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Employee Payroll at SKIL Resource Center Delayed by Pay Card Company

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A payroll delay has caused a big headache for a Parsons, Kansas business.  The Southeast Kansas Independent Living center (SKIL) uses "global cash card" to pay their employees. But hundreds of SKIL's employees weren't paid when they were supposed to.  Crystal Rodgers cleans dishes for Gennie Ainesworth.. part of her job as a personal care attendant with SKIL. Crystal Rodgers, SKIL Employee:"I help run her errands and clean up the house and stuff ... More>>

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Prop D Raises Concern Over Pump Prices Video included

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Leslie Kuhler is a clerk at the Lion Stop, and all day long she hears comments about gas prices. "Nobody likes paying high prices for gas and, of course, as soon as it goes up, even a couple cents, people very much notice. They are always on the lookout for the cheapest price," said Kuhler. Kuhler is against Proposition D, a gas tax that would raise prices 10 cents per gallon over the next four years to pay for road and bridge repairs. She says it sounds good in t... More>>

MO Supreme Court to Assign Judge in Carl Junction Child Murder Case

Jalen Vaden in Court on August 20th, 2018 Jalen Vaden in Court on August 20th, 2018
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The Missouri Supreme Court might have to assign a special judge to a Carl Junction child murder case. There have now been six judges in a 2017 child murder case in southwest Missouri, four of which have recused themselves. Jalen Vaden is accused of killing 3-year-old Jayda Kyle at the Carl Junction home he shared with the child's mother. Vaden is charged with second degree murder and abuse or neglect resulting in death. Jasper County Associate Court Judge Joseph Hensley presided...

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Pittsburg Shooting Suspect Arrested In Texas Video included

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Texas authorities arrest a man wanted for shooting a woman in Pittsburg over the weekend.  According to Pittsburg Police, Eric James Cravey was arrested around 3a.m. this morning.  Cravey was taken into custody by Hill County, Texas Sheriff's Department.  He will face extradition proceedings soon.  The 34 year old suspect is accused of shooting Vanessa McWhirt-Martin last Saturday.  She was last reported in critical condition.  Authorities have not rel...

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 10-17 Video included

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Economic experts discussed ways to grow southeast Kansas as well as issues holding it back at the Pittsburg Regional Economic Outlook Conference.  Plus all the news you need to know before you head out the door.

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Citizens and Officials Concerned Over New Poultry Farm in Ottawa County Video included

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Harley Buzzard knows what it takes to run a poultry farm, because he did it for several years. "Back 20 years ago when we used to raise chickens, we had two houses per farm and people didn't think anything about it because it was just extra income for the farmer," Buzzard, with the Cherokee Tribal Council, explained. But Buzzard says things have changed. "Now it's almost to the point of being a corporate, and I call them corporate farmers now, because those&nbs...

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Southeast Kansas Looks for Economic Solutions Video included

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The organizer of the Pittsburg Regional Economic Outlook Conference is optimistic about Southeast Kansas' economic future this year, but that wasn't the case at the last two conferences.

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Missing Person Update: Body Found in River Near Fort Scott, KS

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The Fort Scott Police Department has found a body believed to be that of 74-year-old Edith Hawkins. Police say they were called to S. Clark Street around 1:05 this afternoon (Oct. 16, 2018) in reference to a missing person. Authorities were told that Hawkins left her home earlier in the day around 10:00 a.m. and had not been seen since. Family members told police that she suffered from Alzheimer's. The Fort Scott Police and Fire Departments, Bourbon County Sheriff's Office,... More>>

Both Sides of the Aisle: OK State Question 793 Video included

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Voters in Oklahoma will get to decide whether eye doctors can work in retail stores.      Some residents think it would make eye care more accessible and affordable, but others -- including area eye doctors -- have their concerns.  Oklahoma State Question 793 would create a constitutional amendment, giving optometrists and opticians the right to practice in retail stores like Walmart or Target.  For many Miami residents like Jazmine Flagle, who just dr... More>>

2 Bridges Reopen to 4200 Drivers in Ottawa Co., OK Video included

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The two bridges over Spring River and Spring River Overflow on SH-10 closed in November of 2017. The bridges, located about five miles east of the I-44 Will Rogers Turnpike, were built in 1952 and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation says they were found to be structurally deficient in 2017. ODOT estimated the project cost was around $11 million. The bridges reopened on October 15th, 2018. ODOT says about 4,200 drivers used them every day before they closed.... More>>

3 suffer minor injuries after Branson mountain coaster crash

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The system apparently didn't work on Oct. 4, causing a stopped cart to be rear-ended.

