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Hunger Breakfast Educates People on Food Insecurity in Joplin Video included

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More than thirty thousands households don't consistently have food in Jasper and Newton counties and charities say those are primarily the working poor. 

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Joplin Man Sentenced For Cherokee County Thefts

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A Joplin man who plead guilty to two separate thefts in Cherokee County received a sentence on July 10, 2018. Christopher Whitney was sentenced to 16 months in prison for stealing personal property from rural home in Galena, KS and stealing a vehicle from a home near Rive ton, KS. After the two burglaries, Jasper County Sheriff's Office deputies stopped a vehicle driven by Whitney, where they found the stolen items and a quantity of methamphetamine. Prior to the sentenc...

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6-year-old in ICU, Knocked Unconscious by Softball

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She was taken to surgery where part of her skull was removed to get a blood clot and allow for swelling.

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Area Bright Futures schools partner to Stuff the Bus

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Each year, families around the area struggle to provide the supplies their children need to be successful in school. Bright Futures Carl Junction, Carthage, Joplin, Neosho, and Seneca are teaming up to sponsor Stuff the Bus to help area families meet this need. The program is a school supply drive that will take place in July and August at various retail locations. Community members are all encouraged to donate school supplies by dropping them off at the buses on these days. Stu...

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Carnival workers arrested in deaths of Kansas fair vendors

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(AP) - Three carnival workers have been arrested in the deaths of two vendors who disappeared from a fair in Kansas and whose bodies were found days later in a shallow grave in an Arkansas forest. Police Cpl. Jonathan Wear said the suspects have been jailed without bond in Van Buren, Arkansas, on suspicion of abuse of a corpse, felony theft and tamp...

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MSSU Announces Videoboard Project

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The $1.3M dollar project is entirely funded by the Missouri Southern Foundation and donors. The LED video display will be 30 feet high and 66 feet wide.

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 7-19 Video included

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Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer spoke at PSU on Wednesday.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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Neosho School District Makes a Big Change to Their Drug Testing Policy Video included

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With the kickoff of the 2018-2019 school year, Neosho School District students who apply for a school parking pass will enter themselves into the district's pool of students eligible for random drug testing. 

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Police & Fire Unions Weigh In On New Joplin Pay Plan Video included

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    The City of Joplin recently approved a new pay plan for city employees, set to go into effect August 4th.     But, is it enough to keep qualified police officers and fire fighters?     While there are still questions as to exactly how individual employees pay will be affected - the biggest question of all - is how to fund the increases.

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Miami Schools Adds Classes for 3&4 Year Olds; Competition for Daycare Video included

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Miami school district is adding classes for three and four year olds  to help retain both teachers and students. 

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Arson Suspect Arrested in Miami, Oklahoma Video included

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The Miami, Oklahoma Police Department makes an arrest in a recent arson case. On July 10th, 2018, Anders Shoes was destroyed in a suspicious fire. The store is one of Miami's oldest businesses. The store is owned by 103-year-old Dena Ander. The fire came after the store was burglarized on July 7th and again on July 9th. The store had also been recently vandalized. On July 17th, police arrested a 29-year-old in connection to the arson fire. Authorities say he became a person o... More>>

Child Death Investigation in Jasper County, MO

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The Jasper County Sheriff's Office investigates the death of a 3-year-old. On July 16th, 2018 just before 4:00 p.m., deputies were dispatched to the area of County Road 118 and Jolt lane. Authorities say the call was about a 3-year-old male that was found to be deceased. The investigation is ongoing and an autopsy has been scheduled. Sheriff Randee Kaiser says a preliminary investigation suggests that this was an accidental death. No other details have been released.

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Miami Public Schools Adding 3 & 4 Year Old Classes: Impacting Local Daycare

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Miami schools is expanding its four year old pre-kindergarten program and adding a class for three year old children.  

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CEO Resigns from Great Plains Development Authority

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Great Plains Development Authority CEO Daniel Mann's last day on the job will be July 31st, 2018. The board of directors accepted his letter of resignation at a special meeting on July 18th. Mann tendered his resignation on June 30th. The board delayed taking action until now in order to resolve issues related to Mann's employment agreement. The board thanked Mann for his dedication to the project of redevelopment of the former Kansas Army Ammunition facility. Under Mann's leadersh... More>>

Day 4: Guilty Verdict in Iola Murder Trial Video included

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Joshua Knapp is on trial for first degree murder in the death of 33-year-old Shawn Cook of Iola, Kansas. Today (July 17, 2018) is day two of the murder trial in Allen County. KOAM/FOX 14 is there and will have the latest at the trial continues. Shawn Cook was reported missing on March 13th, 2016. His body was found on the banks of the Neosho River in Coffey County, Kansas on April 3rd, 2016. A preliminary autopsy showed Cook died from stab wounds. Five people from Iola were char...

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 7-18 Video included

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The State of Missouri has revoked the license of former trooper Anthony Piercy.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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Labette County Gets a New Public Health Administrator Video included

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"According to the county health rankings, Labette County is ranked 101 out of 103 counties in Kansas for health," said Lisa Hoppock. The newest administrator of Public Health of Labette County would rather be number 1 as opposed to 101, but admits it won't be easy. 

