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Dinner for the Kids

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The Children's Advocacy Center in Pittsburg held its annual fundraising dinner at the Memorial Auditorium Sunday night. 

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Two Girard House Fires Only Six Homes Apart

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The Girard Fire Department got  a call around 3 o'clock on Sunday morning.reporting two houses on fire just 6 homes away from each other. One of the home owners says that nobody lived in either of the homes and that nobody was hurt during the fire.   The home she owns was condemed and had no power hooked up to it at the time of the fire. She says the fire marshal is investigating the situation. More>>

Girard 7-Year-Old Uses Baking Skills to Help Out Other Kids

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Seven-year-old Addison is like any other first grader and likes riding her 4-wheeler for fun. But its the work she does in the kitchen that sets her apart. "I have a friend that works at KVC and she (Addison) didn't know much about foster kids. So when I explained it to her, it saddened her a little bit. She felt bad for those kids and she wanted to do something that would make them happy" says Addison's mom Amy Johnson.  Addison  decided to use the pro... More>>

Residents Of Various Religions Come Together For An Afternoon Of Unity

Attendees listen to Kufara, an African marimba band. Attendees listen to Kufara, an African marimba band.
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Different religious beliefs can often be a source of conflict in the world, but at Cunningham Park in Joplin -- it was about unity. The annual Light of Unity event, hosted by the Joplin Area Bahá'ís, brought Christians, Muslims, Jews, and other religions to Cunningham Park, all to commemorate the golden rule. Along with live music and food, speakers discussed how the golden rule plays into each of their beliefs. Organizers say that events like this are an important ... More>>

Shots Fired In Joplin Neighborhood Graze Two

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Shots  fired in a Joplin neighborhood.  It happened around two o'clock this afternoon between 15th and 18th streets in Joplin.  

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Supporting Fort Scott

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The Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce held its final Saturday downtown marketplace of the year. 

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Patriot Pumpkin Run Video included

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Pumpkins, veterans, and a 5K were all a part of special fundraiser in Bourbon County, Kansas Saturday. 

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Pittsburg Noon Rotary Club Hosts Rocktoberfest

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Members of the Pittsburg Noon Rotary sponsored their second annual Rocktober Fest.  Tickets were ten dollars, food and drinks were sold separately. They served German food like brats and pretzel bites along with German beers Throughout the night there were six different bands playing and there's also a jump house for kids Proceeds are going to the lord's diner in Pittsburg. "The Lord's Diner has been in town just almost a year now. And it serves literally hundreds ... More>>

G.A.R Cemetery Holds Ceremony Honoring British Cadets Video included

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Residents visited the G.A.R. Cemetery in Miami today to pay their respects to British Air Force pilots who died in Miami in the early 1940s. The 15 cadets were all from Britain and where training at the Miami branch of the Spartan School of Aeronautics where they died in training accidents. Military members held an entrance march, a reverend held an opening prayer and the granddaughter of a cemetery official placed roses on their cadet's graves. The cemetery has maintained the grav... More>>

Crawford County History Museum Teaches Community About World War II

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As actors fire blanks at each other, they're honoring veterans by showing what their war experiences where like. "We're wearing period correct authentic uniform to show the grandchildren and great grandchildren of world war two vets, what the uniforms and equipment looked like. We're using actual world war two type tactics, showing what their grandfathers and great grandfathers would go up against"  says John Coyler, an actor who's playing a German soldier as part ...

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KS Unemployment Drops Slightly; Private Sector Jobs Decrease

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It was the sixth consecutive month with lower private sector job numbers than in 2016.

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KS Lawmakers Considering Insurance Pay for "Telemedicine"

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A committee studying the issue is expected to make recommendations to the legislature before its 2018 session begins in January.

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Maple Leaf Car Show Video included

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    You may be familiar with the Motley Crue song "Girls Girls Girls", today in Carthage it was "cars cars cars."     The Car Buddies group hosted a car show split between two different locations -- that's how big it was.

