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New Lease on Life in Hospice Video included

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A Southeast Kansas man finds a new lease on life as his nears the end.

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Crawford Co. EMS employees learn "de-escalation" Video included

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According to a study by the National Association of EMTs, 52 percent of emergency medical service employees, such as paramedics, report being injured by an assault on the job.  Crawford County EMS personnel undergo two days of "de-escalation" training in hopes of reducing cases of assaulted employees. "Now that's only 52 percent that have reported it. I'm one that was attacked three different times and never reported it to anybody, so we know that numbe... More>>

Legal dispute brings to light failed City of Joplin loan policy Video included

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The case has brought a change to the way Joplin lends money to business owners.

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Joplin High School graduates class of 2016

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Joplin High School graduates 446 seniors in the class of 2016. A moment of silence was held for the three Joplin High School students in the class of 2016 who did not make it to graduation day. Governor Jay Nixon spoke and congratulated the class on receiving $2.6 million in scholarships. Senior Kagan Hoffman brought a photo of Zach Williams, her classmate that passed away in the Joplin tornado. Hoffman spotted an empty chair and passed it along to place there. A very public battle... More>>

"Joplin Proud" remembrance ceremony

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To conclude the weekend's celebration of "Joplin Proud" tornado anniversary stories, a picnic and remembrance ceremony took place in Cunningham Park. A ceremonial bell was rung to honor volunteers and the names of the 161 fallen were read. "It's not a sense of closure, it's not the end of everything but it shows the progress that's being made, and that we keep moving forward. nobody is moving backwards," Allen Brown of Joplin said. Governor Jay Nixon as well as ... More>>

Joplin Residents Celebrate Neighborhood Recovery

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One of the major factors in Joplin’s recovery is the hundreds of thousands of volunteers. City officials say more than 1.5 million hours of service have been completed, an incredible feat that several organizations celebrate today at "neighborhoods of recovery." 

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ASPCA Holds Event Handing Out Animal Micro-Chips

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Today Joplin Proud, the ASPCA and Joplin Human Society make sure animals get micro chips.

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Wings and Wonder Children's Event

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The Wings and Wonder event, named for Joplin's association with butterflies, was held at Cunningham park. 

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Thousands Participate in Memorial Run

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More than 3,000 runners help Joplin mark the 5th year of the tornado anniversary with a memorial run. The annual run bigger than ever this year, it’s the first year a full marathon was offered.

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Joplin Resident Reconnects with "Angel" who Helped her During the Tornado Video included

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A Joplin woman says she wouldn't have been able to find her daughter after the tornado 5 years ago without the help of a complete stranger. In fact, she made it a New Year's resolution to reconnect with her. She did.

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Alleged Miami Drug Ring Leads to 16 Arrests So Far Video included

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"...they were damn near giving it away," says a county attorney who also says you could hear the suspect's girlfriend making drug deals on the phone with her kids in the background.

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"Joplin Proud" disaster recovery summit Video included

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Joplin and other cities affected by disaster are pooling their knowledge and resources at the Joplin Proud disaster recovery summit, being held at Missouri Southern State University. Attendees came from 29 states to learn recovery and resilience. "I'm here because I wanted to be a part of the work that's been done, the celebration of the lives and remembering all the folks that have been lost. And I will never forgot Joplin and I'll never forget any of the people," Susamma...

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Baxter Springs Approve for Stoplight at Deadly Intersection:Searching for Funding Video included

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  A dangerous intersection in Baxter Springs, Kansas is approved for a stoplight but the school district faces a funding challenge to get it there. 

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Special Report: Mystery Health Issues After the Joplin Tornado Video included

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In the next few days, people will be reflecting on how they have healed since the Joplin tornado.  For some people, though, it's been hard.  They have been searching for a diagnosis to their mystery illness.

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Overtime Changes Could Hurt Local Businesses Video included

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The Obama administration has issued a new rule to expand overtime pay. It's intended to boost earnings for the middle and lower classes. But some say it'll hurt small businesses. 

