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  • Special Report: Heartland Boxing Gym Rebounds after Fire

    Special Report: Heartland Boxing Gym Rebounds after Fire

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 7:28 PM EDT2018-05-23 23:28:44 GMT

    We catch up with trainer Dallas Cook and his fighters three months after a fire destroyed their home gym.

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    We catch up with trainer Dallas Cook and his fighters three months after a fire destroyed their home gym.

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

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

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

    Special Report: Risk On The Rails

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

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

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

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  • Special Report: 4-State Food Deserts

    Special Report: 4-State Food Deserts

    Thursday, May 10 2018 6:33 PM EDT2018-05-10 22:33:48 GMT

    The USDA defines food deserts as "parts of the country, vapid of fresh fruit, vegetables and other healthful whole foods." According to its Food Desert Map, the town of Arma, KS qualifies. Residents there are looking for a solution. Felisha Larson is not a fan of feeding her kids with food from a gas station. But ever since the Arma Market closed down, filling her kitchen with fresh fruit, vegetables, and other staples of a healthy diet, has become a chore. "That ...

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    The USDA defines food deserts as "parts of the country, vapid of fresh fruit, vegetables and other healthful whole foods." According to its Food Desert Map, the town of Arma, KS qualifies. Residents there are looking for a solution. Felisha Larson is not a fan of feeding her kids with food from a gas station. But ever since the Arma Market closed down, filling her kitchen with fresh fruit, vegetables, and other staples of a healthy diet, has become a chore. "That ...

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  • Special Report: Drug Dog Dangers

    Special Report: Drug Dog Dangers

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

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

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

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  • Special Report: Inspiration On Wheels

    Special Report: Inspiration On Wheels

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • "Price of Protection": Joplin's Firefighter and Police Officer Retention Problem

    "Price of Protection": Joplin's Firefighter and Police Officer Retention Problem

    Thursday, November 9 2017 8:58 PM EST2017-11-10 01:58:23 GMT

    "You can't continue to treat police officers, firefighters, or anyone else in emergency operations the same as you treat everyone else in the City."

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    "You can't continue to treat police officers, firefighters, or anyone else in emergency operations the same as you treat everyone else in the City."

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: School Days

    SPECIAL REPORT: School Days

    Thursday, March 10 2016 7:43 PM EST2016-03-11 00:43:13 GMT

    Two four state school districts try a four-day school week. Chetopa and  St. Paul it started with the semester in January, but Pierce City, MO started the school year at four days. Each added 30 to 40 minutes to the school day that pushes students energy levels getting up earlier, longer day at school, and some parents say its too exhausting.  Elementary students seem to feel tired pains more than....

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    Two four state school districts try a four-day school week. Chetopa and  St. Paul it started with the semester in January, but Pierce City, MO started the school year at four days. Each added 30 to 40 minutes to the school day that pushes students energy levels getting up earlier, longer day at school, and some parents say its too exhausting.  Elementary students seem to feel tired pains more than....

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  • Lost Reels

    Lost Reels

    Thursday, March 3 2016 7:16 PM EST2016-03-04 00:16:56 GMT

    KOAM History is a part of Four-State History. Thousands of Four-Staters grew up watching local programs produced by this television station. So when recordings of those shows were lost, it was a loss for all of us.  A recent discovery has made it so exciting as you'll see (above) in Part 1: Lost Reels.

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    KOAM History is a part of Four-State History. Thousands of Four-Staters grew up watching local programs produced by this television station. So when recordings of those shows were lost, it was a loss for all of us.  A recent discovery has made it so exciting as you'll see (above) in Part 1: Lost Reels.

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Lost Languages

    SPECIAL REPORT: Lost Languages

    Monday, April 4 2016 12:51 PM EDT2016-04-04 16:51:24 GMT
     Native American Tribes across the United States are gradually losing their languages as fewer tribal members speak in their native tongue and elders stop passing it on to their grandchildren.      Tribes in Oklahoma are taking a stand to stop this trend. In our special report "Lost Language" we look at how the local Eastern Shawnee tribe and Quapaw tribe are working to keep their languages alive for future generations.More >>
     Native American Tribes across the United States are gradually losing their languages as fewer tribal members speak in their native tongue and elders stop passing it on to their grandchildren.      Tribes in Oklahoma are taking a stand to stop this trend. In our special report "Lost Language" we look at how the local Eastern Shawnee tribe and Quapaw tribe are working to keep their languages alive for future generations.More >>
  • SPECIAL REPORT: Ring Reunion, Part 2

