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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 12-11-17 Video included

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PSU PROFESSORS ARRESTED Two PSU employees are on administrative leave, after they were arrested accused of making an illegal video recording of a nude person.  Police say 47-year old Peter Rosen and 39-year old Barry Wilson illegally made the video.  The two suspects are Pitt State employees.  Rosen is an Associate Professor and Chair of Accounting and Computer Information Systems, and Wilson an Associate Professor and Chair of Graphics and Imaging Technology.  ...

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Bake Sale Benefits Rapha House

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Holiday baked goods were for sale at First Community Church in Joplin this Sunday. Cookies, muffins, pie, banana bread, carrot cake, and other sweet treats were for sale as part of  an annual charity event.  

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Neosho Holiday Fair Video included

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As Christmas gets closer, holiday fairs are popping up all over the four states!

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Oronogo Burglary Arrest Could Solve Other Crimes Video included

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A burglar was captured after an  Oronogo, Missouri homeowner returned while he was in the home.  

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Canned Food Drive Video included

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Some teens and preteens don't have charity at the top of their minds, but that isn't the case for seventh grader Carlee Patterson of Neosho. 

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Two Vernon County Jail Escapees Back in Custody Video included

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It's a seemingly quiet day ay the Vernon County Sheriff's Office but early on Sunday, it was the sight of a jail break. The sheriff said on the department's Facebook page that 24-year-old Timothy McCullick who's serving time for forgery and 29-year-old Christopher Purgerson who's serving time for burglary and forgery, escaped by breaking through a metal ceiling in the bathroom. Then, crawling through an air duct. And finally, kicking out the side of an air conditioning...

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City of Pittsburg Officially Opens Burn Site

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The site is located about a mile and a half east of Rouse Street on Quincy. It was open today from eight to noon, dozens of residents made use of the facility. Limbs, leafs, and untreated lumber are welcome for drop off, however, officials warn that trash, bulky items, and treated lumber cannot be brought to the site. City officials say with all the dry weather, it's safer to have this location, than risk back yard fires spreading. "The kinda, help your neighbor has been kind... More>>

Disaster Relief Training

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Volunteers for the Southern Baptist Convention Disaster Relief Group got together for special training, Saturday. 

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Basket Brigade

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Volunteers from the Newton County Food Basket Brigade collected food items from the steps of Neosho residents homes Saturday morning. 

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New Information Released In Pitt State Employee Arrest

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    New details emerge in the investigation of two Pittsburg State University employees, who allegedly "illegally recorded" somebody undressing. Students at Pittsburg State University surprised... "It shocked me, that these two professors did this...it's horrible what they did." And confused about what they heard about two of their professors. "Yea, I'm very very shocked that something like this happened, I mean, this is such a great university to co...

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International Nativity Scene Tour

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The Pittsburg Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has brought back it's international nativity tour after last year's display was a big hit.

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City of Pittsburg, Chamber of Commerce, and Pitt State Continue Their Partnership Video included

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"You know, this is what I'm looking at in terms of an area I want to go with an expansion or research and development. Do you know who I can work with at PSU? Or I can talk to PSU and they can let me know 'Hey I think you can benefit from this program..the city has some matching funds for that..that kind of thing" Todd Allison explains the network of connections he has with the partnership with the City, Chamber and University. Allison owns Progressive Pr...

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Teen to be Tried as Adult Video included

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An Oklahoma teen will now stand trial for murder as an adult. Koalten Orr was 14-years-old when police say he went to the Vinita Police Department and told officers he killed his father's fiancé, 38-year-old Laura Beth Hendrix. According to court documents, on August 22, 2016, Orr showed up at the police department and when an officer came up to him he stood up, said he needed a hug, and then admitted to shooting his stepmother. According the arrest affidavit, Orr told police... More>>

Joplin Police Continue Search for Whoville Destroyers Video included

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All the Who's in Whoville have been defeated.

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PSU Employees Arrested Video included

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Two Pittsburg State University employees are on administrative leave.  47-year-old Peter Rosen and 39-year-old Barry Wilson, both of Pittsburg, were arrested Thursday evening (12/7/2017). According to police, they served a search warrant at an apartment on South Joplin Street pertaining to the illegal videoing of a person who is nude or in the state of undress. Authorities also found several items believed to be associated with the creation of the video. Rosen was arrested at th...

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KOAM NEWS TO KNOW 12-8 Video included

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CHILD ABUSE DEATH A second degree murder charge is filed against a man who police say got into a dispute with a child over pajamas.  Investigators say an autopsy report showed Jayda Kyle suffered a head injury.  Police say the suspect in this case was the boyfriend of this child's mother.  Investigators say Vaden threw Jayda to her bed, then floor twice over a nonspecific time period, causing Jayda to hit her head on the floor. HISTORIC BIG BRUTUS There's big ne... More>>

The Future Is Looking Brighter For Joplin's Memorial Hall

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     The future is beginning to look a little brighter for Joplin's Memorial Hall.      The next steps are being taken to get it listed as a local historical landmark.      That's a win for the group, Connect2Culture.

