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  • Missouri Law Maker Looking To Eliminate Vehicle Safety Inspections

    Missouri Law Maker Looking To Eliminate Vehicle Safety Inspections

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 9:01 PM EST2018-02-21 02:01:59 GMT

         A Missouri lawmaker is pushing to remove vehicle inspections across the state.      But not everyone is on board. Representative J. Eggleston proposed House Bill 1444 which would eliminate the need for safety inspections in Missouri.

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         A Missouri lawmaker is pushing to remove vehicle inspections across the state.      But not everyone is on board. Representative J. Eggleston proposed House Bill 1444 which would eliminate the need for safety inspections in Missouri.

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  • USD 250 Adds  New SRO for Elementary Schools;  Impacts All Levels

    USD 250 Adds  New SRO for Elementary Schools;  Impacts All Levels

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 7:05 PM EST2018-02-21 00:05:24 GMT

    It’s a plan that started months ago when the Crawford County sheriff made an offer to the Pittsburg school district of an available school resource officer. 

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    It’s a plan that started months ago when the Crawford County sheriff made an offer to the Pittsburg school district of an available school resource officer. 

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  • Man Says He's Stuck in Joplin After Greyhound Bus Incidents

    Man Says He's Stuck in Joplin After Greyhound Bus Incidents

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 9:09 PM EST2018-02-21 02:09:43 GMT

    The man needs his government-issued visa to get back into Germany, where he's going to college to become an engineer.

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    The man needs his government-issued visa to get back into Germany, where he's going to college to become an engineer.

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  • Northpark Mall Burglary Suspects Charged

    Northpark Mall Burglary Suspects Charged

    Northpark Mall Burglary Suspects Charged

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 5:28 PM EST2018-02-20 22:28:12 GMT
    According to Joplin Police Department four people have been arrested in connection to a burglary at Northpark Mall early Monday morning but only three are charged. Captain Trevor Duncan tells KOAM-TV that officers arrived at the mall after an alarm at Vintage Stock was triggered.   Once on scene officers made contact with 18 year old, Cameron Adams of Duenweg walking away from the business.  While investigating it was determined Adams was involved. Adams was arrested and ch...More >>
    According to Joplin Police Department four people have been arrested in connection to a burglary at Northpark Mall early Monday morning but only three are charged. Captain Trevor Duncan tells KOAM-TV that officers arrived at the mall after an alarm at Vintage Stock was triggered.   Once on scene officers made contact with 18 year old, Cameron Adams of Duenweg walking away from the business.  While investigating it was determined Adams was involved. Adams was arrested and ch...More >>
  • Chanute Student Disciplined after Alleged Threat

    Chanute Student Disciplined after Alleged Threat

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 5:15 PM EST2018-02-20 22:15:53 GMT
    The Chanute School District says disciplinary action has been taken against a 15-year-old high school student.  According to police and Superintendent Richard Proffitt, students told administrators that the 15-year-old allegedly revealed to another student his intent to commit violence against another student while at the high school and allegedly provided some details on how he would commit the violence and that others, including school administrators, would also be harmed. ...More >>
    The Chanute School District says disciplinary action has been taken against a 15-year-old high school student.  According to police and Superintendent Richard Proffitt, students told administrators that the 15-year-old allegedly revealed to another student his intent to commit violence against another student while at the high school and allegedly provided some details on how he would commit the violence and that others, including school administrators, would also be harmed. ...More >>
  • Joplin Seeks Public Comment on Action Plan

    Joplin Seeks Public Comment on Action Plan

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 1:00 PM EST2018-02-20 18:00:40 GMT
    The City of Joplin is asking residents to comment on the Fiscal Year 2018 Action Plan. The plan identifies how the Joplin region intends to allocate Community Development Block Grant Entitlement and Joplin Area Consortia HOME Investment Partnership funds. Officials say it serves as the guide for Community Development grant funded activities such as infrastructure improvement, public service grants and the provision of affordable housing. The Community Development Office will hold a...More >>
    The City of Joplin is asking residents to comment on the Fiscal Year 2018 Action Plan. The plan identifies how the Joplin region intends to allocate Community Development Block Grant Entitlement and Joplin Area Consortia HOME Investment Partnership funds. Officials say it serves as the guide for Community Development grant funded activities such as infrastructure improvement, public service grants and the provision of affordable housing. The Community Development Office will hold a...More >>
  • Neosho Attorney On Comments About Rifle Raffle

    Neosho Attorney On Comments About Rifle Raffle

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 12:50 PM EST2018-02-20 17:50:14 GMT
    The Neosho City Attorney says the Mayor voiced his comments as an individual when speaking about the youth baseball team raffling off an AR-15. PUBLIC NOTICE: From the Office of the City Attorney: Since the date of the tragic shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida a local Neosho youth baseball team has come under criticism for its raffling of an AR-15 rifle constructed by local manufacturer, Black Rain Ordnance. Along with the criticism, emotions...More >>
    The Neosho City Attorney says the Mayor voiced his comments as an individual when speaking about the youth baseball team raffling off an AR-15. PUBLIC NOTICE: From the Office of the City Attorney: Since the date of the tragic shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida a local Neosho youth baseball team has come under criticism for its raffling of an AR-15 rifle constructed by local manufacturer, Black Rain Ordnance. Along with the criticism, emotions...More >>
  • KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 2-20

    KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 2-20

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 10:55 AM EST2018-02-20 15:55:46 GMT

    GALENA ARSONS Investigators in Galena, Kansas are looking into another suspected arson, the sixth in less than a week.  The Fire Chief says Sunday night's fire was set in an open field north of downtown.  It's the same area where five fires were set late Thursday night.  All of those fires were within three quarters of mile of each other.  Officials tell us they have some suspect leads in the investigation. NORTHPARK MALL ROBBERY Joplin Police say a suspect in a...

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    GALENA ARSONS Investigators in Galena, Kansas are looking into another suspected arson, the sixth in less than a week.  The Fire Chief says Sunday night's fire was set in an open field north of downtown.  It's the same area where five fires were set late Thursday night.  All of those fires were within three quarters of mile of each other.  Officials tell us they have some suspect leads in the investigation. NORTHPARK MALL ROBBERY Joplin Police say a suspect in a...

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  • Journey Church Is "Growing Hope" With A Special Garden In Their Neighborhood

    Journey Church Is "Growing Hope" With A Special Garden In Their Neighborhood

    Monday, February 19 2018 8:08 PM EST2018-02-20 01:08:52 GMT

         Journey Church in Joplin is beginning the process of converting a once overgrown field...into something for its neighbors.      A "Growing Hope Garden". For the last five years, Journey Church at 4th and McKinley has had this plot of land. They didn't have any idea what to do with it, until now.

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         Journey Church in Joplin is beginning the process of converting a once overgrown field...into something for its neighbors.      A "Growing Hope Garden". For the last five years, Journey Church at 4th and McKinley has had this plot of land. They didn't have any idea what to do with it, until now.

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  • Goodbye, Ruby Tuesday

    Goodbye, Ruby Tuesday

    Monday, February 19 2018 7:03 PM EST2018-02-20 00:03:48 GMT

    Workers at Joplin's Ruby Tuesday say they received no warning ahead of a meeting last night that they were losing their jobs.

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    Workers at Joplin's Ruby Tuesday say they received no warning ahead of a meeting last night that they were losing their jobs.

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  • Commissioner Talkington Resigns

    Commissioner Talkington Resigns

    Monday, February 19 2018 6:58 PM EST2018-02-19 23:58:28 GMT
    Allen Count Commissioner Jim Talkington has resigned.  He was County Commissioner District 3. In a statement regarding his letter of resignation he said, "It is with great regret that I have decided to resign my position as Allen County Commissioner due to potential concerns with my private communications. I can only offer my deepest apologies to those affected by my mistake. While I disagree with the accuracy of the statements made in local media reports, I still support t...More >>
    Allen Count Commissioner Jim Talkington has resigned.  He was County Commissioner District 3. In a statement regarding his letter of resignation he said, "It is with great regret that I have decided to resign my position as Allen County Commissioner due to potential concerns with my private communications. I can only offer my deepest apologies to those affected by my mistake. While I disagree with the accuracy of the statements made in local media reports, I still support t...More >>
  • NAIA Indoor National Championships, Volunteers Needed

    NAIA Indoor National Championships, Volunteers Needed

    Monday, February 19 2018 4:13 PM EST2018-02-19 21:13:54 GMT
    The Crawford County Convention & Visitors Bureau needs volunteers for the NAIA Indoor National Track & Field Championships.  Officials expect more than 1,200 student-athletes from across the nation to fill the Robert W. Plaster Center from March 1st through the 3rd.  The number of volunteers needed will depend on the events going on at a given time, but officials say the more who pitch in, the shorter the shifts will be, and the less stressful it will be fore the me...More >>
    The Crawford County Convention & Visitors Bureau needs volunteers for the NAIA Indoor National Track & Field Championships.  Officials expect more than 1,200 student-athletes from across the nation to fill the Robert W. Plaster Center from March 1st through the 3rd.  The number of volunteers needed will depend on the events going on at a given time, but officials say the more who pitch in, the shorter the shifts will be, and the less stressful it will be fore the me...More >>
  • Google Co-Founder to Visit Pittsburg

    Google Co-Founder to Visit Pittsburg

    Monday, February 19 2018 2:46 PM EST2018-02-19 19:46:04 GMT

    Google Earth Co-Founder and Kansas Secretary of State candidate Brian McClendon plans a visit to southeast Kansas. McClendon is currently a University of Kansas Research professor. He'll be meeting with residents to listen to their concerns and share his vision of a citizen oriented Secretary of State's office. He'll be in Pittsburg on February 22nd at Gusano's Pizzeria (200 W. Centennial Dr) from 4:00 to 5:15 pm. The event is open to the public and free of charge. "The Kansa...

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    Google Earth Co-Founder and Kansas Secretary of State candidate Brian McClendon plans a visit to southeast Kansas. McClendon is currently a University of Kansas Research professor. He'll be meeting with residents to listen to their concerns and share his vision of a citizen oriented Secretary of State's office. He'll be in Pittsburg on February 22nd at Gusano's Pizzeria (200 W. Centennial Dr) from 4:00 to 5:15 pm. The event is open to the public and free of charge. "The Kansa...

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  • Galena Fire, Investigation Update

    Galena Fire, Investigation Update

    Monday, February 19 2018 12:39 PM EST2018-02-19 17:39:10 GMT
    Galena Fire Chief Bill Hall says another fire was apparently set last night (Feb 19).  He says it was in an open field and there were no structures involved. Authorities say last night's fire was put out one hour after crews arrived. The fire Marshal is investigating.  Hall says the city does have a few leads, however, at this point they don't know if the fires from last week are connected to last night's fire. Last week's story and video: http://www.koamtv.com/st...More >>
    Galena Fire Chief Bill Hall says another fire was apparently set last night (Feb 19).  He says it was in an open field and there were no structures involved. Authorities say last night's fire was put out one hour after crews arrived. The fire Marshal is investigating.  Hall says the city does have a few leads, however, at this point they don't know if the fires from last week are connected to last night's fire. Last week's story and video: http://www.koamtv.com/st...More >>
  • Hunting & Boat Show Brings Record Crowds To Grove

    Hunting & Boat Show Brings Record Crowds To Grove

    Sunday, February 18 2018 11:40 PM EST2018-02-19 04:40:49 GMT
    Vance Montgomery "This is a once a year event. It's not something that happens very often. We do it once a year. It's all about fishing, hunting and the outdoors." "We have boat dealers, guides, outfitters, a lot of seminars by pros and that's something that's kind of this show is kind of known for." "So we started this event 19 years ago, actually in Claremore, Oklahoma. And we had it there for 10 years. We moved the show from there to Bixby for about five ...More >>
    Vance Montgomery "This is a once a year event. It's not something that happens very often. We do it once a year. It's all about fishing, hunting and the outdoors." "We have boat dealers, guides, outfitters, a lot of seminars by pros and that's something that's kind of this show is kind of known for." "So we started this event 19 years ago, actually in Claremore, Oklahoma. And we had it there for 10 years. We moved the show from there to Bixby for about five ...More >>
  • Sexually Transmitted Cases Increasing at University of Kansas

    Sexually Transmitted Cases Increasing at University of Kansas

    Saturday, February 17 2018 10:36 PM EST2018-02-18 03:36:20 GMT

    Officials say this is the most dramatic jump on the campus of major sexually transmitted infections.

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    Officials say this is the most dramatic jump on the campus of major sexually transmitted infections.

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  • List of Teen Candidates for Kansas Governor Grows

    List of Teen Candidates for Kansas Governor Grows

    Saturday, February 17 2018 10:33 PM EST2018-02-18 03:33:49 GMT

    One of the teens is from Newark, Delaware.

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    One of the teens is from Newark, Delaware.

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  • Special Pool Tournament In Chanute

    Special Pool Tournament In Chanute

    Saturday, February 17 2018 8:27 PM EST2018-02-18 01:27:49 GMT

    Twenty different teams flocked to Chanute to play pool. Many of us are aware of the unique abilities of service dogs. Robin Shipley: "They can do CPR, they can dial 911. But, for some, those service dogs do a lot more.

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    Twenty different teams flocked to Chanute to play pool. Many of us are aware of the unique abilities of service dogs. Robin Shipley: "They can do CPR, they can dial 911. But, for some, those service dogs do a lot more.

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  • Evidence Collected From Several Galena Arson Fires in One Night

    Evidence Collected From Several Galena Arson Fires in One Night

    Friday, February 16 2018 5:08 PM EST2018-02-16 22:08:23 GMT

    "For a small town, big deal."

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    "For a small town, big deal."

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  • Bennett Jr Gets Life for Capital Murder

    Bennett Jr Gets Life for Capital Murder

    Friday, February 16 2018 3:03 PM EST2018-02-16 20:03:33 GMT

    David Bennett, Jr., of Cherryvale, will spend life in prison without the possibility of parole for killing Cami Umbarger and her three children in Parsons, KS. The 29-year-old and her children, 9-year-old Hollie Betts, 6-year-old Jaxon Betts and 4-year-old Averie Betts, were found dead in their home on November 26th, 2013. In December (2017), Bennett Jr. plead guilty to capital murder and three counts of first degree premeditated murder. As part of the plea agreement, the state did ...

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    David Bennett, Jr., of Cherryvale, will spend life in prison without the possibility of parole for killing Cami Umbarger and her three children in Parsons, KS. The 29-year-old and her children, 9-year-old Hollie Betts, 6-year-old Jaxon Betts and 4-year-old Averie Betts, were found dead in their home on November 26th, 2013. In December (2017), Bennett Jr. plead guilty to capital murder and three counts of first degree premeditated murder. As part of the plea agreement, the state did ...

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  • KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 2-16

    KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 2-16

    Friday, February 16 2018 9:23 AM EST2018-02-16 14:23:58 GMT
    GALENA FIRES Five fires break out in Galena, Kansas overnight.  Shortly after 11:00 p.m. both Galena and Baxter springs fire departments responded to the fires, one of them located at the intersection of North Main Street and Clark which spread to a stack of railroad ties.  The Galena Assistant Fire Chief says he believes all five fires were intentionally set.  The fire is now contained and no injuries have been reported. ROBBERY ARREST Joplin police arrest a su...More >>
    GALENA FIRES Five fires break out in Galena, Kansas overnight.  Shortly after 11:00 p.m. both Galena and Baxter springs fire departments responded to the fires, one of them located at the intersection of North Main Street and Clark which spread to a stack of railroad ties.  The Galena Assistant Fire Chief says he believes all five fires were intentionally set.  The fire is now contained and no injuries have been reported. ROBBERY ARREST Joplin police arrest a su...More >>
  • Yates Center Woman Says She's Being Evicted For "Complaining Too Much"

    Yates Center Woman Says She's Being Evicted For "Complaining Too Much"

    Thursday, February 15 2018 10:23 PM EST2018-02-16 03:23:10 GMT

         A Yates Center woman says she's being ordered out of her apartment for voicing her concerns about safety issues. Cheryl Berry says she moved into the Woodson Senior Residences in August of last year.

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         A Yates Center woman says she's being ordered out of her apartment for voicing her concerns about safety issues. Cheryl Berry says she moved into the Woodson Senior Residences in August of last year.

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  • Joplin Schools Safety Audit Happens During Florida School Shooting, Aftermath

    Joplin Schools Safety Audit Happens During Florida School Shooting, Aftermath

    Thursday, February 15 2018 7:34 PM EST2018-02-16 00:34:39 GMT

    Buildings in the Joplin School District go through a safety audit every two years.

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    Buildings in the Joplin School District go through a safety audit every two years.

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  • Kansas DCF Investigated by Task Force: New Director Seeks Funding

    Kansas DCF Investigated by Task Force: New Director Seeks Funding

    Thursday, February 15 2018 7:10 PM EST2018-02-16 00:10:21 GMT

    A legislative task force investigates the  Kansas Department of Children and Families.   The state has more children than ever in state custody.  More than seven thousand Kansas kids are in foster care. 

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    A legislative task force investigates the  Kansas Department of Children and Families.   The state has more children than ever in state custody.  More than seven thousand Kansas kids are in foster care. 

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  • KS Lt. Gov. Tracey Mann on Education Issues

    KS Lt. Gov. Tracey Mann on Education Issues

    Thursday, February 15 2018 5:00 PM EST2018-02-15 22:00:23 GMT

    Kansas Lt. Gov. Tracey Mann discusses ending issues in the Kansas education system. That is being figured out right now. You know the legislator has a huge roll in that. Right now the Governor is collaborating he is bring people together he is talking about this important issues. One of the important things is for decades the threat of lawsuits and litigation has hung over the system and we are excited to put an end to that so we can move forward. To continue to solve the problem. To...

