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92-year-old Royals fan from Joplin gains many fans herself Video included

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A loyal fan of 92 years of age makes an extra effort to support the Kansas City Royals. The longtime Royals fan from Joplin has gained quite a few fans herself, after being deemed a crowd favorite at Wednesday's World Series game. More>>

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Official Dedication held for Miami's New Multi-Purpose Event Complex at Red Robertson Field

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Miami, OK - A dedication ceremony for the new City of Miami Multi-Purpose Event Complex at Red Robertson Field was held Thursday on the campus of Northeastern Oklahoma AM College.The ceremony featured speakers representing the Miami Community Facilities Authority, City of Miami, OSU AM Board of Regents, Miami Public Schools, Citizens Group for a Progressive Miami and Northeastern Oklahoma AM College. Project partners recognized included Architects in Partnership, Norman; Crossland Constructio... More>>

Changes could be coming for those who operate food trucks in Joplin area Video included

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Some changes could be coming for those who operate food trucks in the Joplin area. More>>

An investigation continues in McDonald county following a home invasion that left one man dead.

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An investigation continues in McDonald county following a home invasion that left one man dead.Several dogs bark where crime scene tape remains.. The mobile home in rural jane missouri was the site of an invasion. Three people broke in tied up a woman and younger man and then shot a 35 year old man several times.. . A friend of the family says the woman who lived here is in here 60's or 70's and it was her son who was killed.Sheriffs officials say looking for three suspects but two were mask... More>>

Mountain Lion Confirmed in SEK

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PRATT – A deer hunter from Labette County got a surprise recently when he checked his trail camera he had set up for deer. He found a single image of a mountain lion walking away, down the trail, the characteristic long tail prominently displayed. Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) staff visited the site last week and verified the photo's authenticity. This is the tenth mountain lion verified by KDWPT since 2007, but th... More>>

McDonald County Sheriff investigating shooting and home invasion Video included

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The McDonald County Sheriff's office is investigating a shooting death and home invasion on the 200 block of Donnely Lane in rural Jane, MO.
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Four-state royals fans admit to World Series superstitions

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It's go-time for Kansas City Royals fans and for many, winning the World Series is all in the details. "You get your superstitions," said Chris Kelly, "You get your pre-game routine." For Kelly, this involves a lucky hat.  More>>

Joplin Schools Adopt MSBA Policy to use Religious Texts in Elective classes Video included

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The Joplin school board has adopted a policy recommended by the state school board association urging scrutiny when using religious texts in the classroom. Joplin high constitution team students debate religion's role in shaping our nation's founding document. But the policy clarifies that when classes such as literature and history incorporate works of world religions -- those sources should be checked. The principal says it's important that schools don't teach religion, but about re... More>>

G.A.R Cemetary to host British Flyers Remembrance Ceremony

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(Miami, OK) - The public is invited to attend the City of Miami Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) Cemetery's Fifth Annual British Flyers Remembrance Ceremony on Saturday, October 25 at 10:30 a.m. A reception at the Coleman Theatre Ballroom will follow immediately after the ceremony.This event is held to honor the 15 Royal Air Force pilots that were killed in training accidents while attending Spartan School of Aeronautics Miami B.F.T.S. #3 during the early 1940's. These pilots are interred ... More>>

PSU hosts first of two career fairs for students

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An improving economy and tight space on campus have combined to move Pittsburg State University's Office of Career Services to offer two separate career fairs this fall. The first will take place from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23, in the Crimson and Gold Ballroom of the Overman Student Center. The second is scheduled for Nov. 6 in the same location.Mindy Cloninger, director of the Office of Career Services, said she expects about 100 companies and organizations to participate in ... More>>

Residents in Oronogo say increased animal population is causing damage to homes Video included

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Residents near the Oronogo Circle mining pit, say clean up efforts by the Environmental Protection Agency are displacing animals out of their natural habitats and into their homes to do damage. More>>

Public invited to Welcoming Receptions for City Manager candidates Video included

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Joplin, MO - Joplin Mayor Mike Seibert and members of the City Council are pleased to announce that four candidates have been selected as finalists for the position of City Manager and have been invited for an interview with the City Council. Candidates include Sam Anselm of Joplin, Mo., Dean Kruithof from Bentonville, Ark., Stephen Rasmussen from Jefferson City, Mo., and Randy Wetmore of Marshalltown, Iowa. A brief biography of each candidate is included with this release. More than 40 appli... More>>

Allen County animal rescue shelter faces closing due to lack of funding Video included

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At the front of the Allen County Animal Rescue Facility, also called ACARF, sits Mac, a a one-year bloodhound mix. He will soon be New Orleans-bound to live with his new family. "We've adopted all over the country," said Robyn Porter.  More>>

Joplin City Council to vote on request for more early childhood care funding Video included

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Tonight the Joplin City Council will vote on the filing of a request for more federal funds to go towards the early childhood programs at Joplin Schools. If approved, the district could receive $5 million to fund construction of an entirely new early childhood center. More>>

Shooting in Jasper County Video included

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Jasper County (MO) - On October 20, 2014 at 524 S. Club, Joplin, MO, Jasper County Missouri, Montez D Powell committed the crime of Assault in the First Degree and Armed Criminal Action and the facts to support that are as follows:On October 20, 2014, Officers with the Joplin Police Department were called to 524 S. Club Ave. in reference to a shooting. The victim, Quincy Wells, reported being shot by his cousin, the suspect, Montez Powell. Wells stated that he was asleep and woke up to someon... More>>

Coca-Cola Announced as Official Bottler of the Joplin Blasters

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Joplin, MO - The Joplin Blasters today announced the signing of a partnership agreement with Coca-Cola to become the Official Soft Drink of Joe Becker Stadium.?"What's better than combining America's past time with America's number one brand? Nothing at all! We are proud to announce the partnership with Joplin's newly renovated Joe Becker Stadium and Coca-Cola," said Nicholas Brondel, Area Sales Manager, FSOP for Coca-Cola," Both Joe Becker Stadium and Coca-Cola pride themselves on creating a... More>>

Seneca community helps single mother of five

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In Seneca, Missouri, a mother and her five children watched as volunteers tore down their home after an apparent electrical fired caused severe damage to it earlier this week.  More>>

Joplin Police authorities stop more than 1,000 cars during checkpoint

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It took place at the corner of 7th Street and Illinois Street. Mothers Against Drunk driving, graduates of Joplin's Citizens Academy program, and criminal justice students from Missouri Southern assisted the Joplin Police Department. Police handed out 27 tickets, 47 warnings, and 18 warrants. More>>

High School Football Scores (10-17) Video included

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November ballot question in Kansas aims to legalize raffles Video included

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A measure on the November ballot in Kansas aims to legalize raffles for non-profits in the state. More>>

Joplin welcomes new postmaster

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Danny Bishop has been sworn in as the new Joplin postmaster. More>>

MSSU Board hears updates on proposed sexual assault legislation, smoke-free campus

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Joplin, MO (SNS) - During a meeting held Friday, Oct. 17, the Missouri Southern State University Board of Governors heard updates on proposed legislation dealing with sexual assault on college and university campuses as well as a student-supported effort to create a smoke-free campus.Darren Fullerton, vice president of student affairs and enrollment management, updated the board on proposed legislation aimed at combating sexual violence.On Oct. 8, Missouri Southern was one of nearly 50 colleg... More>>

Downtown Joplin Alliance seeks alternative sources of funding for Third Thursday events next year Video included

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Tonight marks the final Third Thursday of the season in downtown Joplin. Organizers say they are seeking alternative sources of funding to keep the event growing next year. More>>