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Smoke Test of Joplin Sewer Pipes Detects Inflow of Rainwater Causes Video included

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  A smoke test  was conducted on a three miles section of the  city’s sanitary sewer system will indicate defects allowing rainwater into treatment plant. 

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Anderson Announces Three Signees for PSU Men's Basketball

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The 2018-2019 Pit State signing class is now up to seven players, including three high school players and four transfers. 

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MSSU: Newest Addition is Growing Exponentially Video included

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Missouri Southern officials say Nixon Hall is beginning to take shape. Since the groundbreaking in late November 2017, crews from Crossland Construction have completed most of the three-story building's skeleton. The foundation work is complete, the concrete wall panels have been poured and floor panels are currently going down on all three levels. With most of the concrete work done, the main focus now is on finishing the retaining walls, backfilling the disturbed soil and clos...

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PSU Reveals 2018-19 Entertainment Lineup

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The Bicknell Family Center for the Arts at Pittsburg State University has a full lineup for the 2018-2019 season. Officials revealed the list which includes Broadway musicals, a Johnny Cash Tribute, and extreme juggler, a comedy written especially for children and more. Tickets go on sale at 8:30 a.m. on July 19th, 2018. PSU Lineup: The season begins on Aug. 1 with the opening of "The Vault: Unlocked," an exhibit in the Bicknell Center Art Gallery. Curated by an ar...

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Joplin Officer Threatened by Molotov Cocktail

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The incident happened after midnight, the morning of July 17th, 2018. The Joplin Police Department says an officer patrolling 8th and Conner saw a male walking west on 8th drinking out of a full-sized vodka bottle. Authorities say the male saw the officer and started walking back where he came from. The officer tried to get the male to stop, but the suspect took off. During the foot chase, the officer pepper sprayed the suspect when he turned back, but the suspect just took off ru...

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Parsons Police Investigate Unresponsive Child

Update: Parsons Police Investigate Child Death as Accidental

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Parsons Police Department is investigating a case of an unresponsive toddler. According to media release officers were called to 2515 Stevens for a two year old female child who was unresponsive.  Police say the investigation is active and ongoing.  KOAM/FOX14 reached out to Parsons Police Department to answer questions about the child's condition,  they are not answering questions or releasing further details of the investigation at this time. 

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 7-17 Video included

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The city of Joplin gives the green light to fund a pay raise for police and fire personnel plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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Webb City All-Stars Claim District Title Video included

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Gage Chapman drove in the only three runs of the game with a 3-run home run in the 2nd inning. Webb City will now move on to play in the state tournament beginning Friday. 

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Joplin Council Approves Raises For Police, Fire Video included

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      The Joplin City Council met tonight, a full agenda, but one item received a lot of attention - an ordinance to fund a pay raise for police and fire personnel. This ordinance tonight is the result of several weeks of research and discussions to get police and fire salaries up to a more comparable level.

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Local Use Tax On August Ballot Video included

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Erik Bartlett, who owns his own business, explains why he is in favor of the local use tax.

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MIAA Football Media Day Schedule Released

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Pittsburg State and Missouri Southern will unofficially kick off the 2018 MIAA football season at Media Day on July 31st at Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City. 

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Jasper & Newton Counties, 9 Routes Scheduled for Resurfacing

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MoDOT says drivers can expect one-lane traffic and occasional traffic delays starting this week (July 16, 2018). The Southwest District will be resurfacing nine state routes in Jasper and Newton counties.

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 7-16 Video included

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A Southeast Kansas judge sentences a former highway patrol trooper who admitted to using excessive force.  Plus all the news you need to know before you head out the door.

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Chanute Church Holds Active Shooter Response Training for Congregation Video included

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 On Sunday,  the First Methodist church of Chanute hosted  an active shooter  presentation to prepare members for the worst.     

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Food Pantry In Need Video included

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It might look like just a small box, but members of Unity Church, like Ann Leach who has actively attended more than 30 years, sees it as much more than that.

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Tacos Raise Funds for Youth Video included

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At the Unity Church of Joplin, kids got together to feed their hungry congregation for a good cause.

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Suspect in Three KC Police Officer Shootings Killed by Police

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Breaking News : According to the Kansas City Star, the suspect came out of a home  where he had barricaded himself inside Sunday afternoon and exchanged gunfire with police, who killed him.   

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Lawsuits Could Derail Medical Marijuana in Oklahoma Video included

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The future of medical marijuana in Oklahoma is now uncertain just days after the state approved emergency rules. Two lawsuits filed Friday  challenge the new guidelines on state question 788. Both groups say the department of health went too far but the two cases could have very different results. 

