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Tree Recovery Still a Focus Video included

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The 2011 tornado destroyed an estimated 17,000 trees in Joplin. In parts of the tornado area it meant a complete loss and the effects are still distinguishable on many trees that survived. 

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Local Veteran Wants to Replace PTSD Meds with Medical Marijuana

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  Signatures on a petition to legalize medical marijuana in Missouri are due at the capitol by Sunday and local efforts wrap up Thursday.     A local veteran is one of those making a case for it as he struggles with post traumatic stress disorder.  

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Sodexo Sues Blasters Video included

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Sodexo, the company providing concessions at Joe Becker stadium during the Joplin Blasters' inaugural season, is suing the team for upwards of $187,000. 

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Local fire chief reacts to new gun law Video included

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Kansas governor Sam Brownback signed house bill 2502 into law this week, a bundle of gun-legislation from the session. It will allow public employees like firefighters and paramedics to concealed carry a weapon while on the clock. One local fire chief will be hesitant to adopt the law over to his department. "A fire can be a dangerous situation itself and if you have a gun there, and it falls out of somebody's pocket, it could go off accidentally and hit somebody or it could ex... More>>

Lafayette House Plans Transitional Housing After Getting 30K Tornado Recovery Grant Video included

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 The Joplin Regional Community Foundation gives its final grants from the Tornado Recovery Fund. Lafayette House will use its new monies to build a transitional living house.    

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Avian Influenza Confirmed in Jasper Co. Video included

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When a case of avian influenza spread through Southwest Missouri last year, more than 30,000 turkeys were killed to stop it's spread. As of now, health officials say the most recent case doesn't look to be that serious. 

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McDonald County HS adds performing arts center Video included

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McDonald County High School performing arts students will no longer have to compete with the basketball team while trying to rehearse plays in the school gymnasium. Through a school bond and FEMA-eligibility funding, the school has added a state-of-the-art performance hall to its campus. "We've been used to performing either in our cafeteria or in our gymnasium and the sound there is not good, it's not built for the arts. So this is," choral director Stacie Campbell said w... More>>

Chase ends in Lovejoy arrest Video included

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Early Sunday afternoon, a police chase took place off 20th Street near Maiden Lane in Joplin which resulted in the arrest of Maurice Lovejoy. Initially a routine traffic stop, officers discovered Lovejoy had several felony and misdemeanor warrants out for his arrest. At least five police vehicles were involved in the chase which led to an alley where police captured Lovejoy.  Details are limited, but no additional charges are being filed at this time. Lovejoy had a pa...

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Broadcast students hold documentary fundraiser for Bach-Collins family Video included

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You may know Tawnya Bach as the KOAM morning and noon news anchor, but students at Pittsburg State know her as their adjunct professor. When news broke out that Bach's Pittsburg home caught on fire, resulting in internal burns on her husband, James Collins' lungs and smoke inhalation to her two youngest sons, her students wanted to come through for her. A fundraiser was held at Pitt State's Bicknell Center for the Arts where the Student Association of Broadcasters showed a documentar...

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Sidelines Bar Hosts Humane Society Fundraiser Video included

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You're probably not used to seeing dogs or dog food in a bar but today at Sidelines in Joplin, bringing a bag of food or a 10 dollar donation gets you in the door. 

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New Antique Store Holds Live Auctions Video included

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A new antique mall on Route 66 holds its first live auction of consignment items. Several people were browsing the items up for auction at 66 Emporium today.

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Joplin Blasters Hold Open Tryouts Video included

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It's a beautiful day for baseball. Dozens of hopeful Joplin Blasters came out to Joe Becker Stadium for a day of stretching, drills and friendly competition. 

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Repurpose Boutique opens new location, helps Art Feeds Carthage Video included

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Repurpose Boutique has moved just down the road on Peach Tree Lane in Carthage, boasting a new store location that is two and a half times larger than their old location. They decided to celebrate with a little goodwill. Repurpose Boutique donated 20 percent of their opening weekend profit to Art Feeds Carthage, for continued art therapy and creative education for Carthage kids. "Well I'm a teacher, former teacher of elementary, so education is in my heart forever. I ... More>>

Mobile toy library provides educational toys for rent Video included

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United Way's "Success by 6" program has a new tool on wheels to help kids in the area. The Mobile Toy Library is coming to Pittsburg and Joplin on a bi-weekly basis. The mobile toy library offers a variety of stimulating and educational toys for children to rent for two weeks at a time. "So the idea is to promote children with different socioeconomic statuses being able to play with educational toys. Not all parents can afford to buy toys for their children,...

