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Local Veteran Wants to Replace PTSD Meds with Medical Marijuana

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  Signatures on a petition to legalize medical marijuana in Missouri are due at the capitol by Sunday and local efforts wrap up Thursday.     A local veteran is one of those making a case for it as he struggles with post traumatic stress disorder.  

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Sodexo Sues Blasters Video included

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Sodexo, the company providing concessions at Joe Becker stadium during the Joplin Blasters' inaugural season, is suing the team for upwards of $187,000. 

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Local fire chief reacts to new gun law Video included

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Kansas governor Sam Brownback signed house bill 2502 into law this week, a bundle of gun-legislation from the session. It will allow public employees like firefighters and paramedics to concealed carry a weapon while on the clock. One local fire chief will be hesitant to adopt the law over to his department. "A fire can be a dangerous situation itself and if you have a gun there, and it falls out of somebody's pocket, it could go off accidentally and hit somebody or it could ex... More>>

Lafayette House Plans Transitional Housing After Getting 30K Tornado Recovery Grant Video included

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 The Joplin Regional Community Foundation gives its final grants from the Tornado Recovery Fund. Lafayette House will use its new monies to build a transitional living house.    

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Avian Influenza Confirmed in Jasper Co. Video included

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When a case of avian influenza spread through Southwest Missouri last year, more than 30,000 turkeys were killed to stop it's spread. As of now, health officials say the most recent case doesn't look to be that serious. 

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McDonald County HS adds performing arts center Video included

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McDonald County High School performing arts students will no longer have to compete with the basketball team while trying to rehearse plays in the school gymnasium. Through a school bond and FEMA-eligibility funding, the school has added a state-of-the-art performance hall to its campus. "We've been used to performing either in our cafeteria or in our gymnasium and the sound there is not good, it's not built for the arts. So this is," choral director Stacie Campbell said w... More>>

Chase ends in Lovejoy arrest Video included

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Early Sunday afternoon, a police chase took place off 20th Street near Maiden Lane in Joplin which resulted in the arrest of Maurice Lovejoy. Initially a routine traffic stop, officers discovered Lovejoy had several felony and misdemeanor warrants out for his arrest. At least five police vehicles were involved in the chase which led to an alley where police captured Lovejoy.  Details are limited, but no additional charges are being filed at this time. Lovejoy had a pa...

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Broadcast students hold documentary fundraiser for Bach-Collins family Video included

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You may know Tawnya Bach as the KOAM morning and noon news anchor, but students at Pittsburg State know her as their adjunct professor. When news broke out that Bach's Pittsburg home caught on fire, resulting in internal burns on her husband, James Collins' lungs and smoke inhalation to her two youngest sons, her students wanted to come through for her. A fundraiser was held at Pitt State's Bicknell Center for the Arts where the Student Association of Broadcasters showed a documentar...

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Sidelines Bar Hosts Humane Society Fundraiser Video included

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You're probably not used to seeing dogs or dog food in a bar but today at Sidelines in Joplin, bringing a bag of food or a 10 dollar donation gets you in the door. 

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New Antique Store Holds Live Auctions Video included

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A new antique mall on Route 66 holds its first live auction of consignment items. Several people were browsing the items up for auction at 66 Emporium today.

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Joplin Blasters Hold Open Tryouts Video included

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It's a beautiful day for baseball. Dozens of hopeful Joplin Blasters came out to Joe Becker Stadium for a day of stretching, drills and friendly competition. 

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Repurpose Boutique opens new location, helps Art Feeds Carthage Video included

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Repurpose Boutique has moved just down the road on Peach Tree Lane in Carthage, boasting a new store location that is two and a half times larger than their old location. They decided to celebrate with a little goodwill. Repurpose Boutique donated 20 percent of their opening weekend profit to Art Feeds Carthage, for continued art therapy and creative education for Carthage kids. "Well I'm a teacher, former teacher of elementary, so education is in my heart forever. I ... More>>

Mobile toy library provides educational toys for rent Video included

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United Way's "Success by 6" program has a new tool on wheels to help kids in the area. The Mobile Toy Library is coming to Pittsburg and Joplin on a bi-weekly basis. The mobile toy library offers a variety of stimulating and educational toys for children to rent for two weeks at a time. "So the idea is to promote children with different socioeconomic statuses being able to play with educational toys. Not all parents can afford to buy toys for their children,...

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Webb City CARES fun walk Video included

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Webb City CARES hosts a fun walk to raise money for continued programming throughout the school year. "So the money that's raised from the fun walk goes to every building every one of our schools gets that to spend on their students, then we also get that for programming to support our backpack program to buy school supplies and all those other types of needs that pop up," director Jesse DeGonia said. DeGonia estimates about 250-300 walkers came out for the fundraiser, whi... More>>

All-Terrain Track Chairs Benefit Those With Disabilities Video included

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The Missouri Department of Conservation purchased 9 all-terrain track chairs using grant money. Those chairs make it a little bit easier for people with disabilities to participate in outdoor activities.

