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Missouri Drivers Rank Among the Worst in New Study Video included

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"I don't believe that Missouri drivers as a whole are unsafe drivers in any form or fashion," said Sgt. John Luechenhoff of the Missouri Highway Patrol. The sergeant isn't dismissing a new ranking of states with the worst drivers conducted by financial technology firm SmartAsset, but he feels it doesn't tell the whole story about Missouri. 

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Missing Person: Carl Junction Police Ask for Public's Help

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The Carl Junction, Missouri Police Department is searching for a 31-year-old they say is missing and "at risk." Authorities say Taneal Erickson (female, white, 5"07, 150lbs) was last seen in Carl Junction at 8:00 p.m. on August 17th, 2018. She could possibly be in the Pittsburg, KS area. Police say she's considered "at risk" because they're unsure she went with her associates voluntarily. Police say she has a medical condition that could also impact he...

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CFI Wraps Trucks to Support Military and Women Drivers Video included

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    Contract Freighters Incorporated  outfitted long haul trucks with specialized commemorative graphic wraps honoring military veterans and women drivers. 

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A Pittsburg Man is Killed in a Fatal Crash on U69 Video included

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The Kansas Highway Patrol says one man is dead after a two-vehicle crash on U69 about two miles south of Pittsburg. It happened on August 20th, 2018 around 9:10 a.m. Authorities say 70-year-old Stephen Hite was driving a Ford Ranger south on U69. He was slowing to turn onto E. 510 Ave. and was rear-ended by a Chevy Malibu. Hite's truck overturned onto its roof. Both vehicles came to rest in the east ditch. Hite died at the scene. The driver of the Malibu was injured and taken to...

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Multiple Injured after Shooting in Parsons, Kansas Video included

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On August 18th, 2018 officers responded to the area of 2500 Stevens Avenue in Parsons for a shooting with reported multiple victims. The Parsons Police Department and Labette County Sheriff's Office investigated and found three victims: 21-year-old Deana Sumner, 18-year-old Skylar Sumner and 20-year-old Joshua Sharp. They were taken to Labette Health. Deanna and Skylar were treated and released. Joshua was taken to Freeman Hospital for further treatment. Investigators collected...

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SEK Family Tells Their Story After Losing Thousands Video included

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A modular home dealer in Augusta, Kansas was recently shut down by the Kansas Attorney General for violating the Kansas Consumer Protection Act.  But not before a Southeast Kansas family paid them over a hundred thousand dollars for a home they never received.  Malissa Stone moved back home to Southeast Kansas from Florida to take care of her dad Steven Gentle -- after he had a stroke in January of 2017.  To do that.. she needed to either renovate Gentle's house in ...

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Fort Scott Preps for 2018 Video included

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The Tigers went 8-3 overall last season, finishing 2nd in the SEK. 

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Yocum to Enter NEO Athletics HOF

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Bill Yocum was a member of the 1969 National Championship Football team and was the captain of the 1970 team. 

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 8-21 Video included

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Parsons police investigate multiple shootings that left three people injured at what they believe was a party.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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Joplin Library to Accept Passport Applications

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Citizens will soon be able to apply for passports at the Joplin public library. 

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Fort Scott's Memorial Hall Seeing Changes Video included

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It's out with the old and in with the new, at a historic building in Fort Scott, Kansas.  Sitting at the corner of third and national is a building that's played a big role in Fort Scott for almost a hundred years. Rhonda Dunn, Fort Scott Dir. of Community Development:"I talk to people who remember playing basketball here. I can remember as a grade schooler coming here to see Swan Lake, a ballet." Memorial Hall in Fort Scott was built in 1925, and dedicated...

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Lack of Sirens in Pittsburg Raises Alarm Video included

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Avery Chism is a student at PSU who grew up in Independence, Kansas, so she's familiar with severe weather. "It can be scary. You never know what's gonna happen, especially like after hearing stories from Joplin and around the area," said Chism. 

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AbbVie $100 Million National Donation Benefits Ronald McDonald House System

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  The Joplin Ronald McDonald House is one of thirty-two in the country that will benefit from a $100 million donation from drug-maker AbbVie.

