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  • Pools Open to Warm Weather on Holiday Weekend

    Pools Open to Warm Weather on Holiday Weekend

    Saturday, May 26 2018 10:52 PM EDT2018-05-27 02:52:44 GMT

    The  pools in Pittsburg  and Joplin are now  officially open for summer.      

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    The  pools in Pittsburg  and Joplin are now  officially open for summer.      

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  • OK Lt. Governor Candidates visit Grove

    OK Lt. Governor Candidates visit Grove

    Saturday, May 26 2018 8:23 PM EDT2018-05-27 00:23:06 GMT

    Candidates for Oklahoma Lieutenant Governor make a stop in Grove.  Delaware County Oklahoma Republicans held a candidate forum at the Grove Christian Center.  Republican candidates Matt Pinnell, Eddie Fields and Dominique Block discussed issues like education funding - taxes - and tribal gaming contracts in the state. 

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    Candidates for Oklahoma Lieutenant Governor make a stop in Grove.  Delaware County Oklahoma Republicans held a candidate forum at the Grove Christian Center.  Republican candidates Matt Pinnell, Eddie Fields and Dominique Block discussed issues like education funding - taxes - and tribal gaming contracts in the state. 

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  • LaTurner Files for Full 4 Year Term

    Friday, May 25 2018 10:24 PM EDT2018-05-26 02:24:35 GMT
    Kansas State Treasurer Jake LaTurner has filed for a full four year term. LaTurner, the youngest statewide official in the nation at 30-years-old, says it has been is honor to serve Kansans in the position for the past year. LaTurner says "I will continue to work hard every single day to build upon our record of success.” In a press release LaTurner representatives say the Treasurer has returned $24.6 million in unclaimed property, and was instrumental in rolling out...More >>
    Kansas State Treasurer Jake LaTurner has filed for a full four year term. LaTurner, the youngest statewide official in the nation at 30-years-old, says it has been is honor to serve Kansans in the position for the past year. LaTurner says "I will continue to work hard every single day to build upon our record of success.” In a press release LaTurner representatives say the Treasurer has returned $24.6 million in unclaimed property, and was instrumental in rolling out...More >>
  • Crews Battle Vehicle Fire On Highway 69

    Crews Battle Vehicle Fire On Highway 69

    Friday, May 25 2018 10:18 PM EDT2018-05-26 02:18:30 GMT
    The Cherokee Township, Weir, and Galena Fire Departments fought a vehicle fire today (May 25) around 7:30 p.m. on Highway 69 near Highway 103. According to authorities a truck was heading south on 69 Highway when the vehicle started smoking. The truck was then completely engulfed by flames. The driver managed to escape the vehicle without any serious injury. Crews had the fire put out by 8:00 p.m. No word yet on what caused the truck to catch on fire.More >>
    The Cherokee Township, Weir, and Galena Fire Departments fought a vehicle fire today (May 25) around 7:30 p.m. on Highway 69 near Highway 103. According to authorities a truck was heading south on 69 Highway when the vehicle started smoking. The truck was then completely engulfed by flames. The driver managed to escape the vehicle without any serious injury. Crews had the fire put out by 8:00 p.m. No word yet on what caused the truck to catch on fire.More >>
  • Iola Claims State Baseball Title

    Iola Claims State Baseball Title

    Friday, May 25 2018 10:18 PM EDT2018-05-26 02:18:07 GMT

    The Iola Mustangs topped Bishop Ward 11-6 Friday night to win the 4A-DII state baseball championship.

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    The Iola Mustangs topped Bishop Ward 11-6 Friday night to win the 4A-DII state baseball championship.

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  • Joplin Police Make Service Cuts - How Will That Impact You? We've Got The Answer

    Joplin Police Make Service Cuts - How Will That Impact You? We've Got The Answer

    Friday, May 25 2018 10:13 PM EDT2018-05-26 02:13:05 GMT

         18 nights ago during a city council meeting...Joplin Police Chief Matt Stewart talked about the possibility of having to cut a number of services the department provides.      18 nights later...we can say provided...because a number of services have *officially* **been** cut. Captain Trevor Duncan with JPD told us "We're simply changing the ways were taking those reports."

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         18 nights ago during a city council meeting...Joplin Police Chief Matt Stewart talked about the possibility of having to cut a number of services the department provides.      18 nights later...we can say provided...because a number of services have *officially* **been** cut. Captain Trevor Duncan with JPD told us "We're simply changing the ways were taking those reports."

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  • Burns Claims National Title for MSSU

    Burns Claims National Title for MSSU

    Friday, May 25 2018 9:25 PM EDT2018-05-26 01:25:42 GMT

    The Carthage native won discus at nationals on Friday afternoon. 

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    The Carthage native won discus at nationals on Friday afternoon. 

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  • Galena Softball Takes 2nd at State

    Galena Softball Takes 2nd at State

    Friday, May 25 2018 6:55 PM EDT2018-05-25 22:55:00 GMT

    Galena secured its best finish in team history Friday night, finishing as the 4A-DII state runner-up.

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    Galena secured its best finish in team history Friday night, finishing as the 4A-DII state runner-up.

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  • Girard Finishes 3rd at State

    Girard Finishes 3rd at State

    Friday, May 25 2018 6:48 PM EDT2018-05-25 22:48:21 GMT

    The Trojans topped Holton 2-1 in the 3rd place game to finish 24-1 overall.

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    The Trojans topped Holton 2-1 in the 3rd place game to finish 24-1 overall.

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  • Family of Man who Died on "Route 66" Visit Site

    Family of Man who Died on "Route 66" Visit Site

    Friday, May 25 2018 6:38 PM EDT2018-05-25 22:38:16 GMT

    Simon and Anna Buchel were in Galena today. The brother and sister made the trip from Germany to visit the site where their father died on "Route 66".  Heinz-Gerd Buchel and his friend.. Also from Germany.. were both hit and killed by a vehicle while they were cycling along the "mother road" near Riverton  and Galena earlier this month. The Buchels placed crosses at the site.. and met with the emergency responders that tried to save the lives of b...

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    Simon and Anna Buchel were in Galena today. The brother and sister made the trip from Germany to visit the site where their father died on "Route 66".  Heinz-Gerd Buchel and his friend.. Also from Germany.. were both hit and killed by a vehicle while they were cycling along the "mother road" near Riverton  and Galena earlier this month. The Buchels placed crosses at the site.. and met with the emergency responders that tried to save the lives of b...

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  • Local Teen & Vlogger Creates Food Truck Friday Documentary

    Local Teen & Vlogger Creates Food Truck Friday Documentary

    Friday, May 25 2018 12:47 PM EDT2018-05-25 16:47:10 GMT

    A Carthage, Missouri teen is aiming high. He's been building popularity on his YouTube page. At the age of 14, he has more than 5,000 subscribers. Now, he's been asked to create a documentary on a local event growing in popularity. You can find Klayton on YouTube at: KlaytonKVlogs You can find more on Food Truck Friday here.

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    A Carthage, Missouri teen is aiming high. He's been building popularity on his YouTube page. At the age of 14, he has more than 5,000 subscribers. Now, he's been asked to create a documentary on a local event growing in popularity. You can find Klayton on YouTube at: KlaytonKVlogs You can find more on Food Truck Friday here.

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  • Kansas Official Suggests Requirement That Medical Professionals Participate in Prescription Tracking System

    Kansas Official Suggests Requirement That Medical Professionals Participate in Prescription Tracking System

    Friday, May 25 2018 11:39 AM EDT2018-05-25 15:39:32 GMT

    The chairman of a Kansas governor's task force on drug addiction has suggested that the state consider requiring medical professionals to participate in a prescription tracking system.

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    The chairman of a Kansas governor's task force on drug addiction has suggested that the state consider requiring medical professionals to participate in a prescription tracking system.

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  • NRA Says Oklahoma Shooting Should Be "Wake-Up Call"

    NRA Says Oklahoma Shooting Should Be "Wake-Up Call"

    Friday, May 25 2018 11:32 AM EDT2018-05-25 15:32:52 GMT
    The Latest on a shooting at a restaurant in Oklahoma City (all times local):      10:15 a.m.      The National Rifle Association says it hopes a restaurant shooting in Oklahoma City in which the alleged shooter was shot dead by two armed citizens serves as a "wake-up call" for the state's Republican governor.      The NRA said in a tweet Friday that the Thursday shootings were an example of "how the best way to stop a bad guy...More >>
    The Latest on a shooting at a restaurant in Oklahoma City (all times local):      10:15 a.m.      The National Rifle Association says it hopes a restaurant shooting in Oklahoma City in which the alleged shooter was shot dead by two armed citizens serves as a "wake-up call" for the state's Republican governor.      The NRA said in a tweet Friday that the Thursday shootings were an example of "how the best way to stop a bad guy...More >>
  • State Championship Scoreboard (5/24)

    State Championship Scoreboard (5/24)

    Thursday, May 24 2018 11:19 PM EDT2018-05-25 03:19:17 GMT

    Scores from local teams competing at Kansas state baseball and softball tournaments.

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    Scores from local teams competing at Kansas state baseball and softball tournaments.

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  • Air Force JROTC Students Learn Essential Combat Skills At Camp Crowder

    Air Force JROTC Students Learn Essential Combat Skills At Camp Crowder

    Thursday, May 24 2018 10:55 PM EDT2018-05-25 02:55:26 GMT

         45 Air Force JROTC cadets are at Camp Crowder in Neosho...in a special hands-on training simulator.      Today included combat training with a few different scenarios. The objective for these Republic High School students is to secure a compound held by 'terrorists' that have taken two journalists hostage. The combat is all simulated - but the training is as real as it gets.

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         45 Air Force JROTC cadets are at Camp Crowder in Neosho...in a special hands-on training simulator.      Today included combat training with a few different scenarios. The objective for these Republic High School students is to secure a compound held by 'terrorists' that have taken two journalists hostage. The combat is all simulated - but the training is as real as it gets.

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  • Girard Softball Stays Undefeated, Advances to State Semifinals

    Girard Softball Stays Undefeated, Advances to State Semifinals

    Thursday, May 24 2018 8:36 PM EDT2018-05-25 00:36:42 GMT

    Girard is now 23-0 this season and will play in the state semifinals on Friday morning in Salina. 

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    Girard is now 23-0 this season and will play in the state semifinals on Friday morning in Salina. 

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  • Galena Upsets Clay Center in First Round of State Tournament

    Galena Upsets Clay Center in First Round of State Tournament

    Thursday, May 24 2018 8:20 PM EDT2018-05-25 00:20:44 GMT

    Clay Center was the #1 seed in the state tournament with a 22-0 overall record. 

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    Clay Center was the #1 seed in the state tournament with a 22-0 overall record. 

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  • Parsons Upsets Pratt in First Round of State Baseball

    Parsons Upsets Pratt in First Round of State Baseball

    Thursday, May 24 2018 7:09 PM EDT2018-05-24 23:09:11 GMT

    The 7th-seeded Vikings topped #2 Pratt 5-2 to move on to Friday's semifinal round. 

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    The 7th-seeded Vikings topped #2 Pratt 5-2 to move on to Friday's semifinal round. 

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  • Iola Advances in 4A-DII State Tournament

    Iola Advances in 4A-DII State Tournament

    Thursday, May 24 2018 7:05 PM EDT2018-05-24 23:05:11 GMT

    Iola will face Anderson County in the state semifinals on Friday morning. 

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    Iola will face Anderson County in the state semifinals on Friday morning. 

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  • Joplin Family Looks for Assistance After Apartment Fire

    Joplin Family Looks for Assistance After Apartment Fire

    Thursday, May 24 2018 9:30 PM EDT2018-05-25 01:30:31 GMT

    According to neighbors, the man who started the fire got into an altercation with his significant other.

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    According to neighbors, the man who started the fire got into an altercation with his significant other.

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  • Webb City Child Dies In Accidental Drowning

    Webb City Child Dies In Accidental Drowning

    Thursday, May 24 2018 5:30 PM EDT2018-05-24 21:30:49 GMT
    A young child has died from accidental drowning in Webb City, MO. Webb City Police were called to the 1300 block of West 5th Street Wednesday night  (May 23, 2018) to an unresponsive 8-year-old female. Authorities later identified her as Mariah Martinez. Martinez was found in an inflatable pool by family members. Fire crews performed CPR, but the child later died at a local hospital. Today, officials conducted an autopsy and determined Martinez...More >>
    A young child has died from accidental drowning in Webb City, MO. Webb City Police were called to the 1300 block of West 5th Street Wednesday night  (May 23, 2018) to an unresponsive 8-year-old female. Authorities later identified her as Mariah Martinez. Martinez was found in an inflatable pool by family members. Fire crews performed CPR, but the child later died at a local hospital. Today, officials conducted an autopsy and determined Martinez...More >>
  • Pittsburg Man Behind Bars For Allegedly Raping Young Relatives

    Pittsburg Man Behind Bars For Allegedly Raping Young Relatives

    Pittsburg Man Behind Bars For Allegedly Raping Young Relatives

    Thursday, May 24 2018 5:16 PM EDT2018-05-24 21:16:39 GMT

    A Pittsburg man is held without bond for allegedly raping two young females.  According to the Pittsburg Police Department, their agency received a report over allegations of repeated child sex abuse.

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    A Pittsburg man is held without bond for allegedly raping two young females.  According to the Pittsburg Police Department, their agency received a report over allegations of repeated child sex abuse.

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  • Medicaid Fraud, Pittsburg Sisters Ordered To Repay $3,000

    Medicaid Fraud, Pittsburg Sisters Ordered To Repay $3,000

    Thursday, May 24 2018 1:49 PM EDT2018-05-24 17:49:33 GMT
    Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says a pair of Crawford County sisters were ordered to repay $3,116.83 to the Kansas Medicaid program. During an investigation, the attorney general's Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Division found that 47-year-old Melissa Forbes had billed the Kansas Medicaid program as the personal care attendant for her sister, 43-year-old Amanda Forbes, to provide home-based care services. They billed the home-based care services during periods while either Melis...More >>
    Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says a pair of Crawford County sisters were ordered to repay $3,116.83 to the Kansas Medicaid program. During an investigation, the attorney general's Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Division found that 47-year-old Melissa Forbes had billed the Kansas Medicaid program as the personal care attendant for her sister, 43-year-old Amanda Forbes, to provide home-based care services. They billed the home-based care services during periods while either Melis...More >>
  • Overnight Fire In Seneca Destroys Old Motel

    Overnight Fire In Seneca Destroys Old Motel

    Thursday, May 24 2018 1:06 PM EDT2018-05-24 17:06:55 GMT

    The Seneca Area Fire Protection District was called out to a fire early this morning (May 24, 2018).  They arrived and found the old vacant Motel at Copeland's Corner fully engulfed in flames.  Fire crews said the structures to the west of it were being threatened.  The Seneca Fire Department, Redings Mill, Neosho and Wyandotte Fire Departments all responded to help put out the fire.  The Newton County Ambulance and Newton County Sheriff were also on scene. ...

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    The Seneca Area Fire Protection District was called out to a fire early this morning (May 24, 2018).  They arrived and found the old vacant Motel at Copeland's Corner fully engulfed in flames.  Fire crews said the structures to the west of it were being threatened.  The Seneca Fire Department, Redings Mill, Neosho and Wyandotte Fire Departments all responded to help put out the fire.  The Newton County Ambulance and Newton County Sheriff were also on scene. ...

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  • KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 5-24

    KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 5-24

    Thursday, May 24 2018 10:42 AM EDT2018-05-24 14:42:45 GMT
    NEW JOPLIN COUNCIL MEMBER The Joplin City Council elects its newest member last night after the resignation of Joshua Bard.  The council members selected Anthony Monteleone as the newest member.  Monteleone says he hopes to raise pay scales across the board, but especially for the police and fire department. K-9 DONATION Fur Ever Friends of K-9 Heroes on Wednesday presented a check for $1,000 to the Newton County Sheriff's office.  The money will go directly to...More >>
    NEW JOPLIN COUNCIL MEMBER The Joplin City Council elects its newest member last night after the resignation of Joshua Bard.  The council members selected Anthony Monteleone as the newest member.  Monteleone says he hopes to raise pay scales across the board, but especially for the police and fire department. K-9 DONATION Fur Ever Friends of K-9 Heroes on Wednesday presented a check for $1,000 to the Newton County Sheriff's office.  The money will go directly to...More >>
  • Thursday T-Storms ahead this morning and afternoon

    Thursday T-Storms ahead this morning and afternoon

    Thursday, May 24 2018 7:35 AM EDT2018-05-24 11:35:10 GMT

    More Gulf moisture makes its way from the southeast meaning a day of scattered thunderstorms starting mid-morning. Still manage to make it into the mid 80s temperature wise so it will be warm & muggy.

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    More Gulf moisture makes its way from the southeast meaning a day of scattered thunderstorms starting mid-morning. Still manage to make it into the mid 80s temperature wise so it will be warm & muggy.

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  • After 40 Days In The Hospital, 7 Year Old Dawson Hirshey Is Home

    After 40 Days In The Hospital, 7 Year Old Dawson Hirshey Is Home

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 9:41 PM EDT2018-05-24 01:41:44 GMT

         The road to recovery is still a long one for a little boy from Diamond, Missouri.      7-year old Dawson Hirshey was hit in the head by a foul ball at a baseball game last month in Joplin.      Today...was his first full day...home.

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         The road to recovery is still a long one for a little boy from Diamond, Missouri.      7-year old Dawson Hirshey was hit in the head by a foul ball at a baseball game last month in Joplin.      Today...was his first full day...home.

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  • Charge Filed After Disturbing Playground Video Emerges in Pittsburg

    Charge Filed After Disturbing Playground Video Emerges in Pittsburg

    Thursday, May 24 2018 4:08 PM EDT2018-05-24 20:08:16 GMT

    Some Pittsburg residents are outraged after video surfaces, showing what appears to be an assault on a playground. 

    A Warning:  The video included with this story is disturbing.

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    Some Pittsburg residents are outraged after video surfaces, showing what appears to be an assault on a playground. 

    A Warning:  The video included with this story is disturbing.

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  • MO Sheriffs Can Soon Hire Out of State Officers

    MO Sheriffs Can Soon Hire Out of State Officers

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 6:41 PM EDT2018-05-23 22:41:29 GMT

         Missouri lawmakers passed a change to an old law that could help local sheriff's departments when it comes to hiring.     It repeals a law in place since 1939 that banned them from hiring deputies from out of state. 

