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Zachary Dodge
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Zach started at KOAM as a news assistant in December 2015. He quickly moved into a photographer position, where he covered news around the four states for 2 years. He then moved into a reporter position in May of 2018.

Zach is a Missouri native, calling La Russell his hometown. He looks forward to continuing to provide coverage in the four states.

Contact Zachary:
417.624.0233 or 620.231.0400
zdodge@koamtv.com

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  • SEK Law Enforcement Offices starting Drug Task Force

    SEK Law Enforcement Offices starting Drug Task Force

    Wednesday, November 14 2018 7:01 PM EST2018-11-15 00:01:27 GMT
    Catching drug dealers in Labette county, Kansas is the focus of a new multi agency task force.  In the past couple of weeks, the Parsons Police Department has made two separate drug arrests that involved suspects from outside of Labette county, and even the state. One happened at a hotel on main street.. and the other in the middle of town.. both arrested for suspicions of distribution.  Robert Spinks, Parsons Police Chief:"We've made arrests on significant play...More >>
    Catching drug dealers in Labette county, Kansas is the focus of a new multi agency task force.  In the past couple of weeks, the Parsons Police Department has made two separate drug arrests that involved suspects from outside of Labette county, and even the state. One happened at a hotel on main street.. and the other in the middle of town.. both arrested for suspicions of distribution.  Robert Spinks, Parsons Police Chief:"We've made arrests on significant play...More >>
  • MSSU Celebrates opening of Lion Co-op

    MSSU Celebrates opening of Lion Co-op

    Tuesday, November 13 2018 10:12 PM EST2018-11-14 03:12:01 GMT
    A new program at Missouri Southern is focused on providing a source of food for students who are "food insecure".  A big day for MSSU.. appropriately.. marked by the cutting of green and gold. All to mark the beginning of a program dubbed "the Lion Co-op."  Andrea Cullers, Kinesiology Professor:"It's kind of like a grocery store. They can take what they need, and then come back a few days later and take more of what they need." Chris Lynn is...More >>
    A new program at Missouri Southern is focused on providing a source of food for students who are "food insecure".  A big day for MSSU.. appropriately.. marked by the cutting of green and gold. All to mark the beginning of a program dubbed "the Lion Co-op."  Andrea Cullers, Kinesiology Professor:"It's kind of like a grocery store. They can take what they need, and then come back a few days later and take more of what they need." Chris Lynn is...More >>
  • Group fills Baxter Springs with Stars and Stripes

    Group fills Baxter Springs with Stars and Stripes

    Saturday, November 10 2018 6:52 PM EST2018-11-10 23:52:51 GMT

    Filling a southeast Kansas town with stars and strips for the Veteran's day weekend was the mission of a local non-profit.  What they didn't know, was the impact it would have on the parents of a veteran.  As proud parents to a Navy veteran, Steve and Cherie Smith usually have a flag flying on their house for Veteran's day. This year is a little different because though, because they weren't able to keep up that tradition.. luckily, they have a new larger flag f...

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    Filling a southeast Kansas town with stars and strips for the Veteran's day weekend was the mission of a local non-profit.  What they didn't know, was the impact it would have on the parents of a veteran.  As proud parents to a Navy veteran, Steve and Cherie Smith usually have a flag flying on their house for Veteran's day. This year is a little different because though, because they weren't able to keep up that tradition.. luckily, they have a new larger flag f...

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  • Fort Scott holds First Veteran's Day Celebration

    Fort Scott holds First Veteran's Day Celebration

    Friday, November 9 2018 10:18 PM EST2018-11-10 03:18:53 GMT

    It's a time of firsts in Fort Scott, as the city hold their first annual veterans day celebration.  Jim Scott is a veteran that served in the military for 21 years.  Jim Scott, Vietnam Veteran:"When I went in I did 5 years active duty air force, I did three tours of duty in Vietnam, I became a platoon leader in the army and I was in the guard, and I was there for 7 years, then I went back into the air force." He was just one of...

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    It's a time of firsts in Fort Scott, as the city hold their first annual veterans day celebration.  Jim Scott is a veteran that served in the military for 21 years.  Jim Scott, Vietnam Veteran:"When I went in I did 5 years active duty air force, I did three tours of duty in Vietnam, I became a platoon leader in the army and I was in the guard, and I was there for 7 years, then I went back into the air force." He was just one of...

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  • Taking a look at Impact of new MO Minimum Wage

    Taking a look at Impact of new MO Minimum Wage

    Thursday, November 8 2018 10:00 PM EST2018-11-09 03:00:00 GMT
    Missouri voters have approved a minimum wage hike that'll be phased in gradually -- hitting twelve dollars an hour in 20-23. But, some economists think it could cause increased product costs.  Carl Wiest is the owner of Wiestside Barbeque.. A local small business that like many struggles to stay afloat.  Carl Wiest, Owner:"It's gonna be interesting to say the least." They pay all of their employees.. including their wait staff.. more than the current ...More >>
    Missouri voters have approved a minimum wage hike that'll be phased in gradually -- hitting twelve dollars an hour in 20-23. But, some economists think it could cause increased product costs.  Carl Wiest is the owner of Wiestside Barbeque.. A local small business that like many struggles to stay afloat.  Carl Wiest, Owner:"It's gonna be interesting to say the least." They pay all of their employees.. including their wait staff.. more than the current ...More >>
  • Midterms bring out high voter numbers

    Midterms bring out high voter numbers

    Wednesday, November 7 2018 10:50 PM EST2018-11-08 03:50:40 GMT
    In some parts of the area -- it was the highest mid-term voter turnout in several election cycles. Now with all the ballots counted --we know just how strong the voter participation was in the Four-States. It was a busy day for election officials during Tuesday's general election.  Kimberly Bell, McDonald County, MO Clerk:"It was a seventeen plus hour day." Rodney Edmonson, Cherokee County, KS Clerk:"I think people are really getting energized.&q...More >>
    In some parts of the area -- it was the highest mid-term voter turnout in several election cycles. Now with all the ballots counted --we know just how strong the voter participation was in the Four-States. It was a busy day for election officials during Tuesday's general election.  Kimberly Bell, McDonald County, MO Clerk:"It was a seventeen plus hour day." Rodney Edmonson, Cherokee County, KS Clerk:"I think people are really getting energized.&q...More >>
  • Jasper County does annual Halloween Sex Offender Check

    Jasper County does annual Halloween Sex Offender Check

    Wednesday, October 31 2018 10:41 PM EDT2018-11-01 02:41:01 GMT
    Deputies with the Jasper County Sheriff's Office were hard at work tonight making sure parents and kids had a happy and safe Halloween.  Part of that.. their annual Halloween sex offender compliance check.  Sheriff Randee Kaiser and others with the Jasper County Sheriff's Office pass out candy on the Carthage square.. with a mission to fill kids baskets with badges and sweet treats.  In the basement of the Sheriff's Office though, was a briefing for a different ...More >>
    Deputies with the Jasper County Sheriff's Office were hard at work tonight making sure parents and kids had a happy and safe Halloween.  Part of that.. their annual Halloween sex offender compliance check.  Sheriff Randee Kaiser and others with the Jasper County Sheriff's Office pass out candy on the Carthage square.. with a mission to fill kids baskets with badges and sweet treats.  In the basement of the Sheriff's Office though, was a briefing for a different ...More >>
  • Both Sides of the Aisle: USD 447 School Bond

    Both Sides of the Aisle: USD 447 School Bond

    Tuesday, October 30 2018 7:36 PM EDT2018-10-30 23:36:30 GMT

    Voters in Neosho and Montgomery Counties in Kansas will vote on a twelve-million dollar school bond issue next month.  Many parents and teachers want to see it pass because of poor conditions at schools.. but others don't agree with where a new school would be built. Inconsistent heat and air.. small rooms and limited space.. and occasional mold on walls from moisture.  Those are all things 4th grade teacher Melanie Hammer has to deal with when teaching at Lincoln Central...

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    Voters in Neosho and Montgomery Counties in Kansas will vote on a twelve-million dollar school bond issue next month.  Many parents and teachers want to see it pass because of poor conditions at schools.. but others don't agree with where a new school would be built. Inconsistent heat and air.. small rooms and limited space.. and occasional mold on walls from moisture.  Those are all things 4th grade teacher Melanie Hammer has to deal with when teaching at Lincoln Central...

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  • Girl Scouts hold Dog Show to Raise Funds for a Cause

    Girl Scouts hold Dog Show to Raise Funds for a Cause

    Saturday, October 27 2018 10:13 PM EDT2018-10-28 02:13:22 GMT
    Folks got to dress up their furry friends in Pittsburg for a good cause. Local Girl Scout Troop 70215 held their first ever dog costume contest in Pittsburg's Lincoln Park. Dogs were judged in categories like most original costume.. cutest dog.. and best in show.  Almost a dozen people entered for a chance to win baskets of dog treats and other goodies. And all the proceeds went to the s-e-k humane society.  10 year-old Sydney Ewing says the event was a really...More >>
    Folks got to dress up their furry friends in Pittsburg for a good cause. Local Girl Scout Troop 70215 held their first ever dog costume contest in Pittsburg's Lincoln Park. Dogs were judged in categories like most original costume.. cutest dog.. and best in show.  Almost a dozen people entered for a chance to win baskets of dog treats and other goodies. And all the proceeds went to the s-e-k humane society.  10 year-old Sydney Ewing says the event was a really...More >>
  • OK Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Work to Grow Product

    OK Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Work to Grow Product

    Saturday, October 27 2018 9:59 PM EDT2018-10-28 01:59:33 GMT
    Dispensaries in Oklahoma can officially sell medical marijuana to people with medical cards.  And for many.. that's bringing a lot of excitement.  Brian Hallum, Owner - Higher Health Dispensary:"Oh my gosh, am I excited. I'm excited every day." Dean Mitchell, Owner - Ma and Pa's Canna Shop:"We get calls every day. Have people coming in every day, wanting to know when we're gonna have product." Unfortunately.. many local shops don't have...More >>
    Dispensaries in Oklahoma can officially sell medical marijuana to people with medical cards.  And for many.. that's bringing a lot of excitement.  Brian Hallum, Owner - Higher Health Dispensary:"Oh my gosh, am I excited. I'm excited every day." Dean Mitchell, Owner - Ma and Pa's Canna Shop:"We get calls every day. Have people coming in every day, wanting to know when we're gonna have product." Unfortunately.. many local shops don't have...More >>
  • Entire Earlton, Kansas Governing Body Resigns

    Entire Earlton, Kansas Governing Body Resigns

    Thursday, October 25 2018 9:17 PM EDT2018-10-26 01:17:36 GMT
    The mayor and city council for a small Southeast Kansas town have all quit. So what's next? A box with the checkbook and keys to the city of Earlton, Kansas sits sealed in the Neosho County Clerk's office.. hand delivered by then mayor Sam Stout.  Randy Neely, Neosho County Clerk:"He says, I think I'm just fed up with it, and I'm quitting and I think maybe some of the other people are gonna quit too." Earlton is a small town in Neosho County, Kansas, ...More >>
    The mayor and city council for a small Southeast Kansas town have all quit. So what's next? A box with the checkbook and keys to the city of Earlton, Kansas sits sealed in the Neosho County Clerk's office.. hand delivered by then mayor Sam Stout.  Randy Neely, Neosho County Clerk:"He says, I think I'm just fed up with it, and I'm quitting and I think maybe some of the other people are gonna quit too." Earlton is a small town in Neosho County, Kansas, ...More >>
  • Local Hero Returns Home after being Unidentified for 74 Years

    Local Hero Returns Home after being Unidentified for 74 Years

    Wednesday, October 24 2018 7:43 PM EDT2018-10-24 23:43:19 GMT
    An American hero from Arcadia, Kansas that has been missing in action for more than 70 years.. is finally brought home.  Larry Shankles didn't know much about his uncle Leslie when he was growing up.  Larry Shankles, Leslie's Nephew:"I knew almost nothing. I just knew one of my uncles had died in the war before I was born." A story about his dad playing baseball with Leslie in garland before they both joined the military is almost all he had of his unc...More >>
    An American hero from Arcadia, Kansas that has been missing in action for more than 70 years.. is finally brought home.  Larry Shankles didn't know much about his uncle Leslie when he was growing up.  Larry Shankles, Leslie's Nephew:"I knew almost nothing. I just knew one of my uncles had died in the war before I was born." A story about his dad playing baseball with Leslie in garland before they both joined the military is almost all he had of his unc...More >>
  • Multi-Million Dollar Recreation Center on Columbus Ballots

    Multi-Million Dollar Recreation Center on Columbus Ballots

    Wednesday, October 24 2018 11:33 AM EDT2018-10-24 15:33:54 GMT

    Residents in Columbus, Kansas will decide the fate of a proposed multi-million dollar recreation center in November.  The future of Columbus was the topic of discussion at a community meeting. Specifically.. the future of a three-point-four million dollar community health and wellness center that may come to the town. Liz Simpson, Columbus Recreation Commission:"The health rankings of this part of the state, Cherokee county, always ranks near the bottom when the Kansas he...

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    Residents in Columbus, Kansas will decide the fate of a proposed multi-million dollar recreation center in November.  The future of Columbus was the topic of discussion at a community meeting. Specifically.. the future of a three-point-four million dollar community health and wellness center that may come to the town. Liz Simpson, Columbus Recreation Commission:"The health rankings of this part of the state, Cherokee county, always ranks near the bottom when the Kansas he...