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51st Annual Maple Leaf Parade Video included

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    Seemingly miles of floats -- and a sea of spectators lined the streets of Carthage for the 51st annual Maple Leaf Parade.

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Cemetery History Lesson Video included

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Halloween may be just around the corner, but Friday night's cemetery tour in Nevada, Missouri was an educational affair. But that doesn't mean, it wasn't a lot of fun! 

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Explosion in Newton County Destroys Home

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"I thought maybe thunder but no. It ain't supposed to rain" Stan Curtis heard his neighbor's and friend's home explode just before five o clock in the morning. He was the one to let them know what happened. "I was relieved to talk to him to actually know that they weren't in it" he says. He called the fire department and they had already been notified by another neighbor "This morning we were dispatched to a structure fire with reports of an explosion. we... More>>

Shattering the Silence

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Thursday night's PSU event for the victims of domestic violence was all about making voices heard. 

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MoDOT Challenge: Buckle Up, Phone Down Day Oct. 20th Video included

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The state of Missouri has a no-texting law for drivers twenty-one and under. But the Missouri Department of Transportation is challenging all drivers to honor the ban tomorrow. Friday, October 20th is Buckle Up, Phone Down Day.

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Joplin Police Investigating Unusual Case of Stolen Bicycles Video included

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"Anytime you victimize a child, it kind of puts a different perspective on things."

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Joplin Chosen To Pilot New Anti DWI Program Video included

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     Out of all the communities across the country...Joplin has been selected to pilot a new Anti DWI program.      Part of that initiative includes getting members of the community to provide input. 

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Noel Fire Department Reflects on Fallen Comrade Video included

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Garret Paiz, 38, sacrificed his life helping fight the massive wildfires raging throughout Northern California.

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Haggling Over Insurance Reimbursement Delays Goodman Elementary Rebuilding Effort Video included

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Rebuilding Goodman elementary could cost more than insurance will cover. On Monday,  the Neosho Board of Education saw preliminary plans for rebuilding with estimated cost at ten million dollars or more. Its insurance carrier offered nine point one million dollars. 

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Schuber-Mitchell's Preliminary Plat Receives Green Light from CJ Council Video included

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    Carl Junction city officials approve a preliminary plat for a new neighborhood in town, despite recent opposition.

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Columbus Residents Notified of Missing Mail Video included

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Some USPS customers take the news of the investigation with a grain of salt. "There's thousands and thousands and thousands of employees and every once in awhile you're going to get a bad one" says Jay Evans, a Columbus resident taking care of his mail. A former mail carrier in Columbus  is under investigation for failing to deliver the mail. "That is not indicative of the almost 500 thousand employees that we have that take the sanctity of the mail and protect th... More>>

Opioid Summit Shines Light on Deadly Addictions, Causes, & Possible Solutions

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More than four hundred turn out for summit on opioid abuse. 

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Packed City Council Agenda for Joplin, Including A Proposal for Joe Becker's Future

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    A packed agenda, tonight, for Joplin City Council members.     From more street projects, the latest involving the Hope Valley CID, even the possibility of Joplin having a new baseball team. The first major discussion on the list...Joe Becker Stadium and its possible future.  As the city is putting the finishing touches on new artificial turf at Joe Becker, Craig Puckett made a presentation to the council in partnership with a newly formed baseball l... More>>

Missouri Lawmakers Make Case to Bring New Amazon Headquarters to "Show Me State"

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St. Louis and Kansas are vying to be the home of Amazon HQ2, a more than $5 billion project from the online retailer.

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Donald Trump Jr. to Campaign for KS Governor Candidate

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Kris Kobach announced today that Donald Trump Jr. will be in Kansas on November 28th for a campaign fundraiser.

