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Nicholas Godejohn in court, Nov. 13, 2018, Springfield, Mo. Nicholas Godejohn in court, Nov. 13, 2018, Springfield, Mo.

Trial underway for murder of Gypsy Blanchard's mother in Missouri

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The trial of a man accused of murdering the mother of his girlfriend is underway in Springfield, Missouri. Tuesday, November 13th, 2018, a jury watched compelling evidence in the trial of 29-year-old Nicholas Godejohn - his 2015 confession. "The truth is... Ok I'll admit it. I did actually stab her," says Godejohn in the interrogation footage. The confession is just a fraction of the hour and a half long interrogation footage watched by all twelve jurors and the defendant... More>>

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Kidnapping investigated in southwest Missouri, one arrested

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The Barton County Sheriff's Office releases information about a kidnapping case. Authorities have arrested a Lamar, Missouri man for kidnapping and resisting arrest. A 46-year-old woman told authorities that she had been tied up and bound by duct tape and nylon rope at her home off "A" Highway in Barton County.

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 11-14 Video included

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Testimony has begun in the trial of James Henneha of Joplin who is accused of murdering Tonya Crawford.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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Joplin Woman Hit By A Car After Wreck Video included

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A Joplin woman is in the hospital after being struck by a car. It happened around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday morning near the intersection of North Schifferdecker Avenue and Zora. 18-year-old Hailey Robinson was heading north on Schifferdecker when her vehicle left the road and overturned. After she got out of her car she was hit by a separate vehicle. Robinson was taken to the hospital with moderate injuries.

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Henneha Murder Trial Begins In Joplin Video included

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After a morning of jury selection, the first degree murder trial of James Henneha was underway in Joplin Tuesday. Henneha is accused in the strangulation death of 38-year-old Tonya Crawford back in 2016.  

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MSSU Celebrates opening of Lion Co-op Video included

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A new program at Missouri Southern is focused on providing a source of food for students who are "food insecure".  A big day for MSSU.. appropriately.. marked by the cutting of green and gold. All to mark the beginning of a program dubbed "the Lion Co-op."  Andrea Cullers, Kinesiology Professor:"It's kind of like a grocery store. They can take what they need, and then come back a few days later and take more of what they need." Chris Lynn is... More>>

Stained Glass Window Both Memorial and Mission Video included

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Freeman Health System unveils its final window of inspiration.        .

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Treasurer Eric Schmitt will become Missouri attorney general

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Republican Gov. Mike Parson has named state Treasurer Eric Schmitt to replace Sen.-elect as Missouri's attorney general. Parson appointed the 43-year-old Republican on Tuesday. The attorney general's seat will be open once Hawley joins the U.S. Senate in January. Hawley unseated Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill in last week's election. Voters elected Schmitt as treasurer by wide margins in 2016. He previously served as a state senator representing suburba... More>>

#1 East Mississippi, #2 Garden City to Meet in NJCAA National Championship in Pittsburg

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Garden City is led by head coach Jeff Sims, who will take over as the head coach at Missouri Southern following the national championship game. 

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Snow Producing Another Traffic Hazard Video included

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    When it comes to saving money, energy efficiency is one of the first things on the list.  But that conversion for traffic signals...has an unexpected, winter side effect.  About ten years ago the City of Joplin joined the trend of replacing the old-style incandescent traffic lights with LED's. David Hertzberg, Joplin Public Works Director: "The LED lights save 80% of the energy and they're a good sustainable and safe system."     E... More>>

Department of Transportation Officials Tackle the Elements

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Area road crews are working around the clock to keep roads safe. Both the Missouri and Kansas Department of Transportation began working on roads before the wintry weather began. Crews are putting down salt and in some places, a salt and sand mixture. MODOT says this snow is easy to plow, but issues of re-freezing overnight are a concern.   "The ground temperatures, they're right there at freezing mark, so that's why everything is kinda building slush. It's making ... More>>

Joplin Man Reunites with Long-Lost Guitar After 35 Years Video included

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As Cal Denison runs his fingers over the chords of his once-lost 72' Gretsch Tennessean guitar, he can't help but marvel at all that its been through. "The kids would sit on my lap and play it when they were little, and I played it with different bands and stuff and some of those people aren't around anymore. There's just so many things tied to that guitar, so many memories. It's hard to describe," said Denison. His parents bought him the guitar for his 17th birthday, ... More>>

Missouri authorities search for suspect vehicle in high-speed chase

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Authorities search for a vehicle involved in a high-speed chase through Lamar, Missouri. It happened on November 12th, 2018, around 7:40 a.m. The deputy first saw the vehicle near O Highway and 160 west of Lamar. The deputy then saw the vehicle travel east on 160 until it reached the substation by Barton County Electric where it then turned and went back west on 160 highway. Authorities say the vehicle continued until it turned at a residential driveway (before J Highway)... More>>

Pittsburg Fire Department shares home heating safety tips

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The cold weather has finally arrived, which means residents will be turning up their thermostats and using home heating devices to stay warm. During the cold-weather months, it is especially important to make sure homes are heated safely. According to the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA), half of home heating fires occur in the months of December, January and February. To help keep residents safe this season, the Pittsburg Fire Department is sharing some essential hom... More>>

Joplin Museum Exhibit Features WWI Collection and Local History

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Veterans of World War I and what they endured are part of   an exhibit  at the Joplin mineral museum.  

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Local Veteran Encourages More Support for Those Battling PTSD

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Air Force veteran Larry Stevicks found his calling as Commander for Fort Scott VFW Post 1165 because he knows personally how important it is to provide an opportunity for those who serve to vent abut their experience in war.  "I'm a combat veteran. I was in Udorn, Thailand for about 13 months and it just, certain things that come about that are important for them to know, and so by having a place for them to go to to air themselves a little bit without it going ... More>>

Missouri Southern Names Jeff Sims Head Football Coach Video included

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Sims comes to Southern from Garden City CC, where he led the Broncbusters to a national title in 2016, and has them playing for another championship later this month. 

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Joplin Meth Conspiracy Leader Faces Life in Prison

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A federal jury convicted a Joplin man of leading a conspiracy to distribute meth. 36 year old Donald Loomis faces a mandatory  sentence of life  in federal prison.. 

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BI-Centennial License Plates Planned for MO

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    Missouri will celebrate its 200th anniversary of statehood in 2021 and it will mark the occasion with special license plates for residents. 

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Local Artists Gear Up for Holiday Season with Annual Craft Shows

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Lindsay Eggerman glances out the shop window as more customers file into the building where multiple vendors showcase their crafts, something that brings back memories.

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Group fills Baxter Springs with Stars and Stripes

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Filling a southeast Kansas town with stars and strips for the Veteran's day weekend was the mission of a local non-profit.  What they didn't know, was the impact it would have on the parents of a veteran.  As proud parents to a Navy veteran, Steve and Cherie Smith usually have a flag flying on their house for Veteran's day. This year is a little different because though, because they weren't able to keep up that tradition.. luckily, they have a new larger flag f...

