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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 9-20

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Joplin fire crews respond to a fire late Wednesday night at Triple R Recycling.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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Joplin Police Make Donation To Baxter Springs Police Video included

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 It's not uncommon for police departments to replace equipment they use, sometimes it's because it wears out, sometimes it's because a grant will cover newer equipment.     But then, what do you do with the old?     Chris Warner followed some donations from Joplin to Baxter Springs... So, what happens to old police equipment, when it's time to replace it, or it's just outlived it's usefulness to a department? Most of it - can be sold at an auction, b... More>>

The Big Serve Video included

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The Big Serve, put on by the Presbyterian Church of Pittsburg, Kansas, kicked off Monday and wraps up Sunday. During that time, church volunteers will complete 17 community service projects.

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Joplin Airport Receives Federal Grant for Improvements Video included

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Approval of federal funds could mean improvements at the Joplin Regional Airport.  The Federal Aviation Administration has approved an airport improvement grant for improvements to one of their taxiways.  Joseph Beachner works at Leggett and Platt, and recently he's been flying quite a bit.  Joseph Beachner, Frequent Flyer:"Every other week and probably out of Joplin once a month."  This flight was a little bit different though because he's takin... More>>

Bus Drivers & Aids Show Goodman Students How Not to Ride the Bus Video included

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 A school bus safety lesson today at Goodman Elementary  had drivers and aids acting  like students to show what not to do on a bus

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Neosho, Missouri Signs New City Manager

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The Neosho City Council announces Leland Butcher as the new Neosho City Manager. The Council and Butcher made a contractual agreement during a closed session on Tuesday, September 18th, 2018. They announced it in the regularly scheduled open meeting that followed. According to the City, Leland Butcher and his wife George Ann currently reside in Bentonville, Arkansas and he is currently working on a PhD in Public Administration. He currently holds an AS Degree in Law Enforcement ... More>>

Parsons, Kansas Shooting, One Injured

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One person is reported injured after a shooting in Parsons around noon on September 19th, 2018. According to the Parsons Police Department, the incident took place near the corner of 24th and Thornton Streets. Authorities say the shooting is being treated as an isolated event and say there is no perceived threat or danger to the general public from this incident. One person was reported injured and is receiving treatment at Labette Health. Police say a suspect is in custody...

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USD 447 Bond Issue Includes Razing, Rebuilding One School, Renovations At Others Video included

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    Residents in the USD 447 district, which includes Thayer and Cherryvale, have a more than $12 million dollar bond issue coming up.     This one comes after a previous bond failed, the district needs a positive outcome.     Originally built in 1938, Lincoln Central Elementary in Cherryvale has seen better days.     While an addition was built in 1999 the current facility is in disrepair and district officials say has reac... More>>

Proposed Age Change For Long Haul Truckers Video included

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The Crowder College Transport Training program is where students both young and old, come to learn how to make a living driving big rigs. 

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Joplin Health Clinic Plans Expansion

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Residents in Southwest Missouri will soon be gaining more access to affordable health care.  Carolyn Prater has been working as a pediatrician for almost 30 years.. 10 of those have been at access family care in Joplin.  Carolyn Prater, Pediatrician, Access Family Care:"My heart is in pediatrics, the kids." One child she's been doing just that for is 15-year-old Kassidi Hudson.  Sara Hudson, Parent:"She was a very problematic child when she was b... More>>

Lafayette House Officials Disagree with Auditor Citing Red Tape Tapping Local Fees Video included

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  A local domestic violence shelter director says a state auditor's report isn't the reality in Southwest Missouri.         

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Superintendent of Catholic Schools retires, Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau Video included

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On Sept. 13, 2018, Leon Witt, Diocesan Superintendent of Catholic Schools, submitted to the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau his intention to retire. Bishop Edward M. Rice accepted Witt's request effective immediately. This summer, the Diocese received two different reports from former students concerning the conduct of and comments made by Witt when he was a teacher and principal at the former St. Joseph Catholic School in Springfield, now St. Joseph Catholic Academy. These inci...

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Southeast Kansas Man Sentenced for Child Sex Crimes Video included

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28-year-old Timothy Russell Frobish, of Galena, is sentenced today, September 18th, 2018, to life in prison without the possibility for parole for 25 years for child sex crimes. The crimes occurred in February 2013. A Cherokee County, Kansas jury found him guilty in January 2015 to two counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child, one count of attempted rape, one count of criminal threat, three counts of endangering a child, one count of possession of a synthetic canna...

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Hard 50 Given in Iola Murder Case

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An Allen County, Kansas judge sentences Joshua Knapp of Iola, Kansas to life in prison with a hard 50 for murdering Shawn Cook.  Shawn Cook was reported missing on March 13th, 2016. His body was found on the banks of the Neosho River in Coffey County, Kansas on April 3rd, 2016. A preliminary autopsy showed Cook died from stab wounds. Five people from Iola were charged in his murder.

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Widow of fallen Joplin police officer speaks about alleged harassment from city officials Video included

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Ms. Nielson says the past few weeks have been bizarre.

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 9-18

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Joplin City Council members vote in favor of a pay increase for council appointed employees.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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BREAKING: Denver Johnson Resigns as MSSU Head Football Coach

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Defensive Coordinator Joe Bettasso will serve as interim head coach for the remainder of the season. Johnson was 3-33 as Missouri Southern's head coach. 

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New SSI Scam

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     The Better Business Bureau is sending out a warning of a new scam targeting senior citizens.     Scammers are calling senior citizens and threatening their social security benefits.     The caller says the person needs to resolve "suspicious activities" on their accounts.     When victims return the call they are first asked to provide their social security number.     Don't fall for it -- govern... More>>

Pay Increases for Council Appointed Employees Video included

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Margey Upson knows what it's like to live on a tight budget, something the City of Joplin is struggling with also, but she doesn't think that's any excuse for what she sees as a continuing problem.

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High Tunnel of Hope Video included

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Devina Reetz sometimes turns to Wesley House in Pittsburg to put food on the table, and she says the charity's partnership with the Career & Technical Education Center of Crawford County has made a huge impact on how she feeds her loved ones. 

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Missouri Auditor: More victims could be helped if red tape was eliminated for shelter funding

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Report from Auditor Galloway says more domestic violence victims in Missouri could be helped if government red tape was eliminated for shelter funding More than 28,000 shelter requests were unmet in 2017; audit shows victims in Missouri were turned away at higher rate than five surrounding states  JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Sept. 17, 2018) State Auditor Nicole Galloway today released a report on domestic violence shelter funding that found burdensome requirements in state law hav... More>>

KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 9-17

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A Sedgwick County Deputy dies after a shooting.  Plus all the news you need to know before you head out the door.

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Local Red Cross Worker Heading to North Carolina

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A local Red Cross worker, Julie Stolting  is heading to Raleigh-Durham North Carolina to serve as a logistics director for aid to storm victims. 

