It is time to act to curb gun violence, and a proposal that came out of a series of meetings between Missouri’s governor and mayors from the four largest cities is a hopeful beginning.

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Not even overwhelming evidence that President Donald Trump sought to bribe a foreign power to dig up dirt on his leading political opponent in 2020 — and did so with American taxpayer dollars while compromising American foreign policy — will cause Trump to be removed from office.

So you've hit up your favorite stores on Black Friday, and you've purchased the discounted TV at Best Buy, the kids' Christmas gifts at Target and the new smartphone at Walmart.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, leader of the Democratic effort to impeach President Donald Trump, told colleagues recently that impeachment is “an urgent matter that cannot wait.”

In 1217, two years after England’s King John signed the Magna Carta, King Henry III agreed to a companion document, the Charter of the Forest. Royalty, nobles and the clergy were at odds over claims to land that had once been shared by all. The charter intervened, codifying the concept of pu…

WASHINGTON — Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher, a decorated Navy SEAL, was accused by other members of his unit of war crimes, including stabbing a wounded prisoner in Iraq who was awaiting medical care.

There was a lot to celebrate this past week, including the safe recovery of a 12-year-old child on the autism spectrum who went missing in Carthage on Tuesday night.

As the impeachment hearings concluded, committee chairman Rep. Adam Schiff discussed the difference between the Watergate scandal, which forced President Richard Nixon from office in 1974, and the current case against President Donald Trump.

U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, the California Democrat and chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, once considered becoming a screenwriter. But he abandoned glitzy Hollywood dreams for the meaty thrills of Washington intrigue.

What do you think of when you hear the word “whistleblower”? Perhaps “tattletale” or “snitch” pop into your mind. Maybe the word conjures up the image of a person who, at great personal risk, comes forward to reveal illicit activity the public needs to know. Either way, as you have likely no…

November makes me anxious. This year’s holidays are approaching with a particularly lean and nervous look, like coyotes dressed as reindeer and ready for a tussle. Nothing feels right.

The holidays have arrived in Joplin in a new way with an innovative production at Webb City High School that multiplies the Christmas spirit in a musical that doubles as a toy drive.

A recent report on the death of a Garden City (Kansas) Community College player under the leadership of then-head coach Jeff Sims reveals a chain of failures that led to the tragedy. Sims is now the head football coach at Missouri Southern State University.

William B. Taylor has served his country for more than 50 years — first as an infantry officer in Vietnam and later as a diplomat in perilous places such as Afghanistan and Iraq. Today he runs the American embassy in Ukraine, and when he testified this past week as part of the House impeachm…

Here’s a word from the field of crime I’m betting you’ve never heard before: hybristophilia. It’s pronounced HIGH-briss-toe-feel-ee-uh, and it’s such an obscure word some dictionaries don’t even include it — yet.

I had an overwhelming 48 hours in Washington, D.C., recently — a couple of days that flew in the face of the cynicism we tend to feel about the place. Juan, who gave me a hug while he was waiting outside the homeless shelter, was a part of that, and so was Ivanka Trump.

Imagine it’s the first day of summer. You decide to take your young family to cool off at Lake Michigan. You pack a lunch, get the beach towels, load up your kids with sunblock and send them to play in the lake. After a day of summer fun, you arrive home and see that your daughter has a rash…

This Week's Circulars


JOPLIN, MO - Opal Ostrom, 72, a retired waitress, passed away Saturday, November 30, 2019. Services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Ozark Memorial Park Crematory, Joplin.

Jack Cooper Hancock, age 85, formerly of Joplin, MO, passed away Thursday, November 21, 2019, at Glen Meadows Nursing Center, Hamilton, OH. Jack was born March 9, 1934, in Joplin, to the late Carl Hancock and Mayme Ruth Cooper Hancock. Jack graduated from Joplin High School in 1952. After at…

CARTHAGE, MO - Patrick Edward Stotts, 68, formerly of Sarcoxie, MO, passed away Monday, November 25, 2019. He was a retired Empire District employee. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Housh-Goodwin Funeral Home