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Fish Hatchery Upgrade in Neosho Video included

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The pond construction project at the Neosho National Fish Hatchery is scheduled to wrap up before Thanksgiving. And according to the hatchery's manager, it's been a long time coming! 

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Wyandotte Tribal and Municipal Police Run Their First Ever "Turkey Stop" Video included

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When you see a cop car with it's sirens running behind you, it usually makes a driver feel pretty nervous. Just like Brittni.  "I was so nervous, I didn't know what I did wrong. I was just driving around, trying to get the baby to sleep..and I was like oh no!" says Brittni Arnold. "I thought I did something wrong, haha" says Mary Roberts. "I thought i was going to get a ticket or something, not a turkey" says M...

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Suspect Back in Jail After "Daring" Walk Out of Hospital Video included

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Deputies did not expect Dacoda Johnson to defy the odds.

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SHRED-A-PALOOZA

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The Carl Junction Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a big shredding event on Saturday, November 18th.  The event runs from 9:00am to 12:00pm.  For more details click here. How long should you keep records like old tax returns?  The IRS has everything you need to know.  Here's a link for specific IRS GUIDELINES.

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 11-17-17

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BOURBON COUNTY ATTORNEY Bourbon County, Kansas will soon have a new county attorney.  The current attorney, Justin Meeks, is resigning from the position.  He currently is both county attorney and counselor.  He plans to stay on as county counselor, and is looking for a pay raise for the position.  He says taking on the two jobs has been too much. BIKE-PED MEETING The city of Joplin joins with Webb City and Carl Junction to develop a unified bike and pedest...

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Another Bike And Pedestrian Meeting To Unify Trails In The Region

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     Discussions continued this evening on the future of the bicycle paths and pedestrian trails planned for the Joplin, Webb City and Carl Junction areas.

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Hope for the Homeless

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Jocelyn Brisson is the shelter director for Watered Gardens in Joplin. Not long ago, that charity was helping her escape homelessness. 

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Food Shelters Ask For Extra Help In Advance of Thanksgiving Day Video included

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The Carthage Crisis Center has been offering Thanksgiving Day meals for the past 12 years.

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KOAM SURPRISE CREW: TURKEY GIVEAWAY

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Thursdays in November mean the return of the KOAM Surprise Crew.  And now that we're a week away from Thanksgiving, it's time to think about turkey.  Or maybe ham or roast, as we found out there's all kinds of different family traditions that take place during the holidays and the KOAM Surprise Crew wanted to be a part of them.

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 11-16-17

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JASPER COUNTY BUDGET                 The Jasper County Auditor proposes a $17.9 million dollar budget.  The Sheriff’s Department would get an extra $200 thousand more to buy ten new vehicles, body cameras for 40 officers, and give staff a 2% raise to keep salaries competitive.  The budget is based on $16.6 million dollars in projected revenues. OKLAHOMA BUDGET     &n...

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Lawsuit Filed Against The City of Diamond, A Former Police Officer, and the Chief of Police Video included

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     The City of Diamond, Missouri, its Chief of Police, and a former police officer are all subjects of a lawsuit that's been filed by a Newton County man.      The suit was filed yesterday, but it stems from a traffic stop that actually happened 5 years ago. 

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New Treatment Option Available to Some Cancer Patients in Joplin Video included

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A radiation source is delivered through a catheter right to the cancer site.

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Jasper County Proposed Budget for 2018 Boosts Election & Sheriff Funds Video included

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The Jasper County auditor outlined the proposed budget for 2018 at a public hearing this morning.         It’s a seventeen point nine million dollar budget that if approved would bring funding increases to the county clerk and the sheriff.  

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Joplin Redevelopment Corporation Hears Proposal For New Housing Complex

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     The Joplin Redevelopment Committee met tonight to hear about a proposed housing complex on the city's west side.      A project that has something different to offer than most. A few years ago - this vacant lot here was expected to be home of a new senior citizen housing complex. But then...Wallace Bajalli fell apart and so did the proposal.  Now, the Economic Security Corporation is trying to bring it back.

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Inaugural Noel Early Head Start Program Ribbon Cutting Video included

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Catarina is a mother of four, and for the first time as parent, she gets to send her youngest child to an Early Head Start program. "I'm attending school, and with my kids being here and getting an education. I can go take English classes too" says Catarina Torres. This is the first ever Early Head Start program in Noel. A recent assessment showed that it was needed around the area. "That's really what was identified, that zero to three years of age. So the yo... More>>

Pittsburg School Superintendent Announces Retirement-Board President Outlines Search Plan Video included

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The Pittsburg board of education will need to search for a new superintendent of schools.     Destry Brown announced his retirement for the end of the school year at last night’s board meeting. 