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Duck Boat Lawsuits Could Stall with Court Filing by Federal Prosecutors

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  The families of some of the 17 people who died after a duck boat sank in Missouri say federal prosecutors might delay their efforts to get answers about the July 19 crash. 

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Tailgate Tradition Kicks Off in Webb City Video included

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When Todd Eriksen moved into the neighborhood, 16 years ago, he brought a love for the Steelers with him. "Steelers fan since I was a little kid. Support em' all the time, support the Chiefs all the time, except this week," said Eriksen. And that's because his neighbor, Tom Catterson is a Chiefs fan. So, each year, they get together to watch their teams square off, and each year, the party gets bigger. "Yeah, it did start out with a little, itty bitty... More>>

Sedgwick Co. Kansas Deputy Shot and Killed Responding to Call

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A Sedgwick County Kansas Sheriff's deputy was killed Sunday after responding to a suspicious character call.   

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Sen. Moran Takes Questions from Farmers during Listening Tour Video included

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  United States Senator Jerry Moran from Kansas  made   a stop at the Cherokee County farm bureau in Columbus on his state wide listening tour. 

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Pittsburg Man Convicted for November Shooting

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Zachary Ludden was sentenced this week for his conviction for aggravated battery. He was sentenced to thirty-two months but that was suspended due to time served. 

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Harley Davidson Gathers Donations for Florence Victims Video included

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A local business is rallying area residents to donate cash and other items that flood victims will need.  For the next two weeks, Hideout Harley Davidson in Joplin is collecting items such as non-perishable foods, water, toiletries, diapers and  baby formula. But owners say don't send clothing. Hideout Harley Davidson is teaming up with three of its other Harley locations in Louisiana and south Texas. General Manager Steve Lippert says Joplin is good to answer th... More>>

Cub Scouts Reel in Girl Recruits for the First Time Video included

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Anna Ozbun just joined the Cub Scouts a few weeks ago, but she's already fitting right in, applying the things she's learned. "We learn how to do stuff with the fishing pole, and learn how to fish, and we learn camping safety and knot-tying and that kind of stuff," said Ozbun. She explains that she was a part of the Girl Scouts, but wanted to get involved with more of the things the Boy Scouts do. "They do a lot of fun activities like fishing and camp outs...

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Hammer-In and Knife Show Draws Large Crowd Video included

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A big crowd turned out for the Central States Hammer-In and Knife Show in Columbus, Kansas. Master smiths from around the country performed live demonstrations of different techniques for knife-making. Hundreds of knives were also on display and for sale. This is the first time the annual traveling event has made a stop in Kansas. Event Organizer Phil Evans explains that many of the smiths have been preparing for this unique event for quite awhile. "A lot of these ... More>>

6-Year-Old Comes Home from Hospital after being hit with Softball

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A six-year-old Fort Scott girl that was hit in the head by a softball has come home.  We spent some time with her and her family to see how she's doing.  Stephanie Crumby, Paizlee's Mom:"Right as she turned, she caught an overthrown ball to the right side of her scalp. It automatically dropped her." July 14th, Paizlee Crumby was rushed to the ICU at Children's Mercy Hospital after being knocked unconscious by a softball.  She underwent three different...

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Pittsburg Man Sentenced for Shooting

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A Pittsburg, KS man will serve 32 months in prison after he was convicted for his role in a November 2017 shooting. Zachary Ludden was convicted on one count of aggravated battery that forced the evacuation of a Pittsburg neighborhood. Ludden fired several shots into his next door neighbor's house on November 4th, 2017. One person was hit in the hand.

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Second Annual Joplin's Veteran Benefits Expo

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Feathers Graywolf is the wife of a veteran as well as the mother of a veteran, and she thinks Joplin's 2nd Annual Veteran Benefits Expo is doing exactly what is was designed to do.

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Carthage Food Truck Friday Season Ends Tonight at 9

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It's the final food truck Friday in Carthage. Out of town eaters bring  repeat business for the rolling restaurants.  

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Suicide Discussion Helps Loved Ones Left Behind Find Answers

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Billie Ward lost her son, Cory, to suicide on Thanksgiving of last year, and ever since, she's been asking herself why. "As a mom, you just feel helpless and wish I'd have done something different of course. You know, you go over it in your head and you see the signs, but you feel helpless because you just don't know what to do," said Ward. Cory served in Iraq, but like many service members, he came back changed. "I noticed even more, just the anger that he had... More>>

Colgan Drills Baxter Springs, Moves to 3-0 Video included

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Highlights from Colgan's 47-8 win over the Baxter Springs Lions Thursday night. 

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Bobcat Fever Popping Up In Southwest Missouri Video included

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    A family from Goodman is mourning the loss of their furry family member, their pet cat.     But he died, from a disease many don't recognize, called "Bobcat Fever."     And the number of cases, is on the rise. It's name sounds almost exotic...Bobcat Fever... However, it's anything but exotic...

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New Newspaper Comes to Carthage Video included

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As Paul Donley and his team prepare to ship out the second edition of their new paper, he is reminded of how much he looked up to the "Carthage Press." "A daily paper, great operation, strong editing, strong writing," said Donley, Editor of the "Carthage Chronicle." He was shocked when the paper closed, but saw an opportunity to fill the void. "You have businesses, you have industries, you have a county seat, a court house. As a business opp...

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#23 Pitt State Aims for 9th Straight Win at NSU Video included

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The Gorillas will play the Riverhawks Saturday night looking for a 3-0 start and their 9th consecutive victory. 

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Joplin Workshops Near Construction Completion, Create New Partnership Video included

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There's a lot happening at the Joplin Workshops. They're wrapping up construction after a fire --and have entered a new partnership that will mean more jobs.  In March of last year, there was a fire in the laundry area at Joplin Workshops.. destroying machines and equipment, and shutting down operation.  Susan Adams, Joplin Workshops Executive Director:"The construction started in mid July, and was slowed down a tiny bit by all of the rain that we had, and our comple...

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Local Ambulance Crews Are in Virginia on Hurricane Duty Video included

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Five local ambulance crews are in Fort Lee, Virginia  ready to help with evacuations or victims of Hurricane Florence.

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Westar Energy Warns Customers Of Scam

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Westar Energy is sending out a warning to all of its customers about imposters calling. The callers claim to be a Westar employee threatening to disconnect services. They request that customers make a payment using a prepaid card. Thieves manipulate caller ID making it appear as though Westar is calling and they speak with authority. They also provide information like amount due to sound credible. "Scammers create a sense of urgency to get customers to act quickly rather than al... More>>

Local Ambulance Crews Deploy to East Coast to Help during Hurricane Florence Video included

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Local ambulance crews traveled to Virginia where they are staging to help during Hurricane Florence. 