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  • Memorial in Miami Celebrates and Remembers British Flyers

    Memorial in Miami Celebrates and Remembers British Flyers

    Saturday, October 20 2018 6:58 PM EDT2018-10-20 22:58:45 GMT
    One-hundred years. That's how long the Royal Air Force has acted as the United Kingdom's aerial warfare force.  Derek Farrell, Royal British Legion:"It's a huge celebration for us. The air force, being an island, the air force and the navy are our two most prominently known forces, and with world war two, it very much brought them into the spotlight." A ceremony, partly in celebration of that milestone, was held at the Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery in Miam...More >>
    One-hundred years. That's how long the Royal Air Force has acted as the United Kingdom's aerial warfare force.  Derek Farrell, Royal British Legion:"It's a huge celebration for us. The air force, being an island, the air force and the navy are our two most prominently known forces, and with world war two, it very much brought them into the spotlight." A ceremony, partly in celebration of that milestone, was held at the Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery in Miam...More >>
  • PSU Students Voice Concerns over what Appears to be Mold in Dorm Rooms

    PSU Students Voice Concerns over what Appears to be Mold in Dorm Rooms

    Friday, October 19 2018 7:06 PM EDT2018-10-19 23:06:29 GMT

    Students at Pittsburg State University say officials aren't doing enough to get rid of mold in their dorms rooms.  University officials say they have had as many as *20* students file complaints about mold growing in their rooms.  University officials say they are working to fix the problem, but many students say that should have happened a long time ago.  Jordyn Everett is a freshman at Pittsburg State University, who lives in Nation hall, one of the dorm complexes ...

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    Students at Pittsburg State University say officials aren't doing enough to get rid of mold in their dorms rooms.  University officials say they have had as many as *20* students file complaints about mold growing in their rooms.  University officials say they are working to fix the problem, but many students say that should have happened a long time ago.  Jordyn Everett is a freshman at Pittsburg State University, who lives in Nation hall, one of the dorm complexes ...

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  • Bourbon County Commission Looks for New Ambulance Service

    Bourbon County Commission Looks for New Ambulance Service

    Thursday, October 18 2018 7:15 PM EDT2018-10-18 23:15:32 GMT
    Officials in Bourbon County, Kansas are searching for a replacement to their current ambulance service.  Mercy hospital in Fort Scott is set to close by the end of the year, and with it the emergency room and ambulance service for the county.  On March 30th of next year, Mercy's contract with the county for ambulance services will expire.  Jeffrey Fischer, Bourbon County Commissioner:"To say that we know how we're gonna go through this at this point in time is p...More >>
    Officials in Bourbon County, Kansas are searching for a replacement to their current ambulance service.  Mercy hospital in Fort Scott is set to close by the end of the year, and with it the emergency room and ambulance service for the county.  On March 30th of next year, Mercy's contract with the county for ambulance services will expire.  Jeffrey Fischer, Bourbon County Commissioner:"To say that we know how we're gonna go through this at this point in time is p...More >>
  • Employee Payroll at SKIL Resource Center Delayed by Pay Card Company

    Employee Payroll at SKIL Resource Center Delayed by Pay Card Company

    Wednesday, October 17 2018 7:20 PM EDT2018-10-17 23:20:23 GMT
    A payroll delay has caused a big headache for a Parsons, Kansas business.  The Southeast Kansas Independent Living center (SKIL) uses "global cash card" to pay their employees. But hundreds of SKIL's employees weren't paid when they were supposed to.  Crystal Rodgers cleans dishes for Gennie Ainesworth.. part of her job as a personal care attendant with SKIL. Crystal Rodgers, SKIL Employee:"I help run her errands and clean up the house and stuff ...More >>
    A payroll delay has caused a big headache for a Parsons, Kansas business.  The Southeast Kansas Independent Living center (SKIL) uses "global cash card" to pay their employees. But hundreds of SKIL's employees weren't paid when they were supposed to.  Crystal Rodgers cleans dishes for Gennie Ainesworth.. part of her job as a personal care attendant with SKIL. Crystal Rodgers, SKIL Employee:"I help run her errands and clean up the house and stuff ...More >>
  • Both Sides of the Aisle: OK State Question 793

    Both Sides of the Aisle: OK State Question 793

    Tuesday, October 16 2018 7:01 PM EDT2018-10-16 23:01:56 GMT
    Voters in Oklahoma will get to decide whether eye doctors can work in retail stores.      Some residents think it would make eye care more accessible and affordable, but others -- including area eye doctors -- have their concerns.  Oklahoma State Question 793 would create a constitutional amendment, giving optometrists and opticians the right to practice in retail stores like Walmart or Target.  For many Miami residents like Jazmine Flagle, who just dr...More >>
    Voters in Oklahoma will get to decide whether eye doctors can work in retail stores.      Some residents think it would make eye care more accessible and affordable, but others -- including area eye doctors -- have their concerns.  Oklahoma State Question 793 would create a constitutional amendment, giving optometrists and opticians the right to practice in retail stores like Walmart or Target.  For many Miami residents like Jazmine Flagle, who just dr...More >>
  • Unique Garage Sale Puts Kids in the Driver's Seat

    Unique Garage Sale Puts Kids in the Driver's Seat

    Saturday, October 13 2018 8:00 PM EDT2018-10-14 00:00:06 GMT
    A garage sale in Joplin is being used as a teaching tool for kids.  Memorial Hall was the place for the second annual "kids garage sale." Local kids had the chance to run their own booth.. and sell their old toys, games, action figures, and clothes.  Many kids say it's a lot of fun being in charge of their own sales.. and that they learn a lot about money and how to be more outgoing.  Alice Carpenter, 12 years old: "I think it's neat just because...More >>
    A garage sale in Joplin is being used as a teaching tool for kids.  Memorial Hall was the place for the second annual "kids garage sale." Local kids had the chance to run their own booth.. and sell their old toys, games, action figures, and clothes.  Many kids say it's a lot of fun being in charge of their own sales.. and that they learn a lot about money and how to be more outgoing.  Alice Carpenter, 12 years old: "I think it's neat just because...More >>
  • Joplin Surplus Auction draws Big Crowd

    Joplin Surplus Auction draws Big Crowd

    Saturday, October 13 2018 7:52 PM EDT2018-10-13 23:52:16 GMT
    Confiscated and outdated items go on the auction block for the city of Joplin. The city of Joplin held its annual surplus auction. More than seventy bikes..almost thirty laptop computers.. and anything from fire fighting to street equipment could be bought for bargain prices.   Dump trucks and other heavy equipment were available for purchase as well. For many buyers, it was their first auction.. but others, like Troy Lear, were looking for more specific treasures. ...More >>
    Confiscated and outdated items go on the auction block for the city of Joplin. The city of Joplin held its annual surplus auction. More than seventy bikes..almost thirty laptop computers.. and anything from fire fighting to street equipment could be bought for bargain prices.   Dump trucks and other heavy equipment were available for purchase as well. For many buyers, it was their first auction.. but others, like Troy Lear, were looking for more specific treasures. ...More >>
  • Neosho County, KS Flooding

    Neosho County, KS Flooding

    Friday, October 12 2018 7:39 PM EDT2018-10-12 23:39:39 GMT
    Flooding in Neosho County, Kansas has caused disaster declarations at both the state and county levels.. as the Neosho River rises to a near record breaking level.  Flash flooding in Neosho County earlier this week caused the Neosho river to quickly rise above its banks -- cresting at over 36 feet. Me Melanie Kent-Culp, Neosho County KS Emergency Manager:"It was in the major stage, the third highest that that river in Erie has had." That's just four feet lower t...More >>
    Flooding in Neosho County, Kansas has caused disaster declarations at both the state and county levels.. as the Neosho River rises to a near record breaking level.  Flash flooding in Neosho County earlier this week caused the Neosho river to quickly rise above its banks -- cresting at over 36 feet. Me Melanie Kent-Culp, Neosho County KS Emergency Manager:"It was in the major stage, the third highest that that river in Erie has had." That's just four feet lower t...More >>
  • Economic Security Corporation Scaling back Bungalow Project after Financial Problem

    Economic Security Corporation Scaling back Bungalow Project after Financial Problem

    Thursday, October 11 2018 8:11 PM EDT2018-10-12 00:11:11 GMT
    A future veteran and senior housing project in Joplin is having to re-evaluate plans. After learning it will cost more to complete the project than anticipated.. The Economic Security Corporation is considering scaling the project back.  For the last two and a half years, The Economic Security Corporation has been pursing a project for senior, veteran and disabled housing in Joplin.  John Joines, Economic Security Corporation of Southwest Area CEO:"At the time that w...More >>
    A future veteran and senior housing project in Joplin is having to re-evaluate plans. After learning it will cost more to complete the project than anticipated.. The Economic Security Corporation is considering scaling the project back.  For the last two and a half years, The Economic Security Corporation has been pursing a project for senior, veteran and disabled housing in Joplin.  John Joines, Economic Security Corporation of Southwest Area CEO:"At the time that w...More >>
  • Drone Academy helps Students Learn Skills in Chanute

    Drone Academy helps Students Learn Skills in Chanute

    Wednesday, October 10 2018 6:54 PM EDT2018-10-10 22:54:17 GMT
    Chanute High School is offering a program where.. for some students.. the sky's the limit.  Riley Kappler is a junior at Chanute High School, and wants to be an engineer once he graduates from college.  Riley Kappler, High School Student:"I don't want to just work on planes, and I don't just want to work on cars like everyone else who just settles for something." Kappler knows he will need an understanding of things like planes to achieve that goal. T...More >>
    Chanute High School is offering a program where.. for some students.. the sky's the limit.  Riley Kappler is a junior at Chanute High School, and wants to be an engineer once he graduates from college.  Riley Kappler, High School Student:"I don't want to just work on planes, and I don't just want to work on cars like everyone else who just settles for something." Kappler knows he will need an understanding of things like planes to achieve that goal. T...More >>
  • Former Inmate Alleges Procedures Weren't Followed after Jail Fight

    Former Inmate Alleges Procedures Weren't Followed after Jail Fight

    Tuesday, October 9 2018 8:53 PM EDT2018-10-10 00:53:31 GMT
    A former inmate of the Ottawa County Jail is alleging proper procedures weren't followed after he was attacked in the jail.  Donald Herring was an inmate at the Ottawa County Jail when he was attacked on September 19th.  Donald Herring, Former Ottawa County Jail Inmate:"I went to go outside in the rec area and walk around, and I got jumped by two people." After that, Herring says he went into one of the jail pods where a third person jumped him. ...More >>
    A former inmate of the Ottawa County Jail is alleging proper procedures weren't followed after he was attacked in the jail.  Donald Herring was an inmate at the Ottawa County Jail when he was attacked on September 19th.  Donald Herring, Former Ottawa County Jail Inmate:"I went to go outside in the rec area and walk around, and I got jumped by two people." After that, Herring says he went into one of the jail pods where a third person jumped him. ...More >>
  • Carthage Humane Society Facing Obstacles, Overcrowding

    Carthage Humane Society Facing Obstacles, Overcrowding

    Friday, October 5 2018 7:54 PM EDT2018-10-05 23:54:00 GMT

    New management at the Carthage Humane Society is working to overcome obstacles.. as they are overcrowded with animals.  Any time the Carthage Animal Control officer picks up an animal.. they are taken to the Carthage Humane Society.  Greg Dagnan, Carthage Police Chief:"As of the last day in September, we had taken them about five hundred and five or six animals." That's almost as much as the total number for all of 2016 (543) and 2017 (537).. and the year i...

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    New management at the Carthage Humane Society is working to overcome obstacles.. as they are overcrowded with animals.  Any time the Carthage Animal Control officer picks up an animal.. they are taken to the Carthage Humane Society.  Greg Dagnan, Carthage Police Chief:"As of the last day in September, we had taken them about five hundred and five or six animals." That's almost as much as the total number for all of 2016 (543) and 2017 (537).. and the year i...

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  • More Details on Neosho School Bus Crash

    More Details on Neosho School Bus Crash

    Thursday, October 4 2018 9:34 PM EDT2018-10-05 01:34:47 GMT
    Neosho, Missouri. Photo Courtesy 4 States Fire and Emergency Photography, Billy WadeNeosho, Missouri. Photo Courtesy 4 States Fire and Emergency Photography, Billy Wade

    A crash involving a Neosho school bus kills three people from Arkansas.  According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, the crash happened around 4 pm on Wednesday (10/3) after a pickup ran a stop sign at the intersection of highways H and HH.. 10 miles east of Neosho.  After the truck struck the bus, the two vehicles went off the left side of the road and overturned -- the bus ended up on top of the truck -- and then caught fire. The Newton County Coroner prono...

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    A crash involving a Neosho school bus kills three people from Arkansas.  According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, the crash happened around 4 pm on Wednesday (10/3) after a pickup ran a stop sign at the intersection of highways H and HH.. 10 miles east of Neosho.  After the truck struck the bus, the two vehicles went off the left side of the road and overturned -- the bus ended up on top of the truck -- and then caught fire. The Newton County Coroner prono...

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  • New Jasper County Juvenile Center Taking Shape

    New Jasper County Juvenile Center Taking Shape

    Thursday, October 4 2018 9:13 PM EDT2018-10-05 01:13:16 GMT
    The new Jasper County Juvenile Justice Center is starting to take shape. Construction on the eight-point-six-million dollar facility located at 6th and Pearl.. is on schedule.  Then it's complete, the facility will have a secure area with eight holding cells and room to expand to sixteen.. a full kitchen area.. a medical exam room and a booking area.  It'll also include a non-secure wing with several classrooms.. an assessment area.. and a full courtroom.  ...More >>
    The new Jasper County Juvenile Justice Center is starting to take shape. Construction on the eight-point-six-million dollar facility located at 6th and Pearl.. is on schedule.  Then it's complete, the facility will have a secure area with eight holding cells and room to expand to sixteen.. a full kitchen area.. a medical exam room and a booking area.  It'll also include a non-secure wing with several classrooms.. an assessment area.. and a full courtroom.  ...More >>
  • Oklahoma Fugitive Captured in Newton County

    Oklahoma Fugitive Captured in Newton County

    Wednesday, October 3 2018 7:38 PM EDT2018-10-03 23:38:51 GMT

    A fugitive who escaped from police custody in Oklahoma has been captured in Newton County, Missouri. Officers in Moore, Oklahoma had arrested Walter Blount -- suspected of trying to steal vehicles -- but he escaped before he got to the jail.  After that -- he made his way to Newton county, Missouri.  Police surveillance video shows Walter Blount escaping from the back of a police cruiser in Moore, Oklahoma last Wednesday.  Authorities say Blount then led police on a...