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Webb City CARES fun walk Video included

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Webb City CARES hosts a fun walk to raise money for continued programming throughout the school year. "So the money that's raised from the fun walk goes to every building every one of our schools gets that to spend on their students, then we also get that for programming to support our backpack program to buy school supplies and all those other types of needs that pop up," director Jesse DeGonia said. DeGonia estimates about 250-300 walkers came out for the fundraiser, whi... More>>

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  • All-Terrain Track Chairs Benefit Those With Disabilities

    All-Terrain Track Chairs Benefit Those With Disabilities

    Saturday, April 30 2016 6:17 PM EDT2016-04-30 22:17:26 GMT

    The Missouri Department of Conservation purchased 9 all-terrain track chairs using grant money. Those chairs make it a little bit easier for people with disabilities to participate in outdoor activities.

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    The Missouri Department of Conservation purchased 9 all-terrain track chairs using grant money. Those chairs make it a little bit easier for people with disabilities to participate in outdoor activities.

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  • Legislation Sparked by Neosho Man's Death Moves Forward

    Legislation Sparked by Neosho Man's Death Moves Forward

    Friday, April 29 2016 6:57 PM EDT2016-04-29 22:57:54 GMT

    A Missouri bill drafted following the death of a Neosho man is quickly moving through the legislature, passing the senate this week. Stacey Stevens has been seeking justice for her son Matthew ever since he was killed in a hit and run accident in September. She's enlisted the help of local legislators to work towards passing a law that would enhance the penalties for anybody who leaves the scene of an accident where someone has died. 

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    A Missouri bill drafted following the death of a Neosho man is quickly moving through the legislature, passing the senate this week. Stacey Stevens has been seeking justice for her son Matthew ever since he was killed in a hit and run accident in September. She's enlisted the help of local legislators to work towards passing a law that would enhance the penalties for anybody who leaves the scene of an accident where someone has died. 

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  • Father "The Hero" in House Fire

    Father "The Hero" in House Fire

    Friday, April 29 2016 6:57 PM EDT2016-04-29 22:57:38 GMT

    The family of KOAM morning and noon news anchor, Tawnya Bach, is still recovering at KU Medical Center after a fire left their home a total loss. 

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    The family of KOAM morning and noon news anchor, Tawnya Bach, is still recovering at KU Medical Center after a fire left their home a total loss. 

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  • Group prays for city in anticipation of storm season

    Group prays for city in anticipation of storm season

    Thursday, April 28 2016 10:55 PM EDT2016-04-29 02:55:54 GMT

    David DuRall has known for awhile he wanted to have a non-denominational prayer vigil with area churches. Lindy Mahner has prayed for five years for a prayer vigil in Cunningham park. Both their visions came true Thursday evening. DuRall along with Impact church, Destiny, Central Christian Center, Christpoint and Oasis church chose five areas of the city to pray for, including city leaders, schools, first responders, those suffering with addiction and other churches. "Well...

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    David DuRall has known for awhile he wanted to have a non-denominational prayer vigil with area churches. Lindy Mahner has prayed for five years for a prayer vigil in Cunningham park. Both their visions came true Thursday evening. DuRall along with Impact church, Destiny, Central Christian Center, Christpoint and Oasis church chose five areas of the city to pray for, including city leaders, schools, first responders, those suffering with addiction and other churches. "Well...

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  • A Bill Goes to Gov. Nixon Adding Rules for Expert Witness Testimony

    A Bill Goes to Gov. Nixon Adding Rules for Expert Witness Testimony

    Thursday, April 28 2016 6:46 PM EDT2016-04-28 22:46:34 GMT

         A bill headed to Governor Jay Nixon  would create tighter controls on who is allowed to testify as an expert witness in Missouri courts.

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         A bill headed to Governor Jay Nixon  would create tighter controls on who is allowed to testify as an expert witness in Missouri courts.

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  • Joplin city employees wear denim to take stand against rape

    Joplin city employees wear denim to take stand against rape

    Thursday, April 28 2016 5:21 PM EDT2016-04-28 21:21:21 GMT

    City employees say they want their stand to mean a unified message against rape.