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Semi fire in Joplin disrupts traffic

Joplin firefighters put out a semi fire on S. Range Line on Oct. 16th, 2018 Joplin firefighters put out a semi fire on S. Range Line on Oct. 16th, 2018
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The Joplin Fire Department was called to a semi truck on fire at 32nd and S. Range Line around 11:48 a.m. on October 16th, 2018. According to Fire Chief James Furgerson, the driver saw flames shooting out of the compartment area. Fire fighters extinguished the fire in about 20 minutes. Chief Furgerson says the cause of the fire was mechanical and the truck was not hauling any hazardous materials. Traffic was interrupted for about 30 minutes.

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Joplin Man Found "Incompetent" to Stand Trial in Church Van Shooting Case

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Thomas Mourning II of Joplin is found "incompetent" to stand trial at this time. Court documents state he injured multiple people and two comfort dogs in a 2016 shooting spree. Joplin Police say Mourning II fired two shots at the home he shared with his father on South Connecticut Street. They were the only two home. Court documents state that the father ran to Casey's General Store and called police. No one was injured in that incident. Authorities say Mourning II the... More>>

KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 10-16 Video included

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The Joplin City Council is considering a pay increase for public safety employees.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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Public Safety Pay, "Panhandler Ordinance" On Joplin City Council Agenda Video included

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    The Joplin City Council facing a packed agenda at tonight's meeting, on that list, two major items an increase for public safety employees, and a reconsideration on the so-called "panhandling ordinance" passed earlier this year.  Since the start of this year the salary issues of police and fire personnel has been on the center stage for the city.     That's caused some council meetings to become heated, and a number of residents vo... More>>

Suspect in Galena Arson Pleads Guilty

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A Galena, Kansas man pleads guilty to two arsons from the spring and summer. Ronny Ray Piercefield admits that he set a grass fire on North Jefferson Street in Galena in March. That fire eventually engulfed a small structure. Piercefield also pleaded guilty to setting a fire that engulfed 68 bales of hay in rural Cherokee County, Kansas in July of 2018. Piercefield is to be sentenced in December of 2018.  Authorities have been investigating a string of fires that happened in ... More>>

Ocean Adventures Offers New Place to Dive Into In Duquesne Video included

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A ribbon cutting is held for the Ocean Adventures indoor playground. The facility features several slides, mazes and obstacle courses, all surrounded by a pit filled with 80,000 balls. While the playground is geared toward children of walking age up to 12, all ages are invited to play, including adults. Admission is $5 Tuesday through Thursday and $6 on the weekend.  The owner says that an indoor park is a good idea for this area. "We felt like we wanted to ha... More>>

Police Release More Information Regarding Pittsburg Shooting Video included

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The Pittsburg Police Department is searching for a suspect in a weekend shooting. Police say Eric James Cravey is wanted in the Saturday shooting that injured Vanessa Rae McWhirt-Martin of Chetopa, KS. Authorities say McWhirt was a passenger in a black "Dodge Nitro" driven by Cravey. They say witnesses say she got out of the SUV during an argument with Cravey and was shot with a handgun.  McWhirt was taken to the hospital for emergency surgery. At last repo... More>>

Railroad Repairs Means Street Closures in Joplin

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Joplin drivers may need to plan ahead with streets being closed between Murphy Boulevard and Grand Avenue for repairs to the railroad crossing. Detours will be in place. Drivers are encouraged to use extreme caution while in the area. Businesses in the area will be accessible during the construction period. The railroad repair work is part of a cost-sharing agreement with Kansas City Southern Railroad (KCS). KCS will be installing concrete panels at the railroad crossing. Cr... More>>

Carthage Man Honors Veterans, Police, Fire and EMS Video included

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Before 77-year-old Larry Glaze lost his wife to brain cancer, the couple decided to create a bucket list, not of places to go, but of things to do, like building these tree houses, and giving back to the people who take care of others. "Just the recognition that we're trying to give our first responders, people that care about people. We don't care if they're Republican or Democrat. They're patriots and they believe in the United States. They'll raise for the flag and sta... More>>

Woman Shot in Pittsburg: Suspect at Large

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Pittsburg police ask for help in locating a shooting suspect. 

