Not Missouri's best day, this past Sunday.
It hasn't been in the news much, but former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, now in a tight Republican primary to win back his old Alabama Senate seat, has been talking a lot about his time in the Justice Department and the issue that made him persona non grata in Trumpworld: his March 2017 d…
Nearly every state has a citizen's arrest law allowing civilians to detain someone if they have witnessed a crime being committed. Some of these laws allow only felony suspects to be held until law enforcement arrives, while others also allow those suspected of "breach of peace" misdemeanors…
In November, Missourians will vote on a plan advanced this month by Republican lawmakers to overthrow the ethics reform state voters approved just two years ago. That 2018 measure, Clean Missouri, imposed limits on lobbyists, caps on campaign contributions, and redistricting reform. Support …
President Donald Trump is conducting a concerted and calculated campaign to undermine every institution in the American political system that can hold him and his political allies accountable for their actions. His list of targets is long: judges and journalists, intelligence analysts and in…
This is a particularly poignant Memorial Day weekend, coming shortly after the number of American coronavirus deaths exceeded the number of Americans who died in the Vietnam War.
I had expected limited production from Missouri's 2020 annual session because of the several weeks lost from the extended spring break to avoid COVID-19 exposure.
In 2012, Annie Glenn and I were doing what we so often did, which was to sit side by side in a quiet place offstage, waiting for our extroverted husbands to finish speaking to a crowd.
On this date in 1942, the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown was still three days away from completing her 18-day voyage from the Coral Sea to the dry dock awaiting her at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
Recently, my wife and I took a trip down south. We usually do this sort of thing in midwinter to temporarily escape this area's cold and snow.
Congratulations to the newest recipients of the Golden Apple Award, a program of the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce to honor excellence in teaching.
Herds of goats abandoning their habitat in the Great Orme headland and wandering into the Welsh coastal town of Llandudno. Bobcats and ravens spotted in parts of Yosemite that just weeks ago were the province only of humans. A coyote appearing in the backyard of a suburban home in Westcheste…
President Donald Trump hasn’t called on his presidential predecessors to help him. Trump has been more pugilist than partner with his predecessors, repeatedly spurning their advice.
Black politicians, civil rights leaders and their white liberal advocates have little or no interest in doing anything effective to deal with what's no less than an education crisis among black students. In city after city with large black populations, such as Baltimore, St. Louis, Detroit, …
Laura Conlee is right: A proposal by the Missouri Department of Conservation to allow the first modern bear hunting season in Missouri will evoke strong feelings on both sides.
As America reopens for business, you might expect Jeff Bezos, the richest man in America, and his Amazon corporation, one of the most profitable corporations in America, to set the corporate standard for how to protect the health of American workers.
The Missouri General Assembly, in a session shortened by the coronavirus pandemic, wrapped up its work Friday, sending a number of bills to Gov. Mike Parson’s desk.
Under fire for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump, his campaign and his party are moving to lay blame for the 90,000 U.S. dead at the feet of the Communist Party of China and, by extension, its longtime general secretary, President Xi Jinping.
The classified ad might read: “Looking for college-educated applicants who can handle serious on-the-job stress, constant public criticism and loss of co-workers by suicide. Must be skilled in handling firearms, life-and-death conflicts, domestic abuse suspects, the mentally ill and drug add…
Dean Van Galen was chosen Monday to be the next president on Missouri Southern State University. From what we've learned, he could be a great fit for a great school.
"It's scary going to work," White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett told CBS. "I think that I'd be a lot safer if I was sitting at home than I would be going to the West Wing."
As of this writing, more than 80,000 Americans have contracted and died from the coronavirus. But how many have or will die from what some call "despair"?
A week ago Friday, former President Barack Obama spoke to approximately 3,000 members of the Obama Alumni Association. While the headline reads, “In leaked call, Obama describes Trump handling of virus as chaotic,” it was the former president's comments on the U.S. Department of Justice deci…
My annual order of wildflower seeds arrived in the mail, and I've never been so eager to start something new — something beautiful and immune to the virus taking so much away.
“We have met the moment and we have prevailed,” said President Donald Trump on Monday, as he supported the opening of the U.S. economy before the shutdown plunges us into a deep and lasting depression.
About 20 percent of all adults in the United States experience a diagnosable mental illness each year; about half of us will experience a mental health disorder during our lifetimes, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the Missouri Coalition for Behavioral …
With 2020 hindsight, a decade from now, we will want to look back not in anger and anxiety, but in relief and recognition that we struggled past the present precipice and worked for a better world.
Former Barack Obama adviser Rahm Emanuel, during a recent interview, reminded us of his 2008 financial crisis quotation, "Never allow a crisis to go to waste." The COVID-19 pandemic has presented a wonderful opportunity for those of us who want greater control over our lives. Sadly, too many…
This Week's Circulars
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.
- Pittsburg couple returns $1,200 stimulus checks
- Joplin Health Department reports 12th COVID-19 case
- What's next? Local experts ponder pandemic’s future as country opens for business
- Joplin School District revises calendar to propose Aug. 13 start date
- Several area casinos reopening after COVID-19 closures
- Barbara Watters sues to get husband's body back
- Pit bull ban remains in place in Carthage
- Historic items from Ben Markley’s estate up for sale
- Joplin city leaders asked to relax restrictions on cruising Main Street
- Joplin pool openings delayed