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Local Woman Recalls Meeting Barbara Bush Video included

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Barbara Bush's passing has impacted many people in the country and that includes a longtime Joplin resident who had the opportunity to do Mrs. Bush's hair. Letha DeMier met the former first lady in November of 1998. Mrs. Bush visited Joplin to make a keynote speech at the Freeman Quality in Medicine Award. DeMier received a call requesting that she style Barbara Bush's hair before her speech. While DeMier says it was a little intimidating at first, she says the former first ... More>>

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Happy 107! Video included

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Two very special Neosho County women are approaching an amazing milestone. They're both turning 107 in the coming weeks. 

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Don't Ask for Bongs in this Joplin Store on 4/20...or Any Day...Despite What You See Video included

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"You're outta here."

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Erie High School Students to Host Town Hall Forum Video included

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Although these students are too young to vote, they're plenty old enough to care about issues our country is facing today. "Ever since Parkland happened, the shooting at Park Land. I've always had this mentality, like it can happen here" Erie High School sophomore, Matthew Inman attended the Pittsburg March For Our Lives rally, and one of the leaders encouraged people from all congressional districts to hold town hall meetings, the spirit of activism was contagious. "... More>>

Interim Police Chief Named for Pittsburg Video included

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The City of Pittsburg announces that Major Brent Narges has been appointed the interim police chief.  He'll take over for Mendy Hulvey who announced her retirement last month. Her last day is June 29, 2018. "Brent is a Pittsburg Police Department veteran, who understands our community and will work well with Chief Hulvey, as she transitions into retirement," says City Manager Daron Hall. "He is well-respected by our officers and community, and I appreciate his w... More>>

Carl Junction Man Arrested For Threatening Two People With A Gun

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According to the Jasper County Sheriff's Office, on Wednesday (April 18), deputies were called to 10125 County Lane 273 in Carl Junction. Deputies spoke with two women who were trying to get their dog from their neighbors yard. The women were in the 71-year-old's driveway when the man came out with a pistol threatening to shoot them for trespassing. They say the man continued the threats as they tried to explain why they were there. When a deputy arrived, he approached the man... More>>

Arrest After Shooting In Rural Cherokee County

Arrest After Shooting In Rural Cherokee County

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A Southeast Kansas man is free on bond following a shooting in rural Galena Thursday afternoon.  According to Cherokee County Sheriff's Office deputies were called to residence for woman being shot.  The shooting happened after a verbal argument with a 28 year old male.  Before deputies arrived to the scene the female was taken to a Joplin hospital where she was treat for non-life threatening injuries.   

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 4-20 Video included

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BARD NOT RESIGNING A day after submitting his resignation, newly elected Joplin City Council member Joshua Bard has changed his mind.  Missouri state law states felons are not eligible to be *candidates* for a local or state office.  Joshua Bard pleaded guilty to manufacturing methamphetamine in Newton County in 2005.  Bard says after he talked with Joplin's city attorney, he initially decided the best decision was to submit his resignation from the city council.&nbs... More>>

Neosho School District Still Negotiating Insurance Payouts For Goodman Elementary, Kids Ready To Go Home Video included

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     We've mentioned it this week.      The original amount of insurance money for a new elementary school in Goodman...is about $2 million and change less than what district officials expected. Walking the halls of Goodman Elementary - which isn't Goodman Elementary. Callee Clapp, Goodman Elementary 1st Grader: "The school has lockers..." Lockers - that were built for 7th graders. Since the April 2017 tornado, Goodman Elementary students h... More>>

AmeriCorps Crew Teams With the Eastern Shawnee Tribe Video included

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With every pile of mulch they level, this team helps the Eastern Shawnee tribe get closer to being fully recovered from last year's flood, as well as bringing themselves closer to achieving their own dreams. "I would be a senior right now at the university of Washington, but I didn't have much of a direction. I was hoping that through this program, networking and gaining some sort of guidance" says Paul Goehring, one of the AmeriCorps workers. Paul and the A... More>>

Owner of Building Destroyed By Fire in Pittsburg is Charged With Arson

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The Crawford County Attorney filed charges today (April 18) in a Pittsburg arson case. 64-year-old Grant K. Dahmer is charged with arson. The Fire Chief says he is the owner of the building that he allegedly set fire to. April 12th, 2018: The Pittsburg Police Department says they have arrested one person in connection to the fire at 111 E 10th Street. Fire crews responded to the fire just before 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 7th. The unoccupied commercial building was extensively damag...

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Joplin City Council Member Explains Decision to Not Resign After Felony Video included

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Joplin's city attorney says the City does not do background checks on City Council candidates.

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Carthage School Adds Second Recess with Positive Results Video included

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School is all about learning and teachers are tasked with getting students of all ages prepared for state tests.  Time is often tight but despite that Columbian elementary in Carthage is giving kids a second recess every day. 

