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  • New Way To Treat Depression In Joplin

    New Way To Treat Depression In Joplin

    Thursday, November 15 2018 10:31 PM EST2018-11-16 03:31:45 GMT
        A new way to treat depression has made it's way to the four-states...Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, or "TMS" therapy is a non-drug, non-invasive treatment for patients with major depression who have not seen success on anti-depressant medication.     Freeman Health's Ozark Center recently debuted the technology which uses a highly targeted pulsed magnetic field, similar to what an MRI machine uses, to stimulate nerves in the part of...More >>
        A new way to treat depression has made it's way to the four-states...Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, or "TMS" therapy is a non-drug, non-invasive treatment for patients with major depression who have not seen success on anti-depressant medication.     Freeman Health's Ozark Center recently debuted the technology which uses a highly targeted pulsed magnetic field, similar to what an MRI machine uses, to stimulate nerves in the part of...More >>
  • Three Year Old Left On Webb City Bus

    Three Year Old Left On Webb City Bus

    Thursday, November 15 2018 10:22 PM EST2018-11-16 03:22:25 GMT
        A child is left behind on a bus in Webb City and the parent takes to Facebook fighting for change. Dr. Kevin Cooper, Webb City Asst. Superintendent: "To be honest with you, we're not 100% sure exactly, how it happened, but we can tell you that we had a student that was left on a bus for an extended period of time, and it was one of our early childhood students." The child left behind, only three years old, the daughter of Samantha Sweet.  Sweet t...More >>
        A child is left behind on a bus in Webb City and the parent takes to Facebook fighting for change. Dr. Kevin Cooper, Webb City Asst. Superintendent: "To be honest with you, we're not 100% sure exactly, how it happened, but we can tell you that we had a student that was left on a bus for an extended period of time, and it was one of our early childhood students." The child left behind, only three years old, the daughter of Samantha Sweet.  Sweet t...More >>
  • Vogt Signs at Carthage High School

    Vogt Signs at Carthage High School

    Thursday, November 15 2018 8:52 PM EST2018-11-16 01:52:44 GMT

    Trason Vogt is an All-Conference and All-District pitcher for Carthage. 

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    Trason Vogt is an All-Conference and All-District pitcher for Carthage. 

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  • Humboldt Aims to Continue Historic Run

    Humboldt Aims to Continue Historic Run

    Thursday, November 15 2018 6:56 PM EST2018-11-15 23:56:52 GMT

    The Cubs (11-0) are in the state semifinals for the first time in team history, where they will face Riley County Friday night. 

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    The Cubs (11-0) are in the state semifinals for the first time in team history, where they will face Riley County Friday night. 

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  • Joplin Family Comes Together in House Fire Aftermath

    Joplin Family Comes Together in House Fire Aftermath

    Thursday, November 15 2018 6:51 PM EST2018-11-15 23:51:03 GMT
    It took hours for firefighters to subdue the flames that engulfed the Dallies' home, a frightening experience for one of the survivors. "You can't see, you can't breathe and you know you're just distraught. The only thing you can think of is just get everybody out, get everybody all taken care of and that's all you can do," said Angelica Dallies. This two-story family house belonged to the Dallies and extended relatives for nearly 20 years. "Everybody pretty mu...More >>
    It took hours for firefighters to subdue the flames that engulfed the Dallies' home, a frightening experience for one of the survivors. "You can't see, you can't breathe and you know you're just distraught. The only thing you can think of is just get everybody out, get everybody all taken care of and that's all you can do," said Angelica Dallies. This two-story family house belonged to the Dallies and extended relatives for nearly 20 years. "Everybody pretty mu...More >>
  • Crawford County, Ks man enters plea deal in shooting

    Crawford County, Ks man enters plea deal in shooting

    Thursday, November 15 2018 6:25 PM EST2018-11-15 23:25:53 GMT
    Muriece ScholesMuriece Scholes

    Muriece Scholes, 77, of rural Frontenac, Ks enters a plea deal for shooting a Pittsburg man. The crime happened on June 4th, 2017, near 940 S. 250th Street in Crawford County, Kansas. Dispatch received a call about a man being shot. Deputies responded and found 42-year-old Warren Hill with a gunshot wound to the shoulder. Authorities got a warrant and on June 14th, 2017, arrested Scholes for first degree attempted murder for shooting Hill. As part of the plea deal, Scholes will be ...

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    Muriece Scholes, 77, of rural Frontenac, Ks enters a plea deal for shooting a Pittsburg man. The crime happened on June 4th, 2017, near 940 S. 250th Street in Crawford County, Kansas. Dispatch received a call about a man being shot. Deputies responded and found 42-year-old Warren Hill with a gunshot wound to the shoulder. Authorities got a warrant and on June 14th, 2017, arrested Scholes for first degree attempted murder for shooting Hill. As part of the plea deal, Scholes will be ...

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  • Guilty verdict in Joplin murder case

    Guilty verdict in Joplin murder case

    Thursday, November 15 2018 5:48 PM EST2018-11-15 22:48:01 GMT
    James Henneha is found guilty of first degree murder in Joplin, Mo. (Nov 15, 2018)James Henneha is found guilty of first degree murder in Joplin, Mo. (Nov 15, 2018)
    James Henneha is found guilty of first degree murder in Joplin, Mo. (Nov 15, 2018)James Henneha is found guilty of first degree murder in Joplin, Mo. (Nov 15, 2018)

    A jury finds James Henneha guilty of first degree murder in the death of 38-year-old Tonya Crawford. Closing arguments were delivered this morning (Nov. 15, 2018) and the jury retired at 9:58 a.m. The jury was then seated at 1:28 p.m. and read the following, " WE, THE JURY, FIND THE DEFENDANT JAMES WARREN HENNEHA GUILTY OF MURDER IN THE FIRST DEGREE AS SUBMITTED IN INSTRUCTION NO. 5." Tonya Crawford was reported missing on January 22nd, 2016. A day later, a landlord and fam...

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    A jury finds James Henneha guilty of first degree murder in the death of 38-year-old Tonya Crawford. Closing arguments were delivered this morning (Nov. 15, 2018) and the jury retired at 9:58 a.m. The jury was then seated at 1:28 p.m. and read the following, " WE, THE JURY, FIND THE DEFENDANT JAMES WARREN HENNEHA GUILTY OF MURDER IN THE FIRST DEGREE AS SUBMITTED IN INSTRUCTION NO. 5." Tonya Crawford was reported missing on January 22nd, 2016. A day later, a landlord and fam...

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  • Neosho High Speech & Debate Team Earn Top 100 Status in Nation

    Neosho High Speech & Debate Team Earn Top 100 Status in Nation

    Thursday, November 15 2018 5:47 PM EST2018-11-15 22:47:27 GMT

    Neosho high school ranks in the top 100 schools by the National Speech and Debate Association, placing 42nd out of 3500 schools. 

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    Neosho high school ranks in the top 100 schools by the National Speech and Debate Association, placing 42nd out of 3500 schools. 

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  • Roy Clark, 'Hee Haw' host, dies at 85

    Roy Clark, 'Hee Haw' host, dies at 85

    Thursday, November 15 2018 3:26 PM EST2018-11-15 20:26:09 GMT
    Roy Clark, a country music star and former host of the long-running TV series "Hee Haw," died Thursday, his publicist told CNN.Roy Clark, a country music star and former host of the long-running TV series "Hee Haw," died Thursday, his publicist told CNN.
    Roy Clark, a country music star and former host of the long-running TV series "Hee Haw," died Thursday, his publicist told CNN.Roy Clark, a country music star and former host of the long-running TV series "Hee Haw," died Thursday, his publicist told CNN.
    By Megan Thomas and Kevin Bohn, CNN     (CNN) -- Roy Clark, a country music star and former host of the long-running TV series "Hee Haw," died Thursday, his publicist told CNN. He was 85. Clark died of complications from pneumonia at his home in Tulsa, Oklahoma, according to publicist Sandy Brokaw. Raised in Washington D.C., the guitarist and banjo player began his musical career as a young teen. He made his first appearance at the Grand Ole Opry at a...More >>
    By Megan Thomas and Kevin Bohn, CNN     (CNN) -- Roy Clark, a country music star and former host of the long-running TV series "Hee Haw," died Thursday, his publicist told CNN. He was 85. Clark died of complications from pneumonia at his home in Tulsa, Oklahoma, according to publicist Sandy Brokaw. Raised in Washington D.C., the guitarist and banjo player began his musical career as a young teen. He made his first appearance at the Grand Ole Opry at a...More >>
  • NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW 11-15

    Thursday, November 15 2018 12:14 PM EST2018-11-15 17:14:12 GMT
    JOPLIN HOUSE FIRE 11 people, including five children escaped from an overnight house fire in Joplin. The two-story fire on the corner of South 19th and Seargent erupted into flames around 3 a.m. A total of four trucks worked to put out the flames, but nearly two hours later those flames were still burning strong. One of the family members says they had three space heaters running and the fire may have started from electrical reasons.   GARY NODLER HONORED Missouri Southe...More >>
    JOPLIN HOUSE FIRE 11 people, including five children escaped from an overnight house fire in Joplin. The two-story fire on the corner of South 19th and Seargent erupted into flames around 3 a.m. A total of four trucks worked to put out the flames, but nearly two hours later those flames were still burning strong. One of the family members says they had three space heaters running and the fire may have started from electrical reasons.   GARY NODLER HONORED Missouri Southe...More >>
  • 11 People Escape from an Overnight Fire in Joplin

    11 People Escape from an Overnight Fire in Joplin

    Thursday, November 15 2018 6:51 AM EST2018-11-15 11:51:26 GMT
    11 people, including five children escaped from an overnight house fire in Joplin.  The two-story fire on the corner of South 19th and Seargent erupted into flames around three o’clock this morning.  A total of four trucks worked to put out the flames, but nearly two hours later those flames were still burning strong.  Six adults and five children were in the home and escaped uninjured.  One of the family members says they had three space heaters running and ...More >>
    11 people, including five children escaped from an overnight house fire in Joplin.  The two-story fire on the corner of South 19th and Seargent erupted into flames around three o’clock this morning.  A total of four trucks worked to put out the flames, but nearly two hours later those flames were still burning strong.  Six adults and five children were in the home and escaped uninjured.  One of the family members says they had three space heaters running and ...More >>
  • Kafka Signs to PSU Track & Field

    Kafka Signs to PSU Track & Field

    Wednesday, November 14 2018 8:10 PM EST2018-11-15 01:10:56 GMT

    "Right when I walked in I knew that's where I wanted to go. It's always been a dream for me to go to Pitt State."

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    "Right when I walked in I knew that's where I wanted to go. It's always been a dream for me to go to Pitt State."

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  • SEK Law Enforcement Offices starting Drug Task Force

    SEK Law Enforcement Offices starting Drug Task Force

    Wednesday, November 14 2018 7:09 PM EST2018-11-15 00:09:38 GMT
    Catching drug dealers in Labette county, Kansas is the focus of a new multi agency task force.  In the past couple of weeks, the Parsons Police Department has made two separate drug arrests that involved suspects from outside of Labette county, and even the state. One happened at a hotel on main street.. and the other in the middle of town.. both arrested for suspicions of distribution.  Robert Spinks, Parsons Police Chief:"We've made arrests on significant play...More >>
    Catching drug dealers in Labette county, Kansas is the focus of a new multi agency task force.  In the past couple of weeks, the Parsons Police Department has made two separate drug arrests that involved suspects from outside of Labette county, and even the state. One happened at a hotel on main street.. and the other in the middle of town.. both arrested for suspicions of distribution.  Robert Spinks, Parsons Police Chief:"We've made arrests on significant play...More >>
  • Joplin Redevelopment Corporation Sends Renovation Plans to Council

    Joplin Redevelopment Corporation Sends Renovation Plans to Council

    Wednesday, November 14 2018 7:02 PM EST2018-11-15 00:02:28 GMT

    A Joplin building owner is a step closer to being able to renovate two downtown buildings.       The Joplin Redevelopment Corporation or JRC said yes to the plan from Lori and Jeremy Haun that could bring new businesses to the 900 block of Main. 

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    A Joplin building owner is a step closer to being able to renovate two downtown buildings.       The Joplin Redevelopment Corporation or JRC said yes to the plan from Lori and Jeremy Haun that could bring new businesses to the 900 block of Main. 

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  • Trial underway for murder of Gypsy Blanchard's mother in Missouri

    Trial underway for murder of Gypsy Blanchard's mother in Missouri

    Thursday, November 15 2018 3:21 PM EST2018-11-15 20:21:29 GMT
    Nicholas Godejohn in court, Nov. 13, 2018, Springfield, Mo.Nicholas Godejohn in court, Nov. 13, 2018, Springfield, Mo.

    The trial of a man accused of murdering the mother of his girlfriend is underway in Springfield, Missouri. Tuesday, November 13th, 2018, a jury watched compelling evidence in the trial of 29-year-old Nicholas Godejohn - his 2015 confession. "The truth is... Ok I'll admit it. I did actually stab her," says Godejohn in the interrogation footage. The confession is just a fraction of the hour and a half long interrogation footage watched by all twelve jurors and the defendant...

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    The trial of a man accused of murdering the mother of his girlfriend is underway in Springfield, Missouri. Tuesday, November 13th, 2018, a jury watched compelling evidence in the trial of 29-year-old Nicholas Godejohn - his 2015 confession. "The truth is... Ok I'll admit it. I did actually stab her," says Godejohn in the interrogation footage. The confession is just a fraction of the hour and a half long interrogation footage watched by all twelve jurors and the defendant...

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  • Kidnapping investigated in southwest Missouri, one arrested

    Kidnapping investigated in southwest Missouri, one arrested

    Wednesday, November 14 2018 1:25 PM EST2018-11-14 18:25:38 GMT
    Matthew F. ClementsMatthew F. Clements
    Matthew F. ClementsMatthew F. Clements

    The Barton County Sheriff's Office releases information about a kidnapping case. Authorities have arrested a Lamar, Missouri man for kidnapping and resisting arrest. A 46-year-old woman told authorities that she had been tied up and bound by duct tape and nylon rope at her home off "A" Highway in Barton County.

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    The Barton County Sheriff's Office releases information about a kidnapping case. Authorities have arrested a Lamar, Missouri man for kidnapping and resisting arrest. A 46-year-old woman told authorities that she had been tied up and bound by duct tape and nylon rope at her home off "A" Highway in Barton County.

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  • KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 11-14

    KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 11-14

    Wednesday, November 14 2018 9:27 AM EST2018-11-14 14:27:36 GMT

    Testimony has begun in the trial of James Henneha of Joplin who is accused of murdering Tonya Crawford.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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    Testimony has begun in the trial of James Henneha of Joplin who is accused of murdering Tonya Crawford.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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  • Joplin Woman Hit By A Car After Wreck

    Joplin Woman Hit By A Car After Wreck

    Wednesday, November 14 2018 9:03 AM EST2018-11-14 14:03:23 GMT

    A Joplin woman is in the hospital after being struck by a car. It happened around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday morning near the intersection of North Schifferdecker Avenue and Zora. 18-year-old Hailey Robinson was heading north on Schifferdecker when her vehicle left the road and overturned. After she got out of her car she was hit by a separate vehicle. Robinson was taken to the hospital with moderate injuries.

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    A Joplin woman is in the hospital after being struck by a car. It happened around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday morning near the intersection of North Schifferdecker Avenue and Zora. 18-year-old Hailey Robinson was heading north on Schifferdecker when her vehicle left the road and overturned. After she got out of her car she was hit by a separate vehicle. Robinson was taken to the hospital with moderate injuries.

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  • MSSU Celebrates opening of Lion Co-op

    MSSU Celebrates opening of Lion Co-op

    Tuesday, November 13 2018 10:12 PM EST2018-11-14 03:12:01 GMT
    A new program at Missouri Southern is focused on providing a source of food for students who are "food insecure".  A big day for MSSU.. appropriately.. marked by the cutting of green and gold. All to mark the beginning of a program dubbed "the Lion Co-op."  Andrea Cullers, Kinesiology Professor:"It's kind of like a grocery store. They can take what they need, and then come back a few days later and take more of what they need." Chris Lynn is...More >>
    A new program at Missouri Southern is focused on providing a source of food for students who are "food insecure".  A big day for MSSU.. appropriately.. marked by the cutting of green and gold. All to mark the beginning of a program dubbed "the Lion Co-op."  Andrea Cullers, Kinesiology Professor:"It's kind of like a grocery store. They can take what they need, and then come back a few days later and take more of what they need." Chris Lynn is...More >>
  • Stained Glass Window Both Memorial and Mission

    Stained Glass Window Both Memorial and Mission

    Tuesday, November 13 2018 7:03 PM EST2018-11-14 00:03:55 GMT

    Freeman Health System unveils its final window of inspiration.        .

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    Freeman Health System unveils its final window of inspiration.        .

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  • Treasurer Eric Schmitt will become Missouri attorney general

    Treasurer Eric Schmitt will become Missouri attorney general

    Tuesday, November 13 2018 1:55 PM EST2018-11-13 18:55:47 GMT
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Republican Gov. Mike Parson has named state Treasurer Eric Schmitt to replace Sen.-elect as Missouri's attorney general. Parson appointed the 43-year-old Republican on Tuesday. The attorney general's seat will be open once Hawley joins the U.S. Senate in January. Hawley unseated Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill in last week's election. Voters elected Schmitt as treasurer by wide margins in 2016. He previously served as a state senator representing suburba...More >>
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Republican Gov. Mike Parson has named state Treasurer Eric Schmitt to replace Sen.-elect as Missouri's attorney general. Parson appointed the 43-year-old Republican on Tuesday. The attorney general's seat will be open once Hawley joins the U.S. Senate in January. Hawley unseated Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill in last week's election. Voters elected Schmitt as treasurer by wide margins in 2016. He previously served as a state senator representing suburba...More >>
  • #1 East Mississippi, #2 Garden City to Meet in NJCAA National Championship in Pittsburg

    #1 East Mississippi, #2 Garden City to Meet in NJCAA National Championship in Pittsburg

    Monday, November 12 2018 10:26 PM EST2018-11-13 03:26:42 GMT

    Garden City is led by head coach Jeff Sims, who will take over as the head coach at Missouri Southern following the national championship game. 

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    Garden City is led by head coach Jeff Sims, who will take over as the head coach at Missouri Southern following the national championship game. 