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    A fugitive who escaped from police custody in Oklahoma has been captured in Newton County, Missouri. Officers in Moore, Oklahoma had arrested Walter Blount -- suspected of trying to steal vehicles -- but he escaped before he got to the jail.  After that -- he made his way to Newton county, Missouri.  Police surveillance video shows Walter Blount escaping from the back of a police cruiser in Moore, Oklahoma last Wednesday.  Authorities say Blount then led police on a...

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  • Swedish Group Visits Joplin to Share History, Culture

    Swedish Group Visits Joplin to Share History, Culture

    Tuesday, October 2 2018 6:36 PM EDT2018-10-02 22:36:41 GMT
    A group from Sweden made a stop in Joplin.. to mix history and bruises.. so they can preserve their culture.  The members of Telge Glima aren't afraid of a little pain.  Henrik Ljungqvist, Telge Glima Member:"Our motto says a lot.. we combine history with bruises." They were doing just that today.. in lion country.  Hailey Landrum, MSSU Student:"Oh my gosh, they were so entertaining!" Howard Belk, MSSU Student:"I thought it was pretty ...More >>
    A group from Sweden made a stop in Joplin.. to mix history and bruises.. so they can preserve their culture.  The members of Telge Glima aren't afraid of a little pain.  Henrik Ljungqvist, Telge Glima Member:"Our motto says a lot.. we combine history with bruises." They were doing just that today.. in lion country.  Hailey Landrum, MSSU Student:"Oh my gosh, they were so entertaining!" Howard Belk, MSSU Student:"I thought it was pretty ...More >>
  • Report Shows Hundreds of Registered Sex Offenders Unaccounted For

    Report Shows Hundreds of Registered Sex Offenders Unaccounted For

    Monday, October 1 2018 8:43 PM EDT2018-10-02 00:43:51 GMT
    A report by the Missouri Auditor's office shows more than 12-hundred registered sex offenders in the state were "non-compliant." But, what does that mean for our local area? According to a report by Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway, more than 12-hundred registered sex offenders can't be located by local law enforcement.  The findings use data obtained from the Missouri State Highway Patrol database from May of this year.. and show *30* registered sex offenders w...More >>
    A report by the Missouri Auditor's office shows more than 12-hundred registered sex offenders in the state were "non-compliant." But, what does that mean for our local area? According to a report by Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway, more than 12-hundred registered sex offenders can't be located by local law enforcement.  The findings use data obtained from the Missouri State Highway Patrol database from May of this year.. and show *30* registered sex offenders w...More >>
  • Missouri Southern Starts Student Food Pantry

    Missouri Southern Starts Student Food Pantry

    Friday, September 28 2018 6:03 PM EDT2018-09-28 22:03:20 GMT
    Students at Missouri Southern will soon have more access to food on campus. A food pantry dubbed "The Lion Co-Op" has been created by students and teachers in the Kinesiology, Social Work, and History departments.  It will be open to students that may have the need.. and will be located in the FEMA shelter on campus.  A recent study by Kinesiology students found 25-percent of students felt "food insecurities" in the last year. A study by Social W...More >>
    Students at Missouri Southern will soon have more access to food on campus. A food pantry dubbed "The Lion Co-Op" has been created by students and teachers in the Kinesiology, Social Work, and History departments.  It will be open to students that may have the need.. and will be located in the FEMA shelter on campus.  A recent study by Kinesiology students found 25-percent of students felt "food insecurities" in the last year. A study by Social W...More >>
  • Block 22 Faces New Problems after Students Move in

    Block 22 Faces New Problems after Students Move in

    Thursday, September 27 2018 7:33 PM EDT2018-09-27 23:33:43 GMT

    New issues at the Pittsburg Block 22 apartments are popping up.. issues that didn't surface until students moved in.  KOAM and Fox 14 reached out to Pittsburg State University after receiving complaints about leaks and plumbing issues at the apartments.  Officials with Pitt State knew apartments in the Block 22 project still needed some final touches before the August 18th moving date. Steven Erwin, VP of Student Life:"Most of them centered on some painting...

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    New issues at the Pittsburg Block 22 apartments are popping up.. issues that didn't surface until students moved in.  KOAM and Fox 14 reached out to Pittsburg State University after receiving complaints about leaks and plumbing issues at the apartments.  Officials with Pitt State knew apartments in the Block 22 project still needed some final touches before the August 18th moving date. Steven Erwin, VP of Student Life:"Most of them centered on some painting...

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  • Both Sides of the Issue: Breaking Down Missouri Proposition D

    Both Sides of the Issue: Breaking Down Missouri Proposition D

    Wednesday, September 26 2018 9:19 PM EDT2018-09-27 01:19:30 GMT

    Missouri voters will get to decide if a new gas tax will be implemented in the state. Those in favor of the bill think it will be good for the entire state.. but many drivers are against increased fuel prices.  Missouri Senator Ron Richard:"Proposition D talks about funding highways, fixing a needed problem with the highways that aren't funded." If passed by voters, Missouri Proposition D would increase taxes on motor fuel two and a half cents per year.. fr...

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    Missouri voters will get to decide if a new gas tax will be implemented in the state. Those in favor of the bill think it will be good for the entire state.. but many drivers are against increased fuel prices.  Missouri Senator Ron Richard:"Proposition D talks about funding highways, fixing a needed problem with the highways that aren't funded." If passed by voters, Missouri Proposition D would increase taxes on motor fuel two and a half cents per year.. fr...

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  • Mixed Reaction after Creation of New Bourbon County Position

    Mixed Reaction after Creation of New Bourbon County Position

    Tuesday, September 25 2018 7:11 PM EDT2018-09-25 23:11:33 GMT
    County commissioners have created a position for an Economic Development Director -- and filled the position.. which has caused some controversy. Jody Hoener has been hired as the Bourbon County Economic Development Director.  Hoener will be put in charge of the newly created neighborhood revitalization program.. as well as bringing new businesses to the county... something that was being done by the commission.  Lynne Oharah, Bourbon County Commissioner:"W...More >>
    County commissioners have created a position for an Economic Development Director -- and filled the position.. which has caused some controversy. Jody Hoener has been hired as the Bourbon County Economic Development Director.  Hoener will be put in charge of the newly created neighborhood revitalization program.. as well as bringing new businesses to the county... something that was being done by the commission.  Lynne Oharah, Bourbon County Commissioner:"W...More >>
  • Tenants Speak Out on Issues at Apartment Complex

    Tenants Speak Out on Issues at Apartment Complex

    Monday, September 24 2018 7:20 PM EDT2018-09-24 23:20:20 GMT
    Tenants of the Main Street Place Lofts apartments say issues at the building aren't getting the attention they should -- but the building manager says there isn't anything she can do.  Colby Cash and his girlfriend Shaimin have lived in the Main Street Place Lofts for almost two years. Colby Cash, Concerned Tenant:"It seemed like a nice place to live when we first came here." But since then.. he's noticed some issues that he says aren't getting addressed. ...More >>
    Tenants of the Main Street Place Lofts apartments say issues at the building aren't getting the attention they should -- but the building manager says there isn't anything she can do.  Colby Cash and his girlfriend Shaimin have lived in the Main Street Place Lofts for almost two years. Colby Cash, Concerned Tenant:"It seemed like a nice place to live when we first came here." But since then.. he's noticed some issues that he says aren't getting addressed. ...More >>
  • Missouri Southern, UMKC, Cancel Dental School Project

    Missouri Southern, UMKC, Cancel Dental School Project

    Friday, September 21 2018 8:28 PM EDT2018-09-22 00:28:34 GMT
    Officials at Missouri Southern State University announce they are abandoning plans to bring a dental school to the campus.  A dream that's been in the works since 2010 has officially come to an end.   Missouri Southern State University and the University of Missouri Kansas City have abandoned plans to open a dental school on campus at Missouri Southern.  In a statement sent to KOAM and Fox 14, MSSU President Alan marble said, "The dental school pa...More >>
    Officials at Missouri Southern State University announce they are abandoning plans to bring a dental school to the campus.  A dream that's been in the works since 2010 has officially come to an end.   Missouri Southern State University and the University of Missouri Kansas City have abandoned plans to open a dental school on campus at Missouri Southern.  In a statement sent to KOAM and Fox 14, MSSU President Alan marble said, "The dental school pa...More >>
  • Joplin Airport Receives Federal Grant for Improvements

    Joplin Airport Receives Federal Grant for Improvements

    Wednesday, September 19 2018 7:09 PM EDT2018-09-19 23:09:06 GMT
    Approval of federal funds could mean improvements at the Joplin Regional Airport.  The Federal Aviation Administration has approved an airport improvement grant for improvements to one of their taxiways.  Joseph Beachner works at Leggett and Platt, and recently he's been flying quite a bit.  Joseph Beachner, Frequent Flyer:"Every other week and probably out of Joplin once a month."  This flight was a little bit different though because he's takin...More >>
    Approval of federal funds could mean improvements at the Joplin Regional Airport.  The Federal Aviation Administration has approved an airport improvement grant for improvements to one of their taxiways.  Joseph Beachner works at Leggett and Platt, and recently he's been flying quite a bit.  Joseph Beachner, Frequent Flyer:"Every other week and probably out of Joplin once a month."  This flight was a little bit different though because he's takin...More >>
  • Joplin Health Clinic Plans Expansion

    Joplin Health Clinic Plans Expansion

    Tuesday, September 18 2018 8:02 PM EDT2018-09-19 00:02:41 GMT
    Residents in Southwest Missouri will soon be gaining more access to affordable health care.  Carolyn Prater has been working as a pediatrician for almost 30 years.. 10 of those have been at access family care in Joplin.  Carolyn Prater, Pediatrician, Access Family Care:"My heart is in pediatrics, the kids." One child she's been doing just that for is 15-year-old Kassidi Hudson.  Sara Hudson, Parent:"She was a very problematic child when she was b...More >>
    Residents in Southwest Missouri will soon be gaining more access to affordable health care.  Carolyn Prater has been working as a pediatrician for almost 30 years.. 10 of those have been at access family care in Joplin.  Carolyn Prater, Pediatrician, Access Family Care:"My heart is in pediatrics, the kids." One child she's been doing just that for is 15-year-old Kassidi Hudson.  Sara Hudson, Parent:"She was a very problematic child when she was b...More >>
  • Harley Davidson Gathers Donations for Florence Victims

    Harley Davidson Gathers Donations for Florence Victims

    Saturday, September 15 2018 10:04 PM EDT2018-09-16 02:04:16 GMT
    A local business is rallying area residents to donate cash and other items that flood victims will need.  For the next two weeks, Hideout Harley Davidson in Joplin is collecting items such as non-perishable foods, water, toiletries, diapers and  baby formula. But owners say don't send clothing. Hideout Harley Davidson is teaming up with three of its other Harley locations in Louisiana and south Texas. General Manager Steve Lippert says Joplin is good to answer th...More >>
    A local business is rallying area residents to donate cash and other items that flood victims will need.  For the next two weeks, Hideout Harley Davidson in Joplin is collecting items such as non-perishable foods, water, toiletries, diapers and  baby formula. But owners say don't send clothing. Hideout Harley Davidson is teaming up with three of its other Harley locations in Louisiana and south Texas. General Manager Steve Lippert says Joplin is good to answer th...More >>
  • 6-Year-Old Comes Home from Hospital after being hit with Softball

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

    Saturday, September 15 2018 10:12 PM EDT2018-09-16 02:12:39 GMT

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

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

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  • Joplin Workshops Near Construction Completion, Create New Partnership

    Thursday, September 13 2018 6:54 PM EDT2018-09-13 22:54:46 GMT

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

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

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  • Local Reaction to Kansas Being in Top Sex Offender States

    Local Reaction to Kansas Being in Top Sex Offender States

    Wednesday, September 12 2018 8:04 PM EDT2018-09-13 00:04:31 GMT
    A new study lists Kansas as one of the top ten states with the most sex offenders in the nation.  The ranking comes from a list of sex offenders compiled by ASecureLife.com -- and puts Kansas at number nine on the list.. With Arkansas at number two.. And Oklahoma at number 44. Crawford County Sheriff Dan Peak:"I was surprised. I didn't anticipate that type of percentage across the state." Data compiled by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children fo...More >>
    A new study lists Kansas as one of the top ten states with the most sex offenders in the nation.  The ranking comes from a list of sex offenders compiled by ASecureLife.com -- and puts Kansas at number nine on the list.. With Arkansas at number two.. And Oklahoma at number 44. Crawford County Sheriff Dan Peak:"I was surprised. I didn't anticipate that type of percentage across the state." Data compiled by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children fo...More >>
  • Ottawa County, Miami PD Work Toward Integrated Call Center

    Ottawa County, Miami PD Work Toward Integrated Call Center

    Tuesday, September 11 2018 7:01 PM EDT2018-09-11 23:01:00 GMT
    If you live in Ottawa County Oklahoma, you could get help from officers faster after you call 911. Ottawa County Sheriff Jeremy Floyd:"Since I've come into office in 2016, it's been a goal of mine to combine dispatch forces."  Right now, there are two dispatch centers in Ottawa County -- one at the Miami Police Department, and the other at the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office.   Valerie Barger, Miami PD Dispatch Manager:"The only law enforcement agency that w...More >>
    If you live in Ottawa County Oklahoma, you could get help from officers faster after you call 911. Ottawa County Sheriff Jeremy Floyd:"Since I've come into office in 2016, it's been a goal of mine to combine dispatch forces."  Right now, there are two dispatch centers in Ottawa County -- one at the Miami Police Department, and the other at the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office.   Valerie Barger, Miami PD Dispatch Manager:"The only law enforcement agency that w...More >>
  • Local Firefighters Prepare for 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb

    Friday, September 7 2018 9:36 PM EDT2018-09-08 01:36:04 GMT
    Many firefighters in the area are preparing for an annual event that honors the *343* firefighters that lost their lives on 9/11.  Keenan Fyfe remembers where he was when the world trade center was destroyed on that fateful day in 2001.  Keenan Fyfe, Neodesha KS Firefighter:"It was in 6th grade, and they actually pulled all the tvs that they had into the library at the school." Seeing the event unfold is what inspired him to become a firefighter. Now, he works a...More >>
    Many firefighters in the area are preparing for an annual event that honors the *343* firefighters that lost their lives on 9/11.  Keenan Fyfe remembers where he was when the world trade center was destroyed on that fateful day in 2001.  Keenan Fyfe, Neodesha KS Firefighter:"It was in 6th grade, and they actually pulled all the tvs that they had into the library at the school." Seeing the event unfold is what inspired him to become a firefighter. Now, he works a...More >>
  • Uncertainties for Girl Scout Camp Raise Concerns