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Joplin Relay for Life Video included

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Dozens in Joplin are putting forward momentum into the fight against cancer.  The annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life took place at MSSU's Leggett and Platt Athletic Center this evening.  The walk was started by several cancer survivors and their families.  There was also information available on cancer and ways to help prevent it.  Funds raised at the event go toward research efforts for curing several kinds of cancer. Ashley Clair, Relay for L... More>>

Joplin Pride Fest Comes to Downtown Video included

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An annual event that advocates for equality and diversity.. almost didn't happen this year.  Joplin Pride Fest 2018 kicked off on Joplin Street in downtown Joplin.  Jackson Crawford, Joplin Resident:"It is more than   I imagined." To say that Jackson and Jeannine Crawford are excited about this years Joplin Pride Fest.. would be an under statement.  The siblings came out to their parents and people at school a little over a year ago - and they say... More>>

Fans of "Hamilton" Get Together Video included

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Kids at the Joplin Public Library went back in time with a fandom fest dedicated to Hamilton, the musical. 

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75th Carver Day Brings in Big Crowd Video included

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George Washington Carver National Park is celebrating 75 years with its annual Carver Day.

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Safety Fair Keeps Kids Cruising Video included

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The second annual youth safety fair in Webb City gave kids a chance to meet emergency personnel and score some free bikes.

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Bobby Bourne Jr. Pleads Guilty To Murdering Adriaunna Horton

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    The man accused of killing 12 year old Adriaunna Horton in August of 2013, pleaded guilty today - and will spend the rest of his life behind bars.     The crime rocked the community of Golden City - and left many, demanding justice.     Now, family members say...justice, has been served.

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Both Sides of the Aisle: Missouri Right to Work Video included

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Missouri Senate Bill 19-- commonly referred to as "Missouri Right to Work" -- mandates that no person can be required to pay dues or join a labor union as a condition of employment. The bill was passed by the general assembly and signed into law by former governor Greitens in 2017 - but enough signatures were gathered to put it on the august ballot as "Proposition A". Nick Myers with the Newton County Republican Committee says it is right for the state because it...

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Youth Program Wanted in Neosho Video included

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Calls for a Boys & Girls Club in Neosho are gaining momentum. An advisory board plans to go before city council next Tuesday to talk about getting this idea off the ground.

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Guilty Plea in the Murder of Adriaunna Horton Video included

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The man charged with kidnapping and killing 12-year-old Adriaunna Horton in Golden City, Missouri pleads guilty and is sentenced today. On August 20th, 2013, the Barton County Sheriff's Office issued an endangered person advisory for 12-year-old Adriaunna Horton. On August 19th, 2013, authorities say Horton was playing at Hazel Park in Golden City, Missouri when other children there realized she wasn't there. The children contacted Horton's father, who then called 911 at about ...

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Former KS Trooper Sentenced for Using Excessive Force

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U.S. Attorney for Kansas Stephen McAllister says former Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper James Carson was sentenced today for violating an individual's civil rights by using excessive force. According to court documents, on June 25th, 2013, Carson conducted a lawful arrest and then took the arrestee to the Labette County Jail where at least five other law enforcement officials were present. Carson kicked the legs out from under the arrestee causing him to crash down on his back o... More>>

KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 7-13 Video included

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Missouri's top income tax rate is going down.  Plus all the news you need to know before you head out the door.

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Frontenac Wins Opener at Cal Ripken State Tournament Video included

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Highlights from Frontenac's 7-0 win over Parsons in the first round of pool play. 

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Oklahoma Picked to Win 4th Straight Big 12 Title Video included

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The Sooners are on top of the preseason Big 12 media poll for the 6th time since 2011. 

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Girard HS Breaks Ground on Turf Project Video included

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The project to install turf on the high school football field will cost roughly 570-thousand dollars.

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Missourians Could Vote on Medical Marijuana, Some Law Enforcement Concerned Video included

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    Come November 6th, voters in Missouri may be faced with the question of whether or not to legalize medical marijuana in the state.     One group is working to ensure things go smoothly if it's passed, but some local law enforcement officials, are concerned it'll bring more problems than it will solve.

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Missouri Income Tax Cuts Video included

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Tax payers in the show-me-state could see more of the money they earn.. thanks to new legislation signed by Governor Parson. Thursday morning, Missouri Governor Mike Parson signed House Bill 2540 into law.  The governor's office says it's the first step to long -term tax reform in the state.  The legislation reduces the top income tax rate in the state by four-tenths of one-percent. That means that Missouri's current income tax rate of five-point-eight-percent will reduce ... More>>

Trio Program Takes Junior High Kids to College and Career Sites Video included

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Thirty-eight junior high  students  are already thinking about going to college.  They're part of the federally funded Trio Talent Search program through Crowder College putting students on track to their future. 

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Identity Released: Body Found Near I-44 Video included

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Joplin Police identify the man who's body was found at the interchange of I-44/49 on July 10th. A MODot mowing crew discovered the body and called police around 9:30 a.m. Authorities say the deceased is 48-year-old Thomas L. Bulluck of Sedalia, Missouri. His vehicle was found abandoned at the 11.6 mile marker of I-44 in Joplin on June 5th, 2018. The Missouri State Highway Patrol towed his vehicle. On June 6th, Bullock was reported as a missing person to the Sedalia Police Depart... More>>

Southeast Kansas Police Officer Arrested

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On July 10th, 2018, around 10:00 p.m. Coffeyville, Kansas Police responded to a domestic disturbance call on the 100 block of S. Highland. Officers arrived and discovered that one of the people involved in the complaint was a city police officer, so they called the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office to investigate.

