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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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With a series of votes, the Joplin Board of Education on Tuesday approved more than $760,000 in collective pay increases for its employees during the next fiscal year.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Tuesday said he's moving up the date that voters will decide whether to expand Medicaid health care coverage to thousands more low-income adults in the state.

Change has never been more necessary than now. In light of the recent economic impact of COVID-19, it may indeed be mandatory if a community is to survive. In recent columns, I have spent time discussing the solid financial reasons for spending our personal and local government dollars hyper…

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BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. — The Baxter Springs Heritage Center and Museum, 740 East Ave., is reopening in phases beginning this week.

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Missouri on Tuesday reported 12,291 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 686 deaths, according to the latest data from the state Department of Health and Senior Services.

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O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Leaders in Kansas City, St. Louis and the state of Kansas urged people who partied close together at Lake of the Ozarks over the Memorial Day weekend to self-quarantine for two weeks, amid fears that the gatherings documented in social media postings will lead to a resur…

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Missouri on Monday reported 12,167 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 685 deaths, according to the latest data from the state Department of Health and Senior Services.

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O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Missouri’s health director issued a dire warning Monday after photos and video showed Memorial Day weekend revelers partying close together: The coronavirus is still here, and the spreading of illnesses could have “long-lasting and tragic” results.

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It was time to take Dad to the Veterans Affairs Hospital for another checkup, and he wasn’t happy about it. Even though he was mobile, doing anything out of the ordinary made him nervous.

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PITTSBURG, Kan. — Richard and Betty Wood have mailed their $1,200 economic impact checks back to Uncle Sam. They are encouraging others who don't need them to do the same.

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GROVE, Okla. — Seven weeks after seeing their first positive COVID-19 case, officials at a Northeast Oklahoma nursing home say their numbers have stabilized, with only two active cases present.

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An EaglePicher-powered spacecraft orbiting the asteroid Bennu will take its next step Tuesday on a seven-year journey to bring home a sample that could help scientists answer questions about the origins of the universe.

PITTSBURG, Kan. — The Pittsburg Public Library will soon be rolling out a portable way to offer library services with a new bookmobile for individuals who don’t have easy access.

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Although the coronavirus pandemic forced cancellation of the 34th annual All-Area Academic Excellence Team banquet, originally set for May 7, it hasn't taken any of the shine off the achievements of two dozen area graduates.

Memorial Day began as Decoration Day to remember and honor all those who died during the Civil War. While it originated among relatives of Confederate soldiers in 1866, the Union veterans organization, the Grand Army of the Republic, adopted the concept in 1868. The GAR's first commander, Ge…

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Missouri on Saturday reported 11,752 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 676 deaths, according to the latest data from the Department of Health and Senior Services.

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NEOSHO, Mo. ⁠— The estate of Ben Markley Jr., whose family played an integral role in shaping the coal mining industry in the region, is up for sale in an auction that features an abundance of items such as historic bells, coffee mills and steam engines.

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Missouri Southern State University is moving forward toward fully opening campus this fall, keeping backup plans in place should the COVID-19 pandemic continue to develop. The university anticipates offering face-to-face classes and a full slate of campus activities, President Alan Marble said.

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Missouri on Friday reported 11,558 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 671 deaths, according to the latest data from the Department of Health and Senior Services.

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A woman arrested when Joplin police discovered that she was keeping her husband’s body in a freezer in her bedroom has taken legal action to get the body returned to her.

Several offices in the city of Joplin, including the Joplin Recycling Center and MAPS and Sunshine Lamp trolley services, will be closed Monday in recognition of Memorial Day.

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CARL JUNCTION, Mo. — One year after the Carl Junction tornado, residents in Briarbrook are hopeful after having time to mend their lives back together, but the haunting twister continues to take a toll on their mental and physical health.

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LAMAR, MO - William Michael "Mike" Berry, 78, co-owner of Berry-Moore Furniture, passed away Sunday, May 24, 2020. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Lamar United Methodist Church. Arrangements by Daniel Funeral Home, Lamar.

WEBB CITY, MO - William Vick Koelling, 93, passed away on Sunday, May 24, 2020. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Howell Valley Cemetery, in West Plains, MO.

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