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  • McCaskill Votes For Pompeo Confirmation As Secretary Of State

    McCaskill Votes For Pompeo Confirmation As Secretary Of State

    Friday, April 27 2018 12:01 AM EDT2018-04-27 04:01:18 GMT
        Missouri U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill was among a handful of Democrats voting to confirm CIA Director Mike Pompeo as secretary of state Thursday.         McCaskill had not previously said how she would vote.     Republican U.S. Senate candidate, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, criticized McCaskill  for not saying earlier how she would vote.         Pompeo's nomination was confirmed by...More >>
        Missouri U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill was among a handful of Democrats voting to confirm CIA Director Mike Pompeo as secretary of state Thursday.         McCaskill had not previously said how she would vote.     Republican U.S. Senate candidate, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, criticized McCaskill  for not saying earlier how she would vote.         Pompeo's nomination was confirmed by...More >>
  • Pittsburg USD 250 Selects New Assistant Superintendent

    Pittsburg USD 250 Selects New Assistant Superintendent

    Thursday, April 26 2018 8:49 PM EDT2018-04-27 00:49:51 GMT
    The Pittsburg Public School District has offered a contract to Dr. Brad Hanson to fill the role of Assistant Superintendent beginning the 2018-2019 school year. Hanson's contract will be voted on for approval at the regularly scheduled May 14th board meeting. Working with Ray & Associates, a school administration hiring consultant firm, the District conducted a national search and received 30 applicants. Hanson brings a strong background in creating community and regional p...More >>
    The Pittsburg Public School District has offered a contract to Dr. Brad Hanson to fill the role of Assistant Superintendent beginning the 2018-2019 school year. Hanson's contract will be voted on for approval at the regularly scheduled May 14th board meeting. Working with Ray & Associates, a school administration hiring consultant firm, the District conducted a national search and received 30 applicants. Hanson brings a strong background in creating community and regional p...More >>
  • The Youth Volunteer Corps - Joplin Receives a $4,300 Grant

    The Youth Volunteer Corps - Joplin Receives a $4,300 Grant

    Thursday, April 26 2018 8:39 PM EDT2018-04-27 00:39:07 GMT
    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks, in partnership with Commerce Trust Company, awarded a $4,300 grant to Youth Volunteer Corps – Joplin through the Coover Regional Grantmaking Program. Youth Volunteer Corps, which has operated in the Kansas City area for 31 years, will use the grant funding to launch YVC – Joplin, which will plan, lead, and execute four weeks of community service projects in the Joplin and Webb City areas. "We will be recruiting a very dive...More >>
    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks, in partnership with Commerce Trust Company, awarded a $4,300 grant to Youth Volunteer Corps – Joplin through the Coover Regional Grantmaking Program. Youth Volunteer Corps, which has operated in the Kansas City area for 31 years, will use the grant funding to launch YVC – Joplin, which will plan, lead, and execute four weeks of community service projects in the Joplin and Webb City areas. "We will be recruiting a very dive...More >>
  • PHS Theatre Receives 17 Jester Award Nominations

    PHS Theatre Receives 17 Jester Award Nominations

    Thursday, April 26 2018 8:32 PM EDT2018-04-27 00:32:55 GMT
    PITTSBURG, Kan. — Pittsburg High School Theatre's production of "The Little Mermaid," the musical, has been nominated by Music Theatre Wichita for Jester Awards in 17 categories. During the past eight months, MTWichita judges reviewed 127 performances by 41 Kansas schools. The Jester Awards program is designed to celebrate excellence in high school musical theater. Each year, trained volunteer judges attend and evaluate dozens of performances. This year, 102 jud...More >>
    PITTSBURG, Kan. — Pittsburg High School Theatre's production of "The Little Mermaid," the musical, has been nominated by Music Theatre Wichita for Jester Awards in 17 categories. During the past eight months, MTWichita judges reviewed 127 performances by 41 Kansas schools. The Jester Awards program is designed to celebrate excellence in high school musical theater. Each year, trained volunteer judges attend and evaluate dozens of performances. This year, 102 jud...More >>
  • Kansas GOP Leaders Push Tax Cuts

    Kansas GOP Leaders Push Tax Cuts

    Thursday, April 26 2018 7:54 PM EDT2018-04-26 23:54:47 GMT
    Some Kansas Republican lawmakers want to go back to slashing taxes,    less than a year after the legislature reversed past income tax cuts to deal with persistent budget problems.     The state Senate's GOP leaders are pushing the idea of tax cuts as some Kansans face higher state income taxes after state lawmakers boosted their burden last year.     The state now has some financial breathing room.      Some critics saw the ...More >>
    Some Kansas Republican lawmakers want to go back to slashing taxes,    less than a year after the legislature reversed past income tax cuts to deal with persistent budget problems.     The state Senate's GOP leaders are pushing the idea of tax cuts as some Kansans face higher state income taxes after state lawmakers boosted their burden last year.     The state now has some financial breathing room.      Some critics saw the ...More >>
  • Pizza Hut Museum opens on Wichita State University campus

    Pizza Hut Museum opens on Wichita State University campus

    Pizza Hut Museum opens on Wichita State University campus

    Thursday, April 26 2018 7:13 PM EDT2018-04-26 23:13:04 GMT
    From Associated Press - WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - The original Pizza Hut building has opened as a museum at Wichita State University. WSU Foundation CEO Elizabeth King told The Wichita Eagle that staff from the school came together "to collaborate and create this fabulous museum that will be curated by the students." The museum opened Wednesday on the school's Innovation Campus. Brothers Dan and Frank Carney were students at the university in 1958 when they converted a beer ta...More >>
    From Associated Press - WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - The original Pizza Hut building has opened as a museum at Wichita State University. WSU Foundation CEO Elizabeth King told The Wichita Eagle that staff from the school came together "to collaborate and create this fabulous museum that will be curated by the students." The museum opened Wednesday on the school's Innovation Campus. Brothers Dan and Frank Carney were students at the university in 1958 when they converted a beer ta...More >>
  • Senate unlikely to confirm Greitens' education board picks

    Senate unlikely to confirm Greitens' education board picks

    Senate unlikely to confirm Greitens' education board picks

    Thursday, April 26 2018 7:11 PM EDT2018-04-26 23:11:14 GMT
    From Associated Press - JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens' appointees to the State Board of Education appear unlikely to be confirmed by the Senate. Fellow Republican Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard on Thursday affirmed that Greitens' nominee Eddy Justice won't be brought up again for confirmation. Several senators said they would block a vote on him during debate Tuesday. Greitens has clashed with senators for stacking boards with appointees in order to e...More >>
    From Associated Press - JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens' appointees to the State Board of Education appear unlikely to be confirmed by the Senate. Fellow Republican Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard on Thursday affirmed that Greitens' nominee Eddy Justice won't be brought up again for confirmation. Several senators said they would block a vote on him during debate Tuesday. Greitens has clashed with senators for stacking boards with appointees in order to e...More >>
  • No decision yet on withholding bills from Greitens

    No decision yet on withholding bills from Greitens

    No decision yet on withholding bills from Greitens

    Thursday, April 26 2018 7:09 PM EDT2018-04-26 23:09:24 GMT
    From Associated Press - JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Republican Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard says he has not yet decided whether to withhold bills from Gov. Eric Greitens while the governor faces two felony charges and an investigation by a special House committee that could lead to his impeachment. Richard and Democratic Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh floated the idea last week of keeping bills that passed both chambers from the governor's desk, to prevent Greitens from usi...More >>
    From Associated Press - JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Republican Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard says he has not yet decided whether to withhold bills from Gov. Eric Greitens while the governor faces two felony charges and an investigation by a special House committee that could lead to his impeachment. Richard and Democratic Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh floated the idea last week of keeping bills that passed both chambers from the governor's desk, to prevent Greitens from usi...More >>
  • Oklahoma House approves adoption bill LGBT group is fighting

    Oklahoma House approves adoption bill LGBT group is fighting

    Oklahoma House approves adoption bill LGBT group is fighting

    Thursday, April 26 2018 7:07 PM EDT2018-04-26 23:07:55 GMT
    From Associated Press - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A bill opposed by gay rights advocates who say it would allow religious-based adoption agencies to discriminate against same-sex couples, single people and non-Christians has passed the Oklahoma House. The bill passed the GOP-controlled House Thursday on a 60-26 vote, but its supporters were unable to remove an unfriendly amendment to the bill that extends the protections only to agencies that receive no state or federal funds. The Cathol...More >>
    From Associated Press - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A bill opposed by gay rights advocates who say it would allow religious-based adoption agencies to discriminate against same-sex couples, single people and non-Christians has passed the Oklahoma House. The bill passed the GOP-controlled House Thursday on a 60-26 vote, but its supporters were unable to remove an unfriendly amendment to the bill that extends the protections only to agencies that receive no state or federal funds. The Cathol...More >>
  • Oklahoma governor signs bills to reduce prison population

    Oklahoma governor signs bills to reduce prison population

    Oklahoma governor signs bills to reduce prison population

    Thursday, April 26 2018 7:06 PM EDT2018-04-26 23:06:26 GMT
    From Associated Press - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has signed legislation designed to shrink the state's prison population. Fallin signed seven criminal justice reform bills Thursday to cut the number of nonviolent offenders in state prisons, streamline the parole process and reduce the number of repeat offenders. The Republican governor, lawmakers and prosecutors have worked to reduce the prison population for more than a year. Oklahoma's prison population tot...More >>
    From Associated Press - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has signed legislation designed to shrink the state's prison population. Fallin signed seven criminal justice reform bills Thursday to cut the number of nonviolent offenders in state prisons, streamline the parole process and reduce the number of repeat offenders. The Republican governor, lawmakers and prosecutors have worked to reduce the prison population for more than a year. Oklahoma's prison population tot...More >>
  • Gay Rights Advocates Oppose Kansas Adoption Bill

    Gay Rights Advocates Oppose Kansas Adoption Bill

    Thursday, April 26 2018 6:50 PM EDT2018-04-26 22:50:57 GMT
    A controversial proposal concerning Kansas adoption has brought gay rights advocates from across the country to Topeka.     A Kansas bill would prevent the state from withholding grants or contracts to faith-based agencies that refuse to place children into homes that violate their religious beliefs. T     Supporters say the proposal helps secure the rights of the agencies themselves, the foster care system is overloaded and these protections are nee...More >>
    A controversial proposal concerning Kansas adoption has brought gay rights advocates from across the country to Topeka.     A Kansas bill would prevent the state from withholding grants or contracts to faith-based agencies that refuse to place children into homes that violate their religious beliefs. T     Supporters say the proposal helps secure the rights of the agencies themselves, the foster care system is overloaded and these protections are nee...More >>
  • Cosby Convicted of Drugging and Molesting A Woman

    Cosby Convicted of Drugging and Molesting A Woman

    Thursday, April 26 2018 1:57 PM EDT2018-04-26 17:57:39 GMT
    BC-US--Bill Cosby,5th Ld-Writethru Bill Cosby convicted of drugging and molesting a woman Eds: Updates with Cosby convicted. By MICHAEL R. SISAK and CLAUDIA LAUER Associated Press NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) - Bill Cosby was convicted Thursday of drugging and molesting a woman in the first big celebrity trial of the #MeToo era, completing the spectacular late-life downfall of a comedian who broke racial barriers in Hollywood on his way to TV superstardom as America's Dad. Cosby, 80...More >>
    BC-US--Bill Cosby,5th Ld-Writethru Bill Cosby convicted of drugging and molesting a woman Eds: Updates with Cosby convicted. By MICHAEL R. SISAK and CLAUDIA LAUER Associated Press NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) - Bill Cosby was convicted Thursday of drugging and molesting a woman in the first big celebrity trial of the #MeToo era, completing the spectacular late-life downfall of a comedian who broke racial barriers in Hollywood on his way to TV superstardom as America's Dad. Cosby, 80...More >>
  • Kansas Dinosaur On Display in Lawrence

    Kansas Dinosaur On Display in Lawrence

    Thursday, April 26 2018 1:28 PM EDT2018-04-26 17:28:41 GMT
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    The only known Kansas dinosaur will be returning to public view at the KU Natural History Museum. The Silvisaurus condrayi fossil is more complete and has an interactive display. The Silvisaurus was discovered in 1955. Scientists haven't found another land-based dinosaur that lived in Kansas. This fossil is the only one known. LAWRENCE (KU News Service) — In May of 1955, a Kansas rancher on horseback was checking on cows and calves near a dry "pasture ditch" that ra...

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    The only known Kansas dinosaur will be returning to public view at the KU Natural History Museum. The Silvisaurus condrayi fossil is more complete and has an interactive display. The Silvisaurus was discovered in 1955. Scientists haven't found another land-based dinosaur that lived in Kansas. This fossil is the only one known. LAWRENCE (KU News Service) — In May of 1955, a Kansas rancher on horseback was checking on cows and calves near a dry "pasture ditch" that ra...

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  • Pittsburg Discuss How To Handle Disaster

    Pittsburg Discuss How To Handle Disaster

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 11:44 PM EDT2018-04-26 03:44:18 GMT
    The City of Pittsburg is asking the question "what if?" That was the focus of a tabletop exercise put on by the Kansas Division of Emergency Management. Representatives from multiple city and county agencies talked about what they would do if a tornado were to hit Pittsburg. Officials with Crawford County Emergency Management say it's better to have a plan in place before an emergency happens. This is the 11th year for the event.More >>
    The City of Pittsburg is asking the question "what if?" That was the focus of a tabletop exercise put on by the Kansas Division of Emergency Management. Representatives from multiple city and county agencies talked about what they would do if a tornado were to hit Pittsburg. Officials with Crawford County Emergency Management say it's better to have a plan in place before an emergency happens. This is the 11th year for the event.More >>
  • PSU Bike Share

    PSU Bike Share

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 7:06 PM EDT2018-04-25 23:06:30 GMT
    Pittsburg State University students will now have access to a greener, more healthy way to get around campus -- rental bicycles.More >>
    Pittsburg State University students will now have access to a greener, more healthy way to get around campus -- rental bicycles.More >>
  • Four More Defendants Sentenced in $1 Million Meth Ring

    Four More Defendants Sentenced in $1 Million Meth Ring

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 5:44 PM EDT2018-04-25 21:44:12 GMT
    The Office of the United States Attorney Western District of Missouri says four more people have been sentenced in federal court this week for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute more than $1 million worth of methamphetamine in southern Missouri and in the Kansas City, MO. area. On April 25th, U.S. Chief District Judge Greg Kays sentenced 46-year-old Travis Lee Bethel (Urbana, MO) to nine years and ten months in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Bethel to ...More >>
    The Office of the United States Attorney Western District of Missouri says four more people have been sentenced in federal court this week for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute more than $1 million worth of methamphetamine in southern Missouri and in the Kansas City, MO. area. On April 25th, U.S. Chief District Judge Greg Kays sentenced 46-year-old Travis Lee Bethel (Urbana, MO) to nine years and ten months in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Bethel to ...More >>
  • MSSU Tuition Hike

    MSSU Tuition Hike

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 5:19 PM EDT2018-04-25 21:19:35 GMT

    It will soon cost you more to attend Missouri Southern State University. The school's Board of Governors this afternoon, April 25, 2018, approved a tuition hike of $30 per credit hour or nearly 15%. MSSU President Alan Marble said the increase is necessary to help compensate for years of declining state revenue. The tuition hike is to take effect with the fall semester. Testimony before the Missouri House of Representatives Appropriations - Higher Education Committee MSSU Bud...

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    It will soon cost you more to attend Missouri Southern State University. The school's Board of Governors this afternoon, April 25, 2018, approved a tuition hike of $30 per credit hour or nearly 15%. MSSU President Alan Marble said the increase is necessary to help compensate for years of declining state revenue. The tuition hike is to take effect with the fall semester. Testimony before the Missouri House of Representatives Appropriations - Higher Education Committee MSSU Bud...

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  • KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 4-24

    KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 4-24

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 8:23 AM EDT2018-04-25 12:23:52 GMT
    JOPLIN LODGING TAX Joplin City Council discusses increasing the city lodging tax at Monday night's work session.  The current lodging tax is 4%.  The city wants to increase that to 6% to build a multi-use facility, but the current cap is 5% by state law.  Council voted to send a proposal to the Missouri legislature, in an attempt to increase that cap to 7%. CROWDER TUITION INCREASE Crowder College tuition will be getting just a little more expensive for some stu...More >>
    JOPLIN LODGING TAX Joplin City Council discusses increasing the city lodging tax at Monday night's work session.  The current lodging tax is 4%.  The city wants to increase that to 6% to build a multi-use facility, but the current cap is 5% by state law.  Council voted to send a proposal to the Missouri legislature, in an attempt to increase that cap to 7%. CROWDER TUITION INCREASE Crowder College tuition will be getting just a little more expensive for some stu...More >>
  • KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 4-23

    KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 4-23

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 7:21 AM EDT2018-04-25 11:21:26 GMT
    NEOSHO COUNTY VANDALISM A string of vandalism hits Neosho County, Kansas on Saturday night.  A 16-year-old allegedly broke into Mac's Git-N-Split convenience store, where he ransacked the store and stole a truck.  He then went to Erie where he drove the stolen vehicle through the front door of building.  The school district spent all Sunday cleaning up the school.  They will hold classes today. CROWDER PRESIDENT LEAVING Crowder College's president will leav...More >>
    NEOSHO COUNTY VANDALISM A string of vandalism hits Neosho County, Kansas on Saturday night.  A 16-year-old allegedly broke into Mac's Git-N-Split convenience store, where he ransacked the store and stole a truck.  He then went to Erie where he drove the stolen vehicle through the front door of building.  The school district spent all Sunday cleaning up the school.  They will hold classes today. CROWDER PRESIDENT LEAVING Crowder College's president will leav...More >>
  • Drought Leads To Hay Shortage In Parts Of Kansas And Oklahoma

    Drought Leads To Hay Shortage In Parts Of Kansas And Oklahoma

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 12:46 AM EDT2018-04-25 04:46:53 GMT
         Ongoing drought and wildfires have cattle ranchers in Kansas, Oklahoma and at least three other states scrambling for hay or pastureland, while others are selling off some of their herds.     Extreme drought conditions have contributed to wildfires in Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Texas and New Mexico, delaying the growth of or destroying grass and wheat used to feed cattle in spring.     Rancher Darrel Shepherd of Custer, Oklahoma, says finding h...More >>
         Ongoing drought and wildfires have cattle ranchers in Kansas, Oklahoma and at least three other states scrambling for hay or pastureland, while others are selling off some of their herds.     Extreme drought conditions have contributed to wildfires in Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Texas and New Mexico, delaying the growth of or destroying grass and wheat used to feed cattle in spring.     Rancher Darrel Shepherd of Custer, Oklahoma, says finding h...More >>
  • Kansas Governor Wins Endorsement Of Former Primary Rival

    Kansas Governor Wins Endorsement Of Former Primary Rival

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 12:37 AM EDT2018-04-25 04:37:05 GMT
         Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer has won the endorsement of one of his former Republican primary opponents in the gubernatorial race.     Mark Hutton endorsed Colyer Tuesday at a luncheon in Wichita. He said that it is apparent to him that the race for the Republican nomination will come down to two men: Colyer and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach.     Hutton lauded the governor's leadership and his service to the state, saying he beli...More >>
         Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer has won the endorsement of one of his former Republican primary opponents in the gubernatorial race.     Mark Hutton endorsed Colyer Tuesday at a luncheon in Wichita. He said that it is apparent to him that the race for the Republican nomination will come down to two men: Colyer and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach.     Hutton lauded the governor's leadership and his service to the state, saying he beli...More >>
  • Hawley Campaign Returns Donation From Accused Sexual Harasser

    Hawley Campaign Returns Donation From Accused Sexual Harasser

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 12:14 AM EDT2018-04-25 04:14:43 GMT
    A spokeswoman for Missouri U.S. Senate candidate Josh Hawley's says the campaign will return a donation from a former U.S. senator who resigned decades ago amid allegations of sexual harassment.     Campaign finance records show Bob Packwood donated $1,000 to Hawley last month. Packwood resigned in 1995 after the Senate Ethics Committee voted to expel him over allegations that he had made unwanted sexual advances toward women.         Repub...More >>
    A spokeswoman for Missouri U.S. Senate candidate Josh Hawley's says the campaign will return a donation from a former U.S. senator who resigned decades ago amid allegations of sexual harassment.     Campaign finance records show Bob Packwood donated $1,000 to Hawley last month. Packwood resigned in 1995 after the Senate Ethics Committee voted to expel him over allegations that he had made unwanted sexual advances toward women.         Repub...More >>
  • Missouri Governor To Speak At Police Prayer Breakfast

    Missouri Governor To Speak At Police Prayer Breakfast

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 12:03 AM EDT2018-04-25 04:03:13 GMT
    Despite facing two felony charges, Missouri Governor Eric Greitens will be the keynote speaker at a prayer breakfast dedicated to memorializing fallen police officers and honoring their families     The St. Louis Area Police Chiefs Association is hosting the breakfast.     Wentzville Police Chief Kurt Frisz, chairman of the association, said Greitens has been a strong supporter of law enforcement and is a good choice to honor officers.    &...More >>
    Despite facing two felony charges, Missouri Governor Eric Greitens will be the keynote speaker at a prayer breakfast dedicated to memorializing fallen police officers and honoring their families     The St. Louis Area Police Chiefs Association is hosting the breakfast.     Wentzville Police Chief Kurt Frisz, chairman of the association, said Greitens has been a strong supporter of law enforcement and is a good choice to honor officers.    &...More >>
  • Oklahoma Republicans Agree On Spending Plan

    Oklahoma Republicans Agree On Spending Plan

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 11:49 PM EDT2018-04-25 03:49:09 GMT
        Republican legislative leaders have reached an agreement on a spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year that increases overall spending by more than 10 percent and gives virtually all state agencies a boost in funding. The $7.6 billion general appropriations bill is set to be considered in the full Senate on Wednesday and the House later this week.     It includes nearly $500 million in new spending for public schools, an increase of nearly 20 percen...More >>
        Republican legislative leaders have reached an agreement on a spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year that increases overall spending by more than 10 percent and gives virtually all state agencies a boost in funding. The $7.6 billion general appropriations bill is set to be considered in the full Senate on Wednesday and the House later this week.     It includes nearly $500 million in new spending for public schools, an increase of nearly 20 percen...More >>
  • Luke Skywalker coming to Kansas?

    Luke Skywalker coming to Kansas?

    Luke Skywalker coming to Kansas?

