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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>>

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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 Video included

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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 Video included

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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

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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 Video included

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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 Video included

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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 Video included

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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 Video included

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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 Video included

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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 Video included

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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 Video included

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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 Video included

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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 Video included

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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 Video included

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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 Video included

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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>>

MSSU Adopts Great Game of Education Strategy for Financial Sustainability

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Missouri Southern State University officials say they need a more sustainable financial future. For several years, the university has passed budgets that included deficit spending. Officials say that's because of state funding cuts and the inability to raise tuition more than the cost of living. Now the school is trying a strategy that's been successful in business and industry. It's being called the great game of education modeled after a book. The Great Game of Business by Jack Stack. The... More>>

Teen Passes Away After Injuries Suffered in Crash

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Two teens were injured after their pickup smashed into a train in Ottawa County last Friday. Nathan Smith, 16, was a passenger in the truck driven by Tyler Malinski, 18 (Both from Afton, OK). Authorities say Malinski failed to yield at the railroad tracks on County Road 210 near US Highway 69.Smith was taken to KU Medical Center in Kansas City where he died from his injuries on Tuesday. Malinski was thrown about 130 feet from his pickup. He was taken to a Joplin Hospital with head and other i... More>>

A Southwest Missouri farmer works to give young girls in India a place of refuge

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A farmer and hunter from Richards, Missouri, Dean travels the world, often to exotic places such as Mozambique. But his recent project, a shelter for abandoned girls, has him bound for India.  More>>

Candy House Staff Doubles for Holidays

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It's said, if you want to see how the economy is doing, look at the real estate market. But locally, you might get a better idea by looking at chocolate. More>>

Governor's Reward for Apprehension of Homicide Suspect

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Executive Order 14-05 offers a reward of $5,000.00 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the remaining suspect in the homicide of Taylor Thomas on Oct. 9, 2014. Taylor Thomas was found in his home suffering from a gunshot wound and was later pronounced deceased at a local hospital. Three of the four suspects connected to this homicide have been apprehended. Bryan L. Bridges, age 19, is the remaining suspect. He is currently at-large.Anyone with information relating to the lo... More>>

Attorney General's Office offers opinion on casino expansion

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The letter was written in 2013, but shows the base of the AG Office's opinion that though the Quapaw Tribe may own federal land in Southeast Kansas, state regulations still apply. More>>

Dr. Mark S. Matlock passes away

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On Saturday, Dec. 6, Joplin, lost a local treasure in the person of Dr. Mark S. Matlock M.D. He passed away peacefully, surrounded by his wife and children from complications following heart surgery.Mark was the second of three sons born Oct. 27, 1956, to A.D. and Shirlee Matlock, of Coffeyville, Kan. He was raised in Neosho, Mo. and Pittsburg, Kan. In his early years he was an outstanding scholar and athlete, receiving recognition as "fastest boy in grade school", Pass, Punt, and Kick champi... More>>

Joplin day care and preschool owner discusses school district's plans to build early childhood center

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Charyl Copher has been in the daycare and preschool service for 25 years. "I love to be able to see the difference in every child when they leave here."As the co-owner of a Joplin facility, she is concerned the school district's plan to open an early childhood center will affect her business.  More>>

Joplin Police Already Aligned With Federal Guidelines

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The Justice Department announced guidelines Monday to restrict profiling by federal officers. While the guidelines don't apply to the state or local level, the Joplin Police Department says they're already following a similar standard. More>>

Duquesne Expected to Annex Soaring Heights Elementary

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Soaring Heights Elementary and East middle are just feet away, but in two different cities. Soaring Heights in Joplin, and the other in Duquesne. Duquesne Police Chief Kitch says “The limit line runs right through the middle of 'em. And trying to figure out which jurisdiction is actually gonna respond would be time consuming and actually a waste of time." Superintendent Huff feels the annexation of soaring heights just makes sense.... More>>