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    City employees say they want their stand to mean a unified message against rape.

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  • MSSU students get competitive at research fair

    MSSU students get competitive at research fair

    Thursday, April 28 2016 5:15 PM EDT2016-04-28 21:15:16 GMT

    Students talked about issues like 'The Psychosocial impact of dissection room experience on undergraduate students."

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    Students talked about issues like 'The Psychosocial impact of dissection room experience on undergraduate students."

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  • Collins Family Recovering From House Fire

    Collins Family Recovering From House Fire

    Friday, April 29 2016 5:55 PM EDT2016-04-29 21:55:04 GMT

    A fire this morning at Tawnya Bach’s Pittsburg home sent her husband and two youngest sons to the hospital. Her husband James, Leif, age 3 and Gehrett, age 2 were flown to KU Medical Center. They are being treated for smoke inhalation and are all in stable condition. Tawnya's oldest son was outside at the time. Tawnya’s home is a complete loss. We will keep you updated on this situation. We hope you will join us in wishing them the best during this difficult time.

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    A fire this morning at Tawnya Bach’s Pittsburg home sent her husband and two youngest sons to the hospital. Her husband James, Leif, age 3 and Gehrett, age 2 were flown to KU Medical Center. They are being treated for smoke inhalation and are all in stable condition. Tawnya's oldest son was outside at the time. Tawnya’s home is a complete loss. We will keep you updated on this situation. We hope you will join us in wishing them the best during this difficult time.

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  • Boeken and Knapp charged for 1st Degree Murder

    Boeken and Knapp charged for 1st Degree Murder

    Thursday, April 28 2016 1:25 PM EDT2016-04-28 17:25:05 GMT

    Allen County Attorney’s office filed First Degree Murder charges against Amber Boeken and Joshua Knapp for the murder of Shawn Cook. Amber Boeken is being held in the Allen County jail on unrelated charges

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    Allen County Attorney’s office filed First Degree Murder charges against Amber Boeken and Joshua Knapp for the murder of Shawn Cook. Amber Boeken is being held in the Allen County jail on unrelated charges

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  • Grant hosts "remember in November" rally

    Grant hosts "remember in November" rally

    Wednesday, April 27 2016 6:57 PM EDT2016-04-27 22:57:17 GMT

    Kansas senatorial democratic candidate Lynn Grant hosts a rally in Frontenac over the lunch hour, urging attendees to "remember in November". "I'll tell you, I never would have imagined Kansas would be in the position it is right now. Never. We're bleeding, and I don't see anyone with a tourniquet," Grant said. The rally is one of several responses this week to news that several budget plans are being considered in legislation, which involve a one million dollar ...

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    Kansas senatorial democratic candidate Lynn Grant hosts a rally in Frontenac over the lunch hour, urging attendees to "remember in November". "I'll tell you, I never would have imagined Kansas would be in the position it is right now. Never. We're bleeding, and I don't see anyone with a tourniquet," Grant said. The rally is one of several responses this week to news that several budget plans are being considered in legislation, which involve a one million dollar ...

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  • Storm Winds Bring Damage to Girard; Down Power Lines, Poles, Trees & Business

    Storm Winds Bring Damage to Girard; Down Power Lines, Poles, Trees & Business

    Wednesday, April 27 2016 6:24 PM EDT2016-04-27 22:24:10 GMT

    Stormy weather lands a blow to Girard, Kansas downing power lines and trees and destroying a foundry business.

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    Stormy weather lands a blow to Girard, Kansas downing power lines and trees and destroying a foundry business.

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  • Disadvantaged Students Sign on for College

    Disadvantaged Students Sign on for College

    Tuesday, April 26 2016 9:12 PM EDT2016-04-27 01:12:14 GMT

    Thanks in part to a federally funded program, 9 Pittsburg high school students are on the path to further their education. 

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    Thanks in part to a federally funded program, 9 Pittsburg high school students are on the path to further their education. 

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  • 7 Deaths of Infants in Co-Bedding Situations Brings Warning to Parents;Moms Argue Its Bonding Experience

    7 Deaths of Infants in Co-Bedding Situations Brings Warning to Parents;Moms Argue Its Bonding Experience

    Tuesday, April 26 2016 7:09 PM EDT2016-04-26 23:09:52 GMT

       A five month old baby found dead taking a nap in a bed with his mother prompts experts to warn of the dangers of what’s called co-sleeping or co-bedding.    

