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Local pet stores warn against impulse rabbit buying for Easter Video included

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With Easter approaching, some local pet stores are warning against impulse rabbit buying. Some sellers have even taken rabbits off the market entirely this time of the year. More>>

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New Iola trail system funded by Kansas Department of Health attracts volunteers Video included

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Nothing compares to being on a bike, for Randy Rasa."You can see things in more detail. You can smell things. You can feel the wind," said Rasa, an avid bicyclist in Kansas.It's a natural fit that Rasa is volunteering to help clear the land for the Lehigh Portland Trails, a multi-use natural space just south of downtown Iola. "This is going to be really interesting resource for Iola because there's nothing like this within about 15 miles," said Rasa."There's a variety of options for people wh... More>>

CROWDER COLLEGE USES WEB BASED SERVICE TO PREVENT PLAGIARISM DURING TERM PAPER TIME Video included

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This is term paper time for a lot of college students. Crowder College is one of many schools using a high-tech program to prevent plagiarism. Brook Gillaspy, a sophomore at Crowder has several classes for which she writes papers. She says she's pretty clear on the rules of presenting her research. "As long as you put it in quotation marks and list some work cited document where you got it from, when it was published, and who it was published by, then its ok to use other peoples work. But y... More>>

Joplin School District sues contractor Video included

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Rouse says part of the lawsuit alleges an electric company did inadequate work that needs to be re-done.  More>>

Investigators release details of Granby death Video included

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According to officials, first came love, then came murder. More>>

New company looks to bring wind energy to Chanute Video included

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Neil Israel talks about an old form of alternative energy. "We've been using the wind for energy for literally thousands of years, since people have been coming over with huge steamships. So, using wind as an energy source is the right thing to do."Which is why Israel and his partner, Jonathan Frieden, are launching Energeni, a company focused on creating wind energy that it says is environmentally-friendly and cost effective.   More>>

Officials say warmer weather brings increase in illegal drug and alcohol activity at the falls outside Joplin Video included

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Local law enforcement officials say warmer weather brings an increase in illegal drug and alcohol activity at the falls just outside Joplin. More>>

Library Budget Cuts Could Effect Internet Access for Many Video included

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After withholding millions in appropriated funds over the past fiscal year, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon looks to cut state aid to public libraries. In McDonald County, library officials are preparing to cut back, but are afraid how that might affect access to not only books.. But the internet.  More>>

Miami Animal Shelter Will Grow Five Times its Current Size Video included

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"Come here, you ready to go to rescue, huh? You ready to go to rescue?"Miami animal adoption director Shanda Schertz gets a Rottweiler ready to go to a rescue in Joplin. Many of Miami's animals have to be sent out of state or put in foster programs because of increased demand after an Ottawa County shelter closed down in November."This being the only facility in Miami, the rates have increased tremendously. And the option does exist for euthanasia however we do try to send them to rescues, we... More>>

Joplin Seeks Architects for Route 66 Project

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Even if you ignore the broken windows, weathered paint, and cracked walls; it's still hard to imagine a vacant building on Broadway in Joplin becoming a local attraction. But that's the hope of the Joplin Convention and Visitors Bureau.  More>>

Joplin Brides Shop & Swap For Their Dream Weddings

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Brides shop for all the components of a dream wedding in Downtown Joplin today. It was the swap and shop expo at the Cosmopolitan Event Center. About twenty vendors offered goods from custom cakes to flowers to decorations. This is the first year wedding planners "Bridal Bliss" has put on the event and organizers say it's a good option for new vendors to reach customers. "My favorite part about this show is that it introduces the brides that are getting married in the next two years to a lot... More>>

Barton County Gym Serves Up Pizza for the Hungry

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A Southwest Missouri fitness club owner works to tackle hunger and improve community health.Jeremy Augusta of "The Barton County Strength Club" hosted a community pizza party. The doors were open for anyone who was hungry for a slice to come by and eat for free.The Strength Club crew served fifty pizzas, about four hundred slices, to gym members, interested community members, and the needy.Augusta and his wife recently moved to the area from Tennessee. They say they love Barton County, but fe... More>>

Citizens Demand Medicaid Expansion Video included

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Jasper County Republicans hold "Lincoln Days" in face of protests. Roughly 10 protesters were asked to leave the premises after holding a demonstration advocating for the expansion of Medicaide.  More>>

Lt. Governor's Office Comes to Joplin Video included

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Representatives from the Lieutenant Governor's Office set up a "Listening Post" inside the Joplin Public Library. A staff member spent a half hour listening to citizen's questions and concerns about the state government.  More>>

Joplin Volunteers "Pack the Bus" for Moore Video included

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Joplin schools band together to help Oklahoma students. Last week's severe weather destroyed South Gate Elementary School in Moore, OK. Today, principals from Soaring Heights, Royal Heights, and Cecil Floyd elementary schools in Joplin, along with students and staff, spent he morning filling a school bus with supplies for South Gate.  More>>

Beeperball: Blind Children Play Baseball with a Twist Video included

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Blind and visually impaired kids play a fun take on traditional baseball called beeper ball that puts their sense of hearing to the test.It's a family affair, kids and their parents, played in the third annual beeper ball classic on the fields at the Joplin Athletic Center.Batters step up to the plate and hit a beeping ball and score points by running to a beeping base. A run is scored every time a player reaches a base before the defense picks up the ball. The Midwest Low Vision and Technolo... More>>

Creative Crafters Sell Spring Goods at the Hip Handmade Market Video included

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Local artisans sell their goods at an Indy craft fair in downtown Joplin called the Hip Handmade Market. 52 vendors from across the Four States sold everything from crochet collars, to ornate jewelry, and even miniature fairy gardens. This is the first time the group has held the event in the spring. The selection process for this year's market was five years in the making. Artist Sarah Menge breathes new life into old books, turning them into things like picture frames and clocks. She wa... More>>

McDonald County Holds 15th Annual Business Expo & Health Fair Video included

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Local businesses and healthcare providers across the Four States connect with McDonald County residents at the 15th annual McDonald County Business Expo and Health Fair. 70 vendors networked with guests mingling through the business fair at McDonald County High School.This is the first time the Health Fair has been combined with the business expo, which organizers say brought in much bigger crowds. The McDonald County Chamber puts on the event every year on the last weekend of March and says ... More>>

Joplin High School students gear up for grand opening show at new performing arts center Video included

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Students at Joplin High School have spent the past couple days rehearsing on their new stage for the first time. Last week, a certificate of occupancy was approved for the new performing arts center at the school. More>>

Mercy Donates Temporary Hospital to become KCU Medical School

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Instead of patients checking in at Mercy's temporary Joplin home for their hospital visits, students will soon be checking in for their first day of classes here on what is to be a new Kansas City University Medical School campus in Joplin. “We're quite excited. This is a very unique opportunity for both the university and the Joplin community to address a lot of the healthcare needs in the rural part of the state, the region, and really the country,” says President CEO of KCU Medical Bio S... More>>

Town hall meeting held in Joplin to urge action on Medicaid expansion Video included

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Many Missouri residents continue to urge action on Medicaid expansion in the state. It was the topic of a town hall meeting held at The Independent Living Center in Joplin this evening. More>>

Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences to Develop Additional Medical School Campus in Joplin Video included

