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Newton County officials say county jail funding impacts 2015 budget

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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has released nearly $1.8 million to reimburse county jails for housing state prisoners. Officials in Newton County say this funding impacts their planning of the 2015 budget. Newton County commissioners say the sheriff's office takes up the largest portion of the county's budget, which is why commissioners closely monitor the amount of reimbursement available from the state. More>>

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Mercy Hospital officials release plans to develop old hospital site Video included

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On a man-made hill where there's already respect, there will soon be a place to reflect. More>>

Pittsburg Groups Seek Public Input on Making City More Bicycle and Pedestrian Friendly Video included

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Pittsburg residents are being asked to voice their opinions on how to improve bicycling and pedestrian walkways and trails in the city. With one trail already in the works, officials are reaching out to the public for help on the next one. More>>

MOFFA Statement on Amendment 1 Recount

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The recount on Amendment 1, the so-called "right to farm" ballot measure, has ended. The amendment passed by a mere 2375 votes."We sincerely thank the Secretary of State's office and the county clerks, all our volunteers and everyone else who helped with this effort. This was one of the closest ballot measures in Missouri's history, and we owed it to our supporters, our friends, and the citizens of this state to ensure that every vote was counted correctly and fairly," said Wes Shoemyer, pres... More>>

JCVB Grant distribution for fiscal year 2015

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Joplin, MO - This Council Bill approves the Joplin Convention Visitors Bureau's (JCVB) Grant distribution for FY2015 special events, festivals and celebrations. Funding comes from a portion of the Occupational License Tax (JCVB Hotel/Motel Tax) monies collected resulting from Ordinance No 2000-048 as authorized by City of Joplin voters on November 7, 2000.SUMMARY:The purpose of this Grant Program is to assit qualified organizations with the promotion of tourism activities striving to directl... More>>

Man charged in Noel Stabbing Video included

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Update: Burgos is charged with Armed Criminal Action, 1st Degree Assault, and Resisting Arrest.Noel, MO - On 9-14-2014, deputies were dispatched to Highway 59 just north of Noel in reference to an assault. Upon their arrival they located the victim, Stavin Hadley, with a puncture wound around the stomach area. They determined that he had been stabbed and he was taken by helicopter to the hospital. Deputies processed the scene and were able to determine that the suspect was Alberto Burgos and ... More>>

Citizen Input Needed for Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan in Pittsburg Video included

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Pittsburg, KS - The City of Pittsburg is planning for a more bicycle and pedestrian friendly future with the help of Live Well Crawford County, a local non-profit dedicated to improving the health of County residents.A Missouri based non-profit called, "PedNet" has been hired by Live Well Crawford County to create a Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan for the city. The plan will evaluate current conditions and plan for new infrastructure like trails and sidewalks. The project will take one-yea... More>>

Airport Master Plan available for viewing, discussion during Open House

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Joplin, MO - The Joplin Regional Airport Board will host an "Open House" on Wednesday, September 17 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. for those interested viewing in the Master Plan study conducted by the Airport. The Open House will be held at the General Aviation Terminal located at 5501 N Dennis Weaver Drive at the Joplin Airport.This will be a "come and go" type event with members of the Airport Board, Airport Staff, and the study planning engineer on hand to discuss or answer question concerning the... More>>

PSU exploring options after sub-contractor misses deadline

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Pittsburg, KS - Pittsburg State is exploring alternative laboratory options for its chemistry and biology students following an unexpected construction delay. Contractors have been working to replace the HVAC and exhaust systems in the Heckert-Wells facility since late spring. The original deadline for the $4.3 million project was August 29, but an external sub-contractor was unable to meet the deadline.“Corvus walked off the site on that Friday and never returned,” said Paul Stewart, directo... More>>

Woman with service dog is denied service at a Nevada,MO business Video included

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Federal law requires local governments, businesses and nonprofit organizations that serve the general public to allow service dogs, which is why one woman was surprised when she was denied service at the Taco Bell/ Kentucky Fried Chicken location in Nevada, MO, because of her service animals. More>>

More than 250 volunteers take part in Neosho's day of service Video included

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A collaborative endeavor involving the churches of Neosho, the day attracts volunteers of all ages.  More>>

Pittsburg family hosts all-day fundraiser for children dealing with serious illnesses

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The event, Lylahpalooza, is named after Delylah Harris, a 1-year-old girl who died last fall from congenital heart failure.  More>>

Horse riding therapy in Carthage receives funding boost

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Area adults and children with disabilities can find some healing through riding horses and today that therapy received a funding boost. Three bands performed at Carthage Memorial Hall this afternoon, to help raise money for the nonprofit organization Medicine H.A.T. Inc. More>>

2nd annual Color Dash raises more than $7,000 for Joplin Humane Society

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The 2nd annual Color Dash in Joplin raises more than $7,000 for the Joplin Humane Society. More than 400 runners participated in the 5K, which began at Landreth Park. More>>

Carthage Bridal Fair is underway at Cherry's Art Emporium on the Square

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Some bride-to-be's in the Carthage area are staying local to plan their weddings. The first annual Carthage Bridal Fair took place this afternoon at Cherry's Art Emporium on the Square. More>>

