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Storm Cleanup in Sarcoxie Video included

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Sarcoxie, MO residents are working hard on clearing the trees so they can clearly assess the damage from the storm on Saturday night.

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Pond Pollution in Fort Scott

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Tim Allen has been enjoying the man-made pond built on his property back when he was child, for most of his life. But things changed 5 years ago when he began to notice sewage.

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Neosho City Council Votes to Keep 60 Foot Cross Up

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The Big Spring park is home to a garden, wading pool, and now some controversy. A Neosho local contacted the Freedom from Religion Foundation and told them about the 60 foot Latin cross that resides on the western knoll of the Big Spring Park. The FFRF wrote a letter to Neosho Mayor Charles Collinsworth, asking him to remove the cross..

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Seneca Prepares to Lose Second Largest Employer

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"The paint is not even dry on this deal yet, and we're all standing around shaking our heads."

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Mid City Renaissance Project Ready to Go in Pittsburg

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After 16 months of planning, the city of Pittsburg has a final version of its proposed Mid City Renaissance Project.

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School Bus Stop Removed Near Sex Offenders' Home Video included

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The Neosho School District promises change after questions about children's safety at a bus stop.

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Miami Road Construction is Right Around the Corner Video included

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The Ottawa county roads are continuing their journey to better driving, starting this June. "As far as the school roads and some of these back streets..we live over there by the college and it needs really bad repair." says Miami local Stephen Smith. The days of using the bond money from 2011 are over and the county is on to using the money awarded for the 2016 & 17 fiscal budget. Miami Public Works director Alicia Hogan says, "There was an ordinance that city co...

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President's Budget Proposal Includes Cuts for Food Stamps

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The President's proposed budget was unveiled yesterday.      In it: 150-billion dollars in proposed cuts to the "food stamp program" over the next 10 years. Hoover: "If they cut it down, I will probably lose my benefits altogether." Stachia Hoover is worried that the new proposed government budget includes a major slash to the food stamp program. Hoover: "I don't even have enough food stamps to completely supply my house, i know that's not... More>>

Joplin Fire Department Grant

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The Joplin Fire Department receives a grant for nearly $300,000.                 It came from state grants that are now extended to last through 2023. Furgerson: "There's nobody else in the city that does what we do, so anytime that we can get those grants to support those efforts, it's huge." Those efforts include being on the front line of, everything. Furgerson: "We are truly an all-hazards d...

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New Joplin Budget Method Identifies $6 Million With No or Little Direct Impact to Community Video included

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Better use of the money will be discussed among City officials and perhaps during open meetings with residents.

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Carthage Schools Renovates Medical Building to Become Autism Center Video included

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Multiple school districts will get services needed for students with autism closer to home. This as an old medical building in Carthage is renovated into an autism center for the next school year.

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Mom's FB Post Prompts JPD Investigation Video included

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 A social media post prompts a police investigation in Joplin.
      The police investigation did not find an abduction attempt but officials say they take all social media tips seriously.

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Animal Issue in Yates Center

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A Yates Center, Kansas woman says the goats in the yard next to the house she rents have been dying due to negligence. The owner of the goats says the situation isn't that simple. 

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Sixth Anniversary of Joplin Tornado Comes with Changes Video included

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Once a year, it seems, on May 22nd, even the little things you can experience at Cunningham Park mean so much more to enjoy while you have the opportunity.

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MO Governor Plans Capitol Rally; Pushing Steel Mill Bill

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Missouri lawmakers return to Jefferson City next week and the Governor is  promoting a bill they'll address. It's called the steel mill bill.  T

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Joplin Memorial Run 2017

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Monday marks the six year anniversary of the Joplin tornado. The Joplin Memorial Run kicked off early this morning on Joplin Avenue as part of a weekend of remembrance. It started with 161 seconds of silence -- and 161 balloons entering the grey sky, a tribute to the 161 lives lost -- and an important reminder for the reason behind the run. Barnes: "Just that it touches them, that they feel it, and, they always remember those lives that were lost." Brendon Barnes is part o...