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Surprise Crew: Ewert Pool

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The KOAM Surprise Crew helps 4-State families save a couple dollars and cool off at the same time at Joplin’s Ewert pool.

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 7-12

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Carl Junction earns bragging rights as one of the safest cities in Missouri.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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New Proposed Steel Tariffs Could Hurt Local Manufacturers, But Lawmakers Say They Will Help In The Long Run Video included

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    The so called "trade war" between the U.S. and China, could be escalating, after the Trump administration announced an additional $200 billion dollars in proposed tariffs.     That increase, could have a bigger impact on one local company already feeling the pressure.     But one local lawmaker, says these tariffs, do have a purpose, and we could see the results sooner than later.

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Missouri Judge Rules in Favor of Missouri Governor's Appointment

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A Missouri judge says the Missouri Democratic Party and a man named Darrell Cope do not have the authority to sue over Missouri Governor Mike Parson's selection of Mike Kehoe as his lieutenant governor. The judge said the parties are private parties and under Missouri law, they do not have the authority to seek the removal of a public official through litigation. The court ruled that the Lieutenant Governor was a holds the office in a de facto manner and therefore "holds o... More>>

Bronson Livestock Concerns Video included

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Proposed plans for a piece of property in a Southeast Kansas town.. are causing quite a bit of controversy. Some residents in Bronson, Kansas are concerned that a property owner plans to use a lot in town for livestock. Linda Sprague, Bronson Resident:"We're adamant, no cattle in town. It's enough." Linda Sprague and Heather LaRue live in Bronson.. and neither of them think there should be cattle kept at a lot at 607 Randolph street.  Sprague:"Th... More>>

MIAA Leads Nation in Basketball Attendance

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It's the 10th consecutive year the MIAA leads NCAA Division II in attendance in both men's and women's basketball. 

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Youth Mission to Pittsburg Video included

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Mark Johnson is one of 55 youth volunteers from the Diocese of Wichita, spending his week in Pittsburg doing missionary work. 

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Carl Junction and Seneca make a top twenty list of Safest Cities in Missouri. Video included

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In Carl Junction, officials say third safest city in Missouri means bragging rights that are good for business. 

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Empire can now move forward with wind energy program

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The Missouri Public Service Commission voted 5-0 today to allow Empire District Electric to move forward with various regulatory measures to add wind energy to its sources of power. In October of 2017, Empire District filed with regulators to expand its wind energy resources. The company wanted an additional 800 megawatts of wind energy by the end of 2020. They also planned to close its coal-fired plant in Asbury. That closure has been delayed. (Read more on the original story here...

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 7-11 Video included

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The Pittsburg City Commission votes to allow "Rise Redevelopment" to continue with a proposed condo project.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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Wildcat Wednesday: County Fair Preview (7-11-18) Video included

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From interviewing to livestock presentation, Wildcat Extension Agent Will Morris sits down with KOAM’s Michael Hayslip to talk 4-H projects, competitions, and the awarding system you’ll find at your local county fair this summer. 

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Nevada Facing Dangerous Property Concerns, Taking Steps To Improve Safety Video included

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    The City of Nevada is facing issues with dangerous buildings across the community.     And one neighbor, says he's waited long enough for action.  "What I like is they planted flowers out here." Nevada Resident David Hamilton says that's about the only thing about this home at 504 Spring Street that he likes. As for the rest of it..."It just makes me upset."

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Pittsburg Says Yes to More Lanes on 69 Video included

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Pittsburg City Commissioners unanimously reaffirm to US-69's expansion in Crawford County. 

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Unconscious man taken to hospital by Joplin police

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According to police, the man was tased after fleeing.

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Water Treatment Lagoons Clean Out Underway: Trucks Take Sludge to Farms Video included

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Crews are cleaning out thirty thousand cubic yards of lagoon sludge and taking it to area farm fields.  

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Southeast Kansas Woman Charged for Multiple Arsons Video included

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On July 9th, 2018, around 9:30 p.m. authorities arrested 46-year-old Sherry L. Kerby of McCune, Kansas on one count of arson of a dwelling, but further investigation led to more charges. The Kansas State Fire Marshal's Office and the Crawford County Sheriff's Office have been investigating 13 structure fires in McCune over the last three years (Sept. 5, 2015 - July 3, 2018). After Kerby's arrest, further investigation led authorities to charge her with five more counts of arson of ... More>>

85-Year-Old Shoe Store Destroyed in Suspicious Fire Video included

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Authorities in Miami, Oklahoma say one of the town's oldest businesses was destroyed in a suspicious fire. This comes at a particularly bad time for the store's owner who says it was recently burglarized, once on July 7th and again on July 9th,  Miami Fire Chief Robert Wright says the fire is suspicious because the back door was unlocked when crews arrived. 

