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Each year The Empire Electric's Christmas Elves program helps distribute gifts to elderly customers who spend their holidays alone. In this KOAM Morning News interview, Michael Hayslip finds out how you can select a name and be a part of the tradition with a simple visit to the Empire lobby at 602 S. Joplin thru December 11th. 

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 11-20-17

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REP DAVIS HEADS TO WASHINGTON Missouri State Representative Charlie Davis, has been invited to the capitol for the House Veterans Affairs Conference with state and local leaders.                Davis, who represents Webb City, will head to Washington D.C. November 29th.  Rep. Davis serves as Chairman of the Veterans Committee in the Missouri House of Representatives.  Some of the critical issues to be ...

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Local State Representative Heading to White House to Talk Veterans Issues Video included

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A local state representative is heading to the white house. Missouri State Representative Charlie Davis,  has been invited to the capitol for the House Veterans Affairs Conference with state and local leaders. 

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Holiday Vendor & Craft Fair Video included

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Webb City's Route 66 Event Center was the home of Sunday's Holiday Vendor and Craft Fair.

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White Buffalo Fun Video included

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The White Buffalo Program is classing up the holiday season. 

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Pitt State Students Experience "Culture Shock" Video included

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Pitt State Senior Lexi Odell explains some of her experiences as a bi-racial student. "There's a Black Student Association, a Hispanics of Today. There's all these things where it's one race, but I'm not one race. And I cant pick one, because I was biologically designed to be more than one race" says Odell. The Culture Shock workshop event was coordinated by Senior, Ryan Urban, to open up conversations about issues like these. "Diversity comes down to somethin... More>>

CDC Offers Tips For Safely Cooking and Serving Turkey Video included

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You don't want your  Thanksgiving dinner to cause food borne illnesses so the Centers for Disease Control offers safety tips. 

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Shred-a-palooza

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Carl junction residents braved the rain Saturday morning to shred some paper. 

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Senator Claire McCaskill Holds a Town Hall Meeting in Webb City

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From national debt to energy cost...A US Senator talks politics in Webb City.     The Southwest Center in Webb City played host to Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill for a town hall meeting.     A number of topics were discussed -- and attendees were able to write down questions that Senator McCaskill would answer.     One of the more heated topics became renewable energy and its associated costs.

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Turkey's Head Out The Door At A Local Church

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In Webb City this morning more than 100 people took home a turkey after sharing in a prayer service...the Webb City Church of the Nazarene is making a  tradition of the event to help feed families with food and with spirit.

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Volunteers Gather to Help Injured Police Officer

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Officer Jimmy Hamilton works as a Baxter Springs Police officer to put a roof over his head and his family's.. but now, it's others literally putting the roof over his head.  "Well any way we can help out our community and help out with a fellow officer, especially when they're in need. We're gonna come out and do it" says his coworker, Reserve Officer Sheldon Bales. Hamilton was seriously injured after responding to a call on September 30th, causing him to have to... More>>

Victim of Fatal Motorcycle Crash Identified

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The identity of the  motorcyclist killed in a collision Friday  has been released.  

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Fish Hatchery Upgrade in Neosho Video included

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The pond construction project at the Neosho National Fish Hatchery is scheduled to wrap up before Thanksgiving. And according to the hatchery's manager, it's been a long time coming! 

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Wyandotte Tribal and Municipal Police Run Their First Ever "Turkey Stop" Video included

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When you see a cop car with it's sirens running behind you, it usually makes a driver feel pretty nervous. Just like Brittni.  "I was so nervous, I didn't know what I did wrong. I was just driving around, trying to get the baby to sleep..and I was like oh no!" says Brittni Arnold. "I thought I did something wrong, haha" says Mary Roberts. "I thought i was going to get a ticket or something, not a turkey" says M...

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Suspect Back in Jail After "Daring" Walk Out of Hospital Video included

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Deputies did not expect Dacoda Johnson to defy the odds.

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SHRED-A-PALOOZA

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The Carl Junction Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a big shredding event on Saturday, November 18th.  The event runs from 9:00am to 12:00pm.  For more details click here. How long should you keep records like old tax returns?  The IRS has everything you need to know.  Here's a link for specific IRS GUIDELINES.

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 11-17-17

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BOURBON COUNTY ATTORNEY Bourbon County, Kansas will soon have a new county attorney.  The current attorney, Justin Meeks, is resigning from the position.  He currently is both county attorney and counselor.  He plans to stay on as county counselor, and is looking for a pay raise for the position.  He says taking on the two jobs has been too much. BIKE-PED MEETING The city of Joplin joins with Webb City and Carl Junction to develop a unified bike and pedest...