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Quapaw Tribe receives EPA Grant

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            The EPA grants four million dollars to the Quapaw tribe to help with mine waste cleanup. The four million dollars will help the tribe with cleanup west of Picher. A small step compared to the last 5 years of work. Kent: "We've cleaned up over a million tons of chat, we've remediated several hundred acres of land and put it back into use by the tribe." It’s an incredible amount of work -- requiring help... More>>

Valedictorian Questions in Carl Junction Video included

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Commencement for Carl Junction High School will take place on Saturday. But one graduating senior feels the school's policy for determining the valedictorian needs a major overhaul. 

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Two Students Seriously Injured After Inflatable Play Area Blows Away Video included

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One student hit a tree limb.

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More Details Emerge Behind $151 Million Lawsuit Against Jail; Sheriff's Office; County Commissioners Video included

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"We think that (lawsuit) will wake people up."

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Joplin Seeks More TIF Money: Recovery TIF Under Fire Video included

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     The city of Joplin will seek to add about a million dollars to the 1717 Marketplace TIF (tax increment financing) District for improvements to the intersection at 15th and Rangeline. 

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Doctors And Families Learn More About Caffeine Dangers

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"As parents, you definitely get worried, because you hear of stories of just tragic stories, the stuff that's in energy drinks affecting young people and even taking their lives." Matt Miller plays with his sixteen month old daughter, Dani, in Pittsburg. He says he's doing what he can to make sure his kids understand that too much of a seemingly good thing, like energy drinks, can be deadly. "I think it's definitely moderation, what helps, but we just don't allow the ...

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Flood Survivors Want More Help from Emergency Management Video included

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"There should be a store front, in the center of Neosho, set up especially for emergency services."

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Don's Cold Storage to Double in Size: Expansion to Add Jobs Video included

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A fifteen million dollar expansion is underway at a local warehousing company. Adding more than one hundred thousand square feet to Don's cold storage will also mean adding jobs.  

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New Kansas Laws Protect Abuse and Assault Victims Video included

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Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt congratulated state lawmakers Monday for making the state a better place for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.

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Joplin Police Department Welcomes New Officers

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The Joplin Police Department is getting closer to becoming fully staffed. A class of 13 new officers was sworn-in last week. All of them, obviously, are hoping to make a difference. It's been four years since the Joplin Police Department has seen a class with this many new officers, and that has their instructors excited. Henderson: "I've been at Joplin for 15 years and it's nice to see this many people wanting to come and be police officers, and help us get back up to full ... More>>

Missouri Governor Weighing Benefits of Uniform Minimum Wage Bill Video included

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State legislators voted to ban political subdivisions from increasing minimum wage, or employee benefits, beyond state rules and regulations.

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Local Church and Mattress Company Assist Flood Victims

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Flood victims in Neosho are getting another wave of assistance thanks to a local church and mattress company.  Juan Carlos Estrada and his family were told their Neosho home is not suitable to live in and they'll need to relocate.  "The first step is going to be to look for a house," Estrada said. "I don't want them, they're been thinking about it, and I don't want the trauma of what happened bothering their minds." Now, the family is assembl... More>>

KCU Medical School's First Class

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The Kansas City university of medicine and bio sciences accepts their (its) first group of med students for the Joplin campus. Officials say despite the smaller size of the Joplin campus, it still offers the same learning opportunities. Gregory: "That's the beauty of the campus, is that they'll be able to learn at a very large scale, macro level, the importance of medicine." Not just anybody can put on one of these white coats, it takes a lot of hard work and a lot of pract

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Future of At-Home Care in Missouri Uncertain Video included

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This year's revenues have been growing at barely half the pace on which this year's budget was based.

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New SE Kansas Casino Revenues Nearly On Par with Expectations Video included

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Kansas Crossing earned $3,100,225 in April.

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SPECIAL REPORT: Checking In Video included

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A rented room can be a cover for crime.The recent shooting and wounding of a Jasper County Missouri sheriff's deputy at a motel is a reminder of that. Most Joplin hotels and motels work together and with police to discourage criminal activity, but that takes constant vigilance by staff and officers. That's the focus of our two-part report "Checking In."

