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Is More Specific Drug Overdose Death Data Worth the Cost? Video included

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"The opioid death rate in our state is 160 percent of the national average."  It might be much worse.

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Potential Tuition Increase For Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College

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Students may have to reach a little deeper in their wallets to pay for tuition next year at NO. "We are having to make some tough decisions. We're gonna request a tuition increase of about 5 dollars a credit hour, so that's gonna be about 250 dollars over the course of the year" says Public Information Coordinator, Jordan Adams. Not all students are comfortable with the potential tuition increase. "At first sight, it's not that much, yes I agree. But overall in the lo... More>>

Tick Illnesses

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The heat is here, meaning more people are headed to the great outdoors.     And with a mild winter, health officials expect a high number of ticks this year also bringing an increased risk of tick-borne illnesses. Billy Wade is a storm chaser, and nature photographer, so he spends the majority of his time, outside, in tick-prone areas. Wade: "I've never gotten sick, but I have had tick bites turn into infections, and, not staph or anything like that, but I've had l... More>>

Pressure Mounts to Close Gun Range Over Safety Concerns Video included

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Living out in the country includes more freedom.  It can also include more risk.

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SWAT Demo Part of Upward Bound Summer School at Crowder College Video included

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 Upward Bound is giving high school students the chance to experience a variety of career opportunities from medicine to crime and punishment.
Two hundred fifty high school students are spending part of the summer at Crowder College in the program.

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Joplin Business Success

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     "Everything Must Go" is a phrase many of us see or hear as retailers across the country face bankruptcy and store closures.      But for some in Joplin..it's a different story. Jones: "Having a loyal customer base has probably been our salvation, in this area." Ron Jones and his wife own the Radio Shack on Maiden Lane in Joplin. And in their case -- it's helpful to own their store, even if it's under a national franchise. That way... More>>

Missouri Senior Rx Program to Expire Video included

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A Missouri program that helps seniors pay for pharmaceuticals is about to end. The Missouri Senior  RX program coverage expires at the end of this month. For Virginia Knight that is not good news. 

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Kansas Colleges & Universities Face Financial Fallout Ahead of New Conceal Carry Law Video included

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Here's a nonpartisan look at how a local college, and others, will have to deal with Kansas politics...

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Two Sentenced Today For Taylor Thomas' Murder Video included

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20-year-old Taylor Thomas was shot and killed in October of 2014 during a robbery. Five people were charged in connection to his death. Monday's sentencings included Darius Rainey, who was convicted of first degree murder and will spend life in prison, with the possibility of parole after 25 years. Corbin spragg was also sentenced. He'll spend 27 and a half years in prison for second degree murder and aggravated kidnapping. We spoke with Spragg's uncle, Anthony Reed, who's... More>>

No Air Conditioning Proves More Than Just a Minor Setback at Joplin Homeless Shelter Video included

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"They need their sleep so they can get out here and function to get new jobs."

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Patriotic Memorial On Display

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Freedom, it's something that many of us take for granted.  But what we may forget, is the price of our freedom.  There's two brothers in Southwest Missouri working to change that. Duane: "We all take advantage of it, and we all go without thinking about it, because, it is our freedom, we don't have to worry, and we want to continue that way." Duane Swatosh and his brother Claire are both veterans. They love our country, and our history, and they're taking it on th... More>>

Father's day Car Show in Joplin Brings Hundreds Video included

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Blendville Christian Church in Joplin held it's third annual Father's Day Car Show. 27 cars were entered in the show bringing car show friends together. The event included a bake sale as a fundraiser for the church's nursery. Families came out to the church parking lot not only to compete, but enjoy some family time. Despite the light rain through out the day, over 250 people showed up to celebrate dads around the area. More>>

Riverton Power Plant Implosion

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    We move from falling trees -- to falling buildings!     This morning in Riverton, demolition crews brought down the former Empire power plant building and it's smoke stack.  People began lining up at 4:30 am in Riverton to witness something you don't get to see everyday. Crews from KCOM Demolition have been working for several weeks preparing the Empire District Electric Company's former Riverton power plant -- for demolition. Initially, the... More>>

South West Missouri Democrats Holds Raffle to Promote Petition to Drop "Right to Work" Act

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Democrats are getting active in Joplin and giving locals the chance to voice their opinion on the 'Right to Work Act" by signing the petition against it at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Hall. A barbeque, pie auction and raffle are all part of the event raising funds for the South West Missouri Democrats. Local Unions hosted the event for people to try and connect and make the changes they want to see in the labor force. "If we gather enough petitions... More>>

Oklahoma Governor Candidates Meet Citizens of Ottawa County

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Two out of the three Democratic candidates for governor of Oklahoma spoke at the Second Annual Democrats of Ottawa County Picnic. Connie Johnson and Scott Inman answered any questions the public had about their plans if they win the election. Some of the issues addressed were taxes, jail over crowding, and low voter turnout, which Oklahoma had the lowest voter turnout in the most recent election. The goal of the event is to inform the citizens of Ottawa County and inspire them to b... More>>

Puppies Rescued by Joplin Good Samaritan Video included

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Four black lab puppies are alive and well in Joplin, after being found by a Good Samaritan and taken to the Joplin Humane Society. 