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Driver Charged In A Crash That Killed 4, Including MSSU Student

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A truck driver in a crash that killed four people, including a Joplin resident, is charged five months later. The crash happened on November 21st, 2017 outside of Saint Louis, Illinois. Madison County, IL State Attorney Tom Gibbons says 54-year-old Mohamad Y. Jama was driving too fast in a construction zone on Interstate 55 near the community of Hamel when his tractor-trailer slammed into other vehicles that had slowed or stopped. The crash killed 19-year-old Vivan Vu (J... More>>

Columbian Elementary Pilots Second Recess

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Columbian elementary school in Carthage is giving students a second recess each day. It's a pilot program showing promising results. We hear from the principal about what prompted the effort, a teacher about how it's impacting her class and we get feedback from the kids on tonight's news. Lisa Olliges reports.  More>>

Galena, KS Man Dies in Single Vehicle Crash

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The Joplin Police Department responded to a crash this morning (April 19) around 9:50. Authorities say Brian R. Taylor was driving west on Murphy Blvd when he crossed the center of the road, drove off the side and hit an electronic traffic control box on the southwest corner of Murphy Blvd and Connecticut Avenue in Joplin. Taylor was taken to Freeman Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 10:24 a.m. The incident is under investigation, but authorities say it appear...

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 4-19 Video included

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COUNCILMAN RESIGNS A newly elected Joplin City Council member steps down, due to prior drug convictions.  Joshua Bard was charged in 2005 in Newton County for "manufacturing a controlled substance".  Joplin's Mayor Gary Shaw tells us Bard's replacement will be selected by the council.  He says he hopes to start the process very soon. ARSON ARREST State investigators say the fire that destroyed a vacant house on Gum Lane in rural Cherokee County on Tues... More>>

Joplin Putting The Brakes On Downtown Parking Project - Exploring Other Options Video included

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     The City of Joplin is changing gears for downtown parking...and putting the plan on hold for now. These temporary dashes up and down Main Street are about to become more permanent. Taylor Cunningham, City of Joplin: "We're re striping Main Street, it'll stay four lanes ." Back in October, the city was looking at "reverse angle parking" for downtown, which would have reduced Main Street to two lanes and added bike lanes as well. Taylor Cunningham... More>>

Update: Joplin Council Member Rescinds Resignation After Revelations of Drug Convictions Video included

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Newly elected Joplin City Council member Joshua Bard has resigned from council. Bard confirmed to KOAM that his resignation is connected to a drug conviction from 2005.  Mayor Gary Shaw tells us the council will begin accepting applications for a new council member, and that member will be selected by the council. He hopes to address the now vacant seat as early as the next meeting.   

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High Ranking Republican in Missouri Senate Joins List of People Calling for Governor Greitens to Resign or Be Impeached

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"...you guys are experiencing something that has never happened before in the State of Missouri."

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Away for the Day Initiative Pushes Middle School Cellphone Ban Video included

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      An initiative called "Away for the Day" is trying to eliminate cellphones from middle schools   by providing research for parents and teachers  to get schools to ban them. 

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Plans for new "Hope Park" in Joplin Video included

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These new signs are one group's first visible step in their project of bringing east town in Joplin back to life. "One of the things that's very very important is tradition that's already been established here. This is apart of Route 66 and the original Joplin. This is where Joplin started, and there's a lot of pride in this community" says Scott Clayton, from the Dreams Committee and the Joplin area Habitat for Humanity.  The Dreams Committee has plans in the works t... More>>

Carthage Man Sentenced in $1 Million Meth Ring Video included

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A Carthage man who served time for manslaughter is now sentenced for his role in a $1 million meth distribution ring. 27-year-old Jarub Baird is sentenced to 11 years and 10 months in federal prison without parole. Baird plead guilty to one count conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine from January 2014 to November 2016 and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. Baird is among 15 defendants who have been convicted in the case, and the third defendant to be sentenc... More>>

Bourbon County Authorities Offer $10,000 Reward in Fire Case

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The Bourbon County Sheriff's Office is offering a $10,000 reward in connection to a fire at Pearson's Towing in Fort Scott, KS. The fire happened on March 21st, 2018 at Pearson's Tire (1269 Highway 54). Authorities say the Bourbon County Sheriff's Office had 13 seized vehicles there at the time of the fire. Following court proceedings, vehicles seized by the Sheriff's Office during a drug related crime are awarded to the Sheriff's Office by the Court. The Sheriff's Office will a... More>>

Insurance Might Not Cover Cost of Goodman Elementary

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The Neosho School District is unsure insurance money will help pay for the new Goodman Elementary School.  On April 4th, 2017, a tornado destroyed the Goodman Elementary school, which is a part of the Neosho School District.  One year later, a groundbreaking was held where a new school will be built.  Officials told us the new, bigger school will cost $10.7 million to build, but there could be some issues when it comes to paying for it. KOAM/FOX 14 asked the distr... More>>

Joplin Man Charged With Raping A Juvenile Video included

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Joplin Police arrest a suspect wanted for first degree statutory rape against a juvenile. According to court documents, 29-year-old Blaine U. Downum of Joplin spent a day with the juvenile female on or around February 25th, 2018. The juvenile later told someone that Downum had performed oral sex on her as well as had sex with her. On April 16th, 2018, authorities found him at Leonard Park (4th and Turk Ave) in Joplin. Officers say they told him he was under arrest and to put hi... More>>

KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 4-18 Video included

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GOV. GREITENS INVESTIGATION Missouri's Attorney General releases the findings of an investigation led by his office into the Governor's charity called "The Mission Continues".  Attorney General Josh Hawley on Tuesday said his office has determined charitable resources were used for the governor's political gain.  Hawley says his office found evidence of computer tampering by the governor. GOV. COLYER VISIT Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer visited Riverton High s... More>>

Updated: Quarter Million Dollar Fix Needed for MSSU Taylor Theater Video included

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Two safety issues at MSSU'S Taylor Auditorium will cost an estimated $250 thousand dollars to fix. And are creating frustrations for dance studios which had contracted to use the facility for recitals happening in less than a month.   

