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Amber Alert: Kansas City Teen Abducted

Amber Alert: Kansas City Teen Abducted

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An Amber Alert has been issued for a 15 year old taken after a shooting in Kansas City, MO Thursday night.   Brajaean Sledge is 5-foot-8,  125 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. Police are searching for a 2017 KIA Forte with the Missouri license plate, MB5-G5B. The suspect, who may be with the party in danger, should be considered armed and dangerous. He is described as a black male between the ages of 18 & 20 years old, last seen wearing a grey hoodie. No furthe...

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 6-22 Video included

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Here's a recap of today's top headlines, the news you need to know before you head out the door.

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Supreme Court Hands Down Ruling On Sales Taxes For Out Of State Purchases Video included

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Until this ruling - the law said a business didn't have to collect sales tax on products it sold in states that it *did not* operate in.     Soon, all states will have the option to collect sales tax on purchases made outside of the state's borders. 

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Parsons Homicide Investigation Video included

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"I took my dog for a walk, and that's when I heard the gun shots," said Michael York. Michael York is a Parsons resident who doesn't live far from 26th and Kimball, where a homicide investigation is underway. 

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Volunteers Wanted for Special Olympics Kansas Bowling Tournament Video included

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My grandparents and them bowled since I was little, and I would go to the bowling alley with them all the time" Volunteers make it possible for athletes like Brittany Smith to compete in their favorite sports.  "Without volunteers, we wouldn't be able to participate in events. We rely on volunteers for these events to happen. Without them, they wouldn't be able to compete" says Austin Koontz, a coach and case manager at New Hope Services.  Their t... More>>

11TH Annual Hope Conference Tackles Trauma Kid’s Care & Adolescent Mental Health Video included

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With a surge of adolescent and teen suicides reported, the 11th annual Community Hope Conference sponsored by the Alliance of Southwest Missouri  is focusing on how to help kids who've experienced trauma.        

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Joplin's Police and Firefighter Pension Plan Could Have Less City Hall Involvement Video included

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"It's the perception that the pension plan is being attacked."

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Safety Advocates Remind Parents To 'Look Before You Lock'

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Today is the first day of summer (June 21). Child safety organization, KidsAndCars.org, says there have already been 16 confirmed child vehicular heatstroke deaths this year in the United States.  Every year on average, 37 children die in hot cars in our country. Last year, 43 young children died. 

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Plea Deal For Woman Who Tried To Adopt Out Someone Else's Child

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A Joplin woman originally charged with kidnapping and wire fraud pleads guilty and in return gets one charge dropped (June 21, 2018). 30-year-old Lasonya Poindexter was charged in federal court for trying to unlawfully adopt out at least one child she was babysitting for a Joplin couple. According to court documents, authorities believe the crime took place between June 1st, 2017 and July 20th, 2017. Poindexter started babysitting Ashley and Christian's two children at her h...

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Voting Change for Kansas Video included

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A federal judge's recent ruling on the Kansas Proof of Citizenship law means that voters will no longer be required to provide proof of citizenship documentation before they are allowed to register to vote. 

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2 Charged After Drug Seizure in Nevada, Missouri

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On June 19th, 2018, Nevada Police executed a search warrant at a home on the 600 block of E. Sycamore Street after investigating reports of illegal drug activity at that location. When officers arrived, they spoke to several people at the home and initially detained eight. Police found suspected methamphetamine, marijuana, prescription medication identified as controlled substances and drug paraphernalia. Authorities sent the suspected drug evidence to the Missouri State Highw... More>>

Parsons Police Investigate Death

Parsons Police Investigate Death

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The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and Parsons Police Department is investigating a death.  Parsons PD received a call Wednesday June 20, 2018, to 2600 block of Kimball about a dead body inside the home.   

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 6-21

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KANSAS WILDFIRE AUDIT A state audit shows it's not properly prepared for wildfires.  A legislative audit says the Kansas wildfire suppression system is under-funded and understaffed and operates with a fragmented leadership.  The audit was ordered after wildfires in 2016 and 2017 burned more than 800,000 acres in Kansas, causing 80 million dollars in damage and killing one person. STICK IT TO DIABETES Mercy Health System is celebrating a successful "Stick it to ...

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Local Democratic Candidates Weigh In On Immigration, Separation of Families, Ahead of the August Primary Video included

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    Locally, the Southwest Missouri Democrats hosted a town hall for four of their candidates for the 7th Congressional District. We're just a little less than two months away from the August primaries - and that's what brought these candidates to tonight's town hall meeting.     They spoke to a packed crowd on a number of issues - the first and foremost, being immigration reform in the country, and President Trump's Executive Order.

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Seneca Fishing Club Lands Success Video included

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Seventeen-year-old Jordan Lowry has been fishing since he was big enough to hold a pole and that's why it was no surprise that he and his brother started a club for their favorite activity about two years ago. 

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Youth Volunteer Corps Joplin Impacts Charities in First Summer of Work Video included

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 The Youth Volunteer Corps came to Crosslines on commodity day helping the charity efficiently serve more than three hundred people.

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Cancer Survivors Receive Special Gifts Video included

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A total of 25 craft kits and 80 blankets were delivered to Freeman thanks to Subaru and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

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PSU Tuition Increase Approved

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The Kansas Board of Regents approves Pittsburg State University's proposal to increase tuition for the 2018-19 academic year. With the 2.6% increase, full-time in-state undergraduate students will pay $73 more per semester bringing the total tuition rate to $2,847/semester. Full-time in-state graduate students will see an increase of $84 per semester bringing their total tuition rate to $3,280/semester. PSU says departments across campus are working to tighten spending. Official... More>>

"Stick It to Diabetes" Raises More Than $140K Video included

2018 Stick It to Diabetes raises $140K 2018 Stick It to Diabetes raises $140K
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They 'stuck it' to diabetes two and a half weeks ago. The Mercy Health Foundation and the Mercy Diabetes and Nutrition Center hosted the "Stick It to Diabetes" event at the Hope City Church. The community came together to raise more than $140,000 to help provide medications, insulin, testing supplies and educational resources to underserved diabetic patients in the four state area. "To see so many of our community members coming together to support each other rea... More>>

Rape Charges, Court Documents Received

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KOAM and FOX14 receives the Statement of Probable Cause and Complaint on a rape case out of Marionville, Missouri (Lawrence County). On June 6th, 2018, an officer with the Aurora Marionville Police Department was given a case on child endangerment involving 34-year-old Amanda Morton of Mount Vernon and four juveniles. According to documents, the crime happened on May 13th, 2018. Authorities say they got video footage of Morton going into the Casey's General Store on S. Highw...