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Joplin Schools Wait for Response From FEMA Video included

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Less than 6 months after the Joplin tornado, the Joplin School District started rebuilding their schools. Now, the school district is still trying to come to a funding agreement with FEMA. "FEMA will only replace the value of what was lost, not the added value of the extra room and space that we rebuilt" says Joplin School Board President Jeff Koch. The Joplin School District has already paid for the rebuilding projects. But FEMA is a reimbursement agency that pays... More>>

Joplin Families Participate in Global Wave of Light Video included

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Jennifer Tharp lights a candle for  the 2 children she's lost, uniting with families across the globe on Pregnancy and Infancy Loss Remembrance Day. "At 7 p.m, in remembrance of those babies gone too soon and if you leave it lit for an hour in your time zone, it will be a continuous wave of light" says Tharp, who's the chapter coordinator of Joplin Area Share. The vigil started with encouraging words, then families could state their child's name and ... More>>

St. Bridget's Oktoberfest Video included

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Saint Bridget's church in Scammon celebrated its first ever Saint Boniface Oktoberfest. Saint Boniface is a German saint--so the parish celebrated the day with German foods like sauerkraut, cooked cabbage, bratwurst and bierocks. The church switched from its  traditional turkey dinner to an Oktoberfest celebration to try something new.

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Wines and Canines Combined for Halloween Fun in Fort Scott Video included

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It was an uncommon pairing in Fort Scott Sunday: wines and canines.  The Beaux Arts Centre Tasting Room hosted the event that included a howl-o-ween canine costume contest. 

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School Carnival Raises Funds for Wheelchair Ramp Video included

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Its carnival time in Pittsburg where the Meadowlark elementary parent/teachers organization is throwing the party. The PTO fall carnival offered an inflatable slide,bean bag and ring toss games and raffles. 

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Carthage Humane Society Sponsors Dog Show Video included

Dog show participant and owner await their turn. Dog show participant and owner await their turn.
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 Locals brought their four legged friends out to Central park to be judged in classes such as best costume and golden oldie. The event was sponsored by the Carthage Humane Society, which has been trying to turn things around since it came under fire in August for underweight animals.

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Porchfest Brings Music and Positive Vibe to North Heights Neighborhood Video included

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Local bands brought entertainment to a neighborhood with a goal of making it safer. Saturday night Porchfest featured eleven bands at homes in Joplin's North Heights neighborhood. 

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  • Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism Celebrates 10 Years

    Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism Celebrates 10 Years

    Friday, October 20 2017 11:25 PM EDT2017-10-21 03:25:41 GMT
    Photo (left to right) Vicky Mieseler, Ozark Center Chief Administrative Officer; Sharon Beshore, Connect2Culture Chairman of the Board; Sarah Horton, Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism Coordinator of Outreach Services; Paula F. Baker, Freeman PresidPhoto (left to right) Vicky Mieseler, Ozark Center Chief Administrative Officer; Sharon Beshore, Connect2Culture Chairman of the Board; Sarah Horton, Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism Coordinator of Outreach Services; Paula F. Baker, Freeman Presid
    With a chorus of “Happy Birthday,” children, families and staff celebrated 10 years of autism services at Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism. Since opening in 2007, staff has worked to improve the quality of life for nearly 1,000 children and families affected by autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The original structure at 2411 S. Jackson Ave. was destroyed in the May 22, 2011, tornado that devastated much of Joplin. However, a generous donation from Bill and Virg...More >>
    With a chorus of “Happy Birthday,” children, families and staff celebrated 10 years of autism services at Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism. Since opening in 2007, staff has worked to improve the quality of life for nearly 1,000 children and families affected by autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The original structure at 2411 S. Jackson Ave. was destroyed in the May 22, 2011, tornado that devastated much of Joplin. However, a generous donation from Bill and Virg...More >>
  • MSSU board approves plan to combine tuition, fees

    MSSU board approves plan to combine tuition, fees

    Friday, October 20 2017 11:23 PM EDT2017-10-21 03:23:08 GMT

    Missouri Southern State University students will no longer be saddled with additional fees on top of their tuition, following action by the Board of Governors on Friday, Oct. 20. Under the Tuition Made Simple plan set to begin in Fall 2018, the required technology, activity, parking, records, health and recreation center fees will be included in the total tuition cost. Currently, those fees – amounting to $566 per year for full-time students taking 15 hours each semester...

