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Former PSU student joins law officials and victims advocates to host forum on stalking awareness

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Stalking includes the intentional and repeated following or harassing of another person. Sarah Bahr was a victim of this from her former fiance. "Driving by my house, sending me gifts, putting things in my mailbox." More>>

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Wallace Bajjali Resigns as Joplin's Master Developer Video included

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“Do we feel like the master developer has handled themselves in a professional way in exiting this town? No. But will this town be strong and move forward? Yes we will,” says Joplin Mayor Mike Seibert. Wallace Bajjali has resigned. Earlier today the city received Costa Bajalli's and David Wallace's resignation via email. Wallace's resignation dated over two weeks ago. City manager Sam Anselm says the city didn't see this coming. “I don't think we did. You hear rumors and things but nothi... More>>

Carthage City Council to vote on increasing court costs Video included

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The Carthage City Council will vote tomorrow night on increasing court costs to benefit the Lafayette House in Joplin. Officials say the proposed increase could potentially double the amount of funding the shelter receives. More>>

Home Robbery Arrests Made Video included

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Joplin Police Detectives have made two arrests in a burglary and robbery that occurred on January 16, 2015. The burglary and robbery occurred at 2026 S. Wall Ave. Joplin, MO. Suspects entered the residence and robbed the victim and left with the victim's pickup truck.Arrested at this time are Kristen M. Lemons, age 27 of Joplin. She is charged with Robbery in the 1st Degree and Tampering with a Motor Vehicle in the 2nd Degree. Her bond is set at $25,000 surety and $5,000.00 cash.Also arrested... More>>

Southeast Kansas student art exhibit makes a statement about endangered sites across the globe

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"Endangered and Abandoned" features the work of Pittsburg Middle School students that showcases historic sites around the world. Each student sketched an endangered property from the UNESCO World Heritage Committee site, which they then transferred to tiles using the Sgraffito technique.  More>>

Brides-to-be Flock to One-Stop Bridal Shop

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Vendors across the Four States show off the latest in bridal creations at the "Metropolitan Bridal Show and Wedding Expo." Bride-to-be's and their entourages packed the reception hall inside Downstream Casino. Vendors ranged from local cake decorators to photographers and wedding dress suppliers. Deanna Johnson, owner of Joplin's Small Cakes, says the event helps her to make valuable connections "Not only make connection with customers, but it also makes connection with other vendors. So wh... More>>

Missouri Right to Life Rallies to Protect Life

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Missouri Right to Life members rally in Lamar renewing the call to choose life. Two lawmakers talked about their mission to protect human life and anti-abortion efforts. The organization also discussed concerns about the elderly, and treatment of the terminally ill under Obamacare. Kansas gospel group "The Hazard Sisters" sang songs about the value of human life. Members are encouraged that Missouri laws help to further their cause "I serve in a pro-life republican majority that is the larg... More>>

Kander Calls for Ethics Reform

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"We have the worst campaign finance and ethics laws in the whole country." The Vernon County Democrats host Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander. Where he shared his ideas for reforming ethics in government. A concern shared by constituents. More>>

Joplin's Master Developer Closes Local Office Video included

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“Your call has been forwarded to an automated voice messaging system" Efforts to reach Joplin's Master Developer fail. That was a call to Wallace Bajjali CEO Co-founder David Wallace's cell phone. The company moved out of its Joplin offices in the Gryphon building at least a week ago and another business is now renovating the space. Wallace Bajjali hasn't picked up our phone calls and disconnected phone lines at the company's Sugarland, Texas headquarters. Councilman Ryan Stanley gave us... More>>

Landfill Project Likely Dead Video included

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The Cherokee County Commission gets final say on the proposed Galena landfill.The controversial plan would see the city place a landfill on annexed land.  More>>

Construction Competition for Kids Video included

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While Pitt State students enjoy their weekend, elementary school students compete in the university's Kansas Technology Center. The annual Block Kids Contest equips first through sixth-grade students with a bag of legos, a pebble, yarn, and a square of aluminum foil.  More>>

Hunting & Fishing Show Comes to Pittsburg Video included

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Outdoor enthusiasts take over Meadowbrook Mall for the weekend. The 9th annual Albers Marine Fishing and Hunting Show runs today and Sunday. Vendors from Pittsburg to Alaska are setting up shop.  More>>

Miami Will Renovate it's 60-year-old Civic Center Video included

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After years of headache over a leaky roof, Miami, OK has decided to renovate its Civic Center. “By being able to reuse the structure that's here. Instead of building a new structure that's going to save money of course,” says Chuck Childs, Director of Community Development. One of the plans is move the city council chamber to where the banquet hall stands. and to tear down the gym locker rooms and turn them into a multi-use space. “One of the things we're going to work on here is a detailed s... More>>

Low gas prices fuel truck and SUV sales Video included

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"They're looking for that reason to buy a new vehicle.  And this is the flavor of the month," says one car salesman. More>>

President Obama speaks at KU

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People packed Anschutz Sports Pavilion at the University of Kansas in Lawrence on Thursday to hear a speech by President Barack Obama. The remarks came just two days after President Obama delivered his State of the Union address to the nation.
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Health officials report record high flu cases this year Video included

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Health officials report a record high for flu cases this year. More than 34,000 flu cases have been reported in the state of Missouri this flu season. Officials at the Joplin Health Department say the flu is taking a harder toll this year, locally, too. More>>

OSHA cites Lone Star Management after Jake's Fireworks Accident Video included

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Two Lone Star Management LLC employees were directed to use a gas-powered forklift to move pallets of fireworks and cardboard out of an explosives storage facility in Pittsburg when the gas ignited, which caused an explosion and fire. Within seconds, the trapped employees became engulfed in flames. The inferno took the life of one 28-year-old worker and left a 43-year-old co-worker to suffer with burns over 80 percent of his body and the possibility of never working again.The U.S. Department ... More>>

Joplin School District approves new administration building location Video included

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In a 6-1 vote tonight, Joplin School Board members approved the former Memorial Education Center as the new location for their administrative offices. More>>

Parsons Produces American Idol Hopeful Video included

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Last week, American Idol fans got their first look at Anton "Nuke" Bushner. "He's actually shy to sing in front of us," Anton's mother, Tisha Bushner, said. "But he can do it in front of a crowd." More>>

President Obama proposes free college tuition Video included

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It's a plan to can a problem that's plagued students for generations. More>>

PSU Students get half their tuition paid by Firestone. Video included

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Preparing students for the job world is what technology training is all about. And a scholarship program called the Firestone Pit Crew puts students in school and the workforce at the same time. Freshman Josh Nations is getting hands on education at Pittsburg State university helping conduct a diagnostic test on an suv. Freshman Jason Kiesow finishes an oil change. The two PSU automotive service tech students are getting half their tuition paid for by firestone. Kiesow says the nearly seve... More>>