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The Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences' (KCU) College of Osteopathic Medicine, the largest medical school in Missouri and 10th largest school in the country, received approval from the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) to develop an additional medical school campus in Joplin, Mo. KCU plans to matriculate an additional 150 students per year in the doctor of osteopathic medicine program at the new campus site.“The expansion of KCU to an additional location m... More>>

Joplin Files Lawsuit Against Wallace Bajjali Video included

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The city of Joplin files a petition with the Jasper County Circuit Court to recover damages from the now defunct Joplin redevelopers Wallace Bajjali. Diane Gerstenfeld sat down with city attorney Peter Edwards who says the decision to file the lawsuit against Wallace Bajjali and David Wallace was made several weeks ago in a closed city council meeting. Wallace Bajjali has thirty days to respond to the petition once they have been served by the court. He says the main reasons for the lawsuit ... More>>

MSSU statement regarding verdict in Jeffrey Bruner trial Video included

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The following statement has been issued by Missouri Southern State University regarding today's verdict in the trial of Jeffrey Bruner:The death of an employee, especially under such shocking and violent circumstances, is always a heavy loss. Derek was and will always remain a member of our Lion family. Our commitment to his son through the Elijah Moore Trust Fund – which has raised more than $8,000 thus far – is one of the ways we continue to honor his memory and thank his family for the imp... More>>

Seneca residents express concern on lack of funds to improve deadly intersection Video included

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Residents in Seneca, MO express concern regarding the lack of funding available from the Missouri Department of Transportation for improvements to a deadly intersection of two state highways within city limits. More>>

Galena Nursing Home to Close Video included

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David Boyes enjoys living at the Emerald Pointe Health and Rehabilitation Centre. It's close to his family. "My dad and most of my family live north of here about two and a half miles," Boyes said.Now he's among residents and staff at the care facility looking for a new home. "It's pretty scary," Boyes said. "Cause all the sudden you have no place to live." More>>

Pitt State social work student and domestic abuse survivor spreads awareness at collective event Video included

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For years, Lannette Wood was married to a man who abused her. "I just kept going back through that cycle over and over. And I regret now that my children has to see that and be put through that."Her husband passed in 2006, leaving her with painful memories. These were strengthened years later, when her friend Kandi died from domestic violence.  More>>

Day 3 of Bruner Trial Video included

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Day 3 of Bruner Trial. More>>

Children Weigh-in on Library Video included

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When it comes to the new library in the works at 20th and Connecticut, in Joplin. Library officials thought it'd be a good idea to get input from some of its most popular users. Kids. Thus, a special focus group took place today for the kids.  More>>

Seneca School District seeks approval of $4.5 million bond issue Video included

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The Seneca School District is seeking approval for a $4.5 million bond issue on the April 7 ballot. More>>

Cherokee County Sheriff's Department releases new information about Texas woman found dead in Scammon Video included

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Shannon Fonda, 35 of Midland, Texas, was found Monday morning in a field on the north edge of Scammon, Kansas. Her car was found in the same location. An autopsy conducted Tuesday determined Fonda died from shock and complications due to burns More>>

Jasper County Juvenile Detention Center No Longer Keeping Youth Overnight/Sending Offenders to Greene County After Failed Inspection Video included

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The Jasper County Juvenile Detention Center is back open after a failed inspection. Repairs were made quickly but a big change in its holding policy followed. Now the fixes put talk about the facilities future back on the table. The detention is old and creates maintenance challenges for Jasper county. It failed a recent fire inspection forcing repairs. Jasper county commissioner Darieus Adams says, "We needed to do some adjustments to the heat and air and to the hot water system. We h... More>>

Update on Scammon Death Investigation Video included

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Just after 8:00 a.m. on Monday, March 23rd, 2015, the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to a field near Main and Katy on the north edge of Scammon.   More>>

MVP Athletics Breaks Ground on Sports Training Facility in Galena

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Fathers Mark Quinn and Travis Noel tread through dirt up to the place where their new sports facility will stand. “Entry point's right here. You're gonna have about a 50 x 20 ft., you're gonna have a pro shop, concessions,” says MVP Athletics General Manager Travis Noel. A bulldozer breaks ground on what will be the new MVP Athletics Complex. A state of the art facility that hopes to bring big city amenities to the small town of Galena. “We'll be using technology that nobody in the four st... More>>

Firefighters Prepare for Disaster

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The area's search and rescue task force completed a weekend of training exercises in Pittsburg. Sunday, the task force performed a series of exercises within a disaster scenario including trench rescue and high angle rescue techniques.  More>>

Joplin Fire Department Delivers Baby

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The Joplin Fire Department and METS unit were called to a medical emergency at 8 am, Sunday. A pregnant woman needed assistance to the hospital, but when the firefighters arrived on scene, the baby was ready to be delivered. More>>

MO-KAN Starts Year

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Sunday marks the beginning of MO-KAN's race season. 140 entries participate in the 4th annual Gold Race, where winners have MO-KAN entry fees waived for the season.  More>>

Southeast Kansas Humane Society hosts 39th annual chili dinner

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Animal lovers enjoyed their fill of homemade chili and deserts on Sunday, with all proceeds going toward the SEK Humane Society.  More>>

Mercy Makes the Big Move to the New Joplin Hospital

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It's a big job for Mercy. Ambulances run back and forth carrying patients from the temporary Joplin facility to the new state of the art hospital on 50th St and Hearnes Blvd. “We all said it was kind of like a huddle for a football game, everybody put their hand in the middle, we had our prayer and then we said let's rock and roll... More>>

Single car crash kills Pittsburg woman

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At 7:07 pm Saturday, 32-year-old Joshua Coleman was driving southbound on NE 50th street northeast of Weir, Kansas, when he lost control of the vehicle for unknown reasons, went off the side of the road and struck a tree. Coleman was taken to Freeman Hospital in Joplin with injuries. The passenger, 28-year-old Chrystene Weller, died on scene.  More>>

Opening weekend for Stained Glass Theatre of Joplin

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After nearly four years of not having a space of their own, members of the Stained Glass Theatre of Joplin are performing their opening show this weekend in a new permanent home. More>>

Carthage Car Show Raises Money for Down Syndrome

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Four-states celebrates the 10th anniversary of “World Down Syndrome Day” at a family fun car show in Carthage. The event hopes to raise awareness about the genetic disorder, as well as to raise money for the "Step Up For Down Syndrome" walk and fundraiser in Springfield this summer. Vendors presented their cars and sold hot dogs, baked goods, and small trinkets along with a silent auction to donate proceeds to the cause. We spoke to organizer Sandra Evans whose ten year old daughter, Jolena,... More>>

Spring Cleaning-Mothers Buy & Sell Used Children's Clothes at Consignment Event

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Spring is finally here, giving mothers an opportunity to do a little spring cleaning from their children's closet. Local mom's dropped off their gently used clothing, baby products, and kids toys to be sold by volunteers at the seventh bi-annual "Rhea Lana's Children's Consignment Event" at the Joplin Convention Trade Center. More than 60,000 items... More>>

Neosho Business & Industry Review exhibits economic growth

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Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce members say there is currently economic growth in the area across the board. More>>

Friends Celebrate March Madness as if it was a Religious Holiday

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Searching Joplin for the most dedicated college basketball fan, I stumbled upon a table in the way back of the bar that looked promising. “I just came here, took the day off to spend some time with some good friends and watch a little basketball and eat some chicken,” says fan Ronald White. He and his group of friends consider the first day of the NCAA tournament a religious holiday. They've been coming to Buffalo Wild Wings to man out and enjoy the rush of March Madness for seven years in a... More>>

Parsons receives upgraded rating for its fire protection services.

