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Vigil Planned to Honor Joplin Officer Killed in Motorcycle Crash Video included

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The community plans a vigil to honor  a Joplin officer and his wife, both killed in a motorcycle crash.

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National Flag Tour visits Joplin Video included

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A cross country motorcycle tour is working to honor America's service members by carrying an American flag through every state -- including Missouri. Steve Lea is a Vietnam veteran who served in the Navy from 1969 until 1977.   He's just one of many veterans, honored to carry the flag in this years patriot ride.  Steve Lea, Joplin Harley Owners Group:"As a veteran myself, and always giving to my community, I am very honored. This is an honor I do n... More>>

Duck Boat Victims Identified Video included

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Authorities say 17 people are dead and all are accounted for after a duck boat capsizes in Branson, Missouri.

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Vigil Honors Lives Lost In Motorcycle Accident Video included

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A crowd of friends and strangers gather around the family of the Brewers-- because as Michael Mort says, he didn't have to know David to show that he cares. 

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Motorcycle Safety Tips Shared Video included

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Those at Hideout Harley Davidson were already conducting safety training today. 

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Four State Farm Show Attracts New Vendors Video included

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Anthony Coblentz has attended the Four State Farm Show since he was a little boy. 

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A Joplin Officer and Wife Killed in Crash Video included

David and Stacey Brewer David and Stacey Brewer
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According to the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office, the two-vehicle crash happened at NW 100th and Highway 160 west of Columbus, Kansas around 9:59 a.m. Friday morning, July 20th, 2018. Authorities say the preliminary investigation indicates a 2014 Harley Davidson motorcycle was heading west on Highway 160 when a 2007 Pontiac passenger car pulled onto the highway and the two vehicles collided. 42-year-old David Brewer was driving the motorcycle. His wife, 41-year-old Stacey Brewe...

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Miami Arson/Burglary Arrest, Court Documents Received

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KOAM/FOX 14 receives court documents after a Miami, Oklahoma man is arrested for arson, burglary and drug possession. The Ottawa County Prosecutor's Office has charged 29-year-old Joseph Williams with the following: -One count of second degree arson (felony) for setting fire to Anders Shoes located at 27 South Main Street on July 10th, 2018 -Two counts of second degree burglary (felony) for breaking and entering into Anders Shoes twice in July of 2018 -One count of possession of... More>>

KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 7-20 Video included

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Authorities say at least 11 people are dead after a "Ride the Ducks" amphibious boat capsizes on Table Rock Lake.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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As Marian Days Get Closer, A Former Vietnamese Refugee Reflects On His Journey Here Video included

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    The annual Marian Days celebration is drawing closer in Carthage.     For the tens of thousands of Vietnamese who make the annual pilgrimage, this celebration, holds a special place in their hearts. Father Paul Tran: "So, like I was one of the 'boat people.'" The "boat people" are one of the main groups of Vietnam refugees highlighted in the documentary "Vietnamerica" which was screened by members of the Carthage Chamber ... More>>

"Mass Casualty Incident" at Table Rock Lake

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    The Southern Stone County, Missouri fire protection district says it and multiple agencies are working a "mass casualty event" at Table Rock Lake.     According to the district's Facebook page, crews are staging at the Branson Belle dock, but the crash did not involve the Belle.     No word yet on the number of casualties.         More>>

Hunger Breakfast Educates People on Food Insecurity in Joplin Video included

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More than thirty thousands households don't consistently have food in Jasper and Newton counties and charities say those are primarily the working poor. 

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Joplin Man Sentenced For Cherokee County Thefts

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A Joplin man who plead guilty to two separate thefts in Cherokee County received a sentence on July 10, 2018. Christopher Whitney was sentenced to 16 months in prison for stealing personal property from rural home in Galena, KS and stealing a vehicle from a home near Rive ton, KS. After the two burglaries, Jasper County Sheriff's Office deputies stopped a vehicle driven by Whitney, where they found the stolen items and a quantity of methamphetamine. Prior to the sentenc...