Simpson charged on 7 counts; Status Conference set Feb. 2nd Video included

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Crawford County Sheriff dispatch got the call around five this morning from what they believe to be the suspect, 32-year-old Shaun Simpson, who authorities say fired multiple shots inside his Mulberry home on 108 North Lincoln when they arrived. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and Crawford County Sheriff's deputies in full riot gear surrounded the home where Undersheriff Geier says Simpson had held hostage his mother and girlfriend against their will. Authorities waiting inside an armore... More>>

Federal Judge drops one charge against Dishmon; Sentencing for robbery charge in March

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The federal judge has dismissed the second charge against Dishmon More>>

St. Mary's Elementary in Joplin closes due to high number of ill students Video included

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Classes were canceled today at St. Mary's Elementary School in Joplin due to a high number of students with confirmed cases of the flu. School officials have been taking measures to disinfect the entire building. More>>

Mulberry Standoff Ends Video included

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Crawford County Sheriff's Office dispatch received a 911 call from 108 N. Lincoln Mulberry Kansas. More>>

Accident leads to fatality west of Parsons Video included

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Kansas Highway Patrol confirms one fatality reported after a crash in Labette County. The crash involving a semi truck and vehicle was reported after 11 a.m. at the intersection of 24000 road and Lyon road west of Parsons. There are other injuries involved but no details at this time. We have crews in route to the scene of the crash. We will have more information as it becomes available. More>>

Race relations and diversity a topic of discussion on university campus Video included

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According to a recent Gallup poll, 30 percent of Americans are satisfied with the state of race relations in the United States. This is down from 55 percent one year ago. While the discussion of race and diversity has always been vital to a thriving nation, some believe recent events have made it even more pressing to talk about.This includes Pittsburg State University student, Darrell Chism... More>>

PSU Senior Battles Potentially Cancerous Brain Tumor Video included

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“Basically they say ‘oh it's all in your head that you're doing it to yourself.' When in a way it is all in your head, (laughing) 'cause it's a brain tumor. That's been my motto lately 'it's all in my head.' But...what was the question again...,”says Pittsburg State University Senior Larissa Hardin.Memory, that's one of Larissa's everyday struggles after being diagnosed with a pineal brain tumor a little over a year ago.“I have a constant headache. It never goes away, but somedays it's just w... More>>

More than 50 volunteers attend MSSU's MLK, Jr. Day of Service Video included

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More than 50 volunteers took part in Missouri Southern State University's Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. The volunteers were divided up among seven organizations in Joplin. More>>

KS Gov. Sam Brownback proposes increasing cigarette tax Video included

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"I think it's absurd," says one tobacco wholesaler. More>>

Arson in Miami Under Investigation

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Police are on the lookout for an arsonist in Miami. Stacks of railroad ties burned for 15 hours, Friday night through Saturday morning, keeping firefighters busy putting out the burning pile only for it to rekindle.  More>>

Merchants Help Youth Group Raise Money

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In Pittsburg, merchants help raise money for Kansas teenagers. The "Disciples of Christ" youth group held its first Winter Sale inside the First Christian Church. The group is looking to raise money for a trip to Washington D.C. And New York, where members from across Kansas will learn about the threat of human trafficking.  More>>

Duenweg Fire Dept. Adds New Equipment

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The Duenweg fire department adds new life saving equipment. Thanks to a $20,000 grant from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, the department was able to purchase new rescue extraction equipment.  More>>

Wounded Warriors Take a Hunting Trip To Remember

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For these Veterans, hunting with the Peterson Outdoor Ministries is an opportunity for healing and peace. “Soldiers coming back to the civilian world…I have no words for it. You know, it relieves stress, for the soldiers, lets them decompress while they're here at the hunt because all they have to worry about is the fellowship that they make and going out on a hunt and having fun,” says Veteran Lee Caine. According to the Veterans Administration, 22 veterans die of suicide every day. Gatherin... More>>

MLK Celebrated in Oswego

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"I feel like it's my duty to keep honoring him. Cause the young kids don't understand about Dr. King." For the past two decades, Floyd Cavitt has been apart of the annual Dr Martin Luther King Jr Day "We Are Family Celebration". "I love Dr King. He's my man, forever," Cavitt said. More>>

Neosho Schools Consider Tearing Down Old Building & Relocating 50 Kids

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The Davis House at Central Elementary currently houses classrooms for music, special education, and ESL. Thousands of dollars have been spent to fix its leaky roof. District officials say it would be more useful as a teacher parking lot. If the proposal to tear the house down goes through, 50 students would move from central to south elementary. “Where the Central attendance area ends and the South School attendance area begins...and what we would do is move is we would begin to move that bo... More>>

IRS phone scam hits the Joplin area

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A phone scam regarding the Internal Revenue Service, which the Better Business Bureau is calling an epidemic in Southwest Missouri, has hit many residents in the Joplin area. More>>

MODOT Cuts Budget, Limits Focus

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Announced this week -- modot plans to make significant budget cuts over the next two years which will limit their ability to maintain missouri roads and bridges. In 2009 modot's budget was 1.3 billion dollars. This past year, the department cut back to $700-million. And in two years, the budget will be less than half that.  More>>

Joplin Police Promote and Shift Staff in Leadership Positions

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The Joplin Police Department prepares to swear in new leaders after a series of promotions and job shifts. The department prides itself on promoting from within the department. Matt Stewart has a new position as assistant chief. He'll oversea four police bureaus not just one. Stewart says, "That's a total of approximately one hundred nine officers that would fall under that plus our jail and dispatch center.” As Stewart becomes assistant chief, Captain Bob Higginbotham moves into his Stewa... More>>

Former Memorial Education Center could soon serve as Joplin Schools' administration office

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The Joplin School District is leaning towards using the former Memorial Education Center as its new administration office. More>>

Kansas Game Wardens Wear New Body Cameras

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"Good morning, state game warden. I'd like to check your fishing license if I could...,” says Cherokee Crawford County Game Warden Scott Liamon. “Certainly," says the Fisherman. Local game wardens are some of the first in the state of Kansas trying out new body cameras. “Thank you, sir," says Warden Liamon. “Most of our contacts are away from the truck. It's not like a car stop with the Sheriff or Police Department where the vehicle is in front of us. A lot of times we'll be out away from th... More>>

Train Crash in Wilson County

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State Troopers are on the scene of a vehicle versus train crash in Wilson County on K-39 near Benedict, KS. Authorities say a truck hauling gravel hit the train causing eight empty train cars and two engines to derail.Highway 39 will be closed for several hours today.Troopers say diesel is leaking from the train. A backhoe is being brought in to contain the spill. Some injuries are reported. More>>

Pitt State Begins Tobacco Free Policy

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"It does take a time to change a culture on campus for any type of policy. And specifically a policy related to tobacco, which is a highly addictive drug" More>>

MSSU Trains Faculty, Staff and Students on Title IX Sexual Misconduct Rules

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MSSU ramps up training about Title IX. The federal rules about equality don't just apply to guaranteeing girls sports anymore. Lynn Corvick, MSSU'S Director of Nursing, begins a conversation with students about upcoming training on Title nine. “It's not your grandfather's Title IX. That sexual part being equal in sports. It's taken that sexual part one step farther and making sure women are not discriminated against in the educational arena ." Faculty and staff received presentations from an... More>>

