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Gallery owner brings Mardi Gras to Joplin

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Linda Teeter enjoys her yearly trips to New Orleans. It's great she says, for photography inspiration. "It's totally a different atmosphere. Bourbon Street and that area of course, the people, what you're seeing is different, but the flavors of the south in general is wonderful to bring back to the Midwest," Teeter said. Teeter is one of the over 300 members belonging to the Carl Junction Area Chamber of Commerce. Her gallery has been open for three months. CJ chamber typi...

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Ft Scott Turning Downtown Into Destination

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Tourism, business resource development, and downtown revitalization. Those are the areas of emphasis the Ft Scott Area Chamber of Commerce has identified for this year. 

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Iola Becomes Third City in Kansas to Ban Those Under 21 From Buying Tobacco Video included

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Iola, Kansas hopes to stop future gen...

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Joplin School district Crews Fill Sinkhole on JHS Parking Lot Video included

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A sinkhole opens on the Joplin High School parking lot.  It's not the first and might not be the last. It started out small. A depression about the size of a giant beach ball which was first noticed last week.  

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Pittsburg Gets Online Grocery Option Video included

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We do just about everything online. Buy clothes, pay bills, book vacations. But what about grocery shopping? It's being offered in Pittsburg. 

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Kansas universities vary on sex offender registry policy Video included

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An inside look at the six state universities in Kansas reveals that only two of the schools make information regarding registered sex offenders available online (KU and KSU). Pittsburg State and the other three schools turn those interested toward the campus police office.  Often as part of a sentence or conviction, sex offenders have to register with the state, county and even the school. A registered sex crime does not restrict admittance to a university. "The whole idea ... More>>

Carthage Police Dept. is Cracking Down on Domestic Assault Video included

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The Carthage Police Department will soon...

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Small grocers stay afloat in Walmart departure Video included

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Town and Country Market manager David Cooper sacks groceries as his wife runs them across the scanner and their baby, Zoley, plays with plastic sacks. The baby on the counter is just one of the many ways the little store in Anderson feels like home to its customers. When Walmart shut down a number of their neighborhood markets in the area, small towns like Anderson wondered what would business be like next? The answer: an initial sales drop. "Any time you get competition in town... More>>

Super Bowl Sunday good for local business Video included

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Rather than host their own parties, some football fans went to local restaurants or bars to watch the big game. Hackett’s Hot Wings hosts a big crowd. 

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Gun legislation a talking point at Joplin Gun Show Video included

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Gun enthusiasts show up in crowds, even as gun rights are under attack in the legislature. A Missouri democrat is proposing a ban on those convicted of domestic violence or sexual offenses from possessing guns, as well as those with protective orders against them. 

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Upstairs Boutique donates some final proceeds to Watered Gardens Video included

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The Upstairs Boutique will close their doors after 20 years of business on Main Street. They'll close next week but not before giving back to the community one last time. 

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Joplin Humane hosts super pet adoption bowl Video included

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It's the "Kitty Panthers vs. the Doggie Broncos" on the scoreboard at Joplin Humane Society. Shelter staff capitalize on the Super Bowl holiday by hosting a competition between dog and cat adoptions. Saturday afternoon, the score was ten cat adoptions to eight dog adoptions. If visitors cannot take a pet home, they can donate towards their favorite team to raise the scores. All funds go to the shelter medical fund, which helps pets with medical needs beyond the scope of nor... More>>

Volunteers restore Wildcat Glades nature area Video included

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Wildcat Glades and Audubon Center suffered significant damages when Shoal Creek flooded in late December. Volunteers used their Saturday to restore the area back to its natural state. "We are just overwhelmed at the amount of support we've had since the flood. When it happened, it was so overwhelming to see all the damage we had down there with the creek. And just to have this amount of community support behind us, it's just really great," development and volunteer associate... More>>

New businesses coming to Chanute Video included

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Chanute, Kansas is a small town with big plans for development. City officials are working to bring more retailers to the city to not only keep residents shopping locally, but to create more jobs. 