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Widow of fallen Joplin police officer claims intimidation from City Hall

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"City Officials attempting to harass or intimidate me is a clear infringement upon the Constitutional rights..."

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 9-13 Video included

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An update to the shooting that happened in Sarcoxie, Missouri Sunday night.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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Downtown Joplin Alliance Holds First Ever Volunteer Orientation Video included

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    The downtown Joplin alliance hosting it's first ever "volunteer orientation".     That's because of the growing number of folks interested in helping downtown.     For some, volunteering, helps more than just the downtown area.     The Downtown Joplin Alliance has actually been around - since the late 80s, you may remember "Main Street Joplin" next to the old KOZJ offices at 4th and Main.

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Local Reaction to Kansas Being in Top Sex Offender States Video included

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A new study lists Kansas as one of the top ten states with the most sex offenders in the nation.  The ranking comes from a list of sex offenders compiled by ASecureLife.com -- and puts Kansas at number nine on the list.. With Arkansas at number two.. And Oklahoma at number 44. Crawford County Sheriff Dan Peak:"I was surprised. I didn't anticipate that type of percentage across the state." Data compiled by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children fo... More>>

Coffeyville Enters National Rankings at #17

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Coffeyville made the top-20 in the country after beating #17 Iowa Central last weekend. The Red Ravens are 1 of 5 teams from the KJCCC to make the national poll. 

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Two Men Arrested For The Murder Of Missouri Man

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The Dade County Sheriff's Office have arrested two men for the apparent murder Devin Hunt, 31 Greenfield, MO. The two men are being held on charges of first degree murder and armed criminal action. Authorities found Hunt's body around 9 a.m. Tuesday morning after receiving a report of a body in Sons Creek on Dade County Road 112, west of Dade County Road 91. An examination of the body revealed that Hunt had died from an apparent gunshot wound. Investigators with the Missouri Sta... More>>

Chicken Coop Shooting Determined To Be Self-Inflicted

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Police have determined that a shooting in Sarcoxie MO was accidentally self-inflicted. Authorities are saying Andrew Scolley, 38, Sarcoxie MO shot himself in the arm near his chicken coop.  It happened Sunday night. Scolley originally told police he heard a noise coming from outside of his home near his chicken coop. He said that when check-out the noise, an unknown person shot Scolley in the right arm. The victim was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries... More>>

KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 9-12

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We're learning more about the problems at Joplin's Columbia Elementary safe room built about two years ago.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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The Columbia Elementary Safe Room In Joplin - What Went Wrong? And What's Next? Video included

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    The safe room at Columbia Elementary still sits - unused, as a safe room, it is however, functioning, as the school's gymnasium.    The issues with the safe room go back as far as 2013, before it was even constructed.  Following the May 22nd tornado, Joplin Schools used FEMA and SEMA money, coupled with funding from the Community Disaster Block Grant, or CDBG, to build safe rooms at it's campuses that were up to FEMA codes.

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4-State Teens Reflect on 9/11 Video included

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For the upperclassmen at Columbus Unified High School, 9/11 has been a day of remembrance as long as they remember. But they say it's also been a yearly reminder of how valuable our country's first responders are. 

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PSU Gets National Science Foundation Grant to Create Herbarium Digital Database Video included

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A Pittsburg State University  project to create a digital database of more than sixty-five thousand plant specimen gets a giant boost from the National Science Foundation.

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Ottawa County, Miami PD Work Toward Integrated Call Center Video included

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If you live in Ottawa County Oklahoma, you could get help from officers faster after you call 911. Ottawa County Sheriff Jeremy Floyd:"Since I've come into office in 2016, it's been a goal of mine to combine dispatch forces."  Right now, there are two dispatch centers in Ottawa County -- one at the Miami Police Department, and the other at the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office.   Valerie Barger, Miami PD Dispatch Manager:"The only law enforcement agency that w... More>>

PSU Volleyball off to Hot Start Video included

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The Gorillas are 11-2 to start the year after going 7-24 last season. 

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 9-11 Video included

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Hurricane Florence continues to bear down on the southeastern United States.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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Candlelight Vigil Held For Missing Joplin Woman Video included

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A community comes together to support the family of a woman missing for nearly two months.     A candlelight vigil was held at Joplin's Mercy Park to show support for the family of Sarah Burton. Sarah Burton was reported missing to the Joplin Police Department on July 20th, the last time her family had seen her, was July 16th...

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Joplin Police Department Rolls Out New Procedures and Pay Video included

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As Deborah Webre looks up at her granddaughter on the slide, she is reminded of how precious safety is to her and how vital the police are. "Security is very important, especially if you've got a little four-year-old running around, you know, and you wanna make sure there's someone that's gonna be available," said Webre, a Joplin resident. Webre appreciates the officers that keep her city safe, and she thinks that they should be paid more for what they do. "It'... More>>

Former LaHarpe Police Chief Sentenced For Sexual Battery

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Former LaHarpe, KS police chief Michael Duvall is receiving a 36 month suspended sentence for sexual battery. Duvall was arrested on September 2017 for sexual battery and aggravated indecent liberties with a child between the age of 14 and 16. In September 2018, he took a plea deal and pled guilty to two counts of sexual battery. Duvall served as LaHarpe's police chief from October 2016 until his arrest last September. 

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 9-10 Video included

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A man convicted of two murders in Barry County will appeal his sentence.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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Sarcoxie Shooting Investigation

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Jasper County Sheriff's Office is assisting with a shooting in Sarcoxie, Sunday night. According to sheriff's media release deputies were called around 10:30p.m. about a man being shot.  When authorities arrived the 38 year old man said he heard noises coming from his chicken coop.  When he went to check it out he was shot in the arm by an unknown person.  The man was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  During the in... More>>

Wyandotte Pow Wow

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    The annual Wyandotte Nation pow wow took place today in Wyandotte.     A number of tribes participated and have spent the last three days performing a number of traditional dances like the gourd dance and the war dance.     There's also competitive dancing with several different categories of dances.     Officials say it's all about celebrating history, tradition, and getting the public involved. Steve Kinder, Master of Ceremo... More>>

September Raises Awareness for Pediatric Cancer Video included

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12-year-old Noah Burnison looks like any other normal boy, playing basketball with his younger siblings, but when he found out that he had cancer two years ago, it changed his life. "It's confusing at first, at least it was for me. I just wanted to know how it worked, what was happening, and how severe it was," said Burnison. After several tests, doctors finally diagnosed him with stage four Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma, a shock to his mother, Breana Clark. "... More>>

Appeal Filed in Sentence of Christopher Paschall

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The attorney for a  man convicted of two murders in Barry County, Missouri is appealing his sentence.  