Officials debate future of Carthage lot on historic square

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City of Carthage and Jasper County officials are currently debating the future of an empty lot on the southeast corner of the historic square. Business owners in the area would like to see improvements aimed at increasing the tourism industry, which they say is a huge economic driver in the community. More>>

Wrestling Coach Investigation

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On Tuesday, a family member contacted KOAM saying the 16 year old male sustained injuries by a high school Assistant Wrestling Coach. The family said the teen was taken to Via Christi suffering from contusions and liver lacerations.He was released from the hospital yesterday. The family says they have contacted a lawyer.Statement from Pittsburg Community Schools:"Pittsburg Community Schools USD 250 was made aware late Monday evening of an incident regarding a student injured during wrestling ... More>>

Public meeting to be held on Seneca Special Road District

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A public meeting will be held next week in Newton County regarding the future of many of the roads located between Seneca, MO and Neosho, MO. 400 signatures have been obtained on a petition to dissolve the Seneca Special Road District and hand responsibility over to the county. More>>

NEO Lease Computers to Replace Labs Across Campus

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Northeast Oklahoma A M College is tackling technology with a new approach- leasing. Forest Cully, a sophomore and his classmates got their first chance to try out new computers after the holiday break. NEO replaced more than two hundred thirty desktops campus wide for students who say an upgrade was badly needed. Forest says problems were, “Just reliability, that's the main thing. Connectivity and performance." Hanna Minson says, "Speed, pop-ups maybe. It's hard to get your work done in a t... More>>

Missouri Bill Aims to Protect Victims of Domestic Assault

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State Representative Stacey Newman says Missouri is one of the few states lacking basic protections for victims of domestic assault and is confident the bill will pass. “Most people do agree though that dangerous people who are already on record of, again through domestic violence restraining orders, should not have access to firearms an our focus should be on trying to save lives,” says Newman. Prosecuting Attorney Dean Dankelson says one of the main challenges he sees with this new bill is ... More>>

Generic drug prices increase significantly nationwide

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Generic drug prices are increasing significantly nationwide. A pharmacist in Baxter Springs, Kansas is taking action, heading off to Washington D.C. this week in search of some answers from lawmakers as to why the increase is occurring. More>>

Arne found; Family confirms

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A man's disappearance in Northeast Oklahoma is shrouded in a family feud. He's a millionaire. And family members fear other relatives are behind his disappearance. More>>

Rusk enters plea deal

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Update: Rusk withdrew her not guilty plea under a plea deal with Jasper County Prosecutor. Rusk is now charged and convicted of 2nd Degree Statutory Rape and 2nd Degree Statutory Sodomy. She was originally charged with 1st Degree. Rusk was fired as a Jasper High School teacher' aid in March 2014 when the investigation began. Rusk will be sentenced in March of this year.4-15-2014: Janice Lorene Rusk, 42, of Jasper, Missouri has been charged with one count each of statutory rape and statutory s... More>>

Joplin Library Collects Mail Art from Around the Globe

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It's called snail mail but it's delivering a different kind of art to Joplin. The Joplin Post Memorial Library showcases pieces from around the globe. The goal of the year-long project was to encourage people to correspond creatively using the long lost art of letter writing or sending post cards. The exhibit features mail of all shapes, sizes and mediums; whether hand drawn, painted, or collaged. One strange submission was a model skull taped to the outside of an envelope. A Joplin photo... More>>

Local Residents Weigh in on Award Nominees

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Award season is in full swing with the Golden Globes in Hollywood tonight, and Oscar announcements due later next week. While not all the movies on the ballot have been released at our local theatres, moviegoers at Pittsburg 8 say they are enjoying seeing “Into the Woods” and “Unbroken.” We asked theatre goers if the critic's nominations impact their decision whether to go out and see a movie or not. "More definitely, there's some movies that some people obviously voice their opinions but whe... More>>

Uncork Kansas Proposes Supermarkets Sell Hard Liquor

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As Kansas lawmakers head back to work, a coalition of supermarket and convenience store chains wants them to change legislation to expand alcohol sales. The group, Uncork Kansas has a new proposal it wants passed that would allow grocers and other stores to sell hard liquor. Currently they can only sell drinks with 3.2 percent alcohol content. The proposal will include a provision to cap the number of liquor licenses.Written by Lisa Olliges More>>

Ottawa County Sheriff's Office Investigates Man's Disappearance

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The Ottawa County Sheriff's office is investigating the disappearance of a 48 year old man said to be worth $1.9 million dollarsMichael Theodore Arne was last seen Thursday night by his niece with whom he had been living.She says other relatives threatened to take him. Arne requires some psychiatric medications and left without his wallet. Ottawa county sought help from Barton and Newton county sheriffs and Joplin police in checking other relatives homes without success. If you have seen Arne... More>>

Joplin Teachers Look for Greater Input

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More than 30 percent of Joplin educators back a petition to bring a vote on whether to have union representation for more administrative input. The Joplin National Education Association submitted a formal request to the Joplin school district to hold a "secret ballot election" for teachers, counselors, and librarians to become their official representative.  More>>

Joplin Recycling Center Celebrates 15th Anniversary

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The Joplin Recycling Center celebrates its 15th anniversary with "Drive-By Recycling". Members of the Joplin Young Professionals and East Newton FCCLA were on hand to grab people's recyclables straight from the car as they drove in.  More>>

Qdoba Grills Hoping to Feed Those in Need

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Qdobas across the four-states are trying to feed children across the globe. Through the month of January, local Qdoba Mexican Grill branches are collecting donations at the register for Convoy of Hope's feedONE initiative.  More>>

Law Enforcement Train for an Active Shooter at Joplin's New Mercy Hospital

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Local law enforcement get the lay of the land at the New Mercy Hospital. It's part of training so they can respond swiftly to an armed intruder. “Planning is important. If you don't plan for something, then you're only going to be reacting to it. And when you go to reacting to the situation is, it's not going to work out very well,” Joplin Police Corporal Brian Henderson. Police officers, deputies and fire departments move through a security tunnel taking them to the hospitals power sources. ... More>>

Neosho, Allen and Woodson Counties involved in multi-county outbreak investigation to confirm presence of Norovirus

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The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says 29 known individuals have been sick. More>>

Kansas Lawmakers Brace for Budget cuts

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The Kansas state house and senate re-convenes on Monday. And area representatives say one of the biggest issues that could affect folks locally... The budget. Kansas is facing a financial crisis.  More>>

Winterizing Your Car Helps Protect You and Your Vehicle

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The freezing weather can not only take a hit on your health but can be hard on your car.Ivey's Service Center in Joplin says they see increased traffic during winter months. “We've seen more people due to the cold temperatures with non-start problems, no heat in the cab of their cars, no blowers, their blowers not blowing,” says Receptionist Pam Sullivan. And when heating up your car, for newer models idling isn't always the quickest ways to warm up. “It's not really necessary to let them ... More>>

