News to Know: Joplin hotel fire under investigation, suspect arrested after PHS break-in, and Arkansas medical marijuana sales higher than ever

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JOPLIN, Mo. – The Joplin Fire Department is investigating what led to a fire at the Best Western Oasis. It happened around 3:30 Monday afternoon. Crews from Newton County Ambulance and Redings Mill Fire were called in to assist. No one was hurt. For more details on the fire click here.

PITTSBURG, Kan.- The Pittsburg Police Department arrests a man they say broke into the high school. Police say Saturday the suspect broke into the high school, used a fire hose to spray water in the gym, and stole property. Investigators say he was arrested shortly after the break-in was discovered, with the stolen property in his possession. No official charges have been filed. In a statement, the superintendent said the school is cooperating with the investigation and quote: “We are thankful that student and staff remained unharmed during this incident and that learning and activities will continue as planned this week at Pittsburg High School”.   Read the full story here.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A new report from the Department of Finance and Administration shows that medical marijuana sales have passed $20 million dollars in Arkansas. According to the DFA, patients in Arkansas spent $20.53 million in January to obtain 3,731 pounds of medical marijuana. DFA officials noted that out of the 37 dispensaries in the state — the Natural Relief Dispensary in Sherwood had the largest month of sales with 387 pounds. The Releaf Center in Bentonville followed with 333 pounds. As of January, officials with the DFA reported the state tax surpassed $60 million in overall tax collection from the medical marijuana industry.

JOPLIN, Mo. – Missouri Southern and the Joplin Chamber are once again teaming up to make sure that graduating students are dressed to impress. Each year, the school provides, through donations, clothes for students to wear at job interviews. Things like suit jackets and slacks; and they’re in need of donations.

SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT: Police say a group of teens in Arizona broke into a million-dollar home and threw a massive party with drugs, alcohol and even a DJ! This morning we are asking.. what’s the craziest thing you did as a teenager? Join our KOAM Facebook discussion and cast your vote @ koamnewsnow.com/vote.