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An oxygen tank, a mask and fins aren’t typically on the checklist to carve jack-o'-lanterns, but they're necessities for contestants who will be competing in the annual underwater pumpkin-carving contest Saturday at Joplin’s Calypso Scuba.

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Dozens of Mercy Hospital Joplin officials gathered Thursday morning at the northeast corner of the Gryphon Building’s parking lot to pay tribute to an event that took place more than 136 years ago.

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MOSCOW (AP) — Restaurants, movie theaters and many retail stores in Moscow will be closed for 11 days starting Oct. 28, along with other new restrictions, officials said Thursday, as Russia recorded the highest numbers of coronavirus infections and deaths since the pandemic began.

The Jasper County Health Department on Thursday reported four additional deaths of residents due to COVID-19, bringing the county's total to 231.

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NEOSHO, Mo. — Crowder College Community Theatre will present Agatha Christie’s "Murder on the Orient Express" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, with an additional 2 p.m. matinee Saturday…

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