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Josh Hawley Challenges Claire McCaskill To Debate In Joplin Video included

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Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley brings his Let's Debate Tour to Joplin today. He spoke to residents about a wide range of issues such as the supreme court confirmation and immigration. He also continues to challenge his opponent in the U.S. Senate Race, Claire McCaskill to a debate in the back of a trailer. Hawley says the informal debates would be the best way to reach everyday Missourians. "Senator McCaskill wants to hideout in the studios of MSNBC." Said ... More>>

Coffeyville Knocks off #17 Iowa Central

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Monta Thomas had 164 all-purpose yards and 2 TD for the Red Ravens on Saturday afternoon. 

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Community Supports Ronald McDonald House Video included

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Racers take off down the course and the sight warms Executive Director Annette Thurston's heart because she knows that each runner represents help with funding for local families in need of a place to stay when a loved one is in the hospital.

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Local Firefighters Prepare for 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb Video included

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Many firefighters in the area are preparing for an annual event that honors the *343* firefighters that lost their lives on 9/11.  Keenan Fyfe remembers where he was when the world trade center was destroyed on that fateful day in 2001.  Keenan Fyfe, Neodesha KS Firefighter:"It was in 6th grade, and they actually pulled all the tvs that they had into the library at the school." Seeing the event unfold is what inspired him to become a firefighter. Now, he works a... More>>

Alpha Phi Alpha Returns to PSU Video included

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Alpha Phi Alpha is a traditionally African American fraternity that hasn't been active at PSU since the mid nineties. But that's changing in 2018. 

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Nike Ad Campaign Kicks Up Controversy Video included

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For 39 years, Phil Minton, the President and CEO of the Jock's Nitch, has carried Nike in his store because it's always been a good seller. "Nike is a very popular brand. It brings people in our doors," said Minton. But with the company's newest advertising campaign, he's been seeing some customers purchasing other brands in retaliation. "People all were burning the shoes on TV, if you're not gonna wear the Nike shoe, you know, worldwide Adidas is one... More>>

Joplin Murder Suspect enters Not Guilty Plea

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Kosaksy Phillip pleaded not guilty in court on September 6th, 2018. The 24-year-old is charged with first degree murder and armed criminal action. On August 29th, 2018, Kosaksy Phillip of Joplin allegedly shot and killed 33-year-old Diamond J. Bradley, also of Joplin. The crime happened at the Economy Inn & Suites at 1700 W. 30th Street. According to court documents, Phillip shot Bradley multiple times with a handgun eight minutes after he had been invited inside room 113. Auth... More>>

Arkansas Man Sentenced for Missouri Double Homicide Video included

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40-year-old Christopher Paschall of Springdale, AR is sentenced for killing his estranged girlfriend and her grandfather in Barry County, Missouri. On January 5th, 2015, deputies say Paschall shot and killed the mother of his children, 29-year-old Casey Brace, and her grandfather, 76-year-old Herb Townsend. Paschall then kidnapped his 2-year-old daughter. It happened at Townsend's home north of Washburn on Road 1055. Authorities say after suffering several gunshot wounds,... More>>

Carthage Assault Suspect Bound Over for Trial

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Bond reduction is denied and a suspect is bound over for trial in Carthage, Missouri. Nathaniel Woods is charged with two counts of first degree assault and attempted robbery for his role in a shooting. Authorities say the incident was the result of a drug deal. On January 9th, 2018, Carthage police responded to 1142 S. River St. for two people who had been shot. According to court documents, two males, one a 16-year-old, were at a home for an alleged drug deal with Woods when... More>>

Gorillas Drill Emporia State, Move to 2-0

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Pitt State scored 21 points in the final 10:45 of the game to beat the Hornets 34-13 on Thursday night. 

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Missouri Highway Patrol Hosts Community Alliance Program Video included

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    The Missouri Highway Patrol starting a five week course tonight in Joplin, that only occurs once every two years. For Missouri Highway Patrol Sergeant John Lueckenhoff, of all the reasons for holding this educational course, there's one that sticks out.

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Uncertainties for Girl Scout Camp Raise Concerns Video included

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Local girl scouts and their parents are asking for support, as the future of a local camp is set to be decided at the end of the month.  Mary Parker and Yasmine Mohktar are both girl scouts that have made fond memories at Camp Mintahama.  Mary Parker, Girl Scout:"I like meeting a lot of new friends, and I have a lot of friendships that have lasted a long time from there." Yasmine Mokhtar, Girl Scout:"I love cooking with people when we're at c...

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Neosho Mourns Teacher Death as Police Gives Details of Crash Video included

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The Neosho school district is in mourning after the death of a kindergarten teacher Wednesday during student pickup after school.        

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Head Start Centers Help Parents Video included

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When Tiffany Moore, a mother of two, decided she wanted to get her GED and go to college for nursing, she knew that finding child care would be difficult. "It's really hard because it's just really expensive for child care, to find child care. I couldn't find a babysitter I could trust," said Moore. But a friend told her about the Economic Security Corporation's head start program where she qualified for free child care. When she brought her girls to the North Mai...

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Neosho Teacher Death, More Details Released Video included

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The Neosho, Missouri community mourns the loss of a kindergarten teacher. On September 5th, 2018, 48-year-old Angel Hayes was hit by an SUV while performing crossing duty at Benton Elementary. Additional details were released this morning (Sept. 6) at a press conference at the Neosho School District administrative center. According to Neosho Police Chief David Kennedy, 88-year-old Erwin Parker had picked up his 12-year-old granddaughter from Benton Elementary and was still in th...

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 9-6 Video included

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The Neosho School District confirms a teacher was killed after being struck by a car while on crosswalk duty at Benton Elementary.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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Special Legislative Session in MO Could Expand Treatment Courts;Computer Science Credits Video included

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Missouri lawmakers will go into a special session next week  and the Governor is urging them to expand use of treatment courts. 

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Looking at Local 911 Dispatch Shortages Video included

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A nationwide shortage in police dispatchers is impacting many local agencies. We reached out to several dispatch centers in the viewing area -- including some dealing with staff shortages. The Miami Oklahoma police department is currently working to fill one position. Jasper County Emergency Services has filled eight positions in the last year and a half -- and Newton County has had to fill two positions in less than a year. And many officials say hiring for the positions can... More>>

Neosho Teacher Killed While on Crosswalk Duty Video included

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A teacher has died after being hit by a vehicle at a crosswalk in Neosho, Missouri. According to the school district, the teacher was performing crossing duty at Benton Elementary when the incident happened. According to Neosho police, it happened around 3:30 p.m. The incident is still under investigation. The name of the teacher is not being released at this time. "This is a very tragic accident," said Dr. Jim Cummins, superintendent of Neosho School Dist...