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Drive-By Shooting: Court Documents Received

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KOAM and FOX14 receives the Statement of Probable Cause and Complaint for 17-year-old Jacob Davis. The Jasper County Prosecutor's Office has charged him with five counts of shooting from a motor vehicle at a person, vehicle or house, and five counts of armed criminal action. According to court documents, on June 14th, 2018 in the area of 407 N. Pearl Ave., Davis reportedly shot multiple times in the direction of five people. Three of those people knew Davis and identified...

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 6-20 Video included

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ACLU LAWSUIT The ACLU files a lawsuit against the Kansas Secretary of State.  The suit against Secretary of State Kris Kobach is over a multi-state voter registration database.  The ACLU claims it exposed sensitive information including partial social security numbers from nearly 1000 Kansas voters.  Kobach's office had no immediate comment on the lawsuit. LT. GOVERNOR CHALLENGE The Missouri Democratic party is challenging Governor Parson's authority to select h... More>>

Parish Deals 9 K's, Outlaws Top Jeff City Video included

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Missouri Southern's Zach Parish threw 7 innings for Joplin, giving up just one run and striking out 9. 

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New Shelter Coming to SEK After 12 Years Video included

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A new animal shelter is coming to rural Southeast Kansas -- one that's been in the works for the past *12* years.  Elizabeth Wehlage, Castaways Board Member:"We've always been just really big animal lovers." That love for animals is why Chris and Elizabeth Wehlage got involved in the castaways animal shelter three years ago.. A project that's been in the works in Neosho County Kansas for over 12 years

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Pittsburg's Cicero Signs with Ottawa Baseball Video included

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Tye Cicero just finished up his senior year at Pittsburg High School, and is playing this summer with the Post 64 legion team out of Pittsburg. 

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Emergency Workers Establish Better Communication After Simulation Video included

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"If I understand other responders' roles, then I can help them do their jobs better,"

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Couple Sentenced for Financially Exploiting An Elderly Man Video included

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A McDonald County, Missouri couple is sentenced for a 2016 crime involving kidnapping. On October 25th, 2016, McDonald County Sheriff's deputies responded to 321 West Sarratt Road in Goodman regarding a well-being check involving an elderly man. According to court documents, when authorities arrived they found a 79-year-old man in a room with a padlock on the outside of the door. The victim told deputies he had been locked in the room for about six months and that the couple h... More>>

Area Pearl Harbor Survivor Honored in Frontenac Video included

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"I wasn't expecting it and I don't deserve it, ha ha. I don't feel like I deserve it anyways" Casey Bangert humbly accepts his Quilt of Honor made by Sooki Fields from the little Balkans Quilt Guild. "They served our country. And it is the recognition to say thank you, it's just a way of saying we appreciate it" says Fields.  Casey isn't your average veteran. He enrolled in the Navy when he was 17 years old, and is one of the few survivi... More>>

Joplin Police Release Drive-By Shooting Update Video included

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Joplin police arrest 17-year-old Jacob Davis in connection to a June 14th, 2018 drive-by shooting. Authorities posted his name and photo on social media the morning of June 18th saying he was wanted for five counts of first degree assault and five counts of armed criminal action. He was arrested later that evening at an apartment complex in Joplin. Today, June 19th, 2018, the Jasper County Prosecutor's Office charged Davis with five counts of shooting from a motor ve... More>>

Bee Research Is the Buzz on the MSSU Campus Video included

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Missouri Southern State University is getting into the business of bees Six hives on the MSSU prairie property  will help students learn and help the community too. 

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Petition Filed to Block Missouri Lt. Gov. Appointment Video included

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A World War II veteran is the lead plaintiff in a suit to block the appointment of Mike Kehoe as lieutenant governor. Missouri Governor Mike Parson appointed Senate Majority Floor Leader Kehoe as the state's lieutenant governor on Monday, June 18th, 2018. That same night, Darrell Cope and the Missouri Democratic Party filed the lawsuit asking the Cole County circuit court to declare Parson's action illegal. Missouri's constitution isn't clear on whether a governor has the auth...

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 6-19 Video included

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LT. GOVERNOR KEHOE Missouri's new Lieutenant Governor introduced himself yesterday in a news conference.  Governor Mike Parson selected former state Senate Majority Leader Mike Kehoe as his successor.  Lieutenant Governor Kehoe is a businessman who has represented parts of Central Missouri in the State Senate since 20-11. MERCY CONSTRUCTION SAFETY Mercy hospital says it's toughening its safety requirements for construction system-wide in direct response to the 20-11 ... More>>

Missouri Treasurer Highlights State Investment in Small Business and Agriculture

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State Treasurer Eric Schmitt today announced he has approved over $41 million of new investments in Missouri-based small businesses and agricultural operations since launching his Missouri FIRST initiative in March. In the same time frame, over 70 new Missouri FIRST applications have been approved and eight new banks have applied to become participating lenders in the program. State investments in linked deposits have increased by close to 29% over the past year – a sign o...