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Trial Date Set for Carl Junction Murder Case Video included

Jalen Vaden in Court on August 20th, 2018 Jalen Vaden in Court on August 20th, 2018
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The man accused of killing a Carl Junction, Missouri girl in 2017 appears in court today, August 20th, 2018. During the motions hearing, the judge set a trial date of April 15th, 2019. 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. The judge, today, also ruled the health records of the victim will remain sealed. Vaden's re...

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Exeter, Missouri Resident Killed in Fatal Crash Video included

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The two-vehicle fatal crash happened on August 18th, 2018, around 2:30 p.m. in McDonald County, Missouri (about four miles southeast of Stella). 60-year-old Randall Hensley was driving west on MO-76 in a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Hensley turned into the path of a 1999 Honda Passport and was hit. Hensley, of Exeter, later died at Freeman West Hospital. His passenger received moderate injuries. The driver of the Honda was...

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Fatal Crash Near Pineville, Missouri Video included

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A Pineville resident is dead after a single-vehicle crash in McDonald County. It happened on August 19th, 2018 on I-49 at Pineville. The Missouri State Highway Patrol report states that around noon, 22-year-old Alison Rawlins was driving south when she went off the left side of the road and hit the median. The vehicle, a 2009 Chevrolet Impala, overturned several times ejecting Rawlins. She was pronounced dead at the scene. This is MSHP Troop D's 82nd fatality for 2018. More>>

KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 8-20 Video included

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Tuition is still going up at Missouri Southern State University, but the college is tweaking the cost increase to avoid a state fine.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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Cervical Cancer Survivor Shares Her Battle Video included

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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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Young Construction Workers Need in the 4 States and Beyond Video included

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Dalton Foster is bucking a national trend. He's young and getting ready for a career in construction.

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  • T-Storm Chances Pick Up for Thursday

    T-Storm Chances Pick Up for Thursday

    Tuesday, August 21 2018 10:41 PM EDT2018-08-22 02:41:59 GMT
    With our next wave still planning on sticking around as we head into Thursday, we will keep rain and t-storm chances in the forecast. Thankfully, the setup for Thursday shouldn't allow for any severe weather to pop up around here. The best chances for any severe t-storms will be confined to eastern South Dakota, southwestern Minnesota, and northwestern Iowa. That area should have a better shot to see storms with large hail and damaging wind gusts starting Thursday afternoon. There is ...More >>
    With our next wave still planning on sticking around as we head into Thursday, we will keep rain and t-storm chances in the forecast. Thankfully, the setup for Thursday shouldn't allow for any severe weather to pop up around here. The best chances for any severe t-storms will be confined to eastern South Dakota, southwestern Minnesota, and northwestern Iowa. That area should have a better shot to see storms with large hail and damaging wind gusts starting Thursday afternoon. There is ...More >>
  • Rain Chances Return Wednesday But Severe Weather Stays Away

    Rain Chances Return Wednesday But Severe Weather Stays Away

    Tuesday, August 21 2018 10:31 PM EDT2018-08-22 02:31:31 GMT

    With our next wave starting to influence us on Wednesday, we'll see an increase in the clouds and some scattered showers return. Even with that in play, we won't have any t-storms to worry about. The same goes for the severe threat. We won't have to worry about any t-storms turning severe or even strong. If there were any threats for severe weather in the Lower 48 for Wednesday afternoon & evening, it would be confined to the OK Panhandle, parts of the Rocky Mountains, the Atlanti...

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    With our next wave starting to influence us on Wednesday, we'll see an increase in the clouds and some scattered showers return. Even with that in play, we won't have any t-storms to worry about. The same goes for the severe threat. We won't have to worry about any t-storms turning severe or even strong. If there were any threats for severe weather in the Lower 48 for Wednesday afternoon & evening, it would be confined to the OK Panhandle, parts of the Rocky Mountains, the Atlanti...