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Child Death Case Latest: Motion for Discovery Video included

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KOAM and FOX 14 obtains the motion for discovery filed in a Carl Junction child death case. The defense attorney for Jalen Vaden filed the motion on July 6th, 2018. Vaden is the suspect in the death of 3-year-old Jayda Kyle of Carl Junction, MO in December of 2017. Vaden is charged with second degree murder and abuse or neglect resulting in death. Defense Attorney Tracy Martin has requested all diagnostic imaging, including MRI scans, CT scans, x-rays and any other images and te...

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JPD: Body Found, Autopsy Scheduled Video included

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Joplin Police say a MODOT Mowing Crew discovered a body at the interchange of I-44/49 this morning (July 10th, 2018). Officers responded and found the body on a hillside on the north side of the I-44 Westbound transition ramp to Southbound I-49. Police are conducting a death investigation. The Missouri State Highway Patrol is assisting officers. KOAM/FOX 14 is on the scene. We'll have more details as they become available.

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6 People Charged with Medicaid Fraud in Kansas

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Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt today (7/10/18) announced that his office has charged six people with Medicaid fraud and/or related charges as part of a nationwide enforcement action led by the U.S. Department of Justice. The six individuals allegedly stole more than $90,000 total from the Kansas Medicaid program through false billings. The cases filed were as follows: • State v. Lindsey Gill and State v. Dorothy Gill; Lyon County Case Nos. 18-CR-264 and ... More>>

KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 7-10

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A Carthage man died yesterday in a three-vehicle crash.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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Pittsburg Farmer's Market: Tomato Pie Video included

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Alicia Shoemaker with the Pittsburg Farmer's Market shows KOAM's Tawnya Bach how to make a Tomato Pie!

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New Development Could Be In Sight For Former Irving Elementary Site Video included

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    After seven years - the site of one of Joplin's three former school buildings may soon have a new occupant.     A rezoning request was presented to the planning and zoning commission today for the former site of Irving Elementary.     And while it's still in the early stages, city officials are excited     A new restaurant is being proposed for the location.

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Hospital Bed Shortage Causes Issues for the Southeast Kansas Mental Health Center Video included

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In 2015, the Osawatomie State Hospital reduced it's bed count by by 60 beds, from 206 to 146. The Southeast Kansas Mental Health Center refers its patients in need of inpatient care to Osawatomie, but for the last 3 years the hospital has been able to say "no." 

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Little League Districts Begin in Joplin

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Sunny Jim Park will host the 12U Little League District tournament from July 9th - July 16th. 

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Man Arrested In Pittsburg on Federal Warrant, Drugs

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A Kansas City, Missouri man is arrested in Pittsburg, Kansas on a federal warrant. The Pittsburg Police Department says on Monday, July 9th, 2018, around 12:45 p.m., officers served a federal warrant on a person at the Regency Inn and Suites (4023 Parkview Drive). Police found items believed to be methamphetamine, marijuana and phencyclidine (PCP) during the search. 45-year-old Damon Lamont Beamon was arrested without incident on a federal no-bond felony probation violation w...

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Drone Helps Highway Patrol Video included

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Trooper Dan Yingling has been with the Missouri State Highway Patrol for seven years now and he's excited about the new addition of a drone to their crash team. 

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Ballot Information: Joplin Answers Local Use Tax Questions

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The City of Joplin hopes to clear up any questions residents may have surrounding an item on the August 7th, 2018 ballot. Joplin residents will answer a question whether to collect a local use tax on items purchased from out-of-state and brought back into Joplin for use. It's listed as "City of Joplin -- Proposition A". The Joplin City Council has sent out an FAQ on the use tax question: "This brochure provides you with information regarding this use tax, which i...

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Kansas Man Dies After Single-Vehicle Crash Video included

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The fatal crash happened on July 8th, 2018, around 3:00 p.m. in Wilson County, Kansas. The Kansas Highway Patrol says Floyd Reynolds III was driving south on Ottawa Road (Million Dollar Hwy) about two miles west of Altoona when he drifted left off the road, over corrected and rolled into the ditch. Authorities say the Chevrolet Tahoe traveled through a fence into a cornfield landing on its passenger side. The 37-year-old Neodesha, Kansas man was ejected and died at the scen... More>>

KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 7-9 Video included

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The attorney for the man accused of killing a Carl Junction girl seeks to lower his bond.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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Witnesses Describe Bloody Scene from Apartment Stabbings

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Joplin police investigate stabbings at a local apartment complex. Police say two men ended up with stab wounds and one was taking into custody.  

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Sarcoxie Teen Returns Home After About A Month In The Hospital Video included

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After about a month in a Kansas City hospital, a fourteen-year-old Sarcoxie girl is back home. Today was a pretty normal day for Hannah Ogle. She spent it  with her family and went to church. Just a few days ago Hannah was in Children's Mercy Hospital recovering from a liver transplant June 9th. She needed the surgery for PSC (Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis). The hospital finally released her on Friday, nearly a full month after the transplant. When Hannah came home she...

