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1999 Cold Case: Previous Coverage out of Welch,OK

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April 23, 2018: A Fox affiliate in Tulsa, Fox 23, is reporting that one person is in custody related to the disappearance of Ashley Freeman and Lauria Bible. KOAM and FOX 14 will Facebook live stream a media conference that could bring new information about a 1999 cold case out of Welch, Oklahoma. Authorities plan to speak about the case today at 2:00 p.m. The case dealt with the murders of Danny and Kathy Freeman in December of 1999 and the disappearance of the couple's...

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Crawford County Educator of the Year Finalists Announced

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The winner of the Educator of the Year Award will be announced at the chamber’s Annual Banquet on May 24.

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Police Search for Armed Robbery Suspect

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Joplin Police received a call about an armed robbery on Sunday just before 10:00 p.m. (April 22, 2018). An employee at Charlie's Chicken (2020E. 32nd Street) says she locked the business up and was walking to her vehicle when a male walked up to her in the parking lot. She said he pointed a handgun at her and demanded the night deposit bag. She gave the suspect the bag and says he ran to the southwest. Police officers could not find him. Authorities say the suspect is described as ... More>>

Family of Man Whose Body Sat in KC International Airport Parking Lot for Months Sues

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Airport police found the man's body in September in a pickup truck.  The man's parking pass was dated Jan. 17.

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Vandalism Rampage by Teen in Stolen Truck Damages Erie HS & St. Paul Business Video included

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A St. Paul, KS  teenager went on a vandalism crime spree Saturday night. 

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Vehicle Driven By Teen Crashes Through Erie High School

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At about 11:30 pm, April 21st, a vehicle crashed into the front door of Erie High School. According to USD 101 Superintendent Steve Wolf, a 16-year-old male from St. Paul drove a pickup truck through the hallways of the school. The incident damaged doorways, walls, furniture and the antique Richey's Drug Store soda fountain. The Erie Police Department arrested the teen at the scene. School officials are working to get the scene cleaned up in time for class on Monday. h... More>>

Local Woman Recalls Meeting Barbara Bush Video included

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Barbara Bush's passing has impacted many people in the country and that includes a longtime Joplin resident who had the opportunity to do Mrs. Bush's hair. Letha DeMier met the former first lady in November of 1998. Mrs. Bush visited Joplin to make a keynote speech at the Freeman Quality in Medicine Award. DeMier received a call requesting that she style Barbara Bush's hair before her speech. While DeMier says it was a little intimidating at first, she says the former first ... More>>

Happy 107! Video included

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Two very special Neosho County women are approaching an amazing milestone. They're both turning 107 in the coming weeks. 

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Don't Ask for Bongs in this Joplin Store on 4/20...or Any Day...Despite What You See Video included

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"You're outta here."

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Erie High School Students to Host Town Hall Forum Video included

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Although these students are too young to vote, they're plenty old enough to care about issues our country is facing today. "Ever since Parkland happened, the shooting at Park Land. I've always had this mentality, like it can happen here" Erie High School sophomore, Matthew Inman attended the Pittsburg March For Our Lives rally, and one of the leaders encouraged people from all congressional districts to hold town hall meetings, the spirit of activism was contagious. "... More>>

Interim Police Chief Named for Pittsburg Video included

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The City of Pittsburg announces that Major Brent Narges has been appointed the interim police chief.  He'll take over for Mendy Hulvey who announced her retirement last month. Her last day is June 29, 2018. "Brent is a Pittsburg Police Department veteran, who understands our community and will work well with Chief Hulvey, as she transitions into retirement," says City Manager Daron Hall. "He is well-respected by our officers and community, and I appreciate his w... More>>

Carl Junction Man Arrested For Threatening Two People With A Gun

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According to the Jasper County Sheriff's Office, on Wednesday (April 18), deputies were called to 10125 County Lane 273 in Carl Junction. Deputies spoke with two women who were trying to get their dog from their neighbors yard. The women were in the 71-year-old's driveway when the man came out with a pistol threatening to shoot them for trespassing. They say the man continued the threats as they tried to explain why they were there. When a deputy arrived, he approached the man... More>>

Arrest After Shooting In Rural Cherokee County

Arrest After Shooting In Rural Cherokee County

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A Southeast Kansas man is free on bond following a shooting in rural Galena Thursday afternoon.  According to Cherokee County Sheriff's Office deputies were called to residence for woman being shot.  The shooting happened after a verbal argument with a 28 year old male.  Before deputies arrived to the scene the female was taken to a Joplin hospital where she was treat for non-life threatening injuries.   

