Fund Me account established for her funeral expenses by  Marquita... More>>

Fatal Crash in Heavy Traffic on I-44

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The Missouri Highway Patrol reports the death of a Blue Springs Missouri man on interstate 44.  25 year old Caleb Brainard was killed when his vehicle ran into the trailer of a semi which was stopped in traffic due to heavy congestion ahead of it. Brainard was pronounced dead at the scene at around 1:30 pm Friday afternoon. The crash occurred on the interstate one miles east of Sarcoxie.  More>>

Local Musician Charged with Sex Crime Against Child

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A Neosho, Missouri man is charged with a sex crime against a child. 60-year-old Robert A. Pommert is charged with first degree statutory sodomy and first degree statutory rape of a child under the age of 12. According to court documents, the crime happened around August 23rd, 2018 in Newton County, Missouri. On September 11th, 2018, a detective says he received an e-mail from a clinical child therapist in Joplin, Missouri. The therapist showed the detective her notes, which ...

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Missouri Southern Starts Student Food Pantry

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Students at Missouri Southern will soon have more access to food on campus. A food pantry dubbed "The Lion Co-Op" has been created by students and teachers in the Kinesiology, Social Work, and History departments.  It will be open to students that may have the need.. and will be located in the FEMA shelter on campus.  A recent study by Kinesiology students found 25-percent of students felt "food insecurities" in the last year. A study by Social W... More>>

Caring Closet Fundraiser Fosters Hope Video included

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Angie Murray is a volunteer with Fostering Hope, an organization dedicated to helping local foster children, something she's passionate about because she herself has been a foster parent and she knows how difficult it can be to care for kids in need. "When a child comes into your home, they usually come with nothing. Fostering Hope helps us with everything from bedding, to clothing, school supplies, just anything you need for that child," explained Murray. The organiza... More>>

Warrant Issued for Fired Jail Employee Accused of Raping Inmate

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A former Delaware County Jail employee charged with rape and sexual battery, checked himself into a VA hospital.  Justin Paquette was supposed to voluntarily turn himself in to authorities with his attorney but went to the hospital instead. A felony warrant has been issued for his arrest. Sheriff Harlan Moore said the warrant follows a lengthy investigation of allegations of sexual contacts in the jail surfaced.  Inmates were interviewed.  Both assaults allegedly ... More>>

Cherokee County Sheriff's Office Seeks Public Help

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The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in tracking down a suspect involved in an attempted break-in. Just before 9:00 Friday (9-28) morning, Cherokee County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to an area north of Downstream Casino, where a person caught someone breaking into a vacant home. The owner reportedly fired a shotgun at the suspect, who was described as being approximately 5' 8", medium build, wearing light blue jeans, a light blue long-sle...

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Four State Friday Night H.S. Football Forecast

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Details released, man charged in hit and run that killed a Joplin student

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The Jasper County Prosecutor's Office files a charge of leaving the scene of an accident - accident resulting in death against 49-year-old Lance Lee, of De Kalb, Illinois. According to court documents, on September 27th, 2018 around 7:00 a.m., the Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop D reported a one-vehicle fatality crash involving a pedestrian. The crash happened in Jasper County, east of Joplin, on Newman Road at Sunny Crest Lane. Authorities say the crash happened as a 2017 F...

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 9-28

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Joplin police arrest a man they say was threatening to kill people and police find a homemade explosive.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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Bomb Squad Called In Following Police Stand-Off

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Joplin police have arrested a man they say was threatening to kill people and a homemade explosive was found. It happened at Seventh and Jefferson in Joplin. Joplin police tell us when officers arrived they heard a gunshot. The man had barricaded himself inside. After a stand-off the man surrendered himself. Authorities say when he was arrested the man told officers he had some type of explosives. A robot was sent in to clear the scene. A homemade incendiary device was found. A Sprin...

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Nevada Citizens See MODOT Plans for Sidewalk Improvements Video included

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In Nevada, residents got a chance to comment on plans to replace and repair sidewalks. The Missouri Department of Transportation held a public meeting about improvements to Route 54 and business loop 49.   The mission of the project is  to make sidewalks meet requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.     Citizens learned  about  the plan for  improvements .along with the possible impact to traffic.      Plans sho... More>>

President Trump is Coming to Kansas

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President Trump will be in Kansas to campaign on behalf of gubernatorial candidate Kris Kobach. The President will hold a rally in Topeka on October 6th. In response to the visit, Secretary of State Kobach said "I'm honored and grateful that President Trump will be coming to Kansas on Oct. 6. President Trump's success in cutting taxes at the national level unleashed economic growth, and I want to accomplish the same thing in Kansas by reducing our crushing tax burden. It has be... More>>

Changes In Store For VA Pension Video included

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    Changes are coming to the VA Pension plan for veterans.     A workshop is being held next week to help veterans prepare for those changes.     Local veteran Dale Wark is already a part of the current VA Pension plan.     While he says it's been helpful, that help, only goes so far.