Garrison Charged with 1st Degree Child Abuse

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Joplin, MO - On October 15, 2014 at approximately 10:05 PM, the Joplin Police Department received a call for a two-month-old child that had been brought into Freeman West Emergency Room. The infant had sustained serious physical injuries consistent with physical abuse. The mother of the child along with the boyfriend transported the child to Freeman West. The victim was later transported to Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, MO and is currently listed in stable condition. It was later ... More>>

Parents in East Newton School District want to opt out of new SBAC assessment test

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The East Newton R-VI School District will be giving students a pilot version of the SBAC, a new assessment test aligned with Common Core standards. Several parents spoke out at last night's school board meeting and say they want their kids to have the option to opt out of the test. More>>

Former Joplin Attorney Held in Contempt of Court

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Newton County Sheriff's Department picked up Daniel Whitworth on a warrant today from a 2006 estate case. According to court documents a judgement of contempt of court was placed on Whitworth in April but was delayed to give him a chance to repay and make it right. Today Whitworth informed the court he has not repaid the estate.He will spend 60 days in Newton County Jail. Whitworth will begin his two year federal prison sentence in January on wire fraud, money laundering and false statement o... More>>

Nevada Man Pleads Guilty to Receiving Child Porn, Face 12 Years in Prison

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that Nevada, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to receiving child pornography after he assumed a false online identity as a woman and persuaded a teenage girl in Georgia to send him pornographic images of herself.Curtis Bowman, 43, of Nevada, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge David P. Rush to receiving child pornography over the Internet.Law enforcement officers in... More>>

Joplin Man Sentenced for Disaster Fraud Related to Tornado Benefits

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Joplin, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for fraudulently receiving federal disaster benefits following the tornado that struck the city of Joplin on May 22, 2011, killing 158 people and causing more than $2.9 billion in damage.Dustin Joe Showalter, 36, of Joplin, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 15 months in federal prison without parole. Th... More>>

No recount in USD 247 Special Election

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Cherokee, KS - On Wednesday morning the Crawford County Clerk's Office confirmed there will not be a recount following last week's USD 247 Special Election. The election to determine whether or not USD 247 would be able to collect Capital Outlay was close enough that the provisional ballots had to be counted Monday morning. The final results - Yes-723, No-699. Opponents of the resolution then had until 5 p.m. on Tuesday to determine if they wanted to front the money for a recount. That deadli... More>>

Joplin tenant voices concern over SWAT damage

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On October 9th, Joplin Police and S.W.A.T. team responded to a home on south McKinley after receiving information that armed and dangerous subject, Joseph Shane Endicott, was there.  More>>

Amendment 2 on Missouri November ballot focuses on prosecution of child sex crimes

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Amendment 2 on the November ballot in Missouri aims to constitutionally protect the right to allow prior evidence to be admissible in a courtroom during child sex abuse cases. More>>

Charges Dropped against Prier

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Joplin, MO - A shooting investigation is underway in Newton County. Officers repsponded to a rural area on the southwest side of the city of Joplin around 5 AM. The victim was in a vehicle near the 3500 block of Cherry Road. Authorities say the victim is a 44-year old male and currently in stable condition at Freeman Hospital with two gun shot wounds. Officials say the victim was under the influence of intoxicants or some type of drug and that the incident was most likely a personal conflict.... More>>

Probable Cause in Vernon County Murders Video included

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 Vernon County (MO) - According to probable cause Logan's father found his parents dead. Herman was in recliner with two gun shot wounds -- one to the head -- one to the chest. Rosie was found in the hallway, she was shot twice with small caliber. Logan and his 15 year old brother lived at grandparents house at 30747 E Quantrill Rd El Dorado Springs, Vernon County, MO.
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Liberal Man Sentenced For Child Porn

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Liberal, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for receiving child pornography over the Internet.Matthew W. Splitter, 25, of Liberal, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to seven years in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Splitter to pay $2,000 in restitution to one of the victims portrayed in the child pornography images.On March 11... More>>

Probable Cause information for Madden released (Part 2 of 2)

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Update:A probable cause affidavit in the case against Larry Madden was released today. According to court documents. He met the girl at a local batting cage while he was a hitting coach. The two then had sex on several occasions, and the teen became pregnant with his child. He's scheduled for trial next year.Attached is pages 5-9 of that Probable Cause. More>>

Probable Cause information for Madden released (Part 1 of 2)

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Update: A probable cause affidavit in the case against Larry Madden was released today. According to court documents. He met the girl at a local batting cage while he was a hitting coach. The two then had sex on several occasions, and the teen became pregnant with his child. He's scheduled for trial next year. More>>

Residents react to double homicide in Vernon County

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A double homicide in Vernon County leaves a community in grieving. Residents say the tragedy has taken a toll on the small town of El Dorado Springs, MO. 17-year-old Logan Ellison is charged with the murders of his grandparents, 76-year-old Herman Ellison and 67-year-old Rosie Ellison. Both victims were found dead inside their home on Friday evening, with gunshot wounds. More>>

USD 247 Capital Outlay passes Video included

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Cherokee, KS - Nearly a week after a Special Election, the USD 247 Board of Education has learned the final results. With 723 Yes votes and 699 No votes, the voters have granted the school district the authority to collect up to 8 mils for Capital Outlay. Possible capital expenses include the district's required share of a tornado safe room grant at the Southeast Elementary School, handicap accessibility compliance improvements, payment towards the 2008 energy efficiency and remodeling loan, ... More>>

Ozark Center expands access with opening of behavioral health clinic in Carl Junction Video included

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What: Ozarks Center increases access to behavioral healthcare services with opening of a clinic in Carl JunctionWhen: 10:00 am Tuesday, October 14Where:Carl Junction Ozark Center Clinic106 S. Main St.Carl Junction, Mo.Carl Junction residents have greater access to quality behavioral health services with the opening of an Ozark Center clinic at 106 S. Main St., Carl Junction. The center provides outpatient treatment for individuals who have experienced trauma, suffer from mental health symptom... More>>

Registration for Joplin Christmas parade is now open

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Joplin, Mo. - “A Storybook Christmas” is the theme of the 44th annual Joplin Christmas Parade set for 6 pm Tuesday, December 2, in downtown Joplin, according to Freeman Health System Vice President of Hospitality and Services Shawn McGrew.

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Official Charges in Thomas Murder Made Video included

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Corbin Joseph Spragg: charged with first degree murder, aggravated burglary, attempted aggravated robbery, conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary and conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery;
Bryan Levi Bridges: charged with first degree murder, aggravated burglary, attempted aggravated robbery, conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary and conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery; 




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SEK Art Fest auctions off fiberglass footballs

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The SEK Art Fest held its auction for the 24 large-scale art pieces. Designed by regional artists, the footballs were part of SEK Art fest's public art installation to inspire and support art in the area.  More>>

Kids get a view from above with a free airplane ride at Pittsburg Airport

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Area flight instructors and pilots offered kids 8 to 17-years-old the chance to learn about aviation.  More>>

Hot air balloon regatta held in Columbus, KS

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17 balloonists from across the Four States take on the overcast skies for a hot air balloon regatta in Columbus, KS. More>>

Fatal crash east of Miami kills pedestrian

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The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is currently working the scene of a found body located on Highway 10, east of Miami. No other details are currently available. More>>

New ice cream shop in Galena puts a unique twist on the sweet treat Video included

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A new ice cream shop in downtown Galena, Kan. adds a mad science twist to a traditional treat.

