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  • Give Thanks 5K

    Give Thanks 5K

    Thursday, November 23 2017 6:02 PM EST2017-11-23 23:02:44 GMT

    Pittsburg's Give Thanks 5K was another big success, Thanksgiving morning. 

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    Pittsburg's Give Thanks 5K was another big success, Thanksgiving morning. 

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  • KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 11-23-17

    KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 11-23-17

    Thursday, November 23 2017 9:15 AM EST2017-11-23 14:15:39 GMT
    CONGRESSMAN APOLOGY Texas Congressman Joe Barton has apologized for a lewd photo of him that's circulating on the Internet. The Washington Post is reporting the 68-year-old Republican told a woman to whom he sent sexually explicit photos, videos, and messages that he would report her to the Capitol Police if she exposed his secret sex life.  The photo was published Tuesday by an Anonymous Twitter account. PARADE SECURITY Security will be heightened at New York...More >>
    CONGRESSMAN APOLOGY Texas Congressman Joe Barton has apologized for a lewd photo of him that's circulating on the Internet. The Washington Post is reporting the 68-year-old Republican told a woman to whom he sent sexually explicit photos, videos, and messages that he would report her to the Capitol Police if she exposed his secret sex life.  The photo was published Tuesday by an Anonymous Twitter account. PARADE SECURITY Security will be heightened at New York...More >>
  • A Pittsburg Thanksgiving with International Flavor

    A Pittsburg Thanksgiving with International Flavor

    Wednesday, November 22 2017 11:27 PM EST2017-11-23 04:27:03 GMT

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

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

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

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

    Thursday, November 23 2017 3:48 PM EST2017-11-23 20:48:59 GMT

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

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

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  • Not Everyone Optimistic About Missouri Minimum Wage Increase

    Not Everyone Optimistic About Missouri Minimum Wage Increase

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 9:48 PM EST2017-11-22 02:48:23 GMT

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

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

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  • Online Study Says Online Dating In Missouri Is Dangerous

    Online Study Says Online Dating In Missouri Is Dangerous

    Monday, November 20 2017 10:22 PM EST2017-11-21 03:22:55 GMT

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

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

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  • Senator Claire McCaskill Holds a Town Hall Meeting in Webb City

    Senator Claire McCaskill Holds a Town Hall Meeting in Webb City

    Saturday, November 18 2017 3:53 PM EST2017-11-18 20:53:15 GMT

    From national debt to energy cost...A US Senator talks politics in Webb City.     The Southwest Center in Webb City played host to Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill for a town hall meeting.     A number of topics were discussed -- and attendees were able to write down questions that Senator McCaskill would answer.     One of the more heated topics became renewable energy and its associated costs.

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    From national debt to energy cost...A US Senator talks politics in Webb City.     The Southwest Center in Webb City played host to Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill for a town hall meeting.     A number of topics were discussed -- and attendees were able to write down questions that Senator McCaskill would answer.     One of the more heated topics became renewable energy and its associated costs.

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  • Turkey's Head Out The Door At A Local Church

    Turkey's Head Out The Door At A Local Church

    Saturday, November 18 2017 3:46 PM EST2017-11-18 20:46:24 GMT

    In Webb City this morning more than 100 people took home a turkey after sharing in a prayer service...the Webb City Church of the Nazarene is making a  tradition of the event to help feed families with food and with spirit.

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    In Webb City this morning more than 100 people took home a turkey after sharing in a prayer service...the Webb City Church of the Nazarene is making a  tradition of the event to help feed families with food and with spirit.

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  • Another Bike And Pedestrian Meeting To Unify Trails In The Region

    Another Bike And Pedestrian Meeting To Unify Trails In The Region

    Thursday, November 16 2017 9:58 PM EST2017-11-17 02:58:31 GMT

         Discussions continued this evening on the future of the bicycle paths and pedestrian trails planned for the Joplin, Webb City and Carl Junction areas.

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         Discussions continued this evening on the future of the bicycle paths and pedestrian trails planned for the Joplin, Webb City and Carl Junction areas.

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  • Lawsuit Filed Against The City of Diamond, A Former Police Officer, and the Chief of Police

    Lawsuit Filed Against The City of Diamond, A Former Police Officer, and the Chief of Police

    Thursday, November 16 2017 1:52 PM EST2017-11-16 18:52:31 GMT

         The City of Diamond, Missouri, its Chief of Police, and a former police officer are all subjects of a lawsuit that's been filed by a Newton County man.      The suit was filed yesterday, but it stems from a traffic stop that actually happened 5 years ago. 

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         The City of Diamond, Missouri, its Chief of Police, and a former police officer are all subjects of a lawsuit that's been filed by a Newton County man.      The suit was filed yesterday, but it stems from a traffic stop that actually happened 5 years ago. 

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  • Joplin Redevelopment Corporation Hears Proposal For New Housing Complex

    Joplin Redevelopment Corporation Hears Proposal For New Housing Complex

    Tuesday, November 14 2017 8:42 PM EST2017-11-15 01:42:12 GMT

         The Joplin Redevelopment Committee met tonight to hear about a proposed housing complex on the city's west side.      A project that has something different to offer than most. A few years ago - this vacant lot here was expected to be home of a new senior citizen housing complex. But then...Wallace Bajalli fell apart and so did the proposal.  Now, the Economic Security Corporation is trying to bring it back.

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         The Joplin Redevelopment Committee met tonight to hear about a proposed housing complex on the city's west side.      A project that has something different to offer than most. A few years ago - this vacant lot here was expected to be home of a new senior citizen housing complex. But then...Wallace Bajalli fell apart and so did the proposal.  Now, the Economic Security Corporation is trying to bring it back.

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  • City Green Lights Turning A 'Drive Way' Into East 15th Street

    City Green Lights Turning A 'Drive Way' Into East 15th Street

    Monday, November 13 2017 10:32 PM EST2017-11-14 03:32:12 GMT

         A new road project has been green lighted by Joplin City Council.      It involves a road that never was...but is..and will now be real. 1993...Walmart, moved back -- and left this.     A sprawling parking lot, with a 'path' to the new store.     After Eastgate closed, the blacktop became a 'free for all' for drivers.

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         A new road project has been green lighted by Joplin City Council.      It involves a road that never was...but is..and will now be real. 1993...Walmart, moved back -- and left this.     A sprawling parking lot, with a 'path' to the new store.     After Eastgate closed, the blacktop became a 'free for all' for drivers.

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  • Compass Quest Launches New Program For Veterans on Veterans Day

    Compass Quest Launches New Program For Veterans on Veterans Day

    Saturday, November 11 2017 8:57 PM EST2017-11-12 01:57:24 GMT

        Compass Quest Veteran Services kicked off a new program to help place service dogs with specially selected veterans today.     But one of them, has already been serving a local veteran, in more ways than one. Army Veteran Wendie Colvin: "It's an incredible feeling, I can tell you that...he's rescued me from the darkest...darkest moments."

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        Compass Quest Veteran Services kicked off a new program to help place service dogs with specially selected veterans today.     But one of them, has already been serving a local veteran, in more ways than one. Army Veteran Wendie Colvin: "It's an incredible feeling, I can tell you that...he's rescued me from the darkest...darkest moments."

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  • Anthem of Missouri Making Changes To ER Visit Coverage

    Anthem of Missouri Making Changes To ER Visit Coverage

    Thursday, November 9 2017 9:47 PM EST2017-11-10 02:47:02 GMT

         A major insurance provider is making some changes that will affect a good number of four state residents.      Changes that surround ER visits. You have health insurance, then, you get a letter that sounds a little like this... Kjersti McDonald, Anthem Missouri member: "We're changing our policy on emergency room visits, so if it's not an emergency, don't go to the emergency room, and that was pretty much the only parameter I was given."

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         A major insurance provider is making some changes that will affect a good number of four state residents.      Changes that surround ER visits. You have health insurance, then, you get a letter that sounds a little like this... Kjersti McDonald, Anthem Missouri member: "We're changing our policy on emergency room visits, so if it's not an emergency, don't go to the emergency room, and that was pretty much the only parameter I was given."

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  • One Week Into Open Enrollment for the Affordable Care Act

    One Week Into Open Enrollment for the Affordable Care Act

    Wednesday, November 8 2017 9:10 PM EST2017-11-09 02:10:53 GMT

         We're a week into the open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act.      And there are some changes that are causing some confusion for those looking to sign up. When open enrollment began, officials say they were concerned that people may not know that it was even happening, but that hasn't been the case locally.

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         We're a week into the open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act.      And there are some changes that are causing some confusion for those looking to sign up. When open enrollment began, officials say they were concerned that people may not know that it was even happening, but that hasn't been the case locally.

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  • Main Street Work Wrapping Up - Businesses Have Hurt - More Work...Coming Up

    Main Street Work Wrapping Up - Businesses Have Hurt - More Work...Coming Up

    Tuesday, November 7 2017 9:47 PM EST2017-11-08 02:47:26 GMT

         Main Street in Joplin.      It's been in pieces for the better part of a year.      And now, those pieces are being put back together.      Cue a sigh of relief for affected business owners.      Cue, also...more work in other parts of town. A lot of construction.

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         Main Street in Joplin.      It's been in pieces for the better part of a year.      And now, those pieces are being put back together.      Cue a sigh of relief for affected business owners.      Cue, also...more work in other parts of town. A lot of construction.

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  • Ajinomoto Windsor Foods Seeks Additional Bond Money From The City Of Joplin

    Ajinomoto Windsor Foods Seeks Additional Bond Money From The City Of Joplin

    Monday, November 6 2017 9:57 PM EST2017-11-07 02:57:37 GMT

    The City of Joplin approves a request to file for additional bonds from a food manufacturing plant currently under construction.     Ajinomoto Windsor Foods received $44 million dollars in bonds from the city last year to begin construction, but they say there's been some changes, and now need an additional $10 million dollars.     But city officials say these bonds, aren't like traditional bonds.