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Bourbon County Jail Opens, Faces new Issues Video included

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The new Bourbon County Kansas jail is open and housing inmates --  but still faces some problems. The jail was scheduled to open and house inmates at the beginning of the year, but construction issues pushed that back.  Inmates were moved into the jail on June 6th.  But since then the jail staff has noticed several new issues with the building -- including problems with the heating and air, and with the plumbing.  Sheriff Bill Martin says the problems weren't a...

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Construction Update on South Rouse in Pittsburg

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The City of Pittsburg says progress continues on the South Rouse Street Widening and Trail project. Changes are being made to a nearly mile-long stretch of South Rouse from Centennial Drive to the south city limit. Crews are installing a new storm sewer system, expanding the road to three lanes and constructing a new multipurpose trail. The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) is managing the construction. Update from City: PHASE ONE – COMPLETE The first phase ... More>>

Pittsburg Man Sentenced to Life for Murders Video included

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A 33-year-old Pittsburg, Kansas man is sentenced today to life in prison for killing his grandmother and uncle in 2016. 87-year-old Betty McNabb and her son 65-year-old Kenneth McNabb, both of Pleasanton, KS, were reported missing in November of 2016. The KBI investigated their home in Linn County where they suspected foul play. Following a four-day investigation, two bodies were found buried on a rural property west of Pittsburg. They were identified as Betty and Kenneth. The ...

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Suspect Wanted in Chase is Arrested in Joplin

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A 38-year-old Joplin resident wanted after a vehicle pursuit on August 30th is arrested. On August 30th, 2018, a search warrant was obtained for a home at 1223 South McKinley in Joplin. The Police Department's SWAT Team secured the home and found five people inside. One male fled the scene in a vehicle and three others were arrested. Authorities say the male drove off and was stopped at 13th and Jackson. Police spoke with and identified the driver as 38-year-old Michael A. Davi...

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Missouri Rep. Billy Long Uses Auctioneer Skills to Drown Out Protester

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A protester, who interrupted a social media censorship hearing in the U.S. House, was made aware of the auctioneer skills of Missouri Rep. Billy Long. A woman stood up and started shouting at Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, complaining about bias and publicly pleading for President Trump's help. Staffers are seen quickly exiting the room, as they appear to be looking for security, Long took matters into his own hands. The Republican used skills that he acquired when he owned his own aucti...

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NEO Moves up to #4 in National Rankings Video included

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The Norsemen won their season opener last Thursday, beating Arkansas Baptist 47-0. 

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Expanding Treatment Courts One Focus of MO Governor's Special Session Video included

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MO special session to discuss expanding treatment courts.

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Council Approves Next Phase Of East Town Survey Video included

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The City of Joplin moving forward with plans for the East Town area.     The project started earlier this year with phase one working to identify key historic assets in the East Town neighborhood - which runs along Broadway, which is, more importantly known as Langston Hughes Boulevard.     But city officials say they've been working longer than that.

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Gorillas Look for 2-0 Start at Emporia State Video included

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Pitt State will face Emporia State on the road on Thursday in a battle of two 1-0 teams. 

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Bourbon County Sheriff's Office Budget Concerns Video included

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The Bourbon County Kansas Commission has given initial approval for the 2019 budget.  That includes a funding increase for the Bourbon County Sheriff's Office, but not as much as the department originally requested.  Bourbon County Sheriff Bill Martin:"There was a thousand more calls last year, in 2017, compared to 2016. A thousand more calls." On top of that.. several deputies on the force are currently completing training, and can't respond to calls on th...

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Apartment Mold Concerns in Parsons Video included

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Tambi Wilson has been living in a Parsons, Kansas apartment building with her husband for the last 3 months, but she says mold is forcing them to move. 

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Identity Released: Motorcycle and Rider Found in Ditch Video included

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Authorities say the rider found dead was 52-year-old Richard C. Clemmons. The Missouri Highway Patrol says Clemmons was riding his motorcycle northbound on Hammer Road in Newton County, Missouri when he apparently missed a curve and crashed into the ditch. The coroner says he can't determine exact cause of death due to the condition of the body. --- Story from September 3rd, 2018: The Newton County coroner report a young adult male was killed in a motorcycle crash in Newton County... More>>

Man Sentenced for Attempted Murder in Officer Involved Shooting

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A southeast Kansas man is sentenced to nearly ten years in prison for attempted second degree murder. On May 6th, 2017, around 8:45 p.m., two Labette County deputies responded to a 911 call about a shooting at a home on Walnut Street in Mound Valley, Kansas. After arriving at the home, deputies found David Whinery in the driveway of the home with a gun. During a confrontation, the deputies fired at Whinery. He was taken to Mercy Hospital in Joplin, Missouri. Deputies also f... More>>

70-Year-Old Dies in Fatal Crash in Cherokee County, KS

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A Guyton, Georgia man dies in a one-vehicle crash. The crash happened on September 4th, 2018 around 7:00 a.m. about three miles northeast of Oswego, Kansas. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, William Lewis was driving northwest on Hallowell Rd near NW 130th when he missed the curve and drove off the highway. Authorities say his pickup hit a tree and came to rest in a field. Lewis died at the scene.

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Home for Hero Video included

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Robert Munson is a completely disabled veteran who served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1961 to 1991. He traces his medical problems back to his time in Vietnam. 

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Motorcycle and Rider Found in Ditch Video included

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A motorcycle and its rider were found in a ditch on the side of Interstate 49 Monday but the coroner believes the crash occurred several days ago. 

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Labor Day Trivia Tests Locals Video included

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When you get a day off, you don't tend to ask questions, and maybe that's why few can answer this one: Do you know why we have Labor Day? "I honestly couldn't tell you, no," said Brandon Hall, a Carthage resident who came out to shop some Labor Day sales at Northpark Mall in Joplin. Brandon Hall works at the La-Z-Boy furniture factory in Neosho, and while he loves what he does, he also appreciates a day off. "It's a great place. I love working there. Sometimes ... More>>

KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 9-3 Video included

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A 50-year old veterans memorial in Lamar, gets a face-lift. Plus all the news you need to know before you head out the door. 

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Carthage Library Gets Repairs after Roof Leaks Video included

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The Carthage library is getting some repairs after a newly replaced roof sprung leaks in heavy rain. 

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Suicide Prevention Month Event to Alert Parents of Warning Signs Video included

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Experts say open conversations about suicide with kids can save their lives.   Suicide is the second leading cause of death in young people ages ten to eighteen . During September, National Suicide Prevention month, experts will give  advice about how to see the warning signs. 

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Archers Come Together for Kansas Championship Video included

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A solid shot by 14-year-old Mason Hare, one of several participants in the Kansas State Archery Championship where 10 groups are competing across 20 different targets. "I've been shooting really well so far. I've had like one time that I messed up, but other than that it's pretty good," said Hare. Hare has been shooting for the past six years and says that he first fell in love with the sport when he attended a Cub Scout camp. "It was pretty cool. I j... More>>

Near Head-On Crash Sends 7 to the Hospital in Joplin

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A two car  crash in Joplin sends seven people  to the hospital. 

