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Galena residents and business owner open their doors for a holiday home tour

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This is the second year the Galena Economic Development Committee and Chamber of Commerce has put on the event.  More>>

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JANE, MO RALLIES TO SAVE HISTORIC POST OFFICE

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Names still mark where mail once made its way to Jane, Missouri residents.But the old post office has seen better days.Windows are cracked, the foundation is falling, and the roof is leaking and caving in. “If we don't act soon in the next couple of winters it will take the roof down. The foundation on the back, the building will just slide off of it,”says Jane Resident Gayla Baker. Joyce Marrs was once the mail clerk. The property has been in her family for a hundred years. She also owns th... More>>

Falling Gas Prices Help Local Business

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Falling gas prices aren't only helping the average driver save money this holiday time. But also local businesses. Prices were around $2.50 today in Pittsburg and even lower in Joplin. "Pitt Taxi" is just one business saving on overhead from the dip in gas prices. The Pittsburg-based taxi service has even been able drop prices on some longer routes as the company saves 40% of what it had spent on fuel. "Up until the pricing started decreasing, we were spending over a hundred-dollars a day in ... More>>

Joplin Emphasizes Route 66 Heritage

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The city of Joplin has plans to re-purpose a long vacant garage building on Broadway into a Route 66-themed attraction. And business owners on Broadway are excited for the addition, hoping it will draw more interest to the area.  More>>

Campers Await Free Wings

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"I would have done it for one," said one camper. "It's one wing I didn't have before." More>>

Dogs Stolen in Newton County

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In Neosho and Diamond, at least five dogs have been reported stolen. And police are on the lookout for a vehicle seen during an attempted dog-napping.  More>>

Carthage honors members of the community by inducting them into its hall of heroes.

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The heroes were nominated by their colleagues and families and chosen by an anonymous committee.  More>>

MSSU celebrates 11 outstanding students as super leaders

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In partnership with the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Network, the eight week program exposes students to a variety of career opportunities within their major.  More>>

Southeast Kansas man dies in truck accident

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The kansas highway patrol identified the victim as 51-year-old Jack R. Cheyney of Chanute.  More>>

Chetopa Blames KDOT for Water Issues

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Relations are still tense between the city of Chetopa and the Kansas Department of Transportation over who's to blame for silt clogging the city's water intake. "And we're just about down to where we have no water for the city of Chetopa anymore," according to the Mayor of Chetopa, Ron Wood.The Neosho River provides all water for Chetopa. But debris and silt build up are hurting the city's ability to pump water from the river, clogging the city's water intake. Chetopa Mayor Ron Wood believes ... More>>

Residents in Four States find relief to holiday depression through volunteering Video included

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An estimated one in ten adults suffer from depression, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For many, the holiday season can trigger depression symptoms more than any other time of the year. However, some residents in the Four States are finding relief through volunteering. More>>

Cottey College Announces 12th President

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The Cottey College Board of Trustees and the Presidential Search Committee are pleased to announce the appointment of Cottey's twelfth president, Doris A. Tegart, Ed.D. Dr. Tegart, president-designate, replaces Dr. Judy Rogers who is retiring after ten years as president of Cottey. Dr. Tegart will assume the presidency on June 1, 2015.Dr. Tegart has been the executive vice president and provost at Bellarmine University, Louisville, Kentucky. During her tenure, Dr. Tegart's focus has been to i... More>>

Parsons Condemns a Dozen Dilapidated Homes Video included

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Parsons, Kansas has compiled its list of twelve of the worst of the worst homes to be considered for demolition. Many of these nuisances have been abandoned and sitting vacant for years. "Eyesores you can't help but notice them," says Father of neighbor Virgil Weldon. Out of the dozen homes condemned, half of them are already slated to be demolished next year. “Not only is that going to make the community safer, it's also going to help improve the neighborhoods that these homes are in because... More>>

Court Action in Pittsburg Murder Investigation

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James Willard, 55 of Pittsburg was convicted of Voluntary Manslaugher. His sentencing is set for 1/16/15.According to Crawford County Attorney Michael Gayoso, "We had a pretrial hearing set for all afternoon and he decided to plead instead .. voluntary manslaughter is a killing that is done in "a sudden quarrel or in the heat of passion."On Saturday, October 12, 2013 at approximately 4:37 a.m. the Pittsburg Police Department responded to the 2000 block of John F. Kennedy Street, Pittsburg, fo... More>>

Action on Immigration Removes Obstacles

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"Fake IDs, renting names, double identities. I know people that have been through several names in just six months in order to get something to eat." More>>

Ex-bank employee sentenced in $2.5 million theft

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(AP) - A former employee of a southeast Kansas bank was sentenced to nearly six years in prison for stealing more than $2.5 million from her employer.The U.S. Attorney announced 54-year-old Cynthia Bright, of Girard, was sentenced Thursday to five years and 10 months in prison. She pleaded guilty in June to one count of bank fraud.Bright admitted she took the money over 10 years while she was operations supervisor at Girard National Bank.Prosecutors say Bright used several methods to steal th... More>>

Joplin sewer rate increase takes a toll on out-of-city users such as Duquesne, MO Video included

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The 61 percent sewer rate increase in Joplin will take effect at the beginning of 2015. While the increase has already been approved by the Joplin City Council, discussion is currently underway on how the increase will impact out-of-city users such as Duquesne, MO. More>>

Holiday window display at City Hall starts season of activities Video included

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In the spirit of the holiday season, the windows of a downtown historic structure will again be decorated for all to enjoy. The public is invited to share in the excitement during the annual unveiling when the curtains are pulled back of the large windows of City Hall, 602 South Main. The opening takes place at 6 p.m. Tonight (Thursday, November 20), with holiday refreshments served immediately following.Formerly Newman's Department Store, this five-story building was built in 1910, and was a... More>>

Carthage woman creates magazine for veteran wives and PTSD awareness Video included

