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Ribbon Cutting Christens New Campus Ministry Housing

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As Michael Chang welcomes a group of eager visitors into his new home, he takes a moment to reflect on the work it took to get here. "It was kind of a hassle. We had like a bunch of ten people from different locations, and so we all kind of helped each other move in," explained Chang. That kind of teamwork is what this new student campus ministry housing is all about as Chang explains the purpose of Koinonia, a club at MSSU.  "We're a non-denominational mi... More>>

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Fundraiser Kicks Off for T&D Donkey Rescue Video included

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Deanna Kafka has spent the past 25 years rescuing animals, and, in 2016, she made her passion a non-profit, dedicated to donkeys. "We have so many people that come out here and we hear it all the time saying that 'I had no idea how cool donkeys were,' or they had no idea how affectionate donkeys were," explained Kafka, founder of T&D Donkey Rescue. Kafka explains that working with these animals, who often come from neglected or abusive homes, has shaped her life. ... More>>

Memorial in Miami Celebrates and Remembers British Flyers Video included

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One-hundred years. That's how long the Royal Air Force has acted as the United Kingdom's aerial warfare force.  Derek Farrell, Royal British Legion:"It's a huge celebration for us. The air force, being an island, the air force and the navy are our two most prominently known forces, and with world war two, it very much brought them into the spotlight." A ceremony, partly in celebration of that milestone, was held at the Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery in Miam... More>>

Vendor Fair Offers Safe Trick-Or-Treat Video included

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Dozens of vendors gather in Galena, Kansas to sell their wares and give out candy to kids in the community at the local Elks Lodge. While the vendors meet here monthly, this event has a Halloween theme, and kids were invited to come out for a safe trick-or-treat while parents shopped. Items for sale ranged from baked goods to fall crafts and decorations. A raffle and pumpkin contest also added to the festivities. Officials say this is an opportunity to support local busine... More>>

One Carthage Neighborhood Makes Big Plans For Maple Leaf Video included

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    It's that time of year again, the fall smells, pumpkin spice everything, and most importantly, the annual Maple Leaf Parade in Carthage and for as much preparation that the city puts in for the big event, there's one neighborhood that puts in even more, for their friends, family, and in between.  Brandi Ensor and her friends put the final touches on the outdoor decorations along Grand Avenue.

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4 State Lotto Fever

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Typically, morning visitor's to Pete's in Carl Junction are there for coffee, but Friday was a bit different, all because of a billion dollar jackpot.

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PSU Students Voice Concerns over what Appears to be Mold in Dorm Rooms Video included

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Students at Pittsburg State University say officials aren't doing enough to get rid of mold in their dorms rooms.  University officials say they have had as many as *20* students file complaints about mold growing in their rooms.  University officials say they are working to fix the problem, but many students say that should have happened a long time ago.  Jordyn Everett is a freshman at Pittsburg State University, who lives in Nation hall, one of the dorm complexes ...

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Joplin Man Sentenced for Arson, Set Apartment Fire

Apartment fire in Joplin, MO in May 2018 Apartment fire in Joplin, MO in May 2018
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Brian Barksdale is sentenced for first degree arson for setting fire to his Joplin apartment on South St. Louis. On May 23rd, 2018, Joplin emergency crews responded to the Cardinal Apartments at 1015 South St. Louis for a structure fire. Firefighters arrived on scene shortly before 10:00 p.m. and found a two-story wood frame multi-residential structure with heavy fire coming from an apartment on the first floor. Crews extinguished the fire by 10:30 p.m. When officers arrived on ... More>>

Former Southeast Kansas Principal Convicted of Sex Offense

Ray Alfred Golden Ray Alfred Golden
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A former Columbus elementary principal is found guilty of attempted indecent solicitation of a child. Baxter Springs resident Ray Alfred Golden is accused of trying to persuade a child to enter his home with the intent to commit an unlawful sexual act upon the child in the home. The alleged incident happened in August 2015. On October 18th, 2018, Golden entered a plea of guilty in lieu of proceeding to trial. Cherokee County Attorney Jacob Conard says the 81-year-old maintained ... More>>

KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 10-19 Video included

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While the long anticipated Block 22 lofts opened for students, the restaurants that were supposed to open by now, haven't been started.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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Update On Block 22 Restaurants Video included

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    The long awaited Block22 in Pittsburg opened to students recently to allow them to move in to the newly created lofts.     However, restaurants were expected to be opened by now, but, they're not, leaving some wondering what's going on.   When you look at the Block22 restaurant space, there's not much to look at.  Even though, originally, residents were told, they'd be ready by now.

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Bourbon County Commission Looks for New Ambulance Service Video included

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Officials in Bourbon County, Kansas are searching for a replacement to their current ambulance service.  Mercy hospital in Fort Scott is set to close by the end of the year, and with it the emergency room and ambulance service for the county.  On March 30th of next year, Mercy's contract with the county for ambulance services will expire.  Jeffrey Fischer, Bourbon County Commissioner:"To say that we know how we're gonna go through this at this point in time is p... More>>

Hospitals Team Up for Expanded Service in SEKS Video included

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Freeman Health System and Labette Health announced a formal collaboration Thursday that offers  security to the rural hospital and more services to patients currently forced to travel across the state line. 

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Galena Looks for District Title, Perfect Regular Season Video included

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The Bulldogs (7-0) will be on the road against Parsons (6-1) trying to earn the 3A District 1 title and finish off their 2nd straight undefeated regular season.

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Break-In Attempted with Sword, 2 Charged Video included

Surveillance video of attempted break-in at Scammon Express Convenience Store, Oct. 2018 Surveillance video of attempted break-in at Scammon Express Convenience Store, Oct. 2018
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Two people are arrested and charged after a failed burglary attempt at Scammon Express Convenience Store. The Cherokee County, Kansas Sheriff's Office says the crime happened around 4:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 13th, 2018. Deputies responded to a commercial alarm at the business. Authorities say surveillance video showed two suspects walking up to the door with bandanas over their faces. One of the suspects attempted to smash the glass doors with what appears to be a homemad...

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Missouri AG Warns Residents of New Telephone Scam

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Several Missouri residents have complained this week about being contacted by would-be scammers claiming to represent the Social Security Administration. That's according to Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, who issued a scam alert today, October 18th, 2018. Those who have received these scam calls report getting a phone call from someone telling them that their social security benefits have been suspended and they must call back in order to fix the problem. When consumers ret... More>>

KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 10-18 Video included

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Another judge has recused himself from the trial of a Carl Junction murder suspect.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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Employee Payroll at SKIL Resource Center Delayed by Pay Card Company

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A payroll delay has caused a big headache for a Parsons, Kansas business.  The Southeast Kansas Independent Living center (SKIL) uses "global cash card" to pay their employees. But hundreds of SKIL's employees weren't paid when they were supposed to.  Crystal Rodgers cleans dishes for Gennie Ainesworth.. part of her job as a personal care attendant with SKIL. Crystal Rodgers, SKIL Employee:"I help run her errands and clean up the house and stuff ... More>>

Prop D Raises Concern Over Pump Prices Video included

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Leslie Kuhler is a clerk at the Lion Stop, and all day long she hears comments about gas prices. "Nobody likes paying high prices for gas and, of course, as soon as it goes up, even a couple cents, people very much notice. They are always on the lookout for the cheapest price," said Kuhler. Kuhler is against Proposition D, a gas tax that would raise prices 10 cents per gallon over the next four years to pay for road and bridge repairs. She says it sounds good in t... More>>

MO Supreme Court to Assign Judge in Carl Junction Child Murder Case

Jalen Vaden in Court on August 20th, 2018 Jalen Vaden in Court on August 20th, 2018
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The Missouri Supreme Court might have to assign a special judge to a Carl Junction child murder case. There have now been six judges in a 2017 child murder case in southwest Missouri, four of which have recused themselves. Jalen Vaden is accused of killing 3-year-old Jayda Kyle at the Carl Junction home he shared with the child's mother. Vaden is charged with second degree murder and abuse or neglect resulting in death. Jasper County Associate Court Judge Joseph Hensley presided...