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         Missouri lawmakers passed a change to an old law that could help local sheriff's departments when it comes to hiring.     It repeals a law in place since 1939 that banned them from hiring deputies from out of state. 

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  • Assault On Law Enforcement Case, 2nd Suspect Enters Plea Bargain

    Assault On Law Enforcement Case, 2nd Suspect Enters Plea Bargain

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 5:40 PM EDT2018-05-23 21:40:58 GMT
    Nathan FeltonNathan Felton
    Nathan FeltonNathan Felton
    The crime happened on August 7th, 2017 around 3:30 a.m. at 4th and Sergeant Avenue in Joplin, MO. Officer Joel Taber says he saw a truck traveling north on Sergeant Avenue from 7th Street pulling a trailer without any lights. He pulled the vehicle over. Taber says that's when the driver, Keith Wald, started the truck and fled. While driving away from the stop, Wald threw an explosive device out of the drivers side window which exploded about 15 feet from Taber. During the pursuit, ...More >>
    The crime happened on August 7th, 2017 around 3:30 a.m. at 4th and Sergeant Avenue in Joplin, MO. Officer Joel Taber says he saw a truck traveling north on Sergeant Avenue from 7th Street pulling a trailer without any lights. He pulled the vehicle over. Taber says that's when the driver, Keith Wald, started the truck and fled. While driving away from the stop, Wald threw an explosive device out of the drivers side window which exploded about 15 feet from Taber. During the pursuit, ...More >>
  • Local Students Create Inspirational Video

    Local Students Create Inspirational Video

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 5:06 PM EDT2018-05-23 21:06:32 GMT

    Well done 5th grade class at St. Mary's Colgan Catholic Schools in Pittsburg, KS! The students created a video challenging the larger community to make the world around them better than they found it.   The video was inspired by The Greatest Showman.  Joe Dockers directed it and Carol Anne Smock played piano. Again, very well done! 5th grade SME 2018

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    Well done 5th grade class at St. Mary's Colgan Catholic Schools in Pittsburg, KS! The students created a video challenging the larger community to make the world around them better than they found it.   The video was inspired by The Greatest Showman.  Joe Dockers directed it and Carol Anne Smock played piano. Again, very well done! 5th grade SME 2018

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  • Change to Missouri Law Could Help Sheriffs with Hiring

    Change to Missouri Law Could Help Sheriffs with Hiring

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 2:40 PM EDT2018-05-23 18:40:07 GMT
    Senate bill 652 passed in the Missouri legislature. It repeals sections of an old law that prevented sheriff's departments from hiring people from neighboring states. The change could help open the  pool of applicants for area sheriff's offices. We talk to Jasper county about the impact. More >>
    Senate bill 652 passed in the Missouri legislature. It repeals sections of an old law that prevented sheriff's departments from hiring people from neighboring states. The change could help open the  pool of applicants for area sheriff's offices. We talk to Jasper county about the impact. More >>
  • Fatal Crash In Barry County, MO

    Fatal Crash In Barry County, MO

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 12:28 PM EDT2018-05-23 16:28:59 GMT
    The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a Golden, Missouri man has died in a single-vehicle crash on May 22nd, 2018. The crash happened around 3:35 p.m. in Barry County, MO. According to the MSHP, 65-year-old Dale C. Shepard was driving on MO 86, about one mile west of Golden, when he drove off the road and hit several trees. Authorities say he died at the scene. This is MSHP Troop D's 42nd fatality accident for 2018.More >>
    The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a Golden, Missouri man has died in a single-vehicle crash on May 22nd, 2018. The crash happened around 3:35 p.m. in Barry County, MO. According to the MSHP, 65-year-old Dale C. Shepard was driving on MO 86, about one mile west of Golden, when he drove off the road and hit several trees. Authorities say he died at the scene. This is MSHP Troop D's 42nd fatality accident for 2018.More >>
  • 27th Annual Mike Watt Baseball Camp Scheduled for Next Week

    27th Annual Mike Watt Baseball Camp Scheduled for Next Week

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 12:43 AM EDT2018-05-23 04:43:37 GMT

    Watt has won 16 state championships as the head coach at Colgan and was named national coach of the year in 2016. 

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    Watt has won 16 state championships as the head coach at Colgan and was named national coach of the year in 2016. 

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  • Joplin School Board approves Suicide Prevention Policy

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 11:15 PM EDT2018-05-23 03:15:39 GMT

    The Joplin Schools Board of Education approved a new suicide awareness and prevention policy at tonight's meeting.  The district wide policy helps determine how to identify students that are at risk of suicide, and the action that is taken to help the student get any help they may need. It also defines what action is taken by the district to take care of student's mental health in the event of a suicide.

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    The Joplin Schools Board of Education approved a new suicide awareness and prevention policy at tonight's meeting.  The district wide policy helps determine how to identify students that are at risk of suicide, and the action that is taken to help the student get any help they may need. It also defines what action is taken by the district to take care of student's mental health in the event of a suicide.

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  • Vetoed Legislation In Oklahoma Could Cause Sheriffs To Violate The State Constitution

    Vetoed Legislation In Oklahoma Could Cause Sheriffs To Violate The State Constitution

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 10:01 PM EDT2018-05-23 02:01:00 GMT

         Governor Mary Fallin vetoed a bill that would've eliminated financial consequences to counties that don't report state inmates in their custody in a timely manor.      There's now a concern that veto would cause sheriffs to violate the state constitution.

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         Governor Mary Fallin vetoed a bill that would've eliminated financial consequences to counties that don't report state inmates in their custody in a timely manor.      There's now a concern that veto would cause sheriffs to violate the state constitution.

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  • City of Duquesne Reflects on Growth Since Tornado

    City of Duquesne Reflects on Growth Since Tornado

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 9:07 PM EDT2018-05-23 01:07:43 GMT

    "I think that the housing was a catalyst for a lot of new development.  The Joplin schools put a brand new middle school and elementary school."

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    "I think that the housing was a catalyst for a lot of new development.  The Joplin schools put a brand new middle school and elementary school."

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  • Joplin's Salvation Army Hopes to Regain Public's Trust, Seven Years After Tornado

    Joplin's Salvation Army Hopes to Regain Public's Trust, Seven Years After Tornado

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 8:58 PM EDT2018-05-23 00:58:41 GMT

    "It's probably going to set them up for a better future."

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    "It's probably going to set them up for a better future."

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  • Anti-Bullying Message From Former Pro Wrestler Urges Neosho Students to Make Good Choices

    Anti-Bullying Message From Former Pro Wrestler Urges Neosho Students to Make Good Choices

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 6:24 PM EDT2018-05-22 22:24:27 GMT

    A school presentation urges Neosho students to make good choices.           It comes as area school districts are being directed by the State of Missouri Department of Education to come up with plans to prevent and react to teen suicides and often bullying can be a factor. 

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    A school presentation urges Neosho students to make good choices.           It comes as area school districts are being directed by the State of Missouri Department of Education to come up with plans to prevent and react to teen suicides and often bullying can be a factor. 

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  • 7 Years Ago: Remembering Lives Lost

    7 Years Ago: Remembering Lives Lost

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 6:28 PM EDT2018-05-22 22:28:54 GMT

    Seven years ago today (May 22, 2018), Joplin and Duquesne were devastated by an EF-5 tornado. 161 lives were lost.  While many will never forget the devastation, many will also never forget the resilience that came from it. Families and friends visited Joplin's Cunningham Park today.  The park's layout and structures are designed to recognize the victims of the tornado and to provide a place for reflection.  People can also write messages in a guest book.

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    Seven years ago today (May 22, 2018), Joplin and Duquesne were devastated by an EF-5 tornado. 161 lives were lost.  While many will never forget the devastation, many will also never forget the resilience that came from it. Families and friends visited Joplin's Cunningham Park today.  The park's layout and structures are designed to recognize the victims of the tornado and to provide a place for reflection.  People can also write messages in a guest book.

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  • Joplin Man Sentenced To Prison Time For Large-Scale Meth Conspiracy

    Joplin Man Sentenced To Prison Time For Large-Scale Meth Conspiracy

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 5:28 PM EDT2018-05-22 21:28:26 GMT

    The Office of the U.S. Attorney Western District of Missouri says a Joplin man was sentenced today (May 22,2018) for his role in a conspiracy to distribute large quantities of methamphetamine in southwest Missouri. 25-year-old Santiago Soto-Garcia was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 25 years in federal prison without parole. On Nov. 2, 2017, Soto-Garcia was found guilty at trial of one count of participating in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, o...

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    The Office of the U.S. Attorney Western District of Missouri says a Joplin man was sentenced today (May 22,2018) for his role in a conspiracy to distribute large quantities of methamphetamine in southwest Missouri. 25-year-old Santiago Soto-Garcia was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 25 years in federal prison without parole. On Nov. 2, 2017, Soto-Garcia was found guilty at trial of one count of participating in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, o...

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  • A Southeast Kansas Man Pleads Guilty To Murder

    A Southeast Kansas Man Pleads Guilty To Murder

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 4:22 PM EDT2018-05-22 20:22:19 GMT
    Dejay SchlegelDejay Schlegel
    Dejay SchlegelDejay Schlegel

    The Kansas Office of the Attorney General says 37-year-old Dejay Lynn Schlegel pleaded guilty today in Wilson County District Court to several charges including murder. Schlegel was one of two people arrested in the death of 57-year-old Michael P. Elam, who was found dead inside his home after it burned down on December 13th, 2016. According to court documents, two suspects broke into his home at 509 Wisconsin in Neodesha, KS. In April of 2017, authorities arrested Schlegel and ...

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    The Kansas Office of the Attorney General says 37-year-old Dejay Lynn Schlegel pleaded guilty today in Wilson County District Court to several charges including murder. Schlegel was one of two people arrested in the death of 57-year-old Michael P. Elam, who was found dead inside his home after it burned down on December 13th, 2016. According to court documents, two suspects broke into his home at 509 Wisconsin in Neodesha, KS. In April of 2017, authorities arrested Schlegel and ...

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  • Montgomery Co., KS Reopens Drivers License Office

    Montgomery Co., KS Reopens Drivers License Office

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 3:54 PM EDT2018-05-22 19:54:48 GMT

    Driver's licensing services resume in Montgomery Kansas after security concerns subside. The ARCO building driver's license office in Independence, KS was closed down on May 18th amid a series of intentionally lit fires. The services were moved to Fredonia, KS temporarily. The fires are under ongoing investigation by police and fire officials, and they are confident in the security of the building. Limited driver's license services will continue to be offered in Fredonia...

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    Driver's licensing services resume in Montgomery Kansas after security concerns subside. The ARCO building driver's license office in Independence, KS was closed down on May 18th amid a series of intentionally lit fires. The services were moved to Fredonia, KS temporarily. The fires are under ongoing investigation by police and fire officials, and they are confident in the security of the building. Limited driver's license services will continue to be offered in Fredonia...

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  • KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 5-22

    KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 5-22

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 10:42 AM EDT2018-05-22 14:42:12 GMT
    NICHOLAS CUTBIRTH An alleged habitual Joplin offender is behind bars, and after his fourth arrest, he may be there for a longer time.  We introduced you to Ashley Raby last week after her neighbor, Nicholas Cutbirth, allegedly broke into her home and stole several items.  Cutbirth was arrested in Carthage this weekend for allegedly stealing two vehicles, breaking into several other vehicles, possession of a controlled substance, and resisting arrest. GREITENS SPECIAL SE...More >>
    NICHOLAS CUTBIRTH An alleged habitual Joplin offender is behind bars, and after his fourth arrest, he may be there for a longer time.  We introduced you to Ashley Raby last week after her neighbor, Nicholas Cutbirth, allegedly broke into her home and stole several items.  Cutbirth was arrested in Carthage this weekend for allegedly stealing two vehicles, breaking into several other vehicles, possession of a controlled substance, and resisting arrest. GREITENS SPECIAL SE...More >>
  • Colgan Finishes 2nd at State Golf

    Colgan Finishes 2nd at State Golf

    Monday, May 21 2018 11:09 PM EDT2018-05-22 03:09:51 GMT

    Bradley Beykirch led the Panthers with a 2-over 74. Story also includes links to 3A, 4A and 5A state tournament results. 

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    Bradley Beykirch led the Panthers with a 2-over 74. Story also includes links to 3A, 4A and 5A state tournament results. 

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  • Homeless Shelter learns of IRS Restriction

    Homeless Shelter learns of IRS Restriction

    Monday, May 21 2018 10:53 PM EDT2018-05-22 02:53:21 GMT

    A local homeless shelter learns of federal regulations that limit where the shelter can get food  -- and it comes at a pretty bad time.  John Losa has been coming to Watered Gardens for over fifteen years.  John Losa, Homeless: "It's a good place to come to, come to church here, come to work here, volunteer here. I love this place man."  Losa is one of 45-thousand people Watered Gardens provides meals for every year. 

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    A local homeless shelter learns of federal regulations that limit where the shelter can get food  -- and it comes at a pretty bad time.  John Losa has been coming to Watered Gardens for over fifteen years.  John Losa, Homeless: "It's a good place to come to, come to church here, come to work here, volunteer here. I love this place man."  Losa is one of 45-thousand people Watered Gardens provides meals for every year. 

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  • Joplin Man Arrested For The 4th Time Since May 3rd, This Time In Carthage

    Joplin Man Arrested For The 4th Time Since May 3rd, This Time In Carthage

    Monday, May 21 2018 10:43 PM EDT2018-05-22 02:43:09 GMT

         An alleged habitual offender in Joplin is back behind bars.      And this time...Nicholas Cutbirth might be there for a while. Ashley Raby, Burglary Victim: "When I first told a few people he was arrested, their first thought was 'how long are they keeping him this time?'" Just a few days ago - we brought you the story of Ashley Raby - and her neighbor - Nicolas Cutbirth, who allegedly broke into her home and stole several items.

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         An alleged habitual offender in Joplin is back behind bars.      And this time...Nicholas Cutbirth might be there for a while. Ashley Raby, Burglary Victim: "When I first told a few people he was arrested, their first thought was 'how long are they keeping him this time?'" Just a few days ago - we brought you the story of Ashley Raby - and her neighbor - Nicolas Cutbirth, who allegedly broke into her home and stole several items.

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  • Pitt State Advances to NCBA World Series Championship

    Pitt State Advances to NCBA World Series Championship

    Monday, May 21 2018 8:07 PM EDT2018-05-22 00:07:29 GMT

    The Gorillas will face San Diego State in the NCBA World Series title game at 7:00 pm

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    The Gorillas will face San Diego State in the NCBA World Series title game at 7:00 pm

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  • Woman Claims Joplin Restaurant Disregarded Service Dog Rules

    Woman Claims Joplin Restaurant Disregarded Service Dog Rules

    Monday, May 21 2018 11:14 PM EDT2018-05-22 03:14:49 GMT

    A Taco Bell representative says workers have been retrained in ADA compliance.

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    A Taco Bell representative says workers have been retrained in ADA compliance.

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  • Joplin Man Charged For Stealing Vehicles From Church Parking Lots

    Joplin Man Charged For Stealing Vehicles From Church Parking Lots

    Monday, May 21 2018 5:23 PM EDT2018-05-21 21:23:55 GMT

    The Carthage Police Department says Nicholas Cutbirth has been charged with two counts of first degree tampering with a motor vehicle, possession of controlled substance, resisting arrest for a felony, receiving stolen property and first degree burglary. The charges stem from several incidents on May 20th, 2018. Police were called around 10:44 a.m. about a vehicle stolen from the Fairview Christian Church (2320 S. Grand Ave). A little more than an hour later, they got a call ab...

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    The Carthage Police Department says Nicholas Cutbirth has been charged with two counts of first degree tampering with a motor vehicle, possession of controlled substance, resisting arrest for a felony, receiving stolen property and first degree burglary. The charges stem from several incidents on May 20th, 2018. Police were called around 10:44 a.m. about a vehicle stolen from the Fairview Christian Church (2320 S. Grand Ave). A little more than an hour later, they got a call ab...

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  • Davied Named Women's Head Basketball Coach at PSU

    Davied Named Women's Head Basketball Coach at PSU

    Monday, May 21 2018 3:27 PM EDT2018-05-21 19:27:49 GMT

    Former head coach Lane Lord accepted a head coaching position at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley earlier Monday. 

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    Former head coach Lane Lord accepted a head coaching position at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley earlier Monday. 

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  • Click It Or Ticket Campaign Begins

    Click It Or Ticket Campaign Begins

    Monday, May 21 2018 1:33 PM EDT2018-05-21 17:33:57 GMT
    The 2018 National Seat Belt Enforcement Mobilization is May 21 - June 3, 2018. In 2016, the use of seat belts in passenger vehicles saved an estimated 14,668 lives of occupants ages 5 and older. The Click It or Ticket campaign focuses on safety education, strong laws, and law enforcement officers saving lives. Kansas TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - If you don't use your seat belt, this might be a good week to start. Monday is the start of the annual statewide law enforcement campaign &quo...More >>
    The 2018 National Seat Belt Enforcement Mobilization is May 21 - June 3, 2018. In 2016, the use of seat belts in passenger vehicles saved an estimated 14,668 lives of occupants ages 5 and older. The Click It or Ticket campaign focuses on safety education, strong laws, and law enforcement officers saving lives. Kansas TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - If you don't use your seat belt, this might be a good week to start. Monday is the start of the annual statewide law enforcement campaign &quo...More >>
  • KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 5-21

    KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 5-21

    Monday, May 21 2018 8:40 AM EDT2018-05-21 12:40:33 GMT
    FIRE TRUCK CRASH Authorities say a Columbus, Kansas engine was responding to a fire on the west end of town, when a medical condition caused the driver to lose consciousness behind the wheel.  The fire truck then left the road and hit a tree.  No word yet on what medical condition caused the driver to pass out.  He was last reported to be alert and stable.       LAKE OF THE OZARKS CRASH A boat driver is arrested and is facing charg...More >>
    FIRE TRUCK CRASH Authorities say a Columbus, Kansas engine was responding to a fire on the west end of town, when a medical condition caused the driver to lose consciousness behind the wheel.  The fire truck then left the road and hit a tree.  No word yet on what medical condition caused the driver to pass out.  He was last reported to be alert and stable.       LAKE OF THE OZARKS CRASH A boat driver is arrested and is facing charg...More >>
  • Kayakers and Canoeists Swap Water Safety Tips

    Kayakers and Canoeists Swap Water Safety Tips

    Sunday, May 20 2018 10:07 PM EDT2018-05-21 02:07:02 GMT

    The Joplin Kayak and Canoe swap meet at Wildcat Glades today included some warnings. Several local companies were on hand with fishing gear, hammocks  bicycles.. and of course canoes and kayaks that people could see and try.  A big topic of conversation for today's meet was what to do to stay safe in the water. 