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Mohaska Trail Raising Concerns For Southwest Joplin Neighborhood Video included

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    Tonight at the Joplin city council meeting - an emergency ordinance for adjustments to the Mohaska Trail project.     And it's that project, that's bringing some controversy. The Mohaska Trail project is certainly the most recent trail development by the City of Joplin, but it actually was one of the inaugural trails from more than two decades ago.

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Rodeo Bible Camp Video included

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Girard Kansas is the place for a unique summer camp this week. A camp where kids are getting the chance to learn everything there is to know about rodeo.  Bull fighting.. bareback horse riding.. and calf roping. Those are just a few things campers are learning at the 4th annual "Cross Trails Cowboy Ministry" rodeo bible camp.  One of those campers.. is Karson Harris.

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Thousands of Dead Fish in Schell Lake Video included

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"Chaos, ignorance, it's a mess." Vernon County resident, Chris Greer expressing his disappointment in what happened to the lake. "A lot of mad people. There's a lot of people that fish out here, bring their kids out here and fish. A lot of people who survive off of fishing out here" Greer and others at the lake say they wish the Missouri Department of Conservation would have drained the lake differently, a way not resulting in a mass death of mostly Carp.

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Illegal Dumping Problem in Bourbon County Video included

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William Baker is a Bourbon County resident who's dumping his junk the right way. And he wishes others would follow his cue. He says illegal dumping is ruining some of his favorite fishing holes. 

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Judge: Kansas cannot require proof of citizenship to vote

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A federal judge has ruled Kansas cannot require proof of U.S. citizenship to register to vote, a setback for Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach in a case with national implications for voting rights. U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson sided with voters Monday that Kansas cannot require people who register to vote to provide documents such as a birth certificate, U.S....

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Missouri Has A New Lieutenant Governor

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Missouri Gov. Mike Parson appointed state Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kehoe to be the new lieutenant governor on Monday, despite some legal uncertainty about whether he has the authority to fill the position. Missouri's constitution isn't clear on whether a governor has the authority to appoint a lieutenant governor, which is the state's second-ranking executi...

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Funeral Thursday For Kansas Deputies Killed

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Two Kansas deputies killed in the line of duty will be laid to rest Thursday. On Friday, June 15th, 2018, Wyandotte County deputies Theresa King and Patrick Rohrer were shot while transferring an inmate from the courthouse back to jail after a hearing. Authorities say the inmate apparently overpowered the deputies in a gated area behind the courthouse and shot them - possibly with one of their own guns. Officials, at this time, have declined to go into more specifics about how... More>>

Child Endangerment Charges Filed After Multi-County Pursuit

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The Jasper County, Missouri Prosecutor's Office has filed charges after a multi-county police pursuit. 20-year-old Marquis Saunders of Carterville, Missouri is charged with four counts of first degree endangering the welfare of a child creating substantial risk and one count of resisting/interfering with arrest for a felony. On June 14th, 2018, dispatch received multiple 911 calls about a drive-by shooting at 406 N. Pearl Avenue in Joplin, Missouri. The calls came in a... More>>

Mother Road Part of US Bicycle Route: Ribbon Cutting Marks Start of Big Bam Ride

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Two cycling events both follow Route 66. As the Oklahoma Freewheel comes to a close, the Big Bam Ride begins in Joplin.  After riding 425 miles across Oklahoma and Kansas, roughly five hundred cyclists will be departing on a five-day cycling tour  along historic route 66  for the Big Bam ride. 

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Gubernatorial Straw Poll Puts Kobach in Lead

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GOP Candidates for governor in Kansas took part in a debate and forum in Parsons Saturday night. During the event a straw poll was conducted. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach was a clear leader with 51% of the straw poll votes. 

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Fathers Day at the Ballpark Video included

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Some dads in southeast Kansas got to celebrate their Father's Day morning doing something a little unique. A church service.. at the ballpark. It's not peanuts.. hotdogs.. and homeruns. The Community Christian Church of Fort Scott- brought prayer and song to the LaRoche Baseball Complex Diamond.. and focused on making Father's Day memorable for all its dads. One of them.. was Chad Cosens.

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Green Way Outdoors Back in Oklahoma With Cat-fishing Safety Tips Video included

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 "Pretty sure he just got bit!" .And yes, that's the goal of noodling. "Somebody has to shove you in, and you're inside a cave that's real tight and claustrophobic and you're attempting to get bit by a fish" says Kyle Green, the executive director and host of the Green Way Outdoors. The crew is back in Northeast Oklahoma highlighting a tradition Native Americans started in our area hundreds of years ago, noodling. "You stick your hand in there, the...

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Busy Lakes Bring Warning of Caution to Boaters

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Summer boating season has begun and there's a call for caution.

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Rummage Sale helps Animal Shelter deal with Rising Numbers Video included

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Rising numbers in puppy and kitten births prompts a local animal shelter to raise funds.  The SEK Humane Society held a rummage sale behind "The Doggie Bag" resale store in Pittsburg. People could buy books, movies, clothes and other things for as low as a quarter. The sale was held to raise funds for the shelter during kitten and puppy season.. when more of both are being brought into the shelter.

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Local Farm Celebrates a Milestone Video included

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A local farm celebrates seasonal  success with a festival for the community. The Lavender Patch Farm in Fort Scott held it's first ever lavender festival.  It featured live music, food and games, tours, and people could pick their own lavender to use to make wreaths for decoration, to keep bugs away, or keep around for its pleasant smell.  The event served as a celebration for the farm.. one that's been eight years in the making.

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New Mural Welcomes Visitors to Downtown Pittsburg

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The Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce building is now adorned with artwork created by Jenna Spencer. Spencer is a City of Pittsburg employee and her spare time a talented artist. The mural harkens back to old-fashioned postcards, with the word Greetings prominently displayed. “I have always loved the ‘Greetings From’ murals that are in major cities around the US,” says Spencer. “I saw this as a perfect opportunity to create one.” Spencer drew ins...

