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Joplin MMA Athlete Lends a Helping Hand to Kids with Cancer Video included

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Mixed Martial Arts fighter TeeJay “Bad Newz” Britton says he uses MMA as a ministry.The MSSU grad and Joplin minister lends a helping hand to supporting kids with cancer. The just turned pro athlete is helping kids like 12-year-old Weston, who's fighting a battle with brain cancer, go to camp quality. The camp just outside Joplin, allows cancer kids to spend a week bonding and sharing experiences with one another. "I was always taught, you reach the loss at any cost. You know, and so I feel t... More>>

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Hundreds Come Hungry for Duenweg's Fire Dept. Chili Supper

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Duenweg's Volunteer Fire Department gets a money boost from fire wives willing to scoop out bowls of spaghetti and chili. People packed the Duenweg Fire Department for its 33rd annual all you can eat Chili Supper. Proceeds from the $5 meal charge will go toward the Fire Department's general fund.Being a small city, with 28 firefighters covering 25 square miles the fire chief says every little bit counts."It's real important. It gets the people out to see what we do, you know with their tax mo... More>>

People From Far & Wide Flock to Neosho for Garage Sale

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Neosho's population skyrockets as people flock to Missouri's largest garage sale.It's a money making day not just for citizens but the city too as out of towners come to shop and eat while in Neosho. Some even spending the night in hotels. People from as far away as Wisconsin go door to door, mining through odds and ends, to find hidden treasures for sale at Neosho's City Wide Garage Sale.Many homeowners were not only looking to get rid of old items and buy new ones, but were using the garage... More>>

Joplin Humane Society Sees Major Increase in Animals Due to Warmer Weather Video included

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Warmer weather and longer days, means more animals are out and about, and that's putting pressure on Joplin's Humane Society.“It's kind of unusual, this time of year to already start seeing the numbers go up, typically April is when we just start to see anything change,” says Shelter Manager Lysa Boston.But this spring the shelter has seen a major increase, they're up a hundred animals from this time last year, and a hundred dogs more from last month.“It's a little bit overwhelming. Here we k... More>>

Local farmers say the winter canola crop is shaping the future of the industry in our region Video included

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The beauty of a field northeast of Miami, OK is drawing some attention, after a new and unique crop is proving to be largely successful in our region. Local farmers say that success is driving the future of the industry. More>>

Quapaw Tribe chairman: State of Kansas has racist Indian haters Video included

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More accusations arise between the State of Kansas, Cherokee County commissioners, and the Quapaw Tribe surrounding the tribe's planned gaming expansion into Kansas. More>>

Carl Junction Police Step Up Enforcement of "Golf Cart Ordinance" Video included

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Adam Greek often enjoys driving through town in his golf cart with his three year old son Garrett under his wing, but recent enforcement of a city golf cart ordinance aims to stop these father son trips. “My in-laws live about three blocks away and we've always used the golf cart to commute to friends' houses and to go over there for dinners and things. And I was pretty upset when we couldn't take my son Garrett in the neighborhood anymore,” says Greek. On city streets golf carts are consider... More>>

Redings Mill water system no longer in compliance with DNR regulations Video included

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With the resignation today of the water operator in Redings Mill, MO, city officials say their water system is no longer compliant with regulations issued by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, and is at risk of being shut down. Officials are having a public meeting tonight to inform residents and discuss options. More>>

KS Gov. signs new laws for welfare program Video included

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Some are asking, does it do more harm than good? More>>

Post Office Lines Caused by "Tax Day"

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April 15th is the final day to file those taxes. If you do so after Wednesday you'll get hit with a penalty. If you still haven't filed, you're not alone by any stretch. According to the IRS, some 50-million people wait until the last 2-weeks. The saving grace? Filing online. Something 80% of Americans do. But, for the remaining 20% going the old route, think of Tax Day as Christmas with Uncle Sam.  More>>

Officials investigate possible arson in Picher, Oklahoma after historic site burned

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Officials are investigating a possible arson in Picher, Oklahoma, after one of the last remaining historical sites burned to the ground yesterday. The former Picher Mining Field Museum was engulfed in flames early Tuesday morning. More>>

Forty-four pounds of marijuana seized at Joplin bus station Video included

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The suspect, 21-year-old Joseph Guzman from Dallas, was arrested on charges of theft of services for failing to purchase a bus ticket, and for first degree trafficking for the marijuana. More>>

JHS principal: Some inappropriate pictures were shared among students Video included