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Block 22 Faces New Problems after Students Move in Video included

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New issues at the Pittsburg Block 22 apartments are popping up.. issues that didn't surface until students moved in.  KOAM and Fox 14 reached out to Pittsburg State University after receiving complaints about leaks and plumbing issues at the apartments.  Officials with Pitt State knew apartments in the Block 22 project still needed some final touches before the August 18th moving date. Steven Erwin, VP of Student Life:"Most of them centered on some painting...

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Concerned Consumer Seeks Legal Action Against Clorox Video included

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For three years, Natasha Russell has made it her mission to shed light on Clorox Splash-Less and scented bleach because, for her, the stakes here are too high. "I'm thinking about all the germs and diseases that habitates this stuff and we go buy this bleach to disinfect and to sanitize and it's not doing that," said Russell. This all started when she went shopping for a disinfectant and decided to do something few consumers actually do; she read the fine pri... More>>

Pittsburg Fire Dept. Offers Free Carbon Monoxide Detectors

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A $2500 Walmart Community Grant will allow the Pittsburg Fire Department to purchase and distribute carbon monoxide detectors to citizens at no charge. The department will buy 125 battery operated  CO detectors. They are available at the fire department while supplies last. Property owners are responsible for acquiring CO detectors for commercial or rental properties.  Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas referred to as the “invisible killer” because of its colorl... More>>

Update: Car Located, No Charges Filed in Attempted Abduction Video included

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Authorities are asking for help to identify a vehicle and possible suspects in an alleged attempted abduction at a mobile home park east of Joplin, Missouri. The Jasper County Sheriff's Office says on September 26th, 2018, around noon, a vehicle carrying three people entered a mobile home park east of Joplin. The vehicle drove up to the front yard of a home where two small children were playing. Authorities say an adult at the home had momentarily went into the house when the vehic...

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Joplin Elementary Student Killed in Hit and Run Video included

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The Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal hit and run. It happened this morning near Newman Rd. and Sunny Slope Lane (northeast of Joplin). We have reached out for more information and will release details as we get them.

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 9-27 Video included

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The 20th Annual Environmental Conference at Tar Creek concludes plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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Two Decades Dedicated to the Tar Creek Superfund Site Video included

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Cleaning up the lead contamination at the Tar Creek Superfund site won't happen without funding, or people who care, which is why the Annual National Environmental Conference at Tar Creek is in its 20th year. 

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Local Utility Recognized for Wind Energy Investment Plan

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    Local environmental groups recognized  a local utility's efforts to create wind energy with an award. Moms Clean Air Force, Renew Missouri and the Sierra Club commemorated the Empire District Liberty Utilities  decision to invest in 600 megawatts of wind energy. The groups brought a poster board style thank you card from kids.      Kay Mills, the Missouri field organizer for Moms  Clean Air Force  said  investing in... More>>

Douglass High School to Host Eureka Homecoming

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After a tornado damaged their home stadium, Eureka will have to play their homecoming game away from home. However, Douglass High School is stepping up to make sure Friday feels like a home game for the Tornadoes. 

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Shrine Bowl Returning to Pittsburg in 2022

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Carnie Smith Stadium has hosted the Kansas Shrine Bowl every four years since 2002. 

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Both Sides of the Issue: Breaking Down Missouri Proposition D Video included

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Missouri voters will get to decide if a new gas tax will be implemented in the state. Those in favor of the bill think it will be good for the entire state.. but many drivers are against increased fuel prices.  Missouri Senator Ron Richard:"Proposition D talks about funding highways, fixing a needed problem with the highways that aren't funded." If passed by voters, Missouri Proposition D would increase taxes on motor fuel two and a half cents per year.. fr...

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Shot Fired at SWAT Team: Two Arrested After Drug Raid on Joplin Residence

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The Joplin Police Department SWAT Team took  gunfire during the raid of a residence. The Ozarks Drug Enforcement Team served a search warrant with the SWAT team  at a home in the 600 block of north Byers at 5:44 a.m. Wednesday when a suspect inside fired a shot in their direction. The bullet went through a wall and struck a tree in the front yard. Detectives and ODET members arrested two people after finding narcotics and weapons inside the house. ...