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 7:00 PM EDT2018-04-24 23:00:28 GMT
    From Associated Press - WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas is rolling out the welcome mat after "Star Wars" actor Mark Hamill tweeted about wanting to visit. Gov. Jeff Colyer suggested Monday in a tweet that Hamill come on May 4, which fans call Star Wars Day for the wordplay on "May the Force be with you." Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Ben Gardner responded with "I only let Jedi Warriors drive my patrol car." The state touted its roads in a tweet that includ...More >>
    From Associated Press - WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas is rolling out the welcome mat after "Star Wars" actor Mark Hamill tweeted about wanting to visit. Gov. Jeff Colyer suggested Monday in a tweet that Hamill come on May 4, which fans call Star Wars Day for the wordplay on "May the Force be with you." Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Ben Gardner responded with "I only let Jedi Warriors drive my patrol car." The state touted its roads in a tweet that includ...More >>
  • Transgender Kansas teacher honored with award

    Transgender Kansas teacher honored with award

    Transgender Kansas teacher honored with award

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 6:57 PM EDT2018-04-24 22:57:01 GMT
    From Associated Press - WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A transgender teacher in Kansas has been named "National Educator of the Year" by the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network. Wichita North High School music teacher Stephanie Byers came out as a transgender woman in 2014, The Wichita Eagle reported. Byers said she decided to come out as a transgender woman just five years shy of possible retirement, despite her fears about what it could mean for her and those around her...More >>
    From Associated Press - WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A transgender teacher in Kansas has been named "National Educator of the Year" by the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network. Wichita North High School music teacher Stephanie Byers came out as a transgender woman in 2014, The Wichita Eagle reported. Byers said she decided to come out as a transgender woman just five years shy of possible retirement, despite her fears about what it could mean for her and those around her...More >>
  • Republican leaders reach deal on Oklahoma agency spending

    Republican leaders reach deal on Oklahoma agency spending

    Republican leaders reach deal on Oklahoma agency spending

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 6:55 PM EDT2018-04-24 22:55:55 GMT
    From Associated Press - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Republican legislative leaders have reached an agreement on a spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year that increases overall spending by more than 10 percent and gives virtually all state agencies a boost in funding. The $7.6 million general appropriations bill is set to be considered in the full Senate on Wednesday and the House later this week. It includes nearly $500 million in new spending for public schools, an increase of nearly...More >>
    From Associated Press - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Republican legislative leaders have reached an agreement on a spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year that increases overall spending by more than 10 percent and gives virtually all state agencies a boost in funding. The $7.6 million general appropriations bill is set to be considered in the full Senate on Wednesday and the House later this week. It includes nearly $500 million in new spending for public schools, an increase of nearly...More >>
  • Kansas governor gets endorsement from former opponent

    Kansas governor gets endorsement from former opponent

    Kansas governor gets endorsement from former opponent

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 6:54 PM EDT2018-04-24 22:54:52 GMT
    From Associated Press - WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer has won the endorsement of one of his former opponents in the race for the Republican nomination for the state's highest office. Mark Hutton endorsed Colyer Tuesday at a luncheon in Wichita. He said that it is apparent to him that the race for the Republican nomination will come down to two men: Colyer and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach. Hutton lauded the governor's leadership and his service to the state, ...More >>
    From Associated Press - WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer has won the endorsement of one of his former opponents in the race for the Republican nomination for the state's highest office. Mark Hutton endorsed Colyer Tuesday at a luncheon in Wichita. He said that it is apparent to him that the race for the Republican nomination will come down to two men: Colyer and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach. Hutton lauded the governor's leadership and his service to the state, ...More >>
  • Turtle Poaching in Missouri

    Turtle Poaching in Missouri

    Turtle Poaching in Missouri

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 6:53 PM EDT2018-04-24 22:53:31 GMT
    From Associated Press - HAYTI, Mo. (AP) - Authorities say a grass fire has revealed a turtle poaching dump site in the Bootheel area of far southeastern Missouri. The Springfield News-Leader reports that the Hayti Fire Department alerted state officials last week about the 163 dead turtles. Two of them were snapping turtles, while the others were red-eared sliders. Missouri Conservation Agent Brian Shelton says that the turtles hadn't been shot. He speculated that they'd been trapp...More >>
    From Associated Press - HAYTI, Mo. (AP) - Authorities say a grass fire has revealed a turtle poaching dump site in the Bootheel area of far southeastern Missouri. The Springfield News-Leader reports that the Hayti Fire Department alerted state officials last week about the 163 dead turtles. Two of them were snapping turtles, while the others were red-eared sliders. Missouri Conservation Agent Brian Shelton says that the turtles hadn't been shot. He speculated that they'd been trapp...More >>
  • Pittsburg Youth Chorale Receives High Marks

    Pittsburg Youth Chorale Receives High Marks

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 6:24 PM EDT2018-04-24 22:24:57 GMT
    Congratulations to the the Pittsburg Youth Chorale for receiving a Superior I rating. Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium & Convention Center's Pittsburg Youth Chorale performed at Pittsburg State University's Mid-America Music Festival on Saturday, April 12st. They received a Superior I rating. The ensemble is made up of 4th to 6th grade vocalists from southeast Kansas and southwest Missouri including Auggie Allison, Eden Darling, Sarah Winzer, Ben Bolinger, Hope Treiber, and ...More >>
    Congratulations to the the Pittsburg Youth Chorale for receiving a Superior I rating. Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium & Convention Center's Pittsburg Youth Chorale performed at Pittsburg State University's Mid-America Music Festival on Saturday, April 12st. They received a Superior I rating. The ensemble is made up of 4th to 6th grade vocalists from southeast Kansas and southwest Missouri including Auggie Allison, Eden Darling, Sarah Winzer, Ben Bolinger, Hope Treiber, and ...More >>
  • Lowell Milken Center Books For Kids Tell Stories of Unsung Heroes

    Lowell Milken Center Books For Kids Tell Stories of Unsung Heroes

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 6:15 PM EDT2018-04-24 22:15:27 GMT
    A new book published by a non-profit in Fort Scott, KS hits the bookshelves this week. The series is published by the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes. It's the second book in the series and is called "Why Did Sergeant Stubby Go To War?" It tells the story of Stubby, the canine war hero who saved countless lives during World War I. From service on the frontlines to foiling a spy, Lowell Milken Center officials say this true story written by Cathy Werling and illu...More >>
    A new book published by a non-profit in Fort Scott, KS hits the bookshelves this week. The series is published by the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes. It's the second book in the series and is called "Why Did Sergeant Stubby Go To War?" It tells the story of Stubby, the canine war hero who saved countless lives during World War I. From service on the frontlines to foiling a spy, Lowell Milken Center officials say this true story written by Cathy Werling and illu...More >>
  • NEO Men's Rodeo Wins Division at SWOSU Rodeo

    NEO Men's Rodeo Wins Division at SWOSU Rodeo

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 5:24 PM EDT2018-04-24 21:24:51 GMT
    Miami, Okla. - Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - The Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) spring Rodeo season continues as the team recently traveled to Weatherford, Okla., and Garden City, Kan., for the Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) and Garden City Community College Rodeos. Riders competed against schools in the Central Plains Region and NEO riders and the men's team won the junior college division at SWOSU, led by buckle winners Joshua Pool and Laramie Warren. Poo...More >>
    Miami, Okla. - Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - The Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) spring Rodeo season continues as the team recently traveled to Weatherford, Okla., and Garden City, Kan., for the Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) and Garden City Community College Rodeos. Riders competed against schools in the Central Plains Region and NEO riders and the men's team won the junior college division at SWOSU, led by buckle winners Joshua Pool and Laramie Warren. Poo...More >>
  • Vouchers for Veterans

    Vouchers for Veterans

    Monday, April 23 2018 9:22 PM EDT2018-04-24 01:22:22 GMT

    A joint project between HUD and the VA was announced Monday. The Joplin Housing Authority is set to receive more than $90,000. That will provide vouchers to help pay for housing costs for 25 homeless veterans in Joplin. 

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    A joint project between HUD and the VA was announced Monday. The Joplin Housing Authority is set to receive more than $90,000. That will provide vouchers to help pay for housing costs for 25 homeless veterans in Joplin. 

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  • Donation to Help Homeless Veterans

    Donation to Help Homeless Veterans

    Monday, April 23 2018 10:30 PM EDT2018-04-24 02:30:05 GMT

    A joint project between HUD and the VA announced today that the Joplin Housing Authority is to receive more than $90,000. The money will provide vouchers to help pay housing costs for 25 homeless veterans in Joplin. Joplin has previously received vouchers to support veterans housing across the city. With the latest award, the Joplin Housing Authority now has vouchers for 85 veterans. In total, six public housing authorities in Missouri received money today to permanently house 65 h...

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    A joint project between HUD and the VA announced today that the Joplin Housing Authority is to receive more than $90,000. The money will provide vouchers to help pay housing costs for 25 homeless veterans in Joplin. Joplin has previously received vouchers to support veterans housing across the city. With the latest award, the Joplin Housing Authority now has vouchers for 85 veterans. In total, six public housing authorities in Missouri received money today to permanently house 65 h...

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  • Crowder College Raises Tuition Rates In Response To Budget Cuts

    Crowder College Raises Tuition Rates In Response To Budget Cuts

    Monday, April 23 2018 6:34 PM EDT2018-04-23 22:34:42 GMT
    Some students who attend Crowder College will soon see a slight increase increase in tuition costs. The college approved a $1 increase to out of district tuition and international tuition for the fall 2018 semester. Institutional support fees increased by $5, but board members say class fees increase regardless funding. It will not apply to in district tuition however, board members say the increase is in response to cuts to state aid. The board has not yet approved an incre...More >>
    Some students who attend Crowder College will soon see a slight increase increase in tuition costs. The college approved a $1 increase to out of district tuition and international tuition for the fall 2018 semester. Institutional support fees increased by $5, but board members say class fees increase regardless funding. It will not apply to in district tuition however, board members say the increase is in response to cuts to state aid. The board has not yet approved an incre...More >>
  • Project Homeless in Pittsburg

    Project Homeless in Pittsburg

    Monday, April 23 2018 10:25 PM EDT2018-04-24 02:25:54 GMT

    Pittsburg fraternity members take up a new residence, in cardboard boxes, all in an effort to raise money and awareness of homelessness.

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    Pittsburg fraternity members take up a new residence, in cardboard boxes, all in an effort to raise money and awareness of homelessness.

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  • Amnesty Day Scheduled in Joplin

    Amnesty Day Scheduled in Joplin

    Monday, April 23 2018 6:17 PM EDT2018-04-23 22:17:23 GMT
    The Joplin Municipal Court will hold an Amnesty Day on Friday, May 18, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with the check-in process beginning at 9:00 a.m. Officials say the courts recognize the difficulties many residents might have in meeting their obligations with the Municipal Court. "The City understands that someone may have missed a court date or let a ticket lapse," said Lamonte Ratcliff, Court Administrator. "Hosting an Amnesty Day allows people the opportu...More >>
    The Joplin Municipal Court will hold an Amnesty Day on Friday, May 18, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with the check-in process beginning at 9:00 a.m. Officials say the courts recognize the difficulties many residents might have in meeting their obligations with the Municipal Court. "The City understands that someone may have missed a court date or let a ticket lapse," said Lamonte Ratcliff, Court Administrator. "Hosting an Amnesty Day allows people the opportu...More >>
  • New Trees for Joplin

    New Trees for Joplin

    Sunday, April 22 2018 10:34 PM EDT2018-04-23 02:34:53 GMT

    The city of Joplin got some beautiful new trees for Earth Day. On Sunday, Joplin Daybreak Rotary worked with Liberty Utilities to plant 25 trees at ten different homes. 

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    The city of Joplin got some beautiful new trees for Earth Day. On Sunday, Joplin Daybreak Rotary worked with Liberty Utilities to plant 25 trees at ten different homes. 

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  • Honoring a Hero

    Honoring a Hero

    Sunday, April 22 2018 10:27 PM EDT2018-04-23 02:27:41 GMT

    Visitation and funeral arrangements have been released for a member of the Crawford County Sheriff's Office. Sergeant Aaron Dean Callaway died unexpectedly last Friday.  

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    Visitation and funeral arrangements have been released for a member of the Crawford County Sheriff's Office. Sergeant Aaron Dean Callaway died unexpectedly last Friday.  

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  • Crowder College President Resigns for ASU Chancellor Job

    Crowder College President Resigns for ASU Chancellor Job

    Sunday, April 22 2018 10:18 PM EDT2018-04-23 02:18:27 GMT

    Crowder college's president  is resigning to take a job as chancellor  at Arkansas State University-Beebe. Jennifer Methvin is returning home to Arkansas having served twenty-three years there previously in higher education. Methvin came to Crowder College  four years ago. 

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    Crowder college's president  is resigning to take a job as chancellor  at Arkansas State University-Beebe. Jennifer Methvin is returning home to Arkansas having served twenty-three years there previously in higher education. Methvin came to Crowder College  four years ago. 

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  • Walk for Autism

    Walk for Autism

    Saturday, April 21 2018 10:13 PM EDT2018-04-22 02:13:07 GMT

    To commemorate National Autism Awareness month, Freeman Health System and Ozark Center hosted its annual Walk for Autism, Saturday. 

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    To commemorate National Autism Awareness month, Freeman Health System and Ozark Center hosted its annual Walk for Autism, Saturday. 

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  • Walk for MS

    Walk for MS

    Saturday, April 21 2018 10:05 PM EDT2018-04-22 02:05:32 GMT

    Around 250 residents came out to Joplin's Landreth Park Saturday, to help raise money to end Multiple Sclerosis. 

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    Around 250 residents came out to Joplin's Landreth Park Saturday, to help raise money to end Multiple Sclerosis. 

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  • Missouri Lawmakers Might Wait To Send Bills To Governor

    Missouri Lawmakers Might Wait To Send Bills To Governor

    Saturday, April 21 2018 12:29 AM EDT2018-04-21 04:29:49 GMT
          Missouri's legislative leaders are considering holding off on sending bills to Governor Eric Greitens amid multiple investigations into the governor's personal and professional life.     Republican Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard of Joplin said he would talk with Democratic Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh about potentially holding onto bills that had passed both chambers of the Legislature until the end of the session.     ...More >>
          Missouri's legislative leaders are considering holding off on sending bills to Governor Eric Greitens amid multiple investigations into the governor's personal and professional life.     Republican Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard of Joplin said he would talk with Democratic Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh about potentially holding onto bills that had passed both chambers of the Legislature until the end of the session.     ...More >>
  • Missouri Governor Denies New Criminal Allegations

    Missouri Governor Denies New Criminal Allegations

    Saturday, April 21 2018 12:11 AM EDT2018-04-21 04:11:37 GMT
          Missouri Governor Eric Greitens says a second felony charge filed against him is another effort by St. Louis' top prosecutor to "smear" his name.      St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner on Friday charged the Republican governor with felony tampering with computer data     The new charge accuses Greitens of obtaining the donor list from The Mission Continues without permission from the St. Louis-based charity that Gr...More >>
          Missouri Governor Eric Greitens says a second felony charge filed against him is another effort by St. Louis' top prosecutor to "smear" his name.      St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner on Friday charged the Republican governor with felony tampering with computer data     The new charge accuses Greitens of obtaining the donor list from The Mission Continues without permission from the St. Louis-based charity that Gr...More >>
  • Big Day for Neosho Newton County Library

    Big Day for Neosho Newton County Library

    Friday, April 20 2018 10:42 PM EDT2018-04-21 02:42:45 GMT

    The Neosho Newton County Library held the first naming ceremony for one of its newly renovated rooms Friday. 

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    The Neosho Newton County Library held the first naming ceremony for one of its newly renovated rooms Friday. 

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  • Kansas Governor Signs Gun Law

    Kansas Governor Signs Gun Law

    Friday, April 20 2018 10:24 PM EDT2018-04-21 02:24:49 GMT
         Kansas governor Jeff Colyer Friday signed legislation making it illegal for people convicted of domestic violence to own guns.     The new law Kansas law takes effect next week.     The new law also will make it illegal for fugitives, people under protection from stalking and abuse orders and people in the country illegally to own or possess firearms.     Federal law already prohibits domestic abusers from possessing fir...More >>
         Kansas governor Jeff Colyer Friday signed legislation making it illegal for people convicted of domestic violence to own guns.     The new law Kansas law takes effect next week.     The new law also will make it illegal for fugitives, people under protection from stalking and abuse orders and people in the country illegally to own or possess firearms.     Federal law already prohibits domestic abusers from possessing fir...More >>
  • Parsons Library Exhibits New Exterior Upgrades

    Parsons Library Exhibits New Exterior Upgrades

    Friday, April 20 2018 10:34 PM EDT2018-04-21 02:34:31 GMT

    The Parsons public library celebrated its latest exterior upgrades today. The library hosted a flag raising ceremony and dedication in honor of its new granite sign and flagpoles. Library board officials started looking at new outside improvements last year, after a donor gave the library a memorial bench. Officials say they're excited to begin the next phase of the project. A bequest made to the library in 2000 helped pay for the improvements.

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    The Parsons public library celebrated its latest exterior upgrades today. The library hosted a flag raising ceremony and dedication in honor of its new granite sign and flagpoles. Library board officials started looking at new outside improvements last year, after a donor gave the library a memorial bench. Officials say they're excited to begin the next phase of the project. A bequest made to the library in 2000 helped pay for the improvements.

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  • KDA Prepares to Oversee Industrial Hemp in Kansas

    KDA Prepares to Oversee Industrial Hemp in Kansas

    Friday, April 20 2018 6:57 PM EDT2018-04-20 22:57:05 GMT
    MANHATTAN, Kan. — Today (April 20th, 2018) Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D. signed Senate Bill 263, which enacts the Alternative Crop Research Act allowing the Kansas Department of Agriculture to oversee the cultivation of industrial hemp in a research program. KDA has begun the process of developing rules and regulations to guide the Alternative Crop Research Act, which will include an open dialogue and information exchange at a public forum in May. Individuals who are intere...More >>
    MANHATTAN, Kan. — Today (April 20th, 2018) Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D. signed Senate Bill 263, which enacts the Alternative Crop Research Act allowing the Kansas Department of Agriculture to oversee the cultivation of industrial hemp in a research program. KDA has begun the process of developing rules and regulations to guide the Alternative Crop Research Act, which will include an open dialogue and information exchange at a public forum in May. Individuals who are intere...More >>
  • CDC expands warning in E. coli outbreak from Arizona lettuce

    CDC expands warning in E. coli outbreak from Arizona lettuce

    Friday, April 20 2018 6:43 PM EDT2018-04-20 22:43:20 GMT

    Posted: Apr 20, 2018 5:13 PM CDT Updated: Apr 20, 2018 5:28 PM CDT YUMA, Ariz. (AP) - The Centers for Disease Control is expanding a warning about contaminated lettuce from Arizona that has now sickened dozens of people in several states. The CDC said Friday that consumers are being advised to avoid whole heads and hearts of romaine lettuce that may have come from the Yuma region. Previous warnings only applied to chopped romaine by itself or as part of salads and salad mixe...

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    Posted: Apr 20, 2018 5:13 PM CDT Updated: Apr 20, 2018 5:28 PM CDT YUMA, Ariz. (AP) - The Centers for Disease Control is expanding a warning about contaminated lettuce from Arizona that has now sickened dozens of people in several states. The CDC said Friday that consumers are being advised to avoid whole heads and hearts of romaine lettuce that may have come from the Yuma region. Previous warnings only applied to chopped romaine by itself or as part of salads and salad mixe...

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  • $10 Million Awarded For Missouri To Combat Opioid Epidemic

    $10 Million Awarded For Missouri To Combat Opioid Epidemic

    Friday, April 20 2018 6:08 PM EDT2018-04-20 22:08:12 GMT
    A $10 million grant is awarded to Missouri to combat the opioid epidemic in the state. This is the second year The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has awarded Missouri the grant, bringing the two year total to $20 million. The grants, which were created by the 21st Century Cures Act, are administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and will help address the opioid crisis and reduce opioid overdose related deaths by incre...More >>
    A $10 million grant is awarded to Missouri to combat the opioid epidemic in the state. This is the second year The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has awarded Missouri the grant, bringing the two year total to $20 million. The grants, which were created by the 21st Century Cures Act, are administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and will help address the opioid crisis and reduce opioid overdose related deaths by incre...More >>
  • Get Your Seats: Historic Window Restoration & Weatherization Workshop

    Get Your Seats: Historic Window Restoration & Weatherization Workshop

    Friday, April 20 2018 5:38 PM EDT2018-04-20 21:38:18 GMT
    Seats available at historic window restoration and weatherization workshop The Historic Preservation Commission has secured the professional services of Bob Yapp from Hannibal Missouri to conduct an intensive 3-day boot camp teaching student to remove, restore and re-install double hung windows in accordance with standards of historic properties. The workshop is scheduled for May 18 through May 20 at the Empire Market, 931 East 4th Street. Work will be conducted from 8 a.m. to ...More >>
    Seats available at historic window restoration and weatherization workshop The Historic Preservation Commission has secured the professional services of Bob Yapp from Hannibal Missouri to conduct an intensive 3-day boot camp teaching student to remove, restore and re-install double hung windows in accordance with standards of historic properties. The workshop is scheduled for May 18 through May 20 at the Empire Market, 931 East 4th Street. Work will be conducted from 8 a.m. to ...More >>
  • Get Busy Livin' Announces 5K and Scholarships

    Get Busy Livin' Announces 5K and Scholarships

    Friday, April 20 2018 4:22 PM EDT2018-04-20 20:22:18 GMT

    Get Busy Livin' announces its 8th Annual 5K Run and Friendship Walk to begin at 8:30 am on May 5, 2018 at Hutchinson Field Pittsburg, Kansas. Details for runner sign ups can be found at our website www.getbusylivin.org. Additionally, the Annual Shoe and Clothing Drive will be collecting items to be recycled. All donations can be dropped off at the SEK Recycling site at 615 South Joplin Avenue or brought to the run event. This year's motto is "buy the ticket… take the...

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    Get Busy Livin' announces its 8th Annual 5K Run and Friendship Walk to begin at 8:30 am on May 5, 2018 at Hutchinson Field Pittsburg, Kansas. Details for runner sign ups can be found at our website www.getbusylivin.org. Additionally, the Annual Shoe and Clothing Drive will be collecting items to be recycled. All donations can be dropped off at the SEK Recycling site at 615 South Joplin Avenue or brought to the run event. This year's motto is "buy the ticket… take the...