Miracle League of Joplin receives donation at today's opening games

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The Fall season for Miracle League of Joplin is now underway, kicking off today's opening games with a $500 donation. The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisers in Southwest Missouri presented the organization with the check this morning. More>>

Some Missouri lawmakers say governor should be held constitutionally accountable for withholdings

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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon this week released $143.6 million in education funding after legislators overrode a number of his line item budget vetoes, but some lawmakers say he should not have been permitted to withhold the funding in the first place. A constitutional amendment on the state's November ballot will address that very issue. More>>

Local Women's Shelters See Increase Support for Domestic Abuse Victims

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Domestic violence has been the headline this week with the NFL and the situation involving Ray Rice. Now local women's shelters are seeing an increase in calls coming in. Shelters across our area say when domestic violence makes headlines nationally, people in our area take notice. More>>

Carthage birthing center to close by end of the year

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Soon-to-be moms in and around Carthage will soon have to schedule labor and delivery in Joplin because the only birthing center in Carthage will close by the end of the year. More>>

First Responders Honored with Memorial Monument Video included

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To serve and protect is a risk first responders take every day. One college is remembering the fallen with a memorial and dedication. The four states is no stranger to tragedy. While our nation grieved as a whole on September 11, 2001, our community grieved together on May 22, 2011. Now Crowder College is remembering all those who gave their lives...to protect ours. More>>

A Restored Law from Veto Session Allows Designated Teachers to be Armed in Schools

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Missouri lawmakers have wrapped a two- day session in which they've managed a record number of veto over-rides One of the laws vetoed by Governor Jay Nixon but restored by the legislature will expand gun rights in the state. It'll allow specially trained and designated teachers to carry concealed weapons in schools. A Joplin 5th grade teacher at Kelsey Norman focuses on story elements and while a new law could allow ... More>>

Kobach Releases Bryant Affidavit

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TOPEKA (September 11, 2014) – Mr. Chad Taylor has made a number of incorrect statements about his attempt to withdraw his name from candidacy for the United States Senate. Unfortunately, some newspapers have reprinted those statements as if they are fact.For that reason, today Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has released Mr. Brad Bryant's affidavit regarding the same events, which tells a very different story. This affidavit will be filed in whichever court takes jurisdiction of the mat... More>>

Structure Fire in Anderson, MO

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Anderson, MO - On 09/10/2014 at around 11:00pm we were dispatched to a structure fire at 401 South Highway 59 in Anderson Missouri. The business, a cabinet shop and garden center had flames showing when emergency crews arrived on scene. During the initial emergency response it was discovered that the business had been broken into and a burglary had occurred. At this time the cause of the fire is unknown and under investigation as suspicious and it is unknown if the fire is directly related to... More>>

Duquesne mayor's job uncertain Video included

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In the little City of Duquesne is a big issue that confuses some residents. More>>

Joplin seeks group to coordinate Christmas Parade Video included

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Joplin officials are looking for a non-profit group to sponsor the annual Christmas parade.The event usually includes more thanone hundredentries. Organizers would have to have meetings with the police department to ensure safety for participants, spectators and for traffic. The convention and visitors bureau director says planning needs to begin soon. Patrick Tuttle says, "From whatI know, once schools start the bands are the key to get them lined up cause there's certain parades that are... More>>

Galena High School Expansion Continues Video included

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Galena High School is nearing the end of an expansion project. Although the 7.5 million dollar project is opening later than expected, we spoke with officials about how they're bringing the school into the 21st century while still keeping a piece of history. More>>

Arrests made in Joplin homicide Video included

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Everyone knows a person like the late David McKibben. More>>

NEO's PTA program receives REACH 100 Platinum Award

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Miami, Okla. – Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 – For the first time in the 19-year history of the Physical Therapist Assistant program (PTA) at Northeastern Oklahoma AM College (NEO), the class will be awarded the REACH 100 Platinum Award by the national professional organization known as the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). This is a student membership award given every school year. All programs with this award are recognized on the APTA website along with other programs who achieve t... More>>

Parsons city manager resigns about one week after police chief and fire chief announce retirement

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The Parsons staff is making adjustments. "With the three officials gone, obviously it's going to create some change throughout the community," said Kari West, public information officer for the city of Parsons. More>>

Doctors on the lookout for enterovirus. No Joplin confirmed cases yet. Video included

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It's a virus taking more than ten states by storm, causing some kids to end up hospitalized. It's called enterovirus D-68. The Missouri Health Department issued an alert to health providers. Local pediatricians will now be looking out for cases.Five year old John Ramsey gets examined for a possible ear infection His mom April says, "We've had a fever for several days. We decided to wait it out see if it was just a v... More>>

Joplin Police Investigating Strong Armed Robbery

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Joplin, MO - On September 8, 2014 at approximately 4:50 p.m. Officers with the Joplin Police Department were dispatched to the area of Zora and St. Louis for a Strong Armed Robbery that had just occurred to the west on the Frisco Trail.The victim stated that he was resting on a side trail of the main trail whenever he was approached by two males that had come out of the woods. He stated that the males grabbed a backpack that he was carrying and in doing so knocked him to the ground. The victi... More>>