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Unique Garage Sale Puts Kids in the Driver's Seat Video included

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A garage sale in Joplin is being used as a teaching tool for kids.  Memorial Hall was the place for the second annual "kids garage sale." Local kids had the chance to run their own booth.. and sell their old toys, games, action figures, and clothes.  Many kids say it's a lot of fun being in charge of their own sales.. and that they learn a lot about money and how to be more outgoing.  Alice Carpenter, 12 years old: "I think it's neat just because... More>>

Joplin Surplus Auction draws Big Crowd Video included

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Confiscated and outdated items go on the auction block for the city of Joplin. The city of Joplin held its annual surplus auction. More than seventy bikes..almost thirty laptop computers.. and anything from fire fighting to street equipment could be bought for bargain prices.   Dump trucks and other heavy equipment were available for purchase as well. For many buyers, it was their first auction.. but others, like Troy Lear, were looking for more specific treasures. ... More>>

Pittsburg Commisioners Move Ahead with Power Plan, Schlanger Park Splash Pad

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Pittsburg, KS city commissioners today voted to move forward with a plan to tear up the wading pool at Schlanger Park. The pool will be replaced with a splash pad that will cost a total of $320,000, $80,000 will come from the "Everybody Plays" fund. The additional $225,000 will need to come from the state, and the city has plans to request it from the Kansas Department of Commerce. In other business, the city approved a study to determine whether to implement a city el... More>>

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  • Paving work, lane shifts scheduled on 20th St. in Joplin

    Paving work, lane shifts scheduled on 20th St. in Joplin

    Wednesday, October 17 2018 12:23 PM EDT2018-10-17 16:23:51 GMT
    Crews will begin milling and paving work on East 20th Street in Joplin, Missouri beginning on October 18th, 2018. The City of Joplin says as recovery work progresses, drivers will see lane shifts in two areas. Work should be done by October 23rd, weather permitting. On October 18th, milling will begin from Range Line to Murphy Boulevard and will progress to the inside lanes of 20th from Indiana Avenue to Main Street. Officials say work in that area should be finished on October 19t...More >>
    Crews will begin milling and paving work on East 20th Street in Joplin, Missouri beginning on October 18th, 2018. The City of Joplin says as recovery work progresses, drivers will see lane shifts in two areas. Work should be done by October 23rd, weather permitting. On October 18th, milling will begin from Range Line to Murphy Boulevard and will progress to the inside lanes of 20th from Indiana Avenue to Main Street. Officials say work in that area should be finished on October 19t...More >>
  • Appeals Court Rules On Case Concerning Kansas Gun Law

    Appeals Court Rules On Case Concerning Kansas Gun Law

    Wednesday, October 17 2018 12:21 AM EDT2018-10-17 04:21:56 GMT
    An appeals court has upheld the firearms convictions against two Kansas men who mistakenly believed that a Kansas law can shield from federal prosecution anyone owning firearms made, sold and kept in the state.      The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Shane Cox and Jeremy Kettler's challenges to their federal convictions under the National Firearms Act.     Cox was convicted of making and marketing unregistered firearms, Kettler was convi...More >>
    An appeals court has upheld the firearms convictions against two Kansas men who mistakenly believed that a Kansas law can shield from federal prosecution anyone owning firearms made, sold and kept in the state.      The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Shane Cox and Jeremy Kettler's challenges to their federal convictions under the National Firearms Act.     Cox was convicted of making and marketing unregistered firearms, Kettler was convi...More >>
  • Kansas Gubernatorial Candidates Say They Can Work With Opposition

    Kansas Gubernatorial Candidates Say They Can Work With Opposition

    Wednesday, October 17 2018 12:07 AM EDT2018-10-17 04:07:38 GMT
       Candidates for Kansas governor said in a debate Tuesday they can work across party lines.      Democratic candidate Laura Kelly is promising to appoint a bipartisan Cabinet is she's elected. Kelly made the pledge during a debate Tuesday in Wichita at a Kansas Association of Broadcasters convention.     She is a veteran state senator wooing moderate Republican voters in a dead-heat race against GOP nominee and Kansas Secretary of State Kr...More >>
       Candidates for Kansas governor said in a debate Tuesday they can work across party lines.      Democratic candidate Laura Kelly is promising to appoint a bipartisan Cabinet is she's elected. Kelly made the pledge during a debate Tuesday in Wichita at a Kansas Association of Broadcasters convention.     She is a veteran state senator wooing moderate Republican voters in a dead-heat race against GOP nominee and Kansas Secretary of State Kr...More >>
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  • Missing Person Update: Body Found in River Near Fort Scott, KS

    Missing Person Update: Body Found in River Near Fort Scott, KS

    Tuesday, October 16 2018 7:38 PM EDT2018-10-16 23:38:51 GMT
    The Fort Scott Police Department has found a body believed to be that of 74-year-old Edith Hawkins. Police say they were called to S. Clark Street around 1:05 this afternoon (Oct. 16, 2018) in reference to a missing person. Authorities were told that Hawkins left her home earlier in the day around 10:00 a.m. and had not been seen since. Family members told police that she suffered from Alzheimer's. The Fort Scott Police and Fire Departments, Bourbon County Sheriff's Office,...More >>
    The Fort Scott Police Department has found a body believed to be that of 74-year-old Edith Hawkins. Police say they were called to S. Clark Street around 1:05 this afternoon (Oct. 16, 2018) in reference to a missing person. Authorities were told that Hawkins left her home earlier in the day around 10:00 a.m. and had not been seen since. Family members told police that she suffered from Alzheimer's. The Fort Scott Police and Fire Departments, Bourbon County Sheriff's Office,...More >>
  • 3 suffer minor injuries after Branson mountain coaster crash

    3 suffer minor injuries after Branson mountain coaster crash

    Tuesday, October 16 2018 5:24 PM EDT2018-10-16 21:24:17 GMT

    The system apparently didn't work on Oct. 4, causing a stopped cart to be rear-ended.

