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Precious Moments Lighting Ceremony Video included

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Melina Chaplin is a Kansas City mom who's been creating some precious moments with her daughters at the Precious Moments Chapel. 

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Small Businesses Prepare For Small Business Saturday

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Paris Skaggs of Blues Bike Company checks over a bike that is going to be on sale for their Small Business Saturday. He says he feels like getting a bike from their small business is a more customized way to purchase a bike. "We can really cater to a rider and get a bike set up that's really fit for them. You know, no two people wear the same shoe"  And with Cyber Monday following Small Business Saturday, one store sets their prices accordingly. "We try really hard... More>>

Attempted Aggravated Arson

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Pittsburg Police investigate an attempted aggravated arson. Officers responded to a home in the 300 block of North Miles Street at 7:42 pm on Thursday (11/23). They say the resident reported a Molotov cocktail was thrown at the side of her home. Officers say they learned the suspects lit a cloth on fire that was stuck in a glass alcohol bottle and threw the bottle at the front of the home. The fire went out before the bottle hit the home. No damage was done. Police are asking for in... More>>

Kansas Woman Dies After Deer Accident

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The deer, hit by another car, flew into the air and collided with the victim's vehicle.

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KC Southern Holiday Express Begins Journey

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Guests get to visit Santa and tour the train.

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New Guidelines Change Blood Pressure Categories

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"The big change in this is now hypertension is defined as a blood pressure greater than 130."

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"Great American Smokeout" Highlights Low Dose CAT Scans as Detection for Lung Cancer

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"It will reduce their risk of dying of cancer, lung cancer, by 20 percent."

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Pre-Black Friday Sales Kick Off, Store Associates Put To Hard Work

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    According to the National Retail Federation -- 154-million people participated in Black Friday shopping last year.     And the lines were back this evening.     Kohl's was one of the many stores nationwide with a special opening time for Pre-Black Friday sales, opening at 5 this evening.     The lines were already forming around 4:15 this afternoon.     Store officials say they had about 800 in line last ye...

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Give Thanks 5K Video included

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Pittsburg's Give Thanks 5K was another big success, Thanksgiving morning. 

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 11-23-17

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CONGRESSMAN APOLOGY Texas Congressman Joe Barton has apologized for a lewd photo of him that's circulating on the Internet. The Washington Post is reporting the 68-year-old Republican told a woman to whom he sent sexually explicit photos, videos, and messages that he would report her to the Capitol Police if she exposed his secret sex life.  The photo was published Tuesday by an Anonymous Twitter account. PARADE SECURITY Security will be heightened at New York... More>>

A Pittsburg Thanksgiving with International Flavor Video included

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It wasn't tough to sell Rodriguez on Thanksgiving. This Pitt State student grew up in Venezuela, but he's in the U.S. Getting his master's in international business, and that means taking part in fun new traditions. 

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Emergency Workers Keeping You Safe This Black Friday, But How Can You Keep Them Safe?

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  Police in Joplin will *also* have a stronger presence over the next chunk of days.      Particularly tomorrow night and into Black Friday when the roads will be consumed with shoppers.

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Increasing Number of Kids Removed from Kansas Homes with Drugs as Factor; Challenge to Fix for New DCF Leader Video included

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      The agency, known as DCF, recently noted a forty-two percent increase in children removed from homes with drugs as a contributing factor in a five year period. 

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Volunteers Prepare for First Thanksgiving at Pittsburg Food Shelter Video included

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...The food is good.  The meaning behind that food is the "secret ingredient."

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MSSU Student Dies From Injuries Sustained In St. Louis Crash, Other Students Injured in Accident Near St. Louis Video included

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NEWS RELEASE FROM MSSU: Joplin, MO – Six students and a faculty member from Missouri Southern State University were among those injured in an eight-vehicle crash Tuesday evening near Hamel, Ill., approximately 30 miles from St. Louis. According to a report from the Illinois State Police, the accident occurred at 6:14 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21, when a semitrailer traveling southbound on Interstate 55 struck seven vehicles traveling at highway speed. The driver and passenger of one ...

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Not Everyone Optimistic About Missouri Minimum Wage Increase Video included

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     If you live in Missouri...you may start to take home a little more green next year.      The minimum wage is set to go up 15 cents on January 1st.      But there are some who are skeptical about the benefits of the increase. Right now, the minimum wage in Missouri is $7.70 an hour, but is that amount enough?