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Wildcat Glades Vandalism Stirs Some Questions Video included

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    An act of vandalism along the walking trails at Wildcat Park sparked some concerns about what exactly is "graffiti art" and when is it acceptable, among other things.

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KCU Joplin Celebrates First Year Video included

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The first class at the new "KCU" medical school in Joplin is winding down its first year. It involved a special celebration tonight. Advanced anatomy and physiology.. early development.. and functions of the brain. Those are just a few things students at "KCU-Joplin" have studied over the past year.  The first class at the new medical school is wrapping up their first year of med school..  and that includes Joplin native Cali Clark. 

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Road Riders Talk Road Safety Video included

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Robert Jackson is an Oklahoman who has been riding motorcycles and trikes for the last 15 years. While on his way to a highway patrol motorcycle awareness training session, he learned just how unsafe the roads can be.

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Several Area School Districts to Benefit from Federal Literacy Grants Video included

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Traci Hinman spent years as a secondary education English teacher. She knows exactly how hard teaching reading and writing can be. But thanks to two federal grants totaling around six million dollars, some teachers will be getting a literacy coach. "I did not know how to teach reading in my classroom. So I'm really excited for the secondary folks who have an opportunity to really start honing in on their literacy skills and how that could help in their classroom. And why ki... More>>

Joplin Arts & Entertainment Center Reveal Video included

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Joplin art groups Connect2Culture and the Spiva Center for the Arts reveals the name of a new art center and status update on fundraising efforts. Officials released renderings as well as studies done for the new art center. The following are links to those documents. Rendering, Front View Rendering, Back View Rendering, Birds Eye View Project Sustainability Parking Study Presentation Book Board Leadership Crossland Construction Estimate Development Schedule G... More>>

Joplin Police Investigate Drive By Shooting Video included

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On June 14th, 2018, dispatch received multiple 911 calls about a drive by shooting at 406 N. Pearl Avenue in Joplin, Missouri. The calls came in around 11:30 p.m. When officers arrived they secured the scene and determined that there were no injuries. Investigators were told that a vehicle described as a dark SUV drove by the home and a person in the SUV fired multiple gunshots. About three hours later, two detectives were parked in an unmarked police vehicle in the area of ... More>>

Trees and Rocks Defaced at Wildcat Glades

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Wildcat Glades workers express sadness after trees are marked, some with profanities. The Friends Group is helping to monitor the trails. If you see someone defacing the park, officials ask that you call a non-emergency police number and get a description of the people. Wildcat Glades

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Missouri State Official Decides Taxpayers Not Responsible for Former Gov. Greitens' Legal Bills

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The attorneys had said they were hired by Greitens to represent the governor's office in its official capacity.

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AEL Grads Celebrated At MSSU Ceremony Video included

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    Around 30 graduates earned their High School Equivalency Certificate tonight at Missouri Southern's Taylor Auditorium.     The graduation ceremony was an opportunity for the families to show their pride and support for the graduates - and for local education officials to send them off into a new world ahead of them.

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Spiva 48 Hour Film Competition Comes To The "Big Screen"

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The culmination of 48 hours of hard work - all put on display tonight in Joplin.     The Spiva 48 Hour Film Competition wrapped up this week - and the competitors got their three minutes of fame o the "big screen" at Bookhouse Cinema in Joplin.     Each entry was three minutes long - and producers say that was the biggest challenge.

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Ottawa County Shelter Gets Remodeling Video included

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Just over 20 years ago, Ruth was a client at the Community Crisis Center. "My children had been kidnapped and I had been badly abused. And I wasn't able to go back to my home. So they had to relocate me" The center helps more than 250 people a year get back on their feet. "There are resources such as protective orders we can assist them with an attorney, we can help them get counseling. We certainly provide them with a safe place and a few weeks to just rest and relax... More>>

Viral Traffic Stop Video included

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Tyrone Amos is a local rapper known at M3gaphon3. He admits he made a mistake when he ran from Galena police during a routine traffic stop, earlier in the week.  

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Christian Band Makes Surprise Visit to Big Vision Day Video included

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The city of Neosho got a surprise visit from a popular band during an event put on by an organization known as Higher Vision. We heard from the group who found their vision and made it to the top twenty of the billboard's national christian charts in January.

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Preventing Learning Loss During Summer Video included

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McDonald County school district has a record number of students in summer school at fifty-six percent.     It's using a program developed for Missouri students called  Summer Journey from Catapult Learning.    It’s helping prevent learning loss known as the summer slide. 

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Joplin Man Sentenced For Rape, Met Victim Through Whisper Video included

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A southwest Missouri man has entered a plea deal in a 2017 statutory rape case. According to court documents, in June of 2017, 26-year-old Timothy Bailey Jr. started having electronic communications with a juvenile female through an app called Whisper. Authorities say the messages transitioned to inappropriate text messages. On June 24th, 2017, Bailey Jr. picked up the victim from her home and drove her to his home in Joplin where the crime took place. Following the investigatio... More>>

Not Guilty Plea Entered In Road Rage Killing Video included

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23-year-old Christopher D. Montz appeared in Jasper County Court today via video (June 14). The defendant does not have an attorney yet so Judge Hensley entered a plea of not guilty on his behalf. On June 9th around 2:08 p.m., Joplin Police responded to State Highway 249 near the Interstate 44 intersection about a shooting. They arrived to find 27-year-old David C. Reynolds of Carthage with life threatening injuries. He was taken to Mercy Hospital where he died from his injuries on...

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McCaskill Says She Won't Apologize For Using Private Plane

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    President Donald Trump slammed Democratic Missouri U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill as "phony" in a tweet on Wednesday after she used a private plane during part of a recent RV road trip through Missouri to visit veterans.      President Trump and Republicans piled on McCaskill for taking some flights on her husband's company's propeller plane during the three-day tour.      McCaskill's spokeswoman says the senator spen...