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    Kansas Lt. Gov. Tracey Mann discusses ending issues in the Kansas education system. That is being figured out right now. You know the legislator has a huge roll in that. Right now the Governor is collaborating he is bring people together he is talking about this important issues. One of the important things is for decades the threat of lawsuits and litigation has hung over the system and we are excited to put an end to that so we can move forward. To continue to solve the problem. To...

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  • Fmr Carl Junction Resident in ICU from Flu

    Fmr Carl Junction Resident in ICU from Flu

    Thursday, February 15 2018 3:40 PM EST2018-02-15 20:40:49 GMT
    A former Carl Junction resident is clinging to life, hospitalized with the flu. 21-year-old Josh Petty and his family now live in Milwaukee. As of yesterday (Feb 14), Josh was at Froedtert Hospital in the ICU. He contracted an aggressive strain of he flu and began showing symptoms just days before his health deteriorated. Josh's family says it started with aches and pains just before Josh quickly went downhill. "He goes from really up to really down and it can do it really quick...More >>
    A former Carl Junction resident is clinging to life, hospitalized with the flu. 21-year-old Josh Petty and his family now live in Milwaukee. As of yesterday (Feb 14), Josh was at Froedtert Hospital in the ICU. He contracted an aggressive strain of he flu and began showing symptoms just days before his health deteriorated. Josh's family says it started with aches and pains just before Josh quickly went downhill. "He goes from really up to really down and it can do it really quick...More >>
  • Multi-million Dollar Settlement Awarded to Southeast Kansas Crash Survivor

    Multi-million Dollar Settlement Awarded to Southeast Kansas Crash Survivor

    Wednesday, February 14 2018 7:55 PM EST2018-02-15 00:55:59 GMT

    Four years ago, 23-year-old Corbin Hamilton rear-ended then 16-year-old Hansen's renovated Ford Mustang while she was on Highway 69.

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    Four years ago, 23-year-old Corbin Hamilton rear-ended then 16-year-old Hansen's renovated Ford Mustang while she was on Highway 69.

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  • Pittsburg Man Arrested for Stalking

    Pittsburg Man Arrested for Stalking

    Wednesday, February 14 2018 6:00 PM EST2018-02-14 23:00:08 GMT
    47-year-old Peter Rosen of Pittsburg is arrested for stalking and violations of a protection from stalking order. Pittsburg police say Rosen was arrested and booked at the Crawford County Sheriff's Office. He's being held on a $2,000 bond. The investigation is ongoing. Police ask anyone with information to contact the Pittsburg Police Department at 620-231-1700 or the tip line at 620-231-TIPS. Rosen was also arrested last year after an investigation concerning illegal videoing of a ...More >>
    47-year-old Peter Rosen of Pittsburg is arrested for stalking and violations of a protection from stalking order. Pittsburg police say Rosen was arrested and booked at the Crawford County Sheriff's Office. He's being held on a $2,000 bond. The investigation is ongoing. Police ask anyone with information to contact the Pittsburg Police Department at 620-231-1700 or the tip line at 620-231-TIPS. Rosen was also arrested last year after an investigation concerning illegal videoing of a ...More >>
  • Crash Victim Dies from Injuries

    Crash Victim Dies from Injuries

    Wednesday, February 14 2018 11:19 AM EST2018-02-14 16:19:59 GMT
    Jennifer Dumas, who was involved in a head-on collision last Wednesday (Feb7), has died from her injuries this morning. JPD says the case will now be referred to the Newton County Prosecutor. Police say the 28-year-old crossed the center line on Highway 43 near the Petro I-44 truck stop. Police say before the crash, Dumas was involved in a disturbance stemming from careless driving at another truck stop down the road. Previous story: http://www.koamtv.com/story/37463948/security-foot...More >>
    Jennifer Dumas, who was involved in a head-on collision last Wednesday (Feb7), has died from her injuries this morning. JPD says the case will now be referred to the Newton County Prosecutor. Police say the 28-year-old crossed the center line on Highway 43 near the Petro I-44 truck stop. Police say before the crash, Dumas was involved in a disturbance stemming from careless driving at another truck stop down the road. Previous story: http://www.koamtv.com/story/37463948/security-foot...More >>
  • Proposed Pay Plan Didn't Set Well With Everyone...At First, Now Change Is In The Air

    Proposed Pay Plan Didn't Set Well With Everyone...At First, Now Change Is In The Air

    Tuesday, February 13 2018 10:38 PM EST2018-02-14 03:38:18 GMT

         We told you last night about the discussions held by city council members in Joplin regarding a new pay plan for city employees.      It's one that didn't sit well with everyone.      At least at first. When asked about budgeting for raises City Finance Director Leslie Haase made a presentation to council, stating the city just doesn't have the money for pay increases for police and fire, or any other department.

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         We told you last night about the discussions held by city council members in Joplin regarding a new pay plan for city employees.      It's one that didn't sit well with everyone.      At least at first. When asked about budgeting for raises City Finance Director Leslie Haase made a presentation to council, stating the city just doesn't have the money for pay increases for police and fire, or any other department.

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  • Judge Denies Bail for Schweitzer

    Judge Denies Bail for Schweitzer

    Tuesday, February 13 2018 7:27 PM EST2018-02-14 00:27:42 GMT
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    A federal judge denies bail for former Joplin teacher Amanda Schweitzer. She's accused of producing and distributing child pornography. Schweitzer has been indicted on federal charges of sexual exploitation of a minor. In today's ruling (Feb 13), the judge cited her mental health issues and the fact that one of her alleged victims was a former student. Schweitzer taught at North Middle School at the time of the alleged offenses. Previous Stories: http://www.koamtv.com/clip/14080410/...

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    A federal judge denies bail for former Joplin teacher Amanda Schweitzer. She's accused of producing and distributing child pornography. Schweitzer has been indicted on federal charges of sexual exploitation of a minor. In today's ruling (Feb 13), the judge cited her mental health issues and the fact that one of her alleged victims was a former student. Schweitzer taught at North Middle School at the time of the alleged offenses. Previous Stories: http://www.koamtv.com/clip/14080410/...

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  • Reciprocity Act Renews Concealed Carry Weapon Debate

    Reciprocity Act Renews Concealed Carry Weapon Debate

    Tuesday, February 13 2018 6:24 PM EST2018-02-13 23:24:54 GMT

         Every state has concealed carry weapon laws. But they're not all the same.  Legislation that passed the United States House of Representatives is headed to the Senate. It would make one state's permit good in all others. 

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         Every state has concealed carry weapon laws. But they're not all the same.  Legislation that passed the United States House of Representatives is headed to the Senate. It would make one state's permit good in all others. 

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  • Delaware Co OK Body Identified

    Delaware Co OK Body Identified

    Tuesday, February 13 2018 4:47 PM EST2018-02-13 21:47:52 GMT
    Authorities identify the body found in Delaware County, OK. The medical examiner has determined the woman is 53-year-old Ransom White. She lived at one of the homes in the Kingpoint Mobile Home Park, just outside Grove, where her body was found. Authorities are still waiting to discover her cause of death. OSBI agents say they're still working the case as a homicide until they're told otherwise by the medical examiner. If anyone has information about White's death or who she wa...More >>
    Authorities identify the body found in Delaware County, OK. The medical examiner has determined the woman is 53-year-old Ransom White. She lived at one of the homes in the Kingpoint Mobile Home Park, just outside Grove, where her body was found. Authorities are still waiting to discover her cause of death. OSBI agents say they're still working the case as a homicide until they're told otherwise by the medical examiner. If anyone has information about White's death or who she wa...More >>
  • Pittsburg Sexual Assault Lawsuit

    Pittsburg Sexual Assault Lawsuit

    Tuesday, February 13 2018 5:59 PM EST2018-02-13 22:59:19 GMT

    A lawsuit is filed against a former Pittsburg police officer, his supervisors and the City of Pittsburg.  The lawsuit claims not only battery, assault and more against the officer, but claims the city tolerates an atmosphere of sexual misconduct within the police department that goes beyond this one incident. It alleges that the victim was wrongfully arrested for domestic violence.  The lawsuit states that she was put in a vehicle with officer Jesse Davis and that he forced...

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    A lawsuit is filed against a former Pittsburg police officer, his supervisors and the City of Pittsburg.  The lawsuit claims not only battery, assault and more against the officer, but claims the city tolerates an atmosphere of sexual misconduct within the police department that goes beyond this one incident. It alleges that the victim was wrongfully arrested for domestic violence.  The lawsuit states that she was put in a vehicle with officer Jesse Davis and that he forced...

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  • KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 2-13

    KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 2-13

    Tuesday, February 13 2018 9:18 AM EST2018-02-13 14:18:19 GMT
    DACA STUDENT GROUP An undocumented Missouri Southern student hopes her student group helps other DACA students pay for their college educations.  Missouri doesn't allow state financial assistance for DACA recipients.  Cynthia Torres has lived in this country since she was two.  Her group has been raising money and trying to eliminate what Torres calls misconceptions about DACA recipients.  You can visit our website to learn more about it. JESUS BERRONES The...More >>
    DACA STUDENT GROUP An undocumented Missouri Southern student hopes her student group helps other DACA students pay for their college educations.  Missouri doesn't allow state financial assistance for DACA recipients.  Cynthia Torres has lived in this country since she was two.  Her group has been raising money and trying to eliminate what Torres calls misconceptions about DACA recipients.  You can visit our website to learn more about it. JESUS BERRONES The...More >>
  • Joplin Council Hears Proposal For New Pay Plan, Draws Concerns From Police, Fire Unions

    Joplin Council Hears Proposal For New Pay Plan, Draws Concerns From Police, Fire Unions

    Monday, February 12 2018 10:46 PM EST2018-02-13 03:46:23 GMT

         A work session tonight, for Joplin City Council.      One of the items on the agenda, a new pay plan for city employees...which, of course, includes police officers and firefighters. The proposed plan returns the city to a "step" program, with each "step" being a different level for a certain position - and a pay level established for each step.

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         A work session tonight, for Joplin City Council.      One of the items on the agenda, a new pay plan for city employees...which, of course, includes police officers and firefighters. The proposed plan returns the city to a "step" program, with each "step" being a different level for a certain position - and a pay level established for each step.

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  • MSSU Student Group Hopes to Raise Money for Undocumented Students' College Educations

    MSSU Student Group Hopes to Raise Money for Undocumented Students' College Educations

    Monday, February 12 2018 7:13 PM EST2018-02-13 00:13:36 GMT

    "There are millions of people just like me who have been here all their lives, who are trying to contribute back to the country that has given them the opportunity to study and live here."

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    "There are millions of people just like me who have been here all their lives, who are trying to contribute back to the country that has given them the opportunity to study and live here."

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  • Delaware Co OK Body Found

    Delaware Co OK Body Found

    Monday, February 12 2018 3:06 PM EST2018-02-12 20:06:43 GMT
    Authorities with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation say they're working with the Delaware County Sheriff's Office with a possible homicide investigation.  Investigators say a woman's body was found outside a trailer house at the Kingpoint Mobile Home Park at 64600 E. 254 Road, just outside Grove.  They say the woman's body was discovered at about 7:00 Sunday morning (Feb 11).  According to authorities, the medical examiner is working to make a positive iden...More >>
    Authorities with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation say they're working with the Delaware County Sheriff's Office with a possible homicide investigation.  Investigators say a woman's body was found outside a trailer house at the Kingpoint Mobile Home Park at 64600 E. 254 Road, just outside Grove.  They say the woman's body was discovered at about 7:00 Sunday morning (Feb 11).  According to authorities, the medical examiner is working to make a positive iden...More >>
  • Vernon Co Shooting Investigation

    Vernon Co Shooting Investigation

    Monday, February 12 2018 1:58 PM EST2018-02-12 18:58:09 GMT

    The Vernon County Sheriff's Office arrests a Nevada woman for shooting a man in the chest. On Friday evening (Feb. 10th), deputies responded to a home south of Nevada near 1725 road and BB Highway after a 911 call about a male victim with a gunshot wound to the chest. Deputies found a male victim. He was taken to Freeman Hospital in Joplin and was listed in stable condition. Authorities say he could be released from the hospital within the next few days. Investigators identi...

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    The Vernon County Sheriff's Office arrests a Nevada woman for shooting a man in the chest. On Friday evening (Feb. 10th), deputies responded to a home south of Nevada near 1725 road and BB Highway after a 911 call about a male victim with a gunshot wound to the chest. Deputies found a male victim. He was taken to Freeman Hospital in Joplin and was listed in stable condition. Authorities say he could be released from the hospital within the next few days. Investigators identi...

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  • KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 2-12

    KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 2-12

    Monday, February 12 2018 10:22 AM EST2018-02-12 15:22:13 GMT
    LEFT ON THE BUS A Carl Junction School bus driver could be facing charges of "endangering the welfare of a child" after a child was left on the bus.  A four-year old student was left on the bus for almost two hours after the driver was supposed to drop off the child at daycare.  The superintendent says he is not allowed to publicly discuss how the district disciplined the driver, but he says the district handled the matter appropriately. US HWY 169 CONSTRUCTIO...More >>
    LEFT ON THE BUS A Carl Junction School bus driver could be facing charges of "endangering the welfare of a child" after a child was left on the bus.  A four-year old student was left on the bus for almost two hours after the driver was supposed to drop off the child at daycare.  The superintendent says he is not allowed to publicly discuss how the district disciplined the driver, but he says the district handled the matter appropriately. US HWY 169 CONSTRUCTIO...More >>
  • Nevada Police Arrest Three Men For Drug Activity

    Nevada Police Arrest Three Men For Drug Activity

    Saturday, February 10 2018 7:51 PM EST2018-02-11 00:51:13 GMT
    Nevada, Missouri police have arrested three men in connection with illegal drug activity. Authorities made the arrests on Thursday after executing a warrant on the 400 block of North Ash Street. During the search, officers say they found stolen property and a large amount of methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Two suspects tried to flee police but were unsuccessful.More >>
    Nevada, Missouri police have arrested three men in connection with illegal drug activity. Authorities made the arrests on Thursday after executing a warrant on the 400 block of North Ash Street. During the search, officers say they found stolen property and a large amount of methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Two suspects tried to flee police but were unsuccessful.More >>
  • Road Conditions Deteriorating Quickly, Crashes Adding Up

    Road Conditions Deteriorating Quickly, Crashes Adding Up

    Saturday, February 10 2018 7:18 PM EST2018-02-11 00:18:44 GMT
    Icy roads have drivers in ditches...     Joplin Police have instituted emergency road conditions as the number of crashes this afternoon began to escalate.  At around 2:15 the Joplin Police Department was working 6 crashes at once taking officers away from other emergencies...so emergency road conditions were put into effect. Even heavily traveled roads like US 66 west of Galena saw people sliding off...  This truck hitting a fence... MoDOT crews are running t...More >>
    Icy roads have drivers in ditches...     Joplin Police have instituted emergency road conditions as the number of crashes this afternoon began to escalate.  At around 2:15 the Joplin Police Department was working 6 crashes at once taking officers away from other emergencies...so emergency road conditions were put into effect. Even heavily traveled roads like US 66 west of Galena saw people sliding off...  This truck hitting a fence... MoDOT crews are running t...More >>
  • Community Efforts Begin to Send Alleged Human Trafficking Survivors in Joplin Back Home

    Community Efforts Begin to Send Alleged Human Trafficking Survivors in Joplin Back Home

    Friday, February 9 2018 6:38 PM EST2018-02-09 23:38:30 GMT

    "There have been lots of tears, there have been lots of hugs.  There was watching the ice skating last night and cheering for their countries!"

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    "There have been lots of tears, there have been lots of hugs.  There was watching the ice skating last night and cheering for their countries!"

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  • Joplin Human Trafficking Investigation Update

    Joplin Human Trafficking Investigation Update

    Friday, February 9 2018 10:42 AM EST2018-02-09 15:42:00 GMT
    Joplin Police release more information about an ongoing human trafficking investigation. On Thursday (Feb 8), authorities served search warrants at 2906 South Main, 500 East 32nd Street Suite #4 and 1329 East 32nd Street Suite #5.  Police say the businesses at those locations were operating as massage parlors. Authorities say they identified seven women as victims, removed them from the businesses and paired them with services for their well-being and safety. The Rapha Hou...More >>
    Joplin Police release more information about an ongoing human trafficking investigation. On Thursday (Feb 8), authorities served search warrants at 2906 South Main, 500 East 32nd Street Suite #4 and 1329 East 32nd Street Suite #5.  Police say the businesses at those locations were operating as massage parlors. Authorities say they identified seven women as victims, removed them from the businesses and paired them with services for their well-being and safety. The Rapha Hou...More >>
  • Empire Holds Public Meeting To Discuss Decommissioning Asbury Plant, Building Wind Facility

    Empire Holds Public Meeting To Discuss Decommissioning Asbury Plant, Building Wind Facility

    Thursday, February 8 2018 10:20 PM EST2018-02-09 03:20:02 GMT

         It's a move that's designed to adhere to new regulations and save money.     Empire District Electric wants to implement wind turbines and close its plant in Asbury...something that's been in the works since last year.      Tonight..the company held a public hearing.  The meeting was packed - around 150 residents and city leaders came to express their concerns and support of the project.

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         It's a move that's designed to adhere to new regulations and save money.     Empire District Electric wants to implement wind turbines and close its plant in Asbury...something that's been in the works since last year.      Tonight..the company held a public hearing.  The meeting was packed - around 150 residents and city leaders came to express their concerns and support of the project.

