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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 12-10 Video included

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Some citizens in Redfield, Kansas consider moving after the city passes an ordinance many find unaffordable.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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Undercliff Restaurant reopens for business

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On Sunday the Undercliff  bar and grill held a grand opening.

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Citizens Express Concern in Redfield Video included

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Rex Moore originally moved to Redfield to be closer to his wife's family and thought it would be a good place to live. "It was a nice town and everybody was friendly. You walk down the street, everybody waves at you," said Moore. After just two years, Moore is ready to leave. "Our house is almost paid off and we're already thinking about just going ahead in April, turning around and selling it and just moving out of town," explained Moore. ... More>>

Jack Overman, PSU's biggest fan, dies at 100 years old

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Pittsburg State University's  number one fan has passed away. Jack Overman died Saturday at the age of 100. 

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Uranus Mo newspaper closing

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The Uranus Examiner, after just publishing five editions since opening in September, is closing.

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Food Basket Brigade community collection day gathers volunteers

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Volunteers help gather donations that will impact hundreds of families during the holidays.  The Newton County Food Basket Brigade held their community wide pick up today. Local organizations that have been collecting food donations brought them to the Newton County Fairgrounds.  From there, volunteers help sort and get donations ready to be given to almost *900* families next weekend.  It's a big day that couldn't happen without volunteers.  Terry Cook, ... More>>

Webb City Farmers Markets fundraiser helps people with food insecurity

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A new fundraiser at the Webb City Farmers Market aims to help families with food insecurities.  The "Warm Bowls, Warm Homes" fundraiser aims to raise money for the farmers market's WIC coupon program.  For 15-dollars, you can buy a handmade bowl, and either keep it empty.. or get it with soup or pasta from a local vendor.  All the proceeds go to the program, which gives families on WIC ten dollars a week in coupons for fresh fruits and vegeta... More>>

Joplin and Seneca Police Team Up to Make Christmas Merrier for Kids

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Jessica Rhine is shopping with her three nieces, and Officer Josh Fort with the Seneca Police Department is helping.

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Heart attack survivor shares her story to raise awareness Video included

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Heart disease prevention was the topic of an annual event today in Joplin. The American Heart Association held their fourth annual "Go Red for Women" luncheon.  The event features testimony from people impacted by heart disease, a heart healthy lunch and a silent auction. The main purpose of the event is to spread awareness of heart disease. Kayla Moore, American Heart Association:"We invite women and men out in the community to join us to help fight heart dise... More>>

Doctors Discuss Future of Medical Marijuana in Missouri Video included

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Missouri's new medical marijuana law has officially taken effect, meaning doctors can now legally discuss medical marijuana with patients without the risk of losing their license, but this doesn't mean people will be able to legally smoke marijuana right away. Retired cardiologist, Paul Callicoat keeps himself busy, advocating medical marijuana with hopes of growing it in the near future with his son. "Amendment 2 was written such that it provides a good platform to get int... More>>

One Person Killed after Crane Collapse

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A man is killed after a crane collapse in Wilson County, Kansas. According to Wilson County Sheriff Pete Figgin, deputies were called Friday morning about possible on site work related accident.  

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Joplin police investigate child abuse incident

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Joplin, Missouri police are searching for 28-year-old Adam J. Duncan in connection to a child abuse case. 

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Crash claims life of a southwest Missouri man

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A Mount Vernon resident dies after a two-vehicle crash in Lawrence County, Missouri. 

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 12-7 Video included

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Authorities now say Wednesday night's house fire in Joplin is considered incendiary and is under investigation by the Joplin Police Department.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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"Christmas Box Angel" Brings Comfort to Mourning Parents Video included

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As Regina Lawrence holds her lit candle, she is filled with a sense of loss. "My son died last year, in February of a sudden heart attack. He was only 38 years old," said Lawrence, a mother in Miami, Oklahoma. It was one of the hardest events she'd ever had to go through. "It's the worst pain. I thought losing my mother was bad, but losing my child, and he was a twin, is one of the worst things I've ever been through," said Lawrence. Now, though, Lawren... More>>

NEO honors students & food service fight hunger Video included

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Sodexo and students presented checks for Miami  Bright Futures back pack food. 

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One arrested after drug bust at Sigma Chi Fraternity in Pittsburg

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Authorities in Pittsburg execute a search warrant pertained to the distribution of illegal drugs out of the Sigma Chi Fraternity, 1714 S. Broadway St. 

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Agreement reached for Bourbon County ambulance service Video included

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Officials in Bourbon County, Kansas have completed a plan for a county ambulance service. The Bourbon County commission has signed an agreement with the Fort Scott Fire Department to take over ambulance services after Mercy's contract ends on March 31-st. 

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Infant ibuprofen sold at CVS, Walmart and Family Dollar recalled

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A recall has been issued for infant ibuprofen sold by CVS, Family Dollar and Walmart, Tris Pharma said this week. 

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 12-6

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A fire in the North Heights neighborhood in Joplin sends one person to the hospital.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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Fire In North Heights Neighborhood In Joplin Video included

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Developing news out of the North Heights Neighborhood in Joplin a fire sending one person to the hospital.  Fire officials responded to this home at 301 South Pearl just before 7:00 this evening.  There were heavy flames showing when fire officials arrived on scene. A person was transported by EMS to a local hospital with burns to their face and hands.  Officials at the scene did not know the severity of the person's injuries.  The cause of the fire is un... More>>

Four states residents remember President George H. W. Bush Video included

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Residents in the four states watched President George H. W. Bush's funeral today, and remembered the legacy of the 41st President.  One of which.. had the privilege of meeting the president on more than a few occasions. Chatters in Pittsburg is where Maureen Huerter and her friends gathered to watch the funeral service for former President Bush. Maureen Huerter, Pittsburg Resident:"I think it's been wonderful. Very dignified, just the right amount of humor to ke... More>>

Ozark Center Outpatient Mental Health Programs Under One Roof Video included

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 A ribbon cutting was held Wednesday for the new location of the Ozark Center Community Care Program. Outpatient programs for mental health clients and those with co-occurring addictions.