    SPECIAL REPORT: Ring Reunion, Part 2

    Thursday, January 26 2017 5:45 PM EST2017-01-26 22:45:47 GMT
    Ruth Pendergraft lost her husband in the Vietnam War, The Army sent his belongings to his widow, for 50 years that's all she's had to remember him by. The box contained just a few items like his billfold, pieces of clothing, and a ring. A ring that didn't belong to her husband after nearly 50 years Ruth was ready to solve the mystery."I still probably think he won it, he played poker over there I know he did, I still think he won it in a poker game," Pendergraft saidMore >>
    Ruth Pendergraft lost her husband in the Vietnam War, The Army sent his belongings to his widow, for 50 years that's all she's had to remember him by. The box contained just a few items like his billfold, pieces of clothing, and a ring. A ring that didn't belong to her husband after nearly 50 years Ruth was ready to solve the mystery."I still probably think he won it, he played poker over there I know he did, I still think he won it in a poker game," Pendergraft saidMore >>
  • SPECIAL REPORT: Adjusting Juvenile Justice

    SPECIAL REPORT: Adjusting Juvenile Justice

    Friday, November 13 2015 12:12 AM EST2015-11-13 05:12:15 GMT
    The juvenile justice system in Jasper County Missouri seemed to be broken.  The county was among the state leaders in both the percentage of juveniles locked up and in the percentage of repeat offenders.      Some change was unavoidable.   Since the former detention center in Joplin was deemed inadequate and unsafe earlier this year, the most serious juvenile offenders from Jasper, Newton and Mcdonald Counties have been held at the Greene County ...More >>
    The juvenile justice system in Jasper County Missouri seemed to be broken.  The county was among the state leaders in both the percentage of juveniles locked up and in the percentage of repeat offenders.      Some change was unavoidable.   Since the former detention center in Joplin was deemed inadequate and unsafe earlier this year, the most serious juvenile offenders from Jasper, Newton and Mcdonald Counties have been held at the Greene County ...More >>
  • Ring Reunion, Part 1

    Ring Reunion, Part 1

    Thursday, January 26 2017 5:45 PM EST2017-01-26 22:45:47 GMT
    Ruth Pendergraft married her husband after a whirlwind romance, a truckman in the Army.  He was sent to Vietnam and died after an explosion. The Army could only send Ruth his belongings, and she's kept them in a trunk for the last 48 years. "And when the(y) sent me his belongings, his personal belongings, which didn't amount to much, you don't need a whole lot in Vietnam, but among his items was a West Point military academy graduation ring from 1953.  I knew he did...More >>
    Ruth Pendergraft married her husband after a whirlwind romance, a truckman in the Army.  He was sent to Vietnam and died after an explosion. The Army could only send Ruth his belongings, and she's kept them in a trunk for the last 48 years. "And when the(y) sent me his belongings, his personal belongings, which didn't amount to much, you don't need a whole lot in Vietnam, but among his items was a West Point military academy graduation ring from 1953.  I knew he did...More >>
  • ALL IN, Part 2

    ALL IN, Part 2

    Thursday, November 5 2015 10:38 PM EST2015-11-06 03:38:44 GMT
    Operating a law firm in Miami, J. Ken Gallon says gaming has been good for his business. Specifically.. bankruptcy law."Close to 30 percent of my business is because of gambling debt," Gallon said.Gallon couldn't say whether the bankruptcies associated with gambling were a direct result of the multiple casinos in Oklahoma. "Nationally, the bankruptcies are way down across the nation," Gallon said. "But my business has increased, and increases every ye...More >>
    Operating a law firm in Miami, J. Ken Gallon says gaming has been good for his business. Specifically.. bankruptcy law."Close to 30 percent of my business is because of gambling debt," Gallon said.Gallon couldn't say whether the bankruptcies associated with gambling were a direct result of the multiple casinos in Oklahoma. "Nationally, the bankruptcies are way down across the nation," Gallon said. "But my business has increased, and increases every ye...More >>
  • More teachers are leaving Kansas for Missouri and other states because they're frustrated with lawmakers

    More teachers are leaving Kansas for Missouri and other states because they're frustrated with lawmakers

    Thursday, November 5 2015 11:05 PM EST2015-11-06 04:05:55 GMT
    Kansas school superintendents says the state is poised for the perfect storm to create  a teacher shortage. Becky Cleland left Kansas after teaching twenty-two years in Girard.More >>
    Kansas school superintendents says the state is poised for the perfect storm to create  a teacher shortage. Becky Cleland left Kansas after teaching twenty-two years in Girard.More >>
  • ALL IN, Part 1

