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Hunting & Boat Show Brings Record Crowds To Grove

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Vance Montgomery "This is a once a year event. It's not something that happens very often. We do it once a year. It's all about fishing, hunting and the outdoors." "We have boat dealers, guides, outfitters, a lot of seminars by pros and that's something that's kind of this show is kind of known for." "So we started this event 19 years ago, actually in Claremore, Oklahoma. And we had it there for 10 years. We moved the show from there to Bixby for about five ... More>>

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Lovely Art Video included

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Over in Joplin, local artists were expressing what love is through interpretive means. 

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Dodgeball Fun

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The Missouri Southern Radiology Club held a dodgeball tournament Saturday morning. 

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Sexually Transmitted Cases Increasing at University of Kansas

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Officials say this is the most dramatic jump on the campus of major sexually transmitted infections.

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List of Teen Candidates for Kansas Governor Grows

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One of the teens is from Newark, Delaware.

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Special Pool Tournament In Chanute

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Twenty different teams flocked to Chanute to play pool. Many of us are aware of the unique abilities of service dogs. Robin Shipley: "They can do CPR, they can dial 911. But, for some, those service dogs do a lot more.

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Joining Community Forces Video included

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There's no shortage of people, businesses, and organizations in the 4 states, committed to helping veterans. Friday's Joining Community Forces meeting at Joplin City Hall was all about getting them on the same page. 

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Oklahomans Getting Closer to Voting on State Question No. 788 Video included

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Sonya Smith says she's been suffering from seizures for about six years now and it's effecting her independence. "I can not cook, I am not left alone, and I do have a service dog now" And she has tried prescription medication. "I have been on four medications and not a seizure drug controls my seizures" She says she tried using cannabis while she was in Colorado and it treated her seizures and didn't leave her with the side effects her medicatio...

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Evidence Collected From Several Galena Arson Fires in One Night Video included

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"For a small town, big deal."

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Bennett Jr Gets Life for Capital Murder Video included

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David Bennett, Jr., of Cherryvale, will spend life in prison without the possibility of parole for killing Cami Umbarger and her three children in Parsons, KS. The 29-year-old and her children, 9-year-old Hollie Betts, 6-year-old Jaxon Betts and 4-year-old Averie Betts, were found dead in their home on November 26th, 2013. In December (2017), Bennett Jr. plead guilty to capital murder and three counts of first degree premeditated murder. As part of the plea agreement, the state did ...

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 2-16

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GALENA FIRES Five fires break out in Galena, Kansas overnight.  Shortly after 11:00 p.m. both Galena and Baxter springs fire departments responded to the fires, one of them located at the intersection of North Main Street and Clark which spread to a stack of railroad ties.  The Galena Assistant Fire Chief says he believes all five fires were intentionally set.  The fire is now contained and no injuries have been reported. ROBBERY ARREST Joplin police arrest a su... More>>

Yates Center Woman Says She's Being Evicted For "Complaining Too Much" Video included

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     A Yates Center woman says she's being ordered out of her apartment for voicing her concerns about safety issues. Cheryl Berry says she moved into the Woodson Senior Residences in August of last year.

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Joplin Schools Safety Audit Happens During Florida School Shooting, Aftermath Video included

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Buildings in the Joplin School District go through a safety audit every two years.

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Flower Delivery Problems in Joplin Video included

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Valentines Day is done and over with, but some customers who ordered their flowers through Countryside in the City, surprising their loved ones with a bouquet of flowers had to wait. Heath Barnes ordered flowers for his mother who lives across the country from him on the 12th.  "It was just something nice to do, to show her she's appreciated. Even though she might not have a significant other, that her children appreciate her" says Barnes. Countryside sent him an email ... More>>

Kansas DCF Investigated by Task Force: New Director Seeks Funding Video included

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A legislative task force investigates the  Kansas Department of Children and Families.   The state has more children than ever in state custody.  More than seven thousand Kansas kids are in foster care. 

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KS Lt. Gov. Tracey Mann on Education Issues Video included

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Kansas Lt. Gov. Tracey Mann discusses ending issues in the Kansas education system. That is being figured out right now. You know the legislator has a huge roll in that. Right now the Governor is collaborating he is bring people together he is talking about this important issues. One of the important things is for decades the threat of lawsuits and litigation has hung over the system and we are excited to put an end to that so we can move forward. To continue to solve the problem. To...

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Fmr Carl Junction Resident in ICU from Flu

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A former Carl Junction resident is clinging to life, hospitalized with the flu. 21-year-old Josh Petty and his family now live in Milwaukee. As of yesterday (Feb 14), Josh was at Froedtert Hospital in the ICU. He contracted an aggressive strain of he flu and began showing symptoms just days before his health deteriorated. Josh's family says it started with aches and pains just before Josh quickly went downhill. "He goes from really up to really down and it can do it really quick... More>>

Joplin Armed Robbery

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Joplin Police have arrested a suspect in a Thursday morning armed robbery (Feb 15).  Around 4:30 this morning, officers responded to a call at Zips Convenience Store, 2115 South Connecticut, about an armed robbery.  According to authorities, the clerk said a man forced him into the bathroom, robbed him of his personal belongings, then stole alcohol and tobacco from the store.  It's reported that the suspect then forced the clerk to give him money from th... More>>

Surprise Crew: Valentine's Day Contest Video included

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For the first time the KOAM Surprise Crew introduced our online Valentine's Day contest...a chance for you to tell us why your significant other deserves a night on the town.  The submissions we received were amazing, but we had to pick only one lucky winner.  The crew set up shop to surprise a 4-state teacher with her loving husband who was able to meet us for the event.