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    The City of Joplin approves a request to file for additional bonds from a food manufacturing plant currently under construction.     Ajinomoto Windsor Foods received $44 million dollars in bonds from the city last year to begin construction, but they say there's been some changes, and now need an additional $10 million dollars.     But city officials say these bonds, aren't like traditional bonds.

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  • Landlord Convicted of Murdering Tenant Receives Life in Prison

    Landlord Convicted of Murdering Tenant Receives Life in Prison

    Monday, November 6 2017 4:09 PM EST2017-11-06 21:09:43 GMT

    Todd Greathouse is sentenced to Life in Prison without possibilities of parole.  

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    Todd Greathouse is sentenced to Life in Prison without possibilities of parole.  

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  • A Shooter Storms McPherson Hall at Pitt State As Part Of A Special Training Exercise

    A Shooter Storms McPherson Hall at Pitt State As Part Of A Special Training Exercise

    Saturday, November 4 2017 7:02 PM EDT2017-11-04 23:02:42 GMT
        Students at Pittsburg State joined emergency and health professionals from Crawford County to test their skills in an Active Shooter Drill at the university.     The drill provides all sides the opportunity to assess their emergency responses in the event of a mass shooting.     Although the drill was simulated, significant effort was taken to ensure it was as real as it could get, with that said, some of the scenes in this story c...More >>
        Students at Pittsburg State joined emergency and health professionals from Crawford County to test their skills in an Active Shooter Drill at the university.     The drill provides all sides the opportunity to assess their emergency responses in the event of a mass shooting.     Although the drill was simulated, significant effort was taken to ensure it was as real as it could get, with that said, some of the scenes in this story c...More >>
  • Missing Boy Found Safe After Extensive Search In Delaware County

    Missing Boy Found Safe After Extensive Search In Delaware County

    Thursday, November 2 2017 7:30 PM EDT2017-11-02 23:30:48 GMT

         For 16 hours authorities in Delaware County searched countless acres of lake property in and around Monkey Island for 9 year old Sammy Mitchell.

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         For 16 hours authorities in Delaware County searched countless acres of lake property in and around Monkey Island for 9 year old Sammy Mitchell.

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  • JPD Releases Sex Offender Compliance Stats for Halloween

    JPD Releases Sex Offender Compliance Stats for Halloween

    Wednesday, November 1 2017 9:10 PM EDT2017-11-02 01:10:11 GMT
         Halloween has come and gone.      And while many families are counting candy...officers with the Joplin Police Department are counting sex offender compliance concerns.      Those numbers came out today. During the course of Halloween night -- Joplin Police officers checked up on 114 sex offenders in the city, to ensure they were remaining compliant with special Halloween restrictions. In the end, officers generated 31 report...More >>
         Halloween has come and gone.      And while many families are counting candy...officers with the Joplin Police Department are counting sex offender compliance concerns.      Those numbers came out today. During the course of Halloween night -- Joplin Police officers checked up on 114 sex offenders in the city, to ensure they were remaining compliant with special Halloween restrictions. In the end, officers generated 31 report...More >>
  • Carthage Neighborhood Plays Host To 2,000 Trick Or Treaters -- For Two Decades

    Tuesday, October 31 2017 10:47 PM EDT2017-11-01 02:47:37 GMT

    "While it's only been the last few years that Carthage Police have actually blocked off the streets for this neighborhood event, the event itself has been bringing out trick or treaters for more than 20 years, and over the years were talking nearly 2,000 trick or treaters every year that come to this special event. Vicki Elliff moved into the Grand Avenue neighborhood four years ago, but she had no idea what that meant. 

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    "While it's only been the last few years that Carthage Police have actually blocked off the streets for this neighborhood event, the event itself has been bringing out trick or treaters for more than 20 years, and over the years were talking nearly 2,000 trick or treaters every year that come to this special event. Vicki Elliff moved into the Grand Avenue neighborhood four years ago, but she had no idea what that meant. 

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  • Watered Gardens Officials Assure Residents The Facility Is Still Safe

    Watered Gardens Officials Assure Residents The Facility Is Still Safe

    Monday, October 30 2017 9:32 PM EDT2017-10-31 01:32:04 GMT

        The stabbing at Watered Gardens has led to some safety concerns. Both people involved in Saturday's incident were residents of Watered Gardens. Paula Crawford has been a resident of Watered Gardens since September 8th, and despite the incident on Saturday, she says "There is no issue of safety here, we all come from a different walk of life, and attitudes and anger issues are going to arise."

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        The stabbing at Watered Gardens has led to some safety concerns. Both people involved in Saturday's incident were residents of Watered Gardens. Paula Crawford has been a resident of Watered Gardens since September 8th, and despite the incident on Saturday, she says "There is no issue of safety here, we all come from a different walk of life, and attitudes and anger issues are going to arise."

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  • A Local Attorney Offers Some Free Assistance To Veterans In Need

    A Local Attorney Offers Some Free Assistance To Veterans In Need

    Saturday, October 28 2017 9:16 PM EDT2017-10-29 01:16:53 GMT

        Veterans in need legal help had a day of free assistance from local attorneys, however, those attorneys say one day just isn't enough.

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        Veterans in need legal help had a day of free assistance from local attorneys, however, those attorneys say one day just isn't enough.

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  • Sarcoxie Scares Up A 2nd Year Of Fun

    Sarcoxie Scares Up A 2nd Year Of Fun

    Saturday, October 28 2017 6:53 PM EDT2017-10-28 22:53:22 GMT

        Hundreds of kids filled downtown Sarcoxie for its 2nd annual Trunk or Treat On the Square.     The festival  featured frightening figures from Jason to Freddie, and of course, princesses and super heroes there to save the day.

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        Hundreds of kids filled downtown Sarcoxie for its 2nd annual Trunk or Treat On the Square.     The festival  featured frightening figures from Jason to Freddie, and of course, princesses and super heroes there to save the day.

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  • Busting The Bad Guys - With Facebook

    Busting The Bad Guys - With Facebook

    Thursday, October 26 2017 8:02 PM EDT2017-10-27 00:02:58 GMT

         It seems more and more, social media sites like Facebook and Twitter are playing pivotal roles in helping law enforcement agencies fight crime.      Case in point a case this week in Jasper County.

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         It seems more and more, social media sites like Facebook and Twitter are playing pivotal roles in helping law enforcement agencies fight crime.      Case in point a case this week in Jasper County.

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  • County Jails Won't Receive Reimbursement For Housing Inmates...For Now

    County Jails Won't Receive Reimbursement For Housing Inmates...For Now

    Wednesday, October 25 2017 7:46 PM EDT2017-10-25 23:46:27 GMT

         Officials with the Missouri Department of Corrections say they're out of money this quarter for their jail reimbursement program. Jennings:  "When we've had an inmate in our facility for x amount of time, and then when that person is convicted, there's a reimbursement through the state for the housing for that time period."

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         Officials with the Missouri Department of Corrections say they're out of money this quarter for their jail reimbursement program. Jennings:  "When we've had an inmate in our facility for x amount of time, and then when that person is convicted, there's a reimbursement through the state for the housing for that time period."

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  • Nevada Regional Medical Center & Freeman Health System Strengthening Their Partnership

    Nevada Regional Medical Center & Freeman Health System Strengthening Their Partnership

    Tuesday, October 24 2017 8:53 PM EDT2017-10-25 00:53:09 GMT

         The City of Nevada has passed an emergency ordinance to pursue a new management contract for the Nevada Regional Medical Center with Freeman Health System.

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         The City of Nevada has passed an emergency ordinance to pursue a new management contract for the Nevada Regional Medical Center with Freeman Health System.

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  • Investigation Finds No Violation in Officer Involved Shooting

    Investigation Finds No Violation in Officer Involved Shooting

    Friday, November 3 2017 9:57 AM EDT2017-11-03 13:57:36 GMT

    A tense night in Joplin after the second report of shots fired in as many days results in a stand-off and an arrest.     Police say tonight's events are connected to yesterday's shooting at Parr Hill Park.  It all started yesterday with reports of shots fired in the Parr Hill Park area.

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    A tense night in Joplin after the second report of shots fired in as many days results in a stand-off and an arrest.     Police say tonight's events are connected to yesterday's shooting at Parr Hill Park.  It all started yesterday with reports of shots fired in the Parr Hill Park area.

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  • Maple Leaf Car Show

    Maple Leaf Car Show

    Saturday, October 21 2017 6:47 PM EDT2017-10-21 22:47:06 GMT

        You may be familiar with the Motley Crue song "Girls Girls Girls", today in Carthage it was "cars cars cars."     The Car Buddies group hosted a car show split between two different locations -- that's how big it was.

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        You may be familiar with the Motley Crue song "Girls Girls Girls", today in Carthage it was "cars cars cars."     The Car Buddies group hosted a car show split between two different locations -- that's how big it was.

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  • 51st Annual Maple Leaf Parade

    51st Annual Maple Leaf Parade

    Saturday, October 21 2017 6:43 PM EDT2017-10-21 22:43:43 GMT

        Seemingly miles of floats -- and a sea of spectators lined the streets of Carthage for the 51st annual Maple Leaf Parade.

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        Seemingly miles of floats -- and a sea of spectators lined the streets of Carthage for the 51st annual Maple Leaf Parade.

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  • Joplin Chosen To Pilot New Anti DWI Program

    Joplin Chosen To Pilot New Anti DWI Program

    Wednesday, October 18 2017 10:03 PM EDT2017-10-19 02:03:59 GMT

         Out of all the communities across the country...Joplin has been selected to pilot a new Anti DWI program.      Part of that initiative includes getting members of the community to provide input. 

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         Out of all the communities across the country...Joplin has been selected to pilot a new Anti DWI program.      Part of that initiative includes getting members of the community to provide input. 

