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Humane Society has an interesting guest Video included

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Stray animals are brought into the Humane Society every day. But today it had more than just its usual guests of cats and dogs. The workers at the shelter are used to the sounds of dogs barking, but with a new guest, the tune has changed.“He’s friendly, he's social, he's curious you know as most goats are. He wants to come visit with you," says Joplin’s Humane Society manager Lysa Boston.Animal control found the goat roaming in Joplin and they are hopeful that it... More>>

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CHC SEK Receives Almost $100,000 Dollar Grant Award for Providing Quality Care

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The Community Health Center of Southeast... More>>

Joplin to become more neighborly

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Joplin city leaders have a challenge for you: get to know your neighbors.The department formerly known as Code Enforcement is now changed to the Neighborhood Services Division. The name is an appropriate shift with the new attitude to be neighborly. Joplin's Neighborhood Services Supervisor, Stephen Grindle, said the most common codes he is phoned about are unmowed grass and trash in yards. Grindle acknowledges there will still be code violations, but hopes to change the way they ... More>>

Funds for Memorial Hall coming slowly Video included

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Joplin's Memorial Hall has been abuzz the last two weekends, with Zerkapalooza music festival and Four States Franchise boxing match. Proceeds from beer sales at both events are to fund renovations needed to the historic building.Repairs are needed to the sewage system and the destruction of the ramp on the front of the building. Wheelchair ramps are still in place on the side of the hall. Funds are coming up shorter than expected and a projected five-figure donation may be r... More>>

Mural up at Joe Becker Memorial Stadium Video included

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A new mural went up at Joe Becker Memorial Stadium. Funded by Leadership Joplin and executed by four Missouri Southern State art students, the mural features Joe Becker, Mickey Mantle and Route 66.Leadership Joplin leaves a legacy in the community every year."This year, we thought there would be nothing better than a mural at the Joe Becker stadium," Stephanie Onstot of Leadership Joplin said.Originally scheduled to go up at the old Crosslines building, the group decided not ... More>>

Murdock gives back with Operation Jammies Video included

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Easton Murdock has fought cancer for more than half off his young life. But what makes him sad? Seeing other kids fighting illnesses in boring hospital gowns."When I'm usually in the hospital, I like being in my pajamas because, well, they're comfortable," Murdock said.Thus began Murdock's Operation Jammies.Murdock prefers flannel pajamas himself, but his mother, Megan Guodace says any new pajamas with tags, size infant to adult will do.To sweeten the deal, LaFerla Ortho... More>>

Ghost bikes honor cyclists killed while riding Video included

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You may have noticed white, deconstructed bikes in the 4 states area, they’re meant to grab your attention and bring awareness to bike safety in the area.Bikers solemnly gather to ride 3 miles in honor of Rhonda Thompson and create a memorial for her known as a ghost bike. More>>

Fight against Alzheimer's takes many roles Video included

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Joplin's Landreth Park served as a two-mile track for the Walk to End Alzheimer's. The event is the largest one nation-wide for the Alzheimer's Association, serving as the branded event since 1989 in over 600 communities.Upon checking in, participants are given a pinwheel flower in a given color. Blue flowers represent those currently fighting Alzheimer's, yellow indicates loss of a loved one to the disease, etc. The flowers are then planted in a garden at the starting line. Kirk ... More>>

Boys and Girls Club raises money for art program Video included

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Supporters of the Boys and Girls Club of Southwest Missouri got to experience an activity that the kids do all while raising money for the organization. Many gathered at RSVPaint in Joplin to relax and paint.The participants followed along as they were taught how to paint a picture that just so happens to feature a boy and girl on a swing.The money raised at the event will go towards funding the Boys and Girls Club's art program. The organization provides a safe and fun place for kids ... More>>

The Miracle League of Joplin allows children with disabilities to play ball Video included