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Pittsburg Shooting Suspect Arrested In Texas Video included

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Texas authorities arrest a man wanted for shooting a woman in Pittsburg over the weekend.  According to Pittsburg Police, Eric James Cravey was arrested around 3a.m. this morning.  Cravey was taken into custody by Hill County, Texas Sheriff's Department.  He will face extradition proceedings soon.  The 34 year old suspect is accused of shooting Vanessa McWhirt-Martin last Saturday.  She was last reported in critical condition.  Authorities have not rel...

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 10-17 Video included

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Economic experts discussed ways to grow southeast Kansas as well as issues holding it back at the Pittsburg Regional Economic Outlook Conference.  Plus all the news you need to know before you head out the door.

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Citizens and Officials Concerned Over New Poultry Farm in Ottawa County Video included

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Harley Buzzard knows what it takes to run a poultry farm, because he did it for several years. "Back 20 years ago when we used to raise chickens, we had two houses per farm and people didn't think anything about it because it was just extra income for the farmer," Buzzard, with the Cherokee Tribal Council, explained. But Buzzard says things have changed. "Now it's almost to the point of being a corporate, and I call them corporate farmers now, because those&nbs...

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Southeast Kansas Looks for Economic Solutions Video included

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The organizer of the Pittsburg Regional Economic Outlook Conference is optimistic about Southeast Kansas' economic future this year, but that wasn't the case at the last two conferences.

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Missing Person Update: Body Found in River Near Fort Scott, KS

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The Fort Scott Police Department has found a body believed to be that of 74-year-old Edith Hawkins. Police say they were called to S. Clark Street around 1:05 this afternoon (Oct. 16, 2018) in reference to a missing person. Authorities were told that Hawkins left her home earlier in the day around 10:00 a.m. and had not been seen since. Family members told police that she suffered from Alzheimer's. The Fort Scott Police and Fire Departments, Bourbon County Sheriff's Office,... More>>

Both Sides of the Aisle: OK State Question 793 Video included

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Voters in Oklahoma will get to decide whether eye doctors can work in retail stores.      Some residents think it would make eye care more accessible and affordable, but others -- including area eye doctors -- have their concerns.  Oklahoma State Question 793 would create a constitutional amendment, giving optometrists and opticians the right to practice in retail stores like Walmart or Target.  For many Miami residents like Jazmine Flagle, who just dr... More>>

2 Bridges Reopen to 4200 Drivers in Ottawa Co., OK Video included

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The two bridges over Spring River and Spring River Overflow on SH-10 closed in November of 2017. The bridges, located about five miles east of the I-44 Will Rogers Turnpike, were built in 1952 and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation says they were found to be structurally deficient in 2017. ODOT estimated the project cost was around $11 million. The bridges reopened on October 15th, 2018. ODOT says about 4,200 drivers used them every day before they closed.... More>>

3 suffer minor injuries after Branson mountain coaster crash

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The system apparently didn't work on Oct. 4, causing a stopped cart to be rear-ended.

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Semi fire in Joplin disrupts traffic

Joplin firefighters put out a semi fire on S. Range Line on Oct. 16th, 2018 Joplin firefighters put out a semi fire on S. Range Line on Oct. 16th, 2018
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The Joplin Fire Department was called to a semi truck on fire at 32nd and S. Range Line around 11:48 a.m. on October 16th, 2018. According to Fire Chief James Furgerson, the driver saw flames shooting out of the compartment area. Fire fighters extinguished the fire in about 20 minutes. Chief Furgerson says the cause of the fire was mechanical and the truck was not hauling any hazardous materials. Traffic was interrupted for about 30 minutes.