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Proposed Development in Webb City Draws Complaints Video included

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If they build it, some residents are afraid of what will come.

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Second Degree Murder Case Dismissed in McDonald County, MO

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The court dismisses a case against a woman accused in the death of a foster child. Attorneys had charged Jessica Newhard with second degree murder in the death of 21-month-old Megan McCuller in McDonald County, MO. In 2001, Newhard lived in Rocky Comfort in McDonald County. She and her husband were given custody of Megan. Newhard's husband was the child's uncle. At the time of Megan's injuries, Newhard was the only one with the girl. According to court documents, Newhard called... More>>

Family of 7-Year-Old Hit By Foul Ball Shares Story

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"I'd expect to see him running past everybody in the mall or Walmart in the next six months," says Alicia Hughes, Dawson's mother. KOAM and FOX 14 speaks with the family of 7-year-old Dawson a day after some good news. Doctors say Dawson will survive his injuries. The incident happened on Friday, April 14th. Nick and Alicia Hughes, along with their kids Delaney and Dawson, decided to attend the MSSU baseball game at Joe Becker. Alicia says, "We hadn't been to a...

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Authorities Find Body of a Texas Man Near Coffeyville, KS

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Authorities say they have found the body of a Texas man in Montgomery County, KS. The family of Cory Barnes reported him missing on Saturday morning after he had not come home. He was a Texas resident but was working in Coffeyville, KS. They said he walked out of a Coffeyville downtown business on Friday night around 10:45 p.m. Montgomery County Deputies and Investigators along with the Coffeyville Police Department and Kansas Wildlife and Parks Officers searched for him on Mond...

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 4-17 Video included

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SEK POT BUST Labette County, Kansas authorities seize more than 26 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop.  Authorities say the car, driven by Mark Hunt from Benton County, Arkansas, was pulled over for speeding.  The deputy conducting the traffic stop smelled the pot, and began his search.  Authorities say he found the marijuana and a thousand dollars in cash. CJ ALERT SYSTEM The Carl Junction Police is introducing a new notification system to the city. ...

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Joplin Council Passes 2018 CDBG Funding Action Plan

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    The City of Joplin approves the 2018 action plan for CDBG funding for the city.     But CDBG-DR funding is up in mid 2019. Since the 2011 tornado, we've all heard the term "CDBG" countless times, but many don't know, is there's a CDBG-DR, which is different. The CDBG, or, Community Development Block Grant, has been around for years - and years before the tornado. Thomas Walters, Community Development Planner: "The City of Joplin, we're calle... More>>

Eight Gunshots Fired at Joplin Home With Children

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"We don't know why this house was targeted or not targeted."

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Update On 7-Year-Old Hit By A Foul Ball at Joe Becker Video included

Prayers 4 Dawson Prayers 4 Dawson
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Doctors say Dawson will survive and continues to recover after brain surgery. Dawson, 7-years-old, was at a Missouri Southern State University baseball game at Joe Becker Stadium in Joplin with his family when he was hit hard in the eye by a foul ball on Friday night (April 14). He was taken to a local hospital and then transported to Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 4-16 Video included

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OKLAHOMA SHOOTING DEATH Authorities identify the victim of a possible homicide in northeast Oklahoma.  The victim is 52-year old Miles Rentfrow.  Preliminary results from the Oklahoma Medical Examiners Office point to a gunshot wound to the sternum as the cause of death.  No arrests have been made at this time. CATHOLIC CHARITIES WALK The PSU Newman Club hosted its annual walk for Catholic Charities in Southeast Kansas" on Saturday.  Donations made by ... More>>

Traffic Stop Leads to Pot Bust

Traffic Stop Leads to Pot Bust Video included

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Early Monday morning Labette County Sheriff's Department stop a vehicle to discover a large amount of marijuana.  Deputies stopped the vehicle for speeding near Udall Road on Highway 400 east of Parsons.   During the stop, Deputy Charles Brown smelled a strong odor of marijuana from the vehicle. While searching 26 pounds of pot and $3,112 in cash was found.  A man from Grove Rogers, AR is under arrest on drug charges.  More details should be releas... More>>

Joplin Remembers Thomas Gilyard Video included

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Joplin residents scoop soil from the ground where Thomas Gilyard, a 20-year-old black man was hung to his death 115 years ago. He was accused of killing a cop, and drug out of jail by several hundred men. After his lynching, the mob raided Joplin's black district, burning homes, firing guns and threatening the residents. "This soil, it tell the story not only of the death and the lynching of Mr. Gilyard, but this community's commitment to telling the truth about that a... More>>

Dozens Attend Suicide Prevention Workshop In Joplin Video included

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Community members gather for a workshop designed to fight against teen suicide. The Central Christian Center hosted the event in light of the unusually high number teen suicides that has hit the Joplin area. The workshop featured a panel of psychology and education experts who addressed how parents could help prevent their children from taking their own lives. One of the key points of the event was the need for mothers and fathers to engage in an open relationship with their... More>>

Community Mourns Death of Baxter Springs Dentist Tony Greenwood Video included

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A longtime dentist in Baxter Springs has passed away. Anthony Greenwood,  known to many  as Tony died from heart complications Saturday.  