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It's opening day for the Miracle League of Joplin. This is the third year the league is being offered and it is open to any child with disabilities ages 5 to 20 years old. This year, nearly 60 baseball players will be up to bat every Saturday at the Will Norton Miracle Field. The field was specially built at the Joplin Athletic Complex to accommodate wheelchairs and walkers. “A lot of these kids have watched their siblings play soccer, play basketball, play baseball, and the... More>>

New product used to plant trees along Historic Route 66 Video included

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Tourism drives the economy in the towns surrounding Historic Route 66. Volunteers planting 100 trees along the road hope that doing so will continue to attract people from around the world.“We're trying to do everything we can to take it back to its original experience. So people from Holland, England, wherever they come from, will experience the Route at its best and not just another worn out road. And that's really what Route 66 is all about, it's the mother road, it’s pa... More>>

Carl Junction pulls out of partnership with Wi-Fi provider Video included

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Carl Junction has pulled out of a deal with Wi-Fi provider Aire Fiber. The two had agreed to a public private partnership in March. Although the partnership is no longer, the city-wide Wi-Fi service will still be coming to town. More>>

Business launchpad coming to downtown Joplin Video included

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People come to Callie Hudson with the Downtown Joplin Alliance with business ideas, products and services all the time. She can now give them a space in downtown Joplin with a multitude of resources they'll need for start up; including support, graphics, and PR."We want to alleviate that hurdle for people that are trying to get started," Hudson said.Hudson keeps a running list of businesses that reach out to her. Now she will reference it and group them by similar elements to... More>>

Portable Food Pantry Draws Hundreds in Chanute Video included

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People lined up for hours, all waiting for... More>>

Bicknell Center: Pitt State's Largest Educational Tool Video included

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Essentially, for each event, the university hands over a $34 million facility to a handful of students. More>>

Independence murder leaves family in search of justice Video included

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The family of murder victim Angela Leis is searching for answers and justice. Leis' body was discovered by police in a vacant lot in the 600 block of North Park Blvd. in Independence, KS on Sunday morning.Four men have been arrested in connection with the victim's death: Cameron Lee Johnson (age 29), Sylvester Lynn Jones (age 33), Brandon Nicholas Peyton (age 25) and Tyler Blake Slaton (age 20). Johnson, Jones and Peyton have been charged with first degree murder, aggravated kidnapping... More>>

Rural Hospital Uses eEmergency Technology to Give Patients Specialized Care

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In an emergency, every second counts... More>>

Police Warn Drivers to Stop for School Buses But Also Say Accidents are Caused When Some Should Keep Going Video included

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 Joplin police warn drivers to be on the lookout for school buses now that school is back in session.        It's not just important to know when drivers are supposed to stop for buses. There are times when drivers are supposed to keep going and police want to clear up confusion.  More>>

Webb City All Stars Return Home

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Main Street in Webb City shut down Wednesday evening as the town welcomed back the Webb City Little League All Stars. More>>

NEO Receives Grant to Continue Student Support Services Program

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NEO’s student support services program... More>>

Pittsburg Schools Back in Session Under New State Funding System: Less Money Video included

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Kansas' new state funding system leaves Pittsburg schools challenged if enrollment increases. More>>

Nevada shelter has to turn people away on a regular basis Video included

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There's a need in Nevada, Missouri that some are looking to fill. While there's a homeless shelter that opened in December, it has to turn people away on a regular basis. More>>

Neosho Animal Shelter Gears Up to Open & Seeks Volunteers Video included

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From foster parent to shelter adoption director Leanne Williams with Faithful Friends Animal Advocates is set to open a brand new facility in Neosho. "So this will be a huge help to the people who find themselves with strays, abandoned, and homeless animals. And need a place for them to go,” says Williams.But before they can open they are in desperate need of more volunteers, thirty to forty of them."We need 10-12 people per four hour shift, just to do the bare minimums... More>>

Audit Critical of Golf Course and Airport Operating at a Loss Video included

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  The Joplin audit isn't just about the city's dealings with a master developer.     The bulk of it deals with city finances, policies and procedures including how Joplin's airport and golf courses both operate at a loss. More>>