Suspect identified in Software Center & Hidden Acres Antiques burglaries

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On December 28, 2014, the Joplin Police Department responded to a burglary at The Software Center, 2604 E. 7th St.On January 2, 2015, the Joplin Police Department responded to a burglary at Hidden Acres Antiques, 1508 E. 32nd St.On January 7, 2014, investigation by Joplin Police detectives led to the recovery of a very large amount of stolen property from the burglaries and to the arrest of Ricky Doke, age 34, of Joplin, MO.Doke is currently being held in the Joplin City Jail pending the fili... More>>

Manhunt ongoing in Jasper County

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On 1-7-2015, Jasper County Sheriff's Office was in pursuit with Sean McDaniels, 31, of Joplin, when he wrecked near Emerald Rd and the Kansas State line. McDaniels has warrants for his arrest for probation violations and is considered dangerous.McDaniels was possibly last seen on foot near the Fox Run area in the northwest area of Jasper County. He hasbeen convicted of controlled substance and resisting arrest. He has a failure to appear warrant on controlled substance charge. If anyone knows... More>>

Avoiding the Flu Season

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It's the busy time of year for pharmacists. Whenever the temperature drops, the number of sick customers go up. But employees say people often fail to do simple things to avoid spreading colds or flu-like symptoms.  More>>

JASPER COUNTY PROPOSES BOND TO REDUCE ZINC WATER LEVELS

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After years of work, zinc levels in Jasper County waste water are still extremely high. “Zinc in the water contributes to certain problems with the fish, with frogs, it can affect the life cycle of aquatic animals. And that's why we're trying to control what's going into there,” says Center Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant Manager William Runkle. In response to new demands by the Department of Natural Resources the county has put forth a bond proposal to pay for crucial water treatment upgr... More>>

An early house bill propose to cut gifted from special education funding in Kansas

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The draft of a bill heading for the Kansas House calls for cutting gifted education out of the special education category. It's an idea that's been tossed around before but could stick with Kansas facing financial issues. Beth Gilbert works with gifted students every hour at Pittsburg high school. helping some with ACT prep, others with independent studies and guiding more to the right college level programs. Students say gifted classes have nurtured their natural abilities and don't want... More>>

Suspects identified in burglaries; Romero at large

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On December 26, 2014, the Joplin Police Department responded to Hideout Harley, 5014 S. Hearnes Blvd. A vehicle had been driven through the front doors. It was determined that noth
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Study Credited for Bringing Business to Pittsburg

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There's a lot to consider when starting a business. But in Pittsburg, city officials say a recent study has done plenty to address those considerations.  More>>

Missouri legislation pushes back against strict proposed EPA regulations on wood stove manufacturing

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Recently passed legislation in Missouri pushes back against strict proposed regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency on wood stove manufacturing. Some manufacturers say should the regulations be enforced, costs would increase so much that their products would no longer be affordable to consumers. More>>

Joplin Schools tornado shelters double as gyms for inside recess during bitterly cold weather.

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Cold temperatures and wind chills mean elementary students aren't going outside for recess. But at most joplin schools, new tornado shelters are giving kids a better option than recess in the classroom. Just ask second graders at Royal Heights elementary. “Who in this class loves recess? And they answer, “Me, me, me, me! " Second graders spend the bulk of their day in the classroom with the exception of PE and recess. But in the past freezing cold weather kept them in the classroom. Second ... More>>

Electrical Component causes Miami house fire

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At 3:05 AM, Miami Fire Department received a call for a house fire at 16 G Northeast Street. Official say the victim, 52 year old male, was only the occupant at the time of the fire, and has passed away.Crews believe the flames may have started in one of the bedrooms, but the cause is still under investigation.Quapaw Tribe Fire Department was also assisted with putting out the fire. More>>

Southbound I-49 Update

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Southbound I-49 South of Lamar - January 6th through Tuesday, January 20th. Weather and/or construstion delay could postpone the completion of the project, More>>

Southwest Missouri residents hold vigil for Medicaid expansion

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Meet Arielle Speer. A mother, student, worker and one of thousands in Missouri who lacks affordable heath care coverage. "I know so many people here that are single struggling mothers like myself, and fathers, and they don't know what to do. They are university students like I am. They work jobs. Some of them work two to three jobs, and still they can't get insurance.... More>>

Affordable Care Act may bring some changes to filing your 2014 taxes

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The Affordable Care Act may bring some changes to filing your 2014 taxes. 2015 is the first year those without insurance or who enrolled in the Marketplace past the deadline will face some penalties. More>>

Carl Junction School district adopts new bullying reporting system called Sprigeo

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The Carl Junction school district adopted a new program for students to report problems like bullying. Students admit bullying exists especially in their social media world. Senior Sarah Veri says, "I'm amazed how I get on there and I see all these rude comments degrading people. And it's a problem. It doesn't go on so much at school, well, it goes on at school but not like it used to be. I'll meet you after class and we'll duke it out. It's more on social media and that kind of things and ... More>>

Fernandez Bound Over; Back in court in February

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Fernandez Update:  In Newton County Court.... More>>

CHC/SEK Receives National Accreditation

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The Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas (CHC/SEK) in Pittsburg has earned national accreditation from the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) for its Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) program.The program provides education and support to CHC/SEK patients with Type 1, Type 2, pre-diabetes or gestational diabetes. Patients meet with program coordinator Nancy Evans, a Certified Diabetic Educator, who designs an education program to meet each individual's specific ne... More>>

Cherokee County residents brave cold for peaceful protest

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This was the scene Monday afternoon:Residents of Cherokee County stood along 7th Street voicing their concerns and hopes. "We're here trying to let a lot of people know what's going on, get a lot of people involved and maybe we can get some changes made," said Galena resident Merle Baker. More>>

Joplin City Council approves agreement on new Crosslines location

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Tonight the Joplin City Council voted to approve an agreement regarding a new location for Crosslines services. The city plans to purchase the organization's current building in order to convert it into a locker room and training facility for the Joplin Blasters. More>>

Joplin Chamber of Commerce President gives economic development update

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Tonight Joplin Chamber of Commerce President Rob O'Brian gave an update to the city council on economic development in the area over the past year. More>>

Oklahoma's Proposed "Hoodie Law" Causes Controversy

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A proposed law in Oklahoma nicknamed the “hoodie law” is stirring up a heated debate in the state and across the nation. Many think the new law would make wearing a hoodie illegal, but the law has more to do with crime than fashion. The bill doesn't target hoodies, but rather any disguise someone might wear to commit a crime. Still the senator who proposed the bill is hearing from hoodie fans across his state. Senator Don Barrington's bill aims to prevent people from concealing their ide... More>>

James 1:22 Project Helps Joplin Homeless

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About 6 months ago, several Joplin-area residents came together hoping to do more for the city's homeless. Now, armed with a car full of food and a van full of clothing, the James 1:22 Project looks to make a real difference for those in need.  More>>