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  • Survivor Casting Call in KCK - April 21

    Survivor Casting Call in KCK - April 21

    Friday, April 20 2018 4:00 PM EDT2018-04-20 20:00:10 GMT

    "Survivor" fans in the Four-States could earn a spot on the island. The CBS affiliate in Kansas City, KCTV5, is hosting a casting call for the hit TV show.  It's April 21st at the Nebraska Furniture Mart on 1601 Village West Parkway in Kansas City Kansas. Prospective "Survivor" cast members will have their auditions recorded, so organizers say there is no need to bring anything except your ID to the open call. The tapes will be sent to the show's Pr...

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    "Survivor" fans in the Four-States could earn a spot on the island. The CBS affiliate in Kansas City, KCTV5, is hosting a casting call for the hit TV show.  It's April 21st at the Nebraska Furniture Mart on 1601 Village West Parkway in Kansas City Kansas. Prospective "Survivor" cast members will have their auditions recorded, so organizers say there is no need to bring anything except your ID to the open call. The tapes will be sent to the show's Pr...

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  • Records Show Pruitt's Travel History As Oklahoma AG

    Records Show Pruitt's Travel History As Oklahoma AG

    Friday, April 20 2018 3:37 PM EDT2018-04-20 19:37:28 GMT
    Records indicate Scott Pruitt's penchant for travel and security concerns began before he became head of the Environmental Protection Agency, and date back to his time as Oklahoma's attorney general.     Records show that as Oklahoma's top prosecutor, Pruitt frequently traveled out-of-state for appearances before conservative groups and used an office investigator as a driver.     The records show he took 18 out-of-state trips in 2015 and 2016, for exampl...More >>
    Records indicate Scott Pruitt's penchant for travel and security concerns began before he became head of the Environmental Protection Agency, and date back to his time as Oklahoma's attorney general.     Records show that as Oklahoma's top prosecutor, Pruitt frequently traveled out-of-state for appearances before conservative groups and used an office investigator as a driver.     The records show he took 18 out-of-state trips in 2015 and 2016, for exampl...More >>
  • Governor Greitens Makes Eight Appointments to Boards and Commissions

    Governor Greitens Makes Eight Appointments to Boards and Commissions

    Friday, April 20 2018 3:33 PM EDT2018-04-20 19:33:40 GMT
    Today (April 20), Governor Greitens made eight appointments to boards and commissions.   Phillip Slinkard, of Neosho, was appointed to the Missouri State Board of Accountancy.   Slinkard is the Chief Financial Officer at H.E. Williams, Inc. in Carthage.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Missouri State University.  Slinkard is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Missouri Society of Certified Public Acco...More >>
    Today (April 20), Governor Greitens made eight appointments to boards and commissions.   Phillip Slinkard, of Neosho, was appointed to the Missouri State Board of Accountancy.   Slinkard is the Chief Financial Officer at H.E. Williams, Inc. in Carthage.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Missouri State University.  Slinkard is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Missouri Society of Certified Public Acco...More >>
  • Cooks Wanted for The World's Largest Calf Fry Festival in Vinita

    Cooks Wanted for The World's Largest Calf Fry Festival in Vinita

    Friday, April 20 2018 2:57 PM EDT2018-04-20 18:57:10 GMT
    The Vinita, Oklahoma Area Chamber of Commerce invites cooking teams to come out and have a ball. The 39th Annual World's Largest Calf Fry Festival & Cook-Off will take place on Saturday, June 2nd, 2018. The Craig County Fairgrounds and Community Center will be full of food, crafts and more from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Organizers expect more than 2,000 people to attend. But before the fun, organizers are calling on cooks and vendors to sign up. To quote a release from...More >>
    The Vinita, Oklahoma Area Chamber of Commerce invites cooking teams to come out and have a ball. The 39th Annual World's Largest Calf Fry Festival & Cook-Off will take place on Saturday, June 2nd, 2018. The Craig County Fairgrounds and Community Center will be full of food, crafts and more from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Organizers expect more than 2,000 people to attend. But before the fun, organizers are calling on cooks and vendors to sign up. To quote a release from...More >>
  • Ten Commandments Monument Coming To Arkansas Capitol Grounds

    Ten Commandments Monument Coming To Arkansas Capitol Grounds

    Friday, April 20 2018 12:19 AM EDT2018-04-20 04:19:36 GMT
        A Ten Commandments monument will be installed outside the Arkansas Capitol building this month to replace one that was destroyed.     The original display that was installed last June was destroyed less than 24 hours later. The man accused of driving his car into it apologized in 2015 for also destroying a Ten Commandments monument outside Oklahoma's Capitol.     The Arkansas Secretary of State's office said it expects the new disp...More >>
        A Ten Commandments monument will be installed outside the Arkansas Capitol building this month to replace one that was destroyed.     The original display that was installed last June was destroyed less than 24 hours later. The man accused of driving his car into it apologized in 2015 for also destroying a Ten Commandments monument outside Oklahoma's Capitol.     The Arkansas Secretary of State's office said it expects the new disp...More >>
  • Oklahoma Injection Well Shuts Down After Earthquakes

    Oklahoma Injection Well Shuts Down After Earthquakes

    Friday, April 20 2018 12:05 AM EDT2018-04-20 04:05:19 GMT
          The Oklahoma Corporation Commission has directed the shutdown of one injection well and the reduction of volume injected by other wells following earthquakes in north-central Oklahoma.     Many of the thousands of earthquakes in Oklahoma in recent years have been linked to the underground injection of wastewater from oil and natural gas production.     The U.S. Geological Survey reported magnitude 3.2 and 2.8 earthquakes ear...More >>
          The Oklahoma Corporation Commission has directed the shutdown of one injection well and the reduction of volume injected by other wells following earthquakes in north-central Oklahoma.     Many of the thousands of earthquakes in Oklahoma in recent years have been linked to the underground injection of wastewater from oil and natural gas production.     The U.S. Geological Survey reported magnitude 3.2 and 2.8 earthquakes ear...More >>
  • Four Brothers Die In Missouri House Fire

    Four Brothers Die In Missouri House Fire

    Thursday, April 19 2018 11:51 PM EDT2018-04-20 03:51:14 GMT
    Authorities say four brothers left alone at their Lake Ozark Missouri home died in a Thursday morning fire. When firefighters arrived at the home three sides of it had collapsed. The fire was so intense responders couldn't immediately get inside. Authorities say the children's parents arrived as the fire was raging and told firefighters their four sons were in the house. It's not clear where the parents had been. The children were identified as 14-year-old Tyler Otto, 8-year-old Carso...More >>
    Authorities say four brothers left alone at their Lake Ozark Missouri home died in a Thursday morning fire. When firefighters arrived at the home three sides of it had collapsed. The fire was so intense responders couldn't immediately get inside. Authorities say the children's parents arrived as the fire was raging and told firefighters their four sons were in the house. It's not clear where the parents had been. The children were identified as 14-year-old Tyler Otto, 8-year-old Carso...More >>
  • Mysterious Substance Sent To Missouri Lawmaker

    Mysterious Substance Sent To Missouri Lawmaker

    Thursday, April 19 2018 11:35 PM EDT2018-04-20 03:35:58 GMT

    Officials say a mysterious green substance sent to a Missouri lawmaker who was censured last year appears to pose no danger, and it's not yet clear whether the package was intended as a threat. Authorities are investigating after an assistant of Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal spotted the granular substance Thursday morning leaking from an envelope that was sent to the Capitol and addressed to the St. Louis-area Democrat.        Chappelle-Nadal was cen...

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    Officials say a mysterious green substance sent to a Missouri lawmaker who was censured last year appears to pose no danger, and it's not yet clear whether the package was intended as a threat. Authorities are investigating after an assistant of Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal spotted the granular substance Thursday morning leaking from an envelope that was sent to the Capitol and addressed to the St. Louis-area Democrat.        Chappelle-Nadal was cen...

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  • Missouri House passes bill on Sunshine Law investigations

    Missouri House passes bill on Sunshine Law investigations

    Missouri House passes bill on Sunshine Law investigations

    Thursday, April 19 2018 5:51 PM EDT2018-04-19 21:51:07 GMT
    From Associated Press - JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri's attorney general would have new authority in investigations of potential Sunshine Law and open records law violations under a bill passed by the House. House members voted 147-1 Thursday to send the bill to the Senate. It would give the office the ability to demand evidence and testimony in those investigations and increase penalties for violations. Attorney General Josh Hawley has said his inability to subpoena witnesse...More >>
    From Associated Press - JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri's attorney general would have new authority in investigations of potential Sunshine Law and open records law violations under a bill passed by the House. House members voted 147-1 Thursday to send the bill to the Senate. It would give the office the ability to demand evidence and testimony in those investigations and increase penalties for violations. Attorney General Josh Hawley has said his inability to subpoena witnesse...More >>
  • Oklahoma agency takes action after latest earthquakes

    Oklahoma agency takes action after latest earthquakes

    Oklahoma agency takes action after latest earthquakes

    Thursday, April 19 2018 5:49 PM EDT2018-04-19 21:49:37 GMT
    From Associated Press - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Corporation Commission has directed the shutdown of one injection well and the reduction of volume injected by other wells following earthquakes in north-central Oklahoma. The U.S. Geological Survey reported magnitude 3.2 and 2.8 earthquakes early Thursday near Hennessey. A magnitude 3.8 quake was also recorded near Waynoka, about 65 miles (105 kilometers) northwest of Hennessey. No injuries or damage were reported. Geologis...More >>
    From Associated Press - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Corporation Commission has directed the shutdown of one injection well and the reduction of volume injected by other wells following earthquakes in north-central Oklahoma. The U.S. Geological Survey reported magnitude 3.2 and 2.8 earthquakes early Thursday near Hennessey. A magnitude 3.8 quake was also recorded near Waynoka, about 65 miles (105 kilometers) northwest of Hennessey. No injuries or damage were reported. Geologis...More >>
  • UMKC lays off 17 professors, administrators

    UMKC lays off 17 professors, administrators

    UMKC lays off 17 professors, administrators

    Thursday, April 19 2018 5:48 PM EDT2018-04-19 21:48:37 GMT
    From Associated Press - KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The University of Missouri-Kansas City is cutting 17 professors and administrators. University officials said this week that most of the jobs eliminated will be faculty positions, with about a half dozen being administrators. In a statement to The Kansas City Star Thursday, the university said the cuts were part of an ongoing effort to restructure and save resources for the school's long-term growth. Those affected by the decision we...More >>
    From Associated Press - KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The University of Missouri-Kansas City is cutting 17 professors and administrators. University officials said this week that most of the jobs eliminated will be faculty positions, with about a half dozen being administrators. In a statement to The Kansas City Star Thursday, the university said the cuts were part of an ongoing effort to restructure and save resources for the school's long-term growth. Those affected by the decision we...More >>
  • Arkansas Ten Commandments display to be installed next week

    Arkansas Ten Commandments display to be installed next week

    Arkansas Ten Commandments display to be installed next week

    Thursday, April 19 2018 5:46 PM EDT2018-04-19 21:46:52 GMT
    From Associated Press - LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A Ten Commandments monument will be installed outside Arkansas' Capitol next week, months after the original display was destroyed. The Arkansas Secretary of State's office said it expects the new display to be installed on April 26, in the morning. The original display was installed outside Arkansas' Capitol last June but destroyed less than 24 hours later. The man accused of driving his car into it apologized in 2015 for also destro...More >>
    From Associated Press - LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A Ten Commandments monument will be installed outside Arkansas' Capitol next week, months after the original display was destroyed. The Arkansas Secretary of State's office said it expects the new display to be installed on April 26, in the morning. The original display was installed outside Arkansas' Capitol last June but destroyed less than 24 hours later. The man accused of driving his car into it apologized in 2015 for also destro...More >>
  • Tulsa university breaks ground on $10M residential building

    Tulsa university breaks ground on $10M residential building

    Tulsa university breaks ground on $10M residential building

    Thursday, April 19 2018 5:45 PM EDT2018-04-19 21:45:57 GMT
    From Associated Press - TULSA, Okla. (AP) - A Tulsa university has started construction on a new $10 million residential building, the first built in more than 40 years. The Tulsa World reports that Oral Roberts University broke ground on the project Wednesday. This is the university's first housing endeavor since 1976. University President William Wilson says the project is in response to the steady increase in student population. The residential building will feature separate to...More >>
    From Associated Press - TULSA, Okla. (AP) - A Tulsa university has started construction on a new $10 million residential building, the first built in more than 40 years. The Tulsa World reports that Oral Roberts University broke ground on the project Wednesday. This is the university's first housing endeavor since 1976. University President William Wilson says the project is in response to the steady increase in student population. The residential building will feature separate to...More >>
  • Missouri Senate tax overhaul plan stalls

    Missouri Senate tax overhaul plan stalls

    Missouri Senate tax overhaul plan stalls

    Thursday, April 19 2018 5:44 PM EDT2018-04-19 21:44:11 GMT
    From Associated Press - JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri Senate panel has declined to advance a proposed tax overhaul following estimates that it would cost the state $126 million. The tax bill hit a roadblock Thursday in the Senate's Fiscal Oversight Committee. No senators volunteered to second the chairman's motion to pass the bill, effectively blocking it. The committee's inaction deals a blow to Republican-led efforts to change state tax policy this year. While House lawm...More >>
    From Associated Press - JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri Senate panel has declined to advance a proposed tax overhaul following estimates that it would cost the state $126 million. The tax bill hit a roadblock Thursday in the Senate's Fiscal Oversight Committee. No senators volunteered to second the chairman's motion to pass the bill, effectively blocking it. The committee's inaction deals a blow to Republican-led efforts to change state tax policy this year. While House lawm...More >>
  • Joplin Police Seek Public's Help

    Joplin Police Seek Public's Help

    Thursday, April 19 2018 3:31 PM EDT2018-04-19 19:31:20 GMT
    Joplin Police are asking for the public's help on two cases. On Wednesday (April 18) around 5:00 p.m., a witness observed an older truck pulling a flat bed trailer strike a parked Joplin Police SUV in the 900 block of Main. The witness told officers the the truck then drove eastbound on 10th street. The Police SUV was disabled from the incident. The other incident also happened Wednesday. Around 4:45 p.m. officers responded to a shooting call at Deer Drive and Dove Drive. A sta...More >>
    Joplin Police are asking for the public's help on two cases. On Wednesday (April 18) around 5:00 p.m., a witness observed an older truck pulling a flat bed trailer strike a parked Joplin Police SUV in the 900 block of Main. The witness told officers the the truck then drove eastbound on 10th street. The Police SUV was disabled from the incident. The other incident also happened Wednesday. Around 4:45 p.m. officers responded to a shooting call at Deer Drive and Dove Drive. A sta...More >>
  • City Of Joplin To Hold Tree Limb Drop Off

    City Of Joplin To Hold Tree Limb Drop Off

    Wednesday, April 18 2018 7:29 PM EDT2018-04-18 23:29:53 GMT
    The City of Joplin will be opening their tree limb and brush drop-off site on Saturday, April 21 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Joplin residents are invited to take all the fallen limbs in their yard the drop-off site on 1702 North Schifferdecker Avenue. In order for the drop-off site to accept the limbs, they must be cut to a maximum of four feet, bundled, lighter than 50 pounds and the diameter can not be larger than four inches. They will not accept leaves, grass clippings and trash. The pr...More >>
    The City of Joplin will be opening their tree limb and brush drop-off site on Saturday, April 21 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Joplin residents are invited to take all the fallen limbs in their yard the drop-off site on 1702 North Schifferdecker Avenue. In order for the drop-off site to accept the limbs, they must be cut to a maximum of four feet, bundled, lighter than 50 pounds and the diameter can not be larger than four inches. They will not accept leaves, grass clippings and trash. The pr...More >>
  • Oklahoma House leader says agreement close on budget

    Oklahoma House leader says agreement close on budget

    Oklahoma House leader says agreement close on budget

    Wednesday, April 18 2018 6:22 PM EDT2018-04-18 22:22:47 GMT
    From Associated Press - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A key budget negotiator in the Oklahoma House says lawmakers are nearing a final agreement on a spending plan and are hoping to adjourn this year's legislative session three weeks early. House Appropriations and Budget Committee Chairman Kevin Wallace said Wednesday he expects to finalize a deal this week with the Senate and governor's office on a $7.6 billion budget that includes slight funding increases for most state agencies. He said ...More >>
    From Associated Press - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A key budget negotiator in the Oklahoma House says lawmakers are nearing a final agreement on a spending plan and are hoping to adjourn this year's legislative session three weeks early. House Appropriations and Budget Committee Chairman Kevin Wallace said Wednesday he expects to finalize a deal this week with the Senate and governor's office on a $7.6 billion budget that includes slight funding increases for most state agencies. He said ...More >>
  • Kansas secretary of state in contempt in voting case

    Kansas secretary of state in contempt in voting case

    Kansas secretary of state in contempt in voting case

    Wednesday, April 18 2018 6:21 PM EDT2018-04-18 22:21:30 GMT
    Kris KobachKris Kobach
    Kris KobachKris Kobach
    From Associated Press - KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - A federal judge says Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach violated her order that some voters were eligible to cast a ballot while a lawsuit challenging a state law requiring proof of U.S. citizenship worked its way through the courts. U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson found Kobach in contempt of court Wednesday. She didn't impose a fine but ordered Kobach to pay for damages, including attorney fees. The American Civil Liberties Un...More >>
    From Associated Press - KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - A federal judge says Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach violated her order that some voters were eligible to cast a ballot while a lawsuit challenging a state law requiring proof of U.S. citizenship worked its way through the courts. U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson found Kobach in contempt of court Wednesday. She didn't impose a fine but ordered Kobach to pay for damages, including attorney fees. The American Civil Liberties Un...More >>
  • Missouri House, top Senate budgeter split on school funding

    Missouri House, top Senate budgeter split on school funding

    Missouri House, top Senate budgeter split on school funding

    Wednesday, April 18 2018 6:19 PM EDT2018-04-18 22:19:56 GMT
    From Associated Press - JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Senate's top budgeter is proposing giving public K-12 schools $48 million more next year, which would mean about $50 million less than what House lawmakers approved. Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Dan Brown on Wednesday said he wants to take the $50 million in savings and put half toward school busing and transportation. If approved by the committee and full Senate, that would set up a showdown with the House...More >>
    From Associated Press - JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Senate's top budgeter is proposing giving public K-12 schools $48 million more next year, which would mean about $50 million less than what House lawmakers approved. Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Dan Brown on Wednesday said he wants to take the $50 million in savings and put half toward school busing and transportation. If approved by the committee and full Senate, that would set up a showdown with the House...More >>
  • Tiaras stolen from Missouri museum

    Tiaras stolen from Missouri museum

    Tiaras stolen from Missouri museum

    Wednesday, April 18 2018 6:17 PM EDT2018-04-18 22:17:55 GMT
    From Associated Press - ST. LOUIS (AP) - Two gem-encrusted tiaras that are more than 100 years old have been stolen from a St. Louis museum. Staff at the Missouri History Museum noticed the gold and silver tiaras were gone during a routine check Monday of an exhibit on St. Louis history. The tiaras were awarded in 1894 and 1896 to debutantes at the Veiled Prophet ball, which is held each December. The ball dates to 1878. The museum said in a statement that it had turned over all ev...More >>
    From Associated Press - ST. LOUIS (AP) - Two gem-encrusted tiaras that are more than 100 years old have been stolen from a St. Louis museum. Staff at the Missouri History Museum noticed the gold and silver tiaras were gone during a routine check Monday of an exhibit on St. Louis history. The tiaras were awarded in 1894 and 1896 to debutantes at the Veiled Prophet ball, which is held each December. The ball dates to 1878. The museum said in a statement that it had turned over all ev...More >>
  • PHS Graduation Moves Due To Class Size

    PHS Graduation Moves Due To Class Size

    Wednesday, April 18 2018 5:59 PM EDT2018-04-18 21:59:20 GMT
    The Pittsburg High School senior class has 214 students preparing to graduate on Saturday, May 19th at 2:00 p.m. Graduation is usually held at high school, but not this year. Due to the size of the senior class, the Pittsburg High School decided to partner with Pittsburg State University to host graduation at John Lance Arena (1701 S. Homer Street). School officials say the move will eliminate the need for a ticket system for families. "Graduation is a time to spend with fa...More >>
    The Pittsburg High School senior class has 214 students preparing to graduate on Saturday, May 19th at 2:00 p.m. Graduation is usually held at high school, but not this year. Due to the size of the senior class, the Pittsburg High School decided to partner with Pittsburg State University to host graduation at John Lance Arena (1701 S. Homer Street). School officials say the move will eliminate the need for a ticket system for families. "Graduation is a time to spend with fa...More >>
  • Pittsburg J.C. Penney Receives Company's Highest Distinction

    Pittsburg J.C. Penney Receives Company's Highest Distinction

    Wednesday, April 18 2018 5:51 PM EDT2018-04-18 21:51:22 GMT
    The J.C. Penney Store in Pittsburg gets the company's highest distinction. J.C. Penney Company, Inc. has more than 870 stores across the country. The company's Founder's Award is given to its top performing stores, which includes the J.C. Penney store in the Meadowbrook Mall. The award is presented to general and district managers for leading teams that deliver strong results in the areas of financial performance, customer and client service and business expertise. The top ...More >>
    The J.C. Penney Store in Pittsburg gets the company's highest distinction. J.C. Penney Company, Inc. has more than 870 stores across the country. The company's Founder's Award is given to its top performing stores, which includes the J.C. Penney store in the Meadowbrook Mall. The award is presented to general and district managers for leading teams that deliver strong results in the areas of financial performance, customer and client service and business expertise. The top ...More >>
  • Two Arrested For Arson in Cherokee County

    Two Arrested For Arson in Cherokee County

    Wednesday, April 18 2018 2:29 PM EDT2018-04-18 18:29:09 GMT
    Fire InvestigationFire Investigation
    Fire InvestigationFire Investigation
    Investigators with the Kansas Office of the State Fire Marshal have arrested two people in connection to a fire at 1341 SE Gum Lane in rural Cherokee County. The fire happened Tuesday morning. A 61-year-old and 28-year-old were arrested by the fire investigator for one count each of arson of a home. Both suspects are out on a $7,500 bond. KOAM and FOX 14 are waiting to hear if the Cherokee County Attorney has filed charges. The fire is still under investigation. If you have...More >>
    Investigators with the Kansas Office of the State Fire Marshal have arrested two people in connection to a fire at 1341 SE Gum Lane in rural Cherokee County. The fire happened Tuesday morning. A 61-year-old and 28-year-old were arrested by the fire investigator for one count each of arson of a home. Both suspects are out on a $7,500 bond. KOAM and FOX 14 are waiting to hear if the Cherokee County Attorney has filed charges. The fire is still under investigation. If you have...More >>
  • Pittsburg Police Investigate Possible Shots Fired, Two Arrested On Unrelated Incidents

    Pittsburg Police Investigate Possible Shots Fired, Two Arrested On Unrelated Incidents

    Wednesday, April 18 2018 12:51 PM EDT2018-04-18 16:51:06 GMT

    Shortly after midnight on Wednesday morning around 12:43 officers were called out to the Sycamore Village Apartment complex (2601 N. Joplin Street) about possible gunshots being heard. They found two people in the area who were arrested, but not in connection to the original call about the gunshots. 32-year-old Jason S. Harper was arrested for possession of meth and drug paraphernalia as well as previous warrants in which charges were filed out of Pittsburg and Crawford County. A 1...

