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State Championship Scoreboard (5/24)

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Scores from local teams competing at Kansas state baseball and softball tournaments.

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Air Force JROTC Students Learn Essential Combat Skills At Camp Crowder

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     45 Air Force JROTC cadets are at Camp Crowder in Neosho...in a special hands-on training simulator.      Today included combat training with a few different scenarios. The objective for these Republic High School students is to secure a compound held by 'terrorists' that have taken two journalists hostage. The combat is all simulated - but the training is as real as it gets.

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Girard Softball Stays Undefeated, Advances to State Semifinals Video included

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Girard is now 23-0 this season and will play in the state semifinals on Friday morning in Salina. 

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Galena Upsets Clay Center in First Round of State Tournament Video included

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Clay Center was the #1 seed in the state tournament with a 22-0 overall record. 

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Parsons Upsets Pratt in First Round of State Baseball Video included

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The 7th-seeded Vikings topped #2 Pratt 5-2 to move on to Friday's semifinal round. 

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Iola Advances in 4A-DII State Tournament Video included

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Iola will face Anderson County in the state semifinals on Friday morning. 

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Joplin Family Looks for Assistance After Apartment Fire Video included

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According to neighbors, the man who started the fire got into an altercation with his significant other.

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Webb City Child Dies In Accidental Drowning

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A young child has died from accidental drowning in Webb City, MO. Webb City Police were called to the 1300 block of West 5th Street Wednesday night  (May 23, 2018) to an unresponsive 8-year-old female. Authorities later identified her as Mariah Martinez. Martinez was found in an inflatable pool by family members. Fire crews performed CPR, but the child later died at a local hospital. Today, officials conducted an autopsy and determined Martinez... More>>

Pittsburg Man Behind Bars For Allegedly Raping Young Relatives

Pittsburg Man Behind Bars For Allegedly Raping Young Relatives

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A Pittsburg man is held without bond for allegedly raping two young females.  According to the Pittsburg Police Department, their agency received a report over allegations of repeated child sex abuse.

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Medicaid Fraud, Pittsburg Sisters Ordered To Repay $3,000 Video included

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Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says a pair of Crawford County sisters were ordered to repay $3,116.83 to the Kansas Medicaid program. During an investigation, the attorney general's Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Division found that 47-year-old Melissa Forbes had billed the Kansas Medicaid program as the personal care attendant for her sister, 43-year-old Amanda Forbes, to provide home-based care services. They billed the home-based care services during periods while either Melis... More>>

Overnight Fire In Seneca Destroys Old Motel Video included

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The Seneca Area Fire Protection District was called out to a fire early this morning (May 24, 2018).  They arrived and found the old vacant Motel at Copeland's Corner fully engulfed in flames.  Fire crews said the structures to the west of it were being threatened.  The Seneca Fire Department, Redings Mill, Neosho and Wyandotte Fire Departments all responded to help put out the fire.  The Newton County Ambulance and Newton County Sheriff were also on scene. ...

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 5-24 Video included

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NEW JOPLIN COUNCIL MEMBER The Joplin City Council elects its newest member last night after the resignation of Joshua Bard.  The council members selected Anthony Monteleone as the newest member.  Monteleone says he hopes to raise pay scales across the board, but especially for the police and fire department. K-9 DONATION Fur Ever Friends of K-9 Heroes on Wednesday presented a check for $1,000 to the Newton County Sheriff's office.  The money will go directly to... More>>

Thursday T-Storms ahead this morning and afternoon

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More Gulf moisture makes its way from the southeast meaning a day of scattered thunderstorms starting mid-morning. Still manage to make it into the mid 80s temperature wise so it will be warm & muggy.

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Miami Establishes New Home Pool Ordinances Video included

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The Miami City Council passed an ordinance saying all residents with pools visible from the street, must have it blocked off, in order to prevent children from drowning. The actual home is considered as a side, otherwise the side by the street must be a six foot solid fence, and the rest can be a four foot chain fence. "The practicality of how we're intending to enforce it is for this first year, we're going to get people notice of what people need to do to make the... More>>

Joplin City Council Elects New Member Video included

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The Joplin City Council elected its newest member tonight after the resignation of Joshua Bard. The council members selected Anthony Monteleone as the newest member.  Monteleone says he hopes to fix pay scales across the board, but especially for the police and fire department. He hopes city departments can keep employees as well as attract new ones with the fixed pay rates. "I was born here, I was raised here, I moved away for a couple years for college. So I'... More>>

After 40 Days In The Hospital, 7 Year Old Dawson Hirshey Is Home Video included

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     The road to recovery is still a long one for a little boy from Diamond, Missouri.      7-year old Dawson Hirshey was hit in the head by a foul ball at a baseball game last month in Joplin.      Today...was his first full day...home.

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Special Report: Heartland Boxing Gym Rebounds after Fire Video included

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We catch up with trainer Dallas Cook and his fighters three months after a fire destroyed their home gym.

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Charge Filed After Disturbing Playground Video Emerges in Pittsburg Video included

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Some Pittsburg residents are outraged after video surfaces, showing what appears to be an assault on a playground. 

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MO Sheriffs Can Soon Hire Out of State Officers Video included

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     Missouri lawmakers passed a change to an old law that could help local sheriff's departments when it comes to hiring.     It repeals a law in place since 1939 that banned them from hiring deputies from out of state. 

