The number of COVID-19 cases in the Joplin metropolitan area of Jasper and Newton counties grew from 1,826 to 1,878 on Friday. Two additional deaths were reported.
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A Rocky Comfort man was injured in a single-vehicle accident at 7:05 a.m. Friday on Route D, 5 miles southeast of Neosho in Newton County, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
For the past several mornings, some intrepid observers and photographers have been getting up before sunrise to find and photograph a comet that has become one of the largest items in the sky.
NEOSHO, Mo. — Workers with the Neosho Parks and Recreation Department removed fencing surrounding playgrounds on Friday. Director Clint Dalbom said playground equipment was disinfected and fresh piles of mulch were placed as part of parks reopening across the city.
The Community Clinic of Southwest Missouri in Joplin recently received a $10,000 retinal camera that will help detect complications or diseases in the eyes of diabetic patients before damage becomes irreparable.
Some spare change and a side of McDonald’s fries can really make a difference for a local charity organization that provides a home for families of seriously ill children and expectant mothers.
In the end, there wasn’t much time for sightseeing. Just a few hours after arriving at their new “home away from home” — 320 E. Eighth St. in Joplin — Marty and Jennifer Norris were hard at work, serving dinner to nearly 100 Joplin residents. Neither got to bed until late that night.
NEVADA, Mo. — A former Nevada police officer is facing charges that he showed an underage girl a pornographic video and had sexual contact with her in his patrol car during a ride-along program.
(AP) Tulsa's mayor said today he's preparing a local order to require masks be worn in public as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases continues to surge.
The rapidly rising number of confirmed new coronavirus cases has prompted facial-covering requirements in several areas of Missouri, including the state's largest city.
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.
A Colorado man was killed when he was struck by a semitruck at 3:45 a.m. Wednesday on Missouri Highway 171, about 3 miles north of Carl Junction in Jasper County, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
A 27-year-old defendant waived a preliminary hearing Thursday on charges related to a shooting incident May 23 in Carterville and a prior arrest in Joplin involving a firearm and some marijuana.
The Jasper County prosecutor's office dismissed felony domestic assault charges in two cases Thursday due to a lack of cooperation on the part of the victims in each case.
The Barry County Health Health Department has announced that one adult and one child at God's Little Kingdom Preschool in Cassville have tested positive for COVID-19.
The Joplin Metropolitan Area reported 59 new cases Thursday, going from 1,767 total cases to 1,826. No additional deaths were reported, remaining at 17 for the two-county area. The metro area includes reports for the city of Joplin as well as Jasper and Newton counties.
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.
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.
Oklahoma’s jurisdictional landscape dramatically changed Thursday morning when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled much of the state's eastern half remains a Native American reservation, thereby throwing past criminal convictions into question.
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.
An autopsy was being conducted Thursday on the body of a 30-year-old man who was found deceased Wednesday afternoon along a fence line at the EaglePicher Technologies plant in Joplin.
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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The state of Kansas settled a class-action lawsuit filed by child care advocates who accused the state of not providing foster children with adequate mental health care and moving them too frequently between homes.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a large chunk of eastern Oklahoma remains an American Indian reservation, a decision that state and federal officials have warned could throw Oklahoma into chaos.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri school districts will be allowed to have students attend every other day and learn remotely on alternating days, helping schools avoid fund penalties related to attendance.
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.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled broadly Wednesday in favor of the religious rights of employers in two cases that could leave more than 70,000 women without free contraception and tens of thousands of people with no way to sue for job discrimination.
A young Joplin mother accused of abusing and medically neglecting her 3-year-old daughter waived a preliminary hearing Wednesday in Jasper County Circuit Court and was ordered to stand trial.
A Carthage man was injured in a single-vehicle accident at 8 a.m. Wednesday on Route D, 3 miles north of Carthage in Jasper County, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
PITTSBURG, Kan. — The 2020 Four State Farm Show, scheduled to take place later this month, has been canceled due to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in the region.
The Joplin Health Department on Wednesday confirmed four more deaths among residents at Spring River Christian Village, 201 Northpark Lane. That brings the total number of deaths for the city from COVID-19 to 13, all at Spring River.
WEBB CITY, Mo. — A private counselor in Webb City aims to break down the stigma associated with men and mental health services by launching an empowering parenting group for divorced fathers and other single men who are raising children on their own.
CARTHAGE, Mo. — Cancer survivor Ethan Roberts was given the royal treatment on his seventh birthday on Wednesday when his wish for the ultimate shopping spree was granted by Make-A-Wish Missouri & Kansas.
The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic is having an impact on some people with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Some of it is negative, but some of it is positive, experts say.
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.
Spire Missouri will provide approximately $15 million in one-time bill credits to its natural gas customers in the state under an agreement approved recently by the Missouri Public Service Commission.
As summer camps reopen in the age of COVID-19 and families begin to make camp decisions they may have delayed, parents should look past glossy brochures and pretty website pictures when researching.
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.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Despite some calls to change the name of St. Louis, Missouri's governor has told President Donald Trump that it's not going to happen.
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.
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.
Spire Missouri will provide approximately $15 million in one-time bill credits to its natural gas customers in the state, under an agreement approved recently by the Missouri Public Service Commission.
The Joplin City Council will hold a special meeting today to revisit a requirement that people wear face masks in public to try to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
MOUNT VERNON, Mo. — A Monett man waived a preliminary hearing this week on felony child abuse and domestic assault charges and was ordered to stand trial.
This Week's Circulars
CARL JUNCTION, MO - William Ray "Bill" Costley, 90, passed away Thursday, July 9, 2020. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Carl Junction Cemetery.
Donald "Don" Joe Fanning, of Joplin, Missouri, was called home by the Lord on Sunday, June 28, 2020, at KU Medical Center. Don was born September 26, 1950, in Carthage, Missouri. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Bonnie Fanning, and his brother, Ron Fanning. Survivors include …
WEBB CITY, MO - Patsy Louise Sampson, 93, passed away Friday, July 10, 2020. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Webb City Cemetery. Viewing 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday at Hedge-Lewis-Goodwin Funeral Home, Webb City.
- BREAKING: Joplin City Council approves mandatory mask ordinance
- Fatal shooting of motorcyclist ruled suicide
- Man found deceased outside EaglePicher plant identified
- UPDATE: Joplin City Council to start "round two" of mandatory mask discussion
- Joplin woman arrested after stolen-vehicle pursuit
- Neosho City Council rejects new COVID ordinance, repeals current one
- Joplin mother waives hearing on charges she severely abused her daughter
- Compliance now the question with Joplin mask ordinance
- Virus outbreak at Branson-area summer camp raises questions of safety
- Spring River Christian Village reports deaths now up to 12