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Joplin police arrest Louisiana murder suspect

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Louisiana police ask Joplin Police for help to find 17-year-old Markeivion R. Hill. Louisiana police say Hill is charged with shooting and killing another male in Monroe on November 24th, 2018 and was supposed to be in Joplin.

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Online Presentation of KOAM News at Noon (12/5/18) Video included

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With with this morning's coverage of the funeral of President George H.W. Bush continuing on CBS, we bring you this online presentation of the KOAM News at Noon. The U.S. Marshall Service says the convicted murderer who escaped from a county jail in Oklahoma is back behind bars. Officers arrested 34-year-old Patrick Walker in St. Louis, Missouri on Dec. 4th, 2018. He had escaped from the Payne County, Okla. jail last week when he impersonated another inmate who was being release...

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 12-5 Video included

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The U.S. Marshall service says the convicted murderer who escaped from a county jail in Oklahoma is back behind bars.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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Work Planned For Joplin's Memorial Education Center Video included

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    The Memorial Education Center in Joplin currently houses administrative offices and some school services, but it's about to take on a new role.     Over the past 100 years, the Memorial Education Center has worn many hats.  As a high school, a junior college, a junior high, a middle school, a temporary high school, and now, the administrative offices for the district.     That 100 years of history is key the building's future. Dr. Kerry Sac... More>>

Pittsburg Library Kicks off Holidays Video included

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They held their annual coffee and carols celebration to usher in the holiday season.  Plenty of cookies and caroling, as well as a lot of holiday spirit. Ten themed Christmas trees were unveiled.. with themes from Charlotte's Web to Harry Potter and Willy Wonka.  A lot of which were a hit with the kids. Tom Bolding, Pittsburg Resident: "They love the trees.They really enjoyed walking around and looking at them, and the different themes. They really liked that. To ha... More>>

Crowder College Recognized for Use of Clean Energy Video included

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Some big news for Crowder College today. The "Missouri Alternative and Renewable Energy Technology Center (MARET Center)" on campus was awarded "LEED platinum status" from the "U.S. Green Building Council."  The award was given to recognize the center as a "green building," since it creates 55-percent of the energy it requires to run on its own-- and as a unique space for laboratory learning. Melissa Oats, MARET Center Director... More>>

Celebrating Safe Routes to Schools Video included

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"As everybody knows, a school system is in the business of educating young minds, but our first priority is actually the safety of our students and their families," said Pittsburg schools Superintendent Rich Proffitt. 

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 12-4 Video included

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The killer of a Joplin woman will spend the rest of his life in prison.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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New Radios for Parsons Police and Fire Video included

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New radios are on the way for the men and women who protect the people of Parsons, Kansas. The Parsons City Commission unanimously approved the purchase and replacement of the handheld radios used by Parsons police and fire. 

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MSSU Remembers George H. W. Bush Video included

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Bush Senior first visited the campus in 1988 as a vice president running for office. But his visit to the oval in September of 1992 marked the first visit of a president to Missouri Southern. As Judy Stiles looks over photos from Bush Senior's presidential visit to Joplin, she can't help but reminisce. "Definitely was a big event, I remember the preparation was a quick turnaround, I think they announced early in the week he was coming and then he came and it was a big event...

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Life sentence given in Joplin murder case Video included

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A judge gives James Henneha life in prison without the possibility of parole. On November 15th, 2018, a jury found James Henneha guilty of first degree murder in the death of 38-year-old Tonya Crawford. 

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Joplin police release details of a fatal crash involving a pedestrian

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Joplin police release details of a fatal vehicle crash involving a pedestrian that happened on November 30th.

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Quapaw Nation chosen as casino operator in Arkansas

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Local leaders in Jefferson County, Ark. and Pine Bluff, Ark. have chosen Downstream Development Authority as their casino authority. Amendment 100 of the Arkansas Constitution protects local control and provides that local leaders can select, through a letter of support, who applies for a casino license in their community. John Berrey, chairman of Downstream and the Quapaw Nation, announced today that Pine Bluff Mayor Shirley Washington and Jefferson County Judge Booker Clemons have ... More>>

A Swingin' Little Christmas Takes Stage at JLT This Week

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Christmas goes retro at Joplin Little Theatre this week with A Swingin' Little Christmas.    A review of holiday songs  set in a 1940's,1950's motif  and style, the show include all time favorites and some new ones.

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Body of Transient Found at Truck Stop

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A man's body  was discovered at a Joplin truck stop between a tractor trailer's wheels and the curb.  

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Lion's Club Hosts Carl Junction Parade

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Dozens of floats and cars made their way down Main Street as children snatched up candy and waved to Santa Claus. Carl Junction's choir and marching band provided music throughout the event. This year's parade was hosted by the Lion's Club and an event official hopes this brings greater awareness to what the service organization does. "We provide glasses for kids that need it and older people also, but we concentrate on young people because they can't learn in school if ... More>>

Santa Cares: Sensory-Friendly Photo Experience Welcomes Children with Special Needs Video included

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As Heather Latimer places her 6-year-old son, Landon, next to Santa, she feels a sense of gratitude. "You know, he doesn't get to come to the mall because there's just so many people, and you know, it just really bothers him. So it's really nice to be able to come right now where it's all just nice and calm and he can just feel comfortable being himself," explained Latimer, a mother from Goodman, Missouri. Latimer explains that experiences like this for her family are ...