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Better Business Bureau Gives Advice and Warnings to Black Friday Shoppers Video included

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Kayleigh and Christine spend the afternoon at Northpark Mall. Kayleigh has plans to return in a few days for the Black Friday sales. "I feel like saving money is the best part. Because you get to buy awesome gifts for your friends..family for Christmas and other holidays" says Kayleigh. Black Friday is day of shopping that has changed over time. "It used to be that Black Friday always started on Friday. And throughout the past several years we started seei... More>>

Travel Starts Early for Drivers and Fliers Video included

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People are getting a jump on their holiday travels and taking to the road or the skies today for their Thanksgiving trip. 

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Joplin Police Get Suspect "Calm" Enough for Mugshot after Econo Lodge Incident Video included

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"He was laughing at one point.  His behaviors were just not normal."

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Neosho Man Arrested for Arson at Joplin's Econolodge Video included

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Early morning fire leads to the arrest of a Neosho man.  According to the press release from Joplin Police and Fire Department crews responded to the Econolodge at 3510 S Range Line, Tuesday November 21, 2017 around 4:30a.m..  When a Joplin Police Officer arrived on scene he noticed smoke coming from 2nd floor on the north side of the building. The hotel staff reported a man renting the room was destroying the room and throwing things out the window.  The officer... More>>

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY

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For every year over the last decade, 60%-80% of new jobs were generated by small businesses. According to American Express for every $100 spent at local small businesses, $68 returns to the community.  This morning KOAM's Michael Hayslip sits down with the chair of the Downtown Advisory Board Marketing Committee, Sydney Anselmi, to talk Small Business Saturday in Pittsburg, Kansas.

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 11-21-17

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OPIOID DEATHS A new report shows the number of opioid deaths in Missouri this year could exceed traffic fatalities for the first time ever.  There have been 591 traffic deaths in the Show Me State, compared to 733 opioid deaths.  The numbers come from the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.  And now some local emergency workers and the newton county coroner believe the epidemic is making its way into extreme Sout...

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Online Study Says Online Dating In Missouri Is Dangerous

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     If you live in the State of Missouri and use an online dating site...congratulations on your middle name being "danger".      According to recent study...the Show-me State is the most dangerous state in America for online dating.

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McDonald County Jail Construction Taking Longer Than Expected

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Commissioners gave me tour the new part of the jail that's budget has been in the works for around eight years now. "It was actually started by a commissioner before I ever arrived in McDonald County. He had the idea of setting some funds aside for this" says McDonald County Commissioner John Bunch.   Bunch describes the funding for the project as 'in house' funded. "We ask all the office holders in the county to try to restrain themselves from any r... More>>

MO 2018 Minimum Wage Set

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The minimum wage rate will be $7.85 next year. The Missouri Department of Labor today (11/20/2017) announced that the wage rate for 2018 has been set. It will take effect January 1st. According to the Department of Labor, all businesses will be required to pay at minimum, the $7.85 hourly rate, except retail and service businesses whose annual gross sales are less than $500,000. They say according to Missouri law, the minimum wage rate is calculated once a year and can increase or d...

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Missouri Statewide Numbers Show Opioid Overdose Deaths Could Exceed Traffic Fatalities; Local Officials Expect Situation to Worsen Video included

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Local coroners and emergency responders say they believe the opioid epidemic is making its way from the Springfield area to extreme Southwest Missouri.  

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Settlement Reached in Nicodemus Lawsuit

Settlement Reached in Nicodemus Lawsuit Video included

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A settlement is reached in the lawsuit filed by the family of a Joplin student who was killed when a basketball goal fell on him. Spencer Nicodemus was a senior at Joplin High School when the basketball goal fell on him at Irving Elementary School on March 2, 2017. Nicodemus and another student were at the elementary school that morning mentoring younger students.   In August 2017, his parents filed a wrongful death suit against companies involved in the construction, s...

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EMPIRE ELVES Interview

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Each year The Empire Electric's Christmas Elves program helps distribute gifts to elderly customers who spend their holidays alone. In this KOAM Morning News interview, Michael Hayslip finds out how you can select a name and be a part of the tradition with a simple visit to the Empire lobby at 602 S. Joplin thru December 11th. 