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Ashley Wise is a believer. In 2012, the military wife posted a photo on facebook to raise awareness about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and how it affects soldiers. She believed it would spark a conversation. What it created was a community. More>>

Businesses work with Joplin Police to reduce their risk of being targeted by criminals Video included

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Businesses team up with the Joplin police department to reduce their risk of being targeted by criminals. The Candy House and Kum Go both are certified through the Crime Free Business program. Police survey businesses and make recommendations. Candy house added exterior lighting, a keypad lock and peepholes on its rear doors and a ten camera security system. Kum and Go added lighting around its trash area and keeps the middle of windows clear. Officers call that eyes on the street. Offi... More>>

Jones, Sr Charged with 1st Degree Murder

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Montgomery County Sheriff Robert Dierks announced today that an arrest has been made relating to the injuries suffered by the infant son of Michael Deon Jones, Sr at his home on May 26, 2014.Sheriff Dierks stated that following months of intensive investigation, 30 year old Independence resident Michael Deon Jones, SR was taken into custody late yesterday afternoon. Dierks indicated that the recommended charges for Jones will be felony murder, relating to injuries inflicted on Jones' infant s... More>>

Structure Fire on F Street NW Video included

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On the evening of November 18, 911 received a call about a fire at 401 F St. NW. Upon arrival, Miami Fire Department found the garage on fire with heavy smoke and flames showing. Unite 20 was first on scene. Engine 3 and Engine 4 quickly arrived. Firefighters entered the house through the front door and gained access to the garage. The fire was knocked down quickly. MFD set up positive pressure ventilation, pulled the power to the home, and turned off the water. Utilities was notified and the... More>>

Robbery at Pittsburg Sprint Store

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On Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 8:02 pm, officers responded to the Sprint store, 101 W. 29th street, in reference to a robbery. The employee stated a male entered the store, brandished a large knife and demanded money from the cash register. The suspect obtained an undisclosed amount of cash and exited the store.The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 6'00 tall, stocky build, wearing all dark clothing and a hoodie. Law enforcement from the Pittsburg Police Department and Craw... More>>

Montgomery County Recovery Team Continues Efforts

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The Montgomery County Recovery Team has been analyzing data collected from public resources to understand and address the economic impact of recent closure announcements made by Amazon.com and Southwire in Coffeyville.According to the U.S. Census Bureau, approximately 47% of Amazon.com and 53% of Southwire employees reside in Montgomery County. Based on those numbers, the estimated impact to the county is $18.6 million in payroll and $190,000 in sales tax revenue. Potential impact to Montgome... More>>

Interior design student repeats at Design Wars

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Repeating as champion in any team competition is difficult. Repeating as champion with a completely different team is even harder.Just don't tell that to Cassandra Stanley.The Columbus native and Pittsburg State University senior was, for the second consecutive year, on the winning team at the International Interior Design Association's Design Wars competition in Kansas City. She was the only student in this year's competition that also competed in 2013.Stanley, an interior design major, was ... More>>

Bourbon County Jail opens its doors to the public as a way to educate residents about working conditions Video included

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As citizens walk through the inmate pods, Bourbon County Jail administrator Bobby Reed voices his concern. "The safety that my officers and the inmates face everyday," he said, More>>

Same-sex marriage licenses will now be issued in Cherokee, Crawford and Labette counties Video included

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Same-sex marriage licenses will now be issued in Cherokee, Crawford and Labette counties. An order directing county clerks to issue the licenses was given by the Chief Judge of the Kansas 11th Judicial District and became effective yesterday. More>>

Students Statistics Poster Shows Students Try Harder if Tests Count Toward Grades Video included

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Two Joplin high students and their statistics teacher get national recognition for a project that gives insight to student attitudes when taking tests. It's test day in Adam Bennett's algebra classes. And this one is for real. But earlier he and two of his students gave classmates a fake. Sadie Wallner, a senior says, "We were conducting an experiment to find out if telling students a test was for a grade affects their score." About one hundred of Bennett's students were tested at midterm l... More>>

Miami Tax Projects

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In Oklahoma, municipalities have one resource for operating revenue - sales tax. General Obligation Bonds (GOB) are the only means to utilize property tax for construction, remodeling or repair of city facilities, but the amount is limited to 5-10% of the community's (10 Const. § 26) net assessed value and must go to a vote of the people. The City of Miami's last GOB for construction, remodeling or repair of city facilities rolled off the property tax rolls March 2013.· In the past, revenue f... More>>

About 170 Southeast Kansas National Guard soldiers will deploy to West Africa in 2015 to fight Ebola Video included

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Come spring of 2015, major justin nusz will be in a new location to take part in the fight against the ebola virus disease. More>>

New enrollment period for federal health insurance is underway and has a new option for some Missouri residents Video included

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The new sign-up period for federal health insurance is now underway. About 100,000 people across the country submitted new applications on HealthCare.gov over the weekend. Local healthcare navigators discuss changes to this year's enrollment. More>>

Nixon activates National Guard

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard in advance of a grand jury decision about whether a white police officer will be charged in the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.Nixon said Monday that the National Guard would assist state and local police as needed, in case there is civil unrest when the grand jury's decision is announced.There was no indication an announcement is imm... More>>

Attorney General Koster obtains prison sentence for contractor who scammed Joplin tornado victims

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Attorney General Chris Koster announced that a Jasper County court today sentenced Jeffrey Wolfson of Osage Beach to serve 13 years in a Missouri prison after a jury found him guilty in June of five felonies and two misdemeanors for scamming three Joplin homeowners following the devastating May 2011 tornado.According to Koster, Wolfson operated Insurexx, LLC, a Lebanon, Missouri-based company that offered insurance claim adjusting and home-repair services to consumers with homes damaged by th... More>>

Via Christi Hospital Earns 'Top Performer on Key Quality Measures' Video included

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Via Christi Hospital Pittsburg (VCH-P) announced it has been recognized as a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States. VCH-P was recognized as part of The Joint Commission's 2014 annual report “America's Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety,” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure perfo... More>>

