JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers on Wednesday advanced a bill to give more options for prosecuting people for carjackings, a move praised by some as a way to combat an uptick in violent crime and criticized by others as too expansive and harsh.

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Candidates for five seats on the Joplin City Council on Wednesday night at a public forum answered questions ranging from what can be done to provide more public transportation to how the city could make housing safer and more affordable.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — When Missourians head to the polls on March 10 for the presidential primaries, they can vote in whichever party’s primary they choose — they just have to tell the poll workers which ballot they want.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Some of the biggest out-of-state marijuana chains and board members of a pot-related trade group in Missouri were among the top recipients of medical marijuana licenses in the state, according to a newspaper's review of records.

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Students from Joplin’s three middle schools had the opportunity to demonstrate their creative sides and fine-tune their people skills by interacting with the community during an annual project showcase event Tuesday at the Joplin Public Library.

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People probably automatically think of baseball when hearing the phrase “making a pitch.” But in this case, the phrase has nothing to do with toeing the rubber. Think “Shark Tank” instead.

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PITTSBURG, Kan. — After battling summer heat or muddy conditions or both year after year, the Four State Farm Show is aiming to remedy those issues by moving its location from the farm to the campus of Pittsburg State University.

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CARTHAGE, Mo. — Carthage Area United Way officials are declaring the 2019 fund drive a success after raising 92% of their $300,000 goal, an increase from 84% of the same goal the previous year.

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Candidates for Joplin City Council are to participate Wednesday in a candidate forum to be put on by the One Joplin Neighborhood Council.

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. — There will be plenty of Mardi Gras masks, beads and professional networking to go around at the ninth annual Carl Junction Area Chamber of Commerce Business Expo, which is slated for next month.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri House lawmakers on Monday advanced a bill that would allow doctors to track prescription drugs in an effort to combat the opioid epidemic, but there are still significant roadblocks to making Missouri the final state to adopt such a system.

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More than 130 Joplin educators have been nominated for the 35th annual Golden Apple Awards, an initiative of the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce to recognize excellence in the teaching profession.

Classes from Joplin’s three middle schools will present a student project showcase from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Community Room of the Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St.

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They’ve hiked the entire 12-mile length of Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield together, served as Red Kettle ringers for a local Salvation Army and delivered cookies to firefighters in the Joplin area.

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Joplin paid $2.1 million for its share of the costs for damages to city properties and cleanup costs from the 2011 tornado, according to a report that will be detailed Tuesday night for the City Council.

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Carterville was one of the first mining camps outside of Joplin. The camp grew after W.A. Daugherty found lead on land he purchased from James G.L. Carter. Daugherty platted a town that he named for Carter and filed the plat on Sept. 10, 1875. Within a year and a half, the town numbered 500 …

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Some things move so fast it's hard to keep up with what's happening. First, the Pronto pharmacies in Joplin and Webb City closed after being purchased by Walgreens. That came out of nowhere. Now, a new pharmacy, Express Rx, is set to occupy the storefronts that once housed the Pronto pharmacies.

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The first time a vulture killed one of Charlie Besher’s cows was in August 2018, on his ranch about 50 miles west of Cape Girardeau in southern Missouri.

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MONETT, Mo. — Crews on Friday put the final steel beam into place for the new Cox Monett Hospital, which is being constructed along Highway 60 on the eastern edge of town.

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Four finalists for the position of Joplin city manager will come to town for discussions with the City Council and economic development leaders along with meeting the public.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — After a federal judge Monday ordered Oklahoma’s governor and the five Native American tribes suing him into mediation in an effort to crack the impasse over gambling compacts, a local tribe has been invited to jump on board. 

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WEBB CITY, Mo. — Want to get married? With that simple question, Charles and Carole (Hall) Surgi set off on a six-decade adventure that has included four children, 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

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A Valentine's Day-themed fundraiser announced earlier this week for the Wildcat Glades Friends Group has turned into one of the nonprofit's most popular social media posts.

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — An ethics investigation found “probable cause” Thursday that disgraced former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens' campaign broke the law by not reporting that it cooperated with a political action committee during his successful 2016 bid for the state's top office.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma officials on Thursday announced a plan to resume executions using lethal injection, more than five years after implementing a moratorium.

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The city of Joplin has announced four finalists for its open city manager position. The candidates will be introduced to the public over two days of sessions that include meeting with department heads, members of the media and residents.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Board of Education has approved standards for the sixth iteration of the Missouri School Improvement Program, which is the state's accountability system for reviewing and accrediting public school districts.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A company hired to score applications for medical marijuana licenses in Missouri was barred by its contract from training applicants on its process, according to the deputy director for implementing the state program.

This Week's Circulars

Obituaries

JOPLIN, MO - Gregory Moore, 64, a machinist, passed away Monday, February 17, 2020. Services are planned for a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Ozark Memorial Park Crematory, Joplin.

CARTHAGE, MO - Frank B. Smith, 58, a truck driver, passed away Tuesday, February 18, 2020. Services are planned for a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Ozark Memorial Park Crematory, Joplin, MO.

COLUMBUS, KS - Ruth Hall passed away February 16, 2020 at 6:43 p.m. at Advent Health Hospitalm in Shawnee Mission, KS, after a hard-fought battle with cancer. Ruth was born on August 11, 1955 to her parents Ray and Betty McBride of Columbus. She and William "Mike" Hall were united in marriag…