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Assault On Law Enforcement Case, 2nd Suspect Enters Plea Bargain

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The crime happened on August 7th, 2017 around 3:30 a.m. at 4th and Sergeant Avenue in Joplin, MO. Officer Joel Taber says he saw a truck traveling north on Sergeant Avenue from 7th Street pulling a trailer without any lights. He pulled the vehicle over. Taber says that's when the driver, Keith Wald, started the truck and fled. While driving away from the stop, Wald threw an explosive device out of the drivers side window which exploded about 15 feet from Taber. During the pursuit, ... More>>

Local Students Create Inspirational Video

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Well done 5th grade class at St. Mary's Colgan Catholic Schools in Pittsburg, KS! The students created a video challenging the larger community to make the world around them better than they found it.   The video was inspired by The Greatest Showman.  Joe Dockers directed it and Carol Anne Smock played piano. Again, very well done! 5th grade SME 2018

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Change to Missouri Law Could Help Sheriffs with Hiring

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Senate bill 652 passed in the Missouri legislature. It repeals sections of an old law that prevented sheriff's departments from hiring people from neighboring states. The change could help open the  pool of applicants for area sheriff's offices. We talk to Jasper county about the impact.  More>>

Fatal Crash In Barry County, MO

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The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a Golden, Missouri man has died in a single-vehicle crash on May 22nd, 2018. The crash happened around 3:35 p.m. in Barry County, MO. According to the MSHP, 65-year-old Dale C. Shepard was driving on MO 86, about one mile west of Golden, when he drove off the road and hit several trees. Authorities say he died at the scene. This is MSHP Troop D's 42nd fatality accident for 2018. More>>

27th Annual Mike Watt Baseball Camp Scheduled for Next Week

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Watt has won 16 state championships as the head coach at Colgan and was named national coach of the year in 2016. 

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Joplin School Board approves Suicide Prevention Policy

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The Joplin Schools Board of Education approved a new suicide awareness and prevention policy at tonight's meeting.  The district wide policy helps determine how to identify students that are at risk of suicide, and the action that is taken to help the student get any help they may need. It also defines what action is taken by the district to take care of student's mental health in the event of a suicide.

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Vetoed Legislation In Oklahoma Could Cause Sheriffs To Violate The State Constitution Video included

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     Governor Mary Fallin vetoed a bill that would've eliminated financial consequences to counties that don't report state inmates in their custody in a timely manor.      There's now a concern that veto would cause sheriffs to violate the state constitution.

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City of Duquesne Reflects on Growth Since Tornado

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"I think that the housing was a catalyst for a lot of new development.  The Joplin schools put a brand new middle school and elementary school."

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Joplin's Salvation Army Hopes to Regain Public's Trust, Seven Years After Tornado Video included

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"It's probably going to set them up for a better future."

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A Different Kind of Gaming Expo

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Tommye Blackcrow is a Lucky Star Casino general manager, who's always trying to stay on top of Oklahoma's evolving gaming landscape. And the the Northeastern Oklahoma Indigo Sky Expo, or N.O.I.S.E., is the perfect place to do that.

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Anti-Bullying Message From Former Pro Wrestler Urges Neosho Students to Make Good Choices Video included

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A school presentation urges Neosho students to make good choices.           It comes as area school districts are being directed by the State of Missouri Department of Education to come up with plans to prevent and react to teen suicides and often bullying can be a factor. 

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7 Years Ago: Remembering Lives Lost Video included

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Seven years ago today (May 22, 2018), Joplin and Duquesne were devastated by an EF-5 tornado. 161 lives were lost.  While many will never forget the devastation, many will also never forget the resilience that came from it. Families and friends visited Joplin's Cunningham Park today.  The park's layout and structures are designed to recognize the victims of the tornado and to provide a place for reflection.  People can also write messages in a guest book.

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Joplin Man Sentenced To Prison Time For Large-Scale Meth Conspiracy

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The Office of the U.S. Attorney Western District of Missouri says a Joplin man was sentenced today (May 22,2018) for his role in a conspiracy to distribute large quantities of methamphetamine in southwest Missouri. 25-year-old Santiago Soto-Garcia was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 25 years in federal prison without parole. On Nov. 2, 2017, Soto-Garcia was found guilty at trial of one count of participating in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, o...

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A Southeast Kansas Man Pleads Guilty To Murder

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The Kansas Office of the Attorney General says 37-year-old Dejay Lynn Schlegel pleaded guilty today in Wilson County District Court to several charges including murder. Schlegel was one of two people arrested in the death of 57-year-old Michael P. Elam, who was found dead inside his home after it burned down on December 13th, 2016. According to court documents, two suspects broke into his home at 509 Wisconsin in Neodesha, KS. In April of 2017, authorities arrested Schlegel and ...

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Montgomery Co., KS Reopens Drivers License Office

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Driver's licensing services resume in Montgomery Kansas after security concerns subside. The ARCO building driver's license office in Independence, KS was closed down on May 18th amid a series of intentionally lit fires. The services were moved to Fredonia, KS temporarily. The fires are under ongoing investigation by police and fire officials, and they are confident in the security of the building. Limited driver's license services will continue to be offered in Fredonia...