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Joplin Wins District Title, Advances to State Semifinals Video included

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Isaiah Davis had 333 rushing yards and 6 touchdowns, leading the Joplin Eagles to a 49-14 win over Kirkwood Friday night in the Class 6 District 3 championship game.  More>>

Fort Scott holds First Veteran's Day Celebration Video included

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It's a time of firsts in Fort Scott, as the city hold their first annual veterans day celebration.  Jim Scott is a veteran that served in the military for 21 years.  Jim Scott, Vietnam Veteran:"When I went in I did 5 years active duty air force, I did three tours of duty in Vietnam, I became a platoon leader in the army and I was in the guard, and I was there for 7 years, then I went back into the air force." He was just one of...

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Election Tie Aftermath Video included

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Pittsburg Mayor Jeremy Johnson went to bed on election night thinking he'd lost the race for Crawford County Commissioner, District 3.

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Carl Junction Class Store Opens for Business Video included

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Carl Junction Elementary students are getting hands-on experience with their new class store called "Braggin' Bulldogs." The store is part of a Project Based Learning (PBL) initiative to include real-world learning with 21st century skills, while also including state standards. Students did research to prepare for the store's opening, including applying for positions in the store, choosing what items to sell and sending letters to parents to ask for dona... More>>

NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW 11-9

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Here's a check of today's top headlines, plus all the news you need to know before you head out the door: DUCK BOAT INDICTMENT A federal grand jury has handed down an indictment in the duck boat disaster that killed 17 people at Table Rock Lake. The grand jury indictment charges 51-year-old Kenneth Scott McKee from Mount Vernon, Missouri with 17 counts of misconduct, negligence or inattention to duty by a ship's officer resulting in death. PIPE BOMB Federal prosecutors says ... More>>

Taking a look at Impact of new MO Minimum Wage Video included

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Missouri voters have approved a minimum wage hike that'll be phased in gradually -- hitting twelve dollars an hour in 20-23. But, some economists think it could cause increased product costs.  Carl Wiest is the owner of Wiestside Barbeque.. A local small business that like many struggles to stay afloat.  Carl Wiest, Owner:"It's gonna be interesting to say the least." They pay all of their employees.. including their wait staff.. more than the current ... More>>

School Districts Struggle with Shortage of Substitute Teachers

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School districts struggle with shortage of substitute teachers and say it's not good for students. 

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Error leads to recount in Crawford County, KS election

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Election day results from five of the 16 polling locations in Crawford County, Kansas were added into the unofficial results twice, according to County Clerk Don Pyle. County officials released corrected unofficial results today from the November 6th, 2018 election. Pyle says the issue was discovered during the routine audit of unofficial election results on a precinct by precinct basis. The County Clerk's Office says the human error resulted in the election day votes for the preci...

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Special Report: Boutique Business Video included

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PART ONE It's a typical Tuesday morning at Magpies Bakery, where Taylor and her mother are whipping up sweet treats for the week. "My mom is definitely the pie maker, she does all the crust and we pitch in where we can. Charlie, my middle sister, is in charge of the cheesecakes and the cookies. I'm in charge of the French macarons and the cinnamon rolls, and it kind of all just brings together this beautiful display case on Friday's," explained Quezada, owner of Magpie...

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Autopsy Results Received on Woman Found Dead in Nevada, MO Motel

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Nevada Investigators receive autopsy results today, Nov. 8th, 2018, and say there's no suspicion of foul play in the death of a woman in southwest Missouri. On August 15th, 2018, Nevada Police were called about a deceased woman in a motel room. Authorities said it appeared she had been dead for some time. They did not confirm what motel she was found in and did not release her name. The Vernon County Coroner conducted the autopsy. According to Lt. Bastow, the autopsy reveal... More>>

Special Report Preview: Boutique Business Video included

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4-State businesses are finding creative ways to keep up with the competition. KOAM's Reporter Kate Kelley speaks with area business owners who aren't following the traditional 5-day workweek. She also puts the focus on competition within the boutique industry. Her 2-part special report will air on KOAM News at 6 and 10. Kate Kelley and Tawnya Bach preview Boutique Business on KOAM News at Noon. More>>

Grand jury indicts captain of tourist boat in Missouri

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Charges have been filed against the captain of a Missouri tourist boat that sank and killed 17 people, including nine people from an Indiana family, federal prosecutors said Thursday. A federal indictment shows 51-year-old Kenneth Scott McKee is facing 17 counts of misconduct, negligence or inattention to duty by a ship's officer resulting in death. The July accident occurred when an amphibious vessel known as a duck boat sank on Table Rock Lake when a sudden ...

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Midterms bring out high voter numbers Video included

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In some parts of the area -- it was the highest mid-term voter turnout in several election cycles. Now with all the ballots counted --we know just how strong the voter participation was in the Four-States. It was a busy day for election officials during Tuesday's general election.  Kimberly Bell, McDonald County, MO Clerk:"It was a seventeen plus hour day." Rodney Edmonson, Cherokee County, KS Clerk:"I think people are really getting energized.&q... More>>

Lamar Police Department Stops Taking Cats Video included

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    The Lamar Police Department, which doubles as the animal shelter for strays, can no longer take in cats.     We went to find out why... Rusty Rives, Lamar Police Chief: "So whenever they came in and did the inspection, last month, they gave us a report back, to say if we're in compliance or if we're not, and what we found, our kennels, specifically for our cats are not in compliance, due to height restrictions for those animals."

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Potential Medical Marijuana Grower and Patient React to Passage of Amendment 2 Video included

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The passage of  Amendment 2 by Missouri voters  paves the way for medical marijuana growing operations  and legal use by those with certain medical diagnoses. 

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions submits resignation

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(AP) Attorney General Jeff Sessions has resigned as the country's chief law enforcement officer at President Donald Trump's request. Sessions announced his plan to resign in a letter to the White House on Wednesday. Trump announced in a tweet that Sessions' chief of staff Matt Whitaker would become the new acting attorney general. The attorney general had endured more than a year of stinging and personal criticism from Trump over his recusal from the investigation into potential co...

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Police: 80+ Tires Punctured Since Nov. 1st in Monett, MO

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The Monett, Missouri Police Department asks the public for information after numerous reports of tires being punctured and flattened. Authorities say since November 1st, 2018, tires on at least 59 vehicles were punctured. They estimate the damage to be about $10,400 as of November 6th. Authorities say reports started coming in on Thursday morning (Nov. 1st), the day after Halloween. They received reports of 11 tires cut on 5 different vehicles. Police received rep... More>>

Breaking Down the Midterm Elections Video included

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Democrats take back the House, while Republicans retain control of the U.S. Senate.  KOAM’s Michael Hayslip breaks down the Midterm Elections with help from Nick Myers, the Central Chairman for the Newton County Republican Party. More>>

KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 11-7 Video included

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Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley unseats incumbent democratic Senator Claire McCaskill.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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Election Day Coverage Video included

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A number of close races in Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma are being decided right now. Reporter Chris Warner visited the Saint Paul's Church in Joplin. He says the line, still as of 6:00 p.m., continued to grow as many got off work. Officials say if you are inside and in line before polls close at 7:00 p.m., you'll still get to vote. Hover, if you arrive after 7:00 p.m., the doors will be closed. Election officials at Saint Paul's Church says they're planning on quite a long nig... More>>

Students Compete in 5th Annual Job Olympics Video included

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Madisyn Miller is hard at work, putting together an order in the fast food station of this year's Job Olympics, and it's something she's glad to be a part of. "I can learn about the different skills that I need in order to get the job," explained Miller, a Fredonia High School senior. That's the main focus of this event as kids with learning disabilities from seven different Kansas school districts get the chance to compete in activities to prepare them for the future.... More>>

Child Death Investigation in Southeast Kansas

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The Bourbon County Sheriff releases information about the death of a 23-month-old. On November 2nd, 2018, around 10:20 a.m., a deputy was dispatched to the 800 block of Grand Road on a report of a missing child. The deputy arrived and was told that the reported missing child was found near a pond on the property. The Sheriff's Office says the deputy got to the area of the pond and noticed that a person was giving CPR to the child. The deputy assisted giving CPR to the child. Rur... More>>

Final Push Before Midterms Video included

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In less than 24 hours, 4-Staters head to the polls to make their voices heard. Local Democrat and Republican volunteers have been working tirelessly to win your vote for their party, and that's what they're up to on the eve of the midterms. 