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Legislation Sparked by Neosho Man's Death Moves Forward

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A Missouri bill drafted following the death of a Neosho man is quickly moving through the legislature, passing the senate this week. Stacey Stevens has been seeking justice for her son Matthew ever since he was killed in a hit and run accident in September. She's enlisted the help of local legislators to work towards passing a law that would enhance the penalties for anybody who leaves the scene of an accident where someone has died. 

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Father "The Hero" in House Fire Video included

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The family of KOAM morning and noon news anchor, Tawnya Bach, is still recovering at KU Medical Center after a fire left their home a total loss. 

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Group prays for city in anticipation of storm season

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David DuRall has known for awhile he wanted to have a non-denominational prayer vigil with area churches. Lindy Mahner has prayed for five years for a prayer vigil in Cunningham park. Both their visions came true Thursday evening. DuRall along with Impact church, Destiny, Central Christian Center, Christpoint and Oasis church chose five areas of the city to pray for, including city leaders, schools, first responders, those suffering with addiction and other churches. "Well...

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A Bill Goes to Gov. Nixon Adding Rules for Expert Witness Testimony Video included

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     A bill headed to Governor Jay Nixon  would create tighter controls on who is allowed to testify as an expert witness in Missouri courts.

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Joplin city employees wear denim to take stand against rape Video included

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City employees say they want their stand to mean a unified message against rape.

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    Hill Arrested In Central Kansas

    Friday, April 29 2016 6:57 PM EDT2016-04-29 22:57:03 GMT

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  • Senator LaTurner's Statement to Governor Brownback regarding latest budget proposal

    Senator LaTurner's Statement to Governor Brownback regarding latest budget proposal

    Thursday, April 28 2016 4:12 PM EDT2016-04-28 20:12:14 GMT
    (Senator LaTurner's Statement Regarding Governor Brownback's Latest Budget Proposal)  Assurance has been repeatedly given that Highway 69 will be built on time. The latest proposal from the governor's office is a reversal on that promise, and I will not stand for it. I will strongly and relentlessly oppose any effort to harm Pittsburg State University, cut K-12 schools, or delay Highway 69 from being built. April 28, 2016  Governor Sam Brownback  2nd Floor, Statehouse...More >>
    (Senator LaTurner's Statement Regarding Governor Brownback's Latest Budget Proposal)  Assurance has been repeatedly given that Highway 69 will be built on time. The latest proposal from the governor's office is a reversal on that promise, and I will not stand for it. I will strongly and relentlessly oppose any effort to harm Pittsburg State University, cut K-12 schools, or delay Highway 69 from being built. April 28, 2016  Governor Sam Brownback  2nd Floor, Statehouse...More >>
  • Boeken and Knapp charged for 1st Degree Murder

    Boeken and Knapp charged for 1st Degree Murder

    Thursday, April 28 2016 1:25 PM EDT2016-04-28 17:25:05 GMT

    Allen County Attorney’s office filed First Degree Murder charges against Amber Boeken and Joshua Knapp for the murder of Shawn Cook. Amber Boeken is being held in the Allen County jail on unrelated charges

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    Allen County Attorney’s office filed First Degree Murder charges against Amber Boeken and Joshua Knapp for the murder of Shawn Cook. Amber Boeken is being held in the Allen County jail on unrelated charges

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  • Local fire chief reacts to new gun law

    Local fire chief reacts to new gun law

    Tuesday, May 3 2016 8:26 PM EDT2016-05-04 00:26:35 GMT
    Kansas governor Sam Brownback signed house bill 2502 into law this week, a bundle of gun-legislation from the session. It will allow public employees like firefighters and paramedics to concealed carry a weapon while on the clock. One local fire chief will be hesitant to adopt the law over to his department. "A fire can be a dangerous situation itself and if you have a gun there, and it falls out of somebody's pocket, it could go off accidentally and hit somebody or it could ex...More >>
    Kansas governor Sam Brownback signed house bill 2502 into law this week, a bundle of gun-legislation from the session. It will allow public employees like firefighters and paramedics to concealed carry a weapon while on the clock. One local fire chief will be hesitant to adopt the law over to his department. "A fire can be a dangerous situation itself and if you have a gun there, and it falls out of somebody's pocket, it could go off accidentally and hit somebody or it could ex...More >>
  • Sodexo Sues Blasters

    Sodexo Sues Blasters

    Tuesday, May 3 2016 10:43 PM EDT2016-05-04 02:43:18 GMT

    Sodexo, the company providing concessions at Joe Becker stadium during the Joplin Blasters' inaugural season, is suing the team for upwards of $187,000. 