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  • Schuber-Mitchell's Preliminary Plat Receives Green Light from CJ Council

    Schuber-Mitchell's Preliminary Plat Receives Green Light from CJ Council

    Tuesday, October 17 2017 10:40 PM EDT2017-10-18 02:40:01 GMT

        Carl Junction city officials approve a preliminary plat for a new neighborhood in town, despite recent opposition.

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        Carl Junction city officials approve a preliminary plat for a new neighborhood in town, despite recent opposition.

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  • Packed City Council Agenda for Joplin, Including A Proposal for Joe Becker's Future

    Packed City Council Agenda for Joplin, Including A Proposal for Joe Becker's Future

    Tuesday, October 17 2017 12:42 PM EDT2017-10-17 16:42:34 GMT
        A packed agenda, tonight, for Joplin City Council members.     From more street projects, the latest involving the Hope Valley CID, even the possibility of Joplin having a new baseball team. The first major discussion on the list...Joe Becker Stadium and its possible future.  As the city is putting the finishing touches on new artificial turf at Joe Becker, Craig Puckett made a presentation to the council in partnership with a newly formed baseball l...More >>
        A packed agenda, tonight, for Joplin City Council members.     From more street projects, the latest involving the Hope Valley CID, even the possibility of Joplin having a new baseball team. The first major discussion on the list...Joe Becker Stadium and its possible future.  As the city is putting the finishing touches on new artificial turf at Joe Becker, Craig Puckett made a presentation to the council in partnership with a newly formed baseball l...More >>
  • The Sewer Line Replacement You Never Saw

    The Sewer Line Replacement You Never Saw

    Wednesday, October 11 2017 9:46 PM EDT2017-10-12 01:46:18 GMT

         Now to Pittsburg where city commissioners, tonight, approved a change order to wrap up a $300,000 sewer project near the Countryside subdivision.

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         Now to Pittsburg where city commissioners, tonight, approved a change order to wrap up a $300,000 sewer project near the Countryside subdivision.

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  • Joplin Tries, Tries Again

    Joplin Tries, Tries Again

    Monday, October 9 2017 10:05 PM EDT2017-10-10 02:05:02 GMT

         Last month, Joplin City Officials made a presentation to council members about some possible changes for downtown parking.      It met with resistance and was tabled for later discussion.      That discussion came tonight.

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         Last month, Joplin City Officials made a presentation to council members about some possible changes for downtown parking.      It met with resistance and was tabled for later discussion.      That discussion came tonight.

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  • Family Resource Center in Pittsburg Celebrates A Milestone

    Family Resource Center in Pittsburg Celebrates A Milestone

    Sunday, October 8 2017 7:36 PM EDT2017-10-08 23:36:41 GMT
        Twenty years -- that's how long the Family Resource Center in Pittsburg has been serving kids...and not just a few kids, thousands. The celebration is  big -- bounce houses, food, games, toys for the little ones...but for the former executive director, and one of the founding members, there was something else special about the family resource center playground party... Murnan: "As I'm walking through here, I'm having people tell me who they are and I'm realizin...More >>
        Twenty years -- that's how long the Family Resource Center in Pittsburg has been serving kids...and not just a few kids, thousands. The celebration is  big -- bounce houses, food, games, toys for the little ones...but for the former executive director, and one of the founding members, there was something else special about the family resource center playground party... Murnan: "As I'm walking through here, I'm having people tell me who they are and I'm realizin...More >>
  • How Fire Department Numbers Affect Your Home Insurance Premiums

    How Fire Department Numbers Affect Your Home Insurance Premiums

    Sunday, October 8 2017 4:21 PM EDT2017-10-08 20:21:57 GMT

    The Joplin Fire Department releases it's latest performance numbers -- and they indicate calls are up,  and response times are down...

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    The Joplin Fire Department releases it's latest performance numbers -- and they indicate calls are up,  and response times are down...

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  • Mother Road Marathon Returns for 2017

    Mother Road Marathon Returns for 2017

    Sunday, October 1 2017 6:58 PM EDT2017-10-01 22:58:28 GMT
        Nearly 1,000 people from across the globe converged on Route 66 right here, in our own back yard.it's been four years since these runners, hit this road, to celebrate, it's legacy. But now, thanks to the efforts of TwelveOne marketing, communities along historic route 66 are alive again, with the sound of tennis shoes from as far as Austria, hitting the pavement. Rogers: "We've got an obligation with the history of Route 66 and all that it, the economic drivers...More >>
        Nearly 1,000 people from across the globe converged on Route 66 right here, in our own back yard.it's been four years since these runners, hit this road, to celebrate, it's legacy. But now, thanks to the efforts of TwelveOne marketing, communities along historic route 66 are alive again, with the sound of tennis shoes from as far as Austria, hitting the pavement. Rogers: "We've got an obligation with the history of Route 66 and all that it, the economic drivers...More >>
  • Proposed EPA Budget Cuts Could Impact The Four-States

    Proposed EPA Budget Cuts Could Impact The Four-States

    Friday, September 29 2017 6:37 PM EDT2017-09-29 22:37:08 GMT

        Proposed budget cuts at the EPA could have an impact, right here in the four-states.

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        Proposed budget cuts at the EPA could have an impact, right here in the four-states.

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  • Day 2 of the State vs. Todd Greathouse - 15 Witnesses Testify for Prosecution

    Day 2 of the State vs. Todd Greathouse - 15 Witnesses Testify for Prosecution

    Tuesday, September 26 2017 11:06 PM EDT2017-09-27 03:06:58 GMT
         More testimony, today, in Joplin.      Day 2 of the Todd Greathouse murder trial.      The Webb City man charged with the first-degree murder of a Joplin woman last year. It was here, at this house on Jackson Avenue, that authorities say this man, Todd Greathouse, murdered Willanna Anita Dunn, last June. Her daughter, Anna Simovski, remembers her mother to jurors. Simovski:  "Fun and happy and shy, but, you know, when you got...More >>
         More testimony, today, in Joplin.      Day 2 of the Todd Greathouse murder trial.      The Webb City man charged with the first-degree murder of a Joplin woman last year. It was here, at this house on Jackson Avenue, that authorities say this man, Todd Greathouse, murdered Willanna Anita Dunn, last June. Her daughter, Anna Simovski, remembers her mother to jurors. Simovski:  "Fun and happy and shy, but, you know, when you got...More >>
  • Residents Concerned Over Future Fox Briar Development Plans

    Residents Concerned Over Future Fox Briar Development Plans

    Monday, September 25 2017 10:56 PM EDT2017-09-26 02:56:06 GMT

        Residents in the Briarbrook are of Carl Junction voice concerns over a proposed residential development.     The Planning and Zoning Commission held a public meeting this evening. The issues involve plats 3, 4, and 5, the latest addition to the Fox Briar area in Briarbrook.

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        Residents in the Briarbrook are of Carl Junction voice concerns over a proposed residential development.     The Planning and Zoning Commission held a public meeting this evening. The issues involve plats 3, 4, and 5, the latest addition to the Fox Briar area in Briarbrook.

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  • Route 66 Convoy Stops In Carthage, Miami

    Route 66 Convoy Stops In Carthage, Miami

    Sunday, September 24 2017 7:51 PM EDT2017-09-24 23:51:10 GMT

        The Military Vehicle Preservation Association is sponsoring a special convoy with a special mission to complete in just 29 days.   Dan McCluskey is the leader of the pack.     A fleet of 40 military vehicles, dating from World War II to the present is what he's leading down Historic Route 66, from Chicago to Santa Monica.     We caught up with the convoy in Lawrence County near Phelps, en route to Carthage.

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        The Military Vehicle Preservation Association is sponsoring a special convoy with a special mission to complete in just 29 days.   Dan McCluskey is the leader of the pack.     A fleet of 40 military vehicles, dating from World War II to the present is what he's leading down Historic Route 66, from Chicago to Santa Monica.     We caught up with the convoy in Lawrence County near Phelps, en route to Carthage.

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  • Deputy Cleared in Fatal Shooting in Vernon County

    Deputy Cleared in Fatal Shooting in Vernon County

    Friday, September 22 2017 11:13 PM EDT2017-09-23 03:13:55 GMT

        A Vernon County Sheriff's Deputy is cleared of any wrong doing following an investigation into a deadly shooting.     The Vernon County Prosecutor has determined there were no violations of the law -- clearing the deputy involved in the shooting.     The incident occurred June 21st just east of Nevada.     Deputy Alexander Stimson located a vehicle that was allegedly stolen.     The driver, later identified...

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        A Vernon County Sheriff's Deputy is cleared of any wrong doing following an investigation into a deadly shooting.     The Vernon County Prosecutor has determined there were no violations of the law -- clearing the deputy involved in the shooting.     The incident occurred June 21st just east of Nevada.     Deputy Alexander Stimson located a vehicle that was allegedly stolen.     The driver, later identified...