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Another Bike And Pedestrian Meeting To Unify Trails In The Region

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     Discussions continued this evening on the future of the bicycle paths and pedestrian trails planned for the Joplin, Webb City and Carl Junction areas.

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Hope for the Homeless

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Jocelyn Brisson is the shelter director for Watered Gardens in Joplin. Not long ago, that charity was helping her escape homelessness. 

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Food Shelters Ask For Extra Help In Advance of Thanksgiving Day Video included

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The Carthage Crisis Center has been offering Thanksgiving Day meals for the past 12 years.

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KOAM SURPRISE CREW: TURKEY GIVEAWAY

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Thursdays in November mean the return of the KOAM Surprise Crew.  And now that we're a week away from Thanksgiving, it's time to think about turkey.  Or maybe ham or roast, as we found out there's all kinds of different family traditions that take place during the holidays and the KOAM Surprise Crew wanted to be a part of them.

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 11-16-17

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JASPER COUNTY BUDGET                 The Jasper County Auditor proposes a $17.9 million dollar budget.  The Sheriff’s Department would get an extra $200 thousand more to buy ten new vehicles, body cameras for 40 officers, and give staff a 2% raise to keep salaries competitive.  The budget is based on $16.6 million dollars in projected revenues. OKLAHOMA BUDGET     &n...

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Lawsuit Filed Against The City of Diamond, A Former Police Officer, and the Chief of Police Video included

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     The City of Diamond, Missouri, its Chief of Police, and a former police officer are all subjects of a lawsuit that's been filed by a Newton County man.      The suit was filed yesterday, but it stems from a traffic stop that actually happened 5 years ago. 

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New Treatment Option Available to Some Cancer Patients in Joplin Video included

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A radiation source is delivered through a catheter right to the cancer site.

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Jasper County Proposed Budget for 2018 Boosts Election & Sheriff Funds Video included

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The Jasper County auditor outlined the proposed budget for 2018 at a public hearing this morning.         It’s a seventeen point nine million dollar budget that if approved would bring funding increases to the county clerk and the sheriff.  

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Joplin Redevelopment Corporation Hears Proposal For New Housing Complex

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     The Joplin Redevelopment Committee met tonight to hear about a proposed housing complex on the city's west side.      A project that has something different to offer than most. A few years ago - this vacant lot here was expected to be home of a new senior citizen housing complex. But then...Wallace Bajalli fell apart and so did the proposal.  Now, the Economic Security Corporation is trying to bring it back.

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Inaugural Noel Early Head Start Program Ribbon Cutting Video included

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Catarina is a mother of four, and for the first time as parent, she gets to send her youngest child to an Early Head Start program. "I'm attending school, and with my kids being here and getting an education. I can go take English classes too" says Catarina Torres. This is the first ever Early Head Start program in Noel. A recent assessment showed that it was needed around the area. "That's really what was identified, that zero to three years of age. So the yo... More>>

Pittsburg School Superintendent Announces Retirement-Board President Outlines Search Plan Video included

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The Pittsburg board of education will need to search for a new superintendent of schools.     Destry Brown announced his retirement for the end of the school year at last night’s board meeting. 

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City Green Lights Turning A 'Drive Way' Into East 15th Street

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     A new road project has been green lighted by Joplin City Council.      It involves a road that never was...but is..and will now be real. 1993...Walmart, moved back -- and left this.     A sprawling parking lot, with a 'path' to the new store.     After Eastgate closed, the blacktop became a 'free for all' for drivers.

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Deadline Approaches to Sign Up For Christmas Goods Through the Salvation Army and Wesley House

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Crawford County residents gather at the Wesley House to sign up for their Christmas food baskets and toys. The arrangements take a lot of preparation so it's important to sign up before Friday. You can stop by the Pittsburg Salvation Army from 10AM to Noon and the Wesley House from 1 to 3:30PM. "I know that they're going to be busy so I'm basically here early because i know that if i don't get in now, it's going to be really hard to get in later" says Derrick Small...

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Police Chase Ends and Driver Commits Suicide

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A police chase in Pittsburg ends and a driver then took his own life. 

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Joplin Police & Fire Chiefs Take Battle of the Bells Challenge Video included

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Firefighters and police in Joplin want shoppers to take sides as they challenge each other once again in a battle of the bells.  Firefighters and officers will ring the Salvation Army bells in competition.

