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Governor Greitens Grants First Interview Since Affair Revealed

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Missouri Governor Eric Greitens said he will not resign even after admitting to have an affair while he was running for office.  

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Sleigh Bell Dance

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A good crowd boogied down in Carl Junction Saturday for the Sleigh Bell Dance.

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Gorilla Scouts

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The Girl Scouts visited the Kansas Technology Center on Saturday for the annual Gorilla Scouts event. 

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Women's March in Pittsburg Rallies Support for Sexual Assault Survivors Video included

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Crowds gather at Pittsburg State University with many goals, whether it's supporting children brought to America illegally, or the LGBTQ+ community. Together, they are ready to march. "We had a new member come to one of our meetings and talk about wanting to do a women's march, just to bring awareness to things like pro-choice causes, and imbalances on gender equality across the board. Women are still paid less. And that's a problem" says Jessena Schultze from the SEK ... More>>

Carthage Humane Society Looking Toward A Brighter Future Video included

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    The Carthage Humane Society is still on the recovering side after months of turmoil and controversy surrounding the operation of the facility.     Officials say times are still tough but today marked a new chapter.

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Southwest Missouri Democrats Discuss Candidate Issues, Trouble in Jeff City Video included

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 Issues in Jeff City and upcoming elections  are hot topics for Southwest Missouri Democrats who met in Carthage today.    Representative Crystal Quade for the 132nd District, which includes Springfield, was guest speaker.     Quade said of the Greitens affair, it's too early to know if they'll be able to seek his impeachment.

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Local Monument Closes Its Doors After Government Shut Down

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Two local national parks close down as a result of the government shut down. The George Washington Carver National Monument is one of the affected parks. It has closed its doors until congress can pass a spending bill. All 12 of the monument's employees have been put on furlough, which means they will not be working or getting paid. Even though the park has canceled several of its planned events already, the monument's superintendent Jim Heaney says he's optimistic... More>>

Pitt Pals Video included

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Meet Kaylah and Sophia. On Friday, they met for the first time. And these Pitt students have an exciting semester ahead of them as Pitt Pals! 

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KDHE Issues Violation After Radium Found in Local Drinking Water Video included

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"...it seems like areas of ground water in Kansas have struggled with radium contamination for some time."

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PSU's Enactus Group Builds Hydroponics for an Orphanage in Haiti

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Kids at an orphanage in Haiti can now grow their own produce to eat and sell. And it's all thanks to Pitt State's "Enactus" team. Five students researched and worked together with a math and physics student to design a "hydroponics" system. It's a way of growing produce without soil, using PVC pipe and water. The team built and installed the system in Haiti last month. "The idea was to have them to have a way to have a source of income. Not just a... More>>

Carthage Police Make Arrest In Shooting

Carthage Police Make Arrest In Shooting

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Police make their first arrest for a shooting that put two people in the hospital last week. Carthage Police Department responded to Kansas City Mo in reference to the shooting investigation that occurred at 1142 River St. Carthage Police Detectives with the assistance Kansas City Mo Police Department Impact Unit.  21-year-old Timothy McLeod was arrested in Kansas City Thursday night.  He is now in the Jasper County Jail.  McLeod was arrested on warrant for t...

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 1-19 Video included

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CARTHAGE WARRANT Authorities ISSUE a warrant for a suspect in a Carthage shooting last week.  They're looking for Nathaniel Woods from Belton, Missouri.  He's wanted in connection with the shooting that sent two men to the hospital.  Police say it was the result of a drug deal gone wrong. CEMETERY VANDALISM Vandals strike the old Civil War cemetery in Newtonia, leaving caretakers to pick up the pieces.  Around a dozen headstones were pushed over or broken ...

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Vandals Strike The Newtonia Cemetery Video included

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     Officials with the Old Newtonia Civil War Cemetery say vandals have struck the facility.
     Again.
Don Jessen, Newtonia Battlefields Protection Association: "I have no idea why."
Don Jessen is trying to figure out who would vandalize an historic cemetery and why, and, he's puzzled.

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

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

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

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

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

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

KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 1-18 Video included

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

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Joplin Takes On Pilot Program Hopefully Adding Low Income Housing Options

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

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Much Needed Daycare Will Disappear with Sale of Webb City Y

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

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 1-17 Video included

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

Discussion On Curbing Panhandlers Gets Curbed in Joplin Video included

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

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Joplin Puppy Healing after Frostbite Tragedy Video included

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

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

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

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

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

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Baxter Springs Man Dies in Fire

Baxter Springs Man Dies in Fire

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

Playin' in the Snow

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

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KDOT Concerns During the Extreme Cold

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

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Joplin Police Department Declares Emergency Road Conditions

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

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  • Talent Show Drums Up Dollars for Camp Barnabas Kids

    Talent Show Drums Up Dollars for Camp Barnabas Kids

    Saturday, January 20 2018 10:39 PM EST2018-01-21 03:39:32 GMT

    A parade of talented people drummed up support for special needs kids to go to camp. The Talent for Campers event  in Neosho Saturday included signing to song  and  a group that  danced to a song from the popular Broadway musical Hamilton, 