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Foster Care Crisis Video included

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Watch KOAM tonight at 6 and 10 as Lisa Olliges investigates the current state of the Kansas Foster Care system…. And the battle for more state funding.  This morning on the KOAM Morning News Lisa gave Michael Hayslip a preview of her special report. More>>

Multi-million Dollar Settlement Awarded to Southeast Kansas Crash Survivor Video included

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Four years ago, 23-year-old Corbin Hamilton rear-ended then 16-year-old Hansen's renovated Ford Mustang while she was on Highway 69.

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Four States Couple In Love 56 Years Video included

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"Oh they were always a phenomenal couple, it's almost like that old saying "opposites attract" they do. It'll be 57 years October 14th they've been married" says Duane Barber, who's celebrating Valentines Day with his parents Claire and Wayne. 56 years of happy marriage. Although Wayne lives in a nursing home now, their love is as strong as ever.  "We about breathe for each other. Well I was dating another guy and Wayne and I went to... More>>

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  • Fraternity Lawsuit Dismissed

    Fraternity Lawsuit Dismissed

    Sunday, February 18 2018 10:22 PM EST2018-02-19 03:22:01 GMT

    A man's lawsuit claiming that he was injured and his black friends were insulted at a University of Kansas fraternity has been dismissed.    

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    A man's lawsuit claiming that he was injured and his black friends were insulted at a University of Kansas fraternity has been dismissed.    

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  • Mid-South Hunting & Boat Show Draws Thousands

    Mid-South Hunting & Boat Show Draws Thousands

    Sunday, February 18 2018 4:13 PM EST2018-02-18 21:13:04 GMT
    The annual Mid-South Hunting & Boat Show was held in Grove, Oklahoma over the weekend. Fishing poles, expert advice and even games for the kids were part of the three day event. It's the 19th year for the show, which actually started in Claremore, Oklahoma before making its way to Grove. This weekend, however, the show set a new record: attracting more than 17,000 adults. Organizers hope to hold it again next year. They're aiming for the third weekend of February.More >>
    The annual Mid-South Hunting & Boat Show was held in Grove, Oklahoma over the weekend. Fishing poles, expert advice and even games for the kids were part of the three day event. It's the 19th year for the show, which actually started in Claremore, Oklahoma before making its way to Grove. This weekend, however, the show set a new record: attracting more than 17,000 adults. Organizers hope to hold it again next year. They're aiming for the third weekend of February.More >>
  • Four-Staters Brave Cold Waters For Charity

    Four-Staters Brave Cold Waters For Charity

    Saturday, February 17 2018 8:13 PM EST2018-02-18 01:13:44 GMT
    Frigid waters didn't stop folks in Joplin from taking the polar plunge. It was the 11th year for the popular Special Olympics benefit. About 35 participants came out to the Elks Lodge to make the jump into the freezing cold waters. Plungers tell us that not only is the event fun, but it's also rewarding to raise money for the Special Olympics athletes. Jason Barchak has been doing the plunge for a while. He says, "It's rewarding to me because I'm on the committee and I'm on...More >>
    Frigid waters didn't stop folks in Joplin from taking the polar plunge. It was the 11th year for the popular Special Olympics benefit. About 35 participants came out to the Elks Lodge to make the jump into the freezing cold waters. Plungers tell us that not only is the event fun, but it's also rewarding to raise money for the Special Olympics athletes. Jason Barchak has been doing the plunge for a while. He says, "It's rewarding to me because I'm on the committee and I'm on...More >>
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  • Police: Chemical thrown on students was 'concentrated acid'

    Police: Chemical thrown on students was 'concentrated acid'

    Friday, February 16 2018 3:19 PM EST2018-02-16 20:19:32 GMT
    St. Louis police say the substance used in an attack on three high school students by a classmate was "concentrated acid."More >>
    St. Louis police say the substance used in an attack on three high school students by a classmate was "concentrated acid."More >>
  • Bennett Jr Gets Life for Capital Murder

    Bennett Jr Gets Life for Capital Murder

    Friday, February 16 2018 3:03 PM EST2018-02-16 20:03:33 GMT

    David Bennett, Jr., of Cherryvale, will spend life in prison without the possibility of parole for killing Cami Umbarger and her three children in Parsons, KS. The 29-year-old and her children, 9-year-old Hollie Betts, 6-year-old Jaxon Betts and 4-year-old Averie Betts, were found dead in their home on November 26th, 2013. In December (2017), Bennett Jr. plead guilty to capital murder and three counts of first degree premeditated murder. As part of the plea agreement, the state did ...

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    David Bennett, Jr., of Cherryvale, will spend life in prison without the possibility of parole for killing Cami Umbarger and her three children in Parsons, KS. The 29-year-old and her children, 9-year-old Hollie Betts, 6-year-old Jaxon Betts and 4-year-old Averie Betts, were found dead in their home on November 26th, 2013. In December (2017), Bennett Jr. plead guilty to capital murder and three counts of first degree premeditated murder. As part of the plea agreement, the state did ...

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  • Three more defendants sentenced in sadomasochistic sex trafficking conspiracy

    Three more defendants sentenced in sadomasochistic sex trafficking conspiracy

    Thursday, September 12 2013 7:56 PM EDT2013-09-12 23:56:38 GMT
    WARNING:  This story is sexually graphic.Updated September 11, 2013:  KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -A southwest Missouri man was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for keeping a young woman as a sex slaveMore >>
    Michael Stokes, also known as "The Rodent," 65, of Lebanon, Mo., and James Noel, 47, of Springfield, Mo., were each sentenced to five years in federal prison without parole in separate hearings before U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple. Marilyn Bagley, 48, of Lebanon, was sentenced to five years of probation.More >>

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