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Attorney for Man Accused of Shooting Jasper County Deputy Files Continuance

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The defense attorney for E.F. Fitchpatrick, Jr. asked for a continuance today, November 5th, 2018. Fitchpatrick, Jr. is accused of shooting a Jasper County Sheriff's deputy leading to a standoff in Joplin, Missouri. The shooting happened on March 1st, 2017. The Ozark Drug Enforcement Team was serving a warrant at the Econo Lodge on Range Line Road in Joplin. As officers tried to go in, a shot was fired and hit Jasper County Deputy Nolan Murray. The bullet hit a part of Murray's chest...

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City of Pittsburg Names New Police Chief Video included

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The City of Pittsburg announces its selection of Brent Narges as the new chief of police for the Pittsburg Police Department. Narges was named interim chief of police in June following the retirement of former chief of police Mendy Hulvey.

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Webb City Man Charged with Assault on Law Enforcement Officer Video included

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The Jasper County Prosecutor's office charges John Blanton with first degree assault on law enforcement, armed criminal action, first degree tampering with a motor vehicle, felon in possession of a firearm, receiving stolen property and felony resisting arrest. Blanton also had numerous warrants out for his arrest at the time of the incident. On Friday, November 2nd, 2018 shortly after 1:00 p.m., the Ozarks Drug Enforcement Team contacted Joplin police about a stolen vehicle they ...

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 11-5 Video included

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The time change brought with it a call to change out smoke alarm batteries.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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Flute Circle Meeting In Joplin Video included

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     Over in Joplin today, a monthly meeting of flute players.  But these flute players are part of a special group, the Joplin Native American Flute Circle.  Organizers say it's a great way to bring unity and unique ideas together for beginners and experienced musicians alike. Gordan Keyler, Flute Player: "There is something about the music, the ancient music it touches something deep within people its relaxing its peaceful and its an instrument an... More>>

McCaskill, Hawley, Making Final Campaign Stops Video included

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    In Missouri, both Senator Claire McCaskill and her opponent, Attorney General Josh Hawley, making campaign stops in the state.  McCaskill making a stop in Florissant today stopping at a local Walmart.  McCaskill met with supporters and spoke about the campaign trips she's made and tackled issues facing the state.  She also took the time to speak about Josh Hawley. Senator Claire McCaskill, (D), Missouri:  "It's clear that this is really, rea... More>>

Public Sight-In Day Draws Out Local Target Shooters

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The shots at this firing range in Galena, Kansas echo through the valley as shooters line up throughout the day to take their shot at distant targets. One such shooter, is Aaron Kesinger, who would not normally be here, since he's not currently a member of this shooting club, but he's taking full advantage of the day's public access. "It's pretty handy, there's not a whole lot of ranges around from what I'm aware of that let you go out to a hundred yards. So it's really nice t...

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Bikers Gather for 34th Annual Pittsburg Toy Run

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Bikers from across the area gather to purchase toys for the Salvation Army during their 34th Annual Toy Drive. 

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Sacred Heart Catholic Church Kicks Off 69th Annual Turkey Dinner and Silent Auction

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November is a busy month for the Sacred Heart Catholic Church as it kicks off its 69th Annual Turkey Dinner and Silent Auction. 

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Fire Officials Urge: "Change Your Clock, Change Your Batteries"

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The time change brings a call to change out smoke alarm batteries. 

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Hundreds of Students Visit Cato, KS to Learn 1860's History

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Kids learn by stepping back in time..    Six hundred 4th and 5th graders visited Cato, Kansas Friday.  The learned about life for kids  in the 1860's at the old school house where they found blacksmiths and branding demonstrations.. Presenters also demonstrated flint knapping, Students could also play frontier era games and take wagon rides.. While there was fun involved,  teachers thought the  kids  could take away something about students of ... More>>

Sunshine Law Complaint in Neosho Video included

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Heather Bowers and Rebecca Williams are two Neosho women who aren't happy with their city government. They've filed complaints with the attorney general's office concerning what they believe are violations of Missouri's Sunshine Law, by Neosho's city attorney and city council. 

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600 Plus High School Students Tour PSU College of Technology; See STEM Careers in Action

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High school students got insight into what could be their future careers Friday at Pittsburg State University.   PSU's  College of Technology held an open house welcoming  more than six hundred area high school students.   College  students showed off diesel maintenance and even how to make a fidget spinner. Visitors toured the building and explore forty demonstrations and displays in twelve technology areas.  And they could ask colle... More>>

Joplin Officer Involved Shooting, Armed Suspect Injured Video included

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Captain Duncan says there's an officer involved shooting at Springview Apartments on West 22nd Street in Joplin, Missouri. Authorities say one suspect has been taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound. The suspect's condition is unknown. We have a crew heading to the scene and will have more details as they are confirmed.

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Getting to and from a bus stop may be more dangerous than the actual ride to school. Here's why

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Parents often worry about their kids riding the school bus. But waiting for the bus or getting off after school can pose a far greater danger. The risk was highlighted this week, as at least five children lost their lives when they were hit by drivers near school bus stops, authorities said. At least seven other children were hurt in bus stop incidents.

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Officials Release Contact Information for Election Fraud & Abuses Complaints

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"Every citizen must be able to vote without interference or discrimination and to have that vote counted without it being stolen because of fraud," U.S. Attorney Tim Garrison said. "The Department of Justice will act promptly and aggressively to protect the integrity of the election process." Garrison announced today that Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick D. Daly has been appointed to serve as the District Election Officer for the Western District of Missouri fo... More>>

KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 11-2 Video included

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A more than $200-Thousand dollar grant is helping target those with addictions and mental health issues. Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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Mack Signs With Coffeyville CC Volleyball Video included

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Mack has earned All-Conference and All-District honors this season. She'll be joining a Coffeyville program that is currently ranked #1 in the country. 

