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2 Registered Offenders Wanted in Cherokee County, KS Video included

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Investigators with the Cherokee County, Kansas Sheriff's Office continues to ensure that registered sex, drug and violent offenders throughout the county have been complying with their post-conviction registration requirements. They've conducted compliance checks over the past several weeks. Authorities say as a result of those investigations, several offenders were arrested on allegations of being in violation of the Kansas Offender Registration Act. Detectives have also...

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Lawsuit Filed Over Dangerous Conditions of Howsmon Buildings Video included

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    A lawsuit filed in Jasper County could put the brakes on a demolition and repair project for the Howsmon Buildings in downtown Joplin.     The lawsuit, filed August 3rd,  lists Jasper County, the State of Missouri, the City of Joplin, the Joplin School District, and the Joplin Special Road District. Those parties are listed because, according to the petition, they're owed tax money from the Howsmon Building.

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Body Found in Nevada, MO Motel Room

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The Nevada Police Department received a call on August 15th, 2018 about a deceased woman in a motel room. According to Lt. Steve Basto, it appeared she had been dead for some time, however, authorities are waiting on autopsy results to determine how long. Lt. Basto says they do not suspect foul play at this time. A detective is investigating which is standard procedure with any death, suspicious or not. Police would not confirm what motel she was found in and have not released...

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Galena Aims to Repeat as CNC Champion Video included

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The Bulldogs finished last season 11-1 overall, winning the CNC title and making the state quarterfinals.

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 8-17 Video included

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A lawsuit filed seeks to bring down both Howsman buildings in Joplin  after the city recently voted to rehab one.  Plus all the news you need to know before you head out the door.

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Missing Person: Joplin Police Ask for Public's Help

Missing: Sarah Burton of Joplin, MO Missing: Sarah Burton of Joplin, MO
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The Joplin Police Department asks for the public's help in finding 28-year-old Sarah E. Burton of Joplin. She was last seen walking in the area of 10th and Rex on July 16th, 2018 and reported missing to JPD on July 20th, 2018. Burton is described as 5"07, 160 pounds, brown hair and blue eyes. Detectives have interviewed several people and followed up on leads in Joplin, Jasper County, Newton County, Oklahoma and Kansas in this case. Authorities say there are no known v... More>>

Cervical Cancer Survivor Shares Her Battle

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Lucy Phillips never thought she would get cancer, and she never dreamed that it would come from HPV, but when she got the results back from a regular screening pap smear, her whole world changed.

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Bikers for Trump Holds First Missouri Rally

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A nationwide organization holds its inaugural Missouri state rally in Sarcoxie, Missouri. 

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New Abuse Charges for Galati

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New charges for Joplin man accused of abusing kids he connected with at a four state church. 

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2018 Green Coat Ceremony Held at MSSU Video included

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Returning students at MSSU are bringing the campus back to life as many move in and a select few join the ranks of the Yours-to-Lose program. 

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Students Return to MSSU Video included

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When Hannah Osborne, a nursing major, first moved four hours away from home to go away to college, she discovered it was hard. "I probably called my mom crying like everyday, my mom and my dad," she recalls.

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Suppression Systems Help Douse Fire at Joplin Food Company

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Joplin crews work a fire at a frozen food plant.

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MSSU Avoids Million Dollar Fine By Tweaking Its Tuition Increase

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Tuition is still going up at Missouri Southern State University, but it's tweaking the cost increase to credit hours to avoid a state fine. Missouri Southern's Board of Governors approved a 15 percent increase in student tuition last April, upping credit hours by $30. But state education law doesn't allow tuition increases beyond the consumer price index. To avoid a $1.1 million fine, MSSU adjusted down the tuition increase to $20 more per credit. "It was supposed... More>>

Joplin Jamboree Highlights Video included

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Highlights from Joplin's football jamboree with Lamar, Webb City and Seneca Friday night.  More>>

New Fire Recruits Ready to Serve Joplin Community Video included

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The Joplin Fire Department is one step closer to being fully staffed once again.  That's thanks to six new recruits.. who graduated from the fire academy tonight.  Bailey Gillen is excited to see her dad Brian graduate from the Joplin Fire Academy.  Bailey Gillen, Proud Daughter:"We've been cheering him on this whole time, and we've been happy as a family." It's been a lifelong dream for Brian to be a firefighter.. a dream that got a nudge after he wa...