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Shoal Creek Village cattle allegedly stolen Video included

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Mary Storrie is a 77-year-old-widow, who proudly lives on five acres in Shoal Creek Village. Until this Monday, she often peered out of the windows of her home into her pastures to look at her two young steers, grazing nearby. Storrie and her son left for a medical procedure early Monday morning and when they returned three hours later, the steers were gone. She and her son are rarely gone at the same time, according to Storrie. A neighbor reported seeing the steers go by i... More>>

Storm Shelter Construction in Carl Junction Leads to Shift of Classrooms:Teacher Start the Move Video included

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  The end of the school year is the start of moving for part of the Carl Junction school system. Construction of storm shelters is creating space and a sense of security.

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Carthage Man Allegedly Shoots Neighbor, Charged With First Degree Murder Video included

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A Carthage man is dead following a dispute with his neighbor late Monday night. The suspect has been charged with first degree murder. Police are now trying to put together the pieces of what happened. 

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What's Available for Students with Autism After High School Graduation:local Mom Worries Video included

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Every parent worries about their child's future after graduation but for parents of those with autism, concerns are compounded by the need for extra support.

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Strength After the Storm: Extreme Makeover Video included

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7,500 homes were damaged or destroyed in the 2011 tornado. The rebuilding process was daunting and slow for many. But when a national television show came to town, 7 families were selected to receive a brand new home, built in just 1 week.

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Pittsburg Lord's Diner celebrates soft opening Video included

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Though they won't serve the area's hungry until the fall, members of the Pittsburg community celebrated met to celebrate the beginning of construction, renovation and volunteer recruitment for the Lord's Diner. The Pittsburg location will hopefully open November 1 if all goes according to plan in construction. The location at 408 N. Locust is the former site of the Corner Bistro restaurant and Parrot Bey event venue. The Corner Bistro side will be transformed into a kitchen and offic... More>>

Joplin's Community Clinic has opportunity to "heal" after tornado Video included

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There was a lot of wear and tear in the clinic because of the tornado.

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Nevada opens community trail

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A little over two years ago, it was brought to the community's attention that Nevada had 9 acres of unused land behind its middle school. The answer for how to fill that space came in the form of a community-wide health initiative. Nevada community members hosted a ribbon-cutting at the site of their new paved-concrete half-mile trail on Sunday, located behind the middle school. "Our other schools, K through 5, when students arrive in the morning before school they walk the par...

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Joplin Community Kaleidoscope Video included

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Joplin proud hosts a "Community Kaleidoscope".

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Protest at King Palace Video included

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A local veteran protests "King Palace" in Joplin saying he was unfairly treated for bringing in a service dog. 

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Police Chase Ends Deadly

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A Weir, Kansas man is dead following a pursuit by Pittsburg Police. 

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Record Number Complete Degrees at Crowder and High School Video included

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The students in the blue stoles sitting on the front row of one of Crowder College's graduation ceremonies have completed a unique feat: graduating with an associate's degree and high school diploma in the same weekend. Through the Crowder College dual-credit program, 30 area high schoolers graduate this weekend with either an associate of arts degree in general studies or a CNA certification. "I've really enjoyed it, it's been really tough with all the classes but it's really ... More>>

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  • Food Trucks Bring Business to Carthage

    Food Trucks Bring Business to Carthage

    Friday, May 13 2016 9:41 PM EDT2016-05-14 01:41:52 GMT

    They're setting up shop in most major cities. Food trucks. Now, the new type of business is rolling into Carthage thanks to a local chef. Leading the fleet of food trucks lining Garrison Street, The Lunch Box Truck, a restaurant on wheels that parks in town every day. 

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    They're setting up shop in most major cities. Food trucks. Now, the new type of business is rolling into Carthage thanks to a local chef. Leading the fleet of food trucks lining Garrison Street, The Lunch Box Truck, a restaurant on wheels that parks in town every day. 

