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Trial Underway for Last of 5 Suspects in Iola Murder Video included

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Joshua Knapp is on trial for first degree murder in the death of 33-year-old Shawn Cook of Iola, Kansas. Today (July 17, 2018) is day two of the murder trial in Allen County. KOAM/FOX 14 is there and will have the latest at the trial continues. Shawn Cook was reported missing on March 13th, 2016. His body was found on the banks of the Neosho River in Coffey County, Kansas on April 3rd, 2016. A preliminary autopsy showed Cook died from stab wounds. Five people from Iola were char...

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Joplin Officer Threatened by Molotov Cocktail

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The incident happened after midnight, the morning of July 17th, 2018. The Joplin Police Department says an officer patrolling 8th and Conner saw a male walking west on 8th drinking out of a full-sized vodka bottle. Authorities say the male saw the officer and started walking back where he came from. The officer tried to get the male to stop, but the suspect took off. During the foot chase, the officer pepper sprayed the suspect when he turned back, but the suspect just took off ru...

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PSU Reveals 2018-19 Entertainment Lineup

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The Bicknell Family Center for the Arts at Pittsburg State University has a full lineup for the 2018-2019 season. Officials revealed the list which includes Broadway musicals, a Johnny Cash Tribute, and extreme juggler, a comedy written especially for children and more. Tickets go on sale at 8:30 a.m. on July 19th, 2018. PSU Lineup: The season begins on Aug. 1 with the opening of "The Vault: Unlocked," an exhibit in the Bicknell Center Art Gallery. Curated by an ar...

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Parsons Police Investigate Unresponsive Child

Update: Parsons Police Investigate Child Death as Accidental

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Parsons Police Department is investigating a case of an unresponsive toddler. According to media release officers were called to 2515 Stevens for a two year old female child who was unresponsive.  Police say the investigation is active and ongoing.  KOAM/FOX14 reached out to Parsons Police Department to answer questions about the child's condition,  they are not answering questions or releasing further details of the investigation at this time. 

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Labette County Gets a New Public Health Administrator Video included

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"According to the county health rankings, Labette County is ranked 101 out of 103 counties in Kansas for health," said Lisa Hoppock. The newest administrator of Public Health of Labette County would rather be number 1 as opposed to 101, but admits it won't be easy. 

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Smoke Test of Joplin Sewer Pipes Detects Inflow of Rainwater Causes Video included

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  A smoke test  was conducted on a three miles section of the  city’s sanitary sewer system will indicate defects allowing rainwater into treatment plant. 

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Anderson Announces Three Signees for PSU Men's Basketball

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The 2018-2019 Pit State signing class is now up to seven players, including three high school players and four transfers. 

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MSSU: Newest Addition is Growing Exponentially Video included

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Missouri Southern officials say Nixon Hall is beginning to take shape. Since the groundbreaking in late November 2017, crews from Crossland Construction have completed most of the three-story building's skeleton. The foundation work is complete, the concrete wall panels have been poured and floor panels are currently going down on all three levels. With most of the concrete work done, the main focus now is on finishing the retaining walls, backfilling the disturbed soil and clos...

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 7-17 Video included

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The city of Joplin gives the green light to fund a pay raise for police and fire personnel plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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Webb City All-Stars Claim District Title Video included

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Gage Chapman drove in the only three runs of the game with a 3-run home run in the 2nd inning. Webb City will now move on to play in the state tournament beginning Friday. 

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Joplin Council Approves Raises For Police, Fire Video included

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      The Joplin City Council met tonight, a full agenda, but one item received a lot of attention - an ordinance to fund a pay raise for police and fire personnel. This ordinance tonight is the result of several weeks of research and discussions to get police and fire salaries up to a more comparable level.

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Local Use Tax On August Ballot Video included

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Erik Bartlett, who owns his own business, explains why he is in favor of the local use tax.

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MIAA Football Media Day Schedule Released

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Pittsburg State and Missouri Southern will unofficially kick off the 2018 MIAA football season at Media Day on July 31st at Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City. 

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Jasper & Newton Counties, 9 Routes Scheduled for Resurfacing

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MoDOT says drivers can expect one-lane traffic and occasional traffic delays starting this week (July 16, 2018). The Southwest District will be resurfacing nine state routes in Jasper and Newton counties.

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 7-16 Video included

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A Southeast Kansas judge sentences a former highway patrol trooper who admitted to using excessive force.  Plus all the news you need to know before you head out the door.

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Chanute Church Holds Active Shooter Response Training for Congregation Video included

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 On Sunday,  the First Methodist church of Chanute hosted  an active shooter  presentation to prepare members for the worst.     