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Storm Damage Near Girard

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In Crawford County, a report of damage near Girard.  This is video from around DeLang seed just west of Girard on K-47.     As you can see a couple of silos were destroyed there's also roof damage to a couple of their buildings.  One building's roof was nearly completely removed.  Meteorologist Nick Kelly spoke with the national weather service, at this time, this damage is not being attributed to a tornado but instead to severe winds in last night's stor... More>>

One Joplin Advocacy Workshop Helps Citizens Improve Neighborhoods Video included

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Ann Leach loves living in Murphysburg, but she also seems room for improvement in her neighborhood. 

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4th Annual Holiday Tea Features Heartland Opera Theatre

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Post art library hosted its fourth annual holiday tea with a musical performance from Heartland Opera Theatre. 

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Local Artist Prepares for Final Open House

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A local artist that's been featured on CNN, the NBC Nightly News, and sold pieces across the nation is holding her final open house this weekend, marking the end of a chapter in her life. Linda Lindquist Baldwin has been creating "Belsnickles" -- papier-mâché Santa Clause figurines -- for more than 30 years. Linda Lindquist Baldwin, Belsnickle Creator:"I was a single mother, almost 40, working two jobs with developmentally disabled adu... More>>

Connect To Culture Seeks Funding Deadline Extension Video included

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    We've brought you the stories on Connect to Culture and their plans for the Cornell Arts and Entertainment Complex in downtown Joplin.  They're close to their fund raising goal, but, they need a little more time.  Connect to Culture announced a bold plan last year to build a new arts and entertainment complex on the parking lot of Memorial Hall. Emily Frankoski, Connect 2 Culture: "The community has really rallied behind the idea of this in downt... More>>

Kansas City Chiefs Release Kareem Hunt

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The Kansas City Chiefs announced via Twitter on November 30th, that they are releasing star running back Kareem Hunt. The news comes after a video surfaced of Hunt shoving and kicking a woman in a hotel hallway.  Prior to the announcement, the NFL had placed Hunt on the commissioner's exempt list, which prevented him from playing in games or practicing with the team.  More>>

Update: Missouri American Water Releases Maps of Proposed Water Reservoir Project

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Missouri American Water is seeking a solution to secure their water supply as surrounding communities like Joplin continue to grow. Currently, 85% of the company's water supply comes from Shoal Creek, but that supply is volatile. In the last few years, Missouri American Water says homeowners have had their wells go dry. Now, landowners in Newton County are being propositioned with letters seeking a buyout of land or property that would fall into one of two potential sites for a wat...

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Grant gives Carthage Language Teachers new teaching Strategies

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New courses have been created in Missouri for educators who teach English as a second language.  One district that's taking advantage of the new courses is the Carthage R-9 district.  Gretel Schmidt is a 1st grade teacher in Carthage who teaches duel language classes, something that can be tough when she gets a brand new student. Gretel Schmidt, 1st Grade Teacher:"It's really hard, especially at the beginning of the year when a student is brand new to your class... More>>

New Business Revealed in Carthage

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A new and unique business is coming to Carthage, Missouri. The Tin Cup Bistro will be opening at 2300 Grand Avenue.. and is made entirely out of shipping containers.  The menu includes coffee.. cappuccino and other drinks, and breakfast and lunch options.  It will also feature a dining area that seats around 12, seating in front of the restaurant, and a drive through. The new bistro is owned by Justin and Jane Holzwarth, who are also the owners of J-Builders, a cons... More>>

Overshadowed by Opioids, Meth Addiction is on the Rise Video included

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Christine Huff is no stranger to the court room, as she's battled drug addiction from an early age. "I started using fentanyl whenever I was 14 and then it just doesn't seem like it could get worse than that, but it did. By the age of 25, there was nothing that I hadn't done," said Huff, a recovered addict in Neosho. Meth, though, was one of Huff's worst addictions and she was arrested more than once for drug possession and paraphernalia. "I lost my son, I... More>>

KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 11-30 Video included

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An Arkansas woman enters a plea deal in connection to the 2016 murder of a Pittsburg, Kansas man.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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Potential Water Reservoir Worries Newton County Farmers Video included

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Jon Henson is like a lot of farmers in Newton County, raising cattle across his 280 acres of land, but now he's worried about losing it all. "There's not property in the area that you can just go out and buy a couple hundred acres and just start again. It's a pretty tough deal," said Henson. Henson is one of nearly 200 landowners who have received a letter proposing the sale of their property for a water reservoir, but many aren't willing to sell. "A lot of the...

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Protect Packages from Theft: Ship to Store Not Porch Video included

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 A partnership between FedEx and Walgreens could help keep your packages safe. 

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Neosho Ordinance looks to penalize Business that sell alcohol to Minors Video included

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A new ordinance in Neosho could revoke liquor licenses for businesses that sell alcohol to minors.  The ordinance outlines penalties that a business would face if a clerk is caught selling alcohol to minors during police compliance checks.  The penalties increase in severity each time the business fails a check, and can result in a license being suspended for up to a year.  The first time a business fails a check, they would receive a warning. If they fail ...

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Joplin Chamber announces new President Video included

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New leadership for the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce has been selected. Toby Teeter will start as the new chamber president on December 10-th.  Teeter is a Joplin native who has experience as an attorney and lobbyist in Jefferson City, and as a business owner.  Teeter says a big part of his vision for the chamber is to find a way to draw new and more diverse businesses to Joplin. Toby Teeter, Joplin Chamber President: "The next step is, this organization...

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Theft Prevention for Packages on Porches: Walgreens & FedEx Offer In Store Delivery Video included

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Walgreens and FedEx are partnering to offer package delivery to the stores.  For many online shoppers this could prevent packages from sitting unattended on porches where police say they become a target for thieves. We talk to store managers about the arrangement and how it's good for both customers and the stores themselves on tonight's news.  More>>

Murder charge dropped in southwest Missouri plea deal

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Arkansas resident Elsie Coleman Hamilton enters a plea deal and is sentenced for tampering with a motor vehicle. The charge is in connection to the 2016 murder of a Pittsburg, Kansas man.