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 5-22 Video included

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NICHOLAS CUTBIRTH An alleged habitual Joplin offender is behind bars, and after his fourth arrest, he may be there for a longer time.  We introduced you to Ashley Raby last week after her neighbor, Nicholas Cutbirth, allegedly broke into her home and stole several items.  Cutbirth was arrested in Carthage this weekend for allegedly stealing two vehicles, breaking into several other vehicles, possession of a controlled substance, and resisting arrest. GREITENS SPECIAL SE... More>>

Colgan Finishes 2nd at State Golf

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Bradley Beykirch led the Panthers with a 2-over 74. Story also includes links to 3A, 4A and 5A state tournament results. 

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Homeless Shelter learns of IRS Restriction

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A local homeless shelter learns of federal regulations that limit where the shelter can get food  -- and it comes at a pretty bad time.  John Losa has been coming to Watered Gardens for over fifteen years.  John Losa, Homeless: "It's a good place to come to, come to church here, come to work here, volunteer here. I love this place man."  Losa is one of 45-thousand people Watered Gardens provides meals for every year. 

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Joplin Man Arrested For The 4th Time Since May 3rd, This Time In Carthage Video included

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     An alleged habitual offender in Joplin is back behind bars.      And this time...Nicholas Cutbirth might be there for a while. Ashley Raby, Burglary Victim: "When I first told a few people he was arrested, their first thought was 'how long are they keeping him this time?'" Just a few days ago - we brought you the story of Ashley Raby - and her neighbor - Nicolas Cutbirth, who allegedly broke into her home and stole several items.

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Pitt State Advances to NCBA World Series Championship Video included

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The Gorillas will face San Diego State in the NCBA World Series title game at 7:00 pm

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Woman Claims Joplin Restaurant Disregarded Service Dog Rules Video included

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A Taco Bell representative says workers have been retrained in ADA compliance.

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Joplin Man Charged For Stealing Vehicles From Church Parking Lots

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The Carthage Police Department says Nicholas Cutbirth has been charged with two counts of first degree tampering with a motor vehicle, possession of controlled substance, resisting arrest for a felony, receiving stolen property and first degree burglary. The charges stem from several incidents on May 20th, 2018. Police were called around 10:44 a.m. about a vehicle stolen from the Fairview Christian Church (2320 S. Grand Ave). A little more than an hour later, they got a call ab...

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Davied Named Women's Head Basketball Coach at PSU Video included

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Former head coach Lane Lord accepted a head coaching position at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley earlier Monday. 

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Click It Or Ticket Campaign Begins

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The 2018 National Seat Belt Enforcement Mobilization is May 21 - June 3, 2018. In 2016, the use of seat belts in passenger vehicles saved an estimated 14,668 lives of occupants ages 5 and older. The Click It or Ticket campaign focuses on safety education, strong laws, and law enforcement officers saving lives. Kansas TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - If you don't use your seat belt, this might be a good week to start. Monday is the start of the annual statewide law enforcement campaign &quo... More>>

KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 5-21 Video included

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FIRE TRUCK CRASH Authorities say a Columbus, Kansas engine was responding to a fire on the west end of town, when a medical condition caused the driver to lose consciousness behind the wheel.  The fire truck then left the road and hit a tree.  No word yet on what medical condition caused the driver to pass out.  He was last reported to be alert and stable.       LAKE OF THE OZARKS CRASH A boat driver is arrested and is facing charg... More>>

Jasper County veteran to be featured on PBS Special Video included

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"My knees went week. I'm like whoa, I'm really really going to war" Ken Clark was on guard duty at Camp Pendleton when he heard North Vietnam fired on an American ship. He knew where he was going. "By noon, I was leaving San Diego. I was on the back of a USS Pickaway, watching the United States disappear" It took them 45 days to get there because it was somewhat of a secret movement.   "The colonel was on the PA system, we were all out o...

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Kayakers and Canoeists Swap Water Safety Tips Video included

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The Joplin Kayak and Canoe swap meet at Wildcat Glades today included some warnings. Several local companies were on hand with fishing gear, hammocks  bicycles.. and of course canoes and kayaks that people could see and try.  A big topic of conversation for today's meet was what to do to stay safe in the water. 

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Agree or Disagree: Parents Go to Court to Kick 30 Year Old Son Out of Their Home

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 Parents have tried repeatedly to ask their 39-year old son to move out of the house. Now it's a court battle. 

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Over 500 Students Graduate from JHS Video included

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Congrats to the Joplin High School class of 2018! Today was graduation day for more than 500 students - which makes this years class one of the largest since 1982.  The graduates are joining the ranks of over 39-thousand other Joplin High Graduates that have come before them.  This years class is also the first class to spend all four years at the new high school on Indiana Avenue.

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Fire Truck Crash Video included

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A member of Columbus, KS Fire Rescue is recovering in a hospital, after suffering a medical emergency behind the wheel of a fire truck. 

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Push for Medical Marijuana in Oklahoma

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Advocates  for legalized marijuana in Oklahoma held a forum Saturday in Miami.  

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Update: Driver Arrested in Fatal Boat Crash at Lake of the Ozarks Video included

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A  dismal start to National Safe Boating week as a fatal boat crash kills three and injures at the Lake of the Ozarks.