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    Shortly after midnight on Wednesday morning around 12:43 officers were called out to the Sycamore Village Apartment complex (2601 N. Joplin Street) about possible gunshots being heard. They found two people in the area who were arrested, but not in connection to the original call about the gunshots. 32-year-old Jason S. Harper was arrested for possession of meth and drug paraphernalia as well as previous warrants in which charges were filed out of Pittsburg and Crawford County. A 1...

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  • GOP Lawmaker From Joplin Calls For Governor's Resignation

    GOP Lawmaker From Joplin Calls For Governor's Resignation

    Wednesday, April 18 2018 12:38 AM EDT2018-04-18 04:38:28 GMT
          Missouri's Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard of Joplin is among Republican legislative leaders calling for GOP Governor Eric Greitens to resign, but the governor says he won't quit.     Richard, House Speaker Todd Richardson and other House leaders called on Greitens to step down Tuesday after the state's attorney general found evidence that Greitens might have committed a felony in his use of a charity donor list for political purposes. &nb...More >>
          Missouri's Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard of Joplin is among Republican legislative leaders calling for GOP Governor Eric Greitens to resign, but the governor says he won't quit.     Richard, House Speaker Todd Richardson and other House leaders called on Greitens to step down Tuesday after the state's attorney general found evidence that Greitens might have committed a felony in his use of a charity donor list for political purposes. &nb...More >>
  • Flame of Hope Run in Pittsburg on April 19th

    Flame of Hope Run in Pittsburg on April 19th

    Tuesday, April 17 2018 6:05 PM EDT2018-04-17 22:05:37 GMT

    PITTSBURG, KS – Officers from eight law enforcement agencies in Southeast Kansas will carry the Special Olympics Kansas Flame of Hope April 19, from the Pittsburg Police Department to the Plaster Center on the Pittsburg State University Campus.   The 2-mile run will signify the beginning of a 1,600 mile journey for the Flame of Hope across Kansas as part of the ceremonial 2018 Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) for Special Olympics Kansas.   “For more than...

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    PITTSBURG, KS – Officers from eight law enforcement agencies in Southeast Kansas will carry the Special Olympics Kansas Flame of Hope April 19, from the Pittsburg Police Department to the Plaster Center on the Pittsburg State University Campus.   The 2-mile run will signify the beginning of a 1,600 mile journey for the Flame of Hope across Kansas as part of the ceremonial 2018 Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) for Special Olympics Kansas.   “For more than...

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  • Neosho Superintendent Put On Administrative Leave

    Neosho Superintendent Put On Administrative Leave

    Tuesday, April 17 2018 4:41 PM EDT2018-04-17 20:41:41 GMT
    Dan DeckerDan Decker
    Dan DeckerDan Decker
    The Neosho, MO School District superintendent of schools Dan Decker has been put on administrative leave.  The action comes after an executive session of the district's Board of Education meeting on April 16th, 2018.  The board has appointed Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Rebecca Sears as the acting superintendent for the remainder of the school year. KOAM and FOX 14 has reached out to the district for more information.More >>
    The Neosho, MO School District superintendent of schools Dan Decker has been put on administrative leave.  The action comes after an executive session of the district's Board of Education meeting on April 16th, 2018.  The board has appointed Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Rebecca Sears as the acting superintendent for the remainder of the school year. KOAM and FOX 14 has reached out to the district for more information.More >>
  • Area Authorities Plan 4-20 Impaired Driving Enforcement Campaign

    Area Authorities Plan 4-20 Impaired Driving Enforcement Campaign

    Tuesday, April 17 2018 2:48 PM EDT2018-04-17 18:48:45 GMT
    Law enforcement agencies across Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma will be out in force this weekend, April 20th through April 22nd, to stop what they call an increasing epidemic for the past several years. The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office says April 20th has special meaning in drug cultures. Authorities say drug abusers typically light up at 4:20 p.m. on 4/20. According to the Journal of American Medicine Association, there's a 12% increase in the relative...More >>
    Law enforcement agencies across Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma will be out in force this weekend, April 20th through April 22nd, to stop what they call an increasing epidemic for the past several years. The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office says April 20th has special meaning in drug cultures. Authorities say drug abusers typically light up at 4:20 p.m. on 4/20. According to the Journal of American Medicine Association, there's a 12% increase in the relative...More >>
  • 2 Years Later: We Catch Back Up With Local Author

    2 Years Later: We Catch Back Up With Local Author

    Tuesday, April 17 2018 1:39 PM EDT2018-04-17 17:39:19 GMT

    April is recognized in 24 states, including Kansas, as Cowboy Poetry Month. We met Greg Patton on April 17th, 2016, after he finished his first book of cowboy poetry. Patton began by writing love notes to his wife, Debbie. She thought they were so good that she encouraged him to write more and share them with others. Now, two years later, he's the author of more than a dozen westerns. And they have a familiar tone. "I write a lot of books using this area. Texas Lawman: Fra...

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    April is recognized in 24 states, including Kansas, as Cowboy Poetry Month. We met Greg Patton on April 17th, 2016, after he finished his first book of cowboy poetry. Patton began by writing love notes to his wife, Debbie. She thought they were so good that she encouraged him to write more and share them with others. Now, two years later, he's the author of more than a dozen westerns. And they have a familiar tone. "I write a lot of books using this area. Texas Lawman: Fra...

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  • Sexual Assault Response Training

    Sexual Assault Response Training

    Monday, April 16 2018 10:34 PM EDT2018-04-17 02:34:57 GMT

    The Kansas Bureau of Investigation hosted sexual assault response training Monday in Pittsburg. The two day training targeted law enforcement and health care representatives involved in sexual assault cases.  

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    The Kansas Bureau of Investigation hosted sexual assault response training Monday in Pittsburg. The two day training targeted law enforcement and health care representatives involved in sexual assault cases.  

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  • New Notification System in Carl Junction

    New Notification System in Carl Junction

    Monday, April 16 2018 10:28 PM EDT2018-04-17 02:28:31 GMT

    The Carl Junction police have implemented a notification system for the city. The Nixle system allows Carl Junction residents to sign up for alerts in case of severe weather, car accidents, and other emergencies. 

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    The Carl Junction police have implemented a notification system for the city. The Nixle system allows Carl Junction residents to sign up for alerts in case of severe weather, car accidents, and other emergencies. 

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  • City Of Pittsburg Prepares To Begin Water Main Replacement Project

    City Of Pittsburg Prepares To Begin Water Main Replacement Project

    Monday, April 16 2018 6:50 PM EDT2018-04-16 22:50:14 GMT
    The City of Pittsburg is set to begin its water main replacement project on April 17th. The water distribution division will be installing a new 8" water to replace the current 4" pipe in Deill Street and Fieldcrest Drive. It will also include the installation of a new fire hydrant and house service lines to the meter. Traffic on Deill Street and Fieldcrest Drive will be affected by the work. At times the the roads will be closed and drivers will have to find an alternate ro...More >>
    The City of Pittsburg is set to begin its water main replacement project on April 17th. The water distribution division will be installing a new 8" water to replace the current 4" pipe in Deill Street and Fieldcrest Drive. It will also include the installation of a new fire hydrant and house service lines to the meter. Traffic on Deill Street and Fieldcrest Drive will be affected by the work. At times the the roads will be closed and drivers will have to find an alternate ro...More >>
  • Joplin Man Arrested For Burglary

    Joplin Man Arrested For Burglary

    Monday, April 16 2018 6:11 PM EDT2018-04-16 22:11:02 GMT
    Police arrest a Joplin man for burglary in an ongoing investigation. Joplin Police say that on Saturday (April 14), they got a call about a trespasser in the 1700 block of South Byers. Witnesses described a man on a bicycle who was trying to get into homes and looking in windows. They also had photos of the suspect. Officers recognized the man as James A. Gautney, someone who they dealt with earlier in the day in the 1500 block of South Connor for suspicious activity that they say ...More >>
    Police arrest a Joplin man for burglary in an ongoing investigation. Joplin Police say that on Saturday (April 14), they got a call about a trespasser in the 1700 block of South Byers. Witnesses described a man on a bicycle who was trying to get into homes and looking in windows. They also had photos of the suspect. Officers recognized the man as James A. Gautney, someone who they dealt with earlier in the day in the 1500 block of South Connor for suspicious activity that they say ...More >>
  • The Dirty Dozen Scams and Other IRS Links

    The Dirty Dozen Scams and Other IRS Links

    Monday, April 16 2018 5:18 PM EDT2018-04-16 21:18:45 GMT
    The IRS gives its list of The Dirty Dozen, some of the worst tax scams. Compiled annually, the "Dirty Dozen" lists a variety of common scams that taxpayers may encounter anytime but many of these schemes peak during filing season as people prepare their returns or hire someone to help with their taxes. Don't fall prey. Phishing: Taxpayers should be alert to potential fake emails or websites looking to steal personal information. The IRS will never initiate contact with...More >>
    The IRS gives its list of The Dirty Dozen, some of the worst tax scams. Compiled annually, the "Dirty Dozen" lists a variety of common scams that taxpayers may encounter anytime but many of these schemes peak during filing season as people prepare their returns or hire someone to help with their taxes. Don't fall prey. Phishing: Taxpayers should be alert to potential fake emails or websites looking to steal personal information. The IRS will never initiate contact with...More >>
  • $1.1 Billion Waiting To Be Claimed From 2014 Income Tax Returns

    $1.1 Billion Waiting To Be Claimed From 2014 Income Tax Returns

    Monday, April 16 2018 1:57 PM EDT2018-04-16 17:57:23 GMT
    Tax Day is April 17th (2018) and not only are taxes due for 2017, but an estimated one million taxpayers who didn't file a 2014 federal income tax return could lose out. According to the IRS, a total of about $1.1 billion might be waiting for those taxpayers. To collect the money, they have to file their 2014 tax return with the IRS no later than this year's deadline. "We're trying to connect a million people with their share of $1.1 billion in unclaimed refunds for 2014,&q...More >>
    Tax Day is April 17th (2018) and not only are taxes due for 2017, but an estimated one million taxpayers who didn't file a 2014 federal income tax return could lose out. According to the IRS, a total of about $1.1 billion might be waiting for those taxpayers. To collect the money, they have to file their 2014 tax return with the IRS no later than this year's deadline. "We're trying to connect a million people with their share of $1.1 billion in unclaimed refunds for 2014,&q...More >>
  • Teddy Bear Clinic

    Teddy Bear Clinic

    Sunday, April 15 2018 10:39 PM EDT2018-04-16 02:39:42 GMT

    The teddy bear clinic was open for business over at the Curious Minds Discovery Zone in Parsons, Kansas. 

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    The teddy bear clinic was open for business over at the Curious Minds Discovery Zone in Parsons, Kansas. 

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  • 4H Fun in Fort Scott

    4H Fun in Fort Scott

    Sunday, April 15 2018 10:34 PM EDT2018-04-16 02:34:12 GMT
    More than a dozen kids showed off their projects for a 4H expo in Fort Scott, Kansas on Sunday. The event was moved indoors at the Tractor Supply, where kids exhibited everything from goats to art projects. The event was also an opportunity to raise money and show the community what their local 4H club has to offer.  More >>
    More than a dozen kids showed off their projects for a 4H expo in Fort Scott, Kansas on Sunday. The event was moved indoors at the Tractor Supply, where kids exhibited everything from goats to art projects. The event was also an opportunity to raise money and show the community what their local 4H club has to offer.  More >>
  • Run the Route Results

    Run the Route Results

    Sunday, April 15 2018 10:20 PM EDT2018-04-16 02:20:52 GMT

    The 'Run The 66 Route' race took place during the Webb city spring festival this year renamed Cruise-a-palooza. 

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    The 'Run The 66 Route' race took place during the Webb city spring festival this year renamed Cruise-a-palooza. 

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  • Walking for Charity

    Walking for Charity

    Saturday, April 14 2018 10:31 PM EDT2018-04-15 02:31:45 GMT

    Cold weather didn't stop a charity fundraiser at Saint Mary's Colgan, Saturday. 

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    Cold weather didn't stop a charity fundraiser at Saint Mary's Colgan, Saturday. 

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  • Trees for Joplin

    Trees for Joplin

    Saturday, April 14 2018 10:24 PM EDT2018-04-15 02:24:12 GMT

    The Joplin Rotary Club planted some trees at the Will Norton Miracle Field Saturday. 

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    The Joplin Rotary Club planted some trees at the Will Norton Miracle Field Saturday. 

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  • Southwest Missouri Democrats March For Science

    Southwest Missouri Democrats March For Science

    Saturday, April 14 2018 8:41 PM EDT2018-04-15 00:41:39 GMT
    Southwest Missouri Democrats exhibited their support for science this afternoon. Protesters gathered for the March For Science in Joplin. Starting on 7th street they made their way up Main street to Spiva Park, chanting their support for various environmental and public health issues along the way. Protesters say many federal and state legislators are not engaging in science based politics by ignoring environmental problems. After the march, there were booths ...More >>
    Southwest Missouri Democrats exhibited their support for science this afternoon. Protesters gathered for the March For Science in Joplin. Starting on 7th street they made their way up Main street to Spiva Park, chanting their support for various environmental and public health issues along the way. Protesters say many federal and state legislators are not engaging in science based politics by ignoring environmental problems. After the march, there were booths ...More >>
  • Pitt State Helps Community With The Big Event

    Pitt State Helps Community With The Big Event

    Saturday, April 14 2018 8:35 PM EDT2018-04-15 00:35:28 GMT
    Pitt State students braved the cold today to take part in a large scale community service project. Student organizations, fraternities and sororities participated in the 15 annual Big Event. Groups fanned out across the town to do a variety of community service activities for Pittsburg residents: everything from picking up leaves to planting flowers. Hundreds of students participated in the Big Event, which volunteers say shows the special relationship between Pittsburg...More >>
    Pitt State students braved the cold today to take part in a large scale community service project. Student organizations, fraternities and sororities participated in the 15 annual Big Event. Groups fanned out across the town to do a variety of community service activities for Pittsburg residents: everything from picking up leaves to planting flowers. Hundreds of students participated in the Big Event, which volunteers say shows the special relationship between Pittsburg...More >>
  • Oklahoma Lawmaker Resigns As Chaplain Program Coordinator

    Oklahoma Lawmaker Resigns As Chaplain Program Coordinator

    Friday, April 13 2018 10:12 PM EDT2018-04-14 02:12:01 GMT
        A Republican Oklahoma lawmaker who faced criticism from interfaith leaders for his handling of the state House's visiting chaplain program says he is stepping down as the program's coordinator.     Representative Chuck Strohm of Jenks denied a House member's request for a local Muslim imam to serve as the visiting minister in the House. Strohm then changed the rules of the program to allow only ministers from a member's "own place of worship.&quo...More >>
        A Republican Oklahoma lawmaker who faced criticism from interfaith leaders for his handling of the state House's visiting chaplain program says he is stepping down as the program's coordinator.     Representative Chuck Strohm of Jenks denied a House member's request for a local Muslim imam to serve as the visiting minister in the House. Strohm then changed the rules of the program to allow only ministers from a member's "own place of worship.&quo...More >>
  • President says airstrikes on Syria underway

    President says airstrikes on Syria underway

    Friday, April 13 2018 10:19 PM EDT2018-04-14 02:19:43 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Trump says strikes are 'direct result' of Russia's failure to keep Syria's Assad from using chemical weapons. BC-US--United States-Syria-The Latest,1st Ld-Writethru The Latest: Trump says airstrikes on Syria underway Eds: Updates with airstrikes. AP Video. With AP Photos. WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on U.S. missile strikes on Syria (all times local): 9 p.m. President Donald Trump says the United States has "launched precision strikes" on targ...

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    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Trump says strikes are 'direct result' of Russia's failure to keep Syria's Assad from using chemical weapons. BC-US--United States-Syria-The Latest,1st Ld-Writethru The Latest: Trump says airstrikes on Syria underway Eds: Updates with airstrikes. AP Video. With AP Photos. WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on U.S. missile strikes on Syria (all times local): 9 p.m. President Donald Trump says the United States has "launched precision strikes" on targ...

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  • Oklahoma lawmaker resigns as coordinator of chaplain program

    Oklahoma lawmaker resigns as coordinator of chaplain program

    Oklahoma lawmaker resigns as coordinator of chaplain program

    Friday, April 13 2018 7:42 PM EDT2018-04-13 23:42:29 GMT
    From Associated Press - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A Republican Oklahoma lawmaker who faced criticism from interfaith leaders for his handling of the state House's visiting chaplain program says he is stepping down as the program's coordinator. Rep. Chuck Strohm of Jenks said in a statement Friday that, effective immediately, he is no longer serving in the role. He did not immediately return a telephone message seeking comment. Interfaith leaders chided Strohm for denying a House member'...More >>
    From Associated Press - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A Republican Oklahoma lawmaker who faced criticism from interfaith leaders for his handling of the state House's visiting chaplain program says he is stepping down as the program's coordinator. Rep. Chuck Strohm of Jenks said in a statement Friday that, effective immediately, he is no longer serving in the role. He did not immediately return a telephone message seeking comment. Interfaith leaders chided Strohm for denying a House member'...More >>
  • OKC Thunder play-by-play man suspended

    OKC Thunder play-by-play man suspended

    OKC Thunder play-by-play man suspended

    Friday, April 13 2018 7:41 PM EDT2018-04-13 23:41:31 GMT
    From Associated Press - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Thunder television play-by-play man Brian Davis has been suspended for Game 1 of the playoff series against Utah on Sunday for a comment he made about star Russell Westbrook during Oklahoma City's regular-season finale against Memphis. Davis said Westbrook was "out of his cotton-pickin' mind." The comment came after the Oklahoma City guard made an assist in Wednesday's game on his way to setting an NBA record for averaging a tri...More >>
    From Associated Press - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Thunder television play-by-play man Brian Davis has been suspended for Game 1 of the playoff series against Utah on Sunday for a comment he made about star Russell Westbrook during Oklahoma City's regular-season finale against Memphis. Davis said Westbrook was "out of his cotton-pickin' mind." The comment came after the Oklahoma City guard made an assist in Wednesday's game on his way to setting an NBA record for averaging a tri...More >>
  • Governor Colyer: website to find Kansans owing child support is working

    Governor Colyer: website to find Kansans owing child support is working

    Governor Colyer: website to find Kansans owing child support is working

    Friday, April 13 2018 7:39 PM EDT2018-04-13 23:39:03 GMT
    From Associated Press - TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer says a website created to find and shame people who owe child support is getting heavy use and has already found one person. Colyer said Thursday the website had nearly 45,000 visits in the first 24 hours after it became operational. He says one of the 10 people identified on the site has already been found. The governor says the man owes more than $56,000 in child support and the state was able to get an order garn...More >>
    From Associated Press - TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer says a website created to find and shame people who owe child support is getting heavy use and has already found one person. Colyer said Thursday the website had nearly 45,000 visits in the first 24 hours after it became operational. He says one of the 10 people identified on the site has already been found. The governor says the man owes more than $56,000 in child support and the state was able to get an order garn...More >>
  • Flame of Hope includes southeast Kansas law enforcement officials

    Flame of Hope includes southeast Kansas law enforcement officials

    Flame of Hope includes southeast Kansas law enforcement officials

    Friday, April 13 2018 7:36 PM EDT2018-04-13 23:36:32 GMT
    PITTSBURG, KS - Officers from eight law enforcement agencies in Southeast Kansas will carry the Special Olympics Kansas Flame of Hope April 19, from the Pittsburg Police Department to the Plaster Center on the Pittsburg State University Campus. The 2-mile run will signify the beginning of a 1,600 mile journey for the Flame of Hope across Kansas as part of the ceremonial 2018 Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) for Special Olympics Kansas. "For more than 30 years, the Law Enforceme...More >>
    PITTSBURG, KS - Officers from eight law enforcement agencies in Southeast Kansas will carry the Special Olympics Kansas Flame of Hope April 19, from the Pittsburg Police Department to the Plaster Center on the Pittsburg State University Campus. The 2-mile run will signify the beginning of a 1,600 mile journey for the Flame of Hope across Kansas as part of the ceremonial 2018 Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) for Special Olympics Kansas. "For more than 30 years, the Law Enforceme...More >>
  • Carthage Brings Back Food Truck Friday

    Carthage Brings Back Food Truck Friday

    Friday, April 13 2018 5:35 PM EDT2018-04-13 21:35:37 GMT
    The threat of severe weather didn't hinder a community favorite event in Carthage. About 18 food trucks gathered in central park for the first food truck Friday of the year. Vendors sold everything from tacos to baked good -- and even gourmet grilled cheese. The event usually brings in more than 3000 attendees, which vendors say can be a big help for their businesses. Carthage holds the event every second Friday of the month until SeptemberMore >>
    The threat of severe weather didn't hinder a community favorite event in Carthage. About 18 food trucks gathered in central park for the first food truck Friday of the year. Vendors sold everything from tacos to baked good -- and even gourmet grilled cheese. The event usually brings in more than 3000 attendees, which vendors say can be a big help for their businesses. Carthage holds the event every second Friday of the month until SeptemberMore >>
  • KDHE Investigating Salmonella Infections Linked to Kratom

    KDHE Investigating Salmonella Infections Linked to Kratom

    Friday, April 13 2018 4:51 PM EDT2018-04-13 20:51:06 GMT

    TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has been working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and local health departments to investigate a multistate outbreak of Salmonella associated with kratom. Two cases in Kansas have been associated with this outbreak. As of April 10, 2018, 132 people infected with outbreak strains of Salmonella have been reported from 38 states. Thirty-eight ...