Freeman Announces "A Storybook Christmas" Parade Winner

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The 44th Annual Joplin Christmas Parade, held December 2, drew cheers from crowds that lined Main Street from Second Street to 20th Street. Some onlookers were heard to comment



 
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Joplin CVB announces Marketing Campaign Casting Call

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The Joplin Convention Visitors Bureau will be conducting a casting call for actors/models for specific roles for a 2015 marketing campaign. The campaign, which will link parts of Joplin's history with current-day points of tourism interest, will require photographic support detailing both specific people and locations.Details of the campaign have been outlined but not publically released. According to Patrick Tuttle, Executive Director of the CVB, “With any campaign once we have a basic them... More>>

Cooks Look to Kick-Start Parsons Business

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A parsons business is hoping the community will help kick-start its opening. Owners of Katy Bistro and Bakery are hoping to open in the former Leroy Brown's location on 18th street, by mid-may. Using the website kickstarter.com, they're asking future customers to crowd fund renovations needed. More>>

Ribbon Cutting for Bicknell Family Center for the Arts

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Pitt State holds it's ribbon cutting ceremony for the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts. More>>

Firefighters Become Detectives in Innovative Arson Training Course

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Retired Fire Marshal Dave Nichols uses a cigarette and newspaper to set a fire, all part of a program to train firefighters on how to solve a case of arson...




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Miami, OK man killed in Newton County crash

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The accident happened on Highway 59, just north of Goodman, MO. Luster Jacobs was killed when he struck another car from behind, ran off the road and overturned.  More>>

Carthage Elementary Schools Add Safe Rooms

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The Carthage R-9 school district is looking to add tornado-safe rooms to protect its elementary students. Right now, the district's five elementary schools lack FEMA-regulation shelters.  More>>

Joplin man searches for answers regarding rare condition developed after injured by 2011 tornado

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A Joplin man searches for answers regarding an undiagnosed condition that developed after he was injured in the 2011 tornado. Multiple physicians across the country are considering his case to be a medical mystery. More>>

Government regulation could put hurdle in front of Downstream's planned expansion into SE KS

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The State of Kansas only recognizes four Indian tribes, and the Quapaw Tribe is not one of them. More>>

Downstream Casino To Expand Into Cherokee County, KS

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In a landmark opinion, the U.S. federal government has given the Quapaw Tribe permission to expand its Downstream Casino Resort into Southeast Kansas."This federal opinion means that we can now go for it, and we will be the first to build and operate a casino in Southeast Kansas," said Quapaw Chairman John Berrey.The National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) has issued an opinion confirming that the Quapaw Tribe's land in Cherokee County, Kansas, qualifies for gaming pursuant to the federal In... More>>

Low gas prices impact local economies

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As gas prices across the Four States remain low, local experts say it is taking a toll on the economy of each state. Economies in Kansas and Missouri are seeing a benefit, but Oklahoma could be negatively impacted if the prices remain low long-term. More>>

Route-66 Attracts Chinese Filmmakers

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The Boots Court Motel, located on Route-66 in Carthage, is accustomed to hosting tourists traveling along "The Mother Road". But today the motel welcomed international filmmakers. A Chinese film crew of about 40 are shooting a short film along Route-66, and began filming in Carthage Thursday after a short stop in Joplin. This is actually the fourth film that has featured the Boots Court Motel in the last year. The owner, Deborah Harvey, believes it's the history of Route-66 that's so attracti... More>>

SE KS bus driver being called hero after accident

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The school superintendent has been a superintendent for 32 years, but has never experienced something like what happened on Tuesday. More>>

NEO Gets Half Million Dollar Grant to Expand Distance Learning

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More classes will be closer to home for students connect to Northeastern Oklahoma A and M community college. It's possible through a half million dollar grant to expand distance learning. Student Tamra Warren has her freshman experience class at NEO in Grove. It's her school of choice but for many of her classes the nursing student must drive to Miami. Warren says, "Probably the gas would be the biggest issue going there every single day, or whatever which I have to do next semester anyway... More>>