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Beginning April 1, 2015, The city's Insurance Services Organization (ISO) rating will change from a four to a three.An ISO rating evaluates how well a city responds to and fights fires. "It's kind of like a grade, one through ten," said Jerry Clemens of Clemens Insurance Agency.The lower the number, the more efficient the fire services. Parsons is moving from a four to a three, a change Clemens says is good for the community. "For us being a small town we are, and we're a fire protection clas... More>>

Future of Seneca Special Road District remains unclear

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The future of the Seneca Special Road District remains unclear. A petition group working to dissolve the district held a public meeting tonight to discuss options, before giving input to Newton County commissioners, who are working to find a solution. More>>

Missouri Athletes Get Chance to Throw Javelin at Track and Field Meets

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There's a new sport for Missouri students in track and field. The javelin is back. It hasn't been thrown in Missouri State Competition since 1936. Schools across the state can practice and add javelin as host to track meets and after a two year exhibition period, it could return to state competition level. Local coaches and students are ready to give it a try. "Arm all the way back." Justin Schneickert gets his first feel for the javelin and advice from volunteer coach Spencer Paul. Paul... More>>

Quapaw Withdraws Partnership From Casino Proposal

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The Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma, which owns Downstream Casino Resort, announced it's no longer a part of the Emerald City casino proposal in Frontenac, Kansas.  More>>

Webb City, MO family collecting donations for wheelchair bicycle

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Glutaric Aciduria Type 1 is a rare condition found in nearly one of every 30,000 to 40,000 people. A Webb City teenager has the condition, and his family is currently raising funds to purchase new equipment they feel will bring a lot of joy into his life. More>>

Jasper Co. Commissioners Seek to Replace Aging Boilers at Courthouse and Jail

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Jasper County officials work to solve a problem with aging and inefficient boilers both at the courthouse and the county jail. Jail inmates rinse and wash pans after preparing lunch. With laundry and showers, hot water is a must at the Jasper county jail.. But one water heating unit from the 1980's hasn't worked for several years. And the other, while newer, is rusting and leaks. Sheriff Randee Kaiser says, "It holds a nine hundred gallon capacity. You don't want that thing to spring a leak ... More>>

Quapaw's Downstream Casino Cites Kansas' Hostile Environment, Lawsuit, For Withdrawing From Proposal Partnership

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The Quapaw Tribe's Downstream Casino Resort, of Oklahoma, withdrew from a partnership in a Kansas state-owned casino proposal citing a hostile and adversarial environment created when the Kansas attorney general filed a federal lawsuit to halt a separate plan by the Tribe to expand its existing casino."The state of Kansas has shown us what they think of us," said Quapaw Chairman John Berrey. "So in order to help our partner in the Emerald City Casino proposal, Mr. Phil Ruffin, we felt it woul... More>>

Murderer Executed Despite Controversy

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The state of Missouri executed a brain damaged inmate Tuesday night for the murder of a Southwest Missouri law officer. 74-year old Cecil Clayton, the oldest man on Missouri's death row, died by lethal injection for the 1996 murder of a Barry County sheriff's deputy. His defense sought a last minute stay of execution. The supreme court denied it Tuesday evening and Missouri Governor Jay Nixon declined to grant clemency.  More>>

Three charged in Joplin shooting death and home invasion

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The charges against three burglary suspects include second degree murder. Those suspects are 37-year-old Shawn Hency of Carthage, and 20-year-old Dakota Bates and 19-year-old Dakota Pliler, both of Joplin. More>>

YMCA Heritage Youth Center Provides Spring Break Care Helping Working Parents

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Schools are closed for spring break so some parents are forced for to find care for their kids. Local YMCA programs are coming to the rescue. Kids including five year old Zoey Berger run around in a game of bean bag dodge ball with a mission of knocking down bowling pins at the end of a room at the Heritage Youth Development Center. The Y's spring break camp is home away from home for more than thirty-five kids whose parents work, like Zoey's mom. Child care specialist Erica du Rossette say... More>>

JPD make arrests; Three charged in shooting and home invasion

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Update on shooting in Joplin. Arrests were made yesterday. Three... More>>

Joplin Partners with Ozark Center to Help Inmates Receive Mental Health Care

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According to jail officials, close to 40% of the city's inmates have a mental illness, which is about national average. Joplin City Council unanimously approved an ordinance to establish a "mental health court" for the city. “It will be a breath of fresh air to be able to provide the city of Joplin with an alternative to inmate placement in the jails, by providing behavioral health services to them on an outpatient basis,” says Ozark Center Executive Director Mary Parrigan. Officials say it ... More>>

Voters Determine Fate of Barton County Memorial Hospital

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The survival of the Barton County Memorial Hospital will depend heavily on the decision of voters, April 7th. 

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Murder in Diamond

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Sheriff's deputies in Jasper County are investigating a fatal shooting early Sunday morning. 27-year old Lee Yang is in custody, awaiting charges in the murder of his 88-year old grandfather, Xai Yang.  More>>

K-State Challenges Kansans to Walk Around the Entire State

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K-State challenges Kansans to walk the entire length of the state of Kansas. The healthy lifestyle initiative "Walk Kansas" kicked off locally in Pittsburg's Meadowbrook Mall where participants met with their teammates to form a strategy for the eight week challenge. To get energized participants made six laps around the mall, about one mile, and were treated to back and neck massages. Experts say walking in teams or bringing along a furry friend is a great way to stay stick with it. "You kno... More>>

American Legion Celebrates 96 Years of Service

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American Legion celebrates 96 years of service helping our nation's true servicemen and women. Cherokee, Kansas's local chapter, Post 35, held a birthday celebration, a chance for veterans to reconnect and share their past experiences.We asked the veterans what they thought about what White House officials say the President's new military strategy is, to keep almost ten thousand troops in the Afghanistan till 2016 or later, instead of pulling out half of them out by the end of this year."He t... More>>

Fish Hatchery Celebrates Veterans

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The Neosho fish hatchery hosted "Rainbows for Veterans", a day-long celebration in honor of those who serve. Hundreds of veterans and active service members from all branches enjoyed a free day of trout fishing, music, and a picnic.  More>>

Area Mothers Seek Sales

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The second day of the "From Your Closet" consignment sale took place inside the Mt. Hope Activity Center. Clothing, baby items, and other miscellaneous second-hand products were on sale, with a portion of the sale going back to the original owner.  More>>

Golden Paw Raises Funds in Joplin

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You may have seen us at the Tractor Supply in Joplin. Golden Paw animal shelter, along with KOAM Fox 14, held a Pet Photo Booth and silent auction at Tractor Supply Company.The event was to raise money for the shelter.  More>>