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Bodycams & Badges

    SPECIAL REPORT: Bodycams & Badges

    Thursday, February 8 2018 8:50 PM EST2018-02-09 01:50:02 GMT

    The Joplin Police body camera system will soon expand to the point where any contact you have with an on-duty uninformed Joplin officer is likely to be recorded. The use of police body cameras is exploding rapidly across the nation and here in the Four-States. Can state and local regulations governing their use keep pace?

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    The Joplin Police body camera system will soon expand to the point where any contact you have with an on-duty uninformed Joplin officer is likely to be recorded. The use of police body cameras is exploding rapidly across the nation and here in the Four-States. Can state and local regulations governing their use keep pace?

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  • Security Footage Captures Car Driving From Severe Joplin Crash

    Security Footage Captures Car Driving From Severe Joplin Crash

    Thursday, February 8 2018 7:27 PM EST2018-02-09 00:27:28 GMT

    "It was two cars, really bad.  One was on its top in the ditch and they were using the jaws of life to get her out."

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    "It was two cars, really bad.  One was on its top in the ditch and they were using the jaws of life to get her out."

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  • Joplin Human Trafficking Investigation

    Joplin Human Trafficking Investigation

    Thursday, February 8 2018 6:12 PM EST2018-02-08 23:12:40 GMT
    Joplin Police say they served three search warrants on Thursday (Feb 8) as part of an on-going human trafficking investigation. They were served at 2906 South Main, 500 East 32nd Suite #4 and 1329 East 32nd Street Suite #5. Authorities say those locations are businesses that are operating as massage parlors. Life Choices and Rapha house assisted police in the investigation. No more details are being released at this time.More >>
    Joplin Police say they served three search warrants on Thursday (Feb 8) as part of an on-going human trafficking investigation. They were served at 2906 South Main, 500 East 32nd Suite #4 and 1329 East 32nd Street Suite #5. Authorities say those locations are businesses that are operating as massage parlors. Life Choices and Rapha house assisted police in the investigation. No more details are being released at this time.More >>
  • PHS Students Recognized at Statehouse

    PHS Students Recognized at Statehouse

    Thursday, February 8 2018 5:59 PM EST2018-02-08 22:59:19 GMT

    The Pittsburg High School Debate and Forensics program is recognized in front of the session of the Kansas Legislature for the program's national placement on Thursday (Feb 8). The program, lead by Julie Laflen, began with just 12 students and has grown to about 75 students. Last semester, Laflen received a letter from J. Scott Wunn, the executive director of the National Speech & Debate Association. He informed her that the PHS Debate & Forensics program is ranked 96th of mo...

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    The Pittsburg High School Debate and Forensics program is recognized in front of the session of the Kansas Legislature for the program's national placement on Thursday (Feb 8). The program, lead by Julie Laflen, began with just 12 students and has grown to about 75 students. Last semester, Laflen received a letter from J. Scott Wunn, the executive director of the National Speech & Debate Association. He informed her that the PHS Debate & Forensics program is ranked 96th of mo...

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  • Lawrence Co Fatal Crash

    Lawrence Co Fatal Crash

    Thursday, February 8 2018 4:55 PM EST2018-02-08 21:55:44 GMT

    A crash claims the life of a Pierce City, MO resident. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 48-year-old Tim Cowell was driving on MO 37, about three miles west of Pierce City, when he crossed the center line and hit a semi truck head on. Cowell was pronounced dead at the scene.  The other driver had minor injuries.

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    A crash claims the life of a Pierce City, MO resident. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 48-year-old Tim Cowell was driving on MO 37, about three miles west of Pierce City, when he crossed the center line and hit a semi truck head on. Cowell was pronounced dead at the scene.  The other driver had minor injuries.

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  • Kids Help Fire Department and Pets

    Kids Help Fire Department and Pets

    Thursday, February 8 2018 3:32 PM EST2018-02-08 20:32:54 GMT

    Four State sisters help equip a local fire department with the ability to save the lives of pets exposed to smoke or other airborne toxins. The special delivery of pet oxygen masks was received Wednesday (Feb 7). 11-year-old Natalie Brueggemann and her sister 9-year-old Naomi Brueggemann got the idea after fire prevention week in Pittsburg. It got them wondering about whether firefighters rescue dogs and cats too. Officials say while firefighters prioritize human life first, they al...

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    Four State sisters help equip a local fire department with the ability to save the lives of pets exposed to smoke or other airborne toxins. The special delivery of pet oxygen masks was received Wednesday (Feb 7). 11-year-old Natalie Brueggemann and her sister 9-year-old Naomi Brueggemann got the idea after fire prevention week in Pittsburg. It got them wondering about whether firefighters rescue dogs and cats too. Officials say while firefighters prioritize human life first, they al...

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  • MO Abortion Notice Bill

    MO Abortion Notice Bill

    Thursday, February 8 2018 11:38 AM EST2018-02-08 16:38:31 GMT

    The Missouri House gives initial approval to an abortion notice bill. It expands on current state which only requires one parent to be notified when a girl under 18 gets an abortion.

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    The Missouri House gives initial approval to an abortion notice bill. It expands on current state which only requires one parent to be notified when a girl under 18 gets an abortion.

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  • Oklahoma Law Maker Proposes Chemical Castration For Sex Offenders

    Oklahoma Law Maker Proposes Chemical Castration For Sex Offenders

    Wednesday, February 7 2018 10:23 PM EST2018-02-08 03:23:34 GMT

         Could the State of Oklahoma become the latest state to implement a form of what's called "chemical castration" when it comes to certain sex offenders?      Evidently...it's in the works.      Oklahoma legislator Rick West introduced House Bill 2543 outlining what exactly counts as a "sexually violent offense" and how chemical castration could be the punishment.

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         Could the State of Oklahoma become the latest state to implement a form of what's called "chemical castration" when it comes to certain sex offenders?      Evidently...it's in the works.      Oklahoma legislator Rick West introduced House Bill 2543 outlining what exactly counts as a "sexually violent offense" and how chemical castration could be the punishment.

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  • NAACP, Black Lives Matter Event in Joplin Draws Criticism From Attorney

    NAACP, Black Lives Matter Event in Joplin Draws Criticism From Attorney

    Wednesday, February 7 2018 7:14 PM EST2018-02-08 00:14:08 GMT

    "I heard a very eloquent pastor indicate he was going to monitor the case, and based on the monitoring, whatever he saw fit, he was going to take action."

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    "I heard a very eloquent pastor indicate he was going to monitor the case, and based on the monitoring, whatever he saw fit, he was going to take action."

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  • SkillsUSA Members at Cherokee HS Backpack Project Helps Displaced Kids

    SkillsUSA Members at Cherokee HS Backpack Project Helps Displaced Kids

    Wednesday, February 7 2018 6:47 PM EST2018-02-07 23:47:39 GMT

    SkillsUSA club  members at Cherokee High school help displaced  kids with the B and B  Backpack Project.

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    SkillsUSA club  members at Cherokee High school help displaced  kids with the B and B  Backpack Project.

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  • Explosive Device Found At Humboldt School

    Explosive Device Found At Humboldt School

    Wednesday, February 7 2018 11:34 PM EST2018-02-08 04:34:58 GMT

    Officials say emergency plans were successful after an explosive device is found at a Humboldt, KS school. USD 258 Superintendent Kay Lewis says at around 10:32 a.m. (Feb. 7) a middle school teacher took a suspicious device to the high school principle. The principle called police. She says school staff and administration immediately began evacuating students to the elementary school. School officials also sent out a message to parents about the evacuation and where they can pick up...

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    Officials say emergency plans were successful after an explosive device is found at a Humboldt, KS school. USD 258 Superintendent Kay Lewis says at around 10:32 a.m. (Feb. 7) a middle school teacher took a suspicious device to the high school principle. The principle called police. She says school staff and administration immediately began evacuating students to the elementary school. School officials also sent out a message to parents about the evacuation and where they can pick up...

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  • Device Found in Lamar School, Students Safe

    Device Found in Lamar School, Students Safe

    Wednesday, February 7 2018 1:28 PM EST2018-02-07 18:28:56 GMT

    Authorities say there was no active threat to students at the West Elementary School Building in Lamar, MO. On Tuesday (Feb. 6), the Police Department's School Resource Officer responded to a call about a 5th grade student possibly bringing a homemade explosive device into the building.

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    Authorities say there was no active threat to students at the West Elementary School Building in Lamar, MO. On Tuesday (Feb. 6), the Police Department's School Resource Officer responded to a call about a 5th grade student possibly bringing a homemade explosive device into the building.

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  • Human Trafficking Indictment

    Human Trafficking Indictment

    Wednesday, February 7 2018 1:46 PM EST2018-02-07 18:46:15 GMT

    Authorities are extraditing a southeast Kansas man to Kentucky for allegedly trying to buy an 11-year-old girl for $250 and some meth.

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    Authorities are extraditing a southeast Kansas man to Kentucky for allegedly trying to buy an 11-year-old girl for $250 and some meth.

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  • KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 2-7

    KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 2-7

    Wednesday, February 7 2018 10:34 AM EST2018-02-07 15:34:27 GMT
    SAFER INTERNET DAY Yesterday was "Safer Internet Day," when people are encouraged to make the internet a safer place, especially for younger users.  In Cherokee County, Kansas, Sheriff David Groves took the opportunity to speak about "smart phone safety."  His advice was specifically tailored to  teenagers, who might not think about the "long term consequences" of what they do online. WYNN RESORTS CEO Steve Wynn, is stepping down as...More >>
    SAFER INTERNET DAY Yesterday was "Safer Internet Day," when people are encouraged to make the internet a safer place, especially for younger users.  In Cherokee County, Kansas, Sheriff David Groves took the opportunity to speak about "smart phone safety."  His advice was specifically tailored to  teenagers, who might not think about the "long term consequences" of what they do online. WYNN RESORTS CEO Steve Wynn, is stepping down as...More >>
  • NAACP, Black Lives Matter Gather in Joplin to Protest Murder Arrest

    NAACP, Black Lives Matter Gather in Joplin to Protest Murder Arrest

    Tuesday, February 6 2018 9:41 PM EST2018-02-07 02:41:43 GMT

    Police found three-year-old Jayda Kyle unconscious and not breathing in December while responding to a call at a home where her mom and live-in boyfriend were staying. 

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    Police found three-year-old Jayda Kyle unconscious and not breathing in December while responding to a call at a home where her mom and live-in boyfriend were staying. 

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  • Truman Elementary Wins National Title One Award; All Kids Gain with Cardinal Class

    Truman Elementary Wins National Title One Award; All Kids Gain with Cardinal Class

    Tuesday, February 6 2018 6:30 PM EST2018-02-06 23:30:42 GMT

      Harry S. Truman elementary in Webb City is one of only two Missouri schools to win a national award.
      

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      Harry S. Truman elementary in Webb City is one of only two Missouri schools to win a national award.
      

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  • Subway In Fredonia Has A Sandwich Artist Like No Other

    Subway In Fredonia Has A Sandwich Artist Like No Other

    Tuesday, February 6 2018 6:24 PM EST2018-02-06 23:24:27 GMT

    The City of Fredonia, like many other communities, is home to a Subway restaurant.     But, this Subway has an amenity that you can't find anywhere else. When you walk into the Subway in Fredonia...you might think it's like any other subway in the area...but, then you meet T.J. Hite.

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    The City of Fredonia, like many other communities, is home to a Subway restaurant.     But, this Subway has an amenity that you can't find anywhere else. When you walk into the Subway in Fredonia...you might think it's like any other subway in the area...but, then you meet T.J. Hite.

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  • KS Child Accidentally Shoots Himself

    KS Child Accidentally Shoots Himself

    Tuesday, February 6 2018 5:36 PM EST2018-02-06 22:36:00 GMT
    A 4-year-old is treated for a gunshot wound to the face. The Crawford County Sheriff's Office says it was an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound. It happened yesterday evening in rural Crawford County. Deputies say a 14-year-old who was found walking to get help had a 22 caliber revolver in his room and had left it on a desk and the 4-year-old picked it up and discharged it, hitting himself in the chin. Authorities determined the spent casing was a blank normally used in a con...More >>
    A 4-year-old is treated for a gunshot wound to the face. The Crawford County Sheriff's Office says it was an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound. It happened yesterday evening in rural Crawford County. Deputies say a 14-year-old who was found walking to get help had a 22 caliber revolver in his room and had left it on a desk and the 4-year-old picked it up and discharged it, hitting himself in the chin. Authorities determined the spent casing was a blank normally used in a con...More >>
  • KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 2-6

    KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 2-6

    Tuesday, February 6 2018 8:35 AM EST2018-02-06 13:35:16 GMT
    JOPLIN BASEBALL VOTE          The Joplin City Council votes to approve a lease, effectively opening the door for pro baseball's return to town.  Councilman Ryan Stanley was very concerned about the Southwest League's "viability".  Because of those concerns, the council called on the city attorney to look into adding a "drop dead" date to the lease of October 15th.  That means, if the league is not read...More >>
    JOPLIN BASEBALL VOTE          The Joplin City Council votes to approve a lease, effectively opening the door for pro baseball's return to town.  Councilman Ryan Stanley was very concerned about the Southwest League's "viability".  Because of those concerns, the council called on the city attorney to look into adding a "drop dead" date to the lease of October 15th.  That means, if the league is not read...More >>
  • City of Joplin Approves Lease Agreement For Joe Becker

    City of Joplin Approves Lease Agreement For Joe Becker

    Monday, February 5 2018 10:20 PM EST2018-02-06 03:20:29 GMT

    This agreement was still met with some resistance and concern from city council members.     Mark Schuster with the Ventura Sports Group, City Finance Director Leslie Haase, and the City Attorney Peter Edwards were all called on to give insight into this lease.     Concerns included the Premier League which holds regular tournaments at Joe Becker.

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    This agreement was still met with some resistance and concern from city council members.     Mark Schuster with the Ventura Sports Group, City Finance Director Leslie Haase, and the City Attorney Peter Edwards were all called on to give insight into this lease.     Concerns included the Premier League which holds regular tournaments at Joe Becker.

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  • Joplin Proposed Panhandling Ordinance Draws Discussion

    Joplin Proposed Panhandling Ordinance Draws Discussion

    Monday, February 5 2018 6:19 PM EST2018-02-05 23:19:06 GMT

    Solicitors would be prohibited from being within 150 feet of any intersection where speeds are 35 miles an hour or higher.

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    Solicitors would be prohibited from being within 150 feet of any intersection where speeds are 35 miles an hour or higher.

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  • Pittsburg Employee Tax Info Breach

    Pittsburg Employee Tax Info Breach

    Monday, February 5 2018 5:30 PM EST2018-02-05 22:30:46 GMT
    The City of Pittsburg says it was subjected to a sophisticated phishing scheme targeting employee payroll data. Officials say sensitive information for current and former city employees who received a W-2 for 2017 was released. In a press release, City Manager Daron Hall said, "The safety and well-being of our current and former employees is incredibly important. This was not a technical attack against our firewall or network filters, but instead it was a social attack aimed at...More >>
    The City of Pittsburg says it was subjected to a sophisticated phishing scheme targeting employee payroll data. Officials say sensitive information for current and former city employees who received a W-2 for 2017 was released. In a press release, City Manager Daron Hall said, "The safety and well-being of our current and former employees is incredibly important. This was not a technical attack against our firewall or network filters, but instead it was a social attack aimed at...More >>
  • Train vs Pedestrian - Name Released

    Train vs Pedestrian - Name Released

    Monday, February 5 2018 4:27 PM EST2018-02-05 21:27:58 GMT

    Authorities release the name of the man hit and killed by a train in Pittsburg. 

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    Authorities release the name of the man hit and killed by a train in Pittsburg. 

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  • Fatal Crash in Cherokee County KS

    Fatal Crash in Cherokee County KS

    Monday, February 5 2018 12:09 PM EST2018-02-05 17:09:19 GMT

    The Kansas Highway Patrol works a fatal crash in Cherokee County. It happened Sunday (Feb. 4th) evening just before 7:00 on U.S. Highway 166 about one mile west of the Kansas/Missouri state line.

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    The Kansas Highway Patrol works a fatal crash in Cherokee County. It happened Sunday (Feb. 4th) evening just before 7:00 on U.S. Highway 166 about one mile west of the Kansas/Missouri state line.

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  • Joplin Officials to Discuss Baseball Proposal

    Joplin Officials to Discuss Baseball Proposal

    Monday, February 5 2018 11:24 AM EST2018-02-05 16:24:09 GMT

    Joplin City Council members will meet this evening to discuss a contract with the Southwest League of Professional Baseball. The proposed contract will be a done deal if the council approves it tonight.  The proposed lease is for five years starting January of 2019. More details: http://www.koamtv.com/story/37417362/joplin-city-officials-hope-third-time-is-a-charm-for-independent-professional-baseball

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    Joplin City Council members will meet this evening to discuss a contract with the Southwest League of Professional Baseball. The proposed contract will be a done deal if the council approves it tonight.  The proposed lease is for five years starting January of 2019. More details: http://www.koamtv.com/story/37417362/joplin-city-officials-hope-third-time-is-a-charm-for-independent-professional-baseball

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  • KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 2-5

    KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 2-5

    Monday, February 5 2018 9:00 AM EST2018-02-05 14:00:25 GMT

    GOVERNOR VISIT The new Kansas Governor makes a visit to Pittsburg to speak to the media about what Kansans can expect from his administration.  The governor says one of the first things he plans to tackle is state education funding.  Governor Jeff Colyer says his administration and the Kansas Legislature will present some new education proposals in the coming weeks.  The governor says he's committed to fully-funding Kansas schools, and boosting teacher pay. JOPLIN ...