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  • Locals react to transgender bathroom use

    Friday, May 13 2016 7:22 PM EDT2016-05-13 23:22:55 GMT
    A sweeping decree from President Obama went out to public schools across the U.S. on Friday declaring this: transgender students are to use the restroom of the gender they identify with, not their biological sex. The declaration does not have the force of law behind it, but it does threaten lawsuits and loss of federal funding to those districts who do not abide.  "I know some friends, I have friends that are transgender, and they have like a lot of problems going the...More >>
    A sweeping decree from President Obama went out to public schools across the U.S. on Friday declaring this: transgender students are to use the restroom of the gender they identify with, not their biological sex. The declaration does not have the force of law behind it, but it does threaten lawsuits and loss of federal funding to those districts who do not abide.  "I know some friends, I have friends that are transgender, and they have like a lot of problems going the...More >>
  • Newton Co. Coroner Withdraws, Cites Low Salary

    Newton Co. Coroner Withdraws, Cites Low Salary

    Thursday, May 12 2016 9:13 PM EDT2016-05-13 01:13:55 GMT

    The Newton County coroner has decided to withdraw his name from consideration for office. Mark Bridges announced his decision today after legislation for a pay increase for the job, which is meant to be part time, was denied. 

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    The Newton County coroner has decided to withdraw his name from consideration for office. Mark Bridges announced his decision today after legislation for a pay increase for the job, which is meant to be part time, was denied. 

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  • Public Housing Residents React to Proposed Ban on Smoking

    Public Housing Residents React to Proposed Ban on Smoking

    Thursday, May 12 2016 6:30 PM EDT2016-05-12 22:30:05 GMT

       Joplin public housing residents wait to hear whether they will be prohibited from smoking where they live while others can't wait for a ban citing health problems.      

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       Joplin public housing residents wait to hear whether they will be prohibited from smoking where they live while others can't wait for a ban citing health problems.      

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  • Tornado PTSD

    Tornado PTSD

    Thursday, May 12 2016 10:42 PM EDT2016-05-13 02:42:08 GMT

    Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is typically associated with military men and women returning from battle. But it can result from any traumatic event. Violence, a car crash, or a natural disaster. Mental health professionals say there are still plenty of people dealing with a range of symptoms as a result of the Joplin tornado 5 years ago. Including Jimmie Zaccarello. "Alters and sirens were going off," Zaccarello said. "And all the sudden you just heard everybody scr...

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    Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is typically associated with military men and women returning from battle. But it can result from any traumatic event. Violence, a car crash, or a natural disaster. Mental health professionals say there are still plenty of people dealing with a range of symptoms as a result of the Joplin tornado 5 years ago. Including Jimmie Zaccarello. "Alters and sirens were going off," Zaccarello said. "And all the sudden you just heard everybody scr...

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  • Public Could Have Less Access to Police Camera Footage

    Public Could Have Less Access to Police Camera Footage

    Wednesday, May 11 2016 9:17 PM EDT2016-05-12 01:17:00 GMT

    It's been 2 years since the incident in Ferguson, Missouri put police practices into question. Now, Missouri legislators have passed a measure that would limit public access to police body and dash-cam video until an investigation is finished. 

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    It's been 2 years since the incident in Ferguson, Missouri put police practices into question. Now, Missouri legislators have passed a measure that would limit public access to police body and dash-cam video until an investigation is finished. 

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  • Motor Skills Lab Lets Kids Get Physical & Leads to Better Test Scores

    Motor Skills Lab Lets Kids Get Physical & Leads to Better Test Scores

    Wednesday, May 11 2016 6:01 PM EDT2016-05-11 22:01:06 GMT

    Elementary students in Carthage are living proof that a sound body does equal a sound mind and even a smarter one. Kid get physical in a motor planning lab and it’s making a difference for student achievement.

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    Elementary students in Carthage are living proof that a sound body does equal a sound mind and even a smarter one. Kid get physical in a motor planning lab and it’s making a difference for student achievement.