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Charges Filed, McDonald's Worker Tainted Deputy's Drink

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The Allen County, Kansas Attorney files one count of aggravated battery of a law enforcement officer today against a 22-year-old Iola, Kansas resident (Sept. 26, 2018). On September 12th, 2018, Iola police arrested 22-year-old Trevor Hockaday. Authorities say Hockaday was working at McDonald's and put a peroxide-based cleaner in an Allen County Deputy's drink. According to investigators, the deputy picked up their food and drink while going through the restaurant's drive-thru.... More>>

Ground Beef Recall for Possible E. Coli Contamination

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Cargill Meat Solutions recalls ground beef items produced and packaged on June 21st, 2018 due to possible E. Coli contamination. Products were shipped to stores nationwide including Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri.

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Injured Dog Shot, Could Change City Policy Video included

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    A girl's pet dog is severely injured after being hit by a car in Miami.     But her mom says that wasn't the worst part.     And now, changes are being made to Miami's city codes.

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Fort Scott Preps for SEK Showdown vs. Labette County

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The Tigers will host the defending league champion Grizzlies with first place on the line Friday night. 

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Mixed Reaction after Creation of New Bourbon County Position Video included

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County commissioners have created a position for an Economic Development Director -- and filled the position.. which has caused some controversy. Jody Hoener has been hired as the Bourbon County Economic Development Director.  Hoener will be put in charge of the newly created neighborhood revitalization program.. as well as bringing new businesses to the county... something that was being done by the commission.  Lynne Oharah, Bourbon County Commissioner:"W... More>>

K-7 in Cherokee County, KS is Now Open

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The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) says K-7 between U.S. 160 and K-102 in Cherokee County is once again open to traffic. The seven mile section of K-7 has been closed for reconstruction since the spring of 2017. The highway opening marks the completion of the 11-mile reconstruction of K-7 from U.S. 160 north to U.S. 400. Reconstruction of the northern four miles was completed in late 2016. The K-7 roadway has been widened to 44 feet, with 12-foot driving lanes and 10-fo... More>>

Two Suspects Plea Guilty to Murder, Robbery in Joplin

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Two southeast Kansas residents pleaded guilty yesterday (Sept. 24) to second degree murder and other charges for a cap on sentencing. They both also agreed to testify against a third suspect. According to court documents, robbery and shooting happened on January 29th, 2017 at 2334 E. Zora St. in Joplin, Missouri. Authorities say Azaiah Forester, Brock Robinson, Erik Jones and Taven Williams broke into the home to steal property. While inside, documents say Robinso...

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Attorney: 'Suspect Bites Off More than He Can Chew'

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A Baxter Springs, Kansas man is sentenced for biting a Sheriff's Deputy. In December of 2017, Cherokee County Sheriff Deputies responded to a domestic disturbance in rural Baxter Springs. When they arrived at the home of 61-year-old Allen Orlando Martin, they found him and a female. Deputies tried to detain Martin, but he resisted, leading to a physical struggle between Martin and the deputies. During the struggle, authorities say Martin bit a deputy's arm, breaking the skin. In...

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Bill Cosby sentenced to 3 to 10 years in prison for sexual assault

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Entertainer Bill Cosby, once known as "America's Dad," was sentenced Tuesday to three to 10 years in a state prison for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his home 14 years ago. "This was a serious crime," Montgomery County Judge Steven T. O'Neill said. "Mr. Cosby, this has all circled back to you. The day has come, the time has come." Cosby, convicted in April of ...

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Gus is Doing Great, Texas Gorilla Named by PSU Fans

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You might remember in 2016, the Fort Worth, TX Zoo needed some help naming its new baby gorilla. They opened up the naming process for zoo goers to vote on their favorite. After a rally by Pittsburg State University supporters, that gorilla got his name: Gus. The Fort Worth Zoo sent a 2018 update to PSU, including a photo: Gus is 37 in. tall, and his arm span is 51 in. He eats tomatoes by the handful for breakfast and lunch, and also enjoys a sweet potato every now and t...

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Sonic sold to Arby's and Buffalo Wild Wings owner for $2.3 billion

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Paul R. La Monica     (CNN Money) -- Arby's likes to boast in its TV commercials that it has "the meats." Well, Arby's owner is about to get beefier: It's buying hamburger joint Sonic for $2.3 billion. Inspire Brands, a private equity backed firm that owns Arby's and Buffalo Wild Wings, is paying nearly 20% more for Sonic than what shares were trading at on Monday. Sonic is famous for its quirky ads and retro 1950s-esque drive-in locations. The compan...