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New pre-game tradition established at Pittsburg State University

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The Pittsburg State University football team now has a new pre-game tradition. As part of homecoming festivities, university officials held a formal unveiling of the new Champions Plaza outside the football stadium. More>>

Route 66 Mother Road Bike Tour draws out nearly 100 cyclists

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Nearly 100 bicyclists battled the rainy weather this morning to tour the Mother Road. Beginning in Carthage, MO, participants in the Route 66 Mother Road Bike Tour chose between five different routes, ranging from 15 to 100 miles. More>>

2nd Arrest Made in Pittsburg Homicide Video included

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Pittsburg, KS - A second arrest has been made in connection to the October 9, 2014 Taylor Thomas homicide. Darius Euell Rainey, age 21 of Pittsburg, KS was arressted, transported to the Crawford County Jail and booked in for the following offences: More>>

Flash flooding in Miami, OK leaves nearly 10 side streets closed Video included

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Flash flooding in Miami, OK leaves more than a dozen roads closed. City emergency management officials estimate they have received more than five inches of rain since 2:00 this morning. Highway 69-A and the truck route are now open, but eight to ten side streets throughout the city remain closed. More>>

Carl Junction man wanted by federal authorities now in custody

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A Carl Junction man wanted by federal authorities is now in custody. A standoff this morning in a Joplin neighborhood results in three arrests, one of which was of a suspect under a federal warrant. Some residents in the neighborhood are concerned about their safety. More>>

U.S 69 project will complete 4-Lane connection between KC & Pittsburg

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Arma, KS - A project that will achieve the long-sought goal of a four-lane highway the entire length of U.S. 69 between Kansas City and Pittsburg was announced today at Arma.The six-mile project on U.S. 69 known as the “Arma Connection” was announced by Gov. Sam Brownback during a special event within sight of the highway.“Today we are keeping the promise we made to deliver funding for the ‘Arma Connection,'” said Gov. Brownback. “As a result, the decades-old vision of a four-lane U.S. 69 bet... More>>

Standoff in Joplin Video included

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Joplin, MO - The Joplin SWAT team ended a standoff this morning near 8th McKinley. Joseph Endicott was taken into custody shortly after 9AM. He is wanted on a U.S. Marshall's warrant for weapons violations. Authorities say Endicott is a known associate of the Joplin Honkeys.Statement from Lt. Matt Stewart:"We just received some information that he was in this house. He is a suspect that we have been looking for for a little while. This suspect was also involved in an altercation in Lawrence ... More>>

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon talks resurgence of the state's auto industry Video included

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"It's a pattern we're seeing in every corner of our state, up and down the automotive assembly line," said Governor Jay Nixon. Four years ago, the state of Missouri was losing auto industry jobs, said the governor. Now, it's creating them.  More>>

Mt Vernon VA Clinic Update Video included

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill today released the following statement after the VA's announcement that it has reached an interim agreement to keep open the VA's community-based outpatient clinic in Mt. Vernon, which was scheduled to close this month:“This agreement to keep open the Mt. Vernon facility is a real victory for the many veterans who depend on it for quality, specialized care. The clinic is home to a variety of critical rehabilitative services, including treatment for t... More>>

PSU updates internal investigation

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Pittsburg, KS - Pittsburg State University announced today that it had accepted the resignation of Professor and former MBA Program Director Michael Muoghalu. The resignation comes after an internal review involving the program's financial affairs.“We discovered some questionable financial procedures during an internal inquiry in May,” said Chris Kelly, associate vice president for university marketing and communication. “Dr. Muoghalu was placed on unpaid administrative leave shortly after th... More>>

PSU mourns death of contract employee in traffic accident Video included

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Lamar, MO - Michael Breneman, who worked as contracted energy conservation specialist, died in a one-car traffic accident late Tuesday night on 126, 20 miles west of Lamar, MO.Accident occurred as his vehicle travelled off the left side of the road, and struck a driveway embankment causing the vehicle to overturn and strike a utility pole.Breneman, 37 of Asbury, MO, was pronounced deceased at the scene by Dr. Tucker Jostra. Next of kin was notified.Statement from Dr. Steve Scott, PSU Presiden... More>>

Lt. Govenor Recognizes 2014 Kansas Health Champions

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MANHATTAN— Kansas Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D., presented the 2014 Kansas Health Champion Awards to the following individuals and organizations today during the third annual Kansas Obesity Summit:Individual Health Champion: Karla Stenzel (Wichita)Organizational Health Champion: Thrive Allen County (Iola)Partner Health Champion: Kansas Health Foundation (Wichita)Individual Honorable Mention: Ellen Young (Lawrence)Organizational Honorable Mention: Standard Motor Products (Independence)... More>>

MO Auditor cites issues with closed meetings Video included

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JEFFERSON CITY, MO - Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich (shwyk) says too many public entities are violating state laws about closed meetings.Schweich released a report Tuesday showing that about 15 percent the nearly 300 entities he audited over the previous two years had some of sort of problems complying with the state's Sunshine Law.That's an improvement from the nearly 20 percent problem rate during audits conducted in 2010 and 2011. But Schweich says there is plenty of room for more improveme... More>>

Bennett Pre-Trial Video included

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Pittsburg, KS - 1:22PM - Judge Finds probable cuase to bind Bennett on all counts. Arrainment to be held Feb. 19th in Parsons 1:13PM - Court Back In Session 11:48AM - Defense calls no witnesses; Court in recess. More>>

Couple Pleads Guilty to $99,000 Social Security Fraud

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SPRINGFIELD, MO – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Nevada, Mo., husband and wife pleaded guilty in federal court today to making false statements as part of a $99,000 scheme to defraud Social Security.Reta Jo Carpenter, 53, and her husband, Oren Daniel Carpenter, 52, both of Nevada, each waived their right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty in separate appearances before U.S. Magistrate Judge David P. Rush to making false statement... More>>

Southwest Missouri man expresses concern over misuse of handicapped parking spaces Video included

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To use a disabled parking space or access aisle, there are rules.  More>>

Local healthcare professionals discuss Joplin's plan of action on Ebola Video included

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The Ebola virus has killed more than 3,400 people in West Africa and six cases have now been reported in the United States. While it is not an airborne virus, local healthcare professionals say isolation and containment are key in preventing its spread. More>>

Joplin Planning Department Looks To Separate from Public Works Department

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 The joplin city council considers some re-organization in city government. After changes to the joplin public works department caused some setbacks, officials are looking to fix the problem. At tonight's city council meeting, members will discuss how to make the city structure more traditional  -- and that means separating one division into its own department.