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Food Pantry In Need Video included

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It might look like just a small box, but members of Unity Church, like Ann Leach who has actively attended more than 30 years, sees it as much more than that.

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Tacos Raise Funds for Youth Video included

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At the Unity Church of Joplin, kids got together to feed their hungry congregation for a good cause.

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Suspect in Three KC Police Officer Shootings Killed by Police

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Breaking News : According to the Kansas City Star, the suspect came out of a home  where he had barricaded himself inside Sunday afternoon and exchanged gunfire with police, who killed him.   

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Lawsuits Could Derail Medical Marijuana in Oklahoma Video included

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The future of medical marijuana in Oklahoma is now uncertain just days after the state approved emergency rules. Two lawsuits filed Friday  challenge the new guidelines on state question 788. Both groups say the department of health went too far but the two cases could have very different results. 

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Joplin Relay for Life Video included

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Dozens in Joplin are putting forward momentum into the fight against cancer.  The annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life took place at MSSU's Leggett and Platt Athletic Center this evening.  The walk was started by several cancer survivors and their families.  There was also information available on cancer and ways to help prevent it.  Funds raised at the event go toward research efforts for curing several kinds of cancer. Ashley Clair, Relay for L... More>>

Joplin Pride Fest Comes to Downtown Video included

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An annual event that advocates for equality and diversity.. almost didn't happen this year.  Joplin Pride Fest 2018 kicked off on Joplin Street in downtown Joplin.  Jackson Crawford, Joplin Resident:"It is more than   I imagined." To say that Jackson and Jeannine Crawford are excited about this years Joplin Pride Fest.. would be an under statement.  The siblings came out to their parents and people at school a little over a year ago - and they say... More>>

Fans of "Hamilton" Get Together Video included

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Kids at the Joplin Public Library went back in time with a fandom fest dedicated to Hamilton, the musical. 

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75th Carver Day Brings in Big Crowd Video included

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George Washington Carver National Park is celebrating 75 years with its annual Carver Day.

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Safety Fair Keeps Kids Cruising Video included

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The second annual youth safety fair in Webb City gave kids a chance to meet emergency personnel and score some free bikes.

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Bobby Bourne Jr. Pleads Guilty To Murdering Adriaunna Horton

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    The man accused of killing 12 year old Adriaunna Horton in August of 2013, pleaded guilty today - and will spend the rest of his life behind bars.     The crime rocked the community of Golden City - and left many, demanding justice.     Now, family members say...justice, has been served.

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Both Sides of the Aisle: Missouri Right to Work Video included

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Missouri Senate Bill 19-- commonly referred to as "Missouri Right to Work" -- mandates that no person can be required to pay dues or join a labor union as a condition of employment. The bill was passed by the general assembly and signed into law by former governor Greitens in 2017 - but enough signatures were gathered to put it on the august ballot as "Proposition A". Nick Myers with the Newton County Republican Committee says it is right for the state because it...

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Youth Program Wanted in Neosho Video included

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Calls for a Boys & Girls Club in Neosho are gaining momentum. An advisory board plans to go before city council next Tuesday to talk about getting this idea off the ground.

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Guilty Plea in the Murder of Adriaunna Horton Video included

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The man charged with kidnapping and killing 12-year-old Adriaunna Horton in Golden City, Missouri pleads guilty and is sentenced today. On August 20th, 2013, the Barton County Sheriff's Office issued an endangered person advisory for 12-year-old Adriaunna Horton. On August 19th, 2013, authorities say Horton was playing at Hazel Park in Golden City, Missouri when other children there realized she wasn't there. The children contacted Horton's father, who then called 911 at about ...

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  • Missouri Supreme Court Rules On Power Line Proposal

    Missouri Supreme Court Rules On Power Line Proposal

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 12:14 AM EDT2018-07-18 04:14:52 GMT
        The Missouri Supreme Court has re-energized a proposal for a high voltage power line carrying wind energy across Missouri, Kansas and Illinois.     The court ruled Tuesday, that regulators were wrong to reject it. The ruling means Missouri must re-evaluate whether Clean Line Energy Partners deserve approval for a $2.3 billion project that would build one of the longest electric transmission lines in the U.S.     Clean Line has been work...More >>
        The Missouri Supreme Court has re-energized a proposal for a high voltage power line carrying wind energy across Missouri, Kansas and Illinois.     The court ruled Tuesday, that regulators were wrong to reject it. The ruling means Missouri must re-evaluate whether Clean Line Energy Partners deserve approval for a $2.3 billion project that would build one of the longest electric transmission lines in the U.S.     Clean Line has been work...More >>
  • Unions Donate Millions To Defeat Right-To-Work In Missouri