One In Fifteen Homes Affected by High Levels of Radon Gas

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A little known colorless and odorless gas may be seeping through the cracks in your home. It's called radon and affects 11 of every 15 homes in America. Radon is part of our ecosystem, you can't get away from it,” says Premiere Home Inspector Derek Gander. Radon is a naturally occurring gas released in rock, soil and water. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. Joplin homeowner Jeff Herr is selling his house and wants to make sure it's safe and ready for a new owner. ... More>>

January Kicks Off Girl Scout Cookie Sales

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Joplin Girl Scouts take to the streets pre-selling cookies. Girl Scout Caroline Hunter and her mom are going door to door taking pre-orders for cookies to be delivered in mid-February. Troop leaders stress the need to be safe when knocking on doors, and to always travel in pairs with a parent supervising. The organization has been selling cookies for nearly one hundred years because it teaches girls to be business savvy and builds character. "For my daughter at least, i love the fact that ... More>>

Webb City Farmer's Market Collects Used Glasses

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The New Year is a time to start fresh, and what better way to see the world in a new light than with a fresh pair of eyes. Visitors at the Webb city farmer's market filled up an entire tub with glasses, to be donated to a US run Methodist clinic in Jamaica. Market musician Corky Dowe is heading to the island next month on a medical mission, and says the people are in desperate need of eyewear. "It's the perfect time of year to be cleaning out your drawers. Most of us have too many things th... More>>

Joplin Considers Replacing Low Water Bridge

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A low water bridge that floods during heavy rains could be replaced if Joplin and Newton County work together to pay for it. On Monday Joplin City Council members will consider spending up to a million dollars to replace the low water bridge on Jackson Street, near Glendale. Newton County would do the work paying for part of the construction with money from MODOT. Replacing the bridge could cost $2 million. Residents hope the one lane bridge is both widened and raised to prevent it from bein... More>>

Pitt State Alumni Re-Live College Days

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Some Pittsburg State University alumni took to John Lance Area Saturday to help out their former school.  More>>

Pet Adoption in Neosho

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Faithful Friends Animal Advocates hosts an adoption day for cats and dogs. The Neosho-based group is still finishing construction of its no-kill shelter. Until then, group volunteers are serving as temporary foster parents for the animals.  More>>

Fitness Enthusiasts Attempt World Record

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Fitness enthusiasts in 11 countries, an estimated 10-thousand participants, attempted the largest simultaneous group workout today at noon.  More>>

Galena residents plan protest

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Some Galena residents are organizing a protest requesting further transparency from the Galena City Council. More>>

Resolving to Finish College or Add a Degree Easier for One Man Online

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It's a time for resolutions and while most resolve to lose weight, for others it could be a good time to resolve to go back to school. Brian Steward has spent twenty-six years traveling around as a state grain storage auditor and he's close to retirement. So he decided to go back to school. Steward says, "I guess I just want an accounting degree as I look into a second career. I think it will open a lot of doors for me." He chose Western Governors University Missouri taking classes online. T... More>>

Freeman Health System receives high grade

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Press Release from Freeman Health System:Freeman Health System recently received recognition for its commitment to patient safety from The Leapfrog Group, an independent industry watchdog and leading healthcare performance measurement organization. Leapfrog awarded Freeman an “A” grade in the Fall 2014 Hospital Safety Score, acknowledging Freeman's success in protecting patients from errors, injuries and infections. Freeman is the only hospital in southwest Missouri to earn an “A” and one of ... More>>

Investigation continues for southeast Kansas restaurant fire

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Investigators are looking into what started an overnight New Year's fire at fast food restaurant in southeast Kansas. Freezing temperatures actually make it harder for fire crews to put out flames at the Neodesha Dairy Queen. No one was inside the restaurant when the fire started late New Year's Eve and burned into the New Year. When crews arrived they found heavy smoke coming from the back of the building. Today officials say the building is a total loss. The only injuries reported were of f... More>>

Fitness experts offer advice on proper gym etiquette

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With an increase in gym goers as people work to keep up with New Year's resolutions, local fitness experts offer advice on proper gym etiquette, for those who may be new to the fitness environment. More>>

Miami Waiting on Firework Vendors

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Since June, the sale, display, and use of permissible fireworks have been legal in Miami, Okla. Only problem is, no vendors have set up shop in the city.  More>>

Jasper County Jail opens new dormitory pod to help alleviate overcrowding

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A new dormitory pod opens at the Jasper County Jail to help alleviate overcrowding. Officials at the Jasper County Sheriff's Office say it's an expansion project that has been underway since last summer. More>>

Burgos accepts plea deal

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Update: Burgos is charged with Armed Criminal Action, 1st Degree Assault, and Resisting Arrest.Noel, MO - On 9-14-2014, deputies were dispatched to Highway 59 just north of Noel in reference to an assault. Upon their arrival they located the victim, Stavin Hadley, with a puncture wound around the stomach area. They determined that he had been stabbed and he was taken by helicopter to the hospital. Deputies processed the scene and were able to determine that the suspect was Alberto Burgos and ... More>>

Roark Sentenced

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Yesterday David Roark plead guilty to tampering with physical evidence. He was charged for allegedly throwing away evidence in a drunk case of an acquaintance. According to court documents in February, Roark went to the filing cabinet of a fellow officer and took the file about the traffic stop.An affidavit says Roark admitted to taking the file and throwing it away in the dumpster behind the sheriff's department.After pleading guilty, a judge sentenced Roark to community service with 70 hour... More>>

Remembrance ceremony held for 15 year anniversary of Welch girls' disappearance

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Today marks 15 years since two girls went missing from Welch, OK. A remembrance ceremony was held tonight for 16-year-olds Lauria Bible and Ashley Freeman at the First Church of God in Vinita, OK. More>>

"Alert Cabs" Looks to Prevent Drunk Driving

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John Buck, owner of JB's Downtown, in general.. doesn't mind drunk people. He's just not a big fan of drunk drivers. "Whenever someone drinks they don't make the best decisions," Buck said. "That's proven over and over again." So you can imagine new year's eve offers a bit of a problem.  More>>

Court panel says state needs to spend more on education

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(AP) - A state district court panel has ruled that Kansas isn't spending enough money on its public schools to provide a suitable education for every child.The three judges on Tuesday did not set a specific figure but said evidence indicates the state needs to spend at least $548 million more a year.An attempt by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback and the GOP-dominated Legislature to comply would complicate efforts to close state budget shortfalls. It also would jeopardize aggressive personal inco... More>>

Police React to Body Camera Legislation

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Lawmakers in Jefferson City are considering legislation that would make it mandatory for all Missouri police officers to wear body cameras. Locally, the Carthage Police Department is one of the area departments already equipped with body cameras. More>>

Minimum wage to increase in Missouri beginning January 1

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Employees across the state of Missouri will ring in the new year with an increase in minimum wage. Missouri is one of 19 states that will raise minimum wage on New Year's Day. More>>

4-Car Crash in Joplin

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A 4-car afternoon crash stops traffic in Joplin. At about 1:40 PM, Sunday, a Chevy pickup heading North-bound on Main St. ran a red light, crossing 4th St.  More>>