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  • Joplin Meeting for Neighborhood Recovery Projects

    Joplin Meeting for Neighborhood Recovery Projects

    Tuesday, August 21 2018 5:55 PM EDT2018-08-21 21:55:46 GMT
    The City of Joplin will host an open house public meeting to review plans for a neighborhood recovery project in an area just northeast of the Joplin Public Library. Surface Projects 5004 and 5006 will focus on the replacement of street pavement, damaged sidewalks, curb & gutters and ADA ramps at corners. Work includes the following areas: 5004 Surface Improvements 17th & 18th Streets, from Connecticut Ave. to Delaware Ave.; and 16th Street through 19th Street, from T...More >>
    The City of Joplin will host an open house public meeting to review plans for a neighborhood recovery project in an area just northeast of the Joplin Public Library. Surface Projects 5004 and 5006 will focus on the replacement of street pavement, damaged sidewalks, curb & gutters and ADA ramps at corners. Work includes the following areas: 5004 Surface Improvements 17th & 18th Streets, from Connecticut Ave. to Delaware Ave.; and 16th Street through 19th Street, from T...More >>
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  • Trial Date Set for Carl Junction Murder Case

    Trial Date Set for Carl Junction Murder Case

    Monday, August 20 2018 1:07 PM EDT2018-08-20 17:07:08 GMT
    Jalen Vaden in Court on August 20th, 2018Jalen Vaden in Court on August 20th, 2018

    The man accused of killing a Carl Junction, Missouri girl in 2017 appears in court today, August 20th, 2018. During the motions hearing, the judge set a trial date of April 15th, 2019. 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. The judge, today, also ruled the health records of the victim will remain sealed. Vaden's re...

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    The man accused of killing a Carl Junction, Missouri girl in 2017 appears in court today, August 20th, 2018. During the motions hearing, the judge set a trial date of April 15th, 2019. 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. The judge, today, also ruled the health records of the victim will remain sealed. Vaden's re...

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  • A Pittsburg Man is Killed in a Fatal Crash on U69

    A Pittsburg Man is Killed in a Fatal Crash on U69

    Monday, August 20 2018 5:02 PM EDT2018-08-20 21:02:23 GMT

    The Kansas Highway Patrol says one man is dead after a two-vehicle crash on U69 about two miles south of Pittsburg. It happened on August 20th, 2018 around 9:10 a.m. Authorities say 70-year-old Stephen Hite was driving a Ford Ranger south on U69. He was slowing to turn onto E. 510 Ave. and was rear-ended by a Chevy Malibu. Hite's truck overturned onto its roof. Both vehicles came to rest in the east ditch. Hite died at the scene. The driver of the Malibu was injured and taken to...

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    The Kansas Highway Patrol says one man is dead after a two-vehicle crash on U69 about two miles south of Pittsburg. It happened on August 20th, 2018 around 9:10 a.m. Authorities say 70-year-old Stephen Hite was driving a Ford Ranger south on U69. He was slowing to turn onto E. 510 Ave. and was rear-ended by a Chevy Malibu. Hite's truck overturned onto its roof. Both vehicles came to rest in the east ditch. Hite died at the scene. The driver of the Malibu was injured and taken to...

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  • Pittsburg Police Investigate Report, Say Be Mindful of Your Surroundings

    Pittsburg Police Investigate Report, Say Be Mindful of Your Surroundings

    Monday, August 20 2018 5:51 PM EDT2018-08-20 21:51:56 GMT
    The Pittsburg Police Department investigates an alleged incident that took place on Saturday night (August 18th, 2018). Authorities say two female students from Pittsburg State University reported being approached by two unknown people in the McDonald's restaurant parking lot located at 1125 S. Broadway St. in Pittsburg. According to police, PSU students say one of the people, an unidentified female, tried to redirect one of the students to go back into the restaurant,...More >>
    The Pittsburg Police Department investigates an alleged incident that took place on Saturday night (August 18th, 2018). Authorities say two female students from Pittsburg State University reported being approached by two unknown people in the McDonald's restaurant parking lot located at 1125 S. Broadway St. in Pittsburg. According to police, PSU students say one of the people, an unidentified female, tried to redirect one of the students to go back into the restaurant,...More >>

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