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USD 247 Special Election Tomorrow

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Special Election DetailsSummary of question for voters: Should the USD 247 Board of Education be allowed to collect up to 8 mils for Capital Outlay expenses?Date: Tuesday October 7, 2014Open to registered voters living within USD 247 territoryAdvanced ballot voting available at Crawford County courthouseIn person voting at designated locations for each precinct on day of Special ElectionWhy the resolution is being proposed now$450,000 lost in past two years alone due to state cuts and declini... More>>

Two suspects involved in early morning stabbing

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Authorities in Benton County (Arkansas) say 21-year-old Toby Hernandez allegedly stabbed a man 68 times and struck him with a baseball bat. A sheriff deputy spotted the reported stolen vehicle and initiated a traffic stop. Officers arrested Hernandez and female juvenile also in the vehicle. The deputies say there was blood on the girl's clothing. Hernandez is charged in Benton County with aggravated robbery, kidnapping, and first degree battery.He is also facing charges in Ottawa County (Okla... More>>

Joplin pet owners gather in celebration of Feast Day

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The holiday was founded by Saint Francis of Assisi who is remembered for his kindness to animals. More>>

Pro-life supporters form giant life chain along Range Line Road

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They gathered peacefully as they held up signs condemning abortion. Their efforts were to protect the well-being of child life in and out of the wombOne couple brought their grand children along to spread their personal message."I myself have lost a child," said Cameilla Prosser, protester, "I've actually lost two. So I can't even fathom, you know, destroying a human life."More people formed life chains throughout the region and country today. More>>

Chanute woman dies in two car crash

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A crash north of Erie at the intersection of Highway 59 and 160th Road leaves one woman dead.Sharon Rice, 57, died when she failed to yield and collided with another vehicle.  More>>

10 layoffs and higher taxes hit Galena in order to balance budget

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In Galena, KS, 10 city employees are losing their jobs as city officials deal with budget woes and Galena residents will face higher taxes. More>>

Via Christi Hospital holds blessing and dedication of new surgery center

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Board members, staff, construction workers and family and friends gathered to commemorate the hard work put into the state-of-the-art facility.  More>>

Two juveniles charged in recent Galena arsons

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Galena Police charge a 12-year-old and 13-year-old in connection with two recent arsons of abandoned homes. More>>

SWMO soldiers receive special farewell

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Southwest Missouri soldiers receive a special farewell before heading overseas. More>>

MSSU celebrates homecoming with circus themed parade

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Missouri Southern State University celebrates homecoming with a circus themed parade this year. More than 30 floats and cars participated, a long with 11 different marching bands from area schools. More>>

Galena Police Department raises donations at 5K run

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The Galena Police Department collects donations for its annual Toys for Tots drive at a 5K run in downtown Galena this evening. More>>

Joplin Library hosts more than 20 local authors for book signing

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Regional scribes represented their books, keeping copies on hand for purchase. The genres covered the spectrum, from kids reads to romance to suspense. More>>

Vice President Delivers Message to Students and Joplin Citizens: You are the Heart & Soul of America Video included

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The dedication of the new Joplin High School and Franklin Technology center drew dignitaries at the local state and federal level including Vice President Joe Biden who had a message not just for students but the city as a whole.Biden explained why it was important for him to come to Joplin calling the students, the citizens and all present, the heart and soul of America because we never bend or break.Biden said, "I'... More>>

Vice President Biden praises JHS Video included

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Joplin, MO - Vice President Joe Biden praised Joplin at the dedication of a combined Joplin High School and Franklin Technology Center that replaces one destroyed by a deadly tornado more than three years ago. More>>

Carthage fire leaves home a total loss Video included

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Fire officials say weather conditions created a challenge in responding to a house fire in Carthage this afternoon. More>>

JHS Prepares for Dedication and World Record Ribbon Cutting Video included

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The Joplin School District prepares for guests from Washington D.C. and a world record ribbon-cutting ceremony.On Friday, the district dedicates its newly built high school and technical center . Vice President Joe Biden and Education Secretary Arnie Duncan are scheduled to speak.The big event will include a six and half mile long ribbon.Students at Joplin high school are decorating doors for a homecoming competition.... More>>

March of Dimes recognizes Freeman Video included

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Joplin, MO - Freeman Health System is one of 19 hospitals in Missouri recognized by the March of Dimes for having zero elective early inductions or Cesarean deliveries performed before the 39th week of pregnancy.The March of Dimes said this gives more babies a healthy start in life, noting that babies delivered before full term are at increased risk of serious health problems and death in their first year of life.Freeman President and CEO Paula Baker said she is proud to see this recognition ... More>>

Joplin Memorial Half and Rebuild Joplin to Present New House to the Farren Family Video included

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oplin, Mo, -- At 1004 E. Central St. in Joplin, the Joplin Memorial Half Operations Committee and Rebuild Joplin will present the Farren family with keys to their new home.The Joplin Memorial Half donated $30,000 to Rebuild Joplin in July of this year following the 2014 Joplin Memorial Run. Of that amount, $25,000 was matched by a grant from Rebuild Joplin, making it possible to build the Farren's new home.Audie Dennis, President of Active Lifestyle Events said "Active Lifestyles and the Jopl... More>>

Pedestrian hit in Crosswalk at busy Intersection

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PARSONS, KS — On Thursday morning, Parsons Police responded to the intersection of 16th Street and Main Street for a car-pedestrian accident.Dorothy Dietsche, 70, of Parsons was making a turn onto south 16th Street (US 59) from Main when she struck 66-year-old, Mary Cavitte also of Parsons. Cavitte was in the crosswalk at the time of the accident.Cavitte was transported to Labette Health with unknown injuries. The accident is under investigation. More>>

Governor Brownback announces $4 million in grants for domestic violence and sexual assault victims in Kansas Video included

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Topeka - Kansas Governor Sam Brownback today announced the grant recipients of the 2015 Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services Grant program. This $4 million state general funds program provides funds to support services, outreach, and training for community-based sexual and domestic violence victims and direct service providers.2015 SGF for DV/SA Grant AwardsAllen- Hope Unlimited $98,691Barton- Family Crisis Center, Inc. $165,308Butler- Family Life Center $71,969Cowley- Safe Homes $13... More>>

Joplin Blasters Officially Join American Association

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Joplin, MO - The American Association League Meetings have concluded after two days in Sioux City, Iowa and of the major decisions made was to officially include the Joplin Blasters as a member beginning immediately for the 2015 season.The Joplin Blaster will play in the South Division of the American Association along with the Amarillo Sox, Grand Prairie Airhogs, Laredo Lemurs and 2014 AA League Champions Wichita Wingnuts. The Blasters' will play a 100 game schedule beginning in May of 2015,... More>>

Arvest One Million Meals Campaign Reaches Halfway Point

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JOPLIN, Missouri - In early September, Arvest Bank announced the beginning of its fourth annual 1 Million Meals campaign, which challenges bank associates, customers and communities to fight hunger in the more than 120 communities the bank serves by providing at least one million meals to those in need. Today, the bank announces the campaign has exceeded 500,000 meals, or halfway to the goal of one million meals.Doug Doll, president of Arvest Bank for the Joplin region, said, “We are excited ... More>>

Erie High School implements more modern family and consumer science program Video included

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Step into in Jill Goodwin's class and you'll see it's about life. Parenting. Finances. Cooking a healthy meal. Interior design. And even, preparing for birth. More>>

3.0 Earthquake Rattles Residents in Southeast Kansas

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While they aren't as common as tornadoes...earthquakes do have a history in Kansas. Tuesday's earthquake is considered minor, but it still leaves some a bit shaken up. More>>

Oklahoma Grades Schools and Many Score D's and F's Video included

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Some Oklahoma schools have received D's and F's on a state report card. It's a problem across the state where only sixteen percent of schools earned "A's" while eleven percent failed. That includes Wyandotte middle school.School officials hope to change that and their elementary scored higher than many others. At Wyandotte middle the principal says getting an “F” is, "It's a gut wrencher but on the flip side we kind... More>>

Amazon Center in Coffeyville set to close

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Coffeyville, KS -The Amazon Center in Coffeyville will be closing its doors. In a statement from Amazon, "This is not a decision we made lightly, and we are committed to support our employees through this transition. We regularly evaluate our network to ensure we're placing fulfillment centers as close to our customers as possible."The official date of the closing is February 2015. Employees at the Coffeyville location we will have the option to transfer. Amazon will help with funding for... More>>

Missouri state auditor puts Joplin Fire and Police Departments pension plan on watch list

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The office of the Missouri State Auditor considered three criteria when reviewing the financial health of the Joplin police and fire pension plan, as well as others across the state. More>>