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Family "Fights Fire with Fire" Video included

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HyAzia Johnson still remembers the day she pulled into her driveway to see her home in blazes.

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Couple Celebrates 40 Years of Marriage Video included

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A couple celebrates 40 years of marriage with a special message to the Central Christian Center congregation where they tied the knot all those years ago. 

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Carthage Police Investigate Infant Death

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Carthage Police were called to a home at 615 E. Airport Drive around 3:00pm Sunday along with EMS crews. There a five month old male child was not conscious and not breathing. 

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JPD Investigates Apartment Stabbings of Two Men Video included

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A pair of stabbings at the Oxford Park Apartments in Joplin has other residents thinking of moving.  The attacks happened Sunday around noon at 3320 Texas. 

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Crawford Co. Sheriff Announces Plans for Retirement

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Crawford county sheriff Dan Peak  announced on Friday that  he and his undersheriff are retiring.    

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Jasper County Youth Fair Video included

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A long standing tradition in Jasper County kicked off this weekend.  Municipal Park in Carthage is the place for this years Jasper County Youth Fair.  The fun started with an arts and crafts competition -- which featured projects ranging from cookies and cakes to painting and scrap booking and everything in between. The competition is held so everyone gets a chance to participate in the fair.. Even if they aren't quite old enough to show animals. Molly Russell, Youth Fai... More>>

Nature Center Clean Up Video included

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Some kids in Joplin are getting the chance to learn how to care for the environment. Raking leaves and pulling weeds at the nature center. That's what part of the Stapleton Elementary nature club was up to this morning at the school.  The nature center is an outdoors scientific learning environment at the school. One parent thinks helping clean up the center can teach his son responsibility.  Justin Ward, Parent: "There could be anything else he could be doing toda... More>>

Car Wash Brings in Cash for Kids Video included

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Twelve-year-old Elisia Spiring  is working side by side with friends she's made at the Neighborhood Life House, which provides Christ-centered after school activities for children in kindergarten through eighth grade.

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Seneca Celebrates 150 Years - One Resident Has Been There 83 Of Those Years Video included

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When it comes to birthday's - the Seneca Chamber of Commerce, knows how to celebrate. More importantly, they know how to welcome, everyone to the party. Lori Scribner, Treasurer, Seneca Chamber of Commerce: "You feel like family and you feel like this is home even if you didn't grow up here." It's that welcoming atmosphere that's kept Morris Mailes here his entire life... Morris Mailes, Seneca Resident: "83 years minus 2 in service." Ok, almost his entire life... More>>

Route 66 Signs Stolen

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Several signs along Route 66 have gone missing in the last week -- and officials are investigating the thefts.  Renee Charles, Kansas Historic Route 66 Association:"For that many signs to be cut down and taken, somebody's either just doing vandalism, or their gathering up signs to sell somewhere. And it's really depressing." Last Friday, two signs in Baxter Springs Kansas went missing.  Since then, seven others along the route in Galena and Riverton have also di... More>>

Historic Home Restoration Continues Video included

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Kimberly Spillers has lived in the oldest house of the Historic Murphysburg District of Joplin since 1997 when she purchased the property from her grandmother who lived there before her in 1965.

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Amber Alert: Police Search for 13-Year-Old

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Police say Amber Lynn Rewerts-Schiavoni was last seen on July 4th, 2018 around one this afternoon at the Greyhound bus station in Kansas City, Missouri. Police believe Amber may be with 23-year-old Darvike D White. Lenexa, KS Police Department: "We are seeking public assistance in locating a missing juvenile. On July 4, 2018, at around 1:00 P.M., the juvenile was seen leaving her residence near 77th and Quivira in Lenexa. The juvenile told a parent that she was walking to...

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Governor Updates Drought Declarations in Kansas Counties

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The Governor's Drought Team examines continued drought conditions as summer temps climb. Topeka – While there have been some recent rains, drought conditions for many areas of Kansas continue to worsen. Today Governor Jeff Colyer updated the Drought Declaration for Kansas counties with Executive Order 18-16 (attached). The update includes all 105 counties either in an emergency, warning or watch status. This order places nearly half of Kansas counties in an emergency drought... More>>

Fundraiser for First Responders Video included

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Mental health among first responders is the focus of a fundraiser in Southeast Kansas.  Post traumatic stress is something that is commonly associated with military veterans. But one organization is working with first responders who experience similar problems.  Eric Seabolt has been with the Colony, Kansas Fire Department since 19-92.  During that time, he's seen more than his fair share of tragic events.  Eric Seabolt, Colony Fire Department Chief: "... More>>

Seneca Offers July Summer School, Parents See Benefits Video included

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Summer school is over in most districts but not Seneca. For the first time, Seneca school district is holding a  second summer school. More than sixty kids in first through 6th grade are now back in class. 