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Joplin Man Found "Incompetent" to Stand Trial in Church Van Shooting Case

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Thomas Mourning II of Joplin is found "incompetent" to stand trial at this time. Court documents state he injured multiple people and two comfort dogs in a 2016 shooting spree. Joplin Police say Mourning II fired two shots at the home he shared with his father on South Connecticut Street. They were the only two home. Court documents state that the father ran to Casey's General Store and called police. No one was injured in that incident. Authorities say Mourning II the... More>>

KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 10-16 Video included

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The Joplin City Council is considering a pay increase for public safety employees.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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Public Safety Pay, "Panhandler Ordinance" On Joplin City Council Agenda Video included

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    The Joplin City Council facing a packed agenda at tonight's meeting, on that list, two major items an increase for public safety employees, and a reconsideration on the so-called "panhandling ordinance" passed earlier this year.  Since the start of this year the salary issues of police and fire personnel has been on the center stage for the city.     That's caused some council meetings to become heated, and a number of residents vo... More>>

Suspect in Galena Arson Pleads Guilty

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A Galena, Kansas man pleads guilty to two arsons from the spring and summer. Ronny Ray Piercefield admits that he set a grass fire on North Jefferson Street in Galena in March. That fire eventually engulfed a small structure. Piercefield also pleaded guilty to setting a fire that engulfed 68 bales of hay in rural Cherokee County, Kansas in July of 2018. Piercefield is to be sentenced in December of 2018.  Authorities have been investigating a string of fires that happened in ... More>>

Ocean Adventures Offers New Place to Dive Into In Duquesne Video included

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A ribbon cutting is held for the Ocean Adventures indoor playground. The facility features several slides, mazes and obstacle courses, all surrounded by a pit filled with 80,000 balls. While the playground is geared toward children of walking age up to 12, all ages are invited to play, including adults. Admission is $5 Tuesday through Thursday and $6 on the weekend.  The owner says that an indoor park is a good idea for this area. "We felt like we wanted to ha... More>>

Police Release More Information Regarding Pittsburg Shooting Video included

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The Pittsburg Police Department is searching for a suspect in a weekend shooting. Police say Eric James Cravey is wanted in the Saturday shooting that injured Vanessa Rae McWhirt-Martin of Chetopa, KS. Authorities say McWhirt was a passenger in a black "Dodge Nitro" driven by Cravey. They say witnesses say she got out of the SUV during an argument with Cravey and was shot with a handgun.  McWhirt was taken to the hospital for emergency surgery. At last repo... More>>

Railroad Repairs Means Street Closures in Joplin

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Joplin drivers may need to plan ahead with streets being closed between Murphy Boulevard and Grand Avenue for repairs to the railroad crossing. Detours will be in place. Drivers are encouraged to use extreme caution while in the area. Businesses in the area will be accessible during the construction period. The railroad repair work is part of a cost-sharing agreement with Kansas City Southern Railroad (KCS). KCS will be installing concrete panels at the railroad crossing. Cr... More>>

Carthage Man Honors Veterans, Police, Fire and EMS Video included

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Before 77-year-old Larry Glaze lost his wife to brain cancer, the couple decided to create a bucket list, not of places to go, but of things to do, like building these tree houses, and giving back to the people who take care of others. "Just the recognition that we're trying to give our first responders, people that care about people. We don't care if they're Republican or Democrat. They're patriots and they believe in the United States. They'll raise for the flag and sta... More>>

Woman Shot in Pittsburg: Suspect at Large

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Pittsburg police ask for help in locating a shooting suspect. 