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    TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has been working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and local health departments to investigate a multistate outbreak of Salmonella associated with kratom. Two cases in Kansas have been associated with this outbreak. As of April 10, 2018, 132 people infected with outbreak strains of Salmonella have been reported from 38 states. Thirty-eight ...

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  • Fort Scott Goes Live With Text-to-911

    Fort Scott Goes Live With Text-to-911

    Friday, April 13 2018 3:38 PM EDT2018-04-13 19:38:40 GMT
    The Fort Scott, Kansas Emergency Dispatch now has the capability to receive text-to-911.  Next Generation 9-1-1, or NG9-1-1, is part of an initiative to update the 9-1-1 service infrastructure in the United States and Canada to improve public emergency communication services in this wireless mobile society. Text-to-911 allows you to send SMS text messages to your local 911 call center during an emergency.  Officials say text-to-911 should ONLY be used in an emergency a...More >>
    The Fort Scott, Kansas Emergency Dispatch now has the capability to receive text-to-911.  Next Generation 9-1-1, or NG9-1-1, is part of an initiative to update the 9-1-1 service infrastructure in the United States and Canada to improve public emergency communication services in this wireless mobile society. Text-to-911 allows you to send SMS text messages to your local 911 call center during an emergency.  Officials say text-to-911 should ONLY be used in an emergency a...More >>
  • Kansas Law Increases Penalty For "Swatting"

    Kansas Law Increases Penalty For "Swatting"

    Friday, April 13 2018 1:16 AM EDT2018-04-13 05:16:16 GMT

        Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer has signed legislation that will increase the penalties for making hoax emergency calls when they lead to injuries or deaths.    
        
        
     

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        Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer has signed legislation that will increase the penalties for making hoax emergency calls when they lead to injuries or deaths.    
        
        
     

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  • Officer Won't Be Charged For Wichita Shooting Death

    Officer Won't Be Charged For Wichita Shooting Death

    Friday, April 13 2018 1:05 AM EDT2018-04-13 05:05:07 GMT

      The police officer who fired the shot that killed a man during a hoax emergency call in Wichita Kansas will not face criminal charges.     District Attorney Marc Bennett announced the decision Thursday, saying there was reasonable concern at the time that 18-year-old Andrew Finch might have been armed with a weapon.     

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      The police officer who fired the shot that killed a man during a hoax emergency call in Wichita Kansas will not face criminal charges.     District Attorney Marc Bennett announced the decision Thursday, saying there was reasonable concern at the time that 18-year-old Andrew Finch might have been armed with a weapon.     

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  • Proposed Missouri Amendment Would Ban Lobbyist Gifts

    Proposed Missouri Amendment Would Ban Lobbyist Gifts

    Friday, April 13 2018 12:21 AM EDT2018-04-13 04:21:25 GMT
       Missouri voters might get to to vote on a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would ban lobbyist gifts to lawmakers.     The Missouri Senate has approved the measure in a 20-12 vote.  If the amendment is approved by the House, it will go to voters     Under the proposal, lobbyists and the organizations they work for would be banned from giving any item of value to lawmakers, their staff or family.  Proponents say the g...More >>
       Missouri voters might get to to vote on a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would ban lobbyist gifts to lawmakers.     The Missouri Senate has approved the measure in a 20-12 vote.  If the amendment is approved by the House, it will go to voters     Under the proposal, lobbyists and the organizations they work for would be banned from giving any item of value to lawmakers, their staff or family.  Proponents say the g...More >>
  • Missouri Bill Would Lower Corporate Tax Rate

    Missouri Bill Would Lower Corporate Tax Rate

    Thursday, April 12 2018 11:54 PM EDT2018-04-13 03:54:58 GMT
      The Missouri Senate voted 28-3 Thursday to lower the corporate tax rate from 6.25 percent to 3.5 percent. The proposal now heads to the House.   The bill would lower the corporate tax rate effective Jan. 1.    It would also restrict how corporations calculate their taxes, so that taxable income would only be based on a company's sales within the state. Currently, some corporations can consider other factors when calculating their taxes.   The bill's sponsor,...More >>
      The Missouri Senate voted 28-3 Thursday to lower the corporate tax rate from 6.25 percent to 3.5 percent. The proposal now heads to the House.   The bill would lower the corporate tax rate effective Jan. 1.    It would also restrict how corporations calculate their taxes, so that taxable income would only be based on a company's sales within the state. Currently, some corporations can consider other factors when calculating their taxes.   The bill's sponsor,...More >>
  • Shelter & Rescue Dog Training

    Shelter & Rescue Dog Training

    Thursday, April 12 2018 10:59 PM EDT2018-04-13 02:59:08 GMT

    Two national animal welfare organizations joined forces to bring training and awareness to the Four States. 

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    Two national animal welfare organizations joined forces to bring training and awareness to the Four States. 

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  • Crews Battle Wildfires Across Oklahoma

    Crews Battle Wildfires Across Oklahoma

    Thursday, April 12 2018 10:51 PM EDT2018-04-13 02:51:41 GMT
        Oklahoma Forestry Services officials are warning of an extreme fire danger in much of the state.     Crews battled wildfires Thursday in Cleveland, Dewey, Lincoln, Logan and Oklahoma Counties.     Fire staff officer Drew Daily says warm temperatures and low humidity are expected to create very strong burning conditions again on Friday.     Forestry services firefighters have been positioned in Woodward and Weatherford for...More >>
        Oklahoma Forestry Services officials are warning of an extreme fire danger in much of the state.     Crews battled wildfires Thursday in Cleveland, Dewey, Lincoln, Logan and Oklahoma Counties.     Fire staff officer Drew Daily says warm temperatures and low humidity are expected to create very strong burning conditions again on Friday.     Forestry services firefighters have been positioned in Woodward and Weatherford for...More >>
  • Freeman Health System holds RN Grad Party

    Freeman Health System holds RN Grad Party

    Thursday, April 12 2018 8:54 PM EDT2018-04-13 00:54:57 GMT

    Freeman Health System in Joplin held their second annual "pre-graduation" party for local nursing students. 

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    Freeman Health System in Joplin held their second annual "pre-graduation" party for local nursing students. 

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  • New Kansas location of potential measles exposure in Johnson County added

    New Kansas location of potential measles exposure in Johnson County added

    Thursday, April 12 2018 6:50 PM EDT2018-04-12 22:50:23 GMT
    TOPEKA, Kan. – A case of measles has been identified in a Missouri resident. It is unknown where this person contracted measles, but current information does not link this person to the measles outbreak in eastern Kansas or the other previously reported Missouri resident with measles that was treated at the University of Kansas Hospital. This new case visited Barnes & Noble at Oak Park Mall while infectious. The case also visited several locations in Missouri. For more infor...More >>
    TOPEKA, Kan. – A case of measles has been identified in a Missouri resident. It is unknown where this person contracted measles, but current information does not link this person to the measles outbreak in eastern Kansas or the other previously reported Missouri resident with measles that was treated at the University of Kansas Hospital. This new case visited Barnes & Noble at Oak Park Mall while infectious. The case also visited several locations in Missouri. For more infor...More >>
  • House GOP bill would lock the poor out of food stamps if they don't work

    House GOP bill would lock the poor out of food stamps if they don't work

    Thursday, April 12 2018 6:35 PM EDT2018-04-12 22:35:56 GMT
    12 APR 18 18:02 ET Tami Luhby     (CNN Money) -- Many food stamp recipients could be locked out of the program for up to three years if they fail to work or enroll in job training, under a bill proposed by House Republicans seeking to overhaul the government benefit. The provision, one of several contained in the controversial House farm bill that lawmakers unveiled Thursday, would ratchet up the pressure on low-income Americans to find jobs. Work requirements a...More >>
    12 APR 18 18:02 ET Tami Luhby     (CNN Money) -- Many food stamp recipients could be locked out of the program for up to three years if they fail to work or enroll in job training, under a bill proposed by House Republicans seeking to overhaul the government benefit. The provision, one of several contained in the controversial House farm bill that lawmakers unveiled Thursday, would ratchet up the pressure on low-income Americans to find jobs. Work requirements a...More >>
  • MSSU Receives 3D Printers From A Joplin Start-Up

    MSSU Receives 3D Printers From A Joplin Start-Up

    Thursday, April 12 2018 6:03 PM EDT2018-04-12 22:03:51 GMT
    New technology is donated to Missouri Southern State University. The Joplin start-up company NemoTech donated three Nautilus 3D printers to MSSU. The company's co-founder, Mike Parrot, spent close to 30 years at Eagle Picher before opening his own business. "They're going to be able to take this technology and do wonderful things with it and what we're hoping to do is to potentially hire these people because we want to set up manufacturing here in Joplin," said Parro...More >>
    New technology is donated to Missouri Southern State University. The Joplin start-up company NemoTech donated three Nautilus 3D printers to MSSU. The company's co-founder, Mike Parrot, spent close to 30 years at Eagle Picher before opening his own business. "They're going to be able to take this technology and do wonderful things with it and what we're hoping to do is to potentially hire these people because we want to set up manufacturing here in Joplin," said Parro...More >>
  • 5 things for April 12: White House, Facebook, Pope Francis, plane crash, Gulf Stream

    5 things for April 12: White House, Facebook, Pope Francis, plane crash, Gulf Stream

    Thursday, April 12 2018 5:20 PM EDT2018-04-12 21:20:18 GMT
    12 APR 18 06:12 ET By Doug Criss, CNN     (CNN) -- Airlines may soon offer an exciting new class of travel, as long as you're OK sleeping ... in the cargo hold. Here's what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door. (You can also get "5 Things You Need to Know Today" delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.) 1. White House There's just SO MUCH NEWS swirling around 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Let's try to get our arms around ...More >>
    12 APR 18 06:12 ET By Doug Criss, CNN     (CNN) -- Airlines may soon offer an exciting new class of travel, as long as you're OK sleeping ... in the cargo hold. Here's what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door. (You can also get "5 Things You Need to Know Today" delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.) 1. White House There's just SO MUCH NEWS swirling around 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Let's try to get our arms around ...More >>
  • Joplin Businessman Calls For Governor's Resignation.

    Joplin Businessman Calls For Governor's Resignation.

    Thursday, April 12 2018 5:05 PM EDT2018-04-12 21:05:08 GMT
        Joplin business leader David Humphreys is calling for Missouri Governor Eric Greitens to resign following allegations that Greitens used physical violence against a woman with whom he was having an extramarital affair.     David Humphreys is an executive at TAMKO Building Products in Joplin. Both he and his family were among top donors to Greitens' 2016 election campaign. Humphreys alone gave Greitens $1.275 million.     In a Thursday statem...More >>
        Joplin business leader David Humphreys is calling for Missouri Governor Eric Greitens to resign following allegations that Greitens used physical violence against a woman with whom he was having an extramarital affair.     David Humphreys is an executive at TAMKO Building Products in Joplin. Both he and his family were among top donors to Greitens' 2016 election campaign. Humphreys alone gave Greitens $1.275 million.     In a Thursday statem...More >>
  • Greitens' Attorneys Accuse Prosecutors Of Misconduct

    Greitens' Attorneys Accuse Prosecutors Of Misconduct

    Thursday, April 12 2018 5:03 PM EDT2018-04-12 21:03:19 GMT
         Attorneys for Missouri Governor Eric Greitens are asking a judge to dismiss a criminal indictment against him while accusing prosecutors of misconduct.      A judge says he's considering what he described as serious allegations of perjury and dishonesty against the prosecutors.     Greitens' lawyers say prosecutors withheld a video interview of a woman with whom he had an affair.     In court Thursday, Greitens' attorney...More >>
         Attorneys for Missouri Governor Eric Greitens are asking a judge to dismiss a criminal indictment against him while accusing prosecutors of misconduct.      A judge says he's considering what he described as serious allegations of perjury and dishonesty against the prosecutors.     Greitens' lawyers say prosecutors withheld a video interview of a woman with whom he had an affair.     In court Thursday, Greitens' attorney...More >>
  • KS Chamber Hosts Forums for Vision 2025 - May 8

    KS Chamber Hosts Forums for Vision 2025 - May 8

    Thursday, April 12 2018 2:44 PM EDT2018-04-12 18:44:26 GMT
    Southeast Kansas will play host to forums aimed at getting public input for the state's strategic plan. The Kansas Chamber is hosting its second round of regional forums to get feedback for Vision 2025, an action plan for the state. The forums will be a round-table discussion. Chamber officials are looking for feedback that can be used in the development of the action plan. On May 8th, Kansas Chamber representatives will be in Iola at Allen County Community College from 9:00 a.m...More >>
    Southeast Kansas will play host to forums aimed at getting public input for the state's strategic plan. The Kansas Chamber is hosting its second round of regional forums to get feedback for Vision 2025, an action plan for the state. The forums will be a round-table discussion. Chamber officials are looking for feedback that can be used in the development of the action plan. On May 8th, Kansas Chamber representatives will be in Iola at Allen County Community College from 9:00 a.m...More >>
  • Carthage Food Truck Friday - April-September

    Carthage Food Truck Friday - April-September

    Thursday, April 12 2018 1:53 PM EDT2018-04-12 17:53:55 GMT
    Food Truck Friday returns to Central Park in Carthage, MO. The event is held on the second Friday of each month from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Carthage Central Park (714 S. Garrison). There are plenty of options from ghetto tacos, desserts, pastries, pizza, shaved ice to meats and more. Food Truck Friday was created in 2016 by Caleb Stiles, mobile food chef of The Lunch Boxtruck. Stiles, the Carthage Convention and Visitor's Bureau and the Food Truck Friday committee organi...More >>
    Food Truck Friday returns to Central Park in Carthage, MO. The event is held on the second Friday of each month from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Carthage Central Park (714 S. Garrison). There are plenty of options from ghetto tacos, desserts, pastries, pizza, shaved ice to meats and more. Food Truck Friday was created in 2016 by Caleb Stiles, mobile food chef of The Lunch Boxtruck. Stiles, the Carthage Convention and Visitor's Bureau and the Food Truck Friday committee organi...More >>
  • Kansas to post mug shots of people owing back child support

    Kansas to post mug shots of people owing back child support

    Kansas to post mug shots of people owing back child support

    Wednesday, April 11 2018 8:19 PM EDT2018-04-12 00:19:51 GMT
    From Associated Press - TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas plans to post mug shots of people who owe back child support in an effort to shame them into paying or get tips on their location. The Wichita Eagle reports the program called Child Support Evaders features a website hosted on the Kansas Department for Children and Families showing people who owe more than $5,000 in late support. It includes their name, photo, amount owed, number of children owed support. It also allows the public t...More >>
    From Associated Press - TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas plans to post mug shots of people who owe back child support in an effort to shame them into paying or get tips on their location. The Wichita Eagle reports the program called Child Support Evaders features a website hosted on the Kansas Department for Children and Families showing people who owe more than $5,000 in late support. It includes their name, photo, amount owed, number of children owed support. It also allows the public t...More >>
  • Charges filed in killing of Kansas City attorney

    Charges filed in killing of Kansas City attorney

    Charges filed in killing of Kansas City attorney

    Wednesday, April 11 2018 8:18 PM EDT2018-04-12 00:18:59 GMT
    From Associated Press - KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Authorities say an 80-year-old man who had lost a $5.75 million lawsuit to Kansas City attorney Tom Pickert has been charged in his death. The Kansas City Star reports David Jungerman was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder and armed criminal action. Pickert was found shot to death Oct. 25 on the front porch of his home. It was not immediately clear if Jungerman has an attorney yet. A probable cause affidavit says Jungerman ac...More >>
    From Associated Press - KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Authorities say an 80-year-old man who had lost a $5.75 million lawsuit to Kansas City attorney Tom Pickert has been charged in his death. The Kansas City Star reports David Jungerman was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder and armed criminal action. Pickert was found shot to death Oct. 25 on the front porch of his home. It was not immediately clear if Jungerman has an attorney yet. A probable cause affidavit says Jungerman ac...More >>
  • President Trump nominates 2 to judicial posts in Oklahoma

    President Trump nominates 2 to judicial posts in Oklahoma

    President Trump nominates 2 to judicial posts in Oklahoma

    Wednesday, April 11 2018 8:17 PM EDT2018-04-12 00:17:57 GMT
    From Associated Press - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - President Trump is nominating an Oklahoma Supreme Court justice and a Tulsa lawyer to federal judgeships. Trump on Tuesday nominated Judge Patrick Wyrick as a U.S. district judge for the western district of Oklahoma and attorney John O'Connor as district judge for courts in the eastern, northern and western districts of the state. Wyrick was named to the state Supreme Court in February 2017 after six years as solicitor general in the Okl...More >>
    From Associated Press - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - President Trump is nominating an Oklahoma Supreme Court justice and a Tulsa lawyer to federal judgeships. Trump on Tuesday nominated Judge Patrick Wyrick as a U.S. district judge for the western district of Oklahoma and attorney John O'Connor as district judge for courts in the eastern, northern and western districts of the state. Wyrick was named to the state Supreme Court in February 2017 after six years as solicitor general in the Okl...More >>
  • Kansas AG seeks to bar out-of-state gubernatorial candidates

    Kansas AG seeks to bar out-of-state gubernatorial candidates

    Kansas AG seeks to bar out-of-state gubernatorial candidates

    Wednesday, April 11 2018 8:16 PM EDT2018-04-12 00:16:56 GMT
    From Associated Press - TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas is seeking to put the brakes on out-of-state gubernatorial candidates after 10 people living outside its borders took the initial steps to run. The Kansas City Star reports that Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced Tuesday that he's filed a lawsuit as part of an effort to keep non-residents out of the race. He said in a statement that it appears lawmakers always intended candidates for Kansas governor to reside in the sta...More >>
    From Associated Press - TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas is seeking to put the brakes on out-of-state gubernatorial candidates after 10 people living outside its borders took the initial steps to run. The Kansas City Star reports that Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced Tuesday that he's filed a lawsuit as part of an effort to keep non-residents out of the race. He said in a statement that it appears lawmakers always intended candidates for Kansas governor to reside in the sta...More >>
  • USDA Releases Food Safety Tips for Spring Gatherings

    USDA Releases Food Safety Tips for Spring Gatherings

    Wednesday, April 11 2018 7:08 PM EDT2018-04-11 23:08:58 GMT
    USDA Offers Food Safety Tips to Avoid Foodborne Illness While Celebrating at Spring Gatherings   USDA Office of Communications Press (202) 720-9113 Consumer Inquiries (888) 674-6854   WASHINGTON, April 10, 2018 — Spring is finally here. It has been a long wait, but warmer temperatures bring events like weddings, graduations and holiday celebrations. These events bring together groups of people to enjoy considerable amounts of delicious and often tradition...More >>
    USDA Offers Food Safety Tips to Avoid Foodborne Illness While Celebrating at Spring Gatherings   USDA Office of Communications Press (202) 720-9113 Consumer Inquiries (888) 674-6854   WASHINGTON, April 10, 2018 — Spring is finally here. It has been a long wait, but warmer temperatures bring events like weddings, graduations and holiday celebrations. These events bring together groups of people to enjoy considerable amounts of delicious and often tradition...More >>
  • Oil prices jump to highest level since 2014 amid Middle East tensions

    Oil prices jump to highest level since 2014 amid Middle East tensions

    Wednesday, April 11 2018 1:21 PM EDT2018-04-11 17:21:49 GMT
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    Oil prices jumped to their highest level since 2014 Wednesday, as worries about fighting in the Middle East spooked markets. The day began with President Donald Trump tweeting to threaten a missile attack on Syria in response to reports of a chemical attack by government forces there earlier this week. Later, Saudi Arabia's air defense reported that it intercepted missiles heading towards its capital Riyadh. Saudi Arabia has been defe...

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    Oil prices jumped to their highest level since 2014 Wednesday, as worries about fighting in the Middle East spooked markets. The day began with President Donald Trump tweeting to threaten a missile attack on Syria in response to reports of a chemical attack by government forces there earlier this week. Later, Saudi Arabia's air defense reported that it intercepted missiles heading towards its capital Riyadh. Saudi Arabia has been defe...

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  • Neosho Missouri Invites Visitors For Dogwood Tour

    Neosho Missouri Invites Visitors For Dogwood Tour

    Tuesday, April 10 2018 10:39 PM EDT2018-04-11 02:39:51 GMT

    The Dogwood trees are starting to bloom and Neosho Missouri has plenty of them scattered across its hills and hollows.  Now the community invites you to take a look      The Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce and the Neosho Rotary Club are sponsoring the 57th Annual Neosho Dogwood Tour.  It's a free, self-guided tour.                Tour maps and Dogwood information are available at the Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce or on...

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    The Dogwood trees are starting to bloom and Neosho Missouri has plenty of them scattered across its hills and hollows.  Now the community invites you to take a look      The Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce and the Neosho Rotary Club are sponsoring the 57th Annual Neosho Dogwood Tour.  It's a free, self-guided tour.                Tour maps and Dogwood information are available at the Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce or on...

