Journalists and others placed on secret watchlists. The same subjects stopped for repeated interrogations. Travel alerts used to hinder the free movement of citizens. Sounds like a tale of a despotic foreign power.

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When Tar Creek was placed on the EPA administrator’s list of “Superfund Sites Targeted for Immediate, Intense Action,” we were dubious.

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This week, which is National Sunshine Week, Missouri House Speaker Elijah Haahr announced plans to begin live videostreaming of most committee hearings in the House.

While it's being touted as a big goal for higher education, there are other forces at work in passing legislation to fund a program that would help track 60 percent of working-age adults to obtain degrees or certified training.

The request from two substance abuse recovery advocates for support from the city should be taken seriously. The community would benefit from the services, but simply handing over the former senior center building for a fledgling recovery center would not be fiscally responsible.

We’re heartened by the fact that a growing number of Republican senators — perhaps as many as 10 — could support a resolution opposing President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to justify diverting billions of dollars from other purposes to pay for a wall along the U.S.-Me…

On Tuesday, members of the the General Laws Committee in the Missouri Senate stopped legislation that would have taken all mention of public notices out of your newspapers.

Lawmakers should approve a measure extending the deadline to declare an arts district in the wake of the 2011 Joplin tornado. And after asking for the extension, the local arts organizations, the city and supporters should take the steps necessary to seize the opportunity.

There's not a clear path for businesses or developers to get started in downtown Joplin, according to the executive director of the Downtown Joplin Alliance.

The nation’s high court took a big step this past week to curb the policing for profit that is corrupting law enforcement across our nation. The Missouri General Assembly is considering and should pass a measure to stop the practice in Missouri.

It's a new day when the Arkansas Senate votes unanimously to replace their current statues representing Arkansas in Washington's hall of statuary with the likenesses of Daisy Bates, a civil rights leader, and Johnny Cash, one of Arkansas' native sons.

An Alabama newspaper owner and publisher printed an editorial that was so filled with dangerous rancor that this newspaper is obliged to speak out against it.

It’s a rapidly changing landscape when it comes to the way schools approach drug-testing of students who participate in sports and other extracurricular activities.

We join all those childhood cancer victims, their parents and families, all of those pediatric doctors and all of those scientists and researchers, in supporting President Donald Trump's call to spend an additional $500 million in the war on childhood cancer.

Both the Missouri General Assembly and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration should take swift action to curtail vaping among teens.

Consider that 60 percent of the Joplin School District’s students qualify for free or reduced lunches. Those are districtwide numbers. At some of Joplin’s individual schools, the percentages are closer to 80 and 90 percent.

You have a wonderful opportunity to help children in need of serious medical care — and along the way, you might just become a new homeowner.

President Donald Trump’s Monday night rally in El Paso, Texas, made headlines the following day not for what the president said, but because of an incident in the crowd.

Americans pay too much for prescription medicines. Congress needs to change the rules that distort drug prices in the U.S.

Missouri residents voted to apply the Sunshine Law to the legislative process by passing Amendment 1 to the Missouri Constitution in November. A bill in the Missouri House that seeks to eclipse that sunshine must be defeated.

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President Donald Trump on Tuesday night asked Americans to “reject the politics of revenge, resistance and retribution and embrace the boundless potential of cooperation, compromise and the common good.”

Our readers were as visibly moved and angered as we were this week after reading Emily Younker's story about vandalism at Parr Hill Park, where a mother has maintained a memorial to her son for several years.

We've always been excited by Missouri Southern's proposal to use the former Joplin Public Library building on Main Street as a downtown campus of some sort.

A plan discussed in a Missouri House committee Monday to create a scholarship program for adults seeking training for high-demand jobs should be enacted.

For many seniors living on their own, there's only one "incident" standing between them and the decision to go into a long-term care center.

A short-term deal announced Friday to reopen the federal government for three weeks is a good start, but President Donald Trump and Congress should work together to ensure the partial government shutdown doesn’t recur. The House, Senate and president together should act to prevent a shutdown…

To all the food pantries and restaurants, to all the banks, big and small, and all those churches, nonprofits and businesses around the nation that are working to help furloughed federal employees get through a crisis that they didn’t ask for and whose resolution was beyond their control, ou…

For all of its playoff drama, something about Sunday’s game between the Chiefs and the Patriots was, in the end, unsatisfying, bordering on unjust.

Joplin is counting on the Missouri Public Service Commission and the Missouri Office of Public Counsel to be standing guard.

If he is confirmed, William Barr, President Donald Trump’s nominee to be attorney general, should make special counsel Robert Mueller’s report public upon the completion of Mueller’s investigation. If he does not, Congress should subpoena Mueller to reveal the results through his testimony.

We agree with many of the priorities Missouri Gov. Mike Parson laid out in his first State of the State address last week: infrastructure and jobs. The latter means investment in workforce development and education.

Her tenure as director of Spiva Center for the Arts was far too short, but we wish Josie Mai well as she prepares to journey to Albuquerque for her next adventure.

It is time to stop using federal employees as pawns and to separate the discussion on immigration and border security from our need to have a functioning federal government.

Defying the will of voters and undermining the Missouri Constitution is a bad way for lawmakers in Jefferson City to launch this session.

The Joplin City Council took a step to secure our city’s future Monday night by agreeing to directly involve our community’s young people in city government.

We commend the decision by Souls Harbor directors to seek another location for its mission, which for years has operated in downtown Joplin.

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