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    GOVERNOR VISIT The new Kansas Governor makes a visit to Pittsburg to speak to the media about what Kansans can expect from his administration.  The governor says one of the first things he plans to tackle is state education funding.  Governor Jeff Colyer says his administration and the Kansas Legislature will present some new education proposals in the coming weeks.  The governor says he's committed to fully-funding Kansas schools, and boosting teacher pay. JOPLIN ...

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  • Multiple Weather Related Crashes Shutdown Interstate 44

    Multiple Weather Related Crashes Shutdown Interstate 44

    Sunday, February 4 2018 11:52 PM EST2018-02-05 04:52:19 GMT

    Interstate 44 closed down Sunday  in several spots after weather related crashes. Roads are still considered  dangerous even after crews plowed as many are icy or snow packed. And Joplin police initiated emergency road conditions. 

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    Interstate 44 closed down Sunday  in several spots after weather related crashes. Roads are still considered  dangerous even after crews plowed as many are icy or snow packed. And Joplin police initiated emergency road conditions. 

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  • Traffic Backs Up For Miles After Two Semi-Trucks Crash On I-44

    Traffic Backs Up For Miles After Two Semi-Trucks Crash On I-44

    Sunday, February 4 2018 9:27 PM EST2018-02-05 02:27:24 GMT
    On the Will Rogers Turnpike traffic was stalled for several hours then moved at a crawl because of two crashes. Two semi trucks were involved in an injury accident with several other vehicles at mile marker 311. The eastbound side of the turnpike was closed as crews worked on towing the trucks.. Traffic was backed up for miles and was being diverted off the interstates at Afton and Miami.More >>
    On the Will Rogers Turnpike traffic was stalled for several hours then moved at a crawl because of two crashes. Two semi trucks were involved in an injury accident with several other vehicles at mile marker 311. The eastbound side of the turnpike was closed as crews worked on towing the trucks.. Traffic was backed up for miles and was being diverted off the interstates at Afton and Miami.More >>
  • Pedestrian Struck on Pittsburg Railroad Tracks Dies of Injuries

    Pedestrian Struck on Pittsburg Railroad Tracks Dies of Injuries

    Sunday, February 4 2018 12:02 AM EST2018-02-04 05:02:07 GMT

    A pedestrian  hit by a train in Pittsburg dies of his injuries. A  subject was struck by a Kansas City  Southern train around 1:43 pm Saturday.at the fifteen  hundred block of South Rouse. 

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    A pedestrian  hit by a train in Pittsburg dies of his injuries. A  subject was struck by a Kansas City  Southern train around 1:43 pm Saturday.at the fifteen  hundred block of South Rouse. 

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  • Grass Fire Danger is High, Crews Answer Calls

    Grass Fire Danger is High, Crews Answer Calls

    Saturday, February 3 2018 11:56 PM EST2018-02-04 04:56:55 GMT

    Area fire crews are answering the call of grass fires.  

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    Area fire crews are answering the call of grass fires.  

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  • College Students In Pittsburg Come Together To Strengthen Their Faith

    Saturday, February 3 2018 8:51 PM EST2018-02-04 01:51:32 GMT

        The 2018 Kansas Catholic College Student Convention is taking place at the St. Pius X Catholic Student Center in Pittsburg.     The convention is designed to bring students of the catholic faith together in one place. More than 200 students from across Kansas join hands in spiritual unity. But for some, these college days can be trying on your beliefs.

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        The 2018 Kansas Catholic College Student Convention is taking place at the St. Pius X Catholic Student Center in Pittsburg.     The convention is designed to bring students of the catholic faith together in one place. More than 200 students from across Kansas join hands in spiritual unity. But for some, these college days can be trying on your beliefs.

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  • Joplin City Officials Hope Third Time Is A Charm For Independent Professional Baseball

    Joplin City Officials Hope Third Time Is A Charm For Independent Professional Baseball

    Friday, February 2 2018 10:24 PM EST2018-02-03 03:24:56 GMT

    On Monday, Joplin's City Council will vote on a proposed contract with a new independent, professional baseball team.

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    On Monday, Joplin's City Council will vote on a proposed contract with a new independent, professional baseball team.

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  • KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 2-2

    KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 2-2

    Friday, February 2 2018 9:14 AM EST2018-02-02 14:14:27 GMT
    CAMPAIGN FUNDING Joplin's police union will be doing something its never done before, donating money to city council candidates, instead of just endorsing them.  The president of the union tells us the city is at a critical decision making time for the police department.  The police union and city hall have been at odds over budgets and getting salaries more competitive with other cities. JOE BECKER LEASE Joplin is progressing toward bringing a new occupant to Joe Be...More >>
    CAMPAIGN FUNDING Joplin's police union will be doing something its never done before, donating money to city council candidates, instead of just endorsing them.  The president of the union tells us the city is at a critical decision making time for the police department.  The police union and city hall have been at odds over budgets and getting salaries more competitive with other cities. JOE BECKER LEASE Joplin is progressing toward bringing a new occupant to Joe Be...More >>
  • Missouri American Water Holds Public Meeting For Proposed Rate Increase

    Missouri American Water Holds Public Meeting For Proposed Rate Increase

    Thursday, February 1 2018 10:18 PM EST2018-02-02 03:18:27 GMT

         It's something we mentioned last night.      A rate increase has been proposed by Missouri American Water.      A public hearing detailing things was held this evening in Joplin. Ron West attended the public hearing to express his concerns.

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         It's something we mentioned last night.      A rate increase has been proposed by Missouri American Water.      A public hearing detailing things was held this evening in Joplin. Ron West attended the public hearing to express his concerns.

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  • Local Deputy Sues Motel

    Local Deputy Sues Motel

    Thursday, February 1 2018 10:05 PM EST2018-02-02 03:05:17 GMT

    Jasper County Sheriff Deputy Nolan Murray is suing the establishment where he was shot in the line of duty. Nolan was shot by a suspect while serving a search warrant at the "Econo Lodge Inn & Suites" on Range Line last March. In the lawsuit filed in Jasper County, Nolan alleges that the "Econo Lodge" didn't provide him with a master room key. Instead, he says he was given a tenant room key that allegedly didn't work. Nolan says that forced him to climb into a ...

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    Jasper County Sheriff Deputy Nolan Murray is suing the establishment where he was shot in the line of duty. Nolan was shot by a suspect while serving a search warrant at the "Econo Lodge Inn & Suites" on Range Line last March. In the lawsuit filed in Jasper County, Nolan alleges that the "Econo Lodge" didn't provide him with a master room key. Instead, he says he was given a tenant room key that allegedly didn't work. Nolan says that forced him to climb into a ...

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  • Child Death Suspect Bound for Trial

    Child Death Suspect Bound for Trial

    Thursday, February 1 2018 9:47 PM EST2018-02-02 02:47:29 GMT

    Leonard Valdez is bound over for trial. He's charged with second degree murder and abuse or neglect of a child. Police say he caused injuries to 3-year-old Jonathan Munoz-Bilbrey at a Joplin apartment that led to that child's death. In court today (2/1/2018), Valdez waived his preliminary hearing. His next court date is scheduled for Feb. 26th.

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    Leonard Valdez is bound over for trial. He's charged with second degree murder and abuse or neglect of a child. Police say he caused injuries to 3-year-old Jonathan Munoz-Bilbrey at a Joplin apartment that led to that child's death. In court today (2/1/2018), Valdez waived his preliminary hearing. His next court date is scheduled for Feb. 26th.

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  • Joplin Murder Case Refiled

    Joplin Murder Case Refiled

    Thursday, February 1 2018 8:37 PM EST2018-02-02 01:37:17 GMT

    Prosecutors refile a murder case in Joplin. In December, the county dismissed the case against 38-year-old James Henneha due to witness availability conflicts. Henneha is accused of killing Tonya Crawford of Joplin. She was reported missing on January 22nd, 2016. The next day, a landlord and family friend found her dead in her apartment on west 14th Street. Investigators say a credible witness came forward in the case that lead to Henneha's arrest. They believe he strangled Crawford i...

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    Prosecutors refile a murder case in Joplin. In December, the county dismissed the case against 38-year-old James Henneha due to witness availability conflicts. Henneha is accused of killing Tonya Crawford of Joplin. She was reported missing on January 22nd, 2016. The next day, a landlord and family friend found her dead in her apartment on west 14th Street. Investigators say a credible witness came forward in the case that lead to Henneha's arrest. They believe he strangled Crawford i...

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  • Joplin Police Union Organizes PAC Fund for City Council Elections

    Thursday, February 1 2018 7:28 PM EST2018-02-02 00:28:51 GMT

    "Just like with any politics, it's a gamble."

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    "Just like with any politics, it's a gamble."

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  • KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 2-1

    KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 2-1

    Thursday, February 1 2018 9:38 AM EST2018-02-01 14:38:23 GMT
    DEADLY FIRE UPDATE A preliminary investigation finds no evidence of foul play in the death of a Joplin woman.  Firefighters were called out to this fire early Monday morning.  A man told crews his wife Tamra Greenwell was still inside.  Firefighters got Greenwell out of the home.  The preliminary autopsy shows she later died of smoke inhalation. WEBB CITY FLU Local school districts are keeping a close eye on attendance rates during the flu epidemic, and doi...More >>
    DEADLY FIRE UPDATE A preliminary investigation finds no evidence of foul play in the death of a Joplin woman.  Firefighters were called out to this fire early Monday morning.  A man told crews his wife Tamra Greenwell was still inside.  Firefighters got Greenwell out of the home.  The preliminary autopsy shows she later died of smoke inhalation. WEBB CITY FLU Local school districts are keeping a close eye on attendance rates during the flu epidemic, and doi...More >>
  • 50 Years Later, Pittsburg Veteran Remembers the Outbreak of the Tet Offensive in Vietnam

    Wednesday, January 31 2018 10:12 PM EST2018-02-01 03:12:07 GMT

         50 years ago the North Vietnamese Army broke the Tet Ceasefire and launched an aggressive strike against US and Allied installations across the country.      A Pittsburg native was an Air Force journalist when the Tet Offensive began. Retired Air Force Staff Sergeant Rick Fulton lays flowers at the Vietnam Memorial at Pittsburg State University.. Panel 40E, which bears the names of two men he served with during Vietnam...50 years ago....

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         50 years ago the North Vietnamese Army broke the Tet Ceasefire and launched an aggressive strike against US and Allied installations across the country.      A Pittsburg native was an Air Force journalist when the Tet Offensive began. Retired Air Force Staff Sergeant Rick Fulton lays flowers at the Vietnam Memorial at Pittsburg State University.. Panel 40E, which bears the names of two men he served with during Vietnam...50 years ago....

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  • Coffeyville Man Is Charged Following A Hostage Situation

    Coffeyville Man Is Charged Following A Hostage Situation

    Wednesday, January 31 2018 9:47 PM EST2018-02-01 02:47:52 GMT
    Kent Antwon "Bud" JohnsonKent Antwon "Bud" Johnson
    Montgomery County Kansas authorities have charged 30-year-old Kent Antwon Johnson with three counts each of aggravated assault and kidnapping, among other charges. Those stem from an apparent hostage situation that placed some schools in Coffeyville, Kansas on lock-down. According to police, Johnson held one man and two women hostage at a home on the 1000 block of west 9th street in Coffeyville Kansas. Two of the hostage were able to escape on their own. Police called in hostage negot...More >>
    Montgomery County Kansas authorities have charged 30-year-old Kent Antwon Johnson with three counts each of aggravated assault and kidnapping, among other charges. Those stem from an apparent hostage situation that placed some schools in Coffeyville, Kansas on lock-down. According to police, Johnson held one man and two women hostage at a home on the 1000 block of west 9th street in Coffeyville Kansas. Two of the hostage were able to escape on their own. Police called in hostage negot...More >>
  • Trying to Combat the Uncool Flu in School

    Trying to Combat the Uncool Flu in School

    Wednesday, January 31 2018 5:55 PM EST2018-01-31 22:55:52 GMT

    This week's student attendance in Webb City is 6% less than this time last year.

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    This week's student attendance in Webb City is 6% less than this time last year.

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  • KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 1-31

    KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 1-31

    Wednesday, January 31 2018 9:31 AM EST2018-01-31 14:31:12 GMT
    GREITENS VISIT Missouri Governor Eric Greitens made a stop at the Lozier Corporation in Joplin to discuss his tax cut proposal.  According to the Governor, under the tax cuts, 380,000 Missourians would see their state tax reduced to zero dollars.  Many others are expected to see reductions of at least 50% in their taxes.  Greitens says the tax cuts are "revenue neutral" meaning they won't affect the budget. CHEROKEE COUNTY ACCIDENT Authorities in South...More >>
    GREITENS VISIT Missouri Governor Eric Greitens made a stop at the Lozier Corporation in Joplin to discuss his tax cut proposal.  According to the Governor, under the tax cuts, 380,000 Missourians would see their state tax reduced to zero dollars.  Many others are expected to see reductions of at least 50% in their taxes.  Greitens says the tax cuts are "revenue neutral" meaning they won't affect the budget. CHEROKEE COUNTY ACCIDENT Authorities in South...More >>
  • Governor Eric Greitens Pays A Visit To Lozier In Joplin To Discuss Proposed Tax Cuts

    Governor Eric Greitens Pays A Visit To Lozier In Joplin To Discuss Proposed Tax Cuts

    Tuesday, January 30 2018 9:15 PM EST2018-01-31 02:15:58 GMT
         Tax relief for working families...the key element of a state tour by Missouri Governor Eric Greitens.      One of his tour stops today was Joplin. The Governor came to the Lozier corporation to talk about his quote "bold" tax plan. Part of that plan, tax reductions for "working class citizens" upwards of 50%...and in some cases, a bit more. Greitens: "380,000 Missourians are going to see their tax bill cut to $0.00, it's real...More >>
         Tax relief for working families...the key element of a state tour by Missouri Governor Eric Greitens.      One of his tour stops today was Joplin. The Governor came to the Lozier corporation to talk about his quote "bold" tax plan. Part of that plan, tax reductions for "working class citizens" upwards of 50%...and in some cases, a bit more. Greitens: "380,000 Missourians are going to see their tax bill cut to $0.00, it's real...More >>
  • Neosho Businesses Learn Impact of Tax Reforms from BKD at Lunch & Learn

    Neosho Businesses Learn Impact of Tax Reforms from BKD at Lunch & Learn

    Tuesday, January 30 2018 7:04 PM EST2018-01-31 00:04:23 GMT

    States, businesses and individuals are trying to figure out new federal tax reforms. They  were touted as simplifying the system.   Today, some tax experts said the changes are anything but simple. 

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    States, businesses and individuals are trying to figure out new federal tax reforms. They  were touted as simplifying the system.   Today, some tax experts said the changes are anything but simple. 

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  • Carthage Proposal Seeks to Ease Firefighter Hiring Requirement

    Carthage Proposal Seeks to Ease Firefighter Hiring Requirement

    Tuesday, January 30 2018 6:08 PM EST2018-01-30 23:08:52 GMT

    Right now, Carthage firefighters have to live within the Carthage Fire Protection District; 165 square miles of it, with a challenge, in this case.

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    Right now, Carthage firefighters have to live within the Carthage Fire Protection District; 165 square miles of it, with a challenge, in this case.

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  • Prior Sex Offender Pleads Guilty To More Sex Crimes

    Prior Sex Offender Pleads Guilty To More Sex Crimes

    Monday, January 29 2018 10:32 PM EST2018-01-30 03:32:28 GMT
    58-year-old Raymond Adair of Noel, Missouri plead guilty to sexual exploitation of a minor. He was accused of crossing state lines into Arkansas to engage in illicit sexual conduct. Adair had previously been convicted of attempted second-degree kidnapping of a minor and two counts of indecent exposure to a minor. He now faces up to 70 years in federal prison without parole.More >>
    58-year-old Raymond Adair of Noel, Missouri plead guilty to sexual exploitation of a minor. He was accused of crossing state lines into Arkansas to engage in illicit sexual conduct. Adair had previously been convicted of attempted second-degree kidnapping of a minor and two counts of indecent exposure to a minor. He now faces up to 70 years in federal prison without parole.More >>
  • Firefighters Face Challenges In North Joplin Fire

    Firefighters Face Challenges In North Joplin Fire

    Monday, January 29 2018 9:40 PM EST2018-01-30 02:40:51 GMT

        A fire destroys an older home in North Joplin.     The cause - was unattended cooking.     But, the fire spread quickly - and firefighters had to overcome a number of obstacles to put out the flames.

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        A fire destroys an older home in North Joplin.     The cause - was unattended cooking.     But, the fire spread quickly - and firefighters had to overcome a number of obstacles to put out the flames.

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  • Two Joplin Outdoor Runners Come Across Burial Vaults

    Two Joplin Outdoor Runners Come Across Burial Vaults

    Monday, January 29 2018 7:56 PM EST2018-01-30 00:56:17 GMT

    Two burial vaults lean against a cliff, and the top of the cliff is Ozark Memorial Cemetery.

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    Two burial vaults lean against a cliff, and the top of the cliff is Ozark Memorial Cemetery.

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  • Joplin Woman Dies From Injuries in Overnight Fire

    Joplin Woman Dies From Injuries in Overnight Fire

    Joplin Woman Dies From Injuries in Overnight Fire

    Monday, January 29 2018 7:48 PM EST2018-01-30 00:48:56 GMT

    An overnight fire takes the life of a Joplin woman.  According to the Joplin Fire Department crews were called to 11 S Patterson at 2:01am Monday Jan. 29, 2018.  The JFD reports a one story single family home with heavy fire showing on three sides of the residence.   While on scenes firefighters were told owners wife was still inside the burning structure.  Crews entered and removed Tamra Greenwell, 53 year old, who has since died from her injuries...