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  • Neosho Budget Looks Grim, But It's Not As Red As It Seems

    Neosho Budget Looks Grim, But It's Not As Red As It Seems

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 10:56 PM EDT2017-09-20 02:56:26 GMT
    The City of Neosho met tonight to approve the 2018 fiscal year budget.     Budget issues are nothing new to the community -  and the upcoming budget looks as though there's a shortfall, of more than $1 million.     But city officials say that's not the case, and that there's more than meets the eye.   To the untrained eye, when looking at the city budget, you see a negative balance -- which looks like a loss of about $1.4 mil...More >>
    The City of Neosho met tonight to approve the 2018 fiscal year budget.     Budget issues are nothing new to the community -  and the upcoming budget looks as though there's a shortfall, of more than $1 million.     But city officials say that's not the case, and that there's more than meets the eye.   To the untrained eye, when looking at the city budget, you see a negative balance -- which looks like a loss of about $1.4 mil...More >>
  • Council Hears Proposal For Downtown Parking

    Council Hears Proposal For Downtown Parking

    Monday, September 18 2017 8:30 PM EDT2017-09-19 00:30:15 GMT
        The City of Joplin hears a proposal to redesign a section of Main Street in downtown to enhance parking. Cunningham: "We've seen projects like this in other communities and we've seen them be successful, so, once the overlay was done, we kinda thought this is a temporary, quick, easy, cheap way to try something new."     Taylor Cunningham is the assistant to the city manager, she also works with the Joplin Area Transportation Study Organization. ...More >>
        The City of Joplin hears a proposal to redesign a section of Main Street in downtown to enhance parking. Cunningham: "We've seen projects like this in other communities and we've seen them be successful, so, once the overlay was done, we kinda thought this is a temporary, quick, easy, cheap way to try something new."     Taylor Cunningham is the assistant to the city manager, she also works with the Joplin Area Transportation Study Organization. ...More >>
  • Boy Scouts Turn Camp Crowder into 'Camp Swampy' For Special Weekend

    Boy Scouts Turn Camp Crowder into 'Camp Swampy' For Special Weekend

    Saturday, September 16 2017 9:10 PM EDT2017-09-17 01:10:49 GMT

        More than 800 Boy Scouts from across the region - converge on "camp crowder" in Neosho.

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        More than 800 Boy Scouts from across the region - converge on "camp crowder" in Neosho.

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  • Pittsburg City Leaders Tour Block 22 Progress

    Pittsburg City Leaders Tour Block 22 Progress

    Tuesday, September 12 2017 10:42 PM EDT2017-09-13 02:42:25 GMT
         City officials in Pittsburg got their first look at the progress being made on the Block 22 Project downtown.      They were given a tour of 2 of the buildings. Ahead of their regular commission meeting, Pittsburg city leaders got an up-close look at progress downtown.  They got a look at the National Bank building and the Crowell Drugs building. Gray: "We were able to tour them before the demolition started, so to see them now with al...More >>
         City officials in Pittsburg got their first look at the progress being made on the Block 22 Project downtown.      They were given a tour of 2 of the buildings. Ahead of their regular commission meeting, Pittsburg city leaders got an up-close look at progress downtown.  They got a look at the National Bank building and the Crowell Drugs building. Gray: "We were able to tour them before the demolition started, so to see them now with al...More >>
  • Neosho Holds A Meeting About The Big Spring Cross

    Neosho Holds A Meeting About The Big Spring Cross

    Monday, September 11 2017 10:52 PM EDT2017-09-12 02:52:12 GMT

    The city decided to hold this meeting to help explain to the citizens why they made the choice that they did.

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    The city decided to hold this meeting to help explain to the citizens why they made the choice that they did.

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  • Pittsburg Residents Organize DACA Rally, March

    Pittsburg Residents Organize DACA Rally, March

    Friday, September 8 2017 10:25 PM EDT2017-09-09 02:25:58 GMT
        Residents in Pittsburg, Kansas came together to rally against President Trump's order rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA program. Cynthia Hernandez organized the rally and march, to unite residents in support of DACA recipients in the community.     Hernandez herself is a DACA recipient, and she knows the benefits of the program first hand.     She says DACA recipients could be closer than ...More >>
        Residents in Pittsburg, Kansas came together to rally against President Trump's order rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA program. Cynthia Hernandez organized the rally and march, to unite residents in support of DACA recipients in the community.     Hernandez herself is a DACA recipient, and she knows the benefits of the program first hand.     She says DACA recipients could be closer than ...More >>
  • Narcan Training Brings Diverse Group

    Narcan Training Brings Diverse Group

    Tuesday, September 5 2017 9:00 PM EDT2017-09-06 01:00:28 GMT

         Law enforcement officials, first responders...and even concerned parents and grandparents packed the conference room at the Alliance of Southwest Missouri in Joplin today for Narcan training. The Alliance of Southwest Missouri hosted something unique, a Narcan training session.

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         Law enforcement officials, first responders...and even concerned parents and grandparents packed the conference room at the Alliance of Southwest Missouri in Joplin today for Narcan training. The Alliance of Southwest Missouri hosted something unique, a Narcan training session.

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  • Local Ranch Rescues Horses Nationwide

    Local Ranch Rescues Horses Nationwide

    Monday, September 4 2017 5:14 PM EDT2017-09-04 21:14:23 GMT

       A local horse rescue organization is using this Labor Day holiday weekend to raise awareness of their mission. There are several shelters and groups in the four states that rescue cats and dogs for adoption to new loving homes.

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       A local horse rescue organization is using this Labor Day holiday weekend to raise awareness of their mission. There are several shelters and groups in the four states that rescue cats and dogs for adoption to new loving homes.

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  • Boy, 8, Helps Harvey Victims With Lemonade Stand

    Boy, 8, Helps Harvey Victims With Lemonade Stand

    Monday, September 4 2017 3:33 PM EDT2017-09-04 19:33:07 GMT

        An eight year old boy from Joplin is opening his heart and hands to Texas, to help Harvey victims, some of whom include his own family. When eight year old Ryan Foster first heard what was happening in Texas...

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        An eight year old boy from Joplin is opening his heart and hands to Texas, to help Harvey victims, some of whom include his own family. When eight year old Ryan Foster first heard what was happening in Texas...

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  • Veterans Walking Across America

    Veterans Walking Across America

    Monday, September 4 2017 2:34 PM EDT2017-09-04 18:34:31 GMT

        An alarming statistic is sending a small group of veterans on a journey across 12 states to the nation's capital...and tonight they stopped in Joplin  An average of 22 veterans a day commit suicide.     That's why these vets have spent the last two and a half months *walking* to Washington, D.C.  

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        An alarming statistic is sending a small group of veterans on a journey across 12 states to the nation's capital...and tonight they stopped in Joplin  An average of 22 veterans a day commit suicide.     That's why these vets have spent the last two and a half months *walking* to Washington, D.C.  

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  • Joplin Optimistic, But Cautious About Future of Housman's Building

    Joplin Optimistic, But Cautious About Future of Housman's Building

    Friday, September 1 2017 6:29 PM EDT2017-09-01 22:29:49 GMT

     The City of Joplin is optimistic about a possible contract between the city and Missouri Southern to redevelop a couple of properties downtown.
         But the time frame for one of them could cause some serious issues.

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     The City of Joplin is optimistic about a possible contract between the city and Missouri Southern to redevelop a couple of properties downtown.
         But the time frame for one of them could cause some serious issues.

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  • Eagle-Picher Suit

    Eagle-Picher Suit

    Tuesday, August 29 2017 10:13 PM EDT2017-08-30 02:13:24 GMT
         It's one of the area's largest employers and Eagle-Picher Technologies is now facing a lawsuit for wrongful termination.      Court documents were filed last week in Jasper County Circuit Court. In July of 2016 -- 135 workers were laid off from Eagle-Picher in Joplin. That was about 33% of the total workforce. Now, 13 of those former workers have filed a lawsuit against Eagle-Picher saying they were wrongfully terminated. Court documents we...More >>
         It's one of the area's largest employers and Eagle-Picher Technologies is now facing a lawsuit for wrongful termination.      Court documents were filed last week in Jasper County Circuit Court. In July of 2016 -- 135 workers were laid off from Eagle-Picher in Joplin. That was about 33% of the total workforce. Now, 13 of those former workers have filed a lawsuit against Eagle-Picher saying they were wrongfully terminated. Court documents we...More >>
  • MSSU Proposes A New Use For The Former Joplin Public Library Building

    MSSU Proposes A New Use For The Former Joplin Public Library Building

    Monday, August 28 2017 10:31 PM EDT2017-08-29 02:31:27 GMT
        The Joplin City Council holds a special session to discuss taxes -- and a proposal for the old library building.     Plans for the old building downtown involve Missouri Southern. This is the former library building at 300 South Main.     For the past three months, it has sat vacant...quiet...and without a purpose.     But now, that could be changing, take a look at these photos.     They're renderings of a prop...More >>
        The Joplin City Council holds a special session to discuss taxes -- and a proposal for the old library building.     Plans for the old building downtown involve Missouri Southern. This is the former library building at 300 South Main.     For the past three months, it has sat vacant...quiet...and without a purpose.     But now, that could be changing, take a look at these photos.     They're renderings of a prop...More >>
  • Jasper Police Find A Unique Way To Connect To Citizens

    Jasper Police Find A Unique Way To Connect To Citizens

    Sunday, August 27 2017 9:38 PM EDT2017-08-28 01:38:53 GMT
        Recent incidents between law enforcement and citizens in communities across the nation - have led to increased tension and mistrust, on both sides.     But one local police department is looking to fix that in their community.         Jasper Police Chief Chad Karr sets a table for a birthday party. It doesn't look like police work but he felt the department needed to reconnect with it's citizens...and his officers ne...More >>
        Recent incidents between law enforcement and citizens in communities across the nation - have led to increased tension and mistrust, on both sides.     But one local police department is looking to fix that in their community.         Jasper Police Chief Chad Karr sets a table for a birthday party. It doesn't look like police work but he felt the department needed to reconnect with it's citizens...and his officers ne...More >>
  • 'The Landing' Helps Homeless, Disabled Vets

    'The Landing' Helps Homeless, Disabled Vets

    Sunday, August 27 2017 12:37 PM EDT2017-08-27 16:37:10 GMT
         When veterans return home, many are met with family and friends who are excited to see them again.     But some, don't have that warm welcome, which can contribute to serious issues, like depression, and even homelessness.     There's more than 400 homeless veterans in just Oklahoma, alone.     Bernard Mitchell Gordon Senior, or  Mike as they call him, helps raise the American flag above The Landing, a facility for ...More >>
         When veterans return home, many are met with family and friends who are excited to see them again.     But some, don't have that warm welcome, which can contribute to serious issues, like depression, and even homelessness.     There's more than 400 homeless veterans in just Oklahoma, alone.     Bernard Mitchell Gordon Senior, or  Mike as they call him, helps raise the American flag above The Landing, a facility for ...More >>
  • Feed A Bee

    Feed A Bee

    Friday, August 25 2017 10:42 PM EDT2017-08-26 02:42:35 GMT

        When you hear about grant money - it's usually tens of thousands of dollars to help cover costs.     The Chert Glades Chapter of Missouri  Master Naturalists received $5,000 - to help Feed A Bee. Bayer -- the pharmaceutical and life sciences company -- is giving out grants nationwide totaling $500,000 to help feed a bee.     But the benefit, reaches beyond just the bees.