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Joplin Schools Selling Excess Properties; Charity Buys Washington School

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 The Joplin School District plans to create a facilities committee to look at excess properties after tornado rebuilding. Washington school was sold to a charity to create a community center. 

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One Year After Curbside Recycling Came to Joplin, Many Residents Have Yet to Sign Up

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Convenient, but not economical to everyone.

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State Grant Bring $98 Thousand Dollars to Crowder Nursing Program for Simulators

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Crowder College is one of six colleges and universities in the state of Missouri to land a grant to expand its nursing education program.  The ninety-eight thousand dollars will give students more hands on training. 

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Saga Communications, Inc. Enters into an Agreement to Sell its Television Stations in Joplin, MO and Victoria, TX to Morgan Murphy Media Video included

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Saga Communications, Inc. (NYSE MKT -SGA) announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Evening Telegram Company d/b/a Morgan Murphy Media to sell the Company's television stations in the Joplin, MO – Pittsburg, KS and the Victoria, TX television markets for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $66.6 million.

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Officials: Several Local "Fake News" Stories Recently Have Created Panic, Disgust

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As society is getting more fast-paced, time-consuming research pays off even more.

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Volunteer House aka House of Hope Demolished Due to Deterioration

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A piece of Joplin's tornado history has disappeared.    It came to be known as the house of hope. Some of the pieces are being preserved at the Joplin Museum Complex. 

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Joplin Public Library Preps For Third Move

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The Joplin Public Library prepares to close its Main Street location to begin the move to its new home. 

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Back on Their Feet in Neosho

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A Neosho mother tells KOAM and Fox 14 how the Calvary Baptist Church helped her and her kids find housing after recent floods, and brought them in to the church family.  More>>

Officer Involved Shooting

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The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is called in, after Labette County deputies shoot a suspect, at the scene of crime.             The incident occurred last night in Mound Valley, Kansas. KBI agents gather evidence from the porch of a home in Mound Valley where shots rang out Saturday night. Katie: "All I heard was three gunshots, then after that, it was quiet for maybe two or three seconds, and then all I heard was another,... More>>

KBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Labette County Video included

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The KBI is investigating an officer involved shooting in Mound Valley, Kansas in Labette County that followed a domestic disturbance.

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Joplin’s First Green Sustainable Historic Buildings: 200 Block Commons Video included

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    A local developer is hoping to draw businesses to downtown Joplin through historic preservation. Jeff Neal and his wife Carolina will restore buildings in the  200 block of South Joplin Avenue. The multimillion dollar improvement will bring Joplin its first sustainable historic structures. 

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Project Based Learning Takes Hands-On Up a Notch. Video included

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Project based learning gains momentum in Kansas schools. It's hands on learning but is more student  driven. 

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Flooding at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College

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Much like the town of Miami, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College is no stranger to flooding. 

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Flood Insurance Often Dropped by Homeowners Video included

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Flooding causes big losses in Neosho but some let flood insurance lapse after paying off home mortgages. 

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Ottawa County Flood Issues

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The Ottawa County Emergency Manager and Miami Emergency Manager discuss city and county flooding issues with KOAM and Fox 14.  More>>

Neosho Flood Recovery

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"We're in a flood plain of course, but I think we're going to be ok...but, it was kinda...one of those things, you just never think it's going to happen to you." Neosho resident Billy Wade explains how he initially reacted to the flood warnings for Saturday's storms. He shares a house with his family, and even his mother, who's lived there eight years, was in shock. "By the time we realized what was happening, like I said, it happened so fast, once the water started c

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A Community Comes Together in Neosho

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The Cavalry Baptist Church in Neosho shows KOAM how a community's generosity helps pick up flood victims at their darkest hour. 

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Freeman Thanks Pet Therapy Animals and Their Owners

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Friendly pooches get praise during National Therapy Animal Day.  On Sunday, Freeman hospital gave thank you gifts  to  owners of pet therapy animals and their certified pet partners. 