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    An overnight fire takes the life of a Joplin woman.  According to the Joplin Fire Department crews were called to 11 S Patterson at 2:01am Monday Jan. 29, 2018.  The JFD reports a one story single family home with heavy fire showing on three sides of the residence.   While on scenes firefighters were told owners wife was still inside the burning structure.  Crews entered and removed Tamra Greenwell, 53 year old, who has since died from her injuries...

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  • Kansas Democrats Running for Governor Speak at a Candidate Forum

    Kansas Democrats Running for Governor Speak at a Candidate Forum

    Sunday, January 28 2018 10:32 PM EST2018-01-29 03:32:05 GMT

    Pittsburg residents got to meet Kansas democratic gubernatorial candidates Sunday afternoon.
     The progressive democrats of the 13th senate district hosted a  forum at T-J Lelands.

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    Pittsburg residents got to meet Kansas democratic gubernatorial candidates Sunday afternoon.
     The progressive democrats of the 13th senate district hosted a  forum at T-J Lelands.

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  • Residents Flee Apartment Fire in Joplin

    Residents Flee Apartment Fire in Joplin

    Sunday, January 28 2018 10:21 PM EST2018-01-29 03:21:47 GMT

    An apartment house in Joplin went up in flames Sunday afternoon around three o'clock. The fire happened at a home on 412 North Wall which housed several apartments and at least six residents possibly more. 

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    An apartment house in Joplin went up in flames Sunday afternoon around three o'clock. The fire happened at a home on 412 North Wall which housed several apartments and at least six residents possibly more. 

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  • Southwest MO Streams Bring Eagles to Winter Home: Eagle Days Offers Viewing Opportunity in Stella

    Southwest MO Streams Bring Eagles to Winter Home: Eagle Days Offers Viewing Opportunity in Stella

    Saturday, January 27 2018 10:45 PM EST2018-01-28 03:45:49 GMT

    Sunny clear skies offered the perfect weather for viewing our national bird this weekend in Stella Missouri during Eagle Days. For adults and children the event was an education but also a chance to simply see the beauty of nature in action.  

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    Sunny clear skies offered the perfect weather for viewing our national bird this weekend in Stella Missouri during Eagle Days. For adults and children the event was an education but also a chance to simply see the beauty of nature in action.  

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  • Marijuana Coming From Colorado to Kansas: Suspect Arrested in Traffic Stop

    Marijuana Coming From Colorado to Kansas: Suspect Arrested in Traffic Stop

    Saturday, January 27 2018 10:36 PM EST2018-01-28 03:36:11 GMT

    Marijuana may be legal in Colorado but in  Kansas selling what was grown in another state, is drug trafficking.  Crawford County deputies got a tip of trafficking and made an arrest. 

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    Marijuana may be legal in Colorado but in  Kansas selling what was grown in another state, is drug trafficking.  Crawford County deputies got a tip of trafficking and made an arrest. 

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  • Residents in Arma Petitioning KDOT for Changes Along Highway 69

    Residents in Arma Petitioning KDOT for Changes Along Highway 69

    Saturday, January 27 2018 9:15 PM EST2018-01-28 02:15:58 GMT

        Residents in Arma - are asking the state to help protect their citizens, by reducing the speed limit on highway 69. Sherry Adams prays every day she crosses this highway that she'll make it to the other side, because of the rushing traffic. Sherry Adams: "I have to cross it to get to Dollar General, and, they don't slow down, and it takes, sometimes it takes a long time for me to be able to get across the highway."

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        Residents in Arma - are asking the state to help protect their citizens, by reducing the speed limit on highway 69. Sherry Adams prays every day she crosses this highway that she'll make it to the other side, because of the rushing traffic. Sherry Adams: "I have to cross it to get to Dollar General, and, they don't slow down, and it takes, sometimes it takes a long time for me to be able to get across the highway."

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  • Former Teacher Indicted On Sex Crimes

    Former Teacher Indicted On Sex Crimes

    Friday, January 26 2018 9:00 PM EST2018-01-27 02:00:10 GMT
    Amanda SchweitzerAmanda Schweitzer
    A former Joplin teacher is federally indicted on charges of sexual exploitation of a minor. 38-year-old Amanda Schweitzer from Joplin is accused of using a minor to produce child pornography. The indictment also alleges that she transferred obscene material to the minor. Schweitzer taught at North Middle School at the time of the alleged offenses. She will remain in federal custody until a pending detention hearing next Tuesday.More >>
    A former Joplin teacher is federally indicted on charges of sexual exploitation of a minor. 38-year-old Amanda Schweitzer from Joplin is accused of using a minor to produce child pornography. The indictment also alleges that she transferred obscene material to the minor. Schweitzer taught at North Middle School at the time of the alleged offenses. She will remain in federal custody until a pending detention hearing next Tuesday.More >>
  • Local Recovering Drug Addicts React to "Safe Syringe Access Bill"

    Local Recovering Drug Addicts React to "Safe Syringe Access Bill"

    Friday, January 26 2018 7:41 PM EST2018-01-27 00:41:17 GMT

    Supporters say giving out needles would increase the likelihood of drug addicts one day seeking treatment.

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    Supporters say giving out needles would increase the likelihood of drug addicts one day seeking treatment.

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  • Former Joplin Middle School Teacher Federally Indicted

    Former Joplin Middle School Teacher Federally Indicted

    Friday, January 26 2018 2:06 PM EST2018-01-26 19:06:16 GMT

    Former Joplin North Middle School teacher Amanda Schweitzer has now been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges related to sexual exploitation of a minor.  According to the media release 38 year old Schweitzer of Joplin was charged in a two count indictment.  Schweitzer appeared in federal court Thursday Jan. 24, 2018.  She will remain in federal custody pending a detention hearing on Jan. 30, 2018.  The federal indictment alleges that Schweitzer used a mino...

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    Former Joplin North Middle School teacher Amanda Schweitzer has now been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges related to sexual exploitation of a minor.  According to the media release 38 year old Schweitzer of Joplin was charged in a two count indictment.  Schweitzer appeared in federal court Thursday Jan. 24, 2018.  She will remain in federal custody pending a detention hearing on Jan. 30, 2018.  The federal indictment alleges that Schweitzer used a mino...

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  • Governor Greitens Announces Endorsement Of 'Champ's Law', Joplin Police Hope It Passes

    Governor Greitens Announces Endorsement Of 'Champ's Law', Joplin Police Hope It Passes

    Thursday, January 25 2018 9:24 PM EST2018-01-26 02:24:54 GMT

    Missouri Governor Eric Greitens was in Kansas City yesterday.      During his stop, he was able to visit with a K9 officer named Champ...who was stabbed in the line of duty last month.      That near-tragedy sparked the creation of Champ's Law.      Something the governor endorses...as do many departments across the state...including Joplin.

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    Missouri Governor Eric Greitens was in Kansas City yesterday.      During his stop, he was able to visit with a K9 officer named Champ...who was stabbed in the line of duty last month.      That near-tragedy sparked the creation of Champ's Law.      Something the governor endorses...as do many departments across the state...including Joplin.

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  • Supreme Court Chief Argues for Expanding Treatment Courts Working Well in Jasper County

    Supreme Court Chief Argues for Expanding Treatment Courts Working Well in Jasper County

    Thursday, January 25 2018 7:19 PM EST2018-01-26 00:19:53 GMT

       Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Zel Fischer delivered the state of the judiciary report yesterday.      The bad news is that  the state's incarceration rate is above the national average. According to the chief justice the answer is in treatment courts.     

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       Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Zel Fischer delivered the state of the judiciary report yesterday.      The bad news is that  the state's incarceration rate is above the national average. According to the chief justice the answer is in treatment courts.     

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  • Joplin Businessman Proposes Gentleman's Club in Galena

    Joplin Businessman Proposes Gentleman's Club in Galena

    Thursday, January 25 2018 7:56 PM EST2018-01-26 00:56:08 GMT

    "I feel everybody has the right to free enterprise."

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    "I feel everybody has the right to free enterprise."

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  • Missouri Woman Killed in Kansas Accident

    Missouri Woman Killed in Kansas Accident

    Missouri Woman Killed in Kansas Accident

    Thursday, January 25 2018 5:31 PM EST2018-01-25 22:31:45 GMT

    On January 24, 2018 at 7:21 pm, Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to a single vehicle accident involving a pedestrian near the intersection of K 126 Highway and 270th Street.  Deputies received information while en route that the pedestrian was unresponsive and that passersby had stopped to render aid. Deputies arrived to find the pedestrian in a ditch with significant trauma. Ladonna Ann Griffith, 49 of Asbury, MO was pronounced dead at the scene. The investigation indicates th...

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    On January 24, 2018 at 7:21 pm, Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to a single vehicle accident involving a pedestrian near the intersection of K 126 Highway and 270th Street.  Deputies received information while en route that the pedestrian was unresponsive and that passersby had stopped to render aid. Deputies arrived to find the pedestrian in a ditch with significant trauma. Ladonna Ann Griffith, 49 of Asbury, MO was pronounced dead at the scene. The investigation indicates th...

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  • Joplin's 4th of July Celebration Returning 'Home'

    Joplin's 4th of July Celebration Returning 'Home'

    Wednesday, January 24 2018 9:30 PM EST2018-01-25 02:30:23 GMT

         The business of fireworks is what Missouri Southern is getting back into.      For the first time in nearly 20 years...Joplin's annual 4th of July celebration will return to Fred G. Hughes Stadium. Rain let loose this past 4th of July as vendors setup, and the pyrotechnicians prepped the big show...but little did we know, it could have been the *last* big show, at the Joplin Athletic Complex.

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         The business of fireworks is what Missouri Southern is getting back into.      For the first time in nearly 20 years...Joplin's annual 4th of July celebration will return to Fred G. Hughes Stadium. Rain let loose this past 4th of July as vendors setup, and the pyrotechnicians prepped the big show...but little did we know, it could have been the *last* big show, at the Joplin Athletic Complex.

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  • Opinions Vary If New Tariff on Washing Machines Could Put Manufacturing Industry Through the Wringer

    Opinions Vary If New Tariff on Washing Machines Could Put Manufacturing Industry Through the Wringer

    Wednesday, January 24 2018 7:10 PM EST2018-01-25 00:10:59 GMT

    A senior vice president for LG Electronics told USA Today, "It's likely this will result in higher prices and fewer choices for consumers."

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    A senior vice president for LG Electronics told USA Today, "It's likely this will result in higher prices and fewer choices for consumers."

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  • Parents React to Consolidation of Joplin Middle School Sports

    Parents React to Consolidation of Joplin Middle School Sports

    Wednesday, January 24 2018 7:10 PM EST2018-01-25 00:10:03 GMT

    The Joplin school board votes to consolidate more sports teams at the middle schools after a basketball pilot program.  Athletics officials said a survey of those who made the team and even those who didn't proved the plan is a good one. But not all parents are happy.  

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    The Joplin school board votes to consolidate more sports teams at the middle schools after a basketball pilot program.  Athletics officials said a survey of those who made the team and even those who didn't proved the plan is a good one. But not all parents are happy.  

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  • Area Churches Take Lessons From The Past, Prepare For The Future

    Area Churches Take Lessons From The Past, Prepare For The Future

    Tuesday, January 23 2018 9:59 PM EST2018-01-24 02:59:35 GMT

    Church officials from across the four state region took part in a special security training session tonight in Carthage. On August 12th, 2007, Eiken Siamon entered the church where the Micronesian congregation met, and opened fire...killing Kernal Rehobson and two others. Jerid Davis said "That was the eye opener for us, when that happened in Neosho, that was really the thing, and at that point...

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    Church officials from across the four state region took part in a special security training session tonight in Carthage. On August 12th, 2007, Eiken Siamon entered the church where the Micronesian congregation met, and opened fire...killing Kernal Rehobson and two others. Jerid Davis said "That was the eye opener for us, when that happened in Neosho, that was really the thing, and at that point...

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  • Traffic Safety Plan to Bring Lower Speed Limits Near Pittsburg High School

    Traffic Safety Plan to Bring Lower Speed Limits Near Pittsburg High School

    Tuesday, January 23 2018 7:18 PM EST2018-01-24 00:18:34 GMT

    Four months after a student was struck in a crosswalk, the Pittsburg school district is tackling traffic safety.           The four step plan is a collaborative effort of  USD 250, the city, county and KDOT  to improve safety around Pittsburg high school. 

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    Four months after a student was struck in a crosswalk, the Pittsburg school district is tackling traffic safety.           The four step plan is a collaborative effort of  USD 250, the city, county and KDOT  to improve safety around Pittsburg high school. 

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  • Missouri College & Universities Express Frustration After Gov. Greitens Unveils Proposed Budget

    Missouri College & Universities Express Frustration After Gov. Greitens Unveils Proposed Budget

    Tuesday, January 23 2018 6:42 PM EST2018-01-23 23:42:07 GMT

    "We're at bone level, so any other cuts would be something like amputations rather than cuts."

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    "We're at bone level, so any other cuts would be something like amputations rather than cuts."

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  • Alarming Statistics for Child Sexual Abuse In Cherokee, Crawford Counties

    Alarming Statistics for Child Sexual Abuse In Cherokee, Crawford Counties

    Monday, January 22 2018 9:29 PM EST2018-01-23 02:29:02 GMT

         Disturbing statistics out of Southeast Kansas involving sexual child abuse.      And officials say the numbers have been consistent for several years. Sergeant Rebekah Lynch, Pittsburg Police Department: "In 2017 we had 58 reported cases of sexual assault, 38 out of those were juvenile victims."

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         Disturbing statistics out of Southeast Kansas involving sexual child abuse.      And officials say the numbers have been consistent for several years. Sergeant Rebekah Lynch, Pittsburg Police Department: "In 2017 we had 58 reported cases of sexual assault, 38 out of those were juvenile victims."

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  • Joplin Police Respond to Social Media Outcry After Arrest

    Joplin Police Respond to Social Media Outcry After Arrest

    Monday, January 22 2018 6:56 PM EST2018-01-22 23:56:10 GMT

    "...we have the duty to arrest the person in that situation."

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    "...we have the duty to arrest the person in that situation."

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  • Carl Junction Child Death Case

    Carl Junction Child Death Case

    Monday, January 22 2018 2:05 PM EST2018-01-22 19:05:05 GMT

    1/22/2018: Jalen Vaden, the suspect in the death of a 3-year-old Carl Junction girl, has plead not guilty today. Vaden appeared in court by video. He also filed a motion for a new judge, claiming there was a conflict of interest for Judge Dean Dankelson. That motion was denied. However, as part of the process in Missouri, a defendant gets one judge change request and that motion was sustained. Vaden will have a new judge and is moving to Jasper County Division III. Judge Mouton is the...

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    1/22/2018: Jalen Vaden, the suspect in the death of a 3-year-old Carl Junction girl, has plead not guilty today. Vaden appeared in court by video. He also filed a motion for a new judge, claiming there was a conflict of interest for Judge Dean Dankelson. That motion was denied. However, as part of the process in Missouri, a defendant gets one judge change request and that motion was sustained. Vaden will have a new judge and is moving to Jasper County Division III. Judge Mouton is the...

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  • KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 1-22

    KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 1-22

    Monday, January 22 2018 8:54 AM EST2018-01-22 13:54:33 GMT

    RADIUM VIOLATION The Kansas Department of Health sends a violation letter to the city of Frontenac after radium is found in the city's public water supply.  The KDHE violation is based off the average results of tests done in 2016 and 2017 and showed six picoCuries per liter.  The EPA's standard is five picoCuries per liter. GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN Two local national parks close down as a result of the government shut down.  The George Washington Carver National Mon...

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    RADIUM VIOLATION The Kansas Department of Health sends a violation letter to the city of Frontenac after radium is found in the city's public water supply.  The KDHE violation is based off the average results of tests done in 2016 and 2017 and showed six picoCuries per liter.  The EPA's standard is five picoCuries per liter. GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN Two local national parks close down as a result of the government shut down.  The George Washington Carver National Mon...

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  • Senator McCaskill Offers to Donate Pay To Charity During Government Shutdown

    Senator McCaskill Offers to Donate Pay To Charity During Government Shutdown

    Monday, January 22 2018 12:13 AM EST2018-01-22 05:13:20 GMT
    U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (Missouri)U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (Missouri)

    U.S. Senator from Missouri Claire McCaskill is promising to donate her pay during the shutdown to charity..  

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    U.S. Senator from Missouri Claire McCaskill is promising to donate her pay during the shutdown to charity..  

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  • Gov. Greitens to Announce Budget & Continues Denial of Threats Over Affair

    Gov. Greitens to Announce Budget & Continues Denial of Threats Over Affair

    Sunday, January 21 2018 11:45 PM EST2018-01-22 04:45:56 GMT

    Governor  Eric Greitens plans to announce his  budget recommendations Monday  for fiscal year 2019.    And reiterated his denial of threats against the woman with whom he had an affair.

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    Governor  Eric Greitens plans to announce his  budget recommendations Monday  for fiscal year 2019.    And reiterated his denial of threats against the woman with whom he had an affair.

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  • Missouri Right To Life Holds Its Annual Pro-Life Rally In Lamar

    Missouri Right To Life Holds Its Annual Pro-Life Rally In Lamar

    Friday, January 26 2018 9:07 PM EST2018-01-27 02:07:38 GMT

    The Barton County Chapter of Missouri Right to Life held their annual memorial rally in Lamar today. The rally comes before the Roe v. Wade decision which was made 45 years ago tomorrow. It featured several key note speakers and included a special ceremony where they dump BB's into a metal container, which they say represents every abortion since the 1973 supreme court decision. Missouri state senator Ed Emery was one of speakers. He says that times have changed since R...