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Millennials Offer Unique Challenges for School Resource Officers

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Following the recent suicide of a young girl in the Neosho School District, some Southwest Missouri School Resource Officers gathered to discuss strategies for assisting students.

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PSU students advocate for 'Lifeline 911' Video included

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On Wednesday, students involved in PSU student government traveled to Topeka to advocate for an academic policy, "Lifeline 911" to become a law. The policy would allow underage drinkers to avoid charges if they call for medical help, so long as they are compliant. The situation is one that students may find themselves in at a house party or otherwise. "They're fearful of contacting emergency personnel, because they don't want to get an MIP or an MIC which doesn't seem ... More>>

Who Are Four Staters Rooting to Win Super Bowl 50? Video included

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For Panthers fan Dustin Atkins he says...

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Joplin City Council proposal: Set universal deadlines for building construction Video included

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A building near Joplin's High School, rebuilt after Joplin's tornado and vacant right now, is occupying the center of this debate.

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Lost Reels

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KOAM History is a part of Four-State History. Thousands of Four-Staters grew up watching local programs produced by this television station. So when recordings of those shows were lost, it was a loss for all of us.  A recent discovery has made it so exciting as you'll see (above) in Part 1: Lost Reels.

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Riverton Schools Address Parents Concerns Video included

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Some parents in Southeast Kansas are concerned about the health of their children, following the death of a para-professional at riverton elementary school. 

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Son hosts bone marrow donor registry drive for father Video included

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Every three minutes, someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer, according to Be The Match, a non-profit community of donors and researchers. Seven months ago, that was Parsons man Mark Harper being diagnosed with myelofibrosis, a rare cancer of the blood that only 5,000 people get diagnosed with each year. "Of course it's my dad so I'm going to do anything I can to help find that match for him," Mark's son Ross Harper said. Ross, along with other family and friends organize... More>>

IRS Hardware Failure Shuts Down E-Filing Tax Return System Video included

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Like many Americans, Jason Vandenburg...

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City of Joplin proposes new rules for "change of orders" Video included

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Here's a start to understanding this story:  You've heard of Murphy's Law, right?

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New program to create jobs and benefit small businesses Video included

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The Joplin Workshops provides manufacturing and commercial laundry services for some of the area's largest companies. They also employ 100 adults with developmental disabilities. Now, they're looking to start a new service that will not only create more jobs, but help small businesses. 

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Voters to Decide Fate of $8.45 Million Commerce School Bond on April 5th Video included

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Walls are starting to wither away...

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Local Lawmaker and Superintendents React to Plan for Consolidating Kansas School Districts by 53% Video included

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Kansas education committee hears a plan to reorganize school districts and its already drawing fire from local politicians and superintendents.      

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Local organizations address food insecurity Video included

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According to Feeding America, 14 percent of households are food insecure. Missouri and Kansas both have statistically higher food insecurity rates than the national average. Organizations are looking to address the problem locally. 

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Students Celebrate Catholic Schools Week Video included

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    Area catholic schools come together to celebrate national catholic schools week.     The smaller school populations can create challenges that call for sacrifices many are willing to make. 

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Local Party Leaders Gear Up for Kansas Presidential Caucus Video included

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After record setting turnout in Iowa, local...

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City council enters trash service contract after long discussion

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The Joplin City Council votes on whether to go with a new waste management company.

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Joplin Couple on the Run After Kidnapping Two in Alabama

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It all started early Sunday in Tuscaloosa...

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Joplin woman says she was victim of mistaken identity at Houston airport

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The woman says she spent six days in jail, plus paid $3,500 for bond.