Two vehicle collision kills Joplin man

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The Missouri State Highway Patrol says 82-year-old Ralph Barger of Joplin was driving northbound on Route P, two miles west of Joplin, when he crossed the center line and struck another car driven by 19-year-old Amber Swager of Weir, Kansas. Barger was pronounced dead at the scene. Responders took Swager to Freeman Hospital with serious injuries. More>>

Mercy Employees Take Emotional Walk From Old to New Hospital

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“May this garden and the land around it bloom with beauty and offer a place of inspiration, reflection, and peace,” says Bishop Emeritus John Leibrecht. “Amen,” replies the crowd. Bishop Leibrecht blesses the hallowed ground at the old St. John's site where Mercy hospital once stood, now a memorial garden in its place. Hundreds of Mercy employees embark on a new journey, taking hopeful steps toward their future, walking about three miles to a new hospital upon a hill. “You know the walk it ... More>>

FAA cracks down on illegal use of drone-captured video

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The Federal Aviation Administration is cracking down on illegal commercial use of video filmed by drones. Officials say because YouTube contains advertisements, uploaded videos of drone flights are considered commercial use. However, some drone enthusiasts argue the line between commercial and recreational use is a hazy one. More>>

Poultry Farmers Take Caution in Kansas

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For the time being, the Schenker Farm is on lockdown. "Everything is secured," Co-Owner of Schenker Family Farms Cherie Schenker said. "just as a precaution for safety." More>>

Grand opening performance held at Pittsburg State University's Bicknell Family Center for the Arts

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Hundreds turned out tonight for the grand opening performance at Pittsburg State University's Bicknell Family Center for the Arts. For many, it was their first look inside the new $33 million facility. More>>

Oil Storage Tank Fire in Bourbon County

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A fire tonight in an oil storage tank in Bourbon County, Kansas. Authorities tell us it began as a grass fire northwest of Fort Scott, and then spread to a tank where oil is stored. A sheriff's department employee says there are no reports of injuries. We'll have more details as they become available. More>>

Riverton Voters will Decide on a $12.35 Million School Bond in April

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4th grade teacher Ashley Coleman has been teaching in Riverton for about eight years, five of those years in the modular units outside.“I believe that it's crucial for us to get our students in the building. We had a very hard time getting them over for tornado drills, sometimes we would not even hear the siren,” says Coleman.To make schools safer the school board proposes a $12.35 million bond to pay for improvements, to a school that hasn't seen major renovations since the 1980s.42% of the ... More>>

Joplin School Board Approves New Short Term Financing Deal to Cover Rebuild Costs Until Reimbursed by SEMA/FEMA

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A new loan for the Joplin School district. It's borrowing for the rebuilding effort will now hit $51 million dollars total. The school board unanimously approved new short term financing with the Bank of America for nearly $29 million dollars. The decision came in a special session this afternoon. Half that money is needed to pay contractors working on finishing the high school performing arts center, landscaping around it and other safe rooms projects still underway. The district expects to... More>>

How did you enjoy today's nice weather?

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Workers on the new Joe Becker Stadium in Joplin got some of that outdoor time today. More>>

Joplin restaurant workers did "the right thing" during fire

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We wanted to ask some of the workers at this Sonic location about what's next for them.  However, local management would not allow us to interview those workers. More>>

Nevada man charged for death of infant

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Nevada Police report that they have concluded an investigation into the tragic death of a three year child which began on October 29th with a call for police at the Nevada Regional Medical Center (NRMC), Emergency Room. Investigating Officers were informed that 3 year old Ethan Warner had been in the care of a family friend when he received suspected hot water burns. When the child's mother returned home and discovered the injury, the child was driven to the NRMC for treatment. The child was ... More>>

Police Pursuit in Joplin

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On March 12, 2015, at 8:05 AM, a Joplin Police Officer made contact with parked red, Ford Mustang in the 1900 block of S. Main St.The reason for contacting the vehicle is because the officer suspected one or more of the occupants had arrest warrants.The female passenger of the vehicle had exited the parked vehicle and the officer made contact with her. He confirmed her identity as Shyla N. Figueroa, 530 Walnut Ridge, Joplin, Mo.Figueroa had two Joplin City Warrants (Failure to Appear for Poss... More>>

Joplin Fire Dept. allows burning within city limits with proper permit

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Officials at local fire departments say low winds combined with recent rains create the perfect conditions for burning. The Joplin Fire Department allowed burning within city limits today with a proper permit. More>>

Gardeners offer tips on best produce to plant now

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Kathy Flora hit the ground running on Wednesday. "I wanted to get outside, and I did! I got out here and planted over 200 onions... More>>

Kindergarten Boy Gets Surprise Visit from Grandfather Back from Serving US Army in Kuwait

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The military life is not for everyone. It takes sacrifice for the soldier and the family that moves too, or is left at home.But today three generations are celebrating a homecoming surprise in Joplin.Five year old Dustin Ballard and his kindergarten class got a special guest clear from Kuwait.. Dustin's grandfather.First sergeant Michael Ballard is back after nine months across the globe and his grandson is glad." Because i missed him," says Dustin.Dustin's dad Kent Ballard adds, "It was v... More>>

Carthage may have permanent detour route because of MODOT funding decrease

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City officials say, with no money, what's MODOT to do? More>>

ATF proposal framework increases local sales of certain class of ammunition

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A popular bullet, the M855 green tip ammunition is commonly used in the AR-15 rifle. Earlier this year, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, ATF, proposed to ban the ammo because of its ability to pierce body armor.  More>>

Local insurance agents say new sinkhole coverage benefits Joplin area due to its large mining history

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Sinkhole coverage is now available in the state of Missouri. Local insurance agents say it's beneficial to the Joplin area due to its large history of mining. More>>

Pittsburg Wins EPA Grant to Plan Clean-up of Post Mining/Smeltering Contamination on 350 Acres

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The city of Pittsburg wins a nearly 200-thousand dollar Environmental Protection Agency Brownfields grant. It's to create an area-wide plan for properties that might be contaminated from the city's mining past and includes three hundred and fifty acres near downtown. Grant writers called it the mid-city renaissance area. City manager Daron Hall explains the name, "If Pittsburg was a body, it would be where the heart is. And it's just the center of our town and I think it's critical we addr... More>>

SE KS officials prepare for possible bird flu

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"We have a lot of poultry producers in this area," says Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves. More>>

Missouri legislation involves elimination of daylight savings

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Missouri legislation heard in committee today involves the elimination of daylight savings. The proposed constitutional amendment would allow voters to decide whether they would like one consistent time year-round. More>>

Bourbon County CASA program in need of more volunteers due to Increase in child-involved court cases

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Bourbon County CASA is a volunteer program that supports children during neglect, divorce or abuse cases. The city of Fort Scott has decided to increase its annual contribution to the program, but more support is needed. More>>

Health Officials Report Bird Flu at Asbury Turkey Farm

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The Missouri Department of Agriculture and the USDA are working on a plan to combat the spread of the disease after turkeys at a plant in Asbury contracted the deadly virus. Although there is no public health risk for humans, it can devastate bird populations. Health officials have forced Butterball growers Joe and Cheryl Henry to quarantine all of their birds. The farm on Thyme Rd. near the Asbury Power Plant will unfortunately have to kill all of their flock to stop the spread of disease. T... More>>