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    The Joplin Kayak and Canoe swap meet at Wildcat Glades today included some warnings. Several local companies were on hand with fishing gear, hammocks  bicycles.. and of course canoes and kayaks that people could see and try.  A big topic of conversation for today's meet was what to do to stay safe in the water. 

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  • Agree or Disagree: Parents Go to Court to Kick 30 Year Old Son Out of Their Home

    Agree or Disagree: Parents Go to Court to Kick 30 Year Old Son Out of Their Home

    Sunday, May 20 2018 9:50 PM EDT2018-05-21 01:50:52 GMT

     Parents have tried repeatedly to ask their 39-year old son to move out of the house. Now it's a court battle. 

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     Parents have tried repeatedly to ask their 39-year old son to move out of the house. Now it's a court battle. 

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  • Over 500 Students Graduate from JHS

    Over 500 Students Graduate from JHS

    Sunday, May 20 2018 10:07 PM EDT2018-05-21 02:07:28 GMT

    Congrats to the Joplin High School class of 2018! Today was graduation day for more than 500 students - which makes this years class one of the largest since 1982.  The graduates are joining the ranks of over 39-thousand other Joplin High Graduates that have come before them.  This years class is also the first class to spend all four years at the new high school on Indiana Avenue.

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    Congrats to the Joplin High School class of 2018! Today was graduation day for more than 500 students - which makes this years class one of the largest since 1982.  The graduates are joining the ranks of over 39-thousand other Joplin High Graduates that have come before them.  This years class is also the first class to spend all four years at the new high school on Indiana Avenue.

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  • Push for Medical Marijuana in Oklahoma

    Push for Medical Marijuana in Oklahoma

    Saturday, May 19 2018 11:47 PM EDT2018-05-20 03:47:58 GMT

    Advocates  for legalized marijuana in Oklahoma held a forum Saturday in Miami.  

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    Advocates  for legalized marijuana in Oklahoma held a forum Saturday in Miami.  

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  • Update: Driver Arrested in Fatal Boat Crash at Lake of the Ozarks

    Update: Driver Arrested in Fatal Boat Crash at Lake of the Ozarks

    Sunday, May 20 2018 10:28 PM EDT2018-05-21 02:28:14 GMT

    A  dismal start to National Safe Boating week as a fatal boat crash kills three and injures at the Lake of the Ozarks.

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    A  dismal start to National Safe Boating week as a fatal boat crash kills three and injures at the Lake of the Ozarks.

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  • Art Is Popping Up Around The Metro - And You Can Take It Home

    Art Is Popping Up Around The Metro - And You Can Take It Home

    Friday, May 18 2018 9:12 PM EDT2018-05-19 01:12:41 GMT

         It's not something you see every day.      Some art...some crafts...placed along parts of Main Street in Joplin.      But a local group is on a mission to make sure folks can see it anywhere and everywhere. Take a walk along Main Street - and you won't have to go very far to find some artwork on the side of the road.

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         It's not something you see every day.      Some art...some crafts...placed along parts of Main Street in Joplin.      But a local group is on a mission to make sure folks can see it anywhere and everywhere. Take a walk along Main Street - and you won't have to go very far to find some artwork on the side of the road.

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  • Southeast Baseball Preps for State

    Southeast Baseball Preps for State

    Friday, May 18 2018 8:25 PM EDT2018-05-19 00:25:42 GMT

    The Lancers have made the 3A state tournament back-to-back seasons.

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    The Lancers have made the 3A state tournament back-to-back seasons.

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  • Higginbotham Walk-Off Gives PSU 7-6 Win Over Siena in NCBA World Series Opener

    Higginbotham Walk-Off Gives PSU 7-6 Win Over Siena in NCBA World Series Opener

    Friday, May 18 2018 8:17 PM EDT2018-05-19 00:17:48 GMT

    Former Colgan Panther Simon Higginbotham hit a walk-off single to put Pittsburg State into the second round of the NCBA DII World Series. 

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    Former Colgan Panther Simon Higginbotham hit a walk-off single to put Pittsburg State into the second round of the NCBA DII World Series. 

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  • A Bear's Journey Home Continues Through Neosho (So Leave Him Alone)

    A Bear's Journey Home Continues Through Neosho (So Leave Him Alone)

    Friday, May 18 2018 10:29 PM EDT2018-05-19 02:29:08 GMT
    Courtesy:  Cody LandtCourtesy: Cody Landt

    "...he keeps bumping into civilization and getting rerouted."

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    "...he keeps bumping into civilization and getting rerouted."

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  • Joplin Man Sentenced For Armed Robbery & Carjacking

    Joplin Man Sentenced For Armed Robbery & Carjacking

    Friday, May 18 2018 2:57 PM EDT2018-05-18 18:57:56 GMT
    Paul LloydPaul Lloyd

    The armed robbery happened at Select Jewelers in Joplin on March 17th, 2016. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, 34-year-old Paul Lloyd entered the jewelry store, approached an employee and asked to see several pieces of jewelry. He selected a necklace and walked to the cash register. Authorities say Lloyd then produced a gun and demanded that the clerk "give me all the jewelry." Lloyd then stated "I'm not kidding," and fired a gun into the wall. The clerk ...

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    The armed robbery happened at Select Jewelers in Joplin on March 17th, 2016. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, 34-year-old Paul Lloyd entered the jewelry store, approached an employee and asked to see several pieces of jewelry. He selected a necklace and walked to the cash register. Authorities say Lloyd then produced a gun and demanded that the clerk "give me all the jewelry." Lloyd then stated "I'm not kidding," and fired a gun into the wall. The clerk ...

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  • Westar Energy Warning of New Scam Affecting Customers

    Westar Energy Warning of New Scam Affecting Customers

    Friday, May 18 2018 2:29 PM EDT2018-05-18 18:29:09 GMT
    Westar Energy is alerting customers that imposters claiming to work for the company are threatening to disconnect service and asking for prepaid cards as payment. Several customers have contacted Westar Energy’s Customer Relations Center after receiving suspicious phone calls. Some imposters are very convincing. They may use websites that allow them to manipulate caller ID, making the call appear to come from Westar. They speak with authority. When the targeted customer calls...More >>
    Westar Energy is alerting customers that imposters claiming to work for the company are threatening to disconnect service and asking for prepaid cards as payment. Several customers have contacted Westar Energy’s Customer Relations Center after receiving suspicious phone calls. Some imposters are very convincing. They may use websites that allow them to manipulate caller ID, making the call appear to come from Westar. They speak with authority. When the targeted customer calls...More >>
  • Seneca School District Appoints New Superintendent

    Seneca School District Appoints New Superintendent

    Friday, May 18 2018 2:29 PM EDT2018-05-18 18:29:30 GMT
    Brandon EgglestonBrandon Eggleston

    The Seneca R-7 School District has announced the name of their new superintendent to replace Dr. Jim Cummins who has taken over at the Neosho R-5 School District. The district has appointed current Joplin High School Principal Dr. Brandon Eggleston as the district's new superintendent. Dr. Eggleston has 18 years of experience in the education field. Dr. Eggleston received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Missouri Southern State University in 1999.  He later received a Maste...

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    The Seneca R-7 School District has announced the name of their new superintendent to replace Dr. Jim Cummins who has taken over at the Neosho R-5 School District. The district has appointed current Joplin High School Principal Dr. Brandon Eggleston as the district's new superintendent. Dr. Eggleston has 18 years of experience in the education field. Dr. Eggleston received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Missouri Southern State University in 1999.  He later received a Maste...

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  • Fatal Crash In Southwest Missouri Kills One, Injures 4 Others

    Fatal Crash In Southwest Missouri Kills One, Injures 4 Others

    Friday, May 18 2018 4:19 PM EDT2018-05-18 20:19:36 GMT
    Fatal CrashFatal Crash

    The crash happened in Lawrence County, MO around 10:10 a.m. on May 13th, 2018. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a Honda Accord pulled out from a private drive into the path of a Hyundai Sonata on Highway 39 about four miles north of Mt. Vernon. Five people were taken to Cox South Hospital in Springfield, MO. The Honda Accord was driven by 95-year-old John Lomas of Mt. Vernon. He was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. His passenger, 90-year-old Helen Lomas d...

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    The crash happened in Lawrence County, MO around 10:10 a.m. on May 13th, 2018. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a Honda Accord pulled out from a private drive into the path of a Hyundai Sonata on Highway 39 about four miles north of Mt. Vernon. Five people were taken to Cox South Hospital in Springfield, MO. The Honda Accord was driven by 95-year-old John Lomas of Mt. Vernon. He was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. His passenger, 90-year-old Helen Lomas d...

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  • Kansas Takes Over A Fort Scott Nursing Home

    Kansas Takes Over A Fort Scott Nursing Home

    Friday, May 18 2018 12:33 PM EDT2018-05-18 16:33:48 GMT
    Representatives from the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services say the state is taking over the Fort Scott Manor, a nursing home, and closing it. Fort Scott Manor is located on Heylman Street in Fort Scott, KS. Officials say their main concern is ensuring residents and patients get the care they need. They have given residents a 30 day notice of the facility closing and have asked other area nursing homes to help relocate the residents. The KS Dept. for Aging is ho...More >>
    Representatives from the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services say the state is taking over the Fort Scott Manor, a nursing home, and closing it. Fort Scott Manor is located on Heylman Street in Fort Scott, KS. Officials say their main concern is ensuring residents and patients get the care they need. They have given residents a 30 day notice of the facility closing and have asked other area nursing homes to help relocate the residents. The KS Dept. for Aging is ho...More >>
  • Allow Us To Introduce You To "The Baja Brothers"

    Allow Us To Introduce You To "The Baja Brothers"

    Thursday, May 17 2018 9:26 PM EDT2018-05-18 01:26:26 GMT

         It is Baja time in Pittsburg.      The Kansas Baja SAE Competition is back in town.      And that means more than 2,000 competitors...worldwide...are here to show-off their stuff.      It includes 2 brothers on the Pitt State team.      Ones who have this thing in their blood.

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         It is Baja time in Pittsburg.      The Kansas Baja SAE Competition is back in town.      And that means more than 2,000 competitors...worldwide...are here to show-off their stuff.      It includes 2 brothers on the Pitt State team.      Ones who have this thing in their blood.

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  • Special Report: Push for Change to Lenient Marriage Laws Making MO Draw for Teens

    Special Report: Push for Change to Lenient Marriage Laws Making MO Draw for Teens

    Thursday, May 17 2018 7:19 PM EDT2018-05-17 23:19:07 GMT
    In most states, if you're eighteen, you can get a marriage license with some special circumstances allowed.  On Thursday, a Missouri senator made a last ditch effort to create a minimum age to marry in Missouri setting it at sixteen years old.  Right now in the state, it is easy for those under age to get the license that can change their life. Marriage Minimum: Teen Brides. Two teen brides. One fifteen years old another sixteen, both with differedoesn't reasons for mar...More >>
    In most states, if you're eighteen, you can get a marriage license with some special circumstances allowed.  On Thursday, a Missouri senator made a last ditch effort to create a minimum age to marry in Missouri setting it at sixteen years old.  Right now in the state, it is easy for those under age to get the license that can change their life. Marriage Minimum: Teen Brides. Two teen brides. One fifteen years old another sixteen, both with differedoesn't reasons for mar...More >>
  • Small Southeast Kansas Town Prepares to Say Goodbye to "Something More Than Just a Tree"

    Small Southeast Kansas Town Prepares to Say Goodbye to "Something More Than Just a Tree"

    Thursday, May 17 2018 6:01 PM EDT2018-05-17 22:01:17 GMT

    You can find history and pride in many Four State communities.  One of those communities is getting ready to say goodbye to something that has bound several generations.

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    You can find history and pride in many Four State communities.  One of those communities is getting ready to say goodbye to something that has bound several generations.

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  • Interview Sessions Put Neosho Students Professional Greeting Skills to the Test

    Interview Sessions Put Neosho Students Professional Greeting Skills to the Test

    Thursday, May 17 2018 5:30 PM EDT2018-05-17 21:30:34 GMT

    Neosho junior high students practice greeting skills like handshakes while presenting  resumes to members of the business community. The eighth graders had one on one interviews, talking about themselves  to put communications skills like eye contact to the test. 

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    Neosho junior high students practice greeting skills like handshakes while presenting  resumes to members of the business community. The eighth graders had one on one interviews, talking about themselves  to put communications skills like eye contact to the test. 

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  • Southeast Kansas Teen Sentenced For 2016 Fatal Crash

    Southeast Kansas Teen Sentenced For 2016 Fatal Crash

    Thursday, May 17 2018 9:21 PM EDT2018-05-18 01:21:49 GMT
    Trez MartinezTrez Martinez

    On December 30th, 2016, 18-year-old Trez Martinez was involved in a fatal crash in Neosho County, KS. It happened around 3:00 p.m. on Highway 169 (Douglas Road) about seven miles south of Chanute. According to the Kansas State Highway Patrol, two vehicles were stopped in the northbound lane, the front vehicle was preparing to turn left (west) onto 130th Road. Authorities say Martinez drove into the back of the second vehicle, causing it to hit the first vehicle. The first vehicle,...

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    On December 30th, 2016, 18-year-old Trez Martinez was involved in a fatal crash in Neosho County, KS. It happened around 3:00 p.m. on Highway 169 (Douglas Road) about seven miles south of Chanute. According to the Kansas State Highway Patrol, two vehicles were stopped in the northbound lane, the front vehicle was preparing to turn left (west) onto 130th Road. Authorities say Martinez drove into the back of the second vehicle, causing it to hit the first vehicle. The first vehicle,...

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  • PSU Proposes A Tuition Increase For Fall

    PSU Proposes A Tuition Increase For Fall

    Thursday, May 17 2018 4:31 PM EDT2018-05-17 20:31:56 GMT

    Pittsburg State University students might be paying more this fall. The university presented the proposal to the Kansas Board of Regents.  Officials say Pittsburg State's 2018 tuition and fees are the lowest compared to the five universities identified as PSU's peers by the Kansas Board of Regents. The university says if the increase of 2.6% is approved, it would be the university's smallest since 1999. "We recognize the financial pressure ri...

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    Pittsburg State University students might be paying more this fall. The university presented the proposal to the Kansas Board of Regents.  Officials say Pittsburg State's 2018 tuition and fees are the lowest compared to the five universities identified as PSU's peers by the Kansas Board of Regents. The university says if the increase of 2.6% is approved, it would be the university's smallest since 1999. "We recognize the financial pressure ri...

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  • KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 5-17

    KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 5-17

    Thursday, May 17 2018 8:27 AM EDT2018-05-17 12:27:53 GMT
    MISSOURI TREATMENT BILL Missouri lawmakers approve a bill that will direct more people toward treatment programs, instead of prison.  The bill creates a pilot program in three counties to treat people struggling with addiction who might otherwise be incarcerated.  The senate had previously passed the bill. JOPLN AMNESTY DAY The Joplin Municipal Court is looking to work with residents who might have missed a court date or failed to pay a ticket.  An amnesty day w...More >>
    MISSOURI TREATMENT BILL Missouri lawmakers approve a bill that will direct more people toward treatment programs, instead of prison.  The bill creates a pilot program in three counties to treat people struggling with addiction who might otherwise be incarcerated.  The senate had previously passed the bill. JOPLN AMNESTY DAY The Joplin Municipal Court is looking to work with residents who might have missed a court date or failed to pay a ticket.  An amnesty day w...More >>
  • Joplin Woman Living In Fear Of Her Neighbors After They Allegedly Break Into Her Home

    Joplin Woman Living In Fear Of Her Neighbors After They Allegedly Break Into Her Home

    Wednesday, May 16 2018 9:50 PM EDT2018-05-17 01:50:27 GMT

         A Joplin woman says she's terrified after her neighbor broke into her home and stole a number of valuable items.      More shocking...it wasn't the first crime the suspect is accused of committing. Tucked away in the heart of Joplin, a cozy little neighborhood. Then, the unthinkable happens.

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         A Joplin woman says she's terrified after her neighbor broke into her home and stole a number of valuable items.      More shocking...it wasn't the first crime the suspect is accused of committing. Tucked away in the heart of Joplin, a cozy little neighborhood. Then, the unthinkable happens.

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  • Sex Education Classes in Missouri Could Soon Also Cover Sexual Violence, Sexual Harassment, and Consent

    Sex Education Classes in Missouri Could Soon Also Cover Sexual Violence, Sexual Harassment, and Consent

    Thursday, May 17 2018 12:37 AM EDT2018-05-17 04:37:18 GMT

    "...Perhaps we can make kids aware that later on, even currently...those types of behaviors aren't acceptable in a civilized community,"

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    "...Perhaps we can make kids aware that later on, even currently...those types of behaviors aren't acceptable in a civilized community,"

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  • Possible Legalization of Sports Betting Brings Warning of Gambling Addiction Risk

    Possible Legalization of Sports Betting Brings Warning of Gambling Addiction Risk

    Wednesday, May 16 2018 6:49 PM EDT2018-05-16 22:49:50 GMT

         Sports gambling may be illegal now, but that could change after this week's Supreme Court ruling. It gives states the ability to legalize sports wagering. But some warn that will simply increase the number of gambling addicts.  

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         Sports gambling may be illegal now, but that could change after this week's Supreme Court ruling. It gives states the ability to legalize sports wagering. But some warn that will simply increase the number of gambling addicts.  

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  • Former OK Fire Chief Charged With Embezzlement

    Former OK Fire Chief Charged With Embezzlement

    Wednesday, May 16 2018 5:52 PM EDT2018-05-16 21:52:04 GMT
    Former Hickory Grove, Oklahoma Fire Chief William Moore is charged with embezzlement. According to Delaware County Sheriff Harlan Moore, in December of 2017, Hickory Grove Fire Department Board members were told about "past due" accounts for unauthorized purchases owed for the Fire Department. After that, Moore was fired from his position as Fire Chief. On December 22nd, Frankie Shepherd (Chairman of the Board of Directors) and his wife (Fire Department's Secretary/Tre...More >>
    Former Hickory Grove, Oklahoma Fire Chief William Moore is charged with embezzlement. According to Delaware County Sheriff Harlan Moore, in December of 2017, Hickory Grove Fire Department Board members were told about "past due" accounts for unauthorized purchases owed for the Fire Department. After that, Moore was fired from his position as Fire Chief. On December 22nd, Frankie Shepherd (Chairman of the Board of Directors) and his wife (Fire Department's Secretary/Tre...More >>
  • Carl Junction Water Main Fixed, Boil Advisory Remains

    Carl Junction Water Main Fixed, Boil Advisory Remains

    Wednesday, May 16 2018 4:04 PM EDT2018-05-16 20:04:26 GMT

    The City of Carl Junction issued a boil advisory on May 15th after a water main break on Gum Road.  Officials today (May 16) say the leak has been fixed.  They've sent water samples to Missouri's Department of Natural Resources to test but won't have the results until tomorrow.  The boil advisory will remain for the Oscie Ora Acres and Dogwood Trails area, including the Tabor Woods subdivision.  The advisory is a precaution anytime the water pressure drops below...