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    Missouri Southern State University students will no longer be saddled with additional fees on top of their tuition, following action by the Board of Governors on Friday, Oct. 20. Under the Tuition Made Simple plan set to begin in Fall 2018, the required technology, activity, parking, records, health and recreation center fees will be included in the total tuition cost. Currently, those fees – amounting to $566 per year for full-time students taking 15 hours each semester...

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  • Joplin hosting first USA Table Tennis Sanction Tournament on Nov. 4

    Joplin hosting first USA Table Tennis Sanction Tournament on Nov. 4

    Friday, October 20 2017 11:16 PM EDT2017-10-21 03:16:18 GMT
    For the first time in history, Joplin is a host site for a USA Table Tennis (USATT) Sanctioned Tournament! This tournament is organized by the Joplin Table Tennis Club (JTTC), which was established in 2014. The event will be on Saturday, November 4 at Memorial Hall, 212 W. 8th Street in Joplin.  Joplin Table Tennis Club is affiliated with USA Table Tennis and has already held six USATT Non-Sanctioned Tournaments with participation by local and surrounding states. Prize...More >>
    For the first time in history, Joplin is a host site for a USA Table Tennis (USATT) Sanctioned Tournament! This tournament is organized by the Joplin Table Tennis Club (JTTC), which was established in 2014. The event will be on Saturday, November 4 at Memorial Hall, 212 W. 8th Street in Joplin.  Joplin Table Tennis Club is affiliated with USA Table Tennis and has already held six USATT Non-Sanctioned Tournaments with participation by local and surrounding states. Prize...More >>
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  • Shots Fired In Joplin Neighborhood Graze Two

    Shots Fired In Joplin Leads to Arrests

    Sunday, October 22 2017 10:30 PM EDT2017-10-23 02:30:44 GMT

    Shots  fired in a Joplin neighborhood.  It happened around two o'clock this afternoon between 15th and 18th streets in Joplin.  

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    Shots  fired in a Joplin neighborhood.  It happened around two o'clock this afternoon between 15th and 18th streets in Joplin.  

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  • New Documentary of Southeast Kansas Serial Killer Family

    New Documentary of Southeast Kansas Serial Killer Family

    Wednesday, August 2 2017 1:42 AM EDT2017-08-02 05:42:02 GMT
    "Bender"  Courtesy:  Candy Factory Distribution"Bender" Courtesy: Candy Factory Distribution

    It's called "Bender."  The new film is available on DVD, cable on demand, and online through iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon.

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    It's called "Bender."  The new film is available on DVD, cable on demand, and online through iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon.

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  • FEMA Funds Disaster Case Management Program in Missouri

    FEMA Funds Disaster Case Management Program in Missouri

    Thursday, October 19 2017 1:19 PM EDT2017-10-19 17:19:35 GMT
    Missourians with disaster-related unmet needs now can access disaster case management services. The services are available even if applicants already received state and federal disaster assistance. The state of Missouri has received a grant of more than $2.2 million to help the long-term recovery of individuals and families affected by the severe storms, and flooding that struck the state this spring, according to federal recovery officials. The Disaster Case Management (DCM) progra...More >>
    Missourians with disaster-related unmet needs now can access disaster case management services. The services are available even if applicants already received state and federal disaster assistance. The state of Missouri has received a grant of more than $2.2 million to help the long-term recovery of individuals and families affected by the severe storms, and flooding that struck the state this spring, according to federal recovery officials. The Disaster Case Management (DCM) progra...More >>

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