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    The system apparently didn't work on Oct. 4, causing a stopped cart to be rear-ended.

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  • Pittsburg Shooting Suspect Arrested In Texas

    Pittsburg Shooting Suspect Arrested In Texas

    Wednesday, October 17 2018 12:21 PM EDT2018-10-17 16:21:51 GMT
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    Texas authorities arrest a man wanted for shooting a woman in Pittsburg over the weekend.  According to Pittsburg Police, Eric James Cravey was arrested around 3a.m. this morning.  Cravey was taken into custody by Hill County, Texas Sheriff's Department.  He will face extradition proceedings soon.  The 34 year old suspect is accused of shooting Vanessa McWhirt-Martin last Saturday.  She was last reported in critical condition.  Authorities have not rel...

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    Texas authorities arrest a man wanted for shooting a woman in Pittsburg over the weekend.  According to Pittsburg Police, Eric James Cravey was arrested around 3a.m. this morning.  Cravey was taken into custody by Hill County, Texas Sheriff's Department.  He will face extradition proceedings soon.  The 34 year old suspect is accused of shooting Vanessa McWhirt-Martin last Saturday.  She was last reported in critical condition.  Authorities have not rel...

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  • Heavy Rainfall Threat Stays Away from Us Tonight

    Heavy Rainfall Threat Stays Away from Us Tonight

    Tuesday, October 16 2018 11:06 PM EDT2018-10-17 03:06:42 GMT
    With our cold front south of us, the cool and stable airmass will keep us quiet for tonight and going into your Wednesday morning. Moisture from the Gulf of Mexico is interacting with the front and creating a good area of rain and t-storms to our south. That's where the action will stay. There's still a possibility that enough moisture will pool together in portions of Texas to create an area of moderate to heavy rainfall in the heaviest of the t-storms. Even if heavy rain comes to fr...More >>
    With our cold front south of us, the cool and stable airmass will keep us quiet for tonight and going into your Wednesday morning. Moisture from the Gulf of Mexico is interacting with the front and creating a good area of rain and t-storms to our south. That's where the action will stay. There's still a possibility that enough moisture will pool together in portions of Texas to create an area of moderate to heavy rainfall in the heaviest of the t-storms. Even if heavy rain comes to fr...More >>
  • T-Storm Chances Won't Bother Us for the Night

    T-Storm Chances Won't Bother Us for the Night

    Tuesday, October 16 2018 8:37 PM EDT2018-10-17 00:37:40 GMT
    With our cold front well to the south of us and making a run for the southern and southeastern United States, that will certainly keep any t-storm chances away from us. Along and ahead of the front, we have the lift from the front interacting with the warmth and moisture its running into. That is resulting in regular t-storms from Texas along the Gulf Coast and up into the Carolinas. With an additional area of mid-level rotation with t-storms in the Carolinas, that could result in som...More >>
    With our cold front well to the south of us and making a run for the southern and southeastern United States, that will certainly keep any t-storm chances away from us. Along and ahead of the front, we have the lift from the front interacting with the warmth and moisture its running into. That is resulting in regular t-storms from Texas along the Gulf Coast and up into the Carolinas. With an additional area of mid-level rotation with t-storms in the Carolinas, that could result in som...More >>
  • Still Watching Rain Chances for Friday

    Still Watching Rain Chances for Friday

    Tuesday, October 16 2018 8:14 PM EDT2018-10-17 00:14:38 GMT
    We're still on track to have a cold front work in from the northwest as we roll into Friday. With that front working together with some moisture working in from the Gulf of Mexico, we will have mostly cloudy skies and rain chances around the area. With the way everything is coming together with this system, though, the better rain chances still appear to be lining up south of the area. That's where we're expecting rain amounts to total between half an inch and 1.5" by Friday even...More >>
    We're still on track to have a cold front work in from the northwest as we roll into Friday. With that front working together with some moisture working in from the Gulf of Mexico, we will have mostly cloudy skies and rain chances around the area. With the way everything is coming together with this system, though, the better rain chances still appear to be lining up south of the area. That's where we're expecting rain amounts to total between half an inch and 1.5" by Friday even...More >>

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