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Local Volunteers Pitch In to Help Project Worth Video included

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This crew is used to working with telephone poles, but as they look over their handiwork, Foreman Jonathan Huffman can't help but take pride in the poles his team donated, cut and layed out at the future sight of Project Worth. "Being able to help out in the community is a great feeling. We all cherish that time when we're able to do that," said Huffman with Liberty Utilities. Liberty employees get three volunteer days a year, and local linemen have taken a particular ... More>>

Grant Dollars Create Court Position Helping Substance Abuses with Mental Health Problems Video included

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 As part of the nationwide  Stepping Up Initiative, Jasper County received a more than 200-thousand dollar grant from the Bureau of Justice to connect those battling substance abuse and mental illness with recovery and treatment programs. 

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Student Found with Firearm in Neosho, MO Video included

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Neosho Police say on November 1st, around 2:40 in the afternoon the Neosho High School resource officer received a tip about a student with a handgun.  The officer found a 15-year-old student in possession of a .380 Ruger handgun.  Authorities say the students intent is unknown, and the investigation is ongoing. No students were harmed. The suspect was taken into custody and released to the Newton County Juvenile office.  More>>

Suspect Arrested in Joplin Vehicle Theft

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Police arrest a suspect 13 minutes after the vehicle theft. The crime happened on October 31st, 2018. Joplin Police officers were called around 7:24 a.m. to the 2800 block of South Wisconsin for a vehicle theft that had just happened. Authorities say the victim was warming up her minivan, preparing to load up her kids, and saw a male get into her vehicle and drive off. Officers searched the area for the stolen vehicle. One officer drove to a location near 28th and Minnesota... More>>

New Court Services Officer Connects Pre-Trial Individuals with Recovery Needs

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Offenders with addiction and mental health needs are getting help onto the road to recovery in Jasper County thanks to a new court officer position created with grant dollars. 

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Jasper County does annual Halloween Sex Offender Check

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Deputies with the Jasper County Sheriff's Office were hard at work tonight making sure parents and kids had a happy and safe Halloween.  Part of that.. their annual Halloween sex offender compliance check.  Sheriff Randee Kaiser and others with the Jasper County Sheriff's Office pass out candy on the Carthage square.. with a mission to fill kids baskets with badges and sweet treats.  In the basement of the Sheriff's Office though, was a briefing for a different ... More>>

Haunted Homes: Do's and Don'ts from Realtors Video included

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Do realtors have to tell you if your future home is haunted by ghosts? 

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Sheriff Asks Community for Help to Locate Missing Barton County, MO Man

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Sheriff Mitchell Shaw is asking for the help of the community. The Barton County, Missouri Sheriff's Office is investigating a report of a missing man. On October 24th, authorities say a family member of 29-year-old Michael B. Rapue made a report that he has not been seen or heard from for several days. The Sheriff's Office released some photos of Rapue and ask if anyone has any information on his whereabouts, contact authorities at 417-682-5541 or 417-682-5515. You can also co...

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Spooky Homes in the 4-States (2018)

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KOAM/FOX14 scouts the area for festive Halloween decorations. 4225 W. 27th Street, Joplin, MO: Decorations at this home are part of a tradition that started in t he neighborhood more than ten years ago. Brittany Felton does all the pumpkin carving herself and the setup began with just a grave yard and has expanded over the years from there. "A lot of the little kids will kind of run back from it for a little bit until their parents will go up with them, but then they're okay...

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Surprise Crew: Halloween Costumes Video included

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Little Isabella had no idea why we paid her a visit before it was time to go trick-or-treating.  But we knew she wanted to take part in her school's parade. So while she was being a great big sister and introducing us to her sibling crew...we introduced Bella to the KOAM Surprise Crew.

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 10-31 Video included

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Two Missouri Southern students injured in a crash that killed another student are suing the driver of a tractor trailer involved in the crash.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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Spooklight Presentation In Pittsburg Video included

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    As we get closer to Halloween, the Joplin Spooklight becomes a popular destination.  So much so that a Joplin filmmaker decided to make a documentary about it.  He made a stop in Pittsburg to discuss the film and the Spooklight.  During his investigation, he couldn't figure out exactly what the spook light was.  Right now, people can no longer park along Spooklight Road and he hopes someday, that might change. David Glidden, Filmmaker: "I t...

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The Joplin/Hornet Spooklight Video included

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If you're from the area, you're likely familiar with the Hornet Spooklight.     If you're not don't worry we sent Chris Warner to see if he could catch the ghostly light on camera, and share a local resident's personal experiences... The faint glow of the moon as it crosses the sky, providing the only light on East 50 Road otherwise known as "Spooklight Road."     After our camera was setup and powered on, a problem occurred, it couldn't r...

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Joplin Preps for District Semifinal vs. Lindbergh Video included

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The Eagles are coming off their first playoff win in 25 years, beating Kickapoo last week 77-13. The blowout win allowed their starters to get plenty of rest before their district semifinal showdown against Lindbergh. 

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Both Sides of the Aisle: USD 447 School Bond Video included

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Voters in Neosho and Montgomery Counties in Kansas will vote on a twelve-million dollar school bond issue next month.  Many parents and teachers want to see it pass because of poor conditions at schools.. but others don't agree with where a new school would be built. Inconsistent heat and air.. small rooms and limited space.. and occasional mold on walls from moisture.  Those are all things 4th grade teacher Melanie Hammer has to deal with when teaching at Lincoln Central...

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Northeast Oklahoma Jail Inmate Dies at Hospital

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The Ottawa County Sheriff's Office says a female inmate was taken to the hospital today, October 30th, 2018, where she died. According to Sheriff Jeremy Floyd, the county jail's detention staff was notified around 12:08 p.m. of a female inmate that was having medical related issues. Staff went into the female's cell to offer assistance as they notified EMS. They entered the cell and found her seizing on the floor. Sheriff Floyd says Integris EMS arrived at the Ottawa County Jail... More>>

Plea Deal for Child Endangerment Case, Multi-County Pursuit

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A Carterville, Missouri man pleads guilty to two of five charges after a multi-county police pursuit. 20-year-old Marquis Saunders was charged with four counts of first degree endangering the welfare of a child creating substantial risk and one count of resisting/interfering with arrest for a felony. On June 14th, 2018, dispatch received multiple 911 calls about a drive-by shooting at 406 N. Pearl Avenue in Joplin, Missouri. The calls came in around 11:30 p.m. When officers arri... More>>

MSSU Students File Lawsuit in Deadly Illinois Crash Video included

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Two Missouri Southern State University students are seeking damages for "severe and permanent injuries" and "great pain and anguish." The crash happened on November 21st, 2017 outside of Saint Louis, Illinois. Madison County, IL State Attorney Tom Gibbons says 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 ki... More>>

Pittsburg Resident Arrested After Alleged Shooting and Theft Video included

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Crawford County, Kansas Sheriff's Deputies arrest a Pittsburg man accused of ramming a stolen car into another man's vehicle and then shooting at him. The incident happened on Oct. 29th, 2018. Deputies responded to rural Pittsburg, East 560 Avenue, around 1:45 p.m. after a Frontenac resident reported that a man shot at him. According to the 45-year-old Frontenac man, the altercation began in Frontenac, where Tony Corbitt rammed his vehicle. Authorities say there was rear end da...

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Special Report: Human Trafficking in the 4 States Video included

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"One percent of women who are trafficked get out.  Don't be that 99 percent."

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Hi Tech Help at Horses of Hope Video included

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Just about every Monday, you can find Miranda Overman and her daughter Elizibeth having a blast at Horses of Hope in Baxter Springs, Kansas. 