Parsons City Manager Steps Down

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PARSONS, KS – City Manager Fred Gress resigned from his post Tuesday morning during a special city commission meeting.The Parsons City Commission met in several executive sessions on Tuesday morning citing discussion of non-elected personnel. When returning to open session, Mayor Bill Hogelin announced Gress' resignation. The commission proceeded to accept his resignation and offer Gress a severance package with salary and health insurance through the end of the year. The package was passed 4... More>>

City of Miami announces hire of Interim City Manager

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Miami, OK - Jacque Wedding-Scott will join the City of Miami administration Wednesday, Sept. 10, as interim city manager, filling the office vacated last month by former city manager Jeff Bishop. Wedding-Scott, from Lakewood, CO, comes to Miami with more than three decades of municipal government experience in the areas of strategic development, human resources, public finance, budgeting, economic development and public/private partnerships.She currently does consulting work assisting municip... More>>

Fort Scott Community College offers state-wide incentive program to increase education and boost economy

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His eyes may be cast down as he welds metal, but Zachary Cox is looking up. "I got something I look forward to," said Cox. "I'm going to have a trade after all this done. I can go anywhere in the world i want to work, and I'll have a job." ... More>>

Overcrowding at Irving Elementary School in Joplin leads to district staffing changes

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Some students at Stapleton Elementary School and Irving Elementary School in Joplin are adjusting to new teachers and classes this week. Today, three teachers moved from Stapleton to Irving, after overcrowding at Irving led to some district staffing changes. More>>

Webb City officials dig up new plan for public pool

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In April, Webb City voters turned down a proposal for more property taxes to fund a new aquatic center. More>>

Blue Alerts Help Law Enforcement Capture Suspects

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In the wake of yesterday's shooting death of a police officer in Topeka, Kansas law enforcement officials put the blue alert into effect.  More>>

Parsons Police arrest three teens in recent string of car burglaries

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PARSONS, KS — Parsons Police officers arrested three Parsons teenagers in connection with more than 15 recent car burglaries throughout the community.Police said that during the burglaries a variety of miscellaneous items were taken including change, a 9mm handgun and a .22 rifle.The teenage boys, three 15-year-olds, are expected to be charged later this week in Labette County District Court. A fourth boy, a 17-year-old, is sought for questioning. More>>

Missouri among the Top Three states in the nation for state's use of technology

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Jefferson City - The State of Missouri is one of only three states in the nation to receive an A grade from the Center for Digital Government in its annual Digital State Survey. Every two years, the Center for Digital Government assesses state governments' ability to improve IT systems for better operational outcomes and services to citizens. In its report, the Center cited Gov. Nixon's 100 Missouri Mile Challenge as an example of the state achieving a ‘successful marriage of civic engagement... More>>

Joplin Police investigating death over the weekend

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PRESS RELEASE FROM JOPLIN POLICE DEPT.On Saturday, September 6, 2014 at approximately 1:56PM, officers with the Joplin Police Department were sent to 201 North Wall Apartment #1 for a deceased male. The male has been identified as 71 year old David L. McKibben of Joplin.An autopsy was completed on Mr. McKibben on Sunday, September 7, 2014 at Frontier Forensics in Kansas City. As a result of findings from the autopsy, the death is being investigated as a homicide at this time. The Joplin Polic... More>>

John Berrey named to the Council for Native American Farming and Ranching

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Press Release from USDAWASHINGTON, Sept. 8, 2014--Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the re-appointment of eight members and the appointment of three new members to the Council for Native American Farming and Ranching. As an advisory committee, the Council provides recommendations to the Secretary on changes to Farm Service Agency (FSA) regulations and other measures that would eliminate barriers to program participation for Native American farmers and ranchers. "Over the previ... More>>

Galena landfill update

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Galena residents against a proposed landfill say they will revamp and refile their petition after a judge denied it on technicalities. The petition seeks a grand jury to investigate the Galena city council and its actions surrounding a plan to turn roughly 40 acres into a landfill. The judge ruled the petition did not have the name, address and phone of the person filing the document. Nor did it indicate that an authorized official placed the verifying signatures under oath. The group will se... More>>

Patients and staff members at Via Christi Hospital now have a new place to worship

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Patients and staff members at Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg now have a new place to worship and reflect. More>>

Year-long Joplin art mural nears completion

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The Downtown Joplin Gateway Mural is the product of the Downtown Joplin Alliance and Focal Point, an art group from Missouri Southern State University. For the past year, artists and volunteers have worked on the large-scale piece that is meant to commemorate downtown Joplin. More>>

Back to school block party held in Duquesne, MO

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Kids of all ages gathered in Duquesne, MO tonight for a back to school block party. Held at Bethel Worship Center, children and their families enjoyed some free food, inflatables, face painting and other activities. More>>

Area Girl Scouts gather for cupcake competition

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Area Girl Scouts gathered for an all-around bake-off and show-off of their cupcake-making talents.  More>>