Avian influenza detected at Asbury turkey farm

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The Missouri Department of Agriculture announced today that it is implementing its plan for a coordinated response with the USDA, state health officials and industry partners following confirmation that turkeys at a grower facility in Asbury, near Carthage, had been infected with a strain of avian influenza. Outbreaks of a strain of avian flu have occurred in Minnesota, Oregon, Washington and Idaho and are not considered to be a threat to public health or the food supply. Preliminary tests al... More>>

St. Peter's Middle School Raises Money at Munch Madness Event

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Guests chow down on international delights as part of a fundraiser for St. Peters Middle School. Community members sampled from an array of foods at a small price...like polish sausage, Thai iced tea, and Greek salad as part of Munch Madness. A third of the proceeds go toward new school books, and the rest for classroom supplies and other necessities. Students and parents have been coming back for more for more than a decade. "I come to munch madness every year. They always have such a var... More>>

MSSU Helps Families Fill Out the FAFSA

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MSSU helps college bound students fill out the FAFSA, a Free Federal Application for Federal Student Aid. The April 1st priority deadline is fast approaching for students to qualify for financial aid. Everyone who applies is entitled to a direct unsubsidized government loan and some may qualify for a federal Pell Grant, state aid, and other scholarships.“People need to know that the FAFSA takes time. That even after they fill it out, they need to double check with the institution that they ar... More>>

The Coleman Theatre Shows Special Silent Film Double Feature

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Movie lovers in Miami experience a special cinematic throwback. The Coleman Theatre presented a double feature of director Cecil B DeMille's early silent films.Traveling organist Dennis James helped to bring films “The Cheat" and "A Fool There Was" to life. In the early 1900s when these films were released, the content was considered scandalous.The Theatre Director Shannon Duhon says the venue's history complements the films' ages. "I think when you can come to a place like the Coleman Theatr... More>>

Carl Junction Holds Business Expo

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About a thousand people pack the Carl Junction Community Center for its 4th annual Business Expo. Over 60 businesses took part in the Carl Junction Chamber of Commerce event.  More>>

Movie Attempts to Stop Bullying

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An award-winning film comes to Missouri to teach kids about bullying and animal care. The Lamar Plaza Theater is one of about 40 movie theaters in Missouri showing Marshall the Miracle Dog this weekend in conjunction with "Commit to be Kind Weekend".  More>>

Circus Packs Fans, Jams Traffic

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While the circus is entertaining audiences.. It's frustrating drivers. Traffic heading into the Tarzan Zerbini Circus has caused major issues on the roads.  More>>

The Kiwanis Club hosts 66th annual pancake feed in Parsons

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The service club volunteers served-up unlimited flapjacks for a $5 donation. All proceeds go toward community services, including helping give support to underprivileged children. More>>

Mercy Hospital Opens its Doors to the Public at Open House

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“A symbol of the toughest people on god's green earth,” says Missouri Governor Jay Nixon.Governor Nixon praises Joplin's rebuilding and Mercy Hospitals as Four Staters get their first chance to look at the state of the art facility. A building he says represents unity after the storm. “We say another prayer of thanks and ask for the continued blessings that have made Joplin a beacon of hope and inspiration for the world."Nurse Rita Stiles puts out the welcome packets in the place she's worked... More>>

Efforts underway to bring trolley rides back to Fort Scott, KS

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Fundraising efforts are currently underway for a new downtown trolley, which will cost an estimated $60,000. More>>

A First Look Inside Mercy Joplin's New Operating Rooms

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Mercy's new hospital has 16 state of the art operating rooms. We take an inside look with cardiovascular surgeon Dr. James Taylor at what the new facilities have to offer. “This is Mercy hospital Joplin's hybrid operating room. It integrates state of the art radiology and cardiology interventional techniques with the operating rooms. That gives us a certain advantage and enables us to provide patient care from a radiology standpoint,” says Dr. Taylor. In this operating room is where procedure... More>>

Tales From the Circus

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The Tarzan Zerbini Circus is in town this weekend. And while you may have just had dreams of running away with the circus as a child, one Richard Curtis actually did that at the age of 25.  More>>

Three charged in shooting and home invasion

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The McDonald County prosecuting attorney's office and sheriff's just wrapped up a joint press conference at the McDonald County Courthouse. Three individuals have been charged with 1st Degree Murder More>>

Joplin Police Release Annual Statistics

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The Joplin police department released it's annual year-end report, Thursday. The 39-page document compiles instances of police force, the types of force used.. As well as complaints against the department. For the Joplin police department, nothing was too out of the ordinary in 2014.  More>>

Local circus manager discusses Ringling Bros. decision to phase out elephants by 2018

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The Ringling Bros. and Barnum Bailey Circus today announced it will begin phasing out all elephants from performances by 2018. More>>

Empire Warns of Continuing Phone Scam

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"To have to close after working so hard to open, even though it was a soft opening, we had a lot of prep time to for the last few months and really getting things squared away to have to close at this point would be pretty catastrophic for us," says Johnson. Andy Johnson and his wife recently opened a new coffee shop on 7th St. just a week and half ago. And when he got a call demanding money, and that he was late on his electric bill it seemed his coffee shop dreams might come to an end.“So w... More>>

Mercy Hospital's Move Home will Add to Commercial Property Glut

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Commercial building vacancies are expected to boom in Joplin as Mercy hospital begins its move home. After the 2011 tornado hit St. John's, the hospital, now named Mercy, moved staff into spaces all across Joplin . President and CEO Gary Pulsipher says, “At any one time, that was two hundred fifty people that were working in various sites around town. It was a big deal." Now Mercy doesn't need those leased spaces. Commercial realtor David Glenn says, "We have a glut of empty space in Joplin... More>>

Crawford County Sheriff's Office enters new agreement to bring better quality emergency alerts to residents

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The Crawford County Sheriff's Office has entered into a new agreement to bring better quality emergency alerts to residents. A service, officials say, could potentially save lives. 95 residents in Crawford County have already subscribed to the new emergency alert system, available on the sheriff's office website, as of this week. More>>

Southwest Missouri crisis center shares surplus food with area churches and food banks

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All this lifting and loading is about sharing. "If we get an abundance of juice or something, we share," says Pam Boswell, Carthage Crisis Center. "It's the same thing with the foods we get." More>>

The Loneliest Job In Joplin On a Snow Day

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Caleb Wilson anxiously waits to serve another customer, and it's probably one of the only customers he'll see walk through the door the entire day.“I'm probably the only one brave enough to get out. Or maybe I shouldn't be so brave and not be out in this weather,” says customer Leslie Ply.But that doesn't stop regulars from rolling up the drive through."Yeah I seem to crave it more when it's cold out for some reason. It don't make sense, but people seem to have their differences I guess,” say... More>>

Joplin Schools Split Decision on Canceling Classes for Middle/High School and Not Elementary Frustrates Parents

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Late school cancellations caused confusion and frustration for parents in Joplin today. Busses carrying elementary students were already close to arriving at school when roads were getting slick with snow and the district decided to keep elementary schools open but to cancel middle and high school. Third graders at Irving elementary combined classes for indoor recess and the school combined kindergarten and first grade lunch sessions as so many classmates stayed home. The district reports a... More>>

Carl Junction to offer city-wide Wi-Fi

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City officials say this new type of wireless signal will be the first-of-its kind, when to put to use city-wide. More>>