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City Green Lights Turning A 'Drive Way' Into East 15th Street

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     A new road project has been green lighted by Joplin City Council.      It involves a road that never was...but is..and will now be real. 1993...Walmart, moved back -- and left this.     A sprawling parking lot, with a 'path' to the new store.     After Eastgate closed, the blacktop became a 'free for all' for drivers.

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Deadline Approaches to Sign Up For Christmas Goods Through the Salvation Army and Wesley House

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Crawford County residents gather at the Wesley House to sign up for their Christmas food baskets and toys. The arrangements take a lot of preparation so it's important to sign up before Friday. You can stop by the Pittsburg Salvation Army from 10AM to Noon and the Wesley House from 1 to 3:30PM. "I know that they're going to be busy so I'm basically here early because i know that if i don't get in now, it's going to be really hard to get in later" says Derrick Small...

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Police Chase Ends and Driver Commits Suicide

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A police chase in Pittsburg ends and a driver then took his own life. 

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Joplin Police & Fire Chiefs Take Battle of the Bells Challenge Video included

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Firefighters and police in Joplin want shoppers to take sides as they challenge each other once again in a battle of the bells.  Firefighters and officers will ring the Salvation Army bells in competition.

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Troop Care Packages Video included

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Webb City firefighters are doing their part to make our overseas military personnel feel more at home. They're doing it by selling hoodies! 

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Hoops Squad Thanks Their Fans

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Thanksgiving came early for residents of the Granby House Nursing Home in Granby, Missouri. The Diamond High School basketball team spent their Sunday afternoon serving a Thanksgiving dinner to the residents.

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Nashville Songwriters Perform at Pitt State to Help Families of Premature Infants Video included

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Barry Dean grew up in Pittsburg, Kansas, and began his career as a songwriter in Nashville, Tennessee. But 17 years ago, his daughter was born prematurely in Joplin and his family stayed at  the Ronald McDonald House. "What's special is that 17 years ago Barry and Jennifer Dean were our guests and we're back now being their guests at this wonderful unique event" says Annette Thurston, the director of the Ronald McDonald House. Dean and three other GRAMMY award winn... More>>

Alba Missouri Communities Band Together to Renovate Empty School Video included

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As you walk through the 110-year-old Alba High School you see empty classrooms and vintage architecture, but Cole Davis from American History Holdings sees his next venture. "He main body of the school is going to be called the Business School of Dreams" says Davis. His school is going to teach anybody that would like to enroll about business and credit and hopefully give something back to the community. "A lot of business has left the communities and so it's creat... More>>

Fun Fundraiser

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College Heights Christian School in Joplin put a fun twist on fundraising Saturday afternoon. The parent teacher fellowship hosted the annual Cougar Carnival. 

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Toddler Dies of Injuries from Alleged Abuse: Suspect Charged Video included

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A Joplin toddler dies from injuries police believe were the result of child abuse. 

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Parade Honors Area Veterans Video included

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It's Veterans Day and hundreds came out to celebrate those who serve and have served our country this morning in Joplin.  Today marked the 30th annual  Joplin Veterans Day parade.   

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Evening of Hope Video included

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Saturday night was the 4th annual Evening of Hope over at Joplin's Watered Gardens. The banquet typically raises around $25,000 for the homeless shelter and charity. 

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  • Suspect Back in Jail After "Daring" Walk Out of Hospital

    Suspect Back in Jail After "Daring" Walk Out of Hospital

    Friday, November 17 2017 6:53 PM EST2017-11-17 23:53:42 GMT

    Deputies did not expect Dacoda Johnson to defy the odds.

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    Deputies did not expect Dacoda Johnson to defy the odds.

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  • Wyandotte Tribal and Municipal Police Run Their First Ever "Turkey Stop"

    Wyandotte Tribal and Municipal Police Run Their First Ever "Turkey Stop"

    Friday, November 17 2017 8:38 PM EST2017-11-18 01:38:32 GMT

    When you see a cop car with it's sirens running behind you, it usually makes a driver feel pretty nervous. Just like Brittni.  "I was so nervous, I didn't know what I did wrong. I was just driving around, trying to get the baby to sleep..and I was like oh no!" says Brittni Arnold. "I thought I did something wrong, haha" says Mary Roberts. "I thought i was going to get a ticket or something, not a turkey" says M...

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    When you see a cop car with it's sirens running behind you, it usually makes a driver feel pretty nervous. Just like Brittni.  "I was so nervous, I didn't know what I did wrong. I was just driving around, trying to get the baby to sleep..and I was like oh no!" says Brittni Arnold. "I thought I did something wrong, haha" says Mary Roberts. "I thought i was going to get a ticket or something, not a turkey" says M...

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  • Southeast KS Sends Three to State Football

    Southeast KS Sends Three to State Football

    Saturday, November 18 2017 12:44 AM EST2017-11-18 05:44:20 GMT

    Frontenac, Colgan and St. Paul are all off to state title games. 

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    Frontenac, Colgan and St. Paul are all off to state title games. 

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