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Suicide Hotline Calls Up Nationwide and Locally Video included

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Jen Black from the Alliance of Southwest Missouri is one of the organizers of community events working to end suicide and de-stigmatize mental illnesses. "A lot of people struggle with it and it's okay. It's okay to get help and it's okay to talk about it. There's nothing wrong with you." Events that can give people resources to go to. And one resource available 24-7, the hotline at the Ozarks Center. "We look for ways to encourage growth and get them connected to ser...

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Melanoma is Most Common Cancer for Women Ages 25-29 Video included

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A report shows that women in their twenties could be at a higher risk for melanoma. 

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JHS Theatre Summer Musical Helps Incoming Freshman Make Connections Video included

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    The move to high school can be overwhelming for many teenagers.      But something new this summer at Joplin high school is helping to alleviate some of that stress and give incoming freshmen something more than just stage experience.   

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Smith, LaRoche to Enter KS Sports Hall of Fame Video included

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Chuck Smith (Colgan) and Adam LaRoche (Ft. Scott) will enter the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in October. 

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Joplin Man Accused of Burglarizing ER Bar Appears In Court

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A man accused of breaking into the Equality Rocks bar enters not guilty. On December 18th, 2017 around 3:00 a.m. police responded to a motion alarm at Equality Rocks bar in downtown Joplin. When police arrive they spotted the suspect who then took off on his skateboard. After about a 12 minute chase, a K9 apprehended Dezamin Cunningham of Joplin. 19-year-old Cunningham is charged with burglary and resisting arrest. Today (June 13th), the courts scheduled pre-trial motions for... More>>

JHS Summer Musical Offers Credits and Connections for Incoming Freshman

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Joplin high school is working on a first ever summer musical production. The project not only gives students something to do this summer but a half school credit  for acting and crew work. Just as important is the connections incoming freshman can make to ease the transition from middle school to high school which can be tough. 

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Statutory Rape Trial Set for Joplin Man

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According to court documents, 29-year-old Blaine U. Downum of Joplin spent a day with a juvenile female on or around February 25th, 2018. The juvenile later told someone that Downum had performed oral sex on her as well as had sex with her. On April 16th, 2018, authorities found him at Leonard Park (4th and Turk Ave) in Joplin. Officers say they told him he was under arrest and to put his hands behind his back. Downum ran from officers but was apprehended with the assistance o... More>>

Governor Parson Plans to Travel the State by Plane

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Missouri Governor Mike Parson says he will not follow the lead of his predecessor and will travel by plane. The governor told reporters that he'll drive when possible, but will sometimes use the taxpayer-funded plane. He's using it now as he tours the state. Former Governor Greitens promised to save taxpayer money by not using the state plane for travel. Critics raised concerns that Greitens could avoid disclosing travel expenses by relying on private and campaign funds.  Pars... More>>

Pittsburg Bladesmith Featured on National TV Video included

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A Local "blade smith" is competing in tonight's episode of the History channel show "Forged in Fire." The question is.. how will it impact him in the future? We sat down with a few former contestants to find out.  Alen Kirby has been a bladesmith for a little over two years - that's why he was surprised - and a little nervous - to learn he would be on the History Channel show "Forged in Fire." 

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Joplin Council Directs Staff To Explore Some Options In Last Week's Budget Presentation Video included

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     Could there finally be a solution when it comes to the salary issues for Joplin police and firefighters?      That depends on who you ask.  We did some asking today. While no formal decisions were made at Monday's meeting - the council did point city staff in the direction they'd like to go. One of those directions - included switching the public safety pension plan over to the LAGERS system - which is a statewide program.

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Lawsuit Over Officer Involved Crash Not First Against JPD, City for Distracted Driving by Cops Video included

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The Joplin Police department is facing another lawsuit over a crash involving an officer.  The plaintiff isn’t the first to sue the department over distracted driving by officers. "

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Stray Cats Fill Local Animal Shelter Video included

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In Joplin, over 1,000 cats were impounded by animal control last year. Many of the felines end up at the local animal shelter. Lysa Boston of the Joplin Humane Society says that a city-wide, trap-neuter-release program could be the solution.

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Overnight Pittsburg Fire

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Pittsburg Fire Department respond to an unoccupied house fire at 419 E 10th street.  Crews arrived around 2:20a.m. Monday morning to a fully involved fire and remained on scene for several hours.  No one was injured.  The Kansas State Fire Marshal's Office was contacted for assistance. The cause of the fire is still under investigation at this time.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Pittsburg Fire Department at 620-231-1870 or Pittsburg Police t... More>>

Local Police Officer Joins Students in Foot Race

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Students in Oronogo, Missouri had some fun with a local officer while waiting for the school bus. The Oronogo Police Department posted the following: On Friday, June 8th, 2018, the Oronogo Police Department received a message to the agency Facebook page about one Oronogo Police Officers early morning interaction with some children as they awaited the bus to summer school. Here is what the Oronogo resident had to say: “I just wanted to share something that happened this mo...

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Golden City Cools Off Summer in Old School Fashion

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Golden City, Missouri officials started their day on June 11th just like any other day, but when the hot temperatures became the center of conversation, so did a project that could become summer tradition. Officials thought it might be nice to create some relief from the heat, especially since the city doesn't have a public pool. The public works director reminisced on his younger years when the city would test fire hydrants and the kids would play in the water. That story turned i...

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Delaware Co. Fatal Shooting Latest: Court Documents Received

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KOAM and FOX 14 receive court documents with more details on a fatal shooting in Delaware County, Oklahoma. On June 1st, 2018, authorities responded to a report of a man being shot at his home at 44767 S. 670 Rd. While on their way, detectives were told that the suspects had fled in a blue Ford single cab pickup truck. The suspects had been identified by family members as Waylon Russell and Willie Russell. The victim of the shooting, Dinh Hoang, died at the scene. A short time l... More>>

Road Rage Incident Update, Court Documents Received

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KOAM and FOX 14 have received court documents concerning the Missouri Highway 249 shooting near the intersection of Interstate 44.