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    A parade of talented people drummed up support for special needs kids to go to camp. The Talent for Campers event  in Neosho Saturday included signing to song  and  a group that  danced to a song from the popular Broadway musical Hamilton, 

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  • Joplin Public Library Begins A New Literacy Program

    Joplin Public Library Begins A New Literacy Program

    Friday, January 19 2018 9:42 PM EST2018-01-20 02:42:28 GMT
    The Joplin Public Library's new 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program kicked off today. It allows families to check out bags of books to read with their babies, toddlers and young children. The parents try to reach one thousand books before their child enters kindergarten. Joplin resident Amanda Heeren says, "I think it's a great program. I think it encourages a lot of families who normally wouldn't normally maybe utilize the library to go ahead and come in and... they ha...More >>
    The Joplin Public Library's new 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program kicked off today. It allows families to check out bags of books to read with their babies, toddlers and young children. The parents try to reach one thousand books before their child enters kindergarten. Joplin resident Amanda Heeren says, "I think it's a great program. I think it encourages a lot of families who normally wouldn't normally maybe utilize the library to go ahead and come in and... they ha...More >>
  • JFD Work Structure Fire

    JFD Work Structure Fire

    JFD Work Structure Fire

    Friday, January 19 2018 8:26 PM EST2018-01-20 01:26:39 GMT
    From 1/15/2018 On Monday, January 15, 2018, Ladder 1B, Rescue 3B, Engine 2B, Engine 4B, and Battalion 1B responded to a report of a structure fire at 727 S. Murphy Ave. The first arriving unit was on scene at 4:54 pm and reported a vacant one story single family dwelling with heavy smoke coming from the attic and fire showing. Crews entered the structure and extinguished the fire confining it to the room of origin. The fire was under control at 5:10pm, there were no injuries to civil...More >>
    From 1/15/2018 On Monday, January 15, 2018, Ladder 1B, Rescue 3B, Engine 2B, Engine 4B, and Battalion 1B responded to a report of a structure fire at 727 S. Murphy Ave. The first arriving unit was on scene at 4:54 pm and reported a vacant one story single family dwelling with heavy smoke coming from the attic and fire showing. Crews entered the structure and extinguished the fire confining it to the room of origin. The fire was under control at 5:10pm, there were no injuries to civil...More >>
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  • Women's March in Pittsburg Rallies Support for Sexual Assault Survivors

    Women's March in Pittsburg Rallies Support for Sexual Assault Survivors

    Saturday, January 20 2018 9:36 PM EST2018-01-21 02:36:23 GMT
    Crowds gather at Pittsburg State University with many goals, whether it's supporting children brought to America illegally, or the LGBTQ+ community. Together, they are ready to march. "We had a new member come to one of our meetings and talk about wanting to do a women's march, just to bring awareness to things like pro-choice causes, and imbalances on gender equality across the board. Women are still paid less. And that's a problem" says Jessena Schultze from the SEK ...More >>
    Crowds gather at Pittsburg State University with many goals, whether it's supporting children brought to America illegally, or the LGBTQ+ community. Together, they are ready to march. "We had a new member come to one of our meetings and talk about wanting to do a women's march, just to bring awareness to things like pro-choice causes, and imbalances on gender equality across the board. Women are still paid less. And that's a problem" says Jessena Schultze from the SEK ...More >>
  • Train Crash in Wilson County

    Train Crash in Wilson County

    Thursday, January 15 2015 3:09 PM EST2015-01-15 20:09:12 GMT
    State Troopers are on the scene of a vehicle versus train crash in Wilson County on K-39 near Benedict, KS. Authorities say a truck hauling gravel hit the train causing eight empty train cars and two engines to derail.Highway 39 will be closed for several hours today.Troopers say diesel is leaking from the train. A backhoe is being brought in to contain the spill. Some injuries are reported.More >>
    State Troopers are on the scene of a vehicle versus train crash in Wilson County on K-39 near Benedict, KS. Authorities say a truck hauling gravel hit the train causing eight empty train cars and two engines to derail.Highway 39 will be closed for several hours today.Troopers say diesel is leaking from the train. A backhoe is being brought in to contain the spill. Some injuries are reported.More >>
  • Man Convicted of Sexual Exploitation in Joplin

    Man Convicted of Sexual Exploitation in Joplin

    Friday, January 19 2018 8:11 PM EST2018-01-20 01:11:33 GMT
    A North Carolina man is convicted of sexual exploitation of child in Joplin. 33-year-old David Lee Perkins from Winston-Salem, NC faces at least 30 years in prison after crossing state lines with the intent to engage in a sexual act with a child under the age of 12. Perkins admitted that he used the victim to produce child pornography which he distributed. He was arrested on December 11, 2016 after a female acquaintance said she found several videos of Perkins engaged in sexually expl...More >>
    A North Carolina man is convicted of sexual exploitation of child in Joplin. 33-year-old David Lee Perkins from Winston-Salem, NC faces at least 30 years in prison after crossing state lines with the intent to engage in a sexual act with a child under the age of 12. Perkins admitted that he used the victim to produce child pornography which he distributed. He was arrested on December 11, 2016 after a female acquaintance said she found several videos of Perkins engaged in sexually expl...More >>

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