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  • Pittsburg Loans $100,000 For Drug Treatment

    Pittsburg Loans $100,000 For Drug Treatment

    Tuesday, May 10 2016 10:37 PM EDT2016-05-11 02:37:57 GMT

    The Pittsburg City Commission unanimously approves a $100,000, zero-interest loan, to the Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas.

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    The Pittsburg City Commission unanimously approves a $100,000, zero-interest loan, to the Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas.

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  • Neosho twins "cyber kidnapped" by stranger

    Neosho twins "cyber kidnapped" by stranger

    Tuesday, May 10 2016 7:22 PM EDT2016-05-10 23:22:56 GMT

    Pictures of April and Nathan Willis' four-year-old twin daughters hang in the living room of their home. Strange to think those same photos hang in the living room of a woman the couple has never met. The Willis' have been subject to a case of "cyber kidnapping" since 2013 when an Oklahoma woman the couple has never met began stealing photos of the girls from April's Facebook page. The same photos began appearing on "Ashley's" Facebook page, with different names f...

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    Pictures of April and Nathan Willis' four-year-old twin daughters hang in the living room of their home. Strange to think those same photos hang in the living room of a woman the couple has never met. The Willis' have been subject to a case of "cyber kidnapping" since 2013 when an Oklahoma woman the couple has never met began stealing photos of the girls from April's Facebook page. The same photos began appearing on "Ashley's" Facebook page, with different names f...

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  • Neosho fifth-graders beautify Big Spring park

    Neosho fifth-graders beautify Big Spring park

    Tuesday, May 10 2016 7:07 PM EDT2016-05-10 23:07:42 GMT
    Neosho's Big Spring park was full of giddy fifth-graders Tuesday afternoon. Even a morning's worth of digging, raking, painting and planting couldn't bring down the seven-days-left-of-school energy. The fifth-grade pod cleaned up the park and implemented the winning design for the park's focal point: the floral clock. A contest was put on in which fifth-graders had to design scale drawings of the clock then present it to city officials for approval. The winning design features a paw ...More >>
    Neosho's Big Spring park was full of giddy fifth-graders Tuesday afternoon. Even a morning's worth of digging, raking, painting and planting couldn't bring down the seven-days-left-of-school energy. The fifth-grade pod cleaned up the park and implemented the winning design for the park's focal point: the floral clock. A contest was put on in which fifth-graders had to design scale drawings of the clock then present it to city officials for approval. The winning design features a paw ...More >>
  • Joplin Students Get Glimpse of Past Opening Time Capsule Buried 5 Years Ago

    Joplin Students Get Glimpse of Past Opening Time Capsule Buried 5 Years Ago

    Tuesday, May 10 2016 6:03 PM EDT2016-05-10 22:03:31 GMT

    Jefferson elementary school in Joplin unearths a time capsule. 

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    Jefferson elementary school in Joplin unearths a time capsule. 

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  • E-Cig Exposure Rises With Product's Popularity

    E-Cig Exposure Rises With Product's Popularity

    Monday, May 9 2016 11:00 PM EDT2016-05-10 03:00:31 GMT

    A study released Monday shows the number of children exposed to e-cigarettes has risen 1,500% in recent years.

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    A study released Monday shows the number of children exposed to e-cigarettes has risen 1,500% in recent years.

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  • Strength after the storm: Mercy

    Strength after the storm: Mercy

    Monday, May 9 2016 7:31 PM EDT2016-05-09 23:31:21 GMT
    Formerly St. John's hospital, Mercy Hospital Joplin took a large hit in the 2011 Joplin tornado. Most staff seem to remember what they were doing and how they helped evacuate their unit.  The catastrophic destruction led to the construction of a brand new Mercy hospital, which opened in March 2015. Hospital officials learned many lessons in the tornado and used those very lessons to rebuild a stronger, more prepared hospital. Other hospitals have taken note. "We're home, w...More >>
    Formerly St. John's hospital, Mercy Hospital Joplin took a large hit in the 2011 Joplin tornado. Most staff seem to remember what they were doing and how they helped evacuate their unit.  The catastrophic destruction led to the construction of a brand new Mercy hospital, which opened in March 2015. Hospital officials learned many lessons in the tornado and used those very lessons to rebuild a stronger, more prepared hospital. Other hospitals have taken note. "We're home, w...More >>
  • Carl Junction Area Chamber gets new home