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        When you hear about grant money - it's usually tens of thousands of dollars to help cover costs.     The Chert Glades Chapter of Missouri  Master Naturalists received $5,000 - to help Feed A Bee. Bayer -- the pharmaceutical and life sciences company -- is giving out grants nationwide totaling $500,000 to help feed a bee.     But the benefit, reaches beyond just the bees.

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  • JATSO Bike & Pedestrian Meeting

    JATSO Bike & Pedestrian Meeting

    Thursday, August 24 2017 9:10 PM EDT2017-08-25 01:10:55 GMT
         The library was *also* the venue for a public meeting early tonight for JATSO.      It's the Joplin Area Transportation Study Organization.      The purpose...discuss ways to improve bicycle and pedestrian paths across the metro. Bryan Bridgford came to the bike and pedestrian meeting because he and his wife try to bike wherever they're going. But even with new bike lanes on busy streets... Bridgford: "I think that improvements ha...More >>
         The library was *also* the venue for a public meeting early tonight for JATSO.      It's the Joplin Area Transportation Study Organization.      The purpose...discuss ways to improve bicycle and pedestrian paths across the metro. Bryan Bridgford came to the bike and pedestrian meeting because he and his wife try to bike wherever they're going. But even with new bike lanes on busy streets... Bridgford: "I think that improvements ha...More >>
  • New Dorms At Labette Community College

    New Dorms At Labette Community College

    Sunday, August 20 2017 1:19 PM EDT2017-08-20 17:19:11 GMT
        Students across the region are settling in to their dorm rooms for the fall semester.     But for students and faculty at Labette Community College in Parsons, this move-in day has special meaning. When Zachary Lintzen came to Labette Community College last year, living on campus, wasn't an option. Lintzen: "I lived in a small two bedroom apartment on the other side of town, it was kinda far from campus so it was difficult to travel back and forth to ...More >>
        Students across the region are settling in to their dorm rooms for the fall semester.     But for students and faculty at Labette Community College in Parsons, this move-in day has special meaning. When Zachary Lintzen came to Labette Community College last year, living on campus, wasn't an option. Lintzen: "I lived in a small two bedroom apartment on the other side of town, it was kinda far from campus so it was difficult to travel back and forth to ...More >>
  • Report: Missouri Has More 'Hate Groups' Than Kansas & Oklahoma Combined

    Report: Missouri Has More 'Hate Groups' Than Kansas & Oklahoma Combined

    Friday, August 18 2017 6:51 PM EDT2017-08-18 22:51:58 GMT
         According to a report from the Southern Poverty Law Center" the state of Missouri has more hate groups than Kansas and Oklahoma combined.      But local officials say *positive* groups are more common in the area. Charlottesville, Virginia.  these disturbing scenes painted an unpleasant picture of the racial divisions in our country. A report from the Southern Poverty Law Center outlines the number of hate groups in each state across t...More >>
         According to a report from the Southern Poverty Law Center" the state of Missouri has more hate groups than Kansas and Oklahoma combined.      But local officials say *positive* groups are more common in the area. Charlottesville, Virginia.  these disturbing scenes painted an unpleasant picture of the racial divisions in our country. A report from the Southern Poverty Law Center outlines the number of hate groups in each state across t...More >>
  • Solar Eclipse Enthusiast

    Solar Eclipse Enthusiast

    Thursday, August 17 2017 8:18 PM EDT2017-08-18 00:18:27 GMT
        You're probably familiar with the phrase, 'What would you do for a Klondike Bar', but, for one Joplin woman and her family, it's 'What would you do for a solar eclipse?' Libby Burleson was first introduced to solar eclipse 'mania' in 2002.     Her mother saw the craze and started a business, specializing in 'eclipse cruises'.     That's when Libby and her family loaded up on a ten day journey to the middle of the ocean, just to see the ...More >>
        You're probably familiar with the phrase, 'What would you do for a Klondike Bar', but, for one Joplin woman and her family, it's 'What would you do for a solar eclipse?' Libby Burleson was first introduced to solar eclipse 'mania' in 2002.     Her mother saw the craze and started a business, specializing in 'eclipse cruises'.     That's when Libby and her family loaded up on a ten day journey to the middle of the ocean, just to see the ...More >>
  • Eclipse Eye-wear & Safety

    Eclipse Eye-wear & Safety

    Monday, August 14 2017 7:13 PM EDT2017-08-14 23:13:18 GMT
    In just one week.. The moon will come between the Earth and the sun.      It's a good thing, though.. The earth and the sun have been fighting, now, for weeks.      The "solar eclipse" will have millions of people looking up at the sky.      And if you don't take the proper precautions there could be serious consequences.   When many of us head to work or school Monday morning, the day will look like any other. But just befor...More >>
    In just one week.. The moon will come between the Earth and the sun.      It's a good thing, though.. The earth and the sun have been fighting, now, for weeks.      The "solar eclipse" will have millions of people looking up at the sky.      And if you don't take the proper precautions there could be serious consequences.   When many of us head to work or school Monday morning, the day will look like any other. But just befor...More >>
  • New Mulberry Council Convenes

    New Mulberry Council Convenes

    Sunday, August 13 2017 9:52 PM EDT2017-08-14 01:52:07 GMT
        The new city council in mulberry held their first meeting, as a special session today - at the Mulberry Municipal Building.     The session was supposed to outline the next step for selecting a police chief for the community, after the previous chief was laid off last Tuesday.     The meeting Sunday night started off with another resignation.     Mulberry Police Sergeant Barlow, the only police officer on the force, resigned a...More >>
        The new city council in mulberry held their first meeting, as a special session today - at the Mulberry Municipal Building.     The session was supposed to outline the next step for selecting a police chief for the community, after the previous chief was laid off last Tuesday.     The meeting Sunday night started off with another resignation.     Mulberry Police Sergeant Barlow, the only police officer on the force, resigned a...More >>
  • Prayers for Police

    Prayers for Police

    Tuesday, August 8 2017 10:32 PM EDT2017-08-09 02:32:27 GMT
    For many of us, we wake up, go to work, do our job, and go back home to our families, without worrying each day about our safety. Two incidents in Missouri involving police officers are a reminder that they're never guaranteed to come home. It started Sunday, an officer in Clinton, Missouri shot and killed in the line of duty, then, two men throwing explosives at Joplin officers. It's a stark reminder of the dangers in law enforcement. DuRall: "You know, when they go out to their...More >>
    For many of us, we wake up, go to work, do our job, and go back home to our families, without worrying each day about our safety. Two incidents in Missouri involving police officers are a reminder that they're never guaranteed to come home. It started Sunday, an officer in Clinton, Missouri shot and killed in the line of duty, then, two men throwing explosives at Joplin officers. It's a stark reminder of the dangers in law enforcement. DuRall: "You know, when they go out to their...More >>
  • Concerns at the Carthage Humane Society

    Concerns at the Carthage Humane Society

    Monday, August 7 2017 11:22 PM EDT2017-08-08 03:22:42 GMT
       A board meeting is called among members of the Carthage Humane Society concerning allegations of animal neglect.     A patron of the humane society claimed that a dog she adopted from the facility was malnourished and so were many other dogs in the facility.     The Facebook post generated enough concern for a special meeting to be called this evening. Sierra Henson just recently adopted her pup Ali from the Carthage Humane Society. She...More >>
       A board meeting is called among members of the Carthage Humane Society concerning allegations of animal neglect.     A patron of the humane society claimed that a dog she adopted from the facility was malnourished and so were many other dogs in the facility.     The Facebook post generated enough concern for a special meeting to be called this evening. Sierra Henson just recently adopted her pup Ali from the Carthage Humane Society. She...More >>
  • The Evolution of Safety Services in SEK

    The Evolution of Safety Services in SEK

    Sunday, August 6 2017 9:23 PM EDT2017-08-07 01:23:49 GMT
        Some fascinating four-state history, came out of the shadows in Franklin, Kansas.     It's all part of the Miners Hall Museum's presentation, "The Evolution of Emergency Services". Lomshek: "With the mines it was mostly young people and with that you get a little more criminal activity than with older people." That's Jerry Lomshek, he's a part of the Miners Hall Museum. He says the criminal aspect is the darker part of the co...More >>
        Some fascinating four-state history, came out of the shadows in Franklin, Kansas.     It's all part of the Miners Hall Museum's presentation, "The Evolution of Emergency Services". Lomshek: "With the mines it was mostly young people and with that you get a little more criminal activity than with older people." That's Jerry Lomshek, he's a part of the Miners Hall Museum. He says the criminal aspect is the darker part of the co...More >>
  • Breastfeeding Support

    Breastfeeding Support

    Sunday, August 6 2017 1:49 PM EDT2017-08-06 17:49:52 GMT
        Area moms gathered at the North Joplin Head Start to join mothers across the globe, for a special celebration.     And these moms also have a message they want to share. Dannette Kissick was just one of the several moms joining in the World Breastfeeding Week celebration. When Kissick first considered breastfeeding, it was with her son, who's now nine years old. But, the choice, wasn't an easy one. Kissick : "I thought about breast...More >>
        Area moms gathered at the North Joplin Head Start to join mothers across the globe, for a special celebration.     And these moms also have a message they want to share. Dannette Kissick was just one of the several moms joining in the World Breastfeeding Week celebration. When Kissick first considered breastfeeding, it was with her son, who's now nine years old. But, the choice, wasn't an easy one. Kissick : "I thought about breast...More >>
  • Marian Days "Soul Food"