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Bat Biology Study Video included

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Halloween is right around the corner and just the word scares up images of ghosts, goblins, witches and even bats.     For one biology group at Pittsburg State University they're chasing those bats and they're not finding them in the belfry.  The students in Andrew George's biology class will not find the bats they're looking for in a belfry, but instead, the concrete underground.  Some of the bats they're after, are endangered, and so we can't disclose t... More>>

Joplin Man Dies in Weekend Motorcycle Crash

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The crash happened on October 27th, 2018 around 4:26 p.m. in Newton County, Missouri. Donald Gilmore was driving south on Highway 86 about two miles south of Joplin. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says he drove off the road, hit a road sign and overturned. Gilmore was thrown from his motorcycle. The 56-year-old Joplin resident died at the scene.

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Details Released in Fairview Shooting that Hospitalized One Video included

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KOAM/FOX 14 receives court documents in a southwest Missouri shooting case. Newton County Deputies responded to 120 E. Montgomery in Fairview around 6:45 p.m. on Friday (Oct. 26, 2018). After they arrived, they found 50-year-old William Gunter with two gunshot wounds to his upper torso. Emergency personnel took Gunter to a hospital in Springfield, Missouri. At last report, Sheriff Chris Jennings says Gunter is in stable condition. According to court documents, Gunter lives ... More>>

Human Trafficking in the 4-states: A KOAM Morning News Preview Video included

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KOAM’S Jordan Aubey investigates human trafficking in the 4-states... He sits down with Michael Hayslip on KOAM Morning News to preview his 2-part story that airs both Monday and Tuesday night at 9 and 10pm.

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 10-29 Video included

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Authorities release the name of the victim and the suspect from Friday's shooting in Fairview, Missouri.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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Shooting Victim and Suspect Identified

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Authorities released the name of the victim and the suspect from a Friday night shooting in Fairview, Missouri.  

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Kenny Ray Horton Charity Concert Benefits Local Communities Video included

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As Kenny Ray Horton performs for a large audience at Crowder College, he can't help but reflect on his roots. "Rocky Comfort, Missouri born and raised. I graduated high school McDonald County in 1989, two years later I graduate from Crowder, then took off, ended up in Nashville," said Horton, professional singer and songwriter. He was there about 10 years then joined the Navy.  Horton has written songs for Kenny Rogers, Donnie Osmond and John Schneider, b... More>>

Halloween Safety for Pets Video included

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Halloween can be a scary time of year for pets, but here are some tips to keep them safe.  

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Joplin Humane Society Rolls Out Furry Fall Festivities

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The Joplin Humane Society's Annual Fall Fur Fest brought together pets throughout the day for seasonal fun.

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Freeman Trunk-or-Treat Scares Up Halloween Fun

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Freeman employees are treated to their very own trunk-or-treat event at Freeman West. 

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Annual School Carnival Draws Large Crowd

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College Heights Christian School draws a large crowd with their annual Cougar Carnival. 

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Girl Scouts hold Dog Show to Raise Funds for a Cause

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Folks got to dress up their furry friends in Pittsburg for a good cause. Local Girl Scout Troop 70215 held their first ever dog costume contest in Pittsburg's Lincoln Park. Dogs were judged in categories like most original costume.. cutest dog.. and best in show.  Almost a dozen people entered for a chance to win baskets of dog treats and other goodies. And all the proceeds went to the s-e-k humane society.  10 year-old Sydney Ewing says the event was a really... More>>

OK Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Work to Grow Product Video included

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Dispensaries in Oklahoma can officially sell medical marijuana to people with medical cards.  And for many.. that's bringing a lot of excitement.  Brian Hallum, Owner - Higher Health Dispensary:"Oh my gosh, am I excited. I'm excited every day." Dean Mitchell, Owner - Ma and Pa's Canna Shop:"We get calls every day. Have people coming in every day, wanting to know when we're gonna have product." Unfortunately.. many local shops don't have... More>>

Hit And Run Motorcycle Accident In Newton County

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One man is in the hospital after a hit and run accident in Newton County.  According to the Missouri Highway Patrol the crash happened just after 9:00 last night on highway 43 eight miles north of Seneca.  An unknown vehicle pulled into the path of a motorcycle driven by 41 year old Nicholas Wild of Joplin.     Wild was transported by ambulance to Freeman West with moderate injuries. More>>

Fatal Accident In Newton County

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An accident claims the life of a Joplin man.  The accident occurred just before 4:30 two miles south of Joplin on Highway 86.     The Missouri Highway Patrol says 56 year old Donald Gilmore was riding his motorcycle when he left the roadway, hit a road sign, and was ejected from the motorcycle.     He was pronounced dead by the newton county coroner. More>>

Shooting in Fairview, Missouri

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Newton County authorities have confirmed they are working a shooting in Fairview, MO. We have a reporter headed to the scene.  According to officials with the Newton County Sheriff's Office a suspect has been detained in the shooting in Fairview. The incident is still under investigation. We'll continue to update you as information becomes available.

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Entire Earlton, Kansas Governing Body Resigns Video included

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The mayor and city council for a small Southeast Kansas town have all quit. So what's next? A box with the checkbook and keys to the city of Earlton, Kansas sits sealed in the Neosho County Clerk's office.. hand delivered by then mayor Sam Stout.  Randy Neely, Neosho County Clerk:"He says, I think I'm just fed up with it, and I'm quitting and I think maybe some of the other people are gonna quit too." Earlton is a small town in Neosho County, Kansas, ... More>>

Proposal For Expanding The Sunshine Lamp Historic District Downtown Video included

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    A new phase of the Sunshine Lamp Historic District is being planned for downtown Joplin.  The original Sunshine Lamp Historic District encompassed Main Street from 1st to 8th streets.  But now, the city is looking at expanding that district from 8th south to 10th street.

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Special Report: Pets in Public Video included

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The Americans with Disabilities Act opened the door for service animals to help the disabled in public places. But, some dog owners are breaking the rules.         

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Pets in Public: A KOAM Morning News Preview Video included

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Service dogs help those with disabilities, but some are bringing pets in public places.  Tonight at 6 and 10, KOAM’s Lisa Olliges looks at the rules and how easy it is for fakers to pose their pets as service dogs.  This morning Lisa sat down with Michael Hayslip to preview her special report.

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 10-24

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Joplin police say they'll increase patrols around the high school this week after a fight nearby erupts in gunfire.   Plus all the news you need to know before you head out the door.

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Local Hero Returns Home after being Unidentified for 74 Years Video included

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An American hero from Arcadia, Kansas that has been missing in action for more than 70 years.. is finally brought home.  Larry Shankles didn't know much about his uncle Leslie when he was growing up.  Larry Shankles, Leslie's Nephew:"I knew almost nothing. I just knew one of my uncles had died in the war before I was born." A story about his dad playing baseball with Leslie in garland before they both joined the military is almost all he had of his unc... More>>

Foundation for Food and Agriculture Offers Millions for Developing Egg Sexing Technology Video included

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Sean Richardson has been in the chicken business his whole life, since his great-grandfather started their hatchery in 1921. "My grandfather, he would go probably once a night, get up in the middle of the night around midnight to check on the incubators just to make sure that the moisture was just right, that the temperature was just right," said Richardson, part-owner of Estes Hatchery in Mount Vernon, Missouri. But times have changed and technology means doing b... More>>

Fight Near JHS Has Neighbor Fearful After Gunfire Video included

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Joplin police say three teens were initially taken into custody after a fight that erupted in gunfire near Joplin high school. 