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       A five month old baby found dead taking a nap in a bed with his mother prompts experts to warn of the dangers of what’s called co-sleeping or co-bedding.    

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  • Area Prepares for Severe Weather

    Area Prepares for Severe Weather

    Tuesday, April 26 2016 6:33 PM EDT2016-04-26 22:33:27 GMT

    To stay safe in this type of weather, being prepared and having a plan in place is key. Four State Search and Rescue volunteers are definitely hoping for a quiet tornado season. 

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    To stay safe in this type of weather, being prepared and having a plan in place is key. Four State Search and Rescue volunteers are definitely hoping for a quiet tornado season. 

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  • University reacts to potential cuts

    University reacts to potential cuts

    Monday, April 25 2016 9:35 PM EDT2016-04-26 01:35:04 GMT

    Confusion, frustration and even anger were the reoccurring themes following the PSU town hall meeting regarding the news that Kansas legislature is considering three possible budget plans, all of which involve a 3 percent cut to the university, which equates to about a million dollars. "Well as a professor, it means "How am I going to have stability for the students who come here to Pittsburg State?," Mark Johnson, university professor said. Johnson took advantage of ...

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    Confusion, frustration and even anger were the reoccurring themes following the PSU town hall meeting regarding the news that Kansas legislature is considering three possible budget plans, all of which involve a 3 percent cut to the university, which equates to about a million dollars. "Well as a professor, it means "How am I going to have stability for the students who come here to Pittsburg State?," Mark Johnson, university professor said. Johnson took advantage of ...

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  • PSU Officials Discuss Impact of Possible Budget Cuts

    PSU Officials Discuss Impact of Possible Budget Cuts

    Monday, April 25 2016 6:41 PM EDT2016-04-25 22:41:34 GMT

    PSU officials discuss the state's budget and how it could affect the University and its students. Kansas legislators must close budget gaps totaling more than $290 million when they resume their annual session this week. 

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    PSU officials discuss the state's budget and how it could affect the University and its students. Kansas legislators must close budget gaps totaling more than $290 million when they resume their annual session this week. 

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  • Two escape Crawford County jail; Simpson's Mother charged

    Two escape Crawford County jail; Simpson's Mother charged

    Monday, April 25 2016 7:05 PM EDT2016-04-25 23:05:42 GMT

    Below are the following press releases received from Crawford County Sheriff's office and Sheriff Dan Peak, with the most current being on top. The Sheriff's office believes the two men have possibly left the Girard area, driving a 1999 Chevy Trailblazer with Kansas tags 935 HGB. TO: All Media DATE: April 24, 2016 FOR: Immediate Release RE: Aiding Escape Arrest On April 23, 2014 Crawford County Sheriff’s Office Deputies arrested Marlene Louise McAfee, SHAUN SIMPSON’S...

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    Below are the following press releases received from Crawford County Sheriff's office and Sheriff Dan Peak, with the most current being on top. The Sheriff's office believes the two men have possibly left the Girard area, driving a 1999 Chevy Trailblazer with Kansas tags 935 HGB. TO: All Media DATE: April 24, 2016 FOR: Immediate Release RE: Aiding Escape Arrest On April 23, 2014 Crawford County Sheriff’s Office Deputies arrested Marlene Louise McAfee, SHAUN SIMPSON’S...

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  • Joplin Doulas host baby expo

    Joplin Doulas host baby expo

    Sunday, April 24 2016 6:41 PM EDT2016-04-24 22:41:42 GMT
    Joplin Doulas host their inaugural baby expo and great cloth diaper change in downtown Joplin over the weekend. Local vendors, guest speakers and fun activities all centering around new or expectant mothers were made available to those who stopped by. "I feel that it's very important for growing families to know all their options and know how to find what they're seeking in their community. so it's a great way for us to get a group of families in here instead of waiting for som...More >>
    Joplin Doulas host their inaugural baby expo and great cloth diaper change in downtown Joplin over the weekend. Local vendors, guest speakers and fun activities all centering around new or expectant mothers were made available to those who stopped by. "I feel that it's very important for growing families to know all their options and know how to find what they're seeking in their community. so it's a great way for us to get a group of families in here instead of waiting for som...More >>
  • "Blessing of the Bikes" in Pittsburg