    ALL IN, Part 1

    Monday, April 17 2017 4:28 PM EDT2017-04-17 20:28:09 GMT
    ust South of the construction site, it's not in a destination spot, but Terry Sims has operated an adult outlet store since 2008 on the corner of 160 & 69. A location originally chosen for it's remote placement."There's no children coming out this way," Sims said. "I'm out here in the middle of nowhere. And now they're going to put in a casino and I won't be in the middle of nowhere."And for the few business owners like Sims, neighboring the development.."I...More >>
    ust South of the construction site, it's not in a destination spot, but Terry Sims has operated an adult outlet store since 2008 on the corner of 160 & 69. A location originally chosen for it's remote placement."There's no children coming out this way," Sims said. "I'm out here in the middle of nowhere. And now they're going to put in a casino and I won't be in the middle of nowhere."And for the few business owners like Sims, neighboring the development.."I...More >>
  • Duty Dogs: Part Two

    Duty Dogs: Part Two

    Monday, July 6 2015 1:44 PM EDT2015-07-06 17:44:04 GMT
    Dog breeder Dave Miller talks about Newfoundlands."They're just big 'ol' loving... well... They love everybody."Miller says the breed has a great disposition, making them an ideal fit for his latest project. "To provide therapy dogs to veterans at no cost to them.More >>
    Dog breeder Dave Miller talks about Newfoundlands."They're just big 'ol' loving... well... They love everybody."Miller says the breed has a great disposition, making them an ideal fit for his latest project. "To provide therapy dogs to veterans at no cost to them.More >>
  • Duty Dogs: Part One

    Duty Dogs: Part One

    Monday, July 6 2015 1:44 PM EDT2015-07-06 17:44:04 GMT
    Research shows that dogs can help veterans who are dealing with emotional and psychological effects from serving. There is an abundance of examples of dogs who have helped their veteran owners overcome obstacles and find hope. Here, two dogs are doing just this for southwest Missouri veterans.More >>
    Research shows that dogs can help veterans who are dealing with emotional and psychological effects from serving. There is an abundance of examples of dogs who have helped their veteran owners overcome obstacles and find hope. Here, two dogs are doing just this for southwest Missouri veterans.More >>
  • Where in the World are Wallace and Bajjali?

    Where in the World are Wallace and Bajjali?

    Wednesday, May 20 2015 9:41 PM EDT2015-05-21 01:41:30 GMT
    A KOAM/KFJX special reportMore >>
    A KOAM/KFJX special reportMore >>
  • Medical Mystery- Part 1 & 2

    Medical Mystery- Part 1 & 2

    Monday, July 6 2015 1:44 PM EDT2015-07-06 17:44:31 GMT
    Medical Mystery- Part 1 & 2More >>
    Medical Mystery- Part 1 & 2More >>
  • Special Report: Working Through Autism

    Special Report: Working Through Autism

    Monday, April 17 2017 4:27 PM EDT2017-04-17 20:27:52 GMT
    According to the CDC, there are more than 3.5 million Americans struggling with an autism spectrum disorder.More >>
    According to the CDC, there are more than 3.5 million Americans struggling with an autism spectrum disorder.More >>
  • SPECIAL REPORT: Bridging The Gap

    SPECIAL REPORT: Bridging The Gap

    Monday, April 4 2016 12:50 PM EDT2016-04-04 16:50:50 GMT
    A family grieves the loss of their daughter after a boating accident on Grand Lake. More >>
    A family grieves the loss of their daughter after a boating accident on Grand Lake. More >>
  • SPECIAL REPORT: Shaken Lives

    SPECIAL REPORT: Shaken Lives

    Thursday, April 30 2015 7:29 PM EDT2015-04-30 23:29:33 GMT
    Part I: You hear the stories too often. A parent More >>
    Part I: You hear the stories too often. A parent More >>
  • SPECIAL REPORT: Leveling the Playing Field, Part II

    SPECIAL REPORT: Leveling the Playing Field, Part II

    Thursday, April 23 2015 10:32 PM EDT2015-04-24 02:32:25 GMT
    The world of sports is big business and serious competition even at the high school level. Missouri home school students. Hope to follow in the footsteps of Tim Tebow who was a home schooler who played football with a public high school. But in Lamar, home of four state championships.. Not all are in favor."You're not the underdog now you're the big dog trying to hold steady wonder if people see that and want to be a part of that," explains Kristi Lehman who has sent 4 athletes to Lamar High ...More >>
    The world of sports is big business and serious competition even at the high school level. Missouri home school students. Hope to follow in the footsteps of Tim Tebow who was a home schooler who played football with a public high school. But in Lamar, home of four state championships.. Not all are in favor."You're not the underdog now you're the big dog trying to hold steady wonder if people see that and want to be a part of that," explains Kristi Lehman who has sent 4 athletes to Lamar High ...More >>
  • SPECIAL REPORT: Leveling the Playing Field

    SPECIAL REPORT: Leveling the Playing Field

    Friday, April 24 2015 3:15 PM EDT2015-04-24 19:15:28 GMT
    Twenty-one states including Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma More >>
    Twenty-one states including Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma More >>
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