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Charges Considered Against 32 Teens/Adults Involved in Fight Near JHS

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Joplin Police are working with juvenile officers as they investigate a fight that led to shots fired Monday late afternoon behind Joplin High school on Grand street near 23rd. 

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Multi-Million Dollar Recreation Center on Columbus Ballots Video included

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Residents in Columbus, Kansas will decide the fate of a proposed multi-million dollar recreation center in November.  The future of Columbus was the topic of discussion at a community meeting. Specifically.. the future of a three-point-four million dollar community health and wellness center that may come to the town. Liz Simpson, Columbus Recreation Commission:"The health rankings of this part of the state, Cherokee county, always ranks near the bottom when the Kansas he...

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Local Veterans Look for Work Video included

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Hubert Nicholson is a Vietnam veteran who just moved to Joplin from St. Louis, and he confident he's found a new career.

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Pittsburg Preps for Playoff Opener

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The Dragons are the #4 seed in the 4A East bracket and will host #12 Spring Hill on Friday night. 

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New Dog Park Opens in Pittsburg, KS Video included

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The City of Pittsburg cuts the ribbon to the new Ronald O. Thomas Dog Park. They invited the public and their furry friends to attend today's ceremony at Schlanger Park (Oct. 23). They also celebrated the opening of new pickle ball and basketball courts and a new sensory garden. "We are thrilled to share the new park amenities with the community and to thank the volunteers and donors who made them possible," says City of Pittsburg Director of Parks & Recreation K...

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Missouri judge clarifies ruling on voter photo ID law

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If you registered to vote, you can vote in Missouri with or without identification. There had been some confusion after Senior Cole County Circuit Judge Richard Callahan issued an injunction against a provision in the 2017 voter ID law. His ruling allows voters to use a secondary form of identification *without* signing a sworn statement. Some state officials said the ruling could create confusion for voters and local election authorities. Attorney General Josh Hawley's office a...

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Southwest Missouri Man Dies in Single-Vehicle Crash

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The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the crash happened on October 22nd, 2018 around 10:20 p.m. south of Ginger Blue in McDonald County. Authorities say a Dodge Ram 1500 was traveling south on MO 59 when it drove off the roadway and overturned. The passenger, 51-year-old James M. Newby of Southwest City, MO, died at the scene. The driver was not injured. The report states that safety devices were not in use. More>>

Northeast Oklahoma Man Killed in Crash

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Authorities received the call of a single-vehicle crash on October 22nd, 2018, around 4:50 a.m. in Creek County, Oklahoma. It happened on the Turner Turnpike in the westbound lane about one mile west of Sapulpa, Oklahoma in Creek County (mile marker 214.5). According to the Oklahoma State Highway Patrol, Michael White was driving a tow truck when he swerved back and forth on the road, hitting both the right and left barrier walls, before rolling off the right of the highway. Troope...

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Special Judge Assigned to Carl Junction Child Murder Case Video included

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The Missouri Supreme Court assigns a special judge for the murder trial of Jalen Vaden in Jasper County, Missouri. There have been six Jasper County judges in the case, four of which have recused themselves. Jalen Vaden is accused of killing 3-year-old Jayda Kyle at the Carl Junction home he shared with the child's mother. Vaden is charged with second degree murder and abuse or neglect resulting in death. Jasper County Associate Court Judge Joseph Hensley presided over the firs... More>>

KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 10-23 Video included

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Joplin police investigate a report of shots fired across the street from Joplin High School.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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Quapaw Nation Announces New Elder Housing Units Video included

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Twenty new elder housing units are heading to the Quapaw Nation, thanks to assistance from a $750,000 federal grant. 

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Local Medical Worker Helps Out After Hurricane Michael Video included

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Bob Denton works in the ER at Freeman Hospital and, being from the area, he's familiar with natural disasters. "Here in Joplin, Missouri, when we had our tornado in 2011, I was very appreciative when the DMAT team showed up here in Joplin at 1:30 in the morning the next day. It's like, 'I'm glad to see ya.' And, you know, it was nice because it was many of the team members that I'd worked with before," explained Denton. Denton has been working with the Disaster Me... More>>

Shots Fired near Joplin School, Multiple in Custody Video included

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Joplin Police are at 23rd and Grand for reports of shots fired. According to Captain Trevor Duncan, authorities got a report of a male with a gun walking in the middle of the road. As officers were headed to the scene, Duncan says police received reports of multiple shots fired. Authorities have detained several people as they investigate what happened. No injuries have been reported at this time.

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How Local Districts In Missouri Use Lottery Funding Video included

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    The $1.6 billion Mega Millions jackpot has many rushing out to buy those tickets.  But, there's other ways to play the lottery, and in Missouri, that funding goes to education.     But, where is that money used, and how does it benefit local schools?  For districts across the state, they all get a portion of proceeds from Missouri lottery ticket sales.  That's any lottery ticket sold across the state.  Those funds, totaling ar... More>>

2.4 Million Taquitos Recalled, Salmonella & Listeria Concern

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A Texas company is recalling 2,490,593 pounds of ready-to-eat meat and poultry taquitos that might be contaminated with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes. The items were shipped to distributors nationwide. The ready-to-eat meat and poultry taquitos were produced from July 1 through Oct. 10, 2018. The following products are subject to recall: 4.5-lbs. cardboard cases containing 24-count Go-Go Taquitos "Beef Taco & Cheese Taquitos" with a case code 86183 ...

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 10-22 Video included

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Investigators are working to identify human remains found in a popular northeast Oklahoma recreation area.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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Ribbon Cutting Christens New Campus Ministry Housing Video included

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As Michael Chang welcomes a group of eager visitors into his new home, he takes a moment to reflect on the work it took to get here. "It was kind of a hassle. We had like a bunch of ten people from different locations, and so we all kind of helped each other move in," explained Chang. That kind of teamwork is what this new student campus ministry housing is all about as Chang explains the purpose of Koinonia, a club at MSSU.  "We're a non-denominational mi... More>>

Fundraiser Kicks Off for T&D Donkey Rescue Video included

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Deanna Kafka has spent the past 25 years rescuing animals, and, in 2016, she made her passion a non-profit, dedicated to donkeys. "We have so many people that come out here and we hear it all the time saying that 'I had no idea how cool donkeys were,' or they had no idea how affectionate donkeys were," explained Kafka, founder of T&D Donkey Rescue. Kafka explains that working with these animals, who often come from neglected or abusive homes, has shaped her life. ... More>>

Memorial in Miami Celebrates and Remembers British Flyers Video included

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One-hundred years. That's how long the Royal Air Force has acted as the United Kingdom's aerial warfare force.  Derek Farrell, Royal British Legion:"It's a huge celebration for us. The air force, being an island, the air force and the navy are our two most prominently known forces, and with world war two, it very much brought them into the spotlight." A ceremony, partly in celebration of that milestone, was held at the Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery in Miam... More>>

Vendor Fair Offers Safe Trick-Or-Treat Video included

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Dozens of vendors gather in Galena, Kansas to sell their wares and give out candy to kids in the community at the local Elks Lodge. While the vendors meet here monthly, this event has a Halloween theme, and kids were invited to come out for a safe trick-or-treat while parents shopped. Items for sale ranged from baked goods to fall crafts and decorations. A raffle and pumpkin contest also added to the festivities. Officials say this is an opportunity to support local busine... More>>

One Carthage Neighborhood Makes Big Plans For Maple Leaf Video included

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    It's that time of year again, the fall smells, pumpkin spice everything, and most importantly, the annual Maple Leaf Parade in Carthage and for as much preparation that the city puts in for the big event, there's one neighborhood that puts in even more, for their friends, family, and in between.  Brandi Ensor and her friends put the final touches on the outdoor decorations along Grand Avenue.