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Fairland City Hall/Police Department Seeking Building Improvements Video included

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As the ceiling leaks get bigger, so do structure issues at the Fairland City Hall and Police Department. And the problems have workers trying to protect their files. "A lot of times we cover our desks when we leave on the weekends when we know there's heave rainstorms coming in" says town clerk Cheryl Pelham. Rain damage has also led to some major mold problems -- damaging old case files and police uniforms stored in the evidence room. The jury is still out on whether to reb... More>>

Joplin Man Making "Miraculous Recovery"

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    Therapists at Mercy Hospital in Joplin say they're "amazed" at the progress Joshua James has made.     James, suffered a traumatic injury in 2015 which left him unable to take care of himself. James: "You fell down (I fell down, yea) and hit your head (head, yea) and had a traumatic brain injury." Jody James helps her son explain what happened to him. Joshua has a history of seizures, but they're under control. James: "Because he'd... More>>

Bond Issue Funds New HVAC Installation Underway at Pittsburg H.S. Video included

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 Pittsburg high school’s halls are bustling with construction crews. CDL Electric and Trane crews are installing new piping for seventy-nine heat pumps being replaced that cool and warm individual classrooms.

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MSSU's Reynolds Hall Gets An Upgrade

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Renovations are wrapping up at Reynolds Hall on the campus of Missouri Southern.     A project to bring the building into the 21st century. As the second oldest building on campus... Harrington: A lot of our labs were original labs from the time when the building was built in the mid 60s. It was time for an upgrade. That upgrade is being funded by the state of Missouri -- to the tune of $17 million. Students like Alec Ikerd have been ready for the changes.

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Child Dies After Train Accident

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Five occupants were in the minivan, ranging from 3 to 26 years old.

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Kids Count Data Good News for Kansas: Local Providers Say Poverty Not Solved Video included

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 The Annie E. Casey kids count books gives Kansas a high rank when it comes to child well-being. 15th overall and 7th nationwide for economic conditions for kids.

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Ottawa County Faces Lawsuit For Wrongful Death

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Terral Ellis II was doing time at the Ottawa County Jail after failing to turn himself in for a DUI charge. Court documents say that's where he died after begging for medical attention for various health problems that started shortly after his incarceration, like seizures, uncontrollable sweating, and pain to his back, ribs and internal organs. Towards the end of his life he was even unable to walk. The jail nurse accused him of faking his illness. His parents are now filing... More>>

Double Shooting Near Sarcoxie Leaves One Dead, One Wounded Video included

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 22 year old Tayler Anderson and his friend 21 year old Gage Williams both of Carthage, were shot early Tuesday morning near Sarcoxie, Missouri.
Anderson died at the scene, a field located at county road thirty  and Gum road.

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Homicide Investigation In Sarcoxie; Suspect Arrested Video included

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At approximately 6:00 PM, 06-13-17, Springfield Police Department officers arrested Lafayette Starr, 30, on warrants related to the investigation into the homicide that occurred earlier in the day.

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Strip Pit Reclamation in Cherokee County

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The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism has been improving strip pits in the state for decades. 

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Teen Employment Rate is Lowest It's Been for the Past 16 Years

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According to the "Us Bureau of Labor Statistics".. teen summer employment is now lower than it was during the recession. But teen, Erin Psajdl can't imagine her summer any other way, but on the job. "A lot of my friends don't have jobs so they just wait around all day for those of us who do have jobs to get off work so we can do stuff" says the slide attendant and cashier at the Schifferdecker Family Aquatic Center. The human resources assistant for the city of ... More>>

Joplin Pride in the Park Video included

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Pride in the Park has come a long way since Joplin Pride's Carrie Coffey first started running the event. "When I started seven years ago we had three vendors and maybe about 50 people show up" says Coffey. This year they are even welcoming pets Today, there are 51 vendors from art to church groups, to help educate the community and give resources they might need. "To support equality and diversity, and so people know the information they might need ... More>>

Mercy Hospital is Taking Part in Cancer Research That Could Lead to Earlier Diagnosis

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Mercy hospital is a part of something that could be ground breaking in catching cancer early. In the near future all patients would need to detect 14 different types of cancers is a simple blood draw. The study as a whole is looking for 10,000 people to participate. so far, there are 15 patients participating in the cancer study at Mercy hospital in Joplin. GRAIL will take a look at the blood samples and use gene sequencing to find out what's the difference between the samples of pe...

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Route 66 Preservation Video included

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Since 1999, the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program has provided millions of dollars for the upkeep of the many iconic and historic stops along the main street of America. 

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One Joplin Housing Scam Hits Several Potential Renters Video included

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New kitchen cabinets and granite counter tops, and a spacious family room.  Something might make you suspicious, though.

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Wyandotte High School Football Bus Engulfs in Flames Video included

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The Wyandotte High School football team was headed to a summer training session in Galena when one of the coaches notices the engine was smoking.

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Riverton Residents: Get Ready For "Pops," Some Shakes, and A Lot of Debris Video included

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It won't be the start of another Cold War.

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Kansas Income Tax Changes Video included

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     Kansas governor Sam Brownback's veto of a tax bill got an override by Kansas lawmakers.      The measure is expected to raise $1.2 billion over 2 years to fill the budget gap...eliminating the LLC tax exemption for some 330,000 businesses...and increase income taxes in the state. With the passing of senate bill 30 in Kansas, it begs the question...would you be willing to pay more to help your state? Crowe: "Kinda, sorta, you know, I'm in between... More>>

Lifetime Sports Academy Focus on Moving Not Competition: Win Win for Kids & MSSU Students Video included

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One hundred kids at MSSU for Lifetime Sports Academy. Campers alternate between activities that get them moving like Crossfit for kids,  bowling, golf, archery, canoeing and fishing. Activities that they can  really participate in for a lifetime.

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Joplin Vitamin Manufacturer Faces Growing Litigation Video included

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Litigation is still ongoing over a $160,000 loan from the City of Joplin.

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