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NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Roman Catholic Church used a special and unprecedented exemption from federal rules to amass at least $1.4 billion in taxpayer-backed coronavirus aid, with many millions going to dioceses that have paid huge settlements or sought bankruptcy protection because of cler…

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After some Joplin residents expressed strong opposition Wednesday night to a city ordinance subsequently approved by the City Council that requires masks be worn in public places and businesses, the question now is what level of cooperation can be expected.

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Freeman Health System on Thursday outlined a contingency plan that would first expand its COVID-19 care unit before having to transfer patients to other hospitals in the event that its caseload at Freeman Hospital West exceeds capacity.

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Unemployment for the Joplin metropolitan area fell in May after rising to its highest level in more than 30 years because of the pandemic, according to the latest data from the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center.

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With COVID-19 numbers on the rise in Southwest Missouri, area sheriffs say they are taking steps that so far have kept their jail inmates and jailers free of the disease.

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ATLANTA (AP) — Federal health officials won't revise their coronavirus guidelines for reopening schools despite criticism from President Donald Trump, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. What they will do, he said, is provide additional information to he…

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy is stumbling as the viral outbreak intensifies, threatening to slow hiring and deepening the uncertainty for employees, consumers and companies across the country.

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After hearing recommendations from both local hospitals and doctors who are treating COVID-19 patients, as well as three hours of public comments Wednesday night, the Joplin City Council voted 6-3 to enact an amended ordinance requiring people to wear face masks or shields in public.

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Determined to reopen America's schools despite coronavirus worries, President Donald Trump threatened Wednesday to hold back federal money if school districts don't bring their students back in the fall. He complained that his own public health officials' safety guidelines are impractical an…

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' top health official says most counties are not following Gov. Laura Kelly's executive order requiring people to wear masks to help contain the spread of COVID-19, even though data is showing that masks work.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — President Donald Trump's campaign rally in Tulsa in late June that drew thousands of participants and large protests "likely contributed" to a dramatic surge in new coronavirus cases, Tulsa City-County Health Department Director Dr. Bruce Dart said Wednesday.

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In a joint statement released Wednesday, officials with Missouri Southern State University and Crowder College announced that masks will be required when the campuses open for the fall semester. 

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is emerging as the GOP's mask spokesman, proselytizing about the importance of wearing a face covering during the pandemic.

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Nearly 20 residents have signed up to speak at today's Joplin City Council meeting, which was called to take a second look at enacting an ordinance that would require masks be worn in businesses and public places.

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Nearly 9% of the people tested in Southwest Missouri by the Missouri National Guard during free drive-through testing events in June in Jasper, Newton, McDonald and Barry counties were positive for the virus that causes COVID-19.

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GENEVA (AP) — Top U.S. allies on Wednesday denounced the planned pullout of the United States from the World Health Organization, with the Italian health minister calling it “wrong” and a political ally of Germany's chancellor warning that the withdrawal could make more room on the world sta…

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri on Tuesday reported the state's highest daily increase in confirmed cases of the coronavirus, which health officials said is partly due to delayed reporting because of the holiday weekend.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — At least a dozen lawmakers have ties to organizations that received federal coronavirus aid, according to newly released government data, highlighting how Washington insiders were both author and beneficiary of one of the biggest government programs in U.S. history.

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While Joplin City Council members are again meeting in a special session tonight to discuss a mandatory mask ordinance, several local businesses have already made a decision when it comes to requiring their customers to wear masks, citing public safety over profit margins.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — An eviction moratorium is lifting. Extra unemployment benefits are ending. Parents are being called to work, but schools are struggling to reopen for fall as the COVID-19 crisis shows no signs of easing.

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President Donald Trump on Tuesday launched an all-out effort pressing state and local officials to reopen schools this fall, arguing that some are keeping schools closed not because of the risks from the coronavirus pandemic but for political reasons.

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The personal protective gear that was in dangerously short supply during the early weeks of the coronavirus crisis in the U.S. is running low again as the virus resumes its rapid spread and the number of hospitalized patients climbs.

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Missouri leaders knew the risk of convening thousands of kids at summer camps across the state during a pandemic, the state's top health official said, and insisted that camp organizers have plans in place to keep an outbreak from happening.

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UPDATE, 2 p.m. Wednesday: The city of Neosho has issued special ruled Wednesday for participation in a special meeting dealing with COVID-19. The meeting, called on Tuesday, has been set up for 7 p.m. Thursday at the Neosho Civic Auditorium. 

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NEW YORK (AP) — Churches connected to President Donald Trump and other organizations linked to current or former Trump evangelical advisers received at least $17.3 million in loans from a federal rescue package designed to aid small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — When the Trump administration required nursing homes to report their COVID-19 cases, it also promised to make the data available to residents, families and the public in a user-friendly way.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — As much as $273 million in federal coronavirus aid was awarded to more than 100 companies that are owned or operated by major donors to President Donald Trump's election efforts, according to an Associated Press analysis of federal data.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Forty lobbyists with ties to President Donald Trump helped clients secure more than $10 billion in federal coronavirus aid, among them five former administration officials whose work potentially violates Trump's own ethics policy, according to a report.

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More than 300 Justin Brands' employees in Southwest Missouri who have been out of work for several months were told Monday that the company will permanently keep closed its two western boot plants in the area.

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Shortly after fireworks above Mount Rushmore disappeared into the night sky on Friday, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem accompanied President Donald Trump aboard Air Force One despite having had close contact with Trump’s son’s girlfriend, who had tested positive for th…

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Spring River Christian Village is reporting a total of 12 deaths to date among 64 residents who have tested positive for COVID-19, according to a statement released Monday morning by the long-term care home.

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TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo’s governor and her political rival, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, agreed Monday to cooperate on handling the coronavirus outbreak to safely hold the Olympics next year.

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DIAMOND, Mo. — George Washington Carver National Monument will move its annual Carver Day events to a virtual format this year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

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A discussion about whether to move forward with the restrictions in the city's COVID-19 Response and Recovery Plan is scheduled for Monday's meeting of the Joplin City Council.

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — School districts across America are in the midst of making wrenching decisions over how to resume classes in settings radically altered by the coronavirus pandemic, with school buses running below capacity, virtual learning, outdoor classrooms and quarantine protocols …

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