Suspects charged in SW MO Burglary

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Carthage, MO - At approximately 10:56 pm on 9/29/2014, Officers of the Carthage Missouri Police Department responded to a residence in the south west part of town in reference to a disturbance. Upon arrival the Officer's discovered that a 37 year old Carthage male and a 22 year old Carthage female had been assaulted by two subjects who had entered the residence without permission and who had since fled the scene. The male received blunt force trauma to the head and face and the female receive... More>>

ESC Launches Emergency Heating Assistance Program

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Joplin, MO - Starting Wednesday, October 1, 2014, Economic Security Corporation of Southwest Area (ESC) will be offering winter utility assistance to low-income families in Barton, Jasper, Newton and McDonald Counties.The Community Action Agency will be taking applications for households who have an elderly or disabled household member. All other households can apply for the program in the month of November. Households must be must be low income and also meet eligibility criteria.People who b... More>>

Public Pensions Watch List

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich released a report Tuesday examining the financial health of 89 public pension plans set up to pay defined contributions to 546,000 people.He placed 15 pension plans on a "watch list" based on concerns about their financial health. Those pension plans either had assets equal to less than 70 percent of the present value of their future retirement payments (their funded ratio), or received less than 95 percent of the funding that actuaries... More>>

Mutombo Family & Crowder College grieving

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 Mutombo came to Crowder from the Democratic Republic of Congo, in January 2012 to pursue a degree in Biology/Pre-Nursing. He was an exemplary student achieving recognition twice on the Dean's List. Mutombo had already obtained his CNA certification. His nurturing nature is what lead him to study to become a CNA and continue to pursue a nursing degree.

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Attorney General Koster obtains judgment against contractor

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Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster today announced a consent judgment against Clark Baxter of Sustainable Design, Inc. for failing to provide construction materials and home-repair services paid for by victims of the Joplin tornado. Under the order, signed by Jasper County Circuit Court Judge Gayle Crane, Baxter will pay a total of $26,000 in restitution and fines, and will permanently be banned from doing business in the state of Missouri in the future.According to Koster, t... More>>

Campus Christians minister runs free-of-charge bike service to give PSU students a means to get around

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For more than 30 years, don smith has supplied a big demand on campus: two wheels. He fixes up old bikes and loans them to students.  More>>

Dangerous railroad crossings in SWMO lead to safety enhancements Video included

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This week is Railroad Safety Week in the state of Missouri. A dangerous crossing in Southwest Missouri has led to some safety enhancements. More>>

Drug Take Back Event Yields Over 200 Pounds

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COLUMBUS, KANSAS – On September 27 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its ninth opportunity in four years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the Columbus Apple Market, Marvin's IGA in Baxter Springs or the Galena City Hall. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps,... More>>

Joplin: The tenth most dangerous city in Missouri? Video included

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Numbers are so accurate, police say, that they can be misleading. More>>

Cowgill Sentenced Video included

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Kenton Cowgill took a plea deal in Jasper County. The Court, therefore, accepts the plea of guilty to the charge of Unlawful Use of a weapon a class D felony and finds the Defendant guilty thereof. Defendant requests a sentencing assessment report. Defendant waives right to SAR. The plea agreement is accepted. Allocution is granted.Suspended 4 year prison sentence for 5 years of probation. Court costs to also be paid.Originally charged with:3 counts domestic assault2 counts armed criminal ac... More>>

McDonald County Pedestrian Fatal

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Anderson, MO - This morning at 7:15 AM, 3 miles west of Anderson, Mark Carr was struck by a Dodge Pickup. Carr, 20 years old, passed away at 9:10 AM by coroner Tracy Doud.Carr, from Lanagan, MO, was taken to Ozark Funeral home in Anderson. Next of kin was notified.Corporal Tyler Moreland was assisted by SGT Bruce Kiler, Trooper Kotter Kasischke, and Crash Team Corporal Greg Curnes. More>>

Sheriff's Office Website Gets Facelift

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Lawrence County (MO) - The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office website has received a facelift. In an effort to provide a more user friendly site and offer more options for users the website design and function has changed.Users will notice a new format but all of the old services are still available. Sex offender information, current inmate roster, warrants, etc. are all still available. The front page of the site updates users on the last inmate to be booked into the Lawrence County Jail.Users... More>>

Cherokee County residents call for grand jury investigation of land annex for proposed landfill

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This afternoon members of a coalition gathered to collect signatures. More>>

McCune Fall Festival closes with hard-hitting demolition derby

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Put on by the McCune Lions Club, the event showcased more than 35 drivers and their demolition cars.  ... More>>

Thousands Volunteer for Great Day of Service Across Joplin

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More than 2,000 volunteers take to the streets of Joplin to help improve the community.  More>>

LovinGrace house helps young women achieve success

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LovinGrace is a non-profit organization in Joplin that helps women, ages 18 through 24, who have been in foster care or homeless situations. Their mission is to not only meet their immediate needs, but also to prepare them for a brighter future, long-term. The LovinGrace house opened last February, and is already changing the lives of its inhabitants. More>>

Mayor of Duquesne, MO submits resignation

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The mayor of Duquesne, MO submits his resignation. Former mayor Denny White tells other city officials he has sold his house and is moving out of Duquesne. White delivered a letter of resignation to the city clerk, effective Friday, Sep. 26, saying he is resigning for health reasons. More>>

Parsons Tri-City Airport fly-in draws in nearly 40 planes

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More than 300 people turn out to the Parsons Tri-City Airport for a fly-in today. Nearly 40 planes were on display, including two WWII fighter jets from Wichita, KS. More>>

17th annual Carl Junction Bluegrass Festival draws in more than 6,000 people

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More than 6,000 people attend the 17th annual Carl Junction Bluegrass Festival. More>>

Fishing derby held at Lakeside Park in Pittsburg

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Some families in Pittsburg take advantage of the nice weather in a fishing derby at Lakeside Park. More>>

Four staters raise their heart rates and move their feet to beat cardiovascular disease

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Missouri Southern hosted the Four State Heart Walk. Deemed as a "mission in action" by the American Heart Association, the event attracted heart disease warriors, as well as family and friends.  More>>

High School Football Scores (9-26)

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Riverton35Baxter Springs6FinalErie12Burlington67FinalIndependence35Caney Valley21FinalRepublic35Carthage40FinalMiami0Cascia Hall38FinalPittsburg66Chanute36FinalFredonia32Cherryvale27FinalCassville7Carl Junction49FinalSarcoxie 20Diamond21FinalEl Dorado Springs42McAuley6FinalFoyil7Fairland13FinalGalena26Frontenac30FinalField Kindley42Fort Scott46FinalColumbus41Girard16FinalTulsa-Noah29Grove42FinalOsawatomie48Iola31Final - ThursdayKeys27Jay35FinalJayhawk Linn6Maranatha0FinalAltoona-MidwayMarmato... More>>

Seneca city officials say neglected building has potential to devastate general fund Video included

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City officials in Seneca, MO say a neglected building downtown has the potential to devastate the city's general fund. The city council is currently in legal negotiations after the property owner has filed for a LLC to get out from under any liability for his property. Many nearby business owners say the structure is not only a threat to their livelihoods, but also their lives. More>>

Resurfacing on U.S. 69 driving lane starts Monday (Sept. 29)

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Starting Monday, Sept. 29, the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) will begin resurfacing the driving lanes on U.S. 69 at Pittsburg.The road work starts at the U.S.400/K-171 junction and continues north for 7.6 miles to the junction with U.S. 69 Business. The contractor has already completed chip sealing the shoulders on this stretch. Beginning Monday an ultra-thin asphalt bonded overlay will be placed on the driving lanes, with traffic at the work zone restricted to one-lane guided by... More>>

