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Joplin Humane hosts super pet adoption bowl Video included

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It's the "Kitty Panthers vs. the Doggie Broncos" on the scoreboard at Joplin Humane Society. Shelter staff capitalize on the Super Bowl holiday by hosting a competition between dog and cat adoptions. Saturday afternoon, the score was ten cat adoptions to eight dog adoptions. If visitors cannot take a pet home, they can donate towards their favorite team to raise the scores. All funds go to the shelter medical fund, which helps pets with medical needs beyond the scope of nor... More>>

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Volunteers restore Wildcat Glades nature area Video included

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Wildcat Glades and Audubon Center suffered significant damages when Shoal Creek flooded in late December. Volunteers used their Saturday to restore the area back to its natural state. "We are just overwhelmed at the amount of support we've had since the flood. When it happened, it was so overwhelming to see all the damage we had down there with the creek. And just to have this amount of community support behind us, it's just really great," development and volunteer associate... More>>

New businesses coming to Chanute Video included

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Chanute, Kansas is a small town with big plans for development. City officials are working to bring more retailers to the city to not only keep residents shopping locally, but to create more jobs. 

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Millennials Offer Unique Challenges for School Resource Officers

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Following the recent suicide of a young girl in the Neosho School District, some Southwest Missouri School Resource Officers gathered to discuss strategies for assisting students.

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PSU students advocate for 'Lifeline 911' Video included

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On Wednesday, students involved in PSU student government traveled to Topeka to advocate for an academic policy, "Lifeline 911" to become a law. The policy would allow underage drinkers to avoid charges if they call for medical help, so long as they are compliant. The situation is one that students may find themselves in at a house party or otherwise. "They're fearful of contacting emergency personnel, because they don't want to get an MIP or an MIC which doesn't seem ... More>>

Who Are Four Staters Rooting to Win Super Bowl 50? Video included

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For Panthers fan Dustin Atkins he says...

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Joplin City Council proposal: Set universal deadlines for building construction Video included

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A building near Joplin's High School, rebuilt after Joplin's tornado and vacant right now, is occupying the center of this debate.

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Lost Reels

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KOAM History is a part of Four-State History. Thousands of Four-Staters grew up watching local programs produced by this television station. So when recordings of those shows were lost, it was a loss for all of us.  A recent discovery has made it so exciting as you'll see (above) in Part 1: Lost Reels.

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Riverton Schools Address Parents Concerns Video included

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Some parents in Southeast Kansas are concerned about the health of their children, following the death of a para-professional at riverton elementary school. 

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Son hosts bone marrow donor registry drive for father Video included

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Every three minutes, someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer, according to Be The Match, a non-profit community of donors and researchers. Seven months ago, that was Parsons man Mark Harper being diagnosed with myelofibrosis, a rare cancer of the blood that only 5,000 people get diagnosed with each year. "Of course it's my dad so I'm going to do anything I can to help find that match for him," Mark's son Ross Harper said. Ross, along with other family and friends organize... More>>

IRS Hardware Failure Shuts Down E-Filing Tax Return System Video included

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Like many Americans, Jason Vandenburg...

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City of Joplin proposes new rules for "change of orders" Video included

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Here's a start to understanding this story:  You've heard of Murphy's Law, right?

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New program to create jobs and benefit small businesses Video included

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The Joplin Workshops provides manufacturing and commercial laundry services for some of the area's largest companies. They also employ 100 adults with developmental disabilities. Now, they're looking to start a new service that will not only create more jobs, but help small businesses. 

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Voters to Decide Fate of $8.45 Million Commerce School Bond on April 5th Video included

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Walls are starting to wither away...

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Local Lawmaker and Superintendents React to Plan for Consolidating Kansas School Districts by 53% Video included

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Kansas education committee hears a plan to reorganize school districts and its already drawing fire from local politicians and superintendents.      

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Local organizations address food insecurity Video included

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According to Feeding America, 14 percent of households are food insecure. Missouri and Kansas both have statistically higher food insecurity rates than the national average. Organizations are looking to address the problem locally. 

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Students Celebrate Catholic Schools Week Video included

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    Area catholic schools come together to celebrate national catholic schools week.     The smaller school populations can create challenges that call for sacrifices many are willing to make. 

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Local Party Leaders Gear Up for Kansas Presidential Caucus Video included

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After record setting turnout in Iowa, local...

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City council enters trash service contract after long discussion

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The Joplin City Council votes on whether to go with a new waste management company.

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Joplin Couple on the Run After Kidnapping Two in Alabama Video included

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It all started early Sunday in Tuscaloosa...

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Joplin woman says she was victim of mistaken identity at Houston airport Video included

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The woman says she spent six days in jail, plus paid $3,500 for bond.

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JOMO restaurant week ends, produces big donations Video included

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The third biannual "JOMO Restaurant Week" has came to an end, producing big results. Monday morning, 22 restaurants pulled in trucks and carts full of food donations collected during the week to Crosslines Ministries, the recipient of the food donations. After weighing every cart-full and box of food, it was determined the past week's event raised 6,000 pounds of food. "Last time we ran this event we had 3,600 pounds of food come in to the pantry so we're looking ... More>>

Joplin Couple Wanted for Home Invasion and Kidnapping in Alabama on the Run Video included

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Be alert for the couple shown. This post is from the Vestavia Hills, Alabama Police Department.  The couple reportedly abducted a woman in Vestavia Hills  this morning. She was released unharmed in Birmingham. But the gunman believed to be the same man tried to rob a fast food restaurant 15 minutes earlier. The car involved in that case was believed taken in the robbery and abduction of a motel clerk in Tuscaloosa.A description of the vehicle the couple is believed driving n... More>>

Website Helps Local Bands Find Income Video included

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A half-dozen bands -- most from Joplin -- are taking part in the beta-test for "Bandfund". Where musicians sign up, and ask for monetary support from their fans. The idea is to help starving artists.. Be a little less starved.