    Marian Days "Soul Food"

    Saturday, August 5 2017 11:12 AM EDT2017-08-05 15:12:02 GMT
         Its been a fixture in Carthage since 1978.      As we showed you last night, This year's Marian Days got underway yesterday. Linh Le and her family have been coming to Marian Days for nearly 30 years. During their visits, they noticed there were some people that needed some help.  Le: "So, there's a good 600 people that you have to feed, and really think about, they want to provide meals for who are helping everyone else have a go...More >>
         Its been a fixture in Carthage since 1978.      As we showed you last night, This year's Marian Days got underway yesterday. Linh Le and her family have been coming to Marian Days for nearly 30 years. During their visits, they noticed there were some people that needed some help.  Le: "So, there's a good 600 people that you have to feed, and really think about, they want to provide meals for who are helping everyone else have a go...More >>
  • Taxiway Work at the Joplin Regional Airport

    Taxiway Work at the Joplin Regional Airport

    Tuesday, August 1 2017 3:54 PM EDT2017-08-01 19:54:04 GMT
         A multi-million dollar project is nearing completion at the Joplin Regional Airport. Imagine having some geometry homework...that took three years to complete. It's no stretch of the imagination for the Joplin Regional Airport. Stockham: "We looked at the airfield configuration, we looked at some of the safety issues surrounding the airfield, so, over the process of the last three years, we've been working on some of these projects." That includes an...More >>
         A multi-million dollar project is nearing completion at the Joplin Regional Airport. Imagine having some geometry homework...that took three years to complete. It's no stretch of the imagination for the Joplin Regional Airport. Stockham: "We looked at the airfield configuration, we looked at some of the safety issues surrounding the airfield, so, over the process of the last three years, we've been working on some of these projects." That includes an...More >>
  • The "Best Dogs in Missouri" are in Joplin

    The "Best Dogs in Missouri" are in Joplin

    Sunday, July 30 2017 7:42 PM EDT2017-07-30 23:42:40 GMT
        Instant Karma Gourmet Hot Dogs -- while they serve more than just 'hot dogs' they were recently recognized by MSN.com and by the Best Things In Missouri Website as being the "Best Hot Dog in Missouri."     But just, what does it take to make the 'best' hot dog? The best dog starts with the best 'dog art'...but, that's just my opinion. Employees -- know it's more than just Alfred Hitchcock eating a hot dog... Cashion: "It's cultivat...More >>
        Instant Karma Gourmet Hot Dogs -- while they serve more than just 'hot dogs' they were recently recognized by MSN.com and by the Best Things In Missouri Website as being the "Best Hot Dog in Missouri."     But just, what does it take to make the 'best' hot dog? The best dog starts with the best 'dog art'...but, that's just my opinion. Employees -- know it's more than just Alfred Hitchcock eating a hot dog... Cashion: "It's cultivat...More >>
  • Joplin's 55th Annual Sidewalk Sale

    Joplin's 55th Annual Sidewalk Sale

    Sunday, July 30 2017 11:19 AM EDT2017-07-30 15:19:07 GMT
        Joplin's Annual Downtown Sidewalk Sale took place today...     Shoppers were treated to live music - special sales and discounts.     But the sale is also meant to strengthen the downtown area----despite Joplin's library moving out. Teddy Steen decided to become an entrepreneur, and opened the Blue Moon Boutique, as for where to locate her store...  Steen: "I love downtown Joplin, I grew up here, and, so when I decided to do ...More >>
        Joplin's Annual Downtown Sidewalk Sale took place today...     Shoppers were treated to live music - special sales and discounts.     But the sale is also meant to strengthen the downtown area----despite Joplin's library moving out. Teddy Steen decided to become an entrepreneur, and opened the Blue Moon Boutique, as for where to locate her store...  Steen: "I love downtown Joplin, I grew up here, and, so when I decided to do ...More >>
  • Empty Streets of Neosho

    Empty Streets of Neosho

    Monday, July 31 2017 3:58 PM EDT2017-07-31 19:58:01 GMT

    Some residents in Neosho are still rebuilding after flood waters devastated parts of the community in April. The Riverside Neighborhood was one of the hardest hit. When we first visited Riverside Drive in Neosho, it was completely submerged, as well as the majority of the houses. Today, it's night and day different, but something, is missing. Wade: "It's definitely empty, it's a lot quieter, by 10:00 you don't hear much, before yo...

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    Some residents in Neosho are still rebuilding after flood waters devastated parts of the community in April. The Riverside Neighborhood was one of the hardest hit. When we first visited Riverside Drive in Neosho, it was completely submerged, as well as the majority of the houses. Today, it's night and day different, but something, is missing. Wade: "It's definitely empty, it's a lot quieter, by 10:00 you don't hear much, before yo...

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  • Pittsburg Casino Revenue

    Pittsburg Casino Revenue

    Tuesday, July 25 2017 4:40 PM EDT2017-07-25 20:40:42 GMT

    Income is beginning to roll in -- and it's already got a specific place to go. Clarkson: "Where I'm putting it, it's going straight to our general fund reserves." Jamie Clarkson is the director of finance for the city -- and he says the reason the casino revenue is being stored -- Clarkson: "The state has put us under a property tax lid law, beginning with 2018, so going forward, we won't ever be able to raise property taxes above the consumer price index without having

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    Income is beginning to roll in -- and it's already got a specific place to go. Clarkson: "Where I'm putting it, it's going straight to our general fund reserves." Jamie Clarkson is the director of finance for the city -- and he says the reason the casino revenue is being stored -- Clarkson: "The state has put us under a property tax lid law, beginning with 2018, so going forward, we won't ever be able to raise property taxes above the consumer price index without having

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  • Empire Outage

    Empire Outage

    Saturday, July 22 2017 5:14 PM EDT2017-07-22 21:14:01 GMT
        An equipment failure at an electrical substation in south Joplin leaves  nearly 6,000 people in the dark Friday night.       Officials with Empire District tell us a cross-arm failed on a transmission line heading into the substation you see here.     The failure caused damage to equipment at the station which then led to the initial outage around midnight.     Crews made temporary repairs  and restored power around 1:30 this ...More >>
        An equipment failure at an electrical substation in south Joplin leaves  nearly 6,000 people in the dark Friday night.       Officials with Empire District tell us a cross-arm failed on a transmission line heading into the substation you see here.     The failure caused damage to equipment at the station which then led to the initial outage around midnight.     Crews made temporary repairs  and restored power around 1:30 this ...More >>
  • Home Building Trends in Joplin

    Home Building Trends in Joplin

    Tuesday, July 18 2017 8:38 PM EDT2017-07-19 00:38:55 GMT

         So, you're moving to a new town...and need some housing.
         What do you look for?
         Apartment...duplex?
         Trends in Joplin suggest duplexes have become more and more popular.

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         So, you're moving to a new town...and need some housing.
         What do you look for?
         Apartment...duplex?
         Trends in Joplin suggest duplexes have become more and more popular.

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  • Opioid Prosecution

    Opioid Prosecution

    Monday, July 17 2017 8:56 PM EDT2017-07-18 00:56:58 GMT
         Missouri Governor Eric Greitens, today signed an executive order to create a prescription drug monitoring program.      Missouri has been the only state in the nation without one.      It's the latest in an effort to combat opioid abuse.      *Another* bill would allow pharmacies to provide needed medication during an overdose.      But some say *it* was rushed. Governor Eric Greitens says he's taking acti...More >>
         Missouri Governor Eric Greitens, today signed an executive order to create a prescription drug monitoring program.      Missouri has been the only state in the nation without one.      It's the latest in an effort to combat opioid abuse.      *Another* bill would allow pharmacies to provide needed medication during an overdose.      But some say *it* was rushed. Governor Eric Greitens says he's taking acti...More >>
  • New Helipad in Jane

    New Helipad in Jane

    Sunday, July 16 2017 2:36 PM EDT2017-07-16 18:36:33 GMT
        If you have an emergency in McDonald county -- first responders can get you help -- faster than before thanks, to a new helipad. Volunteers with the White Rock Fire Department in Jane gathered around Station 2 - to await something they've never had before. The first helicopter to land on a new helipad. The landing zone, or "L-Z", was built on property next to the station donated by the Conservation Department. Officials say if it wasn't for donations -- th...More >>
        If you have an emergency in McDonald county -- first responders can get you help -- faster than before thanks, to a new helipad. Volunteers with the White Rock Fire Department in Jane gathered around Station 2 - to await something they've never had before. The first helicopter to land on a new helipad. The landing zone, or "L-Z", was built on property next to the station donated by the Conservation Department. Officials say if it wasn't for donations -- th...More >>
  • Home Repair Dispute

    Home Repair Dispute

    Tuesday, July 11 2017 11:31 PM EDT2017-07-12 03:31:32 GMT
        A dispute between a homeowner and a contractor.     Each side claims the other didn't do what they were supposed to do.     According to the Home Builder's Association of Southwest Missouri it all could have been avoided. Campbell: "Making her happy so she can come back home...she misses it...and so do I." That's Mike Campbell -- he and his wife Linda say they were scammed by Capps Contracting and Construction. Their home in Carl Juncti...More >>
        A dispute between a homeowner and a contractor.     Each side claims the other didn't do what they were supposed to do.     According to the Home Builder's Association of Southwest Missouri it all could have been avoided. Campbell: "Making her happy so she can come back home...she misses it...and so do I." That's Mike Campbell -- he and his wife Linda say they were scammed by Capps Contracting and Construction. Their home in Carl Juncti...More >>
  • Insurance Changes