Deputy Barrett goes the extra step for a Birthday Request

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Deputies at the Jasper County Sheriff's Office were contacted several months ago regarding Tyler Seddon, a young Burrillville, NJ, boy who is battling leukemia. His mother used social media to request birthday wishes for her son from his heroes: police officers and firefighters.Jasper County Sheriff deputies signed a birthday card and sent a package including patches and other items. One deputy was touched by the story of Seddon and decided to do more for this young man. Deputy Everett Barret... More>>

Two Charged in Local Burglary

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Carthage, MO - On September 21, 2014, the Carthage Police Department was called to a residence in the west part of the city in which a locked storage shed had been burglarized. Through an investigation Paul Long and Terry Long were contacted and charged with second degree burglary. Bond was set at $3500.00 on each of the subjects.Over $1800.00 in stolen property was recovered in Joplin and Webb City Missouri which included; a weed eater, a compressor, hand power tools, fishing equipment, whic... More>>

Homeowners wake to an intruder in their home

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Barry County (MO) - Homeowners wake to an intruder in their Home On 9/18/14 at approximately 11:58 pm Cpl Kerry Headrick with the Barry County Sheriff's Office responded to St. Johns Wood Lane in Shell Knob, MO. Upon arrival he met with the female complainant who stated that they were asleep and had heard a noise in the kitchen. She stated that her husband had went down the hallway to investigate and found an intruder in their kitchen. He proceeded to chase the intruder who got his leg caught... More>>

Stolen Bobcat Recovered

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Barry County (MO) - On 9/19/14 Sheriff Mick Epperly received a tip on the location of a possibly stolen bobcat. Sheriff Epperly along with Detective Robert Evenson drove to a location outside of Wheelerville. Sheriff Epperly observed a white male driving the bobcat. Epperly told the male subject that the bobcat was possbily stolen out of Lawrence County 2 years ago and that he need to check for serial numbers and identifying marks. The driver of the bobcat stated that he had gotten the bobcat... More>>

Monett Man Charged With Statutory Rape

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Barry County (MO) - On 9/24/14 Detective Terry Meek arrested 35 year old Joseph Michael Hunepohl. Hunepohl is currently being held in the Barry County Jail and has been charged with Statutory Rape 1st Degree and has a 100,000 cash only bond. Hunephohl is being accused of having sexual acts with a 13 year old female and a 14 year old female. More>>

Baxter Springs City Council lists 13 properties for possible demolition Video included

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This week marks five months since the April 27 tornado in Baxter Springs, KS. The town lost 65 homes and now, city officials are working to avoid losing even more. More>>

Sarah Palin Stumps with U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts in Independence

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Pat roberts campaign gets a publicity boost from Governor Sarah Palin as they stop in southeast Kansas.It'sa campaign that's garnering national attention and today senator pat roberts stumped in independence..Even Roberts calls Sarah Palin a celebrity and she is a big draw when it comes to conservative voters. Palin spoke to a full house saying of Roberts, "He's pro landmark, pro life pro gun."Palin praised Senator Roberts conservative values in front of a packed house at the Independence mu... More>>

Nevada Man Sentenced to 12 Years for Child Porn

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a Nevada, Mo., man has been sentenced in federal court for receiving and distributing child pornography.James D. Stevens, 50, of Nevada, Mo., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Douglas Harpool on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, to 12 years in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Stevens to forfeit to the government a laptop computer, a tablet computer, various hard... More>>

Update on Larry Walker

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Pittsburg, KS - On September 21 2014 at 1:26 am the Crawford County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call of a male breaking windows and attempting to gain entry into a residence located at 703 6th street McCune Kansas. The caller stated her husband and Larry Walker had been fighting after Walker attempted to gain entry into the residence and Walker was unconscious on the porch.Upon arrival deputies found Larry Walker 38 years old of McCune unconscious with severe head injuries. Walker was flo... More>>

Governor Nixon Praises Webb City MSIP Report Card/Urges Students to take Rigorous Classes Video included

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Governor Jay Nixon says a world class education costs money and requires rigorous state standards.Today he came to Webb City High School where administrators have proven education money invested here is being wisely spent. Governor Nixon announced at an assembly, "You went from an 88 to a 95 in one year."Governor Nixon says to prepare students to compete for jobs around the world, the state raised the bar for school d... More>>

Redevelopment of Joe Becker Stadium Begins Video included

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Joplin, MO - Officials with the Joplin City Council, Parks and Recreation and the Joplin Blasters held a Groundbreaking Ceremony at the Joe Becker field today to recognize work beginning on the redevelopment of the stadium. Stadium architect Chad Greer of Corner Greer Architects in Joplin, as well as Crossland Construction and Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce representatives were also included in the event.Plans for Joe Becker Stadium, located at 1301 E. 3rd, include numerous improvements in o... More>>

Statement from Vinylplex, Victim Identified in Industrial Accident Video included

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On Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 2:10 pm, first responders from the Pittsburg Police Department, Pittsburg Fire Department and Crawford County EMS responded to Vinylplex, 1800 E. Atkinson in reference to an industrial accident....

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Electric Company customer scammed out of several thousand dollars

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Mt. Vernon, MO - An elderly Ozark Electric Cooperative member was scammed out of several thousand dollars today by two men portraying themselves as Ozark Electric Cooperative employees and driving a white truck. Ozark Electric Cooperative cannot emphasize enough that: (1) ALL Ozark Electric Cooperative employees carry photo identification cards and should be asked to produce them. (2) It is VERY rare that an employee would ask to enter a home as was done today as our service ends at the meter... More>>

Phase IV Street Improvement Project to begin in the City of Miami

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MIAMI, OK – Portions of four city streets will begin to close starting Sept. 29 as the City of Miami begins Phase IV of its street improvement project, according to Miami's assistant public works director, Tyler Cline.Areas set for closure are I Street NW between 9th and 12th streets northwest; N Street NW between BJ Tunnel Boulevard and a point 100 feet past 10th Street NW; 13th Avenue NE between E Street NW and A Street NW; and BJ Tunnel from D Street NE to the railroad tracks. All four str... More>>

LifeChoices Celebrates 25 Years of Service w/ Special Guest Gov. Sarah Palin

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LifeChoices Health Network will be celebrating 25 years of service on Thursday, September 25th, with special guest Governor Sarah Palin as thekeynote speaker. This educational and fundraising event will be held at 7:00 PM in Taylor Performing Arts Center, located on the campus ofMissouri Southern State University.LifeChoices is a non-profit organization that provides holistic reproductive health services and education to Joplin, Carthage and the surroundingareas. Last year, through our three ... More>>

Property Tax Relief Available for Homeowners Affected By April Tornado In Cherokee County

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Homeowners in Baxter Springs whose property was damaged by the April 27th tornado can now get a tax break. Many homes were wiped out or heavily damaged. Now, homeowners can get property tax relief by simply filling out an application. More>>

Parents asked to prepare kids for armed intruder drill at school Video included

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School district officials say a state Senate bill now requires to have armed intruder drills. More>>

Govenor Nixon to visit Webb City R-7

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Webb City, Missouri – The Webb City School District will host Governor Nixon on Wednesday, September 24th as part of his SW Missouri tour. Governor Nixon plans to meet with administration, school officials, school board members and several students in a round table format at 10:00 at Webb City High School Media Center. Governor Nixon will also speak to the high school students at 10:30 a.m. in the gymnasium More>>