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  • Snow Producing Another Traffic Hazard

    Snow Producing Another Traffic Hazard

    Monday, November 12 2018 8:55 PM EST2018-11-13 01:55:25 GMT
        When it comes to saving money, energy efficiency is one of the first things on the list.  But that conversion for traffic signals...has an unexpected, winter side effect.  About ten years ago the City of Joplin joined the trend of replacing the old-style incandescent traffic lights with LED's. David Hertzberg, Joplin Public Works Director: "The LED lights save 80% of the energy and they're a good sustainable and safe system."     E...More >>
        When it comes to saving money, energy efficiency is one of the first things on the list.  But that conversion for traffic signals...has an unexpected, winter side effect.  About ten years ago the City of Joplin joined the trend of replacing the old-style incandescent traffic lights with LED's. David Hertzberg, Joplin Public Works Director: "The LED lights save 80% of the energy and they're a good sustainable and safe system."     E...More >>
  • Department of Transportation Officials Tackle the Elements

    Department of Transportation Officials Tackle the Elements

    Monday, November 12 2018 6:54 PM EST2018-11-12 23:54:35 GMT
    Area road crews are working around the clock to keep roads safe. Both the Missouri and Kansas Department of Transportation began working on roads before the wintry weather began. Crews are putting down salt and in some places, a salt and sand mixture. MODOT says this snow is easy to plow, but issues of re-freezing overnight are a concern.   "The ground temperatures, they're right there at freezing mark, so that's why everything is kinda building slush. It's making ...More >>
    Area road crews are working around the clock to keep roads safe. Both the Missouri and Kansas Department of Transportation began working on roads before the wintry weather began. Crews are putting down salt and in some places, a salt and sand mixture. MODOT says this snow is easy to plow, but issues of re-freezing overnight are a concern.   "The ground temperatures, they're right there at freezing mark, so that's why everything is kinda building slush. It's making ...More >>
  • Joplin Man Reunites with Long-Lost Guitar After 35 Years

    Joplin Man Reunites with Long-Lost Guitar After 35 Years

    Monday, November 12 2018 6:35 PM EST2018-11-12 23:35:15 GMT
    As Cal Denison runs his fingers over the chords of his once-lost 72' Gretsch Tennessean guitar, he can't help but marvel at all that its been through. "The kids would sit on my lap and play it when they were little, and I played it with different bands and stuff and some of those people aren't around anymore. There's just so many things tied to that guitar, so many memories. It's hard to describe," said Denison. His parents bought him the guitar for his 17th birthday, ...More >>
    As Cal Denison runs his fingers over the chords of his once-lost 72' Gretsch Tennessean guitar, he can't help but marvel at all that its been through. "The kids would sit on my lap and play it when they were little, and I played it with different bands and stuff and some of those people aren't around anymore. There's just so many things tied to that guitar, so many memories. It's hard to describe," said Denison. His parents bought him the guitar for his 17th birthday, ...More >>
  • Missouri authorities search for suspect vehicle in high-speed chase

    Missouri authorities search for suspect vehicle in high-speed chase

    Monday, November 12 2018 4:49 PM EST2018-11-12 21:49:07 GMT
    The Barton County, Mo. Sheriff's Office is searching for a suspect vehicle (Nov. 12, 2018)The Barton County, Mo. Sheriff's Office is searching for a suspect vehicle (Nov. 12, 2018)
    The Barton County, Mo. Sheriff's Office is searching for a suspect vehicle (Nov. 12, 2018)The Barton County, Mo. Sheriff's Office is searching for a suspect vehicle (Nov. 12, 2018)
    Authorities search for a vehicle involved in a high-speed chase through Lamar, Missouri. It happened on November 12th, 2018, around 7:40 a.m. The deputy first saw the vehicle near O Highway and 160 west of Lamar. The deputy then saw the vehicle travel east on 160 until it reached the substation by Barton County Electric where it then turned and went back west on 160 highway. Authorities say the vehicle continued until it turned at a residential driveway (before J Highway)...More >>
    Authorities search for a vehicle involved in a high-speed chase through Lamar, Missouri. It happened on November 12th, 2018, around 7:40 a.m. The deputy first saw the vehicle near O Highway and 160 west of Lamar. The deputy then saw the vehicle travel east on 160 until it reached the substation by Barton County Electric where it then turned and went back west on 160 highway. Authorities say the vehicle continued until it turned at a residential driveway (before J Highway)...More >>
  • Pittsburg Fire Department shares home heating safety tips

    Pittsburg Fire Department shares home heating safety tips

    Monday, November 12 2018 12:45 PM EST2018-11-12 17:45:34 GMT
    The cold weather has finally arrived, which means residents will be turning up their thermostats and using home heating devices to stay warm. During the cold-weather months, it is especially important to make sure homes are heated safely. According to the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA), half of home heating fires occur in the months of December, January and February. To help keep residents safe this season, the Pittsburg Fire Department is sharing some essential hom...More >>
    The cold weather has finally arrived, which means residents will be turning up their thermostats and using home heating devices to stay warm. During the cold-weather months, it is especially important to make sure homes are heated safely. According to the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA), half of home heating fires occur in the months of December, January and February. To help keep residents safe this season, the Pittsburg Fire Department is sharing some essential hom...More >>
  • Joplin Museum Exhibit Features WWI Collection and Local History

    Joplin Museum Exhibit Features WWI Collection and Local History

    Monday, November 12 2018 12:13 AM EST2018-11-12 05:13:10 GMT

    Veterans of World War I and what they endured are part of   an exhibit  at the Joplin mineral museum.  

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    Veterans of World War I and what they endured are part of   an exhibit  at the Joplin mineral museum.  

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  • Local Veteran Encourages More Support for Those Battling PTSD

    Local Veteran Encourages More Support for Those Battling PTSD

    Sunday, November 11 2018 6:19 PM EST2018-11-11 23:19:40 GMT
    Air Force veteran Larry Stevicks found his calling as Commander for Fort Scott VFW Post 1165 because he knows personally how important it is to provide an opportunity for those who serve to vent abut their experience in war.  "I'm a combat veteran. I was in Udorn, Thailand for about 13 months and it just, certain things that come about that are important for them to know, and so by having a place for them to go to to air themselves a little bit without it going ...More >>
    Air Force veteran Larry Stevicks found his calling as Commander for Fort Scott VFW Post 1165 because he knows personally how important it is to provide an opportunity for those who serve to vent abut their experience in war.  "I'm a combat veteran. I was in Udorn, Thailand for about 13 months and it just, certain things that come about that are important for them to know, and so by having a place for them to go to to air themselves a little bit without it going ...More >>
  • Missouri Southern Names Jeff Sims Head Football Coach

    Missouri Southern Names Jeff Sims Head Football Coach

    Sunday, November 11 2018 3:20 PM EST2018-11-11 20:20:59 GMT

    Sims comes to Southern from Garden City CC, where he led the Broncbusters to a national title in 2016, and has them playing for another championship later this month. 

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    Sims comes to Southern from Garden City CC, where he led the Broncbusters to a national title in 2016, and has them playing for another championship later this month. 

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  • Joplin Meth Conspiracy Leader Faces Life in Prison

    Joplin Meth Conspiracy Leader Faces Life in Prison

    Saturday, November 10 2018 11:57 PM EST2018-11-11 04:57:45 GMT

    A federal jury convicted a Joplin man of leading a conspiracy to distribute meth. 36 year old Donald Loomis faces a mandatory  sentence of life  in federal prison.. 

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    A federal jury convicted a Joplin man of leading a conspiracy to distribute meth. 36 year old Donald Loomis faces a mandatory  sentence of life  in federal prison.. 

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  • BI-Centennial License Plates Planned for MO

    BI-Centennial License Plates Planned for MO

    Saturday, November 10 2018 10:52 PM EST2018-11-11 03:52:10 GMT
    Missouri license plates are getting a makeoverMissouri license plates are getting a makeover
    Missouri license plates are getting a makeoverMissouri license plates are getting a makeover

        Missouri will celebrate its 200th anniversary of statehood in 2021 and it will mark the occasion with special license plates for residents. 

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        Missouri will celebrate its 200th anniversary of statehood in 2021 and it will mark the occasion with special license plates for residents. 

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  • Local Artists Gear Up for Holiday Season with Annual Craft Shows

    Local Artists Gear Up for Holiday Season with Annual Craft Shows

    Saturday, November 10 2018 5:53 PM EST2018-11-10 22:53:21 GMT

    Lindsay Eggerman glances out the shop window as more customers file into the building where multiple vendors showcase their crafts, something that brings back memories.

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    Lindsay Eggerman glances out the shop window as more customers file into the building where multiple vendors showcase their crafts, something that brings back memories.

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  • Group fills Baxter Springs with Stars and Stripes

    Group fills Baxter Springs with Stars and Stripes

    Saturday, November 10 2018 6:52 PM EST2018-11-10 23:52:51 GMT

    Filling a southeast Kansas town with stars and strips for the Veteran's day weekend was the mission of a local non-profit.  What they didn't know, was the impact it would have on the parents of a veteran.  As proud parents to a Navy veteran, Steve and Cherie Smith usually have a flag flying on their house for Veteran's day. This year is a little different because though, because they weren't able to keep up that tradition.. luckily, they have a new larger flag f...

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    Filling a southeast Kansas town with stars and strips for the Veteran's day weekend was the mission of a local non-profit.  What they didn't know, was the impact it would have on the parents of a veteran.  As proud parents to a Navy veteran, Steve and Cherie Smith usually have a flag flying on their house for Veteran's day. This year is a little different because though, because they weren't able to keep up that tradition.. luckily, they have a new larger flag f...

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  • Joplin Wins District Title, Advances to State Semifinals

    Joplin Wins District Title, Advances to State Semifinals

    Friday, November 9 2018 11:14 PM EST2018-11-10 04:14:45 GMT
    Isaiah Davis had 333 rushing yards and 6 touchdowns, leading the Joplin Eagles to a 49-14 win over Kirkwood Friday night in the Class 6 District 3 championship game. More >>
    Isaiah Davis had 333 rushing yards and 6 touchdowns, leading the Joplin Eagles to a 49-14 win over Kirkwood Friday night in the Class 6 District 3 championship game. More >>
  • Fort Scott holds First Veteran's Day Celebration

    Fort Scott holds First Veteran's Day Celebration

    Friday, November 9 2018 10:18 PM EST2018-11-10 03:18:53 GMT

    It's a time of firsts in Fort Scott, as the city hold their first annual veterans day celebration.  Jim Scott is a veteran that served in the military for 21 years.  Jim Scott, Vietnam Veteran:"When I went in I did 5 years active duty air force, I did three tours of duty in Vietnam, I became a platoon leader in the army and I was in the guard, and I was there for 7 years, then I went back into the air force." He was just one of...

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    It's a time of firsts in Fort Scott, as the city hold their first annual veterans day celebration.  Jim Scott is a veteran that served in the military for 21 years.  Jim Scott, Vietnam Veteran:"When I went in I did 5 years active duty air force, I did three tours of duty in Vietnam, I became a platoon leader in the army and I was in the guard, and I was there for 7 years, then I went back into the air force." He was just one of...

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  • Carl Junction Class Store Opens for Business

    Carl Junction Class Store Opens for Business

    Friday, November 9 2018 4:13 PM EST2018-11-09 21:13:03 GMT
    Carl Junction Elementary students are getting hands-on experience with their new class store called "Braggin' Bulldogs." The store is part of a Project Based Learning (PBL) initiative to include real-world learning with 21st century skills, while also including state standards. Students did research to prepare for the store's opening, including applying for positions in the store, choosing what items to sell and sending letters to parents to ask for dona...More >>
    Carl Junction Elementary students are getting hands-on experience with their new class store called "Braggin' Bulldogs." The store is part of a Project Based Learning (PBL) initiative to include real-world learning with 21st century skills, while also including state standards. Students did research to prepare for the store's opening, including applying for positions in the store, choosing what items to sell and sending letters to parents to ask for dona...More >>
  • NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW 11-9

    Friday, November 9 2018 12:31 PM EST2018-11-09 17:31:05 GMT
    Here's a check of today's top headlines, plus all the news you need to know before you head out the door: DUCK BOAT INDICTMENT A federal grand jury has handed down an indictment in the duck boat disaster that killed 17 people at Table Rock Lake. The grand jury indictment charges 51-year-old Kenneth Scott McKee from Mount Vernon, Missouri with 17 counts of misconduct, negligence or inattention to duty by a ship's officer resulting in death. PIPE BOMB Federal prosecutors says ...More >>
    Here's a check of today's top headlines, plus all the news you need to know before you head out the door: DUCK BOAT INDICTMENT A federal grand jury has handed down an indictment in the duck boat disaster that killed 17 people at Table Rock Lake. The grand jury indictment charges 51-year-old Kenneth Scott McKee from Mount Vernon, Missouri with 17 counts of misconduct, negligence or inattention to duty by a ship's officer resulting in death. PIPE BOMB Federal prosecutors says ...More >>
  • Taking a look at Impact of new MO Minimum Wage

    Taking a look at Impact of new MO Minimum Wage

    Thursday, November 8 2018 10:00 PM EST2018-11-09 03:00:00 GMT
    Missouri voters have approved a minimum wage hike that'll be phased in gradually -- hitting twelve dollars an hour in 20-23. But, some economists think it could cause increased product costs.  Carl Wiest is the owner of Wiestside Barbeque.. A local small business that like many struggles to stay afloat.  Carl Wiest, Owner:"It's gonna be interesting to say the least." They pay all of their employees.. including their wait staff.. more than the current ...More >>
    Missouri voters have approved a minimum wage hike that'll be phased in gradually -- hitting twelve dollars an hour in 20-23. But, some economists think it could cause increased product costs.  Carl Wiest is the owner of Wiestside Barbeque.. A local small business that like many struggles to stay afloat.  Carl Wiest, Owner:"It's gonna be interesting to say the least." They pay all of their employees.. including their wait staff.. more than the current ...More >>
  • School Districts Struggle with Shortage of Substitute Teachers

    School Districts Struggle with Shortage of Substitute Teachers

    Thursday, November 8 2018 7:00 PM EST2018-11-09 00:00:33 GMT

    School districts struggle with shortage of substitute teachers and say it's not good for students. 

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    School districts struggle with shortage of substitute teachers and say it's not good for students. 

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  • Error leads to recount in Crawford County, KS election

    Error leads to recount in Crawford County, KS election

    Thursday, November 8 2018 6:30 PM EST2018-11-08 23:30:22 GMT

    Election day results from five of the 16 polling locations in Crawford County, Kansas were added into the unofficial results twice, according to County Clerk Don Pyle. County officials released corrected unofficial results today from the November 6th, 2018 election. Pyle says the issue was discovered during the routine audit of unofficial election results on a precinct by precinct basis. The County Clerk's Office says the human error resulted in the election day votes for the preci...

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    Election day results from five of the 16 polling locations in Crawford County, Kansas were added into the unofficial results twice, according to County Clerk Don Pyle. County officials released corrected unofficial results today from the November 6th, 2018 election. Pyle says the issue was discovered during the routine audit of unofficial election results on a precinct by precinct basis. The County Clerk's Office says the human error resulted in the election day votes for the preci...

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  • Special Report: Boutique Business

    Thursday, November 8 2018 5:28 PM EST2018-11-08 22:28:51 GMT

    PART ONE It's a typical Tuesday morning at Magpies Bakery, where Taylor and her mother are whipping up sweet treats for the week. "My mom is definitely the pie maker, she does all the crust and we pitch in where we can. Charlie, my middle sister, is in charge of the cheesecakes and the cookies. I'm in charge of the French macarons and the cinnamon rolls, and it kind of all just brings together this beautiful display case on Friday's," explained Quezada, owner of Magpie...

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    PART ONE It's a typical Tuesday morning at Magpies Bakery, where Taylor and her mother are whipping up sweet treats for the week. "My mom is definitely the pie maker, she does all the crust and we pitch in where we can. Charlie, my middle sister, is in charge of the cheesecakes and the cookies. I'm in charge of the French macarons and the cinnamon rolls, and it kind of all just brings together this beautiful display case on Friday's," explained Quezada, owner of Magpie...

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  • Autopsy Results Received on Woman Found Dead in Nevada, MO Motel

    Autopsy Results Received on Woman Found Dead in Nevada, MO Motel

    Thursday, November 8 2018 1:03 PM EST2018-11-08 18:03:45 GMT
    Nevada Investigators receive autopsy results today, Nov. 8th, 2018, and say there's no suspicion of foul play in the death of a woman in southwest Missouri. On August 15th, 2018, Nevada Police were called about a deceased woman in a motel room. Authorities said it appeared she had been dead for some time. They did not confirm what motel she was found in and did not release her name. The Vernon County Coroner conducted the autopsy. According to Lt. Bastow, the autopsy reveal...More >>
    Nevada Investigators receive autopsy results today, Nov. 8th, 2018, and say there's no suspicion of foul play in the death of a woman in southwest Missouri. On August 15th, 2018, Nevada Police were called about a deceased woman in a motel room. Authorities said it appeared she had been dead for some time. They did not confirm what motel she was found in and did not release her name. The Vernon County Coroner conducted the autopsy. According to Lt. Bastow, the autopsy reveal...More >>
  • Special Report Preview: Boutique Business

    Special Report Preview: Boutique Business

    Thursday, November 8 2018 12:47 PM EST2018-11-08 17:47:08 GMT
    4-State businesses are finding creative ways to keep up with the competition. KOAM's Reporter Kate Kelley speaks with area business owners who aren't following the traditional 5-day workweek. She also puts the focus on competition within the boutique industry. Her 2-part special report will air on KOAM News at 6 and 10. Kate Kelley and Tawnya Bach preview Boutique Business on KOAM News at Noon.More >>
    4-State businesses are finding creative ways to keep up with the competition. KOAM's Reporter Kate Kelley speaks with area business owners who aren't following the traditional 5-day workweek. She also puts the focus on competition within the boutique industry. Her 2-part special report will air on KOAM News at 6 and 10. Kate Kelley and Tawnya Bach preview Boutique Business on KOAM News at Noon.More >>
  • Grand jury indicts captain of tourist boat in Missouri

    Grand jury indicts captain of tourist boat in Missouri

    Thursday, November 8 2018 1:23 PM EST2018-11-08 18:23:38 GMT

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Charges have been filed against the captain of a Missouri tourist boat that sank and killed 17 people, including nine people from an Indiana family, federal prosecutors said Thursday. A federal indictment shows 51-year-old Kenneth Scott McKee is facing 17 counts of misconduct, negligence or inattention to duty by a ship's officer resulting in death. The July accident occurred when an amphibious vessel known as a duck boat sank on Table Rock Lake when a sudden ...

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    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Charges have been filed against the captain of a Missouri tourist boat that sank and killed 17 people, including nine people from an Indiana family, federal prosecutors said Thursday. A federal indictment shows 51-year-old Kenneth Scott McKee is facing 17 counts of misconduct, negligence or inattention to duty by a ship's officer resulting in death. The July accident occurred when an amphibious vessel known as a duck boat sank on Table Rock Lake when a sudden ...

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  • Midterms bring out high voter numbers

    Midterms bring out high voter numbers

    Wednesday, November 7 2018 10:50 PM EST2018-11-08 03:50:40 GMT
    In some parts of the area -- it was the highest mid-term voter turnout in several election cycles. Now with all the ballots counted --we know just how strong the voter participation was in the Four-States. It was a busy day for election officials during Tuesday's general election.  Kimberly Bell, McDonald County, MO Clerk:"It was a seventeen plus hour day." Rodney Edmonson, Cherokee County, KS Clerk:"I think people are really getting energized.&q...More >>
    In some parts of the area -- it was the highest mid-term voter turnout in several election cycles. Now with all the ballots counted --we know just how strong the voter participation was in the Four-States. It was a busy day for election officials during Tuesday's general election.  Kimberly Bell, McDonald County, MO Clerk:"It was a seventeen plus hour day." Rodney Edmonson, Cherokee County, KS Clerk:"I think people are really getting energized.&q...More >>
  • Lamar Police Department Stops Taking Cats

    Lamar Police Department Stops Taking Cats

    Wednesday, November 7 2018 10:08 PM EST2018-11-08 03:08:38 GMT

        The Lamar Police Department, which doubles as the animal shelter for strays, can no longer take in cats.     We went to find out why... Rusty Rives, Lamar Police Chief: "So whenever they came in and did the inspection, last month, they gave us a report back, to say if we're in compliance or if we're not, and what we found, our kennels, specifically for our cats are not in compliance, due to height restrictions for those animals."

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        The Lamar Police Department, which doubles as the animal shelter for strays, can no longer take in cats.     We went to find out why... Rusty Rives, Lamar Police Chief: "So whenever they came in and did the inspection, last month, they gave us a report back, to say if we're in compliance or if we're not, and what we found, our kennels, specifically for our cats are not in compliance, due to height restrictions for those animals."

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  • Potential Medical Marijuana Grower and Patient React to Passage of Amendment 2

    Potential Medical Marijuana Grower and Patient React to Passage of Amendment 2

    Wednesday, November 7 2018 6:55 PM EST2018-11-07 23:55:53 GMT

    The passage of  Amendment 2 by Missouri voters  paves the way for medical marijuana growing operations  and legal use by those with certain medical diagnoses. 

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    The passage of  Amendment 2 by Missouri voters  paves the way for medical marijuana growing operations  and legal use by those with certain medical diagnoses. 

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  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions submits resignation

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions submits resignation

    Wednesday, November 7 2018 3:12 PM EST2018-11-07 20:12:23 GMT

    (AP) Attorney General Jeff Sessions has resigned as the country's chief law enforcement officer at President Donald Trump's request. Sessions announced his plan to resign in a letter to the White House on Wednesday. Trump announced in a tweet that Sessions' chief of staff Matt Whitaker would become the new acting attorney general. The attorney general had endured more than a year of stinging and personal criticism from Trump over his recusal from the investigation into potential co...

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    (AP) Attorney General Jeff Sessions has resigned as the country's chief law enforcement officer at President Donald Trump's request. Sessions announced his plan to resign in a letter to the White House on Wednesday. Trump announced in a tweet that Sessions' chief of staff Matt Whitaker would become the new acting attorney general. The attorney general had endured more than a year of stinging and personal criticism from Trump over his recusal from the investigation into potential co...