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 11-20-17

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REP DAVIS HEADS TO WASHINGTON Missouri State Representative Charlie Davis, has been invited to the capitol for the House Veterans Affairs Conference with state and local leaders.                Davis, who represents Webb City, will head to Washington D.C. November 29th.  Rep. Davis serves as Chairman of the Veterans Committee in the Missouri House of Representatives.  Some of the critical issues to be ...

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Local State Representative Heading to White House to Talk Veterans Issues Video included

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A local state representative is heading to the white house. Missouri State Representative Charlie Davis,  has been invited to the capitol for the House Veterans Affairs Conference with state and local leaders. 

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Holiday Vendor & Craft Fair Video included

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Webb City's Route 66 Event Center was the home of Sunday's Holiday Vendor and Craft Fair.

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White Buffalo Fun Video included

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The White Buffalo Program is classing up the holiday season. 

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Pitt State Students Experience "Culture Shock" Video included

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Pitt State Senior Lexi Odell explains some of her experiences as a bi-racial student. "There's a Black Student Association, a Hispanics of Today. There's all these things where it's one race, but I'm not one race. And I cant pick one, because I was biologically designed to be more than one race" says Odell. The Culture Shock workshop event was coordinated by Senior, Ryan Urban, to open up conversations about issues like these. "Diversity comes down to somethin... More>>

CDC Offers Tips For Safely Cooking and Serving Turkey Video included

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You don't want your  Thanksgiving dinner to cause food borne illnesses so the Centers for Disease Control offers safety tips. 

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Shred-a-palooza

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Carl junction residents braved the rain Saturday morning to shred some paper. 

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  • Police Investigate Attempted Arson In Pittsburg

    Police Investigate Attempted Arson In Pittsburg

    Friday, November 24 2017 11:36 PM EST2017-11-25 04:36:53 GMT
    Police are investigating an attempted aggravated arson in Pittsburg, Kansas involving a homemade fire bomb. The incident happened at a home on the 300 block of North Miles Street. According to police a suspect lit a Molotov cocktail threw it at the front of the home, however the fire reportedly went out before hitting the house. The house was not damaged.More >>
    Police are investigating an attempted aggravated arson in Pittsburg, Kansas involving a homemade fire bomb. The incident happened at a home on the 300 block of North Miles Street. According to police a suspect lit a Molotov cocktail threw it at the front of the home, however the fire reportedly went out before hitting the house. The house was not damaged.More >>
  • Oklahoma Soldiers Home for Thanksgiving

    Oklahoma Soldiers Home for Thanksgiving

    Thursday, November 23 2017 10:38 PM EST2017-11-24 03:38:01 GMT
    Roughly half of the estimated 500 Oklahoma National Guard soldiers who deployed to Ukraine returned home just in time for Thanksgiving.      Approximately 250 soldiers with the 1st Battalion, 279th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team arrived Wednesday in Broken Arrow where they were met by family and friends.      The remaining soldiers are expected to return before Christmas.      The soldiers helped train two battali...More >>
    Roughly half of the estimated 500 Oklahoma National Guard soldiers who deployed to Ukraine returned home just in time for Thanksgiving.      Approximately 250 soldiers with the 1st Battalion, 279th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team arrived Wednesday in Broken Arrow where they were met by family and friends.      The remaining soldiers are expected to return before Christmas.      The soldiers helped train two battali...More >>
  • Lords Diner Serves Thanksgiving Dinner

    Lords Diner Serves Thanksgiving Dinner

    Thursday, November 23 2017 8:30 PM EST2017-11-24 01:30:50 GMT
    The tables and tummies were full this evening in Pittsburg. The Lord's Diner held its first Thanksgiving day lunch and dinner making it an extra special holiday. The dinner included turkey, mashed potatoes, cobber and other traditional fixings. The nonprofit kitchen opened in January and is operated by and for the community, helping anyone who is disadvantaged and could use a meal. Thirty volunteers helped cook and serve dinner. The volunteer coordinator for the Lord's...More >>
    The tables and tummies were full this evening in Pittsburg. The Lord's Diner held its first Thanksgiving day lunch and dinner making it an extra special holiday. The dinner included turkey, mashed potatoes, cobber and other traditional fixings. The nonprofit kitchen opened in January and is operated by and for the community, helping anyone who is disadvantaged and could use a meal. Thirty volunteers helped cook and serve dinner. The volunteer coordinator for the Lord's...More >>

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