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    The City of Carl Junction issued a boil advisory on May 15th after a water main break on Gum Road.  Officials today (May 16) say the leak has been fixed.  They've sent water samples to Missouri's Department of Natural Resources to test but won't have the results until tomorrow.  The boil advisory will remain for the Oscie Ora Acres and Dogwood Trails area, including the Tabor Woods subdivision.  The advisory is a precaution anytime the water pressure drops below...

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  • More Details Emerge After A Tulsa Amber Alert

    More Details Emerge After A Tulsa Amber Alert

    Wednesday, May 16 2018 4:53 PM EDT2018-05-16 20:53:30 GMT

    (AP) - A Tulsa mother stabbed her eldest daughter 50 to 70 times, struck her head with a pickaxe then set their home on fire, before fleeing the scene with the youngest of her three daughters, according to police. Taheerah Ahmad, 39, was arreste...

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    (AP) - A Tulsa mother stabbed her eldest daughter 50 to 70 times, struck her head with a pickaxe then set their home on fire, before fleeing the scene with the youngest of her three daughters, according to police. Taheerah Ahmad, 39, was arreste...

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  • Are Criminal Charges Required for Impeachment?

    Are Criminal Charges Required for Impeachment?

    Wednesday, May 16 2018 12:23 PM EDT2018-05-16 16:23:07 GMT

    The Saint Louis County Attorney has dropped charges against Missouri's Governor alleging he took and illegally transmitted photos of a woman with whom he was having an affair in 2015. Despite the dismissal of felony invasion of privacy charges, state lawmakers say they're carrying on with their own investigation into Governor Greitens and his actions.  That investigation is expected to be key in a discussion about whether to impeach the governor, that takes place later this we...

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    The Saint Louis County Attorney has dropped charges against Missouri's Governor alleging he took and illegally transmitted photos of a woman with whom he was having an affair in 2015. Despite the dismissal of felony invasion of privacy charges, state lawmakers say they're carrying on with their own investigation into Governor Greitens and his actions.  That investigation is expected to be key in a discussion about whether to impeach the governor, that takes place later this we...

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  • Man Awarded Money After Prison Time For A Neosho Crime

    Man Awarded Money After Prison Time For A Neosho Crime

    Wednesday, May 16 2018 11:56 AM EDT2018-05-16 15:56:36 GMT

    A man who spent close to 20 years in a Missouri prison is awarded money for lost wages. The case stems from an incident that happened in Neosho during the early '90's. Dwight Laughlin was convicted of trying to break into a locked room inside the Neosho Post Office. His current attorney argued to a jury last week that this comes down to how the case was handled, not the fact this man committed a crime. "He was caught in the post office. He was caught red handed. But that's all...

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    A man who spent close to 20 years in a Missouri prison is awarded money for lost wages. The case stems from an incident that happened in Neosho during the early '90's. Dwight Laughlin was convicted of trying to break into a locked room inside the Neosho Post Office. His current attorney argued to a jury last week that this comes down to how the case was handled, not the fact this man committed a crime. "He was caught in the post office. He was caught red handed. But that's all...

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  • Joplin woman Sentenced For 2016 Crime Spree

    Joplin woman Sentenced For 2016 Crime Spree

    Wednesday, May 16 2018 11:25 AM EDT2018-05-16 15:25:55 GMT
    Brittany HarperBrittany Harper
    Brittany HarperBrittany Harper
    Brittany Nicole Harper of Joplin is sentenced by a federal judge to 19 years in prison. She was part of a four-state crime spree that ended when her boyfriend was killed in a shoot-out with police. Authorities say Harper was involved in a 10-day crime spree that began in Missouri and went through Alabama and Georgia before ending in Florida. Prosecutors say she and her boyfriend, Blake Fitzgerald, stole cars, burglarized a home and kidnapped two people during carjackings. The crimes...More >>
    Brittany Nicole Harper of Joplin is sentenced by a federal judge to 19 years in prison. She was part of a four-state crime spree that ended when her boyfriend was killed in a shoot-out with police. Authorities say Harper was involved in a 10-day crime spree that began in Missouri and went through Alabama and Georgia before ending in Florida. Prosecutors say she and her boyfriend, Blake Fitzgerald, stole cars, burglarized a home and kidnapped two people during carjackings. The crimes...More >>
  • Rising Gas Prices Putting Strain On Services

    Rising Gas Prices Putting Strain On Services

    Tuesday, May 15 2018 10:54 PM EDT2018-05-16 02:54:27 GMT

    Gas prices are up - and they're expected to continue their climb through the summer.     For most of us - it means we'll be more conscious of our driving - and try to conserve where possible - and turn to alternative modes of transportation, like, ride sharing.

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    Gas prices are up - and they're expected to continue their climb through the summer.     For most of us - it means we'll be more conscious of our driving - and try to conserve where possible - and turn to alternative modes of transportation, like, ride sharing.

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  • Girard Softball Punches Ticket to State

    Girard Softball Punches Ticket to State

    Tuesday, May 15 2018 10:36 PM EDT2018-05-16 02:36:34 GMT

    The defending state champions are headed back to the state tournament with a 22-0 record after winning a regional title Tuesday night. 

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    The defending state champions are headed back to the state tournament with a 22-0 record after winning a regional title Tuesday night. 

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  • Carthage Claims District Title Over Joplin

    Carthage Claims District Title Over Joplin

    Tuesday, May 15 2018 10:39 PM EDT2018-05-16 02:39:05 GMT

    It's the first district title for Carthage baseball since 1993. 

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    It's the first district title for Carthage baseball since 1993. 

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  • Iola Tops Girard to Earn Trip to State

    Iola Tops Girard to Earn Trip to State

    Tuesday, May 15 2018 10:29 PM EDT2018-05-16 02:29:22 GMT

    Highlights from Iola's 1-0 win over Girard to punch their ticket to the 4A-DII state tournament. 

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    Highlights from Iola's 1-0 win over Girard to punch their ticket to the 4A-DII state tournament. 

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  • Neosho Council Approves Use Tax for November Election

    Neosho Council Approves Use Tax for November Election

    Tuesday, May 15 2018 10:22 PM EDT2018-05-16 02:22:37 GMT

    Neosho residents could see a new tax on purchases made outside the city.  Neosho City Council voted to add a use tax issue to this November ballot at tonight's council meeting.  Implementing a use tax would allow the city to apply the local sales tax to purchases made online and outside of the state. 

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    Neosho residents could see a new tax on purchases made outside the city.  Neosho City Council voted to add a use tax issue to this November ballot at tonight's council meeting.  Implementing a use tax would allow the city to apply the local sales tax to purchases made online and outside of the state. 

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  • Plea Bargain Entered In Assault On Law Enforcement Case

    Plea Bargain Entered In Assault On Law Enforcement Case

    Tuesday, May 15 2018 5:30 PM EDT2018-05-15 21:30:39 GMT
    Keith WaldKeith Wald
    The crime happened on August 7th, 2017 around 3:30 a.m. at 4th and Sergeant Avenue in Joplin, MO. Officer Joel Taber says he saw a truck traveling north on Sergeant Avenue from 7th Street pulling a trailer without any lights. He pulled the vehicle over. Taber says that's when the driver, Keith Wald, started the truck and fled. While driving away from the stop, Wald threw an explosive device out of the drivers side window which exploded about 15 feet from Taber. During the pursuit, ...More >>
    The crime happened on August 7th, 2017 around 3:30 a.m. at 4th and Sergeant Avenue in Joplin, MO. Officer Joel Taber says he saw a truck traveling north on Sergeant Avenue from 7th Street pulling a trailer without any lights. He pulled the vehicle over. Taber says that's when the driver, Keith Wald, started the truck and fled. While driving away from the stop, Wald threw an explosive device out of the drivers side window which exploded about 15 feet from Taber. During the pursuit, ...More >>
  • Joplin Man Gets 12 Years For Child Pornography

    Joplin Man Gets 12 Years For Child Pornography

    Tuesday, May 15 2018 3:21 PM EDT2018-05-15 19:21:35 GMT

    36-year-old Michael Eden of Joplin was sentenced today (May 15, 2018) to 12 years in federal prison without parole. U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool also sentenced him to ten years of supervised release following incarceration. According to U.S. Attorney Timothy Garrison, on December 4th, 2017, Eden pleaded guilty to receiving and distributing child pornography.

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    36-year-old Michael Eden of Joplin was sentenced today (May 15, 2018) to 12 years in federal prison without parole. U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool also sentenced him to ten years of supervised release following incarceration. According to U.S. Attorney Timothy Garrison, on December 4th, 2017, Eden pleaded guilty to receiving and distributing child pornography.

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  • Update: Seneca Armed Robbery Suspect Arrested In Oklahoma

    Update: Seneca Armed Robbery Suspect Arrested In Oklahoma

    Tuesday, May 15 2018 4:33 PM EDT2018-05-15 20:33:44 GMT

    The robbery happened around 11:45 p.m. on May 14th, 2018, at the Big Daddy's Gas Station in Seneca, MO (817 Washington Avenue). The Seneca Police Department responded and were told by the store clerk that a white male had came into the store and tried to purchase alcohol and cigars. The clerk said after the suspect's card was declined he left and came back a short time later and showed a knife and demanded money. The clerk handed the suspect an undisclosed amount of cash. Authoriti...

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    The robbery happened around 11:45 p.m. on May 14th, 2018, at the Big Daddy's Gas Station in Seneca, MO (817 Washington Avenue). The Seneca Police Department responded and were told by the store clerk that a white male had came into the store and tried to purchase alcohol and cigars. The clerk said after the suspect's card was declined he left and came back a short time later and showed a knife and demanded money. The clerk handed the suspect an undisclosed amount of cash. Authoriti...

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  • KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 5-15

    KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 5-15

    Tuesday, May 15 2018 9:53 AM EDT2018-05-15 13:53:04 GMT
    CHARGES DISMISSED Prosecutors dismiss felony invasion of privacy charges against Missouri Governor Eric Greitens.  Attorney's cited the fact that Greitens' defense planned to call the Saint Louis Circuit Attorney, whose handling of the case has been under constant criticism by Greitens attorneys.  The governor on Monday told reporters, he's relieved by the dismissal, but also apologetic. KANSAS ALCOHOL LAW Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer signs into law a bill allowing re...More >>
    CHARGES DISMISSED Prosecutors dismiss felony invasion of privacy charges against Missouri Governor Eric Greitens.  Attorney's cited the fact that Greitens' defense planned to call the Saint Louis Circuit Attorney, whose handling of the case has been under constant criticism by Greitens attorneys.  The governor on Monday told reporters, he's relieved by the dismissal, but also apologetic. KANSAS ALCOHOL LAW Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer signs into law a bill allowing re...More >>
  • Joplin Upsets Webb City, Advances to District Championship

    Joplin Upsets Webb City, Advances to District Championship

    Monday, May 14 2018 10:40 PM EDT2018-05-15 02:40:29 GMT

    The Cardinals were the number one seed in the tournament with a 23-4 overall record. 

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    The Cardinals were the number one seed in the tournament with a 23-4 overall record. 

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  • Joplin Woman Scammed Out Of $700 On Facebook

    Joplin Woman Scammed Out Of $700 On Facebook

    Monday, May 14 2018 9:51 PM EDT2018-05-15 01:51:54 GMT

         A Joplin woman says she was scammed by a man who told her on Facebook...that she was eligible for a grant of $100,000.      She's now out $700. The scam - started off simple. Becky Allgood, Scam Victim: "It said...Dear Becky, this is Agent Larry from grant headquarters office, your friend, forwarded your number to me that you want to apply for grant money."

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         A Joplin woman says she was scammed by a man who told her on Facebook...that she was eligible for a grant of $100,000.      She's now out $700. The scam - started off simple. Becky Allgood, Scam Victim: "It said...Dear Becky, this is Agent Larry from grant headquarters office, your friend, forwarded your number to me that you want to apply for grant money."

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  • Humboldt Softball Advances to Regional Semifinals

    Humboldt Softball Advances to Regional Semifinals

    Monday, May 14 2018 7:41 PM EDT2018-05-14 23:41:52 GMT

    Highlights from Humboldt's 14-0 win over Erie in the first round of the 3A regional tournament at Southeast High School. 

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    Highlights from Humboldt's 14-0 win over Erie in the first round of the 3A regional tournament at Southeast High School. 

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  • Joplin Police Investigate Another Random Apparent Drive By Shooting

    Joplin Police Investigate Another Random Apparent Drive By Shooting

    Monday, May 14 2018 6:37 PM EDT2018-05-14 22:37:56 GMT

     Investigators say a mom and her daughter were inside the home and one bullet in particular could've damaged more than property.

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     Investigators say a mom and her daughter were inside the home and one bullet in particular could've damaged more than property.

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  • Charges Dropped Against Gov. Greitens

    Charges Dropped Against Gov. Greitens

    Monday, May 14 2018 6:09 PM EDT2018-05-14 22:09:57 GMT

    The Latest: Prosecutors have dropped an invasion-of-privacy charge against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, but say they plan to re-file the case with a special prosecutor.

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    The Latest: Prosecutors have dropped an invasion-of-privacy charge against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, but say they plan to re-file the case with a special prosecutor.

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  • Joplin Police Arrest A Man For The Armed Robbery Of Vintage Stock

    Joplin Police Arrest A Man For The Armed Robbery Of Vintage Stock

    Monday, May 14 2018 3:56 PM EDT2018-05-14 19:56:17 GMT
    On May 13, 2018 Joplin police arrested a man for robbing Vintage Stock in the Northpark Mall. It happened at about 5:30 p.m. when the employees allegedly spotted a man described as wearing a mullet wig and Yankees jersey t-shirt concealing about $430 worth of merchandise. When he left without paying, employees followed him outside and contacted. That's when authorities say he pulled a knife on the employees. The suspect then re-entered the mall where police arrested him. The...More >>
    On May 13, 2018 Joplin police arrested a man for robbing Vintage Stock in the Northpark Mall. It happened at about 5:30 p.m. when the employees allegedly spotted a man described as wearing a mullet wig and Yankees jersey t-shirt concealing about $430 worth of merchandise. When he left without paying, employees followed him outside and contacted. That's when authorities say he pulled a knife on the employees. The suspect then re-entered the mall where police arrested him. The...More >>
  • A Southeast Kansas Man Is Killed In Crash

    A Southeast Kansas Man Is Killed In Crash

    Monday, May 14 2018 2:40 PM EDT2018-05-14 18:40:48 GMT

    The crash happened at the intersection of U-169 and CR 4800 in Montgomery County, KS south of Cherryvale. Authorities say around 8:45 a.m. on May 11th, 2018, 87-year-old Lawrence Cretcher of Cherryvale was driving east on CR 4800.

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    The crash happened at the intersection of U-169 and CR 4800 in Montgomery County, KS south of Cherryvale. Authorities say around 8:45 a.m. on May 11th, 2018, 87-year-old Lawrence Cretcher of Cherryvale was driving east on CR 4800.

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  • Block22 Restaurants And Coffee Shop Announced

    Block22 Restaurants And Coffee Shop Announced

    Monday, May 14 2018 11:49 AM EDT2018-05-14 15:49:33 GMT
    The wait is over for those wondering what food would be served in Block22. Block22 is a student housing and business space developed through a partnership between Pittsburg State University, the City of Pittsburg and the Vecino Group. It's located at 4th and Broadway and is expected to be finished this summer (2018). Today, officials announced the names of three new restaurants and a local coffee shop that will open inside Block22 this September and October. PSU officials say ea...More >>
    The wait is over for those wondering what food would be served in Block22. Block22 is a student housing and business space developed through a partnership between Pittsburg State University, the City of Pittsburg and the Vecino Group. It's located at 4th and Broadway and is expected to be finished this summer (2018). Today, officials announced the names of three new restaurants and a local coffee shop that will open inside Block22 this September and October. PSU officials say ea...More >>
  • Prosecutors Deny Arranging Talk Between Murder Suspect and Victim's Mother

    Prosecutors Deny Arranging Talk Between Murder Suspect and Victim's Mother

    Sunday, May 13 2018 9:35 PM EDT2018-05-14 01:35:50 GMT
    Ronnie BusickRonnie Busick
    Ronnie BusickRonnie Busick

      Prosecutors responded Friday to a motion by defense attorneys for  Ronnie Busick of Wichita. In the response, prosecutors deny arranging a meeting between Lorene  Bible, the  mother of the missing girl, Lauria Bible and the Kansas man charged  with killing the girl and three others back in 1999.  

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      Prosecutors responded Friday to a motion by defense attorneys for  Ronnie Busick of Wichita. In the response, prosecutors deny arranging a meeting between Lorene  Bible, the  mother of the missing girl, Lauria Bible and the Kansas man charged  with killing the girl and three others back in 1999.  

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  • Fatal Crash Near Oronogo on Highway 96

    Fatal Crash Near Oronogo on Highway 96

    Saturday, May 12 2018 10:46 PM EDT2018-05-13 02:46:46 GMT
    Fatal CrashFatal Crash
    Fatal CrashFatal Crash

    A driver was tested for alcohol after causing a fatal crash today just west of Oronogo on  MO highway 96.  

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    A driver was tested for alcohol after causing a fatal crash today just west of Oronogo on  MO highway 96.  

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  • Vinita Teen Pleads Guilty to Murder Gets 25 Year Sentence

    Saturday, May 12 2018 4:56 PM EDT2018-05-12 20:56:05 GMT

    A  Vinita, Oklahoma  teen faces twenty five years in prison. 16-year old Koalten Glenn Orr was charged and convicted as an adult in the shooting death of his father's fiancee. 

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    A  Vinita, Oklahoma  teen faces twenty five years in prison. 16-year old Koalten Glenn Orr was charged and convicted as an adult in the shooting death of his father's fiancee. 

