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Jasper County veteran to be featured on PBS Special Video included

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"My knees went week. I'm like whoa, I'm really really going to war" Ken Clark was on guard duty at Camp Pendleton when he heard North Vietnam fired on an American ship. He knew where he was going. "By noon, I was leaving San Diego. I was on the back of a USS Pickaway, watching the United States disappear" It took them 45 days to get there because it was somewhat of a secret movement.   "The colonel was on the PA system, we were all out o... More>>

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Kayakers and Canoeists Swap Water Safety Tips Video included

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The Joplin Kayak and Canoe swap meet at Wildcat Glades today included some warnings. Several local companies were on hand with fishing gear, hammocks  bicycles.. and of course canoes and kayaks that people could see and try.  A big topic of conversation for today's meet was what to do to stay safe in the water. 

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Agree or Disagree: Parents Go to Court to Kick 30 Year Old Son Out of Their Home

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 Parents have tried repeatedly to ask their 39-year old son to move out of the house. Now it's a court battle. 

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Over 500 Students Graduate from JHS Video included

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Congrats to the Joplin High School class of 2018! Today was graduation day for more than 500 students - which makes this years class one of the largest since 1982.  The graduates are joining the ranks of over 39-thousand other Joplin High Graduates that have come before them.  This years class is also the first class to spend all four years at the new high school on Indiana Avenue.

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Fire Truck Crash Video included

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A member of Columbus, KS Fire Rescue is recovering in a hospital, after suffering a medical emergency behind the wheel of a fire truck. 

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Push for Medical Marijuana in Oklahoma

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Advocates  for legalized marijuana in Oklahoma held a forum Saturday in Miami.  

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Update: Driver Arrested in Fatal Boat Crash at Lake of the Ozarks Video included

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A  dismal start to National Safe Boating week as a fatal boat crash kills three and injures at the Lake of the Ozarks.

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An inspiring athlete takes on the Joplin Memorial Run Video included

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You may recognize him from this billboard last year. And now, he's off, Richard Vaughn hits the pavement for his 200th race, the only Joplin Memorial run contestant in a wheelchair this year.  "I know there's a lot of wheel chair basketball teams around here and other wheelchair athletes. Where are they? I'm challenging them to come out next year and not run against me, but run with me" says Vaughn.  He races in a standard wheelchair, rather than a chair s... More>>

Seven Valedictorians in Carl Junction Senior Class Video included

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"Remembrance and eucetratrophe, whatever that means..haha" Eucatastrophe, a sudden, happy ending, similar to what this group of accomplished seniors is going through. "I studied a lot, I cried a lot, but I made it. haha" Kate Dreiling says jokingly.  This group of students aren't just study buddies. They're all co-valedictorians or salutatorians, the top students in their graduating class. Their principal says it's normal to have around four ... More>>

Art Is Popping Up Around The Metro - And You Can Take It Home Video included

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     It's not something you see every day.      Some art...some crafts...placed along parts of Main Street in Joplin.      But a local group is on a mission to make sure folks can see it anywhere and everywhere. Take a walk along Main Street - and you won't have to go very far to find some artwork on the side of the road.

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Southeast Baseball Preps for State

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The Lancers have made the 3A state tournament back-to-back seasons.

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Higginbotham Walk-Off Gives PSU 7-6 Win Over Siena in NCBA World Series Opener Video included

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Former Colgan Panther Simon Higginbotham hit a walk-off single to put Pittsburg State into the second round of the NCBA DII World Series. 

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A Bear's Journey Home Continues Through Neosho (So Leave Him Alone) Video included

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"...he keeps bumping into civilization and getting rerouted."

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Driver's License Dilemma Video included

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A trip to driver's license services is a big deal for Dolores and Bob Kyle. The retired couple traveled from Coffeyville to Independence, Kansas, to renew Dolores' driver's license, but were shocked to find the office had moved.

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Cowgirl Culture documentary coming to Miami this weekend

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"What I hope to show is, our little subculture of American culture, the cowgirl culture. And let people see how independent and fiercely competitive these women are, also the pioneer spirit that women possess" Pitt State graduate, Lindsey Walls plans to show her documentary to not only the Fourstates, but to the world. From London to Australia, she even plans to enter it into festivals like Sundance.  "I think people have an interest in the we...