    Uncertainties for Girl Scout Camp Raise Concerns

    Friday, September 7 2018 9:43 PM EDT2018-09-08 01:43:23 GMT

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

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

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  • Looking at Local 911 Dispatch Shortages

    Looking at Local 911 Dispatch Shortages

    Wednesday, September 5 2018 6:31 PM EDT2018-09-05 22:31:32 GMT
    A nationwide shortage in police dispatchers is impacting many local agencies. We reached out to several dispatch centers in the viewing area -- including some dealing with staff shortages. The Miami Oklahoma police department is currently working to fill one position. Jasper County Emergency Services has filled eight positions in the last year and a half -- and Newton County has had to fill two positions in less than a year. And many officials say hiring for the positions can...More >>
    A nationwide shortage in police dispatchers is impacting many local agencies. We reached out to several dispatch centers in the viewing area -- including some dealing with staff shortages. The Miami Oklahoma police department is currently working to fill one position. Jasper County Emergency Services has filled eight positions in the last year and a half -- and Newton County has had to fill two positions in less than a year. And many officials say hiring for the positions can...More >>
  • Bourbon County Jail Opens, Faces new Issues

    Bourbon County Jail Opens, Faces new Issues

    Wednesday, September 5 2018 6:21 PM EDT2018-09-05 22:21:30 GMT

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

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

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  • Bourbon County Sheriff's Office Budget Concerns

    Bourbon County Sheriff's Office Budget Concerns

    Tuesday, September 4 2018 7:29 PM EDT2018-09-04 23:29:51 GMT

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

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

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  • Neosho City Officials work to Address Alcohol being sold to Minors

    Neosho City Officials work to Address Alcohol being sold to Minors

    Friday, August 31 2018 9:32 PM EDT2018-09-01 01:32:26 GMT
    Officials in Neosho are looking at ways to make penalties for selling alcohol to minors more strict, after compliance checks continue to bring troubling numbers.  The Neosho Police Department does two compliance checks a year at each of the approximately 25 business in town that have a liquor license.  Lieutenant Mark Sharp, Neosho Police Department:"We seek out an individual that's 19 or 20 years old. We take them around to the local business and we basically see if ...More >>
    Officials in Neosho are looking at ways to make penalties for selling alcohol to minors more strict, after compliance checks continue to bring troubling numbers.  The Neosho Police Department does two compliance checks a year at each of the approximately 25 business in town that have a liquor license.  Lieutenant Mark Sharp, Neosho Police Department:"We seek out an individual that's 19 or 20 years old. We take them around to the local business and we basically see if ...More >>
  • Changes at the Joplin Public Library aim to Reach More Readers

    Changes at the Joplin Public Library aim to Reach More Readers

    Thursday, August 30 2018 9:53 PM EDT2018-08-31 01:53:40 GMT
    The Joplin Public Library is working to reach more readers of all ages with a new online service.  But that's not the only thing that's new at the library.  Christopher Hills brings his kids Taysen and Amari to the Joplin Public Library several times a week after school. And while they're there.. they try to use their time constructively.  Christopher Hills, Parent:"Having fun, coloring, read books." But at home.. Hills says it can be a little bi...More >>
    The Joplin Public Library is working to reach more readers of all ages with a new online service.  But that's not the only thing that's new at the library.  Christopher Hills brings his kids Taysen and Amari to the Joplin Public Library several times a week after school. And while they're there.. they try to use their time constructively.  Christopher Hills, Parent:"Having fun, coloring, read books." But at home.. Hills says it can be a little bi...More >>
  • Ball and Dice Games Come to Oklahoma

    Wednesday, August 29 2018 10:23 PM EDT2018-08-30 02:23:55 GMT
    Gamblers in Oklahoma can now "roll the dice" at tribal casinos in the state.  And on Wednesday, one of those casinos opened it's first craps table. Valarie Blasengame has been a regular at Buffalo Run Casino for 13 years.. but usually stays away from table games. Valarie Blasengame, Vinita, OK. Resident:"I enjoy playing the slot machines." Despite that, she was one of many people excited for the the casino's new craps and roulette tables. Blasengame:...More >>
    Gamblers in Oklahoma can now "roll the dice" at tribal casinos in the state.  And on Wednesday, one of those casinos opened it's first craps table. Valarie Blasengame has been a regular at Buffalo Run Casino for 13 years.. but usually stays away from table games. Valarie Blasengame, Vinita, OK. Resident:"I enjoy playing the slot machines." Despite that, she was one of many people excited for the the casino's new craps and roulette tables. Blasengame:...More >>
  • Carthage Schools Looking to add Student Activity Center

    Carthage Schools Looking to add Student Activity Center

    Tuesday, August 28 2018 9:54 PM EDT2018-08-29 01:54:23 GMT
    The Carthage Archery Team could get a more dedicated space for practice, thanks to donations in the community.  We talked with an archer, and the teams coach, to see how gaining that space would impact them. Dylan Smith has been part of the Carthage Archery Team for 5 years, but before he got into the sport, he bow hunted, and shot recreationally.  Dylan Smith, Carthage High School Senior:"It's helped me be more in touch with people and I feel like I'm a better ...More >>
    The Carthage Archery Team could get a more dedicated space for practice, thanks to donations in the community.  We talked with an archer, and the teams coach, to see how gaining that space would impact them. Dylan Smith has been part of the Carthage Archery Team for 5 years, but before he got into the sport, he bow hunted, and shot recreationally.  Dylan Smith, Carthage High School Senior:"It's helped me be more in touch with people and I feel like I'm a better ...More >>
  • Carthage Police Honor Retired Employees

    Carthage Police Honor Retired Employees

    Monday, August 27 2018 10:46 PM EDT2018-08-28 02:46:38 GMT

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

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

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  • Stray Cat Problems in Carl Junction

    Stray Cat Problems in Carl Junction

    Friday, August 24 2018 10:08 PM EDT2018-08-25 02:08:01 GMT
    A recent increase in the number of stray cats in Carl Junction is costing the city, and taxpayers, more money than normal.  We talked to the police chief, and residents about the problem.. one of which is working to fix it.  Officers at the Carl Junction police department aren't strangers to picking up stray dogs. Chief Delmer Haase, Carl Junction Police Department:"We pick dogs up that are running stray that people call us about that we find. We probably return...More >>
    A recent increase in the number of stray cats in Carl Junction is costing the city, and taxpayers, more money than normal.  We talked to the police chief, and residents about the problem.. one of which is working to fix it.  Officers at the Carl Junction police department aren't strangers to picking up stray dogs. Chief Delmer Haase, Carl Junction Police Department:"We pick dogs up that are running stray that people call us about that we find. We probably return...More >>
  • Inmate Issues Plaguing McDonald County Jail

    Inmate Issues Plaguing McDonald County Jail

    Thursday, August 23 2018 7:28 PM EDT2018-08-23 23:28:45 GMT
    The newly renovated portion of the McDonald County jail is experiencing issues with inmates.  We talked to the sheriff, and a commissioner, who have opposing views on what needs to be done. In 20-15 -- inmates escaped from the McDonald county jail.  An expansion to improve security included double the number of beds, and security cameras to prevent escapes.. but inmates escaped again last year during construction.   Sheriff Mike Hall:"I've talked to a...More >>
    The newly renovated portion of the McDonald County jail is experiencing issues with inmates.  We talked to the sheriff, and a commissioner, who have opposing views on what needs to be done. In 20-15 -- inmates escaped from the McDonald county jail.  An expansion to improve security included double the number of beds, and security cameras to prevent escapes.. but inmates escaped again last year during construction.   Sheriff Mike Hall:"I've talked to a...More >>
  • Carthage School District Starts Program aimed at Preventing Suicides

    Carthage School District Starts Program aimed at Preventing Suicides

    Wednesday, August 22 2018 10:08 PM EDT2018-08-23 02:08:12 GMT
    Some students in Southwest Missouri will soon have access to more medical and mental health services.  For several months, the Carthage School District has been working to expand health services at the high school -- and  part of the plan brings hope for preventing suicides.  Carthage has had two suicides in the past 12 months.  During their meeting on Monday, the district approved two agreement's to create a Mercy health clinic- and an Ozark Center me...More >>
    Some students in Southwest Missouri will soon have access to more medical and mental health services.  For several months, the Carthage School District has been working to expand health services at the high school -- and  part of the plan brings hope for preventing suicides.  Carthage has had two suicides in the past 12 months.  During their meeting on Monday, the district approved two agreement's to create a Mercy health clinic- and an Ozark Center me...More >>
  • SEK Family Tells Their Story After Losing Thousands

    Tuesday, August 21 2018 10:38 PM EDT2018-08-22 02:38:29 GMT

    A modular home dealer in Augusta, Kansas was recently shut down by the Kansas Attorney General for violating the Kansas Consumer Protection Act.  But not before a Southeast Kansas family paid them over a hundred thousand dollars for a home they never received.  Malissa Stone moved back home to Southeast Kansas from Florida to take care of her dad Steven Gentle -- after he had a stroke in January of 2017.  To do that.. she needed to either renovate Gentle's house in ...

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    A modular home dealer in Augusta, Kansas was recently shut down by the Kansas Attorney General for violating the Kansas Consumer Protection Act.  But not before a Southeast Kansas family paid them over a hundred thousand dollars for a home they never received.  Malissa Stone moved back home to Southeast Kansas from Florida to take care of her dad Steven Gentle -- after he had a stroke in January of 2017.  To do that.. she needed to either renovate Gentle's house in ...

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  • Fort Scott's Memorial Hall Seeing Changes

    Fort Scott's Memorial Hall Seeing Changes

    Monday, August 20 2018 9:49 PM EDT2018-08-21 01:49:47 GMT

    It's out with the old and in with the new, at a historic building in Fort Scott, Kansas.  Sitting at the corner of third and national is a building that's played a big role in Fort Scott for almost a hundred years. Rhonda Dunn, Fort Scott Dir. of Community Development:"I talk to people who remember playing basketball here. I can remember as a grade schooler coming here to see Swan Lake, a ballet." Memorial Hall in Fort Scott was built in 1925, and dedicated...

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    It's out with the old and in with the new, at a historic building in Fort Scott, Kansas.  Sitting at the corner of third and national is a building that's played a big role in Fort Scott for almost a hundred years. Rhonda Dunn, Fort Scott Dir. of Community Development:"I talk to people who remember playing basketball here. I can remember as a grade schooler coming here to see Swan Lake, a ballet." Memorial Hall in Fort Scott was built in 1925, and dedicated...

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  • New Fire Recruits Ready to Serve Joplin Community

    Fire Recruits Ready to Serve Joplin Community

    Friday, August 17 2018 10:10 PM EDT2018-08-18 02:10:13 GMT

    The Joplin Fire Department is one step closer to being fully staffed once again.  That's thanks to six new recruits.. who graduated from the fire academy tonight.  Bailey Gillen is excited to see her dad Brian graduate from the Joplin Fire Academy.  Bailey Gillen, Proud Daughter:"We've been cheering him on this whole time, and we've been happy as a family." It's been a lifelong dream for Brian to be a firefighter.. a dream that got a nudge after he wa...

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    The Joplin Fire Department is one step closer to being fully staffed once again.  That's thanks to six new recruits.. who graduated from the fire academy tonight.  Bailey Gillen is excited to see her dad Brian graduate from the Joplin Fire Academy.  Bailey Gillen, Proud Daughter:"We've been cheering him on this whole time, and we've been happy as a family." It's been a lifelong dream for Brian to be a firefighter.. a dream that got a nudge after he wa...

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  • Donations Provide Supplies for Students in Chanute

    Donations Provide Supplies for Students in Chanute

    Thursday, August 16 2018 10:57 PM EDT2018-08-17 02:57:28 GMT
    School is officially in session -- and in one southeast Kansas community, parents didn't have to worry about buying their school supplies.  Elizabeth and Gabriel moved to Chanute with their family about a week ago.. and today started school at Chanute Elementary.    Elizabeth Vega, 4th grade student:"My first day of school was good." Gabriel, 2nd grade student:"It was good..I got to spend a lot of time with my friends." Their mom Jessica Wrig...More >>
    School is officially in session -- and in one southeast Kansas community, parents didn't have to worry about buying their school supplies.  Elizabeth and Gabriel moved to Chanute with their family about a week ago.. and today started school at Chanute Elementary.    Elizabeth Vega, 4th grade student:"My first day of school was good." Gabriel, 2nd grade student:"It was good..I got to spend a lot of time with my friends." Their mom Jessica Wrig...More >>
  • New Rules on School Drills in Kansas

    New Rules on School Drills in Kansas

    Wednesday, August 15 2018 9:24 PM EDT2018-08-16 01:24:49 GMT
    Emergency drills are the focus of a new mandate by the Kansas Fire Marshall's Office. Specifically, how many times schools in the state have to perform those drills.  We talked to faculty and students in Galena to see how the policy will impact them. Jodie Howard is a two sport athlete at Galena High School. She understands the benefit of practice.  Jodie Howard, Galena High School Senior:"It's like a volleyball game, basketball game, softball game, any type of...More >>
    Emergency drills are the focus of a new mandate by the Kansas Fire Marshall's Office. Specifically, how many times schools in the state have to perform those drills.  We talked to faculty and students in Galena to see how the policy will impact them. Jodie Howard is a two sport athlete at Galena High School. She understands the benefit of practice.  Jodie Howard, Galena High School Senior:"It's like a volleyball game, basketball game, softball game, any type of...More >>
  • New Mail Policy at Newton County Jail

    New Mail Policy at Newton County Jail

    Tuesday, August 14 2018 9:11 PM EDT2018-08-15 01:11:24 GMT

    A new policy is changing what kind of mail inmates can receive at a local jail. The Newton County Sheriff's Office is restricting incoming mail to postcards only -- a policy that's caused controversy at other jails in the area.  Chris Jennings, Newton County Sheriff: "We'll save a great deal of time with having to open the mail and make sure there's no contraband, drugs things like that." Saving time and decreasing the chances of drugs entering the jail. Those ...