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It appears students used their own cell phones to access the pictures. More>>

Joplin High School allegation serves as a reminder to parents Video included

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Know exactly what's on the children's phones and computers. More>>

Pornography investigation at Joplin High School

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      Joplin School District officials and the Joplin Police Department are investigating incidents involving pornography at the high school. More>>

Local tax advisers discuss common mistakes to avoid when last minute filing

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It's the eve of the looming April 15 tax filing deadline. Local tax services have been busy all day, and an even bigger turnout of procrastinators is expected tomorrow. Tax preparers offer some advice on common mistakes to avoid for those filing at the last minute. More>>

New water filling unit in Carl Junction schools helps keep students hydrated

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Staying hydrated: it's a simple task that gets overlooked. "We're so mobile that I think it's difficult sometimes for people to get as much water as they should," said nurse Bridget May.At Carl Junction High School, this is no longer the case thanks, to a water filling station in the student common area.  More>>

Joplin land meant for Wallace Bajjali now for sale

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The city's selling price of these two properties includes a fee of 5.75% (of the city's original purchase price of the land) that the city paid to Wallace Bajjali to help fund the now bankrupt master redeveloper. More>>

Southern Symphony Orchestra Preps for Final Performance

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Joplin's community orchestra, the Southern Symphony Orchestra, is preparing for it's final performance of the season, Friday, April 24th. And as the band gets closer to final rehearsals, they're making sure to be fine tuned for next week.  More>>

Missouri legislation aims to require daily recitation of The Pledge of Allegiance at all grade levels

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Missouri schools could soon be required by law to show more patriotism. Legislation passed by the Missouri House would require students at public schools across the state to recite The Pledge of Allegiance daily. More>>

New Bill to Repeal Missouri Helmet Law Moves Forward in State House

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A bill to repeal Missouri's motorcycle helmet law has local lawmakers at odds. State Representative Charlie Davis rides a motorcycle and says he always wears a helmet, but believes Missouri would benefit from rider tourism dollars like Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Kansas which don't require helmets. Opponents say debilitating head injuries cost taxpayers. The CDC reports injuries cost $12 billion alone in 2005 in hospital bills. Joplin representative Bill White says there's also the loss of an inj... More>>

Volunteers Make Angel Gowns For Babies Gone Too Soon

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Volunteers make angel gowns for NICU babies that never make it home. The Texas based non-profit organization “NICU Helping Hands” turns old wedding dresses into precious keepsakes for grieving families to dress their babies taken too soon. The group in Southeast Kansas is one of the largest, the local chapter in Pittsburg gathered to stitch love into the tiny gowns. Almost every part of the wedding dress can be used. The gowns come in all sizes for babies. "There's lots of challenges that we... More>>

Mini Warriors Jump Obstacles, Raising Money for Pittsburg's Schlanger Park

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Almost three hundred kids willingly get dirty in Pittsburg's 3rd annual mini warrior dash to raise funds for the handicap accessible park where everybody plays.The challenge at Schlanger Park put kids to the test over a 16 event obstacle course, hopping over hay barrels, climbing up ropes, and of course everyone's favorite crawling on hands and knees through the mud."I'm most excited for getting muddy,” says six year old Autumn Sands."I've done it before and I like 'em cause I get all muddy,”... More>>

Church Raises Funds for Organ Renovation

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For the past 112 years, members of the St Mary's catholic church in pierce city have worshiped with the sounds of a 650-pipe organ. But now, with thousands of dollars in restoration needed, the congregation is looking for ways to preserve the organ which has been a constant for more than a century. More>>

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  • Small Business of the Year Finalists Announced

    Small Business of the Year Finalists Announced

    Thursday, April 16 2015 5:37 PM EDT2015-04-16 21:37:33 GMT
    The Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce and BKD, LLP have announced the finalists for the 2015 Small Business of the Year Award. Based upon evidence of successful operations, as well as significant contributions to the community, the following businesses have been recognized as finalists for the award:The Finishing TouchLaura's Fitness BeautyRoto Rooter Sewer“These finalists exemplify what it means to be a successful small business,” said Devin Gorman, Pittsburg Area Chamber vice president of...More >>
    The Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce and BKD, LLP have announced the finalists for the 2015 Small Business of the Year Award. Based upon evidence of successful operations, as well as significant contributions to the community, the following businesses have been recognized as finalists for the award:The Finishing TouchLaura's Fitness BeautyRoto Rooter Sewer“These finalists exemplify what it means to be a successful small business,” said Devin Gorman, Pittsburg Area Chamber vice president of...More >>
  • Cotten resigns to take new position in Illinois