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  • Police: 80+ Tires Punctured Since Nov. 1st in Monett, MO

    Police: 80+ Tires Punctured Since Nov. 1st in Monett, MO

    Wednesday, November 7 2018 1:35 PM EST2018-11-07 18:35:52 GMT
    The Monett, Missouri Police Department asks the public for information after numerous reports of tires being punctured and flattened. Authorities say since November 1st, 2018, tires on at least 59 vehicles were punctured. They estimate the damage to be about $10,400 as of November 6th. Authorities say reports started coming in on Thursday morning (Nov. 1st), the day after Halloween. They received reports of 11 tires cut on 5 different vehicles. Police received rep...More >>
    The Monett, Missouri Police Department asks the public for information after numerous reports of tires being punctured and flattened. Authorities say since November 1st, 2018, tires on at least 59 vehicles were punctured. They estimate the damage to be about $10,400 as of November 6th. Authorities say reports started coming in on Thursday morning (Nov. 1st), the day after Halloween. They received reports of 11 tires cut on 5 different vehicles. Police received rep...More >>
  • Breaking Down the Midterm Elections

    Breaking Down the Midterm Elections

    Wednesday, November 7 2018 9:12 AM EST2018-11-07 14:12:19 GMT
    Democrats take back the House, while Republicans retain control of the U.S. Senate.  KOAM’s Michael Hayslip breaks down the Midterm Elections with help from Nick Myers, the Central Chairman for the Newton County Republican Party.More >>
    Democrats take back the House, while Republicans retain control of the U.S. Senate.  KOAM’s Michael Hayslip breaks down the Midterm Elections with help from Nick Myers, the Central Chairman for the Newton County Republican Party.More >>
  • KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 11-7

    KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 11-7

    Wednesday, November 7 2018 9:06 AM EST2018-11-07 14:06:13 GMT

    Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley unseats incumbent democratic Senator Claire McCaskill.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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    Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley unseats incumbent democratic Senator Claire McCaskill.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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  • Election Day Coverage

    Election Day Coverage

    Tuesday, November 6 2018 7:48 PM EST2018-11-07 00:48:16 GMT
    St. Paul's Church in JoplinSt. Paul's Church in Joplin
    A number of close races in Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma are being decided right now. Reporter Chris Warner visited the Saint Paul's Church in Joplin. He says the line, still as of 6:00 p.m., continued to grow as many got off work. Officials say if you are inside and in line before polls close at 7:00 p.m., you'll still get to vote. Hover, if you arrive after 7:00 p.m., the doors will be closed. Election officials at Saint Paul's Church says they're planning on quite a long nig...More >>
    A number of close races in Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma are being decided right now. Reporter Chris Warner visited the Saint Paul's Church in Joplin. He says the line, still as of 6:00 p.m., continued to grow as many got off work. Officials say if you are inside and in line before polls close at 7:00 p.m., you'll still get to vote. Hover, if you arrive after 7:00 p.m., the doors will be closed. Election officials at Saint Paul's Church says they're planning on quite a long nig...More >>
  • Students Compete in 5th Annual Job Olympics

    Students Compete in 5th Annual Job Olympics

    Tuesday, November 6 2018 6:08 PM EST2018-11-06 23:08:44 GMT
    Madisyn Miller is hard at work, putting together an order in the fast food station of this year's Job Olympics, and it's something she's glad to be a part of. "I can learn about the different skills that I need in order to get the job," explained Miller, a Fredonia High School senior. That's the main focus of this event as kids with learning disabilities from seven different Kansas school districts get the chance to compete in activities to prepare them for the future....More >>
    Madisyn Miller is hard at work, putting together an order in the fast food station of this year's Job Olympics, and it's something she's glad to be a part of. "I can learn about the different skills that I need in order to get the job," explained Miller, a Fredonia High School senior. That's the main focus of this event as kids with learning disabilities from seven different Kansas school districts get the chance to compete in activities to prepare them for the future....More >>
  • Child Death Investigation in Southeast Kansas

    Child Death Investigation in Southeast Kansas

    Tuesday, November 6 2018 4:21 PM EST2018-11-06 21:21:32 GMT
    The Bourbon County Sheriff releases information about the death of a 23-month-old. On November 2nd, 2018, around 10:20 a.m., a deputy was dispatched to the 800 block of Grand Road on a report of a missing child. The deputy arrived and was told that the reported missing child was found near a pond on the property. The Sheriff's Office says the deputy got to the area of the pond and noticed that a person was giving CPR to the child. The deputy assisted giving CPR to the child. Rur...More >>
    The Bourbon County Sheriff releases information about the death of a 23-month-old. On November 2nd, 2018, around 10:20 a.m., a deputy was dispatched to the 800 block of Grand Road on a report of a missing child. The deputy arrived and was told that the reported missing child was found near a pond on the property. The Sheriff's Office says the deputy got to the area of the pond and noticed that a person was giving CPR to the child. The deputy assisted giving CPR to the child. Rur...More >>
  • Attorney for Man Accused of Shooting Jasper County Deputy Files Continuance

    Attorney for Man Accused of Shooting Jasper County Deputy Files Continuance

    Monday, November 5 2018 8:05 PM EST2018-11-06 01:05:43 GMT

    The defense attorney for E.F. Fitchpatrick, Jr. asked for a continuance today, November 5th, 2018. Fitchpatrick, Jr. is accused of shooting a Jasper County Sheriff's deputy leading to a standoff in Joplin, Missouri. The shooting happened on March 1st, 2017. The Ozark Drug Enforcement Team was serving a warrant at the Econo Lodge on Range Line Road in Joplin. As officers tried to go in, a shot was fired and hit Jasper County Deputy Nolan Murray. The bullet hit a part of Murray's chest...

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    The defense attorney for E.F. Fitchpatrick, Jr. asked for a continuance today, November 5th, 2018. Fitchpatrick, Jr. is accused of shooting a Jasper County Sheriff's deputy leading to a standoff in Joplin, Missouri. The shooting happened on March 1st, 2017. The Ozark Drug Enforcement Team was serving a warrant at the Econo Lodge on Range Line Road in Joplin. As officers tried to go in, a shot was fired and hit Jasper County Deputy Nolan Murray. The bullet hit a part of Murray's chest...

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  • City of Pittsburg Names New Police Chief

    City of Pittsburg Names New Police Chief

    Monday, November 5 2018 6:52 PM EST2018-11-05 23:52:20 GMT

    The City of Pittsburg announces its selection of Brent Narges as the new chief of police for the Pittsburg Police Department. Narges was named interim chief of police in June following the retirement of former chief of police Mendy Hulvey.

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    The City of Pittsburg announces its selection of Brent Narges as the new chief of police for the Pittsburg Police Department. Narges was named interim chief of police in June following the retirement of former chief of police Mendy Hulvey.

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  • Webb City Man Charged with Assault on Law Enforcement Officer

    Webb City Man Charged with Assault on Law Enforcement Officer

    Monday, November 5 2018 12:57 PM EST2018-11-05 17:57:32 GMT
    Joplin, MO (Nov. 2, 2018)Joplin, MO (Nov. 2, 2018)

    The Jasper County Prosecutor's office charges John Blanton with first degree assault on law enforcement, armed criminal action, first degree tampering with a motor vehicle, felon in possession of a firearm, receiving stolen property and felony resisting arrest. Blanton also had numerous warrants out for his arrest at the time of the incident. On Friday, November 2nd, 2018 shortly after 1:00 p.m., the Ozarks Drug Enforcement Team contacted Joplin police about a stolen vehicle they ...

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    The Jasper County Prosecutor's office charges John Blanton with first degree assault on law enforcement, armed criminal action, first degree tampering with a motor vehicle, felon in possession of a firearm, receiving stolen property and felony resisting arrest. Blanton also had numerous warrants out for his arrest at the time of the incident. On Friday, November 2nd, 2018 shortly after 1:00 p.m., the Ozarks Drug Enforcement Team contacted Joplin police about a stolen vehicle they ...

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  • KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 11-5

    KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 11-5

    Monday, November 5 2018 9:50 AM EST2018-11-05 14:50:24 GMT

    The time change brought with it a call to change out smoke alarm batteries.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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    The time change brought with it a call to change out smoke alarm batteries.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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  • Flute Circle Meeting In Joplin

    Flute Circle Meeting In Joplin

    Sunday, November 4 2018 8:35 PM EST2018-11-05 01:35:26 GMT
         Over in Joplin today, a monthly meeting of flute players.  But these flute players are part of a special group, the Joplin Native American Flute Circle.  Organizers say it's a great way to bring unity and unique ideas together for beginners and experienced musicians alike. Gordan Keyler, Flute Player: "There is something about the music, the ancient music it touches something deep within people its relaxing its peaceful and its an instrument an...More >>
         Over in Joplin today, a monthly meeting of flute players.  But these flute players are part of a special group, the Joplin Native American Flute Circle.  Organizers say it's a great way to bring unity and unique ideas together for beginners and experienced musicians alike. Gordan Keyler, Flute Player: "There is something about the music, the ancient music it touches something deep within people its relaxing its peaceful and its an instrument an...More >>
  • McCaskill, Hawley, Making Final Campaign Stops

    McCaskill, Hawley, Making Final Campaign Stops

    Sunday, November 4 2018 8:31 PM EST2018-11-05 01:31:47 GMT
        In Missouri, both Senator Claire McCaskill and her opponent, Attorney General Josh Hawley, making campaign stops in the state.  McCaskill making a stop in Florissant today stopping at a local Walmart.  McCaskill met with supporters and spoke about the campaign trips she's made and tackled issues facing the state.  She also took the time to speak about Josh Hawley. Senator Claire McCaskill, (D), Missouri:  "It's clear that this is really, rea...More >>
        In Missouri, both Senator Claire McCaskill and her opponent, Attorney General Josh Hawley, making campaign stops in the state.  McCaskill making a stop in Florissant today stopping at a local Walmart.  McCaskill met with supporters and spoke about the campaign trips she's made and tackled issues facing the state.  She also took the time to speak about Josh Hawley. Senator Claire McCaskill, (D), Missouri:  "It's clear that this is really, rea...More >>
  • Public Sight-In Day Draws Out Local Target Shooters

    Public Sight-In Day Draws Out Local Target Shooters

    Monday, November 5 2018 12:22 PM EST2018-11-05 17:22:34 GMT

    The shots at this firing range in Galena, Kansas echo through the valley as shooters line up throughout the day to take their shot at distant targets. One such shooter, is Aaron Kesinger, who would not normally be here, since he's not currently a member of this shooting club, but he's taking full advantage of the day's public access. "It's pretty handy, there's not a whole lot of ranges around from what I'm aware of that let you go out to a hundred yards. So it's really nice t...

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    The shots at this firing range in Galena, Kansas echo through the valley as shooters line up throughout the day to take their shot at distant targets. One such shooter, is Aaron Kesinger, who would not normally be here, since he's not currently a member of this shooting club, but he's taking full advantage of the day's public access. "It's pretty handy, there's not a whole lot of ranges around from what I'm aware of that let you go out to a hundred yards. So it's really nice t...

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  • Bikers Gather for 34th Annual Pittsburg Toy Run

    Bikers Gather for 34th Annual Pittsburg Toy Run

    Saturday, November 3 2018 7:25 PM EDT2018-11-03 23:25:15 GMT

    Bikers from across the area gather to purchase toys for the Salvation Army during their 34th Annual Toy Drive. 

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    Bikers from across the area gather to purchase toys for the Salvation Army during their 34th Annual Toy Drive. 

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  • Sacred Heart Catholic Church Kicks Off 69th Annual Turkey Dinner and Silent Auction

    Sacred Heart Catholic Church Kicks Off 69th Annual Turkey Dinner and Silent Auction

    Saturday, November 3 2018 6:54 PM EDT2018-11-03 22:54:38 GMT

    November is a busy month for the Sacred Heart Catholic Church as it kicks off its 69th Annual Turkey Dinner and Silent Auction. 

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    November is a busy month for the Sacred Heart Catholic Church as it kicks off its 69th Annual Turkey Dinner and Silent Auction. 

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  • Fire Officials Urge: "Change Your Clock, Change Your Batteries"

    Fire Officials Urge: "Change Your Clock, Change Your Batteries"

    Saturday, November 3 2018 6:04 PM EDT2018-11-03 22:04:58 GMT

    The time change brings a call to change out smoke alarm batteries. 

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    The time change brings a call to change out smoke alarm batteries. 

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  • Hundreds of Students Visit Cato, KS to Learn 1860's History

    Hundreds of Students Visit Cato, KS to Learn 1860's History

    Friday, November 2 2018 8:57 PM EDT2018-11-03 00:57:05 GMT
    Kids learn by stepping back in time..    Six hundred 4th and 5th graders visited Cato, Kansas Friday.  The learned about life for kids  in the 1860's at the old school house where they found blacksmiths and branding demonstrations.. Presenters also demonstrated flint knapping, Students could also play frontier era games and take wagon rides.. While there was fun involved,  teachers thought the  kids  could take away something about students of ...More >>
    Kids learn by stepping back in time..    Six hundred 4th and 5th graders visited Cato, Kansas Friday.  The learned about life for kids  in the 1860's at the old school house where they found blacksmiths and branding demonstrations.. Presenters also demonstrated flint knapping, Students could also play frontier era games and take wagon rides.. While there was fun involved,  teachers thought the  kids  could take away something about students of ...More >>
  • 600 Plus High School Students Tour PSU College of Technology; See STEM Careers in Action

    600 Plus High School Students Tour PSU College of Technology; See STEM Careers in Action

    Friday, November 2 2018 8:44 PM EDT2018-11-03 00:44:36 GMT
    High school students got insight into what could be their future careers Friday at Pittsburg State University.   PSU's  College of Technology held an open house welcoming  more than six hundred area high school students.   College  students showed off diesel maintenance and even how to make a fidget spinner. Visitors toured the building and explore forty demonstrations and displays in twelve technology areas.  And they could ask colle...More >>
    High school students got insight into what could be their future careers Friday at Pittsburg State University.   PSU's  College of Technology held an open house welcoming  more than six hundred area high school students.   College  students showed off diesel maintenance and even how to make a fidget spinner. Visitors toured the building and explore forty demonstrations and displays in twelve technology areas.  And they could ask colle...More >>
  • Joplin Officer Involved Shooting, Armed Suspect Injured

    Joplin Officer Involved Shooting, Armed Suspect Injured

    Friday, November 2 2018 7:10 PM EDT2018-11-02 23:10:47 GMT
    John M. BlantonJohn M. Blanton

    Captain Duncan says there's an officer involved shooting at Springview Apartments on West 22nd Street in Joplin, Missouri. Authorities say one suspect has been taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound. The suspect's condition is unknown. We have a crew heading to the scene and will have more details as they are confirmed.

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    Captain Duncan says there's an officer involved shooting at Springview Apartments on West 22nd Street in Joplin, Missouri. Authorities say one suspect has been taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound. The suspect's condition is unknown. We have a crew heading to the scene and will have more details as they are confirmed.

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  • Getting to and from a bus stop may be more dangerous than the actual ride to school. Here's why

    Getting to and from a bus stop may be more dangerous than the actual ride to school. Here's why

    Friday, November 2 2018 12:40 PM EDT2018-11-02 16:40:48 GMT
    Parents often worry about their kids riding the school bus. But waiting for the bus or getting off after school can pose a far greater danger.Parents often worry about their kids riding the school bus. But waiting for the bus or getting off after school can pose a far greater danger.

    Parents often worry about their kids riding the school bus. But waiting for the bus or getting off after school can pose a far greater danger. The risk was highlighted this week, as at least five children lost their lives when they were hit by drivers near school bus stops, authorities said. At least seven other children were hurt in bus stop incidents.

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    Parents often worry about their kids riding the school bus. But waiting for the bus or getting off after school can pose a far greater danger. The risk was highlighted this week, as at least five children lost their lives when they were hit by drivers near school bus stops, authorities said. At least seven other children were hurt in bus stop incidents.

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  • Officials Release Contact Information for Election Fraud & Abuses Complaints

    Officials Release Contact Information for Election Fraud & Abuses Complaints

    Friday, November 2 2018 12:08 PM EDT2018-11-02 16:08:18 GMT
    "Every citizen must be able to vote without interference or discrimination and to have that vote counted without it being stolen because of fraud," U.S. Attorney Tim Garrison said. "The Department of Justice will act promptly and aggressively to protect the integrity of the election process." Garrison announced today that Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick D. Daly has been appointed to serve as the District Election Officer for the Western District of Missouri fo...More >>
    "Every citizen must be able to vote without interference or discrimination and to have that vote counted without it being stolen because of fraud," U.S. Attorney Tim Garrison said. "The Department of Justice will act promptly and aggressively to protect the integrity of the election process." Garrison announced today that Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick D. Daly has been appointed to serve as the District Election Officer for the Western District of Missouri fo...More >>
  • KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 11-2

    KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 11-2

    Friday, November 2 2018 12:19 PM EDT2018-11-02 16:19:41 GMT

    A more than $200-Thousand dollar grant is helping target those with addictions and mental health issues. Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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    A more than $200-Thousand dollar grant is helping target those with addictions and mental health issues. Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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  • Mack Signs With Coffeyville CC Volleyball

    Mack Signs With Coffeyville CC Volleyball

    Thursday, November 1 2018 8:35 PM EDT2018-11-02 00:35:29 GMT

    Mack has earned All-Conference and All-District honors this season. She'll be joining a Coffeyville program that is currently ranked #1 in the country. 

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    Mack has earned All-Conference and All-District honors this season. She'll be joining a Coffeyville program that is currently ranked #1 in the country. 

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  • Local Volunteers Pitch In to Help Project Worth

    Local Volunteers Pitch In to Help Project Worth

    Thursday, November 1 2018 6:57 PM EDT2018-11-01 22:57:56 GMT
    This crew is used to working with telephone poles, but as they look over their handiwork, Foreman Jonathan Huffman can't help but take pride in the poles his team donated, cut and layed out at the future sight of Project Worth. "Being able to help out in the community is a great feeling. We all cherish that time when we're able to do that," said Huffman with Liberty Utilities. Liberty employees get three volunteer days a year, and local linemen have taken a particular ...More >>
    This crew is used to working with telephone poles, but as they look over their handiwork, Foreman Jonathan Huffman can't help but take pride in the poles his team donated, cut and layed out at the future sight of Project Worth. "Being able to help out in the community is a great feeling. We all cherish that time when we're able to do that," said Huffman with Liberty Utilities. Liberty employees get three volunteer days a year, and local linemen have taken a particular ...More >>
  • Grant Dollars Create Court Position Helping Substance Abuses with Mental Health Problems

    Grant Dollars Create Court Position Helping Substance Abuses with Mental Health Problems

    Thursday, November 1 2018 6:16 PM EDT2018-11-01 22:16:01 GMT

     As part of the nationwide  Stepping Up Initiative, Jasper County received a more than 200-thousand dollar grant from the Bureau of Justice to connect those battling substance abuse and mental illness with recovery and treatment programs. 

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     As part of the nationwide  Stepping Up Initiative, Jasper County received a more than 200-thousand dollar grant from the Bureau of Justice to connect those battling substance abuse and mental illness with recovery and treatment programs. 

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  • Student Found with Firearm in Neosho, MO

    Student Found with Firearm in Neosho, MO

    Thursday, November 1 2018 5:59 PM EDT2018-11-01 21:59:08 GMT
    Neosho Police say on November 1st, around 2:40 in the afternoon the Neosho High School resource officer received a tip about a student with a handgun.  The officer found a 15-year-old student in possession of a .380 Ruger handgun.  Authorities say the students intent is unknown, and the investigation is ongoing. No students were harmed. The suspect was taken into custody and released to the Newton County Juvenile office. More >>
    Neosho Police say on November 1st, around 2:40 in the afternoon the Neosho High School resource officer received a tip about a student with a handgun.  The officer found a 15-year-old student in possession of a .380 Ruger handgun.  Authorities say the students intent is unknown, and the investigation is ongoing. No students were harmed. The suspect was taken into custody and released to the Newton County Juvenile office. More >>
  • Suspect Arrested in Joplin Vehicle Theft

    Suspect Arrested in Joplin Vehicle Theft

    Thursday, November 1 2018 1:49 PM EDT2018-11-01 17:49:49 GMT
    John E. Gregory IIIJohn E. Gregory III
    John E. Gregory IIIJohn E. Gregory III
    Police arrest a suspect 13 minutes after the vehicle theft. The crime happened on October 31st, 2018. Joplin Police officers were called around 7:24 a.m. to the 2800 block of South Wisconsin for a vehicle theft that had just happened. Authorities say the victim was warming up her minivan, preparing to load up her kids, and saw a male get into her vehicle and drive off. Officers searched the area for the stolen vehicle. One officer drove to a location near 28th and Minnesota...More >>
    Police arrest a suspect 13 minutes after the vehicle theft. The crime happened on October 31st, 2018. Joplin Police officers were called around 7:24 a.m. to the 2800 block of South Wisconsin for a vehicle theft that had just happened. Authorities say the victim was warming up her minivan, preparing to load up her kids, and saw a male get into her vehicle and drive off. Officers searched the area for the stolen vehicle. One officer drove to a location near 28th and Minnesota...More >>
  • New Court Services Officer Connects Pre-Trial Individuals with Recovery Needs

    New Court Services Officer Connects Pre-Trial Individuals with Recovery Needs

    Thursday, November 1 2018 1:19 PM EDT2018-11-01 17:19:04 GMT

    Offenders with addiction and mental health needs are getting help onto the road to recovery in Jasper County thanks to a new court officer position created with grant dollars. 