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  • Kansas could provide free ACT testing for high schoolers

    Kansas could provide free ACT testing for high schoolers

    Kansas could provide free ACT testing for high schoolers

    Wednesday, April 11 2018 6:56 PM EDT2018-04-11 22:56:59 GMT
    From Associated Press - TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas could soon provide free college admission testing to its high school students. A provision in a school finance bill approved by legislators would set aside $2.8 million for one ACT test and three WorkKeys vocational assessments for each student statewide. Republican Sen. Molly Baumgardner of Louisburg said Tuesday that ACT tests are critical to college applications but are often too expensive for some students. The State Departmen...More >>
    From Associated Press - TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas could soon provide free college admission testing to its high school students. A provision in a school finance bill approved by legislators would set aside $2.8 million for one ACT test and three WorkKeys vocational assessments for each student statewide. Republican Sen. Molly Baumgardner of Louisburg said Tuesday that ACT tests are critical to college applications but are often too expensive for some students. The State Departmen...More >>
  • Missouri to receive $100 million in disaster relief

    Missouri to receive $100 million in disaster relief

    Missouri to receive $100 million in disaster relief

    Tuesday, April 10 2018 7:54 PM EDT2018-04-10 23:54:36 GMT
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    From Associated Press - JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri will receive more than $100 million in federal funds for disaster relief in response to severe flooding across the state during the past few years. The money, announced Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, is part of a Community Development Block Grant. A little more than half of the money, $58.5 million, will go toward fixing bridges, roads and other rebuilding projects. More than $41 million w...More >>
    From Associated Press - JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri will receive more than $100 million in federal funds for disaster relief in response to severe flooding across the state during the past few years. The money, announced Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, is part of a Community Development Block Grant. A little more than half of the money, $58.5 million, will go toward fixing bridges, roads and other rebuilding projects. More than $41 million w...More >>
  • Missouri bill would make changes to sex offender registry

    Missouri bill would make changes to sex offender registry

    Missouri bill would make changes to sex offender registry

    Tuesday, April 10 2018 7:53 PM EDT2018-04-10 23:53:23 GMT
    From Associated Press - JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Sex offenders convicted of lower-level crimes would be able to petition to have their names removed from a state registry under a bill that a Senate committee is considering. The Columbia Missourian reports that Republican Rep. Kurt Bahr's bill already has passed the House. It would create a tiered system, similar to what the federal government uses, to make it possible for people who have committed an offense that falls into the fi...More >>
    From Associated Press - JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Sex offenders convicted of lower-level crimes would be able to petition to have their names removed from a state registry under a bill that a Senate committee is considering. The Columbia Missourian reports that Republican Rep. Kurt Bahr's bill already has passed the House. It would create a tiered system, similar to what the federal government uses, to make it possible for people who have committed an offense that falls into the fi...More >>
  • Volunteer Open House at George Washington Carver National Monument

    Volunteer Open House at George Washington Carver National Monument

    Volunteer Open House at George Washington Carver National Monument

    Tuesday, April 10 2018 6:44 PM EDT2018-04-10 22:44:07 GMT
    Diamond, Missouri - In celebration of National Volunteer Week, George Washington Carver National Monument is hosting a volunteer sign up. It was the spirit of volunteerism that motivated citizens to begin a grass roots campaign in support of the establishment of George Washington Carver National Monument 75 years ago, making it the first national park designated to honor an African American. That spirit of advocacy and service continues as volunteers from the local community help...More >>
    Diamond, Missouri - In celebration of National Volunteer Week, George Washington Carver National Monument is hosting a volunteer sign up. It was the spirit of volunteerism that motivated citizens to begin a grass roots campaign in support of the establishment of George Washington Carver National Monument 75 years ago, making it the first national park designated to honor an African American. That spirit of advocacy and service continues as volunteers from the local community help...More >>
  • Life-threatening bleeding linked to synthetic cannabinoids, CDC warns

    Life-threatening bleeding linked to synthetic cannabinoids, CDC warns

    Tuesday, April 10 2018 6:02 PM EDT2018-04-10 22:02:29 GMT
    06 APR 18 15:34 ET By Susan Scutti, CNN (CNN) -- A warning about life-threatening bleeding linked to use of synthetic cannabinoids -- commonly known as fake weed or spice -- was issued by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday after two deaths and dozens of patients appearing in ERs with serious unexplained bleeding. A total of 94 people -- 89 in Illinois, two in Indiana and one each in Maryland, Missouri and Wisconsin -- were seen in emergency department...More >>
    06 APR 18 15:34 ET By Susan Scutti, CNN (CNN) -- A warning about life-threatening bleeding linked to use of synthetic cannabinoids -- commonly known as fake weed or spice -- was issued by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday after two deaths and dozens of patients appearing in ERs with serious unexplained bleeding. A total of 94 people -- 89 in Illinois, two in Indiana and one each in Maryland, Missouri and Wisconsin -- were seen in emergency department...More >>
  • Woman dies after being given formaldehyde instead of saline

    Woman dies after being given formaldehyde instead of saline

    Tuesday, April 10 2018 5:16 PM EDT2018-04-10 21:16:41 GMT
    10 APR 18 15:49 ET By Susan Scutti, CNN     (CNN) -- It's a familiar nightmare for many people: becoming the victim of a medical mistake. Ekaterina Fedyaeva, 28, experienced that nightmare after a diagnosis of ovarian cysts, small fluid-filled sacs that usually prove to be harmless, causing no symptoms and disappearing on their own. However, some women require an operation to remove them. Fedyaeva, whose doctors felt removal of her cysts would better prepare he...More >>
    10 APR 18 15:49 ET By Susan Scutti, CNN     (CNN) -- It's a familiar nightmare for many people: becoming the victim of a medical mistake. Ekaterina Fedyaeva, 28, experienced that nightmare after a diagnosis of ovarian cysts, small fluid-filled sacs that usually prove to be harmless, causing no symptoms and disappearing on their own. However, some women require an operation to remove them. Fedyaeva, whose doctors felt removal of her cysts would better prepare he...More >>
  • Changing Ad Preferences on Facebook

    Changing Ad Preferences on Facebook

    Tuesday, April 10 2018 4:41 PM EDT2018-04-10 20:41:35 GMT
    Go to the Facebook app- Click the menu button in the upper right hand corner- click Account Settings- Ads- Your Information-  Review and Manage your Categories- touch the menu button on the right side of each category- hit Remove Category.  A similar process is required on the desktop version of Facebook.   More >>
    Go to the Facebook app- Click the menu button in the upper right hand corner- click Account Settings- Ads- Your Information-  Review and Manage your Categories- touch the menu button on the right side of each category- hit Remove Category.  A similar process is required on the desktop version of Facebook.   More >>
  • National Drug Take Back Day - April 28

    National Drug Take Back Day - April 28

    Tuesday, April 10 2018 4:27 PM EDT2018-04-10 20:27:44 GMT

    Area law enforcement agencies will participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. https://takebackday.dea.gov/ The DEA's National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is an effort to address the public safety and health issue of abused prescription drugs. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs. That abuse could lead to addiction and overdose deaths. In October of 2017, nearly 5,000 la...

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    Area law enforcement agencies will participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. https://takebackday.dea.gov/ The DEA's National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is an effort to address the public safety and health issue of abused prescription drugs. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs. That abuse could lead to addiction and overdose deaths. In October of 2017, nearly 5,000 la...

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  • Brain effects of 'hottest pepper in the world' put man in hospital

    Brain effects of 'hottest pepper in the world' put man in hospital

    Tuesday, April 10 2018 2:40 PM EDT2018-04-10 18:40:29 GMT

    10 APR 18 13:32 ET By Mark Lieber, CNN (CNN) -- What happened to a contestant in a hot-pepper-eating contest may give spicy food aficionados one more reason to "fear the reaper," according to a recent case report. The 34-year-old man, who was not identified, experienced a series of intense headaches and dry heaving after eating a Carolina Reaper, reportedly the hottest pepper in the world, during the contest in New York. The man developed excruciating pain in his h...

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    10 APR 18 13:32 ET By Mark Lieber, CNN (CNN) -- What happened to a contestant in a hot-pepper-eating contest may give spicy food aficionados one more reason to "fear the reaper," according to a recent case report. The 34-year-old man, who was not identified, experienced a series of intense headaches and dry heaving after eating a Carolina Reaper, reportedly the hottest pepper in the world, during the contest in New York. The man developed excruciating pain in his h...

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  • The biggest Black Lives Matter page on Facebook is fake

    The biggest Black Lives Matter page on Facebook is fake

    Tuesday, April 10 2018 2:41 PM EDT2018-04-10 18:41:33 GMT

    The biggest Black Lives Matter page on Facebook is fake 09 APR 18 16:59 ET Donie O'Sullivan     (CNN Money) -- For at least a year, the biggest page on Facebook purporting to be part of the Black Lives Matter movement was a scam with ties to a middle-aged white man in Australia, a review of the page and associated accounts and websites conducted by CNN shows. The page, titled simply "Black Lives Matter," had almost 700,000 followers on Facebook, more ...

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    The biggest Black Lives Matter page on Facebook is fake 09 APR 18 16:59 ET Donie O'Sullivan     (CNN Money) -- For at least a year, the biggest page on Facebook purporting to be part of the Black Lives Matter movement was a scam with ties to a middle-aged white man in Australia, a review of the page and associated accounts and websites conducted by CNN shows. The page, titled simply "Black Lives Matter," had almost 700,000 followers on Facebook, more ...

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  • SONIC Drive-In Asks For Help For Local Teachers

    SONIC Drive-In Asks For Help For Local Teachers

    Tuesday, April 10 2018 1:00 PM EDT2018-04-10 17:00:42 GMT
    SONIC Drive-In asks for help raising money for Joplin public school teachers. SONIC Drive-In has agreed to match all donations made to Joplin-based teacher projects dollar for dollar, up to $25,000 through a partnership with DonorsChoose.org. The funds will help teachers get supplies to help their students learn. To help support Joplin teachers, click this link.  You'll be directed to a webpage that lists all of the eligible teacher projects in Joplin. You can donate a...More >>
    SONIC Drive-In asks for help raising money for Joplin public school teachers. SONIC Drive-In has agreed to match all donations made to Joplin-based teacher projects dollar for dollar, up to $25,000 through a partnership with DonorsChoose.org. The funds will help teachers get supplies to help their students learn. To help support Joplin teachers, click this link.  You'll be directed to a webpage that lists all of the eligible teacher projects in Joplin. You can donate a...More >>
  • Company Expands in SEK Bringing 100+ Jobs

    Company Expands in SEK Bringing 100+ Jobs

    Tuesday, April 10 2018 12:31 PM EDT2018-04-10 16:31:47 GMT
    Flow International relocates operations to Baxter Springs, Kansas. Flow International Corporation, a Shape Technologies Group (SHAPE) company, manufactures pumps and waterjet cutting products for various industries. It's relocating its manufacturing and operations functions from Kent, Washington to its KMT Waterjet plant in Baxter Springs. The KMT Waterjet plan will be rebranded as a Shape Technologies Group site. The company said one of the primary reasons for the decision is t...More >>
    Flow International relocates operations to Baxter Springs, Kansas. Flow International Corporation, a Shape Technologies Group (SHAPE) company, manufactures pumps and waterjet cutting products for various industries. It's relocating its manufacturing and operations functions from Kent, Washington to its KMT Waterjet plant in Baxter Springs. The KMT Waterjet plan will be rebranded as a Shape Technologies Group site. The company said one of the primary reasons for the decision is t...More >>
  • Slideshow-Crowder College Career Fair

    Slideshow-Crowder College Career Fair

    Slideshow-Crowder College Career Fair

    Tuesday, April 10 2018 3:38 PM EDT2018-04-10 19:38:52 GMT

    More than 30 businesses showcased its' opportunities at Crowder College Career Fair.  Several businesses on hand were able to network with potential employees.  The Career Fair gives students a chance to check out what local industries offer in the four states. 

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    More than 30 businesses showcased its' opportunities at Crowder College Career Fair.  Several businesses on hand were able to network with potential employees.  The Career Fair gives students a chance to check out what local industries offer in the four states. 

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  • Tour Shows Update on Historic Home Restoration

    Tour Shows Update on Historic Home Restoration

    Monday, April 9 2018 7:10 PM EDT2018-04-09 23:10:47 GMT
    A guided tour on Monday (4-9) shows the progression of the Joplin Historical Neighborhood Preservation Project as it turns back the clock to restore iconic Joplin houses. The organization established in 2017 with a mission to preserve and memorialize the Murphysburg Historic District. The Schifferdecker, Carriage and Zelleken homes are all in the process of restoration and are scheduled to be complete by the end of the year. The organizers see this as a way for the city to show off a ...More >>
    A guided tour on Monday (4-9) shows the progression of the Joplin Historical Neighborhood Preservation Project as it turns back the clock to restore iconic Joplin houses. The organization established in 2017 with a mission to preserve and memorialize the Murphysburg Historic District. The Schifferdecker, Carriage and Zelleken homes are all in the process of restoration and are scheduled to be complete by the end of the year. The organizers see this as a way for the city to show off a ...More >>
  • 37th Annual Inge Theater Festival - May 9 - 12

    37th Annual Inge Theater Festival - May 9 - 12

    Monday, April 9 2018 6:52 PM EDT2018-04-09 22:52:05 GMT
    20 playwrights will showcase their talents at this year's Inge Festival. The playwrights, representing 14 states, will have a public rehearsed reading of their new scripts during the 37th Annual William Inge Theater Festival. The event is May 9th through 12th at Independence Community College in Independence, Kansas. Each year, the Inge Festival New Play Lab connects emerging playwrights with the national theater community. The playwrights receive feedback of their selected subm...More >>
    20 playwrights will showcase their talents at this year's Inge Festival. The playwrights, representing 14 states, will have a public rehearsed reading of their new scripts during the 37th Annual William Inge Theater Festival. The event is May 9th through 12th at Independence Community College in Independence, Kansas. Each year, the Inge Festival New Play Lab connects emerging playwrights with the national theater community. The playwrights receive feedback of their selected subm...More >>
  • Dollar General Opens New Location in Pittsburg

    Dollar General Opens New Location in Pittsburg

    Monday, April 9 2018 6:38 PM EDT2018-04-09 22:38:03 GMT
    Officials are celebrating the opening of a new Dollar General store at 820 W. 4th Street (Hwy 126) in Pittsburg. Store officials say a grand opening will take place on Saturday, April 14th at 8:00 a.m., but the store is already open for business. The April 14th celebration will include gift cards for the first 50 adult shoppers and a tote bag with giveaways for the first 200 shoppers. "Dollar General is committed to delivering a pleasant shopping experience that includes a ...More >>
    Officials are celebrating the opening of a new Dollar General store at 820 W. 4th Street (Hwy 126) in Pittsburg. Store officials say a grand opening will take place on Saturday, April 14th at 8:00 a.m., but the store is already open for business. The April 14th celebration will include gift cards for the first 50 adult shoppers and a tote bag with giveaways for the first 200 shoppers. "Dollar General is committed to delivering a pleasant shopping experience that includes a ...More >>
  • Yellowstone National Park Comes To Lakeside Elementary

    Yellowstone National Park Comes To Lakeside Elementary

    Monday, April 9 2018 5:43 PM EDT2018-04-09 21:43:13 GMT
    Fourth graders at Pittsurg's Lakeside Elementary today became Yellowstone National Park rangers, or at least they simulated the experience. They set up booths where they taught third graders about the park. Exhibits included an Old Faithful model, fossil finding activity and an animal skill display. A grant helped fund several different stations where the kids could learn about the famous national park and it's offerings. The grant for this project came from the Bess Sp...More >>
    Fourth graders at Pittsurg's Lakeside Elementary today became Yellowstone National Park rangers, or at least they simulated the experience. They set up booths where they taught third graders about the park. Exhibits included an Old Faithful model, fossil finding activity and an animal skill display. A grant helped fund several different stations where the kids could learn about the famous national park and it's offerings. The grant for this project came from the Bess Sp...More >>
  • FDA puts restrictions on birth control implant but no recall

    FDA puts restrictions on birth control implant but no recall

    Monday, April 9 2018 4:59 PM EDT2018-04-09 20:59:53 GMT
    BC-US--Birth Control Implant-Safety,1st Ld-Writethru FDA puts restrictions on birth control implant but no recall Eds: Adds background and detail. With AP Photos. By MATTHEW PERRONE AP Health Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. health officials on Monday placed new restrictions on a permanent contraceptive implant that has been subject to reports of painful complications from thousands of women. But the metal implant, called Essure, will remain on the market. The Food and Drug Administrat...More >>
    BC-US--Birth Control Implant-Safety,1st Ld-Writethru FDA puts restrictions on birth control implant but no recall Eds: Adds background and detail. With AP Photos. By MATTHEW PERRONE AP Health Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. health officials on Monday placed new restrictions on a permanent contraceptive implant that has been subject to reports of painful complications from thousands of women. But the metal implant, called Essure, will remain on the market. The Food and Drug Administrat...More >>
  • Attorney: Federal agents seize documents from Trump lawyer

    Attorney: Federal agents seize documents from Trump lawyer

    Monday, April 9 2018 5:05 PM EDT2018-04-09 21:05:26 GMT

    BC-US--Trump-Russia Probe Attorney: Federal agents seize documents from Trump lawyer Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. By ERIC TUCKER and CHAD DAY Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal agents carrying court-authorized search warrants have seized documents from President Donald Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen. That's according to a statement from Cohen's attorney, Stephen Ryan. He says the search warrants were executed by the office of the U.S. Attorney for Southern Distr...

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    BC-US--Trump-Russia Probe Attorney: Federal agents seize documents from Trump lawyer Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. By ERIC TUCKER and CHAD DAY Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal agents carrying court-authorized search warrants have seized documents from President Donald Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen. That's according to a statement from Cohen's attorney, Stephen Ryan. He says the search warrants were executed by the office of the U.S. Attorney for Southern Distr...

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  • Legislative Round Up: Protections for Whistleblowers

    Legislative Round Up: Protections for Whistleblowers

    Monday, April 9 2018 4:09 PM EDT2018-04-09 20:09:27 GMT

    The Missouri House passes legislation that strengthens protections for whistleblowers. Under current state law, state employees are allowed to release information to the press, and law enforcement which shows the violation of law, mismanagement or waste of funds within a state agency without fear of disciplinary action. In this current bill the scope of that information is expanded to include violation of policy, waste of public resources, alteration of technical findings or com...

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    The Missouri House passes legislation that strengthens protections for whistleblowers. Under current state law, state employees are allowed to release information to the press, and law enforcement which shows the violation of law, mismanagement or waste of funds within a state agency without fear of disciplinary action. In this current bill the scope of that information is expanded to include violation of policy, waste of public resources, alteration of technical findings or com...

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  • Court filing says woman in Greitens' affair unsure of memory

    Court filing says woman in Greitens' affair unsure of memory

    Monday, April 9 2018 3:24 PM EDT2018-04-09 19:24:18 GMT
    BC-US--Missouri Governor-Indicted,3rd Ld-Writethru Court filing says woman in Greitens' affair unsure of memory Eds: With AP Photo. By DAVID A. LIEB Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Attorneys defending Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens against a felony invasion-of-privacy charge have raised new doubts about a key allegation that he took a nonconsensual photo of a partially nude woman with whom he had an affair. In a court filing dated Sunday, Greitens' attorneys say the woman ...More >>
    BC-US--Missouri Governor-Indicted,3rd Ld-Writethru Court filing says woman in Greitens' affair unsure of memory Eds: With AP Photo. By DAVID A. LIEB Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Attorneys defending Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens against a felony invasion-of-privacy charge have raised new doubts about a key allegation that he took a nonconsensual photo of a partially nude woman with whom he had an affair. In a court filing dated Sunday, Greitens' attorneys say the woman ...More >>
  • Church Dedication Celebrates 12 Year Building Effort

    Church Dedication Celebrates 12 Year Building Effort

    Monday, April 9 2018 12:20 AM EDT2018-04-09 04:20:07 GMT

    A construction project twelve years in the making came to fruition Sunday for  First Baptist Church of Joplin.  

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    A construction project twelve years in the making came to fruition Sunday for  First Baptist Church of Joplin.  

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  • Two Die in Montgomery County Head On Crash

    Two Die in Montgomery County Head On Crash

    Monday, April 9 2018 12:12 AM EDT2018-04-09 04:12:41 GMT

    Double fatality in southeast Kansas. 

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    Double fatality in southeast Kansas. 

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  • Police Dog Benefit Car Show

    Police Dog Benefit Car Show

    Sunday, April 8 2018 10:20 PM EDT2018-04-09 02:20:57 GMT
    There were plenty of new and old cars and even a few retired police dogs, at Sunday's Police Dog Benefit Car Show over in Joplin. Besides being a fun time for car enthusiasts, the show also raised money to help pay the medical bills of retired police dogs. K9 cops put their lives on the line just like their masters, but it's not all easy living after they reach retirement. Organizers would like to make this car show for K9 cops an annual event.More >>
    There were plenty of new and old cars and even a few retired police dogs, at Sunday's Police Dog Benefit Car Show over in Joplin. Besides being a fun time for car enthusiasts, the show also raised money to help pay the medical bills of retired police dogs. K9 cops put their lives on the line just like their masters, but it's not all easy living after they reach retirement. Organizers would like to make this car show for K9 cops an annual event.More >>
  • Drum Fun

    Drum Fun

    Sunday, April 8 2018 10:16 PM EDT2018-04-09 02:16:13 GMT

    Drummers from all over the four states came out to the Lincoln Center in Pittsburgh, Sunday. It was all for the fourth annual Drum Diplomats Swap Meet. 

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    Drummers from all over the four states came out to the Lincoln Center in Pittsburgh, Sunday. It was all for the fourth annual Drum Diplomats Swap Meet. 

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  • Community Health Fair

    Community Health Fair

    Saturday, April 7 2018 10:10 PM EDT2018-04-08 02:10:28 GMT
    Healthy living was on people's minds over at the YMCA in Nevada, Missouri on Saturday. They hosted their 14th annual community health fair. Hundreds of attendees showed up for the event, which featured 50 booths as well as blood pressure and cholesterol screenings. One of the event's themes was living in a preventative way, that helps individuals stay out of the hospital with serious medical issues.  There were also some fun prize drawings, with a bike and helmet as t...More >>
    Healthy living was on people's minds over at the YMCA in Nevada, Missouri on Saturday. They hosted their 14th annual community health fair. Hundreds of attendees showed up for the event, which featured 50 booths as well as blood pressure and cholesterol screenings. One of the event's themes was living in a preventative way, that helps individuals stay out of the hospital with serious medical issues.  There were also some fun prize drawings, with a bike and helmet as t...More >>
  • Healthy Kids Day

    Healthy Kids Day

    Saturday, April 7 2018 9:58 PM EDT2018-04-08 01:58:08 GMT

    Close to 500 people showed up for Healthy Kids Day 2018 over at the Joplin YMCA on Saturday. Healthy Kids Day is the Y's national initiative to improve the health and well-being of families across the country.  

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    Close to 500 people showed up for Healthy Kids Day 2018 over at the Joplin YMCA on Saturday. Healthy Kids Day is the Y's national initiative to improve the health and well-being of families across the country.  