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    A new policy is changing what kind of mail inmates can receive at a local jail. The Newton County Sheriff's Office is restricting incoming mail to postcards only -- a policy that's caused controversy at other jails in the area.  Chris Jennings, Newton County Sheriff: "We'll save a great deal of time with having to open the mail and make sure there's no contraband, drugs things like that." Saving time and decreasing the chances of drugs entering the jail. Those ...

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  • Joplin City Council Compares Police, Fire Wages to Neighboring Cities

    Monday, August 13 2018 10:53 PM EDT2018-08-14 02:53:15 GMT

    Police and fire pay and retention is the topic of yet another city council work session.  More specifically, another comparison study, and discussion on the use of the public safety sales tax.  Margy Upson has lived in Joplin off and on for over 30 years. She feels city is getting more dangerous.. in part because the number of public safety workers continues to drop.  Margy Upson, Joplin Resident:"The crime each year gets worse and worse, and we're getting...

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    Police and fire pay and retention is the topic of yet another city council work session.  More specifically, another comparison study, and discussion on the use of the public safety sales tax.  Margy Upson has lived in Joplin off and on for over 30 years. She feels city is getting more dangerous.. in part because the number of public safety workers continues to drop.  Margy Upson, Joplin Resident:"The crime each year gets worse and worse, and we're getting...

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  • Golf Tournament Honors Local Veteran's Life

    Golf Tournament Honors Local Veteran's Life

    Saturday, August 11 2018 7:45 PM EDT2018-08-11 23:45:11 GMT
    Image Courtesy: VetLinks.orgImage Courtesy: VetLinks.org

    A golf tournament in Pittsburg today was more than what it seemed.. as it served to honor the life of an American hero. We spoke with his wife, and closest friend, to find out what the event was all about. Jessica Kavanagh, Brian's Wife - VetLinks.org Founder:"He was just so smart. He was the life of the party, he loved to just always be kind to everybody. He was just overall a really amazing human being." Brian Kavanagh grew up in Pittsburg -- and one of his closest...

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    A golf tournament in Pittsburg today was more than what it seemed.. as it served to honor the life of an American hero. We spoke with his wife, and closest friend, to find out what the event was all about. Jessica Kavanagh, Brian's Wife - VetLinks.org Founder:"He was just so smart. He was the life of the party, he loved to just always be kind to everybody. He was just overall a really amazing human being." Brian Kavanagh grew up in Pittsburg -- and one of his closest...

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  • Retired Veteran Speaks on Post Traumatic Stress, Advocates for Non Profit

    Friday, August 10 2018 8:55 PM EDT2018-08-11 00:55:58 GMT
    A non-profit organization that was founded by Pittsburg natives is working to help veterans deal with post traumatic stress.  We spoke with a veteran today, that's working with the organization to achieve that goal. Brigadier General Donald Bolduc served in the military for 32 years -- before retiring in October of last year.  Donald Bolduc, Retired Brigadier General:"My grandfather on my father's side of the family made it a requirement for all Bolduc males to serve...More >>
    A non-profit organization that was founded by Pittsburg natives is working to help veterans deal with post traumatic stress.  We spoke with a veteran today, that's working with the organization to achieve that goal. Brigadier General Donald Bolduc served in the military for 32 years -- before retiring in October of last year.  Donald Bolduc, Retired Brigadier General:"My grandfather on my father's side of the family made it a requirement for all Bolduc males to serve...More >>
  • KCU Joplin Teams Up with Community Clinic to add New Clinic

    KCU Joplin Teams Up with Community Clinic to add New Clinic

    Thursday, August 9 2018 10:14 PM EDT2018-08-10 02:14:57 GMT
    Kansas City University of Medical and Biosciences Joplin has teamed up with the Community Clinic of Southwest Missouri to provide new Thursday night clinics for people that otherwise couldn't get care. Mahreen Bux is a second year student at KCU Joplin -- who moved to Joplin from Illinois to go to medical school.  Marheen Bux, Medical Student:"Putting the skills that we learned in school to use is really really exciting for me." Bux was one of ten second ye...More >>
    Kansas City University of Medical and Biosciences Joplin has teamed up with the Community Clinic of Southwest Missouri to provide new Thursday night clinics for people that otherwise couldn't get care. Mahreen Bux is a second year student at KCU Joplin -- who moved to Joplin from Illinois to go to medical school.  Marheen Bux, Medical Student:"Putting the skills that we learned in school to use is really really exciting for me." Bux was one of ten second ye...More >>
  • City Apologizes: Controversy after Negative Comments Toward Police, Fire

    City Apologizes: Controversy after Negative Comments Toward Police, Fire

    Thursday, August 9 2018 7:32 PM EDT2018-08-09 23:32:37 GMT

    Comments made by a former Joplin city employee are causing quite a bit of controversy.  Officials with the Joplin Police Union allege a member of the Joplin Use Tax Committee made negative remarks toward the police department, and their fallen officers.  Shelby Howard, SWMO Fraternal Order of Police President:"First it was disbelief that anybody would say things like that in a public forum." Fraternal Order of Police President Shelby Howard says a member of the ...

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    Comments made by a former Joplin city employee are causing quite a bit of controversy.  Officials with the Joplin Police Union allege a member of the Joplin Use Tax Committee made negative remarks toward the police department, and their fallen officers.  Shelby Howard, SWMO Fraternal Order of Police President:"First it was disbelief that anybody would say things like that in a public forum." Fraternal Order of Police President Shelby Howard says a member of the ...

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  • Breaking Down Joplin Emancipation Park Day's History

    Breaking Down Joplin Emancipation Park Day's History

    Saturday, August 4 2018 6:33 PM EDT2018-08-04 22:33:04 GMT
    The annual Emancipation Celebration.. also known as Park Days.. is underway in Joplin - and over it's century of celebrating - it's undergone a fair amount of change. Gospel music.. good food.. a car show.. and family and friends.. all a part of park days in Ewert park.  Travis Gooden, Arizona Resident :"This is a special occasion." Travis Gooden has attended the celebration for more than 20 years.. and remembers what the event was like back when ...More >>
    The annual Emancipation Celebration.. also known as Park Days.. is underway in Joplin - and over it's century of celebrating - it's undergone a fair amount of change. Gospel music.. good food.. a car show.. and family and friends.. all a part of park days in Ewert park.  Travis Gooden, Arizona Resident :"This is a special occasion." Travis Gooden has attended the celebration for more than 20 years.. and remembers what the event was like back when ...More >>
  • PBS Affiliate Shooting Documentary on Marian Days

    PBS Affiliate Shooting Documentary on Marian Days

    Friday, August 3 2018 7:08 PM EDT2018-08-03 23:08:35 GMT
    Ozarks Public Television (OPT-KOZJ) -- the local PBS affiliate -- is working on a documentary about Marian Days in Carthage.  We talked to the crew about the importance of capturing a festival like this.  Linda Bui has been coming to Marian Days with members of her parish for over 20 years.  Linda Bu, Food Vendor from Port Arthur, Texas:"We meet once a year, a lot of people are so nice and are like ah, I haven't seen you in a long time. It's like just ...More >>
    Ozarks Public Television (OPT-KOZJ) -- the local PBS affiliate -- is working on a documentary about Marian Days in Carthage.  We talked to the crew about the importance of capturing a festival like this.  Linda Bui has been coming to Marian Days with members of her parish for over 20 years.  Linda Bu, Food Vendor from Port Arthur, Texas:"We meet once a year, a lot of people are so nice and are like ah, I haven't seen you in a long time. It's like just ...More >>
  • New Medical Marijuana Regulations Spark Controversy in NE Oklahoma

    Thursday, August 2 2018 7:15 PM EDT2018-08-02 23:15:47 GMT
    New regulations on Medical Marijuana in Oklahoma are sparking some controversy.  The state Board of Health rolled out new rules yesterday -- reversing more strict emergency rules that had been adopted last month.  And as we found out -- people in north-east Oklahoma are having mixed reactions. Chip Paul, Oklahomans for Health:"It's honestly very disappointing." The Oklahoma State Board of Health has adopted guidelines that are reversing emergency rules a...More >>
    New regulations on Medical Marijuana in Oklahoma are sparking some controversy.  The state Board of Health rolled out new rules yesterday -- reversing more strict emergency rules that had been adopted last month.  And as we found out -- people in north-east Oklahoma are having mixed reactions. Chip Paul, Oklahomans for Health:"It's honestly very disappointing." The Oklahoma State Board of Health has adopted guidelines that are reversing emergency rules a...More >>
  • Debate in Four States Over 3D Printed Guns

    Debate in Four States Over 3D Printed Guns

    Wednesday, August 1 2018 7:58 PM EDT2018-08-01 23:58:59 GMT
    A ruling on 3D printed guns sparks debate across the country and right here in the Four-States. A Texas company is not permitted to make its plans for 3D guns available for download today -- because of a temporary retraining order by a federal judge.     But the legal issue continues -- and we wanted to know how accessible the technology is around here. The Joplin Public Library has two 3D printers that are open to use by the public.  Jill Sulli...More >>
    A ruling on 3D printed guns sparks debate across the country and right here in the Four-States. A Texas company is not permitted to make its plans for 3D guns available for download today -- because of a temporary retraining order by a federal judge.     But the legal issue continues -- and we wanted to know how accessible the technology is around here. The Joplin Public Library has two 3D printers that are open to use by the public.  Jill Sulli...More >>
  • Kansas Lottery Installs New System

    Tuesday, July 31 2018 7:07 PM EDT2018-07-31 23:07:23 GMT
    An over 70-million dollar lottery upgrade launched this week in the four-states.  The new system is coming to Kansas --  and has had a little bit of trouble getting off the ground so far.  Tony Patton, Pittsburg Resident:"I spend usually about a hundred bucks a month. It just depends if I win, cause if I win good, I'll buy more." Tony Patton is one person that's excited about the new Kansas lottery system. Patton:"It's improved a lot.&q...More >>
    An over 70-million dollar lottery upgrade launched this week in the four-states.  The new system is coming to Kansas --  and has had a little bit of trouble getting off the ground so far.  Tony Patton, Pittsburg Resident:"I spend usually about a hundred bucks a month. It just depends if I win, cause if I win good, I'll buy more." Tony Patton is one person that's excited about the new Kansas lottery system. Patton:"It's improved a lot.&q...More >>
  • Incident in Chanute leads to Chase with Stolen Ambulance

    Incident in Chanute leads to Chase with Stolen Ambulance

    Saturday, July 28 2018 10:56 PM EDT2018-07-29 02:56:25 GMT

    An incident at the Walmart in Chanute KS, turns into a police pursuit.. with an ambulance.  It incident started in the Walmart parking lot in Chanute, after an individual tried to enter the store while acting erratically.  Witnesses also said they believed he had a gun. Chanute Police made contact with the subject, and called emergency services for them.      Once an ambulance arrived, the subject climbed into the vehicle, locked the doors, and began t...

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    An incident at the Walmart in Chanute KS, turns into a police pursuit.. with an ambulance.  It incident started in the Walmart parking lot in Chanute, after an individual tried to enter the store while acting erratically.  Witnesses also said they believed he had a gun. Chanute Police made contact with the subject, and called emergency services for them.      Once an ambulance arrived, the subject climbed into the vehicle, locked the doors, and began t...

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  • Club Hopes to Renovate Neosho Memorial

    Club Hopes to Renovate Neosho Memorial

    Friday, July 27 2018 4:22 PM EDT2018-07-27 20:22:32 GMT
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    Image Courtesy: Neosho Exchange ClubImage Courtesy: Neosho Exchange Club
    Fundraising efforts in Neosho are focusing on expanding a memorial in the town. Charlie Jenkins' dad served in the military before Charlie was born. That's why he's honored to raise the American flag in Neosho as a scout.  Charlie Jenkins, Neosho Scout:"It felt good helping my community." But the area surrounding that flag.. could look a little different in the not so distant future.  The Neosho Exchange Club held a ceremony at the memorial to kick off fundrais...More >>
    Fundraising efforts in Neosho are focusing on expanding a memorial in the town. Charlie Jenkins' dad served in the military before Charlie was born. That's why he's honored to raise the American flag in Neosho as a scout.  Charlie Jenkins, Neosho Scout:"It felt good helping my community." But the area surrounding that flag.. could look a little different in the not so distant future.  The Neosho Exchange Club held a ceremony at the memorial to kick off fundrais...More >>
  • Local Business Reopening After Fire

    Thursday, July 26 2018 6:06 PM EDT2018-07-26 22:06:43 GMT
    Owners of a Webb City barbecue restaurant are close to re-opening, after being closed for eight months.  Carl Wiest,Co-Owner -Wiestside BBQ:"We hadn't been open a long time. It was only about a year and a half before the, ya know, the fire happened." Carl and Julie Wiest opened Wiestside barbecue in Webb City in April 2016.  Julie Wiest, Co-Owner -Wiestside BBQ:"More and more people started hearing about us. We do have some people like from Branson and Spri...More >>
    Owners of a Webb City barbecue restaurant are close to re-opening, after being closed for eight months.  Carl Wiest,Co-Owner -Wiestside BBQ:"We hadn't been open a long time. It was only about a year and a half before the, ya know, the fire happened." Carl and Julie Wiest opened Wiestside barbecue in Webb City in April 2016.  Julie Wiest, Co-Owner -Wiestside BBQ:"More and more people started hearing about us. We do have some people like from Branson and Spri...More >>
  • University TV Station Gets Needed Upgrades