Snowfall Causing Road Hazards Video included

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"The very first day of snow we are literally swamped with calls," Barrett, who owns a Pittsburg-based towing company, said. "People forgot how to drive on the snow and ice. And they think they can come up to a stop sign and stop like it's 90-degrees outside." More>>

4-Staters stock up on winter essentials in first accumulating snow

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Joplin's Home Depot saw a rush on tube sand, causing the store to restock its' front room with more. Drivers with lighter vehicles and pick-up trucks purchased the sand to put weight on their vehicles to maintain traction in the snowy conditions. Assistant store manager Jason Smith says he had many customers stocking up on the basics. "You think about around the house, obviously shovels is one of the big things to clear the snow and as temperatures drop later in the evenings just making sure ... More>>

VETERANS CREATE LASTING MEMORIES ON DEER HUNTING TRIP Video included

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Lopez lost use of a leg in a motorcycle accident, but the Iraq veteran is excited to use a military style action track chair to go hunting. “It was epic. I couldn't have asked for a better hunt because you're always worried that you're not going to shoot it the right way, you're going to mess up somehow, or make too much noise, which we made enough noise. But, one shot, one kill. She dropped. It was nice," says Lopez. Lopez is one of a dozen wounded warriors here for a weekend of hunting in N... More>>

Miami, OK group raises money to help those with autism

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A benefit auction held at Peoria Ridge Golf Course raised money for Autism Quest, a program designed to help people with autism develop skills to hold a job.  More>>

Joplin Celebrates "America Recycles Day"

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The Joplin Recycling Center educated people on compost bins, home-made bird feeders, and dog-waste digesters. More>>

Chetopa Celebrates 14th Annual Pecan Fest

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Chetopa Mayor Ron Wood said the winter weather wouldn't hurt the festivities. It would actually let area farmers enjoy the celebration. More>>

Fire destroys Joplin family's home on N. Range Line Rd.

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Firefighters were called to the scene around 1:00 pm Saturday on North Range Line road in Joplin, just across from Big Lots. More>>

Business owners say some snow can bring in more customers this time of year

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Snow in the forecast can take a toll on sales, but some business owners say a flurry or two, typically brings in more customers this time of year. More>>

PROPERTY TAXES IN COMMERCE ALMOST DOUBLE BY YEAR'S END

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Commerce, Oklahoma is facing a major tax hike, because of a couple of lawsuits. Ottawa County Commissioners voted to raise property taxes in commerce by as much as 75%. Lil' Café owner David White says “It makes it hard, because you have to earn more money throughout the day just to pay property taxes, you know, it takes from the bottom line." The city owes about half a million dollars to pay damage costs when construction crews made critical errors working on flooded streets in 2011. Reside... More>>

Charges Filed in Golf Course Vandalism

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Neosho, MO - The Neosho Police Department is asking the public for any information related to the vandalism that occurred on the 13th green at the Municipal Golf Course on the evening of Tuesday, Nov. 11 or the early morning hours of Wednesday, Nov. 12.An unknown person or persons drove their vehicle off of Waldo Hatler Drive and onto the green, digging several circular ruts, or “doughnuts,” into the grass, and causing thousands of taxpayer dollars in damage.“There is a small area on the sout... More>>

Authorities identify victim of fatal fire and reveal cause

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The victim of a mobile home fire is identified as fifty-six year old Michael Hemphill.officials say Hemphill died of smoke inhalation and believe the fire started from smoking materials.. The mobile home is located in the park plaza mobile estates on South Indiana. Family came to the scene of the investigation this morning. Hemphill lived in the mobile home alone. Authorities say fires can consume trailer style homes in seven to ten minutes because they resemble one long hallway.Keith Sta... More>>

Shadow On The Street

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Joplin, MO: Every SW Missouri law enforcement agency is very aware of the group that calls itself  "The Joplin Honkies", and the sometimes violent crimes attributed to self-proclaimed members. But you'll find disagreement over whether this loosely knit group is a criminal gang. We'll explore that issue, and explain why it matters. More>>

Victim Identified in Homicide

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Preliminary Autopsy Results, Third homicide in Joplin this year.  More>>

Amnesty Day to be held in Joplin helps citizens clear up warrants

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More than 100 citizens went to the Joplin court, cleared their warrants, saw the judge and walked away without going to jail. More>>

Fatal Fire in Joplin

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Joplin, MO - The Joplin Fire Department responded at 12:34 AM Thursday, 13 November, to 3305 S Indiana after a report of a grass fire. Upon arrival crews found that the skirting of a trailer house was involved and upon investigation found the fire to be in the trailer. There was heavy fire in the living room area, which was quickly extinguished. The fire was declared under control at 12:54 AM. After searching the trailer, crews found the body of a deceased adult male on the floor of the livin... More>>

Joplin Artists Mailing It In

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Joplin art is being sent across the globe this Saturday. And the the public is invited to take part.  More>>

Kansas included on CBS investigation's list of states with highest medical bills for sexual assault victims

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A CBS investigation examines states with the highest medical bills for sexual assault victims, and Kansas makes the list. Federal law provides free forensic exams for sexual assault victims. However, other related costs are not always covered, leaving some victims with high medical bills, further adding to the trauma. More>>

Wallace Bajjali Senior Housing Project Back to Bidding Process Per HUD Recommendation

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A pet project of Joplin's master developer is back to ground zero. Wallace Bajjali was the chosen developer for a senior housing project but concerns from housing and urban development mean the city will bid it again. More than twenty acres of property, parking lots from doctor's offices, still sits idle at 26th and maiden lane in the tornado zone. Wallace bajjali proposed it become senior housing ranging from apartments, to assisted living and memory care facilities and would build it with... More>>

A Southwest Missouri woman works to create a domestic abuse shelter in Lamar

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Amanda martin stands before her dream: a white house. But it's not what you may think. Martin hopes the house will be a domestic abuse shelter one day.  More>>