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    Offenders with addiction and mental health needs are getting help onto the road to recovery in Jasper County thanks to a new court officer position created with grant dollars. 

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  • Jasper County does annual Halloween Sex Offender Check

    Jasper County does annual Halloween Sex Offender Check

    Wednesday, October 31 2018 10:41 PM EDT2018-11-01 02:41:01 GMT
    Deputies with the Jasper County Sheriff's Office were hard at work tonight making sure parents and kids had a happy and safe Halloween.  Part of that.. their annual Halloween sex offender compliance check.  Sheriff Randee Kaiser and others with the Jasper County Sheriff's Office pass out candy on the Carthage square.. with a mission to fill kids baskets with badges and sweet treats.  In the basement of the Sheriff's Office though, was a briefing for a different ...More >>
    Deputies with the Jasper County Sheriff's Office were hard at work tonight making sure parents and kids had a happy and safe Halloween.  Part of that.. their annual Halloween sex offender compliance check.  Sheriff Randee Kaiser and others with the Jasper County Sheriff's Office pass out candy on the Carthage square.. with a mission to fill kids baskets with badges and sweet treats.  In the basement of the Sheriff's Office though, was a briefing for a different ...More >>
  • Haunted Homes: Do's and Don'ts from Realtors

    Haunted Homes: Do's and Don'ts from Realtors

    Wednesday, October 31 2018 7:09 PM EDT2018-10-31 23:09:09 GMT

    Do realtors have to tell you if your future home is haunted by ghosts? 

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    Do realtors have to tell you if your future home is haunted by ghosts? 

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  • Sheriff Asks Community for Help to Locate Missing Barton County, MO Man

    Sheriff Asks Community for Help to Locate Missing Barton County, MO Man

    Wednesday, October 31 2018 5:39 PM EDT2018-10-31 21:39:18 GMT
    Michael RapueMichael Rapue

    Sheriff Mitchell Shaw is asking for the help of the community. The Barton County, Missouri Sheriff's Office is investigating a report of a missing man. On October 24th, authorities say a family member of 29-year-old Michael B. Rapue made a report that he has not been seen or heard from for several days. The Sheriff's Office released some photos of Rapue and ask if anyone has any information on his whereabouts, contact authorities at 417-682-5541 or 417-682-5515. You can also co...

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    Sheriff Mitchell Shaw is asking for the help of the community. The Barton County, Missouri Sheriff's Office is investigating a report of a missing man. On October 24th, authorities say a family member of 29-year-old Michael B. Rapue made a report that he has not been seen or heard from for several days. The Sheriff's Office released some photos of Rapue and ask if anyone has any information on his whereabouts, contact authorities at 417-682-5541 or 417-682-5515. You can also co...

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  • Spooky Homes in the 4-States (2018)

    Spooky Homes in the 4-States (2018)

    Wednesday, October 31 2018 5:26 PM EDT2018-10-31 21:26:36 GMT

    KOAM/FOX14 scouts the area for festive Halloween decorations. 4225 W. 27th Street, Joplin, MO: Decorations at this home are part of a tradition that started in t he neighborhood more than ten years ago. Brittany Felton does all the pumpkin carving herself and the setup began with just a grave yard and has expanded over the years from there. "A lot of the little kids will kind of run back from it for a little bit until their parents will go up with them, but then they're okay...

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    KOAM/FOX14 scouts the area for festive Halloween decorations. 4225 W. 27th Street, Joplin, MO: Decorations at this home are part of a tradition that started in t he neighborhood more than ten years ago. Brittany Felton does all the pumpkin carving herself and the setup began with just a grave yard and has expanded over the years from there. "A lot of the little kids will kind of run back from it for a little bit until their parents will go up with them, but then they're okay...

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  • Surprise Crew: Halloween Costumes

    Surprise Crew: Halloween Costumes

    Wednesday, October 31 2018 9:00 AM EDT2018-10-31 13:00:53 GMT

    Little Isabella had no idea why we paid her a visit before it was time to go trick-or-treating.  But we knew she wanted to take part in her school's parade. So while she was being a great big sister and introducing us to her sibling crew...we introduced Bella to the KOAM Surprise Crew.

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    Little Isabella had no idea why we paid her a visit before it was time to go trick-or-treating.  But we knew she wanted to take part in her school's parade. So while she was being a great big sister and introducing us to her sibling crew...we introduced Bella to the KOAM Surprise Crew.

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  • KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 10-31

    KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 10-31

    Wednesday, October 31 2018 8:29 AM EDT2018-10-31 12:29:56 GMT

    Two Missouri Southern students injured in a crash that killed another student are suing the driver of a tractor trailer involved in the crash.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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    Two Missouri Southern students injured in a crash that killed another student are suing the driver of a tractor trailer involved in the crash.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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  • Spooklight Presentation In Pittsburg

    Spooklight Presentation In Pittsburg

    Wednesday, October 31 2018 12:51 PM EDT2018-10-31 16:51:59 GMT

        As we get closer to Halloween, the Joplin Spooklight becomes a popular destination.  So much so that a Joplin filmmaker decided to make a documentary about it.  He made a stop in Pittsburg to discuss the film and the Spooklight.  During his investigation, he couldn't figure out exactly what the spook light was.  Right now, people can no longer park along Spooklight Road and he hopes someday, that might change. David Glidden, Filmmaker: "I t...

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        As we get closer to Halloween, the Joplin Spooklight becomes a popular destination.  So much so that a Joplin filmmaker decided to make a documentary about it.  He made a stop in Pittsburg to discuss the film and the Spooklight.  During his investigation, he couldn't figure out exactly what the spook light was.  Right now, people can no longer park along Spooklight Road and he hopes someday, that might change. David Glidden, Filmmaker: "I t...

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  • The Joplin/Hornet Spooklight

    The Joplin/Hornet Spooklight

    Wednesday, October 31 2018 12:53 PM EDT2018-10-31 16:53:52 GMT

    If you're from the area, you're likely familiar with the Hornet Spooklight.     If you're not don't worry we sent Chris Warner to see if he could catch the ghostly light on camera, and share a local resident's personal experiences... The faint glow of the moon as it crosses the sky, providing the only light on East 50 Road otherwise known as "Spooklight Road."     After our camera was setup and powered on, a problem occurred, it couldn't r...

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    If you're from the area, you're likely familiar with the Hornet Spooklight.     If you're not don't worry we sent Chris Warner to see if he could catch the ghostly light on camera, and share a local resident's personal experiences... The faint glow of the moon as it crosses the sky, providing the only light on East 50 Road otherwise known as "Spooklight Road."     After our camera was setup and powered on, a problem occurred, it couldn't r...

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  • Joplin Preps for District Semifinal vs. Lindbergh

    Joplin Preps for District Semifinal vs. Lindbergh

    Tuesday, October 30 2018 8:30 PM EDT2018-10-31 00:30:18 GMT

    The Eagles are coming off their first playoff win in 25 years, beating Kickapoo last week 77-13. The blowout win allowed their starters to get plenty of rest before their district semifinal showdown against Lindbergh. 

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    The Eagles are coming off their first playoff win in 25 years, beating Kickapoo last week 77-13. The blowout win allowed their starters to get plenty of rest before their district semifinal showdown against Lindbergh. 

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  • Both Sides of the Aisle: USD 447 School Bond

    Both Sides of the Aisle: USD 447 School Bond

    Tuesday, October 30 2018 7:36 PM EDT2018-10-30 23:36:30 GMT

    Voters in Neosho and Montgomery Counties in Kansas will vote on a twelve-million dollar school bond issue next month.  Many parents and teachers want to see it pass because of poor conditions at schools.. but others don't agree with where a new school would be built. Inconsistent heat and air.. small rooms and limited space.. and occasional mold on walls from moisture.  Those are all things 4th grade teacher Melanie Hammer has to deal with when teaching at Lincoln Central...

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    Voters in Neosho and Montgomery Counties in Kansas will vote on a twelve-million dollar school bond issue next month.  Many parents and teachers want to see it pass because of poor conditions at schools.. but others don't agree with where a new school would be built. Inconsistent heat and air.. small rooms and limited space.. and occasional mold on walls from moisture.  Those are all things 4th grade teacher Melanie Hammer has to deal with when teaching at Lincoln Central...

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  • Northeast Oklahoma Jail Inmate Dies at Hospital

    Northeast Oklahoma Jail Inmate Dies at Hospital

    Tuesday, October 30 2018 6:15 PM EDT2018-10-30 22:15:31 GMT
    The Ottawa County Sheriff's Office says a female inmate was taken to the hospital today, October 30th, 2018, where she died. According to Sheriff Jeremy Floyd, the county jail's detention staff was notified around 12:08 p.m. of a female inmate that was having medical related issues. Staff went into the female's cell to offer assistance as they notified EMS. They entered the cell and found her seizing on the floor. Sheriff Floyd says Integris EMS arrived at the Ottawa County Jail...More >>
    The Ottawa County Sheriff's Office says a female inmate was taken to the hospital today, October 30th, 2018, where she died. According to Sheriff Jeremy Floyd, the county jail's detention staff was notified around 12:08 p.m. of a female inmate that was having medical related issues. Staff went into the female's cell to offer assistance as they notified EMS. They entered the cell and found her seizing on the floor. Sheriff Floyd says Integris EMS arrived at the Ottawa County Jail...More >>
  • Plea Deal for Child Endangerment Case, Multi-County Pursuit

    Plea Deal for Child Endangerment Case, Multi-County Pursuit

    Tuesday, October 30 2018 3:40 PM EDT2018-10-30 19:40:55 GMT
    Marquis SaundersMarquis Saunders
    Marquis SaundersMarquis Saunders
    A Carterville, Missouri man pleads guilty to two of five charges after a multi-county police pursuit. 20-year-old Marquis Saunders was charged with four counts of first degree endangering the welfare of a child creating substantial risk and one count of resisting/interfering with arrest for a felony. On June 14th, 2018, dispatch received multiple 911 calls about a drive-by shooting at 406 N. Pearl Avenue in Joplin, Missouri. The calls came in around 11:30 p.m. When officers arri...More >>
    A Carterville, Missouri man pleads guilty to two of five charges after a multi-county police pursuit. 20-year-old Marquis Saunders was charged with four counts of first degree endangering the welfare of a child creating substantial risk and one count of resisting/interfering with arrest for a felony. On June 14th, 2018, dispatch received multiple 911 calls about a drive-by shooting at 406 N. Pearl Avenue in Joplin, Missouri. The calls came in around 11:30 p.m. When officers arri...More >>
  • MSSU Students File Lawsuit in Deadly Illinois Crash

    MSSU Students File Lawsuit in Deadly Illinois Crash

    Tuesday, October 30 2018 1:44 PM EDT2018-10-30 17:44:28 GMT
    November 2017, outside Saint Louis, ILNovember 2017, outside Saint Louis, IL
    November 2017, outside Saint Louis, ILNovember 2017, outside Saint Louis, IL
    Two Missouri Southern State University students are seeking damages for "severe and permanent injuries" and "great pain and anguish." The crash happened on November 21st, 2017 outside of Saint Louis, Illinois. Madison County, IL State Attorney Tom Gibbons says Mohamad Y. Jama was driving too fast in a construction zone on Interstate 55 near the community of Hamel when his tractor-trailer slammed into other vehicles that had slowed or stopped. The crash ki...More >>
    Two Missouri Southern State University students are seeking damages for "severe and permanent injuries" and "great pain and anguish." The crash happened on November 21st, 2017 outside of Saint Louis, Illinois. Madison County, IL State Attorney Tom Gibbons says Mohamad Y. Jama was driving too fast in a construction zone on Interstate 55 near the community of Hamel when his tractor-trailer slammed into other vehicles that had slowed or stopped. The crash ki...More >>
  • Pittsburg Resident Arrested After Alleged Shooting and Theft

    Pittsburg Resident Arrested After Alleged Shooting and Theft

    Tuesday, October 30 2018 1:03 PM EDT2018-10-30 17:03:20 GMT
    Tony CorbittTony Corbitt

    Crawford County, Kansas Sheriff's Deputies arrest a Pittsburg man accused of ramming a stolen car into another man's vehicle and then shooting at him. The incident happened on Oct. 29th, 2018. Deputies responded to rural Pittsburg, East 560 Avenue, around 1:45 p.m. after a Frontenac resident reported that a man shot at him. According to the 45-year-old Frontenac man, the altercation began in Frontenac, where Tony Corbitt rammed his vehicle. Authorities say there was rear end da...

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    Crawford County, Kansas Sheriff's Deputies arrest a Pittsburg man accused of ramming a stolen car into another man's vehicle and then shooting at him. The incident happened on Oct. 29th, 2018. Deputies responded to rural Pittsburg, East 560 Avenue, around 1:45 p.m. after a Frontenac resident reported that a man shot at him. According to the 45-year-old Frontenac man, the altercation began in Frontenac, where Tony Corbitt rammed his vehicle. Authorities say there was rear end da...

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  • Special Report: Human Trafficking in the 4 States

    Special Report: Human Trafficking in the 4 States

    Tuesday, October 30 2018 6:01 PM EDT2018-10-30 22:01:16 GMT

    "One percent of women who are trafficked get out.  Don't be that 99 percent."

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    "One percent of women who are trafficked get out.  Don't be that 99 percent."

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  • Bat Biology Study

    Bat Biology Study

    Monday, October 29 2018 7:21 PM EDT2018-10-29 23:21:27 GMT
    Halloween is right around the corner and just the word scares up images of ghosts, goblins, witches and even bats.     For one biology group at Pittsburg State University they're chasing those bats and they're not finding them in the belfry.  The students in Andrew George's biology class will not find the bats they're looking for in a belfry, but instead, the concrete underground.  Some of the bats they're after, are endangered, and so we can't disclose t...More >>
    Halloween is right around the corner and just the word scares up images of ghosts, goblins, witches and even bats.     For one biology group at Pittsburg State University they're chasing those bats and they're not finding them in the belfry.  The students in Andrew George's biology class will not find the bats they're looking for in a belfry, but instead, the concrete underground.  Some of the bats they're after, are endangered, and so we can't disclose t...More >>
  • Joplin Man Dies in Weekend Motorcycle Crash

    Joplin Man Dies in Weekend Motorcycle Crash

    Monday, October 29 2018 3:59 PM EDT2018-10-29 19:59:24 GMT

    The crash happened on October 27th, 2018 around 4:26 p.m. in Newton County, Missouri. Donald Gilmore was driving south on Highway 86 about two miles south of Joplin. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says he drove off the road, hit a road sign and overturned. Gilmore was thrown from his motorcycle. The 56-year-old Joplin resident died at the scene.

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    The crash happened on October 27th, 2018 around 4:26 p.m. in Newton County, Missouri. Donald Gilmore was driving south on Highway 86 about two miles south of Joplin. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says he drove off the road, hit a road sign and overturned. Gilmore was thrown from his motorcycle. The 56-year-old Joplin resident died at the scene.

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  • Details Released in Fairview Shooting that Hospitalized One

    Details Released in Fairview Shooting that Hospitalized One

    Monday, October 29 2018 12:41 PM EDT2018-10-29 16:41:31 GMT
    Fairview, Missouri (Oct. 26, 2018)Fairview, Missouri (Oct. 26, 2018)
    Fairview, Missouri (Oct. 26, 2018)Fairview, Missouri (Oct. 26, 2018)
    KOAM/FOX 14 receives court documents in a southwest Missouri shooting case. Newton County Deputies responded to 120 E. Montgomery in Fairview around 6:45 p.m. on Friday (Oct. 26, 2018). After they arrived, they found 50-year-old William Gunter with two gunshot wounds to his upper torso. Emergency personnel took Gunter to a hospital in Springfield, Missouri. At last report, Sheriff Chris Jennings says Gunter is in stable condition. According to court documents, Gunter lives ...More >>
    KOAM/FOX 14 receives court documents in a southwest Missouri shooting case. Newton County Deputies responded to 120 E. Montgomery in Fairview around 6:45 p.m. on Friday (Oct. 26, 2018). After they arrived, they found 50-year-old William Gunter with two gunshot wounds to his upper torso. Emergency personnel took Gunter to a hospital in Springfield, Missouri. At last report, Sheriff Chris Jennings says Gunter is in stable condition. According to court documents, Gunter lives ...More >>
  • Human Trafficking in the 4-states: A KOAM Morning News Preview

    Human Trafficking in the 4-states: A KOAM Morning News Preview

    Monday, October 29 2018 8:48 AM EDT2018-10-29 12:48:33 GMT

    KOAM’S Jordan Aubey investigates human trafficking in the 4-states... He sits down with Michael Hayslip on KOAM Morning News to preview his 2-part story that airs both Monday and Tuesday night at 9 and 10pm.

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    KOAM’S Jordan Aubey investigates human trafficking in the 4-states... He sits down with Michael Hayslip on KOAM Morning News to preview his 2-part story that airs both Monday and Tuesday night at 9 and 10pm.

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  • KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 10-29

    KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 10-29

    Monday, October 29 2018 6:51 AM EDT2018-10-29 10:51:36 GMT

    Authorities release the name of the victim and the suspect from Friday's shooting in Fairview, Missouri.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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    Authorities release the name of the victim and the suspect from Friday's shooting in Fairview, Missouri.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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  • Shooting Victim and Suspect Identified

    Shooting Victim and Suspect Identified

    Sunday, October 28 2018 10:45 PM EDT2018-10-29 02:45:18 GMT

    Authorities released the name of the victim and the suspect from a Friday night shooting in Fairview, Missouri.  

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    Authorities released the name of the victim and the suspect from a Friday night shooting in Fairview, Missouri.  

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  • Kenny Ray Horton Charity Concert Benefits Local Communities

    Kenny Ray Horton Charity Concert Benefits Local Communities

    Sunday, October 28 2018 7:26 PM EDT2018-10-28 23:26:05 GMT
    As Kenny Ray Horton performs for a large audience at Crowder College, he can't help but reflect on his roots. "Rocky Comfort, Missouri born and raised. I graduated high school McDonald County in 1989, two years later I graduate from Crowder, then took off, ended up in Nashville," said Horton, professional singer and songwriter. He was there about 10 years then joined the Navy.  Horton has written songs for Kenny Rogers, Donnie Osmond and John Schneider, b...More >>
    As Kenny Ray Horton performs for a large audience at Crowder College, he can't help but reflect on his roots. "Rocky Comfort, Missouri born and raised. I graduated high school McDonald County in 1989, two years later I graduate from Crowder, then took off, ended up in Nashville," said Horton, professional singer and songwriter. He was there about 10 years then joined the Navy.  Horton has written songs for Kenny Rogers, Donnie Osmond and John Schneider, b...More >>
  • Halloween Safety for Pets

    Halloween Safety for Pets

    Sunday, October 28 2018 6:27 PM EDT2018-10-28 22:27:48 GMT

    Halloween can be a scary time of year for pets, but here are some tips to keep them safe.  

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    Halloween can be a scary time of year for pets, but here are some tips to keep them safe.  

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  • Joplin Humane Society Rolls Out Furry Fall Festivities

    Joplin Humane Society Rolls Out Furry Fall Festivities

    Saturday, October 27 2018 11:18 PM EDT2018-10-28 03:18:06 GMT

    The Joplin Humane Society's Annual Fall Fur Fest brought together pets throughout the day for seasonal fun.

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    The Joplin Humane Society's Annual Fall Fur Fest brought together pets throughout the day for seasonal fun.

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  • Freeman Trunk-or-Treat Scares Up Halloween Fun

    Freeman Trunk-or-Treat Scares Up Halloween Fun

    Saturday, October 27 2018 11:08 PM EDT2018-10-28 03:08:59 GMT

    Freeman employees are treated to their very own trunk-or-treat event at Freeman West. 

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    Freeman employees are treated to their very own trunk-or-treat event at Freeman West. 

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  • Annual School Carnival Draws Large Crowd

    Annual School Carnival Draws Large Crowd

    Saturday, October 27 2018 11:00 PM EDT2018-10-28 03:00:03 GMT

    College Heights Christian School draws a large crowd with their annual Cougar Carnival. 

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    College Heights Christian School draws a large crowd with their annual Cougar Carnival. 