City officials in Carl Junction, MO seek public input on proposed sidewalk project along Briarbrook Drive

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City officials in Carl Junction, Missouri are seeking public input on a proposed sidewalk project along Briarbrook Drive. More>>

Impending weather keeps MODOT crews busy

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Workers spent the day prepping across the board, fueling up, checking plow blades and loading and delivering salt.  More>>

Student Volunteer Honored by Kohl's Cares Explains Benefits of Serving Others

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They may be young but students who volunteer can make an impact on their schools and community. Right now the Kohl's Cares Scholarship Program is seeking nominations for area students who make a difference. Last year's regional honoree goes to Carthage junior high school. Hadley Hicklin tackles science with other 7th graders now but something she did for two years in 5th and 6th grade got the attention of the Kohl's cares scholarship program. Hadley says, "There was a little girl in my cl... More>>

Joplin School District invites parents to ask questions about audit

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 The open house will start at 6 PM inside the Joplin High School cafeteria.   More>>

Kansas Legislature Looks at DUI Punishments

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The Kansas house has passed two bills concerning DUI punishments. House Bill 2115 will classify DUI-related accidents causing permanent disability of another person as aggravated battery, making the charge a level 4 felony. House Bill 2159 looks to shorten the length of time those convicted of a DUI have to wait before applying to clear their criminal record.  More>>

Resource Opening for Foster Families

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Foster homes have a new resource in Carl Junction. Fostering Hope,a non profit focused on helping children in foster care, is ready to open the Caring Closet. After operating out of a storage unit the past three years, Fostering Hope will have an outlet for families with foster children to take clothes, shoes, or any other donated items from the Closet, free of charge. More>>

Joplin School District receives "fair" rating in recently conducted state audit

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A recently conducted state audit gives the Joplin School District a "fair" rating, and several areas to improve on. Last summer, citizens began a petition for the audit due to raised concerns regarding the spending of the high volume of donations the district received following the 2011 Joplin tornado. District officials say the audit findings show no evidence of fraud or misappropriation of the nearly $8.5 million in post-tornado donations. More>>

Joplin could have new domestic violence ordinance

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 Local victims advocacy groups were surprised to learn the city has no such ordinance. More>>

State auditor gives JSD Fair Rating

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 The Joplin School District state audit report was released this afternoon.  More>>

Goodwin has been found; in good condition

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 The Joplin Police Department is grateful to announce that...

 
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PSU Students Perform First Play in New Bicknell Center for the Arts

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Pitt State students put on their first play, Eurydice, at the brand new Bicknell Center for the Arts. We got a preview beforehand of the new theatre during the show's tech rehearsal. Students tested out the lighting and sound effects in the new state of the art, $33 million facility. Students say it was hard to get staging right while the theatre was still under construction. But now it's all come together. "It's been really cool. I was in the last production which was in memorial, w... More>>

Joplin Police Warn of the Dangers of Black Ice

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Emergency road conditions in Joplin have been lifted as of around 4pm, but police still warn of hazardous driving conditions Most roadways are clear but wet, and there is worry that with the cold they will freeze over making driving dangerous. Anytime there's rain or precipitation with below freezing temperatures there's a risk for black ice, after the moisture refreezes. “When there's black ice on the road, the best thing to do is just stay home, just stay off the roadways. You can't see b... More>>

MSSU Students and Families Make Cultural Connections at Chinese Celebration

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Students and families connect across cultures at a Chinese Celebration hosted by the International Friendship Families Program in Joplin. MSSU international students shared lunch using chopsticks with their American host families in the college heights church gym. The group holds events once a month to spread cultural awareness and help international students adjust to their new lives in the states. "I love learning about other cultures. And I think for Joplin, we're in the Midwest, so w... More>>

Trout Season Begins in Cassville

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On the surface, everyone at the Roaring River in Cassville, Missouri is there to fish. But the river doesn't just hold a fair amount of trout. For many of the anglers, this river on this day holds decades of family history. More>>

Souls Harbor Celebrates Founders

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The Souls Harbor homeless shelter celebrates it's 33rd anniversary with Founders Day Volunteers and supporters gathered to honor Georgia Jones, and her late husband Art, who founded Souls Harbor in 1982.  More>>

Joplin Volunteers Feed Haitian Students

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Volunteers bag thousands of meals in Joplin for students in Haiti. The Victory Ministry and Sports Complex held it's 2nd annual Victory for Haiti event this morning. More than 1,800 people volunteered to package meals that will be sent to students at the Haitian Christian Mission.  More>>

Vernon County boy dies after falling through pond ice

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At approximately 9:00 Saturday morning, the Nevada Police Department responded to a call regarding three people in a private resident pond northwest of town.  More>>

Nurses needed to help bring Baxter Springs baby home from Kansas City hospital

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A family in Baxter Springs, Kansas is asking for the help of local nurses to bring their one-year-old daughter home from Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. More>>

The Landing Offers a Safe Haven for Disabled Homeless & Veterans

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Vietnam Vet Bernard Gordon still carries the injuries of wartime with him.“I have 38 pieces of shrapnel in my spine. I have a bullet in my hip that can't be removed. Other than that, I'm alive,” says Gordon.After his wife died he was kicked out of his apartment while he was still staying in the hospital."I've had five strokes since my wife died and eight heart attacks."After being in and out of shelters, he now he calls The Landing a safe haven."It's nice to have some place to live. That does... More>>

County commissioners want Amish to dispose waste "properly"

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An old question once again centers around an old lifestyle. More>>

State lawmakers and community members remember Tom Schweich as exceptional auditor

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The cause of death of Missouri state auditor Tom Schweich has been ruled as an “apparent suicide” by gunshot this morning in his St. Louis home.  State lawmakers remember Tom Schweich as an exceptional auditor.   More>>

Students Weigh In on OK Bill to Defund AP US History Classes

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For Miami High School Senior Marriah Darnell AP US history is one of her favorite classes. “It's something that everybody needs to know a little bit about so that you have a good, firm understanding of the things that happened before so that, maybe so history won't repeat itself,” says Darnell. But that course may not be offered to next year's seniors if a new Oklahoma bill passes to de-fund the program. Representative Dan Fisher, author of the bill, denied our request for an interview aft... More>>

Pittsburg woman working to change 40-year-old city ordinance that bans certain dogs within city limits

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Kelci Cooper recalls three years ago when she almost lost her dog sam to animal control. "They told me I had 24 hours to get him out of city limits or they were going to put him to sleep. And honestly, it terrified me, he's a member of my family." More>>

Missouri auditor died of self-inflicted gunshot

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By David Lieb - JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich, a Republican candidate for governor, died Thursday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, a staff member told The Associated Press.The auditor's office staff member spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to speak publicly about the cause of death. A statement from Schweich's spokesman confirmed the 54-year-old had died but didn't list a cause.Schweich was taken to the hospital Thursday after w... More>>

Walmart Will Close Baxter Springs Store--60 to Lose Jobs

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Bad economic news for Baxter Springs, Kansas as Walmart announces it will close the store there on April 28th. At Weston's café everyone is talking about the closing. Many are regular customers. Waitress Vanessa Eaton says she goes there, "Three times a day, sometimes, yeah. " "It's very sad,” says resident David Gaines, “Very sad, that we're going to lose all them employees out there." The store has about sixty workers. At least two workers have more than 35 years experience each. Resid... More>>