Mike Woolston asked to step down from City Council Video included

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Last week's audit report involving the City of Joplin has raised plenty of questions. One of which includes the real estate endeavors of current city council member, and former mayor, Mike Woolston. It's something that was discussed during tonight's city council meeting.The Joplin City Council wants Mike Woolston to step down from his position.“He simply can... More>>

The City of Seneca Steps in to Demolish Collapsed Building on Main St. Video included

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The city of Seneca steps in to take care of a dilapidated... More>>

JOMO restaurant week has perfect timing Video included

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Eating out in Joplin this week could benefit a local family in need. JOMO restaurant week is offering discounts to your meals when you make a monetary donation or donate a non-perishable food item. Food and monetary donations directly benefit Crosslines Ministries. Crosslines has been hit hard with the start of school."At back to school time, parents are really focused on making sure the kids have what they need to go back to school. Their focus is on school supplies and new ... More>>

Raw sewage in Quapaw

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Recent storms may be responsible for blowing open a sewer system in Quapaw.  More>>

Pittsburg economy grows despite odds

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A study released in early August by the Mid-America Business Conditions Index called for slumping numbers in the Midwest economy. Pittsburg seems to be defying those odds, opening up several new businesses this summer and more to come this fall. The key? Pittsburg State University students."Businesses here may call this the most wonderful time of the year," Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce president Blake Benson said.Business owners know the bulk of their business will take... More>>

Joplin man drowns saving kids

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A Joplin man dies after rescuing his kids. But his death brings a warning for parents.  More>>

Recent storms cause damage in the region

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Overnight storms brought down power lines AND trees in many parts of the region.  More>>

Zerkapalooza affecting businesses downtown

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Many weekends, people leave the 4 states area to experience a new or fun activity. But this weekend, Joplin was the destination. Zerkapalooza is attracting people from all over to downtown Joplin. More>>

Group reunites families with lost photos

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The National Disaster Photo Rescue group reunited a former Baxter Springs family with memories they thought they'd lost forever in the 2014 tornado.The Hudson family who now live in Oklahoma were reunited with over a thousand photos as well as a portfolio of son Calvin's preschool artwork. For group director Thad Beeler, connecting families with lost memories helps the healing process."When they're trying to get back to normal at home, they want to put their photographs back ... More>>

Simultaneous protests take place at Planned Parenthood

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Joplin's Planned Parenthood clinic has closed its doors, but groups rallied outside the building today.In fact, over 300 protests against Planned Parenthood took place across the nation Saturday after videos and allegations emerged of employees selling fetal parts and organs for profit.But a group rallying for the protections and services Planned Parenthood provides gathered there too. The opposing groups lined up across the street from one another in a two hour peaceful protest. Membe... More>>

Sixty percent of Joplin's kindergarteners not ready for school

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Every summer, the Joplin School District screens incoming kindergarteners to determine if they are ready for school. These developmental screenings show that more than half of the kindergarteners in the district are not quite ready to begin. More>>

Joplin COC responds to state audit

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Chamber of Commerce President Rob O'Brian says many of the claims in the auditor's report are false, and the document is full of assumptions made up from financial data.  More>>

Storm damages roof repairs in Joplin apartments

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The rain storm that rolled through late Tuesday night caused damages to a roof undergoing repairs in Joplin.Taylor Roofing Company had laid down the tarping paper for the apartments on Highland they were repairing. Tuesday's winds tore off the paper, allowing the roof to collapse inward to the four studio apartment kitchens. "I couldn't even come in the kitchen because I didn't know what piece was gonna fall down next and I wasn't about to get knocked on the head," Josep... More>>

Social media connection saves a Neosho life

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A Neosho, Missouri woman is donating a kidney to another young mother, who's a Facebook friend. They barely knew each other before, but now Vanessa Copeland is undergoing surgery to save a life. More>>

Pittsburg Volunteers Read to the Blind Over the Radio

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Every weekday from 2-4pm volunteers... More>>

Judge denies new trial for City of Joplin vs. Costa Bajjali judgment

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Lawyers for Costa Bajjali wanted a new trial.   More>>