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4 State Lotto Fever

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Typically, morning visitor's to Pete's in Carl Junction are there for coffee, but Friday was a bit different, all because of a billion dollar jackpot.

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PSU Students Voice Concerns over what Appears to be Mold in Dorm Rooms Video included

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Students at Pittsburg State University say officials aren't doing enough to get rid of mold in their dorms rooms.  University officials say they have had as many as *20* students file complaints about mold growing in their rooms.  University officials say they are working to fix the problem, but many students say that should have happened a long time ago.  Jordyn Everett is a freshman at Pittsburg State University, who lives in Nation hall, one of the dorm complexes ...

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Joplin Man Sentenced for Arson, Set Apartment Fire

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Brian Barksdale is sentenced for first degree arson for setting fire to his Joplin apartment on South St. Louis. On May 23rd, 2018, Joplin emergency crews responded to the Cardinal Apartments at 1015 South St. Louis for a structure fire. Firefighters arrived on scene shortly before 10:00 p.m. and found a two-story wood frame multi-residential structure with heavy fire coming from an apartment on the first floor. Crews extinguished the fire by 10:30 p.m. When officers arrived on ... More>>

Former Southeast Kansas Principal Convicted of Sex Offense

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A former Columbus elementary principal is found guilty of attempted indecent solicitation of a child. Baxter Springs resident Ray Alfred Golden is accused of trying to persuade a child to enter his home with the intent to commit an unlawful sexual act upon the child in the home. The alleged incident happened in August 2015. On October 18th, 2018, Golden entered a plea of guilty in lieu of proceeding to trial. Cherokee County Attorney Jacob Conard says the 81-year-old maintained ... More>>

KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 10-19 Video included

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While the long anticipated Block 22 lofts opened for students, the restaurants that were supposed to open by now, haven't been started.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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Update On Block 22 Restaurants Video included

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    The long awaited Block22 in Pittsburg opened to students recently to allow them to move in to the newly created lofts.     However, restaurants were expected to be opened by now, but, they're not, leaving some wondering what's going on.   When you look at the Block22 restaurant space, there's not much to look at.  Even though, originally, residents were told, they'd be ready by now.

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Bourbon County Commission Looks for New Ambulance Service Video included

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Officials in Bourbon County, Kansas are searching for a replacement to their current ambulance service.  Mercy hospital in Fort Scott is set to close by the end of the year, and with it the emergency room and ambulance service for the county.  On March 30th of next year, Mercy's contract with the county for ambulance services will expire.  Jeffrey Fischer, Bourbon County Commissioner:"To say that we know how we're gonna go through this at this point in time is p... More>>

Hospitals Team Up for Expanded Service in SEKS Video included

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Freeman Health System and Labette Health announced a formal collaboration Thursday that offers  security to the rural hospital and more services to patients currently forced to travel across the state line. 

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Galena Looks for District Title, Perfect Regular Season Video included

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The Bulldogs (7-0) will be on the road against Parsons (6-1) trying to earn the 3A District 1 title and finish off their 2nd straight undefeated regular season.

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Break-In Attempted with Sword, 2 Charged Video included

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Two people are arrested and charged after a failed burglary attempt at Scammon Express Convenience Store. The Cherokee County, Kansas Sheriff's Office says the crime happened around 4:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 13th, 2018. Deputies responded to a commercial alarm at the business. Authorities say surveillance video showed two suspects walking up to the door with bandanas over their faces. One of the suspects attempted to smash the glass doors with what appears to be a homemad...

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Missouri AG Warns Residents of New Telephone Scam

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Several Missouri residents have complained this week about being contacted by would-be scammers claiming to represent the Social Security Administration. That's according to Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, who issued a scam alert today, October 18th, 2018. Those who have received these scam calls report getting a phone call from someone telling them that their social security benefits have been suspended and they must call back in order to fix the problem. When consumers ret... More>>

KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 10-18 Video included

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Another judge has recused himself from the trial of a Carl Junction murder suspect.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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Employee Payroll at SKIL Resource Center Delayed by Pay Card Company

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A payroll delay has caused a big headache for a Parsons, Kansas business.  The Southeast Kansas Independent Living center (SKIL) uses "global cash card" to pay their employees. But hundreds of SKIL's employees weren't paid when they were supposed to.  Crystal Rodgers cleans dishes for Gennie Ainesworth.. part of her job as a personal care attendant with SKIL. Crystal Rodgers, SKIL Employee:"I help run her errands and clean up the house and stuff ... More>>

Prop D Raises Concern Over Pump Prices Video included

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Leslie Kuhler is a clerk at the Lion Stop, and all day long she hears comments about gas prices. "Nobody likes paying high prices for gas and, of course, as soon as it goes up, even a couple cents, people very much notice. They are always on the lookout for the cheapest price," said Kuhler. Kuhler is against Proposition D, a gas tax that would raise prices 10 cents per gallon over the next four years to pay for road and bridge repairs. She says it sounds good in t... More>>

MO Supreme Court to Assign Judge in Carl Junction Child Murder Case

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The Missouri Supreme Court might have to assign a special judge to a Carl Junction child murder case. There have now been six judges in a 2017 child murder case in southwest Missouri, four of which have recused themselves. Jalen Vaden is accused of killing 3-year-old Jayda Kyle at the Carl Junction home he shared with the child's mother. Vaden is charged with second degree murder and abuse or neglect resulting in death. Jasper County Associate Court Judge Joseph Hensley presided...

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Pittsburg Shooting Suspect Arrested In Texas Video included

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Texas authorities arrest a man wanted for shooting a woman in Pittsburg over the weekend.  According to Pittsburg Police, Eric James Cravey was arrested around 3a.m. this morning.  Cravey was taken into custody by Hill County, Texas Sheriff's Department.  He will face extradition proceedings soon.  The 34 year old suspect is accused of shooting Vanessa McWhirt-Martin last Saturday.  She was last reported in critical condition.  Authorities have not rel...

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 10-17 Video included

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Economic experts discussed ways to grow southeast Kansas as well as issues holding it back at the Pittsburg Regional Economic Outlook Conference.  Plus all the news you need to know before you head out the door.