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Closed Newton County Road List

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From Newton County Emergency Management --- Shoal Creek continues to rise overnight. Please heed warnings to turn around and don’t drown. Several roads and bridges are damaged or closed in Newton County. The following Newton County roads have been damaged and are impassable due to flooding: Oak Cliff and Knapp Impala and Trout Farm Highway NN at Jute Between Jute and Holly Mink South of Hwy D South Main and Cemetery in Granby Pineville and Landis (debris on the roadw... More>>

Red Cross Sets Up Shelters for Flood Help

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The American Red Cross of Southern Missouri has opened two shelters, one in Anderson, Mo and one in Branson, Mo., to assist people affected by the storms and flooding that continue to affect Southern Missouri. The shelters are located at the First Baptist Church, 1 Friendship Lane in Anderson and the Branson United Methodist, 1208 W. Highway 76, Branson. Individuals and families from those areas who are impacted by the on-going emergency situation are encouraged to visit the neares... More>>

Flooding Coverage - 4/29/2017 Video included

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As of 11:50 AM The City of Sarcoxie is experiencing localized flooding within the town. We have several properties that are flooding. We do have the FEMA building at the grade school open for anyone displaced by the flooding. Right now crews are planning evacuations of the Senior Housing here in town. Further information will be released as it becomes available.  (Via Sarcoxie FD PIO)

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Dealing with Flood Water Damage Video included

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With more rain on the way, many people may have to take the route of using a restoration company should flood waters affect their home. ServiceMaster Restore is a company that specializes in this type of damage.

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"13 Reasons Why" Stirs Conversation, Controversy Video included

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13 Reasons Why is narrated by Hannah Baker, a teenager who recorded a series of audio tapes describing the 13 reasons why she ended her own life. The deep look into teen suicide has started a number of conversations about the issue at a number of schools nationwide, including, Carthage High School. CHS Principal Matt Huntley says "We kinda talked about some of the positive things that could come from a popular show about a really difficult subject and then some of the other thing... More>>

KDOT to Study K7 & K126 Intersection Video included

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Concerns over accidents at an intersection in Southeast Kansas have the Kansas Department of Transportation taking a closer look at roadways. There have been 2 wrecks in as many weeks at the intersection of K7 and K126, about 6 miles west of Pittsburg.    

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JHS Teacher to Donate Kidney to Former Football Coach & Marine Sniper

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     Two men, who, not long ago, shared their love of teaching and coaching football together at Joplin high school are a matter of hours away from sharing something else.  Ethan Place, a former Joplin football coach will get a kidney from JHS teacher and coach Alan Linden. 

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Arrest Made In Homicide Investigation Video included

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Galena PD upgrades shooting death to homicide investigation after Kelly Glasgow of Galena was found with an apparent gunshot wound on April 26, 2017. She later died at the hospital. A warrant has been issued for John Francis for first degree murder.

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A Parsons high school student raises $38 thousand dollars for a business class project.

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A Parsons high school student raises $38 thousand dollars for a business class project. Her goal to get new lights and fencing for a park's tennis courts. 

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New Frozen Ethnic Foods Maker Heads to Joplin

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Names mean a lot.  Executives with this frozen food company say they offer several well-known brand names.

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Shelter Animals Learning Tool for Crowder Vet Tech Program-Available for Adoption

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The semester is almost over at Crowder College.  And for the Veterinary Technology program that means it’s adoption time. The program becomes a win-win for shelters, students and the animals.

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  • Pond Pollution in Fort Scott

    Pond Pollution in Fort Scott

    Saturday, May 27 2017 3:41 PM EDT2017-05-27 19:41:18 GMT

    Tim Allen has been enjoying the man-made pond built on his property back when he was child, for most of his life. But things changed 5 years ago when he began to notice sewage.

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    Tim Allen has been enjoying the man-made pond built on his property back when he was child, for most of his life. But things changed 5 years ago when he began to notice sewage.

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  • Seneca Prepares to Lose Second Largest Employer

    Seneca Prepares to Lose Second Largest Employer

    Friday, May 26 2017 6:52 PM EDT2017-05-26 22:52:10 GMT

    "The paint is not even dry on this deal yet, and we're all standing around shaking our heads."

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    "The paint is not even dry on this deal yet, and we're all standing around shaking our heads."

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