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FEMA Begins Door-to-Door Flood Relief in Jasper County Video included

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"We knock on doors.  Ring the door bell."

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Joplin Schools Summer Food Program Underutilized: New Text App Helps Locate Feeding Sites Video included

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The state of Missouri has an app now to make it easy for any family to find a summer feeding site to access two free meals a day this summer.            But officials say the program in Joplin schools providing free food to any child under age eighteen is underutilized. 

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Religious Freedom Video included

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     The "Supreme Court," today, issued a ruling that some say pushes the boundaries of "separation of church and state".      It's a case that originated in Missouri. The controversy started in Columbia, Missouri -- at the Trinity Lutheran Church. In 2012, they applied for a grant from the state to resurface their daycare playground through the state's recycled tire program. It ranked fifth out of 44 submissions. But the state ... More>>

New DNA Evidence Frees Man 20 Years After Criminal Charges

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"Mr. Wilkerson was charged in July of 1997 with forcible sodomy, felonious restraint, burglary, and armed criminal action."

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Pineville Man Fights to Keep Sewer He Built

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Burl Fraizer moved to Pineville Missouri in 2014. That July he built his own septic system. "I got a permit from McDonald County to put a septic tank in and we done that. Exactly what they wanted. They said it was the best job they've ever done" he says. Although the county initially approved of the work Fraizer had done, it wasn't long before things took a turn. "Here about a month or so later, we get threatening letters from their lawyer. Saying they are going to c... More>>

Two Friends Set Out On A Covered Wagon Adventure

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Ray Hascall and his friend, Bobby Tarver, set out on a journey across the region -- in a covered wagon.
But, it wasn't just a sudden idea to load up and hit the road...
Hascall: "The whole trip, when i was a kid me and my buddies were gonna go horseback...."
That's when he was seventeen.
"..I finally got where I could do it, and I figured the wagon would be better than the horse back."

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Erie Kansas Home to Unique Classic Car Find Video included

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You hear about barn finds, maybe one car, maybe two cars but never five that have been well preserved" Dave Lucas knows he's been connected with a rare collection. The classic cars have been preserved in this barn by Richard Wilton, whose stepfather sold him five cars all built in the 1920s and 30s. Each one of the cars has sentimental value to him. "It's just like having your third kid, ya know. They're apart of ya" says Wilton. But soon he is moving t... More>>

"Clay Day"

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Residents in Sarcoxie, Missouri are coming together -- to support one of their own.     Eight-year-old Sarcoxie native Clay Wormington -- is battling leukemia. Carter: "I was just, I was just sick to death, I was just really sad because he's one of my best best friends." So residents of Sarcoxie got together to help Clay with a car wash, auctions, and dinner. Megan: "Many people from the community got together with multiple different idea... More>>

Over Capacity Ottawa County Jail Inmate Population Video included

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Today Keisha Miller is taking care of court fines, next Friday she will return to jail to finish her sentence for drugs. She'll enter a jail that's already over capacity, more than a year after being sentenced. "I'm almost 11 months clean off of methamphetamine. When i got my charges a year and a half ago, i was doing really bad and i could have used that punishment right then" she says. The county jail's administrator says overcrowding is a safety a concern for the guards ... More>>

Is More Specific Drug Overdose Death Data Worth the Cost? Video included

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"The opioid death rate in our state is 160 percent of the national average."  It might be much worse.

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Potential Tuition Increase For Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College

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Students may have to reach a little deeper in their wallets to pay for tuition next year at NO. "We are having to make some tough decisions. We're gonna request a tuition increase of about 5 dollars a credit hour, so that's gonna be about 250 dollars over the course of the year" says Public Information Coordinator, Jordan Adams. Not all students are comfortable with the potential tuition increase. "At first sight, it's not that much, yes I agree. But overall in the lo... More>>

Tick Illnesses

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The heat is here, meaning more people are headed to the great outdoors.     And with a mild winter, health officials expect a high number of ticks this year also bringing an increased risk of tick-borne illnesses. Billy Wade is a storm chaser, and nature photographer, so he spends the majority of his time, outside, in tick-prone areas. Wade: "I've never gotten sick, but I have had tick bites turn into infections, and, not staph or anything like that, but I've had l... More>>

Pressure Mounts to Close Gun Range Over Safety Concerns Video included

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Living out in the country includes more freedom.  It can also include more risk.

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SWAT Demo Part of Upward Bound Summer School at Crowder College Video included

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 Upward Bound is giving high school students the chance to experience a variety of career opportunities from medicine to crime and punishment.
Two hundred fifty high school students are spending part of the summer at Crowder College in the program.

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Joplin Business Success

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     "Everything Must Go" is a phrase many of us see or hear as retailers across the country face bankruptcy and store closures.      But for some in Joplin..it's a different story. Jones: "Having a loyal customer base has probably been our salvation, in this area." Ron Jones and his wife own the Radio Shack on Maiden Lane in Joplin. And in their case -- it's helpful to own their store, even if it's under a national franchise. That way... More>>

Missouri Senior Rx Program to Expire Video included

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A Missouri program that helps seniors pay for pharmaceuticals is about to end. The Missouri Senior  RX program coverage expires at the end of this month. For Virginia Knight that is not good news. 