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Missouri AG Fires Back at Duck Boat Court Filings Video included

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Missouri's Attorney General is firing back in court filings, arguing the court should not dismiss a lawsuit filed against the owner of Branson's "Ride the Ducks" attraction. Ripley Entertainment and Branson Duck Vehicles filed motions to dismiss the case or move it federal court. Hawley says those actions are designed to "hamper and delay the state's enforcement action" and to "thwart judicial review of their actions and evade any court order that would bar ... More>>

New Playground Equipment Met with Mixed Feelings Video included

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As kids play on the new equipment at Leonard Park, Brittany High can't help but reminisce. "We would always come down here. I remember as a little kid always coming out here and playing, and then I've got nieces and nephews and they've all come out here and grown up here. My kids have grown up here," explained High, a Joplin mother. Over the past 15 years, High and her family members have been coming to Leonard Park for gatherings and fun, but she explains that this ne... More>>

Veterans Court Mentor Shortage Video included

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Sterling King is a United States veteran who's trouble with addiction led him to the Jasper County Veterans Court. It also led him to fellow veteran and his Veterans Court mentor, Ted Donaldson. 

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Cattle Theft, $5000 Reward in Crawford County, KS

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The Crawford County Sheriff's Office says nearly 30 head of cattle have been stolen from an area farm. On September 22nd, 2018, authorities responded to the area of south 520th Ave (Country Club Rd) and 205th Street about the theft of cattle. The cattle, belonging to Wood Farms, are 600 to 650 lbs, all black in color with some having white faces except one all red steer. Authorities say the cattle had yellow tags in the left ear and purple tags in the right ear. The the...

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Tenants Speak Out on Issues at Apartment Complex Video included

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Tenants of the Main Street Place Lofts apartments say issues at the building aren't getting the attention they should -- but the building manager says there isn't anything she can do.  Colby Cash and his girlfriend Shaimin have lived in the Main Street Place Lofts for almost two years. Colby Cash, Concerned Tenant:"It seemed like a nice place to live when we first came here." But since then.. he's noticed some issues that he says aren't getting addressed. ... More>>

Crash Claims Life of Missouri Man

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The crash happened around 7:25 a.m. on September 24th, 2018 in McDonald County, Missouri. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 26-year-old Billy Penn was driving a Dodge Neon north on Route E, about five miles south of Powell, when he crossed the center line and hit a GMC Sierra head-on. Penn, of California, Missouri, died at the scene. The 57-year-old driver of the GMC had minor injuries. More>>

Plea Deal in Joplin's ER Bar Break-In

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A 19-year-old pleaded guilty today (Sept. 24, 2018) to second degree burglary after breaking into a Joplin bar. On December 18th, 2017, Joplin Police responded to Equality Rocks Bar (532 S. Joplin) for a motion alarm from inside the business. Authorities say an officer heard banging from inside the business as other officers arrived and surrounded the building. Police say they continued to hear banging and glass break. The suspect, Dezmin Cunningham, then appeared at the south d... More>>

Carthage Man Dies from Injuries Suffered in Crash

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The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the crash happened on September 18th, 2018 around 7:30 a.m. about 1/2 mile east of Carthage. According to the report, 66-year-old Mark Brewer was driving a Toyota Camry on E.Chestnut St. when he rear-ended a John Deer tractor. The tractor ran off the right side of the roadway. Brewer was flown to Mercy Hospital in Springfield where he died from his injuries on September 21st. Brewer's passenger, Julie Winter, was taken to Mercy Hospita...

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Gorillas Crack Top-10 in National Rankings

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Pitt State has moved up to #10 in the latest national rankings. The Gorillas are 4-0 and are now the highest ranked team in the MIAA. 

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Bond Reduction Denied, Trial Date Changed in Road Rage Case Video included

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A judge denies bond reduction for a 22-year-old charged with first degree murder in a Joplin, Missouri road rage case. The attorney for Christopher D. Montz appeared in court today, September 24th, 2018. Judge Dean Dankelson ruled that Montz's bond conditions will remain the same and that the suspect will be allowed to wear civilian clothing at all hearings. Both parties, today, agreed to move the Jury Trial from April to July 8th, 2018. The crime happened on June 9th, 2018 a...

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Local Girl Scout Camp to Close, Friends Propose Different Option Video included

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The Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland says the Mintahama Program Center in Jasper County, Missouri will close on December 16th, 2018. The GSMH made the decision after a property review on all their camps. In 2013, the girl scouts almost voted to sell the camp after a similar process, but it was averted after volunteers created the Friends of Camp Mintahama group to help improve conditions. (Related Story: Uncertainties for Girl Scout Camp Raise Concerns) On September 21st...