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7 Year Old Hit by Foul Ball Undergoes Brain Surgery

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A 7 year old  boy is recovering from brain surgery after being hit by a foul ball.  

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Joplin Man Dies from Injuries in House Fire

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A Joplin businessman died  from injuries suffered in a fire at his home that may have been caused by a lightning strike.   

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Victim Identified in Possible Peoria Oklahoma Homicide

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Authorities identified the victim of a possible homicide in Northeast, Oklahoma as 52-year old Miles Rentfrow.  

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Twin Veterans Celebrate their 92nd Birthday Video included

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Twin brothers, Louie and Johnie Baima celebrate their 92nd birthday together. The two men have been inseparable since birth in Dunkirk, Kansas and that proved to be true all through their lives, including going to war. That was despite a government policy against sending siblings to fight at the same time.  "We told them, if you don't leave us together, we can save the government a lot of money and they said "What do you mean?" (I said) you see that...

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Eagle Scout Honored By Baxter Springs Historical Society

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    The Baxter Springs Historical Society's Park Day was more than a cleanup...honoring an Eagle Scout for his hard work at the Fort Blair Historical Site.     Vance Asquith was presented with a plaque for building a sidewalk path and entry columns to welcome visitors to the park.     The presentation was at  a park day event - which gets area volunteers together to help clean up the Fort Blair site and perform minor maintenance.... More>>

OSBI Aiding Ottawa County Sheriff's Office in Possible Homicide Investigation in Peoria Video included

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Northeast Oklahoma agencies investigate a possible homicide after a man is found covered in blood.  The Ottawa County Sheriff's Office asked for help in the case from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. Deputies were called to a home at 43 East 1st in Peoria, Oklahoma Friday around 5:00pm,  by a woman dialing 911.  The female reported a man was covered in blood at the residence but then disconnected.  Deputies found the man unresponsive... More>>

Fugitive Friday in Cherokee County Video included

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For about a year now, the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office has been using social media and help from the public to catch crooks! Fugitive Friday has become a weekly tradition on the sheriff's office Facebook page and Twitter account.

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Severe Weather Preparation Tips

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These Neosho kids seem to be having a blast in their gymnasium, the same site that could be a life saver during severe weather. Principal Lee Woodward from South Elementary School makes sure the facility is up to FEMA's standard year round, but explains the importance of checking up on the facility this time of year. "We have a official document for our FEMA community safe room. That we can review, we can touch base and make sure everybody's phone numbers are up to da... More>>

Latest: Greitens Hearing

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GOP senator to Trump: Ask Greitens to resign Posted: Apr 12, 2018 9:35 AM CDT Updated: Apr 12, 2018 7:04 PM CDT JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Latest on Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (all times local): 6:55 p.m. Missouri Republican Sen. Rob Schaaf has asked President Donald Trump to call on Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens to resign. The longtime Greitens critic wrote in a letter dated Thursday that he doesn't think Greitens will resign, no matter who asks him to step down. Several...

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Frontenac Man Charged With Theft and Possession

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The Crawford County Prosecutor's Office files charges against a Frontenac man. On April 4th, Crawford County Sheriff Deputies were called out to the Cherokee Little League Baseball Park in Cherokee, Kansas for a burglary and theft. Staff told authorities that someone forced entry into a storage building and that about 300 feet of copper wire was stolen. During the investigation, Deputies determined that a person had taken the wire and sold it to Advantage Metals, a recycling/scr...

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Security Concerns Raised Over State of Kansas Website

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A user says they accidentally entered the wrong PIN while trying to renew their vehicle registration and brought up someone else's information.

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Missouri House Democrats Want Immediate Impeachment Process of Gov. Greitens

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Democrats say they want to begin the process immediately instead of waiting until the end of the Legislature's annual session.

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1717 Marketplace TIF District Update, First Amendment On The Table Video included

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    The Joplin TIF commission held a meeting tonight to discuss the status of the three existing TIF districts - and an amendment for the 1717 Marketplace TIF. In November - City Finance Director Leslie Haase approached the council about a serious issue. 15th Street from Range Line to the Walmart entrance. A quick recap - the original 1717 Marketplace developer was supposed to develop this stretch of road, they went bankrupt, and the TIF district properties were sold off - t... More>>

As the Oklahoma teacher walkout ends, Quapaw Public Schools educators reflect on their time at the Capitol Video included

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Laura and her colleagues from Quapaw Public Schools gather before an evening of picketing. Some of the same educators she has been banding together with throughout the walkout. "We went multiple days, and every day was energizing, it was positive, we were excited" says Laura Heffley, the librarian at Quapaw Elementary School. The group began their three and a half hour drive to the capitol around 5:30 every morning and wouldn't get back until around 10 at night &quo... More>>

Thomas Jefferson Celebrates 25th Anniversary with Visit from International Author and Historian Video included

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History is a subject some students might consider boring  but today at Thomas Jefferson Independent Day school, high school students heard from an international historian with a unique approach to showing them how relevant it can be. 

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Oklahoma Teachers' Union Calls for End to Strike Video included

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BC-US--Teacher Protests-Momentum-The Latest The Latest: Oklahoma teachers' union calls for end to strike OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Latest on teacher protests in conservative-led states (all times local): 4:40 p.m. The head of Oklahoma's largest teachers union is calling for an end to a teacher walkout that has shuttered schools for nine days after Republican leaders said they will not provide any more new revenue for public schools. Oklahoma Education Association President... More>>

New "Bail-Out Tool" for Joplin Fire Department Offers Quicker Escape From Fires Video included

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"It has to withstand 400 degrees for five minutes with a 700 pound load on it."