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  • Girl Scouts hold Dog Show to Raise Funds for a Cause

    Girl Scouts hold Dog Show to Raise Funds for a Cause

    Saturday, October 27 2018 10:13 PM EDT2018-10-28 02:13:22 GMT
    Folks got to dress up their furry friends in Pittsburg for a good cause. Local Girl Scout Troop 70215 held their first ever dog costume contest in Pittsburg's Lincoln Park. Dogs were judged in categories like most original costume.. cutest dog.. and best in show.  Almost a dozen people entered for a chance to win baskets of dog treats and other goodies. And all the proceeds went to the s-e-k humane society.  10 year-old Sydney Ewing says the event was a really...More >>
    Folks got to dress up their furry friends in Pittsburg for a good cause. Local Girl Scout Troop 70215 held their first ever dog costume contest in Pittsburg's Lincoln Park. Dogs were judged in categories like most original costume.. cutest dog.. and best in show.  Almost a dozen people entered for a chance to win baskets of dog treats and other goodies. And all the proceeds went to the s-e-k humane society.  10 year-old Sydney Ewing says the event was a really...More >>
  • OK Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Work to Grow Product

    OK Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Work to Grow Product

    Saturday, October 27 2018 9:59 PM EDT2018-10-28 01:59:33 GMT
    Dispensaries in Oklahoma can officially sell medical marijuana to people with medical cards.  And for many.. that's bringing a lot of excitement.  Brian Hallum, Owner - Higher Health Dispensary:"Oh my gosh, am I excited. I'm excited every day." Dean Mitchell, Owner - Ma and Pa's Canna Shop:"We get calls every day. Have people coming in every day, wanting to know when we're gonna have product." Unfortunately.. many local shops don't have...More >>
    Dispensaries in Oklahoma can officially sell medical marijuana to people with medical cards.  And for many.. that's bringing a lot of excitement.  Brian Hallum, Owner - Higher Health Dispensary:"Oh my gosh, am I excited. I'm excited every day." Dean Mitchell, Owner - Ma and Pa's Canna Shop:"We get calls every day. Have people coming in every day, wanting to know when we're gonna have product." Unfortunately.. many local shops don't have...More >>
  • Hit And Run Motorcycle Accident In Newton County

    Hit And Run Motorcycle Accident In Newton County

    Saturday, October 27 2018 9:10 PM EDT2018-10-28 01:10:23 GMT
    One man is in the hospital after a hit and run accident in Newton County.  According to the Missouri Highway Patrol the crash happened just after 9:00 last night on highway 43 eight miles north of Seneca.  An unknown vehicle pulled into the path of a motorcycle driven by 41 year old Nicholas Wild of Joplin.     Wild was transported by ambulance to Freeman West with moderate injuries.More >>
    One man is in the hospital after a hit and run accident in Newton County.  According to the Missouri Highway Patrol the crash happened just after 9:00 last night on highway 43 eight miles north of Seneca.  An unknown vehicle pulled into the path of a motorcycle driven by 41 year old Nicholas Wild of Joplin.     Wild was transported by ambulance to Freeman West with moderate injuries.More >>
  • Shooting in Fairview, Missouri

    Shooting in Fairview, Missouri

    Saturday, October 27 2018 9:43 PM EDT2018-10-28 01:43:52 GMT

    Newton County authorities have confirmed they are working a shooting in Fairview, MO. We have a reporter headed to the scene.  According to officials with the Newton County Sheriff's Office a suspect has been detained in the shooting in Fairview. The incident is still under investigation. We'll continue to update you as information becomes available.

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    Newton County authorities have confirmed they are working a shooting in Fairview, MO. We have a reporter headed to the scene.  According to officials with the Newton County Sheriff's Office a suspect has been detained in the shooting in Fairview. The incident is still under investigation. We'll continue to update you as information becomes available.

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  • Entire Earlton, Kansas Governing Body Resigns

    Entire Earlton, Kansas Governing Body Resigns

    Thursday, October 25 2018 9:17 PM EDT2018-10-26 01:17:36 GMT
    The mayor and city council for a small Southeast Kansas town have all quit. So what's next? A box with the checkbook and keys to the city of Earlton, Kansas sits sealed in the Neosho County Clerk's office.. hand delivered by then mayor Sam Stout.  Randy Neely, Neosho County Clerk:"He says, I think I'm just fed up with it, and I'm quitting and I think maybe some of the other people are gonna quit too." Earlton is a small town in Neosho County, Kansas, ...More >>
    The mayor and city council for a small Southeast Kansas town have all quit. So what's next? A box with the checkbook and keys to the city of Earlton, Kansas sits sealed in the Neosho County Clerk's office.. hand delivered by then mayor Sam Stout.  Randy Neely, Neosho County Clerk:"He says, I think I'm just fed up with it, and I'm quitting and I think maybe some of the other people are gonna quit too." Earlton is a small town in Neosho County, Kansas, ...More >>
  • Proposal For Expanding The Sunshine Lamp Historic District Downtown

    Proposal For Expanding The Sunshine Lamp Historic District Downtown

    Thursday, October 25 2018 8:58 PM EDT2018-10-26 00:58:01 GMT

        A new phase of the Sunshine Lamp Historic District is being planned for downtown Joplin.  The original Sunshine Lamp Historic District encompassed Main Street from 1st to 8th streets.  But now, the city is looking at expanding that district from 8th south to 10th street.

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        A new phase of the Sunshine Lamp Historic District is being planned for downtown Joplin.  The original Sunshine Lamp Historic District encompassed Main Street from 1st to 8th streets.  But now, the city is looking at expanding that district from 8th south to 10th street.

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  • Special Report: Pets in Public

    Special Report: Pets in Public

    Friday, October 26 2018 11:42 AM EDT2018-10-26 15:42:35 GMT

    The Americans with Disabilities Act opened the door for service animals to help the disabled in public places. But, some dog owners are breaking the rules.         

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    The Americans with Disabilities Act opened the door for service animals to help the disabled in public places. But, some dog owners are breaking the rules.         

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  • Pets in Public: A KOAM Morning News Preview

    Pets in Public: A KOAM Morning News Preview

    Thursday, October 25 2018 9:11 AM EDT2018-10-25 13:11:00 GMT

    Service dogs help those with disabilities, but some are bringing pets in public places.  Tonight at 6 and 10, KOAM’s Lisa Olliges looks at the rules and how easy it is for fakers to pose their pets as service dogs.  This morning Lisa sat down with Michael Hayslip to preview her special report.

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    Service dogs help those with disabilities, but some are bringing pets in public places.  Tonight at 6 and 10, KOAM’s Lisa Olliges looks at the rules and how easy it is for fakers to pose their pets as service dogs.  This morning Lisa sat down with Michael Hayslip to preview her special report.

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  • KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 10-24

    KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 10-24

    Thursday, October 25 2018 6:49 AM EDT2018-10-25 10:49:20 GMT

    Joplin police say they'll increase patrols around the high school this week after a fight nearby erupts in gunfire.   Plus all the news you need to know before you head out the door.

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    Joplin police say they'll increase patrols around the high school this week after a fight nearby erupts in gunfire.   Plus all the news you need to know before you head out the door.

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  • Local Hero Returns Home after being Unidentified for 74 Years

    Local Hero Returns Home after being Unidentified for 74 Years

    Wednesday, October 24 2018 7:43 PM EDT2018-10-24 23:43:19 GMT
    An American hero from Arcadia, Kansas that has been missing in action for more than 70 years.. is finally brought home.  Larry Shankles didn't know much about his uncle Leslie when he was growing up.  Larry Shankles, Leslie's Nephew:"I knew almost nothing. I just knew one of my uncles had died in the war before I was born." A story about his dad playing baseball with Leslie in garland before they both joined the military is almost all he had of his unc...More >>
    An American hero from Arcadia, Kansas that has been missing in action for more than 70 years.. is finally brought home.  Larry Shankles didn't know much about his uncle Leslie when he was growing up.  Larry Shankles, Leslie's Nephew:"I knew almost nothing. I just knew one of my uncles had died in the war before I was born." A story about his dad playing baseball with Leslie in garland before they both joined the military is almost all he had of his unc...More >>
  • Foundation for Food and Agriculture Offers Millions for Developing Egg Sexing Technology

    Foundation for Food and Agriculture Offers Millions for Developing Egg Sexing Technology

    Wednesday, October 24 2018 7:20 PM EDT2018-10-24 23:20:36 GMT
    Sean Richardson has been in the chicken business his whole life, since his great-grandfather started their hatchery in 1921. "My grandfather, he would go probably once a night, get up in the middle of the night around midnight to check on the incubators just to make sure that the moisture was just right, that the temperature was just right," said Richardson, part-owner of Estes Hatchery in Mount Vernon, Missouri. But times have changed and technology means doing b...More >>
    Sean Richardson has been in the chicken business his whole life, since his great-grandfather started their hatchery in 1921. "My grandfather, he would go probably once a night, get up in the middle of the night around midnight to check on the incubators just to make sure that the moisture was just right, that the temperature was just right," said Richardson, part-owner of Estes Hatchery in Mount Vernon, Missouri. But times have changed and technology means doing b...More >>
  • Fight Near JHS Has Neighbor Fearful After Gunfire

    Fight Near JHS Has Neighbor Fearful After Gunfire

    Wednesday, October 24 2018 6:56 PM EDT2018-10-24 22:56:02 GMT

    Joplin police say three teens were initially taken into custody after a fight that erupted in gunfire near Joplin high school. 

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    Joplin police say three teens were initially taken into custody after a fight that erupted in gunfire near Joplin high school. 

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  • Charges Considered Against 32 Teens/Adults Involved in Fight Near JHS

    Charges Considered Against 32 Teens/Adults Involved in Fight Near JHS

    Wednesday, October 24 2018 1:02 PM EDT2018-10-24 17:02:20 GMT

    Joplin Police are working with juvenile officers as they investigate a fight that led to shots fired Monday late afternoon behind Joplin High school on Grand street near 23rd. 

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    Joplin Police are working with juvenile officers as they investigate a fight that led to shots fired Monday late afternoon behind Joplin High school on Grand street near 23rd. 

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  • Multi-Million Dollar Recreation Center on Columbus Ballots

    Multi-Million Dollar Recreation Center on Columbus Ballots

    Wednesday, October 24 2018 11:33 AM EDT2018-10-24 15:33:54 GMT

    Residents in Columbus, Kansas will decide the fate of a proposed multi-million dollar recreation center in November.  The future of Columbus was the topic of discussion at a community meeting. Specifically.. the future of a three-point-four million dollar community health and wellness center that may come to the town. Liz Simpson, Columbus Recreation Commission:"The health rankings of this part of the state, Cherokee county, always ranks near the bottom when the Kansas he...

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    Residents in Columbus, Kansas will decide the fate of a proposed multi-million dollar recreation center in November.  The future of Columbus was the topic of discussion at a community meeting. Specifically.. the future of a three-point-four million dollar community health and wellness center that may come to the town. Liz Simpson, Columbus Recreation Commission:"The health rankings of this part of the state, Cherokee county, always ranks near the bottom when the Kansas he...

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  • Pittsburg Preps for Playoff Opener

    Pittsburg Preps for Playoff Opener

    Tuesday, October 23 2018 6:43 PM EDT2018-10-23 22:43:31 GMT

    The Dragons are the #4 seed in the 4A East bracket and will host #12 Spring Hill on Friday night. 

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    The Dragons are the #4 seed in the 4A East bracket and will host #12 Spring Hill on Friday night. 

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  • New Dog Park Opens in Pittsburg, KS

    New Dog Park Opens in Pittsburg, KS

    Monday, October 29 2018 3:54 PM EDT2018-10-29 19:54:18 GMT
    New Ronald O. Thomas Dog Park, Pittsburg, KS (Oct. 23, 2018)New Ronald O. Thomas Dog Park, Pittsburg, KS (Oct. 23, 2018)

    The City of Pittsburg cuts the ribbon to the new Ronald O. Thomas Dog Park. They invited the public and their furry friends to attend today's ceremony at Schlanger Park (Oct. 23). They also celebrated the opening of new pickle ball and basketball courts and a new sensory garden. "We are thrilled to share the new park amenities with the community and to thank the volunteers and donors who made them possible," says City of Pittsburg Director of Parks & Recreation K...

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    The City of Pittsburg cuts the ribbon to the new Ronald O. Thomas Dog Park. They invited the public and their furry friends to attend today's ceremony at Schlanger Park (Oct. 23). They also celebrated the opening of new pickle ball and basketball courts and a new sensory garden. "We are thrilled to share the new park amenities with the community and to thank the volunteers and donors who made them possible," says City of Pittsburg Director of Parks & Recreation K...

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  • Missouri judge clarifies ruling on voter photo ID law

    Missouri judge clarifies ruling on voter photo ID law

    Tuesday, October 23 2018 5:33 PM EDT2018-10-23 21:33:17 GMT

    If you registered to vote, you can vote in Missouri with or without identification. There had been some confusion after Senior Cole County Circuit Judge Richard Callahan issued an injunction against a provision in the 2017 voter ID law. His ruling allows voters to use a secondary form of identification *without* signing a sworn statement. Some state officials said the ruling could create confusion for voters and local election authorities. Attorney General Josh Hawley's office a...

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    If you registered to vote, you can vote in Missouri with or without identification. There had been some confusion after Senior Cole County Circuit Judge Richard Callahan issued an injunction against a provision in the 2017 voter ID law. His ruling allows voters to use a secondary form of identification *without* signing a sworn statement. Some state officials said the ruling could create confusion for voters and local election authorities. Attorney General Josh Hawley's office a...

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  • Southwest Missouri Man Dies in Single-Vehicle Crash

    Southwest Missouri Man Dies in Single-Vehicle Crash

    Tuesday, October 23 2018 3:23 PM EDT2018-10-23 19:23:41 GMT
    The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the crash happened on October 22nd, 2018 around 10:20 p.m. south of Ginger Blue in McDonald County. Authorities say a Dodge Ram 1500 was traveling south on MO 59 when it drove off the roadway and overturned. The passenger, 51-year-old James M. Newby of Southwest City, MO, died at the scene. The driver was not injured. The report states that safety devices were not in use.More >>
    The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the crash happened on October 22nd, 2018 around 10:20 p.m. south of Ginger Blue in McDonald County. Authorities say a Dodge Ram 1500 was traveling south on MO 59 when it drove off the roadway and overturned. The passenger, 51-year-old James M. Newby of Southwest City, MO, died at the scene. The driver was not injured. The report states that safety devices were not in use.More >>
  • Northeast Oklahoma Man Killed in Crash

    Northeast Oklahoma Man Killed in Crash

    Tuesday, October 23 2018 2:38 PM EDT2018-10-23 18:38:47 GMT
    Fatal crash in Creek County, OK, Image: News on 6Fatal crash in Creek County, OK, Image: News on 6
    Fatal crash in Creek County, OK, Image: News on 6Fatal crash in Creek County, OK, Image: News on 6

    Authorities received the call of a single-vehicle crash on October 22nd, 2018, around 4:50 a.m. in Creek County, Oklahoma. It happened on the Turner Turnpike in the westbound lane about one mile west of Sapulpa, Oklahoma in Creek County (mile marker 214.5). According to the Oklahoma State Highway Patrol, Michael White was driving a tow truck when he swerved back and forth on the road, hitting both the right and left barrier walls, before rolling off the right of the highway. Troope...

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    Authorities received the call of a single-vehicle crash on October 22nd, 2018, around 4:50 a.m. in Creek County, Oklahoma. It happened on the Turner Turnpike in the westbound lane about one mile west of Sapulpa, Oklahoma in Creek County (mile marker 214.5). According to the Oklahoma State Highway Patrol, Michael White was driving a tow truck when he swerved back and forth on the road, hitting both the right and left barrier walls, before rolling off the right of the highway. Troope...

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  • Special Judge Assigned to Carl Junction Child Murder Case

    Special Judge Assigned to Carl Junction Child Murder Case

    Tuesday, October 23 2018 12:22 PM EDT2018-10-23 16:22:07 GMT
    Jalen Vaden in Court on August 20th, 2018Jalen Vaden in Court on August 20th, 2018
    Jalen Vaden in Court on August 20th, 2018Jalen Vaden in Court on August 20th, 2018
    The Missouri Supreme Court assigns a special judge for the murder trial of Jalen Vaden in Jasper County, Missouri. There have been six Jasper County judges in the case, four of which have recused themselves. Jalen Vaden is accused of killing 3-year-old Jayda Kyle at the Carl Junction home he shared with the child's mother. Vaden is charged with second degree murder and abuse or neglect resulting in death. Jasper County Associate Court Judge Joseph Hensley presided over the firs...More >>
    The Missouri Supreme Court assigns a special judge for the murder trial of Jalen Vaden in Jasper County, Missouri. There have been six Jasper County judges in the case, four of which have recused themselves. Jalen Vaden is accused of killing 3-year-old Jayda Kyle at the Carl Junction home he shared with the child's mother. Vaden is charged with second degree murder and abuse or neglect resulting in death. Jasper County Associate Court Judge Joseph Hensley presided over the firs...More >>
  • KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 10-23

    KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 10-23

    Tuesday, October 23 2018 9:24 AM EDT2018-10-23 13:24:08 GMT

    Joplin police investigate a report of shots fired across the street from Joplin High School.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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    Joplin police investigate a report of shots fired across the street from Joplin High School.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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  • Local Medical Worker Helps Out After Hurricane Michael

    Local Medical Worker Helps Out After Hurricane Michael

    Monday, October 22 2018 7:02 PM EDT2018-10-22 23:02:00 GMT
    Bob Denton works in the ER at Freeman Hospital and, being from the area, he's familiar with natural disasters. "Here in Joplin, Missouri, when we had our tornado in 2011, I was very appreciative when the DMAT team showed up here in Joplin at 1:30 in the morning the next day. It's like, 'I'm glad to see ya.' And, you know, it was nice because it was many of the team members that I'd worked with before," explained Denton. Denton has been working with the Disaster Me...More >>
    Bob Denton works in the ER at Freeman Hospital and, being from the area, he's familiar with natural disasters. "Here in Joplin, Missouri, when we had our tornado in 2011, I was very appreciative when the DMAT team showed up here in Joplin at 1:30 in the morning the next day. It's like, 'I'm glad to see ya.' And, you know, it was nice because it was many of the team members that I'd worked with before," explained Denton. Denton has been working with the Disaster Me...More >>
  • Shots Fired near Joplin School, Multiple in Custody

    Shots Fired near Joplin School, Multiple in Custody

    Monday, October 22 2018 7:58 PM EDT2018-10-22 23:58:40 GMT
    Joplin, MOJoplin, MO

    Joplin Police are at 23rd and Grand for reports of shots fired. According to Captain Trevor Duncan, authorities got a report of a male with a gun walking in the middle of the road. As officers were headed to the scene, Duncan says police received reports of multiple shots fired. Authorities have detained several people as they investigate what happened. No injuries have been reported at this time.

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    Joplin Police are at 23rd and Grand for reports of shots fired. According to Captain Trevor Duncan, authorities got a report of a male with a gun walking in the middle of the road. As officers were headed to the scene, Duncan says police received reports of multiple shots fired. Authorities have detained several people as they investigate what happened. No injuries have been reported at this time.

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  • How Local Districts In Missouri Use Lottery Funding

    How Local Districts In Missouri Use Lottery Funding

    Monday, October 22 2018 6:14 PM EDT2018-10-22 22:14:37 GMT
        The $1.6 billion Mega Millions jackpot has many rushing out to buy those tickets.  But, there's other ways to play the lottery, and in Missouri, that funding goes to education.     But, where is that money used, and how does it benefit local schools?  For districts across the state, they all get a portion of proceeds from Missouri lottery ticket sales.  That's any lottery ticket sold across the state.  Those funds, totaling ar...More >>
        The $1.6 billion Mega Millions jackpot has many rushing out to buy those tickets.  But, there's other ways to play the lottery, and in Missouri, that funding goes to education.     But, where is that money used, and how does it benefit local schools?  For districts across the state, they all get a portion of proceeds from Missouri lottery ticket sales.  That's any lottery ticket sold across the state.  Those funds, totaling ar...More >>
  • 2.4 Million Taquitos Recalled, Salmonella & Listeria Concern

    2.4 Million Taquitos Recalled, Salmonella & Listeria Concern

    Monday, October 22 2018 2:54 PM EDT2018-10-22 18:54:26 GMT

    A Texas company is recalling 2,490,593 pounds of ready-to-eat meat and poultry taquitos that might be contaminated with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes. The items were shipped to distributors nationwide. The ready-to-eat meat and poultry taquitos were produced from July 1 through Oct. 10, 2018. The following products are subject to recall: 4.5-lbs. cardboard cases containing 24-count Go-Go Taquitos "Beef Taco & Cheese Taquitos" with a case code 86183 ...