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 9-24 Video included

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Fredrickson Farms, well-known for its pumpkins, mums and hay rides, closes its doors for the season.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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Wedding Expo Video included

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    It's the most wonderful time of the year...if you're a bride to be that is.     Wedding expo season is kicking off across the area, including in Joplin - at the Elks Lodge 501 venue.     Brides were able to speak with a variety of wedding vendors to get things ready for their big day.     Organizers say events like this are a way to make a stressful time a little easier. Josh Shackles, Bridal Bliss Owner:  "Really w... More>>

Fredrickson Farms Closes Doors for Season Video included

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This field would normally be full of pumpkins, ripe for the picking, but this year, things are different. "People call and they're just like, 'Well, I just need one pumpkin.' And I'm like, 'I have zero pumpkins.' You know, it's hard to understand that I just, I didn't do it at all," explained Tami Fredrickson with Fredrickson Farms. And that's because for the past 21 years, the Fredrickson's have grown thousands of pumpkins and have come to be known for their seasonal ... More>>

#15 Pitt State Tops UNK, Takes Over 1st Place in MIAA Video included

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With Northwest Missouri's loss to UCO Saturday, the Gorillas are the only undefeated team in the league through four weeks of the season. 

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Team Hope Walk Raises Funds for Research Video included

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Darrin Henry has a personal connection to Huntington's disease, a fatal genetic disorder that causes brain cell deterioration, because his family is impacted by it. "My wife was affected by Huntington's disease for 22 years. She just passed away two weeks ago, and my daughter has Huntington's disease as well," said Henry, Team Hope Walk Coordinator. He wants people to remember his wife, Kelly, and to raise awareness for the disease that took her life. "It's a r... More>>

Bluegrass Festival Swings into Action Video included

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A big crowd checks out the 21st Annual Carl Junction Bluegrass Festival held in Center Creek Park. In addition to a day filled with bluegrass music from multiple bands, folks could enjoy food and crafts from a wide array of vendors. The event also featured a car show with many unique vehicles. Gary Stubblefield with the Carl Junction Area Chamber of Commerce says that this event was created by the late Jim Wisdom, a former mayor. He wanted to show off this park and maybe b... More>>

Missouri Southern, UMKC, Cancel Dental School Project Video included

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Officials at Missouri Southern State University announce they are abandoning plans to bring a dental school to the campus.  A dream that's been in the works since 2010 has officially come to an end.   Missouri Southern State University and the University of Missouri Kansas City have abandoned plans to open a dental school on campus at Missouri Southern.  In a statement sent to KOAM and Fox 14, MSSU President Alan marble said, "The dental school pa... More>>

Wyandotte Nation Searches for New Police Chief Video included

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The Wyandotte Nation is searching for the next Chief of Police, according to the Wyandotte Tribe of Oklahoma. Ken Murphy has resigned his position as Chief of Police of the Wyandotte Nation Tribal Police Department (WNTPD) after serving in the position for nine years. Officer Faron Lee, who has served with the department for eleven years, will serve as Interim Police Chief.

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President Trump Speaks at Rally in Springfield, MO Video included

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President Trump is scheduled to arrive at Springfield-Branson National Airport in Missouri at 4:45 PM CDT on September 21st, 2018. He's set to participate in a roundtable with supporters around 5:30 p.m. (closed press). Following the roundtable, the President will hold a "Make America Great Again Rally" at the JQH Arena at 6:30 PM CDT (685 S. John Q. Hammons Parkway). KOAM and FOX14 will live stream the rally on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/koamfox14/ Twee...

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USD 447 Bond Issue Includes Razing, Rebuilding One School, Renovations At Others Video included

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    Residents in the USD 447 district, which includes Thayer and Cherryvale, have a more than $12 million dollar bond issue coming up.     This one comes after a previous bond failed, the district needs a positive outcome.     Originally built in 1938, Lincoln Central Elementary in Cherryvale has seen better days.     While an addition was built in 1999 the current facility is in disrepair and district officials say has reac...

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Josh Hawley Challenges Claire McCaskill To Debate In Joplin

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Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley brings his Let's Debate Tour to Joplin today. He spoke to residents about a wide range of issues such as the supreme court confirmation and immigration. He also continues to challenge his opponent in the U.S. Senate Race, Claire McCaskill to a debate in the back of a trailer. Hawley says the informal debates would be the best way to reach everyday Missourians. "Senator McCaskill wants to hideout in the studios of MSNBC." Said ...

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Minimum Wage Proposal Raises Mixed Feelings

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Mike Wiggins has owned Granny Shaffers on Rangeline for 25 years and he's seen a few minimum wage increases in his time there, but he's also seen a few cut backs he's had to make because of that. 

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