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An inspiring athlete takes on the Joplin Memorial Run Video included

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You may recognize him from this billboard last year. And now, he's off, Richard Vaughn hits the pavement for his 200th race, the only Joplin Memorial run contestant in a wheelchair this year.  "I know there's a lot of wheel chair basketball teams around here and other wheelchair athletes. Where are they? I'm challenging them to come out next year and not run against me, but run with me" says Vaughn.  He races in a standard wheelchair, rather than a chair s... More>>

Seven Valedictorians in Carl Junction Senior Class Video included

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"Remembrance and eucetratrophe, whatever that means..haha" Eucatastrophe, a sudden, happy ending, similar to what this group of accomplished seniors is going through. "I studied a lot, I cried a lot, but I made it. haha" Kate Dreiling says jokingly.  This group of students aren't just study buddies. They're all co-valedictorians or salutatorians, the top students in their graduating class. Their principal says it's normal to have around four ... More>>

Art Is Popping Up Around The Metro - And You Can Take It Home Video included

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     It's not something you see every day.      Some art...some crafts...placed along parts of Main Street in Joplin.      But a local group is on a mission to make sure folks can see it anywhere and everywhere. Take a walk along Main Street - and you won't have to go very far to find some artwork on the side of the road.

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Southeast Baseball Preps for State

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The Lancers have made the 3A state tournament back-to-back seasons.

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Higginbotham Walk-Off Gives PSU 7-6 Win Over Siena in NCBA World Series Opener Video included

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Former Colgan Panther Simon Higginbotham hit a walk-off single to put Pittsburg State into the second round of the NCBA DII World Series. 

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A Bear's Journey Home Continues Through Neosho (So Leave Him Alone) Video included

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"...he keeps bumping into civilization and getting rerouted."

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Driver's License Dilemma Video included

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A trip to driver's license services is a big deal for Dolores and Bob Kyle. The retired couple traveled from Coffeyville to Independence, Kansas, to renew Dolores' driver's license, but were shocked to find the office had moved.

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Cowgirl Culture documentary coming to Miami this weekend

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"What I hope to show is, our little subculture of American culture, the cowgirl culture. And let people see how independent and fiercely competitive these women are, also the pioneer spirit that women possess" Pitt State graduate, Lindsey Walls plans to show her documentary to not only the Fourstates, but to the world. From London to Australia, she even plans to enter it into festivals like Sundance.  "I think people have an interest in the we...

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Joplin Man Sentenced For Armed Robbery & Carjacking Video included

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The armed robbery happened at Select Jewelers in Joplin on March 17th, 2016. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, 34-year-old Paul Lloyd entered the jewelry store, approached an employee and asked to see several pieces of jewelry. He selected a necklace and walked to the cash register. Authorities say Lloyd then produced a gun and demanded that the clerk "give me all the jewelry." Lloyd then stated "I'm not kidding," and fired a gun into the wall. The clerk ...

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Westar Energy Warning of New Scam Affecting Customers

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Westar Energy is alerting customers that imposters claiming to work for the company are threatening to disconnect service and asking for prepaid cards as payment. Several customers have contacted Westar Energy’s Customer Relations Center after receiving suspicious phone calls. Some imposters are very convincing. They may use websites that allow them to manipulate caller ID, making the call appear to come from Westar. They speak with authority. When the targeted customer calls... More>>

Seneca School District Appoints New Superintendent

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The Seneca R-7 School District has announced the name of their new superintendent to replace Dr. Jim Cummins who has taken over at the Neosho R-5 School District. The district has appointed current Joplin High School Principal Dr. Brandon Eggleston as the district's new superintendent. Dr. Eggleston has 18 years of experience in the education field. Dr. Eggleston received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Missouri Southern State University in 1999.  He later received a Maste...

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Fatal Crash In Southwest Missouri Kills One, Injures 4 Others

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The crash happened in Lawrence County, MO around 10:10 a.m. on May 13th, 2018. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a Honda Accord pulled out from a private drive into the path of a Hyundai Sonata on Highway 39 about four miles north of Mt. Vernon. Five people were taken to Cox South Hospital in Springfield, MO. The Honda Accord was driven by 95-year-old John Lomas of Mt. Vernon. He was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. His passenger, 90-year-old Helen Lomas d...

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Kansas Takes Over A Fort Scott Nursing Home

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Representatives from the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services say the state is taking over the Fort Scott Manor, a nursing home, and closing it. Fort Scott Manor is located on Heylman Street in Fort Scott, KS. Officials say their main concern is ensuring residents and patients get the care they need. They have given residents a 30 day notice of the facility closing and have asked other area nursing homes to help relocate the residents. The KS Dept. for Aging is ho... More>>

Spike in potentially deadly dog virus Video included

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Oro is getting her annual vaccines. "In a nutshell, I'm just trying to be a responsible pet owner and do everything i can to keep her safe from preventable diseases" says Liz Darling, Oro's owner. One of those preventable diseases, the Parvovirus. "We've had probably two to three times the amount of cases this year than we had last year. So it has been a very bad Parvovirus outbreak this year" says Dr. Heather Wallace from the Broadway Animal Hospital.  Sh... More>>

Allow Us To Introduce You To "The Baja Brothers" Video included

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     It is Baja time in Pittsburg.      The Kansas Baja SAE Competition is back in town.      And that means more than 2,000 competitors...worldwide...are here to show-off their stuff.      It includes 2 brothers on the Pitt State team.      Ones who have this thing in their blood.