    "Blessing of the Bikes" in Pittsburg

    Sunday, April 24 2016 6:31 PM EDT2016-04-24 22:31:59 GMT
    Temperatures are rising and motorcycle-riding season is here. Pittsburg Knights of Columbus ensure bikers stay safe throughout riding season by hosting the third annual "Blessing of the Bikes". Over two dozen bikers enjoyed breakfast and prayer before Father Rick Kotrba sprinkled holy water on rider's motorcycles. "It's just a fun gathering to start out riding season with the blessing of the bikes, and hope everyone rides safe for the whole season. Then get toget...More >>
    Temperatures are rising and motorcycle-riding season is here. Pittsburg Knights of Columbus ensure bikers stay safe throughout riding season by hosting the third annual "Blessing of the Bikes". Over two dozen bikers enjoyed breakfast and prayer before Father Rick Kotrba sprinkled holy water on rider's motorcycles. "It's just a fun gathering to start out riding season with the blessing of the bikes, and hope everyone rides safe for the whole season. Then get toget...More >>
  • Planned Parenthood under protest, counter-protest

    Planned Parenthood under protest, counter-protest

    Saturday, April 23 2016 2:18 PM EDT2016-04-23 18:18:27 GMT
    Planned Parenthood locations across the country are under protest Saturday, Joplin's location is no exception. A protest and simultaneous counter-protest took place Saturday morning at 7th and Illinois, the location of the Southwest Missouri Planned Parenthood. "Planned Parenthood has allowed baby parts to be sold for profit, and if abortion is not heinous enough, the selling of body parts reminds me of something that happened during WWII in the Nazi prison camps when Dr. Mende...More >>
    Planned Parenthood locations across the country are under protest Saturday, Joplin's location is no exception. A protest and simultaneous counter-protest took place Saturday morning at 7th and Illinois, the location of the Southwest Missouri Planned Parenthood. "Planned Parenthood has allowed baby parts to be sold for profit, and if abortion is not heinous enough, the selling of body parts reminds me of something that happened during WWII in the Nazi prison camps when Dr. Mende...More >>
  • Girard Man Runs 24 Hours, 100 Miles for Cancer Research

    Girard Man Runs 24 Hours, 100 Miles for Cancer Research

    Friday, April 22 2016 10:00 PM EDT2016-04-23 02:00:53 GMT

    A local man has set out to run 100 miles, and he's doing it pretty quickly. It’s all for a good cause. For the next 24 hours, Zach Adams' view will be the red track beneath his feet.

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    A local man has set out to run 100 miles, and he's doing it pretty quickly. It’s all for a good cause. For the next 24 hours, Zach Adams' view will be the red track beneath his feet.

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  • Bourbon County adds K-9 unit

    Bourbon County adds K-9 unit

    Friday, April 22 2016 6:56 PM EDT2016-04-22 22:56:50 GMT

    Criminals beware, there's a new deputy in town and he has four legs. Bourbon County Sheriff Bill Martin was in the process of adding a K-9 unit to the department when a private donor caught wind of his efforts, and came forward with the funds to purchase two dogs and their training. "They want a community where they can raise their family safely without the abuse of the drugs that are out there, and we're going to do everything we can to assist the community in attaining that g...

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    Criminals beware, there's a new deputy in town and he has four legs. Bourbon County Sheriff Bill Martin was in the process of adding a K-9 unit to the department when a private donor caught wind of his efforts, and came forward with the funds to purchase two dogs and their training. "They want a community where they can raise their family safely without the abuse of the drugs that are out there, and we're going to do everything we can to assist the community in attaining that g...

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  • Missouri Legislation Could Ease Limits on Concealed Carry

    Missouri Legislation Could Ease Limits on Concealed Carry

    Thursday, April 21 2016 9:50 PM EDT2016-04-22 01:50:43 GMT

    Missouri legislators consider changing the rules when it comes to carrying a concealed weapon. The proposal would ease up on the current limitations.

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    Missouri legislators consider changing the rules when it comes to carrying a concealed weapon. The proposal would ease up on the current limitations.