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  • Transgender Advocates Hold Workshop At Pitt State

    Transgender Advocates Hold Workshop At Pitt State

    Saturday, April 7 2018 6:34 PM EDT2018-04-07 22:34:44 GMT
    The Kansas Statewide Transgender Education Project, or K-STEP, visits Pittsburg hoping to teach the community what it means to be transgender. In the  workshop held at Pittsburg State, advocates discussed issues facing transgender people in society. Topics ranged from personal stories of discrimination to the biology of a trans person's brain. Another key talking point was ending any negative perceptions of transgender people. A 2016 UCLA study ...More >>
    The Kansas Statewide Transgender Education Project, or K-STEP, visits Pittsburg hoping to teach the community what it means to be transgender. In the  workshop held at Pittsburg State, advocates discussed issues facing transgender people in society. Topics ranged from personal stories of discrimination to the biology of a trans person's brain. Another key talking point was ending any negative perceptions of transgender people. A 2016 UCLA study ...More >>
  • Frontenac Moves And Shakes For MS

    Frontenac Moves And Shakes For MS

    Saturday, April 7 2018 6:26 PM EDT2018-04-07 22:26:45 GMT
    The Hope for MS Foundation held a fundraiser in the fight against multiple sclerosis today in Frontenac, Kansas. Fozens of people showed-up for the sixth annual Move and Shake Zumbathon for MS event. Not only could participants burn calories in the high school gym, they could pick up goodies at the vendor fair. The money will go toward helping people who live with MS; support that can make a big difference in their lives. Event organizer Gina Peak says, "Some...More >>
    The Hope for MS Foundation held a fundraiser in the fight against multiple sclerosis today in Frontenac, Kansas. Fozens of people showed-up for the sixth annual Move and Shake Zumbathon for MS event. Not only could participants burn calories in the high school gym, they could pick up goodies at the vendor fair. The money will go toward helping people who live with MS; support that can make a big difference in their lives. Event organizer Gina Peak says, "Some...More >>
  • Carthage Chooses Winner For Official Maple Leaf Artwork,

    Carthage Chooses Winner For Official Maple Leaf Artwork,

    Friday, April 6 2018 8:02 PM EDT2018-04-07 00:02:23 GMT

    A winner is chosen for an artwork contest in Carthage. Residents got a chance to submit their work for the annual Maple Leaf Festival. The theme this year is “Magic of Maple Leaf” and the Maple Leaf Festival committee chose the work of Mary Jo Little, who happens to be a staffer at the Carthage chamber of commerce. The artwork will appear in coordinating marketing, including the official brochure for the annual city celebration and will also be printed on officia...

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    A winner is chosen for an artwork contest in Carthage. Residents got a chance to submit their work for the annual Maple Leaf Festival. The theme this year is “Magic of Maple Leaf” and the Maple Leaf Festival committee chose the work of Mary Jo Little, who happens to be a staffer at the Carthage chamber of commerce. The artwork will appear in coordinating marketing, including the official brochure for the annual city celebration and will also be printed on officia...

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  • Greitens willing to send troops to border

    Greitens willing to send troops to border

    Greitens willing to send troops to border

    Thursday, April 12 2018 5:03 PM EDT2018-04-12 21:03:18 GMT
    From Associated Press - JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Gov. Eric Greitens is willing to send National Guard troops to the Mexican border if asked by President Donald Trump. "The Governor understands how grave the security situation on our southern border is," Greitens' spokesman Parker Briden said Friday in an email. "The men and women of the Missouri National Guard stand ready to serve." Earlier in the week, Trump directed the Department of Homeland Security and th...More >>
    From Associated Press - JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Gov. Eric Greitens is willing to send National Guard troops to the Mexican border if asked by President Donald Trump. "The Governor understands how grave the security situation on our southern border is," Greitens' spokesman Parker Briden said Friday in an email. "The men and women of the Missouri National Guard stand ready to serve." Earlier in the week, Trump directed the Department of Homeland Security and th...More >>
  • Court rules preventing felon gun ownership constitutional

    Court rules preventing felon gun ownership constitutional

    Court rules preventing felon gun ownership constitutional

    Tuesday, April 10 2018 7:06 PM EDT2018-04-10 23:06:48 GMT
    From Associated Press - JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Supreme Court has ruled that a state law preventing gun ownership by felons doesn't violate their constitutional rights. The Columbia Missourian reports that the majority of the judges found this week that Jack Alpert hadn't proven his case. Court documents say Alpert had pleaded guilty and served time in prison twice for felony controlled substance possession counts in the 1970s. In 1986, he was granted a federal lice...More >>
    From Associated Press - JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Supreme Court has ruled that a state law preventing gun ownership by felons doesn't violate their constitutional rights. The Columbia Missourian reports that the majority of the judges found this week that Jack Alpert hadn't proven his case. Court documents say Alpert had pleaded guilty and served time in prison twice for felony controlled substance possession counts in the 1970s. In 1986, he was granted a federal lice...More >>
  • USGS records 2 small earthquakes in northwest Oklahoma

    USGS records 2 small earthquakes in northwest Oklahoma

    USGS records 2 small earthquakes in northwest Oklahoma

    Friday, April 6 2018 5:53 PM EDT2018-04-06 21:53:18 GMT
    From Associated Press - COVINGTON, Okla. (AP) - The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded three earthquakes in northwest Oklahoma, the largest with a preliminary magnitude of 3.7. The USGS reports the larger quake struck at 10:07 a.m. Friday near Covington. A magnitude 3.1 quake struck two minutes earlier, and a 2.7 magnitude temblor was recorded at 10:21 a.m. in the same area about 56 miles (90 kilometers) northwest of Oklahoma City. Garfield County Emergency Management Director Mik...More >>
    From Associated Press - COVINGTON, Okla. (AP) - The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded three earthquakes in northwest Oklahoma, the largest with a preliminary magnitude of 3.7. The USGS reports the larger quake struck at 10:07 a.m. Friday near Covington. A magnitude 3.1 quake struck two minutes earlier, and a 2.7 magnitude temblor was recorded at 10:21 a.m. in the same area about 56 miles (90 kilometers) northwest of Oklahoma City. Garfield County Emergency Management Director Mik...More >>
  • Coffeyville Police Arrest Suspect in Shooting

    Coffeyville Police Arrest Suspect in Shooting

    Friday, April 6 2018 5:43 PM EDT2018-04-06 21:43:21 GMT
    Police arrest a man in connection with a January shooting in Coffeyville, KS. Authorities say the shooting happened in or around a vehicle parked at 412 E. 4th Street on January 10th, 2018. Police say 60-year-old Donald Collins was shot and taken to the Coffeyville Regional Medical Center and later transferred to St. John's in Tulsa for surgery. Collins did not die. 24-year-old Lester G. Fullard, also known as "Bam", was arrested on April 3rd and charged with attempted...More >>
    Police arrest a man in connection with a January shooting in Coffeyville, KS. Authorities say the shooting happened in or around a vehicle parked at 412 E. 4th Street on January 10th, 2018. Police say 60-year-old Donald Collins was shot and taken to the Coffeyville Regional Medical Center and later transferred to St. John's in Tulsa for surgery. Collins did not die. 24-year-old Lester G. Fullard, also known as "Bam", was arrested on April 3rd and charged with attempted...More >>
  • Kansas AG Calls For School Funding Legislation Before April Break

    Kansas AG Calls For School Funding Legislation Before April Break

    Friday, April 6 2018 5:14 PM EDT2018-04-06 21:14:00 GMT
        Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is pleading with lawmakers to approve a plan for increasing spending on public schools before taking their annual spring break.     Schmidt sent a letter Friday to legislative leaders in both parties to express his "profound concern" that no education funding bill has passed.      The House and Senate have passed rival school funding plans, and negotiators for the two chambers were expecte...More >>
        Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is pleading with lawmakers to approve a plan for increasing spending on public schools before taking their annual spring break.     Schmidt sent a letter Friday to legislative leaders in both parties to express his "profound concern" that no education funding bill has passed.      The House and Senate have passed rival school funding plans, and negotiators for the two chambers were expecte...More >>
  • Kansas License Plates Undergo Changes

    Kansas License Plates Undergo Changes

    Friday, April 6 2018 4:40 PM EDT2018-04-06 20:40:43 GMT
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    New License PlatesNew License Plates
    License plates in Kansas will be getting a makeover. The new plates will flat instead of embossed. The Department of Revenue will stop accepting orders for personalized plates during the transition process, between April 27th and August 1st. "This new process will eliminate the millions of dollars worth of license plate inventory that sits in county offices across the state and often goes unused," Revenue Secretary Sam Williams said. "Plus, personalized plate cust...More >>
    License plates in Kansas will be getting a makeover. The new plates will flat instead of embossed. The Department of Revenue will stop accepting orders for personalized plates during the transition process, between April 27th and August 1st. "This new process will eliminate the millions of dollars worth of license plate inventory that sits in county offices across the state and often goes unused," Revenue Secretary Sam Williams said. "Plus, personalized plate cust...More >>
  • Slideshow: Boys and Girls Club Hosts OK Students During Walkout

    Slideshow: Boys and Girls Club Hosts OK Students During Walkout

    Friday, April 6 2018 5:55 PM EDT2018-04-06 21:55:07 GMT

    The Boys and Girls Club of Southwest Missouri in Joplin hosts more than 100 kids from Ottawa County, Oklahoma schools. Some Oklahoma schools are closed due to a teacher walkout for more education funding and pay. There were plenty of activities for the kids, even ice cream sundaes! The Boys and Girls Club picked the students up from their site in Miami, OK and drove them to Joplin and back.

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    The Boys and Girls Club of Southwest Missouri in Joplin hosts more than 100 kids from Ottawa County, Oklahoma schools. Some Oklahoma schools are closed due to a teacher walkout for more education funding and pay. There were plenty of activities for the kids, even ice cream sundaes! The Boys and Girls Club picked the students up from their site in Miami, OK and drove them to Joplin and back.

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  • Oklahoma Photographer Featured At Joplin Art Walk

    Oklahoma Photographer Featured At Joplin Art Walk

    Friday, April 6 2018 12:41 AM EDT2018-04-06 04:41:27 GMT
       Joplin's "First Thursday Art Walk" included the works of an award-winning photographer.     Oklahoma native Michael Louthan set up in the "Urban Art Gallery."       "I live in Oklahoma. We're not really known for some big scenic vistas, but we are know for wide open spaces," Louthan said. "So, for me it's enjoyable to go out, take my camera, try to capture that and put it on a canvas or a piece of photo...More >>
       Joplin's "First Thursday Art Walk" included the works of an award-winning photographer.     Oklahoma native Michael Louthan set up in the "Urban Art Gallery."       "I live in Oklahoma. We're not really known for some big scenic vistas, but we are know for wide open spaces," Louthan said. "So, for me it's enjoyable to go out, take my camera, try to capture that and put it on a canvas or a piece of photo...More >>
  • Oklahoma Lawmakers Will Consider More School Funding

    Oklahoma Lawmakers Will Consider More School Funding

    Thursday, April 5 2018 10:52 PM EDT2018-04-06 02:52:25 GMT
        Oklahoma GOP leaders say lawmakers will take up money-raising bills Friday -- a rarity for Oklahoma lawmakers who typically don't go to the Capitol on the final day of the workweek. But a top teachers union leader said Thursday that he did not believe the measures under consideration would be enough to prevent a teacher walkout from stretching into next week.     Oklahoma Education Association Executive Director David Duvall said Thursday that un...More >>
        Oklahoma GOP leaders say lawmakers will take up money-raising bills Friday -- a rarity for Oklahoma lawmakers who typically don't go to the Capitol on the final day of the workweek. But a top teachers union leader said Thursday that he did not believe the measures under consideration would be enough to prevent a teacher walkout from stretching into next week.     Oklahoma Education Association Executive Director David Duvall said Thursday that un...More >>
  • Local Children's Advocacy Center Receives $10,000

    Local Children's Advocacy Center Receives $10,000

    Thursday, April 5 2018 7:04 PM EDT2018-04-05 23:04:05 GMT
    Pittsburg's Children's Advocacy Center receives a $10,000 donation to continue it's mission in child abuse response and prevention through training, program development, advocacy and leadership.More >>
    Pittsburg's Children's Advocacy Center receives a $10,000 donation to continue it's mission in child abuse response and prevention through training, program development, advocacy and leadership.More >>
  • Kendall Packaging Hosts Open House

    Kendall Packaging Hosts Open House

    Thursday, April 5 2018 7:04 PM EDT2018-04-05 23:04:05 GMT
    Kendall Packaging Corporation holds an open house Thursday (April 5th) to unveil expansions at its plant in Pittsburg.  The $10 million expansion added 60,000 square feet which include new offices, a workout facility and it creates an opportunity for 18 new jobs.  The expansion is expected to increase production output at the facility by 60 percent.  Officials say the Wisconsin-based company has been around since 1948 with deep roots in the Pittsburg community.More >>
    Kendall Packaging Corporation holds an open house Thursday (April 5th) to unveil expansions at its plant in Pittsburg.  The $10 million expansion added 60,000 square feet which include new offices, a workout facility and it creates an opportunity for 18 new jobs.  The expansion is expected to increase production output at the facility by 60 percent.  Officials say the Wisconsin-based company has been around since 1948 with deep roots in the Pittsburg community.More >>
  • Greitens says ethics panel picks to come soon

    Greitens says ethics panel picks to come soon

    Greitens says ethics panel picks to come soon

    Thursday, April 12 2018 5:03 PM EDT2018-04-12 21:03:17 GMT
    From Associated Press - JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Latest on an ethics complaint against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (all times local): A spokesman for Gov. Eric Greitens says he hopes to nominate new members to the Missouri Ethics Commission next week. Vacancies on the commission mean it has too few members to meet with a quorum. The committee has before it a complaint about whether Greitens' gubernatorial campaign told the truth about how it gained access to a list of donors....More >>
    From Associated Press - JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Latest on an ethics complaint against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (all times local): A spokesman for Gov. Eric Greitens says he hopes to nominate new members to the Missouri Ethics Commission next week. Vacancies on the commission mean it has too few members to meet with a quorum. The committee has before it a complaint about whether Greitens' gubernatorial campaign told the truth about how it gained access to a list of donors....More >>
  • Oklahoma governor names Judge Richard Darby to Supreme Court

    Oklahoma governor names Judge Richard Darby to Supreme Court

    Oklahoma governor names Judge Richard Darby to Supreme Court

    Thursday, April 5 2018 5:31 PM EDT2018-04-05 21:31:45 GMT
    From Associated Press - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has appointed state District Judge Richard Darby to fill a vacancy on the state Supreme Court. Darby, who's been a judge in Oklahoma for more than 30 years, was named Thursday to succeed former Justice Joseph Watt, who retired last year. Darby, of Altus, has served as a district judge in Jackson, Kiowa, Tillman, Greer and Harmon counties since 1994. Before that, he served as a special judge and an associate dist...More >>
    From Associated Press - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has appointed state District Judge Richard Darby to fill a vacancy on the state Supreme Court. Darby, who's been a judge in Oklahoma for more than 30 years, was named Thursday to succeed former Justice Joseph Watt, who retired last year. Darby, of Altus, has served as a district judge in Jackson, Kiowa, Tillman, Greer and Harmon counties since 1994. Before that, he served as a special judge and an associate dist...More >>
  • Missouri committee rejects medical marijuana bill

    Missouri committee rejects medical marijuana bill

    Missouri committee rejects medical marijuana bill

    Thursday, April 5 2018 5:30 PM EDT2018-04-05 21:30:33 GMT
    From Associated Press - JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri House committee has rejected a bill meant to give terminally ill patients access to medical marijuana. The Columbia Missourian reports that Republican Rep. Jim Neely's bill failed to make it out of the Legislative Oversight Committee on Wednesday. New Approach Missouri is a group campaigning to legalize medical cannabis in Missouri. Spokesman Jack Cardetti says the organization didn't endorse the bill because the group h...More >>
    From Associated Press - JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri House committee has rejected a bill meant to give terminally ill patients access to medical marijuana. The Columbia Missourian reports that Republican Rep. Jim Neely's bill failed to make it out of the Legislative Oversight Committee on Wednesday. New Approach Missouri is a group campaigning to legalize medical cannabis in Missouri. Spokesman Jack Cardetti says the organization didn't endorse the bill because the group h...More >>
  • Civil War artifacts stolen from Missouri museum

    Civil War artifacts stolen from Missouri museum

    Civil War artifacts stolen from Missouri museum

    Thursday, April 5 2018 5:28 PM EDT2018-04-05 21:28:43 GMT
    From Associated Press - SEDALIA, Mo. (AP) - Authorities say several thousand dollars-worth of Civil War artifacts have been stolen from a small Missouri museum. Sedalia police said in a news release that a Pettis County Museum official told police that he tracked missing items, including a surgical kit, firearms and sword, to a Tennessee collector. The collector told police he had purchased the artifacts from a man who volunteered at the museum until the fall of 2017. The release sa...More >>
    From Associated Press - SEDALIA, Mo. (AP) - Authorities say several thousand dollars-worth of Civil War artifacts have been stolen from a small Missouri museum. Sedalia police said in a news release that a Pettis County Museum official told police that he tracked missing items, including a surgical kit, firearms and sword, to a Tennessee collector. The collector told police he had purchased the artifacts from a man who volunteered at the museum until the fall of 2017. The release sa...More >>
  • Authorities Warn of Re-Emerging Scams

    Authorities Warn of Re-Emerging Scams

    Thursday, April 5 2018 3:23 PM EDT2018-04-05 19:23:38 GMT
    The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office warns residents of re-emerging scams. One scam involves a thief pretending to be a Publisher's Clearing House representative telling the victim they won a huge prize. But to get the prize, the victim is told they first have to pay the taxes or processing fees associated with the prize. The thief tells the victim to go to a store and get a pre-paid gift card and give them information from the card. They may also ask you to send the mone...More >>
    The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office warns residents of re-emerging scams. One scam involves a thief pretending to be a Publisher's Clearing House representative telling the victim they won a huge prize. But to get the prize, the victim is told they first have to pay the taxes or processing fees associated with the prize. The thief tells the victim to go to a store and get a pre-paid gift card and give them information from the card. They may also ask you to send the mone...More >>
  • Indicted Oklahoma City officer faces new conspiracy count

    Indicted Oklahoma City officer faces new conspiracy count

    Thursday, April 5 2018 12:56 PM EDT2018-04-05 16:56:10 GMT
    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma City police officer charged with concealing a federal crime and lying to investigators looking into an interstate theft ring now faces an additional charge of conspiracy. An indictment filed Tuesday says a grand jury added the conspiracy count against 25-year-old Weston Slater. Slater is one of six people charged with stealing various vehicles in Texas, Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska and bringing them to Oklahoma to sell. Slater has pleaded not gu...More >>
    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma City police officer charged with concealing a federal crime and lying to investigators looking into an interstate theft ring now faces an additional charge of conspiracy. An indictment filed Tuesday says a grand jury added the conspiracy count against 25-year-old Weston Slater. Slater is one of six people charged with stealing various vehicles in Texas, Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska and bringing them to Oklahoma to sell. Slater has pleaded not gu...More >>
  • Slideshow: Goodman School Groundbreaking

    Slideshow: Goodman School Groundbreaking

    Thursday, April 5 2018 3:15 PM EDT2018-04-05 19:15:24 GMT

    It's been one year since a tornado destroyed the Goodman Elementary School.  Today, April 5, 2018, a musical celebration included the entire Goodman Elementary student body for a groundbreaking. The new school will cost $10.7 million dollars.  The district did not qualify for a FEMA Community Safe Room, but the new school will include a storm shelter for students and staff.  The new construction should be complete in July of 2019.

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    It's been one year since a tornado destroyed the Goodman Elementary School.  Today, April 5, 2018, a musical celebration included the entire Goodman Elementary student body for a groundbreaking. The new school will cost $10.7 million dollars.  The district did not qualify for a FEMA Community Safe Room, but the new school will include a storm shelter for students and staff.  The new construction should be complete in July of 2019.

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  • Missouri Bill Would Cut Income Taxes

    Missouri Bill Would Cut Income Taxes

    Thursday, April 5 2018 1:10 AM EDT2018-04-05 05:10:34 GMT
         A plan to cut income taxes in Missouri has advanced in the House.     House lawmakers gave initial approval to a bill to cut the income tax rate for businesses and most Missourians.     It needs another vote to move to the Senate.     The measure would lower corporate taxes from the current 6.25 percent to 5 percent.     Individual income taxes for most Missourians are already set to gradually go down from...More >>
         A plan to cut income taxes in Missouri has advanced in the House.     House lawmakers gave initial approval to a bill to cut the income tax rate for businesses and most Missourians.     It needs another vote to move to the Senate.     The measure would lower corporate taxes from the current 6.25 percent to 5 percent.     Individual income taxes for most Missourians are already set to gradually go down from...More >>
  • Kansas Governor Says He Would Sign School Funding Bill

    Kansas Governor Says He Would Sign School Funding Bill

    Thursday, April 5 2018 12:50 AM EDT2018-04-05 04:50:52 GMT
         A spokeswoman for Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer says he would sign a public school funding plan approved by the Kansas House if lawmakers sent it to him.     Spokeswoman Kara Fullmer made the comment Wednesday after Colyer praised the House proposal to phase in a roughly $520 million increase in education funding over five years.     But the Senate's two top GOP leaders had previously strongly criticized the House plan, saying the state ...More >>
         A spokeswoman for Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer says he would sign a public school funding plan approved by the Kansas House if lawmakers sent it to him.     Spokeswoman Kara Fullmer made the comment Wednesday after Colyer praised the House proposal to phase in a roughly $520 million increase in education funding over five years.     But the Senate's two top GOP leaders had previously strongly criticized the House plan, saying the state ...More >>
  • Kansas National Guard Members To Get Free Tuition

    Kansas National Guard Members To Get Free Tuition

    Thursday, April 5 2018 12:41 AM EDT2018-04-05 04:41:45 GMT
         Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer signed a bill granting National Guard members free, full college tuition in response to a dwindling number of recruits.     The new law will take effect in July, but legislators still need to allocate funding for the program.     Bill author and Republican Representative Diana Dierks of Salina said the Guard has shrunk by 16 percent over the last 10 years.     She said offering to cover the en...More >>
         Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer signed a bill granting National Guard members free, full college tuition in response to a dwindling number of recruits.     The new law will take effect in July, but legislators still need to allocate funding for the program.     Bill author and Republican Representative Diana Dierks of Salina said the Guard has shrunk by 16 percent over the last 10 years.     She said offering to cover the en...More >>
  • Greitens' Lawyers Ask For Delay Releasing Investigation Results

    Greitens' Lawyers Ask For Delay Releasing Investigation Results

    Thursday, April 5 2018 12:32 AM EDT2018-04-05 04:32:03 GMT
          Missouri Governor Eric Greitens' attorneys want state lawmakers to delay releasing the results of an investigation of the governor.     They say state lawmakers' investigation into the Republican governor could taint a jury pool in his upcoming trial over allegations that he took a nonconsensual photo of a partially nude woman with whom he had an extramarital affair     In a letter to a Missouri House committee, the lawyers asked...More >>
          Missouri Governor Eric Greitens' attorneys want state lawmakers to delay releasing the results of an investigation of the governor.     They say state lawmakers' investigation into the Republican governor could taint a jury pool in his upcoming trial over allegations that he took a nonconsensual photo of a partially nude woman with whom he had an extramarital affair     In a letter to a Missouri House committee, the lawyers asked...More >>
  • Jasper County Authorities Warn Residents of Scam