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  • Schifferdecker Aquatic Center Closed This Weekend for Swim Meet

    Schifferdecker Aquatic Center Closed This Weekend for Swim Meet

    Tuesday, June 27 2017 5:18 PM EDT2017-06-27 21:18:49 GMT
    Schifferdecker Aquatic Center will be closed to the public Saturday, July 1st and Sunday, July 2nd for the Joplin Stingrays Swim Meet. Patrons are encouraged to go to either Cunningham or Ewert Aquatic Centers. Both Cunningham and Ewert Aquatic Centers will be open regular hours, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m on Saturday and Sunday. Each facility offers various amenities for children of all ages and their families, including a zero depth entry into the main pool area; an in-pool shaded rest area; ...More >>
    Schifferdecker Aquatic Center will be closed to the public Saturday, July 1st and Sunday, July 2nd for the Joplin Stingrays Swim Meet. Patrons are encouraged to go to either Cunningham or Ewert Aquatic Centers. Both Cunningham and Ewert Aquatic Centers will be open regular hours, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m on Saturday and Sunday. Each facility offers various amenities for children of all ages and their families, including a zero depth entry into the main pool area; an in-pool shaded rest area; ...More >>
  • 2017 Independence Day Events

    2017 Independence Day Events

    Tuesday, June 27 2017 3:09 PM EDT2017-06-27 19:09:21 GMT

    2017 Independence Day Events in the 4 State Area. 

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    2017 Independence Day Events in the 4 State Area. 

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  • Chanute 4th Of July in Santa Fe Park

    Chanute 4th Of July in Santa Fe Park

    Tuesday, June 27 2017 2:45 PM EDT2017-06-27 18:45:21 GMT
    July 4 @ 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM  Food Vendors Dunk Tank Fireworks @ 10PM Antique Car Display Location: Santa Fe Ave. & Chanute 35 Parkway More >>
    July 4 @ 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM  Food Vendors Dunk Tank Fireworks @ 10PM Antique Car Display Location: Santa Fe Ave. & Chanute 35 Parkway More >>
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  • Former LCC Pitcher Drafted To San Diego

    Former LCC Pitcher Drafted To San Diego

    Thursday, June 15 2017 5:59 PM EDT2017-06-15 21:59:37 GMT
    Jeremy SmithJeremy Smith
    Former Labette Community College baseball pitcher, Jeremy Smith, was drafted on June 14 in the 2017 MLB draft in the 38th round by the San Diego Padres. Smith played for the Cardinals, under head coach Aaron Keal, in the spring of 2014 and 2015. He is the son of Jeremy and Tendeka Smith and a graduate of Bellaire High School. After attending LCC, he went on to play at Southwestern Oklahoma State in Weatherford, OK. More >>
    Former Labette Community College baseball pitcher, Jeremy Smith, was drafted on June 14 in the 2017 MLB draft in the 38th round by the San Diego Padres. Smith played for the Cardinals, under head coach Aaron Keal, in the spring of 2014 and 2015. He is the son of Jeremy and Tendeka Smith and a graduate of Bellaire High School. After attending LCC, he went on to play at Southwestern Oklahoma State in Weatherford, OK. More >>
  • Former PHS Pitcher Webb Drafted by Pirates

    Former PHS Pitcher Webb Drafted by Pirates

    Wednesday, June 14 2017 7:10 PM EDT2017-06-14 23:10:40 GMT

    He will sign with the Pirates, and pass on playing at K-State next season.

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    He will sign with the Pirates, and pass on playing at K-State next season.

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  • Summer sports camps bring keep campus busy

    Summer sports camps bring keep campus busy

    Tuesday, June 6 2017 5:14 PM EDT2017-06-06 21:14:12 GMT
    High School teams in the 2016 Football Team Camp practice in the Robert W. Plaster Center at Pittsburg State University.High School teams in the 2016 Football Team Camp practice in the Robert W. Plaster Center at Pittsburg State University.
    The last students from the spring semester had just packed up and moved out of Pittsburg State University’s residence halls when the hall staff began preparing the buildings for the thousands of new residents -- high school students who come to PSU to participate in a variety of athletic camps every June and July. This year, volleyball, baseball, softball, track and field, men’s and women’s basketball, and football will all hold camps for individual players, teams, ...More >>
    The last students from the spring semester had just packed up and moved out of Pittsburg State University’s residence halls when the hall staff began preparing the buildings for the thousands of new residents -- high school students who come to PSU to participate in a variety of athletic camps every June and July. This year, volleyball, baseball, softball, track and field, men’s and women’s basketball, and football will all hold camps for individual players, teams, ...More >>

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