    Carl Junction Area Chamber gets new home

    Sunday, May 8 2016 9:24 PM EDT2016-05-09 01:24:37 GMT

    The Carl Junction Area Chamber of Commerce has been around for 40 years. For all but the past six years, the organization of around 300 members has not had a place to call their own. For the last six years, executive director Gary Stubblefield has had an office space at Carl Junction city hall. But soon, the chamber will have a space to call their very won. "The new facility will do a lot more for our chamber members because it will be a place they can meet and we can have works...

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    The Carl Junction Area Chamber of Commerce has been around for 40 years. For all but the past six years, the organization of around 300 members has not had a place to call their own. For the last six years, executive director Gary Stubblefield has had an office space at Carl Junction city hall. But soon, the chamber will have a space to call their very won. "The new facility will do a lot more for our chamber members because it will be a place they can meet and we can have works...

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  • One on one with Sen. Jerry Moran

    One on one with Sen. Jerry Moran

    Sunday, May 8 2016 7:35 PM EDT2016-05-08 23:35:39 GMT
    The Republican senator from Kansas, Sen. Jerry Moran was in town last Friday for a ribbon-cutting and a chamber luncheon. We had a few moments for a one-on-one with Moran to talk Trump, GOP and his statement about hearings on SCOTUS nominee Merrick Garland. With Donald Trump as the only remaining GOP candidate for presidency, we had to ask if the Republican senator would be making an endorsement. "Look I don't endorse candidates, Donald Trump has a race to run. Candidates who s...More >>
    The Republican senator from Kansas, Sen. Jerry Moran was in town last Friday for a ribbon-cutting and a chamber luncheon. We had a few moments for a one-on-one with Moran to talk Trump, GOP and his statement about hearings on SCOTUS nominee Merrick Garland. With Donald Trump as the only remaining GOP candidate for presidency, we had to ask if the Republican senator would be making an endorsement. "Look I don't endorse candidates, Donald Trump has a race to run. Candidates who s...More >>
  • Shots Fired on Missouri Southern Campus

    Shots Fired on Missouri Southern Campus

    Sunday, May 8 2016 6:53 PM EDT2016-05-08 22:53:44 GMT

    University police respond to shots fired on the Missouri Southern campus. They responded around 2:30 Sunday morning at the intersection of International Avenue and Julie Hughes Drive, where the majority of campus dorms are located. 

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    University police respond to shots fired on the Missouri Southern campus. They responded around 2:30 Sunday morning at the intersection of International Avenue and Julie Hughes Drive, where the majority of campus dorms are located. 

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  • 'Cars for Crosslines' benefit

    'Cars for Crosslines' benefit

    Saturday, May 7 2016 9:01 PM EDT2016-05-08 01:01:56 GMT
    One of several benefit fundraisers for local ministry, Crosslines, is a car and truck show at Joplin's Peace Lutheran church. "A car show is a unique way because you're bringing people together who love fellowship. They have regular car shows throughout the community and I think by supporting, coming here and paying their little fee for entry but you can see they're visiting with each other and  sharing their cars, their love of cars, so that's how we came up with "Car...More >>
    One of several benefit fundraisers for local ministry, Crosslines, is a car and truck show at Joplin's Peace Lutheran church. "A car show is a unique way because you're bringing people together who love fellowship. They have regular car shows throughout the community and I think by supporting, coming here and paying their little fee for entry but you can see they're visiting with each other and  sharing their cars, their love of cars, so that's how we came up with "Car...More >>
  • Kids get outdoorsy for Outdoor Kansas Kids Day