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Numbers Up For Riverton Football Video included

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Head coach Johnny Mallatt says he has 35 kids out for football this season, after having 16 just two years ago. 

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Granby Teacher Wins Grant Video included

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Anne Hansen has been a teacher for 13 years working in a low income area, so she's gotten familiar with applying for grants to pay for classroom supplies.

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Donations Provide Supplies for Students in Chanute Video included

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School is officially in session -- and in one southeast Kansas community, parents didn't have to worry about buying their school supplies.  Elizabeth and Gabriel moved to Chanute with their family about a week ago.. and today started school at Chanute Elementary.    Elizabeth Vega, 4th grade student:"My first day of school was good." Gabriel, 2nd grade student:"It was good..I got to spend a lot of time with my friends." Their mom Jessica Wrig... More>>

City Council Fires Humboldt, KS Police Chief Video included

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The Humboldt City Council votes 6-0 to terminate Brian Dillow as police chief. Dillow was arrested on June 27th, 2018 after deputies were called to his home in Humboldt for a suspected domestic dispute. The Allen County Attorney's Office passed the case to Coffey County Attorney Christopher B. Phelan to avoid a possible conflict of interest. Phelan's office filed four misdemeanor charges against Dillow: domestic battery, battery and two counts of criminal damage.... More>>

KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 8-16

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Two men are dead from the extreme weather that slammed Montgomery County, Kansas on Tuesday.  That weather included a tornado that touched down in the Elk City Area, and heavy rains which spurred 40 to 50 water rescues in Independence, Kansas. Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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New Rules on School Drills in Kansas Video included

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Emergency drills are the focus of a new mandate by the Kansas Fire Marshall's Office. Specifically, how many times schools in the state have to perform those drills.  We talked to faculty and students in Galena to see how the policy will impact them. Jodie Howard is a two sport athlete at Galena High School. She understands the benefit of practice.  Jodie Howard, Galena High School Senior:"It's like a volleyball game, basketball game, softball game, any type of... More>>

Extreme Weather Kills Father and Son Video included

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"We're actually headed to the widow's house to pay our condolences," said Brian Liming. Liming and his friends paid a brief stop to a spot on a county road, just north of Independence, Kansas. It's where Brian's high school classmate Dennis Catron Jr. and his father, Dennis Catron Sr., lost their lives. 

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Families Respond: No Charges Sought in Crash that Killed 2 German Cyclists Video included

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After reviewing the Kansas Highway Patrol's investigation, the Cherokee County Kansas Attorney will not file charges against the driver of the van. On May 8th, 2018, two cyclists from Germany were riding on Highway 66 near mile marker 1.8 when they were hit by a 2013 Chrysler Town and Country van. The cyclists, 71-year-old Heinz Gerd Buchel and 74-year-old Harry Jung, died at the scene. The highway patrol report states that the van was traveling west in the right lane of K-66 wh...

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Downstream & Quapaw Tribe Donate to Campaign to Legalize Casinos in Arkansas

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An organization working to legalize casinos in Arkansas says it raised more than $1 million last month from two American Indian tribes in neighboring Oklahoma. 

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Independence, NEO Make Top-10 in Preseason National Poll Video included

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The defending KJCCC champion Pirates will start the season #5 in the country, while the defending SWJCFC champion Norsemen are #8. 

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Neosho School District Implements New Suicide Prevention Policy Video included

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Teen suicide, or even broader, student suicide, has become a leading topic of discussion for school districts across the nation.     That's causing some big changes in the way districts handle the topic.

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Colgan Football Season Preview Video included

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The Panthers are looking to make another deep playoff run after finishing as the 2A runner-up in 2017. 

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Joplin to Host Jamboree with Lamar, Webb City and Seneca

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The four teams that will be on the field Friday night went 46-4 combined last season, with Lamar and Webb City going undefeated and winning state titles. 

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Man Arrested in McDonald County, MO Hit and Run

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The incident happened on August 14th, 2018, around 6:30 p.m. on Frye Road in McDonald County, Missouri about one mile east of Southwest City. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a 26-year-old from Southwest City hit 47-year-old Robert Blevins, also of Southwest City, and left the scene. Blevins suffered moderate injuries and was taken to Freeman West Hospital in Joplin. Authorities have requested charges be filed against the 26-year-old for felony leaving the scene o... More>>

Pittsburg's City Manager Explains Pay Raise in 2019 Budget Video included

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Pittsburg city employees are getting a raise with the budget for 2019.   