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Missouri Sen. Elect Josh Hawley Announces Plans to Re-introduce the Duck Boat Safety Bill Video included

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Senator Elect from Missouri Josh Hawley says he'll re-introduce the Duck Boat Safety bill in January.  The bill would require the vehicles to comply with U.S. Coast Guard regulations aimed at ensuring they stay afloat.

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 11-29 Video included

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Joplin Police stats show use of force by police is commonly sparked by resisting arrest.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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Second Person Dies In Coffeyville House Fire

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A second person has died as a result of a house fire in Coffeyville, KS. Authorities say Delyn Hoffman died from her injuries Tuesday at Hillcrest Hospital in Tulsa. The fire happened on 1508 South Willow Street early Saturday morning.   When firefighters arrived, heavy flames were coming from the second floor northwest corner of the structure, and firefighters used a ladder to rescue the three occupants from a second-story window. All three were unconscious and were transp...

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Disability Mentoring Day Video included

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Gabby Richards is a Galena High Sophomore with dyslexia, and she knows first hand how hard life can be at times living with a disability. 

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KS Deer Season Brings Big Boon to Small Businesses Video included

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Today was the first day of firearms deer season in Kansas.  It's a big day for hunters, and local business owners. This is Matt George's 23rd deer season at the Oswego Locker.. and he anticipates this year being as busy as ever. Matt George, Owner, Oswego Locker:"We'll have deer brought in from as far as cedar vale to the west, and I couldn't tell ya how far north, we pull a pretty big area." From the first morning alone, the meat locker has processed more...

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JPD Use of Force Report: Resisting Arrest Trigger Video included

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   A new report shows resisting arrest is a common trigger for the use of force by Joplin police. The  department’s third quarter Use of Force Internal Affairs report shows a slight decline compared to last year.         

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Mayor resigns, Pittsburg now accepting applications Video included

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Due to his recent election to the Crawford County Commission, Pittsburg Mayor Jeremy Johnson has resigned his position on the Pittsburg City Commission. 

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3 charged in drug bust near southeast Kansas school

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Three suspects are arrested on various drug charges in Baxter Springs, Kansas. 

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Crash in southwest Missouri claims a life

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A Harrison, Arkansas man dies after a fatal crash in McDonald County, Missouri.

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 11-28 Video included

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Representatives from the Department of Defense were at Joplin City Hall Tuesday, to honor the city, as well as its IT Director, Mark Morris.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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Webb City Girl Diagnosed With Rare Birth Defect Video included

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    Imagine a normal nine month pregnancy and then at the end, your baby is born with a rare, potentially life-threatening birth defect.  That's what happened to one Webb City mother.   Shelby Williams was like any expectant mother, excited to meet her baby girl, but when that day came, something, wasn't right. Shelby Williams, Harper's Mom: "The day that she was born, she came out and it just looked like a big head of hair, but then when they turned...

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PSU Graphics and Imaging Tech Celebrates Accreditation

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It was a big day over at Pittsburg State University.  The Graphics and Imaging Technologies department celebrated their recent accreditation.  The process took two years to complete, and recognizes the program as one of the 12 best graphics program in the nation. Kalyn Deal, Graphics Student: "To me, it just means that, what they're doing here is legit, it's real. We aren't being taught nothing, we're being taught things that actually are gonna matter and t... More>>

Four States Residents get involved in Giving Tuesday

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Giving Tuesday -- a national day of giving -- is today.  a local sports team spent part of their day volunteering to give back -- but, what does the day mean to other people in the four states?  Kennedy Lee loads empty boxes for donations at the Wesley House.  She and the rest of the Frontenac High School girls basketball team are volunteering at the Wesley House.. unloading donations and decorating the center.. to give back on giving Tuesday.  Kennedy Lee... More>>

Cherryvale, KS Police Investigate Homicide

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The Cherryvale Police Department says a 62-year-old man is dead from a single gunshot wound. Authorities say they were called out to a home west Whelan street in Cherryvale. When officers responded to a domestic disturbance call, they found Richard Schulteiss with a single gunshot wound. Schulteiss was taken to the hospital where he died. Police have arrested a suspect in that shooting, but no official charges have been filed. 

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Third suspect pleads guilty in Joplin murder case

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A third southeast Kansas resident enters a plea deal for his role in a Joplin murder case.

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 11-27 Video included

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New signs at the Neosho High School parking lot are met with mixed feelings.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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Christmas Tree Farm Earns Special Honor Video included

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    The Ozark Valley Christmas Tree Farm in Southwest City has received a special honor this holiday season and a trip to see Missouri's governor.  Charity Keith is part of a seven generation family tradition on the Manning Farm just north of Southwest City.  Seven years ago they added Christmas Tree Farming to the services they provide and now, another part of that business, has earned them some top honors. Charity Keith: "I've wanted to e... More>>

#GivingTuesday information, links and tips

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Read about #GivingTuesday, tips for evaluating nonprofits and charity misconceptions.

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Students No Longer Allowed To Loiter on Neosho High School Parking Lot

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A school parking lot seems like an innocent enough place for kids to hang out, but Student Body President Donnie Fox says it wasn't all fun and games.

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The Joplin Humane Society's Medical Fund Needs Your Help

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Tony is a 10 to 12-year-old dachshund recovering at the Joplin Humane Society after being attacked by a much larger animal, but that hasn't broken this old dog's spirit. 

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The Holiday Express train is on the move

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The Holiday Express Train has been a tradition since 2001 for the Kansas City Southern railroad. The festive, six-car train travels through Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Illinois and Missouri. 

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Fire claims a life in Coffeyville, Ks, 2 others flown to hospital

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One person has died after an early morning fire in Coffeyville, Kansas. Authorities say a call came in at 3:12 a.m. on November 24th, 2018, of a structure fire at 1508 S. Willow.

