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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 11-23-17

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CONGRESSMAN APOLOGY Texas Congressman Joe Barton has apologized for a lewd photo of him that's circulating on the Internet. The Washington Post is reporting the 68-year-old Republican told a woman to whom he sent sexually explicit photos, videos, and messages that he would report her to the Capitol Police if she exposed his secret sex life.  The photo was published Tuesday by an Anonymous Twitter account. PARADE SECURITY Security will be heightened at New York... More>>

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A Pittsburg Thanksgiving with International Flavor

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It wasn't tough to sell Rodriguez on Thanksgiving. This Pitt State student grew up in Venezuela, but he's in the U.S. Getting his master's in international business, and that means taking part in fun new traditions. 

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Emergency Workers Keeping You Safe This Black Friday, But How Can You Keep Them Safe?

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  Police in Joplin will *also* have a stronger presence over the next chunk of days.      Particularly tomorrow night and into Black Friday when the roads will be consumed with shoppers.

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Increasing Number of Kids Removed from Kansas Homes with Drugs as Factor; Challenge to Fix for New DCF Leader Video included

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      The agency, known as DCF, recently noted a forty-two percent increase in children removed from homes with drugs as a contributing factor in a five year period. 

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Volunteers Prepare for First Thanksgiving at Pittsburg Food Shelter Video included

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...The food is good.  The meaning behind that food is the "secret ingredient."

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Not Everyone Optimistic About Missouri Minimum Wage Increase Video included

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     If you live in Missouri...you may start to take home a little more green next year.      The minimum wage is set to go up 15 cents on January 1st.      But there are some who are skeptical about the benefits of the increase. Right now, the minimum wage in Missouri is $7.70 an hour, but is that amount enough?

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Better Business Bureau Gives Advice and Warnings to Black Friday Shoppers Video included

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Kayleigh and Christine spend the afternoon at Northpark Mall. Kayleigh has plans to return in a few days for the Black Friday sales. "I feel like saving money is the best part. Because you get to buy awesome gifts for your friends..family for Christmas and other holidays" says Kayleigh. Black Friday is day of shopping that has changed over time. "It used to be that Black Friday always started on Friday. And throughout the past several years we started seei... More>>

Travel Starts Early for Drivers and Fliers Video included

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People are getting a jump on their holiday travels and taking to the road or the skies today for their Thanksgiving trip. 

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Joplin Police Get Suspect "Calm" Enough for Mugshot after Econo Lodge Incident Video included

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"He was laughing at one point.  His behaviors were just not normal."

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Neosho Man Arrested for Arson at Joplin's Econolodge Video included

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Early morning fire leads to the arrest of a Neosho man.  According to the press release from Joplin Police and Fire Department crews responded to the Econolodge at 3510 S Range Line, Tuesday November 21, 2017 around 4:30a.m..  When a Joplin Police Officer arrived on scene he noticed smoke coming from 2nd floor on the north side of the building. The hotel staff reported a man renting the room was destroying the room and throwing things out the window.  The officer... More>>

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY

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For every year over the last decade, 60%-80% of new jobs were generated by small businesses. According to American Express for every $100 spent at local small businesses, $68 returns to the community.  This morning KOAM's Michael Hayslip sits down with the chair of the Downtown Advisory Board Marketing Committee, Sydney Anselmi, to talk Small Business Saturday in Pittsburg, Kansas.

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 11-21-17

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OPIOID DEATHS A new report shows the number of opioid deaths in Missouri this year could exceed traffic fatalities for the first time ever.  There have been 591 traffic deaths in the Show Me State, compared to 733 opioid deaths.  The numbers come from the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.  And now some local emergency workers and the newton county coroner believe the epidemic is making its way into extreme Sout...

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Online Study Says Online Dating In Missouri Is Dangerous

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     If you live in the State of Missouri and use an online dating site...congratulations on your middle name being "danger".      According to recent study...the Show-me State is the most dangerous state in America for online dating.

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McDonald County Jail Construction Taking Longer Than Expected

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Commissioners gave me tour the new part of the jail that's budget has been in the works for around eight years now. "It was actually started by a commissioner before I ever arrived in McDonald County. He had the idea of setting some funds aside for this" says McDonald County Commissioner John Bunch.   Bunch describes the funding for the project as 'in house' funded. "We ask all the office holders in the county to try to restrain themselves from any r... More>>

MO 2018 Minimum Wage Set

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The minimum wage rate will be $7.85 next year. The Missouri Department of Labor today (11/20/2017) announced that the wage rate for 2018 has been set. It will take effect January 1st. According to the Department of Labor, all businesses will be required to pay at minimum, the $7.85 hourly rate, except retail and service businesses whose annual gross sales are less than $500,000. They say according to Missouri law, the minimum wage rate is calculated once a year and can increase or d...

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Missouri Statewide Numbers Show Opioid Overdose Deaths Could Exceed Traffic Fatalities; Local Officials Expect Situation to Worsen Video included

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Local coroners and emergency responders say they believe the opioid epidemic is making its way from the Springfield area to extreme Southwest Missouri.  