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Arrest Made In Connection With Pittsburg Fire Video included

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The Pittsburg Police Department says they have arrested one person in connection to the fire at 111 E 10th Street. Fire crews responded to the fire just before 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 7th. The unoccupied commercial building was extensively damaged inside. The State Fire Marshal was called to investigate. On Wednesday, April 11th, a 64-year-old man was arrested. Authorities are requesting a charge of incendiary arson. The Pittsburg Police and Fire Departments assisted with ... More>>

KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 4-12 Video included

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GREITENS REPORT The Missouri Governor says he's the victim of a political witch-hunt.  The report relates to Greitens’ affair in 2015, and allegations that he tried to blackmail into silence the woman involved by threatening to release partially nude photos of her.  Last month a special house legislative committee launched its own investigation, a potential precursor to impeachment proceedings.  Their report released on Wednesday shows they believe the woman is... More>>

MSSU Facing Challenges Amid Funding Cuts

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     Missouri Southern is fighting funding shortfalls despite near-record enrollment numbers.      The culprit...ongoing cuts to higher education in the state. Missouri Southern President Alan Marble testified before the House Appropriations Committee in January.

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Examining Oklahoma Murder Charges

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Tony Rutherford says he was firing at somebody he thought was stealing a family vehicle, and his attorney says the circumstances surrounding the shooting do not constitute a crime.

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Kansas Posts Mugshots Of People Who Owe Back Child Support

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Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer is starting a new program intended to increase child support collections for Kansas families. The Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) unveiled its new Child Support Evaders website. The web page features the mugshots of dozens of individuals who owe an excess of $5,000 in child support payments. The web page also includes the number of children for whom the support is court ordered and the total amount owed. The purpose of the site is to ...

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Murder Charges Could Hinder Water Park's Debt Repayment

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The criminal indictments stem from the decapitation of a 10-year-old boy on a slide at a Kansas water park.

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Special Committee Releases Report on Missouri Governor's Affair and Alleged Blackmail Video included

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The investigation and report is a potential precursor to impeachment proceedings.

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Honoring 911 Dispatchers As JASCO Emergency Services is Short Staffed Video included

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  This week is National Public Safety and 9-1-1 Telecommunicators Week.      Few people truly understand how stressful a dispatcher's job can be.  and the lifesaving difference they can make. 

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Joplin Chamber Names Interim President

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The Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has appointed Mark Turnbull as Interim President. Rob O'Brian recently resigned as Chamber President after serving for 23 years.  On March 23rd, O'Brian announced his candidacy for the Sate Senate District 32 seat being vacated because of term-limits by Ron Richard.  In a note from Chairman Brandon Davis, he says they wish O'Brian well in his new endeavor and thank him for his leadership. The Chamber Board of ... More>>

Cherokee County Schools Lockdown After Reported Threat

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A 19-year-old is arrested on suspicion of aggravated criminal threat. The FBI contacted the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office today (April 11) concerning a potentially violent act occurring at an area school.  Authorities reviewed the documents provided by the FBI, along with online content allegedly posted and shared by the 19-year-old.  The man was found at his Cherokee County home and arrested. Cherokee County schools and law enforcement throughout the county impleme... More>>

Pittsburg Man Enters Plea and Is Found Guilty of Murder

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A Pittsburg man accused of killing his uncle and grandmother pleads no contest and is found guilty. 87-year-old Betty McNabb and her son 65-year-old Kenneth McNabb, both of Pleasanton, KS, were reported missing in November of 2016. The KBI investigated their home in Linn County where they suspected foul play. Following a four-day investigation, two bodies were found buried on a rural property west of Pittsburg. They were identified as Betty and Kenneth. The owner of of that pro... More>>

Body Found In Grand Lake

Update: Body Found In Grand Lake

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A Grand Lake resident finds a body while walking dogs Tuesday afternoon.  Authorities responded to 26000 block of South 585 Road about 1/2 mile southeast of Grove, Oklahoma.   The Grand Lake Dam Authority reported the death as suspicious and requested assistance 

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Delaware County Father Charged In Son's Death

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A Delaware County man is charged with murder of his teenage son.  On Tuesday, Delaware County Attorney Kenny Wright filed charges of 1st degree murder on Tony Rutherford. According to the criminal complaint Rutherford "unlawfully and with malice aforethought causing the death of another human being."  On April 7, 2018 deputies responded to a shooting at 18945 E. 420 Road in Jay, Oklahoma according to court documents.   Officials were told by the teenage boy's ...

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 4-11

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WEBSITE SHUT DOWN BACKPAGE.COM can no longer be accessed.  The FBI shut down the website.  The law enforcement agency says the site was best known for selling sex.  It's also been reported, since Backpage was founded in 2004, it's earned $500-Million in revenue from prostitution. TAR CREEK AUDIT Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter reverses course and releases a 2011 state audit into the cleanup of the tar creek superfund site in Northeastern Oklahoma that sugg... More>>

National Equal Pay Day Finds Women Still Earning Less in MO Video included

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      National Equal Pay Day Finds Women Still Earning Less in MO      In Missouri on average women earn 78-cents to every dollar earned by men. The gender wage gap according to the  Women's Foundation using data from the University of Missouri Institute of Public Policy is at 78 cents on the dollar statewide.  