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    A Texas company is recalling 2,490,593 pounds of ready-to-eat meat and poultry taquitos that might be contaminated with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes. The items were shipped to distributors nationwide. The ready-to-eat meat and poultry taquitos were produced from July 1 through Oct. 10, 2018. The following products are subject to recall: 4.5-lbs. cardboard cases containing 24-count Go-Go Taquitos "Beef Taco & Cheese Taquitos" with a case code 86183 ...

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  • KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 10-22

    KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 10-22

    Monday, October 22 2018 8:49 AM EDT2018-10-22 12:49:19 GMT

    Investigators are working to identify human remains found in a popular northeast Oklahoma recreation area.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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    Investigators are working to identify human remains found in a popular northeast Oklahoma recreation area.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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  • Ribbon Cutting Christens New Campus Ministry Housing

    Ribbon Cutting Christens New Campus Ministry Housing

    Sunday, October 21 2018 6:08 PM EDT2018-10-21 22:08:29 GMT
    As Michael Chang welcomes a group of eager visitors into his new home, he takes a moment to reflect on the work it took to get here. "It was kind of a hassle. We had like a bunch of ten people from different locations, and so we all kind of helped each other move in," explained Chang. That kind of teamwork is what this new student campus ministry housing is all about as Chang explains the purpose of Koinonia, a club at MSSU.  "We're a non-denominational mi...More >>
    As Michael Chang welcomes a group of eager visitors into his new home, he takes a moment to reflect on the work it took to get here. "It was kind of a hassle. We had like a bunch of ten people from different locations, and so we all kind of helped each other move in," explained Chang. That kind of teamwork is what this new student campus ministry housing is all about as Chang explains the purpose of Koinonia, a club at MSSU.  "We're a non-denominational mi...More >>
  • Fundraiser Kicks Off for T&D Donkey Rescue

    Fundraiser Kicks Off for T&D Donkey Rescue

    Saturday, October 20 2018 8:30 PM EDT2018-10-21 00:30:49 GMT
    Deanna Kafka has spent the past 25 years rescuing animals, and, in 2016, she made her passion a non-profit, dedicated to donkeys. "We have so many people that come out here and we hear it all the time saying that 'I had no idea how cool donkeys were,' or they had no idea how affectionate donkeys were," explained Kafka, founder of T&D Donkey Rescue. Kafka explains that working with these animals, who often come from neglected or abusive homes, has shaped her life. ...More >>
    Deanna Kafka has spent the past 25 years rescuing animals, and, in 2016, she made her passion a non-profit, dedicated to donkeys. "We have so many people that come out here and we hear it all the time saying that 'I had no idea how cool donkeys were,' or they had no idea how affectionate donkeys were," explained Kafka, founder of T&D Donkey Rescue. Kafka explains that working with these animals, who often come from neglected or abusive homes, has shaped her life. ...More >>
  • Memorial in Miami Celebrates and Remembers British Flyers

    Memorial in Miami Celebrates and Remembers British Flyers

    Saturday, October 20 2018 6:58 PM EDT2018-10-20 22:58:45 GMT
    One-hundred years. That's how long the Royal Air Force has acted as the United Kingdom's aerial warfare force.  Derek Farrell, Royal British Legion:"It's a huge celebration for us. The air force, being an island, the air force and the navy are our two most prominently known forces, and with world war two, it very much brought them into the spotlight." A ceremony, partly in celebration of that milestone, was held at the Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery in Miam...More >>
    One-hundred years. That's how long the Royal Air Force has acted as the United Kingdom's aerial warfare force.  Derek Farrell, Royal British Legion:"It's a huge celebration for us. The air force, being an island, the air force and the navy are our two most prominently known forces, and with world war two, it very much brought them into the spotlight." A ceremony, partly in celebration of that milestone, was held at the Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery in Miam...More >>
  • Vendor Fair Offers Safe Trick-Or-Treat

    Saturday, October 20 2018 1:25 PM EDT2018-10-20 17:25:00 GMT
    Dozens of vendors gather in Galena, Kansas to sell their wares and give out candy to kids in the community at the local Elks Lodge. While the vendors meet here monthly, this event has a Halloween theme, and kids were invited to come out for a safe trick-or-treat while parents shopped. Items for sale ranged from baked goods to fall crafts and decorations. A raffle and pumpkin contest also added to the festivities. Officials say this is an opportunity to support local busine...More >>
    Dozens of vendors gather in Galena, Kansas to sell their wares and give out candy to kids in the community at the local Elks Lodge. While the vendors meet here monthly, this event has a Halloween theme, and kids were invited to come out for a safe trick-or-treat while parents shopped. Items for sale ranged from baked goods to fall crafts and decorations. A raffle and pumpkin contest also added to the festivities. Officials say this is an opportunity to support local busine...More >>
  • One Carthage Neighborhood Makes Big Plans For Maple Leaf

    One Carthage Neighborhood Makes Big Plans For Maple Leaf

    Friday, October 19 2018 10:00 PM EDT2018-10-20 02:00:13 GMT

        It's that time of year again, the fall smells, pumpkin spice everything, and most importantly, the annual Maple Leaf Parade in Carthage and for as much preparation that the city puts in for the big event, there's one neighborhood that puts in even more, for their friends, family, and in between.  Brandi Ensor and her friends put the final touches on the outdoor decorations along Grand Avenue.

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        It's that time of year again, the fall smells, pumpkin spice everything, and most importantly, the annual Maple Leaf Parade in Carthage and for as much preparation that the city puts in for the big event, there's one neighborhood that puts in even more, for their friends, family, and in between.  Brandi Ensor and her friends put the final touches on the outdoor decorations along Grand Avenue.

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  • PSU Students Voice Concerns over what Appears to be Mold in Dorm Rooms

    PSU Students Voice Concerns over what Appears to be Mold in Dorm Rooms

    Friday, October 19 2018 7:06 PM EDT2018-10-19 23:06:29 GMT

    Students at Pittsburg State University say officials aren't doing enough to get rid of mold in their dorms rooms.  University officials say they have had as many as *20* students file complaints about mold growing in their rooms.  University officials say they are working to fix the problem, but many students say that should have happened a long time ago.  Jordyn Everett is a freshman at Pittsburg State University, who lives in Nation hall, one of the dorm complexes ...

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    Students at Pittsburg State University say officials aren't doing enough to get rid of mold in their dorms rooms.  University officials say they have had as many as *20* students file complaints about mold growing in their rooms.  University officials say they are working to fix the problem, but many students say that should have happened a long time ago.  Jordyn Everett is a freshman at Pittsburg State University, who lives in Nation hall, one of the dorm complexes ...

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  • Joplin Man Sentenced for Arson, Set Apartment Fire

    Joplin Man Sentenced for Arson, Set Apartment Fire

    Friday, October 19 2018 5:34 PM EDT2018-10-19 21:34:03 GMT
    Apartment fire in Joplin, MO in May 2018Apartment fire in Joplin, MO in May 2018
    Apartment fire in Joplin, MO in May 2018Apartment fire in Joplin, MO in May 2018
    Brian Barksdale is sentenced for first degree arson for setting fire to his Joplin apartment on South St. Louis. On May 23rd, 2018, Joplin emergency crews responded to the Cardinal Apartments at 1015 South St. Louis for a structure fire. Firefighters arrived on scene shortly before 10:00 p.m. and found a two-story wood frame multi-residential structure with heavy fire coming from an apartment on the first floor. Crews extinguished the fire by 10:30 p.m. When officers arrived on ...More >>
    Brian Barksdale is sentenced for first degree arson for setting fire to his Joplin apartment on South St. Louis. On May 23rd, 2018, Joplin emergency crews responded to the Cardinal Apartments at 1015 South St. Louis for a structure fire. Firefighters arrived on scene shortly before 10:00 p.m. and found a two-story wood frame multi-residential structure with heavy fire coming from an apartment on the first floor. Crews extinguished the fire by 10:30 p.m. When officers arrived on ...More >>
  • Former Southeast Kansas Principal Convicted of Sex Offense

    Former Southeast Kansas Principal Convicted of Sex Offense

    Friday, October 19 2018 12:20 PM EDT2018-10-19 16:20:11 GMT
    Ray Alfred GoldenRay Alfred Golden
    Ray Alfred GoldenRay Alfred Golden
    A former Columbus elementary principal is found guilty of attempted indecent solicitation of a child. Baxter Springs resident Ray Alfred Golden is accused of trying to persuade a child to enter his home with the intent to commit an unlawful sexual act upon the child in the home. The alleged incident happened in August 2015. On October 18th, 2018, Golden entered a plea of guilty in lieu of proceeding to trial. Cherokee County Attorney Jacob Conard says the 81-year-old maintained ...More >>
    A former Columbus elementary principal is found guilty of attempted indecent solicitation of a child. Baxter Springs resident Ray Alfred Golden is accused of trying to persuade a child to enter his home with the intent to commit an unlawful sexual act upon the child in the home. The alleged incident happened in August 2015. On October 18th, 2018, Golden entered a plea of guilty in lieu of proceeding to trial. Cherokee County Attorney Jacob Conard says the 81-year-old maintained ...More >>
  • KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 10-19

    KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 10-19

    Friday, October 19 2018 8:47 AM EDT2018-10-19 12:47:26 GMT

    While the long anticipated Block 22 lofts opened for students, the restaurants that were supposed to open by now, haven't been started.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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    While the long anticipated Block 22 lofts opened for students, the restaurants that were supposed to open by now, haven't been started.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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  • Update On Block 22 Restaurants

    Update On Block 22 Restaurants

    Thursday, October 18 2018 10:03 PM EDT2018-10-19 02:03:24 GMT

        The long awaited Block22 in Pittsburg opened to students recently to allow them to move in to the newly created lofts.     However, restaurants were expected to be opened by now, but, they're not, leaving some wondering what's going on.   When you look at the Block22 restaurant space, there's not much to look at.  Even though, originally, residents were told, they'd be ready by now.

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        The long awaited Block22 in Pittsburg opened to students recently to allow them to move in to the newly created lofts.     However, restaurants were expected to be opened by now, but, they're not, leaving some wondering what's going on.   When you look at the Block22 restaurant space, there's not much to look at.  Even though, originally, residents were told, they'd be ready by now.

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  • Bourbon County Commission Looks for New Ambulance Service

    Bourbon County Commission Looks for New Ambulance Service

    Thursday, October 18 2018 7:15 PM EDT2018-10-18 23:15:32 GMT
    Officials in Bourbon County, Kansas are searching for a replacement to their current ambulance service.  Mercy hospital in Fort Scott is set to close by the end of the year, and with it the emergency room and ambulance service for the county.  On March 30th of next year, Mercy's contract with the county for ambulance services will expire.  Jeffrey Fischer, Bourbon County Commissioner:"To say that we know how we're gonna go through this at this point in time is p...More >>
    Officials in Bourbon County, Kansas are searching for a replacement to their current ambulance service.  Mercy hospital in Fort Scott is set to close by the end of the year, and with it the emergency room and ambulance service for the county.  On March 30th of next year, Mercy's contract with the county for ambulance services will expire.  Jeffrey Fischer, Bourbon County Commissioner:"To say that we know how we're gonna go through this at this point in time is p...More >>
  • Hospitals Team Up for Expanded Service in SEKS

    Hospitals Team Up for Expanded Service in SEKS

    Thursday, October 18 2018 6:55 PM EDT2018-10-18 22:55:42 GMT

    Freeman Health System and Labette Health announced a formal collaboration Thursday that offers  security to the rural hospital and more services to patients currently forced to travel across the state line. 

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    Freeman Health System and Labette Health announced a formal collaboration Thursday that offers  security to the rural hospital and more services to patients currently forced to travel across the state line. 

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  • Galena Looks for District Title, Perfect Regular Season

    Galena Looks for District Title, Perfect Regular Season

    Thursday, October 18 2018 6:09 PM EDT2018-10-18 22:09:45 GMT

    The Bulldogs (7-0) will be on the road against Parsons (6-1) trying to earn the 3A District 1 title and finish off their 2nd straight undefeated regular season.

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    The Bulldogs (7-0) will be on the road against Parsons (6-1) trying to earn the 3A District 1 title and finish off their 2nd straight undefeated regular season.

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  • Break-In Attempted with Sword, 2 Charged

    Break-In Attempted with Sword, 2 Charged

    Thursday, October 18 2018 4:52 PM EDT2018-10-18 20:52:32 GMT
    Surveillance video of attempted break-in at Scammon Express Convenience Store, Oct. 2018Surveillance video of attempted break-in at Scammon Express Convenience Store, Oct. 2018

    Two people are arrested and charged after a failed burglary attempt at Scammon Express Convenience Store. The Cherokee County, Kansas Sheriff's Office says the crime happened around 4:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 13th, 2018. Deputies responded to a commercial alarm at the business. Authorities say surveillance video showed two suspects walking up to the door with bandanas over their faces. One of the suspects attempted to smash the glass doors with what appears to be a homemad...

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    Two people are arrested and charged after a failed burglary attempt at Scammon Express Convenience Store. The Cherokee County, Kansas Sheriff's Office says the crime happened around 4:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 13th, 2018. Deputies responded to a commercial alarm at the business. Authorities say surveillance video showed two suspects walking up to the door with bandanas over their faces. One of the suspects attempted to smash the glass doors with what appears to be a homemad...

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  • Missouri AG Warns Residents of New Telephone Scam

    Missouri AG Warns Residents of New Telephone Scam

    Thursday, October 18 2018 1:45 PM EDT2018-10-18 17:45:10 GMT
    Several Missouri residents have complained this week about being contacted by would-be scammers claiming to represent the Social Security Administration. That's according to Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, who issued a scam alert today, October 18th, 2018. Those who have received these scam calls report getting a phone call from someone telling them that their social security benefits have been suspended and they must call back in order to fix the problem. When consumers ret...More >>
    Several Missouri residents have complained this week about being contacted by would-be scammers claiming to represent the Social Security Administration. That's according to Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, who issued a scam alert today, October 18th, 2018. Those who have received these scam calls report getting a phone call from someone telling them that their social security benefits have been suspended and they must call back in order to fix the problem. When consumers ret...More >>
  • KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 10-18

    KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 10-18

    Thursday, October 18 2018 9:46 AM EDT2018-10-18 13:46:42 GMT

    Another judge has recused himself from the trial of a Carl Junction murder suspect.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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    Another judge has recused himself from the trial of a Carl Junction murder suspect.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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  • Employee Payroll at SKIL Resource Center Delayed by Pay Card Company

    Employee Payroll at SKIL Resource Center Delayed by Pay Card Company

    Wednesday, October 17 2018 7:20 PM EDT2018-10-17 23:20:23 GMT
    A payroll delay has caused a big headache for a Parsons, Kansas business.  The Southeast Kansas Independent Living center (SKIL) uses "global cash card" to pay their employees. But hundreds of SKIL's employees weren't paid when they were supposed to.  Crystal Rodgers cleans dishes for Gennie Ainesworth.. part of her job as a personal care attendant with SKIL. Crystal Rodgers, SKIL Employee:"I help run her errands and clean up the house and stuff ...More >>
    A payroll delay has caused a big headache for a Parsons, Kansas business.  The Southeast Kansas Independent Living center (SKIL) uses "global cash card" to pay their employees. But hundreds of SKIL's employees weren't paid when they were supposed to.  Crystal Rodgers cleans dishes for Gennie Ainesworth.. part of her job as a personal care attendant with SKIL. Crystal Rodgers, SKIL Employee:"I help run her errands and clean up the house and stuff ...More >>
  • Prop D Raises Concern Over Pump Prices

    Prop D Raises Concern Over Pump Prices

    Wednesday, October 17 2018 6:52 PM EDT2018-10-17 22:52:24 GMT
    Leslie Kuhler is a clerk at the Lion Stop, and all day long she hears comments about gas prices. "Nobody likes paying high prices for gas and, of course, as soon as it goes up, even a couple cents, people very much notice. They are always on the lookout for the cheapest price," said Kuhler. Kuhler is against Proposition D, a gas tax that would raise prices 10 cents per gallon over the next four years to pay for road and bridge repairs. She says it sounds good in t...More >>
    Leslie Kuhler is a clerk at the Lion Stop, and all day long she hears comments about gas prices. "Nobody likes paying high prices for gas and, of course, as soon as it goes up, even a couple cents, people very much notice. They are always on the lookout for the cheapest price," said Kuhler. Kuhler is against Proposition D, a gas tax that would raise prices 10 cents per gallon over the next four years to pay for road and bridge repairs. She says it sounds good in t...More >>
  • MO Supreme Court to Assign Judge in Carl Junction Child Murder Case

    MO Supreme Court to Assign Judge in Carl Junction Child Murder Case

    Wednesday, October 17 2018 8:07 PM EDT2018-10-18 00:07:32 GMT
    Jalen Vaden in Court on August 20th, 2018Jalen Vaden in Court on August 20th, 2018

    The Missouri Supreme Court might have to assign a special judge to a Carl Junction child murder case. There have now been six judges in a 2017 child murder case in southwest Missouri, four of which have recused themselves. Jalen Vaden is accused of killing 3-year-old Jayda Kyle at the Carl Junction home he shared with the child's mother. Vaden is charged with second degree murder and abuse or neglect resulting in death. Jasper County Associate Court Judge Joseph Hensley presided...

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    The Missouri Supreme Court might have to assign a special judge to a Carl Junction child murder case. There have now been six judges in a 2017 child murder case in southwest Missouri, four of which have recused themselves. Jalen Vaden is accused of killing 3-year-old Jayda Kyle at the Carl Junction home he shared with the child's mother. Vaden is charged with second degree murder and abuse or neglect resulting in death. Jasper County Associate Court Judge Joseph Hensley presided...

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  • Pittsburg Shooting Suspect Arrested In Texas

    Pittsburg Shooting Suspect Arrested In Texas

    Wednesday, October 17 2018 12:21 PM EDT2018-10-17 16:21:51 GMT
    Eric CraveyEric Cravey

    Texas authorities arrest a man wanted for shooting a woman in Pittsburg over the weekend.  According to Pittsburg Police, Eric James Cravey was arrested around 3a.m. this morning.  Cravey was taken into custody by Hill County, Texas Sheriff's Department.  He will face extradition proceedings soon.  The 34 year old suspect is accused of shooting Vanessa McWhirt-Martin last Saturday.  She was last reported in critical condition.  Authorities have not rel...

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    Texas authorities arrest a man wanted for shooting a woman in Pittsburg over the weekend.  According to Pittsburg Police, Eric James Cravey was arrested around 3a.m. this morning.  Cravey was taken into custody by Hill County, Texas Sheriff's Department.  He will face extradition proceedings soon.  The 34 year old suspect is accused of shooting Vanessa McWhirt-Martin last Saturday.  She was last reported in critical condition.  Authorities have not rel...

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  • KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 10-17

    KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 10-17

    Wednesday, October 17 2018 8:34 AM EDT2018-10-17 12:34:39 GMT

    Economic experts discussed ways to grow southeast Kansas as well as issues holding it back at the Pittsburg Regional Economic Outlook Conference.  Plus all the news you need to know before you head out the door.

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    Economic experts discussed ways to grow southeast Kansas as well as issues holding it back at the Pittsburg Regional Economic Outlook Conference.  Plus all the news you need to know before you head out the door.

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  • Citizens and Officials Concerned Over New Poultry Farm in Ottawa County

    Citizens and Officials Concerned Over New Poultry Farm in Ottawa County

    Wednesday, October 17 2018 3:28 PM EDT2018-10-17 19:28:48 GMT

    Harley Buzzard knows what it takes to run a poultry farm, because he did it for several years. "Back 20 years ago when we used to raise chickens, we had two houses per farm and people didn't think anything about it because it was just extra income for the farmer," Buzzard, with the Cherokee Tribal Council, explained. But Buzzard says things have changed. "Now it's almost to the point of being a corporate, and I call them corporate farmers now, because those&nbs...

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    Harley Buzzard knows what it takes to run a poultry farm, because he did it for several years. "Back 20 years ago when we used to raise chickens, we had two houses per farm and people didn't think anything about it because it was just extra income for the farmer," Buzzard, with the Cherokee Tribal Council, explained. But Buzzard says things have changed. "Now it's almost to the point of being a corporate, and I call them corporate farmers now, because those&nbs...