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Runners Lace Up For The Joplin Memorial Run - May 19

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Runners are lacing up for the Joplin Memorial Run this Saturday. The Joplin Memorial Run began in 2012 as a way to honor the lives lost in the May 22nd, 2011 tornado. The EF-5 tornado ripped through Joplin and Duquesne and claimed the lives of 161 of our friends, family and loved ones. The memorial event has also helped raise money to support the rebuilding effort and construction of memorials. The 2018 Joplin Memorial Run will include a half marathon, 4 person half marathon re... More>>

Joplin Man Sentenced For Armed Robbery & Carjacking Video included

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The armed robbery happened at Select Jewelers in Joplin on March 17th, 2016. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, 34-year-old Paul Lloyd entered the jewelry store, approached an employee and asked to see several pieces of jewelry. He selected a necklace and walked to the cash register. Authorities say Lloyd then produced a gun and demanded that the clerk "give me all the jewelry." Lloyd then stated "I'm not kidding," and fired a gun into the wall. The clerk ...

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Westar Energy Warning of New Scam Affecting Customers

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Westar Energy is alerting customers that imposters claiming to work for the company are threatening to disconnect service and asking for prepaid cards as payment. Several customers have contacted Westar Energy’s Customer Relations Center after receiving suspicious phone calls. Some imposters are very convincing. They may use websites that allow them to manipulate caller ID, making the call appear to come from Westar. They speak with authority. When the targeted customer calls... More>>

Seneca School District Appoints New Superintendent

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The Seneca R-7 School District has announced the name of their new superintendent to replace Dr. Jim Cummins who has taken over at the Neosho R-5 School District. The district has appointed current Joplin High School Principal Dr. Brandon Eggleston as the district's new superintendent. Dr. Eggleston has 18 years of experience in the education field. Dr. Eggleston received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Missouri Southern State University in 1999.  He later received a Maste...

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Fatal Crash In Southwest Missouri Kills One, Injures 4 Others

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The crash happened in Lawrence County, MO around 10:10 a.m. on May 13th, 2018. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a Honda Accord pulled out from a private drive into the path of a Hyundai Sonata on Highway 39 about four miles north of Mt. Vernon. Five people were taken to Cox South Hospital in Springfield, MO. The Honda Accord was driven by 95-year-old John Lomas of Mt. Vernon. He was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. His passenger, 90-year-old Helen Lomas d...

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Kansas Takes Over A Fort Scott Nursing Home

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Representatives from the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services say the state is taking over the Fort Scott Manor, a nursing home, and closing it. Fort Scott Manor is located on Heylman Street in Fort Scott, KS. Officials say their main concern is ensuring residents and patients get the care they need. They have given residents a 30 day notice of the facility closing and have asked other area nursing homes to help relocate the residents. The KS Dept. for Aging is ho... More>>

Spike in potentially deadly dog virus Video included

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Oro is getting her annual vaccines. "In a nutshell, I'm just trying to be a responsible pet owner and do everything i can to keep her safe from preventable diseases" says Liz Darling, Oro's owner. One of those preventable diseases, the Parvovirus. "We've had probably two to three times the amount of cases this year than we had last year. So it has been a very bad Parvovirus outbreak this year" says Dr. Heather Wallace from the Broadway Animal Hospital.  Sh... More>>

Allow Us To Introduce You To "The Baja Brothers" Video included

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     It is Baja time in Pittsburg.      The Kansas Baja SAE Competition is back in town.      And that means more than 2,000 competitors...worldwide...are here to show-off their stuff.      It includes 2 brothers on the Pitt State team.      Ones who have this thing in their blood.

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Special Report: Push for Change to Lenient Marriage Laws Making MO Draw for Teens Video included

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In most states, if you're eighteen, you can get a marriage license with some special circumstances allowed.  On Thursday, a Missouri senator made a last ditch effort to create a minimum age to marry in Missouri setting it at sixteen years old.  Right now in the state, it is easy for those under age to get the license that can change their life. Marriage Minimum: Teen Brides. Two teen brides. One fifteen years old another sixteen, both with differedoesn't reasons for mar... More>>

Small Southeast Kansas Town Prepares to Say Goodbye to "Something More Than Just a Tree" Video included

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You can find history and pride in many Four State communities.  One of those communities is getting ready to say goodbye to something that has bound several generations.

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Interview Sessions Put Neosho Students Professional Greeting Skills to the Test

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Neosho junior high students practice greeting skills like handshakes while presenting  resumes to members of the business community. The eighth graders had one on one interviews, talking about themselves  to put communications skills like eye contact to the test. 