Two more suspects arrested in SW MO home invasion

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A 26-year-old man and 27-year-old man were arrested today. More>>

2015 Women of Distinction Honorees

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The Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce has announced the honorees for the 2015 Women of Distinction Community Calendar. The calendar honors twelve area women who lead by example in donating their time and talents to benefit their community."The chamber is proud to honor these twelve exceptional women who put so much time and energy into serving others and improving our community," said Devin Gorman, vice president of operations for the Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce. "The calendar provide... More>>

MSSU Media Showcase winners announced

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The winners of the 2014 Southern Media Showcase have been announced.The annual awards recognize outstanding work in publication and video projects by area high-school students. More than 300 students attended the event at Missouri Southern on Thursday, Dec. 4, where the winners were recognized. It marked the 18th year for the awards, which are presented by the MSSU Communication Department.The program included a presentation by Missouri Southern graduate Sam McDonald, a field producer and vid... More>>

City Council name Bhend to Public Defender position

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Joplin Mayor Mike Seibert has announced that the Joplin City Council recently voted to hire Jonathan D. Bhend as the Joplin Public Defender.Bhend is a Joplin native and a graduate of Joplin High School. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia, and obtained is Juris Doctorate from the University Of Missouri School Of Law in Kansas City. He is the principal of the Bhend Law Firm. He has been in private practice in Joplin for many years. Jonathan and his ... More>>

Fort Scott moves forward with $3.8 million project to improve stretch of National Avenue

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Some Fort Scott residents say the city's streets need attention. "They really do need to be fixed, a lot of the pot holes especially," said Georgellan Baskin. Now, city officials are moving forward to enhance national avenue between 6th and 13th Streets.  More>>

Jasper County Public Administrator's Office collects gifts for the disabled

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More than 100 disabled adults in Jasper County, who otherwise may not have received anything, will now have a Christmas present to open. The Jasper County Public Administrator's Office has placed a Christmas adoption tree on the first floor of the county courthouse. Each star ornament contains the name and wish list of a person who currently has less than $100 in his or her bank account, and no family or friends to spend Christmas with. More>>

Former First Lady Laura Bush to speak at PSU

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Pittsburg State University today announced that former First Lady Laura Bush will visit PSU in the spring as part of the university's Women in Government Lecture Series. Mrs. Bush will share remarks on education, literacy, volunteerism and human rights on April 22 at the new Bicknell Family Center for the Arts.“We're thrilled to have a speaker of the former first lady's caliber as part of our inaugural season at the Bicknell Center,” said Pittsburg State University President Steve Scott. “It'... More>>

Kansas farmer caught selling a wheat seed variety without authorization

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Paul Simpson from Weir paid the Kansas Wheat Alliance $10,000 for "brown bagging", which isthe common term for the growing and selling of seed without proper endorsement and authorization. According to the alliance, Simpson sold Everest, a type of wheat seed developed by Kansas State University and protected under the Plant Variety Protection Act. The PVP Act aims to protect the farmers and wheat industry. "It runs much like a patent. It give the owner or the developer some protection for a p... More>>

Funding for Missouri's blind pension program will no longer be reduced

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Governor Jay Nixon, this week, announced that funding for Missouri's blind pension program will no longer be reduced. Previously, pension recipients were told they would see a $33 reduction per month in 2015. Many blind residents in the Four States utilize the funding to purchase technology that allows them to live a more independent life. More>>

Workers prepare for grocery store to close and the end of an era

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Some would say this place to buy the essentials is itself a staple in the community. More>>

New Oklahoma Law Makes it Easier to Prosecute Bogus Checks

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Before the new legislation passed shop owners would have to track down customers and take them to small claims court. “It's a long process just to get a judgment, and then the judgment may be worthless if you can't pursue actually getting your money,” says Bob Norman of the District Attorney's Bogus Check Division. Norman heads the new Bogus Check Division in the DA's office. It's now their job to prosecute people who make bad on their checks. After the first warning he says, “If they make go... More>>