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 4-20 Video included

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BARD NOT RESIGNING A day after submitting his resignation, newly elected Joplin City Council member Joshua Bard has changed his mind.  Missouri state law states felons are not eligible to be *candidates* for a local or state office.  Joshua Bard pleaded guilty to manufacturing methamphetamine in Newton County in 2005.  Bard says after he talked with Joplin's city attorney, he initially decided the best decision was to submit his resignation from the city council.&nbs... More>>

Neosho School District Still Negotiating Insurance Payouts For Goodman Elementary, Kids Ready To Go Home Video included

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     We've mentioned it this week.      The original amount of insurance money for a new elementary school in Goodman...is about $2 million and change less than what district officials expected. Walking the halls of Goodman Elementary - which isn't Goodman Elementary. Callee Clapp, Goodman Elementary 1st Grader: "The school has lockers..." Lockers - that were built for 7th graders. Since the April 2017 tornado, Goodman Elementary students h... More>>

AmeriCorps Crew Teams With the Eastern Shawnee Tribe Video included

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With every pile of mulch they level, this team helps the Eastern Shawnee tribe get closer to being fully recovered from last year's flood, as well as bringing themselves closer to achieving their own dreams. "I would be a senior right now at the university of Washington, but I didn't have much of a direction. I was hoping that through this program, networking and gaining some sort of guidance" says Paul Goehring, one of the AmeriCorps workers. Paul and the A... More>>

Owner of Building Destroyed By Fire in Pittsburg is Charged With Arson

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The Crawford County Attorney filed charges today (April 18) in a Pittsburg arson case. 64-year-old Grant K. Dahmer is charged with arson. The Fire Chief says he is the owner of the building that he allegedly set fire to. April 12th, 2018: The Pittsburg Police Department says they have arrested one person in connection to the fire at 111 E 10th Street. Fire crews responded to the fire just before 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 7th. The unoccupied commercial building was extensively damag...

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  • New Trees for Joplin

    New Trees for Joplin

    Sunday, April 22 2018 10:34 PM EDT2018-04-23 02:34:53 GMT

    The city of Joplin got some beautiful new trees for Earth Day. On Sunday, Joplin Daybreak Rotary worked with Liberty Utilities to plant 25 trees at ten different homes. 

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    The city of Joplin got some beautiful new trees for Earth Day. On Sunday, Joplin Daybreak Rotary worked with Liberty Utilities to plant 25 trees at ten different homes. 

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  • Honoring a Hero

    Honoring a Hero

    Sunday, April 22 2018 10:27 PM EDT2018-04-23 02:27:41 GMT

    Visitation and funeral arrangements have been released for a member of the Crawford County Sheriff's Office. Sergeant Aaron Dean Callaway died unexpectedly last Friday.  

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    Visitation and funeral arrangements have been released for a member of the Crawford County Sheriff's Office. Sergeant Aaron Dean Callaway died unexpectedly last Friday.  

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  • Crowder College President Resigns for ASU Chancellor Job

    Crowder College President Resigns for ASU Chancellor Job

    Sunday, April 22 2018 10:18 PM EDT2018-04-23 02:18:27 GMT

    Crowder college's president  is resigning to take a job as chancellor  at Arkansas State University-Beebe. Jennifer Methvin is returning home to Arkansas having served twenty-three years there previously in higher education. Methvin came to Crowder College  four years ago. 

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    Crowder college's president  is resigning to take a job as chancellor  at Arkansas State University-Beebe. Jennifer Methvin is returning home to Arkansas having served twenty-three years there previously in higher education. Methvin came to Crowder College  four years ago. 

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  • Vandalism Rampage by Teen in Stolen Truck Damages Erie HS & St. Paul Business

    Vandalism Rampage by Teen in Stolen Truck Damages Erie HS & St. Paul Business

    Sunday, April 22 2018 9:06 PM EDT2018-04-23 01:06:58 GMT

    A St. Paul, KS  teenager went on a vandalism crime spree Saturday night. 

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    A St. Paul, KS  teenager went on a vandalism crime spree Saturday night. 

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  • Vehicle Driven By Teen Crashes Through Erie High School

    Vehicle Driven By Teen Crashes Through Erie High School

    Sunday, April 22 2018 11:22 AM EDT2018-04-22 15:22:02 GMT
    At about 11:30 pm, April 21st, a vehicle crashed into the front door of Erie High School. According to USD 101 Superintendent Steve Wolf, a 16-year-old male from St. Paul drove a pickup truck through the hallways of the school. The incident damaged doorways, walls, furniture and the antique Richey's Drug Store soda fountain. The Erie Police Department arrested the teen at the scene. School officials are working to get the scene cleaned up in time for class on Monday. h...More >>
    At about 11:30 pm, April 21st, a vehicle crashed into the front door of Erie High School. According to USD 101 Superintendent Steve Wolf, a 16-year-old male from St. Paul drove a pickup truck through the hallways of the school. The incident damaged doorways, walls, furniture and the antique Richey's Drug Store soda fountain. The Erie Police Department arrested the teen at the scene. School officials are working to get the scene cleaned up in time for class on Monday. h...More >>
  • Family of Man Whose Body Sat in KC International Airport Parking Lot for Months Sues

    Family of Man Whose Body Sat in KC International Airport Parking Lot for Months Sues

    Monday, April 23 2018 12:01 PM EDT2018-04-23 16:01:00 GMT

    Airport police found the man's body in September in a pickup truck.  The man's parking pass was dated Jan. 17.

