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Local Veteran Encourages More Support for Those Battling PTSD

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Air Force veteran Larry Stevicks found his calling as Commander for Fort Scott VFW Post 1165 because he knows personally how important it is to provide an opportunity for those who serve to vent abut their experience in war.  "I'm a combat veteran. I was in Udorn, Thailand for about 13 months and it just, certain things that come about that are important for them to know, and so by having a place for them to go to to air themselves a little bit without it going ... More>>

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Missouri Southern Names Jeff Sims Head Football Coach

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

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Missouri authorities search for suspect vehicle in high-speed chase

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

Pittsburg Fire Department shares home heating safety tips

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The cold weather has finally arrived, which means residents will be turning up their thermostats and using home heating devices to stay warm. During the cold-weather months, it is especially important to make sure homes are heated safely. According to the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA), half of home heating fires occur in the months of December, January and February. To help keep residents safe this season, the Pittsburg Fire Department is sharing some essential hom... More>>

Joplin Museum Exhibit Features WWI Collection and Local History

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

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Joplin Meth Conspiracy Leader Faces Life in Prison

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

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BI-Centennial License Plates Planned for MO

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

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Local Artists Gear Up for Holiday Season with Annual Craft Shows

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

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Group fills Baxter Springs with Stars and Stripes

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

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Joplin Wins District Title, Advances to State Semifinals Video included

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Isaiah Davis had 333 rushing yards and 6 touchdowns, leading the Joplin Eagles to a 49-14 win over Kirkwood Friday night in the Class 6 District 3 championship game.  More>>

Fort Scott holds First Veteran's Day Celebration Video included

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

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Election Tie Aftermath Video included

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Pittsburg Mayor Jeremy Johnson went to bed on election night thinking he'd lost the race for Crawford County Commissioner, District 3.

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Carl Junction Class Store Opens for Business Video included

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Carl Junction Elementary students are getting hands-on experience with their new class store called "Braggin' Bulldogs." The store is part of a Project Based Learning (PBL) initiative to include real-world learning with 21st century skills, while also including state standards. Students did research to prepare for the store's opening, including applying for positions in the store, choosing what items to sell and sending letters to parents to ask for dona... More>>

NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW 11-9

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

Taking a look at Impact of new MO Minimum Wage Video included

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Missouri voters have approved a minimum wage hike that'll be phased in gradually -- hitting twelve dollars an hour in 20-23. But, some economists think it could cause increased product costs.  Carl Wiest is the owner of Wiestside Barbeque.. A local small business that like many struggles to stay afloat.  Carl Wiest, Owner:"It's gonna be interesting to say the least." They pay all of their employees.. including their wait staff.. more than the current ... More>>

School Districts Struggle with Shortage of Substitute Teachers

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

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Error leads to recount in Crawford County, KS election

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

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Special Report: Boutique Business Video included

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

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

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Nevada Investigators receive autopsy results today, Nov. 8th, 2018, and say there's no suspicion of foul play in the death of a woman in southwest Missouri. On August 15th, 2018, Nevada Police were called about a deceased woman in a motel room. Authorities said it appeared she had been dead for some time. They did not confirm what motel she was found in and did not release her name. The Vernon County Coroner conducted the autopsy. According to Lt. Bastow, the autopsy reveal... More>>

Grand jury indicts captain of tourist boat in Missouri

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

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Midterms bring out high voter numbers Video included

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In some parts of the area -- it was the highest mid-term voter turnout in several election cycles. Now with all the ballots counted --we know just how strong the voter participation was in the Four-States. It was a busy day for election officials during Tuesday's general election.  Kimberly Bell, McDonald County, MO Clerk:"It was a seventeen plus hour day." Rodney Edmonson, Cherokee County, KS Clerk:"I think people are really getting energized.&q... More>>

Lamar Police Department Stops Taking Cats Video included

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

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

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

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions submits resignation

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

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

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

Breaking Down the Midterm Elections Video included

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Democrats take back the House, while Republicans retain control of the U.S. Senate.  KOAM’s Michael Hayslip breaks down the Midterm Elections with help from Nick Myers, the Central Chairman for the Newton County Republican Party. More>>

KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 11-7 Video included

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

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  • Girl Scouts Honor Their Sisters

    Girl Scouts Honor Their Sisters

    Sunday, November 11 2018 10:58 PM EST2018-11-12 03:58:20 GMT

    Cherokee County Girl Scouts held a candlelight vigil Sunday evening, to honor their fellow scouts who lost their lives in Wisconsin last weekend. 

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    Cherokee County Girl Scouts held a candlelight vigil Sunday evening, to honor their fellow scouts who lost their lives in Wisconsin last weekend. 

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  • Shawnee Tribe Celebration

    Shawnee Tribe Celebration

    Saturday, November 10 2018 10:49 PM EST2018-11-11 03:49:03 GMT

    Sunday in Miami, Oklahoma, people celebrated the opening of the Shawnee Tribe Cultural Center. 

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    Sunday in Miami, Oklahoma, people celebrated the opening of the Shawnee Tribe Cultural Center. 

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  • Joplin's Veterans Day Parade Continues to Grow

    Joplin's Veterans Day Parade Continues to Grow

    Saturday, November 10 2018 10:35 PM EST2018-11-11 03:35:02 GMT

    Joplin's 31st Annual Veterans Day Parade was a big hit Saturday, and continues to grow in size. 

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    Joplin's 31st Annual Veterans Day Parade was a big hit Saturday, and continues to grow in size. 

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  • Popular assistant high school coach dies in hunting accident

    Popular assistant high school coach dies in hunting accident

    Monday, November 12 2018 9:05 AM EST2018-11-12 14:05:30 GMT
    Officials say a southwest Missouri high school coach has died in a hunting accident.More >>
    Officials say a southwest Missouri high school coach has died in a hunting accident.More >>
  • Joplin Meth Conspiracy Leader Faces Life in Prison

    Joplin Meth Conspiracy Leader Faces Life in Prison

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

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

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

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  • Snow keeps up as we enter Monday afternoon

    Snow keeps up as we enter Monday afternoon

    Monday, November 12 2018 1:33 PM EST2018-11-12 18:33:22 GMT
    After a little mid-morning break for the western and central Four States we're back at it for the afternoon. Don't discount late afternoon/evening freezing drizzle south of I-44.More >>
    After a little mid-morning break for the western and central Four States we're back at it for the afternoon. Don't discount late afternoon/evening freezing drizzle south of I-44.More >>
  • More than 3" of snow measured in SWMO

    More than 3" of snow measured in SWMO

    Monday, November 12 2018 11:45 AM EST2018-11-12 16:45:46 GMT
    New report from Neosho sits at 3.3".More >>
    New report from Neosho sits at 3.3".More >>
  • Already close to 2 inches of snow for Monday morning

    Already close to 2 inches of snow for Monday morning

    Monday, November 12 2018 10:10 AM EST2018-11-12 15:10:07 GMT
    Accumulation numbers coming in from SEK approaching 2 inches of snow by 9 a.m.More >>
    Accumulation numbers coming in from SEK approaching 2 inches of snow by 9 a.m.More >>

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