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Lamar Pool Closes Due to Leaking Pipes Video included

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The city pool in Lamar, Missouri is closed until further notice.  The Lamar Aquatic Park was closed today - and could be for the rest of the season - because of severe damage to pipes for the leisure pool. We're told the pool has leaked for a few years - but has gotten much worse since the pool opened for the season. 

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Friends and Family Share Memories of Man Lost in Fatal Shooting Video included

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Before David Reynolds was the victim of a tragic shooting that resulted in his death, he was a husband, father and friend. And that's how the people who love him want him to be remembered. 

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Single Motorcycle Crash Claims A Life

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The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the motorcycle crash happened on June 10th, 2018, around 8:00 a.m. Authorities say 29-year-old Eric Garner Rice of Cape Fair, Missouri was traveling on Forrest Road 1011 about five miles north of Eagle Rock in Barry County when he overturned into a tree. According to the crash report, the terrain was rough. He died at the scene. This is MSHP Troop D's 55th fatality crash for 2018. More>>

Crash In Southwest Missouri Claims Two Lives

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The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the crash happened around 6:15 p.m. on June 9th, 2018 in Newton County about four miles east of Granby. According to the crash report, a 19-year-old was driving a Nissan Altima heading west on US 60. The teen turned left onto Rt M in front of a Honda Motorcycle that was traveling east on US 60. The motorcycle hit the side of the car ejecting both riders. 49-year-old Robin Henson of Exeter, MO and 43-year-old Kelly Utter of Monett, MO died a... More>>

MO Gov. Mike Parson To Stop In Carthage Video included

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Governor Mike Parson will make nine stops this week as part of his statewide listening tour. His tour will begin Tuesday, June 12th, with visits to Springfield, Branson, Carthage, St. Joseph and Kansas City.  On Wednesday, Parson will visit Columbia, Cape Girardeau, Sikeston and St. Louis. Governor Parson plans to speak with community leaders. "In order to govern effectively and to begin the process of moving our state forward, it is important to take the tim... More>>

Pittsburg City Commissioners to Hear 5th Street Proposals

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In early April, the City of Pittsburg closed part of West 5th St. between Pine and Broadway downtown. Officials said they received a call about an unsafe structure at 113 W. 5th St. Building safety officials responded to the complaint and verified that the building had moved since last inspection. On advice from the City's Economic Development Advisory Committee, the Pittsburg City Commission voted to utilize the city's Revolving Loan Fund to either stabilize or demolish that build... More>>

Jury Trial Scheduled In 2017 Christmas Even Shooting Video included

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A trial date has been set for a suspect in a December 2017 fatal shooting. Police say on December 24th, 2017, Artilius Jordan went into an apartment on South Byers in Joplin, Missouri and confronted Sean Harris, believing Harris was having an affair with his girlfriend. Police say the other murder suspect, Moses Ramsey, encouraged Jordan to shoot Harris, which he allegedly did. Harris died at the hospital. Prosecutors dropped the case against Moses Ramsey on April 6tn, 2018... More>>

Murder Charges Filed: Joplin Shooting Leaves One Dead Video included

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Joplin Police say the Jasper County Prosecutor's Office filed charges of first degree murder and armed criminal action today (June 11, 2018). On June 9th around 2:08 p.m. Joplin Police responded to Interstate 249 about a shooting (near mile marker 0.0). They arrived to find 27-year-old David C. Reynolds of Carthage with life threatening injuries. He was taken to Mercy Hospital where he died from his injuries on June 10th just after 3:00 p.m. The person believed to be the shooter... More>>

Joplin Officer Punched, Suspect Found By K9 Video included

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On Sunday, June 10th around 8:24 in the morning, a Joplin Police Officer stopped a male riding his bicycle at 7th and Jackson. The department says the female officer asked the male for his name and he said it was "Gil." When asked again, the male said his name was "Kevin." The officer said she saw that the male had a pocket knife so she asked for consent to search. The male consented. According to JPD, during the search, the officer found a previous book-in she...

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Midwest Regional Ballet Presents Black and White Series

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"This weekend we have presented a black and white series. which I have been writing on for several years. It deals with the dark side of some of the social issues that we have in our midst, especially more so now" says director of the Midwest Regional Ballet company, Kaye Lewis.  The Midwest Regional Ballet took on heavy issues such as drug abuse and mental illness in their latest show, "Black and White Series." "We have different solos and a gr... More>>

Joplin Swim Meet Brings Big Crowd to Aquatic Center Video included

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If you were in Joplin this weekend, you might have noticed that Shifferdecker Pool was closed to the public.  Not for renovations.. but to play host to over 400 competitive swimmers.  Seth Jensen has been a competitive swimmer for 12 years.. and for him, it's a way of life. 

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Fundraiser uses Music to Fight Bullying Video included

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The CDC says suicides across the nation grew more than 25 percent between 1999 and 2016.  One group is working to keep children that are bullied from becoming part of that statistic. Blanca Molinero has wanted to be a singer ever since she was little.  Blanca Molinero, vocalist for The Less Fortunate:"I'd always tell my mom, hey mom I'm gonna be a rock star, I'm gonna be a rock star."

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Small Business Expo Creates Networking Opportunities Video included

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A small business expo in Neosho put the focus on networking this morning.  The Small Business and Craft Expo filled the Neosho Civic Center with more than 30 vendors.  They ranged from home-based businesses to distributors for major companies.  The event organizer is a small business owner himself - and says the event is about more than just buying items. 

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Joplin Shooting Leaves One Dead Video included

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Police say the victim, 27 year old David Reynolds of Carthage, has died from his injuries at Mercy Hospital today at 3 pm. 

They are now investigating the case as a homicide. 

23- year-old Christopher Montz of Neosho was arrested for Assault in the First Degree and Armed Criminal Action. Officials say they will consider additional or amended charges.