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Search Warrants Lead to Charges In Separate Drug Cases

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The McDonald County, Missouri Sheriff's Office says five people are charged in two separate cases. Authorities say the first search warrant was served at a home east of Noel, Missouri near Narrows Lane. Detectives confiscated what's believed to be 3 grams of heroin, 95-100 grams of methamphetamines, pills and firearms. The prosecutor's office charged Skyler Peters and Candace Bright with trafficking drugs in the second degree and two counts of possession of controlled substance. ... More>>

Missouri Conservation Audit, Comp Time Changes Recommended

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Auditor Galloway releases audit of the Missouri Department of Conservation. The report includes findings regarding the 2016 separation agreement, employee comp time and travel. JEFFERSON CITY, Mo (July 5, 2018) Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway today released her report on the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), which received an overall rating of fair. "Missouri is well-known across the nation for premier outdoor opportunities, making the work of the Departmen... More>>

Name Released After Near Drowning in Southeast Kansas

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On July 4th, 2018, Coffeyville, Kansas officials say Juan Manuel Donis-Francisco was rescued and resuscitated after being pulled from the water by a lifeguard. On Wednesday afternoon, officials say the 18-year-old was unresponsive when he was pulled from the pool. Lifeguard immediately began performing CPR. Donis-Francisco was taken to the Coffeyville Regional Medical Center and then life flighted to an area hospital. The Aquatic Center was closed after the incident wh... More>>

Summer School in July? Seneca Tries Second Session

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The Seneca School district opens its doors for another round of summer school. 

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Southeast Kansas Police Respond to Serious Fireworks Injury

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On July 4th, 2018, the Independence, Kansas Police were called to the Labette Heath emergency room for a report of a fireworks injury. Authorities say the person was dropping fireworks in trash cans in Riverside Park when one when off in their hand causing severe trauma. The family drove the person to the hospital. Police Chief Jerry Harrison reminds people that in cases of severe injury it's usually best to call 911 and have an ambulance respond. The Independence Fire and ... More>>

KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 7-5 Video included

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Authorities in Polk County Missouri are investigating the cause of an explosion at a fireworks facility.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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Former Deputy Sues Crawford Co. Commission Citing Age Discrimination in Firing Video included

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The Crawford county commission faces a lawsuit over age discrimination filed by a former sheriffs deputy.  

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MO Tax Credit Encourages Donations to Pregnancy Clinics Video included

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A new tax credit in Missouri is being used to encourage donations to pregnancy clinics. Last week, Missouri Governor Parson signed House Bill 12-88.  The bill establishes a tax credit for donations made to "pregnancy resource centers" - such as Choices Medical Services - that don't offer abortion services, or perform childbirths in house.  Jordynn Griffith, Choices Medical Services:"It's a huge benefit to organizations like ours cause it ...

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Four-States Gas Prices Among Lowest in the Country Video included

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    Drivers in the four-states will get a little relief at the pump this holiday season, at least when compared with other states.     The average price in Missouri is $2.60, $2.65 in Kansas, $2.61 in Oklahoma and $2.59 in Arkansas.     The highest price in the country is in Hawaii with $3.70.    More>>

Senior Living Apartment Complex Under Construction Video included

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Four acres of tornado devastated property purchased from the Joplin Redevelopment Corporation  is now shaping up into a senior living apartment complex. 

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Joplin Man Sentenced for Burglary Video included

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On August 24th, 2017 around 3:00 a.m., a Newton County Deputy heard an alarm in the area of the Olive Garden in Joplin, Missouri. He tracked down the alarm to be Cheddars (3120 East Hammons). The deputy saw that a rock had been thrown into the glass door on the south side of the building and that entry was gained. Joplin Police Officers were called to investigate. Authorities found that alcohol and cash had been stolen from Cheddars. Surveillance images of the suspect were rele... More>>

KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 7-3 Video included

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Preliminary autopsy results indicate the death of an inmate at the Newton County Missouri jail was from a drug overdose.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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City of Joplin Closer To Salary Plan For Police, Fire Video included

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    The Joplin City Council meeting tonight-  the biggest item on the agenda for those in the audience - a new pay plan proposal.     Although it has some promise, those it impacts, are remaining cautiously optimistic.   Council voted unanimously to move forward with looking at the new pay plan proposal.

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Update: Joplin Man Charged For Chasing Another Man With A Taser Video included

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Oronogo police arrested a man Monday, July 2nd, on charges of unlawful use of a weapon, 2nd degree assault and resisting felony arrest. The man allegedly chased another man around the victim's home with a flashlight that had a built in stun gun device. According to police the suspect was at the victim's house for  a business related issue. Jasper County Deputies assisted Oronogo Police Officers for over an hour in talking the suspect into coming out of the hou...

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Downtown Joplin Alliance Needs Your Help Video included

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The Downtown Joplin Alliance has received a People Energizing Places grant, or pep grant from the Missouri Mainstreet Foundation. But this isn't a monetary grant. Instead, Missouri Main Street is providing consulting services for the Downtown Joplin Alliance. 

