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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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