Southeast to return money to county treasurer's office

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Under the advisement of its attorneys the USD 247 Southeast Board of Education has sent a total of $108,328.36 to the appropriate county treasurer's offices.The money was improperly collected for the 2013-2014 school year due to a clerical error and would have been used towards Capital Outlay expenses, such as the district's share of a tornado safe room that will be built at Southeast Elementary School.After months of research and discussions the district's attorneys at the Kansas Association... More>>

Joplin seeking bids to progress library project

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Joplin, MO - Work continues on the development of the new library that will be located at the northeast corner of 20th and Connecticut Streets. Currently, the City of Joplin and designated Project Development Manager, CBC Real Estate Group “CBC” are seeking qualifications from architectural firms for an approximate 50,000 to 60,000 square foot facility.“Once on board, the design firm will provide the conceptual plan of the library complex, as well as assist with incorporating the programming ... More>>

Gay Marriage Comes to Kansas

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Following the initial court action allowing gay marriage in Missouri and Kansas, a marriage equality celebration was planned in Pittsburg.But as recently as Tuesday morning, questions arose whether Kansas would allow same-sex marriage in the state, by Wednesday. More>>

Veterans discuss alarming statistics of suicide among military personnel

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Veterans being honored today say there are struggles in life after war and for some those lead to suicide. The latest statistics show twenty-two veterans take their own lives each day. It adds up to more than those killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Mike Kirby is a Vietnam veteran. His wife was a medic as was his daughter, Shawna who was injured in Iraq. Their military family knows the pains of war. Mike talks about a call from Shawna. "Woke me up about three in the morning. And s... More>>

LOCAL PANTRIES NEED BASIC FOOD FOR WINTER

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Encourage, educate, and equip are the pillars of Joplin's watered gardens gospel rescue mission. “We can't always be the one who has giving to the one who doesn't. But we need to realize that other people have gifts, skills, and talents. And entering into a partnership with them and exchange is very important to esteem that individual correctly,” says James Whitford, Director of Watered Gardens. He houses forty six homeless men and women, making them earn their keep by putting them to work in... More>>

Local Farmer Passes Away

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On November 10, 2014 at 16:37hours 911 Dispatch received a report of an unknown medical emergency, occurring in a field approximately .25 miles 

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Church Burglary Arrests Made

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On November 11, 2014 at approximately 1:54 AM, an officer with the Joplin Police Department stopped a vehicle near 17th and Maiden Lane for a traffic violation. The officer obtained consent to search the vehicle. A K9 Officer was on scene of the car stop and assisted with the search of the vehicle. During the search of the vehicle officers located a plastic container in the center console that contained some baggies with white residue as well as two syringes.Also located in the vehicle was a ... More>>

Missouri Navy veteran honored this month by Charlie Davis

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It was more than 70 years ago, but by the way James T. Wilson remembers it, it could have been yesterday. "I can just see them just like fingers, coming up when they fired and you could hear them going over," said Wilson.  More>>

Islamic Society of Joplin gives glimpse inside new mosque

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After nearly two and a half years of rebuilding, the Islamic Society of Joplin is giving a glimpse inside its new mosque before it opens to the public. More>>

MSSU INVESTIGATES TOP ATHLETE FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT

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"Rape" reads the top headline in MSSU's student newspaper, The Chart. A victim came forward to police saying she was sexually assaulted in the residence halls on the night of September 28th. “The fact that he was a star player in the athletic department and that he'd recently been removed from the roster and suspended, we knew people were going to put two and two together,” says The Chart Editor in Chief Brad Stout. University police and the Dean's office launched two separate investigati... More>>

Bruner Hearing; Ankle Bracelet Removal Denied

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Jasper County, MO - Pre-trial motions hearing set for December 15, 2014, at 9AM for Jeffrey Bruner. Defendant's request to remove ankle bracelet is denied.5/6/2014 - Jefferey Bruner Yesterday was released from the Jasper County Jail on bond. His release comes with several conditions. Among them, Bruner will be required to wear an electronic monitor. He will live with his parents in Greene County, MO. He can't enter Jasper County without court approval.Prosecutors say in November 2013, Bruner ... More>>

Joplin police investigate homicide

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At this time the name of the victim is not being released pending notification of next of kin. More>>

Joplin High and NAACP honor Marion Dial

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Truth, honor, and loyalty-three words Joplin High Principal Kerry Sachetta uses to describe Marion Dial, former principal of Joplin's all black Lincoln High School for more than two decades. Joplin High honors Dial for his commitment to the community and students, naming its front office and counseling center after him. “I think it's important to all of our students first. I think they need to be able to see role models when they walk in. And understand who came before them, and from all div... More>>

Sisters of Pittsburg State's Alpha Sigma Alpha chapter hosts princess day for young girls

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As part of the national philanthropy "Girls on the Run", the sisters held a day of pampering and inspiration for girls ages 5 to 10.  More>>

Joplin community honors veterans

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With a theme of "United We Stand, Veterans and the Community Building a better Future Together", Joplin honored those in the armed forces with a parade... More>>

Local artisans gather in Joplin to buy and sell homemade wares

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More than 30 craft artists were hand selected to sell at the Hip Handmade Market.  More>>

Soldiers, friends and family march to spread awareness about veteran suicide

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About 30 soldiers, friends and family members gathered for the Carry the Fallen ruck walk, a national campaign to spread awareness about the veteran suicide epidemic.  More>>

High School Football Scores (11-7)

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Fairland0Afton64FinalAfton TBARiverton27Caney Valley35Final - TuesdayJasper13Cass Midway35FinalCaldwell54Chetopa76Final - TuesdayChetopa @ Axtell - 11/8 4 pmJayhawk-Linn7Colgan46Final - TuesdayColgan @ Galena - 11/8 3 pmChelsea8Commerce41FinalCommerce @ Adair - 11/14 7:30 pmGrove28Edison33FinalBaldwin12Fort Scott24FinalBasehor-Linwood: 0 Bishop-Miege: 63Burlington13Frontenac48FinalJefferson West: 12 Santa Fe Trail: 24Neodesha0Galena26Final - TuesdayGalena vs. Colgan - 11/8 3 pmWelch0Garber58F... More>>

