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PITTSBURG, Kan. — A pocket of Southeast Kansas has been transformed this week into a cultural destination where people can hear live music and feast their eyes on galleries and classic movies in person for the first time in two years.

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The Joplin Public Library has installed a StoryWalk, a new outdoor activity, for June in its outdoor classroom area at the northwest corner of the building.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Allowing new plaintiffs to join a lawsuit over whether Missouri must provide Medicaid coverage to an expanded population of low-income adults could delay resolution of the case beyond the July 1 start date for that coverage, attorneys told a Cole County judge Monday morning.

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WEBB CITY, Mo. — The Cooking for a Cause fundraiser at the Webb City Farmers Market, set for Saturday, will benefit the Lion Co-op at Missouri Southern State University.

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The Joplin Globe publishes summaries of routine and follow-up inspections performed by the Joplin Health Department. Businesses that are inspected either pass or fail based on violations found during the time of inspection. Those violations fall into two categories:

Kansans with a driver’s license or identification card that expired between March 12, 2020, and March 30, 2021, have until June 30 to renew those credentials.

The Joplin Historic Preservation Commission will present its 2021 awards at 3 p.m. Tuesday in the main lobby of Joplin City Hall, 602 S. Main St. The public is invited to attend.

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PITTSBURG, Kan. — Crawford County residents eager to get out of the house can enjoy a free weeklong event that will showcase area talent including music, art and theater in venues at Pittsburg State University and at Block22 in downtown Pittsburg.

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The Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation has announced its 2021 award recipients, including two Southwest Missouri buildings. The awards, which were announced virtually last week, recognize people and projects that have advanced the field of historic preservation in Missouri.

Jasper County has long celebrated naturalist Marlin Perkins, of Carthage, but Webb City’s native son, Ernest J. Palmer, was another naturalist renowned for his work in botany, geology and archaeology. Despite not having a college degree, through diligent hard work he carved out a career as a…

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Some motorcyclists marred a Main Street cruise night Saturday by blocking intersections to other motorists and lashing out at police who tried to stop them.

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FORT SCOTT, Kan. — A Joplin student has been named one of 11 winners of the sixth annual Art- Effect Project, an international art competition for middle and high school students hosted by the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes. The contest challenges students to honor unsung heroes thro…

LAMAR, Mo. — Cox Barton County Hospital announced this week that it has achieved the Healthgrades 2021 Outstanding Patient Experience Award. This distinction places the hospital in the top 15% of hospitals in the nation for patient experience.

Judge Gayle Crane on Thursday in Jasper County Circuit Court in Joplin granted a defense motion for acquittal of a Webb City man on a felony domestic assault charge after the state had rested its case but before the matter could be submitted to the jury.

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Final approval of the first project area to be activated for tax increment financing within the 32nd Street Place mixed-use development has been given by the Joplin City Council.

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A collection of Inuit carvings has been donated to the Missouri Southern State University art department by the family of Mel Mosher, a former faculty member.

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PITTSBURG, Kan. — The Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2021 Business Expo will take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Meadowbrook Mall.

Bobbie Friend testified Wednesday that husband Kevin Maggard got upset with her two years ago about a text message and head-butted her in the face, breaking her nose, splitting her lip and giving her a black eye.

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Hospitals are continuing to experience increased numbers of COVID-19 admissions, and health departments say that rising case numbers are the result of people resuming regular activities without taking precautions or obtaining vaccinations.

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Monday is Flag Day, and Joplin’s American Legion Post 13 will hold a flag retirement ceremony at 5 p.m. at Memorial Hall, located at Eighth Street and Wall Avenue.

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The Jasper County Health Department on Wednesday reported the death of a resident due to COVID-19, bringing the county's total to 159.

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A Baxter Springs, Kansas, man took a plea offer this week on an armed robbery charge he was facing in a shoplifting incident a year ago at the Academy Sports and Outdoors store in Joplin.

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Steamy weather with a heat index predicted to reach 102 by Friday is ahead for the Joplin area.

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