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Mother wants bullying to stop after daughter commits suicide Video included

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Locally, several families have been affected by suicide in the past few months. The mother of a 12 year old Neosho girl wants to see an end to bullying after her own daughter's death. 

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Missouri tourism up; Joplin a contributor Video included

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Governor Jay Nixon announces Missouri's tourism is on the rise, with a record 40.4 million visitors in 2015's fiscal year. During that time, visitors spent more than $12.4 billion and supported more than 297,000 jobs. Joplin is a solid contributor to the rising numbers. Patrick Tuttle, director of Joplin Convention and Visitors Bureau explains that Joplin is capitalizing on being a day-trip destination, as well as a hub for sporting events and Route 66 events. "Our focus is to ... More>>

Pitt State students host a fashion show for charity Video included

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Pitt State students studying fashion put their knowledge to good use. The Fashion and Merchandising Entrepreneurs club put together a fashion show and expo for charity. 

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Residents talk turtles at the Audubon Center Video included

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Residents talk turtles at the Wildcat Glades and Audubon Center today. Kids get a close look at, and even take selfies with, several different species of turtles.

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Patrons say goodbye to children's librarian Video included

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It's a bittersweet day at the Joplin Public Library as patrons say goodbye to the children's librarian. 

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Neosho opens new assisted living option Video included

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Residents of Neosho now have another option in assisted living: Oak Pointe Assisted Living and Memory Care. Oak Pointe opened its doors to hundreds of visitors and future potential residents, such as Zella Collie. "I had a very serious illness a year ago and was in the hospital for seven weeks. And it just came to my mind, I have no family here, and I thought I better make some plans for the future," Collie said. Staff was on hand to answer questions, such as executive dir... More>>

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  • Mercy Joplin Seeking Area Artists

    Mercy Joplin Seeking Area Artists

    Friday, February 5 2016 4:48 PM EST2016-02-05 21:48:49 GMT
    Mercy Hospital Joplin is seeking an artist or artistic team to paint or decorate a “larger than life” butterfly that will be displayed at the Mercy Joplin campus for patients and visitors to enjoy. The butterfly is 60” wide and 34.5” tall. The piece is made of cast iron with white powder coat and was purchased from the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce to support the Spread Our Wings-Fly High and Proud project. All professional artists and artistic teams residin...More >>
    Mercy Hospital Joplin is seeking an artist or artistic team to paint or decorate a “larger than life” butterfly that will be displayed at the Mercy Joplin campus for patients and visitors to enjoy. The butterfly is 60” wide and 34.5” tall. The piece is made of cast iron with white powder coat and was purchased from the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce to support the Spread Our Wings-Fly High and Proud project. All professional artists and artistic teams residin...More >>
  • Contest Now Open to Create Official Humane Society of Missouri Bark in the Park 2016 T-Shirt

    Contest Now Open to Create Official Humane Society of Missouri Bark in the Park 2016 T-Shirt

    Friday, February 5 2016 4:42 PM EST2016-02-05 21:42:48 GMT
    Who/What:    Animal lovers now have a chance to put their mark on Bark in the Park with an entry in the Humane Society of Missouri event’s annual t-shirt design contest. The Bark in the Park 2016 t-shirt design contest is one of many ways for Bark attendees and pet lovers to get involved helping abused, neglected animals. Anyone with an interest in design and/or a love of their pet is encouraged to submit an entry for their chance to win! T-shirt designs shou...More >>
    Who/What:    Animal lovers now have a chance to put their mark on Bark in the Park with an entry in the Humane Society of Missouri event’s annual t-shirt design contest. The Bark in the Park 2016 t-shirt design contest is one of many ways for Bark attendees and pet lovers to get involved helping abused, neglected animals. Anyone with an interest in design and/or a love of their pet is encouraged to submit an entry for their chance to win! T-shirt designs shou...More >>
  • Attorney General Koster announces new mortgage settlement with HSBC

    Attorney General Koster announces new mortgage settlement with HSBC

    Friday, February 5 2016 4:40 PM EST2016-02-05 21:40:09 GMT
    Attorney General Chris Koster today announced a settlement with mortgage lender and servicer HSBC that will mean loan modifications for Missourians as well as payments for approximately 2,671 Missouri borrowers who lost their homes to foreclosure. In addition to direct payments to borrowers for past foreclosure abuses and loan modifications, the settlement also includes other relief for borrowers in need of assistance, rigorous mortgage-servicing standards, and oversight aut...More >>
    Attorney General Chris Koster today announced a settlement with mortgage lender and servicer HSBC that will mean loan modifications for Missourians as well as payments for approximately 2,671 Missouri borrowers who lost their homes to foreclosure. In addition to direct payments to borrowers for past foreclosure abuses and loan modifications, the settlement also includes other relief for borrowers in need of assistance, rigorous mortgage-servicing standards, and oversight aut...More >>
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