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 11-26 Video included

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A blizzard in the Midwestern United States made for hectic trips home at the end of the holiday weekend.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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JPD Officer Involved in Shooting, Back on the Job

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A Joplin police officer involved in a November 2nd  shooting is back on duty and cleared of  wrongdoing.   

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Blizzard Conditions Prompt State of Disaster Emergency in Kansas

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A winter  storm could bring  6 to 12 inches of snow  in central plains states.  Whiteout conditions are reported in Topeka, Hays and other  parts of Kansas..The Kansas Highway Patrol reported  on hundred  percent snow packed and icy roads, numerous vehicle  slide offs and jackknifed semi-trucks. 

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FDA Announces Plan to Limit E-Cig Flavors in Convenient Stores Video included

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Bradley Crane runs a vape shop in Joplin, one of the first, and as a former smoker, he appreciates vaping on a personal level. "I spent two cartons worth of cigarettes money on vapor products and I never smoked again. It's been 6 1/2 years," said Crane, owner of SWMO Vape Shop. Crane explains making the switch can save thousands of dollars. "You're looking at about 1/5 of what it costs to smoke cigarettes to maintain vaping, so somebody could realistically...

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Decades Long Search for Family has Happy Ending Video included

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A Joplin man's family search that's been underway for several decades has come to fruition.  Kerry Sachetta joined close friends and family at club 1201 to celebrate newly found family. Kerry Sachetta, Joplin Schools Assistant Superintendent for Operations :"Our family has just gotten a lot bigger, that's all it is.. It's more family." In 1961, he was born in Rome, Italy to 29-year-old Olimpia Rea, who decided to give him up for adoption.  Sachet... More>>

Fort Scott Celebrates Small Business Saturday with First-Ever Passport Incentive Video included

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Barbara Trimbur, who runs an antique store on Main Street admits she's seen smaller businesses fail in Fort Scott.  "New stores come in and a store goes out so it seems like we're not catching up, you know. The downtown should be full," said Trimbur, owner of "The Iron Star." Trimbur says small businesses like hers have to find ways to connect with their customers to keep up with the competition. "It's very difficult to compete with the...

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Early Morning Fire Engulfs Carl Junction Home Video included

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Shortly before 9 am, the Carl Junction Fire Department received a call for a two story house fire at 606 Black Thorn Lane in Carl Junction.  According to officials on scene, the residents were able to get out of the house before calling the department.  Webb City Fire, Oronogo Fire, and Joplin Fire Departments responded for mutual aid.  The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but officials know it started in the garage.  We will have more details as... More>>

UPDATE: Suspect in Police Standoff Identified Video included

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Pittsburg police arrest an armed man after a standoff at a home.

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Small Business Black Friday Video included

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If getting up at the crack of dawn to participate in a Black Friday stampede at the nearest mall isn't your cup of tea, try looking to your local small businesses for a deal. That was an option many people in Pittsburg took advantage of this Black Friday. 

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More People Opting for Fresh Christmas Trees

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Angel Otero grew up with an artificial tree most of her life, but a couple years ago, she and her husband decided to branch out. "Our fake tree broke and so the following Christmas we decided to get a real tree, and we've done it that way ever since," explained Otero. Otero looks forward to the holiday season, especially picking out a unique tree each year. "I like the smell and there's just something fun about going and getting the Christmas tree. It's become ... More>>

KOAM Toybox Celebrates 30 years

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The Koam Toybox campaign has officially begun.  But this years campaign is a little more special, because it marks a big milestone.  19-88.. that's the year one of the four-state's largest toy drives began.  Danny Thomas, Koam-TV President and General Manager: "I started in March of 19-88, and at the time we kind of circled our heads with some department heads and were thinking, what will we do at the holidays. There were different coats for kids ... More>>

KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 11-23 Video included

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Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer issues an executive order that will allow more state workers to take time off with their new families. Plus all the news you need to know before you head out the door.

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Gov. Colyer Signs Executive Order for Parental Leave for State Employees

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Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer issued an executive order that will allow more state workers to take time off with their new families. The governor's executive order gives more than 17-thousand state employees under the governor's jurisdiction paid time off following the birth or adoption of a child. 

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Black Thursday in Joplin Video included

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There's turkey, football, and for many people, shopping. Thanksgiving traditions come in a lot of forms and JC Penny at Joplin's North Park Mall was more than happy to accommodate 4-Staters who couldn't wait for Black Friday. 

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KS High Court Paves Way for Grand Jury Probe of Kris Kobach

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The Kansas Supreme Court this week opened the door for a grand jury investigation of Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach. 

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Annual Dinner Serves Hundreds in Joplin Video included

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A long standing tradition at The Salvation Army is helping those less fortunate celebrate with  a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.  The staff at The Salvation Army and more than *60* volunteers came together to prepare a full Thanksgiving meal for more than 450 people in the community.  They also handed out two pairs of socks to each person who came -- something made possible by "Bombas Sock Company," and Convoy of Hope.  Many people that com... More>>

Project Aims to Re-Kindle Holiday Spirit Video included

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A grassroots initiative to re-kindle the holiday spirit in a Southeast, Kansas town is taking off. The main goal -- light up Pleasanton, Kansas.  Danny Mccullough is on a mission..  Danny Mccullough, Pleasanton Resident.:"I wanted to reach out some way, but in a way that doesn't involved money or nothing like that." But to understand why he wants to get involved in his small town.. you have to go back to a simpler time.  Danny:"When I w...

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7th Annual Turkey Trot draws big Crowd Video included

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Loads of people in Joplin decided to spend their Thanksgiving morning doing something for a good cause.  The seventh annual Joplin Turkey Trot drew more than 17-hundred runners, walkers and "gobblers" to downtown Joplin.  Serious runners, kids, families -- and even runners dressed as turkeys -- all came out to the one mile fun run and 5-k that helps raise funds for Circles Joplin. Many families say getting in a good run together before they come togeth... More>>

KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 11-22 Video included

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President Trump and Chief Justice John Roberts are in a war of words.  Plus all the news you need to know before you head out the door.

