NEOSHO, Mo. — Multiple issues, including the creation of a Stella-area fire protection district, a race for Fairview mayor and a tax question for Loma Linda residents, await voters on Tuesday in Newton County.

NEOSHO, Mo. — When Neosho voters go to the polls Tuesday, they will find two incumbents and two challengers vying for three open seats on the Board of Education as well as one City Council incumbent facing two challengers for a single open seat.

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. — An incumbent and three newcomers are vying Tuesday for two of the four seats on the Carl Junction City Council that will be on the election ballot.

NEOSHO, Mo. — Newton County voters on Tuesday will be asked to approve a half-cent sales tax that would fund services related to public safety and provide cities in the county annual savings on dispatching costs.

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Candidates for the Joplin City Council said at a public forum Tuesday night at City Hall that they believe the city's resource as a regional shopping and dining hub will see it through a potential sales tax decline and budget challenge.

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Civil rights groups on Tuesday appealed to the Missouri Supreme Court after a local judge dismissed their lawsuit seeking to allow all Missourians to vote absentee in upcoming elections to help reduce the risk of catching or spreading the coronavirus.

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As a postponed election date draws near, volunteers and officials associated with issues on the June 2 ballot are kicking campaigns up again. But the COVID-19 pandemic has transformed those campaigns significantly.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri lawmakers wrapped up their work Friday by passing bills allowing people to vote by mail because of the coronavirus and ramping up criminal penalties in response to an uptick in violent crime in the state's biggest cities.

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About a week ago, State Auditor Nicole Galloway, the Democratic front-runner in Missouri's gubernatorial race, held a Joplin town hall in cooperation with Southwest Missouri Democrats.

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O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — A lawsuit filed by civil rights groups on Friday seeks to allow all Missourians to vote absentee in upcoming elections to help reduce the risk of catching or spreading the coronavirus.

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Three area school districts have major building projects on election ballots this spring, but because of the pandemic they must now maneuver or roll with a change of plans regarding when voters will decide those multimillion-dollar proposals.

Health care dominated political dialogue leading up to the coronavirus crisis this month, and if voters in the nation’s heartland are an accurate yardstick, the struggle over the best way to provide it will escalate on the road to November's election.

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Just like she had for election days over the last more than 40 years, Joplin resident Carol Buck was preparing to volunteer on April 7 as a poll worker in Jasper County — even despite warnings about the spread of the coronavirus.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A House committee heard a bill this week that would create a system to automatically register eligible people to vote, allowing them to opt out rather than opt in to being a registered voter.

While Missouri voters continued former Vice President Joe Biden’s March surge through the presidential primaries, his victories over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in Jasper and Newton counties were much closer affairs.

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While Super Tuesday last week did not totally clear a path to the Democratic Party's nomination of a candidate to challenge President Donald Trump this fall, it certainly did clear a crowded field of aspirants down to two front-runners.

NEOSHO, Mo. — Newton County voters on Tuesday chose incumbents William Doubek and Angela Thomas to serve as members of the Neosho City Council, beating out challenger Robb Birch.

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. — Incumbent Larry Cowger and new candidate Robert James Hays were the top contenders elected to the Carl Junction School Board, according to complete but unofficial results from Jasper and Newton counties.

CARTHAGE, Mo. — A challenger defeated an incumbent to win one of two open seats on the Carthage Board of Education in Tuesday's election while one new face also was elected to the Carthage City Council.

WEBB CITY, Mo. — Webb City Council incumbent Jonathan Shull and Board of Education incumbent Dan McGrew were both reelected by voters Tuesday in local municipal and school board races, according to complete but unofficial results in Jasper County. Newcomer Stephen Crane will also join the sc…

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. — Voters on Tuesday rejected two tax proposals, one that would have brought a public library to the community and another that would have implemented a use tax.

NEOSHO, Mo. — Multiple candidates and a tax question await the decisions of voters in Tuesday’s elections in Newton County, including those in a race for Granby mayor and a tax question for the Westview School District.

CARTHAGE, Mo. — After approving a quarter-cent sales tax in 2016, Jasper County voters on Tuesday will be asked to extend the assessment another 15 years to fund, among other things, construction of a new courts building in Joplin.

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LAMAR, MO - Norma Lee Hart, 90, formerly of Sheldon, MO, passed away Sunday, May 31, 2020. She retired from Nevada State Hospital. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada.

WEBB CITY, MO - Jimmy D. Stapleton, 62, passed away on Thursday, May 28, 2020. Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Webb City Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Ozark Memorial Park Crematory, Joplin.

COLUMBUS, KS - Virginia C. Rockers, 90, passed away Friday, May 29, 2020. Private family mass will be at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church.. Rosary 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, Columbus, visitation to follow.