Poppin Joe's, A Family Business

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"You know the greatest disabilIty there is.. It is low expectations"JOE STEFFY'S DAD HAD HIGHER EXPECTATIONS THAN HIS SCHOOL FOR HIS SON WHO HAS DOWN SYNDROME, AUTISM AND IS NON VERBAL. THE SCHOOL BASICALLY SAID JOE couldn't HOLD DOWN A JOB BECAUSE HE HAD NO ATTENTION SPAN."The plan in the beginning wasn't to start a business for him the plan was to prove to the school that joe had the capability of working," Ray Steffy said.Joe's DONE MORE THAN WORK IN THE KETTLE CORN BUSINESS HE'S BECOME TH... More>>

United Way Welcomes New Circles Director

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United Way's initiative, Circles™, welcomes Ms. Teddy Steen as the new Director as of November 24th. Teddy comes to the Circles™ program and United Way with many years of working with individuals and families recovering from substance abuse, often resulting in poverty. She is the Founder and current Executive Director of Ascent Recovery Residences."Joplin is my home and I see Circles™ as an avenue for real change in our community and I knew I wanted to be a part of it. I love the way that Cir... More>>

Missouri Prescription Drug Monitoring Program bill will soon be re-introduced

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Today is the first day that Missouri state representatives can file their bills for consideration in 2015. State representative Holly Rehder is re-introducing a bill that could bring a prescription monitoring program to the state of Missouri. More>>

Fundraising begins for potential community cultural arts center at Memorial Hall Site

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On December 1, 2014 the Joplin City Council approved the joint request of Connect2Culture, George A. Spiva Center for the Arts, Pro Musica, and the Downtown Joplin Alliance to support the exploration of the Memorial Hall site b... More>>

Local Retailer Sees Boost in Online Sales on Cyber Monday

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After holiday shopping got off to a rough start on Black Friday, with an up to 7% decrease from last year, local retailers are hoping sales will soar high after Cyber Monday. “It's a very big day. Economy- wise this is what everybody has pushed for in the industry and this is what we look forward to. We carry it through starting on Friday, Black Friday, and carry it through,” says General Manager Bill Beatty. All hands are on deck in the call center at Joplin's 3000toys.com and Beatty says C... More>>

Proposed Joplin annexation aims at attracting new industries

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Update:  City council unanimously approved the annexation measure.  More>>

The Empire District Electric Issues $60 Million of 1st Mortgage Bonds

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The Empire District Electric Company (NYSE:EDE) announced today the settlement related to the Bond Purchase Agreement dated as of October 15, 2014, for a private placement of $60,000,000 aggregate principal amount of its 4.27% Series First Mortgage Bonds due 2044. The First Mortgage Bonds will mature on December 1, 2044. Interest is payable semi-annually on the bonds on each June 1 and December 1, commencing June 1, 2015.The bonds may be redeemed, at the Company's option, at any time prior to... More>>

JB's Benefit Concert Helps Cancer Patient

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A concert, raffle, and auction were held at JB's to help Rob Edman; a stage-4 lymphoma patient. All money raised today will go to assisting Edman's family with medical bills.  More>>

Holiday Animal Safety

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During the holidays, pet owners will want to take precautions when setting up decorations. Many common holiday home décor items are dangerous, and sometimes deadly, to pets like cats and dogs. More>>

Safe Driving Tips

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Freezing rain will mean some slick spots and depending on temperatures.Wet roads can turn into black ice. A wintertime problem that highway patrol troopers say requires extra caution.  More>>

Safety Tips to Make Sure Your Christmas Tree Doesn't Become a Fire Hazard

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When it comes to Christmas trees for some bigger is better. “It was really fun. We just tried to pick out the tallest one we could find,” says twelve year old Jayden Wilderman. The Webb family has been buying Christmas trees from Bowen's Tree Farm for about fifteen years “It's just kind of a tradition we always do. Mrs. Bowen's been our teacher since elementary school so we like to come here and get a big tree from there,” says Pittsburg teen Jake Webb. This season was good for growing. After... More>>

Fatal crash in Wilson County kills Chanute man

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At 12:55 pm Saturday, 83-year-old Sarah Robinson from Fredonia, Kansas was driving eastbound on K39 in her Chevrolet Suburban when she attempted to make a left turn, thus turning into the path of Ron Myers who was traveling westbound on his Harley Davidson motorcycle... More>>

It's "Small Business Saturday" vs. "Cyber Monday"

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Small businesses aren't a fan of Cyber Monday.