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Chiefs Trim Roster to 53

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QB Chase Litton and LB Frank Zombo were among the players cut by the Chiefs on Saturday. 

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Firefighters "Fill the Boot" for Annual Fundraiser Video included

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14-year-old MiKayla Berry, who has muscular dystrophy, knows every penny and every dollar can make a difference when you live with the side effects that come from the genetic disease. "My legs don't work like other kids so I'm slower. I can't run. And my hands, it's hard to write and all that stuff, but I get through it," said Berry. She looks forward to the "Fill the Boot" fundraiser each year because she knows the funds go towards finding a cure and su... More>>

Historical Group Helps Kids Cool Off Video included

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Residents in the Murphysburg district cool off with a sweet treat from the new group called Joplin Historical Neighborhoods. The group is restoring the historical Schifferdecker and Zellecken homes. People were invited to have a free snow cone and kids also got "hard" hats. Brad Belk, the Preservation Director for Joplin Historical Neighborhoods, says this is his way of thanking his neighbors for patience during the ongoing construction for the past several months.&... More>>

Carthage Hammers Carl Junction, Moves to 2-0

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Carthage QB Zeke Sappington ran for 4 TD Friday night. 

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Webb City Tops Joplin in First Meeting Since 1997

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The Cardinals rushed for 402 yards, led by Devrin Weathers and Durand Henderson, who combined for 278 yards and 3 TD. 

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Neosho City Officials work to Address Alcohol being sold to Minors Video included

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Officials in Neosho are looking at ways to make penalties for selling alcohol to minors more strict, after compliance checks continue to bring troubling numbers.  The Neosho Police Department does two compliance checks a year at each of the approximately 25 business in town that have a liquor license.  Lieutenant Mark Sharp, Neosho Police Department:"We seek out an individual that's 19 or 20 years old. We take them around to the local business and we basically see if ... More>>

Two Injured After Vehicle Crash, Alcohol Involved

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Two Southwest Missouri men are in the hospital after a wreck at the intersection of Main Street aND Fountain Road. It happened around 2:00 p.m. Friday when the Webb City Police Department received a call about a n intoxicated driver in a grey Dodge pickup near Madison and MacArthur. When police tried to pull the truck over the suspect fled, heading west on Fountain. The pickup truck then struck a vehicle at the intersection of Fountain and Lakeview. The suspect continued driving west... More>>

Goodman Elementary Will Have Public FEMA Shelter Video included

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Inside this truck lies the remnants of what was once an elementary school, all that's left after an EF2 tornado took what Keith Kohley calls the heart of the community. "It was like a gut-wrenching feeling because that is our life-line to the city is our school so it was a devastating sense to see that," stated Kohley, Assistant Emergency Manager for the City of Goodman. He remembers that day well, April 4, 2017, when he felt fear for the community he's loved being a p... More>>

2 Arrested for Illegal Drugs in Mail in Pittsburg

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On Friday (August 31, 2018) around 1:30 p.m., law enforcement officers of the United States Postal Inspection Service and the Pittsburg, Kansas Police Department served a search warrant at a home at 414 E. Jackson Street. Authorities say the search warrant pertained to the possession of illegal drugs, which had been distributed to Pittsburg using the U.S. Postal Service. During the search, authorities found several items believed to be marijuana and related drug paraphernalia. A 23... More>>

Duck Boat Lawsuit by AG Cites Decades of Ongoing Safety Hazards

The duck boat that sank in Table Rock Lake in Branson, Mo., is raised Monday, July 23, 2018. The duck boat that sank in Table Rock Lake in Branson, Mo., is raised Monday, July 23, 2018.
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Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley wants the courts to keep Branson Duck Vehicles, LLC and Ripley Entertainment, Inc. from operating duck boats in Missouri. Hawley filed a petition today (Aug. 31, 2018) in the Circuit Court of Taney County. The Attorney General's Office alleges violations of the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act, which is the state's principal consumer-protection statute. On July 19th, 2018, seventeen people drowned while on a tour of Table Rock Lake ... More>>

Former NEO TE Sternberger Scores 2 TD in Texas A&M Debut

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NEO product Jace Sternberger caught five passes for the Aggies against Northwestern State, including two that went for touchdowns. 

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Suspect Wanted in Joplin after Chase, 3 Arrested

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On August 30th, 2018, a search warrant was obtained for a home at 1223 South McKinley in Joplin. The Police Department's SWAT Team secured the home and found five people inside. One male fled the scene in a vehicle and three others were arrested. Authorities say the male drove off and was stopped at 13th and Jackson. Police spoke with and identified the driver who had a felony warrant for his arrest for burglary. The suspect then drove off again starting a chase. Officers lost sigh...

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 8-31 Video included

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Pittsburg State University officials on Thursday mark the opening of a new center, geared toward its students who are veterans.  A ribbon-cutting celebrated the new Veterans Resource Center in Whitesitt Hall.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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Changes at the Joplin Public Library aim to Reach More Readers Video included

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The Joplin Public Library is working to reach more readers of all ages with a new online service.  But that's not the only thing that's new at the library.  Christopher Hills brings his kids Taysen and Amari to the Joplin Public Library several times a week after school. And while they're there.. they try to use their time constructively.  Christopher Hills, Parent:"Having fun, coloring, read books." But at home.. Hills says it can be a little bi... More>>

Missouri Meat Law Causes Some Beef Video included

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Josh Garrett has been running an organic, non-GMO farm with his family in Carthage for about 2.5 years. "We do beef, pork, chicken, eggs, turkey seasonal," said Garrett with Garrett Farms. He tries to live off the land as much as possible. "I do not like going to the grocery store. We buy nothing from the grocery store and if we do, it's gonna be household stuff," said Garrett. But when Garrett learned of the new Missouri meat labeling law, he was in fa... More>>

Pittsburg State University holds a ribbon cutting for it’s new Veteran Resource Center Video included

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 Veterans can find a quiet place to study on the campus of PSU and connect with other veterans. 

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Solicitor Falsely Claims Partnership with KOAM TV

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The Jasper County Sheriff's Office confirms reports of a door to door sales person misrepresenting a partnership with KOAMtv. According to one Jasper County, Missouri man, a woman knocked on his door to sell him Hyla air purifiers. The solicitor said that she has partnered with KOAMtv and that she was interviewed during a business segment with Dowe Quick promoting the filters. This is false information. KOAMtv has not partnered with Hyla air purifiers and Dowe Quick has not int...

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Joplin Murder: Charges Filed, Court Documents Received Video included

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A 24-year-old is charged with first degree murder and armed criminal action. KOAM/FOX14 received court documents today on the case (August 30, 2018). On August 29th, 2018, Kosaksy Phillip of Joplin allegedly shot and killed 33-year-old Diamond J. Bradley, also of Joplin. The crime happened at the Economy Inn & Suites at 1700 W. 30th Street. According to court documents, Phillip shot Bradley multiple times with a handgun eight minutes after he had been invited inside room 113. A...