Webb City Police say help from observant citizen has led to two arrests and charges in recent metal thefts

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Webb City Police say help from an observant citizen has led to two arrests and charges in recent thefts of nearly $28,000 worth of metal plumbing fittings. The materials were stolen from a city public works building at 122 S. Hall Street in two separate incidences over the past couple weeks. Suspects, 22-year-old Aron Scot Anderson and 20-year-old Thomas Allen McHenry, Jr., were arrested Thursday night at the 300 block of S. Hall Street. More>>

Horses for Hope Dash for the Cash and Man Race underway in Carthage

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More than 800 contestants are competing in barrel races at this weekend's Horses for Hope Dash for the Cash and Man Race event in Carthage. More>>

Big Red Shoe 15k draws in large donation for Ronald McDonald House

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The 2nd annual Big Red Shoe 15k run in Joplin this morning is expected to draw in more than $10,000. More than 180 runners registered for the event, from which all proceeds go to Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Four States. More>>

Paint the Town Red Winners Announced

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Pittsburg, Kansas - The Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce today announced the winners of the ninth annual Paint the Town Red Business Decorating Contest. Paint the Town Red is an annual event aimed at showcasing business and community support for Pittsburg State University. Participating businesses were divided into one of three categories based on number of employees. Division I was for those businesses with more than 15 employees, Division II featured those with 8-15 employees and Division... More>>

Candidate's name removed from Vernon County Ballot

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Vernon County (MO) - The name of the Republican nominee for prosecuting attourney must be taken off the ballot. The judge ruled Dustin Dunfield doesn't qualify as a candidate because of a statutory rape conviction 18 years ago in Vernon County case. Dunfield had filed a seperate petition to get the conviction from 1996 set aside but a judge denied it. The county Republican Committee can nominate a replacement by October 1st.Excerpts from the Judgement on the Pleadings:"that contestee (Dunfiel... More>>

Carl Junction to Vote on Tornado Shelter Bond This November Video included

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Carl Junction School officials are seeking support for a 16.5 million dollar bond. More>>

Southeast Kansas school district recipient of a large federal grant

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The US Department of Education will give USD 506 in Altamont, Kansas $1.5 million over the course of three years.  More>>

Historic gas station's future uncertain

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City officials say it was built in the 1920's, and is believed to be the oldest gas station still standing in Jasper County. More>>

Pittsburg cafe closing...Temporarily

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Pittsburg, KS - Otto's cafe will be undergoing renovations in preparation for its 70th Anniversary in April. Those rennovations come 2 days after a Kansas Food Inspection that discovered a roach infestation.The closing is expected to be temporary with a possible reopening in October....
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Labor Day severe storms cause damage and debris in southwest Missouri

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Stephen Jones' chainsaw has been his constant companion for several days."A lot of deb... More>>

KS State Rep. Menghini speaks out against area billboards

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Kansas State Representative Julie Menghini says some billboards attacking her run for another term as state representative are a disservice to her, voters, and her opponent. More>>

Commerce police now patrolling North Miami

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Commerce's police chief says since there used to be only one police officer in North Miami, emergency response times will be better under this consolidation. More>>

Mercy Welcomes New Oncologist in Joplin

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Joplin, MO - Samir Dalia, DO, joined Mercy Clinic Oncology and Hematology on September 2.Dr Dalia received his medical education from Northeast Ohio Medical University in Rootstown, Ohio and completed his internal medicine residency at the Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University and the Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and a member of the American Medical Association. Dr Dalia received his Fellowship in Hematology and Oncology... More>>

Road Closures on 26th Street between Maiden Lane and Tyler in Joplin

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Joplin, MO - Road Closures will occur on 26th Street between Maiden Lane and Tyler starting TODAY, Thursday, September 4, 2014 and will continue through Friday, September 5, 2014 from Daylight, 6 a.m. to Dark,7 p.m. The closure is due to the 26th Street Widening. Detours will be in place. Drivers are urged to use extreme caution in this area. If you have any questions, please call the Engineering Department at 624-0820, ext. 530. More>>

PSU adds parking, student seating in advance of home opener

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Pittsburg, KS - In what has become a highly anticipated fall tradition, thousands of fans will pack Pittsburg State University's Carnie Smith Stadium for the first football game of the season, Saturday. And hours before kickoff, thousands of red-clad fans will join in the traditional GorillaFest tailgate party outside the stadium, where there will be food, music and games for kids.To host an event of this magnitude is no small task, requiring months of planning and preparation not only in the... More>>

Miami Cemetary Introduces Online Burial Records

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Miami, OK– The history of the City of Miami and Ottawa County is in many ways buried in the past at G.A.R. Cemetery. The cemetery recently launched a new City website application that includes online burial records and access to share information about your loved ones....
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Newton County woman found dead outside her home Video included

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Investigators say the woman was found in her nightgown. More>>

Plans for new Neosho water tower are in the works

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Plans for a new Neosho water tower are in the works, as part of the budget discussion for the upcoming fiscal year. Council members say a new tower could be crucial for the city's future. More>>

Granby Elementary Receives Funding From Wellness Programs Video included

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One four state school takes steps to help students become healthier. The National Dairy Council and the National Football League are partnering on a nationwide wellness initiative throughout schools. Now the program has come to our area. More>>

Missouri to help test federal government's healthcare marketplace Video included

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 The small business marketplace will be open to Missouri in late October, while much of the rest of the nation will see the marketplace open in November.