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Spiva Center for the Arts Holds Film Competition Video included

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Films crews all over the area are hard at work on short films.. and they only have 48 hours to do it.  It's all part of the 9th annual Film Spiva 48-hour film competition.  More than 10 teams are spending only 48 hours creating 3 minute short films. Each will be shown - and judged by people in the community next week.  Organizers say it's all about fun and creativity. 

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Local Cub Scout Pack Participates In National Pilot Program For Girls Video included

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    Controversy first arose when the Boy Scouts of America made the announcement - that girls could participate too.     But locally, that hasn't been the case- in fact, one local pack took part in a pilot program to introduce girls to the Cub Scouts. The decision to join girls and boys in the Scouts - wasn't such a big issue in the four-states.

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Mercy Hospital Stick it to Diabetes Video included

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Mercy Hospital hosted a wellness and awareness fundraiser tonight in Joplin. Hope City church in Joplin was the site of the 2018 stick it to diabetes event. The Mercy Health Foundation Joplin and Mercy Diabetes and Nutrition Center hosted the fundraiser which included diabetes-friendly meals and music with the band Delta Rae. The money raised will go to help those who cannot afford medication or supplies, and other innovative technologies related to diabetes. Dr. Gretchen Shull, M...

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CDC Reports Increases in Suicides, Including Here in the Fourstates Video included

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"Erica was beautiful, of course. She was very high spirited. She loved dance" Jennifer lost her then-twelve year old daughter Erica to suicide just over two years ago. Her death has caused unimaginable pain in her family. A new CDC report says suicides in Missouri have gone up 34 percent from 1999 to 2016, not suprising to some mental health professionals like psychologist Charles Doyle, who says our society has gotten smaller because of the internet. "There's an... More>>

Dogs with Maggots Turned Over to Humane Society Video included

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Two dogs from different locations were turned into the Joplin Humane Society suffering from the same signs of neglect.

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Miami Officials Called to Investigate Rocket Found in Garage

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There's no word on what prompted the homeowners to find the inert device.

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Updated, 2 Joplin Residents Arrested After Chase In Stolen Truck Video included

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A Joplin pursuit ends with five wrecked vehicles, including one stolen vehicle, and two suspects in custody. On June 7th, around 10:07 p.m., two Joplin detectives were called to the 200 block of North Walnut. According to the Joplin Police Department, a white Dodge Pickup Truck was approaching the officers when it stopped in the roadway, pulled a U-turn and drove away heading north. Detectives caught up to the truck at Perkins and Mina and tried to stop it for no license plate..

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Former Marine Named New Joplin High School Principal

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He attended Joplin Schools kindergarten through seventh grade, prior to moving to Carl Junction and graduating high school there.

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 6-8 Video included

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POTENTIAL K-9 CUTS Joplin police union members say a proposal to get rid of K-9 positions is a step towards uncertain community safety.  During Monday's city council meeting, Joplin's finance director proposed, among other things, phasing out two police officer K-9 positions.  That would mean Joplin's K-9 roster would go from five to three. MSSU VETERAN SUMMIT Military veterans gather for a networking summit held at Missouri Southern.  The 20-18 veterans busines... More>>

We've Got Some Tips To Keep You Safe In The Sun This Summer Video included

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     We've seen plenty of sunshine in recent weeks.      So are you properly taking care of yourself and-or your kids when you're outside?      And if you get a sunburn...when is it something to ache about...and when does it warrant a trip to the doctor?

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Joplin Police Union Warns of City Hall's K9 Proposal Video included

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"You're in essence taking two officers off the street."

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New Missouri Virtual Education Law Video included

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 Kristopher Wise is taking Effective Communication Through Gaming class at McDonald County High School. He'll be a junior in high school when a new law requiring school districts to foot the bill for students to take certain virtual courses takes effect.  "A lot of us students here may have interests and we may want to earn about it. This would  allow us to" If a school doesn't already offer the specific course, the new law requires the school dist... More>>

Community Connections Program Provides Work Opportunities to those with Autism Video included

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     A program for adults with disabilities is ready to expand.      Easter Seals is creating work opportunities through its Community Involvement program.      And it wants to link a willing labor force with those in need in a new effort on Facebook called Community Connections. 

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Easter Seals Community Involvement Program Puts Those with Autism to Work

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Easter Seals in Joplin is offering a helping hand to people in the community. It's creating a facebook page to offer services to those in need using a labor force of clients with various developmental disabilities such as autism.  

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 6-7 Video included

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SEAL OF BI-LITERACY It will be easier and cheaper for some to get a major or minor in another language at PSU.  With the "Seal of Bi-Literacy" students in participating high schools would be able to use their seals to hopefully test out of some college courses. Here’s how it works: If a student enters college with a qualifying seal and gets at least a "C" in a college language course, they'll be able to major in the language with just six more classes... More>>

Joplin City Officials Still Exploring Options To Fix Police And Fire Salaries Video included

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     Monday's city council meeting in Joplin had a smorgasbord of everything.      Proposals, emotions, concern, new questions.      But no answers.      And while there's still disagreement over how to solve the salary issues plaguing the police and fire departments...officials agree.      There's no easy answer.

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Contractor Moves Joplin Operations After Notice From City Video included

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Concrete from infrastructure repairs was being crushed then used as landfill

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The arrival of summer means a greater need for food and shelter in Pittsburg.

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The Wesley house is seeing increased demand for its food pantry and its daytime cooling shelter for the homeless. Another Pittsburg charity has also seen an increase in demand for meals. And that's created a need for more volunteers at the Lord's Diner.