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    The Barton County Chapter of Missouri Right to Life held their annual memorial rally in Lamar today. The rally comes before the Roe v. Wade decision which was made 45 years ago tomorrow. It featured several key note speakers and included a special ceremony where they dump BB's into a metal container, which they say represents every abortion since the 1973 supreme court decision. Missouri state senator Ed Emery was one of speakers. He says that times have changed since R...

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  • Governor Greitens Grants First Interview Since Affair Revealed

    Governor Greitens Grants First Interview Since Affair Revealed

    Saturday, January 20 2018 10:43 PM EST2018-01-21 03:43:14 GMT

    Missouri Governor Eric Greitens said he will not resign even after admitting to have an affair while he was running for office.  

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    Missouri Governor Eric Greitens said he will not resign even after admitting to have an affair while he was running for office.  

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  • Carthage Humane Society Looking Toward A Brighter Future

    Carthage Humane Society Looking Toward A Brighter Future

    Saturday, January 20 2018 8:31 PM EST2018-01-21 01:31:28 GMT

        The Carthage Humane Society is still on the recovering side after months of turmoil and controversy surrounding the operation of the facility.     Officials say times are still tough but today marked a new chapter.

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        The Carthage Humane Society is still on the recovering side after months of turmoil and controversy surrounding the operation of the facility.     Officials say times are still tough but today marked a new chapter.

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  • Southwest Missouri Democrats Discuss Candidate Issues, Trouble in Jeff City

    Southwest Missouri Democrats Discuss Candidate Issues, Trouble in Jeff City

    Saturday, January 20 2018 7:42 PM EST2018-01-21 00:42:57 GMT

     Issues in Jeff City and upcoming elections  are hot topics for Southwest Missouri Democrats who met in Carthage today.    Representative Crystal Quade for the 132nd District, which includes Springfield, was guest speaker.     Quade said of the Greitens affair, it's too early to know if they'll be able to seek his impeachment.

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     Issues in Jeff City and upcoming elections  are hot topics for Southwest Missouri Democrats who met in Carthage today.    Representative Crystal Quade for the 132nd District, which includes Springfield, was guest speaker.     Quade said of the Greitens affair, it's too early to know if they'll be able to seek his impeachment.

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  • Local Monument Closes Its Doors After Government Shut Down

    Local Monument Closes Its Doors After Government Shut Down

    Saturday, January 20 2018 7:16 PM EST2018-01-21 00:16:37 GMT
    Two local national parks close down as a result of the government shut down. The George Washington Carver National Monument is one of the affected parks. It has closed its doors until congress can pass a spending bill. All 12 of the monument's employees have been put on furlough, which means they will not be working or getting paid. Even though the park has canceled several of its planned events already, the monument's superintendent Jim Heaney says he's optimistic...More >>
    Two local national parks close down as a result of the government shut down. The George Washington Carver National Monument is one of the affected parks. It has closed its doors until congress can pass a spending bill. All 12 of the monument's employees have been put on furlough, which means they will not be working or getting paid. Even though the park has canceled several of its planned events already, the monument's superintendent Jim Heaney says he's optimistic...More >>
  • KDHE Issues Violation After Radium Found in Local Drinking Water

    KDHE Issues Violation After Radium Found in Local Drinking Water

    Friday, January 19 2018 7:44 PM EST2018-01-20 00:44:49 GMT

    "...it seems like areas of ground water in Kansas have struggled with radium contamination for some time."

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    "...it seems like areas of ground water in Kansas have struggled with radium contamination for some time."

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  • Carthage Police Make Arrest In Shooting

    Carthage Police Make Arrest In Shooting

    Carthage Police Make Arrest In Shooting

    Friday, January 19 2018 1:45 PM EST2018-01-19 18:45:04 GMT

    Police make their first arrest for a shooting that put two people in the hospital last week. Carthage Police Department responded to Kansas City Mo in reference to the shooting investigation that occurred at 1142 River St. Carthage Police Detectives with the assistance Kansas City Mo Police Department Impact Unit.  21-year-old Timothy McLeod was arrested in Kansas City Thursday night.  He is now in the Jasper County Jail.  McLeod was arrested on warrant for t...

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    Police make their first arrest for a shooting that put two people in the hospital last week. Carthage Police Department responded to Kansas City Mo in reference to the shooting investigation that occurred at 1142 River St. Carthage Police Detectives with the assistance Kansas City Mo Police Department Impact Unit.  21-year-old Timothy McLeod was arrested in Kansas City Thursday night.  He is now in the Jasper County Jail.  McLeod was arrested on warrant for t...

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  • Vandals Strike The Newtonia Cemetery

    Vandals Strike The Newtonia Cemetery

    Thursday, January 18 2018 9:28 PM EST2018-01-19 02:28:01 GMT

         Officials with the Old Newtonia Civil War Cemetery say vandals have struck the facility.
         Again.
    Don Jessen, Newtonia Battlefields Protection Association: "I have no idea why."
    Don Jessen is trying to figure out who would vandalize an historic cemetery and why, and, he's puzzled.

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         Officials with the Old Newtonia Civil War Cemetery say vandals have struck the facility.
         Again.
    Don Jessen, Newtonia Battlefields Protection Association: "I have no idea why."
    Don Jessen is trying to figure out who would vandalize an historic cemetery and why, and, he's puzzled.

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  • LOCAL MECHANIC’S GIFT TO FAMILY WAS ANSWERED PRAYER

    LOCAL MECHANIC’S GIFT TO FAMILY WAS ANSWERED PRAYER

    Thursday, January 18 2018 7:07 PM EST2018-01-19 00:07:44 GMT

      A local mom is calling an auto mechanic an angel for his gift to her son who lives with autism.           

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      A local mom is calling an auto mechanic an angel for his gift to her son who lives with autism.           

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  • Epidemic Influenza Levels Prompt Health Department to Offer Free Flu Shots

    Epidemic Influenza Levels Prompt Health Department to Offer Free Flu Shots

    Thursday, January 18 2018 6:58 PM EST2018-01-18 23:58:31 GMT

    There have been 271 flu cases in Newton County alone since December; usually that number is 50.

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    There have been 271 flu cases in Newton County alone since December; usually that number is 50.

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  • Much Needed Daycare Will Disappear with Sale of Webb City Y

    Much Needed Daycare Will Disappear with Sale of Webb City Y

    Friday, January 19 2018 2:51 PM EST2018-01-19 19:51:00 GMT

      The Joplin Family YMCA is selling its Heritage Youth Development Center to the Webb City school district.  That will eliminate a much-needed daycare program. It's a good property buy for district but is leaving some parents at a loss. 

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      The Joplin Family YMCA is selling its Heritage Youth Development Center to the Webb City school district.  That will eliminate a much-needed daycare program. It's a good property buy for district but is leaving some parents at a loss. 

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  • Discussion On Curbing Panhandlers Gets Curbed in Joplin

    Discussion On Curbing Panhandlers Gets Curbed in Joplin

    Tuesday, January 16 2018 10:19 PM EST2018-01-17 03:19:58 GMT

     The City of Joplin is looking to curb peddlers and solicitors at major intersections throughout the city.
         Something that was discussed during tonight's city council meeting.
         Just not for long.     
         The issue is pretty straight forward -- public safety.

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     The City of Joplin is looking to curb peddlers and solicitors at major intersections throughout the city.
         Something that was discussed during tonight's city council meeting.
         Just not for long.     
         The issue is pretty straight forward -- public safety.

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  • Emergency Officials: Joplin House Fire Appears To Have Been Set By Homeless Trying To Keep Warm

    Emergency Officials: Joplin House Fire Appears To Have Been Set By Homeless Trying To Keep Warm

    Tuesday, January 16 2018 6:41 PM EST2018-01-16 23:41:05 GMT

    Two years ago, fires in vacant houses caused by the homeless accounted for 20 percent of the total fires that year.

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    Two years ago, fires in vacant houses caused by the homeless accounted for 20 percent of the total fires that year.

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  • Winter Driving Tips and What to Stock in Vehicle to Survive Getting Stuck

    Winter Driving Tips and What to Stock in Vehicle to Survive Getting Stuck

    Tuesday, January 16 2018 1:38 PM EST2018-01-16 18:38:10 GMT

    It is best to stay off the roads when they are icy. But for those who must drive,  AAA has these tips for doing so safely and what to stock in your vehicle. 

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    It is best to stay off the roads when they are icy. But for those who must drive,  AAA has these tips for doing so safely and what to stock in your vehicle. 

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  • Baxter Springs Man Dies in Fire

    Baxter Springs Man Dies in Fire

    Baxter Springs Man Dies in Fire

    Tuesday, January 16 2018 12:41 PM EST2018-01-16 17:41:16 GMT
    A Baxter Springs man is found inside a burned home.  According to Baxter Springs Fire Department crews were called Monday night at approximately 10:08pm. Baxter Springs Fire, Police and EMS were dispatched to a report of a large unknown type fire in the area of 10th and Wyandotte. Fire crews arrived on scene at 505 1/2 W 9th in Baxter Springs to find a mobile home fully involved with fire. There was a vehicle next to the residence and a boat and trailer at the rear that w...More >>
    A Baxter Springs man is found inside a burned home.  According to Baxter Springs Fire Department crews were called Monday night at approximately 10:08pm. Baxter Springs Fire, Police and EMS were dispatched to a report of a large unknown type fire in the area of 10th and Wyandotte. Fire crews arrived on scene at 505 1/2 W 9th in Baxter Springs to find a mobile home fully involved with fire. There was a vehicle next to the residence and a boat and trailer at the rear that w...More >>
  • Joplin Police Department Declares Emergency Road Conditions

    Joplin Police Department Declares Emergency Road Conditions

    Monday, January 15 2018 8:37 PM EST2018-01-16 01:37:59 GMT
    The Joplin Police Department has activated its emergency road conditions policy. The department warns all residents to go out only if it's absolutely necessary. If you're involved with an accident exchange insurance information. Officers will respond to accidents involving injuries or a driver leaving the scene without exchanging information. If you get into a non-injury and you would still like a report filed, you can come to the police station when road conditions improve.More >>
    The Joplin Police Department has activated its emergency road conditions policy. The department warns all residents to go out only if it's absolutely necessary. If you're involved with an accident exchange insurance information. Officers will respond to accidents involving injuries or a driver leaving the scene without exchanging information. If you get into a non-injury and you would still like a report filed, you can come to the police station when road conditions improve.More >>
  • Joplin Police Hope Motorists Continue Safe Driving in Snow

    Joplin Police Hope Motorists Continue Safe Driving in Snow

    Monday, January 15 2018 6:41 PM EST2018-01-15 23:41:48 GMT

    Colder night time temperatures will turn much of slush into ice.

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    Colder night time temperatures will turn much of slush into ice.

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  • MLK Breakfast Canceled Due to Winter Weather Threat

    MLK Breakfast Canceled Due to Winter Weather Threat

    Sunday, January 14 2018 10:25 PM EST2018-01-15 03:25:59 GMT

    A winter weather advisory for the region has prompted Missouri Southern State University's MLK Committee to cancel a breakfast on Monday morning. 

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    A winter weather advisory for the region has prompted Missouri Southern State University's MLK Committee to cancel a breakfast on Monday morning. 

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  • Woman in Affair with MO Governor Says Distraught Over Recording Release

    Woman in Affair with MO Governor Says Distraught Over Recording Release

    Saturday, January 13 2018 10:19 PM EST2018-01-14 03:19:34 GMT

    Woman in affair with Missouri's Governor says her ex-husband released phone recording without her permission. 

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    Woman in affair with Missouri's Governor says her ex-husband released phone recording without her permission. 

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  • Carthage Art Classes

    Carthage Art Classes

    Saturday, January 13 2018 7:58 PM EST2018-01-14 00:58:25 GMT

        According to CampusExplorer.com, college art courses can range upwards of $42,000 a year, and private lessons, around $70 to $100 a piece.     But, at Cherry's Art Emporium On The Square in Carthage, you can get classes, and materials, once a month, for just $30.

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        According to CampusExplorer.com, college art courses can range upwards of $42,000 a year, and private lessons, around $70 to $100 a piece.     But, at Cherry's Art Emporium On The Square in Carthage, you can get classes, and materials, once a month, for just $30.

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  • Wash The Salt Off Your Car Before It Becomes A Hazard

    Wash The Salt Off Your Car Before It Becomes A Hazard

    Saturday, January 13 2018 7:54 PM EST2018-01-14 00:54:22 GMT

    Road crews will likely be putting down another round of salt on area roads in advance of our next potential storm system...      But that salt can be harmful, even dangerous, for your car.     That's why officials at In And Out Car Wash in Joplin say it's important to wash your car as soon as possible after it gets coated in salt.

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    Road crews will likely be putting down another round of salt on area roads in advance of our next potential storm system...      But that salt can be harmful, even dangerous, for your car.     That's why officials at In And Out Car Wash in Joplin say it's important to wash your car as soon as possible after it gets coated in salt.

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  • Joplin City Councilman: Despite Assumptions, No Official Talks of Reinstating Joplin Police Social Media Posts

    Joplin City Councilman: Despite Assumptions, No Official Talks of Reinstating Joplin Police Social Media Posts

    Thursday, January 18 2018 5:50 PM EST2018-01-18 22:50:04 GMT

    "We said we wanted to just allow the city manager and police chief to engage in a conversation."

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    "We said we wanted to just allow the city manager and police chief to engage in a conversation."

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  • Accident In Cherokee County

    Accident In Cherokee County

    Thursday, January 11 2018 10:43 PM EST2018-01-12 03:43:23 GMT

        An accident in Cherokee County sends one man to the hospital.     The accident occurred just before 8:00 this evening on Southwest 90th just south of Hallowell.     According to Sheriff David Groves, the driver of this SUV lost control.     The SUV left the road and overturned -- ending up in a creek.     A passerby noticed the tail lights and called 911.

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        An accident in Cherokee County sends one man to the hospital.     The accident occurred just before 8:00 this evening on Southwest 90th just south of Hallowell.     According to Sheriff David Groves, the driver of this SUV lost control.     The SUV left the road and overturned -- ending up in a creek.     A passerby noticed the tail lights and called 911.

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  • Small Towns With Deep Roots - Humboldt, KS

    Small Towns With Deep Roots - Humboldt, KS

    Thursday, January 11 2018 7:58 PM EST2018-01-12 00:58:45 GMT

    Earlier, we took you to Mulberry, Kansas, a small town that's lost most of it's history to time and neglect.     But, that's not always the case, as some communities fight to preserve that history. Joe Works: "They were in bad need of repair, several of them had been abandoned because of the leaking roofs." Joe Works has spent the last several years putting his own money into the restoration of a row of buildings on the Humboldt square. 

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    Earlier, we took you to Mulberry, Kansas, a small town that's lost most of it's history to time and neglect.     But, that's not always the case, as some communities fight to preserve that history. Joe Works: "They were in bad need of repair, several of them had been abandoned because of the leaking roofs." Joe Works has spent the last several years putting his own money into the restoration of a row of buildings on the Humboldt square. 

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  • Small Towns With Deep Roots - Mulberry, KS

    Small Towns With Deep Roots - Mulberry, KS

    Thursday, January 11 2018 7:58 PM EST2018-01-12 00:58:09 GMT

        We often see the historic renovations and progress in communities like Pittsburg and Joplin, but, what about those without major support from outside groups?.     How do they preserve their past?. Mulberry native Kathleen Henegar: "It was 1887, 86 or 87, when the town, a man by the name of Taylor, started a store and got a post office started, and it was called Mulberry Grove, Kansas." That's how it all started here in what's now known as 'M...

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        We often see the historic renovations and progress in communities like Pittsburg and Joplin, but, what about those without major support from outside groups?.     How do they preserve their past?. Mulberry native Kathleen Henegar: "It was 1887, 86 or 87, when the town, a man by the name of Taylor, started a store and got a post office started, and it was called Mulberry Grove, Kansas." That's how it all started here in what's now known as 'M...

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  • KDOT Making Preparations For Winter Weather

    KDOT Making Preparations For Winter Weather

    Thursday, January 11 2018 7:31 PM EST2018-01-12 00:31:37 GMT

    In Kansas, KDOT has actually sent their day crews home with an expectation of them returning  this evening around 8:00.     Officials tell us they're monitoring the weather conditions closely and have trucks and salt ready to go as soon as they're needed.

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    In Kansas, KDOT has actually sent their day crews home with an expectation of them returning  this evening around 8:00.     Officials tell us they're monitoring the weather conditions closely and have trucks and salt ready to go as soon as they're needed.

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  • Parson Police Found Online Threat Against High School

    Parson Police Found Online Threat Against High School

    Parson Police Found Online Threat Against High School

    Thursday, January 11 2018 5:15 PM EST2018-01-11 22:15:58 GMT

    Parsons High school was a brief lockdown this morning.  According to school officials police were notified that there was going to be a shooting today at the high school around 10am.   The school was placed on lockdown as police search the area.   The students were released at 11am. At this time police are conducting a thorough search of the building.   The schools says the student safety is their priority and that all students who came to school went home toda...

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    Parsons High school was a brief lockdown this morning.  According to school officials police were notified that there was going to be a shooting today at the high school around 10am.   The school was placed on lockdown as police search the area.   The students were released at 11am. At this time police are conducting a thorough search of the building.   The schools says the student safety is their priority and that all students who came to school went home toda...

