KOAM Morning News to Know 1-21

JOPLIN, Mo. – A unique fundraiser in Joplin aimed at ending sex-trafficking brings people together for yoga and awareness. Millennium family fitness held its first ever yoga expo, with proceeds going towards the Rapha House, a non-profit organization that helps girls and women that have been exploited through sex-trafficking. The laid back and fun classes were designed for people of all yoga skill levels, from beginners to experts.

MISSOURI – A brutal cold has swept through the Midwest and Northeast. Over the weekend a winter storm dropped more than a foot of snow in upstate New York…and icy conditions created a 15 car pile-up in Missouri.

JOHNSON COUNTY, Kan. – A Kansas department of transportation employee died Saturday morning while working on Hwy 69. 25-year-old Stephen Windler died in a crash around 6:00 am during snow removal operations on southbound U.S. 69. No other vehicles were involved in this crash.

JOPLIN, Mo. – The cold, winter temperatures are hardest on the homeless, but local shelters in Joplin are making a difference by providing a warm place to stay. On Sunday, Watered Gardens passed out blankets, mittens and other warm items to Joplin’s homeless. The mission stay open longer in single-degree wind chill temperatures. Soul’s Harbor also had a full house, as homeless people sought shelter from the wind and cold.