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  • After Nearly 80 Years, A World War II Veteran Returns Home

    After Nearly 80 Years, A World War II Veteran Returns Home

    Friday, May 11 2018 10:30 PM EDT2018-05-12 02:30:16 GMT

         A World War II Veteran from Diamond, Missouri is finally returning home after almost 80 years.      Clifford Goodwin was onboard the USS Oklahoma at Pearl Harbor when it was struck by Japanese torpedoes on December 7th, 1941.      Thanks to improvements in forensic technologies...his remains were recently identified and returned to Joplin, tonight.

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         A World War II Veteran from Diamond, Missouri is finally returning home after almost 80 years.      Clifford Goodwin was onboard the USS Oklahoma at Pearl Harbor when it was struck by Japanese torpedoes on December 7th, 1941.      Thanks to improvements in forensic technologies...his remains were recently identified and returned to Joplin, tonight.

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  • Ceremony Honors Outstanding Business Man in Oklahoma

    Ceremony Honors Outstanding Business Man in Oklahoma

    Friday, May 11 2018 10:02 PM EDT2018-05-12 02:02:08 GMT

    A leading business owner is honored for their contributions to the community. The first national bank of Vinita held their second annual excellence in business award ceremony tonight. The annual event is held to recognize the economic impact that businesses have in the area.  This year, it was held at the Shangri-La Resort and tonight's winner - was the owner. 

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    A leading business owner is honored for their contributions to the community. The first national bank of Vinita held their second annual excellence in business award ceremony tonight. The annual event is held to recognize the economic impact that businesses have in the area.  This year, it was held at the Shangri-La Resort and tonight's winner - was the owner. 

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  • PSU's Jewett Named MIAA Outdoor Track and Field Coach of the Year

    PSU's Jewett Named MIAA Outdoor Track and Field Coach of the Year

    Friday, May 11 2018 6:18 PM EDT2018-05-11 22:18:18 GMT

    Jewett was named both the men's and women's MIAA Outdoor Track and Field Coach of the Year. It's the 42nd and 43rd time he's earned coach of the year honors between track and field and cross country. 

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    Jewett was named both the men's and women's MIAA Outdoor Track and Field Coach of the Year. It's the 42nd and 43rd time he's earned coach of the year honors between track and field and cross country. 

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  • 14-Year-Old California Student Taken Into Custody After School Shooting

    14-Year-Old California Student Taken Into Custody After School Shooting

    Friday, May 11 2018 12:49 PM EDT2018-05-11 16:49:29 GMT

    The injured student is expected to make a full recovery.

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    The injured student is expected to make a full recovery.

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  • Critics Weeded Out of Missouri Governor's Jury Pool

    Critics Weeded Out of Missouri Governor's Jury Pool

    Friday, May 11 2018 12:17 PM EDT2018-05-11 16:17:20 GMT

    People with negative impressions of Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens are being weeded out of his potential juror pool for a criminal trial.

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    People with negative impressions of Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens are being weeded out of his potential juror pool for a criminal trial.

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  • Kansas Governor Signs Bill on Law Enforcement Body Cameras

    Kansas Governor Signs Bill on Law Enforcement Body Cameras

    Friday, May 11 2018 12:07 PM EDT2018-05-11 16:07:46 GMT
    (AP) - Kansas will make law enforcement body camera footage more accessible to the families of suspects killed by officers and the state will be required to release basic information about child abuse deaths under a new state law. Gov. Jeff Colyer signed a single bill Thursday containing the new policies on child abuse deaths and body camera footage. The changes take effect July 1. He also signed a bill that will increase penalties for political candidates filing late campaign financ...More >>
    (AP) - Kansas will make law enforcement body camera footage more accessible to the families of suspects killed by officers and the state will be required to release basic information about child abuse deaths under a new state law. Gov. Jeff Colyer signed a single bill Thursday containing the new policies on child abuse deaths and body camera footage. The changes take effect July 1. He also signed a bill that will increase penalties for political candidates filing late campaign financ...More >>
  • Missouri GOP Lawmakers Try Again to Block Planned Parenthood Funding

    Missouri GOP Lawmakers Try Again to Block Planned Parenthood Funding

    Friday, May 11 2018 12:01 PM EDT2018-05-11 16:01:58 GMT
    (AP) - Missouri's Republican-led Legislature is trying again to block funding from going to Planned Parenthood. House Budget Committee Chairman Scott Fitzpatrick on Thursday said the proposed state budget passed by lawmakers this week was crafted to end loopholes that had allowed the organization to access state funding. Lawmakers starting in 2016 opted to forgo some federal funding in an attempt to block Planned Parenthood from getting reimbursements for family planning and other p...More >>
    (AP) - Missouri's Republican-led Legislature is trying again to block funding from going to Planned Parenthood. House Budget Committee Chairman Scott Fitzpatrick on Thursday said the proposed state budget passed by lawmakers this week was crafted to end loopholes that had allowed the organization to access state funding. Lawmakers starting in 2016 opted to forgo some federal funding in an attempt to block Planned Parenthood from getting reimbursements for family planning and other p...More >>
  • Curtis Signs with Neosho Co. Baseball

    Curtis Signs with Neosho Co. Baseball

    Thursday, May 10 2018 8:37 PM EDT2018-05-11 00:37:48 GMT

    Chase Curtis is a three-sport standout for Pittsburg High School, receiving multiple honors in football, basketball and baseball. 

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    Chase Curtis is a three-sport standout for Pittsburg High School, receiving multiple honors in football, basketball and baseball. 

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  • Southeast Wins TRL Softball Championship

    Southeast Wins TRL Softball Championship

    Thursday, May 10 2018 8:31 PM EDT2018-05-11 00:31:15 GMT

    The Lancers have claimed their first ever league title after going 19-1 in the Three Rivers League this season. 

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    The Lancers have claimed their first ever league title after going 19-1 in the Three Rivers League this season. 

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  • Special Report: Risk On The Rails

    Special Report: Risk On The Rails

    Thursday, May 10 2018 7:16 PM EDT2018-05-10 23:16:17 GMT

    When it comes to a train versus a car, or a person, it's no contest.  In the past year - at least four people have died in our area alone from train accidents. But, in these situations, who, or what, is to blame?  We rode along with a crew from the Missouri and Northern Arkansas Railroad in Joplin.  What we saw at some of the crossings, was alarming.

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    When it comes to a train versus a car, or a person, it's no contest.  In the past year - at least four people have died in our area alone from train accidents. But, in these situations, who, or what, is to blame?  We rode along with a crew from the Missouri and Northern Arkansas Railroad in Joplin.  What we saw at some of the crossings, was alarming.

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  • Sunny Days Have More Four Staters Thinking About Solar Energy

    Sunny Days Have More Four Staters Thinking About Solar Energy

    Thursday, May 10 2018 7:13 PM EDT2018-05-10 23:13:22 GMT

    Local solar panel installation companies say they're seeing an increase in business.

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    Local solar panel installation companies say they're seeing an increase in business.

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  • Student Organizes Blood Drive for Community Service Project Based Learning

    Student Organizes Blood Drive for Community Service Project Based Learning

    Thursday, May 10 2018 4:57 PM EDT2018-05-10 20:57:43 GMT

    The American Red Cross regularly holds blood drives at businesses and schools. But a drive on  Thursday at the Greenbush Education Service Center was coordinated by a student on a mission.   

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    The American Red Cross regularly holds blood drives at businesses and schools. But a drive on  Thursday at the Greenbush Education Service Center was coordinated by a student on a mission.   

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  • Names Of Cyclists Killed In Southeast Kansas Are Released

    Names Of Cyclists Killed In Southeast Kansas Are Released

    Thursday, May 10 2018 3:12 PM EDT2018-05-10 19:12:42 GMT

    The incident happened on May 8th around 11:00 a.m. in Cherokee County, KS about a mile and a half west of Galena. Two cyclists were traveling west on K66 when a vehicle struck them from behind.  Authorities have identified the two cyclists as 71-year-old Heinz Gerd Buchel and 74-year-old Harry Jung, both of Germany. Highway 66 between Galena and Riverton was closed while crews were on scene. Click here for previous story and video.

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    The incident happened on May 8th around 11:00 a.m. in Cherokee County, KS about a mile and a half west of Galena. Two cyclists were traveling west on K66 when a vehicle struck them from behind.  Authorities have identified the two cyclists as 71-year-old Heinz Gerd Buchel and 74-year-old Harry Jung, both of Germany. Highway 66 between Galena and Riverton was closed while crews were on scene. Click here for previous story and video.

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  • Nevada, MO Man Killed in Multi-Trailer Crash

    Nevada, MO Man Killed in Multi-Trailer Crash

    Thursday, May 10 2018 12:17 PM EDT2018-05-10 16:17:04 GMT
    A Nevada, MO man is killed in a crash on US 54. The crash happened around 9:40 p.m. on May 9th just east of Dederick in Vernon County, MO. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a Dodge truck was pulling a small horse trailer heading east on US 54 when it became unhooked and traveled into the oncoming lane of traffic. The horse trailer collided head-on with another pickup truck pulling a trailer in the opposite direction, driven by Ronald Hughes. Troopers say the horse trailer f...More >>
    A Nevada, MO man is killed in a crash on US 54. The crash happened around 9:40 p.m. on May 9th just east of Dederick in Vernon County, MO. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a Dodge truck was pulling a small horse trailer heading east on US 54 when it became unhooked and traveled into the oncoming lane of traffic. The horse trailer collided head-on with another pickup truck pulling a trailer in the opposite direction, driven by Ronald Hughes. Troopers say the horse trailer f...More >>
  • Questions Raised About Joplin Council's Process To Fill Vacant Seat

    Questions Raised About Joplin Council's Process To Fill Vacant Seat

    Wednesday, May 9 2018 9:27 PM EDT2018-05-10 01:27:21 GMT

         Joplin's City Council continues to take applications to fill the seat left vacant by Joshua Bard.      It's following a process established by the city charter.      But not everyone thinks it's the right way to go.

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         Joplin's City Council continues to take applications to fill the seat left vacant by Joshua Bard.      It's following a process established by the city charter.      But not everyone thinks it's the right way to go.

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  • Newton County Woman is Doubtful Nephew's Drug Arrest Will Make Difference

    Newton County Woman is Doubtful Nephew's Drug Arrest Will Make Difference

    Wednesday, May 9 2018 7:24 PM EDT2018-05-09 23:24:59 GMT

    We got a look at how some extended family have been impacted by a drug bust today.

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    We got a look at how some extended family have been impacted by a drug bust today.

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  • Southwest Mo Mom Shares Tragedy to Warn Other Parents

    Southwest Mo Mom Shares Tragedy to Warn Other Parents

    Wednesday, May 9 2018 7:23 PM EDT2018-05-09 23:23:52 GMT

    Every year children die after being left in hot cars in the summer. For Brittanie Wells, it wasn't an errand to the store or a gas station but a parked car that proved fatal to her two year old child. She hopes to raise awareness of the tragedy to parents. 

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    Every year children die after being left in hot cars in the summer. For Brittanie Wells, it wasn't an errand to the store or a gas station but a parked car that proved fatal to her two year old child. She hopes to raise awareness of the tragedy to parents. 

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  • Teen Questioned After Bomb Threat In Neosho, MO

    Teen Questioned After Bomb Threat In Neosho, MO

    Wednesday, May 9 2018 7:27 PM EDT2018-05-09 23:27:47 GMT

    KOAM and FOX 14 arrived at the Neosho High School shortly before 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9th. Students were outside the building and at least three law enforcement vehicles were on scene. The Neosho Police Department says they were alerted of a bomb threat around 1:30 p.m. Authorities say after arriving, the decision was made to evacuate the students from the building. The Joplin Police Department was called to help with investigation and used K9 units to search the building. ...

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    KOAM and FOX 14 arrived at the Neosho High School shortly before 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9th. Students were outside the building and at least three law enforcement vehicles were on scene. The Neosho Police Department says they were alerted of a bomb threat around 1:30 p.m. Authorities say after arriving, the decision was made to evacuate the students from the building. The Joplin Police Department was called to help with investigation and used K9 units to search the building. ...

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  • Joplin Man Wanted For Kidnapping Is Arrested After Standoff

    Joplin Man Wanted For Kidnapping Is Arrested After Standoff

    Wednesday, May 9 2018 1:16 PM EDT2018-05-09 17:16:34 GMT

    KOAM and FOX 14 receive court documents after a standoff in Joplin leads to the arrest of a man wanted for kidnapping. The Newton County Sheriff's Office requested the Joplin SWAT team to help them serve a warrant for the arrest of 36-year-old Brandon Funkhouser. Shortly after 12:00 p.m. on May 8th, 2018, a two hour standoff began at the Missouri Place Apartments on East 32nd Street in Joplin. Authorities say they used tear gas to help apprehend Funkhouser. He was taken into cus...

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    KOAM and FOX 14 receive court documents after a standoff in Joplin leads to the arrest of a man wanted for kidnapping. The Newton County Sheriff's Office requested the Joplin SWAT team to help them serve a warrant for the arrest of 36-year-old Brandon Funkhouser. Shortly after 12:00 p.m. on May 8th, 2018, a two hour standoff began at the Missouri Place Apartments on East 32nd Street in Joplin. Authorities say they used tear gas to help apprehend Funkhouser. He was taken into cus...

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  • KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 5-9

    KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 5-9

    Wednesday, May 9 2018 7:51 AM EDT2018-05-09 11:51:42 GMT
    RIVER BODY IDENTIFIED Authorities identify the man found dead in an Oklahoma river.  Authorities say on Saturday a fisherman spotted the body of 34-year old Dakota Sky Damrill of Miami in the Neosho river.  Authorities say there were no apparent signs of trauma but his body has been turned over to the Oklahoma State medical examiner for an autopsy. BICYCLISTS KILLED Authorities say two tourists from Germany were killed while riding their bikes in Southeast Kansas.&nb...More >>
    RIVER BODY IDENTIFIED Authorities identify the man found dead in an Oklahoma river.  Authorities say on Saturday a fisherman spotted the body of 34-year old Dakota Sky Damrill of Miami in the Neosho river.  Authorities say there were no apparent signs of trauma but his body has been turned over to the Oklahoma State medical examiner for an autopsy. BICYCLISTS KILLED Authorities say two tourists from Germany were killed while riding their bikes in Southeast Kansas.&nb...More >>
  • Missouri House Passes Bill for High School Sex Education to Include Sexual Harassment and Assault Information

    Missouri House Passes Bill for High School Sex Education to Include Sexual Harassment and Assault Information

    Tuesday, May 8 2018 10:33 PM EDT2018-05-09 02:33:42 GMT

    Lessons would address how to resist unwanted sexual advances.

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    Lessons would address how to resist unwanted sexual advances.

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  • Springfield Man Arrested in Joplin for Forgery

    Springfield Man Arrested in Joplin for Forgery

    Tuesday, May 8 2018 10:25 PM EDT2018-05-09 02:25:55 GMT

    Police say they responded to a local hotel room and found computers, check printing software, more stolen mail and other evidence of his crimes.

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    Police say they responded to a local hotel room and found computers, check printing software, more stolen mail and other evidence of his crimes.

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  • Pittsburg Clinches Outright SEK Title

    Pittsburg Clinches Outright SEK Title

    Tuesday, May 8 2018 7:49 PM EDT2018-05-08 23:49:24 GMT

    Pittsburg is now 11-1 in the SEK and has won the league title for the 2nd straight season. 

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    Pittsburg is now 11-1 in the SEK and has won the league title for the 2nd straight season. 

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  • Webb City Police Find Children in Hot Vehicles: Seek Charges Against Fathers

    Webb City Police Find Children in Hot Vehicles: Seek Charges Against Fathers

    Tuesday, May 8 2018 7:12 PM EDT2018-05-08 23:12:37 GMT

    Webb City police are seeking child endangerment  charges against two dads for leaving  their children unattended in hot vehicles.   

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    Webb City police are seeking child endangerment  charges against two dads for leaving  their children unattended in hot vehicles.   

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  • Body Found In Neosho River Identified as Miami, OK Resident

    Body Found In Neosho River Identified as Miami, OK Resident

    Tuesday, May 8 2018 6:41 PM EDT2018-05-08 22:41:35 GMT

    Ottawa County, OK authorities say a fisherman spotted a body floating in the Neosho River on May 5th, 2018. The Grand River Dam Authority said the body was found about a mile north of the low water dam in the Miami area around 1:00 p.m. Authorities have identified the body as that of 34-year-old Dakota Sky Damrill of Miami. Damrill's body was turned over to the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner, but there were no signs of trauma. Story from May 5th, 2018: http://www.koamtv.com/st...

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    Ottawa County, OK authorities say a fisherman spotted a body floating in the Neosho River on May 5th, 2018. The Grand River Dam Authority said the body was found about a mile north of the low water dam in the Miami area around 1:00 p.m. Authorities have identified the body as that of 34-year-old Dakota Sky Damrill of Miami. Damrill's body was turned over to the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner, but there were no signs of trauma. Story from May 5th, 2018: http://www.koamtv.com/st...

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  • Double Fatality: Cyclists Hit On Hwy 66 in Cherokee Co., KS

    Double Fatality: Cyclists Hit On Hwy 66 in Cherokee Co., KS

    Tuesday, May 8 2018 3:02 PM EDT2018-05-08 19:02:11 GMT
    The Kansas State Highway Patrol says two people have been killed on U.S. Highway 66. Trooper Rick Wingate says two cyclists from Germany were riding on the highway near mile marker 1.8 when they were hit by a minivan around 11:20 a.m. The cyclists died at the scene. Highway 66 between Galena and Riverton remains closed while crews investigate the crash. No other details are being released at this time.More >>
    The Kansas State Highway Patrol says two people have been killed on U.S. Highway 66. Trooper Rick Wingate says two cyclists from Germany were riding on the highway near mile marker 1.8 when they were hit by a minivan around 11:20 a.m. The cyclists died at the scene. Highway 66 between Galena and Riverton remains closed while crews investigate the crash. No other details are being released at this time.More >>
  • Man Dies In McDonald County, MO Crash

    Man Dies In McDonald County, MO Crash

    Tuesday, May 8 2018 1:10 PM EDT2018-05-08 17:10:20 GMT
    The Missouri Highway Patrol says the single-vehicle crash happened on May 7th, 2018, just after 7:00 p.m. on Route E about seven miles east of Jane, MO. According to the crash report, 24-year-old Hayden Harrison of Bella Vista, AR was driving a Ford F250 southbound when he went off the roadway and overturned down an embankment. The McDonald County Deputy Coroner pronounced him dead at the scene. This is MSHP Troop D's first fatal accident of the month and the 31st fatal of the ...More >>
    The Missouri Highway Patrol says the single-vehicle crash happened on May 7th, 2018, just after 7:00 p.m. on Route E about seven miles east of Jane, MO. According to the crash report, 24-year-old Hayden Harrison of Bella Vista, AR was driving a Ford F250 southbound when he went off the roadway and overturned down an embankment. The McDonald County Deputy Coroner pronounced him dead at the scene. This is MSHP Troop D's first fatal accident of the month and the 31st fatal of the ...More >>
  • Children Left In Vehicle, Police Seek Child Neglect Charges

    Children Left In Vehicle, Police Seek Child Neglect Charges

    Tuesday, May 8 2018 2:23 PM EDT2018-05-08 18:23:13 GMT

    Webb City Police are called to two separate reports of toddlers left unattended in a vehicle. On May 6th around 5:00 p.m., a caller reported seeing three toddlers under the age of 3-years-old buckled up in a truck with no supervision. Officers arrived at the Atwoods/Big Lots parking lot at 1899 S. Madison. They discovered that a 31-year-old Webb City man had left his children in the truck for several minutes while shopping at Atwoods. Authorities say the kids were released to t...