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Fireworks Return to Lion Country Video included

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An Independence Day celebration is getting back to its roots in lion country after two decades thanks to the approval of a plan by the university's Board of Governors.

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 7-2 Video included

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A new Kansas law is in effect, aimed at protecting, kids, pets, and good Samaritans.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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Sheriff Says Death at Newton Co. Jail Not Suicide

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The Newton County sheriff says a  death at the Newton County jail was not a suicide. Sheriff Chris Jennings  said  an autopsy was conducted Sunday but more information is still needed to determine the exact cause of death of the man in custody but he said it was not a suicide.  

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Kansas Governor Announces Cattle Trace Pilot Program for Disease Traceability

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Tracking disease in cattle should be impacted by a new program announced this weekend by the governor of Kansas. It's important for biosecurity and tracing any disease outbreak. 

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Hope City Church Feeds the Hungry Video included

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Nikki Webster lives in Kansas, but she calls Hope City her home away from home. 

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Inmate Dies in Newton County Jail Video included

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The Newton County sheriff confirms an inmate died in custody at the jail  Friday evening.  

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Car Raffle Takes Place for the Joplin Outlaws Video included

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The collegiate baseball team, the Joplin Outlaws will be giving away a car at their game today. 

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Neosho Celebrates with Annual Air Show Video included

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An annual air show at the Neosho airport celebrates veterans and active service members, including EMS, fire and police. 

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Pedestrian Killed in Wyandotte

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A Wyandotte, Oklahoma  man is dead after being struck by a car while standing in the southbound lane of Highway 10. 

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Humane Society holds Low Cost Vaccine Clinic Video included

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A low cost animal vaccine clinic is helping people protect their furry friends ahead of the fourth of July. People started lining up at 7 a-m outside the Joplin Humane Society for their low cost vaccine clinic.  The shelter offered several vaccinations for dogs and cats, as well as flea treatments and microchips for as low as 10 dollars each. Officials with the shelter say it's important to get your pet vaccinated and microchiped before the fourth.. So they are protected if a ... More>>

Mudstock Uses Mud to Teach Drug Abuse Prevention Video included

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Mud is being used as an educational tool to teach kids about the dangers of drug abuse in Carthage, Missouri. Cory Heinz joins his sons Johnathan and Sawyer - and two thousand others - in an obstacle course that combines dirt and thousands of gallons of water to make... Mudstock.  Cory Heinz, Carthage Native:"It's fun. We've been almost every year." But - it's not just about playing in the muck. It's also about teaching kids about drugs and substance abuse.  ...

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Nevada Regional Medical Center Receives $2,000 Grant Video included

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The Nevada Regional Medical Center receives a grant totaling $2,000 from the NRMC Foundation.     The money is for the hospital's Special Needs Fund.     The Special Needs Fund at the Nevada Regional Medical Center helps pay for prescription medications - for patients who otherwise can't afford the medicine they need. Samie McCullough, NRMC Social Worker: "They take their voucher and they go to the pharmacy of their choosing, and then we pa... More>>

New Kansas Law Goes into Effect July 1st Video included

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Kansas' new "hot car" law shields good Samaritans from being sued, fined, or charged for breaking into a vehicle, if they see a person or pet whose life is in danger from the heat.

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Dental Care for the Homeless Video included

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It was free dentistry day at Bridgestone Dental Center today -- but not for just anyone. The office partnered with Watered Gardens Rescue Mission to provide free dental work to the homeless.  Terrie Spence has been battling homelessness for the past 3 years. Over the course of that time.. taking care of her teeth wasn't always an option.  Terrie Spence, Homeless:"I didn't always have access to a dentist, and I didn't always have a job." She... More>>

KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 6-29 Video included

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Police identify the teenager who was killed while trying to cross Joplin’s Range Line Street on Wednesday.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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4th of July Is Coming Fast - Are You Prepared? Some Tips On Safety, Rules Video included

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    The Fourth of July is less than a week away - and that means many of us will be heading to city shows, or, building one yourself.     But, what should you to be safe?     And - do you know what's legal where you live? Safety labels - they're on every firework sold - giving explicit instructions on how to be safe. We'll come back to those in a minute. What's not on every firework - your local city ordinance.

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Local Fire Departments Aid in Eureka Video included

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Members of a local disaster response task force have spent the last two days helping with tornado recovery in Eureka, Kansas. Today, they came home.  Taylor Cerne, Pittsburg Fire Department:"As you moved more into the path of the tornado, then you started getting big trees down, you started getting roofs off of the houses." That's just a small part of the devastation that occurred in Eureka, Kansas Tuesday night - as an EF-3 tornado ripped through the heart of t... More>>

Crash Victim Identified Video included

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Joplin police have identified the victim of a fatal Range Line crash as a Joplin teen. For more than a day, his identity was a mystery. They now know the pedestrian hit yesterday morning was 16-year-old Mark Collins. 

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Check Out the Most Unique Watchdog on a SWMO Ranch Video included

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 Protecting ranch animals is part of the job for Tony, a llama. 

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