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Big News for Big Brutus

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For decades, Big Brutus has been making a big impression on Southeast Kansas. 

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Hour of Code has Students Programming Challenges in Minecraft & Coding Robotics Video included

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          Labette County, Kansas students of all ages joined more than four hundred million students around the world today taking part in the hour of code. An opportunity to try their hand at coding and programming computer games. 

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Police: Argument Over Pajamas Leads to Three-Year-Old Child's Death Video included

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The Jasper County Prosecutor's office has filed two charges against 22-year-old Jalen Vaden.

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 12-7 Video included

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JOPLIN BASEBALL        The City of Joplin has taken the next step to bringing a professional baseball team back to Joe Becker Stadium.  A special city council work session was held last night to discuss the lease proposal and potential conflicts with the Joplin Sports Authority with the Ventura Sports Group.  City staff expects to have a lease drawn up in about two weeks to present to the council for a formal vote. NET NEUTRALITY S... More>>

Cat Comes Home Video included

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Christmas came early for Vicky and her family after PSU reunited them with their lost cat.

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Tenant Warns of Alleged Safety Issues at Downtown Joplin Loft Complex

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There are security cameras outside the complex, but the tenant worries all they may end up doing is documenting a crime. 

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Child Abuse Leads to Death

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A Carl Junction man faces a charge of Child Abuse Resulting in Death.  According to Carl Junction Police Chief Delmar Hasse, on November 28th authorities responded to a call at 405 Meadow Lake Drive about 3-year-old Jayda Kyle not conscious or breathing.  The girl was taken to Mercy Hospital in Joplin and then life-flighted to Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. Jayda Kyle died three days later.  Autopsy results ruled that her death was caused...

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Southeast H.S. Students Operate Take Home Meal Business from Classroom

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When internship opportunities were too far from home, a class at southeast high school decided to develop its own business. It's called Take Home Meals.

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Angel Trees Let Shoppers Personalize Giving: CFI Prepares for Shopping Spree

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About five hundred families are asking the Joplin Salvation Army for help this Christmas. And with several kids in each family, that can mean thousands of toys are needed.   Angel  trees play an important role in meeting that need. 

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 12-6 Video included

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EAGLE PICHER FOR SALE A fixture in the Joplin community for more than 100 years is up for sale. A human resources representative for Eagle Picher Technologies confirmed the news to KOAM on Tuesday.  The company, which is owned by Vectra, formerly OM Group, has about 700 workers at its facilities in Joplin, Pittsburg and Seneca.  Since June of 2016, 260 employees have been let go. JOPLIN STABBING Joplin police are investigating a stabbing that happened late Monday nig... More>>

New Signs On Main Street Raising Concerns, Confusion Video included

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  If you were lined up on Main Street tonight...you may have noticed the improvements to one of Joplin's main arteries.      A lot of projects are nearing completion...which includes new signs and street markings.      But one of those signs has raised some concerns with area residents.

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Officials Deal With Conflict Over Cameras in New Bourbon County Jail Video included

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Bourbon County officials meet today for the first time to discuss issues over the new jail's camera system and the several miscommunications between groups in charge of building the new facility. "What they should have said.."okay Sheriff. Here's the camera placement..now..all the cameras are not going to have microphones" says Sheriff Bill Martin. The sheriff explains the miscommunication that happened between the architecture group and himself. He assumed that when ... More>>

Former Jasper School District Worker Target of Fraud Investigation Video included

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School district officials in Jasper say a former coworker is accused of fraud after being investigated by both local and federal authorities.

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Families in Need Get Toy Help from Salvation Army and KOAM Toybox: Donations Needed Video included

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     The Carthage Salvation Army working to collect toys to help one  hundred families this holiday season. It  uses toy donations to create a toy store where parents can get just the right item for their child. 

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 12-5 Video included

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LIBRARY DONATION The Missouri Southern Foundation now owns the former Joplin Public Library building at 300 South Main Street.  At last night's council meeting the city officially donated the building to the foundation for development as an academic center.  University officials estimate renovation costs at around $8 to $10 Million dollars. CHRISTMAS TREE SHORTAGE The national Christmas tree shortage has hit the 4-States.  The National Christmas Tree Association... More>>

Former Joplin Public Library Building Is Now In The Hands of Missouri Southern Video included

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     The Missouri Southern Foundation now owns the old Joplin Public Library.      The donation agreement was finalized tonight by city council members. The agreement -- was met with just a pinch of resistance, from councilman Phil Stinnett, who said, although he has high hopes for the project, ethically, he couldn't vote yes, because he couldn't justify giving away a city asset.