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Court Documents Received: Pipe Bomb Found in Afton Video included

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KOAM/FOX14 receives court documents after a pipe bomb is discovered at an apartment in northeast Oklahoma. On August, 25th, 2018, the Delaware County Sheriff's Office was called after a landlord found what appeared to be an explosive device. Deputies responded to 27950 South Highway 25, Unit 27-1 in Afton. The property owner had recently evicted tenant Richard Cole, and during a walk-through inspection of his unit, found a bottle of Tannerite and a metal pipe with two end c...

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PSU Creates Veterans Resource Center on Campus with Ribbon Cutting Today

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Ribbon cutting this afternoon on a new veterans resource center on the PSU campus. 

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 8-30 Video included

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One man is dead, and a suspect is in custody following a Joplin shooting.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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Ball and Dice Games Come to Oklahoma Video included

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Gamblers in Oklahoma can now "roll the dice" at tribal casinos in the state.  And on Wednesday, one of those casinos opened it's first craps table. Valarie Blasengame has been a regular at Buffalo Run Casino for 13 years.. but usually stays away from table games. Valarie Blasengame, Vinita, OK. Resident:"I enjoy playing the slot machines." Despite that, she was one of many people excited for the the casino's new craps and roulette tables. Blasengame:... More>>

Schools, Businesses In Lockdown Following Shooting Video included

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    The shooting near 30th and McClelland and manhunt prompted some schools in the area to go into lockdown.    The Joplin School District's Irving Elementary, Cecil Floyd Elementary and Early Childhood Center locked all exterior doors.     Vatterott College on Illinois Avenue -- and some area businesses -- also went into lockdown.      The school district lifted the lockdowns when police determined the suspect was no longer ...

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Carthage Press Ends a 140 Year Run as a Local Newspaper. Video included

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The Carthage press ends a 140 year run as a local newspaper. The publisher announced in  Wednesday’s edition  that it would be the papers final issue.       

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Miami Looks to Build off Season Opening Victory Video included

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The Wardogs have already matched their win total from 2017, winning their season opener last week. Miami is hoping to continue to build momentum under first-year head coach Zach Gardner when they host Jay for their home opener Friday. 

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Lions to Open Season Thursday @ UNK Video included

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Junior transfer Sean Kelly will be making his first start at quarterback for the Lions when they face the Lopers Thursday night. 

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Prosecutors: Possible negligence in Missouri boat sinking Video included

The duck boat that sank in Table Rock Lake in Branson, Mo., is raised Monday, July 23, 2018. The boat went down Thursday evening. The duck boat that sank in Table Rock Lake in Branson, Mo., is raised Monday, July 23, 2018. The boat went down Thursday evening.
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(AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard has found probable cause that the sinking of a tourist boat on a Missouri lake last month that killed 17 people "resulted from the misconduct, negligence, or inattention to the duties" by the captain of the boat, according to a court motion filed Wednesday by federal prosecutors.

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Baxter Springs Man Pleads Guilty to Breach of Privacy

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A Baxter Springs, Kansas man enters a guilty plea to one count of breach of privacy. At his formal arraignment on August 28th, 2018, 44-year-old Troy Maxton admitted to "putting a camera in an inappropriate place." Cherokee County Attorney Jake Conard told the court that Maxton placed a cell phone camera under a bathroom door to take a picture, knowing there was a juvenile female inside. Detectives with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office seized Maxton's cel... More>>

Carthage Press Closes with Final Publication Wednesday Video included

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The Carthage Press issues its last edition after 140 years of publishing. Many in the community said it's sad but not completely unexpected after the Press went to a once a week printing. The publisher Gatehouse simply announced the closure in a small column. Gatehouse is making other changes that will impact other papers as well. Reactions to the end of the Carthage press and other impacts on tonight's news at 5,6, 9 and 10.  More>>

Joplin Homicide Suspect Arrested, Victim Identified Video included

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A homicide investigation is underway in Joplin after a shooting at the Economy Inn & Suites on 30th Street. One man is dead and a suspect is in custody. The incident caused nearby schools and businesses to go on lockdown, which has since been lifted.

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 8-29 Video included

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Joplin School Board officials vote to move forward with planned renovations at the Memorial Education Center plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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Joplin School Board Approves Moving Forward With Memorial Education Center Project Video included

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    The Joplin School Board meeting tonight - on the agenda, moving forward with renovations for the Memorial Education Center. The renovations are to allow the Franklin Technology Center to move some of it's adult education programs from their Missouri Southern campus to the Memorial building.

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Carthage Schools Looking to add Student Activity Center Video included

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The Carthage Archery Team could get a more dedicated space for practice, thanks to donations in the community.  We talked with an archer, and the teams coach, to see how gaining that space would impact them. Dylan Smith has been part of the Carthage Archery Team for 5 years, but before he got into the sport, he bow hunted, and shot recreationally.  Dylan Smith, Carthage High School Senior:"It's helped me be more in touch with people and I feel like I'm a better ... More>>

Quarry Quarrel Video included

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The Mulberry Limestone Quarry Company told Crawford County commissioners that their proposed new quarry will fully comply with all regulations at Tuesday's meeting. But that doesn't matter much to Ira and Becky Sponsel who live near the proposed site.

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CASA Program Begins in Jasper Co. to Help Foster Kids in Court Video included

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Jasper county is starting a  CASA  program to help hundreds of  kids removed from their homes for neglect or abuse and then thrust into the court system.   .

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Commerce Eyes Big Season in 2018

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The Tigers have 9 two-way starters back from last season, including quarterback Hayden Moss, who is the school's all-time leader in passing yards and passing touchdowns. 

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Pitt State Opens Season Thursday Video included

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The Gorillas will host Central Oklahoma on Thursday night, aiming for their first season-opening win since 2015. 

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KBI Investigates Suspicious Death After Human Remains are Discovered

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On Monday morning, August 27th, 2018, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) assisted the Neosho County Sheriff's Office with the processing and recovery of human skeletal remains found near the intersection of Ford Road and 50th Road in Neosho County, Kansas (south of Thayer). Authorities say a farmer who was mowing in the area located the remains, which were taken to the Shawnee County Cornorer's officer for examination. Identification of the remains is pending. The KBI...

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Jasper Co. Starts CASA Program Seeking Volunteers

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CASA program comes to Jasper County with an executive director hired  and you can help by volunteering.