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Citizens and Officials Concerned Over New Poultry Farm in Ottawa County Video included

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Harley Buzzard knows what it takes to run a poultry farm, because he did it for several years. "Back 20 years ago when we used to raise chickens, we had two houses per farm and people didn't think anything about it because it was just extra income for the farmer," Buzzard, with the Cherokee Tribal Council, explained. But Buzzard says things have changed. "Now it's almost to the point of being a corporate, and I call them corporate farmers now, because those&nbs...

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Southeast Kansas Looks for Economic Solutions Video included

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The organizer of the Pittsburg Regional Economic Outlook Conference is optimistic about Southeast Kansas' economic future this year, but that wasn't the case at the last two conferences.

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Missing Person Update: Body Found in River Near Fort Scott, KS

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The Fort Scott Police Department has found a body believed to be that of 74-year-old Edith Hawkins. Police say they were called to S. Clark Street around 1:05 this afternoon (Oct. 16, 2018) in reference to a missing person. Authorities were told that Hawkins left her home earlier in the day around 10:00 a.m. and had not been seen since. Family members told police that she suffered from Alzheimer's. The Fort Scott Police and Fire Departments, Bourbon County Sheriff's Office,... More>>

Both Sides of the Aisle: OK State Question 793 Video included

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Voters in Oklahoma will get to decide whether eye doctors can work in retail stores.      Some residents think it would make eye care more accessible and affordable, but others -- including area eye doctors -- have their concerns.  Oklahoma State Question 793 would create a constitutional amendment, giving optometrists and opticians the right to practice in retail stores like Walmart or Target.  For many Miami residents like Jazmine Flagle, who just dr... More>>

2 Bridges Reopen to 4200 Drivers in Ottawa Co., OK Video included

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The two bridges over Spring River and Spring River Overflow on SH-10 closed in November of 2017. The bridges, located about five miles east of the I-44 Will Rogers Turnpike, were built in 1952 and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation says they were found to be structurally deficient in 2017. ODOT estimated the project cost was around $11 million. The bridges reopened on October 15th, 2018. ODOT says about 4,200 drivers used them every day before they closed.... More>>

3 suffer minor injuries after Branson mountain coaster crash

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The system apparently didn't work on Oct. 4, causing a stopped cart to be rear-ended.

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Semi fire in Joplin disrupts traffic

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The Joplin Fire Department was called to a semi truck on fire at 32nd and S. Range Line around 11:48 a.m. on October 16th, 2018. According to Fire Chief James Furgerson, the driver saw flames shooting out of the compartment area. Fire fighters extinguished the fire in about 20 minutes. Chief Furgerson says the cause of the fire was mechanical and the truck was not hauling any hazardous materials. Traffic was interrupted for about 30 minutes.

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Joplin Man Found "Incompetent" to Stand Trial in Church Van Shooting Case

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Thomas Mourning II of Joplin is found "incompetent" to stand trial at this time. Court documents state he injured multiple people and two comfort dogs in a 2016 shooting spree. Joplin Police say Mourning II fired two shots at the home he shared with his father on South Connecticut Street. They were the only two home. Court documents state that the father ran to Casey's General Store and called police. No one was injured in that incident. Authorities say Mourning II the... More>>

KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 10-16 Video included

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The Joplin City Council is considering a pay increase for public safety employees.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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Public Safety Pay, "Panhandler Ordinance" On Joplin City Council Agenda Video included

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    The Joplin City Council facing a packed agenda at tonight's meeting, on that list, two major items an increase for public safety employees, and a reconsideration on the so-called "panhandling ordinance" passed earlier this year.  Since the start of this year the salary issues of police and fire personnel has been on the center stage for the city.     That's caused some council meetings to become heated, and a number of residents vo... More>>

Suspect in Galena Arson Pleads Guilty

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A Galena, Kansas man pleads guilty to two arsons from the spring and summer. Ronny Ray Piercefield admits that he set a grass fire on North Jefferson Street in Galena in March. That fire eventually engulfed a small structure. Piercefield also pleaded guilty to setting a fire that engulfed 68 bales of hay in rural Cherokee County, Kansas in July of 2018. Piercefield is to be sentenced in December of 2018.  Authorities have been investigating a string of fires that happened in ... More>>

Ocean Adventures Offers New Place to Dive Into In Duquesne Video included

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A ribbon cutting is held for the Ocean Adventures indoor playground. The facility features several slides, mazes and obstacle courses, all surrounded by a pit filled with 80,000 balls. While the playground is geared toward children of walking age up to 12, all ages are invited to play, including adults. Admission is $5 Tuesday through Thursday and $6 on the weekend.  The owner says that an indoor park is a good idea for this area. "We felt like we wanted to ha... More>>

Police Release More Information Regarding Pittsburg Shooting Video included

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The Pittsburg Police Department is searching for a suspect in a weekend shooting. Police say Eric James Cravey is wanted in the Saturday shooting that injured Vanessa Rae McWhirt-Martin of Chetopa, KS. Authorities say McWhirt was a passenger in a black "Dodge Nitro" driven by Cravey. They say witnesses say she got out of the SUV during an argument with Cravey and was shot with a handgun.  McWhirt was taken to the hospital for emergency surgery. At last repo... More>>

Railroad Repairs Means Street Closures in Joplin

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Joplin drivers may need to plan ahead with streets being closed between Murphy Boulevard and Grand Avenue for repairs to the railroad crossing. Detours will be in place. Drivers are encouraged to use extreme caution while in the area. Businesses in the area will be accessible during the construction period. The railroad repair work is part of a cost-sharing agreement with Kansas City Southern Railroad (KCS). KCS will be installing concrete panels at the railroad crossing. Cr... More>>

Carthage Man Honors Veterans, Police, Fire and EMS

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Before 77-year-old Larry Glaze lost his wife to brain cancer, the couple decided to create a bucket list, not of places to go, but of things to do, like building these tree houses, and giving back to the people who take care of others. "Just the recognition that we're trying to give our first responders, people that care about people. We don't care if they're Republican or Democrat. They're patriots and they believe in the United States. They'll raise for the flag and sta... More>>

Pittsburg Police Identify Shooting Victim Video included

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Police identified the victim in a  shooting Saturday afternoon in Pittsburg  as 37 year old Vanessa Rae McWhirt-Martin of Chetopa, Kansas. 

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Woman Shot in Pittsburg: Suspect at Large

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Pittsburg police ask for help in locating a shooting suspect. 

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Unique Garage Sale Puts Kids in the Driver's Seat Video included

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A garage sale in Joplin is being used as a teaching tool for kids.  Memorial Hall was the place for the second annual "kids garage sale." Local kids had the chance to run their own booth.. and sell their old toys, games, action figures, and clothes.  Many kids say it's a lot of fun being in charge of their own sales.. and that they learn a lot about money and how to be more outgoing.  Alice Carpenter, 12 years old: "I think it's neat just because... More>>

Local Girl Scout Camp to Close, Friends Propose Different Option Video included

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The Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland says the Mintahama Program Center in Jasper County, Missouri will close on December 16th, 2018. The GSMH made the decision after a property review on all their camps. In 2013, the girl scouts almost voted to sell the camp after a similar process, but it was averted after volunteers created the Friends of Camp Mintahama group to help improve conditions. (Related Story: Uncertainties for Girl Scout Camp Raise Concerns) On September 21st...

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