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Unique Garage Sale Puts Kids in the Driver's Seat Video included

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A garage sale in Joplin is being used as a teaching tool for kids.  Memorial Hall was the place for the second annual "kids garage sale." Local kids had the chance to run their own booth.. and sell their old toys, games, action figures, and clothes.  Many kids say it's a lot of fun being in charge of their own sales.. and that they learn a lot about money and how to be more outgoing.  Alice Carpenter, 12 years old: "I think it's neat just because... More>>

Joplin Surplus Auction draws Big Crowd Video included

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Confiscated and outdated items go on the auction block for the city of Joplin. The city of Joplin held its annual surplus auction. More than seventy bikes..almost thirty laptop computers.. and anything from fire fighting to street equipment could be bought for bargain prices.   Dump trucks and other heavy equipment were available for purchase as well. For many buyers, it was their first auction.. but others, like Troy Lear, were looking for more specific treasures. ... More>>

Pittsburg Commisioners Move Ahead with Power Plan, Schlanger Park Splash Pad

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Pittsburg, KS city commissioners today voted to move forward with a plan to tear up the wading pool at Schlanger Park. The pool will be replaced with a splash pad that will cost a total of $320,000, $80,000 will come from the "Everybody Plays" fund. The additional $225,000 will need to come from the state, and the city has plans to request it from the Kansas Department of Commerce. In other business, the city approved a study to determine whether to implement a city el... More>>

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  • A Look at the Tropics - October 20th

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    Saturday, October 20 2018 4:41 PM EDT2018-10-20 20:41:05 GMT
    A look at the Tropics on this October 20th shows one basin staying quiet while the other has 2 named storms worth watching. The Atlantic Basin continues to remain quiet today and no tropical activity is anticipated over the next 5 days. Over in the Pacific, we have 2 Tropical Storms just off the Mexican coast that we'll be watching. Tropical Storm Vicente was located 95 miles west-southwest of Tapachula, Mexico when the National Hurricane Center released its 10 AM CDT Advisory. It had...More >>
    A look at the Tropics on this October 20th shows one basin staying quiet while the other has 2 named storms worth watching. The Atlantic Basin continues to remain quiet today and no tropical activity is anticipated over the next 5 days. Over in the Pacific, we have 2 Tropical Storms just off the Mexican coast that we'll be watching. Tropical Storm Vicente was located 95 miles west-southwest of Tapachula, Mexico when the National Hurricane Center released its 10 AM CDT Advisory. It had...More >>
  • Staying Quiet for Saturday

    Staying Quiet for Saturday

    Friday, October 19 2018 9:28 PM EDT2018-10-20 01:28:34 GMT
    With no systems to bother us for Saturday, we'll have a mostly sunny day lined up as temperatures look to climb into the middle 60s. Across the rest of the country, a few areas of expected t-storms have been outlined. In the Desert Southwest, warmth and moisture at the surface interacting with mid-level cooling will spark some scattered t-storms Saturday afternoon and into Saturday evening. Those t-storms shouldn't be severe. We'll also see regular (some strong) t-storms along the Gul...More >>
    With no systems to bother us for Saturday, we'll have a mostly sunny day lined up as temperatures look to climb into the middle 60s. Across the rest of the country, a few areas of expected t-storms have been outlined. In the Desert Southwest, warmth and moisture at the surface interacting with mid-level cooling will spark some scattered t-storms Saturday afternoon and into Saturday evening. Those t-storms shouldn't be severe. We'll also see regular (some strong) t-storms along the Gul...More >>
  • No T-Storms to Worry About Tonight

    No T-Storms to Worry About Tonight

    Friday, October 19 2018 8:44 PM EDT2018-10-20 00:44:55 GMT
    We started our Friday out with scattered rain across the area, but our disturbance that brought the rain has started to shift south. That means while the clouds hang around for the evening, we're done with the rain chances. In fact, we don't have any t-storms to worry about for tonight. Any t-storms that want to stick around going into tonight will be confined to parts of the Texas/Mexico, the Gulf Coast from Texas to Louisiana and parts of central Florida. Even with those t-storm cha...More >>
    We started our Friday out with scattered rain across the area, but our disturbance that brought the rain has started to shift south. That means while the clouds hang around for the evening, we're done with the rain chances. In fact, we don't have any t-storms to worry about for tonight. Any t-storms that want to stick around going into tonight will be confined to parts of the Texas/Mexico, the Gulf Coast from Texas to Louisiana and parts of central Florida. Even with those t-storm cha...More >>

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