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Former Quapaw Tribe Leader Gets Prison Time

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The former Vice Chairman of the Quapaw Tribe's Business Committee was sentenced in federal court today (June 6, 2018). According to a probable cause affidavit, Thomas Crawfish Matthews of Miami, OK was the focus of an undercover Miami Police Department investigation. Authorities say Matthews was trying to meet and have sex with an officer posing as a 13-year-old girl. On November 6th, 2017, Matthews was indicted by a federal grand jury. Four months later, he pleaded guilty to a ... More>>

Pitt State SS Colton Pogue Selected in MLB Draft Video included

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Pogue is the 7th player in school history to be selected in the MLB draft. He was a 1st team All-MIAA selection as a senior last season. 

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PSU to Offer Biliteracy Seal Video included

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Hannah Wade is a senior at Pittsburg State University. She's majoring in Spanish and minoring in International Business. Once she gets those degrees, she hopes to apply for a dental hygiene program and use her Spanish to help people in pain. "We have patients that come and they're not really sure how to communicate their pain when they come into the office. Clearly I work in a dental office right now(referring to her scrubs)"  There could be more students majoring in ... More>>

Gun On Jeep, GOP Candidate Kobach Stirs Outrage

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Republican Kris Kobach promoted his campaign for Kansas governor by riding in a recent parade in a jeep with a replica machine gun mounted on the back. The move stirred criticism on social media and the city holding the parade apologized. Kobach didn't - and said Tuesday that he might use the jeep more often than previously intended. It's the latest example of the Kansas secretary of state and sometime adviser to President Do...

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Fatal Shooting Update, Victim's Name Released

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Police say the victim was a 36-year-old Joplin man. The preliminary autopsy report shows he died of a single gunshot wound to the upper chest.

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 6-6 Video included

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JOPLIN SHOOTING UPDATE Joplin authorities release the name of a man killed in a weekend shooting.  The victim was 36-year old Daywon Carson of Joplin.  Authorities say the lone suspect in the shooting is cooperating with investigators.  They have still not released that person's name. PITTSBURG ARSON ARREST Pittsburg police say a homeless man is responsible for a fire at the "Pitt Craft" warehouse.  Authorities say the warehouse at First and Locus... More>>

911 Services Legislation Could Increase Your Cell Phone Bill In Missouri

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     New legislation heading to the desk of new Missouri Governor Mike Parson...could provide a boost to 911 centers state wide.      It could also increase your cell phone bill. "The 911 system is our backbone." Sergeant Tim Williams with the Jasper County Sheriff's Office doesn't say that lightly.

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PSU Manufacturing Seminar Draws Worldwide Attention

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Casting involves an object being made with wax, then ceramic, and finally molten metal.

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Secret Codes Camp Unlocks Mystery of Reading Video included

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     Many kids are going to summer camp.      One  camp at Pittsburg State University  is designed to prevent reading failure for the kids.      The Secret Codes Camp is hosted by the Center for Research, Evaluation and Awareness of Dyslexia. 

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Crowder's Aaron Ashby Selected in MLB Draft Video included

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Ashby was taken in the 4th round of the MLB draft Tuesday afternoon by the Milwaukee Brewers.

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Fornelli Named PSU Head Baseball Coach Video included

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Bob Fornelli is joining the Gorillas after spending the last 15 seasons with Emporia State. Fornelli led the Hornets to 12 NCAA DII National Tournament appearances and 5 MIAA titles. 

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Addressing Jail Rumors in Bourbon County Video included

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Bourbon County Sheriff Bill Martin says he's heard financial rumors in his county, swirling around the delay of the new law enforcement center.

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Police Make An Arrest For The Arson Of A Pittsburg Warehouse Video included

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A fire in Pittsburg overnight leaves one warehouse damaged and a suspect in custody. Authorities say the fire was reported shortly after 2:00 a.m. June 5th, at the Pitt Craft Storage Warehouse at 1st and Locust St. and was extinguished around 8:45 a.m. During the fire the south side wall collapsed on a firefighter who was taken to the hospital, treated and released. 1st and Locust street is closed until the scene is deemed safe. It is unknown at this time if the structu... More>>

Body Recovered After Drowning

Body Recovered After Drowning

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A Pittsburg man body is recovered after drowning in rural Crawford County, KS.  On June 3, 2018 at 3:50p.m. the sheriff's department responded to a call about a man who fell out of small out of a small boat while fishing in a pit.  The pit is located west of 190th on 590 Ave.  Once on  scene deputies were notified that two men were fishing when one fell into the water.   The second man went in after the first but unable to recover the him.  The second ma...

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 6-5 Video included

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OKLAHOMA SHOOTING DEATH Investigators says brothers Willie and Waylon Russell entered a home and shot and killed the owner, Dinh Van Hoang.  Willie and Waylon Russell were arrested on potential charges of first degree murder and shooting with intent to kill.  A judge set their bonds at $750,000 each. SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOLS New trail construction kicks off at Pittsburg Community Middle School yesterday.  Additional walking and biking trails are planned for Westsi... More>>

Joplin Council Hears Proposals For Increasing Police & Fire Salaries

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     It's been circled on the calendars of a whole lot of Joplin residents for weeks, now.      The June 4th city council meeting.      Residents were encouraged to show up and show support for Joplin police officers and firefighters...and their need for better pay.      And while that issue wasn't specifically on tonight's agenda...something that could help was.  The city's budget.

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MSSU's Heckemeyer Named MIAA's Ken B. Jones Award Winner

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Heckemeyer is the third Lion to win the award, which is given to the top male and female student athlete in the league. 

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PSU Prepares Parents for Upcoming Goodbyes

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Orelle and her daughter Taniece are visiting PSU from the Wichita area. It's Taniece who's making the big move. "I love being at home. So it's going to be weird not having anyone with me or  to check in with, it's just me" says Taniece Cao, an incoming freshman with plans to major in Exercise Science. But it's also an adjustment for her mom, who's helping her with the process. "We've already started financial kind of guidance for her, getting credit built up. Fo... More>>

Safer Commutes for Pittsburg Students

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For some Pittsburg Community Middle School 7th graders, their new walking and biking trail can't come soon enough! 

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