    Insurance Changes

    Monday, July 10 2017 9:49 PM EDT2017-07-11 01:49:02 GMT
         Residents with Blue Cross and Blue Shield insurance, specifically Anthem, will soon have more choices for health care in Missouri. When picking a health care provider, we'd prefer to choose the best care. However, insurance companies want us to choose their preferred providers, restricting our choices, and causing headaches for people when they get sick. Now, Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield -- is opening the door to more healthcare choices in Missouri. Godfrey: ...More >>
         Residents with Blue Cross and Blue Shield insurance, specifically Anthem, will soon have more choices for health care in Missouri. When picking a health care provider, we'd prefer to choose the best care. However, insurance companies want us to choose their preferred providers, restricting our choices, and causing headaches for people when they get sick. Now, Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield -- is opening the door to more healthcare choices in Missouri. Godfrey: ...More >>
  • Wolf Creek Nationals @ Grand Lake

    Wolf Creek Nationals @ Grand Lake

    Monday, July 10 2017 2:05 PM EDT2017-07-10 18:05:46 GMT
    Nearly 2,000 people filled the community of Grove, Oklahoma - for some unique boat races today!     The "Wolf Creek Nationals" took place - at Wolf Creek Park on Grand Lake.  Cooper: "When you get involved in something, if you don't go whole-heartedly, why do it at all?" That's David Cooper -- he made a slight commute of just over five hours to Wolf Creek Park here in Grove -- to participate in the second annual "Wolf Creek Nationals."...More >>
    Nearly 2,000 people filled the community of Grove, Oklahoma - for some unique boat races today!     The "Wolf Creek Nationals" took place - at Wolf Creek Park on Grand Lake.  Cooper: "When you get involved in something, if you don't go whole-heartedly, why do it at all?" That's David Cooper -- he made a slight commute of just over five hours to Wolf Creek Park here in Grove -- to participate in the second annual "Wolf Creek Nationals."...More >>
  • Joplin Library Lease

    Joplin Library Lease

    Monday, July 3 2017 10:25 PM EDT2017-07-04 02:25:10 GMT
         Business as usual, tonight, for "Joplin City Council" members despite this Monday being part of what many are enjoying.      That's a long holiday weekend.      Part of tonight's agenda...the new public library on 20th and Connecticut. Council met tonight to approve an emergency ordinance -- to lease the building at 1901 East 20th Street to the Joplin Public Library. You may be thinking -- why does the library need to lease t...More >>
         Business as usual, tonight, for "Joplin City Council" members despite this Monday being part of what many are enjoying.      That's a long holiday weekend.      Part of tonight's agenda...the new public library on 20th and Connecticut. Council met tonight to approve an emergency ordinance -- to lease the building at 1901 East 20th Street to the Joplin Public Library. You may be thinking -- why does the library need to lease t...More >>
  • Service Dogs for Veterans

    Service Dogs for Veterans

    Monday, July 3 2017 2:37 PM EDT2017-07-03 18:37:07 GMT
         As people across the nation enjoy a weekend - full of family, friends and celebrations of our independence - some local veterans are celebrating a *new independence* of their own.     Brad Ardrey is one of two veterans who received a service dog from "Heartland Canines for Veterans" -- a group focused on easing the stresses of life for service men and women. Ardrey: "He can help me walk around and stuff, you know, keep me from falling,...More >>
         As people across the nation enjoy a weekend - full of family, friends and celebrations of our independence - some local veterans are celebrating a *new independence* of their own.     Brad Ardrey is one of two veterans who received a service dog from "Heartland Canines for Veterans" -- a group focused on easing the stresses of life for service men and women. Ardrey: "He can help me walk around and stuff, you know, keep me from falling,...More >>
  • Webb City Predator

    Webb City Predator

    Wednesday, June 28 2017 10:36 PM EDT2017-06-29 02:36:34 GMT
    Webb City police are warning parents and kids to be on the lookout for a suspicious man in the community. Hatten Park in Webb City -- a place to take your children and let them run and play...but now, there's a danger for those kids at this very park. Morrow: "I feel kinda sickened about it, I'm not gonna lie, you know, and right now we've got this guy running around and I mean, I should give him my address right now and say 'come solicit to my kid and see what hap...More >>
    Webb City police are warning parents and kids to be on the lookout for a suspicious man in the community. Hatten Park in Webb City -- a place to take your children and let them run and play...but now, there's a danger for those kids at this very park. Morrow: "I feel kinda sickened about it, I'm not gonna lie, you know, and right now we've got this guy running around and I mean, I should give him my address right now and say 'come solicit to my kid and see what hap...More >>
  • Moran SKIL Protest

    Moran SKIL Protest

    Wednesday, June 28 2017 3:03 PM EDT2017-06-28 19:03:42 GMT
    Protesters filled the Kansas offices today Jerry Moran.      All hoping to send a powerful message to the senator.      One of those protests took place in Pittsburg. Those with pre-existing conditions, disabilities, and in-between converged on Senator Moran's Pittsburg office -- to make sure their voice is heard. Rausch: "We just want to remind them, that, you know, even if we have pre-existing conditions, we are people, and we are important and we ...More >>
    Protesters filled the Kansas offices today Jerry Moran.      All hoping to send a powerful message to the senator.      One of those protests took place in Pittsburg. Those with pre-existing conditions, disabilities, and in-between converged on Senator Moran's Pittsburg office -- to make sure their voice is heard. Rausch: "We just want to remind them, that, you know, even if we have pre-existing conditions, we are people, and we are important and we ...More >>
  • Religious Freedom

    Religious Freedom

    Monday, June 26 2017 10:46 PM EDT2017-06-27 02:46:08 GMT
         The "Supreme Court," today, issued a ruling that some say pushes the boundaries of "separation of church and state".      It's a case that originated in Missouri. The controversy started in Columbia, Missouri -- at the Trinity Lutheran Church. In 2012, they applied for a grant from the state to resurface their daycare playground through the state's recycled tire program. It ranked fifth out of 44 submissions. But the state ...More >>
         The "Supreme Court," today, issued a ruling that some say pushes the boundaries of "separation of church and state".      It's a case that originated in Missouri. The controversy started in Columbia, Missouri -- at the Trinity Lutheran Church. In 2012, they applied for a grant from the state to resurface their daycare playground through the state's recycled tire program. It ranked fifth out of 44 submissions. But the state ...More >>
  • Two Friends Set Out On A Covered Wagon Adventure

    Two Friends Set Out On A Covered Wagon Adventure

    Sunday, June 25 2017 9:30 PM EDT2017-06-26 01:30:20 GMT

    Ray Hascall and his friend, Bobby Tarver, set out on a journey across the region -- in a covered wagon.
    But, it wasn't just a sudden idea to load up and hit the road...
    Hascall: "The whole trip, when i was a kid me and my buddies were gonna go horseback...."
    That's when he was seventeen.
    "..I finally got where I could do it, and I figured the wagon would be better than the horse back."

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    Ray Hascall and his friend, Bobby Tarver, set out on a journey across the region -- in a covered wagon.
    But, it wasn't just a sudden idea to load up and hit the road...
    Hascall: "The whole trip, when i was a kid me and my buddies were gonna go horseback...."
    That's when he was seventeen.
    "..I finally got where I could do it, and I figured the wagon would be better than the horse back."

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  • "Clay Day"

    "Clay Day"

    Sunday, June 25 2017 11:09 AM EDT2017-06-25 15:09:25 GMT
    Residents in Sarcoxie, Missouri are coming together -- to support one of their own.     Eight-year-old Sarcoxie native Clay Wormington -- is battling leukemia. Carter: "I was just, I was just sick to death, I was just really sad because he's one of my best best friends." So residents of Sarcoxie got together to help Clay with a car wash, auctions, and dinner. Megan: "Many people from the community got together with multiple different idea...More >>
    Residents in Sarcoxie, Missouri are coming together -- to support one of their own.     Eight-year-old Sarcoxie native Clay Wormington -- is battling leukemia. Carter: "I was just, I was just sick to death, I was just really sad because he's one of my best best friends." So residents of Sarcoxie got together to help Clay with a car wash, auctions, and dinner. Megan: "Many people from the community got together with multiple different idea...More >>
  • Tick Illnesses

    Tick Illnesses

    Thursday, June 22 2017 2:38 PM EDT2017-06-22 18:38:59 GMT
    The heat is here, meaning more people are headed to the great outdoors.     And with a mild winter, health officials expect a high number of ticks this year also bringing an increased risk of tick-borne illnesses. Billy Wade is a storm chaser, and nature photographer, so he spends the majority of his time, outside, in tick-prone areas. Wade: "I've never gotten sick, but I have had tick bites turn into infections, and, not staph or anything like that, but I've had l...More >>
    The heat is here, meaning more people are headed to the great outdoors.     And with a mild winter, health officials expect a high number of ticks this year also bringing an increased risk of tick-borne illnesses. Billy Wade is a storm chaser, and nature photographer, so he spends the majority of his time, outside, in tick-prone areas. Wade: "I've never gotten sick, but I have had tick bites turn into infections, and, not staph or anything like that, but I've had l...More >>
  • Joplin Business Success

    Joplin Business Success

    Wednesday, June 21 2017 5:26 PM EDT2017-06-21 21:26:29 GMT
         "Everything Must Go" is a phrase many of us see or hear as retailers across the country face bankruptcy and store closures.      But for some in Joplin..it's a different story. Jones: "Having a loyal customer base has probably been our salvation, in this area." Ron Jones and his wife own the Radio Shack on Maiden Lane in Joplin. And in their case -- it's helpful to own their store, even if it's under a national franchise. That way...More >>
         "Everything Must Go" is a phrase many of us see or hear as retailers across the country face bankruptcy and store closures.      But for some in Joplin..it's a different story. Jones: "Having a loyal customer base has probably been our salvation, in this area." Ron Jones and his wife own the Radio Shack on Maiden Lane in Joplin. And in their case -- it's helpful to own their store, even if it's under a national franchise. That way...More >>
  • Patriotic Memorial On Display