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Students Serve to help the Homeless Video included

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It was a day of service for a group of students in Carthage, Missouri.  Chopping, stirring and baking.. that's what a group of high school students in Carthage spent their afternoon doing at the Carthage Crisis Center.  They volunteered to help the center prepare for their annual Thanksgiving dinner at the shelter.  The center will prepare a full traditional dinner.. complete with turkey, gravy, and stuffing.  Many of the students say they volunteered to help s... More>>

Air Travel Projected to Hit Record High over Holiday Video included

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A record number of travelers is expected to take to the skies for their Thanksgiving weekend.  Airlines For America is projecting more than 30-million people will fly this Thanksgiving week, between the 16th and the 27th of this month. That's up from 29-million last year -- and it's the highest it's been in 10 years.  Several travelers coming into Joplin say their flights went smoothly, even though the flights were a noticeably more busy.  Stuart York is an Alba, Mi... More>>

Travelers Enjoy Low Gas Prices, Good Weather Video included

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AAA estimates 54-million people are  traveling this holiday. Good weather plus low gas prices  equals more people driving home.       

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Gas Prices Lowest in Midwest States and Good News for Travelers Video included

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AAA reports gas prices for holiday travelers are virtually the same as last year and the lowest in the Midwest. We'll be talking to travelers about taking to the roads for the holiday and to law enforcement about how to stay safe on the highways.  More>>

KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 11-21 Video included

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Area police prepare to keep drunk drivers off the road over Thanksgiving.  Plus all the news you need to know before you head out the door.

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Webb City Preps for Semifinal vs. Ladue Video included

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Webb City will host Ladue Horton Watkins in the Class 4 Semifinals Saturday, in a rematch of last year's state title game. 

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Spiva Park Tree Lighting Video included

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    Twas the hour before the tree lighting and all through the park, several creatures were stirring, probably even, a mouse.     The lights were hung by the parks department with care, in the hopes that Saint Nick, soon would be there.  While Mayor Gary Shaw may not be the jolly old elf himself, he substituted quite nicely, officially lighting the big tree in Spiva Park. Dale Crouch: "I love Christmas and I love that Joplin does this every year to b... More>>

JPD Traffic Officers Looking for Drunk Drivers Before, During, After Holiday Video included

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The night before thanksgiving has such a reputation for heavy drinking -- some police call it Blackout Wednesday and ‘drinksgiving’.           It's a concern of Joplin police.          

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Food Campaign looks to Help People during Holidays Video included

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An annual food campaign in Newton County, Missouri is getting off to a good start.  43-hundred dollars was given for the Newton County Food Basket Brigade's Christmas campaign.. courtesy Clark Funeral Homes.    Danny Hierholzer, Clark Funeral Homes:"The giving has been increasing every year since the inception 23 years ago. 43-hundred dollars is pretty substantial."   This is the 31-st year the brigade has provided food for Newton county residents, ... More>>

3 arrested after drug bust in Joplin, MO Video included

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On November 19th, 2018, the Ozarks Drug Enforcement Team and Joplin Police Officers served a search warrant at 2102 Kensington in Joplin, Missouri. Authorities say there were five people in the home at the time of the warrant. They say one suspect, who jumped out of an upstairs window, was detained by perimeter officers.  Police seized several items from the home including digital scales, baggies with a white crystal substance that field tested positive for meth, a 9mm handgun a... More>>

4 arrested in Carthage, MO drug bust Video included

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On November 15th, 2018, the Ozarks Drug Enforcement Team and Carthage Police Department served a search warrant at 1200 Regan Avenue in Carthage, Missouri. Authorities detained nine suspects and after further investigation, arrested five of them. 

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Police in Missouri seek help finding Catholic store shooter, victim identified Video included

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BALLWIN, Mo. (AP) - Police are asking the public for help finding the suspect in a sexual assault and fatal shooting at a religious supply store in suburban St. Louis. St. Louis County police tweeted Tuesday that anyone with information should call. Police urged tipsters to use the non-emergency numbers, not 911, to provide information about the Monday afternoon shooting at a Catholic Supply of St. Louis store in St. Louis County, near the town of Ballwin. Police have said a woman w...

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 11-20 Video included

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Missourian's will have to make the choice between medical marijuana or purchasing a gun.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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$800,000 Grant Addresses Crawford County's SANE Nurse Shortage

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Being the only sexual assault nurse examiner in Crawford County means Wendy Overstreet frequently has to make hard decisions. 

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Commerce Returns to State Quarterfinals Video included

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The Tigers will be on the road against Fairview on Friday night looking to move on to the Class A final four. 

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State Marijuana Law Conflicts with Federal Guidelines Leading to Denial of Firearms Purchase Video included

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Steve Richards is the owner of Steve's Trading Post, a gun shop that's been around for the past 35 years. "We'll probably sell about 300 guns this holiday season, mostly for hunting and self protection. Personal protection is very popular," said Owner, Steve Richards. Since Missouri adopted a new medical marijuana law, though, there may be fewer people eligible to buy a gun this year. "We have heard from our compliance people and they have made it very clear th... More>>

Northeast Oklahoma man dies after crash in Joplin, MO

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The Joplin Police Department responds to a single-vehicle crash on November 18th, 2018, just before 6:00 a.m. It happened on I-44 Westbound at the 2.4 mile marker.

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Kansas Governor & 3 State Agencies Named in Federal Lawsuit Over Foster Care

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A class action lawsuit is filed against Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer and three state agencies. The federal lawsuit filed Friday, claims foster children in Kansas  are shuffled between homes and facilities so much that they can be essentially rendered homeless while in state custody.    