    Kids get outdoorsy for Outdoor Kansas Kids Day

    Saturday, May 7 2016 8:52 PM EDT2016-05-08 00:52:18 GMT
    Nearly 300 children play in Pittsburg's Lakeside Park as part of Outdoor Kansas Kids Day. The day dedicated to getting children outside and active is part of the Kansas Wildscapes statewide effort. Around 40 different parks across the state, from state parks to local community parks, took part in the event, though not all on the same day. "The day is really meant to get the kids outdoors and get them active and to get them away from the video games and off the couch, that ...More >>
    Nearly 300 children play in Pittsburg's Lakeside Park as part of Outdoor Kansas Kids Day. The day dedicated to getting children outside and active is part of the Kansas Wildscapes statewide effort. Around 40 different parks across the state, from state parks to local community parks, took part in the event, though not all on the same day. "The day is really meant to get the kids outdoors and get them active and to get them away from the video games and off the couch, that ...More >>
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  • Husband and Wife Killed In Crash Near Asbury

    Husband and Wife Killed In Crash Near Asbury

    Monday, May 23 2016 6:59 PM EDT2016-05-23 22:59:50 GMT

    A husband and wife were killed in a two vehicle crash near Asbury,MO. The accident occurred on Highway 171. According to authorities, the female driver, 89, and male passenger, 94, crossed over the center line and struck an oncoming semi head on. The couple was pronounced dead at the scene. 

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    A husband and wife were killed in a two vehicle crash near Asbury,MO. The accident occurred on Highway 171. According to authorities, the female driver, 89, and male passenger, 94, crossed over the center line and struck an oncoming semi head on. The couple was pronounced dead at the scene. 

    The names of the husband and wife aren't being released at this time. 

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  • Joplin Proud Events 2016 - May 20th to May 22nd

    Joplin Proud Events 2016 - May 20th to May 22nd

    Thursday, May 19 2016 8:52 PM EDT2016-05-20 00:52:24 GMT

    FRIDAY, MAY 20 Joplin Disaster Recovery Summit - Real People, Real Experiences, Real Lessons - Join your peers at a unique disaster recovery summit told entirely through the lens and experience of community leaders and elected officials. The Joplin Disaster Recovery Summit, held May 19-20, 2016 at MSSU, 3950 E. Newman Rd, is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to hear lessons learned from communities across the Midwest that experienced some of the worst natural disasters from the last decade...

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    FRIDAY, MAY 20 Joplin Disaster Recovery Summit - Real People, Real Experiences, Real Lessons - Join your peers at a unique disaster recovery summit told entirely through the lens and experience of community leaders and elected officials. The Joplin Disaster Recovery Summit, held May 19-20, 2016 at MSSU, 3950 E. Newman Rd, is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to hear lessons learned from communities across the Midwest that experienced some of the worst natural disasters from the last decade...

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  • ICC recognizes outstanding service to faculty and staff

    ICC recognizes outstanding service to faculty and staff

    Wednesday, May 18 2016 2:07 PM EDT2016-05-18 18:07:54 GMT
    Kara Wheeler, Associate Dean of Online and Technical ProgramsKara Wheeler, Associate Dean of Online and Technical Programs
    Independence Community College (ICC) closed out its academic year with the annual faculty and staff appreciation luncheon at their west campus. Dr. Ann Dutton, director of the veterinary technician program, was awarded the Spirit Award for her distinguished community service and involvement. The Cornerstone Award which recognizes the work of a committee or group on camps was awarded to the Staff of the West campus. Kara Wheeler, associate dean of online learning and technical progr...More >>
    Independence Community College (ICC) closed out its academic year with the annual faculty and staff appreciation luncheon at their west campus. Dr. Ann Dutton, director of the veterinary technician program, was awarded the Spirit Award for her distinguished community service and involvement. The Cornerstone Award which recognizes the work of a committee or group on camps was awarded to the Staff of the West campus. Kara Wheeler, associate dean of online learning and technical progr...More >>
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