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  • Suspect Flees From Local Police is Caught

    Suspect Flees From Local Police is Caught

    Suspect Flees From Local Police is Caught

    Thursday, January 11 2018 4:24 PM EST2018-01-11 21:24:11 GMT

    According to Joplin Police Department officers were called to 1301 South Maiden Lane early Thursday for a suspicious vehicle. A male suspect ran from the vehicle into the woods. Other occupants in the car were detained. After investigating the vehicle was found to be stolen. There is no substantial threat to public safety in the area, but was a large police presence initially.  Joplin Police report Wednesday night Miami Nation Tribal Police attempted to stop a vehicle ...

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    According to Joplin Police Department officers were called to 1301 South Maiden Lane early Thursday for a suspicious vehicle. A male suspect ran from the vehicle into the woods. Other occupants in the car were detained. After investigating the vehicle was found to be stolen. There is no substantial threat to public safety in the area, but was a large police presence initially.  Joplin Police report Wednesday night Miami Nation Tribal Police attempted to stop a vehicle ...

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  • Wyandotte Schools Bus Barn Fire

    Wyandotte Schools Bus Barn Fire

    Thursday, January 11 2018 12:50 PM EST2018-01-11 17:50:12 GMT

    Fire breaks out at the Wyandotte Schools bus barn, forcing the district to cancel classes until Tuesday.  This photo shared on Facebook by the Wyandotte School District shows the aftermath of a late night fire at the district's bus barn.  According to the Wyandotte Fire Chief, the fire started just before 11pm.  The blaze destroyed 11 buses.  The chief says the school district is working with insurance to get rental buses in time for classes to resume on Tuesday af...

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    Fire breaks out at the Wyandotte Schools bus barn, forcing the district to cancel classes until Tuesday.  This photo shared on Facebook by the Wyandotte School District shows the aftermath of a late night fire at the district's bus barn.  According to the Wyandotte Fire Chief, the fire started just before 11pm.  The blaze destroyed 11 buses.  The chief says the school district is working with insurance to get rental buses in time for classes to resume on Tuesday af...

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  • Gov. Greitens Admits to Extra-Marital Affair

    Gov. Greitens Admits to Extra-Marital Affair

    Thursday, January 11 2018 9:35 AM EST2018-01-11 14:35:31 GMT

    Missouri Governor Eric Greitens admits he was "unfaithful" in his marriage but denies allegations he blackmailed the woman he had an extramarital affair with to stay quiet. The governor and his wife released a statement Wednesday night following a report from our CBS sister station in St. Louis, KMOV, that said Greitens had a sexual relationship with his former hairdresser in 2015. According to KMOV's report,  the woman's ex-husband alleged Greitens photographed he...

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    Missouri Governor Eric Greitens admits he was "unfaithful" in his marriage but denies allegations he blackmailed the woman he had an extramarital affair with to stay quiet. The governor and his wife released a statement Wednesday night following a report from our CBS sister station in St. Louis, KMOV, that said Greitens had a sexual relationship with his former hairdresser in 2015. According to KMOV's report,  the woman's ex-husband alleged Greitens photographed he...

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  • Lawsuit Grows Against Joplin School District

    Lawsuit Grows Against Joplin School District

    Lawsuit Grows Against Joplin School District

    Wednesday, January 10 2018 4:57 PM EST2018-01-10 21:57:23 GMT

    Two new alleged victims are named in an lawsuit against a former Joplin teacher and the school district. The lawsuit was filed against the district and Amanda Schweitzer, the former Joplin North Middle School teacher accused of having sex with a student. It was originally filed by the mother of an alleged victim in December. The suit now includes another child of that mother.. and an additional mother and child. The suit alleges the district "failed to take steps to prevent sex...

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    Two new alleged victims are named in an lawsuit against a former Joplin teacher and the school district. The lawsuit was filed against the district and Amanda Schweitzer, the former Joplin North Middle School teacher accused of having sex with a student. It was originally filed by the mother of an alleged victim in December. The suit now includes another child of that mother.. and an additional mother and child. The suit alleges the district "failed to take steps to prevent sex...

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  • Carthage Shooting Investigation

    Carthage Shooting Investigation

    Carthage Shooting Investigation

    Wednesday, January 10 2018 12:35 PM EST2018-01-10 17:35:17 GMT

    Carthage Police Department is investigating a shooting with two victims.  According to media release officers were called to 1142 S River around 11:45p.m. in Carthage Tuesday night.  Two males had been shot by an unknown suspect.  Both victims were taken to a local hospital by ambulance.  Carthage PD with the assistance of Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating.   The Police Department will provide details as they become available. 

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    Carthage Police Department is investigating a shooting with two victims.  According to media release officers were called to 1142 S River around 11:45p.m. in Carthage Tuesday night.  Two males had been shot by an unknown suspect.  Both victims were taken to a local hospital by ambulance.  Carthage PD with the assistance of Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating.   The Police Department will provide details as they become available. 

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  • Joplin & Carthage Humane Societies Concerned About Commission Comments

    Joplin & Carthage Humane Societies Concerned About Commission Comments

    Tuesday, January 9 2018 9:40 PM EST2018-01-10 02:40:11 GMT
         Jasper County Commissioners have decided to *not* give tax payer funding to the Carthage Humane Society.      At least not for now. The reason the commission did not fund the Carthage Humane Society is pretty cut and dry. John Bartosh, Jasper County Presiding Commissioner: "This humane society out here has had issues for a long long time, they had the attorney general down here at one time, so, we decided to quit funding it until things got stra...More >>
         Jasper County Commissioners have decided to *not* give tax payer funding to the Carthage Humane Society.      At least not for now. The reason the commission did not fund the Carthage Humane Society is pretty cut and dry. John Bartosh, Jasper County Presiding Commissioner: "This humane society out here has had issues for a long long time, they had the attorney general down here at one time, so, we decided to quit funding it until things got stra...More >>
  • SE Kansas Notices Increase of Severe Vehicle Crashes; Fire Department Responds with More Jaws of Life Tools

    SE Kansas Notices Increase of Severe Vehicle Crashes; Fire Department Responds with More Jaws of Life Tools

    Tuesday, January 9 2018 6:39 PM EST2018-01-09 23:39:31 GMT

    Law enforcement members say they're stretched during certain times of the day.

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    Law enforcement members say they're stretched during certain times of the day.

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  • All Boys Catholic Boarding School Under Construction in Fort Scott with Working Farm

    All Boys Catholic Boarding School Under Construction in Fort Scott with Working Farm

    Tuesday, January 9 2018 6:20 PM EST2018-01-09 23:20:15 GMT

    A new school is under construction in Fort Scott, Kansas. It's a boarding school. While more common in European countries and northeastern United States, the endeavor is the work of two men who’ve personally experienced boarding school.  

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    A new school is under construction in Fort Scott, Kansas. It's a boarding school. While more common in European countries and northeastern United States, the endeavor is the work of two men who’ve personally experienced boarding school.  

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  • Big Plans This Summer For Webb City's King Jack Park

    Big Plans This Summer For Webb City's King Jack Park

    Monday, January 8 2018 10:24 PM EST2018-01-09 03:24:12 GMT

        It's been years in the making, but now, Webb City says King Jack Park is ready for new adventures this summer.     The city is wrapping up a number of improvement projects to draw more people to the park. King Jack Park - it's the unofficial "heart" of Webb City.

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        It's been years in the making, but now, Webb City says King Jack Park is ready for new adventures this summer.     The city is wrapping up a number of improvement projects to draw more people to the park. King Jack Park - it's the unofficial "heart" of Webb City.

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  • Joplin Mall Security Guards Quit Over Alleged Safety Concerns

    Joplin Mall Security Guards Quit Over Alleged Safety Concerns

    Monday, January 8 2018 7:30 PM EST2018-01-09 00:30:59 GMT

    "My wife doesn't feel safe now.  Even when I worked there, she still didn't feel safe."

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    "My wife doesn't feel safe now.  Even when I worked there, she still didn't feel safe."

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  • Joplin Woman Dies in Police Custody

    Joplin Woman Dies in Police Custody

    Monday, January 8 2018 7:38 PM EST2018-01-09 00:38:22 GMT
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    Investigators work to find out why a Joplin woman died while in the Barton County Missouri jail. According to authorities 33-year-old Colleen Blake was found dead in her cell Saturday morning. She was incarcerated on charges of tampering with a motor vehicle and failure to pay city fines. The Barton County sheriff has called in the Vernon County Sheriff's Office to conduct an independent investigation to find out why Blake died in custody.  No word yet on the cause of death.  

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    Investigators work to find out why a Joplin woman died while in the Barton County Missouri jail. According to authorities 33-year-old Colleen Blake was found dead in her cell Saturday morning. She was incarcerated on charges of tampering with a motor vehicle and failure to pay city fines. The Barton County sheriff has called in the Vernon County Sheriff's Office to conduct an independent investigation to find out why Blake died in custody.  No word yet on the cause of death.  

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  • Carthage Police Investigate Assault on Woman at Home

    Carthage Police Investigate Assault on Woman at Home

    Monday, January 8 2018 12:28 AM EST2018-01-08 05:28:43 GMT

    Carthage police investigate an assault on a woman at her own home.    

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    Carthage police investigate an assault on a woman at her own home.    

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  • Red Cross Helps After Neosho Apartment Fire

    Red Cross Helps After Neosho Apartment Fire

    Monday, January 8 2018 7:31 PM EST2018-01-09 00:31:00 GMT

     A fire at the Hampton apartments in Neosho  forced more than a dozen people from their homes. The fire on Beaumont street happened around six a.m. Sunday morning in Building C. Neosho police helped evacuate residents from sixteen units.

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     A fire at the Hampton apartments in Neosho  forced more than a dozen people from their homes. The fire on Beaumont street happened around six a.m. Sunday morning in Building C. Neosho police helped evacuate residents from sixteen units.

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  • Montgomery County Courthouse Damaged by Broken Pipe & Flooding

    Montgomery County Courthouse Damaged by Broken Pipe & Flooding

    Saturday, January 6 2018 10:21 PM EST2018-01-07 03:21:14 GMT

    A broken pipe on the fourth flood has  led to flooding at the Montgomery County courthouse in Independence, Kansas. These images  were shared with us by Andy Taylor of the Montgomery County Chronicle. 

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    A broken pipe on the fourth flood has  led to flooding at the Montgomery County courthouse in Independence, Kansas. These images  were shared with us by Andy Taylor of the Montgomery County Chronicle. 

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  • Joplin Elks Holds Benefit Breakfast For Local Cycling Group

    Joplin Elks Holds Benefit Breakfast For Local Cycling Group

    Saturday, January 6 2018 6:22 PM EST2018-01-06 23:22:08 GMT

        The Joplin Elks Lodge held a benefit breakfast this morning for a local bicycle group...but, it's not an ordinary group of cyclists.     Funds were raised for JOMO Adventures.     A group of cyclists who ride to raise money for charitable causes.     More than 100 people came out for breakfast...raising more than $1,000 dollars.

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        The Joplin Elks Lodge held a benefit breakfast this morning for a local bicycle group...but, it's not an ordinary group of cyclists.     Funds were raised for JOMO Adventures.     A group of cyclists who ride to raise money for charitable causes.     More than 100 people came out for breakfast...raising more than $1,000 dollars.

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  • Baxter Springs Armed Robbery

    Baxter Springs Armed Robbery

    Saturday, January 6 2018 10:26 PM EST2018-01-07 03:26:58 GMT

    Baxter Springs, KS police are searching for a suspect in the armed robbery of a pharmacy. According to police the male suspect walked into Baxter Drug with a ski mask to conceal his identity and stole an undisclosed amount of property. He fled the scene on a BMX bike. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Baxter Springs Police at 620-856-2112.

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    Baxter Springs, KS police are searching for a suspect in the armed robbery of a pharmacy. According to police the male suspect walked into Baxter Drug with a ski mask to conceal his identity and stole an undisclosed amount of property. He fled the scene on a BMX bike. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Baxter Springs Police at 620-856-2112.

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  • Joplin Police Department Sees Increase In Officers Leaving For 2017

    Joplin Police Department Sees Increase In Officers Leaving For 2017

    Thursday, January 4 2018 9:42 PM EST2018-01-05 02:42:19 GMT

         As for the Joplin Police Department service calls decreased from 2016 to 2017 by nearly 5,000.      Captain Trevor Duncan says that's still pretty high for a city the size of Joplin.      And also told us that the department is overworked.      That's shown by an increase in resignations.

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         As for the Joplin Police Department service calls decreased from 2016 to 2017 by nearly 5,000.      Captain Trevor Duncan says that's still pretty high for a city the size of Joplin.      And also told us that the department is overworked.      That's shown by an increase in resignations.

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  • Kansas Ranked 5th for People Moving Out of State

    Kansas Ranked 5th for People Moving Out of State

    Thursday, January 4 2018 7:12 PM EST2018-01-05 00:12:51 GMT

     The national movers study shows Kansas ranked fifth for outbound movement. However, the city of Pittsburg is bucking that trend.

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     The national movers study shows Kansas ranked fifth for outbound movement. However, the city of Pittsburg is bucking that trend.

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  • Fatal Fire in Northeast Oklahoma

    Fatal Fire in Northeast Oklahoma

    Thursday, January 4 2018 12:03 PM EST2018-01-04 17:03:53 GMT

    Ottawa County Sheriff Department confirms there was a fatal fire in Narcissa. The fire crews were called out Wednesday evening.  The small town is located between Afton and Miami.   The fire occurred is north of Afton on South 540 road and East 160 road. The fatality is a woman. The name of the woman has not been released yet.  More details should be released later today.  

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    Ottawa County Sheriff Department confirms there was a fatal fire in Narcissa. The fire crews were called out Wednesday evening.  The small town is located between Afton and Miami.   The fire occurred is north of Afton on South 540 road and East 160 road. The fatality is a woman. The name of the woman has not been released yet.  More details should be released later today.  

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  • First-of-its-Kind "Blindness Treatment" Will Cost $850,000

    First-of-its-Kind "Blindness Treatment" Will Cost $850,000

    Wednesday, January 3 2018 12:29 PM EST2018-01-03 17:29:43 GMT

    Luxturna is an injection - one for each eye - that replaces a defective gene in the retina, tissue at the back of the eye that converts light into electric signals that produce vision.

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    Luxturna is an injection - one for each eye - that replaces a defective gene in the retina, tissue at the back of the eye that converts light into electric signals that produce vision.

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  • Kansas School Ends Bible Giveaways After Complaints

    Kansas School Ends Bible Giveaways After Complaints

    Wednesday, January 3 2018 12:21 PM EST2018-01-03 17:21:52 GMT

    A constitutional law professor says courts have ruled that the young students "are especially open to coercion."

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    A constitutional law professor says courts have ruled that the young students "are especially open to coercion."

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  • Man Dies From Injuries in Officer Involved Shooting

    Man Dies From Injuries in Officer Involved Shooting

    Wednesday, January 3 2018 12:56 PM EST2018-01-03 17:56:13 GMT

        A man is hospitalized after an officer involved shooting near Landreth Park in Joplin.     It happened just after 3:00 this afternoon.  Jasper County sheriff's deputies were out to serve civil process paperwork to a resident in the 900 block of Landreth Avenue in North Joplin.

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        A man is hospitalized after an officer involved shooting near Landreth Park in Joplin.     It happened just after 3:00 this afternoon.  Jasper County sheriff's deputies were out to serve civil process paperwork to a resident in the 900 block of Landreth Avenue in North Joplin.

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  • Missouri Minimum Wage Raises to $7.85

    Missouri Minimum Wage Raises to $7.85

    Tuesday, January 2 2018 12:31 PM EST2018-01-02 17:31:39 GMT
    Missouri joins 18 states boosting the minimum wage in 2018.  For the third year in a row, the “Show Me” state is showing minimum wage workers more money.  This year, the state's minimum wage increases 15 cents to $7.85 an hour.  The federal rate though, is staying put at $7.25.    That's also what minimum wage workers in both Kansas and Oklahoma will continue to make.  However if you travel to Arkansas, workers there bring in $8.50 an hour, a ...More >>
    Missouri joins 18 states boosting the minimum wage in 2018.  For the third year in a row, the “Show Me” state is showing minimum wage workers more money.  This year, the state's minimum wage increases 15 cents to $7.85 an hour.  The federal rate though, is staying put at $7.25.    That's also what minimum wage workers in both Kansas and Oklahoma will continue to make.  However if you travel to Arkansas, workers there bring in $8.50 an hour, a ...More >>
  • KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 1-2

    KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 1-2

    Tuesday, January 2 2018 11:22 AM EST2018-01-02 16:22:10 GMT
    CHEROKEE COUNTY FIRE Fire departments from Columbus, Weir, and Scammon responded to a fire near Columbus, Kansas just before 4pm Monday afternoon.  No word on what led to the grass fire around Center Star and Northeast 30th Road.  The owner says about ten acres burned.  No one was injured, and no livestock or structures were threatened. FLU FIGHT A "Via Christi Hospital" ER doctor says people are getting hit harder with the flu this year than last year...More >>
    CHEROKEE COUNTY FIRE Fire departments from Columbus, Weir, and Scammon responded to a fire near Columbus, Kansas just before 4pm Monday afternoon.  No word on what led to the grass fire around Center Star and Northeast 30th Road.  The owner says about ten acres burned.  No one was injured, and no livestock or structures were threatened. FLU FIGHT A "Via Christi Hospital" ER doctor says people are getting hit harder with the flu this year than last year...More >>
  • KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 1-1

    KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 1-1

    Tuesday, January 2 2018 10:51 AM EST2018-01-02 15:51:24 GMT
    NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS People around the world say goodbye to 2017 and welcome in 2018 with fireworks and other local traditions.  Here in the U.S., many outdoors new year's celebrations were canceled because of the bitter cold.  The throngs who gathered in the Big Apple to watch the ball drop had to brave single degree temperatures in what will go down as one of the coldest new year's celebrations in Times Square history. DENVER SHOOTOUT One police officer is dead an...More >>
    NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS People around the world say goodbye to 2017 and welcome in 2018 with fireworks and other local traditions.  Here in the U.S., many outdoors new year's celebrations were canceled because of the bitter cold.  The throngs who gathered in the Big Apple to watch the ball drop had to brave single degree temperatures in what will go down as one of the coldest new year's celebrations in Times Square history. DENVER SHOOTOUT One police officer is dead an...More >>
  • New Year Offers Chance to Expunge Conviction Records Under New Law

    New Year Offers Chance to Expunge Conviction Records Under New Law

    Sunday, December 31 2017 10:25 PM EST2018-01-01 03:25:29 GMT

     Missourians have a better chance of getting prior convictions expunged from their record under   a  2016  bill that  becomes  law  January 1, 2018.    