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    Sodexo, the company providing concessions at Joe Becker stadium during the Joplin Blasters' inaugural season, is suing the team for upwards of $187,000. 

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  • Chase ends in Lovejoy arrest

    Chase ends in Lovejoy arrest

    Sunday, May 1 2016 8:16 PM EDT2016-05-02 00:16:58 GMT

    Early Sunday afternoon, a police chase took place off 20th Street near Maiden Lane in Joplin which resulted in the arrest of Maurice Lovejoy. Initially a routine traffic stop, officers discovered Lovejoy had several felony and misdemeanor warrants out for his arrest. At least five police vehicles were involved in the chase which led to an alley where police captured Lovejoy.  Details are limited, but no additional charges are being filed at this time. Lovejoy had a pa...

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    Early Sunday afternoon, a police chase took place off 20th Street near Maiden Lane in Joplin which resulted in the arrest of Maurice Lovejoy. Initially a routine traffic stop, officers discovered Lovejoy had several felony and misdemeanor warrants out for his arrest. At least five police vehicles were involved in the chase which led to an alley where police captured Lovejoy.  Details are limited, but no additional charges are being filed at this time. Lovejoy had a pa...

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  • Fired employee kills co-worker, self at Houston-area company

    Fired employee kills co-worker, self at Houston-area company

    Wednesday, May 4 2016 9:47 PM EDT2016-05-05 01:47:54 GMT
    Wednesday, May 4 2016 9:47 PM EDT2016-05-05 01:47:55 GMT
    Authorities say a recently fired employee opened fire at a transportation company near Houston, killing one employee and injuring another before fatally shooting himself.More >>
    A man dismissed last month from a Houston-area transportation company stormed into the facility and opened fire on Wednesday, fatally shooting a former co-worker and injuring two others before turning the gun on himself,...More >>
  • Alberta declares emergency as fires threaten Canada oil town

    Alberta declares emergency as fires threaten Canada oil town

    Wednesday, May 4 2016 9:37 PM EDT2016-05-05 01:37:54 GMT
    Wednesday, May 4 2016 9:37 PM EDT2016-05-05 01:37:54 GMT
    The entire population of the Canadian oil sands city of Fort McMurray, Alberta, has been ordered to evacuate as a wildfire whipped by winds engulfed homes and sent ash raining down on residents.More >>
    Alberta declared a state of emergency Wednesday as crews frantically held back wind-whipped wildfires that have already torched 1,600 homes and other buildings in Canada's main oil sands city of Fort McMurray, forcing...More >>
  • Reutersward, Swedish sculptor of twisted gun barrel, dies

    Reutersward, Swedish sculptor of twisted gun barrel, dies

    Wednesday, May 4 2016 6:47 PM EDT2016-05-04 22:47:45 GMT
    Wednesday, May 4 2016 6:47 PM EDT2016-05-04 22:47:45 GMT
    Carl Fredrik Reutersward, one of Sweden's best-known modern artists and the creator of the iconic statue of a revolver barrel tied in a knot, has died. He was 81.More >>
    Carl Fredrik Reutersward, one of Sweden's best-known modern artists and the creator of the iconic statue of a revolver barrel tied in a knot, has died at the age of 81.More >>
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  • Joplin Schools to join the Central Ozark Conference

    Joplin Schools to join the Central Ozark Conference

    Friday, April 15 2016 5:56 PM EDT2016-04-15 21:56:55 GMT

    The large school division of the COC currently includes the area school districts of Carl Junction, Carthage, Neosho and Webb City. It also includes the regional districts of Branson, Nixa, Ozark, Republic and Willard. “We have had a great relationship with the Ozark Conference and look forward to competing in that conference through the 2017-2018 school year.”

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    The large school division of the COC currently includes the area school districts of Carl Junction, Carthage, Neosho and Webb City. It also includes the regional districts of Branson, Nixa, Ozark, Republic and Willard. “We have had a great relationship with the Ozark Conference and look forward to competing in that conference through the 2017-2018 school year.”

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  • PSU's Robertson Earns 4th Pitcher of the Week Award

    PSU's Robertson Earns 4th Pitcher of the Week Award

    Tuesday, April 5 2016 10:20 PM EDT2016-04-06 02:20:43 GMT

    Robertson gave up only one run in 19.0 innings on the week, while striking out 23 batters.

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    Robertson gave up only one run in 19.0 innings on the week, while striking out 23 batters.

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  • 17th Annual Dr. Goodman Golf Tournament in Fairland

    17th Annual Dr. Goodman Golf Tournament in Fairland

    Tuesday, April 5 2016 10:15 PM EDT2016-04-06 02:15:19 GMT

    The tournament is a 4-Person Team scramble, with individual competitive events, and a Pink Lady team
    competition.

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    The tournament is a 4-Person Team scramble, with individual competitive events, and a Pink Lady team
    competition.

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