"You know, if people want to see the stores prosper I think they need to shop in town," said Rosa Bella owner, Shirley Wilbert.
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St. Peter's Middle Students Build Grinch-themed Float

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Children from St. Peter's Catholic Middle School decorate their float dedicated to the holiday's most beloved villain. It tells the story of Dr. Seuss's holiday classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The design is based off of the Red Book Magazine's original1957 publication of the story. Students all submitted float ideas and they mapped out this theme once it was chosen. "It's really fun putting it together and kinda designing the float. Not really just seeing it. You're in it and like... More>>

Volunteers Decorate Ronald McDonald House

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Volunteers work to bring holiday cheer to those staying at the Ronald McDonald House. A dozen members of the Four States Village People Collectors Club Department 56 came together to decorate the house. They set up a model version of the North Pole, actually matching up model towns with the designs from the manufacturer. Organizers say the holiday activity is a happy distraction. "The children are not doing well at any particular time and it takes their mind away from the medical treatments ... More>>

Freedom of Flight Adds Finishing Touches to Christmas Float

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In Joplin, a dozen members of Freedom of Flight Museum put the finishing touches on their float for next week's Joplin Christmas Parade. Going along with the storybook theme, the float will tell the tale of Santa's epic flight to deliver presents. But this year, Santa Opts to take a plane. The mechanical plane in which he and his toys will be is operated by children playing little elves. “Just the fun of it and getting our name before of the public in this area and to let them know what we'r... More>>

Truck crash in Lawrence County leaves Baster Springs woman in serious conditions

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Seventy five-year-old Beverly Blake pulled into the path of a mack truck on highway 37, just north of Pierce City, MO. The truck stuck Blake's pickup truck. Emergency responders air-lifted her to Freeman West Hospital. More>>

Local Businesses Frustrated With Black Friday

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Jason Hurley doesn't believe in "Black Friday". His store, Hurley's Heroes, didn't open one-minute early. His store isn't matching any deals. And as Hurley said, "everything in the store is zero-percent off." More>>

Train vs. Car Accident Near Neosho

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A train hit a car today when the motorist failed to yield at this crossing on Gazelle Road five miles west of Neosho. The driver 67-year-old Melvin Souders of Neosho was taken to the hospital with moderate injuries. More>>

Newton County man loses home from overnight fire

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A Newton County man lost his home to a fire on this day after Thanksgiving. Fire swept through this home on Reindeer Drive southeast of Neosho Missouri overnight. Crews from Neosho, Granby and Stella helped fight that fire. No one was hurt, but the home is a total loss. No word yet on the cause. More>>

Thanksgiving is for Shopping

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Thursday is the new black, as holiday shoppers get a head-start on Black Friday. More>>

Thanksgiving Means Big Business for Local Restaurants

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Thanksgiving is not only a big day for stuffing your face with food, but for the food business. Around 33 million people rely on restaurants for all or part of their turkey day dinners. “We have no family close by. They're all far away so for two of us to cook a big turkey is stupid,” says diner Mariane Wood. Golden Corral in Joplin is expected to serve 2,000 people, 60% more than average. Hungry diners at golden corral lined up as early as 10am in the morning to enjoy a holiday feast with... More>>

Joplin Police Department gears up for Black Friday crowds

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Joplin Police are gearing up for Black Friday crowds along Range Line Road, where many stores will open Thursday night at midnight. More>>