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     Missourians have a better chance of getting prior convictions expunged from their record under   a  2016  bill that  becomes  law  January 1, 2018.    

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  • Box of Files Sheds New Light on Welch, OK Cold Case: Missing Girls

    Box of Files Sheds New Light on Welch, OK Cold Case: Missing Girls

    Saturday, December 30 2017 10:47 PM EST2017-12-31 03:47:09 GMT

    Eighteen years after  two teenage girls disappeared  in Welch, Oklahoma there are  new details about the investigation.      

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    Eighteen years after  two teenage girls disappeared  in Welch, Oklahoma there are  new details about the investigation.      

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  • Drinking This New Year? Don't Drive - Take Advantage of Special Programs Instead

    Drinking This New Year? Don't Drive - Take Advantage of Special Programs Instead

    Saturday, December 30 2017 9:39 PM EST2017-12-31 02:39:04 GMT

        New Year's Eve is around the corner, and with it falling on a weekend, many, are celebrating tonight as well.     Whether you're celebrating out and about or at home, law enforcement wants you to be safe and responsible, and there are ways to get a safe ride home at no cost.

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        New Year's Eve is around the corner, and with it falling on a weekend, many, are celebrating tonight as well.     Whether you're celebrating out and about or at home, law enforcement wants you to be safe and responsible, and there are ways to get a safe ride home at no cost.

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  • Interactive Question: What is your New Year Resolution?

    Interactive Question: What is your New Year Resolution?

    Saturday, December 30 2017 8:31 PM EST2017-12-31 01:31:55 GMT
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    What will you resolve to do in 2018? More >>
  • Oklahoma Attorney General Proposes Giving Tax Cut Benefits to Customers

    Oklahoma Attorney General Proposes Giving Tax Cut Benefits to Customers

    Friday, December 29 2017 10:24 PM EST2017-12-30 03:24:21 GMT

    A hearing on the matter is scheduled for next week.

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    A hearing on the matter is scheduled for next week.

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  • Kansas City Homicide Rate Highest Since 1993

    Kansas City Homicide Rate Highest Since 1993

    Friday, December 29 2017 10:20 PM EST2017-12-30 03:20:50 GMT

    149 people have been killed in homicides this year.

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    149 people have been killed in homicides this year.

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  • Officials Worry About Homeless As Dangerously Cold Temperatures Arrive

    Officials Worry About Homeless As Dangerously Cold Temperatures Arrive

    Friday, December 29 2017 6:18 PM EST2017-12-29 23:18:56 GMT

         With *beyond* bitter cold temperatures on the way, conditions outside could quickly turn deadly.. Especially for those without a home. When you have no place to call your own...places like these become all too familiar surroundings, but there's no heat here...no food...no good place to sleep. That's where places like Souls Harbor come in.

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         With *beyond* bitter cold temperatures on the way, conditions outside could quickly turn deadly.. Especially for those without a home. When you have no place to call your own...places like these become all too familiar surroundings, but there's no heat here...no food...no good place to sleep. That's where places like Souls Harbor come in.

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  • New Hotel Set to Open in Pittsburg

    New Hotel Set to Open in Pittsburg

    Thursday, December 28 2017 10:37 PM EST2017-12-29 03:37:23 GMT

    The new hotel is located at 2410 South Broadway.

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    The new hotel is located at 2410 South Broadway.

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  • Oklahoma Reports 10 Deaths Due to Influenza

    Oklahoma Reports 10 Deaths Due to Influenza

    Thursday, December 28 2017 10:34 PM EST2017-12-29 03:34:22 GMT

    There were 110 flu-related deaths in the state last flu season, just shy of the record 114 deaths three years ago.

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    There were 110 flu-related deaths in the state last flu season, just shy of the record 114 deaths three years ago.

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  • Lamar House Fire Sparks Concerns Over Space Heater Safety, Uses

    Lamar House Fire Sparks Concerns Over Space Heater Safety, Uses

    Thursday, December 28 2017 10:16 PM EST2017-12-29 03:16:25 GMT

         A space heater is to blame for a fire in Lamar that destroyed a home.      And it's *how* that space heater was used that has fire officials concerned. Becci Jones with Jones Plumbing and HVAC says "First of all I would recommend that if you do have frozen pipes, that you call a professional, a professional is going to know what to do when they get there."

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         A space heater is to blame for a fire in Lamar that destroyed a home.      And it's *how* that space heater was used that has fire officials concerned. Becci Jones with Jones Plumbing and HVAC says "First of all I would recommend that if you do have frozen pipes, that you call a professional, a professional is going to know what to do when they get there."

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  • Neosho Holiday Classic Benefits Basketball Players and Business Community

    Neosho Holiday Classic Benefits Basketball Players and Business Community

    Thursday, December 28 2017 5:43 PM EST2017-12-28 22:43:38 GMT

    The Neosho Holiday Classic basketball tournament  is a sixty-three year tradition that some say pays off big for the community.  But it is also calling attention to a  business need.          

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    The Neosho Holiday Classic basketball tournament  is a sixty-three year tradition that some say pays off big for the community.  But it is also calling attention to a  business need.          

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  • Webb City Vehicle Crash Kills Joplin Man

    Webb City Vehicle Crash Kills Joplin Man

    Thursday, December 28 2017 12:05 PM EST2017-12-28 17:05:17 GMT

    The chief Webb City Police Department reported a fatal vehicle crash in Webb City on Wednesday night. Officers responded to a dispatch at 10:44 Wednesday night to a car crash on MacArthur (MO-171) near Powell Drive in Webb City.  A Subaru Impreza driven by a 21-year old male from Joplin was traveling westbound on MacArthur at a high rate of speed when a tan 2009 Honda Pilot driven by a 24-year old from Webb City, which was eastbound, tried to turn ...

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    The chief Webb City Police Department reported a fatal vehicle crash in Webb City on Wednesday night. Officers responded to a dispatch at 10:44 Wednesday night to a car crash on MacArthur (MO-171) near Powell Drive in Webb City.  A Subaru Impreza driven by a 21-year old male from Joplin was traveling westbound on MacArthur at a high rate of speed when a tan 2009 Honda Pilot driven by a 24-year old from Webb City, which was eastbound, tried to turn ...

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  • St. Louis-Based Utility Company Soon to Help Rebuild Puerto Rico

    St. Louis-Based Utility Company Soon to Help Rebuild Puerto Rico

    Wednesday, December 27 2017 10:21 PM EST2017-12-28 03:21:35 GMT

    Ameren workers will focus on the northeast coast area, immediately east of San Juan.

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    Ameren workers will focus on the northeast coast area, immediately east of San Juan.

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  • Kansas Department of Health and Environment Concerned About Mortality Rate for African-American Babies

    Kansas Department of Health and Environment Concerned About Mortality Rate for African-American Babies

    Wednesday, December 27 2017 10:16 PM EST2017-12-28 03:16:15 GMT

    The death rate for African-American babies was nearly three times higher than the mortality rate for white or Hispanic infants.

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    The death rate for African-American babies was nearly three times higher than the mortality rate for white or Hispanic infants.

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  • Murder/Abuse Suspect Arraigned: Protestors Urge More Arrests & Justice for Jayda

    Murder/Abuse Suspect Arraigned: Protestors Urge More Arrests & Justice for Jayda

    Wednesday, December 27 2017 6:31 PM EST2017-12-27 23:31:46 GMT

     The man accused of murdering three year old Jayda Kyle of Carl Junction, Missouri entered a not guilty plea at his arraignment today attended by  Justice for Jayda protestors who marched at the courthouse.

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     The man accused of murdering three year old Jayda Kyle of Carl Junction, Missouri entered a not guilty plea at his arraignment today attended by  Justice for Jayda protestors who marched at the courthouse.

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  • Protesters March Around Courthouse Urging Justice for Jayda

    Protesters March Around Courthouse Urging Justice for Jayda

    Wednesday, December 27 2017 12:17 PM EST2017-12-27 17:17:04 GMT

    A group of people wearing Justice for Jayda t-shirts, marched outside the Jasper County courthouse and to the law offices of Judd McPherson this morning. 

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    A group of people wearing Justice for Jayda t-shirts, marched outside the Jasper County courthouse and to the law offices of Judd McPherson this morning. 

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  • Vehicle Crash East of Stark City Kills Three

    Vehicle Crash East of Stark City Kills Three

    Wednesday, December 27 2017 10:06 AM EST2017-12-27 15:06:09 GMT
    Missouri State Highway Patrol says, at 6:40 on Tuesday night, a three vehicle crash killed three children on MO-86, two miles east of Stark City. A Peterbilt tractor/trailer, driven by a Sarcoxie resident struck a 2010 Chevrolet Traverse causing the Traverse to lose control and cross center line, causing a 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe to hit the Traverse in the opposite lane. The Traverse then ran off the roadway and was overturned, killing four-year-old Benjamin Verde, seven-...More >>
    Missouri State Highway Patrol says, at 6:40 on Tuesday night, a three vehicle crash killed three children on MO-86, two miles east of Stark City. A Peterbilt tractor/trailer, driven by a Sarcoxie resident struck a 2010 Chevrolet Traverse causing the Traverse to lose control and cross center line, causing a 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe to hit the Traverse in the opposite lane. The Traverse then ran off the roadway and was overturned, killing four-year-old Benjamin Verde, seven-...More >>
  • Christmas Weekend Crashes in Missouri Increased Compared to 2016

    Christmas Weekend Crashes in Missouri Increased Compared to 2016

    Tuesday, December 26 2017 10:18 PM EST2017-12-27 03:18:39 GMT

    Three people died in accidents on Saturday, and two on Sunday.

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    Three people died in accidents on Saturday, and two on Sunday.

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  • Wichita Police: Images Show 3-year-old Severely Abused Before Found Dead in Concrete

    Wichita Police: Images Show 3-year-old Severely Abused Before Found Dead in Concrete

    Tuesday, December 26 2017 10:13 PM EST2017-12-27 03:13:54 GMT

    The images appear to show the abuse was happening while the boy's father was frantically trying to get the authorities to intervene.

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    The images appear to show the abuse was happening while the boy's father was frantically trying to get the authorities to intervene.

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  • Jayda Kyle Press Conference

    Jayda Kyle Press Conference

    Tuesday, December 26 2017 6:45 PM EST2017-12-26 23:45:18 GMT
    The Jasper County Sheriff's Department holds a press conference concerning the Jayda Kyle investigation.             Today's news conference was met with a lot of anticipation on the hopes of new information being released, unfortunately, Sheriff Randee Kaiser told us, there is no new information, but officials say this conference served a different purpose.             During the announcement, Sheriff Kaiser rehashed many of...More >>
    The Jasper County Sheriff's Department holds a press conference concerning the Jayda Kyle investigation.             Today's news conference was met with a lot of anticipation on the hopes of new information being released, unfortunately, Sheriff Randee Kaiser told us, there is no new information, but officials say this conference served a different purpose.             During the announcement, Sheriff Kaiser rehashed many of...More >>
  • Kansas Supreme Court Decision Changes Statewide Court Filings

    Kansas Supreme Court Decision Changes Statewide Court Filings

    Monday, December 25 2017 10:16 PM EST2017-12-26 03:16:26 GMT

    The Kansas Supreme Court plans to require attorneys to file their documents electronically.

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    The Kansas Supreme Court plans to require attorneys to file their documents electronically.

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  • Scientists Say Stronger Oklahoma Earthquakes Declining

    Scientists Say Stronger Oklahoma Earthquakes Declining

    Monday, December 25 2017 10:11 PM EST2017-12-26 03:11:04 GMT

    The number of 3.0 magnitude or stronger earthquakes in Oklahoma is declining.

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    The number of 3.0 magnitude or stronger earthquakes in Oklahoma is declining.

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  • Murder Suspects Appear in Court

    Murder Suspects Appear in Court

    Murder Suspects Appear in Court

    Thursday, January 4 2018 5:07 PM EST2018-01-04 22:07:35 GMT

    Jordan and Ramsey appear in court via video today. Both plead not guilty and were appointed public defenders. They're scheduled to be back in court on January 17th. Both men are charged with first degree murder.

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    Jordan and Ramsey appear in court via video today. Both plead not guilty and were appointed public defenders. They're scheduled to be back in court on January 17th. Both men are charged with first degree murder.

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  • Pittsburg House Fire

    Pittsburg House Fire

    Sunday, December 24 2017 11:47 PM EST2017-12-25 04:47:01 GMT
        Firefighters battle a blaze at a home on the west side of Pittsburg...     The fire broke out around 8:00 this evening at this home at 919 South Olive Street.     Authorities tell us the family was able to get out and there were no serious injuries from the fire.     The inferno caused part of the roof to cave-in.     No word on the cause of the fire at this time.More >>
        Firefighters battle a blaze at a home on the west side of Pittsburg...     The fire broke out around 8:00 this evening at this home at 919 South Olive Street.     Authorities tell us the family was able to get out and there were no serious injuries from the fire.     The inferno caused part of the roof to cave-in.     No word on the cause of the fire at this time.More >>
  • CDC Releases Alarming Statistics For Opioid Related Deaths

    CDC Releases Alarming Statistics For Opioid Related Deaths

    Saturday, December 23 2017 6:55 PM EST2017-12-23 23:55:46 GMT
        Grim new statistics from the Center for Disease Control as the life expectancy for Americans drops a second year in a row...     The biggest reason behind the drop?     Opioids.     It's an epidemic the nation continues to battle, including, right here at home. Those numbers from the CDC -- may not seem like a significant drop -- the American life expectancy went from 78.7 to 78.6 years. But the cause for the drop is sign...More >>
        Grim new statistics from the Center for Disease Control as the life expectancy for Americans drops a second year in a row...     The biggest reason behind the drop?     Opioids.     It's an epidemic the nation continues to battle, including, right here at home. Those numbers from the CDC -- may not seem like a significant drop -- the American life expectancy went from 78.7 to 78.6 years. But the cause for the drop is sign...More >>
  • Joplin Police Emergency Road Conditions Early Today, Cleared Tonight

    Joplin Police Emergency Road Conditions Early Today, Cleared Tonight

    Saturday, December 23 2017 6:48 PM EST2017-12-23 23:48:34 GMT
        Over in Joplin, the police department initiated their Emergency Road Conditions earlier this morning in response to the slippery roadways.     Those conditions have since been lifted as many of the roads are safe and clear tonight.     However, at the peak of traffic, JPD found their resources to be overwhelmed from around 8 crashes on I-44 just this morning.     JPD is reminding everyone to play it safe on loca...More >>
        Over in Joplin, the police department initiated their Emergency Road Conditions earlier this morning in response to the slippery roadways.     Those conditions have since been lifted as many of the roads are safe and clear tonight.     However, at the peak of traffic, JPD found their resources to be overwhelmed from around 8 crashes on I-44 just this morning.     JPD is reminding everyone to play it safe on loca...More >>
  • Neosho Police Investigate Shootings Towards Moving Vehicles

    Neosho Police Investigate Shootings Towards Moving Vehicles

    Friday, December 22 2017 6:25 PM EST2017-12-22 23:25:27 GMT

    No arrests have been made.  Police say all four incidents happened at about 7 pm.

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    No arrests have been made.  Police say all four incidents happened at about 7 pm.

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  • Joplin Man Wanted In Shooting

    Joplin Man Wanted In Shooting

    Joplin Man Wanted In Shooting

    Friday, December 22 2017 3:33 PM EST2017-12-22 20:33:45 GMT

    According to Joplin Police Department on 12-21-2017 at 11:38pm we received a call to 5501 East 32nd, Gastrip, for a shooting. Officers arrived and found a 29-year-old female with a gunshot wound to her hip. She was transported to a local hospital and is in surgery, as of this morning. The suspect hasn't been arrested at this time. This is however an isolated incident, and is a case of domestic violence. The investigation continues.

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    According to Joplin Police Department on 12-21-2017 at 11:38pm we received a call to 5501 East 32nd, Gastrip, for a shooting. Officers arrived and found a 29-year-old female with a gunshot wound to her hip. She was transported to a local hospital and is in surgery, as of this morning. The suspect hasn't been arrested at this time. This is however an isolated incident, and is a case of domestic violence. The investigation continues.

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  • Family of Three-Year-Old Allegedly Killed Over Pajamas Speaks Through Attorney

    Family of Three-Year-Old Allegedly Killed Over Pajamas Speaks Through Attorney

    Thursday, December 21 2017 10:36 PM EST2017-12-22 03:36:36 GMT

    We asked the attorney where the mom was when this allegedly happened.

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    We asked the attorney where the mom was when this allegedly happened.

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