Released funding for A+ Scholarship program impacts Crowder College students

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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has released more than $5.6 million in withheld funding, $2 million of which, will go towards the state's A+ Scholarship program. More>>

Miami Resident Files Petition to Unseat New City Manager

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After months of searching for Miami's new city manager, one man wants to unseat him and put the mayor back in charge, like he once was before the nineties. Petitioner Steve Darnell says "Mainly it's just to change the style of government back. It puts people in, the fact, that they are more in control by talking to their councilman. The councilmen are in charge of different areas of the city and not just a city manager that does what his agenda is." Steve Darnell filed this petition with the ... More>>

Federal Judge Tosses Missouri's Gay Marriage Ban

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A judge in St. Louis has ruled that Missouri's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional.St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison issued the ruling Wednesday. He heard arguments in the case on Sept. 29.The city of St. Louis issued marriage licenses in June to four same-sex couples, setting up a court case over the state's 2004 constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. Assistant Attorney General Jeremiah Morgan argued that 71 percent of Missourians voted for the referendum defi... More>>

Parsons announces hiring of new Police Chief

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PARSONS, KS - Interim City Manager, Debbie Lamb, announced on Friday morning that the City of Parsons has hired a new Police Chief. Jason Sharp of Columbia, Mo., has been hired as the next head of the Parsons Police Department. He will begin his official duties on December 3. Sharp will fill the position formerly held by Scott Gofourth, who retired earlier this year.Sharp is a native of Labette County, but brings a wealth of law enforcement knowledge to the Parsons Police Department. Sharp is... More>>

Huff to apply for new position

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Joplin, MO - Joplin School Superintendent Dr. CJ Huff will apply to be Missouri's next state commissioner of education after he was nominated as a candidate by the state department of education.Huff said this is step one, he may not even get the chance to be interviewed.He said that this position excites him because he gets to work with legislatures and teacher organization to make it better for the children.The commissioner position opens when Chris Nicastro retires in December 2014.Huff sai... More>>

Appeals Court won't block gay marriage in Kansas

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A federal appeals court has cleared the way for gay marriages to start in Kansas next week.The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver on Friday denied a request from the state to block an order from a lower-court judge preventing Kansas from enforcing its ban on gay marriage.U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree put on hold the order he issued this week until 5 p.m. Tuesday to give Kansas time to appeal. The state did, asking the appeals court to issue a stay to keep t... More>>

MIAMI AIRPORT INSTALLS NEW, SMOOTHER RUNWAY

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Flyers at the Miami Regional Airport can enjoy a smoother take-off and landing now that the entire runway has been resurfaced. City Engineer Chuck Childs says "There were some cracks that had developed, some large cracks, and those were dug out, that material replaced, and that area fixed.” Crews laid down new asphalt to create a smooth surface, complete with a fresh coat of paint and new lighting... More>>

Hospice Compassus Honors Local Veteran at Pinning Ceremony

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CARTHAGE, Mo. – Local veteran, Charles Killingsworth, was honored by Hospice Compassus for his courageous service to our country in a pinning ceremony last week. Killingsworth also received a certificate of recognition from fellow Air Force veteran and Hospice Compassus volunteer, Jim Taylor. Hospice Compassus will recognize local veterans in the Southwest Missouri area as part of a Veterans Day initiative for their valued service to our country.“The courageous service of our veterans and the... More>>

Joplin Mayor Mike Seibert calls new city manager Sam Anselm a "leader"

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"Sam demonstrates, leadership, communication skills and he knows how to get things done." Joplin Mayor Mike Seibert spoke in the company of city council members and officials Wednesday about new City Manager Sam Anselm.  More>>

Carl Junction school officials discuss next step for bringing storm shelters to the district

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Carl Junction school officials discuss the next step for bringing storm shelters to the district. 64 percent of voters approved a $16.5 million bond issue in Carl Junction's election yesterday. More>>

Man in Custody after Bomb Scare

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The Parsons Police Department has released additional information regarding yesterday's bomb scare. At approximately 1:04 p.m., Wednesday afternoon, Parsons Police Officers were called to the 2900 Block of Main to a report of domestic disturbance. A 64-year-old woman reported the disturbance. Officers tried to make contact with... More>>

MODOT Conducts Winter Drill; Snow Plows and Drivers Practice Routes

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It's not yet winter but the Missouri Department of Transportation wants to be ready for the first big snow storm. So today the MODOT conducted a statewide winter drill. Ten year MODOT veteran driver Brenda Beerly says she's glad to do the drill. "This year we have a lot of new people that are starting to work at MODOT. Some of them just push snow, so it gives them a chance to get familiar with their route and see all the obstacles they have to push around." Like islands and curbs. Beerly say... More>>

Taylor Arraignment Set

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According to Crawford County Prosecutor Michael Gayoso, Brian Taylor waived... More>>

Anselm Selected as Joplin City Manager

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Joplin, MO - Joplin Mayor Mike Seibert announced today that Samuel Anselm has been selected as the City Manager for the City of Joplin. Anselm has held the position of Assistant City Manager since March 2011, and most recently served as the Interim City Manager for Joplin since February of this year. More>>

Crisis in Care: 4-State Veterans Speak Out Part 2 Video included

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There are more than 1700 department of veterans affairs healthcare facilities and outpatient clinics in the us. To ease the burden of having to travel to various locations, the the Department of Veterans Affairs offers some special reimbursement claims and transportation. But some veterans say this is not enough.  More>>