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Carterville Volunteer Fire Department announces a new ISO rating

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Carterville, MO - In November of 2013 the Carterville Volunteer Fire Department requested an updated evaluation rating from the Insurance Services Office (ISO). ISO rating are used to determine insurance rates within an area. Our deparment's ALL VOLUNTEER staff made this request after countless hours of preparations. "Our goal was to improve our ISO rating, the main benefit will enable all homeowners and businesses within our fire district to lower their insurance rates. We've learned a lot d... More>>

Carthage Fire Chief Resigns

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Carthage, MO - On September 2, 2014, Mayor J. Michael Harris received and accepted a letter of resignation from Fire Chief Chris Thompson. Chris was implicated in a consensual personal matter that was bought to the city. This incident was investigated, in keeping with the policy manual, and dealt with following documented procedures. Additionally, a group of people led by a former fire fighter who was not selected as Fire Chief spoke against Chief Thompson at a city council meeting and throug... More>>

$145,000 state audit of City of Joplin now underway

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A state audit of the City of Joplin, costing up to $145,000, began today.   A representative from the MO State Auditor's Office addressed Joplin City Council tonight, stating survey work is now underway to determine weak areas in need of further investigation. More>>

Christopher Foundation Announces their September Project

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Joplin, MO - This year the Christopher Foundation will be collecting DVD;s for the oncology floor and clinics at Children's Mercy Hospital in KC. As well as the new Children's Mercy Clinic in Joplin. Movies must be new and rated PG-13 and under. DVD's can be dropped off at any Southwest Missouri Bank location, both New-Mac Electric locations, and Joyful Journey's in Neosho, MO. Donations can be also be mailed to the Christopher Foundation at P.O. Box 717, Neosho, MO 64850. All money received ... More>>

Joplin High School and Franklin Technology Center Opens for Classes

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As one door closes....another one opens, for Joplin High School and Franklin Technology Center students. The 110 million dollar project delayed the start of school for a week, but today students began classes in their new state of the art building that marks the beginning of a new chapter.3 years and 3 campuses later, Joplin High School and Franklin Technology Center students have a new place to call home."You can just look around and at first glance you can already tell this doesn't feel lik... More>>

Barton County Sheriff faces two lawsuits Video included

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Barton County (MO) - Sheriff Larry "Mitchell Shaw is being sued. Stephen Kendus contends Shaw allowed a jailer to arrest him in 2011 using excessive force with a taser. The tasering caused Kendus to urinate on himself. The suit alleges deputies showed a video of the tasering to employees, further humiliating Kendus. A second suit filed by Jennifer Workman alleges the Sheriff's Department falsified a recording of a sale of meth between deputies and an informant. Also, a warrant signed by a cou... More>>

Gofourth Announces Retirement

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PARSONS, KS — Parsons Police Chief Scott Gofourth has announced that effective September 19, 2014 he will retire from the city. Gofourth has been a member of the Parsons Police Department since December 1987.During his 27 years on the force, Gofourth worked his way up the ranks from Public Safety Officer to his current position of Chief. He was named Chief upon the retirement of John Keele in 2012.While in law enforcement, Gofourth has served on the Advisory Board for RSSKT, has been a member... More>>

LPD looking for missing child

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Lamar, MO - State of Missouri Endangered Person AdvisoryThe Lamar Police Department has issued an Endangered Person Advisory for a missing person incident that occurred at 1305 Cherry, Lamar, Missouri at 12:30 PM on September 1, 2014 More>>

Severe storms overturn two campers; other damages reported

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 Officials from the National Weather Service say 75 mile an hour straight line winds were recorded in Redings Mill last night. More>>

SEK Art Fest's Football Damaged Early Sunday Morning (WITH PHOTOS)

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Pittsburg, KS - The Pittsburg Police Department is seeking information on the individuals pictured above. This group of individuals is responsible for criminal damage to one of the SEK Art Fest's Footballs during the early morning hours of Sunday, August 31st, 2014. More>>

Joplin Tornado Survivor Invents Tornado Shield

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What do you do when a tornado strikes...and you have no where to go? That's what one Joplin man asked himself after the may 2011 tornado. So he developed a product that is mobile, versatile...and affordable.  More>>

Restaurant Shows Appreciate to Emergency Service With Free Lunch

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Labor day may means a day off for students and many workers...but there are some who work year round. One restaurant is showing appreciating for those workers service and saying thanks this holiday. More>>

Bright Futures adds two more schools

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Bright Futures has two new affiliates for a total of 25. Bentonville, Arkansas and Poplar Bluff, Missouri will have the organizations that connect businesses, faith based groups and service partners to work with school districts to meet students needs including personal items like shoes to school supplies. Bentonville school district serves 15,000 students while Poplar Bluff serves 5,200 students. More>>