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    Webb City Police are called to two separate reports of toddlers left unattended in a vehicle. On May 6th around 5:00 p.m., a caller reported seeing three toddlers under the age of 3-years-old buckled up in a truck with no supervision. Officers arrived at the Atwoods/Big Lots parking lot at 1899 S. Madison. They discovered that a 31-year-old Webb City man had left his children in the truck for several minutes while shopping at Atwoods. Authorities say the kids were released to t...

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  • KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 5-8

    KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 5-8

    Tuesday, May 8 2018 9:13 AM EDT2018-05-08 13:13:17 GMT
    JOPLIN POLICE CUTS The Joplin Police Department warns of more cuts as it continues to struggle with funding and officer retention.  The department also announced it will cut several of its current services,  including emergency response to non-injury crashes on private land, responses to misdemeanors, and providing security for 5K runs. TRUCK DRIVER LAW A new law for Kansas truck drivers will soon take effect, and it's meant to raise awareness of human trafficking.&n...More >>
    JOPLIN POLICE CUTS The Joplin Police Department warns of more cuts as it continues to struggle with funding and officer retention.  The department also announced it will cut several of its current services,  including emergency response to non-injury crashes on private land, responses to misdemeanors, and providing security for 5K runs. TRUCK DRIVER LAW A new law for Kansas truck drivers will soon take effect, and it's meant to raise awareness of human trafficking.&n...More >>
  • JPD Announces Cuts at City Council Meeting

    Monday, May 7 2018 10:30 PM EDT2018-05-08 02:30:12 GMT

    It was a busy night for members of Joplin City Council.  One of the items with the most draw was a staffing report involving Joplin Police. According to chief Matt Stewart, the department currently has thirteen officer vacancies -- a number that could climb to nineteen by this summer. Chief Stewart also announced that the department would cut several of its current services. 

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    It was a busy night for members of Joplin City Council.  One of the items with the most draw was a staffing report involving Joplin Police. According to chief Matt Stewart, the department currently has thirteen officer vacancies -- a number that could climb to nineteen by this summer. Chief Stewart also announced that the department would cut several of its current services. 

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  • Major Development Planned for Downtown Baxter Springs

    Major Development Planned for Downtown Baxter Springs

    Monday, May 7 2018 9:54 PM EDT2018-05-08 01:54:12 GMT

         Saturday May 19th is a date worth marking on your calendar.      Especially if you're in the Baxter Springs area *or* if you're a classic car enthusiast. Main Street Baxter Springs - otherwise known as Military Avenue. It's been struggling for years to maintain businesses along this revamped stretch of road.

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         Saturday May 19th is a date worth marking on your calendar.      Especially if you're in the Baxter Springs area *or* if you're a classic car enthusiast. Main Street Baxter Springs - otherwise known as Military Avenue. It's been struggling for years to maintain businesses along this revamped stretch of road.

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  • Kansas CDL Drivers Soon to Study Human Trafficking Awareness

    Monday, May 7 2018 8:03 PM EDT2018-05-08 00:03:00 GMT

    "Drivers have made close to 2,000 calls into the national hotline that has resulted in over 500 potential cases of human trafficking."

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    "Drivers have made close to 2,000 calls into the national hotline that has resulted in over 500 potential cases of human trafficking."

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  • Kansas Governor Signs Education Funding Fix

    Kansas Governor Signs Education Funding Fix

    Monday, May 7 2018 2:25 PM EDT2018-05-07 18:25:13 GMT
    The Kansas Supreme Court ruled in October that the state's current funding of more than $4 billion a year isn't sufficient under the state constitution. Lawmakers agreed on a bill ensuring that the sate phases in a $534 million increase in spending over five years as intended.  After the bill was signed, a flaw was discovered that inadvertently shorted schools $80 million. On Monday, May 7th, Gov. Colyer signed legislation fixing the flaw.  The signing ceremony ...More >>
    The Kansas Supreme Court ruled in October that the state's current funding of more than $4 billion a year isn't sufficient under the state constitution. Lawmakers agreed on a bill ensuring that the sate phases in a $534 million increase in spending over five years as intended.  After the bill was signed, a flaw was discovered that inadvertently shorted schools $80 million. On Monday, May 7th, Gov. Colyer signed legislation fixing the flaw.  The signing ceremony ...More >>
  • Joplin Releases Update About Odor Complaints

    Joplin Releases Update About Odor Complaints

    Monday, May 7 2018 12:57 PM EDT2018-05-07 16:57:14 GMT
    Several residents have expressed frustrations with regularly smelling odors they suspect come from Joplin manufacturing facilities.  The City of Joplin says they've been meeting with those industries that have been noted as possible contributors to the odors. "These meetings provide simple introductions and a dialogue to understand the matter from both parties," said Dan Pekarek, Director of the Health Department. "We are learning more about their processes; the...More >>
    Several residents have expressed frustrations with regularly smelling odors they suspect come from Joplin manufacturing facilities.  The City of Joplin says they've been meeting with those industries that have been noted as possible contributors to the odors. "These meetings provide simple introductions and a dialogue to understand the matter from both parties," said Dan Pekarek, Director of the Health Department. "We are learning more about their processes; the...More >>
  • KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 5-7

    KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 5-7

    Monday, May 7 2018 8:46 AM EDT2018-05-07 12:46:05 GMT
    ADOPTION PROTECTION Lawmakers in Kansas and Oklahoma pass legislation that will grant legal protection to faith-based adoption agencies that won't place children in LGBT homes.  Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer says he will sign the bill.  Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has not indicated whether she will sign the legislation in her state. NEOSHO RIVER BODY A body is found in Oklahoma.  Ottawa County authorities say the body of a 34-year old white male was found floati...More >>
    ADOPTION PROTECTION Lawmakers in Kansas and Oklahoma pass legislation that will grant legal protection to faith-based adoption agencies that won't place children in LGBT homes.  Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer says he will sign the bill.  Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has not indicated whether she will sign the legislation in her state. NEOSHO RIVER BODY A body is found in Oklahoma.  Ottawa County authorities say the body of a 34-year old white male was found floati...More >>
  • Oswego Honors a Local Legend

    Oswego Honors a Local Legend

    Sunday, May 6 2018 8:38 PM EDT2018-05-07 00:38:15 GMT

    A local legend is being honored in Oswego, Kansas.  The city dedicated three new signs to the late Ted Watts today. Watts was a renowned sports artist who was famous for painting seventy seven Heisman trophy winners, and designing the "welcome" sign for Oswego.

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    A local legend is being honored in Oswego, Kansas.  The city dedicated three new signs to the late Ted Watts today. Watts was a renowned sports artist who was famous for painting seventy seven Heisman trophy winners, and designing the "welcome" sign for Oswego.

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  • MO Highway Patrol Investigates Shooting: Woman Backs Car Into Officer

    MO Highway Patrol Investigates Shooting: Woman Backs Car Into Officer

    Sunday, May 6 2018 9:52 PM EDT2018-05-07 01:52:16 GMT

    The Missouri Highway Patrol will investigate a Sunday police shooting in Lawrence County. 

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    The Missouri Highway Patrol will investigate a Sunday police shooting in Lawrence County. 

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  • Crash Near Erie Leaves A Man Injured

    Crash Near Erie Leaves A Man Injured

    Sunday, May 6 2018 6:28 PM EDT2018-05-06 22:28:27 GMT

    A Parsons man is hospitalize after crashing his truck in Erie, Kansas.  24-year old Bradley Wolken lost control of his Ford  F150 at a curve and went off the roadway where his vehicle struck a tree. 

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    A Parsons man is hospitalize after crashing his truck in Erie, Kansas.  24-year old Bradley Wolken lost control of his Ford  F150 at a curve and went off the roadway where his vehicle struck a tree. 

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  • New Mural At Mercy Park In Joplin Draws On Unique Inspiration

    New Mural At Mercy Park In Joplin Draws On Unique Inspiration

    Saturday, May 5 2018 9:27 PM EDT2018-05-06 01:27:06 GMT

        There's a new mural at Joplin's Mercy Park -     It was brought into this world, with an unveiling ceremony earlier today.     But, it's not just any artistic work - it's truly something special. Nearly seven years ago - this site was considered "ground zero" for the devastating EF-5 tornado that tore through Joplin. It's an event 8 year old Sophie Collier was barely old enough to remember...

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        There's a new mural at Joplin's Mercy Park -     It was brought into this world, with an unveiling ceremony earlier today.     But, it's not just any artistic work - it's truly something special. Nearly seven years ago - this site was considered "ground zero" for the devastating EF-5 tornado that tore through Joplin. It's an event 8 year old Sophie Collier was barely old enough to remember...

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  • Body Found in Neosho River

    Body Found in Neosho River

    Saturday, May 5 2018 9:02 PM EDT2018-05-06 01:02:23 GMT

    The Ottawa County Sheriff says the body of a white male was found floating in the Neosho River.  The Grand River Dam Authority, Ottawa County Sheriff and Oklahoma Wildlife have been investigating the case since 1:30 this afternoon.

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    The Ottawa County Sheriff says the body of a white male was found floating in the Neosho River.  The Grand River Dam Authority, Ottawa County Sheriff and Oklahoma Wildlife have been investigating the case since 1:30 this afternoon.

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  • Pittsburg Business Temporarily Moves For Demolition of Unsafe Structure

    Pittsburg Business Temporarily Moves For Demolition of Unsafe Structure

    Friday, May 4 2018 6:01 PM EDT2018-05-04 22:01:38 GMT
    Dittman Insurance in Pittsburg is asked to temporarily move.  The business neighbors a structure that has been deemed unsafe. In early April, the City of Pittsburg closed part of West 5th St. between Pine and Broadway downtown. Officials said they received a call about an unsafe structure at 113 W. 5th St. They say building safety officials responded to the complaint and verified that the building had moved since last inspection. Demolition will take place between Tuesday,...More >>
    Dittman Insurance in Pittsburg is asked to temporarily move.  The business neighbors a structure that has been deemed unsafe. In early April, the City of Pittsburg closed part of West 5th St. between Pine and Broadway downtown. Officials said they received a call about an unsafe structure at 113 W. 5th St. They say building safety officials responded to the complaint and verified that the building had moved since last inspection. Demolition will take place between Tuesday,...More >>
  • Jeff Bezos' Fitting New Friend: The Joplin Boy Who Accidentally Bought 100 Toys From Amazon

    Jeff Bezos' Fitting New Friend: The Joplin Boy Who Accidentally Bought 100 Toys From Amazon

    Friday, May 4 2018 5:58 PM EDT2018-05-04 21:58:58 GMT

    The shopaholic was also thinking of mom, buying her an Elvis poster. 

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    The shopaholic was also thinking of mom, buying her an Elvis poster. 

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  • PSU Signs Agreement Meant to Help ROTC Students Advance

    PSU Signs Agreement Meant to Help ROTC Students Advance

    Friday, May 4 2018 5:25 PM EDT2018-05-04 21:25:52 GMT

    The new agreement is between Pitt State, The Kansas Army National Guard, and Cowley Community College.

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    The new agreement is between Pitt State, The Kansas Army National Guard, and Cowley Community College.

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  • Special Report: Drug Dog Dangers

    Special Report: Drug Dog Dangers

    Monday, May 7 2018 3:19 PM EDT2018-05-07 19:19:49 GMT

    Police K9s can be the first-line of defense for their handlers while both are on-the-clock. Of course, their sense of smell is part of what makes them good at what they do. But what's don't for them should that sense be compromised by something dangerous? "Yeah, we've had a few narcotic busts." Chris Wren is with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office. His partner is KEO, a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois. What K9's can sniff-out when they're out in the field isn't always sa...

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    Police K9s can be the first-line of defense for their handlers while both are on-the-clock. Of course, their sense of smell is part of what makes them good at what they do. But what's don't for them should that sense be compromised by something dangerous? "Yeah, we've had a few narcotic busts." Chris Wren is with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office. His partner is KEO, a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois. What K9's can sniff-out when they're out in the field isn't always sa...

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  • KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 5-4

    KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 5-4

    Friday, May 4 2018 10:31 AM EDT2018-05-04 14:31:52 GMT
    SHOTS FIRED Joplin police investigate a report of gunshots fired last night at 21st and Jackson.  Authorities believe two parties, in vehicles, opened fire on each other.  No injuries have been reported. OKLAHOMA GUN BILL A bill to allow Oklahomans to carry guns without a permit is on its way to the governor.  The legislation would allow people 21 and older and military personnel who are 18 and older to carry a gun without a license.  The bill would not app...More >>
    SHOTS FIRED Joplin police investigate a report of gunshots fired last night at 21st and Jackson.  Authorities believe two parties, in vehicles, opened fire on each other.  No injuries have been reported. OKLAHOMA GUN BILL A bill to allow Oklahomans to carry guns without a permit is on its way to the governor.  The legislation would allow people 21 and older and military personnel who are 18 and older to carry a gun without a license.  The bill would not app...More >>
  • Three Sign at Neosho High School

    Three Sign at Neosho High School

    Thursday, May 3 2018 9:29 PM EDT2018-05-04 01:29:34 GMT

    All three student-athletes will continue their careers at NEO.

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    All three student-athletes will continue their careers at NEO.

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  • JPD Pilots Program to Curb Impaired Driving

    JPD Pilots Program to Curb Impaired Driving

    Thursday, May 3 2018 6:51 PM EDT2018-05-03 22:51:35 GMT

    Joplin police join forces with the national highway traffic safety administration to launch a fifteen month campaign against impaired driving.           Officials explained at a press conference today that  stopping the problem will take more than law enforcement alone. 

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    Joplin police join forces with the national highway traffic safety administration to launch a fifteen month campaign against impaired driving.           Officials explained at a press conference today that  stopping the problem will take more than law enforcement alone. 

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  • Special Report: Inspiration On Wheels

    Special Report: Inspiration On Wheels

    Monday, May 7 2018 3:20 PM EDT2018-05-07 19:20:08 GMT

    Part One: A Crawford County Kansas man has just passed a remarkable milestone -- 60 years since a life-altering experience. KOAM News told his story in a two-part report. It takes technology, ingenuity, and plenty of get-up-and-go for Jim Rhodes to get up -- and go. The process starts early -- often before dawn. Jim's daily ritual of preparing to leave his bedroom involves a motorized, remotely controlled device suspended from a rail that runs along the ceiling. It lifts Jim from ...

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    Part One: A Crawford County Kansas man has just passed a remarkable milestone -- 60 years since a life-altering experience. KOAM News told his story in a two-part report. It takes technology, ingenuity, and plenty of get-up-and-go for Jim Rhodes to get up -- and go. The process starts early -- often before dawn. Jim's daily ritual of preparing to leave his bedroom involves a motorized, remotely controlled device suspended from a rail that runs along the ceiling. It lifts Jim from ...

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  • Joplin Only City in Nation Chosen for NHTSA DWI Campaign

    Joplin Only City in Nation Chosen for NHTSA DWI Campaign

    Thursday, May 3 2018 1:57 PM EDT2018-05-03 17:57:06 GMT

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration picked Joplin as a partner for a new program with a goal of getting the community involved in curbing the number of those who drive while impaired. 

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    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration picked Joplin as a partner for a new program with a goal of getting the community involved in curbing the number of those who drive while impaired. 

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  • Surprise Crew: Classroom Tablet

    Surprise Crew: Classroom Tablet

    Thursday, May 3 2018 9:59 AM EDT2018-05-03 13:59:46 GMT

    From the abacus to the old T-I calculator, math class is not like you and I remember it today.  So we found a teacher that's continually thinking about evolving technology, and that's when we sent in the KOAM Surprise Crew.

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    From the abacus to the old T-I calculator, math class is not like you and I remember it today.  So we found a teacher that's continually thinking about evolving technology, and that's when we sent in the KOAM Surprise Crew.

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  • KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 5-3

    KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 5-3

    Thursday, May 3 2018 9:52 AM EDT2018-05-03 13:52:06 GMT
    MEDICAL MARIJUANA Missouri senators are preparing for a possible debate on legalizing medicinal marijuana after the house approved the measure.  One Kansas man says he might consider moving to Missouri if that legislation passes.  Gary Dixon is a veteran and says he suffers from severe PTSD, Fibromyalgia, and Cancer from exposure to Agent Orange.  Opponents say legal medicinal marijuana could make it easier for children to get access to marijuana. FAMILY PHARMACY B...More >>
    MEDICAL MARIJUANA Missouri senators are preparing for a possible debate on legalizing medicinal marijuana after the house approved the measure.  One Kansas man says he might consider moving to Missouri if that legislation passes.  Gary Dixon is a veteran and says he suffers from severe PTSD, Fibromyalgia, and Cancer from exposure to Agent Orange.  Opponents say legal medicinal marijuana could make it easier for children to get access to marijuana. FAMILY PHARMACY B...More >>
  • PSU Club Baseball to Play in World Series

    PSU Club Baseball to Play in World Series

    Wednesday, May 2 2018 9:18 PM EDT2018-05-03 01:18:31 GMT

    The Gorillas won the Great American South conference last weekend and will play in the NCBA World Series at Jaycee Ballpark in Pittsburg beginning May 18th. 

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    The Gorillas won the Great American South conference last weekend and will play in the NCBA World Series at Jaycee Ballpark in Pittsburg beginning May 18th. 

