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SAFE ROOM PROBLEMS

  • We're learning more about the problems at Joplin's Columbia Elementary safe room built about two years ago.  The safe room has had issues since it was originally planned.  It was determined that a mine shaft sat under the original site, so plans were made to move the safe room. But then the new site showed signs of sinking.  Columbia does have a basement, which has been the school's "safe area" and will continue to serve that role until the safe room is ready.

TRIP CANCELED

  • President Trump has canceled his trip to Missouri.  The president was expected to campaign for Attorney General Josh Hawley in Cape Girardeau.  But Hurricane Florence is forcing the president to stay in D/C.  The Trump campaign says it's an issue of safety.

STREET MAINTENANCE

  • Pittsburg commuters will need to set aside extra drive time or find an alternative route for the next couple of weeks.  A concrete repair project got underway on Monday.  It started at Rouse and Atkinson and will continue down Rouse to Quincy street.  Repairs will also be done along 4th street from Broadway to Grand.

SMART’S KIDNAPPER RELEASED

  • Elizabeth Smart says she was disappointed to learn that one of her kidnappers is getting out of prison early.  Wanda Barzee has served 15 years for her role in the 2002 abduction.  She'll be set free next week, five years ahead of her scheduled release.  Officials say they had miscalculated the time Barzee spent in federal custody.

HURRICANE FLORENCE

  • Millions of people are bracing for Hurricane Florence as it churns toward the southeastern U.S.  The category 4 storm may still be at that strength when it makes its expected landfall in the carolinas...  either later tomorrow or early Friday morning.  Florence could dump as much as two and a half feet of rain on some places.

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  • Missouri AG Fires Back at Duck Boat Court Filings

    Monday, September 24 2018 10:23 PM EDT2018-09-25 02:23:49 GMT
    Missouri's Attorney General is firing back in court filings, arguing the court should not dismiss a lawsuit filed against the owner of Branson's "Ride the Ducks" attraction. Ripley Entertainment and Branson Duck Vehicles filed motions to dismiss the case or move it federal court. Hawley says those actions are designed to "hamper and delay the state's enforcement action" and to "thwart judicial review of their actions and evade any court order that would bar ...More >>
    Missouri's Attorney General is firing back in court filings, arguing the court should not dismiss a lawsuit filed against the owner of Branson's "Ride the Ducks" attraction. Ripley Entertainment and Branson Duck Vehicles filed motions to dismiss the case or move it federal court. Hawley says those actions are designed to "hamper and delay the state's enforcement action" and to "thwart judicial review of their actions and evade any court order that would bar ...More >>
  • Veterans Court Mentor Shortage

    Veterans Court Mentor Shortage

    Monday, September 24 2018 7:54 PM EDT2018-09-24 23:54:37 GMT

    Sterling King is a United States veteran who's trouble with addiction led him to the Jasper County Veterans Court. It also led him to fellow veteran and his Veterans Court mentor, Ted Donaldson. 

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    Sterling King is a United States veteran who's trouble with addiction led him to the Jasper County Veterans Court. It also led him to fellow veteran and his Veterans Court mentor, Ted Donaldson. 

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  • Cattle Theft, $5000 Reward in Crawford County, KS

    Cattle Theft, $5000 Reward in Crawford County, KS

    Monday, September 24 2018 7:39 PM EDT2018-09-24 23:39:19 GMT
    The Crawford County Sheriff's Office says nearly 30 head of cattle have been stolen from an area farm. On September 22nd, 2018, authorities responded to the area of south 520th Ave (Country Club Rd) and 205th Street about the theft of cattle. The cattle, belonging to Wood Farms, are 600 to 650 lbs, all black in color with some having white faces except one all red steer. Authorities say the cattle had yellow tags in the left ear and purple tags in the right ear. The the...More >>
    The Crawford County Sheriff's Office says nearly 30 head of cattle have been stolen from an area farm. On September 22nd, 2018, authorities responded to the area of south 520th Ave (Country Club Rd) and 205th Street about the theft of cattle. The cattle, belonging to Wood Farms, are 600 to 650 lbs, all black in color with some having white faces except one all red steer. Authorities say the cattle had yellow tags in the left ear and purple tags in the right ear. The the...More >>
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