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  • 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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