Super-strain of head lice in the Midwest

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As if going back to school isn't hard enough, a new bully is on the block - and you can't just ignore it.A new "super-strain" of head lice has found its way to 25 states, including Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas. A study presented at the American Chemical Society showed that 100% of tested louse in those three states were of the new super-strain.The problem with the new strain is that it is highly resistant to over-the-counter medication. The only certain way to rid of the lic... More>>

Chamber Plans Responses to Criticisms in State Audit of Joplin

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 The state auditor report of Joplin was critical of the Joplin area chamber of commerce, from its funding to its president.   Chamber officials says the auditors claims are untrue.  More>>

Could Joplin officials face criminal charges after release of audit?

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There are workers with law enforcement agencies who will and won't talk. More>>

National Fund Set to Expire

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The fund is responsible for more than a million federal dollars coming to Jasper County. More>>

Casey's General Stores raise money for muscular dystrophy

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It was a day for the kids and a first for 3 Casey's General Stores in Pittsburg. Kid’s fun day was hosted as a way to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.The day was complete with games, raffles, and a look inside a fire truck, ambulance and police car. Funds raised will help send a child with muscular dystrophy to camp next summer. Just one week of camp costs $800.More than 1800 Casey's General Store locations raise money for MDA.“Casey's has raised money ov... More>>

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  • City of Monett to provide 911 and dispatching services for Lawrence County

    City of Monett to provide 911 and dispatching services for Lawrence County

    Monday, August 31 2015 1:38 PM EDT2015-08-31 17:38:44 GMT
    The City of Monett 911 Center will begin providing 911 and dispatching services for Lawrence County effective Tuesday, September 1, 2015. This will not include the cities of Aurora and Marionville as they will continue to maintain their own 911 dispatch center.   The 911 circuits will be switched at 10:00 A.M. on the 1st at that time 911 calls will be directed to the Monett 911 Communications Center.  Residents with non-emergency calls can contact the Comm...More >>
    The City of Monett 911 Center will begin providing 911 and dispatching services for Lawrence County effective Tuesday, September 1, 2015. This will not include the cities of Aurora and Marionville as they will continue to maintain their own 911 dispatch center.   The 911 circuits will be switched at 10:00 A.M. on the 1st at that time 911 calls will be directed to the Monett 911 Communications Center.  Residents with non-emergency calls can contact the Comm...More >>
  • Graham succeeds Dewey as new Head Livestock Judging Coach

    Graham succeeds Dewey as new Head Livestock Judging Coach

    Monday, August 31 2015 1:25 PM EDT2015-08-31 17:25:47 GMT
    Graham will be the 10th coach since the livestock program began in the late 1940s.Graham will be the 10th coach since the livestock program began in the late 1940s.
    He comes to NEO from Oklahoma State University, where he served as assistant coach for the Cowboy’s livestock program. In addition to his coaching responsibilities, Graham will also teach agriculture classes where he boasts extensive experience in animal science. His official start..More >>
    He comes to NEO from Oklahoma State University, where he served as assistant coach for the Cowboy’s livestock program. In addition to his coaching responsibilities, Graham will also teach agriculture classes where he boasts extensive experience in animal science. His official start..More >>
  • Construction management program receives ABET accreditation

    Construction management program receives ABET accreditation

    Friday, August 28 2015 6:24 PM EDT2015-08-28 22:24:47 GMT
    The construction management program at Pittsburg State is often described as one of the best in the nation. That reputation was validated recently by one of the nation’s top accrediting agencies.More >>
    The construction management program at Pittsburg State is often described as one of the best in the nation. That reputation was validated recently by one of the nation’s top accrediting agencies.More >>
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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Inside the new Joplin High School