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Southeast Kansas Teen Sentenced For 2016 Fatal Crash

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On December 30th, 2016, 18-year-old Trez Martinez was involved in a fatal crash in Neosho County, KS. It happened around 3:00 p.m. on Highway 169 (Douglas Road) about seven miles south of Chanute. According to the Kansas State Highway Patrol, two vehicles were stopped in the northbound lane, the front vehicle was preparing to turn left (west) onto 130th Road. Authorities say Martinez drove into the back of the second vehicle, causing it to hit the first vehicle. The first vehicle,...

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PSU Proposes A Tuition Increase For Fall Video included

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Pittsburg State University students might be paying more this fall. The university presented the proposal to the Kansas Board of Regents.  Officials say Pittsburg State's 2018 tuition and fees are the lowest compared to the five universities identified as PSU's peers by the Kansas Board of Regents. The university says if the increase of 2.6% is approved, it would be the university's smallest since 1999. "We recognize the financial pressure ri...

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Surprise Crew: Soaring Heights Elementary

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At KOAM we consider ourselves lucky to have the opportunity to give tours to 4-State students and let them sit in during our newscasts to see what it's like behind the scenes.There's one school in particular, Joplin’s Soaring Heights Elementary, that we get to enjoy an entire day with, complete with the station tour, as well as lunch, outdoor games...even some face painting.This year when the kids arrived, we devised a plan to beat the may heat we've been in the midst of -- and ... More>>

Marriage Minimum Preview Video included

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Current Missouri allows individuals between the ages of 15 and 17 to get a marriage license with the signature and consent of a parent.  But a new proposed law takes that decision out of the hands of parents and into the hands of a judge.  KOAM’s Lisa Olliges previews her special report Marriage Minimum where she talks with teen brides, with different reasons for marrying, with different outcomes, and different opinions of the proposed Missouri law that would limit tee... More>>

KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 5-17 Video included

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MISSOURI TREATMENT BILL Missouri lawmakers approve a bill that will direct more people toward treatment programs, instead of prison.  The bill creates a pilot program in three counties to treat people struggling with addiction who might otherwise be incarcerated.  The senate had previously passed the bill. JOPLN AMNESTY DAY The Joplin Municipal Court is looking to work with residents who might have missed a court date or failed to pay a ticket.  An amnesty day w... More>>

Explanation behind the "Yanny" or "Laurel" Debate Video included

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"Ehh, it's closer to the 'Yanny'" says Derek Moser. "I'm getting 'floral'" says Evan Martin. This recording is not only dividing the internet, but friends as well. I asked Derek if he say in anyway how Evan got "floral" out of the recording. "No, it's ludicrous! Ha ha!" But Evan wasn't the only one leaning towards Team Laurel. Out of the 12 people I asked, seven initially heard "Laurel", two heard "Yanny", and thre... More>>

Joplin Woman Living In Fear Of Her Neighbors After They Allegedly Break Into Her Home Video included

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     A Joplin woman says she's terrified after her neighbor broke into her home and stole a number of valuable items.      More shocking...it wasn't the first crime the suspect is accused of committing. Tucked away in the heart of Joplin, a cozy little neighborhood. Then, the unthinkable happens.

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Sex Education Classes in Missouri Could Soon Also Cover Sexual Violence, Sexual Harassment, and Consent Video included

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"...Perhaps we can make kids aware that later on, even currently...those types of behaviors aren't acceptable in a civilized community,"

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Possible Legalization of Sports Betting Brings Warning of Gambling Addiction Risk Video included

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     Sports gambling may be illegal now, but that could change after this week's Supreme Court ruling. It gives states the ability to legalize sports wagering. But some warn that will simply increase the number of gambling addicts.  

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Former OK Fire Chief Charged With Embezzlement

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Former Hickory Grove, Oklahoma Fire Chief William Moore is charged with embezzlement. According to Delaware County Sheriff Harlan Moore, in December of 2017, Hickory Grove Fire Department Board members were told about "past due" accounts for unauthorized purchases owed for the Fire Department. After that, Moore was fired from his position as Fire Chief. On December 22nd, Frankie Shepherd (Chairman of the Board of Directors) and his wife (Fire Department's Secretary/Tre... More>>

Carl Junction Water Main Fixed, Boil Advisory Remains

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The City of Carl Junction issued a boil advisory on May 15th after a water main break on Gum Road.  Officials today (May 16) say the leak has been fixed.  They've sent water samples to Missouri's Department of Natural Resources to test but won't have the results until tomorrow.  The boil advisory will remain for the Oscie Ora Acres and Dogwood Trails area, including the Tabor Woods subdivision.  The advisory is a precaution anytime the water pressure drops below...