Missouri gas prices are the lowest in the Four States area

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Gas prices in Missouri now average at $2.54, nearly 46 cents lower than Thanksgiving time last year. Some are finding even lower prices, with $2.39 per gallon at Love's Truck Stop off I-44 in Joplin. More>>

Rebuild Joplin organization prepares to close

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Hurt from the tornado did not discriminate.  As it turned out, relief from the tornado had no limits, either. More>>

Rural Health Bill Saves Patients Time & Money

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Congress passes rural health legislation that the bill co-sponsor congresswoman Lynn Jenkins says was a crucial move. “Republicans and democrats put their differences aside and for once put people in rural communities before the political wrangling. And I'm confident the president will sign it into law,” says Jenkins. The bill makes it so small rural hospitals don't need a doctor present to perform routine outpatient therapeutic services like-getting blood drawn, antibiotic infusions, and phy... More>>

Missouri child abuse centers are on shaky financial footing

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Missouri child abuse centers are on shaky financial footing. Federal funds through the Victims of Child Abuse Act will ensure centers get by in 2015, but in 2016, funding for the state's 22 child advocacy centers is again up in the air. More>>

FDA today finalizes new regulations on menu and vending machine calorie labeling

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The Food and Drug Administration today finalized new rules on menu and vending machine calorie labeling. Some chain restaurants in the Four States have already begun to comply with the regulations. More>>

When does police force turn excessive?

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The very men and women charged with protecting the law are protected by the law. More>>

Special Education Classroom at new JHS Resembles an Apartment

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It's a home away from home of sorts for some Joplin high students. The classroom for special education students is an apartment built right inside the new Joplin high. And it's helping student learn lessons for life. Brooke White's students wash strawberries and slice bananas as they prepare a fruit salad for a Thanksgiving feast. They're not at someone's home but a classroom that takes the shape of an apartment. White says, "They learn skills like making their bed, maintaining a home suc... More>>

Joplin Rebuild Will Host Last Ribbon Cutting

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Rebuild Joplin announces plans to complete their Owner-Occupied Repair Program in December, 2014.Rebuild Joplin formed days after the deadly May 22, 2011 tornado. First, a resource linkage website, the organization evolved thanks to a formal partnership with St. Bernard Project – a national disaster recovery organization with operations in New Orleans, New Jersey and New York City. With support from Toyota, UPS, Home Depot, Farmers Insurance, Hilti as well as other corporate partners, Rebuild... More>>

Early Morning pursuit sends Nevada resident to jail

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An early morning pursuit ended with the arrest of a Nevada resident Tuesday. According to a press release from the Vernon County Sheriff's Office, a 1985 Chevy truck had been driving around in the median on I-49 near the Sheldon exit early Tuesday morning. When a Sheriff's Deputy approached, the truck took off heading the wrong way on I-49 and continued to flee from deputies around the southeast part of the county. A supervisor was then notified who monitored the conditions of the pursuit. Th... More>>

Joplin Police Department discusses Ferguson grand jury decision

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Immediately after St. Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch announced the grand jury will not be indicting office Darren Wilson, we spoke with the Joplin Police Department about the case. Sergeant Jared Delzell with the Joplin Police Department said.... More>>

Pittsburg Annexes Land for Casino Development

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Topeka-based Equity Ventures is asking the Pittsburg City Commission to annex roughly 200 acres on the Northwest corner of Highway 69 and Highway 400 for the development of a casino, event center, restaurant, and hotel.  More>>

Wilson: No Indictment

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FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - A grand jury has decided not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed, black 18-year-old whose fatal shooting sparked weeks of sometimes-violent protests.St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch announced the decision Monday evening. A grand jury of nine whites and three blacks had been meeting weekly since Aug. 20 to consider evidence.At least nine votes would have been required to indict Wilson.The Justice Dep... More>>

State reimbursements help cover housing costs at Newton County's overcrowded jail

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Newton County officials are finalizing their 2015 budget, nearly a third of which goes to the county sheriff's office. Officials at the Newton County Jail say it is currently overcrowded and expenses for housing prisoners are high. More>>