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Numbers of Harvested Deer in Missouri on the Rise

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Greg Elliott, like many, looks forward to hunting season and the rewards go beyond the buck he's bringing home. "I enjoy the peacefulness of it, to basically be out there when the sun comes up and the birds starts chirping and everything starts moving. I do enjoy the kill also, but both of them together is pretty peaceful and it's enjoyable," Elliott, a Joplin hunter, explained. Elliott started hunting with a friend about 10 years ago, and since then, it's become ...

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Turkey Trot Helps Hope Kitchen and Hunger Awareness Video included

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A 5 k run called the Turkey Trot in Neosho worked to help others. 

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Recount Results in Official Winner of Commissioner's Race Video included

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The Crawford County hand recount of votes reverses the outcome  of the commissioners race. 

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Student 5-K Raises funds for Teen Battling Cancer Video included

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Pitt state students walk to raise funds for a local teen with leukemia.  More than a hundred students and community members came out for the first ever "Be the Match" 5-\K run and walk at Pitt State.  It was held to raise awareness for the national bone marrow donor program -- and to raise funds for Pittsburg 17-year old Payton Kannarr.  Payton attends Saint Mary's Colgan High School, and her father Shane owns Kannarr Eye Care in Pittsburg. Payton was... More>>

Sensitive Documents Trashed at Shredding Event Video included

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Joplin residents get rid of sensitive documents in a way that protects them from identity theft. The Joplin Recycling Center hosted a free shredding day for America Recycles Day. More than a hundred vehicles came through to safely dispose of bills and more. Two mobile shredding trucks from CRC Shredding Company were at the center from 10 a-m until two on Saturday (11/17) for people to drop off old medical paperwork, receipts and other documents.  The big focus of th... More>>

Shoppers Spend More on Gifts This Year Video included

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As people pour in through the doors of Cecil Floyd Elementary, shoppers like Don Manka are spending more freely. "We bought some Christmas gifts and then we've also bought some stuff that we're gonna end up using," said Carterville shopper Don Manka. Manka feels like the economy has improved and people are doing more than just window shopping this year. "I think the stores, I mean craft fairs, we've been to about 4 or 5 this season and they've actually been pre...

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SEK Bake Sale Offers Sweet Treats to Benefit Shelter Video included

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The SEK Humane Society hosts their annual bake sale to benefit their animal shelter. Baked goods ranged from cookies and cupcakes to pies and dog treats. All items are home made and donated by people in the community. Proceeds go towards purchasing needed items for dogs and cats at the animal shelter. "That includes dog food, kitten formula, we'll have toys, the kitty litter. It goes to everything that these dogs need, and right now our shelter is at full capacit... More>>

Coffee Trends Inspire Three New Shops In The Metro

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    A new survey by the website "Webstaurant Store" has noted an increase in coffee shop customers, especially those 13 to 18.  Three new coffee shops have opened in the Joplin metro area within the last couple of months, so we sent Chris Warner to find out what trend's brought them here.  Although there's a growing trend of younger coffee drinkers, the coffee shops we visited all told us they see all ages frequent their stores. Neil Simmonds, Z... More>>

Carthage Hammers Lebanon, Advances to State Semifinals

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Highlights from the Tigers' 43-8 win over Lebanon in the Class 5 Quarterfinals Friday night.

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Jones, Lewis Sign at Joplin High School Video included

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Grant Jones (Baseball) and Garret Lewis (Tennis) signed Letters of Intent Friday afternoon at Joplin High School. 

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State Conference held in Pittsburg for First Time Video included

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A statewide conference is in Pittsburg for the first time -- and could make it easier for the city to influence decisions at the state level.  Community Development, records management, and advising local leaders.  Those are just a few things city and county managers across Kansas work on every day.  Donald Cawby, Conference Organizer:"Cities and counties are sub-divisions of our state government we have to keep up on trends, changes in laws, managerial challeng... More>>

Turkey Trends on the Slimmer Side Video included

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This is a big time of year for the Garrett Family Farm as they more than double their turkey production. "Last Thanksgiving we did 20, kind of our first hit at it. This year we did 60. Next year we're hoping you know maybe to increase to the 200 mark," said Brittany Garrett with Garrett Family Farm. The Garrett's produce pasture raised, non-GMO meat, something that's becoming a growing trend as consumers become more interested in their health. "We always l... More>>

New Way To Treat Depression In Joplin

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    A new way to treat depression has made it's way to the four-states...Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, or "TMS" therapy is a non-drug, non-invasive treatment for patients with major depression who have not seen success on anti-depressant medication.     Freeman Health's Ozark Center recently debuted the technology which uses a highly targeted pulsed magnetic field, similar to what an MRI machine uses, to stimulate nerves in the part of... More>>

Three Year Old Left On Webb City Bus

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    A child is left behind on a bus in Webb City and the parent takes to Facebook fighting for change. Dr. Kevin Cooper, Webb City Asst. Superintendent: "To be honest with you, we're not 100% sure exactly, how it happened, but we can tell you that we had a student that was left on a bus for an extended period of time, and it was one of our early childhood students." The child left behind, only three years old, the daughter of Samantha Sweet.  Sweet t... More>>

Vogt Signs at Carthage High School Video included

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Trason Vogt is an All-Conference and All-District pitcher for Carthage. 

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Humboldt Aims to Continue Historic Run Video included

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The Cubs (11-0) are in the state semifinals for the first time in team history, where they will face Riley County Friday night. 

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Joplin Family Comes Together in House Fire Aftermath Video included

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It took hours for firefighters to subdue the flames that engulfed the Dallies' home, a frightening experience for one of the survivors. "You can't see, you can't breathe and you know you're just distraught. The only thing you can think of is just get everybody out, get everybody all taken care of and that's all you can do," said Angelica Dallies. This two-story family house belonged to the Dallies and extended relatives for nearly 20 years. "Everybody pretty mu... More>>

Crawford County, Ks man enters plea deal in shooting Video included

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Muriece Scholes, 77, of rural Frontenac, Ks enters a plea deal for shooting a Pittsburg man. The crime happened on June 4th, 2017, near 940 S. 250th Street in Crawford County, Kansas. Dispatch received a call about a man being shot. Deputies responded and found 42-year-old Warren Hill with a gunshot wound to the shoulder. Authorities got a warrant and on June 14th, 2017, arrested Scholes for first degree attempted murder for shooting Hill. As part of the plea deal, Scholes will be ...

