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Police in Tulsa are investigating the shooting death of a 33-year-old man in the parking lot of a nightclub.

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Power Outage at Atlanta Airport Cancels Thousands of Flights:Possible Impact on Holiday Travel

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Its the busiest travel time of the year, but more than a thousand flights were grounded Sunday  in Atlanta by a power outage. The sudden outage at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson airport, left thousands of passengers sitting in the dark. 

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Vinita Residents React to Recent Shooting Video included

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Many Vinita, Oklahoma residents are still shocked by the shooting that happened Friday, December 15th. 

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SEK Humane Society Director Resigns-Board President Denies Alleged Mismanagement Video included

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It is another shake up to the staff at the Southeast Kansas Humane Society. Director Kelci Cooper has resigned. 

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Oronogo Police Officers Remodel Station With Their Own Hands Video included

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Oronogo Police officers are taking on their station renovation project by themselves. The chief says with a  new investigator and recently hired staff, it was getting too crowded. All of the 8 officers are pitching in time when they're not working to take apart an old storage space so they can utilize it for more useful things like a finger printing station. They're using skills from projects and jobs held before they were cops.... More>>

Local Vehicle Experts and Law Enforcement Give Holiday Travel Trips Video included

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AAA anticipates around a 3 percent holiday travel volume increase over last year. And travelers in the Four States are expected to face a blast of cold.   David at AutoZone is an expert on car parts, which is something he recommends you check before you hit the roads "check your tires to make sure that they've got good tread. Check their anti-freeze, make sure that they don't have too much water so it doesn't freeze and they need to make sure their wipers are goo... More>>

Vinita Attorney Behind Bars After Shooting

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The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says Karl Jones, a Vinita attorney got into a heated argument with high school coach,Jason Sauer. They say the argument turned violent, and Jones shot Sauer multiple times. Sauer was taken to the Tulsa hospital, in critical condition. Jones was arrested at the scene, and booked at the Craig County Jail. Authorities have not yet revealed a motive for the shooting. More>>

Special Training at PSU

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Saturday in Pittsburg, HVAC workers and plumbers were picking up some new skills while earning continuing education credits for recertification. 

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Mt. Hope Participates in Wreaths Across America

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Current members of the military laid wreaths down at 11AM on the several branches included on the Mount Hope monument. The 16th will mark the 26th anniversary of Maine wreaths being donated to be placed on headstones at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA.  A special group of veterans honored were the prisoners of war and the soldiers missing in action. The wreath serves as a holiday gesture towards the sacrifices veterans make. "It's just a time where we reflec... More>>

Distribution Day in Newton County

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The Newton County Food Basket Brigade held its annual distribution day Saturday morning. 

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No Distance Can Keep These Two Veterans From Honoring Their Fallen Comrade

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    The nation comes together for the national "Wreaths Across America"  day.     It's a day set aside each December, to allow the country to lay wreaths at more than 1,000 locations nationwide honoring veterans and fallen soldiers.     One of the locations participating, Fort Scott, Kansas.

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Pittsburg's Tourism Economy Booms in 2017

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The latest Pittsburg Micropolitan Area Economic Report shows Pittsburg tourism booming in 2017. 

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Noel Missouri Continues to Shine as One of America's Christmas Cities Video included

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With each stamp, Noel Post Office staff continue a tradition going 85 years strong. "We have pictorial stamping we have three stamps that we put on every card that's brought here for stamping, basically it's something to show civic pride. To show pride in the mail and show pride in the fact that yes, we are a Christmas City" says Postmaster Don Spiares. So far, 21 thousand cards and packages have been stamped this season, going to places as far as China. People stopping in t... More>>

Proposed Legislation Includes Volunteer Firefighters in Loan Forgiveness Program Video included

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Firefighters work in teams.  Soon, the whole country may work together as a team to help volunteer firefighters.

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Oklahoma at the Front Lines of Opioid Abuse

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The opioid epidemic continues to claim thousands of lives in the United States. And Oklahoma is on the front line. A recent report released by The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration" says Oklahoma has the highest percentage of people who use prescription pain relievers for non medical reasons. State officials like the attorney general are working on ways to combat this issue. Attorney General Mike Hunter says that drug manufacturers are misleading ...