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SEK Art Fest 2018 Mural Projects Video included

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SEK Art Fest announces projects for 2018. Sixteen murals will be painted in nine different locations. A $13,000 grant will help fund the murals. The organization also announced next year's community object project. Fiberglass benches will join past projects that included coal buckets and football statues. Here are the mural projects: More>>

National Christmas Tree Shortage Hits the Four States Video included

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Andy Johnson, who owns and operates Bridgestone Christmas Trees with his family, tends to the trees he bought from Michigan. Since the Four States is too warm for growing Firs, he has to order them. "It was just a real hassle getting those trees to us in a timely manner because they had a lot of new customers to try to fill the demand of not having fir trees on other farms" says Johnson. "The fact that it takes seven to 10 years to grow a Christmas tree... More>>

Postal Service Conducts "Research" After Joplin Worker Caught on Camera Tossing Package Video included

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Nothing breakable was in that package, but the post office is now still dealing with a seemingly fragile situation.

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2017 Toybox Collection Partners

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Cricket Wireless    2409 N. Broadway    Pittsburg    KS    66762 Masonite Pittsburg    911 E. Jefferson    Pittsburg    KS    66762 Dollar General    705 N. High School Ave.    Columbus    KS    66725 Dollar General    604 W. 7th Street    Galena    KS  ...

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Northpark Mall Joins Autism Speaks for a Santa Photo Experience

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Northpark Mall is a quiet as a mouse, a perfect time for kids like Collin to get his picture taken with Santa. "I took my son to visit Santa. It is a low sensory experience for children with autism with other special disabilities. This is the first time he would talk to Santa and actually sit on his lap" says Whitney Wardlow.  It's an experience every family should have. "Children with autism, they become over stimulated in highlighted loud talking environme... More>>

KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 12-4 Video included

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KANSAS SCHOOL FUNDING In Kansas a special legislative committee on public school funding holds its first meeting today.  It follows an October State Supreme court order to boost funding.  The court said a plan to phase in a $293 million dollar increase was still inadequate, and directed lawmakers to enact a new law before July. PITT CHILD CARE Crawford County is dealing with a shortage of quality childcare and local leaders are looking for a solution.  On Friday... More>>

Governor Greitens Ouster of Education Commissioner Draws Criticism

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A series of appointments and then withdrawn appointments to the Missouri State Board of Education by Governor Eric Greitens inevitably resulted in the outcome he sought which was the firing of Education Commissioner Margie Vandeven.  Critics are accusing the republican governor of a power grab.      

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Kansas Committee Begins Work on New Education Funding Bill Monday Video included

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A  special legislative committee on Kansas public school funding holds its first meeting Monday.   It  follows an October  State Supreme Court order to boost funding. 

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Alternative Christmas Fair Video included

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The South Joplin Christian Church held a unique charity event this weekend. 

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Oklahoma Governor Plans to Put Medical Marijuana on the Ballot Video included

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Oklahoma's governor will put medical marijuana on the ballot. Governor Mary Fallin said she will set an election date for a medical marijuana ballot measure after the start of the new year. 

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Journey to Bethlehem Video included

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Christian Countryside Church in Pittsburg showed the public what they think the original Christmas story would have been like this weekend. 

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Picher Streets Filled With Life Once More For The Holidays

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    The City of Picher, Oklahoma may be no more, but today, you wouldn't have known it - as crowds lined Connell Avenue for the annual Picher-Cardin Christmas parade. The Picher Christmas parade has a simple message... Group 1: "Welcome home!" Group 2: "Welcome home!" Group 3: "Welcome home! Because this is the only time former citizens can return home, and have it feel like home. Anna Woods, 1942 Picher resident: "It's wonderful, these peo... More>>

Joplin Peer Buddies Group Remembers One of Their Own Video included

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Behind clusters of balloons under the Cunningham park gazebo are the loved ones of a young Joplin man involved in a group that brought people together. "He was very happy all the time. And things were hard for him and he always tried and always put in his best effort" says Macy Clouse, who was Aidan's Peer Buddy.     "One of his teachers called him a Sour Patch kid. Because he was so sweet and then spur of the moment he would walk over and pat you o... More>>

Firefighters Fan Out to Collect Toys and Donations for Christmas for Kids Video included

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Firefighters from every Newton County community fire station used their boots Saturday to  collect  money and toys  to help kids in need.  

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Driver Identified in Deadly Crash that Killed MSSU Student Vivian Vu Video included

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A Colorado man was identified as the driver of a truck involved in a deadly crash that claimed the life of a Missouri Southern State University student.   Vivian Vu died of injuries from  the crash  near Hamel Illinois on November 21st.  

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Kiwanis Pancake Party Video included

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Saturday marked the 69th year of the Pittsburg Kiwanis pancake day feed. 

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Santa's Workshop in Pittsburg Video included

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Pittsburg Parks and Recreation hosted its annual holiday market at the Memorial Auditorium, Saturday. 

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Bennett pleads guilty to capital murder

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A former Montgomery County man today pleaded guilty to capital murder and three counts of first-degree premeditated murder, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said. David Cornell Bennett Jr., 26, formerly of Cherryvale, pleaded guilty to the four counts in Labette County District Court.

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Home Invasion Sentencing

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Another man is sentenced in a 2014 home invasion in Granby, MO.

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