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Guilty verdict in Joplin murder case

James Henneha is found guilty of first degree murder in Joplin, Mo. (Nov 15, 2018) James Henneha is found guilty of first degree murder in Joplin, Mo. (Nov 15, 2018)
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A jury finds James Henneha guilty of first degree murder in the death of 38-year-old Tonya Crawford. Closing arguments were delivered this morning (Nov. 15, 2018) and the jury retired at 9:58 a.m. The jury was then seated at 1:28 p.m. and read the following, " WE, THE JURY, FIND THE DEFENDANT JAMES WARREN HENNEHA GUILTY OF MURDER IN THE FIRST DEGREE AS SUBMITTED IN INSTRUCTION NO. 5." Tonya Crawford was reported missing on January 22nd, 2016. A day later, a landlord and fam...

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Neosho High Speech & Debate Team Earn Top 100 Status in Nation Video included

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Neosho high school ranks in the top 100 schools by the National Speech and Debate Association, placing 42nd out of 3500 schools. 

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Roy Clark, 'Hee Haw' host, dies at 85

Roy Clark, a country music star and former host of the long-running TV series "Hee Haw," died Thursday, his publicist told CNN. Roy Clark, a country music star and former host of the long-running TV series "Hee Haw," died Thursday, his publicist told CNN.
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By Megan Thomas and Kevin Bohn, CNN     (CNN) -- Roy Clark, a country music star and former host of the long-running TV series "Hee Haw," died Thursday, his publicist told CNN. He was 85. Clark died of complications from pneumonia at his home in Tulsa, Oklahoma, according to publicist Sandy Brokaw. Raised in Washington D.C., the guitarist and banjo player began his musical career as a young teen. He made his first appearance at the Grand Ole Opry at a... More>>

NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW 11-15

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JOPLIN HOUSE FIRE 11 people, including five children escaped from an overnight house fire in Joplin. The two-story fire on the corner of South 19th and Seargent erupted into flames around 3 a.m. A total of four trucks worked to put out the flames, but nearly two hours later those flames were still burning strong. One of the family members says they had three space heaters running and the fire may have started from electrical reasons.   GARY NODLER HONORED Missouri Southe... More>>

11 People Escape from an Overnight Fire in Joplin Video included

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11 people, including five children escaped from an overnight house fire in Joplin.  The two-story fire on the corner of South 19th and Seargent erupted into flames around three o’clock this morning.  A total of four trucks worked to put out the flames, but nearly two hours later those flames were still burning strong.  Six adults and five children were in the home and escaped uninjured.  One of the family members says they had three space heaters running and ... More>>

Kafka Signs to PSU Track & Field Video included

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"Right when I walked in I knew that's where I wanted to go. It's always been a dream for me to go to Pitt State."

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Special Report: Eyes on the Road Video included

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On most days you can find Modot emergency response operator Roy Cota on the highways surrounding Joplin, clearing accidents and assisting motorists and local first responders. But that job would be impossible without assistance from the Transportation Management Center of the Ozarks, commonly referred to as the "TMC." 

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SEK Law Enforcement Offices starting Drug Task Force Video included

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Catching drug dealers in Labette county, Kansas is the focus of a new multi agency task force.  In the past couple of weeks, the Parsons Police Department has made two separate drug arrests that involved suspects from outside of Labette county, and even the state. One happened at a hotel on main street.. and the other in the middle of town.. both arrested for suspicions of distribution.  Robert Spinks, Parsons Police Chief:"We've made arrests on significant play... More>>

Joplin Redevelopment Corporation Sends Renovation Plans to Council Video included

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A Joplin building owner is a step closer to being able to renovate two downtown buildings.       The Joplin Redevelopment Corporation or JRC said yes to the plan from Lori and Jeremy Haun that could bring new businesses to the 900 block of Main. 

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

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

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Kidnapping investigated in southwest Missouri, one arrested Video included

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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

The Barton County, Mo. Sheriff's Office is searching for a suspect vehicle (Nov. 12, 2018) The Barton County, Mo. Sheriff's Office is searching for a suspect vehicle (Nov. 12, 2018)
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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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    On Sunday the Undercliff  bar and grill held a grand opening.

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    On Sunday the Undercliff  bar and grill held a grand opening.

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  • Citizens Express Concern in Redfield

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    Sunday, December 9 2018 9:25 PM EST2018-12-10 02:25:00 GMT
    Rex Moore originally moved to Redfield to be closer to his wife's family and thought it would be a good place to live. "It was a nice town and everybody was friendly. You walk down the street, everybody waves at you," said Moore. After just two years, Moore is ready to leave. "Our house is almost paid off and we're already thinking about just going ahead in April, turning around and selling it and just moving out of town," explained Moore. ...More >>
    Rex Moore originally moved to Redfield to be closer to his wife's family and thought it would be a good place to live. "It was a nice town and everybody was friendly. You walk down the street, everybody waves at you," said Moore. After just two years, Moore is ready to leave. "Our house is almost paid off and we're already thinking about just going ahead in April, turning around and selling it and just moving out of town," explained Moore. ...More >>
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    One Person Killed after Crane Collapse

    One Person Killed after Crane Collapse

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    A man is killed after a crane collapse in Wilson County, Kansas. According to Wilson County Sheriff Pete Figgin, deputies were called Friday morning about possible on site work related accident.  

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    A man is killed after a crane collapse in Wilson County, Kansas. According to Wilson County Sheriff Pete Figgin, deputies were called Friday morning about possible on site work related accident.  

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