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Updated: 6-year-old in ICU, Knocked Unconscious by Softball Video included

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She was taken to surgery where part of her skull was removed to get a blood clot and allow for swelling.

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Area Bright Futures schools partner to Stuff the Bus

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Each year, families around the area struggle to provide the supplies their children need to be successful in school. Bright Futures Carl Junction, Carthage, Joplin, Neosho, and Seneca are teaming up to sponsor Stuff the Bus to help area families meet this need. The program is a school supply drive that will take place in July and August at various retail locations. Community members are all encouraged to donate school supplies by dropping them off at the buses on these days. Stu...

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Carnival workers arrested in deaths of Kansas fair vendors

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(AP) - Three carnival workers have been arrested in the deaths of two vendors who disappeared from a fair in Kansas and whose bodies were found days later in a shallow grave in an Arkansas forest. Police Cpl. Jonathan Wear said the suspects have been jailed without bond in Van Buren, Arkansas, on suspicion of abuse of a corpse, felony theft and tamp...

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MSSU Announces Videoboard Project

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The $1.3M dollar project is entirely funded by the Missouri Southern Foundation and donors. The LED video display will be 30 feet high and 66 feet wide.

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Surprise Crew: A Girl & Her Horse Video included

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The KOAM Surprise Crew returns with the story of a little girl... and her horse!

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 7-19 Video included

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Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer spoke at PSU on Wednesday.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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Neosho School District Makes a Big Change to Their Drug Testing Policy Video included

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With the kickoff of the 2018-2019 school year, Neosho School District students who apply for a school parking pass will enter themselves into the district's pool of students eligible for random drug testing. 

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Day 4: Guilty Verdict in Iola Murder Trial 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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  • A Look at the Tropics - July 21st

    A Look at the Tropics - July 21st

    Sunday, July 22 2018 1:05 AM EDT2018-07-22 05:05:46 GMT
    Late on this Saturday night, the Tropics are a bit active. Over in the Atlantic, it's as quiet as can be. We don't have any active systems and we don't expect any tropical development over the next 5 days. All the action is over in the waters of the Pacific. The wave in yellow has a large disorganized area of rain and t-storms with it. As it continues to move west over the next few days, strong upper-level winds will likely hinder any development. Odds of this wave becoming a depressi...More >>
    Late on this Saturday night, the Tropics are a bit active. Over in the Atlantic, it's as quiet as can be. We don't have any active systems and we don't expect any tropical development over the next 5 days. All the action is over in the waters of the Pacific. The wave in yellow has a large disorganized area of rain and t-storms with it. As it continues to move west over the next few days, strong upper-level winds will likely hinder any development. Odds of this wave becoming a depressi...More >>
  • Free Dump Day

    Free Dump Day

    Saturday, July 21 2018 8:53 PM EDT2018-07-22 00:53:41 GMT

    The residents of Bourbon County, Kansas got the chance to get rid of some old junk, free of charge on Saturday. 

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    The residents of Bourbon County, Kansas got the chance to get rid of some old junk, free of charge on Saturday. 

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  • Missouri Department Of Natural Resources Holds Free Pesticide Pick-Up

    Missouri Department Of Natural Resources Holds Free Pesticide Pick-Up

    Saturday, July 21 2018 8:15 PM EDT2018-07-22 00:15:44 GMT
    The Missouri Department of Natural Resources brought its pesticide collection program to Nevada, MO Saturday. The department invited local farmers and households to bring their unwanted pesticides to the Vernon County Fair Grounds for disposal. The crew accepted everything from insecticides to dewormers. It was all to prevent the potentially hazardous chemicals from harming the environment or even children. The discarded pesticides will head to Ohio, where they will be incin...More >>
    The Missouri Department of Natural Resources brought its pesticide collection program to Nevada, MO Saturday. The department invited local farmers and households to bring their unwanted pesticides to the Vernon County Fair Grounds for disposal. The crew accepted everything from insecticides to dewormers. It was all to prevent the potentially hazardous chemicals from harming the environment or even children. The discarded pesticides will head to Ohio, where they will be incin...More >>

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