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    Airport police found the man's body in September in a pickup truck.  The man's parking pass was dated Jan. 17.

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  • NEO Assistant Coach Takes Over Men's Program

    NEO Assistant Coach Takes Over Men's Program

    Monday, April 23 2018 12:55 AM EDT2018-04-23 04:55:46 GMT

    Jeremy Jackson is named NEO men's basketball head coach.  Jackson has spent the last eight seasons as the assistant coach for the Golden Norse.  Last season, NEO finished third in the OCAC with an 11-5 conference record, and second in the Region II Tournament with a 22-9 overall record.

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    Jeremy Jackson is named NEO men's basketball head coach.  Jackson has spent the last eight seasons as the assistant coach for the Golden Norse.  Last season, NEO finished third in the OCAC with an 11-5 conference record, and second in the Region II Tournament with a 22-9 overall record.

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  • PSU Splits DH Season Finale with UCO

    PSU Splits DH Season Finale with UCO

    Monday, April 23 2018 12:22 AM EDT2018-04-23 04:22:57 GMT

    The Gorillas end the season 22-23 overall, and 12-14 in conference play.  Pitt State misses the MIAA post-season tournament for the first time since 2014.

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    The Gorillas end the season 22-23 overall, and 12-14 in conference play.  Pitt State misses the MIAA post-season tournament for the first time since 2014.

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  • Southern Softball Wraps Up the Season

    Southern Softball Wraps Up the Season

    Monday, April 23 2018 12:16 AM EDT2018-04-23 04:16:24 GMT

    Sophomore Elizabeth Windsor went a combined 6-for-9 on the day, with a grand slam and two doubles, and five RBI.  The Lions finished the year 22-29 overall, and 9-16 in MIAA play.

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    Sophomore Elizabeth Windsor went a combined 6-for-9 on the day, with a grand slam and two doubles, and five RBI.  The Lions finished the year 22-29 overall, and 9-16 in MIAA play.

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  • Cosby opts not to testify as defense rests case

    Cosby opts not to testify as defense rests case

    Monday, April 23 2018 12:15 AM EDT2018-04-23 04:15:02 GMT
    Monday, April 23 2018 3:21 PM EDT2018-04-23 19:21:06 GMT
    (AP Photo/Matt Slocum). Bill Cosby departs after his sexual assault trial, Friday, April 20, 2018, at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown.(AP Photo/Matt Slocum). Bill Cosby departs after his sexual assault trial, Friday, April 20, 2018, at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown.
    Bill Cosby's lawyers and publicists are increasingly playing to the court of public opinion as his sexual assault retrial heads toward deliberations.More >>
    Bill Cosby's lawyers and publicists are increasingly playing to the court of public opinion as his sexual assault retrial heads toward deliberations.More >>
  • The Latest: Defense rests; Cosby doesn't testify

    The Latest: Defense rests; Cosby doesn't testify

    Monday, April 23 2018 9:35 AM EDT2018-04-23 13:35:17 GMT
    Monday, April 23 2018 3:20 PM EDT2018-04-23 19:20:38 GMT
    (AP Photo/Matt Slocum). Bill Cosby arrives for his sexual assault trial, Monday, April 23, 2018, at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa.(AP Photo/Matt Slocum). Bill Cosby arrives for his sexual assault trial, Monday, April 23, 2018, at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa.
    The judge in Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial won't allow his lawyers to introduce testimony they say would shed light on the possible motivation of the comedian's chief accuser.More >>
    The judge in Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial won't allow his lawyers to introduce testimony they say would shed light on the possible motivation of the comedian's chief accuser.More >>
  • No ordinary double date: Trumps, Macrons at Mount Vernon

    No ordinary double date: Trumps, Macrons at Mount Vernon

    Monday, April 23 2018 12:26 PM EDT2018-04-23 16:26:19 GMT
    Monday, April 23 2018 3:20 PM EDT2018-04-23 19:20:19 GMT
    Melania Trump is serving rack of lamb and nectarine tart at Tuesday's White House state dinner for President Emmanuel Macron of France.More >>
    Melania Trump is serving rack of lamb and nectarine tart at Tuesday's White House state dinner for President Emmanuel Macron of France.More >>

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