Missouri leaders release statements on Auditor Schweich's Death

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“I am deeply saddened by today's news regarding Auditor Tom Schweich. Auditor Schweich was an extraordinary man with an extraordinary record of service to our state and nation. Our state and nation are better places because of his tireless dedication to duty and service. His wife, Kathy, and two children, Emilie and Thomas, will be in my prayers. I ask everyone to respect their privacy.” – Catherine Hanaway“I am very sad, and hurt so much for Tom Schweich's family. He was a good man, and a de... More>>

Joplin city attorney: Trucking company had rights to "step into the shoes" of master redeveloper

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"This too shall pass," says Joplin's city manager, concerning our reporting of this issue. More>>

Baxter Springs Walmart to close April 28th

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The Baxter Springs Walmart will be closing its doors April 28th, 2015. The store has been open for more than 30 years, and has approximately 60 associates."After careful consideration Walmart has made the difficult decision to close its Baxter Spring, Kansas store," Anne Hatfield, spokesperson for Walmart said. "These are not decisions we make lightly. Baxter Springs is a strong community where we have a long history."Statement from Walmart:"The needs of our customers have changed as our cust... More>>

Special Report: The Changing World of Weed

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While doctors look to marijuana for possible medicinal treatments.. In states like Colorado -- where recreational use is legal -- new, more potent forms of the drug are being developed for consumers.  More>>

Longtime Joplin restaurant and bar to close its doors

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The Kitchen Pass, a longtime beloved restaurant and bar, which has been in downtown Joplin for nearly 30 years, will close next month. Owners are hopeful the restaurant's legacy will live on, as a new restaurant moves in to take its place. More>>

PSU Technology Education Students Build Doghouses: Habitat for Hounds

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The push to bring more STEM, or science, technology, engineering and math into the classroom, has future teachers at Pittsburg State University getting a lesson in construction. But this project also has a purpose. The program is called Habitat for Hounds. The class is creating four dog houses for pups at the Southeast Kansas Humane Society. PSU Technology and Engineering Education major Melissa Stebbins says,"There's so many strays that don't get adopted I think them having a house ready t... More>>

Jasper County deputies soon to take on different role

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"It really reverts back to the old school policing," says the Jasper County Sheriff. More>>

Joplin School Board schedules March 25 election to determine teacher union representation

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Tonight, the Joplin School Board has finalized an election date to determine whether teachers within the district will be represented exclusively by one union for collective bargaining. In a unanimous vote, the Joplin School Board set Wednesday, March 25 as the election date to determine how district teachers will be represented into the future. More>>

Downtown Joplin Alliance Conducts Parking Survey

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Parking is an issue that has plagued Joplin's downtown in the past. Solutions included removing islands to create spaces, removing meters and adding permits. Now the Downtown Joplin Alliance is conducting a survey to see if people want more free, unlimited parking. Business owner Matt Johnson says yes. "It's very stressful trying to find a parking spot downtown," said Johnson. Johnson operates a website design and software business on Joplin's main street but says even with a conference r... More>>

Joplin could face litigation from trucking company over Wallace Bajjali fallout

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Full interview with Joplin's mayor included. More>>

City officials in Miami, OK seek public input on 20-year plan

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City officials in Miami, Oklahoma hold a public meeting to discuss development plans for the city's next 20 years. More>>

Special Report: How would a casino help the SE KS economy? Video included

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 Southeast Kansas will soon have an opportunity to become a regional attraction in the casino industry. 
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Joplin mobile home park familiar to law officers

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According to the Newton County Sheriff's Department, this is the fourth homicide to take place at the Bykota estates mobile home park in recent years.  More>>

Pittsburg Looks to Add Hotel

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It's been 3 years since the former Economy Inn and Suites on the corner of Centennial and Broadway in Pittsburg was severely damaged by straight line winds.. Then demolished. The city has tried to replace the hotel at that location. And look to be closer than ever. More>>

Smith charged w/ 1st Degree Murder

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Update on Newton County stabbing. JPD arrested....

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Tickets for Bush sell out in 90 minutes

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Pittsburg State University students have had their opportunity this week to purchase tickets to hear an address by former First Lady Laura Bush and now the public will get their turn.A limited number of tickets were set aside for students to purchase for just $5 on Thursday and Friday. The remainder of the tickets go on sale to the general public at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 23, and PSU officials expect the demand to be great.Bush will speak at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22, in the Bicknel... More>>

Soup Sale Fundraiser in Joplin

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The Royal Heights Methodist Church in Joplin holds a Soup Sale Fundraiser. Soup, veggies, and brownies were provided by the church in exchange for donations to Festival of Sharing.  More>>

Chetopa Celebrates Black History Month

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Chetopa's St. Paul's United Methodist Church holds its annual Black History Program and song helps tell the story of the past. The event features speakers, music, and prayer from volunteers across Kansas.  More>>

Students and Faculty Remember MSSU Dean Dr. Al Cade

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Pat Lipira flips through photos of Dr. Cade who recently lost his longtime battle with bone marrow cancer.She says they were like two peas in a pod.“Everything, we had so many similar experiences."They both went to Northwest Missouri State. Their paths crossed again when they both coached at Missouri Southern, and eventually were both Co-Deans. The Bearcat buddies also shared something else.“This is Al and I look. This is our cancer survivor walk,” says Lipira, Vice President of Academic Affa... More>>

Southeast Kansas veterans work to bridge the gap between veterans and their benefits

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The American Legion Post 64 hosted a veterans service officer from Kansas City to help vets file claims for disability compensation and health insurance. More>>

MSSU Dean of Education Dr. Alfred Cade dies at age 54

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Dr. Alfred Cade passed away Saturday after a long battle with cancer. He was the Dean of Education at Missouri Southern State University, as well as a longtime faculty and senior administrator.Dr. Cade earched his bachelor of science degree in education in 1983 and a master of science in education from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville. He later earned his doctorate in education in 2001 from St. Louis University.He first joined MSSU in 1984 as a physical education instructor in... More>>

Kansas lawmakers discuss bill that could raise property taxes for farmers by 500 percent

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Legislation proposed in Kansas could increase property taxes for farmers by an estimated 500 percent. Local lawmakers addressed concerns of Crawford County residents regarding that legislation this morning at a legislative breakfast at the Kansas Farm Bureau in Girard, KS. More>>

Tractor safety course held at Labette County High School

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Farm accidents are the highest cause of child deaths in the state of Kansas. That's why officials with the Kansas State Wildcat Extension District are offering hazardous occupation training to students. More>>

5th annual Fort Scott Dancing with our Stars event expected to draw in more than $20,000

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The 5th annual Fort Scott Dancing with our Stars event is expected to draw in more than $20,000 for 10 different charities and organizations in the area. More>>

Teens Resell Their Prom Dresses at a Discount

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A Joplin resale program aims to make prom dresses more accessible for the budget-conscious teen. The Peace Lutheran church organized the program. Girls who bring in their dress and set their own prices. The girls collect all the funds from the sale. Organizers says it's a win-win, for girls to earn back cash on their worn items, and for others to get a beautiful piece at a lower price. "I think it's good because girls who don't have the opportunity or money to go to like TJ Formal, or go to a... More>>

