JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri’s first-ever bear hunt is drawing plenty of interest.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Thursday that 6,335 people applied for one of the 400 permits the Missouri Department of Conservation will issue for a harvest of 40 bears. Winners of a random drawing of eligible applicants will be determined by July 1. The black bear hunting will be allowed Oct. 18-27. It was approved earlier this year by the Missouri Conservation Commission.
The bear population in Missouri has been growing. Officials now estimate there are 600 to 1,000 black bears in the state. Hunters can apply for permits at mdc-web.s3licensing.com
JOPLIN, Mo. – The Joplin Health Department is setting up COVID-19 vaccine clinics at various locations across the community. The clinics will offer both first and second dose Moderna vaccines.
These clinics are open to all who are 18-years-old and over, regardless of city or state residency. No appointment is necessary. Citizens should bring a photo identification, and if they are seeking a second dose, they also need to bring their vaccination card. There is no cost associated with these vaccines.
Date Time Location Type of Vaccine
Friday, June 4 9 AM – 1 PM Senior Center Moderna vaccine
2616 S. Picher Avenue
Wed, June 9 9 – 11:30 AM Joplin Health Dept. Moderna vaccine
1:30 – 4 PM 321 East 4th Street
Sat, June 12 11 AM – 3 PM Joplin Public Library Moderna vaccine
JOPLIN, Mo. – Last week’s severe storms flooded the Joplin DMV. The waters left a mess of building.
But now an improvement is on its way thanks to volunteers. Joplin High School football players stopped by the DMV Tuesday to help.
“We have been here all day long, some of the folks were here all weekend long,” said volunteer Kristi Seibert. “We have had to literally move everything out. We have had to get rid of things that had been ruined”
Officials say the DMV will remain closed for a few more days as clean-up continues.
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – The state-controlled board that oversees Kansas City’s police department has voted to initiate legal action over city leaders’ decision to change how some of the department’s budget gets spent.
Minutes posted on the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners website said board members voted Monday in a closed meeting to authorize a potential lawsuit to enforce their authority over the police department. The vote was in response to two ordinances passed last week by the city council that would reallocate about $42 million of the department’s budget for social services to help address root causes of the city’s violent crime.
Opponents charge the change is a roundabout way to “defund” the police department.
JOPLIN, Mo. – John Boyd of Bright Futures Joplin talked with Michael Hayslip about the upcoming Guns and Hoses Basketball Game. It pits the Joplin Police Department against the Joplin Fire Department in a game that raises money for Bright Futures Joplin.
“Our goal is to raise as much money as we can with this one big bash, in order to be ready to help kids succeed during the 2021-22 school year, which is right around the corner,” said Bright Futures Joplin Coordinator Sarah Coyne. “Knowing that sponsors and friends are going to come out and have a great time is fantastic, and it helps us get our budget in line so we know what we’re up against for the coming year.”
The game is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, May 1, at the Joplin High School Gym, 2104 Indiana. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are free for kids and students, and $5 for adults.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) begins Work Zone Awareness Week Monday.
MoDOT employee Frank Shadwell recalls a time he was driving a truck-mounted attenuator (TMA) for a moving work zone when, in an instant, a vehicle sped into the back of his truck. Dozens of MoDOT employees share similar experiences. The department saw 33% more TMA crashes in 2020 than 2019, most often caused by speeding and distractions.
Shadwell and other work zone crash survivors share their stories at a virtual news briefing to promote awareness for work zone safety during National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 26-30. Gov. Mike Parson also joined the discussion to stress the important role all Missourians play in making work zones a safer place to drive and work.
LAMAR, Mo. – Lamar police clear the scene after a reported bomb in a vehicle at Casey’s General Store.
Friday morning, the Police Department says a man went into Casey’s General Store and said he had a bomb in his car. Authorities saw wiring running from the hood of the car to the interior of the car. Police Chief Joe Moore says the man claimed that someone put the bomb in his car. They called in the Springfield bomb unit, which used a robot to inspect the car.
Police shut down 12th Street from Gulf Street to Lexington Street and asked residents to avoid the area.
The bomb squad found no bomb and have cleared the scene. Police are opening the area back up.
They detained the man. Police will speak with attorneys about any possible charges.
KOAM will have more details as they become available.
Accreditation is a voluntary way to show a law enforcement agency’s ability to meet professional criteria. It requires departments to meet standards in four basic areas: policy and procedures, administration, operations, and support services.
“Well for the police department and their accreditation with CALEA, they were having a public hearing to basically have a voice from the community on people who would like to speak in favor of the police, or at least address that accreditation,” said Joplin Mayor Ryan Stanley. “So it’s just giving an opportunity for the public to speak into the process ”
The public was also invited to offer comments during the meeting, but no one did.