Carl Junction Installs Sidewalks to Add Safety Video included

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Carl Junction students will soon have a safer walk to schools. The city is working with MODOT to add sidewalks in two areas of town. Work is now underway.Crews install box culverts into the ditches on the north side of Pennel street in Carl Junction. On top of those, new concrete sidewalks will be poured creating a path to the park and downtown. City Administrator Steve Lawver says, “The biggest thing is safety. Pede... More>>

Nevada Sex Offender Sentenced to 15 Years for Child Porn

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Nevada, Mo., man who is a registered sex offender was sentenced in federal court today for receiving and distributing child pornography over the Internet.David Lee Knowles, 56, of Nevada, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 15 years in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Knowles to forfeit to the government an iPad2, a desktop computer, an ... More>>

City sets groundbreaking for redevelopment of Joe Becker Stadium

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Joplin, MO - Officials with the Joplin City Council, Parks and Recreation and the Joplin Blasters will host a Groundbreaking at the Joe Becker field at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, September 24 as work begins on the redevelopment of the stadium. They will be joined by stadium architect Chad Greer of Corner Greer Architects in Joplin, as well as Crossland Construction and Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce representatives.The event will be held at the stadium site, 1301 E. 3rd, located at intersection of... More>>

Gov. Nixon orders flags to half-staff to honor the passing of State Rep. Randy Pike

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Jefferson City - Gov. Jay Nixon today issued the following statement on the passing of State Rep. Randy Pike (R-Adrian), who died on Saturday."Representative Pike was deeply committed to his family, his faith and his community which he represented with distinction for more than a decade as a county commissioner, and most recently, as a state representative," Gov. Nixon said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife and children, his family, his friends and the people of the 126th District.... More>>

Carl Junction BOE approves resolution opposing Amendment 3

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Carl Junction, MO - The Carl Junction Board of Education passed a resolution to officially oppose Amendment 3 on the November ballot, which would take away local control of our schools. The vote taken at the September 22 meeting was unanimous in support of the resolution.Acting Board of Education President Lisa Knutzen had this to say about the board's resolution to oppose the amendment:"Amendment 3 will take away local control of our schools, and we are fundamentally opposed to that. Amendme... More>>

Groundbreaking set for new baseball stadium

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Joplin, MO – A groundbreaking for Missouri Southern's new baseball stadium will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, adjacent to the MSSU Softball Complex, east of Fred G. Hughes Stadium at the Robert W. Plaster Sports Complex.The $2.5 million project was made possible through a fundraising campaign initiated by the MSSU Baseball Advisory Committee in collaboration with the Missouri Southern Foundation.For many years, the Lions baseball team has called Joplin's historic Joe Becker Stadium h... More>>

Joplin City Council members discuss plans for Memorial Hall while finalizing 2015 budget Video included

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Tonight Joplin City Council members met at Memorial Hall to consider options for the facility, while working to finalize the 2015 budget. City officials say some funds in the 2015 budget are financially stable, but others like the general fund are not. More>>

Joplin Police obtain military vehicle for crisis situations

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The Joplin Police Department has added a new vehicle to it's fleet, it's high tech military mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle, or a MRAP. More>>

Local Schools Speak Out in Opposition to Amendment 3 Ballot Measure

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Education reform proposal will appear on Missouri's November ballot. It would change the way teachers are evaluated. Now local school districts are speaking out against amendment three. More>>

A busy last six months of construction for new Mercy Hospital Video included

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You can picture vacuum cleaners being used by hospital housekeeping, and a room busy with pharmacists filling doctors' orders. More>>

Neosho Man Sentenced to 20 Years for Meth Conspiracy

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a Neosho, Mo., couple have been sentenced in federal court for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Jasper and Newton counties.Gregory M. Holcomb, 53, of Neosho, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, to 20 years in federal prison without parole. Co-defendant Malinda Sue Willis, 49, also of Neosho, was sente... More>>

GRDA recieves credit rating upgrades, new outlooks

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Vinita, OK – When the Grand River Dam Authority goes forward with its bond issue, totaling approximately $320 million next month, it will do so with improved credit ratings.Last week, both Moody's Investors Services and Standard Poor's Ratings Services issued upgrades and new outlooks on GRDA's ratings. For GRDA, it is action that comes at a very important time, just before the issuance of new debt. Another rating agency, Fitch, also improved its outlook on GRDA bonds last week. More>>

City of Joplin celebrates International Day of Peace with peace pole dedication

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Officials with the Spiva Center for the Arts dedicated the art piece. Students from the center's Creation Station class created it just for the city.  More>>

Volunteers effort to save Camp Mintahama from closure

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Scouts, leaders and alumni of Camp Mintahama effort to save the camp from closure. Volunteers from Lowe's Home Improvement and the friends of the camp worked on renovations all weekend. More>>

Greenbush Celebrates its History and Community

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More than 300 people turn out to the 21st Annual Greenbush Days to pay tribute to the historic community of Greenbush, Kansas. Hosted by the St. Aloysius Historic Society, attendees shared in live music, food, horse rides, fishing, and children's activities. People also had a chance to tour an historic one room school house. And a dedication ceremony was held for the new grotto constructed this summer at the historic church site. Organizers say the event provides a great way to preserve the G... More>>

Railroad maintenance leaves Burgess, MO residents trapped in their neighborhood

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Railroad maintenance leaves some residents in Burgess, Missouri trapped in their neighborhood. More>>

Feline fanciers head to championship cat show in Joplin

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The Ozark Mountain Cat club is hosting a national championship cat show. It includes about a dozen vendors, as well as the Southeast Kansas Humane Society and local veterinarian. More>>

Missouri Highway Patrol conducting search for southwest Missouri man in and around Stockton Lake

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At approximately 6 pm yesterday, officers were called onto the scene of an unoccupied boat in the middle of the lake.  More>>

Volunteers prepare Cunningham Park's butterfly garden for winter

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The Joplin Parks Recreation Department prepares Cunningham Park for the change in seasons. More>>

More than 60 volunteers work to renovate Camp Mintahama

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Camp Mintahama in Joplin is now one step closer to keeping its grounds open. Nearly 60 volunteers from Lowe's Home Improvement and their family members turned out to get the camp's dining hall ready for heat and air installation. More>>

Four-State High School Football Scores (9-19) Video included

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HS Football Scores 9-19 More>>

Crews are in the midst of demolition for new Joe Becker Stadium

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The hard work is evident here at Joe Becker Stadium."This is kind of getting the old Joe Becker ready for the new Joe Becker," said Shawn Suarez, owner and general manager of the Joplin Blasters.  More>>

Roundabout plans are in the works for intersection of Chapel and Fir Roads in Carthage

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With a new 4th and 5th grade center in the works in Carthage, the school district also has a plan to ease a heavy traffic flow expected to come with the new facility. More>>

Transgender student at Columbus High School says school is not making reasonable accommodations

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A transgender student at Columbus High School says the school is not making reasonable accommodations for his needs. Now the student is speaking out, but the school is not.  More>>

Neosho Man Sentenced for Embezzling $4.9 Million From His Employer

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Neosho, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for stealing more than $4.9 million from his employer.David VanWinkle, 61, of Neosho, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner to five years and 10 months in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered VanWinkle to forfeit to the government $4,911,621, a 2013 Holland tractor, a 2007 Hummer H3, a 2012 John D... More>>

Young Missouri veteran finds healing and peace through art

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Twenty-four-year-old Danielle Sillman served in Afghanistan for 12 months.  More>>