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Fish Kill at Gunn Park/Fern Lake Caused by Environmental Factors Video included

Courtesy: Brad Duvall Courtesy: Brad Duvall
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The Fort Scott, Kansas Police Department says a series of events lead to a fish kill at Gunn Park/Fern Lake. Authorities say hot water temperatures, cloudy windless days, low water levels and an expanding green algae bloom that peaked and crashed were all factors. It created the "perfect storm" or aquatic conditions that depleted and decreased the oxygen level to a point where the aquatic system would not support life.

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KS Storms: 2 Killed in Floodwater, Tornado Confirmed Video included

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Tuesday evening, August 14th, 2018, authorities say two Montgomery County , Kansas men were killed when their vehicle was swept off CR 2950 road south of CR 5400 during heavy rainfall. The men were identified as 72-year-old Dennis Clark Catron Sr. and 39-year-old Dennis Clark Catron Jr. of rural Elk City. Montgomery County Sheriff Deputies responded to multiple calls of stranded motorists during the heavy rain. Authorities say in some cases rural firefighters and deputies were goin...

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  • A Look at the Tropics - August 18th

    A Look at the Tropics - August 18th

    Saturday, August 18 2018 11:36 PM EDT2018-08-19 03:36:08 GMT

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  • Clear the Shelter

    Clear the Shelter

    Saturday, August 18 2018 10:44 PM EDT2018-08-19 02:44:47 GMT

    The Joplin Humane Society was on a mission Saturday, to find forever homes for their residents.

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    The Joplin Humane Society was on a mission Saturday, to find forever homes for their residents.

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  • PSU Move-In Day

    PSU Move-In Day

    Saturday, August 18 2018 8:51 PM EDT2018-08-19 00:51:53 GMT

    Students at PSU wee excited for the new school year Saturday, which was the official campus move-in day. 

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    Students at PSU wee excited for the new school year Saturday, which was the official campus move-in day. 

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  • Fans injured in storm at Backstreet Boys Oklahoma concert

    Fans injured in storm at Backstreet Boys Oklahoma concert

    Saturday, August 18 2018 10:23 PM EDT2018-08-19 02:23:35 GMT
    At least 14 people have been injured and transported to hospitals after trusses holding up the entrance to a resort where the Backstreet Boys were set to begin a concert in Oklahoma collapsed.More >>
    At least 14 people have been injured and transported to hospitals after trusses holding up the entrance to a resort where the Backstreet Boys were set to begin a concert in Oklahoma collapsed.More >>
  • Missouri school district embraces gender-neutral bathrooms

    Missouri school district embraces gender-neutral bathrooms

    Sunday, August 19 2018 1:43 PM EDT2018-08-19 17:43:40 GMT
    Many students in one Missouri school district won't be using bathrooms designated by gender any longer.More >>
    Many students in one Missouri school district won't be using bathrooms designated by gender any longer.More >>
  • Missing Person: Joplin Police Ask for Public's Help

    Missing Person: Joplin Police Ask for Public's Help

    Thursday, August 16 2018 2:08 PM EDT2018-08-16 18:08:25 GMT
    Missing: Sarah Burton of Joplin, MOMissing: Sarah Burton of Joplin, MO
    Missing: Sarah Burton of Joplin, MOMissing: Sarah Burton of Joplin, MO
    The Joplin Police Department asks for the public's help in finding 28-year-old Sarah E. Burton of Joplin. She was last seen walking in the area of 10th and Rex on July 16th, 2018 and reported missing to JPD on July 20th, 2018. Burton is described as 5"07, 160 pounds, brown hair and blue eyes. Detectives have interviewed several people and followed up on leads in Joplin, Jasper County, Newton County, Oklahoma and Kansas in this case. Authorities say there are no known v...More >>
    The Joplin Police Department asks for the public's help in finding 28-year-old Sarah E. Burton of Joplin. She was last seen walking in the area of 10th and Rex on July 16th, 2018 and reported missing to JPD on July 20th, 2018. Burton is described as 5"07, 160 pounds, brown hair and blue eyes. Detectives have interviewed several people and followed up on leads in Joplin, Jasper County, Newton County, Oklahoma and Kansas in this case. Authorities say there are no known v...More >>

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