Residents in Southwest Missouri and Southeast Kansas may need to re-tune their weather radios to ensure getting alerts

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Residents in Southwest Missouri and Southeast Kansas may need to re-tune their weather radios to ensure getting alerts. The Avilla Joplin area weather radio transmitter is down due to an electrical problem. Picture to the right are some alternatives to other stations. More>>

Oklahoma weather experts say this spring had the lowest number of tornadoes since 1988

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Oklahoma weather experts say this spring had the lowest number of tornadoes since 1988. Still one to hit Quapaw was deadly killing one person. Only 13 tornadoes hit Oklahoma through June. Greg Carbin with the storm prediction centers says the states extremely cold winter last year and earlier this year likely kept the number of tornadoes down. More>>

Memorial in Southeast Kansas Encourages Veterans' Signatures

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An old boat has become a memorial to honor veterans and is now sitting at Farlington Lake in Crawford County, Kansas. It was donated by Albers Marine in Arma, Kansas to Gary and Evelyn Thurston. Gary is a Vietnam veteran and two of Evelyn's brothers were also veterans. The boat includes a P-O-W logo, American flags and flowers. It's also signed by a number of veterans and they welcome people to sign names of their relatives who have served.To sign or visit the boat:919 W Lake RoadCrawford Cou... More>>

Footballs moved to Meadowbrook Mall due to vandalism

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The SEK Art Fest moves its fiberglass footballs to a new temporary home. Upon yesterday's discovery that a fourth football was the target of vandalism, committee members took immediate action.They transported 20 of the original 24 footballs to to their new temporary home at the Meadowbrook Mall.The large-scale art works will remain at the mall until October 12th, when the public will have the chance to bid on them during the Pittsburg State homecoming auction. More>>

Walmart to potentially build a Neighborhood Market in Airport Drive Village

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Walmart could soon add another location in the Four States at Airport Drive Village near Carl Junction, MO. More>>

Demolition to be heavily underway for the rebuilding of Carl Junction United Methodist Church

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This week, demolition work will be heavily underway as part of the rebuilding process for the Carl Junction United Methodist Church. Demolition began Thursday at the site. An August 7th lightening fire destroyed the church. Staff members say they are fully insured and currently conducting an inventory of all lost contents. Once demolition is complete, church officials say they will meet as a church to discern the overall vision for rebuilding.Pastor Bill Kenagy says church members are confide... More>>

SEK Art Fest to remove fiberglass footballs from Broadway Street

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A fourth fiberglass football has been damaged in downtown Pittsburg.Leslie Harris, director of SEK Art Fest, says she discovered the vandalism early Sunday morning via a Facebook photo.  More>>

Ottawa Tribe members honor their heritage at 51st annual powwow

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Ottawa Tribe members honor their heritage at this weekend's 51st annual powwow. More>>

Little Balkans Day festival celebrates 30th anniversary

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The Little Balkans Day festival in downtown Pittsburg celebrates its 30th anniversary. More>>

Early morning McDonald County crash injures pedestrian

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At approximately 5:20 am John F. Rose, 35 of Pineville, MO, was driving northbound on route W when his vehicle, a Chevy Silverado, struck 18-year-old Veston Martin of Rocky Comfort, MO. More>>

Lower Gas Prices Draw More Boaters to Grand Lake Video included

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An estimated 34 point 7 million people are expected to travel this holiday weekend, according to triple a. And gas prices are lower than average. Plenty here  will be heading down to grand lake for their last weekend of summer. But how much will it cost them ? More>>

Empire Files for New Missouri Electric Rates

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JOPLIN, MO – August 29, 2014 – The Empire District Electric Company (NYSE:EDE) announced today it has filed a request with the Missouri Public Service Commission (MPSC) for changes in rates for its Missouri electric customers. The Company is seeking an annual increase in base rate revenues of approximately $24.3 million, or about 5.5 percent. If approved by the MPSC, a residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt hours would see a monthly increase of about $9.87, which reflects the findings of a... More>>

Webb City School District scores 95% Annual Performance Review

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Webb City, MO - August 29, 2014 - The Webb City School District is proud to announce their annual performance review grade of a 95%, full accreditation from the Missouri School Improvement Program (MSIP) 5 school accreditation program. The school district scored 133 of 140 points on the MSIP 5 Rubric. The performance standards include academic achievement, subgroup achievement, college and career readiness, attendence rate, and graduation rate.MSIP began in 1990 and entered its fifth version ... More>>

Joplin wanting the public's input for annual festival

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Press Release city of Joplin: Public input is being sought regarding the potential for a new annual, signature festival for the Joplin region. Some areas of consideration include: themes or historical references for an event; the activities that could be included in such an event; as well as the logistics of a large community activity including time of year and location. More>>

Local Gun Range Owners React to Arizona Accident Video included

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In our area shooting is a popular activity or sport for many. So we spoke with a local gun range owner and student who began his shooting career at a young age and about the ways they protect themselves  More>>

City of Fort Scott is working to bring new life to the old Western Insurance Building

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In downtown Fort Scott, situated between restaurants and offices, is the old Western Insurance Building, a structure with deep roots in the city. Once the host of bustling activity, the building now sits idle.. More>>

Update: Officials Believe Recent Crimes May Be Tied to Local Gang Video included

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Newton County authorities connect a photo posted on social media to gang symbolism and arrest two people. The photo shows two people posing with a dead body, and now authorities say they are one step closer to finding the connection between 2 rural area crimes. More>>

Top ten worst states to call home?