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 12-15-17 Video included

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WORKERS COMP RATES Missouri's Department of Insurance recommends a drop in what businesses pay for workers compensation next year.  The department, which regulates the insurance industry in Missouri,  is calling for a three percent cut.  A department official says premiums are stable due to a growing economy and more jobs.  2018 could be the fourth straight year workers comp rates have dropped. EMERGENCY TRAINING Missouri Southern's Department of Emergency ... More>>

It's Christmas In Crawford County For 700 Families Video included

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     Through the efforts of Wesley House in Pittsburg...the Pittsburg Salvation Army...and our ToyBox Campaign...700 families are receiving a Christmas they never thought they could. Volunteers un box the goods... And prep their teams for the mass of people coming in for an early Christmas.

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Missouri Insurance Regulator Recommends Decreased Workers' Comp Rates Video included

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A four percent decrease in workers' compensation costs took effect in August, so this could be the fourth straight year workers' compensation rates have dropped.

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Missouri Ranks 49th in State Spending on Tobacco Prevention Programs Video included

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    According to a new report released Wednesday by the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, not one state is spending what the Centers for Disease Control recommends on tobacco prevention programs.     Missouri was the worst of the four state area ranked 49th.

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WILDCAT WEDNESDAY- Appreciation Award

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On Wednesday night, K-State Research and Extension Director, Mandy Marney and Governing Board Member Dan Mosier presented KOAM's Tawnya Bach and Michael Hayslip with an appreciate award. Every other Wednesday the KOAM Morning News features the four county district's extension agents in a Wildcat Wednesday segment.  For more information on the Wildcat District and the programs they encompass, click here.

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 12-14-17 Video included

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DRUGS AND GUNS Law enforcement officials say a drug bust in Joplin further shows a growing trend of guns also confiscated.  Law enforcement say they confiscated 96 grams of meth along with a gun, nine-thousand dollars, and items used to make meth.  A member of the drug enforcement team says more drug cases recently have also included gun seizures.  Authorities have charged Autumn Taylor in connection with the bust. PITTSBURG ADDICTION CENTER The Crawford County ... More>>

New Addiction Treatment Center Coming to Pittsburg

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Currently, the intersection of 30th and Michigan in Pittsburg is just a vacant lot. But it's also the upcoming site of the city's next addiction treatment facility. 

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Joplin Police Department Needs Your Help In Online Campaign

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     The Joplin Police Department needs your help with its K9 program.      And all you have to do is mention the department on Facebook.      There's actually more. Officer Adam Brannin says "Working a dog, in my opinion, is the best job in the police department."

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Drug Task Force Notices Growing Trend of Guns With Local Dealers Video included

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"I just think you're going to see more and more violence occurring..."

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Shoppers Tout Benefits of Healthy Eating & Organic Food at Natural Grocers Opening Video included

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     Hundreds of people stood in line this morning outside the new Natural Grocers store in Joplin for its grand opening. After a ribbon cutting, each shopper was given a bag with gift items.     

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Natural Grocers Gets Long Line of Customers at Grand Opening Video included

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Natural Grocers had shoppers lined up around the building for its grand opening today. Some came out for a chance at free groceries but many shoppers say they've seen the benefits of healthy eating and even choosing organic foods. Tonight at six Lisa Olliges talks to shoppers. And we hear from a  local nutrition expert about the benefits of eating healthy and where to find healthy foods.  More>>

KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 12-13-17 Video included

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FARMERS’ BILL OF RIGHTS Representatives from Missouri's Democratic party visit Joplin to discuss planned legislation for farmers.  Democrats have called their legislation the "Farmers’ Bill of Rights," and it includes three components.  One of them is the "right to rural opportunity."  Representatives from Missouri's Republican party issued a statement to KOAM and the statement did not address specific parts of the proposed legislation... More>>

Missouri Democrats Propose "Farmer's Bill of Rights" During Joplin Visit

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Democrats hope to introduce this farming legislation to the Capitol in January.  