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  • Kansas Veteran Encourages Missouri Medical Marijuana Legislation

    Kansas Veteran Encourages Missouri Medical Marijuana Legislation

    Wednesday, May 2 2018 7:44 PM EDT2018-05-02 23:44:13 GMT

    A state representative says Missouri's medical marijuana proposal can also be called a federal clinical trial.  He says signs point to marijuana becoming an FDA-approved drug in three to four years.

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    A state representative says Missouri's medical marijuana proposal can also be called a federal clinical trial.  He says signs point to marijuana becoming an FDA-approved drug in three to four years.

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  • Links To Help Keep You Updated and Prepared for Severe Weather

    Links To Help Keep You Updated and Prepared for Severe Weather

    Wednesday, May 2 2018 4:55 PM EDT2018-05-02 20:55:22 GMT
    Weather Updates: Download the KOAM/FOX 14 Skywatch WX App.  Click here for details. The app has the latest conditions, live radar and more. Sky Watch Weather Page - includes radar, weather blog and videos Sign up for Weather Emails - Click here and go to the Current Conditions Tab. Weather Call - The WeatherCall system continuously monitors the National Weather Service's NOAA weatherwire. When a severe weather warnign includes your location, you'll get a phone call....More >>
    Weather Updates: Download the KOAM/FOX 14 Skywatch WX App.  Click here for details. The app has the latest conditions, live radar and more. Sky Watch Weather Page - includes radar, weather blog and videos Sign up for Weather Emails - Click here and go to the Current Conditions Tab. Weather Call - The WeatherCall system continuously monitors the National Weather Service's NOAA weatherwire. When a severe weather warnign includes your location, you'll get a phone call....More >>
  • Two Joplin Men Indicted In Separate Child Porn Cases

    Two Joplin Men Indicted In Separate Child Porn Cases

    Wednesday, May 2 2018 4:37 PM EDT2018-05-02 20:37:16 GMT
    The U.S. Attorney's Office Western District of Missouri announced today (May 2, 2018) that two Joplin men have been indicted by a federal grand jury, in separate and unrelated cases, for receiving and distributing child pornography. Both investigations originated with a series of CyberTips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children related to hundreds of images of child pornography uploaded to Google accounts in February 2018.   USA v. Snavely 20-year-...More >>
    The U.S. Attorney's Office Western District of Missouri announced today (May 2, 2018) that two Joplin men have been indicted by a federal grand jury, in separate and unrelated cases, for receiving and distributing child pornography. Both investigations originated with a series of CyberTips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children related to hundreds of images of child pornography uploaded to Google accounts in February 2018.   USA v. Snavely 20-year-...More >>
  • KS Governor Signs "Ban The Box" Executive Order

    KS Governor Signs "Ban The Box" Executive Order

    Wednesday, May 2 2018 2:27 PM EDT2018-05-02 18:27:07 GMT
    KS Gov. Jeff Colyer signs a "Ban The Box" executive order today (May 2nd). The order will prevent state agencies from requiring people looking for a job to disclose on applications whether they've been convicted of a crime. Colyer said the order is designed to help those convicted of crimes to find work after they're released from jail and make them less likely to commit new crimes.  The National Employment Law Project says 31 states have "ban the box"...More >>
    KS Gov. Jeff Colyer signs a "Ban The Box" executive order today (May 2nd). The order will prevent state agencies from requiring people looking for a job to disclose on applications whether they've been convicted of a crime. Colyer said the order is designed to help those convicted of crimes to find work after they're released from jail and make them less likely to commit new crimes.  The National Employment Law Project says 31 states have "ban the box"...More >>
  • Southwest Missouri Residents Arrested For Illegal Drug Activity

    Southwest Missouri Residents Arrested For Illegal Drug Activity

    Wednesday, May 2 2018 1:28 PM EDT2018-05-02 17:28:55 GMT
    A search warrants leads to charges against three Southwest Missouri residents. On Tuesday morning (May 1st, 2018), Nevada Police executed a search warrant in the 400 block of N. Ash Street. Authorities say they had received reports and gathered information that a man at that location was involved in illegal drug activity. When officers arrived at the home, there were nine people on the property. Police found and seized suspected illegal drugs, including methamphetamine and marij...More >>
    A search warrants leads to charges against three Southwest Missouri residents. On Tuesday morning (May 1st, 2018), Nevada Police executed a search warrant in the 400 block of N. Ash Street. Authorities say they had received reports and gathered information that a man at that location was involved in illegal drug activity. When officers arrived at the home, there were nine people on the property. Police found and seized suspected illegal drugs, including methamphetamine and marij...More >>
  • KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 5-2

    KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 5-2

    Wednesday, May 2 2018 10:19 AM EDT2018-05-02 14:19:35 GMT
    YEAR-ROUND PELL GRANTS Senator Roy Blunt visited Missouri Southern State University to discuss higher education funding yesterday.  The focus of the discussion was re-instating the Pell Grant as a year-round grant.              Students and staff from Crowder College also had the chance to meet with Senator Blunt at Missouri Southern. MISSOURI MEDICAL MARIJUANA The Missouri House votes to legalize medical marijua...More >>
    YEAR-ROUND PELL GRANTS Senator Roy Blunt visited Missouri Southern State University to discuss higher education funding yesterday.  The focus of the discussion was re-instating the Pell Grant as a year-round grant.              Students and staff from Crowder College also had the chance to meet with Senator Blunt at Missouri Southern. MISSOURI MEDICAL MARIJUANA The Missouri House votes to legalize medical marijua...More >>
  • Senator Roy Blunt Discusses Higher Education Costs at MSSU

    Senator Roy Blunt Discusses Higher Education Costs at MSSU

    Tuesday, May 1 2018 10:08 PM EDT2018-05-02 02:08:22 GMT

         The cost of higher education was the purpose of Senator Roy Blunt's trip to Joplin, today.      Missouri Southern, to be exact.      An institution that knows all-too well lately about funding struggles. The Pell Grant was Senator Roy Blunt's big topic - and re-instating it as a year round grant to help cover costs in the summer.

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         The cost of higher education was the purpose of Senator Roy Blunt's trip to Joplin, today.      Missouri Southern, to be exact.      An institution that knows all-too well lately about funding struggles. The Pell Grant was Senator Roy Blunt's big topic - and re-instating it as a year round grant to help cover costs in the summer.

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  • Carterville May Slowly But Surely Get Rid of "Craterville"

    Carterville May Slowly But Surely Get Rid of "Craterville"

    Tuesday, May 1 2018 6:58 PM EDT2018-05-01 22:58:36 GMT

    "I think the City needs to regain trust.  We need to do something with what we have left, to prove we have a plan."

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    "I think the City needs to regain trust.  We need to do something with what we have left, to prove we have a plan."

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  • Joplin Police Announce New DWI Campaign

    Joplin Police Announce New DWI Campaign

    Tuesday, May 1 2018 6:43 PM EDT2018-05-01 22:43:26 GMT
    The Joplin Police Department joins forces with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to raise awareness of the consequences of impaired driving and to support impaired driving enforcement. The "We're out there too. Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over." campaign is in response to a nationwide increase of fatal accidents involving impaired drivers. The pilot program is funded by NHTSA. Officials say the slogan is intended to remind drivers that Joplin polic...More >>
    The Joplin Police Department joins forces with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to raise awareness of the consequences of impaired driving and to support impaired driving enforcement. The "We're out there too. Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over." campaign is in response to a nationwide increase of fatal accidents involving impaired drivers. The pilot program is funded by NHTSA. Officials say the slogan is intended to remind drivers that Joplin polic...More >>
  • Avoid Pear Trees During Spring Planting: Conservation Agent Warns Invasive Species Danger to Habitat

    Avoid Pear Trees During Spring Planting: Conservation Agent Warns Invasive Species Danger to Habitat

    Tuesday, May 1 2018 6:39 PM EDT2018-05-01 22:39:07 GMT

    There's one tree nurseries and conservation agents say you should avoid.  A beautiful flowering tree but a bad one for the environment. 

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    There's one tree nurseries and conservation agents say you should avoid.  A beautiful flowering tree but a bad one for the environment. 

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  • Joplin Man Gets Prison Time for Robbery

    Joplin Man Gets Prison Time for Robbery

    Tuesday, May 1 2018 5:05 PM EDT2018-05-01 21:05:46 GMT
    Shawn OrrShawn Orr

    Cherokee County Attorney Jacob Conard says a Joplin man has been sentenced to more than ten years in the Kansas Department of Corrections. 31-year-old Shawn Michael Orr plead guilty to one county of robbery in Cherokee County District Court. In May of 2016, authorities say he was wearing a motorcycle helmet when he robbed the Galena, KS Pizza Hut at gunpoint. Surveillance footage from area businesses show Orr left on a motorcycle to Missouri. The Galena Police Department identif...

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    Cherokee County Attorney Jacob Conard says a Joplin man has been sentenced to more than ten years in the Kansas Department of Corrections. 31-year-old Shawn Michael Orr plead guilty to one county of robbery in Cherokee County District Court. In May of 2016, authorities say he was wearing a motorcycle helmet when he robbed the Galena, KS Pizza Hut at gunpoint. Surveillance footage from area businesses show Orr left on a motorcycle to Missouri. The Galena Police Department identif...

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  • US Warns Liquid Nicotine Packets Resemble Juice Boxes, Candy

    US Warns Liquid Nicotine Packets Resemble Juice Boxes, Candy

    Tuesday, May 1 2018 12:21 PM EDT2018-05-01 16:21:03 GMT
    The Food and Drug Administration said today (May 1) the packaging practice of some liquid nicotine makers ill illegal for vaping formulas. Federal health authorities say some liquid nicotine is being put in packaging that resembles children's juice boxes, candies and cookies.  The liquids are intended for use in e-cigarettes and vaping devices.  The agency says if children mistakenly drink the liquids, that exposure to nicotine could cause seizures, coma and heart failure...More >>
    The Food and Drug Administration said today (May 1) the packaging practice of some liquid nicotine makers ill illegal for vaping formulas. Federal health authorities say some liquid nicotine is being put in packaging that resembles children's juice boxes, candies and cookies.  The liquids are intended for use in e-cigarettes and vaping devices.  The agency says if children mistakenly drink the liquids, that exposure to nicotine could cause seizures, coma and heart failure...More >>
  • KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 5-1

    KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 5-1

    Tuesday, May 1 2018 9:58 AM EDT2018-05-01 13:58:19 GMT
    KANSAS SCHOOL FUNDING FIX The Kansas Legislature has fixed an $80-Million error in its latest school funding bill.  The error was discovered just a day after lawmakers passed a Supreme Court mandated fix for the state's school budget.  Governor Jeff Colyer is expected to sign the fixed bill.  The new school funding law will phase in a $534-Million dollar increase to education funding. STOLEN GUNS Carl Junction police investigate a weekend break-in at Circle T Co...More >>
    KANSAS SCHOOL FUNDING FIX The Kansas Legislature has fixed an $80-Million error in its latest school funding bill.  The error was discovered just a day after lawmakers passed a Supreme Court mandated fix for the state's school budget.  Governor Jeff Colyer is expected to sign the fixed bill.  The new school funding law will phase in a $534-Million dollar increase to education funding. STOLEN GUNS Carl Junction police investigate a weekend break-in at Circle T Co...More >>
  • A Look Into the ACLU Lawsuit Against the City of Joplin

    A Look Into the ACLU Lawsuit Against the City of Joplin

    Monday, April 30 2018 10:06 PM EDT2018-05-01 02:06:32 GMT

         There's new information about the legal precedent for a lawsuit filed last week by the ACLU against the City of Joplin for violating the first amendment. In February - the city council passed an emergency ordinance to restrict solicitation at busy intersections with speeds greater than 35 miles an hour. The city cited safety concerns for both solicitors and drivers.

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         There's new information about the legal precedent for a lawsuit filed last week by the ACLU against the City of Joplin for violating the first amendment. In February - the city council passed an emergency ordinance to restrict solicitation at busy intersections with speeds greater than 35 miles an hour. The city cited safety concerns for both solicitors and drivers.

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  • Therapy Dogs and Handlers Honored at Freeman Health System

    Therapy Dogs and Handlers Honored at Freeman Health System

    Monday, April 30 2018 7:00 PM EDT2018-04-30 23:00:16 GMT

    "I think the therapy dogs for Freeman are like little butterflies that float through here.  That's why they catch so much attention, is because they're unique."

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    "I think the therapy dogs for Freeman are like little butterflies that float through here.  That's why they catch so much attention, is because they're unique."

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  • Jasper, MO Man Charged With Child Molestation

    Jasper, MO Man Charged With Child Molestation

    Monday, April 30 2018 5:16 PM EDT2018-04-30 21:16:25 GMT

    According to court documents, on April 24th, 2018, a Jasper Police Officer responded to a call at Jasper Schools (201 W. Mercer St) after a teacher was told about a student who was allegedly being sexually abused. Authorities say the student was interviewed and claimed that, while her mom was out of town on the night of April 23rd, she woke up to the suspect, Jerred Taffner, in bed with her, pants off, and sexually assaulted her. She gave details of at least three other incidents th...

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    According to court documents, on April 24th, 2018, a Jasper Police Officer responded to a call at Jasper Schools (201 W. Mercer St) after a teacher was told about a student who was allegedly being sexually abused. Authorities say the student was interviewed and claimed that, while her mom was out of town on the night of April 23rd, she woke up to the suspect, Jerred Taffner, in bed with her, pants off, and sexually assaulted her. She gave details of at least three other incidents th...

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  • Kansas Agency Challenges Law Sale of Pizza Hut Franchises

    Kansas Agency Challenges Law Sale of Pizza Hut Franchises

    Monday, April 30 2018 12:45 PM EDT2018-04-30 16:45:41 GMT

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A Kansas agency says lawmakers approved an unconstitutional bill that may result in the state paying back $42 million to a former pizza magnate. The Wichita Eagle reports that the Kansas Department of Revenue is accusing lawmakers of using a tactic attacked by transparency advocates and making other questionable moves to include more than one topic in the measure, which would violate the state constitution. The agency's argument comes as Gov. Jeff Colyer and lawm...

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    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A Kansas agency says lawmakers approved an unconstitutional bill that may result in the state paying back $42 million to a former pizza magnate. The Wichita Eagle reports that the Kansas Department of Revenue is accusing lawmakers of using a tactic attacked by transparency advocates and making other questionable moves to include more than one topic in the measure, which would violate the state constitution. The agency's argument comes as Gov. Jeff Colyer and lawm...

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  • KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 4-30

    KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 4-30

    Monday, April 30 2018 10:19 AM EDT2018-04-30 14:19:11 GMT
    GUN RANGE REOPENS Owners of a gun range near Oronogo, Missouri reopen their range.  This comes after nearby residents claimed eight bullets from Outdoor Addicts' gun range have struck six homes.  Gun range owners posted on Facebook that the range has undergone changes, and that the ATF has looked at all the safety measures in place.  Owners and workers at Outdoor Addicts declined to be interviewed for this story. MSSU MASS CASUALTY SIMULATION Missouri Southern s...More >>
    GUN RANGE REOPENS Owners of a gun range near Oronogo, Missouri reopen their range.  This comes after nearby residents claimed eight bullets from Outdoor Addicts' gun range have struck six homes.  Gun range owners posted on Facebook that the range has undergone changes, and that the ATF has looked at all the safety measures in place.  Owners and workers at Outdoor Addicts declined to be interviewed for this story. MSSU MASS CASUALTY SIMULATION Missouri Southern s...More >>
  • Kansas Town Quadruples in Population During Music Nights

    Kansas Town Quadruples in Population During Music Nights

    Sunday, April 29 2018 10:44 PM EDT2018-04-30 02:44:35 GMT

     Every third Saturday of the month, the small town of Mildred Kansas comes to life for music night at "The Mildred Store."   

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     Every third Saturday of the month, the small town of Mildred Kansas comes to life for music night at "The Mildred Store."   

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  • Break the Silence Run Tackles Sexual Assault

    Break the Silence Run Tackles Sexual Assault

    Saturday, April 28 2018 10:38 PM EDT2018-04-29 02:38:20 GMT

    Runners work to fund the center helping hundreds of  children who are victims of sexual abuse.  One in four girls and one in six boys is sexually abused but only thirty-eight percent tell anyone. 

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    Runners work to fund the center helping hundreds of  children who are victims of sexual abuse.  One in four girls and one in six boys is sexually abused but only thirty-eight percent tell anyone. 

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  • MO Supreme Court Orders Greitens' Mistress to Turn Over Phone

    MO Supreme Court Orders Greitens' Mistress to Turn Over Phone

    Saturday, April 28 2018 10:25 PM EDT2018-04-29 02:25:43 GMT

    The Missouri Supreme Court says a woman who had an extramarital affair with Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens must turn over her cellphone for a forensic investigation. 

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    The Missouri Supreme Court says a woman who had an extramarital affair with Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens must turn over her cellphone for a forensic investigation. 

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  • Empire Market in Downtown Joplin Celebrates A Big Opening

    Empire Market in Downtown Joplin Celebrates A Big Opening

    Saturday, April 28 2018 9:19 PM EDT2018-04-29 01:19:22 GMT

        Downtown and East Town Joplin's revitalization get a boost  as people flood the opening of the new Empire Market on 4th street...     The effort is the most recent attempt to bring a farmer's market type venue to Joplin  - and although others have failed before,     Joplin has been drawing a lot of attention to downtown - and points east - in the new East Town Dreams District.

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        Downtown and East Town Joplin's revitalization get a boost  as people flood the opening of the new Empire Market on 4th street...     The effort is the most recent attempt to bring a farmer's market type venue to Joplin  - and although others have failed before,     Joplin has been drawing a lot of attention to downtown - and points east - in the new East Town Dreams District.

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  • Joplin Council Accepts Joshua Bard's Resignation

    Joplin Council Accepts Joshua Bard's Resignation

    Friday, April 27 2018 7:56 PM EDT2018-04-27 23:56:06 GMT
        The Joplin City Council held a special session to accept the resignation of councilman Joshua Bard this evening.     Bard previously turned in his resignation last week - after a state statute was brought to light, saying - he couldn't serve on the council because of previous felony convictions.     But Bard later rescinded that resignation.     However, this week, he decided to officially resign.     As for fil...More >>
        The Joplin City Council held a special session to accept the resignation of councilman Joshua Bard this evening.     Bard previously turned in his resignation last week - after a state statute was brought to light, saying - he couldn't serve on the council because of previous felony convictions.     But Bard later rescinded that resignation.     However, this week, he decided to officially resign.     As for fil...More >>
  • Gun Range Plans Reopening Despite Feud with Neighbors

    Gun Range Plans Reopening Despite Feud with Neighbors

    Friday, April 27 2018 7:05 PM EDT2018-04-27 23:05:46 GMT

    Deputies compared a bullet that hit a home with guns used at the gun range.