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  • KDOT Halts Planned Expansion of US 69, Diverting Monies to State Budget Shortfall

    KDOT Halts Planned Expansion of US 69, Diverting Monies to State Budget Shortfall

    Thursday, April 21 2016 7:14 PM EDT2016-04-21 23:14:51 GMT

      More than five hundred million dollars worth of transportation projects in Kansas have been halted because of declining state revenues including widening US 69 to four lanes. 

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      More than five hundred million dollars worth of transportation projects in Kansas have been halted because of declining state revenues including widening US 69 to four lanes. 

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  • Gas Workers Save Man in Fire

    Gas Workers Save Man in Fire

    Wednesday, April 20 2016 11:25 PM EDT2016-04-21 03:25:13 GMT

    Investigators are trying to determine the cause of Wednesday's Webb City house fire. Two people were sent to the hospital following the fire which heavily damaged the home. 

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    Investigators are trying to determine the cause of Wednesday's Webb City house fire. Two people were sent to the hospital following the fire which heavily damaged the home. 

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  • Students Get to Experience the Sensory Overload Felt by Those with Autism

    Students Get to Experience the Sensory Overload Felt by Those with Autism

    Wednesday, April 20 2016 7:06 PM EDT2016-04-20 23:06:30 GMT

    Easter Seals Midwest gives fifth graders from Joplin's St. Mary's elementary a lesson in sensory overload.  

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    Easter Seals Midwest gives fifth graders from Joplin's St. Mary's elementary a lesson in sensory overload.  

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  • Survey shows Joplin home values increasing

    Survey shows Joplin home values increasing

    Wednesday, April 20 2016 6:03 PM EDT2016-04-20 22:03:45 GMT

    Home values have gone up in Joplin, but there's been a price to pay.

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    Home values have gone up in Joplin, but there's been a price to pay.

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  • Bonnie & Clyde House For Sale

    Bonnie & Clyde House For Sale

    Tuesday, April 19 2016 11:16 PM EDT2016-04-20 03:16:47 GMT

    April 13th, 1933, it served as the scene of a shootout between the "Barrow Gang".. which included Bonnie and Clyde".. and area law enforcement. 

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    April 13th, 1933, it served as the scene of a shootout between the "Barrow Gang".. which included Bonnie and Clyde".. and area law enforcement. 

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  • Hill Arrested In Central Kansas

    Hill Arrested In Central Kansas

    Friday, April 29 2016 6:57 PM EDT2016-04-29 22:57:03 GMT

    A Joplin Police Department spokesman says it's been...

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    A Joplin Police Department spokesman says it's been...

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  • Senator LaTurner's Statement to Governor Brownback regarding latest budget proposal

    Senator LaTurner's Statement to Governor Brownback regarding latest budget proposal

    Thursday, April 28 2016 4:12 PM EDT2016-04-28 20:12:14 GMT
    (Senator LaTurner's Statement Regarding Governor Brownback's Latest Budget Proposal)  Assurance has been repeatedly given that Highway 69 will be built on time. The latest proposal from the governor's office is a reversal on that promise, and I will not stand for it. I will strongly and relentlessly oppose any effort to harm Pittsburg State University, cut K-12 schools, or delay Highway 69 from being built. April 28, 2016  Governor Sam Brownback  2nd Floor, Statehouse...More >>
    (Senator LaTurner's Statement Regarding Governor Brownback's Latest Budget Proposal)  Assurance has been repeatedly given that Highway 69 will be built on time. The latest proposal from the governor's office is a reversal on that promise, and I will not stand for it. I will strongly and relentlessly oppose any effort to harm Pittsburg State University, cut K-12 schools, or delay Highway 69 from being built. April 28, 2016  Governor Sam Brownback  2nd Floor, Statehouse...More >>
  • Boeken and Knapp charged for 1st Degree Murder

    Boeken and Knapp charged for 1st Degree Murder

    Thursday, April 28 2016 1:25 PM EDT2016-04-28 17:25:05 GMT

    Allen County Attorney’s office filed First Degree Murder charges against Amber Boeken and Joshua Knapp for the murder of Shawn Cook. Amber Boeken is being held in the Allen County jail on unrelated charges

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    Allen County Attorney’s office filed First Degree Murder charges against Amber Boeken and Joshua Knapp for the murder of Shawn Cook. Amber Boeken is being held in the Allen County jail on unrelated charges

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