    University TV Station Gets Needed Upgrades

    Wednesday, July 25 2018 7:23 PM EDT2018-07-25 23:23:58 GMT
    A Missouri Southern operated TV station is making some long awaited upgrades.  Alex Still, Communication Student:"Back at my home town high school we had nothing like this at all." Alex Still is a broadcast student at Missouri Southern -- who aspires to become a video editor or studio director. Shes just one of many students that have dreams like that -- and that can now get their hands on new studio equipment.   Bill Hunt, KGCS Creative Services Manager:&q...More >>
    A Missouri Southern operated TV station is making some long awaited upgrades.  Alex Still, Communication Student:"Back at my home town high school we had nothing like this at all." Alex Still is a broadcast student at Missouri Southern -- who aspires to become a video editor or studio director. Shes just one of many students that have dreams like that -- and that can now get their hands on new studio equipment.   Bill Hunt, KGCS Creative Services Manager:&q...More >>
  • National Flag Tour visits Joplin

    National Flag Tour visits Joplin

    Saturday, July 21 2018 7:26 PM EDT2018-07-21 23:26:16 GMT
    A cross country motorcycle tour is working to honor America's service members by carrying an American flag through every state -- including Missouri. Steve Lea is a Vietnam veteran who served in the Navy from 1969 until 1977.   He's just one of many veterans, honored to carry the flag in this years patriot ride.  Steve Lea, Joplin Harley Owners Group:"As a veteran myself, and always giving to my community, I am very honored. This is an honor I do n...More >>
    A cross country motorcycle tour is working to honor America's service members by carrying an American flag through every state -- including Missouri. Steve Lea is a Vietnam veteran who served in the Navy from 1969 until 1977.   He's just one of many veterans, honored to carry the flag in this years patriot ride.  Steve Lea, Joplin Harley Owners Group:"As a veteran myself, and always giving to my community, I am very honored. This is an honor I do n...More >>
  • Joplin Relay for Life

    Joplin Relay for Life

    Saturday, July 14 2018 8:13 PM EDT2018-07-15 00:13:13 GMT
    Dozens in Joplin are putting forward momentum into the fight against cancer.  The annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life took place at MSSU's Leggett and Platt Athletic Center this evening.  The walk was started by several cancer survivors and their families.  There was also information available on cancer and ways to help prevent it.  Funds raised at the event go toward research efforts for curing several kinds of cancer. Ashley Clair, Relay for L...More >>
    Dozens in Joplin are putting forward momentum into the fight against cancer.  The annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life took place at MSSU's Leggett and Platt Athletic Center this evening.  The walk was started by several cancer survivors and their families.  There was also information available on cancer and ways to help prevent it.  Funds raised at the event go toward research efforts for curing several kinds of cancer. Ashley Clair, Relay for L...More >>
  • Joplin Pride Fest Comes to Downtown

    Saturday, July 14 2018 8:00 PM EDT2018-07-15 00:00:54 GMT
    An annual event that advocates for equality and diversity.. almost didn't happen this year.  Joplin Pride Fest 2018 kicked off on Joplin Street in downtown Joplin.  Jackson Crawford, Joplin Resident:"It is more than   I imagined." To say that Jackson and Jeannine Crawford are excited about this years Joplin Pride Fest.. would be an under statement.  The siblings came out to their parents and people at school a little over a year ago - and they say...More >>
    An annual event that advocates for equality and diversity.. almost didn't happen this year.  Joplin Pride Fest 2018 kicked off on Joplin Street in downtown Joplin.  Jackson Crawford, Joplin Resident:"It is more than   I imagined." To say that Jackson and Jeannine Crawford are excited about this years Joplin Pride Fest.. would be an under statement.  The siblings came out to their parents and people at school a little over a year ago - and they say...More >>
  • Both Sides of the Aisle: Missouri Right to Work

    Both Sides of the Aisle: Missouri Right to Work

    Friday, July 13 2018 7:34 PM EDT2018-07-13 23:34:44 GMT

    Missouri Senate Bill 19-- commonly referred to as "Missouri Right to Work" -- mandates that no person can be required to pay dues or join a labor union as a condition of employment. The bill was passed by the general assembly and signed into law by former governor Greitens in 2017 - but enough signatures were gathered to put it on the august ballot as "Proposition A". Nick Myers with the Newton County Republican Committee says it is right for the state because it...

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    Missouri Senate Bill 19-- commonly referred to as "Missouri Right to Work" -- mandates that no person can be required to pay dues or join a labor union as a condition of employment. The bill was passed by the general assembly and signed into law by former governor Greitens in 2017 - but enough signatures were gathered to put it on the august ballot as "Proposition A". Nick Myers with the Newton County Republican Committee says it is right for the state because it...

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  • Missouri Income Tax Cuts

    Thursday, July 12 2018 9:34 PM EDT2018-07-13 01:34:35 GMT
    Tax payers in the show-me-state could see more of the money they earn.. thanks to new legislation signed by Governor Parson. Thursday morning, Missouri Governor Mike Parson signed House Bill 2540 into law.  The governor's office says it's the first step to long -term tax reform in the state.  The legislation reduces the top income tax rate in the state by four-tenths of one-percent. That means that Missouri's current income tax rate of five-point-eight-percent will reduce ...More >>
    Tax payers in the show-me-state could see more of the money they earn.. thanks to new legislation signed by Governor Parson. Thursday morning, Missouri Governor Mike Parson signed House Bill 2540 into law.  The governor's office says it's the first step to long -term tax reform in the state.  The legislation reduces the top income tax rate in the state by four-tenths of one-percent. That means that Missouri's current income tax rate of five-point-eight-percent will reduce ...More >>
  • Bronson Livestock Concerns

    Wednesday, July 11 2018 8:41 PM EDT2018-07-12 00:41:11 GMT
    Proposed plans for a piece of property in a Southeast Kansas town.. are causing quite a bit of controversy. Some residents in Bronson, Kansas are concerned that a property owner plans to use a lot in town for livestock. Linda Sprague, Bronson Resident:"We're adamant, no cattle in town. It's enough." Linda Sprague and Heather LaRue live in Bronson.. and neither of them think there should be cattle kept at a lot at 607 Randolph street.  Sprague:"Th...More >>
    Proposed plans for a piece of property in a Southeast Kansas town.. are causing quite a bit of controversy. Some residents in Bronson, Kansas are concerned that a property owner plans to use a lot in town for livestock. Linda Sprague, Bronson Resident:"We're adamant, no cattle in town. It's enough." Linda Sprague and Heather LaRue live in Bronson.. and neither of them think there should be cattle kept at a lot at 607 Randolph street.  Sprague:"Th...More >>
  • Jasper County Youth Fair

    Jasper County Youth Fair

    Saturday, July 7 2018 6:27 PM EDT2018-07-07 22:27:31 GMT
    A long standing tradition in Jasper County kicked off this weekend.  Municipal Park in Carthage is the place for this years Jasper County Youth Fair.  The fun started with an arts and crafts competition -- which featured projects ranging from cookies and cakes to painting and scrap booking and everything in between. The competition is held so everyone gets a chance to participate in the fair.. Even if they aren't quite old enough to show animals. Molly Russell, Youth Fai...More >>
    A long standing tradition in Jasper County kicked off this weekend.  Municipal Park in Carthage is the place for this years Jasper County Youth Fair.  The fun started with an arts and crafts competition -- which featured projects ranging from cookies and cakes to painting and scrap booking and everything in between. The competition is held so everyone gets a chance to participate in the fair.. Even if they aren't quite old enough to show animals. Molly Russell, Youth Fai...More >>
  • Nature Center Clean Up

    Nature Center Clean Up

    Saturday, July 7 2018 6:09 PM EDT2018-07-07 22:09:28 GMT
    Some kids in Joplin are getting the chance to learn how to care for the environment. Raking leaves and pulling weeds at the nature center. That's what part of the Stapleton Elementary nature club was up to this morning at the school.  The nature center is an outdoors scientific learning environment at the school. One parent thinks helping clean up the center can teach his son responsibility.  Justin Ward, Parent: "There could be anything else he could be doing toda...More >>
    Some kids in Joplin are getting the chance to learn how to care for the environment. Raking leaves and pulling weeds at the nature center. That's what part of the Stapleton Elementary nature club was up to this morning at the school.  The nature center is an outdoors scientific learning environment at the school. One parent thinks helping clean up the center can teach his son responsibility.  Justin Ward, Parent: "There could be anything else he could be doing toda...More >>
  • Route 66 Signs Stolen

    Route 66 Signs Stolen

    Friday, July 6 2018 7:15 PM EDT2018-07-06 23:15:15 GMT
    Several signs along Route 66 have gone missing in the last week -- and officials are investigating the thefts.  Renee Charles, Kansas Historic Route 66 Association:"For that many signs to be cut down and taken, somebody's either just doing vandalism, or their gathering up signs to sell somewhere. And it's really depressing." Last Friday, two signs in Baxter Springs Kansas went missing.  Since then, seven others along the route in Galena and Riverton have also di...More >>
    Several signs along Route 66 have gone missing in the last week -- and officials are investigating the thefts.  Renee Charles, Kansas Historic Route 66 Association:"For that many signs to be cut down and taken, somebody's either just doing vandalism, or their gathering up signs to sell somewhere. And it's really depressing." Last Friday, two signs in Baxter Springs Kansas went missing.  Since then, seven others along the route in Galena and Riverton have also di...More >>
  • Fundraiser for First Responders

    Fundraiser for First Responders

    Thursday, July 5 2018 6:42 PM EDT2018-07-05 22:42:35 GMT
    Mental health among first responders is the focus of a fundraiser in Southeast Kansas.  Post traumatic stress is something that is commonly associated with military veterans. But one organization is working with first responders who experience similar problems.  Eric Seabolt has been with the Colony, Kansas Fire Department since 19-92.  During that time, he's seen more than his fair share of tragic events.  Eric Seabolt, Colony Fire Department Chief: "...More >>
    Mental health among first responders is the focus of a fundraiser in Southeast Kansas.  Post traumatic stress is something that is commonly associated with military veterans. But one organization is working with first responders who experience similar problems.  Eric Seabolt has been with the Colony, Kansas Fire Department since 19-92.  During that time, he's seen more than his fair share of tragic events.  Eric Seabolt, Colony Fire Department Chief: "...More >>
  • MO Tax Credit Encourages Donations to Pregnancy Clinics

    Wednesday, July 4 2018 2:03 PM EDT2018-07-04 18:03:16 GMT

    A new tax credit in Missouri is being used to encourage donations to pregnancy clinics. Last week, Missouri Governor Parson signed House Bill 12-88.  The bill establishes a tax credit for donations made to "pregnancy resource centers" - such as Choices Medical Services - that don't offer abortion services, or perform childbirths in house.  Jordynn Griffith, Choices Medical Services:"It's a huge benefit to organizations like ours cause it ...

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    A new tax credit in Missouri is being used to encourage donations to pregnancy clinics. Last week, Missouri Governor Parson signed House Bill 12-88.  The bill establishes a tax credit for donations made to "pregnancy resource centers" - such as Choices Medical Services - that don't offer abortion services, or perform childbirths in house.  Jordynn Griffith, Choices Medical Services:"It's a huge benefit to organizations like ours cause it ...

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  • Humane Society holds Low Cost Vaccine Clinic

    Humane Society holds Low Cost Vaccine Clinic

    Saturday, June 30 2018 8:10 PM EDT2018-07-01 00:10:39 GMT
    A low cost animal vaccine clinic is helping people protect their furry friends ahead of the fourth of July. People started lining up at 7 a-m outside the Joplin Humane Society for their low cost vaccine clinic.  The shelter offered several vaccinations for dogs and cats, as well as flea treatments and microchips for as low as 10 dollars each. Officials with the shelter say it's important to get your pet vaccinated and microchiped before the fourth.. So they are protected if a ...More >>
    A low cost animal vaccine clinic is helping people protect their furry friends ahead of the fourth of July. People started lining up at 7 a-m outside the Joplin Humane Society for their low cost vaccine clinic.  The shelter offered several vaccinations for dogs and cats, as well as flea treatments and microchips for as low as 10 dollars each. Officials with the shelter say it's important to get your pet vaccinated and microchiped before the fourth.. So they are protected if a ...More >>
  • Mudstock Uses Mud to Teach Drug Abuse Prevention

    Saturday, June 30 2018 8:05 PM EDT2018-07-01 00:05:42 GMT

    Mud is being used as an educational tool to teach kids about the dangers of drug abuse in Carthage, Missouri. Cory Heinz joins his sons Johnathan and Sawyer - and two thousand others - in an obstacle course that combines dirt and thousands of gallons of water to make... Mudstock.  Cory Heinz, Carthage Native:"It's fun. We've been almost every year." But - it's not just about playing in the muck. It's also about teaching kids about drugs and substance abuse.  ...

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    Mud is being used as an educational tool to teach kids about the dangers of drug abuse in Carthage, Missouri. Cory Heinz joins his sons Johnathan and Sawyer - and two thousand others - in an obstacle course that combines dirt and thousands of gallons of water to make... Mudstock.  Cory Heinz, Carthage Native:"It's fun. We've been almost every year." But - it's not just about playing in the muck. It's also about teaching kids about drugs and substance abuse.  ...