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Special Report: Push for Change to Lenient Marriage Laws Making MO Draw for Teens Video included

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In most states, if you're eighteen, you can get a marriage license with some special circumstances allowed.  On Thursday, a Missouri senator made a last ditch effort to create a minimum age to marry in Missouri setting it at sixteen years old.  Right now in the state, it is easy for those under age to get the license that can change their life. Marriage Minimum: Teen Brides. Two teen brides. One fifteen years old another sixteen, both with differedoesn't reasons for mar... More>>

Small Southeast Kansas Town Prepares to Say Goodbye to "Something More Than Just a Tree" Video included

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You can find history and pride in many Four State communities.  One of those communities is getting ready to say goodbye to something that has bound several generations.

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Interview Sessions Put Neosho Students Professional Greeting Skills to the Test

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Neosho junior high students practice greeting skills like handshakes while presenting  resumes to members of the business community. The eighth graders had one on one interviews, talking about themselves  to put communications skills like eye contact to the test. 

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Southeast Kansas Teen Sentenced For 2016 Fatal Crash

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On December 30th, 2016, 18-year-old Trez Martinez was involved in a fatal crash in Neosho County, KS. It happened around 3:00 p.m. on Highway 169 (Douglas Road) about seven miles south of Chanute. According to the Kansas State Highway Patrol, two vehicles were stopped in the northbound lane, the front vehicle was preparing to turn left (west) onto 130th Road. Authorities say Martinez drove into the back of the second vehicle, causing it to hit the first vehicle. The first vehicle,...

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PSU Proposes A Tuition Increase For Fall Video included

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Pittsburg State University students might be paying more this fall. The university presented the proposal to the Kansas Board of Regents.  Officials say Pittsburg State's 2018 tuition and fees are the lowest compared to the five universities identified as PSU's peers by the Kansas Board of Regents. The university says if the increase of 2.6% is approved, it would be the university's smallest since 1999. "We recognize the financial pressure ri...

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 5-17 Video included

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MISSOURI TREATMENT BILL Missouri lawmakers approve a bill that will direct more people toward treatment programs, instead of prison.  The bill creates a pilot program in three counties to treat people struggling with addiction who might otherwise be incarcerated.  The senate had previously passed the bill. JOPLN AMNESTY DAY The Joplin Municipal Court is looking to work with residents who might have missed a court date or failed to pay a ticket.  An amnesty day w... More>>

Explanation behind the "Yanny" or "Laurel" Debate Video included

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"Ehh, it's closer to the 'Yanny'" says Derek Moser. "I'm getting 'floral'" says Evan Martin. This recording is not only dividing the internet, but friends as well. I asked Derek if he say in anyway how Evan got "floral" out of the recording. "No, it's ludicrous! Ha ha!" But Evan wasn't the only one leaning towards Team Laurel. Out of the 12 people I asked, seven initially heard "Laurel", two heard "Yanny", and thre... More>>

Joplin Woman Living In Fear Of Her Neighbors After They Allegedly Break Into Her Home Video included

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     A Joplin woman says she's terrified after her neighbor broke into her home and stole a number of valuable items.      More shocking...it wasn't the first crime the suspect is accused of committing. Tucked away in the heart of Joplin, a cozy little neighborhood. Then, the unthinkable happens.

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Sex Education Classes in Missouri Could Soon Also Cover Sexual Violence, Sexual Harassment, and Consent Video included

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"...Perhaps we can make kids aware that later on, even currently...those types of behaviors aren't acceptable in a civilized community,"

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Possible Legalization of Sports Betting Brings Warning of Gambling Addiction Risk Video included

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     Sports gambling may be illegal now, but that could change after this week's Supreme Court ruling. It gives states the ability to legalize sports wagering. But some warn that will simply increase the number of gambling addicts.  

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Former OK Fire Chief Charged With Embezzlement

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Former Hickory Grove, Oklahoma Fire Chief William Moore is charged with embezzlement. According to Delaware County Sheriff Harlan Moore, in December of 2017, Hickory Grove Fire Department Board members were told about "past due" accounts for unauthorized purchases owed for the Fire Department. After that, Moore was fired from his position as Fire Chief. On December 22nd, Frankie Shepherd (Chairman of the Board of Directors) and his wife (Fire Department's Secretary/Tre... More>>

Carl Junction Water Main Fixed, Boil Advisory Remains

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The City of Carl Junction issued a boil advisory on May 15th after a water main break on Gum Road.  Officials today (May 16) say the leak has been fixed.  They've sent water samples to Missouri's Department of Natural Resources to test but won't have the results until tomorrow.  The boil advisory will remain for the Oscie Ora Acres and Dogwood Trails area, including the Tabor Woods subdivision.  The advisory is a precaution anytime the water pressure drops below...

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More Details Emerge After A Tulsa Amber Alert

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(AP) - A Tulsa mother stabbed her eldest daughter 50 to 70 times, struck her head with a pickaxe then set their home on fire, before fleeing the scene with the youngest of her three daughters, according to police. Taheerah Ahmad, 39, was arreste...

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Are Criminal Charges Required for Impeachment? Video included

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The Saint Louis County Attorney has dropped charges against Missouri's Governor alleging he took and illegally transmitted photos of a woman with whom he was having an affair in 2015. Despite the dismissal of felony invasion of privacy charges, state lawmakers say they're carrying on with their own investigation into Governor Greitens and his actions.  That investigation is expected to be key in a discussion about whether to impeach the governor, that takes place later this we...