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    Deputies compared a bullet that hit a home with guns used at the gun range.

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  • Charges Filed in Southeast Kansas Narcotics Investigation

    Charges Filed in Southeast Kansas Narcotics Investigation

    Friday, April 27 2018 6:45 PM EDT2018-04-27 22:45:30 GMT
    Mallory, Mayberry, CastilloMallory, Mayberry, Castillo

    The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office says they executed two search warrants this past week as part of an ongoing narcotics investigation. Three people have been arrested and charged. The first search warrant was executed Sunday, April 21st, 2018, at a home on Southeast Boone Lake Road. Authorities seized marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The second search warrant was executed late Thursday night, April 26th, 2018, on a Baxter Springs home. Deputies seized methamphetamine, mariju...

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    The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office says they executed two search warrants this past week as part of an ongoing narcotics investigation. Three people have been arrested and charged. The first search warrant was executed Sunday, April 21st, 2018, at a home on Southeast Boone Lake Road. Authorities seized marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The second search warrant was executed late Thursday night, April 26th, 2018, on a Baxter Springs home. Deputies seized methamphetamine, mariju...

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  • KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 4-27

    KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 4-27

    Friday, April 27 2018 11:11 AM EDT2018-04-27 15:11:56 GMT
    PSU LAYOFFS PSU announces it'll cut 19 more positions.  The school says like many colleges and universities, Pitt State has faced declining enrollment in recent years, especially in international students.  PSU says its current funding level is the same as in 2006.  The university has reduced its full-time employees by more than 7% over the past 18 months.  ACLU LAWSUIT The ACLU of Missouri files a lawsuit against the city of Joplin, citing a violation of ...More >>
    PSU LAYOFFS PSU announces it'll cut 19 more positions.  The school says like many colleges and universities, Pitt State has faced declining enrollment in recent years, especially in international students.  PSU says its current funding level is the same as in 2006.  The university has reduced its full-time employees by more than 7% over the past 18 months.  ACLU LAWSUIT The ACLU of Missouri files a lawsuit against the city of Joplin, citing a violation of ...More >>
  • 18 Years of Questions. Two People Dead. Two Teens Missing...Until Now

    18 Years of Questions. Two People Dead. Two Teens Missing...Until Now

    Thursday, April 26 2018 8:40 PM EDT2018-04-27 00:40:39 GMT

    Where investigators found dead ends, when witnesses wouldn't talk, Lorene Bible continued her search.

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    Where investigators found dead ends, when witnesses wouldn't talk, Lorene Bible continued her search.

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  • ACLU Sues Joplin For Violating First Amendment Rights

    ACLU Sues Joplin For Violating First Amendment Rights

    Thursday, April 26 2018 6:54 PM EDT2018-04-26 22:54:56 GMT
    "I was so scared of being arrested that my wife and I left Joplin and lost an opportunity to find stable housing through an organization," said Christopher Snyder, the plaintiff in the case. "Our rights shouldn't be threatened because we asked for help." The ACLU of Missouri announced today that they filed a lawsuit against the city of Joplin for violating the First Amendment rights of a man panhandling to survive. According to the ACLU, after Christopher Sny...More >>
    "I was so scared of being arrested that my wife and I left Joplin and lost an opportunity to find stable housing through an organization," said Christopher Snyder, the plaintiff in the case. "Our rights shouldn't be threatened because we asked for help." The ACLU of Missouri announced today that they filed a lawsuit against the city of Joplin for violating the First Amendment rights of a man panhandling to survive. According to the ACLU, after Christopher Sny...More >>
  • JACC Announces Winners at 101st Banquet

    JACC Announces Winners at 101st Banquet

    Thursday, April 26 2018 11:16 PM EDT2018-04-27 03:16:05 GMT

    JACC: And The Winners Are... The Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce held its 101st Annual Banquet Thursday evening (April 26th, 2018) at the MSSU Leggett & Platt Athletic Center. Here are the awards that were given out. Arty Award Kaye Lewis, Midwest Regional Ballet The Arty Award is given to a local recipient who demonstrates an exemplary contribution to the arts. Milestone Members sponsored by Freeman Health System Celebrating commitment and dedication in the business c...

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    JACC: And The Winners Are... The Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce held its 101st Annual Banquet Thursday evening (April 26th, 2018) at the MSSU Leggett & Platt Athletic Center. Here are the awards that were given out. Arty Award Kaye Lewis, Midwest Regional Ballet The Arty Award is given to a local recipient who demonstrates an exemplary contribution to the arts. Milestone Members sponsored by Freeman Health System Celebrating commitment and dedication in the business c...

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  • Joplin 17-Year-Old Wanted For Assault Is Caught

    Joplin 17-Year-Old Wanted For Assault Is Caught

    Thursday, April 26 2018 5:04 PM EDT2018-04-26 21:04:04 GMT

    A man who allegedly broke into a Joplin home, assaulted a person with a baseball bat and stole items is in custody. According to court documents, on April 13th around 7:00 a.m., 17-year-old Brenton Hollis and another unknown male broke into the front door of a home on S. Annie Baxter Ave. in Joplin, MO. Police say the two suspects assaulted Christopher Richardson with baseball bats and then stole a $560 flat screen television. Hollis and the other suspect ran before police arriv...

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    A man who allegedly broke into a Joplin home, assaulted a person with a baseball bat and stole items is in custody. According to court documents, on April 13th around 7:00 a.m., 17-year-old Brenton Hollis and another unknown male broke into the front door of a home on S. Annie Baxter Ave. in Joplin, MO. Police say the two suspects assaulted Christopher Richardson with baseball bats and then stole a $560 flat screen television. Hollis and the other suspect ran before police arriv...

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  • Bard Resigns After Temporary Suspension From Joplin Council

    Bard Resigns After Temporary Suspension From Joplin Council

    Thursday, April 26 2018 5:12 PM EDT2018-04-26 21:12:26 GMT

    Update: Joshua Bard says he sent in a letter of resignation today (April 26th). -- A judge temporarily suspends Joshua Bard from being on the city council. Bard, a newly elected Joplin City Council member, submitted his resignation in early April because of a previous drug conviction. He then reversed his decision to resign.

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    Update: Joshua Bard says he sent in a letter of resignation today (April 26th). -- A judge temporarily suspends Joshua Bard from being on the city council. Bard, a newly elected Joplin City Council member, submitted his resignation in early April because of a previous drug conviction. He then reversed his decision to resign.

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  • PSU Cuts 19 Jobs

    PSU Cuts 19 Jobs

    Thursday, April 26 2018 2:30 PM EDT2018-04-26 18:30:02 GMT
    Pittsburg State University is cutting 19 positions. PSU officials announced the cuts today (April 26th,2018). They say it's due to stagnant state funding, increasing costs and enrollment pressures. The employees impacted by today's announcement were alerted this week. "These are the most difficult decisions I've had to make during my 30 years at Pittsburg State," said Pittsburg State University President Steve Scott. "It's a life-changing moment for our employees ...More >>
    Pittsburg State University is cutting 19 positions. PSU officials announced the cuts today (April 26th,2018). They say it's due to stagnant state funding, increasing costs and enrollment pressures. The employees impacted by today's announcement were alerted this week. "These are the most difficult decisions I've had to make during my 30 years at Pittsburg State," said Pittsburg State University President Steve Scott. "It's a life-changing moment for our employees ...More >>
  • Police Investigate Stabbing and Arrest The Victim for Warrants

    Police Investigate Stabbing and Arrest The Victim for Warrants

    Thursday, April 26 2018 12:55 PM EDT2018-04-26 16:55:03 GMT
    A stabbing investigation leads to the arrest of the stabbing victim. On Wednesday morning around 6:30 a.m. (April 25, 2018), Pittsburg police officers were called to Via Christi Hospital for a male that had been stabbed. Police spoke to the victim, 35-year-old Daniel Leroy Hall. Hall told the officers that he was in an altercation with another male and was stabbed in the hand. Police say the alleged incident took place at Sycamore Village Apartment Complex (2601 N. Joplin Stre...More >>
    A stabbing investigation leads to the arrest of the stabbing victim. On Wednesday morning around 6:30 a.m. (April 25, 2018), Pittsburg police officers were called to Via Christi Hospital for a male that had been stabbed. Police spoke to the victim, 35-year-old Daniel Leroy Hall. Hall told the officers that he was in an altercation with another male and was stabbed in the hand. Police say the alleged incident took place at Sycamore Village Apartment Complex (2601 N. Joplin Stre...More >>
  • KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 4-26

    KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 4-26

    Thursday, April 26 2018 8:58 AM EDT2018-04-26 12:58:11 GMT
    MSSU TUITION HIKE It'll soon cost you more to attend Missouri Southern State University.  The school's Board of Governors Wednesday afternoon approved a tuition hike of $30 per credit hour, or nearly 15%.  Missouri Southern President Alan Marble said the increase is necessary to help compensate for years of declining state revenue.  The tuition hike is to take effect with the fall semester. PSU BIKE SHARING Pitt State launches a new bike share program.  The...More >>
    MSSU TUITION HIKE It'll soon cost you more to attend Missouri Southern State University.  The school's Board of Governors Wednesday afternoon approved a tuition hike of $30 per credit hour, or nearly 15%.  Missouri Southern President Alan Marble said the increase is necessary to help compensate for years of declining state revenue.  The tuition hike is to take effect with the fall semester. PSU BIKE SHARING Pitt State launches a new bike share program.  The...More >>
  • Just How Effective Are Prescription Drug Take Back Boxes?

    Just How Effective Are Prescription Drug Take Back Boxes?

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 9:46 PM EDT2018-04-26 01:46:53 GMT

         Something *else* "take back" related.. Those boxes or containers used in prescription drug "take back programs".      Many area agencies utilize.      Including the Joplin Police Department.  But just, how effective are they?

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         Something *else* "take back" related.. Those boxes or containers used in prescription drug "take back programs".      Many area agencies utilize.      Including the Joplin Police Department.  But just, how effective are they?

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  • Neosho Students Raise Funds with ¬†Endangered Species Videos

    Neosho Students Raise Funds with  Endangered Species Videos

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 6:57 PM EDT2018-04-25 22:57:33 GMT

    Teachers try to inspire students to believe they can change the world.     Now a project at Neosho middle school has eighth grade students working to save endangered species.          

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    Teachers try to inspire students to believe they can change the world.     Now a project at Neosho middle school has eighth grade students working to save endangered species.          

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  • Examining the Criminal Pasts of the Three 1999 Oklahoma Murder Suspects

    Examining the Criminal Pasts of the Three 1999 Oklahoma Murder Suspects

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 7:36 PM EDT2018-04-25 23:36:58 GMT
    Warren WelchWarren Welch

    The suspects, individually, were charged with a variety of drug-related and domestic crimes both before and after the alleged murders of the two teens.

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    The suspects, individually, were charged with a variety of drug-related and domestic crimes both before and after the alleged murders of the two teens.

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  • Authorities Arrest A Wanted Suspect

    Authorities Arrest A Wanted Suspect

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 5:22 PM EDT2018-04-25 21:22:48 GMT
    Cory ReynoldsCory Reynolds

    Update (4/25):  Joplin police say Ottawa County authorities arrested Cory Reynolds today. --- (4/24/2018) Joplin Police search for a suspect with ten active warrants. Police spotted 41-year-old Cory D. Reynolds Monday afternoon (April 23) around 3:00 at his home near 9th and Chestnut. Authorities say he jumped into a vehicle and drove off. During the chase, Reynolds hit another vehicle at 23rd and Maiden Lane and drove away..

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    Update (4/25):  Joplin police say Ottawa County authorities arrested Cory Reynolds today. --- (4/24/2018) Joplin Police search for a suspect with ten active warrants. Police spotted 41-year-old Cory D. Reynolds Monday afternoon (April 23) around 3:00 at his home near 9th and Chestnut. Authorities say he jumped into a vehicle and drove off. During the chase, Reynolds hit another vehicle at 23rd and Maiden Lane and drove away..

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  • Joplin Baseball Team Name Announced

    Joplin Baseball Team Name Announced

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 3:32 PM EDT2018-04-25 19:32:10 GMT
    The new Joplin professional baseball team has a name. Joplin, MO – The Southwest League of Professional Baseball has announced that the new Joplin professional team will be called the Joplin "Miners". On March 21st, team officials narrowed the submissions down to six finalists; Tornadoes, Twisters, Miners, Jacks, Phoenix and 66ers. The name "Miners" received a majority of the votes from over 700 submissions. The Joplin Miners played for 49 seasons betwee...More >>
    The new Joplin professional baseball team has a name. Joplin, MO – The Southwest League of Professional Baseball has announced that the new Joplin professional team will be called the Joplin "Miners". On March 21st, team officials narrowed the submissions down to six finalists; Tornadoes, Twisters, Miners, Jacks, Phoenix and 66ers. The name "Miners" received a majority of the votes from over 700 submissions. The Joplin Miners played for 49 seasons betwee...More >>
  • Former Pittsburg Police Officer Sentenced

    Former Pittsburg Police Officer Sentenced

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 1:11 PM EDT2018-04-25 17:11:51 GMT
    Jessie DavisJessie Davis
    Jessie DavisJessie Davis

    A former Pittsburg Police Officer is sentenced today for aggravated battery. 22-year-old Jesse Davis of Carthage, MO was arrested for an incident that happened on August 26th, 2017. According to the Crawford County Sheriff's Office, Davis and another officer responded to a domestic disturbance in Pittsburg where a male and female were involved in an altercation. The woman was arrested and taken by Davis to the Crawford County Jail. The woman says while they were on the way to ...

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    A former Pittsburg Police Officer is sentenced today for aggravated battery. 22-year-old Jesse Davis of Carthage, MO was arrested for an incident that happened on August 26th, 2017. According to the Crawford County Sheriff's Office, Davis and another officer responded to a domestic disturbance in Pittsburg where a male and female were involved in an altercation. The woman was arrested and taken by Davis to the Crawford County Jail. The woman says while they were on the way to ...

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  • Galena Resident Dies In Two-Vehicle Crash

    Galena Resident Dies In Two-Vehicle Crash

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 1:17 PM EDT2018-04-25 17:17:24 GMT

    The Joplin Police Department worked a deadly crash at 7th and Tri State Tuesday evening (April 24). Authorities say 58-year-old Mark Rohr, driving a Dodge Durango, was turning east from the stop sign at 7th and Tri State Road.  38-year-old Donald D. Kidwell III was driving a Kawasaki Ninja westbound on 7th street when he hit the rear driver's side of the Durango.  Kidwell was thrown from the motorcycle. Kidwell of Galena, KS died from his injuries at Mercy Hospita...

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    The Joplin Police Department worked a deadly crash at 7th and Tri State Tuesday evening (April 24). Authorities say 58-year-old Mark Rohr, driving a Dodge Durango, was turning east from the stop sign at 7th and Tri State Road.  38-year-old Donald D. Kidwell III was driving a Kawasaki Ninja westbound on 7th street when he hit the rear driver's side of the Durango.  Kidwell was thrown from the motorcycle. Kidwell of Galena, KS died from his injuries at Mercy Hospita...

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  • KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 4-25

    KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 4-25

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 8:25 AM EDT2018-04-25 12:25:00 GMT
    OKLAHOMA BUDGET Oklahoma lawmakers put the finishing touches on the state budget.  State Senate and House committees met on Tuesday to discuss the proposed $7.5 Billion plan.  The budget proposal calls for increases for the department of corrections, mental health and substance abuse treatment, and education, which will see a 15% increase in funding.  SHOWER THE PEOPLE The Joplin Salvation Army Center of Hope opens a new program called "Shower the People&q...More >>
    OKLAHOMA BUDGET Oklahoma lawmakers put the finishing touches on the state budget.  State Senate and House committees met on Tuesday to discuss the proposed $7.5 Billion plan.  The budget proposal calls for increases for the department of corrections, mental health and substance abuse treatment, and education, which will see a 15% increase in funding.  SHOWER THE PEOPLE The Joplin Salvation Army Center of Hope opens a new program called "Shower the People&q...More >>
  • WEB EXTRA: Carl Junction Brothers Serve as Honorary Members of PSU Baseball Team

    WEB EXTRA: Carl Junction Brothers Serve as Honorary Members of PSU Baseball Team

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 10:58 PM EDT2018-04-25 02:58:44 GMT

    Peyton and Bearett Vanderpool threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Tuesday's game. Peyton is battling a rare form of brain and spinal cord cancer, while Bearett was diagnosed with Spina Bifida. 

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    Peyton and Bearett Vanderpool threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Tuesday's game. Peyton is battling a rare form of brain and spinal cord cancer, while Bearett was diagnosed with Spina Bifida. 

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  • Homeless Benefit from Shower the People at Salvation Army

    Homeless Benefit from Shower the People at Salvation Army

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 7:31 PM EDT2018-04-24 23:31:47 GMT

         The Salvation Army in Joplin no longer just serves lunch to the homeless and hungry. It’s also offering showers and laundry facilities.   

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         The Salvation Army in Joplin no longer just serves lunch to the homeless and hungry. It’s also offering showers and laundry facilities.   

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  • Joplin Suspect Wanted On Several Warrants

    Joplin Suspect Wanted On Several Warrants

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 5:39 PM EDT2018-04-24 21:39:46 GMT
    Cory ReynoldsCory Reynolds

    Joplin Police search for a suspect with ten active warrants. Police spotted 41-year-old Cory D. Reynolds Monday afternoon (April 23) around 3:00 at his home near 9th and Chestnut. Authorities say he jumped into a vehicle and drove off. During the chase, Reynolds hit another vehicle at 23rd and Maiden Lane and drove away. Police chased him to Galena, Kansas where they lost sight of him. Reynolds is wanted for previous charges and has seven warrants out of Joplin, an assault warrant o...

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    Joplin Police search for a suspect with ten active warrants. Police spotted 41-year-old Cory D. Reynolds Monday afternoon (April 23) around 3:00 at his home near 9th and Chestnut. Authorities say he jumped into a vehicle and drove off. During the chase, Reynolds hit another vehicle at 23rd and Maiden Lane and drove away. Police chased him to Galena, Kansas where they lost sight of him. Reynolds is wanted for previous charges and has seven warrants out of Joplin, an assault warrant o...

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