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Settlement Reached in Nicodemus Lawsuit

Settlement Reached in Nicodemus Lawsuit Video included

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A settlement is reached in the lawsuit filed by the family of a Joplin student who was killed when a basketball goal fell on him. Spencer Nicodemus was a senior at Joplin High School when the basketball goal fell on him at Irving Elementary School on March 2, 2017. Nicodemus and another student were at the elementary school that morning mentoring younger students.   In August 2017, his parents filed a wrongful death suit against companies involved in the construction, s...

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EMPIRE ELVES Interview

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Each year The Empire Electric's Christmas Elves program helps distribute gifts to elderly customers who spend their holidays alone. In this KOAM Morning News interview, Michael Hayslip finds out how you can select a name and be a part of the tradition with a simple visit to the Empire lobby at 602 S. Joplin thru December 11th. 

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 11-20-17

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REP DAVIS HEADS TO WASHINGTON Missouri State Representative Charlie Davis, has been invited to the capitol for the House Veterans Affairs Conference with state and local leaders.                Davis, who represents Webb City, will head to Washington D.C. November 29th.  Rep. Davis serves as Chairman of the Veterans Committee in the Missouri House of Representatives.  Some of the critical issues to be ...

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Local State Representative Heading to White House to Talk Veterans Issues Video included

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A local state representative is heading to the white house. Missouri State Representative Charlie Davis,  has been invited to the capitol for the House Veterans Affairs Conference with state and local leaders. 

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Holiday Vendor & Craft Fair Video included

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Webb City's Route 66 Event Center was the home of Sunday's Holiday Vendor and Craft Fair.

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White Buffalo Fun Video included

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The White Buffalo Program is classing up the holiday season. 

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Pitt State Students Experience "Culture Shock" Video included

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Pitt State Senior Lexi Odell explains some of her experiences as a bi-racial student. "There's a Black Student Association, a Hispanics of Today. There's all these things where it's one race, but I'm not one race. And I cant pick one, because I was biologically designed to be more than one race" says Odell. The Culture Shock workshop event was coordinated by Senior, Ryan Urban, to open up conversations about issues like these. "Diversity comes down to somethin... More>>

CDC Offers Tips For Safely Cooking and Serving Turkey Video included

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You don't want your  Thanksgiving dinner to cause food borne illnesses so the Centers for Disease Control offers safety tips. 

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Shred-a-palooza

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Carl junction residents braved the rain Saturday morning to shred some paper. 

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  • MSSU Student Dies From Injuries Sustained In St. Louis Crash, Other Students Injured in Accident Near St. Louis

    MSSU Student Dies From Injuries Sustained In St. Louis Crash, Other Students Injured in Accident Near St. Louis

    Thursday, November 23 2017 4:01 PM EST2017-11-23 21:01:08 GMT

    NEWS RELEASE FROM MSSU: Joplin, MO – Six students and a faculty member from Missouri Southern State University were among those injured in an eight-vehicle crash Tuesday evening near Hamel, Ill., approximately 30 miles from St. Louis. According to a report from the Illinois State Police, the accident occurred at 6:14 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21, when a semitrailer traveling southbound on Interstate 55 struck seven vehicles traveling at highway speed. The driver and passenger of one ...

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    NEWS RELEASE FROM MSSU: Joplin, MO – Six students and a faculty member from Missouri Southern State University were among those injured in an eight-vehicle crash Tuesday evening near Hamel, Ill., approximately 30 miles from St. Louis. According to a report from the Illinois State Police, the accident occurred at 6:14 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21, when a semitrailer traveling southbound on Interstate 55 struck seven vehicles traveling at highway speed. The driver and passenger of one ...

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  • Increasing Number of Kids Removed from Kansas Homes with Drugs as Factor; Challenge to Fix for New DCF Leader

    Increasing Number of Kids Removed from Kansas Homes with Drugs as Factor; Challenge to Fix for New DCF Leader

    Wednesday, November 22 2017 6:56 PM EST2017-11-22 23:56:23 GMT

          The agency, known as DCF, recently noted a forty-two percent increase in children removed from homes with drugs as a contributing factor in a five year period. 

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          The agency, known as DCF, recently noted a forty-two percent increase in children removed from homes with drugs as a contributing factor in a five year period. 

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  • Neosho Man Arrested for Arson at Joplin's Econolodge

    Neosho Man Arrested for Arson at Joplin's Econolodge

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 11:39 AM EST2017-11-21 16:39:03 GMT
    Early morning fire leads to the arrest of a Neosho man.  According to the press release from Joplin Police and Fire Department crews responded to the Econolodge at 3510 S Range Line, Tuesday November 21, 2017 around 4:30a.m..  When a Joplin Police Officer arrived on scene he noticed smoke coming from 2nd floor on the north side of the building. The hotel staff reported a man renting the room was destroying the room and throwing things out the window.  The officer...More >>
    Early morning fire leads to the arrest of a Neosho man.  According to the press release from Joplin Police and Fire Department crews responded to the Econolodge at 3510 S Range Line, Tuesday November 21, 2017 around 4:30a.m..  When a Joplin Police Officer arrived on scene he noticed smoke coming from 2nd floor on the north side of the building. The hotel staff reported a man renting the room was destroying the room and throwing things out the window.  The officer...More >>
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