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  • Dental Care for the Homeless

    Dental Care for the Homeless

    Friday, June 29 2018 7:16 PM EDT2018-06-29 23:16:45 GMT
    It was free dentistry day at Bridgestone Dental Center today -- but not for just anyone. The office partnered with Watered Gardens Rescue Mission to provide free dental work to the homeless.  Terrie Spence has been battling homelessness for the past 3 years. Over the course of that time.. taking care of her teeth wasn't always an option.  Terrie Spence, Homeless:"I didn't always have access to a dentist, and I didn't always have a job." She...More >>
    It was free dentistry day at Bridgestone Dental Center today -- but not for just anyone. The office partnered with Watered Gardens Rescue Mission to provide free dental work to the homeless.  Terrie Spence has been battling homelessness for the past 3 years. Over the course of that time.. taking care of her teeth wasn't always an option.  Terrie Spence, Homeless:"I didn't always have access to a dentist, and I didn't always have a job." She...More >>
  • Local Fire Departments Aid in Eureka

    Local Fire Departments Aid in Eureka

    Thursday, June 28 2018 8:06 PM EDT2018-06-29 00:06:33 GMT
    Members of a local disaster response task force have spent the last two days helping with tornado recovery in Eureka, Kansas. Today, they came home.  Taylor Cerne, Pittsburg Fire Department:"As you moved more into the path of the tornado, then you started getting big trees down, you started getting roofs off of the houses." That's just a small part of the devastation that occurred in Eureka, Kansas Tuesday night - as an EF-3 tornado ripped through the heart of t...More >>
    Members of a local disaster response task force have spent the last two days helping with tornado recovery in Eureka, Kansas. Today, they came home.  Taylor Cerne, Pittsburg Fire Department:"As you moved more into the path of the tornado, then you started getting big trees down, you started getting roofs off of the houses." That's just a small part of the devastation that occurred in Eureka, Kansas Tuesday night - as an EF-3 tornado ripped through the heart of t...More >>
  • Craw-Kan Expansion

    Craw-Kan Expansion

    Wednesday, June 27 2018 6:58 PM EDT2018-06-27 22:58:59 GMT
    Craw-Kan will be offering speed packages up to ONE GIGABIT (1000 Mbps) identical to the Google Fiber project in cities such as Kansas City, Atlanta, Austin and Nashville.Craw-Kan will be offering speed packages up to ONE GIGABIT (1000 Mbps) identical to the Google Fiber project in cities such as Kansas City, Atlanta, Austin and Nashville.
    Craw-Kan will be offering speed packages up to ONE GIGABIT (1000 Mbps) identical to the Google Fiber project in cities such as Kansas City, Atlanta, Austin and Nashville.Craw-Kan will be offering speed packages up to ONE GIGABIT (1000 Mbps) identical to the Google Fiber project in cities such as Kansas City, Atlanta, Austin and Nashville.
    People in parts of rural Kansas and Missouri will get more access to faster internet in the future.  Craw-Kan Telephone Cooperative was recently approved for a 59 million dollar loan through the Department of Rural Utilities.  The company plans to bring fiber optic internet to seventeen of its coverage areas throughout rural Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma.  It's going in right now in Pittsburg, Frontenac, Franklin, and Arma Kansas. Officials with Craw-Kan say having...More >>
    People in parts of rural Kansas and Missouri will get more access to faster internet in the future.  Craw-Kan Telephone Cooperative was recently approved for a 59 million dollar loan through the Department of Rural Utilities.  The company plans to bring fiber optic internet to seventeen of its coverage areas throughout rural Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma.  It's going in right now in Pittsburg, Frontenac, Franklin, and Arma Kansas. Officials with Craw-Kan say having...More >>
  • Carthage Could Be Getting a New Water Park

    Tuesday, June 26 2018 8:24 PM EDT2018-06-27 00:24:03 GMT

    There was a full agenda tonight at the "Carthage City Council". 

    One of those items had to do with a grant.. for a new water park in Carthage.

    There's no denying the fact that it's been a hot summer already.. and for many people, that means going to the local pool. 

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    There was a full agenda tonight at the "Carthage City Council". 

    One of those items had to do with a grant.. for a new water park in Carthage.

    There's no denying the fact that it's been a hot summer already.. and for many people, that means going to the local pool. 

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  • Young Herpetologist Helps Others Conquer Fears of Reptiles

    Young Herpetologist Helps Others Conquer Fears of Reptiles

    Saturday, June 23 2018 9:12 PM EDT2018-06-24 01:12:43 GMT

    Are you afraid of snakes, turtles or other scaly things?  One 9-year-old Liberal boy - was using his passion for Herptiles today, to show people, they're not so scary. Kadin Lemmons is not your typical 9 year old.  Hadin has had a love for reptiles for as long as he can remember - and it all started the first time his dad took him searching for the scaly animals. 

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    Are you afraid of snakes, turtles or other scaly things?  One 9-year-old Liberal boy - was using his passion for Herptiles today, to show people, they're not so scary. Kadin Lemmons is not your typical 9 year old.  Hadin has had a love for reptiles for as long as he can remember - and it all started the first time his dad took him searching for the scaly animals. 

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  • Fiddlers on the Route

    Fiddlers on the Route

    Saturday, June 23 2018 7:51 PM EDT2018-06-23 23:51:40 GMT
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    A music festival is using Route 66 to connect bluegrass and gospel musicians from across the four states.  The 2nd annual Fiddlers on the Route bluegrass festival is this weekend at Memorial Hall in Joplin.  It kicked off with a performance by Grammy winners Dailey and Vincent last night.  Today, eight bands from across Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas are featured. 

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    A music festival is using Route 66 to connect bluegrass and gospel musicians from across the four states.  The 2nd annual Fiddlers on the Route bluegrass festival is this weekend at Memorial Hall in Joplin.  It kicked off with a performance by Grammy winners Dailey and Vincent last night.  Today, eight bands from across Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas are featured. 

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  • Lamar Aquatic Park Update

    Friday, June 22 2018 9:40 PM EDT2018-06-23 01:40:51 GMT
    It's been a shaky start to the season for the Lamar Aquatic Park. Open.. and then closed indefinitely. But the summer won't be an entire wash.  Mary Bean, Lifeguard:"Well, I was just really sad when I heard about it because I've grown up in this pool." That's what Mary Bean - and pretty much all the lifeguards at the Lamar Aquatic Park were thinking last week when the city council decided to close the center - due to a massive leak in the leisure pool....More >>
    It's been a shaky start to the season for the Lamar Aquatic Park. Open.. and then closed indefinitely. But the summer won't be an entire wash.  Mary Bean, Lifeguard:"Well, I was just really sad when I heard about it because I've grown up in this pool." That's what Mary Bean - and pretty much all the lifeguards at the Lamar Aquatic Park were thinking last week when the city council decided to close the center - due to a massive leak in the leisure pool....More >>
  • New Shelter Coming to SEK After 12 Years

    New Shelter Coming to SEK After 12 Years

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 10:57 PM EDT2018-06-20 02:57:23 GMT

    A new animal shelter is coming to rural Southeast Kansas -- one that's been in the works for the past *12* years.  Elizabeth Wehlage, Castaways Board Member:"We've always been just really big animal lovers." That love for animals is why Chris and Elizabeth Wehlage got involved in the castaways animal shelter three years ago.. A project that's been in the works in Neosho County Kansas for over 12 years

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    A new animal shelter is coming to rural Southeast Kansas -- one that's been in the works for the past *12* years.  Elizabeth Wehlage, Castaways Board Member:"We've always been just really big animal lovers." That love for animals is why Chris and Elizabeth Wehlage got involved in the castaways animal shelter three years ago.. A project that's been in the works in Neosho County Kansas for over 12 years

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  • Rodeo Bible Camp

    Rodeo Bible Camp

    Monday, June 18 2018 10:43 PM EDT2018-06-19 02:43:23 GMT

    Girard Kansas is the place for a unique summer camp this week. A camp where kids are getting the chance to learn everything there is to know about rodeo.  Bull fighting.. bareback horse riding.. and calf roping. Those are just a few things campers are learning at the 4th annual "Cross Trails Cowboy Ministry" rodeo bible camp.  One of those campers.. is Karson Harris.

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    Girard Kansas is the place for a unique summer camp this week. A camp where kids are getting the chance to learn everything there is to know about rodeo.  Bull fighting.. bareback horse riding.. and calf roping. Those are just a few things campers are learning at the 4th annual "Cross Trails Cowboy Ministry" rodeo bible camp.  One of those campers.. is Karson Harris.

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  • Fathers Day at the Ballpark

    Fathers Day at the Ballpark

    Sunday, June 17 2018 7:13 PM EDT2018-06-17 23:13:43 GMT

    Some dads in southeast Kansas got to celebrate their Father's Day morning doing something a little unique. A church service.. at the ballpark. It's not peanuts.. hotdogs.. and homeruns. The Community Christian Church of Fort Scott- brought prayer and song to the LaRoche Baseball Complex Diamond.. and focused on making Father's Day memorable for all its dads. One of them.. was Chad Cosens.

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    Some dads in southeast Kansas got to celebrate their Father's Day morning doing something a little unique. A church service.. at the ballpark. It's not peanuts.. hotdogs.. and homeruns. The Community Christian Church of Fort Scott- brought prayer and song to the LaRoche Baseball Complex Diamond.. and focused on making Father's Day memorable for all its dads. One of them.. was Chad Cosens.

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  • Rummage Sale helps Animal Shelter deal with Rising Numbers

    Rummage Sale helps Animal Shelter deal with Rising Numbers

    Saturday, June 16 2018 7:11 PM EDT2018-06-16 23:11:25 GMT

    Rising numbers in puppy and kitten births prompts a local animal shelter to raise funds.  The SEK Humane Society held a rummage sale behind "The Doggie Bag" resale store in Pittsburg. People could buy books, movies, clothes and other things for as low as a quarter. The sale was held to raise funds for the shelter during kitten and puppy season.. when more of both are being brought into the shelter.

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    Rising numbers in puppy and kitten births prompts a local animal shelter to raise funds.  The SEK Humane Society held a rummage sale behind "The Doggie Bag" resale store in Pittsburg. People could buy books, movies, clothes and other things for as low as a quarter. The sale was held to raise funds for the shelter during kitten and puppy season.. when more of both are being brought into the shelter.

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  • Local Farm Celebrates a Milestone

    Local Farm Celebrates a Milestone

    Saturday, June 16 2018 7:00 PM EDT2018-06-16 23:00:57 GMT

    A local farm celebrates seasonal  success with a festival for the community. The Lavender Patch Farm in Fort Scott held it's first ever lavender festival.  It featured live music, food and games, tours, and people could pick their own lavender to use to make wreaths for decoration, to keep bugs away, or keep around for its pleasant smell.  The event served as a celebration for the farm.. one that's been eight years in the making.

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    A local farm celebrates seasonal  success with a festival for the community. The Lavender Patch Farm in Fort Scott held it's first ever lavender festival.  It featured live music, food and games, tours, and people could pick their own lavender to use to make wreaths for decoration, to keep bugs away, or keep around for its pleasant smell.  The event served as a celebration for the farm.. one that's been eight years in the making.

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  • KCU Joplin Celebrates First Year

    Friday, June 15 2018 9:52 PM EDT2018-06-16 01:52:27 GMT

    The first class at the new "KCU" medical school in Joplin is winding down its first year. It involved a special celebration tonight. Advanced anatomy and physiology.. early development.. and functions of the brain. Those are just a few things students at "KCU-Joplin" have studied over the past year.  The first class at the new medical school is wrapping up their first year of med school..  and that includes Joplin native Cali Clark. 

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    The first class at the new "KCU" medical school in Joplin is winding down its first year. It involved a special celebration tonight. Advanced anatomy and physiology.. early development.. and functions of the brain. Those are just a few things students at "KCU-Joplin" have studied over the past year.  The first class at the new medical school is wrapping up their first year of med school..  and that includes Joplin native Cali Clark. 

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  • Pittsburg Bladesmith Featured on National TV

    Pittsburg Bladesmith Featured on National TV

    Tuesday, June 12 2018 10:34 PM EDT2018-06-13 02:34:30 GMT

    A Local "blade smith" is competing in tonight's episode of the History channel show "Forged in Fire." The question is.. how will it impact him in the future? We sat down with a few former contestants to find out.  Alen Kirby has been a bladesmith for a little over two years - that's why he was surprised - and a little nervous - to learn he would be on the History Channel show "Forged in Fire." 

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    A Local "blade smith" is competing in tonight's episode of the History channel show "Forged in Fire." The question is.. how will it impact him in the future? We sat down with a few former contestants to find out.  Alen Kirby has been a bladesmith for a little over two years - that's why he was surprised - and a little nervous - to learn he would be on the History Channel show "Forged in Fire." 

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  • Lamar Pool Closes Due to Leaking Pipes

    Lamar Pool Closes Due to Leaking Pipes

    Monday, June 11 2018 10:07 PM EDT2018-06-12 02:07:19 GMT

    The city pool in Lamar, Missouri is closed until further notice.  The Lamar Aquatic Park was closed today - and could be for the rest of the season - because of severe damage to pipes for the leisure pool. We're told the pool has leaked for a few years - but has gotten much worse since the pool opened for the season. 

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    The city pool in Lamar, Missouri is closed until further notice.  The Lamar Aquatic Park was closed today - and could be for the rest of the season - because of severe damage to pipes for the leisure pool. We're told the pool has leaked for a few years - but has gotten much worse since the pool opened for the season. 

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  • Joplin Swim Meet Brings Big Crowd to Aquatic Center

    Joplin Swim Meet Brings Big Crowd to Aquatic Center

    Sunday, June 10 2018 7:51 PM EDT2018-06-10 23:51:58 GMT

    If you were in Joplin this weekend, you might have noticed that Shifferdecker Pool was closed to the public.  Not for renovations.. but to play host to over 400 competitive swimmers.  Seth Jensen has been a competitive swimmer for 12 years.. and for him, it's a way of life. 

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    If you were in Joplin this weekend, you might have noticed that Shifferdecker Pool was closed to the public.  Not for renovations.. but to play host to over 400 competitive swimmers.  Seth Jensen has been a competitive swimmer for 12 years.. and for him, it's a way of life. 

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  • Fundraiser uses Music to Fight Bullying

    Fundraiser uses Music to Fight Bullying

    Saturday, June 9 2018 10:23 PM EDT2018-06-10 02:23:13 GMT

    The CDC says suicides across the nation grew more than 25 percent between 1999 and 2016.  One group is working to keep children that are bullied from becoming part of that statistic. Blanca Molinero has wanted to be a singer ever since she was little.  Blanca Molinero, vocalist for The Less Fortunate:"I'd always tell my mom, hey mom I'm gonna be a rock star, I'm gonna be a rock star."

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    The CDC says suicides across the nation grew more than 25 percent between 1999 and 2016.  One group is working to keep children that are bullied from becoming part of that statistic. Blanca Molinero has wanted to be a singer ever since she was little.  Blanca Molinero, vocalist for The Less Fortunate:"I'd always tell my mom, hey mom I'm gonna be a rock star, I'm gonna be a rock star."

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  • Small Business Expo Creates Networking Opportunities

    Small Business Expo Creates Networking Opportunities

    Saturday, June 9 2018 10:13 PM EDT2018-06-10 02:13:55 GMT

    A small business expo in Neosho put the focus on networking this morning.  The Small Business and Craft Expo filled the Neosho Civic Center with more than 30 vendors.  They ranged from home-based businesses to distributors for major companies.  The event organizer is a small business owner himself - and says the event is about more than just buying items. 