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More Details Emerge After A Tulsa Amber Alert

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(AP) - A Tulsa mother stabbed her eldest daughter 50 to 70 times, struck her head with a pickaxe then set their home on fire, before fleeing the scene with the youngest of her three daughters, according to police. Taheerah Ahmad, 39, was arreste...

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Are Criminal Charges Required for Impeachment? Video included

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The Saint Louis County Attorney has dropped charges against Missouri's Governor alleging he took and illegally transmitted photos of a woman with whom he was having an affair in 2015. Despite the dismissal of felony invasion of privacy charges, state lawmakers say they're carrying on with their own investigation into Governor Greitens and his actions.  That investigation is expected to be key in a discussion about whether to impeach the governor, that takes place later this we...

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Kansas Governor Signs Bill Restoring Higher Education Funds

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"This budget is stressing how important education is to our future workforce and to the future economy of the great state of Kansas," said Gov. Jeff Colyer. On Tuesday, the governor signed a budget bill restoring 15 million dollars in higher education funding, of the 30 million that was cut by former governor Brownback last year. For Pittsburg State University, that means $640,000 of the million dollars it lost to Brownback's cuts has been restored.$610,000 will go int... More>>

Man Awarded Money After Prison Time For A Neosho Crime

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A man who spent close to 20 years in a Missouri prison is awarded money for lost wages. The case stems from an incident that happened in Neosho during the early '90's. Dwight Laughlin was convicted of trying to break into a locked room inside the Neosho Post Office. His current attorney argued to a jury last week that this comes down to how the case was handled, not the fact this man committed a crime. "He was caught in the post office. He was caught red handed. But that's all...

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Joplin woman Sentenced For 2016 Crime Spree

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Brittany Nicole Harper of Joplin is sentenced by a federal judge to 19 years in prison. She was part of a four-state crime spree that ended when her boyfriend was killed in a shoot-out with police. Authorities say Harper was involved in a 10-day crime spree that began in Missouri and went through Alabama and Georgia before ending in Florida. Prosecutors say she and her boyfriend, Blake Fitzgerald, stole cars, burglarized a home and kidnapped two people during carjackings. The crimes... More>>

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  • Faster-Moving Hawaii Lava Gushes Into Sea, Spews New Danger

    Faster-Moving Hawaii Lava Gushes Into Sea, Spews New Danger

    Monday, May 21 2018 12:52 AM EDT2018-05-21 04:52:59 GMT
    From Caleb Jones and Audry McAvoy of the Associated Press: PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — A volcano that is oozing, spewing and exploding on Hawaii’s Big Island has gotten more hazardous, sending rivers of molten rock pouring into the ocean Sunday and launching lava skyward that caused the first major injury. Kilauea volcano began erupting more than two weeks ago and has burned dozens of homes, forced thousands of people to flee and shot up ash clouds from its summit that led offi...More >>
    From Caleb Jones and Audry McAvoy of the Associated Press: PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — A volcano that is oozing, spewing and exploding on Hawaii’s Big Island has gotten more hazardous, sending rivers of molten rock pouring into the ocean Sunday and launching lava skyward that caused the first major injury. Kilauea volcano began erupting more than two weeks ago and has burned dozens of homes, forced thousands of people to flee and shot up ash clouds from its summit that led offi...More >>
  • Oklahoma Storm Damage

    Oklahoma Storm Damage

    Sunday, May 20 2018 10:19 PM EDT2018-05-21 02:19:31 GMT

    Several Northeast Oklahoma counties dealt with some extreme weather on Saturday. 

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    Several Northeast Oklahoma counties dealt with some extreme weather on Saturday. 

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  • Weatherization Boot Camp

    Weatherization Boot Camp

    Saturday, May 19 2018 9:51 PM EDT2018-05-20 01:51:51 GMT

    The Joplin Historic Preservation Commission hosted a window restoration and weatherization boot camp Saturday. The commission invited world renowned expert Bob Yapp to teach the class. 

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    The Joplin Historic Preservation Commission hosted a window restoration and weatherization boot camp Saturday. The commission invited world renowned expert Bob Yapp to teach the class. 

