MONETT, Mo. — PlayPower Inc., a North Carolina-based manufacturer of outdoor recreational products, recently announced it will invest more than $2 million in its Monett plant, creating 82 new jobs in Southwest Missouri.

Follow the latest local and national stories developing about the monitoring of COVID-19, the new disease caused by the coronavirus.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden pledged Friday to boost supplies of coronavirus vaccine and set up new vaccination sites to meet his goal of 100 million shots in 100 days. It's part of a broader COVID strategy that also seeks to straighten out snags in testing and ensure mi…


Missouri Southern will be extending its defense when the Lions visit Emporia State at 1:30 p.m. today in MIAA women's basketball action at White Auditorium.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — When Joe Biden takes the oath of office Wednesday outside a wounded U.S. Capitol, he will begin reshaping the office of the presidency itself as he sets out to lead a bitterly divided nation struggling with a devastating pandemic and an insurrection meant to stop his ascens…

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden on Saturday filled out his State Department team with a group of former career diplomats and veterans of the Obama administration, signaling his desire to return to a more traditional foreign policy after four years of uncertainty and unpredictabil…

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BERLIN (AP) — Germany, France and Britain pressed Iran on Saturday to back off the latest planned violation of its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, saying that Tehran has “no credible civilian use” for uranium metal.

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BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right party on Saturday chose Armin Laschet, the pragmatic governor of Germany’s most populous state, as its new leader — sending a signal of continuity months before an election in which voters will decide who becomes the new chancellor.

Steeped in history, the great state of Virginia has more to offer than museums, hallowed halls and battlegrounds. It’s known as the oyster capital of the East Coast and is the true birthplace of Brunswick stew. (Don’t tell Georgia. It’s complicated.)

A team of state and federal officials, as well as university experts, has begun researching chronic wasting disease in Arkansas, and they will be capturing and monitoring deer for the next five years. The study will focus around Newton and Searcy counties, where the outbreak originated nearl…

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