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A study by CNBC reveals the top ten worst states to call home in America. More>>

Update:Joplin Coke Building transaction finalized

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 Joplin, MO - After missing the last two deadlines, Wallace Bajjali now owns the Coca Cola Building in Joplin. Abbey Title assisted with the sale today. 
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$25,000 grant will help prevent student loan defaults at MSSU

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A $25,000 grant from the Department of Higher Education will help to prevent student loan defaults at Missouri Southern State University. More>>

Downstream Casino hosting meeting about potential casino

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Pittsburg, KS - In accordance with the Kansas Open Meetings Law, please accept this memorandum as notification that members of the Pittsburg City Commission will be attending a meeting hosted by Downstream Casino on Thursday, August 28th, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. in the Balkans Room of the Overman Student Center, located on the Pittsburg State University Campus at 302 East Cleveland, to receive information from Downstream Casino regarding the proposed casino to be located in Crawford County, Kansa... More>>

Iola woman sentenced to 8 years for meth

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Iola, KS - Stephanie Jo Troxel, 35, was sentenced yesterday to 8 years in the Kansas Department of Corrections by Judge Daniel D. Creitz in Allen County District Court on methamphetamine charges. Troxel pled guilty in December 2013 to one count of distribution of methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of school property, two additional counts of distribution and one count of possession with intent to distribute. More>>

New Leads Into Newton County Death

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Joplin, MO - A shooting investigation is underway in Newton County. Officers repsponded to a rural area on the southwest side of the city of Joplin around 5 AM. The victim was in a vehicle near the 3500 block of Cherry Road. Authorities say the victim is a 44-year old male and currently in stable condition at Freeman Hospital with two gun shot wounds. Officials say the victim was under the influence of intoxicants or some type of drug and that the incident was most likely a personal conflict.... More>>

Pittsburg creates new advisory committee

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The city of Pittsburg created an Active Transportation Advisory Board (ATAB) to aid in future planning and growth of the city's active transportation network. More>>

Extreme temperatures leave some without relief

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Extreme temperatures leave some without relief. For the homeless in the Four States, hotter weather brings a greater struggle to survive. More>>

Former Miami police officer has pleaded no contest

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MIAMI, Okla. (AP) - A former Miami police officer has pleaded no contest to accusations that she lied to a state grand jury in connection with a man who was injured during an arrest.The Miami News-Record reports (http://bit.ly/VPOY1V ) 37-year-old Teresa Lashmet pleaded guilty to two counts of outraging public decency and engaging in a pattern of criminal offenses.  More>>

Gas Main Update in Joplin

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Release from JPD: Gas Main Break UpdateOn August 26, 2014 just after 11:15AM, the Joplin Emergency Communications Center received a call that a gas main located near the intersection of Junge and Maiden Lane had been ruptured and was leaking. The intersection was closed while emergency crews worked to resolve the issue.As of 3:20PM, Maiden Lane is open for traffic. The outside southbound lane at Junge and Maiden Lane continues to be closed meaning there will be one lane of traffic open for so... More>>

Goode Sentenced in Newton County

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Newton County (MO) - Dennis Goode is Sentenced today in Newton County for resisting arrest by fleeing a law enforcement. He entered a guilty plea and then was sentenced. TWELVE MONTHS IN THE COUNTY JAIL WITH CREDIT FOR TIME SERVED, TIME WILL BE COMPLETED ON OCTOBER 25, 2014.  More>>

Kander Announces Recount on Statewide Ballot Measure

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Jefferson City, Mo.—Secretary of State Jason Kander today announced a statewide recount of Constitutional Amendment 1, which appeared on Missouri's August 5th primary election ballot, has been requested. Kander's office has created a webpage (www.sos.mo.gov/elections/Amendment1) to make the recount process more transparent and accessible to Missourians. The page will be updated daily at 3 p.m. to show the recount schedule established by the local election authorities, each local election auth... More>>

Joplin Police obtain military vehicle for crisis situations

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The Joplin Police Department has added a new vehicle to it's fleet, it's high tech military mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle, or a MRAP. More>>

The city of Neodesha loses bid to retry lawsuit against BP Video included

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More than 10 years ago, the city of Neodesha filed a lawsuit against BP claiming the company should provide more industrial cleanup from a closed oil refinery. A county jury returned a verdict in favor of BP. Now, city has lost its bid to retry the lawsuit. More>>

Dying fish at construction site in Webb City raise concern Video included

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Dying fish at a construction project underway at King Jack Park in Webb City raise some environmental concerns. More>>