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Local Missouri Communities Named Opportunity Zones

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Governor Eric Greitens and Senator Roy Blunt announce 161 locations now considered Opportunity Zones. The new Opportunity Zones in Missouri were determined by the state.  Officials say these areas will see added incentives for investment thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.  "We've already seen jobs coming back to Missouri as a result of strong conservative reforms. Now I'm proud to share that, because of tax reform, we have a new tool to bring businesses ... More>>

Oklahoma Attorney General Releases Tar Creek Audits, Additionally Faces New Lawsuit Video included

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The Oklahoma Attorney General has released the Tar Creek audits and investigative files yesterday.  And one non-profit watch dog group is filing a lawsuit. The Campaign for Accountability says they're encouraged by Attorney General Mike Hunter's releasing the audits of the work of the Lead Impacted Communities Relocation Trust at Tar Creek. However the CFA filed an open records request and want to see communications like emails and phone conversations between th...

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Local Officials Praise Closure of Adult Classified Website Video included

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Officials allege Backpage.com earned $500 million in revenue from prostitution since it was founded in 2004.

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National Drug Take Back Day - April 28

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Area law enforcement agencies will participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. https://takebackday.dea.gov/ The DEA's National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is an effort to address the public safety and health issue of abused prescription drugs. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs. That abuse could lead to addiction and overdose deaths. In October of 2017, nearly 5,000 la...

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 4-10

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NEW JOPLIN MAYOR The city of Joplin has a new mayor.. Who's no stranger to the position.  Council members approved Gary Shaw for the position last night.  He's beginning his 5th term on the council.  He's also a former Joplin mayor.. Holding the title for one term before the 2011 tornado. KANSAS EDUCATION FUNDING Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer was expected to sign a bill passed by the house and senate this weekend for education funding.  However, an error was ... More>>

An Error Sends The Kansas Education Bill Back - How The Correct Version Could Impact SEK Schools Video included

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First - the error - totaling nearly $80 million *less* in funding for schools statewide. Here's what happened. The bill was passed, but with a substitute by the senate. Unfortunately, that substitute had an error which was included in the bill that was formally passed by both sides. So, many districts were only seeing half of the increase in funding expected - like Pittsburg, for example - expecting an increase of around $940,000 in funding, In the error, the district would have ...

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Afton and Turkey Creek Schools still in session, despite the Oklahoma teacher walkout Video included

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Kids are still learning, eating and playing here at the Afton Public Schools, but keeping school in session could be more important for kid's trying to graduate, Like Cindy Saylor's son who's a senior at the high school. "We're filling out scholarships. We've got deadlines for scholarships and in order to get those scholarships, you've got deadlines to meet or your final GPA. And if school is extended, that final GPA is not gonna be ready. So that could cost them more i... More>>

Family Speaks Out as JPD Investigates Assault on Juvenile Video included

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Joplin Police are searching for a suspect who allegedly assaulted a young girl in Joplin. Authorities say the incident happened the night of April 6th.  Police were contacted around midnight about a man that entered a home in the 2100 block of South Alabama.  It was reported that a juvenile female woke up and found the suspect in her room.  Police were told that the suspect physically assaulted and injured the girl before leaving the home on foot. The fa...

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Fire Marshal Investigates Pittsburg Fire

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The Kansas State Fire Marshal is investigating what caused a fire at 111 E. 10th Street in Pittsburg. Pittsburg Fire Department crews responded to the fire just before 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 7th.  Firefighters say they arrived to find heavy smoke and fire venting through the roof.  The 1 1/2 story commercial building was unoccupied. Police checked the residence next door to get people out, but no one was home.  Police did find a dog and got it out. ... More>>

A Southwest Missouri Woman Dies From Crash Injuries

A Southwest Missouri Woman Dies From Crash Injuries

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A Reeds, Missouri woman has died from her injuries following a car crash last week. According to Joplin Police Department last Thursday evening officers responded to I-44 Eastbound mile marker 12.8 for a single vehicle crash.   A 1998 Hyundai Accent driven by 33 year old Frances Wallace left the road, rolled several times, and landing in heavy brush.  Wallace was taken to a local hospital with life threatening injuries.   On Saturday, April 7, 2018 Wallace di...

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 4-9 Video included

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KANSAS SCHOOL FUNDING Kansas lawmakers pass a school funding bill hoping to meet a court mandate.  Legislators approved the $534 Million dollar increase to education funding early Sunday morning.  The plan passed the Senate 21 to 19, and got House approval.  Included in the education bill is $10 Million for a pilot program to team up schools and community mental health centers to treat at-risk students. UNSAFE PITTSBURG BUILDING The city of Pittsburg is working... More>>

13-Year-Old Boy Dead After Weekend Shooting Video included

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The Delaware County Sheriff's Department responded to a call reporting a shooting on this rural Jay, Oklahoma property at 1:43 Saturday morning. When deputies got there, they found a 13-year-old boy dead inside a pickup truck. That's when they called in the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. "During our investigation, we determined that neighbors out in that area saw some suspicious activity at a nearby vacant home. They called the homeowners parents who lived near by. The... More>>

Pittsburg Closes Street Section Because Of "Unsafe Building" Video included

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The city of Pittsburg has closed off a section of 5th Street between Broadway and Pine because of an "unsafe building." The city received a call on Friday from a nearby business about this building at 113 West 5th street. Building safety officials reported that the structure had moved since its last inspection in 20-17. The Pittsburg City Manager Daron Hall says they're currently trying to work out a deal with the owner to get the building demolished....