    SPECIAL REPORT: Inside the new Joplin High School

    Thursday, February 13 2014 5:08 PM EST2014-02-13 22:08:00 GMT
    The new Joplin High School campus should be ready in time for the start of the new school year in August, but construction has reached a point where, with the help of a little computer graphic magic, we can finally get a tour of the facility.More >>
    The new Joplin High School campus should be ready in time for the start of the new school year in August, but construction has reached a point where, with the help of a little computer graphic magic, we can finally get a tour of the facility.More >>
  • Business launchpad coming to downtown Joplin

    Business launchpad coming to downtown Joplin

    Friday, August 28 2015 6:58 PM EDT2015-08-28 22:58:02 GMT
    People come to Callie Hudson with the Downtown Joplin Alliance with business ideas, products and services all the time. She can now give them a space in downtown Joplin with a multitude of resources they'll need for start up; including support, graphics, and PR."We want to alleviate that hurdle for people that are trying to get started," Hudson said.Hudson keeps a running list of businesses that reach out to her. Now she will reference it and group them by similar elements to...More >>
    People come to Callie Hudson with the Downtown Joplin Alliance with business ideas, products and services all the time. She can now give them a space in downtown Joplin with a multitude of resources they'll need for start up; including support, graphics, and PR."We want to alleviate that hurdle for people that are trying to get started," Hudson said.Hudson keeps a running list of businesses that reach out to her. Now she will reference it and group them by similar elements to...More >>
  • Three more defendants sentenced in sadomasochistic sex trafficking conspiracy

    Three more defendants sentenced in sadomasochistic sex trafficking conspiracy

    Thursday, September 12 2013 7:56 PM EDT2013-09-12 23:56:38 GMT
    WARNING:  This story is sexually graphic.Updated September 11, 2013:  KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -A southwest Missouri man was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for keeping a young woman as a sex slaveMore >>
    Michael Stokes, also known as "The Rodent," 65, of Lebanon, Mo., and James Noel, 47, of Springfield, Mo., were each sentenced to five years in federal prison without parole in separate hearings before U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple. Marilyn Bagley, 48, of Lebanon, was sentenced to five years of probation.More >>
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  • High School Football Scores (8-28-15)

    Friday, August 28 2015 11:20 PM EDT2015-08-29 03:20:54 GMT
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  • Southern Volleyball Earns AVCA Team Academic Award

    Southern Volleyball Earns AVCA Team Academic Award

    Wednesday, August 26 2015 7:37 PM EDT2015-08-26 23:37:28 GMT
    The Missouri Southern volleyball team has earned the American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award, the organization announced. To earn the award, a team must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30. The Lions carried a 3.38 GPA as eight individuals carried GPAs of 3.3 or higher and one had a perfect 4.00 mark. Southern is coached by John Napier in his second season at the school. The Lions were one of just six MIAA schools to earn the honor. More >>
    The Missouri Southern volleyball team has earned the American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award, the organization announced. To earn the award, a team must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30. The Lions carried a 3.38 GPA as eight individuals carried GPAs of 3.3 or higher and one had a perfect 4.00 mark. Southern is coached by John Napier in his second season at the school. The Lions were one of just six MIAA schools to earn the honor. More >>
  • Missouri Southern Announces Exciting Promotions and Game Day Experiences for Football

    Missouri Southern Announces Exciting Promotions and Game Day Experiences for Football

    Wednesday, August 26 2015 7:09 PM EDT2015-08-26 23:09:34 GMT
    The Missouri Southern Department of Athletics has announced new policies and exciting entertainment opportunities for this upcoming MSSU football season.With the first home football game on Sept. 3, all fans 12 and under, with an accompanying adult ticket, will now be admitted free to all Missouri Southern regular season athletic events."This is a really exciting time for Missouri Southern Athletics," said Director of Ticketing/Event Management Nathan Bramwell. "With all...More >>
    The Missouri Southern Department of Athletics has announced new policies and exciting entertainment opportunities for this upcoming MSSU football season.With the first home football game on Sept. 3, all fans 12 and under, with an accompanying adult ticket, will now be admitted free to all Missouri Southern regular season athletic events."This is a really exciting time for Missouri Southern Athletics," said Director of Ticketing/Event Management Nathan Bramwell. "With all...More >>

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