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  • NWS confirms EF-1 tornado hits Carthage, EF-0 hits near Golden City

    NWS confirms EF-1 tornado hit Carthage

    High winds and heavy rains leave behind sporadic power outages, flooding in low lying areas, and minor damage. We have yet to confirm word of any major damage or injuries but we will be monitoring theseMore >>
    A National Weather Service survey team says a small EF-1 tornado hit Carthage, Missouri on Sunday night.  Crews were in clean-up mode this morning.More >>
  • Update: Driver Arrested in Fatal Boat Crash at Lake of the Ozarks

    Update: Driver Arrested in Fatal Boat Crash at Lake of the Ozarks

    Sunday, May 20 2018 10:28 PM EDT2018-05-21 02:28:13 GMT

    A  dismal start to National Safe Boating week as a fatal boat crash kills three and injures at the Lake of the Ozarks.

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    A  dismal start to National Safe Boating week as a fatal boat crash kills three and injures at the Lake of the Ozarks.

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  • Agree or Disagree: Parents Go to Court to Kick 30 Year Old Son Out of Their Home

    Agree or Disagree: Parents Go to Court to Kick 30 Year Old Son Out of Their Home

    Sunday, May 20 2018 9:50 PM EDT2018-05-21 01:50:50 GMT

     Parents have tried repeatedly to ask their 39-year old son to move out of the house. Now it's a court battle. 

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     Parents have tried repeatedly to ask their 39-year old son to move out of the house. Now it's a court battle. 

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  • Trudeau touts Canada's AI credentials at MIT tech gathering

    Trudeau touts Canada's AI credentials at MIT tech gathering

    Friday, May 18 2018 12:40 AM EDT2018-05-18 04:40:18 GMT
    Monday, May 21 2018 5:03 AM EDT2018-05-21 09:03:12 GMT
    (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP). Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in an armchair discussion at a luncheon given by the Economic Club of New York on Thursday, May 17, 2018, in New York.(Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP). Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in an armchair discussion at a luncheon given by the Economic Club of New York on Thursday, May 17, 2018, in New York.
    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is coming to MIT to speak with tech entrepreneurs.More >>
    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is coming to MIT to speak with tech entrepreneurs.More >>
  • 'Jurassic Park' dinosaur expert's next big thing: holograms

    'Jurassic Park' dinosaur expert's next big thing: holograms

    Sunday, May 20 2018 12:11 PM EDT2018-05-20 16:11:38 GMT
    Monday, May 21 2018 5:02 AM EDT2018-05-21 09:02:58 GMT
    (AP Photo/Matt Volz, File). FILE - In this May 21, 2016, file photo, Jack Horner sits under Montana's T-Rex in the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Mont. The Montana paleontologist, Horner, who consulted with director Steven Spielberg on the “Jurassic...(AP Photo/Matt Volz, File). FILE - In this May 21, 2016, file photo, Jack Horner sits under Montana's T-Rex in the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Mont. The Montana paleontologist, Horner, who consulted with director Steven Spielberg on the “Jurassic...
    'Jurassic Park' dino expert Jack Horner sees hologram exhibit as the next big thing to display his colorful, bird-like dinosaurs.More >>
    'Jurassic Park' dino expert Jack Horner sees hologram exhibit as the next big thing to display his colorful, bird-like dinosaurs.More >>
  • Hawaii lava evacuees grow weary as uncertainty drags on

    Hawaii lava evacuees grow weary as uncertainty drags on

    Sunday, May 20 2018 2:33 PM EDT2018-05-20 18:33:48 GMT
    Monday, May 21 2018 5:02 AM EDT2018-05-21 09:02:54 GMT
    (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong). Lava flows toward the ocean near Pahoa, Hawaii Saturday, May 19, 2018. Two fissures that opened up in a rural Hawaii community have merged to produce faster and more fluid lava. Scientists say the characteristics of lava oozing ...(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong). Lava flows toward the ocean near Pahoa, Hawaii Saturday, May 19, 2018. Two fissures that opened up in a rural Hawaii community have merged to produce faster and more fluid lava. Scientists say the characteristics of lava oozing ...
    Hawaii residents forced to evacuate their homes because of lava oozing from cracks in their neighborhoods are growing weary.More >>
    Hawaii residents forced to evacuate their homes because of lava oozing from cracks in their neighborhoods are growing weary.More >>

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