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  • Missing Person Update: Body Found in River Near Fort Scott, KS

    Missing Person Update: Body Found in River Near Fort Scott, KS

    Tuesday, October 16 2018 7:38 PM EDT2018-10-16 23:38:53 GMT
    The Fort Scott Police Department has found a body believed to be that of 74-year-old Edith Hawkins. Police say they were called to S. Clark Street around 1:05 this afternoon (Oct. 16, 2018) in reference to a missing person. Authorities were told that Hawkins left her home earlier in the day around 10:00 a.m. and had not been seen since. Family members told police that she suffered from Alzheimer's. The Fort Scott Police and Fire Departments, Bourbon County Sheriff's Office,...More >>
    The Fort Scott Police Department has found a body believed to be that of 74-year-old Edith Hawkins. Police say they were called to S. Clark Street around 1:05 this afternoon (Oct. 16, 2018) in reference to a missing person. Authorities were told that Hawkins left her home earlier in the day around 10:00 a.m. and had not been seen since. Family members told police that she suffered from Alzheimer's. The Fort Scott Police and Fire Departments, Bourbon County Sheriff's Office,...More >>
  • Both Sides of the Aisle: OK State Question 793

    Both Sides of the Aisle: OK State Question 793

    Tuesday, October 16 2018 7:01 PM EDT2018-10-16 23:01:56 GMT
    Voters in Oklahoma will get to decide whether eye doctors can work in retail stores.      Some residents think it would make eye care more accessible and affordable, but others -- including area eye doctors -- have their concerns.  Oklahoma State Question 793 would create a constitutional amendment, giving optometrists and opticians the right to practice in retail stores like Walmart or Target.  For many Miami residents like Jazmine Flagle, who just dr...More >>
    Voters in Oklahoma will get to decide whether eye doctors can work in retail stores.      Some residents think it would make eye care more accessible and affordable, but others -- including area eye doctors -- have their concerns.  Oklahoma State Question 793 would create a constitutional amendment, giving optometrists and opticians the right to practice in retail stores like Walmart or Target.  For many Miami residents like Jazmine Flagle, who just dr...More >>
  • 2 Bridges Reopen to 4200 Drivers in Ottawa Co., OK

    2 Bridges Reopen to 4200 Drivers in Ottawa Co., OK

    Tuesday, October 16 2018 6:09 PM EDT2018-10-16 22:09:34 GMT
    The two bridges over Spring River and Spring River Overflow on SH-10 closed in November of 2017. The bridges, located about five miles east of the I-44 Will Rogers Turnpike, were built in 1952 and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation says they were found to be structurally deficient in 2017. ODOT estimated the project cost was around $11 million. The bridges reopened on October 15th, 2018. ODOT says about 4,200 drivers used them every day before they closed....More >>
    The two bridges over Spring River and Spring River Overflow on SH-10 closed in November of 2017. The bridges, located about five miles east of the I-44 Will Rogers Turnpike, were built in 1952 and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation says they were found to be structurally deficient in 2017. ODOT estimated the project cost was around $11 million. The bridges reopened on October 15th, 2018. ODOT says about 4,200 drivers used them every day before they closed....More >>
  • 3 suffer minor injuries after Branson mountain coaster crash

    3 suffer minor injuries after Branson mountain coaster crash

    Tuesday, October 16 2018 5:24 PM EDT2018-10-16 21:24:17 GMT

    The system apparently didn't work on Oct. 4, causing a stopped cart to be rear-ended.

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    The system apparently didn't work on Oct. 4, causing a stopped cart to be rear-ended.

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  • Semi fire in Joplin disrupts traffic

    Semi fire in Joplin disrupts traffic

    Tuesday, October 16 2018 4:07 PM EDT2018-10-16 20:07:39 GMT
    Joplin firefighters put out a semi fire on S. Range Line on Oct. 16th, 2018Joplin firefighters put out a semi fire on S. Range Line on Oct. 16th, 2018

    The Joplin Fire Department was called to a semi truck on fire at 32nd and S. Range Line around 11:48 a.m. on October 16th, 2018. According to Fire Chief James Furgerson, the driver saw flames shooting out of the compartment area. Fire fighters extinguished the fire in about 20 minutes. Chief Furgerson says the cause of the fire was mechanical and the truck was not hauling any hazardous materials. Traffic was interrupted for about 30 minutes.

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    The Joplin Fire Department was called to a semi truck on fire at 32nd and S. Range Line around 11:48 a.m. on October 16th, 2018. According to Fire Chief James Furgerson, the driver saw flames shooting out of the compartment area. Fire fighters extinguished the fire in about 20 minutes. Chief Furgerson says the cause of the fire was mechanical and the truck was not hauling any hazardous materials. Traffic was interrupted for about 30 minutes.

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  • Joplin Man Found "Incompetent" to Stand Trial in Church Van Shooting Case

    Joplin Man Found "Incompetent" to Stand Trial in Church Van Shooting Case

    Tuesday, October 16 2018 12:12 PM EDT2018-10-16 16:12:33 GMT
    Thomas Mourning IIThomas Mourning II
    Thomas Mourning IIThomas Mourning II
    Thomas Mourning II of Joplin is found "incompetent" to stand trial at this time. Court documents state he injured multiple people and two comfort dogs in a 2016 shooting spree. Joplin Police say Mourning II fired two shots at the home he shared with his father on South Connecticut Street. They were the only two home. Court documents state that the father ran to Casey's General Store and called police. No one was injured in that incident. Authorities say Mourning II the...More >>
    Thomas Mourning II of Joplin is found "incompetent" to stand trial at this time. Court documents state he injured multiple people and two comfort dogs in a 2016 shooting spree. Joplin Police say Mourning II fired two shots at the home he shared with his father on South Connecticut Street. They were the only two home. Court documents state that the father ran to Casey's General Store and called police. No one was injured in that incident. Authorities say Mourning II the...More >>
  • KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 10-16

    KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 10-16

    Tuesday, October 16 2018 10:34 AM EDT2018-10-16 14:34:36 GMT

    The Joplin City Council is considering a pay increase for public safety employees.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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    The Joplin City Council is considering a pay increase for public safety employees.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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  • Public Safety Pay, "Panhandler Ordinance" On Joplin City Council Agenda

    Public Safety Pay, "Panhandler Ordinance" On Joplin City Council Agenda

    Monday, October 15 2018 10:21 PM EDT2018-10-16 02:21:47 GMT
        The Joplin City Council facing a packed agenda at tonight's meeting, on that list, two major items an increase for public safety employees, and a reconsideration on the so-called "panhandling ordinance" passed earlier this year.  Since the start of this year the salary issues of police and fire personnel has been on the center stage for the city.     That's caused some council meetings to become heated, and a number of residents vo...More >>
        The Joplin City Council facing a packed agenda at tonight's meeting, on that list, two major items an increase for public safety employees, and a reconsideration on the so-called "panhandling ordinance" passed earlier this year.  Since the start of this year the salary issues of police and fire personnel has been on the center stage for the city.     That's caused some council meetings to become heated, and a number of residents vo...More >>
  • Suspect in Galena Arson Pleads Guilty

    Suspect in Galena Arson Pleads Guilty

    Monday, October 15 2018 8:05 PM EDT2018-10-16 00:05:45 GMT
    A Galena, Kansas man pleads guilty to two arsons from the spring and summer. Ronny Ray Piercefield admits that he set a grass fire on North Jefferson Street in Galena in March. That fire eventually engulfed a small structure. Piercefield also pleaded guilty to setting a fire that engulfed 68 bales of hay in rural Cherokee County, Kansas in July of 2018. Piercefield is to be sentenced in December of 2018.  Authorities have been investigating a string of fires that happened in ...More >>
    A Galena, Kansas man pleads guilty to two arsons from the spring and summer. Ronny Ray Piercefield admits that he set a grass fire on North Jefferson Street in Galena in March. That fire eventually engulfed a small structure. Piercefield also pleaded guilty to setting a fire that engulfed 68 bales of hay in rural Cherokee County, Kansas in July of 2018. Piercefield is to be sentenced in December of 2018.  Authorities have been investigating a string of fires that happened in ...More >>
  • Ocean Adventures Offers New Place to Dive Into In Duquesne

    Ocean Adventures Offers New Place to Dive Into In Duquesne

    Monday, October 15 2018 6:50 PM EDT2018-10-15 22:50:58 GMT
    A ribbon cutting is held for the Ocean Adventures indoor playground. The facility features several slides, mazes and obstacle courses, all surrounded by a pit filled with 80,000 balls. While the playground is geared toward children of walking age up to 12, all ages are invited to play, including adults. Admission is $5 Tuesday through Thursday and $6 on the weekend.  The owner says that an indoor park is a good idea for this area. "We felt like we wanted to ha...More >>
    A ribbon cutting is held for the Ocean Adventures indoor playground. The facility features several slides, mazes and obstacle courses, all surrounded by a pit filled with 80,000 balls. While the playground is geared toward children of walking age up to 12, all ages are invited to play, including adults. Admission is $5 Tuesday through Thursday and $6 on the weekend.  The owner says that an indoor park is a good idea for this area. "We felt like we wanted to ha...More >>
  • Police Release More Information Regarding Pittsburg Shooting

    Monday, October 15 2018 6:07 PM EDT2018-10-15 22:07:45 GMT
    The Pittsburg Police Department is searching for a suspect in a weekend shooting. Police say Eric James Cravey is wanted in the Saturday shooting that injured Vanessa Rae McWhirt-Martin of Chetopa, KS. Authorities say McWhirt was a passenger in a black "Dodge Nitro" driven by Cravey. They say witnesses say she got out of the SUV during an argument with Cravey and was shot with a handgun.  McWhirt was taken to the hospital for emergency surgery. At last repo...More >>
    The Pittsburg Police Department is searching for a suspect in a weekend shooting. Police say Eric James Cravey is wanted in the Saturday shooting that injured Vanessa Rae McWhirt-Martin of Chetopa, KS. Authorities say McWhirt was a passenger in a black "Dodge Nitro" driven by Cravey. They say witnesses say she got out of the SUV during an argument with Cravey and was shot with a handgun.  McWhirt was taken to the hospital for emergency surgery. At last repo...More >>
  • Railroad Repairs Means Street Closures in Joplin

    Railroad Repairs Means Street Closures in Joplin

    Monday, October 15 2018 12:33 PM EDT2018-10-15 16:33:30 GMT
    Joplin drivers may need to plan ahead with streets being closed between Murphy Boulevard and Grand Avenue for repairs to the railroad crossing. Detours will be in place. Drivers are encouraged to use extreme caution while in the area. Businesses in the area will be accessible during the construction period. The railroad repair work is part of a cost-sharing agreement with Kansas City Southern Railroad (KCS). KCS will be installing concrete panels at the railroad crossing. Cr...More >>
    Joplin drivers may need to plan ahead with streets being closed between Murphy Boulevard and Grand Avenue for repairs to the railroad crossing. Detours will be in place. Drivers are encouraged to use extreme caution while in the area. Businesses in the area will be accessible during the construction period. The railroad repair work is part of a cost-sharing agreement with Kansas City Southern Railroad (KCS). KCS will be installing concrete panels at the railroad crossing. Cr...More >>
  • Carthage Man Honors Veterans, Police, Fire and EMS

    Carthage Man Honors Veterans, Police, Fire and EMS

    Sunday, October 14 2018 8:34 PM EDT2018-10-15 00:34:55 GMT
    Before 77-year-old Larry Glaze lost his wife to brain cancer, the couple decided to create a bucket list, not of places to go, but of things to do, like building these tree houses, and giving back to the people who take care of others. "Just the recognition that we're trying to give our first responders, people that care about people. We don't care if they're Republican or Democrat. They're patriots and they believe in the United States. They'll raise for the flag and sta...More >>
    Before 77-year-old Larry Glaze lost his wife to brain cancer, the couple decided to create a bucket list, not of places to go, but of things to do, like building these tree houses, and giving back to the people who take care of others. "Just the recognition that we're trying to give our first responders, people that care about people. We don't care if they're Republican or Democrat. They're patriots and they believe in the United States. They'll raise for the flag and sta...More >>
  • Pittsburg Police Identify Shooting Victim

    Wednesday, October 17 2018 7:46 PM EDT2018-10-17 23:46:47 GMT

    Police identified the victim in a  shooting Saturday afternoon in Pittsburg  as 37 year old Vanessa Rae McWhirt-Martin of Chetopa, Kansas. 

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    Police identified the victim in a  shooting Saturday afternoon in Pittsburg  as 37 year old Vanessa Rae McWhirt-Martin of Chetopa, Kansas. 

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  • Woman Shot in Pittsburg: Suspect at Large

    Woman Shot in Pittsburg: Suspect at Large

    Saturday, October 13 2018 10:26 PM EDT2018-10-14 02:26:13 GMT

    Pittsburg police ask for help in locating a shooting suspect. 

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    Pittsburg police ask for help in locating a shooting suspect. 

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  • Unique Garage Sale Puts Kids in the Driver's Seat

    Unique Garage Sale Puts Kids in the Driver's Seat

    Saturday, October 13 2018 8:00 PM EDT2018-10-14 00:00:06 GMT
    A garage sale in Joplin is being used as a teaching tool for kids.  Memorial Hall was the place for the second annual "kids garage sale." Local kids had the chance to run their own booth.. and sell their old toys, games, action figures, and clothes.  Many kids say it's a lot of fun being in charge of their own sales.. and that they learn a lot about money and how to be more outgoing.  Alice Carpenter, 12 years old: "I think it's neat just because...More >>
    A garage sale in Joplin is being used as a teaching tool for kids.  Memorial Hall was the place for the second annual "kids garage sale." Local kids had the chance to run their own booth.. and sell their old toys, games, action figures, and clothes.  Many kids say it's a lot of fun being in charge of their own sales.. and that they learn a lot about money and how to be more outgoing.  Alice Carpenter, 12 years old: "I think it's neat just because...More >>
  • Joplin Surplus Auction draws Big Crowd

    Joplin Surplus Auction draws Big Crowd

    Saturday, October 13 2018 7:52 PM EDT2018-10-13 23:52:16 GMT
    Confiscated and outdated items go on the auction block for the city of Joplin. The city of Joplin held its annual surplus auction. More than seventy bikes..almost thirty laptop computers.. and anything from fire fighting to street equipment could be bought for bargain prices.   Dump trucks and other heavy equipment were available for purchase as well. For many buyers, it was their first auction.. but others, like Troy Lear, were looking for more specific treasures. ...More >>
    Confiscated and outdated items go on the auction block for the city of Joplin. The city of Joplin held its annual surplus auction. More than seventy bikes..almost thirty laptop computers.. and anything from fire fighting to street equipment could be bought for bargain prices.   Dump trucks and other heavy equipment were available for purchase as well. For many buyers, it was their first auction.. but others, like Troy Lear, were looking for more specific treasures. ...More >>
  • Sarcoxie's Jeremy Lawyer Wins FLW Tour Event on Lake of the Ozarks

    Sarcoxie's Jeremy Lawyer Wins FLW Tour Event on Lake of the Ozarks

    Saturday, October 13 2018 6:54 PM EDT2018-10-13 22:54:47 GMT

    For Lawyer, it's his first win on Lake of the Ozarks after 10 prior top-10 finishes. 

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    For Lawyer, it's his first win on Lake of the Ozarks after 10 prior top-10 finishes. 

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  • Former Pittsburg High RB Alex Barnes Goes Off for 4 TD vs. Oklahoma State

    Former Pittsburg High RB Alex Barnes Goes Off for 4 TD vs. Oklahoma State

    Saturday, October 13 2018 6:02 PM EDT2018-10-13 22:02:37 GMT

    The former Purple Dragon has now ran for 431 yards and 7 touchdowns the last two weeks. On the season, Barnes has 788 rushing yards for the Wildcats and 9 touchdowns.

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    The former Purple Dragon has now ran for 431 yards and 7 touchdowns the last two weeks. On the season, Barnes has 788 rushing yards for the Wildcats and 9 touchdowns.

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  • Club In Webb City Aims At Engaging Seniors

    Club In Webb City Aims At Engaging Seniors

    Friday, October 12 2018 10:10 PM EDT2018-10-13 02:10:40 GMT

        With the temperatures cooling down, many of us are starting to get our heaters and fire places going.      For Austin Simpson, serving his community is something he thought of at a young age and 3 years ago, when he was 18, he founded the "Gold and Silver Seniors Club" in Webb City.     It's mission - to get those over fifty out and active.

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        With the temperatures cooling down, many of us are starting to get our heaters and fire places going.      For Austin Simpson, serving his community is something he thought of at a young age and 3 years ago, when he was 18, he founded the "Gold and Silver Seniors Club" in Webb City.     It's mission - to get those over fifty out and active.

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  • Neosho County, KS Flooding

    Neosho County, KS Flooding

    Friday, October 12 2018 7:39 PM EDT2018-10-12 23:39:39 GMT
    Flooding in Neosho County, Kansas has caused disaster declarations at both the state and county levels.. as the Neosho River rises to a near record breaking level.  Flash flooding in Neosho County earlier this week caused the Neosho river to quickly rise above its banks -- cresting at over 36 feet. Me Melanie Kent-Culp, Neosho County KS Emergency Manager:"It was in the major stage, the third highest that that river in Erie has had." That's just four feet lower t...More >>
    Flooding in Neosho County, Kansas has caused disaster declarations at both the state and county levels.. as the Neosho River rises to a near record breaking level.  Flash flooding in Neosho County earlier this week caused the Neosho river to quickly rise above its banks -- cresting at over 36 feet. Me Melanie Kent-Culp, Neosho County KS Emergency Manager:"It was in the major stage, the third highest that that river in Erie has had." That's just four feet lower t...More >>
  • Citizens Gear Up for Joplin City Sale

    Citizens Gear Up for Joplin City Sale

    Friday, October 12 2018 6:17 PM EDT2018-10-12 22:17:51 GMT
    Area residents had the opportunity to preview Joplin's 5th Annual City Auction. Items for sale range from scrap metal and computers to jewelry and vehicles. The items come from various city departments, and all of the money raised will go back to the departments that sell their items during the auction. The sale will take place tomorrow at the Public Works Center on West 2nd Street in Joplin at 9 a.m. on October 13th.More >>
    Area residents had the opportunity to preview Joplin's 5th Annual City Auction. Items for sale range from scrap metal and computers to jewelry and vehicles. The items come from various city departments, and all of the money raised will go back to the departments that sell their items during the auction. The sale will take place tomorrow at the Public Works Center on West 2nd Street in Joplin at 9 a.m. on October 13th.More >>
  • "Decades of Wheels" Museum Hosts Grand Opening

    Friday, October 12 2018 5:59 PM EDT2018-10-12 21:59:12 GMT
    A large crowd huddles together for the ribbon cutting of the "Decades of Wheels" museum. A rotation of 30 unique vehicles, including cars and motorcycles, will pass through the museum each month. Some of the vehicles currently on display you may recognize from famous films. The museum is just one part of a bigger vision for their project, explains an event official. "We have a full service restaurant, breakfast, lunch and dinner. We have a night little ...More >>
    A large crowd huddles together for the ribbon cutting of the "Decades of Wheels" museum. A rotation of 30 unique vehicles, including cars and motorcycles, will pass through the museum each month. Some of the vehicles currently on display you may recognize from famous films. The museum is just one part of a bigger vision for their project, explains an event official. "We have a full service restaurant, breakfast, lunch and dinner. We have a night little ...More >>
  • #1 Lamar to Host Rivalry Game vs. Nevada

    #1 Lamar to Host Rivalry Game vs. Nevada

    Thursday, October 11 2018 11:06 PM EDT2018-10-12 03:06:47 GMT

    Top-ranked Lamar will try to stay undefeated Friday night, hosting the "Silver Tiger" game against Nevada. 

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    Top-ranked Lamar will try to stay undefeated Friday night, hosting the "Silver Tiger" game against Nevada. 

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  • Calderon Scores 5X, Pittsburg Wins 5th Straight

    Calderon Scores 5X, Pittsburg Wins 5th Straight

    Thursday, October 11 2018 10:49 PM EDT2018-10-12 02:49:25 GMT

    Randi Calderon scored 5 goals for Pittsburg against Columbus, all of them coming in the first half. 

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    Randi Calderon scored 5 goals for Pittsburg against Columbus, all of them coming in the first half. 