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    A small business expo in Neosho put the focus on networking this morning.  The Small Business and Craft Expo filled the Neosho Civic Center with more than 30 vendors.  They ranged from home-based businesses to distributors for major companies.  The event organizer is a small business owner himself - and says the event is about more than just buying items. 

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  • Spiva Center for the Arts Holds Film Competition

    Spiva Center for the Arts Holds Film Competition

    Friday, June 8 2018 10:30 PM EDT2018-06-09 02:30:26 GMT

    Films crews all over the area are hard at work on short films.. and they only have 48 hours to do it.  It's all part of the 9th annual Film Spiva 48-hour film competition.  More than 10 teams are spending only 48 hours creating 3 minute short films. Each will be shown - and judged by people in the community next week.  Organizers say it's all about fun and creativity. 

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    Films crews all over the area are hard at work on short films.. and they only have 48 hours to do it.  It's all part of the 9th annual Film Spiva 48-hour film competition.  More than 10 teams are spending only 48 hours creating 3 minute short films. Each will be shown - and judged by people in the community next week.  Organizers say it's all about fun and creativity. 

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  • Mercy Hospital Stick it to Diabetes

    Annual Fundraiser Draws Large Crowd

    Friday, June 8 2018 10:18 PM EDT2018-06-09 02:18:12 GMT

    Mercy Hospital hosted a wellness and awareness fundraiser tonight in Joplin. Hope City church in Joplin was the site of the 2018 stick it to diabetes event. The Mercy Health Foundation Joplin and Mercy Diabetes and Nutrition Center hosted the fundraiser which included diabetes-friendly meals and music with the band Delta Rae. The money raised will go to help those who cannot afford medication or supplies, and other innovative technologies related to diabetes. Dr. Gretchen Shull, M...

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    Mercy Hospital hosted a wellness and awareness fundraiser tonight in Joplin. Hope City church in Joplin was the site of the 2018 stick it to diabetes event. The Mercy Health Foundation Joplin and Mercy Diabetes and Nutrition Center hosted the fundraiser which included diabetes-friendly meals and music with the band Delta Rae. The money raised will go to help those who cannot afford medication or supplies, and other innovative technologies related to diabetes. Dr. Gretchen Shull, M...

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  • Local Group Reaches Youth with Prayer and Basketball

    Sunday, June 3 2018 10:28 PM EDT2018-06-04 02:28:40 GMT

    A local group is reaching out to youth by combining prayer.. and basketball.  Basketball isn't quite Rayiah Bryant's favorite sport.. but she's been playing here as part of Unity in the Community since it started three years ago. Rayiah Bryant, Joplin Resident:"I love it. I was kind of a quite child in high school, but coming here, everybody feels like family." The community led group meets at Cunningham Park in Joplin every evening during the summer.

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    A local group is reaching out to youth by combining prayer.. and basketball.  Basketball isn't quite Rayiah Bryant's favorite sport.. but she's been playing here as part of Unity in the Community since it started three years ago. Rayiah Bryant, Joplin Resident:"I love it. I was kind of a quite child in high school, but coming here, everybody feels like family." The community led group meets at Cunningham Park in Joplin every evening during the summer.

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  • Bike Tour honors lives lost and focuses on safety

    Saturday, June 2 2018 6:02 PM EDT2018-06-02 22:02:14 GMT

    Cyclists from across the four states travel along Route 66, and remember two cyclists that lost their lives less than a month ago. Beth Bass has been a part of the mother road bike tour for 4 years.  Beth Bass, cyclist: "I'm a big advocate of the trails and I love to bike ride." Bikers could choose from five different routes ranging from 15 to 100 miles.. many spanning from Carthage all the way to Oklahoma.

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    Cyclists from across the four states travel along Route 66, and remember two cyclists that lost their lives less than a month ago. Beth Bass has been a part of the mother road bike tour for 4 years.  Beth Bass, cyclist: "I'm a big advocate of the trails and I love to bike ride." Bikers could choose from five different routes ranging from 15 to 100 miles.. many spanning from Carthage all the way to Oklahoma.

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  • Woodson Kansas Teachers work to improve learning and test scores

    Woodson Kansas Teachers work to improve learning and test scores

    Friday, June 1 2018 7:13 PM EDT2018-06-01 23:13:15 GMT

    The Woodson School District is working to improve learning and test scores.  Sandra Heffern has been teaching in Yates Center for 35 years.  Sandra Heffern, 3rd grade teacher:"I grew up in this town.. It's a good community, good school system." Heffern is one of many teachers in the Woodson School District that are participating in a teachers academy.

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    The Woodson School District is working to improve learning and test scores.  Sandra Heffern has been teaching in Yates Center for 35 years.  Sandra Heffern, 3rd grade teacher:"I grew up in this town.. It's a good community, good school system." Heffern is one of many teachers in the Woodson School District that are participating in a teachers academy.

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  • High School students get to experience College

    High School students get to experience College

    Tuesday, May 29 2018 10:36 PM EDT2018-05-30 02:36:51 GMT

    Alaura Stockbauer is a high school student from El- Dorado Springs Missouri. She's also a senior.. and to her, the thought of going to college is a scary one. That's where the upward bound program comes in.  Stockbauer: "This program definitely does make the thought of going to college way less scary." Over 200 high schoolers just like Stockbauer moved into the dorm rooms at Crowder College today. 

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    Alaura Stockbauer is a high school student from El- Dorado Springs Missouri. She's also a senior.. and to her, the thought of going to college is a scary one. That's where the upward bound program comes in.  Stockbauer: "This program definitely does make the thought of going to college way less scary." Over 200 high schoolers just like Stockbauer moved into the dorm rooms at Crowder College today. 

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  • Joplin Lifeguard Shortage

    Joplin Lifeguard Shortage

    Sunday, May 27 2018 8:01 PM EDT2018-05-28 00:01:41 GMT

    Joplin pools are facing a lifeguard shortage during a busy opening weekend.  The Parks and Rec Department currently has just under 70 lifeguards on staff. That's 20 under the 90 lifeguards they need to be fully staffed.  Aquatics Supervisor Chad Coleman says this isn't the first time the department has faced this problem.. Last year they were short several coming into the summer, but were able to hire enough to be fully staffed right before opening day. 

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    Joplin pools are facing a lifeguard shortage during a busy opening weekend.  The Parks and Rec Department currently has just under 70 lifeguards on staff. That's 20 under the 90 lifeguards they need to be fully staffed.  Aquatics Supervisor Chad Coleman says this isn't the first time the department has faced this problem.. Last year they were short several coming into the summer, but were able to hire enough to be fully staffed right before opening day. 

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  • OK Lt. Governor Candidates visit Grove

    OK Lt. Governor Candidates visit Grove

    Saturday, May 26 2018 8:23 PM EDT2018-05-27 00:23:06 GMT

    Candidates for Oklahoma Lieutenant Governor make a stop in Grove.  Delaware County Oklahoma Republicans held a candidate forum at the Grove Christian Center.  Republican candidates Matt Pinnell, Eddie Fields and Dominique Block discussed issues like education funding - taxes - and tribal gaming contracts in the state. 

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    Candidates for Oklahoma Lieutenant Governor make a stop in Grove.  Delaware County Oklahoma Republicans held a candidate forum at the Grove Christian Center.  Republican candidates Matt Pinnell, Eddie Fields and Dominique Block discussed issues like education funding - taxes - and tribal gaming contracts in the state. 

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  • Family of Man who Died on "Route 66" Visit Site

    Family of Man who Died on "Route 66" Visit Site

    Friday, May 25 2018 6:38 PM EDT2018-05-25 22:38:16 GMT

    Simon and Anna Buchel were in Galena today. The brother and sister made the trip from Germany to visit the site where their father died on "Route 66".  Heinz-Gerd Buchel and his friend.. Also from Germany.. were both hit and killed by a vehicle while they were cycling along the "mother road" near Riverton  and Galena earlier this month. The Buchels placed crosses at the site.. and met with the emergency responders that tried to save the lives of b...

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    Simon and Anna Buchel were in Galena today. The brother and sister made the trip from Germany to visit the site where their father died on "Route 66".  Heinz-Gerd Buchel and his friend.. Also from Germany.. were both hit and killed by a vehicle while they were cycling along the "mother road" near Riverton  and Galena earlier this month. The Buchels placed crosses at the site.. and met with the emergency responders that tried to save the lives of b...

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  • Joplin School Board approves Suicide Prevention Policy

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 11:15 PM EDT2018-05-23 03:15:39 GMT

    The Joplin Schools Board of Education approved a new suicide awareness and prevention policy at tonight's meeting.  The district wide policy helps determine how to identify students that are at risk of suicide, and the action that is taken to help the student get any help they may need. It also defines what action is taken by the district to take care of student's mental health in the event of a suicide.

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    The Joplin Schools Board of Education approved a new suicide awareness and prevention policy at tonight's meeting.  The district wide policy helps determine how to identify students that are at risk of suicide, and the action that is taken to help the student get any help they may need. It also defines what action is taken by the district to take care of student's mental health in the event of a suicide.

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  • Homeless Shelter learns of IRS Restriction

    Homeless Shelter learns of IRS Restriction

    Monday, May 21 2018 10:53 PM EDT2018-05-22 02:53:21 GMT

    A local homeless shelter learns of federal regulations that limit where the shelter can get food  -- and it comes at a pretty bad time.  John Losa has been coming to Watered Gardens for over fifteen years.  John Losa, Homeless: "It's a good place to come to, come to church here, come to work here, volunteer here. I love this place man."  Losa is one of 45-thousand people Watered Gardens provides meals for every year. 

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    A local homeless shelter learns of federal regulations that limit where the shelter can get food  -- and it comes at a pretty bad time.  John Losa has been coming to Watered Gardens for over fifteen years.  John Losa, Homeless: "It's a good place to come to, come to church here, come to work here, volunteer here. I love this place man."  Losa is one of 45-thousand people Watered Gardens provides meals for every year. 

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  • Kayakers and Canoeists Swap Water Safety Tips

    Kayakers and Canoeists Swap Water Safety Tips

    Sunday, May 20 2018 10:07 PM EDT2018-05-21 02:07:02 GMT

    The Joplin Kayak and Canoe swap meet at Wildcat Glades today included some warnings. Several local companies were on hand with fishing gear, hammocks  bicycles.. and of course canoes and kayaks that people could see and try.  A big topic of conversation for today's meet was what to do to stay safe in the water. 

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    The Joplin Kayak and Canoe swap meet at Wildcat Glades today included some warnings. Several local companies were on hand with fishing gear, hammocks  bicycles.. and of course canoes and kayaks that people could see and try.  A big topic of conversation for today's meet was what to do to stay safe in the water. 

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  • Over 500 Students Graduate from JHS

    Over 500 Students Graduate from JHS

    Sunday, May 20 2018 10:07 PM EDT2018-05-21 02:07:28 GMT

    Congrats to the Joplin High School class of 2018! Today was graduation day for more than 500 students - which makes this years class one of the largest since 1982.  The graduates are joining the ranks of over 39-thousand other Joplin High Graduates that have come before them.  This years class is also the first class to spend all four years at the new high school on Indiana Avenue.

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    Congrats to the Joplin High School class of 2018! Today was graduation day for more than 500 students - which makes this years class one of the largest since 1982.  The graduates are joining the ranks of over 39-thousand other Joplin High Graduates that have come before them.  This years class is also the first class to spend all four years at the new high school on Indiana Avenue.

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  • Neosho Council Approves Use Tax for November Election

    Neosho Council Approves Use Tax for November Election

    Tuesday, May 15 2018 10:22 PM EDT2018-05-16 02:22:37 GMT

    Neosho residents could see a new tax on purchases made outside the city.  Neosho City Council voted to add a use tax issue to this November ballot at tonight's council meeting.  Implementing a use tax would allow the city to apply the local sales tax to purchases made online and outside of the state. 

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    Neosho residents could see a new tax on purchases made outside the city.  Neosho City Council voted to add a use tax issue to this November ballot at tonight's council meeting.  Implementing a use tax would allow the city to apply the local sales tax to purchases made online and outside of the state. 

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  • 11 People Escape from an Overnight Fire in Joplin

    11 People Escape from an Overnight Fire in Joplin

    Thursday, November 15 2018 6:50 AM EST2018-11-15 11:50:51 GMT
    11 people, including five children escaped from an overnight house fire in Joplin.  The two-story fire on the corner of South 19th and Seargent erupted into flames around three o’clock this morning.  A total of four trucks worked to put out the flames, but nearly two hours later those flames were still burning strong.  Six adults and five children were in the home and escaped uninjured.  One of the family members says they had three space heaters running and ...More >>
    11 people, including five children escaped from an overnight house fire in Joplin.  The two-story fire on the corner of South 19th and Seargent erupted into flames around three o’clock this morning.  A total of four trucks worked to put out the flames, but nearly two hours later those flames were still burning strong.  Six adults and five children were in the home and escaped uninjured.  One of the family members says they had three space heaters running and ...More >>
  • Kafka Signs to PSU Track & Field

    Kafka Signs to PSU Track & Field

    Wednesday, November 14 2018 8:10 PM EST2018-11-15 01:10:54 GMT

    "Right when I walked in I knew that's where I wanted to go. It's always been a dream for me to go to Pitt State."

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    "Right when I walked in I knew that's where I wanted to go. It's always been a dream for me to go to Pitt State."

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  • Special Report: Eyes on the Road

    Special Report: Eyes on the Road

    Thursday, November 15 2018 12:10 PM EST2018-11-15 17:10:23 GMT

    On most days you can find Modot emergency response operator Roy Cota on the highways surrounding Joplin, clearing accidents and assisting motorists and local first responders. But that job would be impossible without assistance from the Transportation Management Center of the Ozarks, commonly referred to as the "TMC." 

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    On most days you can find Modot emergency response operator Roy Cota on the highways surrounding Joplin, clearing accidents and assisting motorists and local first responders. But that job would be impossible without assistance from the Transportation Management Center of the Ozarks, commonly referred to as the "TMC." 

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