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The 12th annual Seasonal Choral Flourish will return live this year, with performances at 1 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church, 812 S. Pearl Ave. in Joplin.

PITTSBURG, Kan. — Pittsburg State University alumnus J.T. Knoll will read from his new book of poetry, "Counterpart," at 2 p.m. Sunday in the basement level of Axe Library. Admission is free and open to the public.

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CARL JUNCTION, Mo. — Maddy Majors poured in 21 points and Clair Swearingen added 20 on Monday to help Nevada overpower Joplin 50-41 in an opening-round game of the Carl Junction Girls Basketba…

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BRUSSELS (AP) — Economic powerhouses Japan and France reported their first cases of the omicron variant Tuesday, while new findings indicate the mutant coronavirus was already in Europe close to a week before South Africa sounded the alarm.

After a slow start, the United States has improved its surveillance system for tracking new coronavirus variants such as omicron, boosting its capacity by tens of thousands of samples per week since early this year.

On Sunday, the first day of Hanukkah, Jews around the world will celebrate the unity and perseverance of their people. The eight-day festival will be celebrated both nationally and locally, ma…

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