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Kansas Governor Signs Bill Restoring Higher Education Funds

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"This budget is stressing how important education is to our future workforce and to the future economy of the great state of Kansas," said Gov. Jeff Colyer. On Tuesday, the governor signed a budget bill restoring 15 million dollars in higher education funding, of the 30 million that was cut by former governor Brownback last year. For Pittsburg State University, that means $640,000 of the million dollars it lost to Brownback's cuts has been restored.$610,000 will go int... More>>

Man Awarded Money After Prison Time For A Neosho Crime

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A man who spent close to 20 years in a Missouri prison is awarded money for lost wages. The case stems from an incident that happened in Neosho during the early '90's. Dwight Laughlin was convicted of trying to break into a locked room inside the Neosho Post Office. His current attorney argued to a jury last week that this comes down to how the case was handled, not the fact this man committed a crime. "He was caught in the post office. He was caught red handed. But that's all...

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Joplin woman Sentenced For 2016 Crime Spree

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Brittany Nicole Harper of Joplin is sentenced by a federal judge to 19 years in prison. She was part of a four-state crime spree that ended when her boyfriend was killed in a shoot-out with police. Authorities say Harper was involved in a 10-day crime spree that began in Missouri and went through Alabama and Georgia before ending in Florida. Prosecutors say she and her boyfriend, Blake Fitzgerald, stole cars, burglarized a home and kidnapped two people during carjackings. The crimes... More>>

Rising Gas Prices Putting Strain On Services Video included

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Gas prices are up - and they're expected to continue their climb through the summer.     For most of us - it means we'll be more conscious of our driving - and try to conserve where possible - and turn to alternative modes of transportation, like, ride sharing.

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Girard Softball Punches Ticket to State Video included

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The defending state champions are headed back to the state tournament with a 22-0 record after winning a regional title Tuesday night. 

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Carthage Claims District Title Over Joplin

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It's the first district title for Carthage baseball since 1993. 

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Iola Tops Girard to Earn Trip to State

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Highlights from Iola's 1-0 win over Girard to punch their ticket to the 4A-DII state tournament. 

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Neosho Council Approves Use Tax for November Election Video included

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Neosho residents could see a new tax on purchases made outside the city.  Neosho City Council voted to add a use tax issue to this November ballot at tonight's council meeting.  Implementing a use tax would allow the city to apply the local sales tax to purchases made online and outside of the state. 

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Plea Bargain Entered In Assault On Law Enforcement Case

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The crime happened on August 7th, 2017 around 3:30 a.m. at 4th and Sergeant Avenue in Joplin, MO. Officer Joel Taber says he saw a truck traveling north on Sergeant Avenue from 7th Street pulling a trailer without any lights. He pulled the vehicle over. Taber says that's when the driver, Keith Wald, started the truck and fled. While driving away from the stop, Wald threw an explosive device out of the drivers side window which exploded about 15 feet from Taber. During the pursuit, ... More>>

Joplin Man Gets 12 Years For Child Pornography

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36-year-old Michael Eden of Joplin was sentenced today (May 15, 2018) to 12 years in federal prison without parole. U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool also sentenced him to ten years of supervised release following incarceration. According to U.S. Attorney Timothy Garrison, on December 4th, 2017, Eden pleaded guilty to receiving and distributing child pornography.

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Update: Seneca Armed Robbery Suspect Arrested In Oklahoma

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The robbery happened around 11:45 p.m. on May 14th, 2018, at the Big Daddy's Gas Station in Seneca, MO (817 Washington Avenue). The Seneca Police Department responded and were told by the store clerk that a white male had came into the store and tried to purchase alcohol and cigars. The clerk said after the suspect's card was declined he left and came back a short time later and showed a knife and demanded money. The clerk handed the suspect an undisclosed amount of cash. Authoriti...

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 5-15 Video included

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CHARGES DISMISSED Prosecutors dismiss felony invasion of privacy charges against Missouri Governor Eric Greitens.  Attorney's cited the fact that Greitens' defense planned to call the Saint Louis Circuit Attorney, whose handling of the case has been under constant criticism by Greitens attorneys.  The governor on Monday told reporters, he's relieved by the dismissal, but also apologetic. KANSAS ALCOHOL LAW Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer signs into law a bill allowing re... More>>

Joplin Upsets Webb City, Advances to District Championship

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The Cardinals were the number one seed in the tournament with a 23-4 overall record. 

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Joplin Woman Scammed Out Of $700 On Facebook Video included

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     A Joplin woman says she was scammed by a man who told her on Facebook...that she was eligible for a grant of $100,000.      She's now out $700. The scam - started off simple. Becky Allgood, Scam Victim: "It said...Dear Becky, this is Agent Larry from grant headquarters office, your friend, forwarded your number to me that you want to apply for grant money."

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Humboldt Softball Advances to Regional Semifinals Video included

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Highlights from Humboldt's 14-0 win over Erie in the first round of the 3A regional tournament at Southeast High School. 

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Cherokee County Seeks New Storm Sirens Video included

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Cherokee County Emergency Management is always looking to make the county a little bit safer. They're currently applying for FEMA grants that would replace some old storm sirens, and bring in 3 new ones to cover blind spots. 