Volunteers Look to Help Homeless

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In Joplin, a new initiative looks to feed and cloth those without a home. The "James 1:22 Project" consists of a handful of volunteers who drive to the homeless to deliver a days worth of food.  More>>

Carthage Police Change Shift Schedule

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The Carthage Police Department is changing the way it handles officer's schedules. Currently, officers work in 12-hour shifts from 6 to 6. The new method, effective January 1st, will have officers starting and ending shifts on a staggered schedule.  More>>

Senator Roy Blunt Tours New Mercy Hospital Joplin

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With three months till the opening, the new Mercy Hospital is coming together. Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) made a stop in Joplin to tour the state of the art facility. “How do you build a hospital to meet people's needs in the best possible way and it looks like this is gonna be a facility that can and will do that,” says Blunt. Mercy designed the new hospital to include as many direct access points as possible. \When patients first check in at the ER, if they need surgery, doctors can wheel the... More>>

Webb City Begins Winter Market

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Saturday marked the first day of the Webb City Farmer's Market winter hours."Most markets shut down during the winter cause they don't have the facility to protect them," one of the market's volunteer managers Eileen Nichols said.  More>>

Oklahoma State Troopers See Major Pay Hike in the New Year

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Oklahoma state troopers across the state will get a long-awaited pay raise in the New Year. Signed into law by Governor Fallin in November, the pay hike is one of about a dozen laws slated to go into effect at the start of the year. The raise for state troopers will average between 14-20%. It is the first hike in eight years. Lieutenant Brian McSlarrow says the increase in pay will help with employee retention and also help new recruits make ends meet. "Our biggest deal, it will help us re... More>>

Four State Gas Prices Dip to Lowest in the Nation

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Gas prices are dropping across the U.S. and in the Four States they are among the lowest in the nation. Missouri is the first state to see average gas prices drop below the $2 mark. Pump N' Pete's in Carl Junction sells regular gas for $1.96, as does Casey's around the corner. According to AAA the average has dropped for 92 days straight, the longest streak since the company started keeping records in 2000. The national average is at $2.32, the lowest since May of 2009, helping consumers t... More>>

National and local statistics report low domestic violence rates in December

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With the increased amount of family-time during the holidays, many expect the number of domestic violence cases to increase as well. However, both national and local numbers show that isn't the case. According to statistics from the National Domestic Violence Hotline, the number of calls during Christmas tends to be significantly less than on an average day. Officials at the Joplin Police Department say they too have seen a downward trend during Christmas-time. More>>

Post-Christmas Shopping

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Besides being one of the biggest days for returns, the day after Christmas is one of the biggest shopping days of the year. Thanks to lousy gifts, stores were packed with people looking to return or exchange what they received on Christmas.  More>>

Volunteers Choose to Work on Christmas

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Your family's Christmas dinner has nothing on Frank Butorac's. "I try to cook enough food for between five and seven-hundred people," Butorac said. When children woke up to open presents, Frank had been up since 4:30 AM cooking. More>>

Carthage Crisis Center serves Christmas meals to more than 600 people

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The Carthage Crisis Center served Christmas meals to 400 people in house, and delivered an additional 240 meals to homes in the area today. More>>

Salvation Army in Joplin serves Christmas dinners to nearly 600

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The Salvation Army in Joplin served nearly 300 people today, in addition to the 300 mobile meals delivered to homes by volunteers. More>>

More than 500 Christmas dinners served at Neosho Civic Center

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More than 500 Christmas dinners were served at the Neosho Civic Center this afternoon. More>>

Northpark Mall sees heavy flow of last minute Christmas Eve shoppers

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Northpark Mall in Joplin opened at 7 a.m. this morning for last minute Christmas Eve shoppers. Store employees say they saw a heavy flow of customers for most of the day. More>>

Dogs Poisoned in Arma

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Arma police are looking in to the poisoning of two area dogs. The incidents were separate, but within a four-block radius of each other. One of the dogs poisoned died, and Arma dog owner Bette Lessen said the poisonings have the community on the lookout.  More>>

Royals Championship Shirts Sold in Joplin

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Prior to the Superbowl, Stanley Cup, or any major championship game; merchandise celebrating both potential winners is printed. The losing team's merchandise is sent off to impoverished countries. But a few Royals t-shirts that fell through the cracks after the Boys in Blue fell just short of taking the crown.  More>>

MoDOT supervisor receives award for his support of National Guard and Reserve employees

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A Department of Defense agency gives an award to a Carthage man for his support of National Guard and Reserve employees.  More>>

Mercy Newborn's Lost Baseball Returned to Family

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Mercy Newborn's Lost Baseball Returned to Family. Good Samaritan gives child, now 4, an early Christmas gift.



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Joplin Salvation Army Secret Santa yet to make $50,000 donation this year

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It's been a holiday mystery in Joplin: Just who is the Secret Santa who drops such large donations in the red kettle buckets? More>>

Local Christmas tree farms see increase in sales this year

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Local Christmas tree farmers say they have seen an increase in sales this year. More>>

Joplin's First United Holds Blue Christmas Ceremony

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While many feel joy during the holiday season, others may experience hardship, stress and feelings of loss. Joplin's First United Methodist Church shines a light on this truth by holding a special ceremony. Church members gathered to say prayers for people in poor health and to reflect on the lives of those who have passed. Members sang songs like “O' come Emmanuel” and “Silent Night” while lighting blue candles. The ceremony's organizer, Reverend Jacobs, says the holiday season is full of m... More>>

Christpoint Children Unwrap Almost 600 Christmas Gifts

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Galena's Christpoint Church blesses children with the spirit of giving at their “Ultimate Christmas Experience.” Around 250 children learn the story of Christmas, participate in a group service, and await their gifts from Santa. Almost 600 gifts were donated for the event by Christpoint church members for the ceremony. Kids counted down from ten to each open two gifts in unison. Children's Pastor Orlando Garcia says, “This time of the season a lot of the parents are looking for gifts,... More>>

Shoppers Rush to Buy Last Minute Gifts

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Shoppers make their last minute run this last holiday weekend to grab the essentials before Christmas. Joplin's Pearl Brothers is offering customers big discounts, with more than half the store marked down. Big deals on tools and big items like vacuum cleaners and grills. Owner Harold Berger says the season has been pretty steady since Black Friday but decided to stay open Sunday to accommodate last minute shoppers. "I've mostly got the big things taken care of, mostly with cash for grand... More>>

Food Brigade Brigade Feeds Thousands

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The 27th annual "Food Basket Brigade" takes place at the Newton County Fairgrounds. Volunteers take empty shopping carts, fill them up, and deliver food to 1,030 area families. More>>

Pittsburg bell choir gives diners a musical surprise

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The Bells of the Balkans broke out in a singing flash mob this afternoon at the Mall Deli in the Meadowbrook Mall.  More>>

Joplin man sentenced to 25 years in prison

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Johnathan Taylor, 21, pleaded guilty for second degree murder and first degree burglary in the shooting death of 23-year-old Jacob Wages on July 6, 2012.  More>>

School Officials Threatened Over Suspension

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After Deanna Carlson's son was suspended for having an empty rifle shell casing in school, the Chanute school district has been flooded with hundreds of calls and emails. "They have heaped horrible, vile, profane, nasty things upon our staff," District Superintendent Dr. Jim Hardy said. More>>

Nevada, MO woman with Type 1 Diabetes will soon receive her Christmas wish

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The Christmas wish of a Nevada, MO woman is about to come true. After several months, 23-year-old Josie Foley has raised enough money to purchase a specialized service dog, trained specifically to assist diabetic patients. More>>

Carthage Police Dept. Prepares for Giant Children's Christmas Party

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The Carthage Police Department hopes to spread Christmas cheer for children who wouldn't have it otherwise “We have been running around everywhere, getting the candies, getting more toys that were donated to us...and you know, just making it pretty much perfect...



