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Jo Mueller, a powerful voice for the local arts community who promoted healing through art, died early Sunday morning. She was 70.

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The Joplin School District soon will get started on a spate of capital outlay projects with a total expected cost of more than $1 million, if the Board of Education approves them Tuesday.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — As bills expanding charter schools and creating new scholarship accounts for private school tuition make their way through the Legislature, one piece of legislation is trying to give students more options within the public schools that already exist.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A bipartisan chorus of lawmakers was livid with the Missouri Department of Labor on Tuesday, accusing its director of violating their trust by continuing efforts to collect repayment from Missouri residents who had received overpayments of unemployment benefits.

A driver who Joplin police say sped off from them and crashed into another vehicle seriously injuring three of his own passengers has been ordered to stand trial on felony assault charges.

I continue to look for my glass to be half-full when it comes to life during a pandemic. It’s evolved into mind over matter as the corona has emptied my glass, and I’m not talking about the beer.

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MIAMI, Okla. — Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College has been awarded a $50,000 grant to continue its effort to combat the opioid crisis.

MIAMI, Okla. — The recruitment office at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College will host in-person open enrollment sessions and residual ACT testing dates next week on the NEO campus.

When I heard that Heartland Opera Theatre was offering an enrichment program to introduce Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” to elementary school students, I wondered if that age of children would be able to grasp the concept of opera.

PITTSBURG, Kan. — Axe Library at Pittsburg State University will host a “grab bag” book sale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday and Tuesday on the first floor.

BRANSON, Mo. — Silver Dollar City has been linked to a number of thrill rides over the years, such as the new Mystic River Falls, the Time Traveler and Outlaw Run. But the 1880s theme park is reaching back to its roots with a brand-new outdoor experience dubbed “Street Fest.”

A defendant charged with cutting a man with a knife before unlawfully entering another man's home and stealing his car keys and car dodged a court case when his charges were dismissed Thursday when the victims did not show up to testify against him.

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A proposal by city administrators to replace rundown houses with new homes by offering builder incentives is one of several strategies proposed to spark neighborhood revitalization.

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Southwest Missouri communities could receive millions in federal money from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, and some community leaders have recently launched preliminary discussions on how to spend it.

A testing requirement that had been suspended for 2020 high school graduates to qualify for the A+ Scholarship has also been suspended for 2021 seniors, the Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development recently announced.

A celebration is planned to honor the ninth pastoral anniversary of the Rev. Rufus L. Kelly and Sister Vonita L. Kelly at 11 a.m. Sunday, April 25, at Unity Missionary Baptist Church, 615 Minnesota Ave. in Joplin.

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A city committee will recommend that Joplin parks get a larger share of money than stormwater projects from a quarter-cent sales tax if it is renewed by voters for another 10 years.

While working on the 1985 book “Habits of the Heart,” the late sociologist Robert N. Bellah met “Sheila,” who described her faith in words that researchers have quoted ever since.

The Jasper County prosecutor's office Thursday dismissed felony assault charges that a Carthage woman was facing when her victim did not show up to testify against her in court.

A Joplin man has been ordered to stand trial on two felony counts related to counterfeit currency and personal paperwork and documents belonging to other people found to be in his possession following an arrest in 2019 on an outstanding warrant.

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Now more than ever — amid the COVID-19 pandemic — people need to be on high alert for signs of child abuse and, should suspicions be raised, immediately report those details to Child Protective Services.

Here’s an opportunity: Consider the 1965 Mustang Shelby or the 1967 Corvette L88 Coupe, each recently selling for $3.85 million. While not confirmed by Mercedes-Benz, there are rumors the new E450 Cabriolet could fall victim to the growing demise of open-air classics.

It would be easy to label “Songs in the Night” as a musical. and in some ways the latest production from Joplin’s Stained Glass Theatre certainly offers up some much-loved church hymns that will be hummed and foot-tapped by members of the viewing audience.

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly on Friday vetoed proposed income tax cuts in Kansas, the third time in two years that she has rejected a Republican plan and accused GOP lawmakers of trying to revive a nationally notorious fiscal experiment.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma lawmaker who helped revive a bill to ban transgender athletes from participating in women’s sports is coming under fire for saying transgender people “have a mental illness."

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Missouri is preparing to launch a $5 million ad campaign to urge residents to get the coronavirus vaccine as appointment times begin to go unfilled in some places even though the state expanded eligibility to everyone age 16 or older.

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BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. — Baxter Springs will be one of the many towns celebrating Park Day this weekend, as it will host its annual Park Day event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Baxter Springs Heritage Center and Museum and the site of Fort Blair.

The city of Joplin will open its tree limb and brush drop-off site from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 1702 N. Schifferdecker Ave., six-tenths of a mile north of Belle Center Road on the west side of Schifferdecker.

Always Buying Books, 5357 N. Main St. in Joplin, will host a book signing from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday for local author Larry Wood, whose latest book is "Midnight Assassinations and Other Evildoings: A Criminal History of Jasper County, Mo."

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Karen Woodward, 61, of Joplin, and her 1-year-old basset hound, Josie Renee, have been itching to get out of the house since the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic and attended Joplin’s Third Thursday as their first community activity in over a year.

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A Jasper County inmate’s account in court Thursday of how he was forced to strip naked and was beaten at knifepoint three months ago in Carthage sufficed to get his assailant ordered to stand trial on attempted robbery charges.

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NEOSHO, Mo. — Rickey Lamb accepted a plea offer Thursday convicting him of second-degree murder in the slaying of his son’s girlfriend two years ago in an exchange of gunfire that also left his son critically wounded.

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Officials with Casey’s General Store put on a grand opening ceremony Thursday morning for the convenience store chain’s $62 million distribution center.

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