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Joplin Police Investigate Another Random Apparent Drive By Shooting Video included

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 Investigators say a mom and her daughter were inside the home and one bullet in particular could've damaged more than property.

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Charges Dropped Against Gov. Greitens Video included

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The Latest: Prosecutors have dropped an invasion-of-privacy charge against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, but say they plan to re-file the case with a special prosecutor.

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Joplin Police Arrest A Man For The Armed Robbery Of Vintage Stock

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On May 13, 2018 Joplin police arrested a man for robbing Vintage Stock in the Northpark Mall. It happened at about 5:30 p.m. when the employees allegedly spotted a man described as wearing a mullet wig and Yankees jersey t-shirt concealing about $430 worth of merchandise. When he left without paying, employees followed him outside and contacted. That's when authorities say he pulled a knife on the employees. The suspect then re-entered the mall where police arrested him. The... More>>

A Southeast Kansas Man Is Killed In Crash

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The crash happened at the intersection of U-169 and CR 4800 in Montgomery County, KS south of Cherryvale. Authorities say around 8:45 a.m. on May 11th, 2018, 87-year-old Lawrence Cretcher of Cherryvale was driving east on CR 4800.

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Block22 Restaurants And Coffee Shop Announced Video included

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The wait is over for those wondering what food would be served in Block22. Block22 is a student housing and business space developed through a partnership between Pittsburg State University, the City of Pittsburg and the Vecino Group. It's located at 4th and Broadway and is expected to be finished this summer (2018). Today, officials announced the names of three new restaurants and a local coffee shop that will open inside Block22 this September and October. PSU officials say ea... More>>

Prosecutors Deny Arranging Talk Between Murder Suspect and Victim's Mother

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  Prosecutors responded Friday to a motion by defense attorneys for  Ronnie Busick of Wichita. In the response, prosecutors deny arranging a meeting between Lorene  Bible, the  mother of the missing girl, Lauria Bible and the Kansas man charged  with killing the girl and three others back in 1999.  

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Grilling Safety Tips Video included

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Paul Teverow is working the grill for his friends and family from the United Hebrew Congregation for their annual picnic. "We have hamburgers, veggie burgers, and kosher hot dogs" As he cooks on this gas grill, he makes sure to not leave the grill unattended, which is also recommended by the Joplin Fire Department "Nationwide, every year, there's about 9,000 fires started by grilling accidents. And that can be from anything from people leaving grills unattended, to n... More>>

Fatal Crash Near Oronogo on Highway 96 Video included

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A driver was tested for alcohol after causing a fatal crash today just west of Oronogo on  MO highway 96.  

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Memorial service for fallen law enforcement officers Video included

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Sergeant Vernon Baker was an Oklahoma City police officer for 30 years. During those years, at least four of his fellow officers were killed in the line of duty. "I'd drink coffee with them, we'd partner together" And just like that, everything can change.  "Just to get that call that something's happened, we have an officer down, there's no way I can describe it" After he moved to Delaware County, he noticed there was no organized way of honorin... More>>

Vinita Teen Pleads Guilty to Murder Gets 25 Year Sentence Video included

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A  Vinita, Oklahoma  teen faces twenty five years in prison. 16-year old Koalten Glenn Orr was charged and convicted as an adult in the shooting death of his father's fiancee. 

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After Nearly 80 Years, A World War II Veteran Returns Home

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     A World War II Veteran from Diamond, Missouri is finally returning home after almost 80 years.      Clifford Goodwin was onboard the USS Oklahoma at Pearl Harbor when it was struck by Japanese torpedoes on December 7th, 1941.      Thanks to improvements in forensic technologies...his remains were recently identified and returned to Joplin, tonight.

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Ceremony Honors Outstanding Business Man in Oklahoma

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A leading business owner is honored for their contributions to the community. The first national bank of Vinita held their second annual excellence in business award ceremony tonight. The annual event is held to recognize the economic impact that businesses have in the area.  This year, it was held at the Shangri-La Resort and tonight's winner - was the owner. 

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Pitt Students Talk Post Graduation Jobs Video included

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Friday was a big night for Courtney Blakenship. She sang the National Anthem for Pitt State commencement. And she can concentrate on her singing, since she has work lined up. 

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PSU's Jewett Named MIAA Outdoor Track and Field Coach of the Year Video included

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Jewett was named both the men's and women's MIAA Outdoor Track and Field Coach of the Year. It's the 42nd and 43rd time he's earned coach of the year honors between track and field and cross country. 

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14-Year-Old California Student Taken Into Custody After School Shooting

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The injured student is expected to make a full recovery.

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Critics Weeded Out of Missouri Governor's Jury Pool

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People with negative impressions of Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens are being weeded out of his potential juror pool for a criminal trial.