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Troop Care Packages Video included

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Webb City firefighters are doing their part to make our overseas military personnel feel more at home. They're doing it by selling hoodies! 

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Hoops Squad Thanks Their Fans

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Thanksgiving came early for residents of the Granby House Nursing Home in Granby, Missouri. The Diamond High School basketball team spent their Sunday afternoon serving a Thanksgiving dinner to the residents.

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Nashville Songwriters Perform at Pitt State to Help Families of Premature Infants Video included

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Barry Dean grew up in Pittsburg, Kansas, and began his career as a songwriter in Nashville, Tennessee. But 17 years ago, his daughter was born prematurely in Joplin and his family stayed at  the Ronald McDonald House. "What's special is that 17 years ago Barry and Jennifer Dean were our guests and we're back now being their guests at this wonderful unique event" says Annette Thurston, the director of the Ronald McDonald House. Dean and three other GRAMMY award winn... More>>

Alba Missouri Communities Band Together to Renovate Empty School Video included

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As you walk through the 110-year-old Alba High School you see empty classrooms and vintage architecture, but Cole Davis from American History Holdings sees his next venture. "He main body of the school is going to be called the Business School of Dreams" says Davis. His school is going to teach anybody that would like to enroll about business and credit and hopefully give something back to the community. "A lot of business has left the communities and so it's creat... More>>

Fun Fundraiser

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College Heights Christian School in Joplin put a fun twist on fundraising Saturday afternoon. The parent teacher fellowship hosted the annual Cougar Carnival. 

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Toddler Dies of Injuries from Alleged Abuse: Suspect Charged Video included

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A Joplin toddler dies from injuries police believe were the result of child abuse. 

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Parade Honors Area Veterans Video included

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It's Veterans Day and hundreds came out to celebrate those who serve and have served our country this morning in Joplin.  Today marked the 30th annual  Joplin Veterans Day parade.   

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Evening of Hope Video included

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Saturday night was the 4th annual Evening of Hope over at Joplin's Watered Gardens. The banquet typically raises around $25,000 for the homeless shelter and charity. 

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  • New Religious Community Helps People In Need

    New Religious Community Helps People In Need

    Sunday, November 19 2017 8:31 PM EST2017-11-20 01:31:32 GMT
    Over in Nevada, Missouri, a new religious community called Life Walk took to the streets to express their religious beliefs in the form of charity. They handed food, paper products, and other supplies to members of the community. Life Walk began earlier this year with an emphasis on community service and making people feel loved.  Life Walk member Marcy Fischer says, "I think that's the basic need. just the need to belong and the need to feel... the need to feel needed...More >>
    Over in Nevada, Missouri, a new religious community called Life Walk took to the streets to express their religious beliefs in the form of charity. They handed food, paper products, and other supplies to members of the community. Life Walk began earlier this year with an emphasis on community service and making people feel loved.  Life Walk member Marcy Fischer says, "I think that's the basic need. just the need to belong and the need to feel... the need to feel needed...More >>
  • Carl Junction Residents Protect Themselves From Identity Theft by Shredding Paper

    Carl Junction Residents Protect Themselves From Identity Theft by Shredding Paper

    Saturday, November 18 2017 5:15 PM EST2017-11-18 22:15:07 GMT
    Shred-A-Palooza is putting lots of paper in the proper place. The Carl Junction Chamber of Commerce brought a certified shredding company to the community today. With no limit on shredding, the truck filled once and had to be dumped before returning for more. Officials say its not just recycling but the best way to protect yourself from identity theft and fraud.   Chamber of Commerce member Gary Stubberfield says, "When you throw away credit card offerings you're ...More >>
    Shred-A-Palooza is putting lots of paper in the proper place. The Carl Junction Chamber of Commerce brought a certified shredding company to the community today. With no limit on shredding, the truck filled once and had to be dumped before returning for more. Officials say its not just recycling but the best way to protect yourself from identity theft and fraud.   Chamber of Commerce member Gary Stubberfield says, "When you throw away credit card offerings you're ...More >>
  • Cecil Floyd Craft Show Draws Vendors from Five States

    Cecil Floyd Craft Show Draws Vendors from Five States

    Saturday, November 18 2017 4:01 PM EST2017-11-18 21:01:59 GMT

    Sellers  from five states converged on a Joplin elementary school today. More than 100 vendors set up shop  at the 27th annual  Cecil Floyd elementary craft show. 

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    Sellers  from five states converged on a Joplin elementary school today. More than 100 vendors set up shop  at the 27th annual  Cecil Floyd elementary craft show. 

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