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Kansas Legislature Sends Education Funding Bill to Governor

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Working late into Saturday night and early Sunday morning, Kansas lawmakers finally passed an education funding bill it hopes meets the requirements of a Supreme Court mandate to boost spending on public schools. The final day of debate took place with teachers rallying at the capitol. Republican Governor Jeff Colyer publicly endorsed the bill that would phase in a $534 million increase in education funding over five years. 

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Delaware Co. Father Arrested in Shooting Death of 13 year Old Son

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The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is helping with a fatal shooting in Delaware County. A father is being held on a murder complaint in the fatal shooting of his 13-year old son who was driving what the father thought was a stolen truck.  

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Abandoned Building Burns in Pittsburg Video included

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 Firefighters are  working to put out flames at an abandoned building  on 10th, between Locust and Broadway  in Pittsburg. The fire was full engulfed around 8 this evening. 

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Pink Bowling for Breast Cancer

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In Joplin. They were bowling to help those with breast cancer.     Bowling and a silent auction were all  part of the second annual "Pink Ribbon Bowl" - organized by breast cancer survivor, Sandy Hicks.     The event raised money to help pay for tattoos for women, to cover scars from breast cancer.     Hicks says - it's a way to help women cope with the changes breast cancer brings to their lives. Sandy Hicks, Breast Cancer ... More>>

Women Taking Self Defense Courses In Joplin Amid Rising Violent Crime Rates Video included

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    Joplin women are taking up self defense classes to keep themselves safe, among increasing violent crime rates...     Last month, the Joplin Police Department released crime statistics for 2017 - and in them, a 12% increase in local violent crime.     That category includes, assault, homicide, sexual assault, and robbery.

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Joplin Police Search for Assault Subject Video included

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Joplin police are hunting a suspect after a man entered a home in the 2100 block of South Alabama just after midnight Saturday morning and physically assaulted a juvenile female.  

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Some Afton Residents See a Spike in Their Utility Bills Video included

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"There's no way it's 500 dollars" Cheryl Gregory was shocked when she got her gas, water, trash and sewer bill saying she owed 535 dollars for the month, about five times more than her usual bill. "So I had been paying 70 to 90 dollars and then they're saying on top of that, they're saying it's another 200 and something" She called the city hall and they said she has been under billed for the two years she's lived in Afton.   "They said...

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Former Police Chief Speaks About Her Arrest by Local Sheriff's Office Video included

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We sat down with former police chief about why she wouldn't let local officials arrest her husband.

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Pittsburg Street Closed Due to Unsafe Structure

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The City of Pittsburg has closed part of West 5th Street, between Pine and Broadway Street downtown.  Officials say they received a call about an unsafe structure at 113 W. 5th Street.  They say building safety officials responded to the complaint and verified that the building had moved since last inspection.  The City is speaking with the property owner about demolishing the building.  Officials decided to close the portion of the street near it due to heavy wind... More>>

Baxter Springs Officer Returns to Full Duty

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The Baxter Springs Police Department welcomes Officer Jimmy Hamilton back to full duty today (April 6,2018). Hamilton was severely injured on September 30th, 2017. Hamilton and two other Baxter Springs officers responded to a call on West 11th Street. The suspect, Harvey Raymond Ortberg, set fire to a woman, Sharon Horn, and officers Jimmy Hamilton and Justin Butler. Officer Darryl Nadeau was injured trying to put out the fires. Horn later died. Hamilton was sent to a burn unit ... More>>

Case Dismissed Against Carthage Assault Suspect Video included

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The prosecution has dropped charges against one of two suspects in a Carthage assault case. On January 9th, 2018, Carthage police responded to 1142 S. River St. for two people who had been shot.  Authorities say the shooting was a result of a drug deal. According to court documents, two males, one a 16-year-old, were at a home for an alleged drug deal when police say a male walked into the room where they all were and stated "You have to give me everything you have&q... More>>

Case Dismissed Against Suspect in Murder Case Video included

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The prosecutor's office has dropped charges against one of two suspects in a Christmas Eve murder in Joplin. Police say on December 24th, 2017, Artilius Jordan went into an apartment on South Byers in Joplin and confronted Harris, believing Sean Harris was having an affair with his girlfriend. Police say the other suspect, Moses Ramsey, encouraged Jordan to shoot Harris, which he allegedly did. Harris died at the hospital. The prosecution says due to lack of evidence against Mo... More>>

Suspect Charged in Nevada, MO Drug Bust

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A Nevada, Missouri man is arrested and charged after authorities execute a search warrant. On Wednesday, April 4th, Nevada Police searched a home in the 1600 block of North Main Street after reports of illegal drug activity.  Authorities say when they served the search warrant, several people were at the home including the man reportedly involved in the illegal drug activity. During the search of the home, police found illegal drugs (suspected methamphetamine, marijuana, sy... More>>

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VADEN MOTION DENIED A Jasper County judge denies a motion to suppress a statement in the trial of the man accused of killing a three-year-old Carl Junction girl.  Jalen Vaden appeared in court on Monday,  claiming a  statement he gave to police without an attorney present should be inadmissible.  After reviewing audio and video recordings Judge David Mouton finds Vaden was read his "Miranda Rights" and did not invoke his right to counsel. KENDALL PAC... More>>

With Freezing Temps, Plants/Veggies Could Be In Danger...Some Tips to Keep Them Safe Video included

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     Mother Nature is going to change things for us soon.      A *major* cold-snap is on the way...not to mention the possibility of freezing rain and snow. Scott Leeper picks through the potatoes at Van Becelaere's Greenhouse and Feed Store in Pittsburg. Scott Leeper: "Potatoes and onions, and that's about, that's the cold weather part of the season here I'll get ready for." He's got to pick the right ones to plant, because, potatoes...