Bridge's safety concerns prompt MODOT to issue weight limit

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The wheels on the bridge keep on turnin'.  Though for how much longer, officials are still trying to determine. More>>

Castle Rock Casino Resort Proposes $130 Million Development in Cherokee County

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Representatives of Castle Rock Casino Resort today announced plans to build a premiere, Las Vegas-style casino resort in Cherokee County, Kan. Located less than o
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Galena residents and business owner open their doors for a holiday home tour

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

JANE, MO RALLIES TO SAVE HISTORIC POST OFFICE Video included

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

Falling Gas Prices Help Local Business

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

Joplin Emphasizes Route 66 Heritage

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

Campers Await Free Wings

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

Dogs Stolen in Newton County

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

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

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

MSSU celebrates 11 outstanding students as super leaders

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

Southeast Kansas man dies in truck accident

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

Chetopa Blames KDOT for Water Issues

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

Residents in Four States find relief to holiday depression through volunteering

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

Cottey College Announces 12th President

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

Parsons Condemns a Dozen Dilapidated Homes

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

Court Action in Pittsburg Murder Investigation

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

Action on Immigration Removes Obstacles

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

Ex-bank employee sentenced in $2.5 million theft

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

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

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

Holiday window display at City Hall starts season of activities

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

Carthage woman creates magazine for veteran wives and PTSD awareness

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

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

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

Jones, Sr Charged with 1st Degree Murder

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

Structure Fire on F Street NW

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

Robbery at Pittsburg Sprint Store

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

Montgomery County Recovery Team Continues Efforts

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

Interior design student repeats at Design Wars

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Miami Tax Projects

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

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

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

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

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

Nixon activates National Guard

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

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

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

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

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

Snowfall Causing Road Hazards

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

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

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

VETERANS CREATE LASTING MEMORIES ON DEER HUNTING TRIP

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

Miami, OK group raises money to help those with autism

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

Joplin Celebrates "America Recycles Day"

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

Chetopa Celebrates 14th Annual Pecan Fest

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

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

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

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

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

PROPERTY TAXES IN COMMERCE ALMOST DOUBLE BY YEAR'S END

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

Charges Filed in Golf Course Vandalism

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

Authorities identify victim of fatal fire and reveal cause

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

Shadow On The Street

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

Victim Identified in Homicide

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

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

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

Fatal Fire in Joplin

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

Joplin Artists Mailing It In

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Southeast to return money to county treasurer's office

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

Joplin seeking bids to progress library project

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

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    Prepackaged carmel apple linked to 5 deaths

    Friday, December 19 2014 1:32 PM EST2014-12-19 18:32:57 GMT
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Health officials say prepackaged caramel apples are linked to five deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says investigators are trying to determine the specific brands that were involved. But consumers are being warned not to eat prepackaged caramel apples until more is known.The CDC says it knows of 28 cases in which people were sickened by a form of bacterial food poisoning called listeria, with 26 hospitalized...More >>
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Health officials say prepackaged caramel apples are linked to five deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says investigators are trying to determine the specific brands that were involved. But consumers are being warned not to eat prepackaged caramel apples until more is known.The CDC says it knows of 28 cases in which people were sickened by a form of bacterial food poisoning called listeria, with 26 hospitalized...More >>
  • Via Christi Health’s community benefit tops $91 million in fiscal year 2014, including $7.5 million provided by Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg

    Via Christi Health’s community benefit tops $91 million in fiscal year 2014, including $7.5 million provided by Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg

    Friday, December 19 2014 1:11 PM EST2014-12-19 18:11:56 GMT
    Via Christi Health, a member of Ascension, the nation's largest Catholic and not-for-profit healthcare system, provided $91.4 million in community benefit in the 2014 fiscal year, providing free medical care to those in need, educating healthcare professionals and supporting community health efforts in Pittsburg, Wichita, Manhattan and Wamego.In reporting its community benefit, Via Christi Health follows the guidelines set by the Catholic Health Association, which calls for community benefit ...More >>
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