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Family in Need to Get Help from Toybox and Salvation Army Video included

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We often say Christmas is for kids but that also includes teens and even they enjoy gifts.       A Carterville couple is working hard to make ends meet but the family will need help from the KOAM-TV Toybox  and the Salvation Army.  

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 12-12-17 Video included

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LAW ENFORCEMENT TECH     Emergency responders in Newton County, Missouri hope a new software program will make their jobs more efficient and safer.              The new software will be installed at Newton County's Central Dispatch, and emergency officials hope to have the new software within the next year.     The new software will enable officers to cross-check information, with every ...

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Bid Process Delayed For Pittsburg Community Middle School

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     Pittsburg School Board members met tonight to discuss bond projects.      One of them the one for the middle school.      The plan had been to be into the bid-accepting phase of things by now.   But that isn't the case, just yet.

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Four States Only Bar Oriented Towards the LGBTQ+ Community to Close Down After the New Year

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Heather works at Hackett Hot Wings by day. On weekends, her and her friends from the LGBTQ+ community hit up Equality Rocks to have a good time, and more importantly for a time to be themselves. "I would go there to the drag show with my friends. It was just a fun place to go to people in the gay community, my community we would be able to get together and have a good time. We felt like we had a safe place in Joplin to do that" says Heather. "The biggest thing is...

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New Software for Emergency Responders Coming to Newton County Video included

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All of this technology centers around making sure keeping emergency responders safe never gets outdated.

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 12-11-17 Video included

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PSU PROFESSORS ARRESTED Two PSU employees are on administrative leave, after they were arrested accused of making an illegal video recording of a nude person.  Police say 47-year old Peter Rosen and 39-year old Barry Wilson illegally made the video.  The two suspects are Pitt State employees.  Rosen is an Associate Professor and Chair of Accounting and Computer Information Systems, and Wilson an Associate Professor and Chair of Graphics and Imaging Technology.  ...

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Bake Sale Benefits Rapha House

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Holiday baked goods were for sale at First Community Church in Joplin this Sunday. Cookies, muffins, pie, banana bread, carrot cake, and other sweet treats were for sale as part of  an annual charity event.  

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Neosho Holiday Fair Video included

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As Christmas gets closer, holiday fairs are popping up all over the four states!

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Oronogo Burglary Arrest Could Solve Other Crimes Video included

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A burglar was captured after an  Oronogo, Missouri homeowner returned while he was in the home.  

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Canned Food Drive Video included

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Some teens and preteens don't have charity at the top of their minds, but that isn't the case for seventh grader Carlee Patterson of Neosho. 

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Two Vernon County Jail Escapees Back in Custody Video included

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It's a seemingly quiet day ay the Vernon County Sheriff's Office but early on Sunday, it was the sight of a jail break. The sheriff said on the department's Facebook page that 24-year-old Timothy McCullick who's serving time for forgery and 29-year-old Christopher Purgerson who's serving time for burglary and forgery, escaped by breaking through a metal ceiling in the bathroom. Then, crawling through an air duct. And finally, kicking out the side of an air conditioning...

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  • Local Church Sells Sweets For Outreach

    Local Church Sells Sweets For Outreach

    Sunday, December 17 2017 8:30 PM EST2017-12-18 01:30:24 GMT
    The St. Philip's Episcopal Church sold some sweet stocking stuffers today. It was the annual St. Catherine's Cookie and Candy Sale. For anywhere between $5 to $20, customers were able to purchase a tin container which they were allowed to fill up with as much goodies as they could. The proceeds go to the St Catherine's programs such as outreach -- which does a variety community service projects for people in need. Church member Debi Sierra says, "Jesus calls us to...More >>
    The St. Philip's Episcopal Church sold some sweet stocking stuffers today. It was the annual St. Catherine's Cookie and Candy Sale. For anywhere between $5 to $20, customers were able to purchase a tin container which they were allowed to fill up with as much goodies as they could. The proceeds go to the St Catherine's programs such as outreach -- which does a variety community service projects for people in need. Church member Debi Sierra says, "Jesus calls us to...More >>
  • Police Buy Toys For Local Kids In Need