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Kennedy to be next Neosho Chief of Police

Lt. David Kennedy, also served in the Navy Reserve for 8 years. Lt. David Kennedy, also served in the Navy Reserve for 8 years.
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The City of Neosho is pleased to announce the hiring of Neosho Police Lt. David Kennedy as Neosho Chief of Police.Kennedy will succeed Chief David McCracken, who is retiring at the end of the year after 20 years of service with the City of Neosho.Kennedy has more than 21 years of law enforcement experience, including 16 years with the City of Neosho. He has climbed up the department ranks, from patrolman to lieutenant, and now chief of police.In addition to his career as a law enforcement off... More>>

Neosho Christmas display draws in spectators from across the Four States

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Putting up the Christmas lights is never an easy task, but one homeowner in Neosho, MO has taken it to the next level by creating a musically choreographed display, which he programmed by himself. More>>

Local artisans talk buying handmade in the four-states

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Everything Georganne Luman and her husband Greg make is handmade in Southwest Missouri.Home items, from small decor pieces to custom furniture. Georganne says her husband sources the materials locally."Barn, huge barns, that he completely tore down and and hauled all the lumber and tin home," she said.The Lumans aim to make items that are impossible to find anywhere else."They're one of a kind. you may see the same item, but it's not the same item," said Georganne. "It's made out of barn wood... More>>

Chanute Installs Ultra High Speed Internet

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If approved by the city commission on Monday Chanute will offer faster internet at a significantly cheaper price than its competitors. “I think the biggest change is when they actually see how much additional speed that this system brings to them personally,” says City Manager Sam Budreau This fiber box is one of the main hubs serving Chanute residents with internet up to 200 times faster. And that's about three times the national average. “Is a new standard that will be set across the ... More>>

New year brings new healthcare requirements to employers

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A new year will bring some new healthcare requirements to employers nationwide. Some are finding that renewing in an Affordable Care Act compliant plan is creating a financial strain on their business. More>>

Thieves Target Absent Homeowners Stealing Mail and Packages

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“First thought I had when I saw the guy drive, or run, from the front porch to the car was...'they did not just leave a Kris Kringle for that family...something's not right.'" She's sharing her story in hopes others won't be in the same situation as her neighbor. She witnessed three hooded men make way with a package from her neighbor's porch across the street in broad daylight, and she decided to follow the assailants.“I saw the kid in the backseat takeoff from the back porch to the car runn... More>>

St. Mary's Catholic church holds first mass 3 1/2 years after the tornado's destruction

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Joplin's Saint Mary's Catholic Church holds its first mass at its new location tonight three and half years after the 2011 tornado destroyed the old church, school and parish center. St. Mary's 5th graders got their first glimpse of the new church during a practice for a Christmas concert. Rosalie Nguyen says, "It was really breathtaking." Langley Miller added, "It's finally here, and it was so beautiful. We all were kind of speechless for a second and then we all started saying awesome." ... More>>

Dr. Vandeven Named New Commissioner of Education

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Following interviews with five finalists, the State Board of Education voted unanimously to select....

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Joplin Board of Education approves $95,000 change order to correct color of some high school gym seats

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The royal blue was supposed to be navy. Superintendent CJ Huff says this has been a concern, as it does not reflect the school's colors.  More>>

Jasper County officials say general revenue is tight as finalize 2015 budget

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Jasper County officials continue to work to finalize the 2015 budget. However, a tight general revenue fund means the county might not be able to fulfill all the requests from departments for new equipment. More>>

Pittsburg Police Updating Equipment

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The Pittsburg Police department is giving it's I.T. network an overhaul. "Our current system is antiquated," Deputy Chief Brent Narges said. "It was obtained in the late 90's." More>>

New Parsons police chief says interaction with residents is important in keeping community safe

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Jason Sharp, Parsons Chief of Police who began December 3, says it's time for the city to look ahead.  More>>

Today projected as busiest holiday shipping day of the year

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Today is projected to be the biggest holiday shipping day of the year. Many residents in the Four States had their packages ready for send off today, in hopes of saving some money on shipping costs. More>>

Bridge Project Delayed in Crawford County

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Many Pittsburg-area residents are upset. A bridge project supposed to be complete by now, might not be finished until April.  More>>

Murder suspects enter pleas; Cases Set for Dec. 29th

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Smith and Carter have dates set for Dec. 29th in court. More>>

Lyerla Resigns

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Lyerla has resigned his position.... More>>

Vacant mall to become Midwest's destination for youth baseball

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There are roughly 1,000 malls remaining in the United States. Of this rapidly dwindling number only about 400, the malls that cater to high income neighborhoods, are projected to remain open at the end of this decade. The rest will be closed, or re-purposed into offices and other commercial space.The Factory Merchants Outlet in Branson, Mo, is a perfect example of a vacant mall in need of re-purposing. But instead of turning into a mega-church, office space or a storage facility, the rebirth ... More>>

MSSU Holds Christmas Concert in Webb City

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The MSSU Choral Society holds a Christmas Concert. 46 Choral Society members sang songs of the holiday season including the cantata "The Perfect Rose" and the chorus from Handel's Messiah "And the Glory of the Lord." The free concert was held at the First Baptist Church in Webb City. The Choral Society was formed in 1980 as a continuing education class at Missouri Southern led by music professor Al Carnine who still serves as artistic director. Members come from all parts of the commun... More>>

Miami Church Gives Away Two Hundred Bikes to Children in Need

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More than 200 lucky children got their golden ticket to an item on every child's Christmas list...a brand new set of wheels. “I was so excited to get a new bike with it,” says Mercedes Moore. “Bikes are just something that's glamorous for a kindergarten through fifth grader and just really gets their attention and gets them excited,” says Children's Pastor Ryon Moore. Organized by Miami's First Assembly of God, the church partnered with school social workers to pick out the children most des... More>>

Gift Wrapping Helps Area Mothers

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Shoppers at Pittsburg's Meadowbrook Mall can help local mothers while getting their holiday gifts wrapped.  More>>

Gun Club Match Helps Toy Box Drive

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The Joplin Rifle and Pistol Club holds it's annual "Toy Box Match"The match was a marksmanship competition where participants donated toys as an entry fee. The toys are then donated to the Toybox Campaign.  More>>

Dickensfest in Murphysburg

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Murphysburg historic district holds "Dickensfest" at the Scottish Rite Cathedral.  More>>