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Kansas Governor Signs Bill on Law Enforcement Body Cameras

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(AP) - Kansas will make law enforcement body camera footage more accessible to the families of suspects killed by officers and the state will be required to release basic information about child abuse deaths under a new state law. Gov. Jeff Colyer signed a single bill Thursday containing the new policies on child abuse deaths and body camera footage. The changes take effect July 1. He also signed a bill that will increase penalties for political candidates filing late campaign financ... More>>

Missouri GOP Lawmakers Try Again to Block Planned Parenthood Funding

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(AP) - Missouri's Republican-led Legislature is trying again to block funding from going to Planned Parenthood. House Budget Committee Chairman Scott Fitzpatrick on Thursday said the proposed state budget passed by lawmakers this week was crafted to end loopholes that had allowed the organization to access state funding. Lawmakers starting in 2016 opted to forgo some federal funding in an attempt to block Planned Parenthood from getting reimbursements for family planning and other p... More>>

Stand Your Ground Areas Expand to Churches in Oklahoma Video included

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"I'm grateful they're taking these procedures. So I think it'll make churches more aware that aren't aware of what we can do to protect our congregations and I think it'll be very good for the state" says Pastor Raymond Frizzelle from Miami's First Assembly of God. He says his church already has a trained security team. And even though Governor Mary Fallin signed a bill allowing people to use deadly force in places of worship, congregation members still ... More>>

Curtis Signs with Neosho Co. Baseball

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Chase Curtis is a three-sport standout for Pittsburg High School, receiving multiple honors in football, basketball and baseball. 

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Southeast Wins TRL Softball Championship

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The Lancers have claimed their first ever league title after going 19-1 in the Three Rivers League this season. 

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Special Report: Risk On The Rails Video included

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When it comes to a train versus a car, or a person, it's no contest.  In the past year - at least four people have died in our area alone from train accidents. But, in these situations, who, or what, is to blame?  We rode along with a crew from the Missouri and Northern Arkansas Railroad in Joplin.  What we saw at some of the crossings, was alarming.

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Sunny Days Have More Four Staters Thinking About Solar Energy Video included

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Local solar panel installation companies say they're seeing an increase in business.

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Special Report: 4-State Food Deserts Video included

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The USDA defines food deserts as "parts of the country, vapid of fresh fruit, vegetables and other healthful whole foods." According to its Food Desert Map, the town of Arma, KS qualifies. Residents there are looking for a solution. Felisha Larson is not a fan of feeding her kids with food from a gas station. But ever since the Arma Market closed down, filling her kitchen with fresh fruit, vegetables, and other staples of a healthy diet, has become a chore. "That ...

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Student Organizes Blood Drive for Community Service Project Based Learning Video included

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The American Red Cross regularly holds blood drives at businesses and schools. But a drive on  Thursday at the Greenbush Education Service Center was coordinated by a student on a mission.   

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Names Of Cyclists Killed In Southeast Kansas Are Released Video included

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The incident happened on May 8th around 11:00 a.m. in Cherokee County, KS about a mile and a half west of Galena. Two cyclists were traveling west on K66 when a vehicle struck them from behind.  Authorities have identified the two cyclists as 71-year-old Heinz Gerd Buchel and 74-year-old Harry Jung, both of Germany. Highway 66 between Galena and Riverton was closed while crews were on scene. Click here for previous story and video.

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Nevada, MO Man Killed in Multi-Trailer Crash Video included

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A Nevada, MO man is killed in a crash on US 54. The crash happened around 9:40 p.m. on May 9th just east of Dederick in Vernon County, MO. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a Dodge truck was pulling a small horse trailer heading east on US 54 when it became unhooked and traveled into the oncoming lane of traffic. The horse trailer collided head-on with another pickup truck pulling a trailer in the opposite direction, driven by Ronald Hughes. Troopers say the horse trailer f... More>>

Joplin Police Department Among Agencies Without Field Drug Testing Video included

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There are lots of different drug testing kits for officers out in the field.. "A lot of them are an ampoule that contains liquid with a cotton swab or fabric on one end. You break the liquid. Expose it to the substance, basically swab the substance and then you get a color change" says Captain Trevor Duncan from the Joplin Police Department. This old way of testing put officers in more danger than they deem necessary. "In the process of doing that, you have... More>>

Questions Raised About Joplin Council's Process To Fill Vacant Seat Video included

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     Joplin's City Council continues to take applications to fill the seat left vacant by Joshua Bard.      It's following a process established by the city charter.      But not everyone thinks it's the right way to go.

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Newton County Woman is Doubtful Nephew's Drug Arrest Will Make Difference Video included

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We got a look at how some extended family have been impacted by a drug bust today.

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Southwest Mo Mom Shares Tragedy to Warn Other Parents Video included

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Every year children die after being left in hot cars in the summer. For Brittanie Wells, it wasn't an errand to the store or a gas station but a parked car that proved fatal to her two year old child. She hopes to raise awareness of the tragedy to parents. 

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Teen Questioned After Bomb Threat In Neosho, MO Video included

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KOAM and FOX 14 arrived at the Neosho High School shortly before 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9th. Students were outside the building and at least three law enforcement vehicles were on scene. The Neosho Police Department says they were alerted of a bomb threat around 1:30 p.m. Authorities say after arriving, the decision was made to evacuate the students from the building. The Joplin Police Department was called to help with investigation and used K9 units to search the building. ...

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Joplin Man Wanted For Kidnapping Is Arrested After Standoff

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KOAM and FOX 14 receive court documents after a standoff in Joplin leads to the arrest of a man wanted for kidnapping. The Newton County Sheriff's Office requested the Joplin SWAT team to help them serve a warrant for the arrest of 36-year-old Brandon Funkhouser. Shortly after 12:00 p.m. on May 8th, 2018, a two hour standoff began at the Missouri Place Apartments on East 32nd Street in Joplin. Authorities say they used tear gas to help apprehend Funkhouser. He was taken into cus...

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