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LOCAL MECHANIC’S GIFT TO FAMILY WAS ANSWERED PRAYER Video included

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  A local mom is calling an auto mechanic an angel for his gift to her son who lives with autism.           

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Epidemic Influenza Levels Prompt Health Department to Offer Free Flu Shots Video included

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There have been 271 flu cases in Newton County alone since December; usually that number is 50.

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Joplin Area Transportation Study Organization Presents Draft Plan of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plan

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The city of Joplin and surrounding urban areas are getting closer to having a network of biking and walking trails. One of the reps from the Joplin Area Transportation Study Organization presented the newest version of the plan to the board and any members of the public that wanted to join the meeting. One of the missions of the improved network of biking and walking trails is to be able to provide more of an inclusive transportation experience around the area. "Cities have of... More>>

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WEBB CITY YMCA SALE Parents are scrambling for day care as the Heritage Youth Development Center in Webb City prepares to close.  The Joplin YMCA is selling the center to the Webb City School district for 700-thousand dollars.  The YMCA will expand after-school services into three more Webb City schools.  But the sale will eliminate the infant care and preschool program at Heritage. INCIDENT SPOTLIGHT A Joplin City Councilman says the future for a well-known fea...

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Joplin Takes On Pilot Program Hopefully Adding Low Income Housing Options

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Although they may be seemingly empty inside, a vacant house could be a family's new dream. "It is allowed under the Abandoned Housing Act of Missouri. It's a state bill, it authorizes non-profits to file with the circuit court to acquire properties. These properties must be abandoned as defined by state statute" says the City of Joplin's Community Development Planner, Thomas Walters. Which he explains as the home being vacant for a minimum of six months and the homeowne...

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Much Needed Daycare Will Disappear with Sale of Webb City Y

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  The Joplin Family YMCA is selling its Heritage Youth Development Center to the Webb City school district.  That will eliminate a much-needed daycare program. It's a good property buy for district but is leaving some parents at a loss. 

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JOPLIN HOUSE FIRE Joplin firefighters say a house fire Monday evening appears to have been set by the homeless trying to escape the cold.  It was at 727 Murphy Avenue shortly before 5:00pm Monday evening.  No one was hurt.  Firefighters say there are no working utilities at the vacant house.  It appears a homeless person started the fire.  No one was inside when emergency workers arrived. DEADLY BAXTER SPRINGS FIRE Baxter Springs, Kansas authorities ar... More>>

Discussion On Curbing Panhandlers Gets Curbed in Joplin Video included

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 The City of Joplin is looking to curb peddlers and solicitors at major intersections throughout the city.
     Something that was discussed during tonight's city council meeting.
     Just not for long.     
     The issue is pretty straight forward -- public safety.

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Joplin Puppy Healing after Frostbite Tragedy Video included

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Meet Defender. He's one heck of a fighter, and even though he just lost a leg to frost bite, that isn't keeping his spirits down.

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Emergency Officials: Joplin House Fire Appears To Have Been Set By Homeless Trying To Keep Warm Video included

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Two years ago, fires in vacant houses caused by the homeless accounted for 20 percent of the total fires that year.

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Winter Driving Tips and What to Stock in Vehicle to Survive Getting Stuck

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It is best to stay off the roads when they are icy. But for those who must drive,  AAA has these tips for doing so safely and what to stock in your vehicle. 

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Baxter Springs Man Dies in Fire

Baxter Springs Man Dies in Fire

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A Baxter Springs man is found inside a burned home.  According to Baxter Springs Fire Department crews were called Monday night at approximately 10:08pm. Baxter Springs Fire, Police and EMS were dispatched to a report of a large unknown type fire in the area of 10th and Wyandotte. Fire crews arrived on scene at 505 1/2 W 9th in Baxter Springs to find a mobile home fully involved with fire. There was a vehicle next to the residence and a boat and trailer at the rear that w... More>>

Playin' in the Snow

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If you thought Monday's cold weather meant kids spent all day indoors playing video games, think again! 

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KDOT Concerns During the Extreme Cold

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In Southeast Kansas, KDOT crews have been working on roads since Sunday morning. But KDOT Area Superintendent Wayne Nelson says, the extreme cold temperatures expected Monday night and Tuesday morning, are creating new problems.

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Joplin Police Department Declares Emergency Road Conditions

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The Joplin Police Department has activated its emergency road conditions policy. The department warns all residents to go out only if it's absolutely necessary. If you're involved with an accident exchange insurance information. Officers will respond to accidents involving injuries or a driver leaving the scene without exchanging information. If you get into a non-injury and you would still like a report filed, you can come to the police station when road conditions improve. More>>

Joplin Police Hope Motorists Continue Safe Driving in Snow

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Colder night time temperatures will turn much of slush into ice.

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MLK Breakfast Canceled Due to Winter Weather Threat

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A winter weather advisory for the region has prompted Missouri Southern State University's MLK Committee to cancel a breakfast on Monday morning. 

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Angry Missouri Parents

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The town of Bourbon, Missouri is filled with some angry parents, after a state mental health survey asked middle school kids to identify their sexual preferences. 

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Private Autopsies

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One Missouri county has hired a private firm to perform autopsies while it continues to search for a full-time medical examiner.     

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Area Agencies Helping the Homeless to See More Money This Year Video included

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The Zahn and Ridgway apartments are home to some Jasper and Newton County residents once homeless or in dangerous living conditions.  They get rental assistance through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Continuum of Care. The Economic Security Corporation has five programs getting grant funds renewed. This year more than 576,000 dollars spread between four agencies.. That's 26,934 dollars more than last year to be used to help 130 ho... More>>

Lungs for Brian Video included

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Fans of good music for a good cause over in Joplin, were in luck Saturday. 

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Woman in Affair with MO Governor Says Distraught Over Recording Release Video included

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Woman in affair with Missouri's Governor says her ex-husband released phone recording without her permission. 

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Celebrating MLK in Oswego Video included

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Oswego, Kansas honored civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. with its annual ceremony and celebration Saturday. 

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Columbus Firefighters Battle Blaze Despite Frozen Fire Hydrants Video included

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A home gutted by fire, flames Columbus crews arrived to fight, but faced another challenge in bitterly cold weather. Because  it's not just water that freezes, it's fire hydrant plugs as well. An obstacle for Columbus firefighters when they tried to hook up to a fire hydrant. "It froze up, so we had to switch to another hydrant and that just takes a little bit of extra time." says Chief Jason Allison, who hasn't experienced a frozen hydrant while in Columbus.... More>>

Joplin City Councilman: Despite Assumptions, No Official Talks of Reinstating Joplin Police Social Media Posts Video included

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"We said we wanted to just allow the city manager and police chief to engage in a conversation."

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  • Joplin Takes On Pilot Program Hopefully Adding Low Income Housing Options

    Joplin Takes Pilot Program Which May Add Low Income Housing Options

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    Although they may be seemingly empty inside, a vacant house could be a family's new dream. "It is allowed under the Abandoned Housing Act of Missouri. It's a state bill, it authorizes non-profits to file with the circuit court to acquire properties. These properties must be abandoned as defined by state statute" says the City of Joplin's Community Development Planner, Thomas Walters. Which he explains as the home being vacant for a minimum of six months and the homeowne...

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