    Jasper County Authorities Warn Residents of Scam

    Wednesday, April 4 2018 4:10 PM EDT2018-04-04 20:10:17 GMT
    The Jasper County Sheriff's Office says they've been made aware of a scam. A resident told authorities that she received a call that showed up as Dish Network. Authorities say it was a legitimate Dish Network customer service number (800-333-3474). But it's a scam! Authorities say the scammer will ask for the model number and receiver number for their unit. They then tell the customer they're signing them up for a lifetime 10% discount and that a charge needs to be made...More >>
    The Jasper County Sheriff's Office says they've been made aware of a scam. A resident told authorities that she received a call that showed up as Dish Network. Authorities say it was a legitimate Dish Network customer service number (800-333-3474). But it's a scam! Authorities say the scammer will ask for the model number and receiver number for their unit. They then tell the customer they're signing them up for a lifetime 10% discount and that a charge needs to be made...More >>
  • Legislative Round Up

    Legislative Round Up

    Wednesday, April 4 2018 12:47 PM EDT2018-04-04 16:47:54 GMT
    Legislative Round Up for April 4th, 2018:  Area lawmakers consider bills concerning school funding, abortions and sports gambling. Missouri: The Missouri House passes legislation that would ban abortions of fetuses that doctors determine are "capable of pain".  House Bill 1266 prevents such abortions unless it is determined by a doctor to be medically necessary. In those cases doctors would be required to end the pregnancy in a such a way that the fetus has the g...More >>
    Legislative Round Up for April 4th, 2018:  Area lawmakers consider bills concerning school funding, abortions and sports gambling. Missouri: The Missouri House passes legislation that would ban abortions of fetuses that doctors determine are "capable of pain".  House Bill 1266 prevents such abortions unless it is determined by a doctor to be medically necessary. In those cases doctors would be required to end the pregnancy in a such a way that the fetus has the g...More >>
  • Audit Shows Errors in Missouri Unemployment Payments

    Audit Shows Errors in Missouri Unemployment Payments

    Tuesday, April 3 2018 10:08 PM EDT2018-04-04 02:08:54 GMT
        A Missouri audit has found $2 million in potential inaccuracies in financial reports of the state's unemployment insurance program.     The audit announced by Auditor Nicole Galloway Tuesday points to a new, $40 million tracking system as the root of several financial reporting problems. The audit says the system wasn't fully developed or tested before it was enacted.     As a result, the audit shows the Labor and Industrial Relations D...More >>
        A Missouri audit has found $2 million in potential inaccuracies in financial reports of the state's unemployment insurance program.     The audit announced by Auditor Nicole Galloway Tuesday points to a new, $40 million tracking system as the root of several financial reporting problems. The audit says the system wasn't fully developed or tested before it was enacted.     As a result, the audit shows the Labor and Industrial Relations D...More >>
  • Missouri Supreme Court Hears Wind Power Line Case

    Missouri Supreme Court Hears Wind Power Line Case

    Tuesday, April 3 2018 10:01 PM EDT2018-04-04 02:01:55 GMT
         Missouri's former governor, now arguing as a private attorney, urged the state's highest court on Tuesday to overturn a decision blocking a proposed 780-mile power line that would carry wind energy across the Midwest.     Former Governor Jay Nixon, who backed the project before his term ended in January 2017, led a team of lawyers arguing before the Missouri Supreme Court on behalf Clean Line Energy Partners. The Houston-based renewable energy firm w...More >>
         Missouri's former governor, now arguing as a private attorney, urged the state's highest court on Tuesday to overturn a decision blocking a proposed 780-mile power line that would carry wind energy across the Midwest.     Former Governor Jay Nixon, who backed the project before his term ended in January 2017, led a team of lawyers arguing before the Missouri Supreme Court on behalf Clean Line Energy Partners. The Houston-based renewable energy firm w...More >>
  • Ultimatum Halts Debate On Kansas School Funding

    Ultimatum Halts Debate On Kansas School Funding

    Tuesday, April 3 2018 9:45 PM EDT2018-04-04 01:45:36 GMT
             Two top Republicans issued an ultimatum Tuesday that Kansas legislators act to curb the power of judges to rule on whether spending is sufficient.           Senate President Susan Wagle of Wichita and Majority Leader Jim Denning of Overland Park said they won't allow the Senate to debate school funding proposals until legislators put a state constitutional amendment on the ballot to strip the courts of that power.   ...More >>
             Two top Republicans issued an ultimatum Tuesday that Kansas legislators act to curb the power of judges to rule on whether spending is sufficient.           Senate President Susan Wagle of Wichita and Majority Leader Jim Denning of Overland Park said they won't allow the Senate to debate school funding proposals until legislators put a state constitutional amendment on the ballot to strip the courts of that power.   ...More >>
  • Pittsburg Crews Prepare For Widening And Trail Project

    Pittsburg Crews Prepare For Widening And Trail Project

    Tuesday, April 3 2018 7:54 PM EDT2018-04-03 23:54:41 GMT
    The City of Pittsburg will begin its street widening and trail project on South Rouse Street starting Monday, April 9th. A majority of the work will take place outside the roadway, but there will times that construction will impede traffic. The improvements will extend from Centennial Drive to Amber Drive. The Kansas Department of Transportation is funding the project, and it will widen South Rouse Street into three lanes, eliminate ditches, install storm sewer and construction of ped...More >>
    The City of Pittsburg will begin its street widening and trail project on South Rouse Street starting Monday, April 9th. A majority of the work will take place outside the roadway, but there will times that construction will impede traffic. The improvements will extend from Centennial Drive to Amber Drive. The Kansas Department of Transportation is funding the project, and it will widen South Rouse Street into three lanes, eliminate ditches, install storm sewer and construction of ped...More >>
  • YouTube Shooting - The Latest

    YouTube Shooting - The Latest

    Tuesday, April 3 2018 6:43 PM EDT2018-04-03 22:43:52 GMT

    BC-US--YouTube Shooting-The Latest,1st Ld-Writethru The Latest: Hospital has patients from YouTube shooting Eds: Updates with Stanford Hospital getting patients. With AP Photos. SAN BRUNO, Calif. (AP) - The Latest on reports of a shooting at YouTube headquarters (all times local): 2:10 p.m. Northern California's Stanford Hospital says it has received four to five patients from a shooting at YouTube headquarters. Hospital spokeswoman Lisa Kim did not have information on their condi...

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    BC-US--YouTube Shooting-The Latest,1st Ld-Writethru The Latest: Hospital has patients from YouTube shooting Eds: Updates with Stanford Hospital getting patients. With AP Photos. SAN BRUNO, Calif. (AP) - The Latest on reports of a shooting at YouTube headquarters (all times local): 2:10 p.m. Northern California's Stanford Hospital says it has received four to five patients from a shooting at YouTube headquarters. Hospital spokeswoman Lisa Kim did not have information on their condi...

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  • KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 4-2

    KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 4-2

    Monday, April 16 2018 11:46 AM EDT2018-04-16 15:46:15 GMT
    TEACHER WALKOUT More than $40-thousand teachers and thousands of support staff across Oklahoma are walking off the job today (Monday).  The state's largest teachers union has been calling for a $10-thousand dollar raise over three years.  The average teacher salary in Oklahoma in 2016 was just over $45,0000 ranking it only above Mississippi. SCHOOLS CLOSED Schools in Northeast Oklahoma make official announcements about closures.  KOAM has learned that Commerce a...More >>
    TEACHER WALKOUT More than $40-thousand teachers and thousands of support staff across Oklahoma are walking off the job today (Monday).  The state's largest teachers union has been calling for a $10-thousand dollar raise over three years.  The average teacher salary in Oklahoma in 2016 was just over $45,0000 ranking it only above Mississippi. SCHOOLS CLOSED Schools in Northeast Oklahoma make official announcements about closures.  KOAM has learned that Commerce a...More >>
  • Kansas Woman's Ex Falls Through Ceiling - HER Ceiling

    Kansas Woman's Ex Falls Through Ceiling - HER Ceiling

    Kansas Woman's Ex Falls Through Ceiling - HER Ceiling

    Monday, April 9 2018 12:12 AM EDT2018-04-09 04:12:32 GMT
    From Associated Press - SALINA, Kan. (AP) - A Kansas woman suspicious that someone had broken into her home later found her ex-boyfriend's legs punched through her ceiling. The Salina Journal reports that a 23-year-old Salina woman called police to her house Thursday after finding her front door chained from the inside. Police say they searched the house but didn't find an intruder. Two hours later, the woman and her current boyfriend heard a loud noise and found the 25-year-old fo...More >>
    From Associated Press - SALINA, Kan. (AP) - A Kansas woman suspicious that someone had broken into her home later found her ex-boyfriend's legs punched through her ceiling. The Salina Journal reports that a 23-year-old Salina woman called police to her house Thursday after finding her front door chained from the inside. Police say they searched the house but didn't find an intruder. Two hours later, the woman and her current boyfriend heard a loud noise and found the 25-year-old fo...More >>
  • Kansas Miniature Horse Fatally Shot

    Kansas Miniature Horse Fatally Shot

    Kansas Miniature Horse Fatally Shot

    Monday, April 9 2018 12:12 AM EDT2018-04-09 04:12:32 GMT
    From Associated Press - SALINA, Kan. (AP) - The owners of a miniature horse are offering a $500 reward after the animal was fatally shot in Saline County. KSAL Radio reports that Misty the horse was shot in the cheek and the neck sometime between Friday night and Saturday morning on private property. Owners Ronda and Randy Russell own "A Little Hors'n Around Petting Zoo." The horse was in a pasture close to the owners' home, but they heard no shots.More >>
    From Associated Press - SALINA, Kan. (AP) - The owners of a miniature horse are offering a $500 reward after the animal was fatally shot in Saline County. KSAL Radio reports that Misty the horse was shot in the cheek and the neck sometime between Friday night and Saturday morning on private property. Owners Ronda and Randy Russell own "A Little Hors'n Around Petting Zoo." The horse was in a pasture close to the owners' home, but they heard no shots.More >>
  • Missouri House Moves to Ease Regulation on Small Farms

    Missouri House Moves to Ease Regulation on Small Farms

    Missouri House Moves to Ease Regulation on Small Farms

    Wednesday, April 4 2018 12:45 PM EDT2018-04-04 16:45:27 GMT
    From Associated Press - JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri House has given initial approval to a proposal that would exempt small farms from parts of the state's clean water law. The proposal, approved Wednesday, says farms would not need a permit to allow water from their property to run into the state's waterways, whether from irrigation or precipitation. The exemption would not apply to larger farms. The Department of Natural Resources would still be allowed to intervene to ...More >>
    From Associated Press - JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri House has given initial approval to a proposal that would exempt small farms from parts of the state's clean water law. The proposal, approved Wednesday, says farms would not need a permit to allow water from their property to run into the state's waterways, whether from irrigation or precipitation. The exemption would not apply to larger farms. The Department of Natural Resources would still be allowed to intervene to ...More >>
  • Kansas Lawmaker Says No Progress Made on School Finance

    Kansas Lawmaker Says No Progress Made on School Finance

    Kansas Lawmaker Says No Progress Made on School Finance

    Wednesday, April 4 2018 12:45 PM EDT2018-04-04 16:45:49 GMT
    From Associated Press - TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley has chastised his colleagues for failing to make progress on a school finance plan. He urged them Tuesday to come to grips with reality. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that during the debate lawmakers said they were interested in negotiating with school attorneys. They also expressed frustration with the Kansas Supreme Court. They rejected Hensley's efforts to inject hundreds of millions of doll...More >>
    From Associated Press - TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley has chastised his colleagues for failing to make progress on a school finance plan. He urged them Tuesday to come to grips with reality. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that during the debate lawmakers said they were interested in negotiating with school attorneys. They also expressed frustration with the Kansas Supreme Court. They rejected Hensley's efforts to inject hundreds of millions of doll...More >>
  • Missouri House, Public Colleges Work Out Funding Deal

    Missouri House, Public Colleges Work Out Funding Deal

    Missouri House, Public Colleges Work Out Funding Deal

    Thursday, April 5 2018 5:28 PM EDT2018-04-05 21:28:37 GMT
    From Associated Press - JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The top Missouri House budgeter and the state's public colleges and universities have worked out a deal to limit tuition increases in exchange for steady state funding. Republican House Budget Committee Chairman Scott Fitzpatrick on Tuesday said most schools have agreed to cap tuition hikes at 1 percent. In exchange, House members in a voice vote Tuesday agreed to a plan to keep higher education funding level next fiscal year, which...More >>
    From Associated Press - JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The top Missouri House budgeter and the state's public colleges and universities have worked out a deal to limit tuition increases in exchange for steady state funding. Republican House Budget Committee Chairman Scott Fitzpatrick on Tuesday said most schools have agreed to cap tuition hikes at 1 percent. In exchange, House members in a voice vote Tuesday agreed to a plan to keep higher education funding level next fiscal year, which...More >>
  • Governor Colyer Signs Bill Protecting Tribal Regalia Rights

    Governor Colyer Signs Bill Protecting Tribal Regalia Rights

    Governor Colyer Signs Bill Protecting Tribal Regalia Rights

    Friday, April 13 2018 7:38 PM EDT2018-04-13 23:38:54 GMT
    From Associated Press - TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer has signed a bill protecting the right of native Americans to wear tribal regalia and other cultural objects at public events. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the bill was sponsored by Rep. Ponka-We Victors. The Wichita Democrat is a member of both the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma and the Tohono O'odham Nation in Arizona. She contends some states have enacted similar laws in response to policies enforced at even...More >>
    From Associated Press - TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer has signed a bill protecting the right of native Americans to wear tribal regalia and other cultural objects at public events. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the bill was sponsored by Rep. Ponka-We Victors. The Wichita Democrat is a member of both the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma and the Tohono O'odham Nation in Arizona. She contends some states have enacted similar laws in response to policies enforced at even...More >>
  • Kansas Girl at Center of 1954 School Segregation Ruling Dies

    Kansas Girl at Center of 1954 School Segregation Ruling Dies

    Kansas Girl at Center of 1954 School Segregation Ruling Dies

    Friday, April 13 2018 11:20 AM EDT2018-04-13 15:20:04 GMT
    From Associated Press - TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Linda Brown, the Kansas girl at the center of the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down racial segregation in schools, has died at age 76. Topeka's former Sumner School was all-white when her father, Oliver, tried to enroll the family. He became lead plaintiff in the 1954 Brown v. Board U.S. Supreme Court decision that ended school segregation. Peaceful Rest Funeral Chapel of Topeka confirmed that Linda Brown died Sunday afterno...More >>
    From Associated Press - TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Linda Brown, the Kansas girl at the center of the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down racial segregation in schools, has died at age 76. Topeka's former Sumner School was all-white when her father, Oliver, tried to enroll the family. He became lead plaintiff in the 1954 Brown v. Board U.S. Supreme Court decision that ended school segregation. Peaceful Rest Funeral Chapel of Topeka confirmed that Linda Brown died Sunday afterno...More >>
  • Judge Refuses to Change Trial Date for Greitens

    Judge Refuses to Change Trial Date for Greitens

    Judge Refuses to Change Trial Date for Greitens

    Thursday, April 12 2018 5:03 PM EDT2018-04-12 21:03:17 GMT
    From Associated Press - ST. LOUIS (AP) - The Latest on the criminal case involving Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (all times local): A St. Louis judge has refused to move up the felony trial of Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens. Greitens was indicted last month on fourth-degree invasion of privacy for allegedly taking a compromising photo of a woman with whom he was having an affair in 2015, before he was elected. He has denied criminal wrongdoing. The trial is scheduled to begin May 14. A...More >>
    From Associated Press - ST. LOUIS (AP) - The Latest on the criminal case involving Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (all times local): A St. Louis judge has refused to move up the felony trial of Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens. Greitens was indicted last month on fourth-degree invasion of privacy for allegedly taking a compromising photo of a woman with whom he was having an affair in 2015, before he was elected. He has denied criminal wrongdoing. The trial is scheduled to begin May 14. A...More >>
  • KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 3-19

    KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 3-19

    Monday, April 16 2018 11:46 AM EDT2018-04-16 15:46:11 GMT
    SEK FIRE INVESTIGATION Investigators are asking for your help in finding a person suspected of setting a grassfire that spread through parts of Montgomery and Labette counties in Kansas last week.  Specifically, they're looking for a black truck with a camper shell, with white lettering on the side saying "gettin it". DUENWEG VOTE Residents in the Duenweg, Missouri Volunteer Fire Protection District will vote on a ballot issue intended to continue that service.&...More >>
    SEK FIRE INVESTIGATION Investigators are asking for your help in finding a person suspected of setting a grassfire that spread through parts of Montgomery and Labette counties in Kansas last week.  Specifically, they're looking for a black truck with a camper shell, with white lettering on the side saying "gettin it". DUENWEG VOTE Residents in the Duenweg, Missouri Volunteer Fire Protection District will vote on a ballot issue intended to continue that service.&...More >>
  • Greitens Expected To Seek Early Trial

    Greitens Expected To Seek Early Trial

    Thursday, April 12 2018 5:03 PM EDT2018-04-12 21:03:17 GMT
        Missouri Governor Eric Greitens hopes to get a criminal trial quickly behind him.     At a hearing Monday, attorneys for the Republican governor told Judge Rex Burlison they expect to request an earlier trial date and bench trial. The circuit attorney's office opposes both notions.     Greitens was indicted last month on a charge of felony fourth-degree invasion of privacy for allegedly taking an unauthorized photo of a woman with whom ...More >>
        Missouri Governor Eric Greitens hopes to get a criminal trial quickly behind him.     At a hearing Monday, attorneys for the Republican governor told Judge Rex Burlison they expect to request an earlier trial date and bench trial. The circuit attorney's office opposes both notions.     Greitens was indicted last month on a charge of felony fourth-degree invasion of privacy for allegedly taking an unauthorized photo of a woman with whom ...More >>
  • Kansas Somalis Targeted

    Kansas Somalis Targeted

    Kansas Somalis Targeted

    Friday, April 13 2018 11:20 AM EDT2018-04-13 15:20:04 GMT
    From Associated Press - WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Jurors who will decide the fate of three militia members accused of conspiring to bomb an apartment complex housing Somalis in the Kansas will not hear evidence about alleged child pornography found during searches. U.S. District Eric Melgren excluded the images found on a computer and drives Friday. Patrick Stein, Gavin Wright, and Curtis Allen have pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction and conspiracy agai...More >>
    From Associated Press - WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Jurors who will decide the fate of three militia members accused of conspiring to bomb an apartment complex housing Somalis in the Kansas will not hear evidence about alleged child pornography found during searches. U.S. District Eric Melgren excluded the images found on a computer and drives Friday. Patrick Stein, Gavin Wright, and Curtis Allen have pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction and conspiracy agai...More >>
  • Kansas Drought Declarations

    Kansas Drought Declarations

    Kansas Drought Declarations

    Friday, April 13 2018 7:38 PM EDT2018-04-13 23:38:54 GMT
    From Associated Press - TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer has declared a drought emergency, warning or watch across the entire state. Colyer signed an executive order Tuesday following several weeks of abnormally dry conditions in all 105 counties. He declared an emergency for 28 southern Kansas counties and a warning for 29 other counties in central and southern Kansas. The remaining 48 counties are under a drought watch. The order directs state agencies to combat droug...More >>
    From Associated Press - TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer has declared a drought emergency, warning or watch across the entire state. Colyer signed an executive order Tuesday following several weeks of abnormally dry conditions in all 105 counties. He declared an emergency for 28 southern Kansas counties and a warning for 29 other counties in central and southern Kansas. The remaining 48 counties are under a drought watch. The order directs state agencies to combat droug...More >>
  • Missouri Telephone Taxes

    Missouri Telephone Taxes

    Missouri Telephone Taxes

    Thursday, April 5 2018 5:28 PM EDT2018-04-05 21:28:35 GMT
    From Associated Press - JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A proposal moving through the Missouri Legislature could decrease the taxes that telephone companies owe to local governments. The legislation would let telephone companies choose a personal property tax assessment method that speeds up the depreciation of such items as vehicles, computers and equipment. The State Tax Commission estimates that could result in up to a $6 million annual loss for cities, counties, fire districts and o...More >>
    From Associated Press - JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A proposal moving through the Missouri Legislature could decrease the taxes that telephone companies owe to local governments. The legislation would let telephone companies choose a personal property tax assessment method that speeds up the depreciation of such items as vehicles, computers and equipment. The State Tax Commission estimates that could result in up to a $6 million annual loss for cities, counties, fire districts and o...More >>
  • Missouri Budget Update

    Missouri Budget Update

    Missouri Budget Update

    Thursday, April 5 2018 5:28 PM EDT2018-04-05 21:28:36 GMT
    From Associated Press - JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri's House budget leader says he's trying to work out a deal to avoid higher education cuts, but only if schools don't raise tuition. Budget Committee Chairman Scott Fitzpatrick's latest state spending plan unveiled Wednesday would restore about $38 million in cuts Gov. Eric Greitens recommended for public colleges and universities next fiscal year. The Republican governor had asked lawmakers to give schools $68 million less ...More >>
    From Associated Press - JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri's House budget leader says he's trying to work out a deal to avoid higher education cuts, but only if schools don't raise tuition. Budget Committee Chairman Scott Fitzpatrick's latest state spending plan unveiled Wednesday would restore about $38 million in cuts Gov. Eric Greitens recommended for public colleges and universities next fiscal year. The Republican governor had asked lawmakers to give schools $68 million less ...More >>
  • Kansas Teacher Tenure

    Kansas Teacher Tenure

    Kansas Teacher Tenure

    Friday, April 13 2018 11:20 AM EDT2018-04-13 15:20:04 GMT
    From Associated Press - TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A bipartisan group of Kansas lawmakers is pushing to restore job protections for public school teachers that conservative legislators stripped from them four years ago. The House gave first-round approval Wednesday to a bill that would guarantee tenure for thousands of teachers statewide. The 72-48 vote advances the measure to a final House vote Thursday to determine whether it passes and goes to the Senate. The bill would require school ...More >>
    From Associated Press - TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A bipartisan group of Kansas lawmakers is pushing to restore job protections for public school teachers that conservative legislators stripped from them four years ago. The House gave first-round approval Wednesday to a bill that would guarantee tenure for thousands of teachers statewide. The 72-48 vote advances the measure to a final House vote Thursday to determine whether it passes and goes to the Senate. The bill would require school ...More >>
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