Judge Orders Kansas To Let Same-Sex Couples Marry

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - A federal judge on Tuesday ordered Kansas to allow same-sex couples to marry pending the outcome of a lawsuit challenging the state's ban, but he delayed enforcement of his order until next week to give the state time to appeal.U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree issued a preliminary injunction barring the state from enforcing its constitutional ban as of 5 p.m. next Tuesday, pending the outcome of an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit challenging it.The state is ... More>>

AT&T donates $5,000 to enhance therapy for local children with autism Video included

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AT&T Missouri has donated $5,000 to enhance therapy for local children with autism. The donation was given to the Bill Virginia Leffen Center for Autism in Joplin at a ceremony this morning. More>>

Building Purchase Paves Way for Technical Education Complex in Pittsburg Video included

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The Pittsburg Education Foundation is working to create a technical education complex. The first step buying the old Vinlyplex building for eight hundred ninety thousand dollars. The complex would impact students from five schools districts in Crawford County including Pittsburg, Frontenac, Southeast-Cherokee, Girard, and Northeast-Arma. The building currently houses the construction trades programs administered through Fort Scott Community college but plans to add more programs. Students are... More>>

Steady stream of voters at the polls

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Jasper County officials say voter turnout is looking average, or even below average, for a midterm election. However, polling places have seen a steady stream of voters so far, with some even forming lines. More>>

Crisis in Care: 4-State Veterans Speak Out Part 1

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Over the past year, the Department of Veterans Affairs has come under a great deal of scrutiny. It stems from the alleged malpractice and lack of care from its medical centers.The office of Oklahoma senator Tom Coburn released a report in June stating there is an accountability deficiency, bad scheduling and mismanagement when it comes to VA healthcare. Now, 4-state soldiers speak out on their concerns and experiences. More>>

Joplin City Council approves agreement that aims to bring police training courses to Crowder College

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Tonight the Joplin City Council has approved an agreement that aims to bring police training courses to Crowder College. The courses would help officers meet their 48 in-service hours, required every three years by the state of Missouri. More>>

Ameri-Light Pizza Gives Women a Slice of Hope Video included

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Ameri-Light Pizza in Joplin is inspiring their employees to take a new bite out of life. The pizzeria is part of a ministry, giving women who are trying to get on the right path a chance. After a long struggle with drugs, and losing her children, owner Juliet Hardee overcame her addiction finding God. And now she wants to pay it forward.... More>>

Joplin's master redeveloper looks to realtor for tenant Video included

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There appears to be a possible setback for Joplin's master redeveloper, Wallace Bajjali. More>>

Police Chase Ends In Crash and Fatality

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Updated with victim names. More>>

Pierce City's 276th engineer company returns safely to the Four States

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A warm welcome for National Guard troops back home safe from Afghanistan"It's great to be home, it's very good to see friends and family again," said Sergeant Tim Uptegrave. More>>

El Dorado Springs, MO shootout results in two deaths, one of sheriff's deputy

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A chase began shortly before 12:30 am Sunday. Twenty five-year-old Cedar County Deputy Matthew Chism attempted to pull over a driver for having no headlights.  More>>

Local Crops Frozen

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After a warm start to fall, Friday night saw local crops devastated when temperatures hit the low 20's. More>>

Family restaurant in downtown Pittsburg reopens with updated look

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Otto's Cafe voluntarily closed in September for renovations. This happened in the midst of failed health inspections. The owners and management collaborated with the Stilwell Heritage and Education Foundation... More>>

Carl Junction Post Office sells the most Breast Cancer Awareness stamps

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Post master Sharon Clark and her team sold $49,255.80 worth of stamps,putting them in first in the nation for the month of October. More>>

High School Football Scores (10-31) Video included

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 Four States - October 31st High Football Scores. Happy Halloween!

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Disney's "Frozen" characters and ninja turtles among most popular costumes in the Four States Video included

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Passing out candy tonight, you may have noticed quite a few Disney's "Frozen" princesses at your door. The National Retail Federation estimates 2.6 million children purchased costumes based on the film this year. More>>

Oklahoma Law Helps Victims of Domestic Violence Video included

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A new Oklahoma state law takes effect on Saturday that sets a standard for police to address domestic violence cases.Part of the domestic rights act,it requires officers to ask people eleven questions to gauge the amount of danger the victim faces.Police Administrator Linda Johnson says, "I think the first step is letting them know who to call and where to go and that there is help out there and when they're ready to accept it."The new Oklahoma state law put into place these notification card... More>>

Judge denies man's request to withdraw guilty plea to murders

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Kevin Sweat is sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. More>>

Suspect arrested in Joplin for improvised explosive device

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An agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives responded to the scene. More>>

Paranormal Investigators Check for Ghosts in Haunted Route 66 Theater Video included

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Loud footsteps, creaky noises, and strange sounds...all had employees at the Route 66 Theater wondering if their was another presence lurking nearby..."There was one Friday afternoon. no one had been here all week. I came in alone. Right after I shut the door and locked it the paper towel dispenser in the r... More>>

Joplin mayor does not expect new city manager to make big changes

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Joplin's mayor hopes the City Council will meet in closed session Monday night and vote for a candidate. More>>

Increase in Halloween spending Video included

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Total spending on Halloween is expected to hit $7.4 billion this year, with the average American spending $77.52 on costumes alone, according to the National Retail Federation. Some residents in the Four States have already exceeded those numbers. More>>

Spanking a Controversial Issue among Parents and Paddling Still Allowed in Some Schools Video included

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It's a parent's legal right to discipline a child. And some do that with spanking. But parents can take corporal punishment too far. Andrea Huckabay is a mother of four. She uses time out but also believes in spanking. She says, “I make sure that I sit down, take them to a separate room. I explain to them why I'm spanking them and that I love them. And that I'm doing it cause God told me to help teach you to obey. And then I spank them and then we resolve it. We hug. We say sorry, all that st... More>>

The Carl Junction Post Office puts a big stamp on breast cancer awareness Video included