Wreaths Across America participation doubles in size at Fort Scott National Cemetery

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Hundreds gathered to take part in the national event. The Wreaths Across America foundation aims to remember and honor all soldiers, marines, airmen and sailors, and to teach children the value of freedom, through the laying of holiday wreaths on veteran's graves.  More>>

Couples Rush to the Altar to Marry on 12/13/14

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More than a dozen couples rush to the altar to wed on a day they will never forget. “We were trying to find one day that would be kind of special that we would remember and we just come up with 12, 13, 14, and then decided to get married at 10:11 on that day,” says Pleasanton, KS newlywed Randy Johnson. For the Johnsons the date wasn't the only special thing about their wedding day. They've both stood at the altar together before and this day is a commitment to their new life back together... More>>

15-Year Old Graduates From Pitt State

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Alex Jaeger isn't your typical college graduate. He's a double major in music and biology. He's a classically trained pianist, and currently learning to speak Russian. Shocking... When you realize he's only fifteen.  More>>

Local Tribes Against Allowing Marijuana On Their Lands

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Tribal leaders are weighing in on an unexpected decision by the justice department to allow tribes to grow and sell marijuana on tribal property. “Surprised mainly. You know that's something we've never really considered doing," says Wyandotte 2nd Chief Norman Hildebrand. He tells me Wyandotte is fundamentally against marijuana's legalization, it's even in their tribal bylaws. and he says it would be harmful to society." “We like to abide by state and federal laws and plus it would just set... More>>

Semi causes damage to Thayer City Hall

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At 10:18 AM this morning, A semi driving on US 169 left the road, and struck two vehicles. Vehicle 2 was legally parked at the city offices, and Semi contiuned north across Neosho St. striking vehicle 3.David Ryan, who was drving the semi, had a medical issue when leaving the road. The semi did cause damage to City Hall.Ryan was taken Neosho County Memorial for undisclosed injuries.No injuries were reported at Thayer City Hall. Ryan was wearing his seat belt. More>>

Bicknell Center for the Arts Begins Phase Two

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Pitt State's "Bicknell Family Center for the Arts" is ready for its inaugural season next year. But there's still additional construction and fund raising to be done. More>>

Webb City Expands Paradise Lake

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King Jack Park is getting a major facelift. “We come out and check on it, about three or four days a week, about everyday almost,” says Spring City Resident Jody Darris. It's all part of a project to expand Paradise Lake. In a deal with the EPA, the agency agreed to dig out two additional holes next to the lake and use the extra dirt to fill the mine shafts they've been capping for three years now. These three holes, now lakes, will eventually be connected into one giant pool... More>>

Joplin Middle School Students Apply for Jobs at the North Pole

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Most kids won't get their first job until they turn sixteen but at North Middle school in Joplin today, dozens applied to work at the North Pole. Students took the process pretty seriously and learned real life lessons. "I practiced for a month," says Grace Nielson an eighth grade student. While she applied to be North Pole doctor others vied for the job of candy chef, toy maker and even warehouse supervisor. Professionals in business including KOAM-TV sales managers and the news director... More>>

DOJ say tribes can decide whether to legalize pot

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(AP) - The U.S. Justice Department says Indian tribes can grow and sell marijuana on their lands, even in states that haven't legalized pot.Oregon U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall was co-chair of a group that developed the policy announced Thursday.Marshall says the policy was developed after a handful of tribes asked how legalization of pot in states like Oregon and Washington would apply to them.Marshall insists that federal prosecution priorities that exist for individual states also apply to... More>>

Baxter Springs Fatal Crash

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On Thursday, December 4th, 2014 at approximately 8 p.m. Baxter Springs Police, Fire and E.M.S. responded to an accident located just North of the Baxter Springs High School on Hwy 69 alt.Once Emergency Personnel arrived on scene 53 year old Anna Bishop was transported by E.M.S. to Freeman Hospital for injuries resulting from the accident. James Cramer III was pronounced dead at the scene. Bishop was wearing a seat belt, Cramer was not secured by a seat belt.It was determined the vehicle drive... More>>

Chetopa, KS couple builds toys from scratch to bring imaginative play to children

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Ivan Rexwinkle traded real cows for wood ones. A former cattleman, he makes toys by hand, from scratch. "I wanted to do something, to create something, that kids will have an imagination to do something," he said.  More>>

Oklahoma Churches Prepare for Natural Disaster Relief Effort

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“A lot of people say, oh well I'll take care of it tomorrow, or I'll do that tomorrow, well tomorrow might be too late,” says Miami Emergency Management Director Glenda Longan. Representatives from the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma are being proactive, by taking steps to prepare their community in the event of an emergency like last month's floods. Faith based organizations are usually one of the first groups to step in, besides local law enforcement in the event of an emergency... More>>

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    Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a Joplin, Mo., man has been sentenced in federal court for attempting to entice a minor for illicit sexual activity.Erik Leroy Clark, 35, of Joplin, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, to 10 years in federal prison without parole.On Aug. 26, 2014, Clark pleaded guilty to the attempted coercion and enticement of a minor. Clark believed he was meetin...More >>
    Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a Joplin, Mo., man has been sentenced in federal court for attempting to entice a minor for illicit sexual activity.Erik Leroy Clark, 35, of Joplin, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, to 10 years in federal prison without parole.On Aug. 26, 2014, Clark pleaded guilty to the attempted coercion and enticement of a minor. Clark believed he was meetin...More >>
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    Joplin Police Detectives have made two arrests in a burglary and robbery that occurred on January 16, 2015. The burglary and robbery occurred at 2026 S. Wall Ave. Joplin, MO. Suspects entered the residence and robbed the victim and left with the victim's pickup truck.Arrested at this time are Kristen M. Lemons, age 27 of Joplin. She is charged with Robbery in the 1st Degree and Tampering with a Motor Vehicle in the 2nd Degree. Her bond is set at $25,000 surety and $5,000.00 cash.Also arrested...More >>
    Joplin Police Detectives have made two arrests in a burglary and robbery that occurred on January 16, 2015. The burglary and robbery occurred at 2026 S. Wall Ave. Joplin, MO. Suspects entered the residence and robbed the victim and left with the victim's pickup truck.Arrested at this time are Kristen M. Lemons, age 27 of Joplin. She is charged with Robbery in the 1st Degree and Tampering with a Motor Vehicle in the 2nd Degree. Her bond is set at $25,000 surety and $5,000.00 cash.Also arrested...More >>
  • Miner offered superintendent position at USD 247

    Miner offered superintendent position at USD 247

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    USD 247 Southeast has offered Chanute Principal Brad Miner a contract to be their next Superintendent. Miner has accepted the position pending release from his current contract with Chanute Schools.Mr. Miner has been the Principal of Royster Middle School in Chanute, Kansas since 2004. From the Riverton area, he is a former industrial arts teacher at Montrose High School in Montrose, Missouri, and has also been a Curriculum Writer for Synergistic Systems in Pittsburg, Kansas. He was the Techn...More >>
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