Mom Questions if Students Have Enough Time for Lunch at Schools

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School lunches have to be nutritious but one Joplin mom contends kids don't have enough time to eat them. Lunch workers at Irving elementary say, " yes, its a lot busier this year, more kids." Lunch ladies work at a fast pace to fill trays for Irving elementary students. But one mom says even with their speed her kids don't have enough time to eat. Melissa Bebe says, "Absolutely, they say they don't have time to finish their milk or their apple that was with it or finish their whole sandwich.... More>>

KDP Chair Wagnon Responds To Kansas Supreme Court Order Overruling Kris Kobach

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TOPEKA – Joan Wagnon, Kansas Democratic Party Chair, responded to the Kansas Supreme Court order to Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to remove Chad Taylor, former Kansas Democratic Party nominee for United States Senate, from the general election ballot: I applaud the Kansas Supreme Court decision to follow the law and stop Kris Kobach from undermining Kansas democracy. Kris Kobach has proven he cannot be trusted to fairly enforce the law. So long as Kris Kobach is Kansas Secretary of S... More>>

Arrests Made in Gorilla Theft

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Pittsburg, KS - On Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 2:42 a.m. an officer observed a truck traveling at a high rate of speed northbound, in the west alley of the 2100-2300 blocks of N. Broadway. A vehicle stop was conducted on the 2009 Dodge 2500 flatbed truck and three male occupants were located.The vehicle stop led to the discovery of seven small concrete gorillas being located inside the cab and bed of the truck. They were determined to have been stolen earlier that night from In the Garden... More>>

Installation of NOAA weather radio transmitter in Joplin now activated

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The new tower will be owned and operated by Joplin.  The project will cost $50,000 and come from the city's general fund budget. More>>

Research Finds Residues Can Lure in Chicken Eggs After Medication

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Homegrown food is commonly described as organic as well as hormone and antibiotic free. But new research shows food that comes from animals that recently were taken off medication might not be as pesticide and hormone free as you think. More>>

Pittsburg Groups Seek Public Input on Making City More Bicycle and Pedestrian Friendly

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Pittsburg residents are being asked to voice their opinions on how to improve bicycling and pedestrian walkways and trails in the city. With one trail already in the works, officials are reaching out to the public for help on the next one. More>>

Joplin wanting the public's input for annual festival

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Press Release city of Joplin: Public input is being sought regarding the potential for a new annual, signature festival for the Joplin region. Some areas of consideration include: themes or historical references for an event; the activities that could be included in such an event; as well as the logistics of a large community activity including time of year and location. More>>

Top ten worst states to call home?

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A study by CNBC reveals the top ten worst states to call home in America. More>>

Pittsburg creates new advisory committee

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The city of Pittsburg created an Active Transportation Advisory Board (ATAB) to aid in future planning and growth of the city's active transportation network. More>>

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    Thursday, October 23 2014 1:18 PM EDT2014-10-23 17:18:40 GMT
    Mayor Mike Seibert joined Parks and Recreation officials at Cunningham Park to greet the Missouri Department of Corrections in accepting a tree donation to help with the Joplin recovery effort.Warden Ryan Crews of Western Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center in St. Joseph made the presentation of the donation of 155 healthy trees.“We are truly appreciative for this donation,” said Mayor Seibert. “Having lost nearly 18,000 trees in the disaster, our community appeared bare through the...More >>
    Mayor Mike Seibert joined Parks and Recreation officials at Cunningham Park to greet the Missouri Department of Corrections in accepting a tree donation to help with the Joplin recovery effort.Warden Ryan Crews of Western Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center in St. Joseph made the presentation of the donation of 155 healthy trees.“We are truly appreciative for this donation,” said Mayor Seibert. “Having lost nearly 18,000 trees in the disaster, our community appeared bare through the...More >>
  • Department of Corrections set to donate new trees to Joplin

    Department of Corrections set to donate new trees to Joplin

    Tuesday, October 21 2014 4:14 PM EDT2014-10-21 20:14:08 GMT
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Corrections announced today that it will donate 155 healthy trees to help with the Joplin recovery effort. The city lost more than 15,000 trees in the EF-5 tornado that swept through the city in May 2011. In an effort to help with the recovery, volunteer offenders in the Restorative Justice Program at the Western Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center in St. Joseph, Mo., began tending to a variety of trees in 2011 that were donated by th...More >>
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Corrections announced today that it will donate 155 healthy trees to help with the Joplin recovery effort. The city lost more than 15,000 trees in the EF-5 tornado that swept through the city in May 2011. In an effort to help with the recovery, volunteer offenders in the Restorative Justice Program at the Western Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center in St. Joseph, Mo., began tending to a variety of trees in 2011 that were donated by th...More >>
  • Jayawardhana elected to national office

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    Tuesday, October 21 2014 1:50 PM EDT2014-10-21 17:50:51 GMT
    Pittsburg, KS - Ananda Jayawardhana, a professor in Pittsburg State University's Department of Mathematics, was recently elected vice president of Mu Sigma Rho, the national statistics honorary society. His three-year term began on July 1.Jayawardhana was instrumental in the establishment in 2012 of the Kansas-Western Missouri chapter of the American Statistical Association (ASA), which includes Pittsburg State University, Kansas State University, the University of Kansas, the University of K...More >>
    Pittsburg, KS - Ananda Jayawardhana, a professor in Pittsburg State University's Department of Mathematics, was recently elected vice president of Mu Sigma Rho, the national statistics honorary society. His three-year term began on July 1.Jayawardhana was instrumental in the establishment in 2012 of the Kansas-Western Missouri chapter of the American Statistical Association (ASA), which includes Pittsburg State University, Kansas State University, the University of Kansas, the University of K...More >>
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  • HS Football Scores (10-24)

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  • An investigation continues in McDonald county following a home invasion that left one man dead.

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    Thursday, October 23 2014 7:00 PM EDT2014-10-23 23:00:56 GMT
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  • Mountain Lion Confirmed in SEK

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    Thursday, October 23 2014 4:14 PM EDT2014-10-23 20:14:54 GMT
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    PRATT – A deer hunter from Labette County got a surprise recently when he checked his trail camera he had set up for deer. He found a single image of a mountain lion walking away, down the trail, the characteristic long tail prominently displayed. Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) staff visited the site last week and verified the photo's authenticity. This is the tenth mountain lion verified by KDWPT since 2007, but th...More >>
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  • HS Football Scores (10-24)

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    Saturday, October 25 2014 12:06 AM EDT2014-10-25 04:06:53 GMT
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  • No. 9 Gorillas Return Home to Host Lopers Saturday

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    Thursday, October 23 2014 6:50 PM EDT2014-10-23 22:50:09 GMT
     The Pittsburg State University football team, the No. 9 ranked team in NCAA Division II, will return to the friendly confines of Brandenburg Field/Carnie Smith Stadium to face the University of Nebraska-Kearney Saturday (Oct. 25). Kickoff for the Gorillas Hall of Fame Game is set for 2 p.m. (CDT).More >>
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  • Volleyball Heads West

    Volleyball Heads West

    Thursday, October 23 2014 6:48 PM EDT2014-10-23 22:48:51 GMT
     The Pittsburg State Volleyball team will take the long trip to the Western-most MIAA schools this weekend for a Friday (Oct. 24) 7 p.m. match at Nebraska-Kearney and a Saturday (Oct. 25) 6:30 p.m. match at Fort Hays State. More >>
     The Pittsburg State Volleyball team will take the long trip to the Western-most MIAA schools this weekend for a Friday (Oct. 24) 7 p.m. match at Nebraska-Kearney and a Saturday (Oct. 25) 6:30 p.m. match at Fort Hays State. More >>
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