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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.

LAMAR, Mo. — Residents of Barton County who go to the polls Tuesday will elect multiple candidates to municipal and school board posts, tab three directors for the Barton County Health Department Board and decide two questions in the village of Lamar Heights.

Incumbent Republicans Billy Long and Vicky Hartzler will return to Washington, D.C., to represent Missouri’s 7th and 4th congressional districts, respectively.

Democrat Nicole Galloway will continue to be the only Democrat elected to a statewide office in Missouri's government after defeating Republican Saundra McDowell in Tuesday's election.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill conceded defeat on Tuesday to state Attorney General Josh Hawley, handing Republicans a Senate seat President Donald Trump personally campaigned for twice in the week before Election Day.

NEOSHO, Mo. — Newton County voters on Tuesday returned incumbent Kevin Selby to another term as associate judge in Division 3 of Newton County Circuit Court. Independent Andy Wood lost his challenge by just over 5,000 votes.

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WYANDOTTE, OK - Donald Calvin Brown, 78, passed away Sunday, May 24, 2020. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Fairland Cemetery. Visitation 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Brown-Winters Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Miami, OK.

CARTHAGE, MO - Michelle L. Brady, 48, passed away Saturday, May 23, 2020. A celebration of life will be Saturday at First Christian Church Lighthouse, Carthage, 1 p.m. Arrangements under the direction of Ozark Memorial Park Crematory.