Divers Play Poker Underwater to Raise Money for Red Cross

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The Red Cross benefits from a game of poker but what makes this one special is location. It's underwater. Divers keep the ultimate poker face wearing mask and scuba gear on while playing cards.It's the 15th year for calypso scuba to host the fundraising event.Divers communicate using hand signals and the dealer keeps score, writing notes to players on a slate board. Stephanie Tilton was the ultimate winner after eight rounds of Texas Hold'em and says the game was difficult to get a hang of un... More>>

Joplin Polar Plunge Raises Money for Special Olympics

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It was a beautiful day in Joplin for these courageous men and women who were taking an icy dip in Shoal Creek to raise money for the Special Olympics. This was all for the 2015 Joplin Polar Plunge. Participants took the polar oath before running, walking, jumping into the water. About fifty people all in costume got a running start into the creek before they were fully submerged. Plungers say this was their first reaction when they hit the icy waters:"It was 'oh my god I can't believe I'm doi... More>>

Joplin Looks to Grow Music Scene

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The music scene is growing in Joplin"we don't normally have weekday shows," Blackthorn Concert Promoter Melanie Womble said. "And I've started booking shows every day of the week." More>>

The Top Home Improvements That'll Give You The Most Bang for Your Buck

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Vendors are setting up for what is to be a busy weekend at the Home Show in Joplin. I met with local realtor Jo Kleinsorge to determine what improvements are worth the money in the long run. “If you're looking at actual profitability for resell. You're generally looking at more cosmetic updates, such as updated bathroom fixtures, lighting possibly countertops, painting cabinets, things of that nature,' says Kleinsorge. The kitchen and bathroom are the two rooms you'll see the most return, an... More>>

800,000 HealthCare.gov users sent incorrect tax information, affects some in Four States

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The Obama administration today announced 800,000 HealthCare.gov customers have received incorrect tax information, causing a delay in filing. Some in the Four States area have been affected. More>>

Leggett & Platt to expand into Joplin

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The Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) today announced that Leggett Platt Adjustable Bed Group will expand in Joplin. The company has signed a lease for a 42,000 square-foot facility where it is expected to create at least 25 new jobs. This expansion includes a $100,000 capital investment.“This is the third Leggett Platt expansion in Missouri in less than two years—first in Carthage, then Kansas City, and now in Joplin. That speaks volumes to the world class talent and the bu... More>>

Oklahoma Looks to Limit Secondhand Smoke

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The Oklahoma senate Public Safety Committee has voted in favor of a bill that would fine drivers caught smoking with a child in the car. The state has seen its fair share of controversial legislation as of late.. And this bill, no different.  More>>

Special Report: Medicine in Motion

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Part I: Joplin is about to get an explosion of new healthcare services. The new Mercy Hospital will open next month. Much of the design is centered around efficiency, comfort and convenience.At the same time, Freeman Hospital is undergoing some major expansions and renovations, as both hospitals bring in more state-of-the art innovations.Part II: Although new and expanded medical services are coming to Joplin, you might not have as many options as you think. More>>

Joplin's Gryphon Building Celebrates 100 Years

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For hair stylist Kyle Flanner working in the Gryphon building gives him a taste of home."I moved here from Chicago, so coming from a big city. There's no other buildings like this in Joplin, like hands down. I think this is one of the coolest buildings in the city. So soon as I walked in and saw all the duct work and the rawness of the building it reminded me a ton of a big city,” says Brush Blade stylist Flanner.And the historic charm has an effect on customers too."I enjoy this building. I... More>>

Pittsburg Schools Facilities Committee Gathers Public Input on Plans to Expand High School and Create 5/6 Center

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The Pittsburg school district reports a surge in population and a need for more space. A facilities committee is holding a meeting at six o'clock tonight for public input on two proposals that would make some major changes at the high school and middle school. Fifth graders currently fill a classroom at George Nettles elementary. But with growing numbers in kindergarten and no room to add on to the landlocked school, officials are considering creating space by moving them to a 5th- 6th gra... More>>

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    Carter pleads guilty to dispensing foreign, misbranded drugs

    Monday, March 30 2015 6:27 PM EDT2015-03-30 22:27:34 GMT
    Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that an oncologist who operated a clinic in Joplin, Mo., pleaded guilty in federal court today to dispensing foreign, misbranded drugs to his cancer patients.Robert L. Carter, 74, of Carthage, Mo., waived his right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge David P. Rush to a federal information that charges him with buying and selling misbranded prescription drugs.Carter was the presi...More >>
    Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that an oncologist who operated a clinic in Joplin, Mo., pleaded guilty in federal court today to dispensing foreign, misbranded drugs to his cancer patients.Robert L. Carter, 74, of Carthage, Mo., waived his right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge David P. Rush to a federal information that charges him with buying and selling misbranded prescription drugs.Carter was the presi...More >>
  • Joplin Area COC announces the 2015 Small Business of the Year Finalists

    Joplin Area COC announces the 2015 Small Business of the Year Finalists

    Monday, March 30 2015 4:56 PM EDT2015-03-30 20:56:13 GMT
    The 2015 BKD, LLP Small Business of the Year finalists were announced at the Small Business of the Year Nominee Luncheon today. The winners will be announced at the 98th Annual Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce Banquet April 23.The finalists are:1-10 EmployeesAtlas Risk Management, LLCDataGraphics PrintingTropical Tan11-50 EmployeesAtlas Safe RoomsBoyd Metals of JoplinReeves Tire AutomotiveNot-for-ProfitJoplin Area Habitat for HumanityJoplin NALAWildcat Glades Conservation Audubon CenterFinal...More >>
    The 2015 BKD, LLP Small Business of the Year finalists were announced at the Small Business of the Year Nominee Luncheon today. The winners will be announced at the 98th Annual Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce Banquet April 23.The finalists are:1-10 EmployeesAtlas Risk Management, LLCDataGraphics PrintingTropical Tan11-50 EmployeesAtlas Safe RoomsBoyd Metals of JoplinReeves Tire AutomotiveNot-for-ProfitJoplin Area Habitat for HumanityJoplin NALAWildcat Glades Conservation Audubon CenterFinal...More >>
  • Pittsburg's Community Development and Housing Office Offers Security Deposit Assistance

    Pittsburg's Community Development and Housing Office Offers Security Deposit Assistance

    Monday, March 30 2015 4:12 PM EDT2015-03-30 20:12:30 GMT
    The City of Pittsburg's Community Development and Housing Office will beginaccepting applications for assistance paying security deposits for rental housing on April 1, 2015,and will continue to accept applications until all funds have been expended.All applicants must be referred to the Community Development and Housing Office by one of thefollowing referral agencies:American Red CrossCatholic CharitiesCrawford County Mental HealthDCF Service CenterFamily Resource CenterSafehouse Crisis Cent...More >>
    The City of Pittsburg's Community Development and Housing Office will beginaccepting applications for assistance paying security deposits for rental housing on April 1, 2015,and will continue to accept applications until all funds have been expended.All applicants must be referred to the Community Development and Housing Office by one of thefollowing referral agencies:American Red CrossCatholic CharitiesCrawford County Mental HealthDCF Service CenterFamily Resource CenterSafehouse Crisis Cent...More >>
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