    Cotten resigns to take new position in Illinois

    Thursday, April 16 2015 2:28 PM EDT2015-04-16 18:28:31 GMT
    Joplin Parks Director Chris Cotten has announced that he will leave the City Parks and Recreation Department in mid-June. Cotten has accepted the Director of Parks position with Normal, Illinois.“Joplin has been an incredibly supportive community,” he said. “I've enjoyed working at the City of Joplin and appreciate the many projects I've been able to accomplish with the help of a wonderful staff. This relocation is a great opportunity for me to continue my professional career in a community t...More >>
    Joplin Parks Director Chris Cotten has announced that he will leave the City Parks and Recreation Department in mid-June. Cotten has accepted the Director of Parks position with Normal, Illinois.“Joplin has been an incredibly supportive community,” he said. “I've enjoyed working at the City of Joplin and appreciate the many projects I've been able to accomplish with the help of a wonderful staff. This relocation is a great opportunity for me to continue my professional career in a community t...More >>
  • April is Spring Clean-Up Month

    Parsons residents encouraged to use Bulk Trash Service this month

    Parsons residents encouraged to use Bulk Trash Service this month

    Tuesday, April 7 2015 6:06 PM EDT2015-04-07 22:06:36 GMT
    The City of Parsons has proclaimed April 1-30, 2015 as Spring Clean-Up Month. During the month of April, residents are encouraged to get out help a neighbor or a gather a group of friends and clean-up the neighborhoods. The purpose of the event is to spark community pride and help your neighbor.“All year long, we offer Bulk Trash Service. This is just one more way for people to get involved and utilize this service. In order to participate in the clean-up, residents will be required to call 4...More >>
    The City of Parsons has proclaimed April 1-30, 2015 as Spring Clean-Up Month. During the month of April, residents are encouraged to get out help a neighbor or a gather a group of friends and clean-up the neighborhoods. The purpose of the event is to spark community pride and help your neighbor.“All year long, we offer Bulk Trash Service. This is just one more way for people to get involved and utilize this service. In order to participate in the clean-up, residents will be required to call 4...More >>
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  • Quapaw Tribe chairman: State of Kansas has racist Indian haters

    Quapaw Tribe chairman: State of Kansas has racist Indian haters

    Friday, April 17 2015 5:51 PM EDT2015-04-17 21:51:55 GMT
    More accusations arise between the State of Kansas, Cherokee County commissioners, and the Quapaw Tribe surrounding the tribe's planned gaming expansion into Kansas.More >>
    More accusations arise between the State of Kansas, Cherokee County commissioners, and the Quapaw Tribe surrounding the tribe's planned gaming expansion into Kansas.More >>
  • Local farmers say the winter canola crop is shaping the future of the industry in our region

    Local farmers say the winter canola crop is shaping the future of the industry in our region

    Friday, April 17 2015 7:41 PM EDT2015-04-17 23:41:25 GMT
    The beauty of a field northeast of Miami, OK is drawing some attention, after a new and unique crop is proving to be largely successful in our region. Local farmers say that success is driving the future of the industry.More >>
    The beauty of a field northeast of Miami, OK is drawing some attention, after a new and unique crop is proving to be largely successful in our region. Local farmers say that success is driving the future of the industry.More >>
  • Giant Sinkhole in Carterville Deemed Priority One by DNR Inspectors

    Giant Sinkhole in Carterville Deemed Priority One by DNR Inspectors

    Tuesday, April 7 2015 3:44 PM EDT2015-04-07 19:44:24 GMT
    A sinkhole in Carterville, Missouri is called a priority one case by inspectors from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources because lives are endangered.. Residents worried about their homes and children. DNR supervisors checked out a sinkhole in Bill Oakes back yard this afternoon coming up with the same measurement as Carterville public works crews. "About thirty feet," they said. Oakes worries, "It's concerning. I got a lot of kids in my neighborhood. There's two or three right h...More >>
    A sinkhole in Carterville, Missouri is called a priority one case by inspectors from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources because lives are endangered.. Residents worried about their homes and children. DNR supervisors checked out a sinkhole in Bill Oakes back yard this afternoon coming up with the same measurement as Carterville public works crews. "About thirty feet," they said. Oakes worries, "It's concerning. I got a lot of kids in my neighborhood. There's two or three right h...More >>
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