    Patriotic Memorial On Display

    Monday, June 19 2017 2:49 PM EDT2017-06-19 18:49:06 GMT
    Freedom, it's something that many of us take for granted.  But what we may forget, is the price of our freedom.  There's two brothers in Southwest Missouri working to change that. Duane: "We all take advantage of it, and we all go without thinking about it, because, it is our freedom, we don't have to worry, and we want to continue that way." Duane Swatosh and his brother Claire are both veterans. They love our country, and our history, and they're taking it on th...More >>
    Freedom, it's something that many of us take for granted.  But what we may forget, is the price of our freedom.  There's two brothers in Southwest Missouri working to change that. Duane: "We all take advantage of it, and we all go without thinking about it, because, it is our freedom, we don't have to worry, and we want to continue that way." Duane Swatosh and his brother Claire are both veterans. They love our country, and our history, and they're taking it on th...More >>
  • Riverton Power Plant Implosion

    Riverton Power Plant Implosion

    Sunday, June 18 2017 1:26 PM EDT2017-06-18 17:26:24 GMT
        We move from falling trees -- to falling buildings!     This morning in Riverton, demolition crews brought down the former Empire power plant building and it's smoke stack.  People began lining up at 4:30 am in Riverton to witness something you don't get to see everyday. Crews from KCOM Demolition have been working for several weeks preparing the Empire District Electric Company's former Riverton power plant -- for demolition. Initially, the...More >>
        We move from falling trees -- to falling buildings!     This morning in Riverton, demolition crews brought down the former Empire power plant building and it's smoke stack.  People began lining up at 4:30 am in Riverton to witness something you don't get to see everyday. Crews from KCOM Demolition have been working for several weeks preparing the Empire District Electric Company's former Riverton power plant -- for demolition. Initially, the...More >>
  • Joplin Man Making "Miraculous Recovery"

    Joplin Man Making "Miraculous Recovery"

    Friday, June 16 2017 5:44 PM EDT2017-06-16 21:44:35 GMT
        Therapists at Mercy Hospital in Joplin say they're "amazed" at the progress Joshua James has made.     James, suffered a traumatic injury in 2015 which left him unable to take care of himself. James: "You fell down (I fell down, yea) and hit your head (head, yea) and had a traumatic brain injury." Jody James helps her son explain what happened to him. Joshua has a history of seizures, but they're under control. James: "Because he'd...More >>
        Therapists at Mercy Hospital in Joplin say they're "amazed" at the progress Joshua James has made.     James, suffered a traumatic injury in 2015 which left him unable to take care of himself. James: "You fell down (I fell down, yea) and hit your head (head, yea) and had a traumatic brain injury." Jody James helps her son explain what happened to him. Joshua has a history of seizures, but they're under control. James: "Because he'd...More >>
  • MSSU's Reynolds Hall Gets An Upgrade

    MSSU's Reynolds Hall Gets An Upgrade

    Thursday, June 15 2017 3:43 PM EDT2017-06-15 19:43:29 GMT

    Renovations are wrapping up at Reynolds Hall on the campus of Missouri Southern.     A project to bring the building into the 21st century. As the second oldest building on campus... Harrington: A lot of our labs were original labs from the time when the building was built in the mid 60s. It was time for an upgrade. That upgrade is being funded by the state of Missouri -- to the tune of $17 million. Students like Alec Ikerd have been ready for the changes.

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    Renovations are wrapping up at Reynolds Hall on the campus of Missouri Southern.     A project to bring the building into the 21st century. As the second oldest building on campus... Harrington: A lot of our labs were original labs from the time when the building was built in the mid 60s. It was time for an upgrade. That upgrade is being funded by the state of Missouri -- to the tune of $17 million. Students like Alec Ikerd have been ready for the changes.

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  • Kansas Income Tax Changes

    Kansas Income Tax Changes

    Wednesday, June 7 2017 10:31 PM EDT2017-06-08 02:31:23 GMT
         Kansas governor Sam Brownback's veto of a tax bill got an override by Kansas lawmakers.      The measure is expected to raise $1.2 billion over 2 years to fill the budget gap...eliminating the LLC tax exemption for some 330,000 businesses...and increase income taxes in the state. With the passing of senate bill 30 in Kansas, it begs the question...would you be willing to pay more to help your state? Crowe: "Kinda, sorta, you know, I'm in between...More >>
         Kansas governor Sam Brownback's veto of a tax bill got an override by Kansas lawmakers.      The measure is expected to raise $1.2 billion over 2 years to fill the budget gap...eliminating the LLC tax exemption for some 330,000 businesses...and increase income taxes in the state. With the passing of senate bill 30 in Kansas, it begs the question...would you be willing to pay more to help your state? Crowe: "Kinda, sorta, you know, I'm in between...More >>
  • The History Behind Fort Scott

    The History Behind Fort Scott

    Saturday, June 3 2017 7:14 PM EDT2017-06-03 23:14:12 GMT
    Welcome...to Fort Scott, Kansas. A community, with a rich, and important history -- a history that helped shape the united states, 175 years ago. Lindberg: "It was a time when this was the American frontier, everything west of this was just wilderness, we were still a young country." The fort, when it was built, wasn't built to help wage a war...instead, it served a very different purpose. Collins: "The fort was established to help protect those Indians, and to protect ...More >>
    Welcome...to Fort Scott, Kansas. A community, with a rich, and important history -- a history that helped shape the united states, 175 years ago. Lindberg: "It was a time when this was the American frontier, everything west of this was just wilderness, we were still a young country." The fort, when it was built, wasn't built to help wage a war...instead, it served a very different purpose. Collins: "The fort was established to help protect those Indians, and to protect ...More >>
  • President's Budget Proposal Includes Cuts for Food Stamps

    President's Budget Proposal Includes Cuts for Food Stamps

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 10:40 PM EDT2017-05-25 02:40:39 GMT
    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 >>
    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

    Joplin Fire Department Grant

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 10:46 PM EDT2017-05-25 02:46:13 GMT

    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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    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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  • Joplin Memorial Run 2017

    Joplin Memorial Run 2017

    Tuesday, May 23 2017 8:30 PM EDT2017-05-24 00:30:13 GMT

    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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    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

    Sunday, May 21 2017 10:45 AM EDT2017-05-21 14:45:59 GMT
                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 >>
                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 >>
  • Doctors And Families Learn More About Caffeine Dangers

    Doctors And Families Learn More About Caffeine Dangers

    Friday, May 19 2017 10:39 AM EDT2017-05-19 14:39:20 GMT

    "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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    "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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  • Joplin Police Department Welcomes New Officers

    Joplin Police Department Welcomes New Officers

    Monday, May 15 2017 7:27 PM EDT2017-05-15 23:27:13 GMT
    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 >>
    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 >>
  • KCU Medical School's First Class

    Monday, May 15 2017 2:45 PM EDT2017-05-15 18:45:50 GMT

    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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    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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  • Officer Involved Shooting

    Monday, May 8 2017 11:52 AM EDT2017-05-08 15:52:57 GMT
    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 >>
    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 >>
  • Neosho Flood Recovery

    Neosho Flood Recovery

    Tuesday, May 2 2017 3:48 PM EDT2017-05-02 19:48:58 GMT

    "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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    "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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  • "13 Reasons Why" Stirs Conversation, Controversy

    "13 Reasons Why" Stirs Conversation, Controversy

    Friday, April 28 2017 6:53 PM EDT2017-04-28 22:53:49 GMT
    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 >>
    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 >>
  • Missouri Governor Signs New Ridesharing Bill

    Missouri Governor Signs New Ridesharing Bill

    Tuesday, April 25 2017 10:38 AM EDT2017-04-25 14:38:19 GMT
        Missouri Governor Eric Greitens signs a bill reducing regulations on ridesharing services.     The bill is aimed at making it easier for individuals to join a ridesharing service such as "UBER" or "LYFT".    Mayor Seibert says "I think it's very beneficial for a community the size of Joplin to add a new amenity to the city." An amenity -- that meets the digital needs of today's generation.    "Whe...More >>
        Missouri Governor Eric Greitens signs a bill reducing regulations on ridesharing services.     The bill is aimed at making it easier for individuals to join a ridesharing service such as "UBER" or "LYFT".    Mayor Seibert says "I think it's very beneficial for a community the size of Joplin to add a new amenity to the city." An amenity -- that meets the digital needs of today's generation.    "Whe...More >>
  • 20th Street Projects

    20th Street Projects

    Monday, April 24 2017 2:45 PM EDT2017-04-24 18:45:28 GMT

    Improvements are coming to east 20th street in Joplin.  The city council this week passed an agreement with Empire District Electric to begin removing streetlights in the two-mile stretch from Main Street to Range Line. Changes include the addition of a right turn lane at Indiana to improve access to Joplin High School -- as well as re-aligning Murphy Boulevard so the intersection meets at a right angle.

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    Improvements are coming to east 20th street in Joplin.  The city council this week passed an agreement with Empire District Electric to begin removing streetlights in the two-mile stretch from Main Street to Range Line. Changes include the addition of a right turn lane at Indiana to improve access to Joplin High School -- as well as re-aligning Murphy Boulevard so the intersection meets at a right angle.

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Chris Warner
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A Joplin native, Chris first started in broadcasting at age 16 at KSNF-TV in 2004..

Chris joined the KOAM team in 2017 as an Associate Producer. In April, he moved into a full-time reporter position. He spent time from 2008 to 2016 in various retail roles around the region before returning to his passion at KOAM. Chris is excited to continue telling the stories of the four states. Chris and his wife Amber live in Joplin and have three amazing children.

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