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Post master Sharon Clark and her team have decorated the office in all things pink to entice folks to purchase breast cancer awareness stamps. The post office led the nation in awareness stamps sold last year, close to $28,000 worth, More>>

Professional first baseman player Adam LaRoche visits his state-of-the-art baseball complex in Fort Scott

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It's a ball player's dream: a state-of-the art, 500-seat stadium in one's home town. "It goes back a long way," said Adam LaRoche. "My wife and I always said that if we were ever in a position to put a stadium in Fort Scott, we wanted to do it." More>>

Nevada Children's Center Wants Help Building/Offers Businesses NAP Tax Credits Video included

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The children's center in Nevada Missouri wants to expand into a permanent home. Its building project is getting a boost from the state through the Missouri Neighborhood Assistance Program or NAP tax credits. The children's center in Nevada sits right off the square on Main street next to Curtis and Sons Realty which is donating the property for a new children's center. Monte Curtis says, “Seeing the families that go in, the small children that have been abused. A lot of sexual abuse and stu... More>>

Joplin Police report shows more use of force (Part V) Video included

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The Joplin Police Department releases its quarterly use of force report. Despite the number of total arrests being down from 2013, police have used some type of force more often. The current report covers July 1 to September 30 of this year and compares data to the same time period last year.Officers have made close to 2,000 arrests so far this year, compared to a little more than 2,000 arrests last year. But officers have used some type of force in 45 cases this year, compared to 38 cases la... More>>

Joplin Police report shows more use of force (Part IV) Video included

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The Joplin Police Department releases its quarterly use of force report. Despite the number of total arrests being down from 2013, police have used some type of force more often. The current report covers July 1 to September 30 of this year and compares data to the same time period last year.Officers have made close to 2,000 arrests so far this year, compared to a little more than 2,000 arrests last year. But officers have used some type of force in 45 cases this year, compared to 38 cases la... More>>

Joplin Police report shows more use of force (Part III) Video included

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The Joplin Police Department releases its quarterly use of force report. Despite the number of total arrests being down from 2013, police have used some type of force more often. The current report covers July 1 to September 30 of this year and compares data to the same time period last year.Officers have made close to 2,000 arrests so far this year, compared to a little more than 2,000 arrests last year. But officers have used some type of force in 45 cases this year, compared to 38 cases la... More>>

Joplin Police report shows more use of force (Part II) Video included

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The Joplin Police Department releases its quarterly use of force report. Despite the number of total arrests being down from 2013, police have used some type of force more often. The current report covers July 1 to September 30 of this year and compares data to the same time period last year.Officers have made close to 2,000 arrests so far this year, compared to a little more than 2,000 arrests last year. But officers have used some type of force in 45 cases this year, compared to 38 cases la... More>>

Joplin Police report shows more use of force (Part I) Video included

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Despite the number of total arrests being down from 2013, police have used some type of force more often.   More>>

Officials work to cut costs and increase revenue at Schifferdecker Golf Course Video included

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City of Joplin officials are working to cut costs and increase revenue at Schifferdecker Golf Course, after the 2015 budget leaves nearly a $140,000 deficit, about one-fifth of the course's overall budget. The 92-year-old course averages around 23,000 rounds each year, and is in need of some improvements. More>>

Crow Autopsy Complete

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The Newton County sheriff says he hopes to know more details of the case after autopsy results are released. More>>

Jasper County Farms Recognized by Century Farm Programs

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CARTHAGE, Mo. –The Missouri Century Farm Program annually recognizes Missouri farms that are still productive and have been in the same family for 100 years or more. The newest addition to the Century Farm Program includes one farm in Jasper County.Robert Rees and his wife Norma, Jasper, own 240 acres that have been in his family since 1905. The farm was originally owned by Mr. Rees' great-grandparents, Freeman and Sarah Rees.To qualify for the Missouri Century Farm designation, farms must ha... More>>

Carl Junction family reflects on hosting Royals's Eric Hosmer seven years ago Video included

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Here's one thing you may not know about Eric Hosmer:"Bit chocolate milk drinker," says Claire Adrian. "Um, yeah, a lot of chocolate milk. I didn't know anyone could drink that much chocolate milk." More>>

U.S. Senator Rand Paul visits Pittsburg for endorsement Video included

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 U.S. Senator Paul at the rally called for less government control, and wants Gov. Brownback and U.S. Senator Roberts to end up winning their elections by at least ten points.

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Kruithof named Miami City Manager

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(Miami, OK) –Dean Kruithof has been named as Miami's new city manager. City officials made the announcement Tuesday.Kruithof brings more than 30 years of government management experience to Miami including a stint as city administrator for the City of Branson, MO. Kruithof said he comes prepared to tackle the challenges facing Miami in the areas of economic and community development and plans to place an emphasis on public participation in the process of designing future growth.“We believe th... More>>

Owner offers $5,000 reward for information in current Joplin arson and vandalism investigation Video included

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The Joplin Police Department and Joplin Fire Department are currently investigating an arson and vandalism at a professional building located near 32nd Street and Connecticut Avenue. More>>

Celebration Highlights Success of Guaranteed Housing Waiver Video included

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JOPLIN, MO, October 28, 2014 - Rural Development State Director Janie Dunning hosted an event in Joplin, Missouri today at the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce. The event celebrated the success of the Guaranteed Rural Housing Waiver in contributing to recovery efforts from the devastating tornado experienced by the community on May 22, 2011.State Director Dunning said, "The City of Joplin, along with Jasper and Newton Counties, has worked diligently to repair the damage done by the tornado. Co... More>>

Joplin Love's Travel Stop raises funds for local Children's Miracle Network Hospital

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JOPLIN, Mo - More than $13,000 was raised for Children's Miracle Network Hospital during the Joplin Love's Travel Stop fundraising campaign during August and September.The campaign kicked off August 25 at Love's Travel Stop, Highway 43, to support children at Freeman Health System, the Joplin Children's Miracle Network Hospital. Several fundraisers were held throughout the month, with the local travel stop taking first place in the district for raising the most money. They doubled the amount ... More>>

Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce Receives Award

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JOPLIN, Mo. – The Chamber of Commerce Executives of Missouri (CCEM) recently honored the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce with the Award of Excellence in Programs Campaigns for the Chamber's Young Professionals Network (YPN) Curbside Recycling Campaign.Following the 2011 tornado, YPN saw a need for recycling options in the area and championed a ballot initiative in 2014 for curbside recycling. With the support of the Joplin Chamber they led a campaign to educate citizens on the value of recyc... More>>

City of Duquesne seeks funding to begin next phase of housing project Video included

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The City of Duquesne, MO is seeking more funding to begin the next phase of construction in a housing project that aims to add 25 new home within city limits. More>>

Bike Presentation at Fort Scott is this Wednesday

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Fort Scott, KS - Payton Bowling, 7, is one of the three winners from the Southeast Kansas Region in the annual “Put the Brakes on Fatalities” Poster Contest sponsored by the Kansas Department of Transportation, Kansas Highway Patrol and other safety/transportation organizations.Payton will receive his prizes of a bicycle and helmet during a special presentation scheduled to begin at 8:10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, at Winfield Scott Elementary School in Fort Scott. The school is located at 316 W... More>>

Pets compete for top honors in Halloween costume contest

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The event is an annual tradition, held at Atwoods for the past 19 years.Pets of all shapes and sizes came out to strut their stuff and were judged in four weight group categories. More>>

Fatal crash in Labette County, Kansas kills one man

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The man was ejected from his car after it left Cherryvale Parkway, entered a ditch and overturned. More>>

Fatal crash in Carl Junction kills motorcyclist and injures child

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Around 5:00 pm Saturday, 30-year-old Ashley Larose of Carl Junction was traveling north on Joplin Street in a Ford Taurus. She made a left turn into the path of a motorcycle, driven by 30-year-old Tylin Smith of Carl Junction, traveling south at a high rate of speed. The two vehicles collided killing Smith and seriously injuring 9-year-old Mason Scott of Carl Junction, a passenger in Larose's vehicle. More>>

Cyclists travel almost 300 miles to raise funds for tornado victims

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Reported by Diane Gerstenfeld.They call themselves the Mojo riders.Twenty three cyclists biked along route 66 for three days.  More>>

15 businesses fail compliance check for alcohol sales to minors by Jasper County authorities

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Six deputies with three minors and a representative from the Alliance of southwest Missouri checked 51 businesses Thursday night.15 sold to minors, one store, Take A Break in Webb City, doing so twice. More>>

Joplin council members hold closed session for city manager search

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Council members met behind closed doors to interview two of the three finalists for the position once held by Mark Rohr. More>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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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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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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>>

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  • Local HS Student Speaks At National Conference

    Local HS Student Speaks At National Conference

    Friday, November 21 2014 7:15 PM EST2014-11-22 00:15:33 GMT
    Carl Junction Senior Steven Stokes was elected as the national president of the Technology Student Association this summer. On Thursday he gave a speech at the national ACTE conference in Nashville in front of thousands of technology teachers. He represented the 2 million students who are members of the nine CTSO's nationwide.You can see the speech here: https://www.facebook.com/CJHSTSA?fref=tsMore >>
    Carl Junction Senior Steven Stokes was elected as the national president of the Technology Student Association this summer. On Thursday he gave a speech at the national ACTE conference in Nashville in front of thousands of technology teachers. He represented the 2 million students who are members of the nine CTSO's nationwide.You can see the speech here: https://www.facebook.com/CJHSTSA?fref=tsMore >>
  • Developers To Present Casino Proposal

    Developers To Present Casino Proposal

    Friday, November 21 2014 4:59 PM EST2014-11-21 21:59:46 GMT
    WHAT: Plan unveiling for proposed Southeast Kansas Casino Resort to be built in Cherokee County. Presentation delivered to County Board of Commissioners.WHEN: 9 a.m., Monday, November 24, 2014WHERE: Cherokee County Courthouse, Room 109, 110 W Maple St., Columbus, KansasWHO: Representatives of Castle Rock Casino Resort will make the presentation and answer questions. The full team consists of WhiteSand Gaming, lead consultant; Friedmutter Group, architect and master planner; Crossland Construc...More >>
    WHAT: Plan unveiling for proposed Southeast Kansas Casino Resort to be built in Cherokee County. Presentation delivered to County Board of Commissioners.WHEN: 9 a.m., Monday, November 24, 2014WHERE: Cherokee County Courthouse, Room 109, 110 W Maple St., Columbus, KansasWHO: Representatives of Castle Rock Casino Resort will make the presentation and answer questions. The full team consists of WhiteSand Gaming, lead consultant; Friedmutter Group, architect and master planner; Crossland Construc...More >>
  • Mercy's Helicopter Lands at New Hospital

    Mercy's Helicopter Lands at New Hospital

    Friday, November 21 2014 12:57 PM EST2014-11-21 17:57:32 GMT
    With Mercy Hospital Joplin preparing to open its new facility in March of 2015, areas of the hospital are starting to take shape.This week marked a first for Mercy Life Line air ambulance service. Workers have completed the helipad, built the mechanic shed and filled the fuel tank. Starting in the next few weeks, Mercy Life Line will be re-fueling its helicopters at the new hospital site instead of traveling to the Joplin Regional Airport.The helicopter crew has also been practicing how it wi...More >>
    With Mercy Hospital Joplin preparing to open its new facility in March of 2015, areas of the hospital are starting to take shape.This week marked a first for Mercy Life Line air ambulance service. Workers have completed the helipad, built the mechanic shed and filled the fuel tank. Starting in the next few weeks, Mercy Life Line will be re-fueling its helicopters at the new hospital site instead of traveling to the Joplin Regional Airport.The helicopter crew has also been practicing how it wi...More >>
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