    Police Buy Toys For Local Kids In Need

    Saturday, December 16 2017 5:51 PM EST2017-12-16 22:51:47 GMT
    Jasper County law enforcement gathered at the Carthage Wal-Mart this morning, but it wasn't to make an arrest, it was to shop. The eleventh annual Shop with a Deputy event took place. Over 100 underprivileged kids from kindergarten to fifth grade got the chance to buy toys for Christmas with the help of the police. Sheriff Randee Kaiser says it's all about helping kids in need and building a relationship with the community. He said, "I think it's great because the comm...More >>
    Jasper County law enforcement gathered at the Carthage Wal-Mart this morning, but it wasn't to make an arrest, it was to shop. The eleventh annual Shop with a Deputy event took place. Over 100 underprivileged kids from kindergarten to fifth grade got the chance to buy toys for Christmas with the help of the police. Sheriff Randee Kaiser says it's all about helping kids in need and building a relationship with the community. He said, "I think it's great because the comm...More >>
  • Local High School Teams Wears Pink To Support Educator With Cancer

    Local High School Teams Wears Pink To Support Educator With Cancer

    Friday, December 15 2017 10:56 PM EST2017-12-16 03:56:00 GMT
    Basketball teams usually hold a pink out in October to honor breast cancer awareness month. However at Girard tonight it was a little more personal. The Trojans held their pink out game tonight as a sign of support for Cindy Owen -- a para-educator at Girard Middle School. Owens was diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time in late October. Faculty members came up with idea of the pink out not only to raise awareness -- but raises funds Owen's medical expenses. Cindy Owen says...More >>
    Basketball teams usually hold a pink out in October to honor breast cancer awareness month. However at Girard tonight it was a little more personal. The Trojans held their pink out game tonight as a sign of support for Cindy Owen -- a para-educator at Girard Middle School. Owens was diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time in late October. Faculty members came up with idea of the pink out not only to raise awareness -- but raises funds Owen's medical expenses. Cindy Owen says...More >>
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  • APNewsBreak: US soldier fought to end after ambush in Niger

    APNewsBreak: US soldier fought to end after ambush in Niger

    Sunday, December 17 2017 1:09 PM EST2017-12-17 18:09:56 GMT
    Monday, December 18 2017 1:42 AM EST2017-12-18 06:42:32 GMT
    The Associated Press has learned that an American soldier killed in an ambush in Niger with three comrades but recovered days later wasn't captured alive by the enemy or executed at close range.More >>
    The Associated Press has learned that an American soldier killed in an ambush in Niger with three comrades but recovered days later wasn't captured alive by the enemy or executed at close range.More >>
  • Sydney man charged with brokering North Korea missile sales

    Sydney man charged with brokering North Korea missile sales

    Saturday, December 16 2017 10:49 PM EST2017-12-17 03:49:24 GMT
    Monday, December 18 2017 1:42 AM EST2017-12-18 06:42:26 GMT
    A Sydney man has been charged with acting as an agent for North Korea in Australia by allegedly attempting to broker sales for Pyongyang that included components used in ballistic missiles.More >>
    A Sydney man has been charged with acting as an agent for North Korea in Australia by allegedly attempting to broker sales for Pyongyang that included components used in ballistic missiles.More >>
  • Prince Harry interviews Obama for radio show

    Prince Harry interviews Obama for radio show

    Sunday, December 17 2017 8:59 AM EST2017-12-17 13:59:26 GMT
    Monday, December 18 2017 1:42 AM EST2017-12-18 06:42:25 GMT
    Britain's Prince Harry has interviewed Barack Obama for a radio program in which the former U.S. president shared his memories of the day he left office and his hopes for the future.More >>
    Britain's Prince Harry has interviewed Barack Obama for a radio program in which the former U.S. president shared his memories of the day he left office and his hopes for the future.More >>

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