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JOMO restaurant week ends, produces big donations

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The third biannual "JOMO Restaurant Week" has came to an end, producing big results. Monday morning, 22 restaurants pulled in trucks and carts full of food donations collected during the week to Crosslines Ministries, the recipient of the food donations. After weighing every cart-full and box of food, it was determined the past week's event raised 6,000 pounds of food. "Last time we ran this event we had 3,600 pounds of food come in to the pantry so we're looking ... More>>

Joplin Couple Wanted for Home Invasion and Kidnapping in Alabama on the Run

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Be alert for the couple shown. This post is from the Vestavia Hills, Alabama Police Department.  The couple reportedly abducted a woman in Vestavia Hills  this morning. She was released unharmed in Birmingham. But the gunman believed to be the same man tried to rob a fast food restaurant 15 minutes earlier. The car involved in that case was believed taken in the robbery and abduction of a motel clerk in Tuscaloosa.A description of the vehicle the couple is believed driving n... More>>

Website Helps Local Bands Find Income

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A half-dozen bands -- most from Joplin -- are taking part in the beta-test for "Bandfund". Where musicians sign up, and ask for monetary support from their fans. The idea is to help starving artists.. Be a little less starved.

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Mother wants bullying to stop after daughter commits suicide

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Locally, several families have been affected by suicide in the past few months. The mother of a 12 year old Neosho girl wants to see an end to bullying after her own daughter's death. 

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Missouri tourism up; Joplin a contributor

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Governor Jay Nixon announces Missouri's tourism is on the rise, with a record 40.4 million visitors in 2015's fiscal year. During that time, visitors spent more than $12.4 billion and supported more than 297,000 jobs. Joplin is a solid contributor to the rising numbers. Patrick Tuttle, director of Joplin Convention and Visitors Bureau explains that Joplin is capitalizing on being a day-trip destination, as well as a hub for sporting events and Route 66 events. "Our focus is to ... More>>

Pitt State students host a fashion show for charity

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Pitt State students studying fashion put their knowledge to good use. The Fashion and Merchandising Entrepreneurs club put together a fashion show and expo for charity. 

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Residents talk turtles at the Audubon Center

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Residents talk turtles at the Wildcat Glades and Audubon Center today. Kids get a close look at, and even take selfies with, several different species of turtles.

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Patrons say goodbye to children's librarian

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It's a bittersweet day at the Joplin Public Library as patrons say goodbye to the children's librarian. 

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Neosho opens new assisted living option

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Residents of Neosho now have another option in assisted living: Oak Pointe Assisted Living and Memory Care. Oak Pointe opened its doors to hundreds of visitors and future potential residents, such as Zella Collie. "I had a very serious illness a year ago and was in the hospital for seven weeks. And it just came to my mind, I have no family here, and I thought I better make some plans for the future," Collie said. Staff was on hand to answer questions, such as executive dir... More>>

SEK Healthcare Professionals Unite to Form Breastfeeding Coalition

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Healthcare Professionals from across...

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Pittsburg fourth graders celebrate Kansas, economics

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For the second year in a row, Pittsburg's Lakeside Elementary School auditorium is transformed into a new Kansas town: Just Imagine, KS. To learn economics, industry and state history, fourth graders create Just Imagine, KS filled with thriving businesses and elected governor. "The kids get to imagine what it will be like when they grow up, and maybe have businesses of their own,  the owners of the actual business came, which we're very happy of," Just Imagine gov... More>>

Free "God bless America" signs handed out after similar sign forced down at post office

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Workers at Jake's hope people's patriotism stays lit.

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USD 250 Schools Bond Election Results

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The votes are in and counted from a Pittsburg school bond proposal.  The proposal fails by more than 800 votes.

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    Tuesday, February 9 2016 6:22 PM EST2016-02-09 23:22:39 GMT
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  • Volunteer tax assistance available at Missouri Southern

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  • Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri changes name to Joplin Regional Community Foundation

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    Wednesday, February 3 2016 8:16 PM EST2016-02-04 01:16:04 GMT
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