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Columbus PRIDE Creates Planter Box Program Video included

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"It's good for your health, good for your brain, keeps you active, gives you something to do. Good for your body, good for your soul." Cherokee County resident, Kimberly Archie explains the benefits of growing fresh vegetables, soon to become more accessible for Columbus residents dealing with limitations. "We started a new community garden here in town. But we realize some people may not be able to utilize due to transportation issues, or health issues" says Dal... More>>

Joplin Police Looking for Man Connected to Satellite TV Incidents Video included

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"...the associations he's showing that are inaccurate based on what the company is saying."

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Murder Suspect Bound Over for Trial

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Artilius Jordan, of Joplin, will stand trail for the Christmas Eve murder of Sean Harris. Police say on December 24th, 2017, Jordan went into an apartment on South Byers in Joplin and confronted Harris, believing Harris was having an affair with his girlfriend. Police say the other murder suspect, Moses Ramsey, encouraged Jordan to shoot Harris, which he allegedly did. Harris died at the hospital. Jordan appeared in court today (April 5, 2018) and is scheduled to be back in cour... More>>

Joplin Man to Stand Trial for Child Abuse Video included

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A former Newton County Sheriff's Deputy will stand trial for child abuse. Investigators say Kenneth Rush, of Joplin, caused several injuries to a child that lead to bleeding on the brain and a seizure on December 19th, 2017. According to court documents, the child was taken to the hospital where the injuries were discovered. The child was then flown to Children's Mercy in Kansas City, where other injuries were found. Authorities say that throughout the investigation, Rush acknowled... More>>

Galena Residents Invited to KS Bill Signing

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Kansas already has a state flower, mammal, tree and insect and soon that list will be longer.  Governor Jeff Colyer will be signing a bill naming limestone as the official state rock and the channel catfish as the official state fish. But that's not all! The new state mineral will be galena.  According to the Office of the State Treasurer, the presence of galena, which is the natural mineral form of lead sulfide, was abundant in extreme southeast Kansas.  It's ...

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New Joplin Early Childhood Center Offers Special Services and Space for Growth Video included

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An open house lets the public see inside Joplin’s new Early Childhood Center. The school district held a ribbon cutting this afternoon for the center located on South McClelland just north of Irving elementary. 

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Vaden's Confession Will Be Allowed in Court Video included

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Judge David Mouton overrules a motion to suppress a statement made by Jalen Vaden. The 23-year-old is the suspect in the death of 3-year-old Jayda Kyle of Carl Junction, MO in November of 2017. Vaden is charged with second degree murder and abuse or neglect resulting in death. The defense claims that following his arrest, Vaden asked "Is Judd Here?" Judd McPherson is the child's maternal grandfather, and a lawyer. The court heard arguments and looked at evidence at a h... More>>

KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 4-5 Video included

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TEACHER WALKOUT Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin is speaking out, as teachers continue their march on the state capitol demanding more funding for schools.  The governor said the teachers are like "a teenage kid that wants a better car".  KOAM news has learned, as the walkout continues, all of the school districts in Ottawa County, Oklahoma will be closed for the remainder of the week. GOODMAN ELEMENTARY GROUNDBREAKING The first anniversary of the Goodman torn... More>>

Fear Over Potential Soybean Tariffs Drive Prices Down, Worry Farmers

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China threatens to put tariffs on $50 billion worth of American imports including soybeans.     News of the possible tariffs reached the US early this morning sending the price of soybeans down. John Hutto, Hutto Grain and Livestock: "Virtually all of our soybeans that we grow, are exported, so anything that affects that market, affects us tremendously." The impact of fear is being felt by John Hutto and other farmers nationwide. Early Wednesday mor... More>>

The Green Way Outdoors Crew Make Their Way to the Fourstates Video included

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The Wyandotte Tribe is hosting the Green Way Outdoors crew from the Pursuit Channel as they film two episodes on fishing for paddle fish in the Wyandotte area. The full episodes will air in four to six weeks, we got to hangout with the crew as they filmed. Reeling in a 40 pound paddle fish, is no easy task..but the concept of the Green Way Outdoors, is relatively simple. "Every episode is about a specific tactic for a specific be it hunting or fishing. We talk about t...

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Three New Joplin City Council Members-Elect Discuss Challenges Ahead Video included

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"I think a lot of small businesses hesitate to build in Joplin."

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Traffic Alert for the Neosho City Wide Yard Sale

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A huge event this weekend means some changes for drivers in Neosho, MO. The 30th Annual City Wide Yard Sale is April 6th & 7th, 2018.  It's hosted by the Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce.  This year's slogan is "30 Years and We Still Have Junk for Your Trunk".  City officials say more than 400 families typically hold garage sales during the event, meaning lots of fun, but also some traffic changes.

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