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The Latest: Oklahoma Primary Runoff Election

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) 12:15 p.m. Some Republican voters in Oklahoma City say President Donald Trump and his policies are having little effect on who they vote for in Tuesday's GOP runoff for governor. Former Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett and Tulsa businessman Kevin Stitt have sparred over support for Trump and his immigration policies. But 75-year-old asset manager Fred Minter of Oklahoma City said Tuesday that Trump's policies had no effect on his vote for Cornett. Voter Marve... More>>

Man Sentenced for Assault on Officer, Robbery at Downstream Casino Video included

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A Neosho, Missouri man is sentenced for robbery, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and interference with law enforcement. On August 19th, 2016, victims say a man robbed them in the Downstream Casino and Resort parking lot and ran into a wooded area. Officers with the Quapaw Tribal Marshal's Office began surveillance and when the suspect returned to his truck, an officer told him to get out of the vehicle. The suspect was Jacoby Sammons, who was 19-years-old at the... More>>

7 Businesses Announced for Block22

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Officials announce seven businesses coming to Block22 this fall. Six of them will be inside The Foundry which is on the east side of Broadway on the ground floor of the National Bank building. One business will be in the Commerce Building on the west side of Broadway. Block22 is a student housing and business space developed through a partnership between Pittsburg State University, the City of Pittsburg and the Vecino Group. It's located at 4th and Broadway. Here's a list of the... More>>

KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 8-28 Video included

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Joplin's Columbia Elementary School has an un-usable safe room.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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Carthage Police Honor Retired Employees Video included

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The Carthage Police Department will soon have some new wall art. It's purpose? Honoring retired employees for their years of service.. We talked to one of them to see what this means to him. To say Bill Barksdale is loyal could be considered kind of an understatement.  Bill Barksdale, Retired CPD Lieutenant:"I was here 35 years.. a little longer than that including some reserve time, but full time for 35 years." He started as a full tim...

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Joplin Receives Highly Anticipated Salary Comparison Report Video included

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    The report council, police, and fire officials have been waiting for was delivered to city leaders at a council work session - a list of salary comparisons for four cities in Northwest Arkansas and Springfield, Missouri.     One of the concerns with comparisons presented earlier this year - is they didn't paint an accurate picture of cities similar to Joplin.

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KBI Investigate Remains Found in Neosho County, KS

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The Neosho County Sheriff confirms the discovery of skeletal remains south of Thayer, Kansas.  The remains were found on the edge of a soybean field. The remains were taken by the KBI to Topeka for forensic examination and identification.  Sheriff Jim Keath says he expects the KBI to send out more information as it becomes available.  More>>

Unusable Safe Room Investigation Video included

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The safe room at Joplin's Columbia Elementary functions just fine as a gym, but post construction problems have deemed it unusable in case of emergency. 

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Police investigate a hit and run in Neosho, Missouri. Video included

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Authorities say the incident happened at the intersection of Hamilton and East McKinney Streets Saturday night around 11:00 p.m. (Aug. 25, 2018). Police say they found a 54-year-old man claiming he was hit by a car going north on Hamilton Street. According to authorities, the driver left the scene in a black Ford Explorer with a Grey primer fender turning east onto E. McKinney Street. The Neosho man was taken to the hospital after the hit and run. Police are asking anyone wit...

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Trial Set for Man Charged with Shooting Deputy in Joplin Video included

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E.F. Fitchpatrick, Jr. appeared in court today in Neosho for a pre-trial conference (Aug. 27, 2018). He's 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 that..

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Granby Teacher Wins Grand Prize

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Ann Hansen, a teacher in Granby, Missouri, has officially been announced the Grand Prize Winner of the Orkin Start with Science Innovation Challenge. She will receive an additional $5,000 to fund supplies for her classroom. Hansen was originally interviewed when she won $5,000 as a semi-finalist in the contest for her "Bugs, Biomimicry and Robots" project. 

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Statement from the President on Sen. McCain's Death

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Senator John McCain died Saturday from an aggressive form of brain cancer. A funeral will be conducted Thursday at North Phoenix Baptist Church with former Vice President Joe Biden speaking. McCain was a noted critic of President Trump, and the President's response to McCain's death has been closely watched. The White House today released this statement from the President: "Despite our differences on policy and politics, I respect Senator John McCain's service to our countr... More>>

Missouri Man Killed in Southeast Kansas Hit and Run

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The Kansas Highway Patrol investigates a hit and run in Allen County, Kansas. The body of 26-year-old Billy Lee Montgomery, of Springfield, Missouri, was found in the eastbound lane of US 54 early Sunday morning (Aug. 26, 2018). The investigation is ongoing. No details about the vehicle involved in the crash have been released.

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Missouri Drivers Rank Among the Worst in New Study Video included

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"I don't believe that Missouri drivers as a whole are unsafe drivers in any form or fashion," said Sgt. John Luechenhoff of the Missouri Highway Patrol. The sergeant isn't dismissing a new ranking of states with the worst drivers conducted by financial technology firm SmartAsset, but he feels it doesn't tell the whole story about Missouri. 

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    One person is reported injured after a shooting in Parsons around noon on September 19th, 2018. According to the Parsons Police Department, the incident took place near the corner of 24th and Thornton Streets. Authorities say the shooting is being treated as an isolated event and say there is no perceived threat or danger to the general public from this incident. One person was reported injured and is receiving treatment at Labette Health. Police say a suspect is in custody...

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    One person is reported injured after a shooting in Parsons around noon on September 19th, 2018. According to the Parsons Police Department, the incident took place near the corner of 24th and Thornton Streets. Authorities say the shooting is being treated as an isolated event and say there is no perceived threat or danger to the general public from this incident. One person was reported injured and is receiving treatment at Labette Health. Police say a suspect is in custody...

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  • Police: Kansas couple allegedly drinking before baby's death

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    Wednesday, September 19 2018 8:41 PM EDT2018-09-20 00:41:12 GMT

    Officials say the couple's motel room had mold and curdled-milk filled bottles.

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    Officials say the couple's motel room had mold and curdled-milk filled bottles.

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  • Hard 50 Given in Iola Murder Case

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    Tuesday, September 18 2018 4:17 PM EDT2018-09-18 20:17:34 GMT
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    An Allen County, Kansas judge sentences Joshua Knapp of Iola, Kansas to life in prison with a hard 50 for murdering Shawn Cook.  Shawn Cook was reported missing on March 13th, 2016. His body was found on the banks of the Neosho River in Coffey County, Kansas on April 3rd, 2016. A preliminary autopsy showed Cook died from stab wounds. Five people from Iola were charged in his murder.

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    An Allen County, Kansas judge sentences Joshua Knapp of Iola, Kansas to life in prison with a hard 50 for murdering Shawn Cook.  Shawn Cook was reported missing on March 13th, 2016. His body was found on the banks of the Neosho River in Coffey County, Kansas on April 3rd, 2016. A preliminary autopsy showed Cook died from stab wounds. Five people from Iola were charged in his murder.

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