    Unions Donate Millions To Defeat Right-To-Work In Missouri

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 11:58 PM EDT2018-07-18 03:58:17 GMT
      Unions from around the country are pouring money into Missouri ahead of a statewide vote that could ban mandatory union fees at workplaces.     The fundraising totals, released this week by the Missouri Ethics Commission, show a large financial advantage for We Are Missouri, a group opposed to banning mandatory union fees in workplaces.     It has raised more than $5.4 million since the beginning of April, and still has more than $3.7 million on ha...More >>
      Unions from around the country are pouring money into Missouri ahead of a statewide vote that could ban mandatory union fees at workplaces.     The fundraising totals, released this week by the Missouri Ethics Commission, show a large financial advantage for We Are Missouri, a group opposed to banning mandatory union fees in workplaces.     It has raised more than $5.4 million since the beginning of April, and still has more than $3.7 million on ha...More >>
  • McCaskill calls for end to trade war, cites harm to Missouri

    McCaskill calls for end to trade war, cites harm to Missouri

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 9:00 PM EDT2018-07-18 01:00:10 GMT
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    McCaskill cited higher costs to make aluminum fishing boats at Springfield and Lake of the Ozarks manufacturers.

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    McCaskill cited higher costs to make aluminum fishing boats at Springfield and Lake of the Ozarks manufacturers.

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  • Parsons Police Investigate Unresponsive Child

    Update: Parsons Police Investigate Child Death as Accidental

    Update: Parsons Police Investigate Child Death as Accidental

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 4:30 PM EDT2018-07-17 20:30:58 GMT

    Parsons Police Department is investigating a case of an unresponsive toddler. According to media release officers were called to 2515 Stevens for a two year old female child who was unresponsive.  Police say the investigation is active and ongoing.  KOAM/FOX14 reached out to Parsons Police Department to answer questions about the child's condition,  they are not answering questions or releasing further details of the investigation at this time. 

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    Parsons Police Department is investigating a case of an unresponsive toddler. According to media release officers were called to 2515 Stevens for a two year old female child who was unresponsive.  Police say the investigation is active and ongoing.  KOAM/FOX14 reached out to Parsons Police Department to answer questions about the child's condition,  they are not answering questions or releasing further details of the investigation at this time. 

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  • Trial Underway for Last of 5 Suspects in Iola Murder

    Trial Underway for Last of 5 Suspects in Iola Murder

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 10:26 PM EDT2018-07-18 02:26:11 GMT
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    Joshua Knapp is on trial for first degree murder in the death of 33-year-old Shawn Cook of Iola, Kansas. Today (July 17, 2018) is day two of the murder trial in Allen County. KOAM/FOX 14 is there and will have the latest at the trial continues. Shawn Cook was reported missing on March 13th, 2016. His body was found on the banks of the Neosho River in Coffey County, Kansas on April 3rd, 2016. A preliminary autopsy showed Cook died from stab wounds. Five people from Iola were char...

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    Joshua Knapp is on trial for first degree murder in the death of 33-year-old Shawn Cook of Iola, Kansas. Today (July 17, 2018) is day two of the murder trial in Allen County. KOAM/FOX 14 is there and will have the latest at the trial continues. Shawn Cook was reported missing on March 13th, 2016. His body was found on the banks of the Neosho River in Coffey County, Kansas on April 3rd, 2016. A preliminary autopsy showed Cook died from stab wounds. Five people from Iola were char...

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  • Boil Water Advisory in Montgomery County, KS

    Boil Water Advisory in Montgomery County, KS

    Monday, July 16 2018 1:08 PM EDT2018-07-16 17:08:07 GMT
    The Kansas Department of Health issues a boil water advisory for Elk City, Kansas. It took effect on July 16th, 2018 and will remain in effect until officials determine there is no bacterial contamination in the water. KDHE officials say the water line lost pressure during maintenance. When lines lose pressure, it could result in a loss of chlorine residuals allowing bacterial contamination. Only KDHE can issue the rescind order following testing at a certified laboratory. KDHE say...More >>
    The Kansas Department of Health issues a boil water advisory for Elk City, Kansas. It took effect on July 16th, 2018 and will remain in effect until officials determine there is no bacterial contamination in the water. KDHE officials say the water line lost pressure during maintenance. When lines lose pressure, it could result in a loss of chlorine residuals allowing bacterial contamination. Only KDHE can issue the rescind order following testing at a certified laboratory. KDHE say...More >>

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