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  • Economic Security Corporation Scaling back Bungalow Project after Financial Problem

    Economic Security Corporation Scaling back Bungalow Project after Financial Problem

    Thursday, October 11 2018 8:11 PM EDT2018-10-12 00:11:11 GMT
    A future veteran and senior housing project in Joplin is having to re-evaluate plans. After learning it will cost more to complete the project than anticipated.. The Economic Security Corporation is considering scaling the project back.  For the last two and a half years, The Economic Security Corporation has been pursing a project for senior, veteran and disabled housing in Joplin.  John Joines, Economic Security Corporation of Southwest Area CEO:"At the time that w...More >>
    A future veteran and senior housing project in Joplin is having to re-evaluate plans. After learning it will cost more to complete the project than anticipated.. The Economic Security Corporation is considering scaling the project back.  For the last two and a half years, The Economic Security Corporation has been pursing a project for senior, veteran and disabled housing in Joplin.  John Joines, Economic Security Corporation of Southwest Area CEO:"At the time that w...More >>
  • Concurrent Enrollment Numbers Jump at MSSU

    Concurrent Enrollment Numbers Jump at MSSU

    Thursday, October 11 2018 7:27 PM EDT2018-10-11 23:27:13 GMT

    MSSU doubled its concurrent enrollment in the past six years and saw a thirty percent increase in students taking dual credit and online courses while in high school this year. 

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    MSSU doubled its concurrent enrollment in the past six years and saw a thirty percent increase in students taking dual credit and online courses while in high school this year. 

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  • Third Judge Recuses Self in Carl Junction Child Murder Case

    Third Judge Recuses Self in Carl Junction Child Murder Case

    Thursday, October 11 2018 3:46 PM EDT2018-10-11 19:46:15 GMT
    Jalen Vaden in Court on August 20th, 2018Jalen Vaden in Court on August 20th, 2018

    There have now been five judges in a 2017 child murder case in southwest Missouri. Jalen Vaden is accused of killing 3-year-old Jayda Kyle at the Carl Junction home he shared with the child's mother. Vaden is charged with second degree murder and abuse or neglect resulting in death. Jasper County Associate Court Judge Joseph Hensley presided over the first court arraignment in December of 2017. Once the case was bound over for trial, Judge Dean Dankelson became the presiding judge....

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    There have now been five judges in a 2017 child murder case in southwest Missouri. Jalen Vaden is accused of killing 3-year-old Jayda Kyle at the Carl Junction home he shared with the child's mother. Vaden is charged with second degree murder and abuse or neglect resulting in death. Jasper County Associate Court Judge Joseph Hensley presided over the first court arraignment in December of 2017. Once the case was bound over for trial, Judge Dean Dankelson became the presiding judge....

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  • Independence Homicide Investigation

    Victim's Name Released, Independence Homicide Investigation

    Victim's Name Released, Independence Homicide Investigation

    Thursday, October 11 2018 4:54 PM EDT2018-10-11 20:54:01 GMT

    The Independence Police Department is investigating a homicide.  According to the media release on Thursday, 10-11-18, around 2:20a.m., IPD were called to the southeast part of town for reports of shots fired. Officers found a victim who appeared to be killed by a single gun-shot wound. Authorities are not releasing further details about the crime.  Identification of the victim is withheld until notification of the family.  Anyone that may have information regar...

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    The Independence Police Department is investigating a homicide.  According to the media release on Thursday, 10-11-18, around 2:20a.m., IPD were called to the southeast part of town for reports of shots fired. Officers found a victim who appeared to be killed by a single gun-shot wound. Authorities are not releasing further details about the crime.  Identification of the victim is withheld until notification of the family.  Anyone that may have information regar...

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  • Skimmer "Epidemic" In Northeast Oklahoma

    Skimmer "Epidemic" In Northeast Oklahoma

    Wednesday, October 10 2018 10:10 PM EDT2018-10-11 02:10:20 GMT

        Some residents in Northeast Oklahoma are finding unexpected charges on their bank statements officials say, it's all because of card skimmers placed at local ATM's.

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        Some residents in Northeast Oklahoma are finding unexpected charges on their bank statements officials say, it's all because of card skimmers placed at local ATM's.

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  • Nevada Preps for "Silver Tiger" Game at #1 Lamar

    Nevada Preps for "Silver Tiger" Game at #1 Lamar

    Wednesday, October 10 2018 9:13 PM EDT2018-10-11 01:13:23 GMT

    Nevada will try to hand Lamar its first loss since 2014 when the two teams renew their rivalry Friday night. 

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    Nevada will try to hand Lamar its first loss since 2014 when the two teams renew their rivalry Friday night. 

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  • State Question 801 in Oklahoma Worries Fairland, OK Superintendent

    State Question 801 in Oklahoma Worries Fairland, OK Superintendent

    Wednesday, October 10 2018 6:56 PM EDT2018-10-10 22:56:50 GMT

    State question 801 would change Oklahoma law to allow ad valorem or property based tax dollars to be used not just for buildings but overall operations deemed necessary by a school district.   

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    State question 801 would change Oklahoma law to allow ad valorem or property based tax dollars to be used not just for buildings but overall operations deemed necessary by a school district.   

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  • Drone Academy helps Students Learn Skills in Chanute

    Drone Academy helps Students Learn Skills in Chanute

    Wednesday, October 10 2018 6:54 PM EDT2018-10-10 22:54:17 GMT
    Chanute High School is offering a program where.. for some students.. the sky's the limit.  Riley Kappler is a junior at Chanute High School, and wants to be an engineer once he graduates from college.  Riley Kappler, High School Student:"I don't want to just work on planes, and I don't just want to work on cars like everyone else who just settles for something." Kappler knows he will need an understanding of things like planes to achieve that goal. T...More >>
    Chanute High School is offering a program where.. for some students.. the sky's the limit.  Riley Kappler is a junior at Chanute High School, and wants to be an engineer once he graduates from college.  Riley Kappler, High School Student:"I don't want to just work on planes, and I don't just want to work on cars like everyone else who just settles for something." Kappler knows he will need an understanding of things like planes to achieve that goal. T...More >>
  • Kansas Governor Issues State of Disaster Emergency

    Kansas Governor Issues State of Disaster Emergency

    Wednesday, October 10 2018 6:50 PM EDT2018-10-10 22:50:35 GMT

    Governor Jeff Colyer issues a State of Disaster Emergency declaration for the state in response to the heavy rains that have caused localized flooding and flash floods in a number of counties. "With such excessive rainfall, we realize that many may have need of recovery assistance. This declaration will help with that effort," said Colyer. "At the same time, I encourage Kansans to reach out to your neighbors and those in your community who may have had difficulty wea...

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    Governor Jeff Colyer issues a State of Disaster Emergency declaration for the state in response to the heavy rains that have caused localized flooding and flash floods in a number of counties. "With such excessive rainfall, we realize that many may have need of recovery assistance. This declaration will help with that effort," said Colyer. "At the same time, I encourage Kansans to reach out to your neighbors and those in your community who may have had difficulty wea...

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  • Hensley Gets Life in Prison for Southwest Missouri Murder

    Hensley Gets Life in Prison for Southwest Missouri Murder

    Wednesday, October 10 2018 11:56 AM EDT2018-10-10 15:56:48 GMT
    Shannon HensleyShannon Hensley

    A Newton County, Missouri judge sentences an Aurora man for a 2016 murder. Shannon Hensley was convicted of killing 82-year-old Nolan Karch in Lawrence County, Missouri. Authorities say the murder happened around December 28th, 2016, although Karch's body wasn't found until January 2nd, 2017. Detectives were told that Hensley and another person were dropped off at Karch's home outside Aurora to rob it. Hensley allegedly came out saying he got into a fight with Karch and shot him...

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    A Newton County, Missouri judge sentences an Aurora man for a 2016 murder. Shannon Hensley was convicted of killing 82-year-old Nolan Karch in Lawrence County, Missouri. Authorities say the murder happened around December 28th, 2016, although Karch's body wasn't found until January 2nd, 2017. Detectives were told that Hensley and another person were dropped off at Karch's home outside Aurora to rob it. Hensley allegedly came out saying he got into a fight with Karch and shot him...

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  • NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW 10-10

    Wednesday, October 10 2018 9:29 AM EDT2018-10-10 13:29:25 GMT
    JOPLIN STORM DAMAGE A line of storms that flipped cars in Midwest City Oklahoma did some damage in the four-states yesterday. The owner of this home on Central City Road in Joplin says the storm sent his garage into his yard. It caused some roof damage and also uprooted a large tree. No one was injured. JAIL POLICY VIOLATION A former Ottawa County Oklahoma jail inmate claims jail policy wasn't followed after he was attacked in jail. On September 19, Donald Herr...More >>
    JOPLIN STORM DAMAGE A line of storms that flipped cars in Midwest City Oklahoma did some damage in the four-states yesterday. The owner of this home on Central City Road in Joplin says the storm sent his garage into his yard. It caused some roof damage and also uprooted a large tree. No one was injured. JAIL POLICY VIOLATION A former Ottawa County Oklahoma jail inmate claims jail policy wasn't followed after he was attacked in jail. On September 19, Donald Herr...More >>
  • Pittsburg Commisioners Move Ahead with Power Plan, Schlanger Park Splash Pad

    Tuesday, October 9 2018 9:39 PM EDT2018-10-10 01:39:47 GMT
    Pittsburg, KS city commissioners today voted to move forward with a plan to tear up the wading pool at Schlanger Park. The pool will be replaced with a splash pad that will cost a total of $320,000, $80,000 will come from the "Everybody Plays" fund. The additional $225,000 will need to come from the state, and the city has plans to request it from the Kansas Department of Commerce. In other business, the city approved a study to determine whether to implement a city el...More >>
    Pittsburg, KS city commissioners today voted to move forward with a plan to tear up the wading pool at Schlanger Park. The pool will be replaced with a splash pad that will cost a total of $320,000, $80,000 will come from the "Everybody Plays" fund. The additional $225,000 will need to come from the state, and the city has plans to request it from the Kansas Department of Commerce. In other business, the city approved a study to determine whether to implement a city el...More >>
  • Former Inmate Alleges Procedures Weren't Followed after Jail Fight

    Former Inmate Alleges Procedures Weren't Followed after Jail Fight

    Tuesday, October 9 2018 8:53 PM EDT2018-10-10 00:53:31 GMT
    A former inmate of the Ottawa County Jail is alleging proper procedures weren't followed after he was attacked in the jail.  Donald Herring was an inmate at the Ottawa County Jail when he was attacked on September 19th.  Donald Herring, Former Ottawa County Jail Inmate:"I went to go outside in the rec area and walk around, and I got jumped by two people." After that, Herring says he went into one of the jail pods where a third person jumped him. ...More >>
    A former inmate of the Ottawa County Jail is alleging proper procedures weren't followed after he was attacked in the jail.  Donald Herring was an inmate at the Ottawa County Jail when he was attacked on September 19th.  Donald Herring, Former Ottawa County Jail Inmate:"I went to go outside in the rec area and walk around, and I got jumped by two people." After that, Herring says he went into one of the jail pods where a third person jumped him. ...More >>
  • Some 4-Staters See Storm Damage

    Some 4-Staters See Storm Damage

    Tuesday, October 9 2018 7:04 PM EDT2018-10-09 23:04:52 GMT
    Storm damage in Joplin, MO (Oct. 9, 2018)Storm damage in Joplin, MO (Oct. 9, 2018)
    Storm damage in Joplin, MO (Oct. 9, 2018)Storm damage in Joplin, MO (Oct. 9, 2018)
    A line of storms that started in Oklahoma, leaving a trail of overturned cars in Midwest City, makes an impact in the 4-States. A Joplin resident that lives near Central City Road says his garage was blown into his yard. There's also roof damage on the home and an uprooted tree in the area. No injuries have been reported from the storms in the 4-States.More >>
    A line of storms that started in Oklahoma, leaving a trail of overturned cars in Midwest City, makes an impact in the 4-States. A Joplin resident that lives near Central City Road says his garage was blown into his yard. There's also roof damage on the home and an uprooted tree in the area. No injuries have been reported from the storms in the 4-States.More >>
  • Mixed Reaction in Miami to Suggestion of Post Labor Day Start

    Mixed Reaction in Miami to Suggestion of Post Labor Day Start

    Tuesday, October 9 2018 6:52 PM EDT2018-10-09 22:52:14 GMT

    Oklahoma lawmakers are exploring the idea of mandating a later start to school to cut energy costs. But while district administrators and teachers oppose the idea, some citizens like it.  

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    Oklahoma lawmakers are exploring the idea of mandating a later start to school to cut energy costs. But while district administrators and teachers oppose the idea, some citizens like it.  

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  • Pittsburg Armed Robbery Update: One Suspect Arrested, 2 At Large

    Pittsburg Armed Robbery Update: One Suspect Arrested, 2 At Large

    Tuesday, October 9 2018 6:17 PM EDT2018-10-09 22:17:34 GMT

    A 17-year-old male is arrested in connection to a Pittsburg, Kansas armed robbery.. On Monday, October 8th, 2018, authorities were called to an apartment at 206 West Hudson Street about an armed robbery. They found two occupants who claimed three males entered the apartment and said they were there to see one of the roommates. The two occupants allegedly told the suspects they didn't know who they were and they needed to leave. Police say they were told one of the three males th...

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    A 17-year-old male is arrested in connection to a Pittsburg, Kansas armed robbery.. On Monday, October 8th, 2018, authorities were called to an apartment at 206 West Hudson Street about an armed robbery. They found two occupants who claimed three males entered the apartment and said they were there to see one of the roommates. The two occupants allegedly told the suspects they didn't know who they were and they needed to leave. Police say they were told one of the three males th...

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  • Another Judge Steps Away from Carl Junction Murder Case

    Another Judge Steps Away from Carl Junction Murder Case

    Tuesday, October 9 2018 6:06 PM EDT2018-10-09 22:06:05 GMT
    Jalen Vaden in Court on August 20th, 2018Jalen Vaden in Court on August 20th, 2018
    Jalen Vaden in Court on August 20th, 2018Jalen Vaden in Court on August 20th, 2018
    Two judges have now recused themselves from a Carl Junction, Missouri murder case. Jalen Vaden is accused of killing 3-year-old Jayda Kyle at the Carl Junction home he shared with the child's mother. Vaden is charged with second degree murder and abuse or neglect resulting in death. On October 2nd, 2018, Jasper County Circuit Court Judge David Mouton recused himself from the case. Court Administrator Erik Theis told KOAM/FOX14 that Judge Mouton had nothing further to say other t...More >>
    Two judges have now recused themselves from a Carl Junction, Missouri murder case. Jalen Vaden is accused of killing 3-year-old Jayda Kyle at the Carl Junction home he shared with the child's mother. Vaden is charged with second degree murder and abuse or neglect resulting in death. On October 2nd, 2018, Jasper County Circuit Court Judge David Mouton recused himself from the case. Court Administrator Erik Theis told KOAM/FOX14 that Judge Mouton had nothing further to say other t...More >>
  • Lost Family Ancestry

    Lost Family Ancestry

    Tuesday, October 9 2018 3:34 PM EDT2018-10-09 19:34:39 GMT

        Imagine learning you have a long-lost sibling, and then you find out, you both, have another long lost sibling.     That's the case for one Webb City woman, and her brother, or, now, "brothers", in Rochester, New York. Darlene Sarley's family frequently comes to her home in Webb City. They enjoy each others company and soon, they could be enjoying more company. Sarley found one brother a few years back... Darlene Sarley, Sister: "For ye...

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        Imagine learning you have a long-lost sibling, and then you find out, you both, have another long lost sibling.     That's the case for one Webb City woman, and her brother, or, now, "brothers", in Rochester, New York. Darlene Sarley's family frequently comes to her home in Webb City. They enjoy each others company and soon, they could be enjoying more company. Sarley found one brother a few years back... Darlene Sarley, Sister: "For ye...

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  • 123 Missing Children Found in Michigan During 1-Day Operation

    123 Missing Children Found in Michigan During 1-Day Operation

    Tuesday, October 9 2018 3:24 PM EDT2018-10-09 19:24:57 GMT

    The U.S. Marshals Office says a new Child Recovery Unit found 123 children during a one-day operation. Detroit, MI – The U.S. Marshals Service - Detroit Missing Child Recovery Unit, U.S. Marshals Service Sex Offender Investigations Branch, Michigan State Police and law enforcement officers from Wayne County agencies participated in Operation MISafeKid, a missing juvenile sweep to identify and recover missing children from the area with an emphasis on locating victims of sex t...

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    The U.S. Marshals Office says a new Child Recovery Unit found 123 children during a one-day operation. Detroit, MI – The U.S. Marshals Service - Detroit Missing Child Recovery Unit, U.S. Marshals Service Sex Offender Investigations Branch, Michigan State Police and law enforcement officers from Wayne County agencies participated in Operation MISafeKid, a missing juvenile sweep to identify and recover missing children from the area with an emphasis on locating victims of sex t...

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  • Motorcycle Crash Claims Life of Southwest Missouri Man

    Motorcycle Crash Claims Life of Southwest Missouri Man

    Tuesday, October 9 2018 3:01 PM EDT2018-10-09 19:01:38 GMT
    Authorities say a Monett, Missouri man has lost his life after a fatal motorcycle crash in Lawrence County. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the single-vehicle crash happened on October 8th, 2018 around 2:00 p.m. on I-44 at mile marker 45.2, near Mt. Vernon. Troopers say 57-year-old Danny Gibbons was driving westbound when he lost control and drove off the south side of the road hitting the median cable. Gibbons died at the scene.More >>
    Authorities say a Monett, Missouri man has lost his life after a fatal motorcycle crash in Lawrence County. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the single-vehicle crash happened on October 8th, 2018 around 2:00 p.m. on I-44 at mile marker 45.2, near Mt. Vernon. Troopers say 57-year-old Danny Gibbons was driving westbound when he lost control and drove off the south side of the road hitting the median cable. Gibbons died at the scene.More >>
  • Weather Links To Help Keep You Updated

    Weather Links To Help Keep You Updated

    Tuesday, October 9 2018 2:15 PM EDT2018-10-09 18:15:27 GMT

    Our SkyWatch Weather Team offers a weather app, weather call, email and more.

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    Our SkyWatch Weather Team offers a weather app, weather call, email and more.

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  • Missouri man dies in crash near Carthage

    Missouri man dies in crash near Carthage

    Tuesday, October 9 2018 1:04 PM EDT2018-10-09 17:04:56 GMT

    The Missouri Highway Patrol investigates a single vehicle fatality crash in Jasper County, Missouri. It happened around 4:30 Monday afternoon (October 8, 2018). Troopers say 78-year old Alford Taylor from Jasper, Missouri drove off the roadway and hit a fence about three and a half miles east of Carthage on Route E. Taylor was not wearing his seat belt and was pronounced dead at the scene.

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    The Missouri Highway Patrol investigates a single vehicle fatality crash in Jasper County, Missouri. It happened around 4:30 Monday afternoon (October 8, 2018). Troopers say 78-year old Alford Taylor from Jasper, Missouri drove off the roadway and hit a fence about three and a half miles east of Carthage on Route E. Taylor was not wearing his seat belt and was pronounced dead at the scene.

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  • Suspect Wanted in ATM Skimming in Northeast Oklahoma

    Suspect Wanted in ATM Skimming in Northeast Oklahoma

    Wednesday, October 10 2018 5:39 PM EDT2018-10-10 21:39:53 GMT

    The Grove Police Department sends out a heads up to residents. On October 9th, 2018, the GPD posted on social media that they, and banks in the Grove area, are aware of several debit cards being hacked and used over the last few days. Police say if your ATM card was compromised you need to contact your bank immediately so they can disable your ATM card and reissue you a new one. Authorities and the banks are working together on the issue. Grove Oklahoma Police Department ...

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    The Grove Police Department sends out a heads up to residents. On October 9th, 2018, the GPD posted on social media that they, and banks in the Grove area, are aware of several debit cards being hacked and used over the last few days. Police say if your ATM card was compromised you need to contact your bank immediately so they can disable your ATM card and reissue you a new one. Authorities and the banks are working together on the issue. Grove Oklahoma Police Department ...

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  • Local Girl Scout Camp to Close, Friends Propose Different Option

    Local Girl Scout Camp to Close, Friends Propose Different Option

    Tuesday, October 16 2018 4:28 PM EDT2018-10-16 20:28:09 GMT
    Jasper County, MOJasper County, MO

    The Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland says the Mintahama Program Center in Jasper County, Missouri will close on December 16th, 2018. The GSMH made the decision after a property review on all their camps. In 2013, the girl scouts almost voted to sell the camp after a similar process, but it was averted after volunteers created the Friends of Camp Mintahama group to help improve conditions. (Related Story: Uncertainties for Girl Scout Camp Raise Concerns) On September 21st...

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    The Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland says the Mintahama Program Center in Jasper County, Missouri will close on December 16th, 2018. The GSMH made the decision after a property review on all their camps. In 2013, the girl scouts almost voted to sell the camp after a similar process, but it was averted after volunteers created the Friends of Camp Mintahama group to help improve conditions. (Related Story: Uncertainties for Girl Scout Camp Raise Concerns) On September 21st...

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