AT&T hiring nearly 30 employees in Joplin

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Joplin, MO - ATT is hiring nearly 30 employees in Joplin. Jobs are now available in the following areas:Call Center Representatives: ATT is hiring 24 employees at its call center in Joplin. These positions are for Business Customer Service Specialists in ATT's small business segment. Our Business Customer Service Specialists answer customer/client requests or inquiries concerning service, products, billing, equipment and claims with the highest degree of courtesy and professionalism.Retail Sa... More>>

Joplin Elementary & Middle School open today

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Joplin, MO - Youngsters arrived early at Cecil Flood Elementary this morning, and eager to start the school year on a good note. Superintendent CJ Huff joined the kids. He took a photo with each incoming kindergarten student. The finished photos will include a "Class of 2027" logo and will be given to the families in an effort to instill the idea of graduation at an early age. More>>

Iola Man Killed in ATV Crash

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According to Allen County Sheriff's Office a 23-year-old man has died from injuries sustained in an ATV crash. More>>

History enthusiasts gather in Carthage to look at women's suffrage in Jasper County

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The Powers Museum hosted a talk on Women's History In Jasper County historical accounts trace many influencers in the women's suffrage movement back to the area. Mark Van Es spoke on the ideology of the area in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. According to Van Es, Jasper County was quite progressive in the ideas of women and the right to vote. "Something else that's really fascinating about the area is how many important and significant women that were part of the national stage for su... More>>

Car raffle to benefit St. Mary's Catholic Church construction costs

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A raffle giveaway of a 2013 Dodge Challenger SXT Plus will go towards covering construction costs at St. Mary's Catholic Church. More>>

New kiosk at Riverton roundabout pays tribute to historic Route 66 attractions

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A newly constructed kiosk and rest area near the Riverton roundabout pays tribute to the conjunction of two historic highways, Route 66 and the US 400. More>>

Joplin Trails Coalition receives $64,000 grant

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A $64,000 grant has been given to the Joplin Trails Coalition for construction on the Ruby Jack Trail. More>>

Interstate 44 construction begins tomorrow

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Construction begins tomorrow on a 8.5 mile stretch of Interstate 44 between Range Line Road and the Oklahoma state line. More>>

Miami holds events to remember Fern Holland, international women's rights advocate killed in Iraq

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A week long remembrance for a local human rights advocate from Miami draws a crowd to remember the legacy she brought to the community. Fern Holland, a former Miami resident was known for her work overseas in protecting women's rights and preventing domestic violence in centers in Iraq. She was killed there in 2004. To honor her legacy, the community crisis center held Fern Holland remembrance week, featuring displays of Holland's personal work, photos and writings, along with presentati... More>>

Outdoor enthusiasts in southeast Kansas raise money for Down Syndrome

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The Kansas Rocks Recreation Park hosted a "Rock Crawl at its 220-acre outdoor space.  More>>

GOP lawmakers prep for September override session

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GOP lawmakers are preparing for the September veto override session. Governor Jay Nixon withheld or vetoed more than $1 billion from the legislature's 2015 budget. There are 90 line item vetoes in the budget, many of which lawmakers hope to override. More>>

$43 million overhaul coming to Highway 7 between Columbus and Cherokee

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In Southeast Kansas, officials will soon overhaul 11 miles of Highway 7. More>>

Local ALS Families Appreciate Support from Viral Bucket Challenge

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Millions of dollars have been raised for ALS research...and those who suffer the burden of the painful disease are thankful for the viral awareness.
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Parsons city officials discuss plans for Prairie West Pond

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Residents of Parsons, Kansas use Prairie West Pond as a recreational area for fishing and picnics. But some say it is losing its appeal.  More>>

Lawmakers push to keep MO Rehabilitation Center & VA Clinic open

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Southwest Missouri lawmakers have met with officials in an attempt to delay or prevent the closing of the Missouri rehabilitation center and VA clinic. Citizens are hoping for a solution. "We're gonna be praying for our community." Members of the Lifebridge Assembly church hold a prayer walk around the Missouri Rehabilitation Center and VA clinic. They're concerned about the impact of centers closing and the loss of three hundred plus jobs. Pastor John McHaffie says, "It effects people in ... More>>

Neosho School District, Crowder College Partner on Autism Program in New Location

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Thanks to a program in Neosho, children with autism can now learn about independence, and develop valuable skills in a unique type of school. More>>

Chanute Police and KBI Investigate Infant Death

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The Chanute Kansas Police Department along with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation is currently investigating the death of 3 month old infant, Rylan Gurney, Chanute. At approximately 1946 hours on 8/16/14 ambulance services were dispatched to North Steuben, Chanute for a child with respiratory problems.  More>>

Southeast Kansas Roofers react to Kansas Roofing Act Video included

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An act passed by Kansas leaders was to ensure homeowners in the state would avoid doing business with unethical or "fly-by-night" roofing contractors. More>>

Joplin High School delays grand opening

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School is delayed for students of the new Joplin High School and Franklin Technology Center. More>>

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  • PSU exploring options after sub-contractor misses deadline

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    Monday, September 15 2014 12:06 PM EDT2014-09-15 16:06:39 GMT
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